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Old March 8th, 2014, 07:33 PM   #2731

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in 1954 - Charmain Elaine Sylvers, rocker) is born.
in 1955 - Fernando Bujones, Miami Fla, ballet dancer) is born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5yP4hy_qG8"]YouTube - Ballet Fernando Bujones dancing La Fille mal Gardee" target="_blank">YouTube - Ballet Fernando Bujones dancing La Fille mal Gardee[/ame]



in 1958 - Martin Fry, rock vocalist (ABC-All of My Heart) is born.
in 1965 - Anthon van der Horst, Dutch organist/composer, dies at 65.
in 1963 - Beatles began 1st British tour, supporting Tommy Roe and Chris Montez.
in 1968 - 10th Grammy Awards: Up Up and Away, Sgt Pepper's wins 4.
in 1968 - Robert Sledge, drums, Ben Folds Five, (1997 UK No.26 single 'Battle Of Who Could Care Less') is born.

in 1969 - Adam Siegel, American rock guitarist and producer. Founding member of the Los Angeles punk band Excel, and subsequently became the lead guitarist for the Suicidal Tendencies side project Infectious Grooves is born.

in 1971 - Jean-Pierre Guezek, composer, dies at 36.
in 1977 - The Jacksons CBS show was aired for the last time on US TV finishing at the bottom of the ratings.

in 1979 - UK band Eddie & The Hot Rods released a new album 'Thriller', featuring special guest Linda McCartney on backing vocals.

in 1980 - Chingy, US rapper, (2003 US No.2 album ‘Jackpot’, 2003 US No.2 & UK No.17 single ‘Right Thurr’). 1987, Born on this day, Lil Bow Wow, (Shad Moss), US rapper, (2001 UK No. 6 single 'Bow Wow, That's My Name') is born.

in 1981 - Robert Plant played a secret gig at Keele University, England with his new band The Honey Drippers.
in 1984 - John Lennon releases "Borrowed Time".

in 1985 - Dead Or Alive were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'You Spin Me Round (Like A Record). It was the first No.1 for the production team of Stock, Aitken and Waterman who went on to produce over 100 UK Top 40 hits.

in 1985 - Mick Jagger released his solo single 'Just Another Night' a No. 12 hit in the US and No. 32 on the UK charts.

in 1985 - REO Speedwagon started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Can't Fight This Feeling', it made No.16 in the UK.

in 1985 - Robert Alexander "Bumps" Blackwell dies at age 62. American songwriter, arranger, and record producer best known for his work overseeing the early hits of Little Richard. He produced and co-wrote hits for Little Richard including: "Long Tall Sally"; "Good Golly Miss Molly"; "Ready Teddy"; and "Rip It Up". He also produced Sam Cooke's hit "You Send Me". Earlier in his career in the 1940s he led a jazz group that included pianist Ray Charles and trumpeter Quincy Jones. He moved to Hollywood, California and took a job at Art Rupe's Specialty Records as an arranger and producer. He worked with Larry Williams, Lloyd Price and Guitar Slim before "discovering" Little Richard in 1955. In 1981 he produced some songs for Bob Dylan's album, Shot of Love, including the title track. Not be confused with another songwriter, Otis Blackwell (pneumonia)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRLH9sX9zu0"]YouTube - Bumps Blackwell "Sumpin' Jumpin'"" target="_blank">YouTube - Bumps Blackwell "Sumpin' Jumpin'"[/ame]



in 1988 - Kurt Georg Kiesinger, West German chancellor (1966-69), dies at 83.

in 1991 - Chris Rea scored his second UK No.1 album with 'Auberge' the follow up to 'The Road To Hell', his 11th LP release.

in 1991 - Mariah Carey started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Someday', her third US No.1 & No.38 hit in the UK.

in 1991 - 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go' gave The Clash their only UK No.1 single after the track was used for a Levi's TV advertisement. The track was first released in 1982 from their album Combat Rock album.

in 1995 - Radiohead kicked off a 13 date UK tour to promote their new album 'The Bends'.
in 1993 - 7th Soul Train Music Awards

in 1993 - Bob Crosby dies at age 79. American dixieland bandleader and vocalist with a singing voice remarkably similar to his brother Bing, but without its range. He began singing with Anson Weeks in 1931, then Dorsey Brothers in 1934, before he led his first band in 1935. His most famous band, the Bob-Cats, was a Dixieland jazz group with members from the Bob Crosby Orchestra. Both the Bob Crosby Orchestra and the smaller Bob-Cats group specialized in Dixieland jazz, showcasing the traditional jazz revival of the 1940s. Over the years members included Yank Lawson, Billy Butterfield, Muggsy Spanier, Matty Matlock, Irving Fazola, Ward Silloway, Warren Smith, Eddie Miller, Joe Sullivan, Bob Zurke, Jess Stacy, Nappy Lamare, Bob Haggart, Walt Yoder, Jack Sperling, and Ray Bauduc. During World War II, he spent 18 months in the Marines, touring with bands in the Pacific. His radio variety series, The Bob Crosby Show, aired on NBC and CBS in different runs between the years 1943 to 1950, followed by Club Fifteen on CBS from 1947 through 1953 and a half-hour CBS daytime series, The Bob Crosby Show from 1953 to 1957. Also in 1952, Bob replaced Phil Harris as the bandleader on The Jack Benny Program, remaining until Benny retired the radio show in 1955 (complications from cancer)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWTf0DIoqTk"]YouTube - Bob Crosby - Big Noise Blew In From Winnetka" target="_blank">YouTube - Bob Crosby - Big Noise Blew In From Winnetka[/ame]



in 1994 - Maurice "Moe" Purtill dies at age 77. American drummer who is best known today as Glenn Miller’s featured drummer from 1937 to 1942. Born in Huntington, New York, he dropped out of high school and started out as a freelance drummer in New York Studios. After playing with Red Norvo his big break came when he played in Glenn Miller's first band in December 1937, but went to play with Tommy Dorsey until 1938, and rejoined Miller on April 6th 1939 where he remained until September 27th 1942 when Miller broke up his band to join the Army. Moe appeared on virtually all of Miller’s hit records and also while with Glen, he appeared in two films, Sun Valley Serenade-1941, and Orchestra Wives-1942. After the breakup of the band in 1942, he went on to play with Kay Kyser until 1944, he then joined the Navy and entered World War II. After his discharge, he played briefly, in 1946, with the reformed Glenn Miller Orchestra directed by Tex Beneke. Moe went on to record in the studio on various projects and would sometimes participate in a few Miller retrospective projects.

in 1996 - Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher walked off stage during a gig at the Vernon Valley Gorge ski resort in New Jersey because his hands were too cold to play.

in 1996 - Take That scored their eighth and last UK No.1 single (until re-forming in 2006) with their version of The Bee Gees 1977 song 'How Deep Is Your Love', (originally intended for US singer Yvonne Elliman), and used as part of the soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever.

in 1997 - The Spice Girls went back to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Spice Girls.'

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ro0FW9Qt-4"]YouTube - Spice Girls - Say You'll Be There" target="_blank">YouTube - Spice Girls - Say You'll Be There[/ame]




in 1997 - Notorious BIG /Biggie Smalls/Christopher Wallace dies at age 24. American gangsta-rapper, a central figure in the East Coast hip-hop scene and increased New York's visibility at a time when hip hop was mostly dominated by West Coast artists. He began rapping when he was a teenager, entertaining people on the streets, as well as perform with local groups, the Old Gold Brothers and the Techniques. He had also lived a life of crime since he was 12 selling drugs and guns. After a prison sentence, Chris made a demo tape under the name Biggie Smalls which led his signing with Uptown who immediately gave him an appearance on Heavy D & the Boyz' "A Buncha Niggas". In mid 1992, he signed to Bad Boy Records. By 1996, he was headlining shows, enjoying MTV appearances, No.1 hit singles, and his debut album, Ready to Die, was selling remarkably well. He focused his energies on his second album, Life After Death, where, rather than relying on hardcore narratives and beats, he opted for midtempo and pop grooves, spawning hit singles such as "Hypnotise" and "Mo' Money, Mo' Problems". But when his former friend, Tupac Shakur was gunned down in Las Vegas in September of 1996, and fingers were soon pointing at Chris and his East Coast associates, especially by the LA Times newspaper, which ran a campaign accusing the rapper of paying the Crips gang £1m to kill Shakur. Less than a year later, on a promotional tour in Los Angeles, Chris was dead, which many believed was in retaliation for Tupac's death. (After leaving a party in L.A. a black Chevy Impala pulled up alongside Chris's truck. The driver of the Impala, an African-American male neatly dressed in a blue suit and bow tie, rolled down his window, drew a 9 mm blue-steel pistol and fired numerous rounds into the GMC Suburban; four bullets hit Chris in the chest. He was rushed to Cedars -Sinai Medical Center by his entourage but was pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m.)

in 1999 - guitarist Mike Anthony died from a heart attack aged 68. He worked with Harry Nilsson, The 5th Dimension, and Screamin' Jay Hawkins.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILMjOx-t910"]YouTube - Mike Anthony - Why Can't We Live Together - 511010/11 DISCO" target="_blank">YouTube - Mike Anthony - Why Can't We Live Together - 511010/11 DISCO[/ame]



in 1999 - Harry Stewart Somers CC dies at age 73. English-Canadian composer, born in Toronto. In 1942, he came under the influence of John Weinzweig set up a program of traditional harmony study for the young composer as well as introducing him to 12-tone techniques. There followed a period of study in Paris. It was there that Somers heard and was influenced by the music of Boulez and Messiaen. Returning home to Toronto in 1950 Somers worked as a music copyist while he honed his compositional talents. By the 1960s he was able to support his family almost entirely by his composition. An important work from the 1950s was Five Songs for Dark Voice. In the 1960s his music include Five Concepts for Orchestra, Twelve Miniatures, "Picasso Suite", and Five Songs of the Newfoundland Outports shows him clearly working within the choral mainstream. These five accessible arrangements of Newfoundland folk songs have become popular with choirs around the world. Also Louis Riel, an opera written for the 1967 Canadian centennial. He was a founding member of the Canadian League of Composers, and was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1971.

in 2000 - Ivo Robic dies at age 77. Croatian singer-songwriter; born in Rijeka, Croatia, he was a pioneer of popular Yugoslav music from the early 1950s. Following the success of his first international hit, "Morgen" / "Tomorrow") in 1959, he was nicknamed "Mister Morgen". The optimistic song was the first collaboration between Ivo and Bert Kaempfert. Following its success in Germany, the German-language version became a No.13 hit on the pop chart in the US, selling over one million copies. He performed and collaborated with Kaempfert, Freddy Quinn, and Dean Martin. His version of "Strangers in the Night", which he originally recorded for the music festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, was later sang in German, "Fremde in der Nacht", and in Croatian language "Stranci u Noci". Other international hits include "Muli-Song", "Mit 17 fängt das Leben erst an", "Ein ganzes Leben lang", "Rot ist der Wein", and "Ich zeig' dir den Sonnenschein". During his career in what was then Socialist Republic of Croatia within Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, he made more than one hundred records, mostly singles and schlagers.Vracam se Zagrebe tebi/Coming Back to You, My Zagreb, Ta tvoja ruka mala/That Little Hand of Yours, and Tiho plove moje cežnje/Silent Sail of My Yearnings
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNyGuxJ9BmU"]YouTube - Ivo Robi? - MORGEN" target="_blank">YouTube - Ivo Robi? - MORGEN[/ame]



in 2004 - Rust Epique /Charles Lopez dies at age 36. American singer and guitarist, born in Stockton but raised in Modesto, Ca. He toured with many bands, including "Kinesthesia", "Xit", "The Limit", and "Cliff Morrison", until 1989, he relocated to Hollywood. In 1999, he joined the L.A. rapcore band Crazy Town, their hit single, Butterfly, topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 2001. Despite his success with Crazy Town, Rust quit the band as a result of various disagreements with his band mates. He formed the band Rustandthesuperheroes and in 2003, V2 Records signed him to work with a band called Pre)Thing. They released their debut album, 22nd Century Lifestyle, in 2004 to much radio success (heart attack)

in 2004 - Tom Jones was banned from wearing tight leather pants by his own son and manager Mark Jones. His son said it was time to “dress his age” as he was in danger of becoming a laughing stock at 63.

in 2005 - Chris LeDoux dies at age 56. American singer, guitarist and rodeo performer. As well as being a solo artist he recorded and played with his pal Garth Brooks. He has recorded thirty-six albums and was awarded one gold album certification from the RIAA, and was nominated for a Grammy Award and the Academy of Country Music Music Pioneer Award. When his rodeo career ended, he continued to write and record his songs, and began playing concerts, which often featured a mechanical bull. He worked independenly until 1989, when he shot to national prominence when he was mentioned in the debut song of future superstar Garth Brooks, the Top-10 country hit "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)". In 1991 Chris signed with Capitol Records and released his first national album, Western Underground, and his follow-up album, Whatcha Gonna Do With a Cowboy, was certified gold and reached the top ten. The title track, a duet with Brooks, became LeDoux's first and only Top Ten country single, reaching #7 in 1992. In 2000, Chris suffered an illness that required a liver transplant. Garth Brooks volunteered to donate part of his liver, but it was found to be incompatible. n donor was located, and LeDoux did receive a transplant. After his recovery he released two additional albums (complications from ongoing treatment for cancer of the bile duct and liver)

in 2006 - Laura Stoica dies at age 38. Romanian singer, composer and actress; she made her debut in 1990 at the "Mamaia" festival with Un actor grabit/"An Actor in a hurry", written by Bogdan Cristinoiu. The following year she was declared the best pop-rock singer and 'Un actor grabit' became the song of the year. Her debut album, entitled Focul/The Fire, was released in 1994. Since then, her songs have been included in many compilations. Her second album, Nici o stea/"Any Star"), was released in 1997. She was also an actress, in 2000, she graduated from the Ecological University of Bucharest with a degree in drama (Laura and her fiancé tragically lost their lives in a car accident near Urziceni. She was pregnant at the time)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWAdI0yDXZo"]YouTube - Laura Stoica-Vreau sa am steaua mea" target="_blank">YouTube - Laura Stoica-Vreau sa am steaua mea[/ame]



in 2007 - Brad Delp dies at age 55. American multi-musician, lead singer, frontman of the rock band Boston, he is also known for his extremely high range, and often cited as a key influence in the rock music vocal scene. He began performing in Tom Scholz' band 'Mother's Milk' in 1969. Eventually they signed with Epic Records and renamed the band 'Boston'. Their debut album, Boston, released in August 1976, was an enormous success, selling over 17 million records and produced future rock standards such as "More Than a Feeling" and "Peace of Mind", it ranks as the best-selling debut album in United States history. Brad performed all lead and backing vocals, including all 'layered' vocal overdubs on the album. (suicide)

in 2008 - Duffy started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK album charts with ‘Rockferry’ the Welsh singers debut album.


in 2009 - Jimmy Boyd dies at age 70. US actor, singer on a small farm in McComb, Miss; at age 4 he started guitar and harmonica lessons, at 7, he was playing and singing at barn dances. Texas Jim Lewis, a country-western bandleader, heard Jimmy sing and signed him up for his Saturday night radio show. That led to a winning performance in a radio talent show in LA and the contract to sing “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus“, this led to appearances on television shows hosted by Ed Sullivan, Perry Como, Doris Day, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, among others. At 15, he was cast by Universal Pictures as the kid brother in "The Second Greatest Sex," a musical set in the Old West. In 1957, he played the title role in The United States Steel Hour's telecast of a musical version of "Huckleberry Finn." For 25 episodes, from 1958 to 1962, he was in the sitcom "Bachelor Father." Among his film roles was "Inherit the Wind," the 1960 movie classic. Jimmy co-starred on Broadway in Neil Simon's play Star Spangled Girl with George Hamilton and Deana Martin (cancer).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dehipZ850O0"]YouTube - Jimmy Boyd " Jelly On My Head "" target="_blank">YouTube - Jimmy Boyd " Jelly On My Head "[/ame]



in 2010 - Wilfred "Wilfy" Rebimbus dies at age 67. Indian musician, born in in Mangalore and became known as Konkan Kogul ("the nightingale of Konkani"). A highly talented composer and singer, he starting his career at 15, a career spanning over 50 years. Mog Tuzo Kitlo Axelom, Maria Tuzo Moga Maka Maria, and Philomena, are just a few among the 3,000 of songs Wilfy has written. He has staged more than 500 shows, 248 'Wilfy Nights' and released 40 albums, 6 devotional albums and 1 Instrumental album. Wilfy had also brought out a book, "Kogul Gaaithaa’’, comprising 40 volumes in four editions. He has written three Konkani musical plays, Hazaar Umaalyamche Kazaar, Vechik Pooth and Mother Teresa. His compositions not only in Konkani, but Tulu too are cherished by millions worldwide (lung cancer).

in 2010 - Lil Wayne was sentenced to a year in prison at New York City's Rikers Island jail complex after pleading guilty to gun possession. The charges were linked to his arrest in 2007 when a gun was found on his tour bus. His sentencing came after several delays; the first date was postponed to allow the rapper to have dental work and the second had to be rearranged after a fire broke out in the New York court complex.
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in 1698 - Gaetano Maria Schiassi, composer is born.
in 1700 - Diogo Diaz Melgaz, composer, dies at 61.
in 1701 - Johann Schelle, composer, dies at 52.
in 1713 - Christian Friedrich Schale, composer is born.
in 1713 - Raphael Weiss, composer is born.
in 1716 - Wenzel Ludwig von Radolt, composer, dies at 48.
in 1755 - Philipp Christoph Kayser, composer is born.
in 1780 - Juan Jose Landaeta, composer is born.
in 1832 - Muzio Clementi, Italian composer, dies at 79.
in 1839 - Dudley Buck, Hartford, Ct, organist/church composer is born.

in 1844 - Pablo Martin M de Sarasate y Navascuez, composer (Spanish Dancing) is born.
Video Notes: This music is considered one of the most challenging and virtuosic for the violin. Pablo Martín Melitón de Sarasate y Navascués (1844-1908) was a violin virtuoso and composer from Pamplona, Spain. He was famous for his purity of tone and impressive facility of execution: music dedicated to Sarasate include Henryk Wieniawski's Violin Concerto No. 2, Camille Saint-Saëns' Violin Concerto No. 3, Max Bruch's Scottish Fantasy, Alexander Mackenzie's Pibroch Suite and Édouard Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole, and Camille Saint-Saëns' Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso was written expressly for Sarasate and dedicated to him. Sarasate composed this Carmen Fantasy to demonstrate his own exemplary and dazzling skills, and ever since has been similarly used to show the consummate mastery of violin technique by such preeminent artists as Itzhak Perlman, Sarah Chang, Midori, Gil Shaham, Jascha Heifetz, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Rachel Barton Pine, Li Chuanyun, Ryu Han-Bin, Kristóf Baráti, Ida Haendel, David Oistrakh, Frederieke Saeijs, Huang Mengla, Anna Karkowska and many others.

The story of Carmen is set in circa 1820 Seville, Spain, where Carmen, a gypsy with a fiery temper, seduces Don José, an inexperienced army corporal. Don José then rejects his fiancée and is driven to mutiny, desertion and joining a gang of smugglers.

The introduction to Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy contains the Aragonaise, the Entr'acte to Act IV of the opera, with a foreboding tone that anticipates the tragic events in that act. On the day of the bullfight Carmen, who has turned from Don José to love the bullfighter Escamillo, is murdered by the jealous Don José as she tries to enter the bullring to see Escamillo. Next in Sarasate's piece is the famous Habanera aria, where Carmen states her philosophy of love, "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle" (or "Love is a rebellious bird that no one can tame ... He has never known law. If you don't love me I love you, if I love you watch yourself!"). In the third movement Sarasate composed variations on the Seguidilla aria ("Près des remparts de Séville") sung by Carmen to seduce Don José. In the final movement Sarasate follows the flashy fast-paced gypsy dance of Carmen on the tabletops of Carmen's friend Lillas Pastia's inn.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toAAzqGYMfQ"]Carmen Fantasy - YouTube[/ame]

in 1861 - Josepf Francois Snel, composer, dies at 67.
in 1866 - Antonio Francesco Gaetano S Pacini, composer, dies at 87.
in 1870 - Alfred Kastner, composer is born.
in 1870 - Isaak-Ignaz Moscheles, composer, dies at 75.
in 1872 - Felix Borowski, composer is born.
in 1875 - Alexander Borisovich Goldenweiser, composer is born.
in 1875 - Louis Joseph Daussoigne-Mehul, composer, dies at 84.
in 1888 - Ciro Pinsuti, Italian pianist/composer, dies at 57.

in 1884 - Maria Barrientos, celebrated Spanish soprano, is born at Barcelona. She entered the Barcelona Conservatory at age six, where she received training in piano, violin, and composition before graduating at 12; then studied voice with Francesco Bonet. In 1898 she made her operatic debut as Inez in L'Africaine. While still a youth, she appeared in Rome, Berlin, Leipzig, Milan, and other European music centers. On Jan. 31, 1916, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y as Lucia, continuing to sing there until 1920. She then devoted most of her time to concert engagements; she also taught in Buenos Aires (1939-45). In her heyday, Barrientos was acclaimed as one of the finest coloratura sopranos. Among her notable roles were Rosina, Gilda, Amina, Lakme, Norina, and the Queen of Shemakha. - Died at Ciboure, France, Aug. 8, 1946.

in 1888 - Krsto Odak, composer is born.
in 1892 - Arthur Oscar Honnegger, Le Havre France, composer (King David) is born.
in 1892 - Eva Turner, British soprano is born.
in 1897 - Teodulo Mabellini, composer, dies at 79.
in 1899 - Finn Hoffding, composer is born.
in 1900 - Johann Peter Emilius Hartmann, composer, dies at 94.
in 1901 - Vasily Georgiyevich Wrangell, composer, dies at 38.
in 1903 - Bix Biederbecke, jazz musician is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OsqO55tYCs"]BIX BEIDERBECKE - RIVERBOATSHUFFLE - Add: &fmt=18 to URL for HQ STEREO - YouTube[/ame]

in 1905 - Rene Bernier, Belgian composer, is born at Saint- Gilles. He studied at the Brussels Conservatory and with Gilson. With 7 other pupils of Gilson, he formed the Groupe des Synthetistes in 1925 with the aim of combining Classical forms with modern techniques. He was professor of music history at the Mons Conservatory (1945-70). In 1963 he was made a member of the Belgian Royal Academy. - Died at Brussels, Sept. 8,1984.

in 1903 - Bix Beiderbecke, (actually Leon Bix, not Bismarck as is sometimes reported), widely admired early jazz cornetist, composer, pianist and a unique stylist, is born at Davenport, Iowa.

Beiderbecke's parents, German immigrants, were amateur musicians, and he began to play as a small child. His mother was an amateur pianist, and his father had his own merchant's business in Davenport. (He later sent copies of all his records home to his Midwestern German-Protestant family, but they didn't even open the parcels.) His brother brought home records by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and Bix slowed down the turntable so that he could learn to play the correct solos.

He began playing piano at the age of three, and cornet at 14—which, for at least the first eight years, he played left-handed. During his highschool days (1919-21), Beiderbecke began gigging and sitting-in with various bands in the greater Davenport area. In September 1921, he enrolled at Lake Forest Military Academy, near Chicago. While at the Academy, he formed the Cy-Bix Orch. with drummer Walter "Cy" Welge, and also played in the Ten Foot Band in Chicago. Uninterested in his studies, he was expelled from the Academy on May 22, 1922.

He briefly returned to Davenport, but then quickly moved back to Chicago to join The Cascades Band. Beiderbecke played on Lake Michigan excursion boats and worked in a quintet at White Lake, Mich., during the summer of 1922. For the next year or so, he worked with various bands in Chicago and, briefly, Syracuse, N.Y., while returning in the summer of 1923 to excursion-boat work in the Chicago area. In October 1923, Beiderbecke joined The Wolverines, a semi-pro band popular on college campuses. The band was mostly working in the Ind.-Ohio area, with an occasional date in Chicago. He first recorded with the Wolverines, and soon became friends with songwriter Hoagy Carmichael. During this time, Bix also played briefly with Mezz Mezzrow.

The Wolverines came to N.Y. in autumn 1924, to begin a residency at the Cinderella Ballroom on Sept. 12th. However, Bix left The Wolverines in November. He was hired on a try-out basis by bandleader Jean Goldkette, but then returned to Chicago to work for four weeks for Charlie Straight. After being fired by Straight, he gigged in Chicago before spending 18 days as a student at the State Univ. of Iowa from Feb. 2-20, 1925. In September 1925, Beiderbecke joined Frank Trumbauer in Detroit, who was then leading a band under the auspices of Jean Goldkette. A year later, the pair joined Jean Goldkette's Band until Goldkette temporarily disbanded in September 1927. Through recordings and radio broadcasts with the band, Beiderbecke's initial reputation was made.

Beiderbecke also recorded with various accompanists, both under his own name, and with Trumbauer, from summer 1927 on. After a short position in Adrian Rollini Big Band in September 1927, Beiderbecke joined Paul Whiteman's orch. at the Ind. Theatre, Indianapolis on Oct. 31st; he would continue to work with the band on the road and in N.Y. through 1930, except for brief periods of illness. Beiderbecke was a featured soloist in the band, and could be heard on recordings, radio, and in concrts. Beiderbecke also began to make his mark as a composer of advanced music that combined jazz with modern classical influences. Together with Lennie Hayton and Roy Bargy, Beiderbecke played a three-piano version of own composition In a Mist at Carnegie Hall on Oct. 7, 1928. The piece showed the influence of European Impressionism.

However, Beiderbecke's health was beginning to fail, and he was absent from Paul Whiteman from November 1928 until March 1929 due to illness. He rejoined the band for a trip to Calif, in May 1929, and then returned to N.Y Beiderbecke continued to work with Whiteman until suffering another breakdown in health in mid-September. He returned to recuperate in Davenport, and was back to N.Y in spring of 1930. He did gigs and freelance recordings, including a four-day try-out with the Casa Loma Band in summer of 1930.

Except for a brief period from November 1930-January 1931 when he was back in his hometown, Beiderbecke freelanced in N.Y. until his death. He briefly held a regular job on the Camel Hour radio show (orchestra directed by Charles Previn) that spring, and also played a few university dates. Sometime during the summer of 1931 Bix moved from his 44th Street Hotel apartment to rent the groundfloor apartment of a block in Queens. He had become a serious alcoholic and his death was attributed to that, though the direct cause was pneumonia. He was treated by a doctor during the last few days of his life; he died in the presence of the owner of the apartment, a bass-playing attorney named George Kraslow. Bix was buried at Oakdale Cemetery, Davenport.

Beiderbecke was one of the unique stylists, widely admired by black and white musicians alike for his lyrical reach, unexpected melodic directions, and controlled ("cool," they would later say) and expressive tone. (Armstrong said "He was the only one as serious about his horn as I was”. He and Louis admired each other and Louis allegedly once lent him his horn so Bix could sit in.) Not an isolated phenomenon, Beiderbecke was part of a circle of musicians who experimented with wide melodic leaps, a kind of uninflected eighth-note pulse, and compositions using the whole-tone scale. This school, and Beiderbecke himself, had a tremendous impact on musicians growing up in the late 1920s, including Lester Young, Budd Johnson, Eddie Durham, Eddie Barefield, and of course cornetists Jimmy McPartland, Bunny Berigan, Bobby Hackett, and, through Hackett, Miles Davis.

Among white musicians he developed a cult following, exemplified to this day in a annual Beiderbecke festival held in Davenport. His early death made him a candidate for legend, exemplified in Dorothy Baker's rather fictional biography, Young Man with a Horn (N.Y., 1938), made into a Hollywood film starring Kirk Douglas in 1956. - Died at Queens, N.Y., Aug. 6, 1931.

in 1907 - Robert de Roos, composer is born.

in 1910 - Carl Reinecke dies at age 85. German pianist, conductor and composer born in Altona, Hamburg; at 19, he undertook his first concert tour in 1843, through Denmark and Sweden. In 1846, Reinecke was appointed Court Pianist for Christian VIII in Copenhagen and in 1851, Carl became a professor at the Cologne Conservatory. In ensuing years he was appointed musical director at Barmen, and became the academic, musical director and conductor of the Singakademie at Breslau. In 1860, he was appointed director of the Gewandhaus Orchestra concerts in Leipzig, and professor of composition and piano at the Conservatorium. He led the orchestra for more than three decades, until 1895. He conducted premieres such as the full seven-movement version of Brahms's German Requiem-1869. In 1865 the Gewandhaus-Quartett premiered Brahms' piano quintet, and in 1892 his D major string quartet. He is best known for his flute sonata "Undine", but he is also remembered as one of the most influential and versatile musicians of his time. At the age of 80, Carl recorded his playing on piano roll for the Welte-Mignon company, making him the earliest-born pianist to have his playing preserved in any format.

in 1922 - Arthur Hervey, composer, dies at 67.
in 1922 - Horace Wadham Nicholl, composer, dies at 73.
in 1923 - Kenneth "Jethro" Burns, country singer (Homer and Jethro) is born.
in 1927 - Donn Trenner, New Haven Ct, orch leader (ABC's Nightlife) is born.
in 1930 - Raymond Rasberry, pianist/singer is born.
in 1933 - Bernadetta Matuszczak, composer is born.
in 1940 - 1st US opera telecast, W2XBS, NYC, I Pagliacci.
in 1940 - Dean Torrence, LA Cal, surf music singer (Jan and Dean-Little Old Lady) is born.
in 1940 - Francis Schwartz, composer is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cY5ux_l2ZiI"]Francis Schwartz: Concerto for Solo Conductor - YouTube[/ame]

in 1941 - Daniel Kirkland Lentz, composer is born.
in 1941 - Piotr Warzecha, composer is born.
in 1943 - Alfred Whitford Lerdahl, composer is born.
in 1943 - Stephen Montague, composer is born.
in 1946 - Gaylord Birch, drummer (Reconstruction, Honey Dripper) is born.
in 1947 - Tom Scholz, rock guitarist/keyboardist (Boston-More Than a Feeling) is born.
in 1948 - Eddie Grundy, rocker is born.
in 1950 - Ted McKenna, rocker (Alex Harvey Band) is born.
in 1955 - Bunny DeBarge, Grand Rapids Mich, rocker (Debarge) is born.
in 1955 - Mark David Chapman, assassin (John Lennon) is born.
in 1962 - Gary Clark, rocker (Danny Wilson-Mary's Prayer) is born.
in 1964 - Neneh Cherry, Stockholm Sweden, Swedish pop singer (Money Love) is born.
in 1966 - Edie Brickell, Mrs Paul Simon/rocker (and New Bohemians) is born.
in 1969 - Ricky Seagall, rocker (Partridge Family) is born.
in 1970 - Barbra Streisand records "The Singer" and "I Can Do It".
in 1971 - Mabel Wheeler Daniels, composer, dies at 92.
in 1974 - Quinto Maganini, composer, dies at 76.
in 1975 - Leopold Samuel, composer, dies at 91.

in 1977 - E. Power Biggs dies at age 70. English concert organist and recording artist, born in Westcliff-on-Sea, but moved to the Isle of Wight while a baby. After training in London at the Royal Academy of Music, he emigrated to the United States in 1930. He did much to bring the classical pipe organ back to prominence, and was in the forefront of the mid-20th-century resurgence of interest in the organ music of pre-Romantic composers. On his first concert tour of Europe, in 1954, He performed and recorded works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Sweelinck, Dieterich Buxtehude, and Pachelbel on historic organs associated with those composers. In addition to concertizing and recording, he taught at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at various times in his career and edited a large body of organ music. For his contribution to the recording industry, Edward has a star on California's Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6522 Hollywood Blvd .
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RaT4PUGRdE"]E. Power Biggs plays Maple Rag on the pedal harpsichord - YouTube[/ame]


[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAmgeYjgfyk"]Bach - Fantasie and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542 (E. Power Biggs, pedal harpsichord) - YouTube[/ame]

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in 1886 - Clarence Adler, American pianist, teacher, and composer, father of Richard Adler, is born at Cincinnati. He studied with R. Gorno at the Cincinnati College of Music (1898-1904), with R. Joseffy in N.Y., and with Godowsky in Berlin (1905-09). After touring Europe with the Hekking Trio, he made his U.S. debut as soloist with the N.Y Symphony Orchestra on Feb. 8, 1914. He subsequently appeared with other U.S. orchestras, gave recitals, and played in chamber music settings. In later years he was active as a teacher. He wrote several piano pieces and arrangements. - Died at N.Y., Dec. 24, 1969.

in 1988 - Andy Gibb dies at age 30. UK-Australian solo singer, the youngest of the Gibb brothers but he was not a member of The Bee Gees. In 1977, he began his career as a solo singer, following his brothers' disco style. His first 3 singles "I Just Want to Be Your Everything," "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water," and "Shadow Dancing" all reached the No.1 spot. Three more consecutive Top Ten hits followed, cementing his overnight sensation status. Despite the number four "Desire," Gibb's streak of Top Ten hits began to slip in 1980; the following year he had his last Top 40 hit, "Me (Without You)." After a stint as the host of Solid Gold, Andy turned to acting, but he did not replicate the enormous success of his recording career. Sadly he developed a massive cocaine addiction, which helped lead to his death (myocarditis, inflammation of the heart muscle).

in 1988 - William Brocklesby Wordsworth, composer, dies at 79.

in 1989 - Doc Green Jr dies at age 54. American bass & baritone singer; he was a member of The Five Crowns when in 1958 manager George Treadwell, who owned the rights to the name "Drifters", but had sacked the whole band, approached Lover Patterson, the manager of The Five Crowns featuring lead singer Ben E. King, wanting his band to adopt the appellation of The Drifters. So the new line-up of The Drifters consisted of Doc as baritone, Ben E King (lead tenor), Charlie Thomas (tenor), and Elsbeary Hobbs (bass). The group went out on the road to tour for almost a year. Since this new group had no connection to the prior Drifters, they often played to hostile audiences. This new Drifter lineup, widely considered the "true" golden age of the group, released several singles with King on lead that became chart hits. "There Goes My Baby", the first commercial rock-and-roll recording to include a string orchestra, was a Top 10 hit, and number 193 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. "Dance with Me" followed, and then "This Magic Moment" No.16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1960. "Save the Last Dance for Me" reached No.1 on the U.S. pop charts and No.2 in the UK. This was followed by "I Count The Tears." This version of The Drifters was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2000 as Ben E. King and the Drifters (cancer).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVYD4xzZvEg"]The Five Crowns - God Bless You - YouTube[/ame]


in 1992 - 6th Soul Train Music Awards: Natalie Cole and Color Me Badd win.

in 1992 - Giorgos Zampetas dies at age 67. Greek music composer, singer who became one of the greatest bouzouki artists; born in Metaksourgio of Athens, from a very young age. He showed a great interest in music, as he was helping his father in his barber shop, he secretly played his first melodies on a bouzouki. Anything that was producing sound seemed exciting to him and helped him in his compositions. In 1932, as a 7 year old first grader, he won his first prize, playing his first song in a school competition.

in 1995 - Hendrik W van Leeuwen, Dutch musician, dies at 79.

in 1997 - Lavern Baker aka Delores Williams dies at age 57.
LaVern Baker was an American rhythm and blues singer, who had several hit records on the pop chart in the 1950s and early 1960s. Her most successful records were "Tweedlee Dee" (1955), "Jim Dandy" (1956), and "I Cried a Tear" (1958).

She was born Delores LaVern Baker in Chicago, Illinois. She is occasionally referred to as Delores Williams because of an early marriage to Eugene Williams; in the late 1940s he was identified in RCA Victor record company files as "D. L. McMurley." She was the niece of blues singer Merline Johnson and was also related to Memphis Minnie.

She began singing in Chicago clubs such as the Club DeLisa around 1946, often billed as Little Miss Sharecropper, and first recorded under that name in 1949. She changed her name briefly to Bea Baker when recording for Okeh Records in 1951, and then became LaVern Baker when singing with Todd Rhodes and his band in 1952.

In 1953 she signed for Atlantic Records as a solo artist, her first release being "Soul on Fire". Her first hit came in early 1955, with the Latin-tempo "Tweedlee Dee" reaching #4 on the R&B chart and #14 on the national US pop charts. Georgia Gibbs scored the bigger hit with her version of "Tweedle Dee", for which Baker unsuccessfully attempted to sue her.

Baker had a succession of hits on the R&B charts over the next couple of years with her backing group The Gliders, including "Bop-Ting-A-Ling" (#3 R&B), "Play It Fair" (#2 R&B), and "Still" (#4 R&B). At the end of 1956 she had another smash hit with "Jim Dandy" (#1 R&B, #17 pop). It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[2] Further hits followed for Atlantic, including the follow-up "Jim Dandy Got Married" (#7 R&B), "I Cried a Tear" (#2 R&B, #6 pop in 1959), "I Waited Too Long" (#5 R&B, #3 pop, written by Neil Sedaka), "Saved" (#17 R&B, written by Leiber and Stoller), and "See See Rider" (#9 R&B in 1963).

In addition to singing, Baker also did some work with Ed Sullivan and Alan Freed on TV and in films, including Rock, Rock, Rock and Mr. Rock & Roll. In 1964, she recorded a Bessie Smith tribute album, before leaving Atlantic and joining Brunswick Records, where she recorded the album "Let Me Belong to You".

In 1966, Baker recorded a duet single with Jackie Wilson. The controversial song, Think Twice, featured raunchy lyrics that were not considered appropriate for airplay at that time or even today.

In the late 1960s, she became seriously ill after a trip to Vietnam to entertain American soldiers. While recovering at the Subic Bay Naval Base in the Philippines, a friend recommended that she stay on as the entertainment director at the Marine Corps Staff NCO club there, and she remained there for 22 years.

In 1988 she returned to perform at Madison Square Garden for Atlantic Records' 40th anniversary. She then worked on the soundtracks to films such as Shag, (1989), Dick Tracy, (1990) and A Rage in Harlem (1991), which were all issued on CD.

In 1990, she made her Broadway debut replacing Ruth Brown as star of the hit musical Black and Blue. In 1991, Rhino Records released a new album Live in Hollywood recorded at the Hollywood Roosevelt Cinegrill, as well as a compilation of her greatest Atlantic hits entitled Soul on Fire. In 1992 she recorded a well-received studio album, Woke Up This Morning, for DRG Records. She continued performing after having both legs amputated from diabetes in 1994 and made her last recording, "Jump Into the Fire," for the 1995 Harry Nilsson tribute CD, For the Love of Harry on the Music Masters label.

She received the 1990 Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. In 1991, Baker became the second female solo artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, following Aretha Franklin in 1987. Her song "Jim Dandy" was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll and was ranked #343 on the Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

LaVern Baker died from coronary complications in 1997, and was interred in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens, New York. She originally lay in an unmarked grave, but a fundraiser was scheduled by local historians to give LaVern a headstone, and this was accomplished on May 4, 2008.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRjnV0DcAwE"]I Cried a Tear[/ame]




in 2001 - Massimo Morsello dies at age 42. Italian far-right political activist and singer-songwriter. He was the main figure of Italian far-right political music and, with Roberto Fiore, a co-founder of the Italian nationalist movement Forza Nuova. He began his career as a musician in the '70s, with his first performance being at the first Hobbit Camp. During the so-called "Anni di Piombo" or Lead Years he became involved in various violent episodes and is thought to have possibly been a member of the neofascist terrorist organization Nuclei Armati Rivoluzionari. After the Bologna Massacre of August 2, 1980, Massimo, Roberto Fiore, leader of Terza Posizione and seven other people were accused of subversive association. They escaped first to Germany, then, after a few months, to London. Italy called for their extradition but it was refused by England because the crimes they were accused of were only political (cancer).

in 2002 - Shirley Scott dies at age 67. US hard bop and soul-jazz organist; she played played piano and trumpet before moving to the Hammond organ, her main instrument, though on occasion she still played piano. Shirley became known in the 1950s for her work with saxophone player Eddie Davis, particularly the song "In the Kitchen" and went on to play with many greats. Shirley recorde 23 albums as a leader and six albums with Stanley Turrentine (Shirley died of heart failure, believed this had been hastened by the diet drug fen-phen) b. March 14th 1934.

in 2004 - Dave Blood/David Schulthise dies at age 47. American bass guitarist for the punk band Dead Milkmen who enjoyed international success on the strength of 1988's "Punk Rock Girl", a single from their Beelzebubba album. He helped form the band in 1983 along with fellow pseudonymous musicians Joe Jack Talcum, Dean Clean, and Rodney Anonymous. Allegedly, he tuned the strings of his bass guitar, in order from lowest to highest, D E A D, to match the name of the band. He stopped playing music in 1995 after the band broke up as the result of developing tendinitis in both hands (committed suicide by overdosing on pills).

in 2005 - Danny Joe Brown dies at age 53. American singer from Jacksonville, Florida; was a member of the Southern rock group Molly Hatchet, and singer and co-writer of the band's biggest hits from the late 1970s. He is best known for writing and singing such hit singles as "Flirtin' with Disaster", and "Satisfied Man". He left the band in 1980 to form The Danny Joe Brown Band. He later rejoined Molly Hatchet in 1982, but had to leave in 1995 after suffering a stroke. (tragically he died less than an hour after returning to his home from a four week hospitalization. He had been fighting a long battle with diabetes and effects of a past stroke).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZM6PidbXh2Y"]Jammin' For Danny Joe Brown - DJB Onstage Pt 1 - YouTube[/ame]



in 2005 - Jacqueline "Jazzy Jackie" Neal dies at age 37. American blues singer, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, her father Raful Neal, was also a blues musician, as were eight of her ten siblings. She was best known for her hit "Right Thang, Wrong Man". Jackie released 4 albums, ''Blues Won't Let You Go''; ''Lookin' for a Sweet Thang''; ''Money Can't Buy Me Love''; and lastly ''Down in Da Club''. (Tragically, she was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend, James White, in Baton Rouge).

in 2006 - Anna Moffo dies at age 73. American soprano born in Wayne, Pennsylvania; she was offered the challenging role of Cio-Cio-San in an Italian television (RAI) production of Madama Butterfly, the telecast aired on January 24th 1956, and made her an overnight sensation throughout Italy. She returned to America for her debut there, as Mimì in La Bohème next to Jussi Björling's Rodolfo, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on October 16, 1957. Her Metropolitan Opera of New York debut took place on November 14th 1959 as Violetta in La traviata and performed at The Metropolitan Opera for seventeen seasons in roles such as Lucia, Gilda, Adina, Mimi, Liù, Nedda, Pamina, Marguerite, Juliette, Manon, Mélisande, Périchole, the four heroines of Les contes d'Hoffmann. She enjoying a successful international career singing at most major opera houses around the world, Stockholm, Berlin, Monte Carlo, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, among others. She made her debut at the Royal Opera House in London, as Gilda, in a Franco Zeffirelli production of Rigoletto, in 1964. Such a heavy workload however led to physical exhaustion and a serious vocal-breakdown in 1974, from which she never fully recovered (died of a stroke following a decade-long battle with breast cancer).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p36KU8vZfq0"]Donizetti: Lucia Di Lammermoor - Anna Moffo - 1971 - YouTube[/ame]



in 2008 - Charles "Chuck" Day dies at age 65. American blues guitarist, singer and bassist born in Chicago his musical talents began to develop at age 3, and at age 15 in 1957, he recorded the single "Pony Tail Partner" under the name Bing Day at Federal Records. He recorded several singles over the next ten years as 'Bing Day' and, also, 'Ford Hopkins', before moving to L.A. in 1965. He worked with the likes of the Johnny River band on the tracks "Here We GoGo Again" and "Rivers Rocks the Folk", Chuck wrote the distinctive riff in "Secret Agent Man". He next joined the Mamas and Papas as their bass guitarist and was second guitarist on "Monday, Monday" and "California Dreamin'" before forming his own band. Chuck also recorded with The Young Gyants, Shel Silverstein and more recently in 2006 with Steve Wolf (died in Healdsburg District Hospital after a long illness).

in 2008 - Dennis Irwin dies at age 56. American jazz double bassist, born in Birmingham, Alabama but grew up in Atlanta and Knoxville. His older brothers were jazz fans, and with their encouragement Dennis began playing clarinet. In the mid-1960s the family relocated to Houston, where as a teenager he played alto sax in a series of local R&B bands and while studying classical clarinet at University he began playing upright bass in the school's Two O'Clock Big Band. In 1975, Dennis started working with trumpeter Ted Carson, emerging as the bassist of choice for vocalists including Mose Allison, Betty Carter, Annie Ross and Jackie Paris. He made his record debut the following year, supporting pianist Dom Salvador's album "My Family". In 1977, he signed on with Blakey's Jazz Messengers and went on to play with many other greats including John Scofield, Stan Getz, Johnny Griffin, Horace Silver, Chet Baker and Mel Lewis (He sadly died from complications of cancer on the same day as a Jazz at Lincoln Center benefit concert was held in his honor which featured performances by Wynton Marsalis, Tony Bennett, Jon Hendricks, Joe Lovano and Joe Scofield).

in 2009 - Ralph Mercado dies at age 67. American promoter of Latin American music — Latin Jazz, Latin rock, merengue and salsa — he established a network of businesses that included promoting concerts, managing artists, a record label, film company, nightclubs and restaurants. He out started promoting "waistline parties", live music events in apartment building basements where women were charged in proportion to their waist size, with himself measuring at the door. Soon he was promoting Latin jazz at Manhattan clubs such as The Village Gate. These expanded into concerts at major venues with stars such as James Brown, who appeared with Latin acts such as Mongo Santamaría. He turned to managing performers, founding RMM Management in 1972, where his clients included Celia Cruz and Tito Puente, achieving acclaim as the biggest salsa manager in the United States by the 1970s. He developed new talent, such as La India Marc Anthony, presenting salsa concerts at major venues across the country, from Madison Square Garden to the Hollywood Bowl. Ralf started RMM Records in 1987, which had in excess of 130 artists performing across the Latin music spectrum, representing merengue, salsa, Latin jazz and Latin rock. He rode the expanding size and economic power of the nation's Hispanic population and a general interest in salsa music. Mercado brought in international groups and influences from Africa, Brazil and even Japan. He achieved acclaim as the most successful promoter of salsa music, and in 1991, Billboard magazine described him as "the entrepreneur who took salsa from New York to the world" (cancer).

in 2010 - Evelyn Dall dies at age 92. American singer and actress, born in The Bronx, New York City. In 1935 she was invited to become the female vocalist for Bert Ambrose and his Orchestra, in the UK, where she remained until 1946. Over her career she has worked in musical films such as Sing as You Swing, Kicking the Moon Around, He Found a Star, and King Arthur Was a Gentleman, and in supporting roles on Broadway and Londons's West End in.. Something for the Boys, Parade, Follow the Girls, and Present Arms. She was known there as England's "Original Blonde Bombshell" (died after a long illness).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRwhXK1o8rg&feature=related"]You're What's A Matter With Me Evelyn Dall, Ambrose From Millionaire Merry Go Round 1938 - YouTube[/ame]



in 2010 - Micky Jones dies at age 63. British singer and guitarist with the legendary Welsh pychedelic, progressive rock, blues and country-rock band "Man", formed in 1968 as a reincarnation of Welsh rock harmony group ‘’The Bystanders’’ from Merthyr Tydfil. Micky has played in every incarnation of Man until his illness in 2002 and again in 2005. In 1960, whilst still at school, Micky formed his first band The Rebels, before he formed his first professional band The Bystanders in 1962. He adopted the stage name of Mike Martin and later Mike Steel. They released eight singles, including "98.6" in February '67, which featured in the '09 film, The Boat That Rocked. In 2002 Micky was diagnosed with a brain tumour and had to take time off for treatment. A trooper till the end in '04 he was back with Man but tragically the following year his health deteriorated due to the re-occurrence of his brain tumour and Micky sadly remained in hospital for the next 5 years. (passed away peacefully).

in 2011 - Mario Clavell dies at age 88. Argentine singer, actor and composer; singing his own songs in his native Argentina, his career has been a long chain of triumphs. Movies, radio, records and television opened up new markets and made him internationally known. In Uruguay and Peru he was voted the Best Showman on Television. He also performed in Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, México, Puerto Rico and Spain. In 1969 he was hired in Madrid to broadcast his personal radio-show for six months, and his big success made him stay in Cadena Ser for four years, sharing his work with frequent participations in the best shows in TV and performing in the most important night-clubs of Spain. He also produced and acted in a very successful "cafe-concert" show, with his own music, and also wrote the score and songs for the musical"El Oso y el Madrileño", with script by the famous Spanish writer Antonio Mingote. More recently, Mario performed for numerous latin-american audiences in Miami, USA, where his "boleros" have always been very popular through the recordings of the most important singers and orchestras. In 1995 he was honoured a significant distinction: Miami´s Dade Major proclaimed the day July 5 as "El Día de Mario Clavell" - Mario Clavell´s Day (died after a long ilness).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4W2RNyezI6U"]Mario Clavell - Mix - YouTube[/ame]



in 2012 - Domna Samiou dies at age 83. Greek singer and traditional music researcher born in Athens. During her childhood she lived the harsh life of a refugee, but was also surrounded with the humane solidarity of the refugee communities. It was there she acquired her deep connection with popular culture and her love for folk music. Her first professional collaboration was with the National Radio Foundation, the state-run national radio station of Greece at the time, when she was a member of the Simon Karas choir, before her solo career. For over fifty years, Domna performed all over the world, in places as distant as Australia and South America, appealing not only to the Greek diaspora, but also introducing non-Greek audiences to “Greek music with no Bouzouki”. In 1981, the Domna Samiou Greek Folk Music Association was founded to preserve and promote Greek traditional music and in 2005, the President of Greece, K. Stefanopoulos, awarded her a medal of honour (?) b. October 12th 1928.

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in 1654 - Heinrich Georg Neuss, composer is born.
in 1683 - Giovanni Veneziano, composer is born.
in 1772 - George Reuter, composer, dies at 63.

in 1781 - Anthony Philip Heinrich, (actually, Anton Philipp), prominent American composer of German Bohemian descent, is born at Schonbiichel.

He was adopted by a wealthy uncle and given lessons in violin and piano; all the same, he was mainly autodidact as a musician. At his uncle's death, he came into a rich inheritance, including property and a flourishing business. In 1805 he visited the U.S., and returned there in 1810 to pursue his business interests but without success.

In the wake of the Austrian financial debacle of 1811, he lost his wealth and returned to the U.S. in a vain attempt to restore his fortunes. After he failed again in business in 1817, he set out on a trek through the American wilderness, which took him from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, and then down the Ohio River to Bardstown, Ky.

He managed to find enough musicians to conduct one of Beethoven's symphonies in Lexington, Ky., on Nov. 12, 1817, the first known performance of a Beethoven symphony in America.

In 1818 he began to compose in earnest, which resulted in the publication of his op.1, The Dawning of Music in Kentucky, or The Pleasures of Harmony in the Solitudes of Nature (Philadelphia, 1820; rev. 1820-23), a collection of piano music, pieces for violin and piano, and songs.

It was followed by the collections The Western Minstrel, op.2 (Philadelphia, 1820; rev. 1820-23) and The Sylviad, or Minstrelsy of Nature in the Wilds of N. America, op.3 (Boston, 1823, and 1825-26). From 1826 to 1831 he pursued his career in Europe, returning there in 1833. In 1836 he received critical accolades as a composer in Graz. In 1837 he settled in N.Y. and acquired a notable reputation. His works were heard at festivals there in 1842, 1846, and 1853, and critics hailed him as "the Beethoven of America."

He became affectionately known as "Father Heinrich." In 1856 he returned once more to Europe. By the time he returned to N.Y. in 1859, interest in his career had plummeted and he ended his days in poverty. While Heinrich wrote some fine piano pieces and songs, he was a composer dedicated to scores on a grand scale.

His often amusingly titled symphonic works may be the product of a composer of an eccentric bent, but they are not without redeeming qualities. He was much taken by descriptive writing, and remains historically important as the first major composer in America to consider the American Indian as a subject worthy of serious compositional effort. - Died at N.Y., May 3, 1861.

in 1787 - Maximilian JLP Gardel, French ballet dancer/choreographer, dies at 45.

in 1792 - Natale Abbadia, Italian composer, is born at Genoa. He composed the opera Giannina di Pontieu (1812), the farce L'lmbroglione ed il castigmatti, masses, and motets. - Died at Milan, Dec. 25, 1861.

in 1807 - Anton Eberl, composer, dies at 41.
in 1812 – William Vincent Wallace, composer is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjaRrZgrxys"]YouTube - William Vincent Wallace - Lurline - Ouverture[/ame]

in 1819 - Marius Petipa, French ballet dancer/choreographer (Don Quiotte) is born.

in 1824 - Julius (Ferdinand) Bliithner, celebrated German piano maker, is born at Falkenhain, near Merseburg. In 1853 he founded his establishment at Leipzig with 3 workmen, and by 1897 it had grown to a sizable company, producing some 3,000 pianos yearly. Bliithner's specialty was the "Aliquotflugel," a grand piano with a sympathetic octave-string stretched over and parallel with each unison struck by the hammers. He was awarded many medals for his contributions to the advancement of piano construction. He was co-author, with H. Gretschel, of Lehrbuch des Pianofortebaus in seiner Geschichte, Theorie und Technik (Weimar, 1872; 4th ed., 1921). - Died at Leipzig, April 13, 1910.

in 1833 - Fridolin Weber, composer, dies at 71.
in 1827 - Septimus Winner, composer is born.
in 1826 - Gervais-Fracois Couperin, composer, dies at 66.
in 1851 - Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Rigoletto," premieres in Venice.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A3zetSuYRg"]Rigoletto La Dona e mobile - YouTube[/ame]

in 1867 - Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Don Carlos," premieres in Paris.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiLGstIDhqk"]Giuseppe Verdi - Don Carlos - "Au palais des fees" (Magdalena Kozena) - YouTube[/ame]

in 1876 - Carl Ruggles, Marion Mass, composer (Evocations) is born.
in 1879 - Justus Hermann Wetzel, composer is born.

in 1891 - Dorothee Manski, German-American soprano and teacher, is born at Berlin. She studied in Berlin, where she made her debut at the Komische Oper (1911); then sang in Mannheim (1914-20) and Stuttgart (1920-24). She was a member of the Berlin State Opera (1924-27); also sang in Max Reinhardt's productions; then appeared as Isolde at the Salzburg Festival (1933) and the Vienna State Opera (1934). She made her Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as the Witch in Hansel und Gretel on Nov. 5,1927, and remained on the company's roster until 1941; also sang opera in Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco, and appeared as a concert singer with leading European and U.S. orchs. She was professor of voice at the Ind. University School of Music in Bloomington (1941-65). Among her other roles were Sieglinde, Venus, Gutrune, Briinnhilde, Freia, and Elsa. - Died at Atlanta Ga., Feb. 24, 1967.

in 1897 - Henry (Dixon) Cowell, remarkable and innovative American composer, is born at Menlo Park, Calif
His father, of Irish birth, was a member of a clergyman's family in Kildare; his mother was an American of progressive persuasion. Cowell studied violin with Henry Holmes in San Francisco; after the earthquake of 1906, his mother took him to N.Y., where they were compelled to seek support from the Society for the Improvement of the Condition of the Poor; they returned to Menlo Park, Calif., where Cowell was able to save enough money, earned from menial jobs, to buy a piano.

He began to experiment with the keyboard by striking the keys with his fists and forearms; he named such chords "tone clusters" and at the age of 13 composed a piece called Adventures in Harmony, in which they appear. Later he began experimenting in altering the sound of the piano by placing various objects on the strings, and also by playing directly under the lid of the piano pizzicato and glissando, thus the later development of the "prepared piano."

He first exhibited these startling innovations on March 5, 1914, at the San Francisco Musical Society at the St. Francis Hotel, much to the consternation of its members. The tone clusters per se were not new; they were used for special sound effects by composers in the 18th century to imitate thunder or cannon fire. Vladimir Rebikov applied them, for example, in his piano piece Hymn to Inca, and Charles Ives used them in his Concord Sonata to be sounded by covering a set of white or black keys with a wooden board.

However, Cowell had a priority by systematizing tone clusters as harmonic amplifications of tonal chords, and he devised a logical notation for them. These tone clusters eventually acquired legitimacy in the works of many European and American composers. Cowell also extended the sonorities of tone clusters to instrumental combinations and applied them in several of his symphonic works.

In the meantime, Cowell began taking lessons in composition with E.G. Strickland and Wallace Sabin at the University of Calif. at Berkeley, and later with Frank Damrosch at the Institute of Musical Art in N.Y.,and, privately, with Charles Seeger (1914-16). After brief service in the U.S. Army in 1918, where he was employed first as a cook and later as arranger for its Band, he became engaged professionally to give a series of lectures on new music, illustrated by his playing his own works on the piano.

In 1928 he became the first American composer to visit Russia, where he attracted considerable attention; some of his pieces were published in a Russian edition, the first such publications by an American. Upon his return to the U'S, he was appointed lecturer on music at the New School for Social Research in N.Y.

In 1931 Cowell received a Guggenheim fellowship, and went to Berlin to study ethnomusicology with Hornbostel. This was the beginning of his serious study of ethnic musical materials. He had already experimented with Indian and Chinese devices in some of his works; in his Ensemble for Strings (1924), he included Indian thundersticks.

In 1931 he formed a collaboration with Leon Therernin, then visiting the U.S.; with his aid he constructed an ingenious instrument, the Rhythmicon, which made possible the simultaneous production of 16 different rhythms on 16 different pitch levels of the harmonic series. He demonstrated the Rhythmicon at a lecture-concert in San Francisco on May 15, 1932. He also composed an extensive work entitled Rhythmicana for it, but it did not receive a performance until Dec. 3, 1971, at Stanford University, using advanced electronic techniques.

In 1927 Cowell founded the New Music Quarterly for publication of ultramodern music, mainly by American composers. Cowell's career was brutally interrupted in 1936, when he was arrested in Calif. on charges of homosexuality (then a heinous offense) involving the impairment of the morals of a minor. Lulled by the deceptive promises of a wily district attorney of a brief confinement in a sanatorium, Cowell pleaded guilty to a limited offense; he was vengefully given a maximum sentence of imprisonment, up to 15 years. Incarcerated at San Quentin, he was assigned to work in a jute mill, but indomitably continued to write music.

Thanks to interventions on his behalf by a number of eminent musicians, he was paroled in 1940 to Percy Grainger as a guarantor of his good conduct; he obtained a full pardon on Dec. 9, 1942, from the governor of Calif., Earl Warren, after it was discovered that the evidence against him was largely contrived.

On Sept. 27, 1941, he married Sidney Robertson, a noted ethnomusicologist. He then resumed his full activities as an editor and instructor; he held teaching positions at the New School for Social Research in N.Y. (1940-62), the University of Southern Calif. in Los Angeles, Mills College in Oakland, Calif., and the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore (1951-56); he was also appointed adjunct professor at summer classes at Columbia University (1951-65).

In 1951 Cowell was elected a member of the National Academy of Arts and Letters; he received an honorary Mus.D. from Wilmington College (1953) and from Monmouth (Ill.) College (1963). In 1956-57 he undertook a world tour with his wife through the Near East, India, and Japan, collecting rich prime materials for his compositions, which by now had acquired a decisive tum toward the use of ethnomusicological melodic and rhythmic materials, without abandoning, however, the experimental devices which were the signposts of most of his works. In addition to his symphonic and chamber music, Cowell published in 1930 an important book, New Musical Resources. He also edited a symposium, American Composers on American Music (Stanford, Calif., 1933). In collaboration with his wife, he wrote a biography of Charles Ives (1955). - Died at Shady, N.Y.,Dec. 10, 1965.

in 1897 - Berthold Tours, composer, dies at 58.

in 1903 - Lawrence (LeRoy) Welk, American orchestra leader and accordionist, is born near Strasburg, N.Dak. When big band music was at its height in the 1930s and 1940s, Welk led a successful territory band in the Midwest. After the Swing Era waned in the late 1940s, Welk prospered, launching a local television show in Los Angeles that joined a national network in the mid-1950s and continued to broadcast into the 1980s, bringing with it substantial recording success.

Welk's light, sweet dance style was appropriately dubbed "champagne music," and his ingratiating manner as a master of ceremonies endeared him to millions of faithful viewers long after his contemporaries had disappeared.

Welk's parents, Ludwig and Christina Schwahn Welk, were natives of Alsace-Lorraine who immigrated to the U.S. in 1892, settling on a farm in North Dakota. Due to the family's European background, their isolation on the farm, and Welk's brief schooling, he did not learn to speak English until he was an adult and always spoke with a German accent. Welk's father played the accordion, and Welk took to the instrument as a child, turning to it more seriously at age 11 while recovering from appendicitis.

When he was 17 his father bought him an expensive accordion on the understanding that he would work on the farm for four years while turning over his earnings as a musician to the family; he kept the bargain and left home on his 21st birthday.

Welk formed his first band in the summer of 1925. In 1927 he moved to Yankton, S.Dak., where the four-piece Welk's Novelty Orchestra appeared on local radio station WNAX and began to build a following. By 1930 he had signed with a national booking agency and toured in many parts of the country.

He married nursing student Fern Renner on April 19, 1931; they had three children. Welk's orchestra remained a moderately successful territory band until 1937, when he began to try to reach a larger audience. He gained residencies at several major hotels, starting with the St. Paul in St. Paul, Minn. At the William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, where he opened on New Year's Eve, 1938, and had a national radio hookup, he adopted the band name Lawrence Welk and His Champagne Music to describe his light, danceable sound. He also acquired a theme song, "Bubbles in the Wine" (music by Welk, lyrics by Frank Loesser).

Welk had been recording for many years, starting when he paid for his own session with Gennett in the 1920s and cut the single "Spiked Beer" /"Shanghai Honeymoon." Now signed to Vocalion, he reached the hit parade for the first time in February 1939 with "Annabelle," returning in April with "The Moon Is a Silver Dollar" (music by Sammy Fain, lyrics by Mitchell Parish).

In 1940, Welk moved his base of operations to Chicago and took up a residency at the Trianon ballroom that lasted ten years. He scored his next Top Ten hit in May 1944 with "Don't Sweetheart Me" (music by Cliff Friend, lyrics by Charles Tobias). In 1945he teamed with Red Foley for "Shame on You" (music and lyrics by Spade Cooley)/"At Mail Call Today" (music and lyrics by Gene Autry and Fred Rose), which topped the country charts in November.

Welk launched his own weekly radio show on the ABC network on June 1, 1949; it ran for two years. Leaving the Trianon in 1950, he toured the West Coast, debuting at the Aragon ballroom in Santa Monica and on a local television station on May 2, 1951. He scored another Top Ten hit with "Oh, Happy Day" (music and lyrics by Don Howard Koplow and Nancy Binns Reed) in February 1953.

The Lawrence Welk Show debuted nationally on the ABC television network on July 2, 1955. Although the Swing Era was a memory and rock 'n' roll was coming to the fore, Welk, with the charm of his heavily accented introductions and pleasant music, became vastly successful. Lawrence Welkand His Sparkling Strings, the first of 42 chart albums, became a Top Ten hit in 1956, and before the year was out Welk had returned to the Top Ten with the LPs Bubbles in the Wine, Say It with Music, and Merry Christmas.

He also had a second show on ABC, Lawrence Welk's Top Tunes and New Talent for three years starting in October 1956. Welk's records stopped charting after 1957, and he switched record labels, to Dot Records, by 1960, with dramatic results. Last Datereturned him to the Top Ten of the LP charts by early 1961,and "Calcutta" (music by Heino Gase) became his biggest hit single ever, topping the charts in February 1961 and going gold, as did the accompanying album, Calcutta! The LP earned a 1961 Grammy nomination for Best Performance by an Orchestra, for Dancing. Welk's four subsequent LPs, Yellow Bird (1961),Moon River, Young World, and Baby Elephant Walk and Theme from The Brothers Grimm (all 1962) also reached the Top Ten, and his albums continued to chart regularly up to 1973, with 1966's Winchester Cathedral also going gold.

Although Welk's program was never among the most popular on television (it was rated among the top 25 shows only during the years 1965-68, never ranking higher than 12th), it attracted a steady audience, and when ABC canceled the show after 16 years in 1971, it did so more because of demographics than because of any fall-off in viewership.

Welk was able to continue on television by organizing his own syndicated network; in fact, the show ran on more stations than before, and it went on another 11 years, finally concluding in 1982, although reruns still appear. Welk retired from performing after a concert in San Francisco in June 1982. He maintained his business interests, including the Welk Group of record labels, which acquired the classical/folk label Vanguard in 1986. Welk died of pneumonia at the age of 89 in 1992. - Died at Santa Monica, Calif., May 17, 1992.

in 1906 - Hasan Ferid Alnar, Turkish conductor, teacher, and composer, is born at Constantinople. He received training in traditional Turkish music, and then studied harmony with Hiiseyin Sadettin Arel and counterpoint with Edgar Manas. He completed his studies in Vienna with J. Marx (composition) and Kabasta (conducting). In 1932 he settled in Ankara, where he taught piano (until 1937) and composition (1937-46) at the State Cons. From 1946 to 1952 he was chief conductor of the State President's Sym. Orch. Alnar's music reflects his interest in both traditional Turkish music and Western art music. - Died at Ankara, July 27,1978.

in 1907 - Tib Or Polgar, Hungarian-born Canadian composer, conductor, pianist, and teacher, is born at Budapest. He was a pupil of Kodaly at the Budapest Academy of Music (composition diploma, 1925), and earned a degree in philosophy (1931). He was active as a performer and composer with the Hungarian Radio, later serving as its artistic director (1948-50). From 1962 to 1964 he was assoc. conductor of the Philharmonia Hungarica in Marl kreis Recklinghausen; then emigrated to Canada and became a naturalized citizen (1969). He conducted the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra (1965-66), and later was on the staff of the Univ/s opera dept. (1970-75). He also taught at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto (1966-68), and then orchestration at York Univerity in Toronto (1976-77).

in 1908 - Peter Milne, composer, dies at 83.

in 1908 - Gunter Hausswald, distinguished German musicologist, is born at Rochlitz an der Miilde. He studied piano with Max Pauer and composition with Karg-Elert in Leipzig, theory with Grabner at the Leipzig Hochschule fur Musik, and musicology with Kroyer and others at the University of Leipzig, where he took his Ph.D. in 1937 with the dissertation Johann David Heinichens Instrumentalwerke (publ. in Wolfenbuttel and Berlin, 1937); he completed his Habilitation in 1949 at the Dresden Technical College with his Mozarts Serenaden (publ. in Leipzig, 1951). From 1933 to 1945 he taught school in Dresden; then was dramaturge at the Dresden State Opera (1947-53); he also lectured at the Dresden Hochschule fur Musik and at the University of Jena from 1950 to 1953. He then settled in West Germany, where he edited the monthly Musica (1958-70); was also program director for the South German Radio at Stuttgart (1960-68). His important monographs include Heinrich Marschner (Dresden, 1938), Die deutsche Oper (Cologne, 1941), Die Bauten des Staatstheater Dresden (Dresden, 1948), Das neue Opernbuch (Dresden, 1951; 5th ed., 1956), Richard Strauss (Dresden, 1953), and Dirigenten: Bild und Schrift (Berlin, 1966). He also contributed exemplary editions to the complete works of Telemann, Gluck, Bach, and Mozart. - Died at Stuttgart, April 23, 1974.

in 1909 - Ljubica Maric, composer is born.

in 1911 - Howard Mitchell, American cellist and conductor, is born at Lyons, Nebr. He studied piano and trumpet in Sioux City, Iowa; after studying cello at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, he completed his training with Felix Salmond at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (1930-35). He was first cellist of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. (1933-44), then its asst. (1944-48), assoc. (1948-49), and principal (1949-69) conductor. He then became conductor of the SODRE Symphony Orchestra in Montevideo. - Died at Ormond Beach, Fla., June 22, 1988.

in 1911 -(Bassols) Xavier Montsalvatge, Spanish composer, music critic, and teacher, is born at Gerona. He settled in Madrid and studied at the Conservatory. His mentors in composition were Morera and Pahissa. He was active as a teacher and as a music critic, writing for the newspaper La Vanguardia (1960-72) and serving as editor of the newspaper Destino (1962-70). His autobiography was published in Barcelona in 1987. Montsalvatge composed in a well-crafted tonal style in which he occasionally made use of bracing dissonance.

in 1912 - Alexander Iokeles, Russian pianist and teacher, is born at Moscow. He was a student of Igumnov at the Moscow Conservatroy. In 1934 he made his first appearance as a soloist with the Moscow Philharmonic, and later played in a trio with Tsomik and Zatulovsky (1943-58). He taught at the Moscow Conservatory (1931-42), the Thilisi Conservatory (1946-52), and the Gnesin Institute in Moscow (from 1952), where he was head of its piano dept. (from 1964). Iokeles gave premiere performances of many works, including concertos by Dolukhanian, Gordeli, Makarov-Rakitin, and Taktakishvili, and also first Russian performances of many works by non-Russian composers. - Died at Moscow, June 14, 1978

in 1912 - Xavier Montsalvatge Spanish Catalan composer and music critic. He was one of the most influential music figures in Catalan music during the latter half of the 20th century. (El gato con botas) is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ifov3sgZoXU"]YouTube - Xavier Montsalvatge - Sonatine pour Yvette[/ame]

in 1913 - John Jacob Weinzweig, Toronto Canada, composer (Enchanted Hill) is born.
in 1919 - Mercer Ellington, son of Duke Ellington/bandleader is born.
in 1919 - Harald Fryklof, composer, dies at 36.

in 1919 - Hans (Heinrich) Keller, Austrian-born English writer on music, is born at Vienna, He received training in violin in Vienna, and then settled in England in 1938 and became a naturalized British subject in 1948. He played in orchestras and string quartets. Keller mastered the English language to an extraordinary degree, and soon began pointing out solecisms and other infractions on the purity of the tongue to native journalists; wrote articles on film music, and boldly invaded the sports columns in British newspapers, flaunting his mastery of the lingo. In 1947 he founded (with D. Mitchell) the periodical Music Survey and was its co-ed. (1949-52); joined the music division of the BBC in 1959, retiring in 1979. He originated a system of functional analysis for radio, in which verbal communication was replaced solely by musical examples to demonstrate a composition's structure and thematic development. He published several articles expounding the virtues of his ratiocination, among them the fundamental essay "Functional Analysis: Its Pure Application," Music Review, XVIII (1957). - Died at London, Nov. 6, 1985.

in 1921 - Astor Piazzolla, fiery Argentine bandoneon player, bandleader, composer, and arranger, is born at Mar del Plata. He was taken to N.Y. in 1924, where he took up the bandoneon when he was 12. Upon settling in Buenos Aires in 1937, he began a career as a bandoneon player and arranger; also pursued training with Ginastera, and later was a scholarship student in Paris of Boulanger (1954-55). Upon his return to Buenos Aires, he organized his own band, and in 1960 founded the innovative Quinteto Nuevo Tango. From 1974 to 1985 he made his home in Paris; then returned to his homeland. Piazzolla was a master of the modern tango, embracing an avant-garde style incorporating classical and jazz elements with a piquant touch of modern dissonances. His other works included operas, theater music, film scores, concertos (including one for Bandoneon [1979]), and chamber music. - Died at Buenos Aires, July 5, 1992.

in 1922 - Thom Kelling, Dutch singer/guitarist (Programa de Manha) is born.
in 1925 - Andreas Hallen, composer, dies at 78.

in 1926 - Ilhan Kemaleddin Mimaroglu, Turkish composer and writer on music, is born at Constantinople.
He studied law at the Universotu of Ankara. In 1955 he traveled to the U.S. on a Rockefeller fellowship, and settled in N.Y., where he studied theory with Jack Beeson and Chou Wen-Chung, musicology with Lang, and electronic music with Ussachevsky at Columbia Univ.

He also took lessons in modern composition with Wolpe, and received inspiring advice from Varese. He was subsequently a recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship (1971-72). He published several books in Turkish. In 1963 he began his association with the Columbia- Princeton Electronic Music Center, where he composed most of his electronic works, among them Le Tombeau d'Edgar Poe (1964), Anacolutha (1965), Preludes for Magnetic Tape (1966-76), Wings of the Delirious Demon (1969), and music for Jean Dubuffet's Coucou Bazar (1973).

He developed compositional methods viewing electronic music in a parallel to cinema, resulting in works for tape in which recorded performance dominates individual rendition. Concurrently, he displayed a growing political awareness in his choice of texts, conveying messages of New Left persuasion in such works as Sing Me a Song of Songmy, a protest chant against the war in Vietnam (1971), Tract (1972-74), To Kill a Sunrise (1974), and String Quartet No. 4 with Voice obbligato on poems by Nazim Hikmet (1978). Other works include Pieces sentimentales for Piano (1957); Music Plus 1 for Violin and Tape (1970); Still Life 1980 for Cello and Tape (1983); Immolation Scene for Voice and Tape (1983); Valses ignobles et sentencieuses for Piano (1984).

He destroyed all of his non-performed compositions, as well as those not recorded for posterity within a year of completion. Since the late 1980s he has been working on a documentary film in which various composers respond to his question dealing with the condition of the contemporary composer in a cultural environment dominated by commercial determinants.

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in 1929 - Francisco Bernardo Pulgar Vidal, composer is born.

in 1932 - Leroy Jenkins, black American jazz violinist, bandleader, and composer, is born at Chicago. He played violin in a local Baptist church and picking up the rudiments of theory while teaching in a local ghetto school; later he was a scholarship student of Bruce Hayden at Fla. A. & M. University. He played with members of the Assn. for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and founded The Creative Construction Co. in Chicago (1965-69). After helping to found The Revolutionary Ensemble in 1971, he led his own groups from 1978. In 1980 he appeared at N.Y.'s Carnegie Recital Hall and Town Hall. In addition to his tours of North America, he also performed in Europe. Jenkins is a master of improvisation, particularly of the atonal variety. Among his recordings are Manhattan Cycles (1972), For Players Only (1975), Solo Concerto (1977), Legend ofAi Glatson (1978), Space Minds, New Worlds, Survival of America (1978), and Urban Blues (1984).

in 1934 - Joep Straesser, composer (Blossom songs, Ramasasiri) is born.
in 1937 - Paul Scheinpflug, composer, dies at 61.
in 1941 - Walford Davies, British organist/composer, dies at 71.
in 1944 - Ric Rothwell, drummer (Mindbenders-Games of Love) is born.
in 1945 - Mark Stein, vocalist/organist (Vanilla Fudge-You Keep Me Hanging On) is born.
in 1945 - Harvey Mandel, rock guitarist (Drei Amerikanische LP's) is born.
in 1947 - Mark Stein, singer/organist/keyboardist (Vanilla Fudge) is born.
in 1947 - Victor Hely-Hutchinson, composer, dies at 45.

in 1947 - Tristan Murail, remarkable French composer, is born at Le Havre. He received training in Arabic and economics (1963-70), taking courses at the Ecole Nationale des Langues Orientales and at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris. He also studied composition with Messiaen at the Paris Conservatory (1967-71), taking the premier prix (1971). After winning the Prix de Rome, he pursued training at the French Academy in Rome (1971-73). Upon his return to Paris, he helped to found the contemporary instrumental music ensemble L'Intineraire. In 1982-83 he was active at IRCAM in Paris. From 1989 to 1991 he was professor of composition at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau. He also was a consultant at IRCAM from 1990 to 1992. In 1997 he was appointed a professor at Columbia University in N.Y. Murail has explored innovative approaches to all aspects of composition, often through imaginative uses of the computer.

in 1948 - George Kooymans, Dutch guitarist/singer (Golden Earring) is born.
in 1949 - Juan Lamonte de Grignon, composer, dies at 76.

in 1950 - Bobby McFerrin, (actually, Robert), gifted black American vocalist and conductor, son of Robert McFerrin, is born at N.Y. He studied theory from the age of 6 and played piano in high school, forming a quartet that copied the styles of Henry Mancini and Sergio Mendes.

In 1970 he heard Miles Davis's fusion album Bitches Brew and completely changed his musical direction. He studied music at Sacramento State Universotu and at Cerritos College; then played piano professionally until 1977, when he began to develop his voice; toured in 1980 with jazz vocalist Jon Hendricks, and debuted a solo act in 1982.

His recordings include Bobby McFerrin (1982), The Voice (1984), Spontaneous Improvisation (1986), Simple Pleasures (1988; includes the song Don't Worry, Be Happy, which made him a household name), and Medicine Music (1991); he also made several music videos and sang with Herbie Hancock, Yo-Yo Ma, Manhattan Transfer, and others.

In 1989 he created the sound track for Common Threads, a 1989 documentary on the AIDS quilt. McFerrin began studying conducting in 1989, making his debut with a performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 with the San Francisco Symphony on March 11, 1990. From 1994 to 1996 he held the Creative Chair of the St. Paul (Minn.) Chamber Orchestra. Technically, McFerrin is a virtuoso, using a remarkable range of voices with sophisticated control and accompanying them with body percussion, breath, and other self-generated sounds.

Aesthetically, he fuses a number of musical styles, including jazz, rock, and New Age, in a brilliant palette; his solo and ensemble shows are based on various improvisatory structures through which he produces highly polished, expertly burnished works.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iimMKWF7SK0"]YouTube - Bobby Mcferrin improvisation with Richard Bona[/ame]

in 1954 - Corrado Pasquotti, Italian composer, is born at Vittorio Veneto. He studied in Padua, Venice, and Milan. In 1977 he received the diploma of merit of the Teatro Angelicum in Milan. He subsequently taught at the Rossini Conservatory, of Pesaro. In his works, he strives to achieve intimate synergy of visual images and auditory projections; his written scores literally follow the parameters of a given painting, with notes corresponding to the lines of the design and rests occupying the spaces of the object; depending on a chart for such correspondences, different musical versions are achieved in actual performances. A typical product of this method is Forma Magistra Ludi for Chamber Orchestra, to images by Yasmin Brandolini d'Adda (1980). He also composed a string quartet, Quartet "i reflessi" (1983).

in 1956 - Sergey Nikiforovich Vasilenko, Russian opera composer, dies at 83.

in 1956 - The Dream Weavers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Its Almost Tomorrow'. The Miami based studio band's only chart hit in the UK, thus condemning The Dream Weavers to the one hit wonder tag.

in 1956 - Michael Robinson, American composer, is born at N.Y. He began piano lessons as a child, and also studied trumpet. His first significant teacher was Barney Bragin, who encouraged his interest in jazz and improvisation. In high school he began to study the saxophone and also composed his first work, Promenade des Tortues for Clarinet and Piano.

He then studied at the State University of N.Y. at Potsdam, pursuing a classical degree in saxophone while continuing his interest in jazz through private study with Lee Konitz. He left school and began playing in N.Y. and soon made a decided shift away from improvisation to composition. He returned to the State University of N.Y. at Potsdam to complete his degree, then studied briefly with Mel Powell, Subotnick, and Leonard Stein while taking courses at the Calif. Institute of the Arts.

Returning once again to N.Y., and influenced by exposure to the music of Morton Feldman, he began composing slow moving, transcendental pieces of some duration. In 1984 he began experimenting with computers, and gradually began composing directly for the computer/synthesizer, turning out works of considerable energy and polyphony.

He gave his first concert of works at St. Peter's Church in N.Y. (1985), and subsequently composed works to be performed exclusively by the computer or sequenced in real time, without live intervention or overdubbing. In 1989 he moved to Maui, where he acquired a MIDI system, which expanded his range of compositional possibilities.

Returning to the mainland U.S. in 1990, he settled in Beverly Hills, where he released his first CD, Trembling Flowers (1991). In 1992 he began composing extremely contrapuntal, multimovement pieces, subsequently released on the recording Fire Monkey (1993). In 1994 he also began working with exotic instrumental timbres and tunings, becoming particularly interested in North Indian classical music; the resulting early compositions so influenced comprise his CD Hamoa (1995).

From 1996 Robinson began producing his own CDs, visually distinct for their lavish Japanese rice paper covers and autographed inner gold label; these include Adorned With Pearl (1996), Chinese Legend (1997), Luminous Realms (1998), Lunar Mansions (1998), Sagarmatha (1998), Astral Palace (1999), Jaunpuri (1999), Monsoon Clouds (1999), and Snow Leopard Meadow (1999).

in 1959 - Haydn Wood, composer, dies at 76.
in 1959 - Teddy Scholten wins Eurovision Song festival with "A Little Bit".
in 1961 - Bruce Watson, Ontario Canada, rock guitarist (Big Country-Wonderland) is born.
in 1961 - Mike Percy, rocker (Dead or Alive-Spin Me Round) is born.

1963 - The Mann Hugg Blues Brothers (later to become Manfred Mann) played at London's Marquee Club in England.

1964 - The Beatles spent the day filming at Twickenham Studios for A Hard Day's Night. Filming on a stage set made to look like a train guard's cage, where the Beatles played cards and mimed to ‘I Should Have Known Better.

1965 - Tom Jones was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'It's Not Unusual.' The Welsh singers first of 16 UK Top 40 hits during the 60's. 1966, This week's ITV music show 'Ready Steady Go', was entirely devoted to the music of James Brown.

in 1967 - Geraldine Farrar dies at age 85. American soprano opera singer and film actress, born in Melrose, Massachusetts, she is noted for her beauty, acting ability, and "the intimate timbre of her voice". At 5 she began studying music in Boston and by 14 was giving recitals. Later she studied voice with American soprano Emma Thursby in New York, in Paris, and finally with the Italian baritone Francesco Graziani in Berlin. After performing at top opera houses around the world, she retired from opera in 1922 at the age of 40. Her final performance was as Leoncavallo's Zazà. By this stage, her voice was in premature decline due to overwork. According to the US music critic Henry Pleasants, she gave between 25 and 35 performances each season at the Met alone, which included 95 appearances as Madama Butterfly and 58 as Carmen in 16 seasons. The title role in Puccini's Tosca, which she had added to her repertoire in 1909, was another of her favourite Met parts. Gerry continued to give recitals until 1931 and was briefly the commentator for the radio broadcasts from the Met during the 1934-35 season. She also starred in more than a dozen films from 1915 to 1920, one of her most notable screen roles was as Joan of Arc in the 1917 film Joan the Woman. In 1960 she was awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in the music and film categories. (died of a heart attack)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a51ikmjTsPE"]YouTube - American Soprano Geraldine Farrar ~ Midnight Bells / Im chambre séparée (1927)[/ame]

in 1967 - Pink Floyd releases their 1st song (Arnold Layne).
in 1967 - The Supremes had their ninth US No.1 single with 'Love Is Here And Now Your Gone' a No.17 hit in the UK.

in 1967 - Music publisher, Dick James, announced that 446 different versions of the Paul McCartney song 'Yesterday' had been recorded so far.

in 1968 - The Otis Redding single 'Dock Of The Bay', went gold in the US three months after the singer was killed in a plane crash.

in 1968 - Dmitri Shostakovitch completes his 12th string quartet.
in 1970 - 12th Grammy Awards: Aquarius, Crosby Stills and Nash, Peggy Lee win.

1970 - Winners at this years Grammy awards included Joe South for song of the year with 'Games People Play', Crosby Stills and Nash won best new artist, The Fifth Dimension won Record of the year with 'Aquarius / Let The Sun Shine In.'

1971 - Jim Morrison of The Doors arrived in Paris booking into The Hotel George's, the following week he moved into an apartment at 17 Rue Beautreillis in Paris. Morrison lived in Paris until his death on July 3rd 1971.

1972 - Neil Young went to No.1 on the US & UK album chart with 'Harvest.' The album featured the hit single 'Heart Of Gold.'

1972 - Harry Nilsson was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of The Peter Ham and Tom Evans song 'Without You'. First recorded by Badfinger in 1970, the song was also a No.1 for Mariah Carey in 1994.

1973 - The Supremes appeared at the Fairfield Halls, Croyden during a 20 date UK tour. The group played two shows at every venue.

in 1975 - Philip Bezanson, composer, dies at 59.

in 1975 - Sammy Spear, orch leader (Dom Deluise Show, Jackie Gleason), dies at 65.
Video note: Melancholy Serenade- composed by Jackie Gleason with his concert orchestra
Lead by Sammy Spear.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vtmv_W5yjY"]YouTube - Melancholy Serenade-Jackie Gleason & his concert orchestra[/ame]

1977 - The Clash appeared at The Roxy Club, London, supported by The Slits, the first all-female punk group who were making their live debut. 1978, French singer Claude Francois was electrocuted changing a light bulb while standing in his bathtub. (1976 UK hit, 'Tears On The Telephone').

1978 - Meat Loaf's 'Bat Out Of Hell', album began a 416-week run on the UK chart, going on to sell over 2 million copies.

1978 - The debut single from Kate Bush, 'Wuthering Heights' a song inspired by the Emily Bronte novel, started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart. Record company, EMI had originally chosen another track, 'James and the Cold Gun' as the lead single, but Bush was determined that 'Wuthering Heights' would be the first release from the album.

in 1978 - Sofia Vembo dies at age 67. Greek singer, dubbed the "Singstress of Victory"; she began her career in Thessaloniki in the early 1930s, and in 1933 she was hired by the theatre operator Fotis Samartzis of the Kentrikon theatre for the revue "Parrot 1933". She then began to record romantic songs for the Columbia company, achieving fame because of her distinctly sonorous contralto voice. Her reputation rocketed after the Italian attack on Greece on 28 October 1940, when her performance of patriotic and satirical songs became a major inspiration for the fighting soldiers. At the same time, she offered 2,000 gold pounds from her own fortune to the Hellenic Navy. Following the German invasion and occupation of the country in April 1941, she was transported to the Middle East, where she continued to perform for the Greek troops in exile. After the war, in 1949, she acquired her own theatre, the "Vembo Theatre", in the Metaxourgeio quarter of Athens. During the 60s, she began to perform less and less, before finally retiring in the early 70s
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hl0N0bYS3i4"]YouTube - Sofia Vempo - To feggari ine kokkino (1955)[/ame]

in 1978 - Claude Francois dies at age 39. French pop singer and songwriter, born Ismaïlia, Egypt; he wrote "Comme d'habitude," the original version of "My Way." A young François worked as a bank clerk and at night earned extra money playing drums with an orchestra at the luxury hotels along the French Riviera. He was offered a chance to sing at a hotel in the fashionable Mediterranean resort town of Juan-les-Pins. His show was well received and eventually he began to perform at the glamorous night-clubs along the Côte d'Azur. After moving to Paris he had a major hit with "Belles Belles Belles" topping the French charts, selling close to 2 million copies, making him a star overnight. He had hit after hit recording UK and US hits in French. He worked non-stop, touring across Europe, USA, Africa and Canada. However, his workload caught up with him in 1971 when he collapsed on stage from exhaustion. After a brief period off, he returned to the recording studios, releasing several best-selling hits throughout the early 1970s. (Officially Claude electrocuted himself adjusting a light bulb while standing in his bathtub, but some suspect foul play)

in 1980 - Peter Gabriel played the first of two nights at London's Hammersmith Odeon, tickets cost £3.50 & £1.50.

in 1983 - Joni Mitchell played the first night of a 13 date tour of Australia and New Zealand at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney. 1985, The first night of a 10-date UK tour with Bryan Adams supported by Tina Turner at the Brighton Conference Centre.

in 1986 - Sonny Terry/Saunders Terrell dies at age 75. America blues singer, harmonica born in Greensboro, GA. where his father taught him the harmonica at an early age. Sadly by the time he was 16, Sonny was blind, and he decided to be a blues singer. He began traveling to nearby Raleigh and Durham, NC, performing on street corners for tips. In 1934, he befriended the popular guitarist Blind Boy Fuller, who convinced Sonny to move to Durham, where the two immediately gained a strong local following. By 1937, they were offered an opportunity to go to New York and record for the Vocalion label. It is here where Sonny paired up with guitarist Brownie McGhee, the duo worked together as Brownie McGhee and his Jook House Rockers or Sonny Terry and his Buckshot Five until the mid 70's, playing concerts and festivals around the world. Sonny also became a much in demand session player working regularly on the records for the likes of Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, and Pete Seeger. In the late 70's and early 80's he was working with a different generation including Johnny Winters. Sonny was inducted into the Blues Foundations Hall of Fame in 1986.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_4xQ20tM5g&feature=related"]YouTube - Sonny Terry - Whoopin' The Blues[/ame]

in 1989 - Debbie Gibson started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Electric Youth.'

in 1989 - Australian actor turned singer Jason Donovan scored his first UK No.1 single with 'Too Many Broken Hearts.' Written and produced by Stock, Aitken and Waterman.

in 1991 - Janet Jackson signs $40M 3 album deal with Virgin records.

in 1993 - Oasis recorded their first demos at The Real People's studio in Liverpool. The set included 'Rock 'n' Roll Star', 'Columbia' and 'Fade Away.'

in 1993 - Edgar Nelson Barclift, dancer, dies after lengthy illness at 76.

in 1995 - Van Halen kicked off their 131-date ‘Balance World Tour’, at the Pensacola Civic Center, Pensacola Civic Center, Florida. (Dubbed the "Ambulance" Tour by Eddie Van Halen due to his hip surgery, and his brother, drummer Alex Van Halen wearing a neck brace for most of the tour).

1996 - Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker walked free from Kensington police station after police failed to charge him with any criminal offence following his 'stage invasion', during Michael Jackson's performance at the Brit Awards on 19th February 1996.

in 1997 - Beatle McCartney knighted Sir Paul by Queen
in 2000 - Destiny's Child went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Say My Name'.
in 2001 - Dave Matthews Band started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Everyday.'

in 2001 - Westlife went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the 1983 Billy Joel song, 'Uptown Girl.' It was a fund-raising record for Comic Relief, and gave the Irish group their 8th UK No.1.

in 2005 - The front door of Ozzy Osbourne's childhood home in Birmingham went up for sale because the current owner was fed up with fans defacing it. Ali Mubarrat, who now owned the house in Lodge Road, Aston, said over the years it had become a pilgrimage destination. He was now auctioning the door on eBay and giving the money to charity.

in 2006 - The Disney Channel Original Movie, ‘High School Musical’ was at No.1 on the US album chart. The album went on to break all records for a soundtrack selling over 7 million copies worldwide. A No.1 album In Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina and Mexico.

in 2008 - Madonna was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a star-studded ceremony in New York City, she received her honour at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel from singer Justin Timberlake. The 49-year-old thanked her detractors in an acceptance speech, including those who "said I couldn't sing, that I was a one hit wonder". Rock star John Mellencamp, Leonard Cohen, The Ventures and The Dave Clark Five were also among the inductees.

in 2009 - Heavy metal group Iron Maiden's tour manager criticised people who were arrested for trying to gatecrash a concert in Bogota. Colombian police arrested more than 100 people after stones were thrown hours before the group were due to perform. In a statement posted on the band's website, Rod Smallwood said: "We abhor the inane behaviour of a small minority of people outside." Riot police fired tear gas canisters at those who tried to enter the concert without tickets.

in 2010 - Pete Doherty was banned from driving for 12 months after admitting allowing his manager to use his Daimler car without insurance. Doherty's manager Andrew Boyd, admitted dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident and was jailed for 12 months. The court was told how the victim Chris Corder suffered "catastrophic" brain injuries and was left in a coma after the crash, the court heard.

in 2010 - Paul Dunlap dies at age 90. American composer born in Springfield, Ohio; he wrote the scores for more than 200 films and television programs including The Three Stooges Meet Hercules, The Three Stooges in Orbit, The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze and The Outlaws Is Coming. He also scored the last Abbott and Costello film Dance With Me, Henry.

2011 - The former singer of the Iron Maiden was jailed for nine months for fraudulently claiming benefits. Paul Andrews, fronted the band between 1978 and 1981, under the stage name Paul Di'Anno. Andrews, 52, was jailed at the city's crown court after earlier admitting falsely claiming more than £45,000. Fraud investigators had viewed online videos and read about gigs on the performer's website

in 2011 - Rita Guerrero dies at age 47. Mexican actress and singer born in Guadalajara; while at university she pursued an acting career, the late 80s finds her in Mexico City and in 1989, along with bassist Alfonso "Poncho" Figueroa, guitarist Pablo Valero and keyboardist Jacobo Leiberman (Juan Sebastian Lach was keyboardist for a while), she formed Mexico's most original and experimental rock band Santa Sabina, the name of the group honors the memory of Maria Sabina, the Mazatec shaman who lived in the southern state of Oaxaca. Their albums include, Santa Sabina -1992, Símbolos -1994, Babel -1996, Mar adentro en la sangre-2001 and Espiral-2003. In 1997, they also recorded an album of their "unplugged" performance for MTV Latinoamerica called Santa Sabina Unplugged. In early 2006, the group released a double live album "XV Aniversario" which also included a DVD. Rita also performed as part of Ensamble Galileo, an acoustic chamber group specializing in Renaissance era music (Rita was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2010. She underwent chemotherapy, and tried various treatments of allopathic medicine; all were unsuccessful)

in 2011 - Hugh Martin dies at age 96. American musical theatre and film composer, arranger, vocal coach, and playwright born in Birmingham, Alabama. He is maybe best known for his score for the classic 1944 MGM musical 'Meet Me In St. Louis', in which Judy Garland sang three of his songs, "The Boy Next Door", "The Trolley Song", and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". The last of these has become a Christmas season standard. He wrote the music, and in some cases the lyrics, for 5 Broadway musicals: Best Foot Forward-1941; Look Ma, I'm Dancin'!-1948; Make a Wish-1951; High Spirits-1964 with Timothy Gray; and Meet Me In St. Louis-1989. Hugh's first Broadway credit was as an arranger for the 1937-1938 musical Hooray for What! and was a vocal or choral arranger for such later Broadway musicals as The Boys From Syracuse 1938–39, Too Many Girls 1939–40, DuBarry Was a Lady 1939–40, Cabin in the Sky 1940–41, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 1949–51, Top Banana 1951–52, and Lorelei 1974. He was also one of the vocal arrangers for Sugar Babies 1979–82. Ralph Blane was Hugh's songwriting partner for most of his work, and the two recorded an album of their best songs entitled Martin and Blane Sing Martin and Blane with the Ralph Burns Orchestra in 1956. Martin and Blane were twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song, for "The Trolley Song" in 1944, and for "Pass the Peace Pipe" from Good News in 1947. Hugh has also received four Tony award nominations, three for High Spirits- Best Musical, Best Book Author of a Musical, Best Composer and Lyricist; and one for the 1990 Meet Me in St. Louis - Best Original Score. Other film work includes songs for the films Athena-1954, and The Girl Most Likely-1957 as well as the film version of his Broadway hit Best Foot Forward which starred Lucille Ball (Hugh died of natural causes)
Video note: This is the movie trailer from the 1954 MGM film "Athena" with music and lyrics by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane. I have substituted my performance of the Athena Theme (recorded from a live radio broadcast on WFMT-Chicago) for the soundtrack version.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vka8WIRPv1s"]YouTube - Athena by Hugh Martin[/ame]

in 2011 - Jack Hardy dies at age 63. American folk singer and songwriter, he wrote hundreds of songs, protest songs, political talking songs and romantic ballads; beginning in the mid-seventies Jack hosted Monday Night Pasta Dinners at his apartment on Houston Street, to which all songwriters were generously welcome. He also began a small, informal songwriters' group at The English Pub in Greenwich Village, which later became a more formal songwriters' night at the Cornelia Street Cafe in December 1977. This group later evolve into the Songwriter's Exchange, releasing an album on Stash Records in 1980. Eventually, the group formed a cooperative, led by Jack, and in '81 took over the booking of the "Speak Easy", which became a thriving venue for songwriters. He was also the founder and first editor of Fast Folk Musical Magazine in '82. He also toured frequently on both sides of the Atlantic solo or with his long-time friend and fellow songwriter David Massengill as a duo called the Folk Brothers (lung cancer).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6pi1JqTK7I"]Jack Hardy-The Tinker's Coin - YouTube[/ame]

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in 1515 - Caspar Othmayr, composer is born
in 1628 - John Bull, English organist/composer, dies
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sBKHWaP1BM&feature=related"]YouTube - John Bull (c. 1562 - 1628) - Melancoly galliard[/ame]

in 1710 - Thomas Augustine Arne, English composer (Alfred, Rule Britannia) is born
in 1768 - Carolus Antonius Fodor, composer is born
in 1793 - Augustin-Philippe Peellaert, composer is born
in 1824 - Heinrich Carl Ebell, composer, dies at 48
in 1826 - Robert Lowry, composer is born
in 1831 - Johann Franz Volkert, composer, dies at 64
in 1832 - Daniel Friedrich Kuhlau, German/Danish opera composer, dies at 45
in 1837 - Felix Alexandre Guilmant, composer is born
in 1840 - Friedrich Westenholz, composer, dies at 61
in 1848 - Cyrill Kistler, composer is born
in 1852 - Juan Bros y Bertomel, composer, dies at 75
in 1855 - John White, composer is born
in 1857 - Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Simon Boccanegra" premieres in Venice.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsM9qr1a3mE"]Placido Domingo in ROH's Simon Boccanegra - Act I (2) - YouTube[/ame]

in 1859 - Josef Cyril Sychra, composer is born
in 1860 - Salvatore Di Giacomo, composer is born
in 1874 - Edmund Eysler, Austrian composer is born
in 1875 - Julio Garreta, composer is born
in 1877 - Crystobal Oudrid y Segura, composer, dies at 52
in 1878 - Joseph Gustav Mraczek, composer is born
in 1883 - Judge Jackson, composer is born
in 1888 - Hall Johnson, composer is born
in 1890 - Vaslav Nijinsky, Ukrainian/US ballet dancer (Petroesjka) [OS=Feb 28] is borm.
in 1897 - Vincent d'Indy's opera "Fervaal" premieres in Brussel
in 1900 - Zoltan Vasarhelyi, composer is born
in 1912 - Paul Weston, Springfield Mass, orch leader (Jim Nabors Hour) is born
in 1913 - Joseph Bayer, composer, dies at 61
in 1914 - Jan Kapr, composer is born
in 1921 - Ralph Shapey, Phila, composer (Fantasy, Rituals) is born
in 1922 - Thomas Hugh Eastwood, composer is born
in 1923 - Norbert Brainin, violinist is born
in 1925 - Georges Delerue, composer is born
in 1926 - Rolv Berger Yttrehus, composer is born
in 1927 - Mstislav Rostropovich, Baku Russia, cellist (Cello Concerto) [3/22 NS] is born
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU_QR_FTt3E"]YouTube - Rostropovich plays the Prelude from Bach's Cello Suite No. 1[/ame]

in 1930 - Stanko Horvat, composer is born
in 1935 - Helga Pilarczyk, German soprano (Salome, Lulu) is born
in 1937 - Elizabeth Vaughan, opera soprano (Victor-Victoria) is born
in 1937 - Charles-Marie-Jean-Albert Widor, French organist/composer, dies at 93
in 1937 - Jeno Hubay, composer, dies at 78
in 1938 - Tona Scherchen-Hsiao, composer is born
in 1938 - Dimitri Terzakis, composer is born
in 1940 - Al Jarreau, Milwaukee WI, jazz singer (Moonlighting) is born
in 1941 - Charles Sanford Skilton, composer, dies at 72
in 1942 - Brian O'Hara, rocker is born
in 1942 - Enrique Morera, composer, dies at 76
in 1942 - Paul Kantner, SF Calif, rock singer/guitarist (Jefferson Airplane) is born
in 1945 - Hans van Emden, Dutch guitarist (Les Baroques) is born
in 1948 - Dana Walden, rock keyboardist (Champaign) is born
in 1948 - James Taylor, Boston MA, vocalist/guitarist (Up on the Roof) is born
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-T35WXFOmwI"]YouTube - James Taylor - Fire and Rain (Beacon Theatre)[/ame]

in 1948 - Les Holroyd, Oldham England, rocker (Barclay James Harvest) is born
in 1949 - Bill Payne, Waco TX, rock keyboardist (Little Feat-Time Loves a Hero) is born
in 1949 - Mike Gibbons, Swansea Wales, rock drummer (Badfinger) is born
in 1951 - Jack Green, rocker is born
in 1953 - Labamba, [Richard Rosenberg], rocker (Asbury Jukes) is born

in 1955 - American jazz saxophonist and composer Charlie Parker died of a heart attack in New York City while watching Tommy Dorsey's Orchestra on television. He was 34. The coroner who performed his autopsy mistakenly estimated Parker's 34-year-old body to be between 50 and 60 years of age. (After years of drug and alcohol abuse).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEeISJ0wr48"]YouTube - Charlie Parker Septet 1946 ~ Ornithology (Take 2)[/ame]

in 1957 - Marlon D Jackson, Gary IN, singer (Jackson 5-Maybe Tomorrow) is born.
in 1957 - Steve Harris, London, hard rock bassist (Iron Maiden-Gypsy's Kiss) is born.

in 1958 - A Philadelphia court sentenced jazz singer Billie Holiday to a year's probation after being found guilty of narcotics possession.

in 1963 - The Beatles played at the Granada Cinema in Bedford. Also on the bill, Chris Montez and Tommy Roe. John in Lennon, suffering from a heavy cold, was unable to perform, so The Beatles set was rearranged so that George and Paul could sing the parts that John usually sang.

in 1964 - 6th Grammy Awards: Days of Wine and Roses, Striesand wins 2
in 1966 - Love's 1st album released "Love".
in 1966 - Sgt Barry Sadler started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Ballads Of The Green Berets'.

in 1968 - The Rolling Stones started recording their next single ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ with new producer Jimmy Miller at Olympic studios in London.

in 1969 - Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman at Marylebone Register Office. They then held a reception lunch at The Ritz Hotel, Paul then went to Abbey Road studios in the evening to work. George Harrison and his wife Patti were arrested on the same day and charged with possession of 120 joints of marijuana.
in 1969 - Graham Coxon, singer (Blur) is born.

in 1969 - Paul McCartney marries Linda Louise Eastman in London
in 1969 - 11th Grammy Awards: Mrs Robinson, By the Time I Get to Phoenix wins
in 1971 - Rolling Stone Mick Jagger marries Bianca Perez Morena de Macias
in 1973 - Esther Williamson Ballou, composer, dies at 57
in 1973 - The Eagles appeared at Oxford Polytechnic during a UK tour, JD Souther was the support act.

in 1974 - David Essex supported by Brinsley Schwarz appeared at The Kings Hall, Belle Vue, Manchester, England, tickets cost 40p.

in 1974 - John Lennon made the headlines after an incident at the Troubadour Club, LA. Out on a drinking binge with Harry Nilsson, Lennon hurled insults at the performing Smothers Brothers and punched their manager before being forcibly removed.

in 1976 - Sal Mineo dies at age 37. American actor and singer born in the Bronx, New York; he first became a teenage idol as a film star, best known for his performance opposite James Dean in the film Rebel Without a Cause. Among his many film rolls he also played a Mexican boy in Giant in 1956. In 1957, Sal made a brief break into music recording a few songs including "Start Movin' (In My Direction)", "Lasting Love." "You Shouldn't Do That," "Little Pigeon," "Love Affair," and "Party Time." He also starred as drummer Gene Krupa in the movie The Gene Krupa Story, co-starring Susan Kohner. After which he continued with his film and TV acting career. (stabbed to death on the streets of West Hollywood)

in 1977 - The Sex Pistols were involved in a fight at London's Speakeasy Club with Bob Harris, presenter of BBC 2's The Old Grey Whistle Test resulting in one of the show's engineers needing 14 stitches in his head. Two days later Harris's solicitors contact Derek Green at A&M the bands record label. Harris's management also managed Peter Frampton, one of the label's top acts at A&M. Green discussed the matter with the company's two founders, Jerry Moss and Herb Alpert and the decision is made to cancel the Pistols contract and halt production of the bands first single, 'God Save The Queen'.

in 1978 - Tolchard Evans, composer/conductor, dies.

in 1981 - Bow Wow Wow were forced to cancel the first dates of a UK tour after Greater London Council stated that singer Annabella Lwin aged 15 would be guilty of truancy.

in 1983 - U2 scored their first UK No.1 album with 'War', which went on to spend a total of 147 weeks on the chart. The album featured the singles 'New Years Day' and 'Two Hearts Beat As One'.

in 1983 - Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler had her only UK No.1 single with a song written by Meatloaf's producer, Jim Steinman, 'Total Eclipse Of The Heart'. Also No.1 in the US, (the only Welsh artist to score a US No.1), Canada and Australia, the single sold over 5 million copies.

in 1983 - Eubie Blake dies at age 96. American composer, lyricist, and pianist of ragtime, jazz, and popular music. In 1921, he and long-time collaborator Noble Sissle wrote the Broadway musical Shuffle Along, one of the first Broadway musicals to be written and directed by African Americans. His compositions included such hits as, "Love Will Find A Way", "Bandana Days", "Charleston Rag", "Memories of You", and "I'm Just Wild About Harry". He was a frequent guest of Johnny Carson Show and Merv Griffin and continued to play and record into late life, until his death. The musical Eubie! featured his works and opened on Broadway in 1978
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgYfys7vErI"]YouTube - Eubie Blake - Charleston Rag (Live)[/ame]

in 1985 - Eugene Ormandy/Jeno Blau dies at age 85. Hungarian conductor and violinist born in Budapest; he gave his first concerts as a violinist at age seven and moved to America in 1921. He was first engaged by conductor Erno Rapee, as a violinist in the orchestra of the Capitol Theatre in New York City, a 77-player ensemble which accompanied silent movies. He became the concertmaster within five days of joining and soon became one of the conductors of this group. He also made 16 recordings as a violinist between 1923 and 1929. In 1936 he began his 44-year tenure with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Over his career he gained many honors, for his vast influence on American music and the Philadelphia performing arts community, in 1972 he was awarded the prestigious University of Pennsylvania Glee Club Award of Merit; he was presented The Presidential Medal of Freedom by Richard M. Nixon in 1970; The Ditson Conductor's Award for championing American music in 1977; appointed by Queen Elizabeth II an honorary Knight of the British Empire in 1976; awarded the Kennedy Center Honors in 1982 and was a recipient of Yale University's Sanford Medal. After his death, his papers including complete arrangements, and his marked scores fill 501 boxes in the archives of the University of Pennsylvania Library.

in 1988 - Rick Astley started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Never Gonna Give You Up', also a No.1 in the UK. 1990, Nirvana and Tad appeared at the Town Pump in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

in 1991 - 5th Soul Train Music Awards,

in 1991 - Roger Patterson dies at age 22. American death metal bass player, well known for his work in the Florida death metal band Atheist. His playing style is characterized by its speed and complexity. Alex Webster, bassist with Cannibal Corpse, has acknowledged Patterson as "a big influence", describing his playing on the album Piece of Time as "phenomenal". He joined Atheist, then known as R.A.V.A.G.E., in 1985. The band recorded their first full-length album, Piece of Time, in 1988, which was released in 1989 in Europe, but not in the United States until 1990. As a result, Atheist began preparing for their next album, to which Roger contributed greatly (car crash)

in 1992 - Andy Blakeney dies at age 94. American jazz trumpeter, born in Quitman, Mississippi and was a fixture of the Dixieland jazz scene for decades. He played briefly for King Oliver and Doc Cook in Chicago in 1925, before moving to California in 1926, where he played with Sonny Clay and Reb Spikes, including on record. He worked in Los Angeles in the 1930s with Les Hite and Lionel Hampton, then played in Monk McFay's band in Hawaii in 1935-39 and led his own band for a time thereafter. In 1941 he returned to the US, playing with Ceele Burke in 1942-46, Horace Henderson in1946 and Kid Ory in 1947. Andy led his own Dixieland outfits in California through the 1950s, but didn't record with any of them. In the 1960s he played with the Young Men of New Orleans, in the 1970s with the Legends of Jazz, and in the 1980s with the Eagle Brass Band. He was still active almost up until the time of his death.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGRH17_HB-s"]YouTube - Legends Of Jazz Hindustan[/ame]

in 1993 - June Valli, singer (Crying in the Chapel), dies of cancer at 62
in 1993 - Oasis played at the Le Bateau, Liverpool, England in front of 20 people.

in 1994 - Swedish group Ace Of Base started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'The Sign', a No.2 hit in the UK.
in 1995 - The Spin Doctors played a gig at singer Chris Barron’s old School in Princeton and raised $10,000 (£5,882) towards a trip to France and the UK for the school choir.

in 1995 - Boyz II Men were at No.1 on the US album chart with 'II.' 2000, Chicane went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Don't Give Up'. The song featured the vocals of Bryan Adams. Chicane is UK producer Nick Bracegirdle.

in 1995 - Philip Taylor Kramer dies at age 42. American bass guitarist for Iron Butterfly during the 70s. After which he got a night school degree in aerospace engineering, he worked on the MX missile guidance system for a contractor of the US Department of Defense and later in the computer industry on fractal compression, facial recognition systems, and advanced communications. In 1990 he co-founded Total Multimedia Inc. with Randy Jackson, brother of Michael Jackson, to develop data compression techniques for CD-ROMs. His disappearance caused a mystery lasting four years. On February 12th 1995 he drove to LA International Airport to pick up an investor. He spent forty-five minutes at the airport but failed to meet the investor. Phil did make a flurry of cell phone calls, including one to the police during which Phil said, "I’m going to kill myself. And I want everyone to know O.J. Simpson is innocent. They did it." He was never heard from again. (On May 29th 1999, Phil's Ford Aerostar minivan and skeletal remains were found by photographers looking for old car wrecks at the bottom of Decker Canyon near Malibu, California. Based on forensic evidence and his emergency call to the police his death was ruled as a probable suicide committed on the day on which he was last heard)

in 1999 - Bidu Sayão dies at age 96. Brazilian-US soprano, born in Rio de Janeiro and was a leading artist of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City from 1937 to 1952. At the age of 18, she made her major opera debut in Rio and her performance led to an opportunity to study with Elena Teodorini. She went on to perform in many major opera houses around the world. After fifteen years with the Metropolitan Opera, she gave her last performance in 1952, choosing to retire from opera while still at the top of her form. For the next two years she was a guest performer throughout the U.S., but in 1957 she decided to retire completely from public performance; two years after that she made her final recording as the soprano soloist on Villa-Lobos's world premiere stereo recording of his cantata Forest of the Amazon with the composer conducting the Symphony of the Air.

in 1999 - Yehudi Menuhin, Baron Menuhin, OM, KBE dies at age 82. Yehudi Menuhin was a Russian Jewish American violinist and conductor who spent most of his performing career in the United Kingdom. He was born to Russian Jewish parents in the United States, but became a citizen of Switzerland in 1970, and of the United Kingdom in 1985. He is often considered to be one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century.

Yehudi Menuhin was born in New York City, United States, to Bielorussian Jewish parents from what is now Belarus. His sisters were the concert pianist and human rights worker Hephzibah Menuhin and the pianist, painter, and poet Yaltah Menuhin. Through his father Moshe Menuhin, a former rabbinical student and anti-Zionist writer, Menuhin was descended from a distinguished rabbinical dynasty.

Menuhin began violin instruction at age four under violinist Sigmund Anker; his parents had wanted Louis Persinger to be his teacher, but Persinger refused. Menuhin displayed extraordinary talents at an early age. His first solo violin performance was at the age of seven with the San Francisco Symphony in 1923. Persinger then agreed to take Menuhin as a student. When the Menuhins went to Paris, Persinger suggested Yehudi go to his own teacher, Eugène Ysaÿe. He did have one lesson with Ysaÿe, but did not like his method or the fact that he was very old. Instead, he went to the Romanian composer and violinist George Enescu, after which he made several recordings with his sister Hephzibah. He was also a student of Adolf Busch. In 1929 he played in Berlin, under Bruno Walter's baton, three concerti by Bach, Brahms and Beethoven. In 1932 he recorded Edward Elgar's Violin Concerto in B minor for HMV in London, with the composer himself conducting, and between 1934 and 1936 he made the first integral recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin.

Yehudi Menuhin performed for Allied soldiers during World War II, and accompanied English composer Benjamin Britten to perform for inmates of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, after its liberation in April 1945. He returned to Germany in 1947 to perform with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler as an act of reconciliation, becoming the first Jewish musician to do so following the Holocaust. He said to critics within the Jewish community that he wanted to rehabilitate Germany's music and spirit. After building early success on richly romantic and tonally opulent performances, he experienced considerable physical and artistic difficulties caused by overwork during the war as well as unfocused and unstructured early training (reportedly he said "I watched myself on film and realized that for 30 years I'd been holding the bow wrong"). Careful practice and study combined with meditation and yoga helped him overcome many of these problems. His profound and considered musical interpretations are nearly universally acclaimed. When he finally resumed recording, he was known for practicing by deconstructing music phrases one note at a time.

Menuhin continued to perform to an advanced age, becoming known for profound interpretations of an austere quality, as well as for his explorations of music outside the classical realm.

Menuhin credited German-Jewish philosopher Constantin Brunner with providing him with "a theoretical framework within which I could fit the events and experiences of life".

In 1952 Menuhin met and befriended the influential yogi B. K. S. Iyengar before he had come to prominence outside India. Menuhin arranged for Iyengar to teach abroad in London, Switzerland, Paris and elsewhere. This was the first time that many Westerners had been exposed to yoga.
Following his role as a member of the awards jury at the 1955 Queen Elisabeth Music Competition, Menuhin secured a Rockefeller Foundation grant for the financially-strapped Grand Prize winner at the event, Argentine violinist Alberto Lysy. Menuhin made Lysy his first and only personal student, and the two toured extensively throughout the concert halls of Europe. The young protégé later established the International Menuhin Music Academy in Gstaad, in his honor.

Menuhin made several recordings with the German conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler, who had been criticized for conducting in Germany during the Nazi era. Menuhin defended Furtwängler, noting that the conductor had helped a number of Jewish musicians to flee Nazi Germany.

In 1962, he established the Yehudi Menuhin School in Stoke d'Abernon, Surrey. He also established the music program at The Nueva School in Hillsborough, California, sometime around then. In 1965 he received an honorary knighthood from the British monarchy. In the same year, Australian composer Malcolm Williamson wrote a violin concerto for Menuhin. He performed the concerto many times and recorded it at its premiere at the Bath Festival in 1965. Originally known as the Bath Assembly, the festival was first directed by the impresario Ian Hunter in 1948. After the first year the city tried to run the festival itself, but in 1955 asked Hunter back. In 1959 Hunter invited Yehudi Menuhin to become artistic director of the Festival. Menuhin accepted, and retained the post until 1968.

Menuhin also had a long association with Ravi Shankar, which began with their 1966 album West Meets East. During this time, he commissioned composer Alan Hovhaness to write a concerto for violin, sitar, and orchestra to be performed by himself and Shankar. The resulting work, entitled Shambala (c. 1970), with a fully composed violin part and space for improvisation from the sitarist, is the earliest known work for sitar with western symphony orchestra, predating Shankar’s own sitar concertos, but Menuhin and Shankar never recorded it. Menuhin also worked with famous jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli in the 1970s on Jalousie, an album of pop music of the 1930s arranged in chamber style.

At the Edinburgh Festival in 1957 Menuhin premiered Priaulx Rainier's violin concerto Due Canti e Finale, which he had commissioned Rainier to write. He also commissioned her last work, Wildlife Celebration, which he performed in aid of Gerald Durrell's Wildlife Conservation Trust.

In 1983 Menuhin and Robert Masters founded the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists. Now one of the world's leading competitions for young violinists, many of its prizewinners have gone on to become prominent violinists, including Tasmin Little, Nikolaj Znaider, Ilya Gringolts, Julia Fischer, Daishin Kashimoto and Lara St. John.

In 1991 Menuhin was awarded the prestigious Wolf Prize by the Israeli Government. In the Israeli Knesset he gave an acceptance speech in which he criticised Israel's continued occupation of the West Bank:

"This wasteful governing by fear, by contempt for the basic dignities of life, this steady asphyxiation of a dependent people, should be the very last means to be adopted by those who themselves know too well the awful significance, the unforgettable suffering of such an existence. It is unworthy of my great people, the Jews, who have striven to abide by a code of moral rectitude for some 5,000 years, who can create and achieve a society for themselves such as we see around us but can yet deny the sharing of its great qualities and benefits to those dwelling amongst them."

In 1997 Menuhin and Ian Stoutzker founded the charity Live Music Now, the largest outreach music project in the UK. Live Music Now pays and trains professional musicians to work in the community, bringing the experience to those who rarely get an opportunity to hear or see live music performance.

Menuhin's pupils included Nigel Kennedy, Nicola Benedetti, and the violists Paul Coletti and Csaba Erdélyi. He owned and played several notable instruments; arguably the most famous of which is the Lord Wilton Guarneri del Gesù (1742).

In the 1980s Menuhin wrote and oversaw the creation of a "Music Guides" series of books; each covered a musical instrument, with one on the human voice.

Menuhin regularly returned to the San Francisco Bay Area, sometimes performing with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. One of the more memorable later performances was of Edward Elgar's Violin Concerto, which Menuhin had recorded with the composer in 1932.

On 22 April 1978, along with Stéphane Grappelli, Yehudi played Pick Yourself Up, taken from the Menuhin & Grappelli Play Berlin, Kern, Porter and Rodgers & Hart album as the interval act at the 23rd Eurovision Song Contest for TF1. The performance came direct from the studios of TF1 and not that of the venue (Palais des Congrès), where the contest was being held.

During the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, Menuhin made jazz recordings with Stéphane Grappelli, classical recordings with L. Subramaniam and albums of Eastern music with the great sitarist Ravi Shankar. In 1983 he founded the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists in Folkestone, Kent.

His recording contract with EMI lasted almost 70 years and is the longest in the history of the music industry. He made his first recording at age 13 in November 1929, and his last in 1999, when he was nearly 83 years old. He recorded over 300 works for EMI, both as a violinist and as a conductor. In 2009 EMI released a 51-CD retrospective of Menuhin's recording career, titled Yehudi Menuhin: The Great EMI Recordings.

In 1990 Menuhin was the first conductor for the Asian Youth Orchestra which toured around Asia, including Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong with Julian Lloyd Webber and a group of young talented musicians from all over Asia.

Yehudi Menuhin was married twice. He married Nola Nicholas, daughter of an Australian industrialist, and sister of Hephzibah Menuhin's first husband Lindsay Nicholas. They had two children, Krov and Zamira (who married pianist Fou Ts'ong). Following their 1947 divorce he married the British ballerina and actress Diana Gould, whose mother was the pianist Evelyn Suart (who had played with artists such as Eugène Ysaÿe and Karel Halíř), and whose stepfather was Admiral Sir Cecil Harcourt. Menuhin and Gould had two sons, Gerard and Jeremy, a pianist. A third child died shortly after birth.

The name Yehudi means 'Jew' in Hebrew. In an interview republished in October 2004, he recounted to New Internationalist magazine the story of his name:

Obliged to find an apartment of their own, my parents searched the neighbourhood and chose one within walking distance of the park. Showing them out after they had viewed it, the landlady said: "And you'll be glad to know I don't take Jews." Her mistake made clear to her, the antisemitic landlady was renounced, and another apartment found. But her blunder left its mark. Back on the street my mother made a vow. Her unborn baby would have a label proclaiming his race to the world. He would be called "The Jew."

Menuhin died in Martin Luther Hospital, Berlin, Germany, from complications of bronchitis.

Soon after his death, the Royal Academy of Music acquired the Yehudi Menuhin Archive, one of the most comprehensive collections ever assembled by an individual musician.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaBoqhzF_QI"]Yehudi Menuhin plays Mendelssohn violin concerto - YouTube[/ame]

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in 2000 - Andy Lewis dies at age 33. Australian bassist with the Sydney based rock band The Whitlams. He left The Whitlams in the late 1995, and went to Melbourne, Australia to form another band, The Gadflys. (Andy was battling a gambling addiction, when he committed suicide

in 2000 - John London /John Carl Kuehne dies at age 58. American bass player and sessionist; childhood friend of Michael Nesmith's from Texas, who had played with him in several working bands, he accompanied Nesmith and then-wife Phyllis Barbour to California, to try their luck in the Los Angeles-area music scene. When Nesmith was cast in The Monkees, John was his stand-in on the set, and in the studios when the originally-fictitious band began playing on their own recordings, it is John's bass lines we hear. In late 1969, he and Nesmith, left the Monkees, to form a new group with pedal steel guitar ace Red Rhodes and drummer John Ware. Calling themselves the First National Band, the group signed with RCA Records. Years after the Monkees and the First National Band, John served as key grip on several different productions, including 48 Hrs., Who Will Love My Children?, The Karate Kid, Long Time Gone, and Hudson Hawk. (He died in Rockport, Texas)

in 2000 - Screamin Jay Hawkins dies at age 70. American rock-blues singer, boxing champion at 16, married nine times, spent 2 years in jail, was temporary blinded by one of his flaming props on stage in 1976, and he fathered over 75 children. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Jay is famed chiefly for his powerful, operatic vocal delivery and wildly theatrical performances of songs such as "I Put a Spell on You", "Feast of the Mau Mau" and "Constipation Blues". He sometimes used macabre props onstage, making him the one of the original shock rockers. He opened for Fats Domino, Tiny Grimes and the Rolling Stones. This exposure in turn influenced rock groups such as Screaming Lord Sutch, Black Sabbath, Arthur Brown, Dread Zeppelin, The Horrors, Marilyn Manson and Alice Cooper.(He died following surgery to treat an aneurysm while in Paris, France)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5ijnBZ5mmE&feature=related"]YouTube - Screaming Jay Hawkins - I Put a Spell on You (Northern Soul Version )[/ame]

in 2000 – Oliver /William Oliver Swofford dies at age 54. American singer; his soaring baritone was the perfect vehicle for his hit "Good Morning Starshine", from the pop-rock musical Hair and his No.2 hit "Jean", the theme from the Oscar-winning film The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (sadly died after battling cancer)

in 2001 - Judy Garland's 'Over The Rainbow' was voted the Song Of The Century in a poll published in America. Musicians, critics and fans compiled the list by the RIA. The highest placed UK act was The Rolling Stones 'Satisfaction' in 16th place. The Beatles had 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' at No. 28.

in 2004 - Rosalind Morganfield, the 34 year old daughter of Blues artist Muddy Waters, surrendered to police after a warrant was issued accusing her of being involved in the 1996 murder of 19 year old Timothy Jason Harrington during a drug deal.

in 2005 - Stavros Kouyioumtzis dies at age 72. Greek composer, one of the most significant Greek music composers of the 20th century. He worked with some of the most important Greek singers, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Anna Vissi, Haris Alexiou, Yiannis Parios, and Giorgos Kalatzis and also collaborated in many songs with the poet-lyricist Manos Eleftheriou. His last appearance on television was in the music show of Spyros Papadopoulos on NET TV. During his last few years he left Athens and moved back to his birthplace, Thessaloniki, where he continued working on music and songs.

in 2005 - Jewel "Sammi" Smith dies at age 61. American country music singer and songwriter, born in Orange County, California. She is best known for her 1971 country/pop crossover hit, "Help Me Make It Through the Night", which was written by Kris Kristofferson. In 1972, she won a Grammy Award for the song. She also won the title Best Female Country Vocal Performance that year. Sammi became one of the few women in the outlaw country movement during the 1970s. (died at home in Oklahoma City after a long illness)

in 2006 - VH1 aired the first episode of ‘My Reality Breakdown’ on UK TV featuring the former Partridge Family and child star Danny Bonaduce.
in 2006 - Former Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his third solo album 'On An Island.'

in 2007 - Jimmy Campbell dies at age 63. English singer and songwriter; born in Liverpool he started in a school band he named The Panthers supporting The Beatles in January 1962 and performed at The Cavern on numerous occasions, and one show, broadcast on Radio Luxembourg, saw them introduced as The Kirkbys, the presenter confused their name with their home town. The name stuck, and the group released a single, "It's A Crime", in 1966. He next formed the psychedelic band The 23rd Turnoff, before forming the band 'With Rockin' Horse' and launching a solo career, recording 3 albums between 1969 to 1971. Jimmy also wrote a number of songs recorded by other artists. Cliff Richard, Billy Fury, The Swinging Blue Jeans and Rolf Harris all covered songs of Campbell's.

in 2007 - Peggy Gilbert /Margaret F. Knechtges dies at age 102. American jazz saxophonist and bandleader born in Sioux City, Iowa; when she was only 7 years old, she played piano and violin with her father's music band, she later discovered jazz music, and started to play the saxophone. In 1933 she founded her own all-female jazz band (whose name changed often: from "Peggy Gilbert and Her Metro Goldwyn Orchestra" to "Peggy Gilbert and her Symphonics", etc.), in which she also performed on saxophone, vibes, piano, and vocals. In the 1930s and 1940s Peggy and her band performed in the most famous nightclubs in Hollywood, from the "Cotton Club" to the "Cocoanut Grove". During this period, she also appeared in films, toured Alaska with a USO troupe, and began to be an advocate for women musicians. After a difficult period following World War II, in the 1950s she had success on radio and television programs. In 1974, at 69 years old, she created her last great all-girl band, "The Dixie Belles," with other accomplished musicians from vaudeville and the Big Band era. The group performed with great acclaim on TV and at jazz festivals, appearing on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" and in the 1980 Rose Bowl Parade, among many other engagements. In 1985 the band recorded the album "Peggy Gilbert & The Dixie Belles", which is available on CD from Cambria Master Recordings.

in 2008 - Betty Hutton/Elizabeth June Thornburg dies at age 86. American stage, film, and TV actress, comedienne and singer. She made 19 films from 1942 to 1952 including a hugely popular The Perils of Pauline in 1947. She was billed over Fred Astaire in the 1950 musical Let's Dance. Her greatest screen triumph came in Annie Get Your Gun in 1950 for MGM. In 1944, she signed with Capitol Records, one of the earliest artists to do so, but became unhappy with its management and later signed with RCA Victor. Her hits include "The Jitterbug" on the Bluebird label in 1939, "It Had To Be You", "His Rocking Horse Ran Away", "A Bushel and a Peck" duetting with Perry Como, "Stuff Like That There", and "Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief" (colon cancer).

in 2009 - Coleman Mellett dies at age 34. American jazz guitarist with Chuck Mangione's Grammy award winning jazz band, he joined the band in 1999. In 2007 he released his first solo album "Natural High" (He had been scheduled to play with Mangione and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on February 13th but was killed the night before in the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 with fellow band member, Gerry Niewood.
Video Note: A six-minute film trailer about the life of Coleman Mellett, who was killed in 2008 when Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashed near Buffalo, NY due to pilot error. The longer film- to be released along with Coleman's solo project in 2011- will celebrate Coley's life and the music he left behind to inspire us all. Director/Writer/Editor: Erik Ewers, Producer: Julie Coffman, Director of Photography: Christopher Ewers, Executive Producers: Jeanie Bryson, Zebulon Mellett. Additional music arranged and performed by David Cieri & ensemble.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wz8Ql4SRzqQ"]YouTube - "An Inspired LIfe: The Music of Coleman Mellett" Trailer[/ame]

in 2009 - Gerry Niewood dies at age 65. American jazz saxophonist; he first joined Chuck Mangione's band in 1968. He was with Chuck through to 1976 and appeared on most of his famous records, adding a strong jazz flavor to the music. He had a post-bop quartet with Dave Samuels from 1976-77, led the Sunday Morning Jazz Band in the early '80s and played with Joe Beck a few years later. He also played with Simon and Garfunkel in their 1981 Concert in Central Park. But he mostly worked in the studios and freelanced until rejoining Chuck in the mid-1990s (He had been scheduled to play with Mangione and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on February, Friday 13th but was killed the night before in the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 together with fellow band member, Coleman Mellet).

in 2009 - Mat Mathews /Mathieu Schwartz dies at age 84. Dutch jazz accordionist; learned to play music during the Nazi occupation, he was inspired to play jazz when he heard a radio broadcast of Joe Mooney and played with The Millers in Holland from 1947 before moving to New York City in 1952 where formed a quartet which included Herbie Mann. He also played with Art Farmer, Julius Watkins, Joe Puma, Oscar Pettiford, Gigi Gryce, Dick Katz, Percy Heath, and Kenny Clarke. He also played with Carmen McRae in 1954-55. In 1956 he played in the group The 4 Most with Al Cohn, Gene Quill, Hank Jones and Mundell Lowe as well as making appearances on television variety shows such as Garry Moore's, Jack Paar's, and Arthur Godfrey's. In the very late 50s and into the 1960s he worked mainly as a studio musician, until 1964 when he moved back to the Netherlands. There he continued his work in studios as an arranger and producer, and recorded less as a player.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDZKlBmEn5c"]YouTube - Mat Mathews - Not So Sleepy[/ame]

in 2009 - Hundreds of fans queued at the O2 arena in London as Michael Jackson tickets went on sale to the public. The 50-year-old pop veteran had confirmed he would be playing a 50-date residency at the venue, beginning on 8 July 2009. Some 360,000 pre-sale tickets had already sold. Organisers said the This Is It tour had become the fastest-selling in history, with 33 seats sold each minute. Prices ranged from £170 to £10,000, but tickets bought directly from the singer's website cost up to £75. Jackson had said this would be the last time he would perform in the UK.

in 2010 - A 16-year-old was arrested and charged in connection with a break-in at singer Susan Boyle's home in West Lothian, Scotland. Boyle disturbed the intruder as she returned home from London after recording a charity single for the victims of the Haiti earthquake.

in 2010 - Over 130 people were arrested and eight people were hospitalised as fans tried to gatecrash a Metallica show in Colombia. 1,500 police and four tanks were brought in to manage the crowds as property was vandalized and destroyed, as thousands of ticketless fans rioted during Metallica’s first Colombian concert in eleven years.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QP-SIW6iKY"]YouTube - Enter Sandman - Metallica[/ame]

in 2010 - Lesley Duncan dies at age 66. British singer-songwriter born in in Stockton-on-Tees, her songs were often about life and its problems, "Everything Changes" and "Sing Children Sing". Elton John duetted with her on his album Tumbleweed Connection, which was similar to her own version of "Love Song". She appeared onstage with John in a 1974 concert at the Royal Festival Hall to once again perform the duet. She sang backing vocals to Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon album as well as singing lead on the song "If I Could Change Your Mind" on the Alan Parsons Project album Eve. As well as writing and singing her own material, Duncan was a backing vocalist in the mid to late 1960s and 1970s, most notably for Dusty Springfield (cerebrovascular disease) b. August 12th 1943.
2011: Adionilla "Nilla" Pizzi (91) Italian singer born in Sant'Agata Bolognese, she was particularly famous in Italy during the 1950s and 1960s. She won the Sanremo festival in 1951, singing "Grazie dei fiori", and again in 1952, singing "Vola colomba".

in 2011 - Joe Morello dies at age 82. American drummer born in Springfield, Massachusetts he is maybe best known for his twelve and a half-year stint with The Dave Brubeck Quartet. He was frequently noted for playing in the unusual time signatures in such pieces as "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo à la Turk". At six years old he began studying the violin, going on to feature three years later as soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra playing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, and again three years later. At 15 he switched to drumms and later moved to New York City, were he worked with numerous notable jazz musicians including Johnny Smith, Tal Farlow, Stan Kenton, Phil Woods, Sal Salvador, Marian McPartland, Jay McShann, Art Pepper, Howard McGhee, and others. After a period playing in McPartland's trio, Joe joined the Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1955 and contributed to over 60 albums with Brubeck. He later became an in-demand clinician, teacher and bandleader whose former students include Danny Gottlieb, Max Weinberg, Gary Feldman, Patrick Wante, Jerry Granelli, Glenn Johnson and Rich Galichon.

in 2011 - Italo Pizzolante dies at age 82. Venezuelan poet, composer, musician, professor and engineer of Italian descent. Author of famous songs like Motivos, Mi Puerto Cabello, among others. The song Mi Puerto Cabello is dedicated to his native town. It was popularized in the 1960s by Felipe Pirela along with the Billos Caracas Boys. In August, 1998 the song was decreed the Official City Anthem. He gained recognition by winning the First Venezuelan Music Contest of the Central University of Venezuela with the song Provincianita. Italo represented Venezuela in 1992 at the Bolero Festival in Havana, Cuba, obtaining first prize and in 2001, he received an award at the Teresa Carreño Cultural Complex, along with other Venezuelan musicians.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJvH-vj_SsI"]Coral ASCARDIO. "Motivos" de Italo Pizzolante - YouTube[/ame]

in 2012 - Bodjie Dasig/Darius Delphin Dasig dies at age 48. Filipino singer-songwriter, who came into prominence for writing the song "Ale (nasa langit na ba ako?"/''Miss (am I in heaven?)'' and "Maaalala Mo Pa Rin"/''You will still remember for singer Richard Reynoso'', and "Ayoko na Sana"/''I wouldn't have wanted'' for Ariel Rivera. He also wrote and sang the hit song "Sana Dalawa ang Puso Ko"/"I wish I had two hearts" for his band Bodjie's Law of Gravity, which became the theme song of a movie with the same name (cancer) - Born June 10th 1963

in 2012 - Michael Hossack dies at age 65. American drummer, born in Paterson, New Jersey; he started playing drums in the Little Falls Cadets, a Boy Scout drum and bugle corps, Our Lady of Lourdes Cadets and Fair Lawn Cadets. He always credits these experiences taught and prepared him for playing in a two-drummer group such as the Doobie Brothers. After graduating high school, he served for four years in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. Following his honorable discharge in 1969 he returned to New Jersey, where a close friend talked him into auditioning for a California-based band called Mourning Reign. They played heavily in upstate New York, before relocating to the San Francisco bay area and signing with a production company that had also signed the newly formed rock band, the Doobie Brothers (cancer) - Born October 17th 1946.

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in 1700 - Michel Blavet, renowned French flutist and composer, is born at Besancon (baptized). He was self-taught as a musician, mastering both bassoon and flute. He went to Paris in 1723 with Duke Charles-Eugene Levis, and made his debut at the Concert Spirituel in 1726, remaining as its most celebrated artist for some 25 years. He was acknowledged as the foremost flute virtuoso of his time. - Died at Paris, Oct. 28,1768.

in 1700 - James Kent, composer is born.
in 1712 - Isfrid Kayser, composer is born.
in 1716 - Georg Gabriel Schutz, composer, dies at 46.
in 1746 - Maurus Haberhauer, composer is born.
in 1752 - Josef Reicha, composer is born.
in 1756 - Johann Melchior Conradi, composer, dies at 81.
in 1767 - Heinrich Domnich, composer is born.
in 1779 - Oliver Shaw, composer is born.

in 1797 - Cherubini's opera "Medea" premieres in Paris.
First performed in Paris, in 1797, Cherubini's "Medee" is a complex and demanding work, requiring in its' title role a soprano with an exceptional bel canto voice as well as extraordinary dramatic talent. In fact, the opera almost seems to represent a transition from the classicist works of Paisiello, Haydn and Mozart to the romantic music of Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini. However, the opera, a moderate success was quickly forgotten in France, only to be properly reevaluated in recent times.

Among its' unusual features, the secondary role of Neris, Medea's servant and friend, stands out: the part could have been another one in a long of background confidante characters but Cherubini blesses his singer with one of the most profound mezzo-soprano arias, graced by a perfect combination of understated string lines, a bassoon obbligato (a stroke of genius, if there ever was one) and a mournful vocal melody, as Neris sympathizes with her mistress' plight. Teresa Berganza who had sung the part in one of the productions with Callas in the title role is, as in the recital in general, vocally breathtaking and dramatically responsive, wonderfully enlivening the slightly cold Italian text.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aC9S940-4es"]YouTube - Luigi Cherubini - Medea (1797) - Aria for Neris - "Solo un pianto" (Teresa Berganza)[/ame]

in 1817 - Matej Sojka, composer, dies at 77.
in 1832 - Alberto Randegger, composer is born.
in 1839 - Robert Gallenberg, composer, dies at 55.
in 1850 - Emilio Serrano y Ruiz, composer is born.
in 1860 - Hugo Filipp Jakob Wolf, Windisch-Gr„z Austria, composer is born.
in 1862 - Vasily Mikhaylovich Metallov, composer is born.
in 1883 - Enrico Toselli, composer is born.
in 1887 - Carlos Isamitt, composer is born.

in 1890 - Fritz Busch, eminent German conductor, brother of Adolf (Georg Wilhelm) and Hennann Busch, is born at Siegen, Westphalia. He studied at the Cologne Conservatory with Steinbach, Boettcher, Uzielli, and Klauwell; was then conductor of the Deutsches Theater in Riga (1909-10); in 1912 he became music director of the city of Aachen, and then of the Stuttgart Opera in 1918. In 1922 he was named Generalmusikdirektor of the Dresden State Opera; during his tenure, he conducted many notable productions, including the premieres of Strauss's Intermezzo and Die Aegyptische Helena.

On Nov. 27, 1927, he made his U.S. debut as a guest conductor with the N.Y. Symphony Orchestra. In 1933 he was dismissed from his Dresden post by the Nazi government; leaving Germany, he made many appearances as a conductor with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra. and the Stockholm Philharmonic; from 1934 to 1939 he served as music director of the Glyndeboume Festivals; from 1940 to 1945 he was active mainly in South America. On Nov. 26,1945, he made his first appearance with the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y., conducting Lohengrin; he continued on its roster until 1949. He was equally distinguished as an operatic and symphonic conductor, becoming particularly renowned for his performances of Mozart. He wrote an autobiography, Aus dem Leben eines Musikers (Ziirich, 1949; Eng. tr., 1953, as Pages from a Musician's Life). - Died at London, Sept. 14, 1951.

in 1890 - Michael Taube, composer is born.
in 1890 - Henry Wylde, composer, dies at 67.
in 1892 - Alec Rowley, composer is born.

in 1899 - Pancho Vladigerov, composer is born. Bulgarian composer, pedagogue, and pianist.
Pancho Vladigerov belongs to the second generation of Bulgarian composers. He was among the founding members of the Bulgarian Contemporary Music Society (1933), which later became the Union of Bulgarian Composers. He marked the beginning of a number of genres in Bulgarian music. He also established the Bulgarian composition and pedagogical school, his students including the best Bulgarian composers of the next generation. The pianist Alexis Weissenberg was his student, too.

Vladigerov was born in Zurich, Switzerland, but lived in Shumen. He played the piano and composed since early age. He was 10 when he started studying composition with Dobri Hristov in Sofia. After his father's death in 1912, he moved to Berlin with his mother and his twin brother (the violinist Luben Vladigerov), where he enrolled at the Staatliche Akademische Hochschule fьr Musik and studied music theory and composition with Professor Paul Juon and the piano with H. Barth.

In 1920 he graduated from the Academie der Kьnste having studied composition with Professor Gernsheim and Professor Georg Schumann. He won twice the Mendelssohn Prize of the Academy (in 1918 and 1920). He worked for Max Reinhardt at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin as a composer and pianist (1920-32) before returning to Sofia where he was appointed reader and then Professor (from 1940) of Piano, Chamber Music and Composition at the State Academy of Music, which after his death was named after himself.

He composed a lot in a variety of genres. He is author of an opera; ballet; symphony music; five piano concertos; two violin concertos; chamber music; 38 transcriptions of instrumental pieces for instrument and piano; 50 folksong concert arrangements for voice and piano/orchestra; 20 songs for voice and piano; 10 choral songs with piano/orchestral; music to the theatre performances of the Deutsches Theater in Berlin, the Theater in der Josefstadt in Vienna, the National Theatre in Sofia, etc.

The world got acquainted with Pancho Vladigerov's work in the 1920s when his pieces were published by the Universal Edition Publishers in Vienna and were released on LP by the German recording company Deutsche Gramophon before being performed throughout Europe and the USA. As a pianist and composer he toured most of the European countries performing his own works.

In 1969 he was awarded the Gottfried von Herder Prize. Now a national and international competition for pianists and violinists held in Shumen has his name. The Bulgarian recording company Balkanton released an edition of his stage and symphony music in four sets of seven LPs each. Several works of his such as the Bulgarian Rhapsody "Vardar" for instance are considered to be emblematic of the Bulgarian music.

Video Note: SONG is a part from the "Shoumen miniatures", op.29 written in 1934.
This recording is from live concert of Bulgarian pianist Veselinka Ivanova in Dartmouth college, NH on 25 February 2004.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZ6nbpVOgP8"]YouTube - Pancho Vladigerov Song[/ame]

in 1908 - Helen Sinclair Glatz, musician.

in 1910 - Sammy Kaye, (actually, Samuel), American bandleader and reed player, is born at Rocky River, Ohio. Kaye's orchestra, sometimes billed as Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye, was one of the most popular bands of the Swing Era. Kaye's personal appearances and radio and television programs were sparked by such entertaining elements as his "so you want to lead a band" audience participation contests and his reciting of poetry submitted by his fans. He also made a long series of popular recordings, reaching the charts from 1937 to 1964, his biggest hits being "Daddy," "Chickery Chick," "The Old Lamp-Lighter," and "Harbor Lights."

The first-generation son of Czechoslovakian immigrants, Kaye organized his first band while studying civil engineering at Ohio Univ. After graduation he turned to bandleading professionally in 1933, first playing in Cleveland, then moving to Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. He made his recording debut for Vocalion Records on April 14, 1937.

His first recording to reach the hit parade, "Rosalie" (music and lyrics by Cole Porter), went to #1 in January 1938. "Love Walked In" (music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin) followed, topping the hit parade in May. His third hit-parade entry, "When They Played the Polka" (music by Fabian Andre, lyrics by Lou Holzer), came in July. His fourth, "All Ashore" (music and lyrics by Billy Hill), coincided with his November debut at the Commodore Hotel in N.Y., where he maintained a residency for years, and was his first release through RCA Victor, the label with which he recorded until 1950.

Kaye returned to the hit parade for two weeks in February 1939 with "Hurry Home" (music and lyrics by Joseph Meyer, Buddy Bernier, and Bob Emmerich). On Jan. 1, 1940, he began a weekly half-hour radio series, Sensation and Swing, the first of many radio programs that would bolster his popularity during the 1940s and 1950s, notably Sunday Serenade and So You Want to Lead a Band.

He returned to the hit parade in April 1940 with "Let There Be Love" (music by Lionel Rand, lyrics by Ian Grant). Kaye scored occasional Top Ten hits during the early 1940s, including the self-penned "Until Tomorrow (Goodnight My Love)" in May 1941, his biggest all-time hit; the chart-topping "Daddy" (music and lyrics by Bobby Troup) in June 1941; "Remember Pearl Harbor" (music and lyrics by Don Reid and Kaye) in February 1942; and "I Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen" (music and lyrics by Irving Berlin) in September 1942. (During this period he was married to a woman named Ruth.)

He also appeared in two films, Iceland, released in October 1942, and Song of the Open Road, released in June 1944. But Kaye's greatest period of success on records came during the second half of the 1940s. In 1945 he reached the Top Ten 11 times, most successfully with the chart-topping "Chickery Chick" (music by Sidney Lippman, lyrics by Sylvia Dee) and "Don't Fence Me In" (music and lyrics by Cole Porter); he had another eight Top Ten hits in 1946, the most popular of which were "The Old Lamp-Lighter" (music by Nat Simon, lyrics by Charles Tobias) and ''I'm a Big Girl Now" (music and lyrics by Al Hoffman, Milton Drake, and Jerry Livingston), each of which hit #1; the biggest of his three Top Ten hits in 1947 was "That's My Desire" (music by Helmy Kresa, lyrics by Carroll Loveday); among the three Top Ten hits he scored in 1948, the most popular was "Serenade of the Bells" (music and lyrics by Kay Twomey, Al Goodhart, and Al Urbano); and among his four Top Ten hits in 1949 was "Room Full of Roses" (music and lyrics by Tim Spencer).

He also began to score with his albums, reaching the Top Ten in 1945 with Stephen Foster and in 1948 with Dusty Manuscripts. Kaye enjoyed as much success at the beginning of the 1950s as he had in the previous several years. In March 1950 he hit the album charts with the Top Ten hit Sammy Kaye Plays Irving Berlin; in May, "It Isn't Fair" (music by Richard Himber, Frank Warshauer, and Sylvester Sprigato, lyrics by Himber) went to #1 and "Roses" (music and lyrics by Tim Spencer and Glenn Spencer) hit the Top Ten on the singles charts; and in June, "Wanderin'" (music and lyrics by Kaye, based on a folk song discovered by Carl Sandburg) hit the Top Ten.

On June 11, Kaye premiered a television version of So You Want to Lead a Band, the first of a series of television shows he would host off and on throughout the 1950s. Kaye switched to Columbia Records and topped the charts with his first record for the label, "Harbor Lights" (music by Hugh Williams, a pseudonym for Will Grosz, lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy), in November 1950. This proved to be his last major hit, but he returned to the Top 40 with an instrumental version of "Charade" (music by Henry Mancini, lyrics by Johnny Mercer) in 1964, and he maintained his orchestra until his death from cancer in 1987 at the age of 77, after which it was led by Roger Thorpe. - Died at Ridgeway, N. J., June 2, 1987.

in 1911 - Jose Ardevol, Spanish-born Cuban composer, conductor, and administrator;, is born at Barcelona. He studied with his father in Barcelona, and then settled in Havana in 1931. After Castro's seizure of power in 1959, Ardevol became a leading figure in the reorganization of musical life in Cuba. He served as national director of music until 1965. His orchestra and chamber works followed along neo-Classical lines, but he pursued more advanced writing in his vocal scores. - Died at Havana, Jan. 7, 1981.

in 1912 - Igor Youskevitch, dancer is born.
in 1912 - Ernst Hess, composer is born.

in 1914 - Carl-Olof Anderberg, Swedish pianist, conductor, and composer, is born at Stockholm. He studied piano with Olof Wibergh in Stockholm, and took courses in composition there and in Copenhagen, Paris, and London (1936-38), as well as in Vienna and Salzburg; he also studied conducting in Salzburg at the Mozarteum with Paumgartner, Walter, and Weingartner. In 1934 he made his debut as a pianist in Malmo as soloist in his own, youthful Concertino for Piano and Chamber Orchestra. He was active as a theater conductor, and also served as founder-conductor of the Malmo Chamber Orchestra. (1946-50). From 1956 he was active in his own music studio in Malmo. He published the vol. Han mot en ljudkonst (Towards a New Sound Art; Malmo, 1961). Anderberg was a leading figure in Swedish avant-garde music circles. He developed an individual serial style that incorporated both aleatory techniques and improvisation. - Died at Malmo, Jan. 4, 1972.

in 1916 - Ina Ray Hutton, jazz singer, leader, is born at Chicago, Ill. Of Jewish extraction, she was the daughter of pianist Marvel Ray and the half-sister of singer June Hutton (b. ca. 1918-21; d. 1973). During the early 1930s she sang and danced in several Broadway productions including Lew Leslie's Clowns in Clover, George White's Melody Revue, and the Ziegfeld Follies. In late 1934 agent Irving Mills signed her to front a big all-girl orchestra (the outfit's first musical director and arranger was Alex Hill). She continued with an all- girl band through the 1930s, then during the 1940s led her own male band which disbanded in 1944, then re-formed using the alumni of Bob Alexander's Band. During the 1950s she occasionally fronted her own all-girl bands, but also did solo vocal work. She was inactive as a musician for the remainder of her life. - Died at Ventura, Calif., Feb. 19, 1984.

in 1917 - William Colvig, American instrument maker and performer, is born at Medford, Ore. He was born into a musical family, and studied piano from the age of six. He played in bands and orchestras during his formal studies at the University of Calif, at Berkeley and the College of the Pacific in Stockton. In 1967 he initiated an association with the composer Lou Harrison, for whom he built many instruments, including psalteries, harps, flutes, monochords, and several complete gamelans. He performed on these instruments in many of Harrison's compositions, as well as on traditional instruments in concerts and lectures. His instruments have been used by the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera Co., among others; he built the gamelans housed at the University of Calif, at Berkeley and at Mills College in Oakland. - Died at Capitola, Calif., March 2, 2000.

in 1918 - Karel Stecker, composer, dies at 57.
in 1925 - Anthony Milner, composer is born.
in 1925 - Roy Haynes, US jazz drummer (Trio Music with Chick Corea) is born.
in 1929 - Will Eisma, composer is born.
in 1930 - Liz Anderson, C and W singer is born.

in 1930 - Rosalind Elias, American mezzo-soprano, is born at Lowell, Mass. She began her training at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and during her student days there, she sang Poppaea in L'incoronazione di Poppea and appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She then studied at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood. After singing with the New England Opera Co. (1948-52), she completed her training in Italy with Luigi Ricci and Nazareno de Angelis. Following engagements at Milan's La Scala and Naples's Teatro San Carlos, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Grimgerde in Die Walkiire on Feb. 23, 1954; she created roles there in Barber's Vanessa (Erika, 1958)and Antony andCleopatra (Charmian, 1966), remaining on its roster for over 30 years. She also made guest appearances in Europe and toured as a concert artist. Among her other roles were Dorabella, Rosina, Cherubino, Giordano's Bersi, Carmen, and Octavian.
Video note: "Habanera" - Carmen – 1959.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2MvHsgmhzk"]Rosalind Elias - "Habanera" - Carmen - 1959 - YouTube[/ame]


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in 1933 - Mike Stoller, composer (Lieber and Stoller-Hound Dog, Charlie Brown) is born.
in 1934 - Fritz Cortolezis, composer, dies at 56.

in 1937 - Michael Conway Baker, American-born Canadian composer, is born at West Palm Beach, Fla. He moved to Canada in 1958 and became a naturalized Canadian citizen in 1972. He studied at the London (Ontario) College of Music (assoc. degree, 1959), with Jean Coulthard and Elliot Weisgarber at the University of British Columbia (B.M., 1966), at Western Washington University (M.A., 1971), and with Sir Lennox Berkeley in London (1974-75). From 1980 to 1995 he was a part-time teacher of film music at the University of British Columbia. In 1998 he was awarded the Order of British Columbia. In addition to his many concert works, he has composed over 180 film, television, and music video scores.
in 1938 - Hans-Joachim Hespos, composer is born.
in 1938 - Jean-Claude Risset, composer is born.

in 1940 - Charles Brackeen, American tenor saxophonist and jazz reed player, is born at Eufala, Okla. Charles Brackeen lived on a cattle and hog farm in Eufaula until he was 11, then moved to Paris, Tex., internalizing the capacious Southwest tenor sound and incantational Amerindian rhythms in his mind's ear. He played piano and violin from a young age, on which he'd accompany his aunt at church services, and began playing saxophone at age 10. At 14 he moved to N.Y., where various "hip" relatives gradually introduced him to the music of Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, and John Coltrane. During a late-teens sojourn to Los Angeles he met Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Billy Higgins, Paul Bley, and other pioneers of New Jazz. During the 1960s and early 1970s in N.Y., tenor/soprano saxophonist Brackeen established himself as a thoroughly individual and personal voice in the avantgarde realm. During the 1980s, he was sought out by the manager of the Silkheart label and invited to record three dates between 1986-87. Although Brackeen has had long hiatuses from recording, his documented work is highly energetic and invigorating.

in 1945 - Herbert Bedford, composer, dies at 78.

in 1946 - Thomas Frederick Dunhill dies at age 69. English composer and writer on musical subjects, born in Hampstead, London, maybe best-known for his song-cycle 'The Wind among the Reeds'. In 1893 Thomas attended the Royal College of Music, London, and studied pianoforte under Franklin Taylor and composition under Sir Charles Villiers Stanford. He won an open scholarship for composition in 1897 and became a music-master at Eton College for several years, before becoming a professor at the Royal College of Music in 1905. From 1907 to 1919 he gave concerts of chamber-music in London, the Thomas Dunhill Concerts, at which important chamber music by English composers was performed. He himself wrote chamber music and also songs and song-cycles. His song-cycle The wind among the reeds, for tenor voice and orchestra, was first performed by Gervase Elwes with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Queen's Hall in 1912. His setting of W.B. Yeats's 'The Cloths of Heaven' is deservedly famous. Elwes along with with Frederick B. Kiddle, recorded his song 'A Sea Dirge', a setting of Shakespeare's lyric Full fathom five.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ILtoQr2l14"]YouTube - The Cloths of Heaven (Ian Bostridge)[/ame]


in 1947 - Lesley Collier, British ballet dancer is born.
in 1950 - Danny Kirwan, London, rock guitarist (Fleetwood Mac) is born.
in 1950 - Steve Hill, country vocalist (A Winning Hand) is born.
in 1952 - Wolfgang Hihm, composer is born.
in 1956 - RCA Records issued the first album and extended play releases by Elvis Presley.

in 1958 - The Recording Industry Association of America introduced its awards for record sales, (RIAA). The Beatles hold the record for being awarded the most with 76 platinum certifications.

in 1959 - Ronnie Rogers, guitarist (T'Pau-Heart and Soul) is born.
in 1960 - Adam Clayton, Oxfordshire, rock bassist (U2-I Will Follow) is born.
in 1960 - Johnny Preston was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Running Bear', also No.1 in the US.
in 1963 - Hindemith and Wilder's opera "Long Christmas Dinner" premieres in NYC.

in 1964 - Billboard reported that sales of Beatles singles currently accounted for 60 percent of the US singles market and The Beatles album Meet the Beatles had reached a record 3.5 million copies sold.

in 1965 - Beatles' "Eight Days a Week," single goes #1 and stays #1 for 2 weeks.
in 1965 - Mary Wells and her Revue appeared at Esther’s Orbit Room, Oakland, California.

in 1965 - Eric Clapton quit The Yardbirds due to musical differences with the other band members. Clapton wanted to continue in a blues type vein, while the rest of the band preferred the more commercial style of their first hit, ‘For Your Love’.

in 1965 - The Beatles started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Eight Days A Week', the group's 7th US No.1.

in 1965 - Tom Jones made his first major TV appearance on BBC TVs 'Billy Cotton Band Show.'

in 1966 - Rod Stewart left Steampacket to work as a solo artist. 1966, Pink Floyd appeared for the first time at The Marquee in Wardour Street, London, England.

in 1967 - Working at Abbey Road studios in London, six members of Sounds, Inc. recorded the horn parts for The Beatles song ‘Good Morning Good Morning’ (three saxophones, two trombones, and one french horn).

in 1968 - Beatles release "Lady Madonna" in the UK
in 1970 - Rick Besoyan, composer, dies at 45

in 1971 - Piero Coppola, composer, dies at 82.
Video Note: Piero Coppola conducts the Ouverture from Sigurd by Ernest Reyer. Orchestre des Concerts Pasdeloup. recorded in 1934.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdRrbVke-XM"]YouTube - PIERO COPPOLA CONDUCTS "OUVERTURE FROM SIGURD"[/ame]


in 1971 - The Rolling Stones appeared live at Leeds University, England.

in 1971 - Brewer and Shipley entered the US singles chart with ‘One Toke Over The Line’. The song, which featured The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia on steel guitar, peaked at No.10 despite being banned by radio stations for its drug references. Brewer and Shipley maintained that the word "toke" meant "token" as in ticket, hence the line "waitin' downtown at the railway station, one toke over the line."

in 1973 - David Cassidy appeared at Bell Vue Kings Hall in Manchester, the first of 10 sold out UK shows.
in 1975 - Tammy Wynette and George Jones divorced after six years of marriage.

in 1976 - The Four Seasons started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'December 1963, (Oh What A Night)', the group's 5th US No.1, also their only UK No.1.

in 1977 - Manhattan Transfer were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Chanson D'amour', the group's only UK No.1. The retro Jazz vocal harmony group had been working in New York gay bars, singing 40s and 50s swing classics.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1nj6Yla_Vg"]YouTube - Manhattan Transfer Birdland[/ame]


in 1977 - Iggy Pop and David Bowie kicked off a North American tour at Le Plateau Theatre, Montreal, Canada with Blondie as the opening act. 1985, Bob Geldof and Midge Ure received the best selling a side award at the 30th Ivor Novello Awards for 'Do They Know It's Christmas.'

in 1978 - David McKinley Williams, composer, dies at 91.
in 1980 - Tauno Kullerve Pylkkanen, composer, dies at 61.
in 1982 - Albert Weisser, composer, dies at 64.
in 1987 - Finn Videro, composer, dies at 80.
in 1987 - Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

in 1987 - Gerald Moore CBE dies at age 87. English pianist (Am I Too Loud) best known for his career as one of the most in-demand accompanists of his day, accompanying many of the world's most famous musicians. Born in Watford but received most of his musical education in Toronto, Canada, to which country his family emigrated when he was a child, and where he was an organist at St Thomas' Church, Huron Street, in Toronto. He accompanied notable instrumentalists such as Pablo Casals and the child prodigy Josef Hassid, but is perhaps best remembered for his work with his notable partnerships including Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Victoria de los Ángeles, Elisabeth Schumann, Maggie Teyte and Kathleen Ferrier. He retired from public performances in 1967, and was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1954.
Video Note: Victoria De Los Angeles 1949 (Gerald Moore, piano) Periquet-Granados "El Mirar de la Maja" (in Spanish)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhrQvQTQDLs"]YouTube - Victoria De Los Angeles 1949 (Gerald Moore, piano) Periquet-Granados "El Mirar de la Maja"(Texts)[/ame]


in 1990 - Karl Münchinger dies at age 74. German conductor of European classical music born in Stuttgart, Münchinger. He helped to revive the now-ubiquitous Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel, through recording it with his Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in 1960. Karl is also noted for restoring baroque traditions to the interpretation of Bach's oeuvre, his greatest musical love: moderate-sized forces, judicious ornamentation, and rhythmic sprightliness, though not period instruments. In 1977, his Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra became the first German ensemble to visit the People's Republic of China. Karl retired in 1988

in 1991 - Jimmy McPartland, US, jazz cornetist, dies.
in 1992 - Clarence Wright, singer, dies at 84.

in 1993 - Canadian rapper Snow, (Darrin O'Brien), started a 7-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Informer', a No.2 hit in the UK.

in 1993 - Eric Clapton started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Unplugged.'

in 1993 - Lenny Kravitz started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Are You Gonna Go My Way.'

in 1993 – [ha ha ha] - This week's Radio One's UK Top 40 Chart Show was in chaos after Gallup who compiled the chart got 20 of the forty entries wrong.

in 1994 - Mariah Carey started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Music Box.'

in 1994 - Danny Barker dies at age 85. American jazz banjoist, singer, guitarist, songwriter, ukelele player, author, and founder of the locally famous Fairview Baptist Church Marching Band from New Orleans. He was also a rhythm guitarist for some of the best bands of the day, including Cab Calloway, Lucky Millinder and Benny Carter throughout the 1930s. In 1945 he recorded with Ohio's native jazz pianist—Sir Charles Thompson—a date that included saxophonists Dexter Gordon and Charlie Parker. His work with the Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band was pivotal in ensuring the longevity of jazz in New Orleans, producing generations of new talent. Brothers Wynton Marsalis and Branford Marsalis both played in the band as youths as well as "The King of Treme" Shannon Powell, Lucien Barbarin, Dr. Michael White and countless others. One of Danny's earliest teachers in New Orleans was fellow banjoist Emanuel Sayles, whom he recorded with. Throughout his career, he played with Jelly Roll Morton, Baby Dodds, James P. Johnson, Sidney Bechet, Mezz Mezzrow, and Red Allen. He also toured and recorded with his wife, singer Blue Lu Barker (cancer)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hek2KQcD8_M"]YouTube - Danny Barker - St. James Infirmary Blues[/ame]

in 1995 - Lorraine Macleod, dancer (Girls Just Want to Have Fun), dies at 65.

in 1998 - Judge Dread /Alex Hughes dies at age 52. English reggae and ska artist; the first white recording artist to have a reggae hit in Jamaica, and has the most banned songs of all time. He worked as a bouncer, a bodyguard, professional wrestler, debt collector and radio DJ before he released his first record, "Big Six" which reached No.11 in the UK Singles Chart and spent six months on the chart, despite getting no radio airplay due to its lyrics. Further hit singles followed with "Big Seven" and "Big Eight", both following the pattern of rude versions of nursery rhymes over a reggae backing, as well as "Y Viva Suspenders" and "Up With The Cock". He was the first white recording artist to have a reggae hit in Jamaica with "Big Six", which lead him to travel to Jamaica to perform live, where many were surprised that he was white. He released 13 albums and he had 11 UK singles chart hits in the 1970s, which was more than any other reggae artist, including Bob Marley. The Guinness Book of World Records credits Judge Dread for having the highest number of banned songs of all time, 11! He helped organize a benefit concert for the famine in Ethiopia featuring The Wailers and Desmond Dekker, and released a benefit single "Molly". Despite this single not featuring Dread's trademark innuendos, it was still banned from radio airplay. He tried releasing singles under the pseudonyms JD Alex and Jason Sinclair, but the BBC still banned them (He was finishing a performance at Penny Theatre in Canterbury, he turned to the audience and said, "Let's hear it for the band." They were his final words, as he walked offstage and suffered a fatal heart attack)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5w8zV9Uoos"]YouTube - Judge Dread - Big Six[/ame]

in 1999 - Cher started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Believe', making Cher the oldest woman to top the Hot 100 at the age of 53.

in 2002 - Wall Of Voodoo guitarist Marc Moreland died in Paris, France of Kidney failure aged 44. Had the 1983 hit ‘Mexican Radio.’

in 2002 - Marc Moreland dies at age 44. American rock guitarist for new wave band Wall of Voodoo, punk band The Skulls, and rock bands Pretty and Twisted and Department of Crooks. He also released a solo album under the name Marc Moreland Mess. The Wall of Voodoo sound was noted for Marc's unique guitar style, a mixture of twangy spaghetti western-style melodies, angular postpunk riffs and well-placed guitar feedback. The band had a sizeable hit with the song "Mexican Radio" in 1982 (liver failure).

in 2005 - 50 Cent went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Massacre’, the US rappers first UK No.1. The album was also a US No.1 spending six weeks at the top of the chart.

in 2005 - McFly were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'All About You', their 3rd No.1 and a charity release for Comic Relief.

in 2006 - The Sex Pistols refused to attend their own induction into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York City. Blondie, Herb Alpert and Black Sabbath were all inducted but the Pistols posted a handwritten note on their website, calling the institution "urine in wine", adding "We're not your monkeys, we're not coming. You're not paying attention".

in 2007 - Coffee house Starbucks announced the launch of its own music label, saying it would sign both established and new artists. The chain, which had 13,000 stores worldwide, had already released albums under its Hear Music brand, licensing songs from other companies. Starbucks bosses said the label would now become more independent and that music fitted with the firm's identity.

in 2008 - Michael Jackson refinanced his Neverland ranch to save it from being auctioned off, after being told that if he failed to pay $25m (£12.5m) he owed on the California property, it would be auctioned within a week. Jackson bought Neverland in 1987 intending to create a fantasy land for children naming it after an island in the story Peter Pan, where children never grow up.

in 2008 - Martin Fierro dies at age 66. American tenor saxophonist also known as "the Meester" to his many loving fans; he played in the jazz, freeform rock, and avant-garde traditions and who played with musicians as diverse as the Sir Douglas Quintet, Legion of Mary, Jerry Garcia, James Cotton, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Loudon Wainwright III, Queen Ida, Jazz Is Dead, The String Cheese Incident, David Grisman, Derek Trucks, Dark Star Orchestra, the Allman Brothers, Merl Saunders, The Grateful Dead, Zero, Steve Kimock & Friends, Yonder Mountain String Band and many more (cancer)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plpOVAaqZSY"]YouTube - Martín Fierro Leopoldo Torre Nilsson 1/16[/ame]

in 2009 - Alan W. Livingston dies at age 91. American music executive; he began his career leading his own college orchestra at the University of Pennsylvania. After the war he obtained his first position with Capitol Records, as a writer/producer. He wrote and produced many children's series of storytelling record-album including the debut of Bozo the Clown with the September 1946's "Bozo at the Circus"; many products for Walt Disney; Walter Lantz's Woody Woodpecker; Hopalong Cassidy including "Hopalong Cassidy and The Singing Bandit" in 1950; Bugs Bunny and all of the Warner Bros characters and he wrote the 1951 pop hit "I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat". Alan moved on to the adult music and became Vice President. He signed Frank Sinatra, who agreed to work with Nelson Riddle, with an immediate impact, producing the classics "I've Got the World on a String." and "Young-at-Heart". Alan was also officially credited as the inspiration for the distinctive Capitol Records Tower, completed in April 1956, noted for being the first circular office building in the world. In the 60's he turned Capitol Records into a more rock-oriented company with such artists as The Beach Boys, Steve Miller, The Band, and others. He signed The Beatles, agreeing to release 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' in 1963 and bringing them to the United States in 1964, after rejecting their previous singles as unsuitable for the U.S. market despite Capitol being owned by The Beatles' U.K. record company, EMI. Alan was the creative force responsible for Capitol Records' growth from net sales of $6 million per year to sales in excess of $100 million per year. He later sold his stock in Capitol Industries to form his own company, Mediarts Inc., for the production of motion pictures, records and music publishing. Aug '76, he joined 20th Century Fox as Senior Vice President and President, Entertainment Group. He left in 1980 to accept the presidency of Atalanta Investment Company, but resigned in 1987 to produce a one-hour film for television and to form Pacific Rim Productions, Inc.

in 2009 – Carly Simon sues Starbucks. According to Simon, Starbucks initially promised an advance of $750,000 to $1 million for the album, but after the contract was drawn up that figure was scaled back to $575,000. Simon says she fronted $100,000 to record This Kind, and alleges that she didn't even receive the entirety of that advance. According to the NYT, Simon is seeking between $5 and $10 million for Starbucks' "concealment of material facts," "tortious interference" and "unlawful, unfair and fraudulent business practices."

in 2010 - Jean Ferrat / Jean Tenenbaum dies at age 79. French singer, songwriter and composer born in Vaucresson, Hauts-de-Seine and studied at the Jules Ferry College. In the early 1950s he started in Parisian cabaret. In 1956, he set "Les yeux d'Elsa" ("Elsa's eyes"), a Louis Aragon poem to music. Its rendition by popular artist André Claveau brought Jean some recognition as a songwriter. He released his debut album, Deux Enfants du Soleil in 1961, followed by Nuit et Brouillard in 1963, and was awarded the Académie Charles Cros's Grand Prix du Disque. Jean retired from performing on stage in 1973. In 1990, he received an award from the Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique, (SACEM) the French association of songwriters, composers and music publishers (passed away after a long illness)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBh9BNGzROM"]YouTube - La montagne - Jean Ferrat[/ame]

in 2011 - Ritchie Pickett dies at age 56. New Zealand country singer and songwriter, born in Morrinsville, he began playing in rock 'n' roll bands such as Graffiti, which toured New Zealand with singer Tom Sharplin in the mid-1970s, before joining metal/prog rock band Think, with whom he recorded an album. Think relocated to Sydney, Australia, where they broke up and Ritchie formed his own band Snuff. In the early 1980s back in New Zealand, he formed country music band Ritchie Pickett & the Inlaws which toured New Zealand relentlessly and released an acclaimed LP, but disbanded in 1985. He was also a regular performer on the high-rating primetime television show That's Country. He fronted several Waikato bands through the late 1980s and early 1990s, including the Jones Boys, the Fat Band, Stingray Martini's Excellent Duckbeast and the Disturbance, before working mainly under his own name, releasing his debut solo album in 1998. In 2004, Ritchie released a live album featuring his contributions from a New Zealand tour with fellow New Zealand songwriter Glen Moffatt and Australian roots songwriter Bill Chamber. Later in 2009 he was part of the band The Rattler, also featuring former members of Knightshade and the Furys, which released The Leaving.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wz0trvsxPx4"]Ritchie Pickett - Chameleon - YouTube[/ame]

in 2012 - Karl Roy dies at age 43. Filipino rock singer noted for his song "Yugyugan Na"/"Time to shake". He gained prominence in the '80s as frontman for Advent Call. However mainstream success came when he formed the funk rock band, POT, having had a major hit with a cover of the Advisors’ “Yugyugan Na”. He continued making music with super band, Kapatid, which also included Nathan Azarcon and Ira Cruz of Hijo. Kapatid released two albums, the self-titled debut in 2003 and “Luha” in 2006. In 2007, Roy suffered a stroke that left half his body paralyzed for months which he used songwriting while recovering. Roy and the rest of POT reformed in October of 2011. (cardiac arrest) - Born May 25th 1968.

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in 1623 - Adam-Nicolas Gascon, composer is born.

in 1681- Georg Philipp Telemann, greatly significant German composer, is born at Magdeburg.
He received his academic training at a local school, and also learned to play keyboard instruments and the violin; he acquired knowledge of music theory from the cantor Benedikt Christiani.

He subsequently attended the Gymnasium Andreanum in Hildesheim, where he became active in student performances of German cantatas. In 1701 he entered the Univ. of Leipzig as a student of jurisprudence; in 1702 he organized a collegium musicum there; later was appointed music director of the Leipzig Opera, where he used the services of his student singers and instrumentalists.

In 1705 he went to Sorau as Kapellmeister to the court of Count Erdmann II of Promnitz. In 1708 he was appointed Konzertmeister to the court orchestra in Eisenach; later he was named Kapellmeister there.

In 1709 he married Louise Eberlin, a musician's daughter, but she died in 1711 in childbirth. In 1712 Telemann was appointed music director of the city of Frankfurt am Main; there he wrote a quantity of sacred music as well as secular works for the public concerts given by the Frauenstein Society, of which he served as director.

In 1714 he married Maria Katharina Textor, the daughter of a local town clerk. They had 8 sons and 2 daughters, of whom only a few survived infancy. His wife later abandoned him for a Swedish army officer. In 1721 he received the post of music director of 5 churches in Hamburg, which became the center of his important activities as composer and music administrator.

In 1722 Telemann was appointed music director of the Hamburg Opera, a post he held until 1738. During his tenure he wrote a number of operas for production there, and also staged several works by Handel and Keiser. In 1737-38 he visited France. His eyesight began to fail as he grew older; his great contemporaries Bach and Handel suffered from the same infirmity.

An extraordinarily prolific composer, Telemann mastered both the German and the Italian styles of composition prevalent in his day. While he never approached the greatness of genius of Bach and Handel, he nevertheless became an exemplar of the German Baroque at its grandest development.

According to Telemann's own account, he composed about 20 operas for Leipzig, 4 for Weissenfels, 2 for Bayreuth, and 3 operettas for Eisenach. He lists 35 operas for Hamburg, but included in this list are preludes, intermezzi, and postludes. His grandson, Georg Michael Telemann (b. PIon, April 20, 1748; d. Riga, March 4,1831), was also a composer and writer on music. A complete edition of his works, Georg Philipp Telemann: Musikalische Werke, began publication in Kassel and Basel in 1950. - Died at Hamburg, June 25, 1767.

in 1726 - Josef Antonin Stepan, composer is born.
in 1727 - Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, composer is born.
in 1755 - Pierre-Louis Couperin, composer is born.
in 1760 - Anton Filtz, composer, dies at 26.
in 1768 - Vigilio Blasio Faitello, composer, dies at 58.

in 1755 - Pierre-Louis Couperin, organist and composer, known as M. Couperin l'aine or Couperin fils, son of Armand-Louis Couperin, is born at Paris. He was organist to the King, and later at Notre-Dame, St-Jean, St.-Merry, and St-Cervais, succeeding his father at the latter earlrly in 1789. He died 8 months later. Some of his compositions were published in contemporary collections; others are in MS. - Died at Paris, Oct. 10, 1789.

in 1795 - Rubert Lucas Pearsall, composer is born.
in 1801 - Christian Friedrich Penzel, composer, dies at 63.


in 1804 - Johann (Baptist) Strauss (I), violinist, conductor, and composer, known as "The Father of the Waltz", is born at Vienna. He was born into a humble Jewish family of Hungarian descent. Called "black Schani," he made a concerted effort to conceal his Jewish origins (when the ancestry of the family was realized by the chagrined Nazis a century later, they falsified the parish register at St. Stephen's Cathedral in 1939 to make the family racially pure).

His father was an innkeeper who apprenticed him to a bookbinder, but his musical talent revealed itself at an early age; after Strauss ran away, his parents consented to his becoming a musician. He studied violin under Polyschansky and harmony under Seyfried, and at 15 became a violist in Michael Pamer's dance orchestra, where he found a friend in Josef Lanner. In 1819 he became a member of the latter's small band, and later served as second conductor of Lanner's orch. (1824-25).

In 1825 he organized his own orchestra, which quickly became popular in Viennese inns. He composed his first waltz, Tauberln- Walzer, in 1826. His reputation was secured with his appearances at the Sperl, where Pamer served as music director. His renown spread, and his orchestra increased rapidly in size and efficiency.

From 1833 he undertook concert tours in Austria, and in 1834 was appointed bandmaster of the first Vienna militia regiment. His tours extended to Berlin in 1834, and to the Netherlands and Belgium in 1836; in 1837-38 he invaded Paris with a picked corps of 28, and had immense success both there and in London.

In 1846 he was named k.k. (i.e., kaiserlich und koniglich, or imperial and royal) Hofballmusikdirektor. After catching scarlet fever from one of his children, he died at the age of 45. Among his published waltzes, the Lorelei-, Gabrielen-, Taglioni-, Cacilien-, Victoria-, Kettenbrucken-, and Bajaderen-Walzer are prime favorites; also popular are his Elektrische Funken, Mephistos Hb'llenrufe, and the Donau-Lieder. He also wrote 33 galops, 14 polkas, 33 quadrilles, cotillions and contredances, 23 marches, and 9 potpourris. He had 3 sons who carried on the family musical tradition. - Died at Vienna, Sept. 25,1849.

in 1815 - Josephine Lang, composer is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzE8BeC4u8E"]YouTube - Josephine Lang: "Erinnerung" by Dana MacKay[/ame]

in 1826 - William Fisk Sherwin, composer is born.
in 1831 - Leon Leopold Lewandoski, composer is born.

in 1835 - Manuel) Hernandez Caballero, Spanish conductor and composer, is born at Murcia. He had lessons in piano, violin, and flute, received instruction in composition from Jose Calvo, and studied harmony and composition with Indalecio Soriano Fuertes. In 1850 he enrolled at the Madrid Conservatory, where he studied with Jose Vega, Pedro Albeniz (piano), and Eslava (counterpoint and fugue), taking first prize for composition in 1856. He began his career playing violin in the orchestra of the Teatro Real in Madrid, and then was active as a conductor in various theaters there. After conducting in Cuba (1864-71), he settled in Madrid and devoted himself to conducting and composing zarzuelas. In 1891 he was elected to membership in the Academy of Fine Arts. He wrote almost 200 zarzuelas, the most memorable being La viejecita (Madrid, April 29, 1897) and Gigantes y cabezudos (Madrid, Nov. 29, 1898). He also wrote masses and other sacred works, dances, and songs. - Died at Madrid, Feb. 26, 1906.

in 1845 - (Friedrich) August Bungert, German composer, is born at Miilheim an der Ruhr. He studied at the Cologne Conservatory (1860-62), in Paris, and with Kiel in Berlin. His most ambitious project was the operatic tetralogy after Homer, Die Odyssee (4 parts first performance in Dresden: Kirke, Jan. 24, 1898; Nausikaa, March 20, 1901; Odysseus' Heimkehr, Dec. 12, 1896; Odysses' Tod, Oct. 30, 1903). The companion to this Wagnerian- inspired effort, Die llias, never appeared. He also wrote a comic opera, Die Studenten von Salamanka (Leipzig, 1884), a mystery play, Warum? woher? wohin? (1908), incidental music to Goethe's Faust, orchestra works, including Zeppelins erste grosse Fahrt (Koblenz, Dec. 1, 1909), Symphonia Victrix, Tasso, Hohes Lied der Liebe, and Auf der Wartburg, choral pieces, songs, a Piano Quartet, and piano pieces. - Died at Leutesdorf am Rhein, Oct. 26, 1915.

in 1861 - Abraham Louis Niedermeyer, composer, dies at 58.
in 1875 - Norman Houstoun O'Neill, composer is born.
in 1883 - Juan Manen, composer is born.
in 1884 - Winter Haynes Watts, composer is born. in 1885 - "Mikado" opera premieres in London.


in 1887 - Lawrance (Arthur) Collingwood, English conductor and composer, is born at London. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music in London and later at Exeter College, Oxford (1907-11). In 1912 he went to Russia and took courses at the St. Petersburg Conservatory with Glazunov, Wihtol, Steinberg, and Tcherepnin; in 1918 he returned to England and became active as a conductor; was principal conductor (1931-41) and music director (1941-47) at Sadler's Wells in London. In 1948 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. His compositions include two operas, Macbeth (London, April 12,1934) and The Death of Tintagiles (concert perf., London, April 16,1950); Piano Concerto; Piano Quartet; 2 piano sonatas. - Died at Killin, Perthshire, Dec. 19, 1982.

in 1894 - Josef Schelb, composer is born.

in 1902 - Theodore Mtitchell Finney, American music educator, brother of Ross Lee Finney, is born at Fayette, Iowa. He studied with Donald Ferguson at the University of Minn. (B.A., 1924), at the American Conservatory in Fontainbleau (1926), at the Stem Conservatory and the University of Berlin (1927-28), and at the University of Pittsburgh (Litt.M., 1938). After serving as a violist in the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (1923-25), he was an asst. professpr of music at Carleton College (1925-32) and a lecturer at the Smith College. Summer School (1930-32); subsequently he was a professor and chairman of the music dept. at the University of Pittsburgh (1936-68). - Died at Pittsburgh, May 19,1978.

in 1905 - Louise (Elvira) Cuyler, American musicologist, is born at Omaha. She was educated at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. (B.M., 1929; Ph.D., 1948) and the University of Mich. (M.M., 1933). With the exception of her service with the American Red Cross in the Pacific during World War II (1942-45), she was on the faculty of the University of Mich. (1929-42; 1945-75).

In 1975 she became the Neilson Distinguished Professor at Smith College Cuyler published the volumes, The Emperor Maximilian I and Music (London, 1973) and The Symphony (N.Y.,1973; 2n d ed., 1995). She also contributed articles to various scholarly publications and edited works by Heinrich Isaac. - Died at Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif., Jan. 3, 1998.

in 1906 - Ulvi Cemal Erkin, Turkish composer and teacher, is born at Constantinople. He studied piano with Philipp in Paris and composition with Boulanger in Fontainebleau. Returning to Turkey, he became a piano instructor at the Ankara Conssrvatory. His works include Bayram, tone poem (Ankara, May 11, 1934),2 syms. (Ankara, April 20, 1946; 1948-51), Violin Concerto (Ankara, April 2, 1948), chamber music, and piano pieces. - Died at Ankara, Sept. 15, 1972.

in 1908 - Nikolay Petrovich Rakov, composer is born.

in 1912 - Les(ter Raymond) Brown, pop-jazz bandleader of the "Band of Renown," arranger, composer, is born at Reinerton, Pa. He formed a band at Duke University in the early 1930s. In 1938, he led Les Brown and his Band of Renown, which became the most popular white dance band in the U.S. in the 1940s and early 1950s. Doris Day was his vocalist; their biggest hits together included "My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time" and "Sentimental Journey" (both #1 in 1945), plus instrumentals "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" (#1 in 1948; the last big instrumental hit of the Swing era), "Bizet Has His Day," and "Leap Frog." He had quit in 1946, but a March 1947 ballroom gig forced him to form a new band. He eventually worked in radio and TV, playing with Bob Hope, Steve Allen, and Dean Martin. He remained one of the most popular leaders on the West Coast. His albums during the 1980s included long-time vocalist Jo Ann Greer, and Butch Stone on baritone sax and vocals. His orchestra was strictly a dance group, with lightweight arrangements and novelty tunes. - Died January 2001 at Los Angeles.

in 1913 - Witold Rudzinski, composer is born.
in 1914 - Jiri Reinberger, composer is born.

in 1915 – Alexander Brott, prominent Canadian conductor, violinist, teacher, and composer, father of Boris and Denis Brott, is born at Montreal. Following violin lessons with Alfred De Seve, he studied with Maurice Onderet (violin) and Douglas Clarke (composition) at the McGill Conservatory (Licentiate in Music, 1932) in Montreal; subsequently pursued training with Jacobsen (violin), Willeke (chamber music), Wagenaar (composition), and Stoessel (conducting) at the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y. (1934-39). He was a violinist in the Montreal Orch. (1930-34; 1939-41); then was concertmaster (1945-48) and asst. conductor (intermittently 1948-61) of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. From 1939 to 1985 he was on the faculty of McGill University. In 1939 he founded the McGill String Quartet and in 1945 the McGill Chamber Orchestra. He appeared as a guest conductor throughout North America and Europe. From 1965 to 1981 he was artistic director of the Kingston (Ontario) Symphony. In 1985 he founded the Montreal Young Virtuosi. In 1979 he was made a member of the Order of Canada, and in 1987 Chevalier de L'Ordre national du Quebec. In his music he follows the Romantic tradition, with impressionistic harmonies imparting an aura of modernity.

in 1915 - Carlos Surinach, Barcelona Spain, composer (Monte Carlo) [NS] is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFSiba-Zj8Q"]YouTube - Carlos Surinach Piano Concerto (1973) - 3rd mov. Daniel Blanch, piano[/ame]

in 1919 - Luther Henderson Jr, KC Mo, orch leader (Polly Bergen Show) is born.
in 1922 - Les Baxter, US, singer/orchestra leader/composer (Born Again) is born.
in 1926 - Francois d'Assise Morel, composer is born.

in 1930 - Ludwig Finscher, eminent German musicologist and lexicographer, is born at Kassel. He was a student of Gerber at the University of G6ttingen (Ph.D., 1954, with the dissertation Die Messen und Motetten Loyset Comperes; published as Loyset Compere (c. 1450-1518): Life and Works in Musicological Studies and Documents, XII, 1964), completing his Habilitation at the University of Saarbriicken in 1967 with his Das klassische Streichquartett und seine Grundlegung durch Joseph Haydn (published as Studien zur Geschichte des Streichquartetts: I, Die Entstehung des klassischen Streichquartetts: Von den Vorformen zur Grundlegung durch Joseph Haydn, Kassel, 1974).

He was asst. lecturer at the institute of musicology at the University of Kiel (1960-65), and then at the University of Saarbriicken (1965-68). After serving as professor of musicology at the University of Frankfurt am Main (1968-81), he held that position at the University of Heidelberg (from 1981). He was editor (1961-68) and co-editor (1968-74) of Die Musikforschung. Finscher served as president of the Gesellschaft fur Musiforschungk (1974-77), and also was vice president (1972-77) and president (1977-82) of the International Musicological Society. He edited 2 vols. of the complete musical works of Gaffurius in the Corpus Mensurabilis Musicae series (1955, 1967; not continued), and a collected edition of the works of Compere in the same series (15 vols., 1958-72).

With K. von Fischer, he edited the complete works of Hindemith (Mainz, 1976 et seq.). He also edited (with F.Blume et al.) Geschichte derEvangelischen Kirchenmusik (Kassel, 2nd ed., 1965; Eng. tr., aug., 1974 as Protestant Church Music: A History), Quellenstudien zu Musik derRenaissance (2 vols., Munich, 1981, Wiesbaden, 1983), Ludwig van Beethoven (Darmstadt, 1983), Die Musik des 15. und 16. Jahrhunderts (Laaber, 1989 et seq.), and Die Mannheimer Hojkapelle im ZeitaIter Carl Theodors (Mannheim, 1992). Finscher holds the prestigious position of editor of the exhaustive revision of Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, which commenced publication in 1994. That same year he was made a member of the order ‘Pour le merite’. In 1997 he received the ‘Great Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany’.

in 1930 - Dieter Schnebel, German vicar/composer is born.
in 1931 - Phil Phillips [Baptiste], rock vocalist (Sea Of Love) is born.
in 1933 - Quincy Jones Jr, Chicago Ill, composer/singer (We Are The World) is born.

in 1935 - Jo van den Booren, composer is born at Maastricht. He studied trumpet with MarinusKomst and composition with Kees van Baaren andKlaus Huber.in 1936 – Ivo Blaha, Czech composer and teacher, is born at Litomysl. He was a student of Ridky and Sommer at the Prague Academy of Musical and Dramatic Arts (M.A., 1958), where he pursued postgraduate studies with Hlobil (1965-70); he also worked under Herzog and Kabelac at the experimental studio of the Czech Radio in Plzen (1969-70). He taught composition (1964-72) and was a reader on the film and television faculty (from 1967) of the Prague Academy of Musical and Dramatic Arts. In 1988 he completed his Habilitation there as a Dozent, and later was head of its dept. of sound creation of its film and television faculty (from 1993).

in 1940 - Adolf Dallapozza, Italian-born Austrian tenor, is born at Bolzano. His parents settled in Austria when he was 5 months old. He received his musical education at the Vienna Conservatory; then joined the Chorus of the Volksoper; in 1962 he made his debut as soloist in the role of Emesto in Donizetti's Don Pasquale. In 1967 he became a member of the Vienna State Opera; also sang with the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and made appearances in Milan, Basel, Hamburg, Zurich, and Buenos Aires. In 1976 the President of Austria made him a Kammersanger, He is highly regarded for his versatility, being equally competent in opera, oratorio, and operetta.

in 1942 - Jerry Jeff Walker, Oneonta NY, country singer (Mr Bojangles) is born.
in 1943 - Jim Pons, Santa Monica CA, bassist (Turtles-Happy Together) is born.

in 1944 - Boris Brott, Canadian conductor, son of Alexander and brother of Denis Brott, is born at Montreal. He received training in violin from his father, and took courses at the Montreal Conservatory (1957-61). After conducting studies with Monteux in Hancock, Maine (summer 1956), he pursued training with Markevitch at the Institute Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, where he took first prize in the Pan-American conducting competition in 1958. He was founder-conductor of the Philharmic Youth Orchestra in Montreal (1959-61). After winning third prize in the Liverpool conducting competition in 1962, he was asst. conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (1963-65). From 1964 to 1969 he was music director of the Northern Sinfonia Orch. in Newcastle upon Tyne, and also was a conductor of the Royal Ballet at London's Covent Garden (1966-68). From 1967 to 1972 he was music director of Lakehead Univ. in Thunder Bay, Ontario. In 1968 he was one of the four first prize winners in the Mitropoulos conducting competition in N.Y., and in 1968-69 he was an asst. conductor of the N.Y. Phil., where he profited from the tutelage of Bernstein. In 1969 he became music director of the Hamilton (Ontario) Phil., a post he retained until 1990. In 1970-71 he was interim music director of the Kitchener Waterloo Sym. Orch. in Ontario. From 1970 to 1973 he was music director of the Regina (Saskatchewan) Symphony Orchestra. He served as chief conductor of the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra in Cardiff from 1972 to 1977, and also was principal conductor of the CBC Winnipeg Orchestra from 1976 to 1983. He was founder-conductor and music advisor of Symphony Nova Scotia in Halifax from 1983 to 1986. In 1988 he founded the Boris Brott Summer Music Festival in Hamilton, subsequently serving as its artistic director. With his father, he served as co- conductor of the McGill Chamber Orchestra in Montreal from 1989. He likewise was music director of the Ventura County (Calif.) Symphony Orchestra from 1992. As a guest conductor, he appeared with leading orchestras around the world. In 1987 he received the Order of Canada and in 1990 he was made a Knight of Malta.

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