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in 1944 - Pavel Grigor'yevich, composer, dies at 66.
He composed over five hundred choral works, over four hundred of which are sacred. Today, he is most known for his piece Salvation is Created as well as works such as Do Not Reject Me in Old Age (solo for basso profondo). His anthem O Lord God has served as the signature benedictory of Luther College's Nordic Choir (Decorah, Iowa, USA) since 1948.

Chesnokov was born in Vladimir, near Moscow on 24 October 1877. While attending the Moscow Conservatory, he received extensive training in both instrumental and vocal music including nine years of solfege, and seven years training for both the piano and violin. His studies in composition included four years of harmony, counterpoint, and form. During his years at the school, he had the opportunity to study with prominent Russian composers like Sergei Taneyev and Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, who greatly influence his style of liturgy-driven, choral composition.

At an early age, Chesnokov gained recognition as a great conductor and choirmaster while leading many groups including the Russian Choral Society Choir. This reputation earned him a position on staff at the Moscow Conservatory where great composers and music scholars like Tchaikovsky shared their skills and musical insight. There he founded a choral conducting program, which he taught from 1920 until his death.

By the age of 30, Chesnokov had completed nearly four hundred sacred choral works, but his proliferation of church music came to a standstill at the time of the Russian revolution. Under communist rule, no one was permitted to produce any form of sacred art. So in response, he composed an additional hundred secular works, and conducted secular choirs like the Moscow Academy Choir and the Bolshoi Theatre Choir. In the Soviet era religion was often under oppression, and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour* whose last choirmaster had been Chesnokov, was destroyed. This bothered him so much that he stopped writing music altogether.
He died on 14 March 1944.

*Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was demolished in 1933 in order to free the land for the construction of a House of Soviets - a massive skyscraper intended to house various government authorities and promote the Soviet regime. The building was to be topped with a 100-meter-tall aluminum statue of the Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin. However, due to numerous technical difficulties the building was never actually constructed and the site was instead devoted to the creation of an outdoor swimming pool, which occupied the area till the early 1990s, when government officials began to seriously consider a project to rebuild the church as it had been in Ton's day. It was reconstructed in the early 1990s.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vmfMx6GFts"]"The Orthodox Singers" Male Choir - Do not cast me off in the time of old age - YouTube[/ame]

in 1945 - Michael Martin Murphey, Dallas Tx, country singer (Wildfire) is born.
in 1945 - Walt Parazaider, Chicago Ill, rock saxophonist (Chicago) is born.
in 1947 - Jimmy O'Rourke, rocker is born.
in 1951 - Rick Dees, radio disc jock (KIIS LA) is born.
in 1952 - David Byrne, guitarist/vocalist (Talking Heads-Burning Down the House) is born.
in 1954 - Jann Browne, country singer (Mexican Wind) is born.
in 1954 - Ludomir Michal Rogowski, composer, dies at 72.
in 1955 - Boon Gould, rock guitarist (Level 42-Hot Water is born.

in 1955 - CBS talent scout Arthur Godfrey turned down the chance to sign Elvis Presley, instead at the same audition he signed singer Pat Boone.

in 1958 - Eugeen Van de Velde, Flemish musicologist/critic/composer, dies at 64.
in 1959 - Patrick Dupond, Paris, dancer (La Bayadere) is born.

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in 1962 - Bruce Channel started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Hey! Baby', it made No.2 on the UK chart.

in 1963 - Cliff Richard and The Shadows were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Summer Holiday.' Taken from the film of the same name, it became Richards' seventh UK No.1 single. 1963, Gerry Marsden was fined £60 at Uxbridge Magistrates court for attempting to evade customs duty on a guitar bought in Hamburg.

in 1968 - The promotional film for ‘Lady Madonna’ was broadcast in black and white on Top of the Pops on UK television. The video portion of the film clip was shot while The Beatles were performing the song ‘Hey Bulldog’, but the ‘Lady Madonna’ audio track was paired with the video for the promo release.

in 1969 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded a live concert for 'Fan Club', the Dutch TV show in Amsterdam, Holland.

in 1971 - The Rolling Stones played the last night of a 9-date UK tour at the Roundhouse, London.
in 1971 - The Rolling Stones leave England for France to escape taxes

in 1972: Linda Lane /Linda Jones dies at age 27. American soul singer; born in Newark, New Jersey; she started singing in her family's gospel group the Jones Singers at the age of six. Her first recording was "Lonely Teardrops", in 1963. She signed with Warner Bros in 1967 and released the biggest of several hits, "Hypnotized" (Soon after her career took off, she was diagnosed with diabetes, she tragically died after collapsing between shows at the Apollo Theatre, Harlem).

in 1973 - Elton John was at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Crocodile Rock.'

in 1973 - Rafael Godoy dies at age 65. Colombian composer born in Natagaima, Tolima; from a young age, he was linked to the trade-union movement in Barrancabermeja, Santander, from where he had to emigrate when his personal security was threatened. He fled to Venezuela, where he developed his musical career and composed what are often taken to be his best musical pieces. His most widely known, and possibly best song, is the bambuco "Soy colombiano" / I'm Colombian; he composed many other bambucos and andean music songs, such as "Arrunchaditos", "Pasito", "Mi cafetal", "Canto a Colombia", "Tierra caliente". Many versions of "Soy colombiano" have appeared since it was composed, even a vallenato version by Lisandro Meza, although the most popular version is the one from the Tolimense folk music duet Garzón y Collazos

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXLmNXJxoKA"]YouTube - SOY COLOMBIANO -- MUSICA COLOMBIANA -- SILVA Y VILLALBA[/ame]

in 1976 - Busby Berkeley /William Berkeley Enos dies at age 80. American film director, musical choreographer, famous for his elaborate musical production numbers that often involved complex geometric patterns. His quintessential works used legions of showgirls and props as fantastic elements in kaleidoscopic on-screen performances. Films included A Connecticut Yankee (Broadway), Whoopee!, 42nd Street, Footlight Parade, Gold Diggers of 1933, Fashions of 1934, as well as In Caliente, Wonder Bar, Ziegfeld Girl, Babes on Broadway, Rose Marie and many others (passed away from natural causes)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kL5MhCax5m8"]YouTube - BUSBY BERKELEY - RUBY KEELER IN 42ND STREET (a film by ROY DEL RUTH - 1933)[/ame]

in 1980 - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark appeared at the YMCA Building, Russell St, London, tickets cost £2.50.

in 1981 - Eric Clapton was hospitalised with bleeding ulcers causing a US tour to be cancelled. He was back in hospital five weeks later after being involved in a car crash.

in 1981 - Roxy Music were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the John Lennon song 'Jealous Guy.'

in 1982 - Metallica made their live debut when they appeared at Radio City in Anaheim, California. 1983, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Alec John Such formed Bon Jovi.

in 1982 - Kirill Vladimirovich Molchanov, composer, dies at 59
in 1983 - Jordan Taylor Hanson, Tulsa OK, singer (Hansons-MMMMbop) is born

in 1984 - Annie Lennox married Hare Krishna devotee Radha Raman. They started divorce proceedings the following year.

in 1984 - Rainbow played their last ever gig as a band when they performed in Japan.
in 1985 - Frankie Goes To Hollywood appeared live at Sheffield's City Hall during a UK tour.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPLrXFw76Qg"]YouTube - relax frankie goes to hollywood[/ame]

in 1985 - Dead Or Alive were kicked off the UK music television show 'The Tube', after admitting they were incapable of playing 'live.' The group scored the 1985 UK No.1 single 'You Spin Me Round, Like A Record'.

in 1986 - Benno Ammann, composer, dies at 81.

in 1986 - Jozef Kresanek, composer, dies at 73.

in 1987 - Boy George scored his first UK No.1 single as a solo artist with the David Gates song 'Everything I Own. Originally recorded by Gates's band Bread for their 1972 album Baby, I'm a Want You and also a UK No.1 for Ken Boothe in 1974.

in 1987 - Huey Lewis and the News went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Jacob's Ladder', not a hit in the UK.
in 1987 - 'The Very Best Of Hot Chocolate' went to No.1 on the UK album chart.

in 1990 - Flea and Chad Smith from The Red Hot Chili Peppers were arrested for sexually harassing a woman on Daytona Beach, Florida. They were each fined $1,000 (£588).

in 1990 - Michael Jackson was voted artist of the decade at the annual 'Soul Train Awards.'
in 1990 - 4th Soul Train Music Awards: Soul II Soul, Janet Jackson.

in 1991 - American songwriter Doc Pomus died. With Mort Shuman he wrote many early 60's hits including, ‘A Teenager in Love’, ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’, ‘Sweets For My Sweet’, ‘Can't Get Used to Losing You’, ‘Little Sister’, ‘Suspicion’, ‘Surrender’ and ‘Viva Las Vegas’.

in 1991 - R.E.M. played the first of two nights at London's Borderline Club under the name of 'Bingo Hand Job.'

in 1991 - Howard Ashman dies at age 40. American playwright, director and lyricist, he first studied at Boston University and Goddard College and then went on to achieve his master's degree from Indiana University in 1974. He collaborated with Alan Menken on several films, notably animated features for Disney, Howard writing the lyrics and Menken composing the music. His best known film works include 'God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater', 'Little Shop of Horrors'-1982 and 'Smile' as lyricist, librettist and director; Little Shop of Horrors-1986 as lyricist and screenwriter; Oliver & Company, lyricist for "Once Upon A Time In New York City"; The Little Mermaid as lyricist, co-producer, writer; Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue lyricist for "Wonderful Way To Say No"; Beauty and the Beast lyricist, executive producer; and Aladdin lyricist for "Arabian Nights", "Friend Like Me", and "Prince Ali". Howard was co-recipient of two Grammy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards. His second Academy Award in 1992 was awarded posthumously for Academy Award for Best Original Song and was accepted by his partner, Bill Lauch. (complications from AIDS)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ctJOAho3xE"]YouTube - Howard Ashman singing Beauty and the Beast" target="_blank">YouTube - Howard Ashman singing Beauty and the Beast[/ame]

in 1991 - Doc Pomus /Jerome Solon Felder dies at age 66. American blues singer and songwriter, found success as one of the finest white blues singers of the 1940s before becoming one of the greatest songwriters in the history of American popular music; He is best known as the lyricist of many rock and roll hits, by 1957, he had given up performing in order to devote himself full-time to songwriting. He collaborated with pianist Mort Shuman, their songwriting efforts had Doc write the lyrics and Shuman the melody, although quite often they worked on both. They wrote the hit songs such as: "A Teenager in Love"; "Save The Last Dance For Me"; "Hushabye"; "This Magic Moment"; "Turn Me Loose"; "Sweets For My Sweet"; "Go Jimmy Go", "Can't Get Used to Losing You"; "Little Sister"; "Suspicion"; "Surrender"; "Viva Las Vegas"; "(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame". Also during the 1950s and early 1960s, Doc wrote several songs with Phil Spector: "Young Boy Blues"; "Ecstasy"; "Here Comes The Night"; "What Am I To Do?"; with Mike Stoller and Jerry Leiber: "Young Blood" and "She's Not You", and other Brill Building-era writers. He also wrote "Lonely Avenue", which became a 1956 hit for Ray Charles. Doc was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the category of non-performer in 1992. He was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Blues Hall of Fame (cancer)

in 1992 - Madness started a three week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with their third compilation LP 'Divine Madness.'

in 1995 - With the release of 'Me Against the World' Tupac Shakur became the first male solo artist to have a No.1 album on the Billboard chart while in prison.

in 1995 - Gerard Thomas Victory, composer, dies at 73
in 1998 - Celine Dion went back to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'My Heart Will Go On.'
in 1998 - Will Smith started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Gettin' Jiggy Wit It'.
in 1999 - TLC started a four week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Fanmail.'

in 1999 - Stereophonics went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Performance And Cocktails', only the third Welsh band to score a No.1 and the first No.1 album for Richard Branson's V2 label.

in 2001 - Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell was banned from driving for six weeks and fined £400 ($680) for speeding in her Aston Martin DB7. Geri had been snapped on a speed camera doing 60mph in a 30mph zone.

in 2001 - Peter Blake, who designed The Beatles’ classic Sgt. Pepper album cover sued the group’s record company for more money. Blake was paid £200 ($340) for the famous figures in 1967, but was now “cheesed off” that EMI have never offered to pay more money.

in 2002 - Alicia Keys played a show in a suite at the House of Commons after young Labour MP David Lammy had booked the American singer. Lammy said he had arranged the show in an attempt to make Parliament more accessible to young people.

in 2004 - DJ Casper went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Cha Cha Slide.' DJ Casper developed the Cha Cha Slide in 1996 for Bally Total Fitness and it became a hit with gym members.

in 2005 - Michael Jackson was blasted by British Army veterans for wearing military badges while on trail for child abuse. The singer had appeared in court on most days with either an Army motif on his breast pocket or a cap badge tied around his neck.

in 2006 - U2 topped Rolling Stone magazine’s annual list of the year’s biggest money earners from 2005 with $154.2m. (£78m), The Rolling Stones were listed second with $92.5m (£47m) and The Eagles third with 63.2m. (£32.m). Paul McCartney was in fourth place with $56m (£28m) and Elton John in fifth with $48.9m. (£24.8m).

in 2008 - Peter MacBeth, a member of The Foundations who had the 1968 UK hit with Build Me Up Buttercup, was jailed for child sex offences. MacBeth sexually assaulted a young girl on four occasions over the course of six years and downloaded child porn from the internet. The 71-year-old was suffering from cancer and had had he a tracheotomy which meant he lost his voice. Doctors had said he had between three and five years to live.

in 2009 - Alain Bashung dies at age 61. French singer, songwriter, comedian and actor, a multi-platinum artist, he received three awards during the ceremony at the Paris Zenith, including best male artist, best album for "Bleu Pétrole" and best live show. He spent his career singing a pop-chanson repertoire. With 11 trophies won since 1993, he was the most awarded artist in the history of the Victoires de la Musique. On 1 January 2009, Alain was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d'honneur. On 28 February 2009, he received three prestigious Victoires de la Musique awards for his final album Bleu pétrole. The 2009 award ceremony was his last public appearance. He appeared frail, but still performed "Résidents de la République" (lung cancer)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLhz8WELr00"]YouTube - ALAIN BASHUNG - LA NUIT JE MENS" target="_blank">YouTube - ALAIN BASHUNG - LA NUIT JE MENS[/ame]

in 2010 - Phil Blake of UK indie band Redtrack returned to his career as the bassist with the band after he underwent a pioneering operation to reattach his hand after it was hacked to the bone in a machete attack. Blake thought he would never play guitar again after a teenage robber hacked through his arm when he refused to hand over a mobile phone.

in 2011 - Todd Cerney dies at age 57. American songwriter of rock, country, and blues music, born in Detroit, he played guitar, mandolin, harmonica, keyboards and sang lead and backing vocals with various artist. He began his song-writing career after moving to Nashville, Tennessee. Some of the earliest artists to record his songs include Brush Arbor- "Don't Play That Song Again", Steve Carlisle -"I'll Fall in Love Again", and Levon Helm - "Blue House of Broken Hearts". During his career he composed such top-selling hits as "Good Morning Beautiful", a 2002 five-week country No.1 hit for Steve Holy co-written with Zack Lyle; "I'll Still Be Loving You", a 1987 country No.1 hit for Restless Heart co-written with Pam Rose, Mary Ann Kennedy, and Pat Bunch; and "The Blues Is My Business" co-written with Kevin Bowe, part of Etta James' 2003 Grammy Award winning album "Let's Roll". . He and his co-writers were nominated for a Grammy Award for "I'll Still Be Loving You". (cancer)

in 2011 - Big Jack Johnson dies at age 70. American guitarist and blues singer born in Lambert, Mississippi; at the age of 13, he was playing guitar with his father's band. By 18, he followed B.B. King's electrified lead. His break came when he sat in with Frank Frost and Sam Carr at the Savoy Theatre in Clarksdale, Mississippi and they played together for the next 15 years, recording for Phillips International and Jewel Records with Frank as the bandleader. In 1979, as the Jelly Roll Kings, he released Rockin' the Juke Joint Down, marking Big Jack's first recordings as a singer. His '87 album The Oil Man, included his recording of "Catfish Blues". He performed and wrote "Jack's Blues" and performed "Catfish Medley" with Samuel L. Jackson on the Black Snake Moan, film soundtrack.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2D0vsqKI3E"]YouTube - Big Jack Johnson - Blues Guitarist - Recorded Live" target="_blank">YouTube - Big Jack Johnson - Blues Guitarist - Recorded Live[/ame]

in 2011 - Ronnie Hammond dies at age 60. American singer and multi-musician; he became lead singer for the southern rock band Atlanta Rhythm Section, in 1972. They had hits during the 1970s, including “Doraville,” “Jukin,” “Champagne Jam,” “Imaginary Lover,” “So Into You,” “I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight,” and a remake of the Classics IV hit “Spooky”. Ronnie left the band in the early '80s, but returned in 1987, and 1989 ARS released thier first album in 8 years 'Truth in a Structured Form'. He continued to record and tour wit the band until 2001 when Ronnie decided to leave ARS and join the band Voices of Classic Rock, but left the touring business altogether soon afterward to focus on family and songwriting (heart attack).

in 2012 - Eddie King/Edward Lewis Davis Milton dies at age 73. American Chicago blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, born in Talladega, Alabama and learned basic guitar riffs from watching from outside the window of local blues clubs. He grew up playing alongside Luther Allison, Magic Sam, Junior Wells, Eddie C. Campbell, and Freddie King, before relocating to Chicago in 1954. He first recorded under the guidance of Willie Dixon and, in 1960, played on several tracks recorded by Sonny Boy Williamson II. Also in 1960, he had a single released "Shakin' Inside" / "Love You Baby" as well as recording with Detroit Junior. For the next twenty years he was the guitarist backing Koko Taylor as well as forming his own band, Eddie King & the Kingsmen. Since the early 1990s, his backing ensemble were known as the Swamp Bees, and his output has incorporated Chicago blues, country blues, blues shouter, and soul. In 1997, Eddie recorded ''Another Cow's Dead'', for which he was honored with a Blues Music Award for 'Best Comeback Blues Album. - Born April 21st 1938.

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in 1754 - Silvestro Palma, composer is born.
in 1790 - Nicola Vaccai, composer is born.
in 1808 - Gaetano Gaspari, composer is born.
in 1835 - Eduard Strauss, Austria, composer (318 Dance) is born.
in 1836 - Henrique Alves de Mesquita, composer is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFaeenhi0Qo"]YouTube - Chorinho no Quintal - Batuque - Henrique Alves Mesquita" target="_blank">YouTube - Chorinho no Quintal - Batuque - Henrique Alves Mesquita[/ame]

in 1842 - (Maria) Luigi (Carlo Zenobio Salvatore) Cherubini, famous Italian composer and teacher, dies at Paris. He first studied music with his father, the maestro al cembalo at the Teatro della Pergola in Florence, and then composition with Bartolomeo Felici and his son Alessandro and with Bizarri and Castrucci.

In 1778 he received a grant from the Grand Duke Leopold of Tuscany, which enabled him to continue his studies with Sarti in Milan. By this time he had composed a number of works for the church and also several stage intermezzi. While studying with Sarti, he wrote arias for his teacher's operas as well as exercises in the early contrapuntal style. His first operatic success came with Armida abbandonata (Florence, Jan. 25,1782). In the autumn of 1784 he set out for London, where he was commissioned to write an opera for the King's Theatre. La finta principessa was given there on April 2, 1785, followed by Giulio Sabino (March 30,1786), which brought him public acceptance and the admiration of the Prince of Wales.

He made his first visit to Paris in the summer of 1785, where he was introduced to Marie Antoinette by the court musician Giovanni Battista Viotti; in the spring of 1786 he made Paris his home. He made one last visit to Italy to oversee the production of his opera Ifigenia in Aulide (Turin, Jan. 12, 1788). His first opera for Paris, Demophon (Paris Opera, Dec. 2, 1788), was a failure, due largely to J.F. Marmonters inept libretto and Cherubini's less than total command of French prosody.

In 1789, Leonard, a member of the Queen's household, assisted by Viotti, obtained a license to establish an Italian opera company at the Tuileries (Theatre de Monsieur); Cherubini became its music director and conductor. After the company moved to a new theater in the rue Feydeau, he produced his opera Lodoiska (July 18,1791), with notable success; with this score, he effectively developed a new dramatic style, destined to have profound impact on the course of French opera.

The increased breadth and force of its ensemble numbers, its novel and rich orchestral combinations, and its generally heightened dramatic effect inspired other composers to follow his lead, particularly Mehul and Le Sueur. With the French Revolution in full swing, the Italian Opera was disbanded (1792). Cherubini then went to Normandy, but returned to Paris in 1793 to become an inspector at the new Institute National de Musique (later the Conservatory). His opera Medee (March 13, 1797), noteworthy for its startling characterization of Medea and for the mastery of its orchestration, proved a major step in his development as a dramatic composer. With Les Deux Journees, ou Le Porteur d'eau (Jan. 16, 1800), he scored his greatest triumph with the public as a composer for the theater; the opera was soon performed throughout Europe to much acclaim.

In 1805 Cherubini received an invitation to visit Vienna, where he was honored at the court. He also met the foremost musicians of the day, including Haydn and Beethoven. He composed the opera Faniska, which was successfully premiered at the Karnthnertortheater on Feb. 25, 1806. After Napoleon captured Vienna, Cherubini was extended royal favor by the French emperor, who expressed his desire that Cherubini return to Paris. When Cherubini's opera Pimmalione (Nov. 30, 1809) failed to please the Parisians, Cherubini retired to the chateau of the Prince of Chimay, occupying himself with botanizing and painting.

At the request to compose a Mass for the church of Chimay, he produced the celebrated three-part Mass in F major. He subsequently devoted much time to composing sacred music. In 1815 he was commissioned by the Philharmonic Society of London to compose a symphony, a cantata, and an overture; he visited London that summer for their performances. In 1816 he was appointed co-superintendent (with Le Sueur) of the Royal Chapel, and in 1822 became director of the Paris Conservatory, a position he held until a month before his death.

In 1814 he was made a member of the Institute and a Chevalier of the Legion d'honneur, and in 1841 he was made a Commander of the Legion d'honneur, the first musician to be so honored. He was accorded a state funeral, during which ceremony his Requiem in D minor (1836) was performed. Cherubini was an important figure in the transitional period from the Classical to the Romantic eras in music.

His influence on the development of French opera was of great historical significance. Although his operas have not found a permanent place in the repertoire, several have been revived in modern times. He also played a predominant role in music education in France during his long directorship of the Paris Conservatory. His influence extended beyond the borders of his adoptive homeland through his valuable treatise Cours de contrepoint et de fugue (with Halevy; Paris, 1835; Eng. tr., 1837).

As the all-powerful director of the Paris Conservatory, he established an authoritarian regimen; in most of his instruction of the faculty he pursued the Italian type of composition. He rejected any novel deviations from strict form, harmony, counterpoint, or orchestration, regarding Beethoven's Ninth Symphony as an aberration of a great composer's mind. He rejected descriptive music and demonstratively refused to attend rehearsals or performances of the Symphonie fantastique by Berlioz, who was then a student at the Paris Conservatory - Born at Florence, Sept. 14,1760.

in 1851 - Jozef Surzynski, composer is born.
in 1864 - Johan Halvorsen, composer is born.
in 1864 - Leslie Stuart, composer is born.
in 1867 - Will Rossiter, composer is born.
in 1873 - David Vaughan Thomas, composer is born.
in 1883 - Karol Studzinski, composer, dies at 55.
in 1884 - Rudolf Piskacek, composer is born.
in 1894 - Slava Vorlova, composer is born.
in 1901 - Colin McPhee, Montr‚al Canada, composer (H2O, Mechanical Princibles) is born.
in 1901 - Theo Uden Marsman, Dutch orchestra leader is born.

in 1916 - Harry “Haag” James, vibrant American trumpeter and bandleader, is born at Albany, Ga. With his bravura playing style, James was one of the most outstanding instrumentalists of the Swing Era. He also led one of the most popular big bands of the first half of the 1940s, when he recorded such hits as "Sleepy Lagoon," "I've Heard That Song Before," and "I'll Get By (As Long as I Have You)."

In a professional performing career that lasted more than 50 years, James maintained his orchestra successfully for decades after the heyday of the big bands. At the time of his birth, James's parents were working for the Mighty Haag Circus: his father, Everett Robert James, led the band and played trumpet, and his mother, Maybelle Stewart James, was an aerialist. James himself became a circus performer as early as the age of four, appearing as a contortionist billed as the Human Eel.

By about six he was playing snare drum in the band and learning the trumpet from his father. By the time he was 12, the family was working for the Christy Brothers Circus, and he was leading the second band. The circus wintered in Beaumont, Tex., where he attended school, and at 14 he won a statewide school music contest as a trumpet soloist. With that, he went professional and began playing with territory bands around the Southwest.

In 1935, James got his first job with a national touring band when he was hired by Ben Pollack. On May 4, 1935, he married singer Louise Tobin. They had two children but divorced in June 1943. James made his recording debut with Pollack in September 1936; by the end of the year he had moved to Benny Goodman's orchestra. There he was heavily featured, becoming a star player. He recorded his first session on Dec. 1, 1937, as a leader for Brunswick Records, using a pick-up band, and a year later he left Goodman and organized his own orchestra, the Music Makers, which debuted in Philadelphia in February 1939.

That June he heard an unknown Frank Sinatra on a radio broadcast and hired him as the band's male singer. The Music Makers earned excellent notices from jazz critics, but they had trouble making headway in the highly competitive big band scene of 1939-40. Sinatra was hired away by the more successful Tommy Dorsey at the start of 1940, and around that time James was dropped by Columbia Records (which had absorbed Brunswick) and was forced to record for the small Varsity label.

James changed his approach in 1941, adding strings and de-emphasizing hot jazz solos in favor of a sweet, melodic style; he also returned to Columbia Records. In April he scored his first Top Ten hit, the self-composed instrumental "Music Makers." It was one of five chart singles he released during the year, the most successful of which was a million-selling instrumental revival of the 1913 song "You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)" (music by James V. Monaco, lyrics by Joseph McCarthy).

In1942 he had 12 recordings in the charts, six of which hit the Top Ten, among them "I Don't Want to Walk without You" (music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Frank Loesser), which featured the voice of Helen Forrest, a million- selling instrumental treatment of Irving Berlin's "Easter Parade," and the #1 instrumental "Sleepy Lagoon" (music by Eric Coates, adapted from his symphonic composition By a Sleepy Lagoon, lyrics by Jack Lawrence). That was enough to rank him second only to Glenn Miller as the most successful recording artist of the year, and when Miller went into the service and James took over his radio spot on Chesterfield Time in September James himself was 4-F because of a back injury), he became the top bandleader in the country.

James also found time to launch a movie career. Like other swing stars, he was given supporting roles in films, usually playing himself, with generous screen time allotted to his band's performances. In 1942 he appeared in Syncopation in May, Private Buckaroo in June, and Swingtime in the Rockies in November. The last is notable for featuring a performance of his next hit, "I Had the Craziest Dream" (music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Mack Gordon), sung by Helen Forrest, which topped the charts in February 1943 and sold a million copies, and for starring Betty (Elizabeth Ruth) Grable, one of the biggest movie stars of the day, whom James married on July 5, 1943. They had two children and divorced Oct. 8, 1965.

James scored his second straight #1 hit-the biggest hit of his career and the biggest hit of the year-with "I've Heard That Song Before" (music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Sammy Cahn), again featuring Helen Forrest on vocals, which topped the charts in March and sold a million copies. Its B-side, "Moonlight Becomes You" (music by James Van Heusen, lyrics by Johnny Burke) also was a reported million-seller. Although he was unable to record because of the musicians union recording ban that had taken effect on Aug. 1, 1942, James had four more chart entries in 1943, the most successful of which was a reissue of "All or Nothing at All" (music and lyrics by Jack Lawrence and Arthur Altman), which he had recorded in September 1939 with Frank Sinatra on vocals. Sinatra's emergence as a solo star in 1943 turned the record into a million-seller.

Meanwhile, James was staying in N.Y. doing the Chesterfield radio show three times a week and playing such prestigious engagements as the Paramount Theatre in April 1943 and the roof of the Astor Hotel in May. In June he appeared in the film Best Foot Forward. The recording ban extended into 1944, but James reached the charts ten times, all with recordings made before the start of the ban. His biggest hit of the year was a revival of the 1928 song "I'll Get By (As Long as I Have You)" (music by Fred E. Ahlert, lyrics by Roy Turk), which had been recorded in April 1941 with Dick Haymes on vocals.

The reissue topped the charts in June 1944. Having completed his radio commitment in March, James appeared in two films released in June, Two Girls and a Sailor and Bathing Beauty. With the end of the recording ban in November 1944, James went back into the studio, resulting in 11 chart records in 1945, the most successful of which were the chart-toppers "I'm Beginning to See the Light" (music and lyrics by Harry James, Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges, and Don George) and "It's Been a Long, Long Time" (music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Sammy Cahn), both of which were sung by Kitty Kallen.

In January 1945, James became a regular on the radio series The Danny Kaye Show, and he hosted the show as Kaye's summer replacement from June to September. In 1946 he was signed to a movie contract by 20th Century-Fox, which gave him more prominent roles in the films Do You Love Me?, released in May, and IfI'm Lucky, released in September. He still found time to enter the recording studio during the year, however, resulting in another five chart entries, the most successful of which was a Top Ten revival of the 1917 song ''I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" (music by Harry Carroll, lyrics by Joseph McCarthy) with a vocal by Kitty Kallen, as well as a #1 album, All Time Favorites. He also went on the road for the first time in two years.

aced with the overall decline of popularity for big-band music, James disbanded in December 1946. A few months later he returned to action with a more jazz-oriented band that reduced the number of strings; soon he eliminated strings entirely. He reached the charts with three singles in 1947, including a Top Ten revival of the 1931 song "Heartaches" (music by AI Hoffman, lyrics by John Klenner), and appeared in the film Carnegie Hall in May. In February 1948 he was in the film A Miracle Can Happen (aka On Our Merry Way) and the same month became a regular on the radio series Call for Music, which ran through the end of June.

In 1950 he had two films in release. He served as musical director of Young Man with a Horn, for which he also dubbed the trumpet playing of Kirk Douglas, resulting in a soundtrack that became the most successful album of the year, on which he was co-billed with Doris Day. And he appeared in I'll Get By. He also returned to the singles charts for the first time in three years with "Mona Lisa" (music and lyrics by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans). James was active on only a part-time basis during the early 1950s.

Columbia Records A&R director Mitch Miller paired him with other label artists, resulting in the Top Ten hits "Would I Love You (Love You, Love You)" (music by Harold Spina, lyrics by Bob Russell) with Doris Day in April 1951 and "Castle Rock" (music by AI Sears, lyrics by Ervin Drake and Jimmy Shirl) with Frank Sinatra in September 1951 and the chart entry "You'll Never Know" (music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Mack Gordon) with Rosemary Clooney in January 1953. But James was unhappy with Miller, and after scoring a final chart single, "Ruby" (music by Heinz Roemheld, lyrics by Mitchell Parish), in July 1953, he left Columbia.

In 1955, James portrayed himself in the film biography The Benny Goodman Story, then returned to full-time work. He reorganized his band and signed to Capitol Records, re-recording his old hits for the album Harry James in Hi-Fi, which reached the Top Ten. In November 1956 he appeared in the film The Opposite Sex. In October 1957 he toured Europe, and thereafter he alternated national and international tours with long engagements at Las Vegas hotels. In June 1958 he appeared in The Big Beat, and he made his final film appearance in The Ladies Man in July 1961. James continued to perform regularly throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

In 1983 he was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer, but he continued to tour, giving his last concert on June 26, only nine days before his death at 67. A ghost band, led by trumpeter Art Depew, continued to perform into the 1990s. - Died at Las Vegas, Nev., July 5, 1983.

in 1918 - Jose Silvestre de los Dolores White Lafitte, composer, dies at 82.

in 1918 - Juliette Marie Olga Lili Boulanger, composer, dies at 24.
Video Note: Gregor Piatigorsky (1903.4.17 - 1976.8.6.), a famous Ukrainian-American Cellist, plays Lili Boulanger's Nocturne. Although the piece is not so well-known, it's sweet enough to listen at any time of the year. Played on a Numark machine hence those extra pops of authenticity.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnL8Ucku7co"]YouTube - Gregor Piatigorsky - Nocturne (Lili Boulanger) (1936)" target="_blank">YouTube - Gregor Piatigorsky - Nocturne (Lili Boulanger) (1936)[/ame]

in 1924 - Lockrem Johnson, composer is born.
in 1926 - Benjamin Burwell Johnson, composer is born.
in 1927 - Carl Smith, Maynardville Tn, country singer (Grand Ole Opry) is born.
in 1928 - Nicolas Flagello, composer is born.
in 1929 - Tiezo Matsumura, composer is born.
in 1929 - Pine-Top Smith, jazz pianist (Boogie Woogie Piano), dies at 24.
in 1933 - Cecil Perceval Taylor, composer/jazz pianist (U of Wisconsin) is born.
in 1933 - Ronald Roseman, composer is born.
in 1934 - Wolfgang Hufschmidt, composer is born.
in 1938 - Dick Higgins, composer is born.
in 1940 - Phil Lesh, [Chapman], Calif, rock bassist (Grass Roots, Grateful Dead) is born.
in 1941 - Mike Love, Calif, rock saxophonist/vocalist (Beachboys-In My Room) is born.
in 1942 - Hughie Flint, London England, rock drummer (Bonzo Dog Band) is born.
in 1942 - Alexander van Zemlinsky, Aust/US composer (African Dance), dies at 70.
in 1944 - Davld Costell, rocker is born.
in 1944 - Sly Stone, Dallas, rocker (Sly and the Family Stone-Everyday People) is born.
in 1946 - Howard Scott, San Pedro Cal, rock guitarist/vocalist (War, Cisco Kid) is born.
in 1946 - David Wall, English ballet dancers/director (Royal Academy of Dancing) is born.
in 1947 - Ry[land] Cooder, LA, blues guitarist (Crossroads) is born.
in 1947 - Stomu Yamash'ta, composer is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3lDZ9MPFLs"]YouTube - Stomu Yamash'ta - Crossing the line" target="_blank">YouTube - Stomu Yamash'ta - Crossing the line[/ame]

in 1950 - Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Consul," premieres in NYC.
in 1954 - Arthur Fickenscher, composer, dies at 82.

in 1955 - Elvis Presley signed a management contract with Colonel Tom Parker. Parker had previously managed the 'Great Parker Pony Circus' with one of the acts being a troupe of dancing chickens.

in 1955 - Ray Charles peaked at No.2 on the US R&B charts with the Atlantic single ‘I Got A Woman’, widely considered the first song to be labeled "soul" - a blending of R&B and gospel.

in 1959 - Lester Young dies at age 49. American saxophone, clarinet, he was also known to play the trumpet, violin, and drums; Billie Holiday gave him his nickname “Prez”, short for president, he was one of the three most important tenor saxophonists of all time.

Born in Woodville, Mississippi, he came to prominence while a member of Count Basie's orchestra which he joined in 1936 and was hailed as a new stylist on the instrument. His small-group recordings from the late 1930s with Basie and vocalist Billie Holiday are classics. Lester formed his own band in 1941, playing at the club Kelly's Stable in New York. He then co-led a band in California and New York with his brother Lee. He rejoined Basie in 1943 and was featured in an art film called Jammin' the Blues, which portrays him as a bohemian of the jazz age.

In September 1944, while playing with drummer Jo Jones in a California club, he was served his army call up papers, where he spent a traumatic 15 months. His experiences with racism in the military were horrifying, he spent a year confined at Fort Leavenworth, Texas, where the only relief he had came from Gil Evans (who later joined Miles Davis), who was stationed there and did what he could to help him. His army experience had a devastating effect on his mental state of mind, the brutal humiliation, remained with him for the rest of his life.

In 1946, Lester joined Norman Granz's Jazz at the Philharmonic (JATP) troupe, touring regularly with them over the next 12 years and he made many studio recordings under Granz's supervision for his Verve Records label, including more trio recordings with Nat King Cole. He also recorded extensively in the late 1940s for Aladdin Records in 1946-7, and for Savoy in 1944, '49 and '50, some sessions included Basie on piano. He gave some brilliant performances during the second half of the 40's and early 50s, particularly with JATP in 1946, 1949, and 1950 and his solo on "Lester Leaps In" at the 1949 JATP concert at Carnegie Hall is perhaps one of the greatest solos by any jazz musician ever.

One of Lester's personal favorite pieces, was DB Blues, (Detention Barracks Blues), released 1946. Throughout the 40s and 50s Lester had sat in on many Count Basie Orchestra gigs, the best-known of these is their July 1957 appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival. By the end of the 50' he was eating less, drinking heavily, and suffering from liver disease and malnutrition. He made his final studio recordings and live performances in Paris in March 1959 with drummer Kenny Clarke at the end of a European tour during which he virtually drank himself to death. Lester is remembered as one of the finest, most influential players on his instrument, playing with a cool tone and sophisticated harmonies. He also became a jazz legend, inventing or popularizing much of the hipster ethos which came to be associated with the music (After becoming ill in Paris in March 1959 suffering with internal bleeding, he was flown back to New York and died in his hotel bedroom shortly after his return)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6ogRiaWXaU"]YouTube - Lester Young" target="_blank">YouTube - Lester Young[/ame]

in 1962 - Steve Coy, rocker (Dead or Alive-Spin Me Round) is born.
in 1962 - Terrence Trent D'Arby, NYC, rock vocalist (Wishing Well) is born.
in 1963 - Bret Michaels, Harrisburg Pa, guitarist (Poison-Talk Dirty to Me) is born.
in 1963 - Frans Koenn, Dutch rock bassist (Lo‹s Lane-Precious) is born.
in 1964 - Rockwell, [Kennedy Gordy], Det MI, rock vocalist (Someone Watching Me) is born.

in 1964 - The Rolling Stones kicked off a 58-date UK tour at the Invicta Ballroom in Chatham, Kent. Half the dates saw the Stones playing two shows in one evening.

in 1966 - 8th Grammy Awards: Taste of Honey, Tom Jones, Sintra and Striesand
in 1966 - Heinrich Lemacher, composer, dies at 74.

in 1967 - The first session recording George Harrison's new song ‘Within You Without You’ took place at Abbey Road studios, London. George was the only Beatle to perform on this song, which was still called 'Untitled'. Harrison played the swordmandel and tamboura, Natver Soni played tabla, Amrat Gajjar played dilruba, PD Joshi played swordmandel, and an undocumented musician played a droning tamboura.

in 1968 - Sabrina [Salerno], Genoa Italy, Miss Italy (1984)/singer (Boys) is born.
in 1968 - LIFE mag calls Jimi Hendrix "most spectacular guitarist in the world".
in 1969 - Cream started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with their album 'Goodbye.'
in 1969 - Tommy Roe started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Dizzy', also No.1 in the UK.
In 1991 Vic Reeves and the Wonder Stuff took the song to No.1 on the UK chart.
in 1969 - Janis Joplin was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents, (2/6).

in 1969 - Tyrannosaurus Rex singer Marc Bolan's first book of poetry 'The Warlock Of Love' was published, priced at 12 and 6.

in 1969 - During a Scandinavian tour Led Zeppelin played at the Brondby Pop Club in Norregard. Also on the bill, The Keef Hartley Band, Ham and Swedish band Made In Sweden.

in 1972 - DJ Robert W. Morgan played the Donny Osmond version of 'Puppy Love' for 90 minutes on the radio station KHJ in Los Angeles. LAPD mistakenly raided the station studios after receiving numerous calls from listeners, confused, the officers left without making any arrests.

in 1973 - Roberta Flack was at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Killing Me Softly With His Song' and Elton John had the No.1 album with 'Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player'.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpNdMIAnKko"]YouTube - Roberta Flack - Killing Me Softly With His Song" target="_blank">YouTube - Roberta Flack - Killing Me Softly With His Song[/ame]

in 1975 - Led Zeppelin went to No.1 on the UK chart with the double album 'Physical Graffiti', the first on their own 'Swan Song' label, the album spent six weeks at No.1 on the US chart.

in 1975 - Olivia Newton-John went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Have You Ever Been Mellow', the singers second US No.1.
in 1975 - The Doobie Brothers went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Black Water', the group's first of two US No.1's.

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in 1977 - Pink Floyd played the first of six sold-out nights at Empire Pool, Wembley, London, England.
in 1980 - One hit wonder Fern Kinney was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Together We Are Beautiful.'
in 1986 - Starship went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Sara', it reached No.66 in the UK.

in 1986 - The Bangles were at No.2 on the UK singles chart with 'Manic Monday', a song written by Prince under the pseudonym Christopher, it also made No.2 in the US, held of No.1 by Prince with 'Kiss'.

in 1988 - Dannie Richmond dies at age 52. American saxophonist and drummer; he started playing tenor saxophone at the age of thirteen and he went on to play R&B with the Paul Williams band in 1955. His career took off when he took up the drums, through the formation of what was to be a twenty-two year association with Charles Mingus recording on 24 of Mingus's albums between 1957-1979. After Mingus' death in 1979, Dannie became the first musical director of the group Mingus Dynasty in 1980. Dannie also worked with Joe Cocker, Chet Atkins, Elton John and Mark-Almond among others.

in 1989 - The Rolling Stones signed a $70 million (£40 million) contract to play 50 North American dates. It was the largest contract in rock history.

in 1991 - Lawrence "Bud" Freeman dies at age 84. American jazz musician, bandleader, and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois, he is known mainly for playing the tenor saxophone, but also able at the clarinet. He was one of the most influential and important jazz tenor saxophonists of the Big Band era. His major recordings were "Tillie's Downtown Now", "The Eel", "Crazeology", "The Buzzard", and "After Awhile", composed with Benny Goodman. Bud was one of the original members of the Austin High School Gang which began in 1922, they began to formulate their own style, becoming part of the emerging Chicago Style of jazz. In 1927, he moved to New York, where he worked as a session musician and band member with Red Nichols, Roger Wolfe Kahn, Ben Pollack, Joe Venuti, among others. After WW2, he worked with groups such as Buck Clayton, Ruby Braff, Vic Dickenson and Jo Jones, and was a member of the World's Greatest Jazz Band between 1969 and 1970. In 1974, he moved to England for 6 years where he made numerous recordings and performances there and in Europe. Bud was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1992
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVCKhvemKao"]YouTube - BUD FREEMAN AND HIS ORCHESTRA - Where Have You Been?" target="_blank">YouTube - BUD FREEMAN AND HIS ORCHESTRA - Where Have You Been?[/ame]

in 1992 - The Beastie Boys appeared at The Marquee Club, London, England.

in 1993 - Gene Leis dies at age 73. American jazz guitarist, teacher, bandleader, composer, and entrepreneur, born into a musical family in Sedgwick, Kansas. Known primarily for his influential publications and recorded guitar courses in the 1960s, including The Complete Nexus Method Course, which included 10 records, a 132-page instruction book, a 36-page chord book and three Chord Maps. Gene was also a popular performer and a mentor to a large number of musicians through his teaching studios in Manhattan Beach, California

in 1994 - 8th Soul Train Music Awards: Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston win.
in 1996 - Olga Rudge, violinist, dies at 100.

in 1997 - The Spice Girls went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Mama', making them the first act ever to have their first 4 singles reach No.1 on the UK chart.

in 1997 - U2 went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Pop', the bands sixth UK No.1 album.

in 1998 - Madonna scored her sixth UK No.1 album with 'Ray Of Light', no other female artist had achieved more than three UK No.1 albums.

in 1998 - Tim Maia /Sebastião Rodrigues Maia dies at age 55. Brazilian singer, born in Rio de Janeiro, known for his ironic, iconoclastic, outspoken, but always humorous musical style. He was also known for his habit of lightheartedly missing appointments and even important gigs. He performed in a variety of musical genres, ranging from happy and energetic dance music to sentimental songs such as his hit "Me Dê Motivo". He performed soul music, funk, bossa nova in the 1990s, romantic songs, American pop, samba, baião, and Música Popular Brasileira. His many songs included "Meu País", "Sentimento", "These Are the Songs", "Azul da Cor do Mar", "Coroné Antônio Bento", "Réu Confesso", "Gostava Tanto de Você", "O Descobridor dos Sete Mares" and "Me Dê Motivo" (he became ill while performing at the Municipal Theater of Niterói, hospitalized, he died few days later)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCz3NM0WGN8"]YouTube - Tim Maia - Sossego" target="_blank">YouTube - Tim Maia - Sossego[/ame]

1999 - Bruce Springsteen was inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame by U2's Bono.

in 2000 - Mick Jagger was ordered to increase his child support payments to Brazilian model Luciana Morad from $5,500 (£3,235) a month to $10,000 (£5,888). Mick was asked to confirm that he was the father of her child by the court, while Ms Morad was seeking a $10 million (£3.8 million) settlement. Morad told the court her monthly expenses: $3,500 (£2,065) for a nanny; $2,500–3,000 (£1,670–1,765) for food and $3,350 (£1,970) to rent her place on New York’s Upper West Side.

in 2000 - Sir Paul McCartney confirmed that him and former model Heather Mills had become 'an item'. The couple had met after working on the same charity project.

in 2002 - Will Young, Gareth Gates and the other Top 10 finalists from the TV talent show Pop Idol appeared at Wembley Arena, London, on the opening night of The Pop Idol tour.

in 2002 - Yoko Ono unveiled a seven foot bronze statue of John Lennon overlooking the check- in hall of Liverpool John Lennon airport. The re-branding of the airport featured a sketch of Lennon's face with the words 'Above Us Only Skies.'

in 2004 - Former Crazy Town guitarist Rust Epique died of heart failure from an apparent heart attack at his home in Las Vegas. Epique was 35. Crazy Town had the 1999 world-wide No.1 single ‘Butterfly.’

in 2004 - George Harrison, Prince, Bob Seger, The Dells, Traffic and ZZ Top were all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York City.
in 2004 - Rust Epique /Charles Lopez dies at age 35. American guitarist and painter, who gained fame while performing with the alternative rock bands Crazy Town and pre)Thing. He was born in Stockton, C.A, but raised in Modesto, California. In his earlier days he toured with many bands, including "Kinesthesia", "Xit", "The Limit", and "Cliff Morrison". In 1999, he joined Crazy Town, a rapcore band from Los Angeles. The band earned significant recognition with their hit single, Butterfly, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 in 2001. Despite his success with Crazy Town, he quit the band as a result of various disagreements with his band mates. He formed the band Rustandthesuperheroes and began working on a four track demo CD to shop to the record labels. In 2003, V2 Records signed Rust to work with a band called Pre)Thing. They released their debut album, 22nd Century Lifestyle, in 2004 to much radio success (heart attack)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIymY6M6pdI"]YouTube - Jon Boatman with X-IT and Rust Epique" target="_blank">YouTube - Jon Boatman with X-IT and Rust Epique[/ame]

in 2005 - Former Stone Roses singer Ian Brown was arrested after a fight during a concert in San Francisco after a fan jumped on stage and attacked the singer, who then became involved in a fracas with a security guard. Brown was arrested at his hotel after the show at the Great American Music Hall but released without charge.

in 2008, Six people were charged with conspiracy to defraud the Isle of Wight Festival by trying to sell fake tickets and wristbands. A police investigation was launched after alleged counterfeit tickets were discovered at last year's event, which was headlined by the Rolling Stones.

in 2008 - Janet Jackson was at No.1 on the US album chart with her tenth solo album ‘Discipline.’

in 2009 - Jenkins and West, Tom Jones and Robin Gibb went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Islands In The Stream', the Comic Relief single for 2009, (Jenkins and West were, actors Ruth Jones and Rob Brydon). The Bee Gees song had been a hit for Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton in 1983.

in 2008 - Mikey Dread /Michael Campbell dies at age 54. Jamaican singer, producer, and broadcaster, his music attracted the attention of British punk rockers The Clash, who invited him over to England to produce some of their music. During the early 1980s he provided vocals with the reggae collective Singers And Players on Adrian Sherwood's On-U Sound record label and produced ten dub tracks for UB40 and toured Europe and Scandinavia as their support artist. In 1991, Mikey recorded Profile and African Anthem Revisited. He also toured in Europe and the USA with Freddie McGregor, Lloyd Parks, We The People Band, and the Roots Radics Band. In 1992, he collaborated with former Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin on a duet entitled "Can't Hear 'Em". He was nominated for a NAIRD award, for his work on his 1990 compilation album Mikey Dread's Best Sellers. In 1993, he was involved in several projects, including his tour supporting the album Obsession and working in TV with the Caribbean Satellite Network (CSN) where he was Program Director and On Air personality as well as Producer of various shows. In 1994 he presented The Culture Award of Honor in the Martin’s International Reggae Music Awards in Chicago. In 1995, he worked as a Radio DJ for WAVS 1170 AM and WAXY-AM 790 in Miami, Florida. In 1996 he participated in the Essential Music Festival as a performer in Brighton, UK. He did live appearances with The Clash, UB40, Bob Dylan, Carlos Santana, Macka B, Channel One, and many other bands and artists. He also produced artists such as Sugar Minott, Junior Murvin, Earl Sixteen, Wally Bucker, Sunshine, Jah Grundy and Rod Taylor. He also worked closely with producer Trevor Elliot to launch musical career of singer Edi Fitzroy. Mikey Dread was the featured artist on "Lips Like Sugar" with Seal for the soundtrack of the 2004 film, 50 First Dates (brain tumor)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8u9g9XjjYJ0"]YouTube - Mikey Dread - Roots and Culture" target="_blank">YouTube - Mikey Dread - Roots and Culture[/ame]

in 2008 - Vytautas Kernagis dies at age 56. Lithuanian singer-songwriter, bard, actor, director, TV announcer and a pioneer of Lithuanian sung poetry. In 1973, he graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music & Theatre. He was a member of the pioneering Lithuanian big beat bands Aisciai from 1966-1968 and Rupus miltai from 1969-1972. He recorded his first album of sung poetry in 1978; took part in the first Lithuanian rock opera Velnio nuotaka; first Lithuanian musical Ugnies medžiokle su varovais in 1976, and first Lithuanian musical for a puppet theatre Šokantis ir dainuojantis mergaites vieverselis (gastric cancer)

in 2009 - Edmund "Ted" Hockridge dies at age 89. Canadian singer and actor; he first visited the UK in 1941 with the Royal Canadian Air Force and helped set up the Allied Expeditionary Forces Network, which supplied entertainment and news for troops in Europe. He was loaned to the BBC, often working with the Glen Miller Band and the Canadian band of the Allied Expeditionary Forces led by Robert Farnon. He sang and produced more than 400 shows with the BBC Forces Network and as the war ended he sang with big bands such as Geraldo’s. After the war and back in Canada he played leading roles in operas such as Don Giovanni, La bohème, Peter Grimes and Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, as well as having his own radio show in Toronto. In 1951 he returned to Britain to take the part of Billy Bigelow in Carousel at the Theatre Royal, London. He went on to play leading roles in a string of popular musicals including Guys and Dolls, Can Can and The Pajama Game and had recording hits with songs such as ''Young and Foolish'', ''No Other Love'', ''The Fountains of Rome'' and ''More than Ever''. A song from The Pajama Game, ''Hey There'', gave him his biggest hit and became his signature tune. He appeared in early editions of The Benny Hill Show, Sunday Night at the London Palladium and he starred in a 6 month, sell-out variety season at the Palladium. In 1953 he was in the Royal Variety Show and the same year he was Canada’s representative in the Westminster Abbey choir at the Coronation. Edmond headlined in cabaret on the QE2’s maiden voyage and he toured Europe in revivals of musicals. He also turned to British summer seasons and Sunday concerts, becoming one of Blackpool’s most popular stars. He topped the bill on Blackpool’s North Pier for seven years and appeared in several of Harold Fielding’s Opera House concerts in the 1960s. In the early 1980s he appeared in revivals of The Sound of Music and South Pacific but he made a spectacular comeback in 1986 when he played the part of the elderly Buffalo Bill in the big revival of Annie Get Your Gun. In the 90s he was back on the road with his show, The Edmund Hockridge Family, joined on stage by Jackie and their two sons, Murray and Stephen. He never really retired and even in his eighties he was still making public appearances and giving talks about his long career
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1C2kfKcrKU4"]YouTube - EDMUND HOCKRIDGE - 'Swonderful" target="_blank">YouTube - EDMUND HOCKRIDGE - 'Swonderful[/ame]

in 2009 - Jack Lawrence dies at age 96. American Academy Award-nominated songwriter; one of his first major songs after leaving the service was "Yes, My Darling Daughter", introduced by Dinah Shore on Eddie Cantor's radio program. His song, "If I Didn't Care", introduced the world to The Ink Spots. And, although Frank Sinatra was already a well-known big band singer, Jack's "All or Nothing at All" was Sinatra's first solo hit. also wrote the lyrics for "Tenderly", Rosemary Clooney's trademark song (in collaboration with composer Walter Gross, as well as the English language lyric to "Beyond the Sea" (based on Charles Trenet's French language song "La mer"), the trademark song for Bobby Darin. Another French song for which Lawrence wrote an English lyric was "La Goualante de Pauvre Jean", becoming "The Poor People of Paris". Together with Richard Myers he wrote "Hold My Hand", which was nominated for the 1954 Academy Award for Best Song. It was featured in the film Susan Slept Here. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970. (died of complications from a fall)

in 2010 - Sam Mtukudzi dies at age 21. Zimbabwean acoustic guitarist, saxophone player, singer, multi-musician and also the son of legendary Zimbabwean singer, Oliver Mtukudzi. Born into a musical family in Kwekwe, Sam started playing with one of his Fathers guitars at four years, he gradually taught himself to play the guitarist. At aged 10 after seeing his son perform at an annual school concert for the first time, Sam's father was so impressed he bought Sam his first guitar. Sam entered Prince Edward High school at the age of 13 where he widened his musical interests and learnt to play alto saxophone, marimba, bass guitar, electric guitar, percussion including congas, hosho and drums, nyunga nyunga mbira, all of which he would soon play professionally, but the acoustic guitar always remained his first instrument. Sam has quoted as well as his family, Youssou N'Dour as one of his big musical influences. After finishing High School, Sam has joined his father on several foreign tours playing the saxophone with along with the Black Spirits. He has perfomed in Zambia, Malawi, the UK, the USA, Mozambique, Kenya, Canada, Lesotho, Swaziland, Nigeria, and Ireland and played many of the major festivals in Africa including South Africa’s Cape town International jazz festival, Victoria Falls International jazz festival, Zimbabwe’s Harare International Festival of the Arts, Winter jazz festival, and Jo’burg International jazz festival. Sam also formed his own band called Ay Band Sam with whom he recorded his debut album, Rume Rimwe in 2008. The week before his sudden tragic death he had returned from South Africa where he was overseeing the mixing of his second album. His last show was at the Sports Diner, Saturday night, March 13th 2010 (Sam was travelling as passenger with his sound engineer, Owen Chimhare, driving from Harare to Norton, when at 1.20am they were involved in a car accident, both were killed instantly)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCxfwSLdp5Q"]YouTube - Sam Mtukudzi Tribute song 'Waenda Shamwari' - All Stars" target="_blank">YouTube - Sam Mtukudzi Tribute song 'Waenda Shamwari' - All Stars[/ame]

in 2010 - Dan Achen dies at age 51. Canadian guitarist and founder member of the alternative rock band Junkhouse. He formed the band in 1989 in Hamilton, Ontario, with himself on guitar, vocalist and guitarist Tom Wilson, bassist Russ Wilson and drummer Ray Farrugia. In September 1993 they released their official debut, Strays, and promoted the album by touring as an opening act for The Waltons and Soul Asylum. The album produced radio hits for the band with "Out of My Head", "Prayin' for the Rain" and "Big Brown Turtle". The band was also featured on the soundtrack to the television show Due South. Their cover of the song "Oh, What a Feeling" is on the first soundtrack from the Paul Haggis show. (heart attack while playing hockey)

in 2010 - Sony Music announced the biggest recording deal in history with the estate of Michael Jackson worth more than $200m (£133m). The deal involved 10 album projects over seven years including one of previously unreleased material. Sony had sold about 31 million copies of Jackson's albums worldwide since his death on 25 June, 2009.

in 2010 - PRS for Music announced that the royalties that UK songwriters received from online sales were growing faster than the decline from CDs and DVDs. It said UK online revenues for its members rose by 73% to £30.4m in 2009, at the same time, UK revenues from CD or DVD sales were down £8.7m.

in 2011 - Smiley Culture/David Victor Emmanuel dies at age 48. British reggae singer and DJ, born in South London, he helped popularized the 'fast chat' style of deejaying that had originated with Jamaican deejays such as Ranking Joe. His first single 1984's "Cockney Translation" was a Jamaican's guide to the East End dialect "Cockneys have names like Terry, Arfur and Del Boy/We have names like Winston, Lloyd and Leroy". This was followed by "Police Officer", in late 1984. This was supposedly an autobiographical tale of how Smiley was arrested for the possession of cannabis, but then let off when the police officer recognised him as a famous reggae artist. In 1986, Emmanuel enjoyed a brief flirtation with the cinema when he made a cameo appearance in the film, Absolute Beginners. After which he began investing in diamond mining, and by 2010 had gold and diamond mine concessions in several countries including Ghana, Uganda, Liberia, and Kenya. (Smiley apparently died from self-inflicted stab wounds at his home in Warlingham, Surrey, during a police drug raid)

in 2011 - Nate Dogg/Nathaniel Dwayne Hale dies at age 41. American hip hop and R&B artist, born in Long Beach, California; he began singing as a child in the New Hope Baptist Church in Long Beach, and at Life Line Baptist Church in Clarksdale, Mississippi, where his father was a pastor. At the age of 16 he dropped out of high school in Long Beach, California and left home to join the United States Marine Corps, serving for three years. He was the friend and partner in the rap game with Snoop Dogg, Warren G, RBX, Daz Dillinger and he was the cousin of Butch Cassidy and Lil' ½ Dead. Nate, Snoop Dogg and Warren G, all belonged to the Rollin 20 Crips gang and formed a rap trio called 213, recording there first demo in the back of the famed V.I.P record store in Long Beach. Nate made his debut on hip hop artist Dr. Dre's The Chronic album (Nate died of congestive heart failure, along with complications related to his previous strokes).

in 2011 - Yakov Kreizberg dies at age 51. Russian-born Austrian-American conductor; he was widely sought-after by the world's leading orchestras, and held posts with the Theatre Krefeld Mönchengladbach, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Komische Oper in Berlin and the Wiener Symphoniker. Yakov was appointed Artistic Director of L'Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo in January 2008, and subsequently Artistic Director and Music Director in September 2009. At the time of his death he was the Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Netherlands Philharmonic and Netherlands Chamber Orchestras. He led them on many highly successful tours and leaves behind a number of great recordings.His final concert took place on February 14th 2011, conducting the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The programme consisted of Glinka’s Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.2 with soloist Alexander Sitkovetsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade (died after fighting a long illness).

in 2011 - Melvin Sparks dies at age 64. American soul jazz, hard bop and jazz blues guitarist. He released a number of albums for the influential Prestige Records, including Sparks-1970, Akilah!-1971 and Sparkplug-1971, later recording for Savant Records such as, It is what it is-2004, This is it!-2005 and Groove on up-2005. He appeared on several recordings with musicians including Lou Donaldson, Charles Earland, Sonny Stitt, Leon Spencer and Johnny Hammond Smith. He was seen on Northeastern television commercials as the voice of Price Chopper's "House of BBQ" advertising campaign (complications from diabetes.

in 2011 - Musa Juma dies at age 35. Kenyan singer, rumba and Benga musician and led the Orchestra Limpopo International, born in Usonga, Siaya District. Some of his most popular songs were "Hera Mudho", "Ufisadi", "Mercelina", and "Freddy". He released eight albums, the last of them being titled Lake Victoria. During his career he toured in various countries. Only weeks before his death, he and his band had a tour in the United States (pneumonia).

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in 1609 - Michael Franck, composer is born.
in 1651 - Zaccaria Tevo, composer is born.
in 1663 - Nicholas Siret, composer is born.

in 1710 - Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, remarkable Italian composer, is born at Jesi, near Ancona. The origin family name was Draghi; the name Pergolesi was derived from the town of Pergola, where Pergolesi's ancestors lived. He was the only surviving child of his parents, 3 others having died in infancy. His childhood seems to have been plagued by ill health; a later caricature depicts him as having a deformed leg.

He first studied music with Francesco Santi, the maestro di cappella of the Jesi Cathedral. He also studied violin with Francesco Mondini. He then was given a stipend by the Marchese Cardolo Maria Pianetti, which enabled him to enter the Conservatory, dei Poveri di Gesu Cristo in Naples, where he studied violin with Domenico de Matteis, and composition with Gaetano Greco, its maestro di cappella, Leonardo Vinci, and Francesco Durante.

Pergolesi became highly proficient as a violinist, playing at the Conservatorio and throughout Naples. His first work to be performed was the dramma sacro Li prodigi della divina grazia nella conversione di S. Guglielmo Duca d'Aquitania, which was given by the Conservatory at the monastery of S. Agnello Maggiore in 1731. He graduated shortly thereafter, and received a commission for his first opera, La Salustia (Naples, Jan. 1732). He then became maestro di cappella to Prince Ferdinando Colonna Stigliano, equerry to the Viceroy of Naples, in 1732.

His Lo Frate 'nnamorato (Naples, Sept. 27, 1732) proved highly successful. In Dec. 1732 he composed several sacred works for performance at the church of S. Maria della Stella as a votive offering following a series of severe earthquakes in Naples. He was next commissioned to write an opera seria to celebrate the birthday of the empress on Aug. 28,1733; however, the premiere of the resulting // Prigionier superbo was delayed until Sept. 5,1733; it contained the 2-act intermezzo La Serva padrona, which became his most celebrated stage work.

He was named deputy to the maestro di cappella of Naples in 1734. During a brief sojourn in Rome, his Mass in F major was performed at the church of S. Lorenzo in Lucina (May 16, 1734). After returning to Naples, Pergolesi became maestro di cappella to Marzio Domenico IV Carafa, the Duke of Maddaloni. For the birthday of the king's mother, he was commissioned to write the opera Adriano in Siria; it was premiered, without success, in Naples on Oct. 25, 1734, with the intermezzo La Contadina astuta (subsequently staged under various titles). He then was commissioned to write an opera for Rome's Teatro Tordinona, resulting in his unsuccessful opera seria L'Olimpiade (Jan. 8 or 9, 1735).

His last popular success for the stage was the commedia musicale // Flaminio (Naples, 1735). By 1735 his health had seriously declined, most likely from tuberculosis. Early in 1736 he went to the Franciscan monastery in Pozzuoli, where he soon died at the age of 26. He was buried in the common grave adjacent to the Cathedral. Following his death, his fame spread rapidly through performances of La Serva padrona and several other stage works.

The Paris revival of the work in 1752 precipitated the so-called querelle des bouffons between the partisans of the Italian and French factions. His fame was further increased by performances of the Salve regina in C minor and the Stabat Mater in F minor. The chaotic entanglement of spurious, doubtful, and authentic works attributed to Pergolesi was unraveled in M. Paymer's G.B. P.: A Thematic Catalogue of the Oper Omnia with an Appendix Listing Omitted Compositions (N.Y., 1976). The Opera Omnia, ed. by F. CafTarelli (5 vols., Rome, 1939-42), is most unreliable; it is being replaced by a critical edition, the first volume of which appeared in 1985. - Died at Pozzuoli, near Naples, March 16, 1736.

in 1745 - Johann Wilhelm Cornelius von Konigslow, composer is born.
in 1792 - Murder attempt on King Gustavus III by count Ankarstrom at opera.
in 1806 - Giuseppe Colla, composer, dies at 74.

in 1814 - Jules (Eugene Abraham) Alary, Italian-born French composer, is born at Mantua. After studying at the Milan Conservatory, he settled in Paris as a voice teacher and composer. He wrote numerous operas, among the most popular being Le ire nozze (Paris, March 29, 1851). His opera La Voix humaine had the curious distinction of being staged at the Paris Opera (Dec. 30, 1861) for the sole purpose of making use of the scenery left over after the fiasco of Wagner's Tannhauser. Alary also wrote a mystery play, Redemption (Paris, April 14, 1850), much sacred music, and some chamber pieces. - Died at Paris, April 17, 1891.

in 1819 - Nicolas Sejan, composer, dies at 73.
in 1822 - Composer Gioacchino Rossini marries Spanish soprano.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWzmnEmpcqU"]YouTube - Maestro Gioachino Rossini - Tarantella (Maestro Beniamino Gigli)[/ame]

in 1823 - William Henry Monk, composer is born.
in 1867 - Benjamin Hanby, composer, dies at 33.

in 1881 - Modest (Petrovich) Mussorgsky, great Russian composer, dies at St. Petersburg age 42.
He received his first instruction on the piano from his mother; at the age of 10, he was taken to St. Petersburg, where he had piano lessons with Anton Herke, remaining his pupil until 1854. In 1852 he entered the cadet school of the Imperial Guard; composed a piano piece entitled Porte enseigne Polka, which was published (1852); after graduation (1856), he joined the regiment of the Guard.

In 1857, he met Dargomyzhsky, who introduced him to Cui and Balakirev; he also became friendly with the critic and chief champion of Russian national music, Vladimir Stasov. These associations prompted his decision to become a professional composer. He played and analyzed piano arrangements of works by Beethoven and Schumann; Balakirev helped him to acquire a knowledge of form; he tried to write music in classical style, but without success; his inner drive was directed toward "new shores," as Mussorgsky expressed it.

The liquidation of the family estate made it imperative for him to take a paying job; he became a clerk in th Ministry of Communications (1863), being dismissed 4 years later. During this time, he continued to compose, but his lack of technique compelled him time and again to leave his various pieces unfinished. He eagerly sought professional advice from his friends Stasov (for general aesthetics) and Rimsky-Korsakov (for problems of harmony); to the very end of his life, he regarded himself as being only half-educated in music, and constantly acknowledged his inferiority as a craftsman. But he yielded to no one in his firm faith in the future of national Russian music.

When a group of composers from Bohemia visited St. Petersburg in 1867, Staso published an article in which he for the first time referred to the "mighty handful of Russian musicians" pursuing the ideal of national art. The expression was picked up derisively by some journalists, but it was accepted as a challenge by Mussorgsky and his comrades-in-arms, Balakirev, Borodin, Cui, and Rimsky- Korsakov, the "mighty 5" of Russian music.

In 1869 he once more entered government service, this time in the forestry dept. He became addicted to drink, and had epileptic fits; he died a week after his 42nd birthday.

The significance of Mussorgsky's genius did not become apparent until some years after his death. Most of his works were prepared for publication by Rimsky-Korsakov, who corrected some of his harmonic crudities, and reorchestrated the symphonic works. Original versions of his music were preserved in MS, and eventually published. But despite the availability of the authentic scores, his works continue to be performed in Rimsky-Korsakov's editions, made familiar to the whole musical world.

In his dramatic works, and in his songs, Mussorgsky draws a boldly realistic vocal line, in which inflections of speech are translated into a natural melody. His first attempt in this genre was an unfinished opera, The Marriage, to Gogol's comedy; here he also demonstrated his penetrating sense of musical humor. His ability to depict tragic moods is revealed in his cycle Songs and Dances of Death; his understanding of intimate poetry is shown in the children's songs.

His greatest work is the opera Boris Godunov (to Pushkin's tragedy), which has no equal in its stirring portrayal of personal destiny against a background of social upheaval. In it, Mussorgsky created a true national music drama, without a trace of the Italian conventions that had here-to-fore dominated the operatic works by Russian composers. He wrote no chamber music, perhaps because he lacked the requisite training in contrapuntal technique. Of his piano music, the set of pieces Pictures at an Exhibition (somewhat after the manner of Schumann's Carnaval) is remarkable for its vivid representation of varied scenes (it was written to commemorate his friend, the painter Victor Hartmann, whose pictures were the subjects of the music); the work became famous in the brilliant orchestration of Ravel.

Although Mussorgsky was a Russian national composer, his music influenced many composers outside Russia, and he came to be regarded as the most potent talent of the Russian national school. The paintings of Victor Hartmann that inspired Pictures at an Exhibition were reproduced by Alfred Frankenstein in his article on the subject in the Musical Quarterly (July 1939); he also brought out an illustrated edition of the work (1951). A collected edition of Mussorgsky's works was compiled by P. Lamm (8 vols., Moscow, 1928-34; 1939). – Born at Pskov district, March 21, 1839.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHIux8A61Tw&feature=related"]YouTube - Mussorgsky - Meditation (Album Leaf)[/ame]

in 1885 - Giacomo Benvenuti, composer is born.
in 1887 - Emanuel Kania, composer, dies at 59.
in 1894 - Jules Massenet's opera "Thais" premieres in Paris.

in 1898 - Ernst Bacon, remarkable American composer, is born at Chicago. He studied theory at Northwestern University with Lutkin (1915-18), and later at the University of Chicago with Oldberg and T. Otterstroem (1919-20); also took private piano lessons in Chicago with Alexander Raab (1916-21).

In 1924 he went to Vienna, where he took private composition lessons with Weigl and Schmidt. Returning to America, he studied composition with Bloch in San Francisco, and conducting with Goossens in Rochester, N.Y.; completed his education at the University of Calif. (M.A., 1935).

From 1934 to 1937 he was supervisor of the Federal Music Project in San Francisco; simultaneously deployed numerous related activities, as a conductor and a music critic. He was on the faculty of Converse College in S.C. (1938-45) and Syracuse University (1945-63). In 1939 and 1942 he held Guggenheim fellowships. He also engaged in literary pursuits—wrote poetry and published a book of aphorisms—and espoused radical politics.

A musician of exceptional inventive powers, he published a brochure, Our Musical Idiom (Chicago, 1917), when he was 19; in it he outlines the new resources of musical composition. He later published Words on Music (1960) and Notes on the Piano (1963). In some of his piano works, he evolved a beguiling technique of mirror reflection between right and left hands, exact as to the intervals, with white and black keys in one hand reflected respectively by white and black keys in the other. However, Bacon is generally regarded as primarily a composer of lyric songs. – Died at Orinda, Calif., March 16,1990.

in 1903 - Nikolai Lopatnikoff, Revel Estonia, composer (Variaioni Concertanto) is born.
in 1918 - Howard Boatwright, composer is born.
in 1919 - Erno Kiraly, composer is born.
in 1919 - Sigurd von Koch, composer, dies at 39.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dm1ynapVEo"]Vårnattsregnet (Spring Night's Rain) - Sigurd von Koch - YouTube[/ame]

in 1920 - John (Mervyn) Addison, English composer, is born at Chobham, Surrey. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London. Although he wrote several orchesta and chamber works, he composed mainly for the theater, films, and television. Among his many film scores, particularly effective in films with epic subjects and with understated humor, were Tom Jones (1963; Academy Award), Torn Curtain (1966), The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968), Sleuth (1972), The Seven Per Cent Solution (1976), and Strange Invaders (1983). – Died at Bennington, Vt, Dec. 7, 1998.

in 1928 - Ramon Barce, composer is born.
in 1928 - Christa Ludwig, Berlin Germany, soprano (Vienna State Opera) is born.
in 1929 - Edwin London, composer is born.
in 1930 - Minoru Miky, composer is born.
in 1931 - Betty Johnson, Guilford County NC, singer (Jack Paar Show, I Dreamed) is born.

in 1931 - Theo(dor David) Altmeyer, German tenor, is born at Eschweiler. He was educated in Cologne.
Altmeyer began his performance career while still a voice student at the Hochschule für Musik Köln where he studied under Clemens Glettenberg from 1953 to 1956. His first successes were primarily as an oratorio soloist. He was hired by the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) to perform in several recordings of cantatas and other religious music. He went on to win second prize at the WDR's singing competition in 1955.

In 1956 Altmeyer joined the roster of singers at the Berlin State Opera, where he sang for the next four years. While there he notably portrayed the title role in the world premiere of Humphrey Searle's The Diary of a Madman. Then starting in the 1960-1961 season he was the principal lyric tenor at the Staatsoper Hannover, making his debut there as Tamino in Mozart's The Magic Flute.

He became particularly successful in that house with several more Mozart roles like Ferrando in Così fan tutte and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. He also excelled in portraying roles in works by Albert Lortzing and Gioachino Rossini. Other roles of note included the title roles in Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring and Jacques Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld. He also found particular success in the title role of Hans Pfitzner's Palestrina, a role he also performed at both the Vienna State Opera and the Staatsoper Stuttgart.

The most important work of Altmeyer's career was in the field of religious music. He was one of the most lauded and prolific oratorio singers of his day. His repertoire spanned from the medieval masters to new compositions. He was particularly admired for his many performances and recordings of works by Johann Sebastian Bach. As an oratorio singer he performed with major orchestras and musical ensembles throughout Germany, France, Austria, Italy, England, Belgium, Holland and Switzerland. He also participated in two large and highly successful concert tours of North America and performed at major music festivals such as Bachwoche Ansbach, Lucerne, Montreux, Vienna, Florence, Naples and Venice.

In 1974 Altmeyer joined the voice faculty of the Musikhochschule Hannover where he taught for several decades. Among his students is Dantes Diwiak. He continued to appear in operas and concerts during many of these years, giving his last public performance at La Morra in 1996. He died in Hannover at the age of 76 on the anniversary of Bach's death.

in 1936 - Fred Neil is born. A prolific singer-songwriter, folk-blues artist was an institution in the folk music houses of Greenwich Village during the Sixties. The son of a jukebox industry executive, Neil began playing guitar in his teens and left home to join a gospel group. After releasing several unsuccessful solo singles in the late Fifties, he was hired as a staff writer at Southern Music; among his compositions during this period were the often recorded ‘Come Back Home Baby’ and the 1961 Roy Orbison hit ‘Candy Man’. Continuing to pursue a solo career, Neil became a regular at the folk clubs and coffee houses of Greenwich Village and was occasionally joined on stage by Bob Dylan.
Signed by Elektra, Neil teamed with Miami-based folkie Vince Martin on the Paul Rothchild-produced album, Tear Down The Walls, which featured guest musicians Felix Pappalardi and John Sebastian and the popular Neil composition ‘The Other Side Of This Life’, later covered by Sebastian’s group, The Lovin’ Spoonful, and Jefferson Airplane. The song also appeared on Neil’s first solo album, the moody and bluesy Bleecker & MacDougal, released by Elektra Records in 1965. Aided by his manager Herb Cohen, Neil then signed with Capitol Records and issued three albums for the label that continued to earn critical, but not commercial success.
One of the tracks from his first Capitol album, ‘Everybody’s Talkin’’, became a hit for Harry Nilsson in 1969 after its inclusion in the Dustin Hoffman film Midnight Cowboy, while ‘The Dolphins’ was covered by fellow cult folkie Tim Buckley. By the mid Seventies, Neil became a semi-recluse and rarely performed. He died in Key West, Florida, of natural causes July 7, 2001.
in 1937 - David Del Tredici, Cloverdale California, composer (1980 Pulitzer) is born.
in 1937 - Constanca Capdeville, composer is born.
in 1942 - Alexander van Zemlinsky, Austrian composer (African Dance), dies at 69.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CX_8iURgcoQ"]YouTube - Epizod na Maskaradzie (Episode at a Masquerade) by Mieczyslaw Karlowicz Part One[/ame]

in 1943 - Alice (Josephine) Artzt, American guitarist, is born at Philadelphia. She studied piano and flute before taking up the classical guitar when she was 13. She pursued training with Ida Presti and Alexandre Lagoya in France and with Julian Bream in England, and also was a student of Otto Luening (composition) and Paul Henry Lang (musicology) at Columbia University (B.A., 1967), and of Darius Milhaud (composition). From 1966 to 1969 she taught at the Marines College of Music in N.Y., and then at Trenton (N.J.) State Coll. from 1977 to 1980. In 1969 she made her formal debut in a recital at Wigmore Hall in London, and thereafter pursued a global career as a recitalist and as a soloist with orchestras. In later years, she also toured extensively with her own Alice Artzt Guitar Trio. In addition to articles and reviews in journals, she published the books The Art of Practicing (1978) and Rhythmic Mastery (1997). Her repertoire includes not only the standard guitar literature and various works written for her, but also transcriptions of works for guitar solo, duo, and trio, ranging from Handel, Vivaldi, and Haydn to Gershwin, Charlie Chaplin, and Bernstein.

in 1951 - Ray Benson, Phila Pa, country singer (House of Blue Lights) is born.
in 1951 - Ritchie Teeter, rocker is born.

in 1953 - Kei Akagi, extremely versatile Japanese keyboard player with a highly individual style and lengthy resume, is born in Japan. Akagi maintains his own sound no matter what the context. In the last two decades his credits include significant stints with Miles Davis, Stanley Turrentine, Art Pepper, Slide Hampton, Joe Farrell, Airto Moreira, James Newton, Sadao Watanabe, and fusion stalwarts Al DiMeola, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Allan Holdsworth. First influenced by Bud Powell, Akagi came of age listening to everyone from Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, and Sonny Rollins to late Coltrane and Miles's seminal fusion.

His family moved to the U.S. when he was four and he spent his late teens back in Japan, playing guitar and studying composition at the International Christian University in Tokyo. Returning to the States, he became a philosophy grad student at the University of Calif., Santa Barbara, but after two years decided to play music full-time. After early gigs with Blue Mitchell, Art Pepper, and Eddie Harris, Akagi hooked up with Airto and Flora Purim in 1979 and stayed with them until 1985. He spent two years with Miles (1990-91) and much of the rest of the decade with Turrentine. Based in Los Angeles, Akagi is a fine composer who writes angular, dramatic tunes. Akagi's first album was Symphonic FusionThe Earth, a five-part funk-jazz concerto recorded in the early 1980s for a Japanese label.

in 1954 - Nancy Wilson, SF, rock guitarist (Heart-Never, What about Love) is born.
in 1955 - Mayhew Lake, composer, dies at 75.
in 1956 - Joseph John Richards, composer, dies at 77.
in 1959 - Stan Thorn, Kenosha Wisc, singer (Shenandoah-Sunday in the South) is born.

in 1959 - Doo-wop group The Platters scored their only UK No.1 hit with 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes.' Also a US No.1 hit.

in 1962 - John Owen Jones, composer, dies at 85.

in 1963 - The bassist of the San Francisco-based heavy metal band Heathen, Mike “Yaz” Jastremski is born. He performed on Heathen’s 1987 début Breaking The Silence, but left shortly thereafter to form the group Pigs. Jastremski reunited with Heathen in 2001 for the “Thrash of the Titans” benefit show for Chuck Billy of Testament. Quitting Heathen for good in 2004, Jastremski was replaced by Jon Torres. Died May 23, 2005. He suffered a heart attack while in a detox programme.

in 1964 - The Beatles set a new record for advance sales in the U.S. with 2,100,000 copies of their latest single 'Can't Buy Me Love.'

in 1965 - The Rolling Stones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Last Time', the bands third UK No.1 and first No.1 for songwriters Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

in 1965 - The Beatles continue filming in Austria for their second movie, Help! They completed the "ski lift" segment of the film.
in 1967 - James Friskin, composer, dies at 80.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lAtyeCdzS4"]James Friskin plays Bach Prelude & Fugue in A minor BWV 944 - YouTube[/ame]

in 1968 - The posthumously released Otis Redding single 'Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay', started a five week run at No.1 on the US chart, (a No.3 hit the UK). Otis was killed in a plane crash on 10th December 1967 three days after recording the song.

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in 1968 - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco dies at age 72. Jewish-Italian composer, born in Florence; he was known as one of the foremost guitar composers in the twentieth century with almost one hundred compositions for that instrument. In 1939 he migrated to the United States and became a film composer for some 200 Hollywood movies for the next fifteen years. In 1926, Castelnuovo-Tedesco premiered his opera, La Mandragora, based on a play by Niccolò Machiavelli. It was the first of his many works inspired by great literature, which included interpretations of works by Aeschylus, Virgil, John Keats, William Wordsworth, Walt Whitman, Federico García Lorca, and especially William Shakespeare. Another major source of inspiration for him was his Jewish heritage, most notably the Bible and Jewish liturgy. His Violin Concerto No. 2 , written at the request of Jascha Heifetz, was also an expression of his pride in his Jewish origins, or as he described it, the "splendor of past days," in the face of rising anti-Semitism that was sweeping across much of Europe. In 1939, Toscanini sponsored Mario as an immigrant in the United States. He landed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, in Hollywood as a film composer. Over the next fifteen years, he worked on scores for some 200 films there and at the other major film studios.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjvY0u_lWJM"]YouTube - Tarantella Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco[/ame]

in 1969 - Fleetwood Mac, The Move, Amen Corner, Peter Sarstedt, The Tymes, Harmony Grass and Geno Washington all appeared at 'Pop World 69' at London's Wembley Empire Pool, England.

in 1970 – Tammi Terell dies at age 24. She is best known for her collaborations with Marvin Gaye, as a soul singer Tammi Terrell began entering talent shows at age 11 in her native Philadelphia. Under the name Tammy Montgomery, she toured with the James Brown Revue and released several singles in the early Sixties, landing scattered airplay with the Brown-produced, ‘I Cried’ (1963). Relocating to New York City in the mid Sixties, she attended the University of Pennsylvania and married professional boxer Ernie Terrell.

Discovered by a Motown talent scout while performing in a Detroit nightclub, Terrell wowed the audience with her sensual, uplifting persona. Teamed with producers Harvey Fuqua and Johnny Bristol, Terrell placed a trio of moderately selling singles on to the R&B charts in 1966. Duetting with Marvin Gaye in 1967, Terrell was the third of Gaye’s four female singing partners at Motown. Becoming soulmates, they first landed on the charts with the Nick Ashford/Valerie Simpson composition, ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ (1967), and continued their hit run with sincere, emotionally charged numbers such as ‘Your Precious Love’ (1967), ‘If I Could Build My World Around You’ (1967), ‘Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing’ (1968), ‘You’re All I Need To Get By’ (1968), ‘Keep On Lovin’ Me Honey’ (1968) and ‘You Ain’t Livin’ Till You’re Lovin’’ (1969).

After collapsing on a Virginia stage into Gaye’s arms in 1967, Terrell was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Although Terrell and Gaye collaborated on three albums, it was later rumoured that Valerie Simpson substituted for the ailing Terrell on some tracks on the third album, including the hits, ‘What You Gave Me’ and ‘The Onion Song’. Diagnosed with brain cancer, she underwent six operations in two years. She died at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia.
Marvin Gaye reacted to her death by taking a four year hiatus from concert performance and went into self-isolation.

in 1971 - 13th Grammy Awards: Bridge over Troubled Water, Carpenters win.

in 1971 - Winners at this years Grammy Awards included, Simon and Garfunkel who won Record of the year, Song of the year and Album of the year for 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', The Carpenters won Best new act and Best vocal performance.

in 1972 - Neil Diamond appeared at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

in 1972 - John Lennon lodged an appeal with the US immigration office in New York, after he was served with deportation orders arising from his 1968 cannabis possession conviction.

in 1973 - David Cassidy played the first of six sold out shows at the Empire Pool, Wembley.

in 1974 - Barbra Streisand started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'The Way We Were', the singers second US No.1.

in 1974 - During a US tour Elvis Presley played the first of four nights at the Midsouth Coliseum in Memphis Tennessee. This was the first time Elvis had played in Memphis since 1961.

in 1975 - T- Bone Walker/Aaron Thibeaux Walker dies at age 64. American blues guitarist, pianist and singer songwriter born in Linden, Texas; In the early 1920s, as a teenager learned his craft amongst the street-strolling stringbands of Dallas. His songs included "Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad)", "T-Bone Shuffle" and "Let Your Hair Down, Baby, Let's Have a Natural Ball". He was the idiom's first true lead guitarist, and undeniably one of its very best. Modern electric blues guitar can be traced directly back to this pioneer, who began amplifying his sumptuous lead lines for public consumption circa 1940 and thus initiated a revolution so total that its tremors are still being felt today. He was the childhood hero of Jimi Hendrix, and Hendrix imitated some of Walker's ways throughout his life including T-Bone's flamboyant playing style with the guitar behind his back and legs and with his teeth on stage. He won a Grammy Award in 1971 for "Good Feelin'" and was posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980, and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. (bronchial pneumonia following a second stroke)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFqK6PBq-hA"]YouTube - T-Bone Walker w/ Jazz At The Philharmonic - Live in UK 1966[/ame]

in 1977 - Paper Lace were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the anti-war pop song 'Billy Don't Be A Hero,' the group's only No.1. Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods scored a US No.1 with their version of the song.

in 1977 - after being with the label for just six days The Sex Pistols were fired from A&M due to pressure from other label artists and its Los Angeles head office. 25,000 copies of ‘God Save The Queen’ were pressed and the band made £75,000 ($127,500) from the deal.

in 1977 - Pink Floyd played the second of five sold-out nights at Empire Pool, Wembley, London, England. The set list included: Sheep, Pigs on the Wing 1, Dogs, Pigs on the Wing 2, Pigs (Three Different Ones), Wish You Were Here, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Welcome to the Machine, Have a Cigar, Money and Us and Them.

in 1985 - Roger Huntington Sessions, US composer (Black Masks), dies at 88.
in 1989 - MTV America launched a contest to give away Jon Bon Jovi's childhood home.

in 1989 - Bez from The Happy Mondays was arrested at Manchester Airport moments before boarding a flight to Belfast for a gig and charged for trying to leave the country, breaking bail conditions set after a previous arrest.

in 1990 - Ernst Bacon, composer, dies at 91.
in 1990 – John Simmons, A member of the Seventies soul group The Reflections, dies. Born in New York City, Simmons provided the lead vocals on several R&B hits beginning with ‘Three Steps From True Love’ (1975). In the mid Eighties, he worked as a pianist and arranger for Stephanie Mills and Whitney Houston. He died in East Orange, New Jersey from a respiratory illness.
in 1991 - Seven members of Country singer Reba McEntire's band and her road manager were among 10 people who were killed when their private jet crashed in California just north of the Mexican border. McEntire, who had given a private concert in San Diego for IBM employees the night before, was not on the plane.

in 1991 - The Farm scored their only UK No.1 album with 'Spartacus.'

in 1992 - During a Metallica gig at Orlando Arena fans dangled an usher by his ankles from the balcony as trouble broke out at the concert. The band was charged $38,000 (£22,353) for repairs and cleaning after the audience trashed the building.

in 1992 - Johnny Cymbal dies at age 48. Scottish born American songwriter, singer, and record producer; from 15 until his death, Johnny made a meaningful impact on popular music worldwide as a songwriter, singer, performer and record producer. During those years, in addition to his rock and roll anthem, "Mr. Bass Man", he was responsible for hit records including: "Teenage Heaven", "Cinnamon", "Mary In The Morning", "Rock Me Baby" and "I'm Drinking Canada Dry". In 1963, with his smash hit "Mr. Bass Man" all over the top of the charts from the US to Asia, Johnny was recognized as a teen star. While continuing to record, he toured the U.S., Europe and Japan performing as both a solo headlining act and in rock and roll package shows. Later, as a songwriter and record producer, he found success in New York City, Los Angeles, and Nashville. (he died in his sleep of a heart attack)
Video Note: Johnny Cymbal, at March 11, 1993 Writers in the Round, sings his 1960 hit "Mr. Bass Man." This footage was shot just days before Johnny died.
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in 1996 - Joseph Pope dies at age 62. American singer and the founder of The Tams which he formed in 1960, he took their long lasting name from the Tam o'shanter style of hat that the group choose to wear on stage. By 1962, they had a hit single "Untie Me", a Joe South composition, became a Top 20 US R&B success. In 1964, their single "What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am)", reached the Top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song spent three weeks at number one on the Cash Box R&B chart. "Hey Girl Don't Bother Me" was also a hit the same year and rocketed to No.1 in the UK charts. The Tams next major US hit was in 1968 "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy", which also made the UK Top 40 in 1970.

in 1996 - The Ramones performed what they claimed would be their last ever date in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

in 2003 - Gareth Gates featuring The Kumars started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Spirit In The Sky.' The song had been a UK No.1 for Norman Greenbaum in 1970 and for Doctor and the Medics in 1986. Also a 1982 UK airplay hit for The Cheaters.

in 2003 – Kenny Sinclair, dies in Rialto, California. Kenny was a member of Los Angeles-based doo-wop group The Six Teens. Kenny Sinclair sang tenor behind lead vocalist Trudy Williams on the 1956 hit ‘A Casual Look’. Sinclair left the group in 1957 and was replaced by Richard Owens. Still at high school, Sinclair joined a series of similar groups. By 1959, Sinclair and former Six Teens bandmate Darryl Lewis co-founded The Elements and recorded a single on the Titan label. Evolving into The Elgins (not the Detroit group of the same name) the group recorded several singles before emerging as The Bagdads in the late Sixties. For a time, Sinclair was a member of a revival version of The Olympics. (Prostate cancer.)

in 2004 - Vilém Tauský dies at age 93. Czech conductor and composer, at age 19, he conducted Giacomo Puccini's Turandot in Brno on short notice in place of Chalabala, who had become ill. During WWII being of Jewish decent he moved to France and he volunteered for service with the Free Czech Army, where he was appointed the bandmaster of a military orchestra consisting of instruments obtained from the Paris Police. He eventually went Britain to escape the Nazi regeme. From 1945 to '49, he was musical director of the Carl Rosa Opera Company and music director of Welsh National Opera from 1951 to '56. He was principal conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra from 1956 to '66 where he held various BBC appointments, in Belfast, Glasgow and Manchester, where he worked with Benny Hill, Frankie Howerd, Elsie and Doris Waters, Morecambe and Wise, Tessie O’Shea, Jimmy Edwards and Gracie Fields. In addition, he conducted new British music. Between 1966 and '92, he was the director of opera and head of the conducting course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His compositions include a Ballade for cello and piano, a Symfonietta for orchestra, the Fantasia da Burlesca for violin and orchestra, an oboe concerto, written for Evelyn Rothwell, a harmonia concerto written for Tommy Reilly, Coventry: A Meditation for Strings, and a Serenade for Strings. In 1979 he was honoured as a Freeman of the City of London and in 1981, appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire-CBE

in 2005 - Billy Joel checked into a rehabilitation centre for alcohol abuse. A statement from the 55-year-old singer's spokesperson put his latest problems down to "a recent bout of severe gastrointestinal distress."

in 2005 - Jakson “Thunderfoot” Spires, A core member of popular touring ensemble The Southern Rock All-Stars, dies from a brain aneurysm and died after three days on life support at a hospital in Fort Pierce, Florida. A veteran drummer Spires had formed the band with Dave Hlubek of Molly Hatchet, Jay Johnson of The Rossington-Collins Band and Charles Hart of Radio Tokyo. They performed material by their respective bands and cover versions by other acts of the genre, including Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers as The Southern Rock All-Stars were unable to garner airplay with their original material. A founding member and chief songwriter of the Southern rock band Blackfoot, Spires co-wrote their hits ‘Highway Song’ and ‘Fly Away’, until the group disbanded in 1986. Also a session player, Jakson worked with Benny Mardones, Phil Lynott, Willie Dixon and Albert King.

in 2007 - Frederick Tupper Saussy III dies at age 70. American keyboardist, composer and artist, born in Statesboro, grew up in Tampa, Florida and graduated from the University of the South at Sewanee, in 1958. While at Uni, he formed a jazz combo recording the album, Jazz at Sewanee, Tuppy co-founded an advertising agency, McDonald and Saussy, and kept his musical career alive with recording dates and club sessions. In 1965, he composed 'The Beast with Five Heads' for the Nashville Symphony,. For its 1968/69 season, they commissioned him to write a piano concerto for Bill Pursell. Tupper was perhaps best known as the songwriter and keyboardist for the psychedelic pop band The Neon Philharmonic, whose vocalist was Don Gant. The Neon Philharmonic's single "Morning Girl" rose to Top 20 status and was nominated for two Grammy awards in 1969. Their two albums, The Moth Confesses and The Neon Philharmonic were released in 1969, but the group disbanded in 1972. He has released several albums of his jazz compositions: "Discover Tupper Saussy," "Said I to Shostakovitch," and The Swingers' Guide to Mary Poppins. In the 70s, he continued to composed works for the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and the Chattanooga Symphony. He also composed two pop songs for The Wayward Bus, "The Prophet: Predictions by David Hoy" and "Love Hum". He has also worked with Chet Atkins and Ray Stevens, and he wrote arrangements for Mickey Newbury's Harlequin Melodies, Boudleaux Bryant, Bobby Bare, and Roy Orbison. In April 2006, Tupper resumed his musical persona with the Nashville and started work on a new album "The Chocolate Orchid Piano Bar," which includes new and vintage songs, his first new musical release in 37 years, but sadly he died two days before it's release. (heart attack)

in 2008 - Ola Brunkert dies at age 61. Swedish session drummer; born in Örebro, Örebro län, Sweden; he began his musical career as a jazz drummer. His first professional job was with the Slim's Blues Gang, before joining the pop group Science Poption in the mid '60s. He then joined the jazz-pop group Opus III with his friend, guitarist Janne Schaffer. By the 70s Ola had become one of the most sort after session musicians in Sweden. His first session with Abba was on their first single, "People Need Love," in 1972. Over the next 10 years Ola recorded 62 singles and all 8 studio albums with Abba and accompanied them on all their tours (bled to death in an accident at his home in Mallorca, when he fell into a glass door, cutting his throat)
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in 2008 - Daniel MacMaster dies at age 39. Canadianrock vocalist for Canadian/British hard rock band Bonham releasing two albums with them The Disregard of Timekeeping and Mad Hatter. In 2005, Daniel released a solo album entitled Rock Bonham...And The Long Road Back which was re-issued by Suncity Records in 2006. In recent years, MacMaster started a new project with Connecticut-based singer/songwriter Jimmy D of the band Emerald Monkey, dubbed Monkey-MacMaster (staph infection)

in 2010 - Herb Cohen dies at age 77. American record company executive, manager, and music publisher born in New York; he artists, including Screamin' Jay Hawkins, George Duke, Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, Tim Buckley, Lenny Bruce, and Linda Ronstadt. He was best known as the manager of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention from 1965, arranging their first club dates and, after encouraging record producer Tom Wilson to see them perform, securing their first record deal. He and Zappa went on to set up and jointly own the Straight, Bizarre, and DiscReet Records labels. Herb also handled Montreux Jazz Festival tours of Japan and the US, and produced the US portion of the Nelson Mandela concert in Wembley Stadium upon Mandela's release

in 2010 - Ksenija Pajcin dies at age 32. Serbian singer and dancer, sometimes referred to as Xenia, Ksenija was known for her sometimes sexually appealing image on stage. She started her career as a go-go dancer and was offered the opportunity to join a pop group, The Duck. As a dancer, she was famous in Greece, where she performed in numerous night clubs. Ksenija later went on to have a solo music career, and while her vocals were not too impressive, she garnered attention for her dancing and outfits. She released four albums, Too Hot to Handle in 1997, Extreme in 2001, Magije in 2004 and a Best Of... in 2006. Ksenija also owned a dance studio in Belgrade and worked as a model. She frequently appeared in tabloids and was known for her outrageous statements. (She was found dead along with her boyfriend Filip Kapisoda, a 22-year old model, in her apartment in Belgrade, both had gunshot wounds to the head. Police suspect a murder-suicide, with Filip Kapisoda as the shooter. Police were called to the house several nights earlier as the couple were reported by neighbors because Filip had broken into Ksenija's apartment, by knocking down the door)
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in 2010 - Abba were inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with Genesis and The Hollies. Abba's Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad accepted their trophies, in New York.

in 2010 - A rare Led Zeppelin recording from the group's 1971 gig at St Matthew's Baths Hall in Ipswich, England was unearthed at a car boot sale. The bootleg copy of the audio from the group's gig on November 16th 1971 was picked up for just "two or three pounds" by music fan Vic Kemp. "I was going through a stand of CDs at the car boot at Portman Road and the guy who was selling them said, 'You might be interested in this,'" Vic Kemp told the Evening Star. "It must have been recorded by someone standing at the front with a microphone. You can hear Robert Plant talking to the audience quite clearly."
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in 2012 - Dieter Zechlin dies at age 85. German pianist born in Goslar; he was one of East Germany's most prominent pianists in 1950-60s. In 1959 he received the Art Prize of the GDR and in 1961 the National Prize of the GDR. He was married to composer Ruth Zechlin, and later married pianist, Susanne Grützmann - Born March 16th 2012.

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in 1520 - Thoinot Arbeau, (real name, Jean Tabourot), French ecclesiastic and writer, is born at Dijon. He was educated in Dijon and Poitiers. He served in ecclesiastical positions in Langres, where he later became vicargeneral. Arbeau published the invaluable treatise Orchesographie, et traite en forme de dialogue par lequel toutes personnes peuvent facilement apprendre et practiquer rhonnete exercice des danses (Langres, 1588; 2nd ed., 1589; Eng. tr., 1948), which treats of social dances of his day with a new tablature to correlate steps and music. It also includes many dance tunes. Its historical value is further enhanced by the information it gives on how dance music of the 16th century was performed. - Died at Langres, July 23, 1595.

in 1664 - Georg Osterreich, composer is born.
in 1675 - Petrus Laurentius Wockenfuss, composer is born.
in 1640 - Philip Massinger, dramatist, dies.
in 1746 - Jan David Holland, composer is born.
in 1801 - Juan de Sesse y Balaguer, composer, dies at 64.
in 1803 - Candido Jose Ruano, composer, dies at 42.
in 1839 - Josef Rheinberger, Vaduz Liechtenstein, opera composer (Munich Conser) is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDBjGRo3IK4"]YouTube - Josef Rheinberger: Der Stern von Bethlehem op. 164" target="_blank">YouTube - Josef Rheinberger: Der Stern von Bethlehem op. 164[/ame]

in 1847 - "Macbeth" opera premieres in Florence.
in 1848 - Horace Wadham Nicholl, composer is born.
in 1855 - Ramon Carnicer y Batlle, composer, dies at 65.
in 1857 - Adolph Trube, composer, dies at 42.
in 1861 - Petter Conrad Boman, composer, dies at 56.
in 1862 - Fromental Halevy, [Elie Levy], French opera composer, dies at 62.

in 1871 - Giuseppe Borgatti, Italian tenor, father of Renata Borgatti, is born at Cento. He studied with Alessandro Busi in Bologna, making his operatic debut as Faust in Castelfranco Veneto in 1892; in 1896 he sang the title role in Andrea Chenier at Milan's La Scala; also sang in Wagner's operas. He retired from the stage in 1914 owing to glaucoma, becoming totally blind in 1923. He published an autobiography, La mia vita d'artista (Bologna, 1927). Died at Reno, Lago Maggiore, Oct. 18, 1950.

in 1876 – Frederic Ayres, (real name, Frederick Ayres Johnson), American composer, is born at Binghamton, N.Y. He studied with Edgar S. Kelley (1897-1901) and Arthur Foote (1899). His works include an overture, From the Plains, 2 string quartets, 2 piano trios, 2 violin sonatas, a Cello Sonata, and numerous songs. In his later music, he showed a tendency toward Impressionism and used moderately complex harmonic combinations. - Died at Colorado Springs, Nov. 23, 1926.

in 1880 - Guillermo Uribe Holguin, composer is born.

in 1884 - Joseph Bonnet, (Elie Georges Marie), eminent French organist, pedagogue, and composer, is born at Bordeaux. He studied with his father, organist at Ste. Eulalie; at the age of 14, he was appointed regular organist at St. Nicholas, and soon after at St. Michel; entered the class of Guilmant at the Paris Conservatpru and graduated with first prize. In 1906 he won the post of organist at St. Eustache over many competitors. After extensive tours on the Continent and in England, he became organist of the Concerts du Conservatoire as successor to Guilmant in 1911, which position he retained until 1939. He made his American debut in N.Y (Jan. 30, 1917), followed by successful tours of the U.S. In 1940 he fled France and went to the U.S., finally settling in Quebec as a teacher at the Conservatory. He wrote many pieces for his instrument, and edited for publication all the works played in his series of N.Y. concerts as Historical Organ Recitals (6 vols.); also published an anthology of early French organ music (N.Y, 1942). – Died at Ste. Luce-sur-Mer, Quebec, Aug. 2,1944.

in 1890 - Harold Morris, composer is born.

in 1891 - Emily Anderson, Irish musicologist, is born at Galway. She went to Germany for her education, and attended the universities. of Berlin and Marburg. Returning to England, she was employed in the British Foreign Office while pursuing her interest in music history and biography as an avocation. Of value are her translations of the correspondence of Mozart and Beethoven as published in Letters of Mozart and His Family (3 vols., London, 1938; 2nd ed., rev., 1966 by A. Hyatt King and M. Carolan; 3rd ed., rev, 1985 by S. Sadie and F. Smart) and The Letters of Beethoven (3 vols., London, 1961). - Died at London, Oct. 26, 1962.

in 1892 - Sayed Darwish, composer is born.
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in 1899 - Radie Britain, American composer and teacher, is born at Silverton, Tex. After studying piano at the American Conservatory in Chicago (B.M., 1924), she studied theory and composition with Noelte in Munich and organ with Dupre in Paris (1924-26); then continued her studies with Noelte in Chicago, and also had instruction in piano from Godowsky and organ from Yon. She taught harmony and composition at Chicago's Girvin Institute of Music (1930-34); after teaching at the Chicago Conservatory (1934-39), she taught piano and composition in Hollywood (1940-60). She published the book Composer's Corner (1978). Her autobiography appeared posthumously as Ridin’ Herd to Writing Symphonies (Lanham, Md., 1996). Most of her compositions followed along traditional lines, inspired by various American subjects. - Died at Palm Springs, Calif., May 23, 1994.

in 1900 - Alfred Newman, New Haven, composer (Love is a Many Splendored Thing) is born.
in 1902 - George William Warren, composer, dies at 73.
in 1906 - Tamara Geva, dancer is born.
in 1908 - Radie Britain, composer is born.
in 1910 - Joaquin Valverde, composer, dies at 64.
in 1911 - Raffaele d' Alessandro, composer is born.

in 1911 - Raffaele d'Alessandro, Swiss pianist, organist, and composer, is born at St. Gallen. He studied music with Victor Schlatter and Willi Schuh in Zurich; then went to Paris, where he studied composition with Boulanger and organ with Dupre. In 1940 he returned to Switzerland and settled in Lausanne, where he became active as a pianist, organist, and composer. - Died at Lausanne, March 17, 1959.

in 1917 - Brian Patrick Boydell, gifted musical polymath who bridged a generation in Irish arts, is born.
Brian Boydell, epitomised a transitional generation in his country's arts, something like that between WB Yeats and Seamus Heaney in the world of poetry. An Anglo-Irish Protestant (with a middle name commemorating his birth on St Patrick's day), and a firm pacifist, he felt particular pride in being chosen, in 1966, to compose the official cantata to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Born in Dublin to a well-known maltster, James Boydell, and his wife, Eileen Collins, who was among the first women graduates of Dublin University, Boydell was educated at Rugby school, where he played the solo part of Rachmaninov's second piano concerto, and was organ scholar at Clare College, Cambridge, where he obtained a first-class science degree.

He studied composition (with Herbert Howells and Ralph Vaughan Williams) and oboe at the Royal College of Music. He joined the family firm, but soon left to teach art and science at Ireland's leading public school, St Columba's College, Dublin, and then to freelance as composer, singer, oboist, conductor, teacher, lecturer and broadcaster - in all of which he was outstanding. From 1944 to 1948, he was professor of singing at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, which subsequently awarded him an honorary fellowship.

In 1962, he became professor of music at Trinity College, Dublin, where, hitherto, all musical degrees had been external. He rapidly created a full, internal degree syllabus that commanded academic respect at home and abroad. This was a major turnaround in the fortunes of third-level musical education in Ireland.

As a performer, Boydell loved to direct madrigals; he, and seven like-minded friends, sang and recorded Renaissance music with international renown as the Dowland Consort from 1959-70.
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Boydell was regarded as the composer laureate of Ireland, with many commissions and calls to serve in consultative roles, including several terms on the Irish Arts Council. Always a romantic, he had grown up in the anti-romantic 1930s, when Webern and Bartok were avant-garde, and the Dolmetsches were pioneers of early music. In those days, Bloch, Berg, Prokofiev, Sibelius were modern and great influences

Boydell's music has a definite persona; it is international and, at the same time, distinctively Irish, without striving after Irishness. His major works include three quartets, a Violin Concerto (1953), which (alongside Frederick May's string quartet) was arguably one of the two most important works composed in 20th-century Ireland; the highly-charged and motivated In Memoriam Mahatma Gandhi (1948), still played and appreciated for its political undertones; Symphonic Inscapes (1968), a major or chestral work of considerable distinction; Richard's Riot (1961), for virtuoso percussion and orchestra; and many choral works. One of his own favourite pieces was Masai Mara (1988), written after a family holiday in Kenya, and evoking the sounds and sights of the Africa.

After retirement in 1982, Boydell devoted his scholarly activity to the detailed history of music in Dublin, especially the charity performances at the pleasure grounds of the Rotunda lying-in hospital, publishing A Dublin Musical Calendar: 1700-1760 (1988) and Rotunda Music In 18th-Century Dublin (1992).

He had the ability to excel in whatever he turned his mind to - photography, alpine gardening, tinkering and hill-climbing with old Bugattis, and a pursuit with which he was not usually associated, painting. He exhibited with the important White Stag group, largely composed of conscientious objectors who had moved to Ireland during the second world war, and in the Irish Exhibition of Living Art.

A man fired with great enthusiasms, Boydell said he was interested in everything except horseracing and team games, particularly rejecting the false camaraderie of the latter. His enthusiasms were especially evident in his educational activities, which included voluntary work in schools for the Music Association of Ireland, and a popular series of television broadcasts for the fledgling Telefis Eireann service.
In the early 1990s, he inaugurated extra-mural classes for a non-musical public at the Royal Irish Academy of Music; these were heavily over-subscribed, such was the appeal of this apparently patrician but, in reality, utterly prepossessing man.
Died November 8 2000

in 1918 - D Arendo, [Arend Honhoff], Dutch pianist/composer (Eleonora) is born.

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in 1919 - Nat "King" Cole, (originally, Nathaniel Adams Coles,), American singer, pianist, and actor; father of Natalie Cole, is born at Montgomery, Ala. Beginning his career as a jazz pianist, Cole went on to become one of the most successful singers of the 1950s. His light, supple baritone was especially effective on ballads such as his biggest hits—"(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons," "Nature Boy," and "Mona Lisa"—but he also handled novelties and rhythm songs effectively.

Although he worked in radio, TV, and film, he achieved his greatest success through personal appearances and on records, charting 41 albums and 104 singles between the 1940s and the 1990s.

Cole was the son of the Rev. Edward James Coles and Perlina Adams Coles. His mother, who played keyboard and led the choir in his father's church, gave him his earliest musical instruction. The family moved to Chicago when he was a small child. At about the age of 11 he played organ in his father's church and sang in the choir; at 12 he began taking piano lessons. While attending high school, he studied music with N. Clark Smith and Walter Dyett.

By his teens he was playing in local bands. He made his recording debut in July 1936 with the Solid Swingers, a band also featuring his brother Eddie on bass. The following year, he joined the orchestra of a touring company of the revue Shuffle Along', while on tour, he married dancer Nadine Robinson. They divorced in January 1948. The tour ended in Los Angeles, where Cole remained, playing in clubs as a solo pianist and various combinations with other musicians, finally working as part of a trio with guitarist Oscar Moore and bass player Wesley Prince that came to be called the King Cole Trio.

The group played jazz instrumentals as well as songs on which they sang together, and gradually Cole was featured as the sole singer. They recorded for various labels between 1939 and 1943, the most prominent being Decca Records, for which they did four sessions in 1940 and 1941. Although they performed primarily in L.A. and N.Y., they also appeared in other major cities. In August 1942 Prince was drafted and replaced by Johnny Miller. In November "That Ain't Right" (music and lyrics by Cole and Irving Mills), which the group had recorded for Decca more than a year earlier, entered the R&B charts, rising to #1 in January 1943.

In August 1943 they were filmed performing "Straighten Up and Fly Right" (music and lyrics by Cole and Irving Mills) for the feature Here Comes Elmer, which was released in October, and they also were in Pistol Packiri Mama, released in December. Capitol Records signed the trio and reissued their October 1942 recording of "All for You" (music and lyrics by Robert Scherman), originally released on the Excelsior label. It topped the R&B charts in November 1943 and became the their first pop chart entry in December. The King Cole Trio had done its first Capitol session in November 1943, and from it came a recording of "Straighten Up and Fly Right" that entered the R&B charts in April 1944, rising to #1 and becoming the biggest R&B hit of the year.

In May it entered the country charts, hitting #1 in June. And in June it reached the pop charts, peaking in the Top Ten in July, but it was bested by a cover by the Andrews Sisters. The trio returned to #1 on the R&B charts in October with "Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good to You" (music by Don Redman, lyrics by Redman and Andy Razaf), which also reached the pop charts. Their success on records allowed them to launch a six-month national tour in September. They also performed in two films released during the year, Stars on Parade and Swing in the Saddle.

The King Cole Trio was back in Los Angeles in March 1945, the month their album, The King Cole Trio, hit #1. In May they appeared in the film See My Lawyer. Their next movie appearance came July 1946 in Breakfast in Hollywood. The same month, King Cole Trio—Vol. 2 reached the album charts, hitting #1 in August. During the summer, they were in N.Y hosting the Kraft Music Hall radio series during Bing Crosby's vacation. The stint was successful enough that the trio launched its own weekly 15-minute network radio series, King Cole Trio Time, in October; it ran until April 1948. This increased exposure, in turn, further stimulated record sales. The group's revival of the 1931 song "You Call It Madness (But I Call It Love)" (music and lyrics by Con Conrad, Gladys Du Bois, Russ Columbo, and Paul Gregory) made the pop Top Ten in September and "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons" (music by William Best, lyrics by Deek Watson) became their first pop #1 in December.

That same month they peaked in the Top Ten with the million-seller "The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)" (music by Mel Torme, lyrics by Robert Wells), which became a perennial hit and is notable as the first instance in which Cole's vocal was backed by a string section as well as the trio. In 1974 the recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The trio embarked on an extensive tour of the Northeast and Midwest in December 1946, continuing to do their radio series in remote broadcasts. They returned to Los Angeles in May 1947, remaining on the West Coast for the summer and then returning to the road. Oscar Moore left the group in October and was replaced by Irving Ashby. The trio hit the Top Ten of the album charts with King Cole Trio—Vol. 3 in January 1948, and in April "King Cole," as he was billed, reached the charts with "Nature Boy" (music and lyrics by Eden Ahbez), on which he abandoned the piano and sang backed by an orchestra. The song hit #1 in May and sold a million copies.

On March 28 Cole married singer Maria (Marie) Hawkins Ellington. They had three children and adopted two. Their first child, Natalie Maria Cole (b. Los Angeles, Feb. 6,1950), became a successful singer. The trio continued to tour extensively during 1948; Johnny Miller left the group in August and was replaced by Joe Comfort. Cole toured the Northeast with Woody Herman and His Thundering Herd in the late winter of 1949, adding a bongo player, Jack Costanzo, to his group, which came to be billed as Nat "King" Cole and His Trio.

In April he appeared in the film Make-Believe Ballroom. The album King Cole Trio—Vol. 4 reached the Top Ten in July. He toured the South in June and July, then hooked up with Herman again for a West Coast tour into August and back on the East Coast in the fall. As of 1950 his record releases were credited to Nat "King" Cole and often featured orchestras and choruses in addition to or in place of the trio. In June he scored his first major single hit in more than two years, "Mona Lisa" (music and lyrics by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans), which topped the charts in July and sold a million copies.

In the fall he toured Europe for the first time. "Orange Colored Sky" (music and lyrics by Milton De Lugg and William Stein), on which Cole and trio were accompanied by Stan Kenton and His Orch., hit the Top Ten in November, and "Frosty the Snowman" (music and lyrics by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins) hit in December. Cole again topped the charts in June 1951 with the million-seller "Too Young" (music by Sid Lippman, lyrics by Sylvia Dee). That summer, Irving Ashby and Johnny Miller quit the group, and although Cole replaced them, he was billed as a solo artist thereafter; by 1955 he had disbanded the trio and toured with an orchestra.

In November 1951 he reached the charts with "Unforgettable" (music and lyrics by Irving Gordon), one of his more impressive recordings. An Unforgettable album, released in November 1952, eventually sold a million copies. He hit the Top Ten with two songs in 1952: "Walkin' My Baby Back Home" (music and lyrics by Roy Turk and Fred Ahlert) in July and "Somewhere Along the Way" (music by Kurt Adams, lyrics by Sammy Gallop) in August. In October his album Penthouse Serenade made the Top Ten, and he had another Top Ten single with "Pretend" (music and lyrics by Lew Douglas, Cliff Parman, and Frank Levere) in March 1953.

In April he played himself in the mystery film The Blue Gardenia, singing the title song. The following month he was in the musical Small Town Girl. In January 1954 Cole released the album Nat King Cole Sings for Two in Love, which, like Frank Sinatra's concept albums of the time, was a collection of themati- cally chosen romantic ballads performed with an orchestra, which was conducted by Nelson Riddle. It was a Top Ten hit. Cole also reached the Top Ten in April with the single "Answer Me, My Love" (music by Gerhard Winkler and Fred Rauch, English lyrics by Carl Sigman), with the album 10th Anniversary in July, and with the single "Smile" (music by Charlie Chaplin, lyrics by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons) in October. Continuing to tour extensively, he had a three-week engagement at the Sands in Las Vegas in January, the start of a three-year contract with the hotel, and he toured Europe for a second time in March. Cole had another three songs in the Top Ten in 1955: "Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup" (music and lyrics by Anna Sosenko) in April and both sides of the single "A Blossom Fell" (music and lyrics by Howard Barnes, Harold Cornelius [real name Fields], and Dominic John [real name Joe Roncoroni])/"If I May" (music and lyrics by Charles Singleton and Rose Marie McCoy) in May. He starred in a 20-minute film biography, The Nat King Cole Story, released during the summer.

In April 1956 he appeared in his next feature film, The Scarlet Hour. Among his nine singles chart entries in 1956, the most successful was "Night Lights" (music by Chester Conn, lyrics by Sammy Gallop), which reached the Top 40 in October Continuing to make live appearances, he toured Australia in February and signed a new threeyear deal with the Sands for $500,000. On Nov. 15,1956, the premiere episode of The Nat "King" Cole Show, a weekly 15-minute music program, was broadcast on network television. The show ran on Monday nights through June 1957 and was expanded to a half-hour on Tuesday nights from July to December 1957.

Cole's TV exposure increased his record sales. The album Love is the Thing, another collection of romantic ballads, arranged by Gordon Jenkins, released in March 1957, hit #1 in May, selling a million copies. "Send for Me" (music and lyrics by Ollie Jones) became his first Top Ten single in two years in July, also topping the R&B charts. Just One of Those Things, released in November, hit the Top Ten in December. He also found time to act and sing in supporting roles in two films: Istanbul in January and China Gate in May.

The following year he had his only starring role in the movies, playing the part of W. C. Handy in the film biography St. Louis Blues, released in April 1958. His single "Looking Back" (music and lyrics by Brook Benton, Belford Hendricks, and Clyde Otis) made the Top Ten in May and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Performance. Cole toured South America in 1959, promoting his Spanish-language album Cole Espanol and acted in the film Night of the Quarter Moon, released in March.

His single "Midnight Flyer" (music and lyrics by Mayme Watts and Robert Mosely) reached the Top 40 in September; it earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rhythm & Blues Performance and won the Grammy Award for Best Performance by a "Top 40" Artist. Cole toured Europe in 1960. His album Wild Is Love, released in September, reached the Top Ten and earned Grammy nominations for Album of the Year and Best Vocal Performance, Male. He re-recorded his better known songs for the multidisc set The Nat King Cole Story, released in 1961, and it earned him a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year.

In 1962 he toured Japan. For his U.S. performances he mounted an elaborate stage show, Sights and Sounds. He had his first Top Ten single in four years with the million-selling "Ramblin' Rose" (music and lyrics by Noel Sherman and Joe Sherman) in September 1962. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Record of the Year, and a Ramblin' Rose LP reached the Top Ten, sold a million copies, and remained in the charts more than three years. Cole's final Top Ten single came in June 1963 with "Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer." He toured Great Britain that summer. His seasonal LP The Christmas Song, released in September, eventually went gold. In the summer and fall of 1964, Cole shot his last film, the comic Western Cat Ballon, acting as a singing narrator; it was released in June 1965. He died of lung cancer in February 1965. In the wake of his death, his current album, L-O-V-E, released in January, hit the Top Ten in March. Capitol Records successfully repackaged his recordings for many years. The Best of Nat King Cole, released in August 1968, eventually went gold. The album 20 Golden Greats, released in the U.K., hit #1 there in April 1978.

In June 1991, Natalie Cole released Unforgettable, with Love, an album on which she performed songs associated with her father. On "Unforgettable," she overdubbed her voice onto her father's original recording. Released as a single, it reached the Top 40, sold a million copies, and won Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Traditional Pop Performance. Collectors Series, another compilation of Cole's hits released simultaneously, went gold. - Died at Santa Monica, Feb. 15, 1965.

in 1920 - John La Montaine, Oak Park Ill, composer (Pulitzer 1959) is born.
in 1924 - Stephen Dodgson, composer is born.
in 1927 - Maurice Ingvar Karkoff, composer is born.
in 1927 - Sulkhan Ivanovich Nasidze, composer is born.
in 1927 - James Scott Skinner, composer, dies at 83.
in 1928 - Edino Krieger, composer is born.

in 1930 - Betty Allen, black American mezzo-soprano, teacher, and administrator, is born at Campbell, Ohio. She attended Wilberforce University (1944-46), the Hartford School of Music (1950-53), and the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood; among her mentors were Sarah Peck More, Zinka Milanov, and Paul Ulanowsky She made her N.Y.C. Opera debut as Queenie in Showboat (1954). She made her N.Y. recital debut in 1958.

After making her U.S. operatic debut in San Francisco in 1966, she sang with other U.S. opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y. (debut as Commere in Four Saints in Three Acts during the company's visit to the Manhattan Forum, Feb. 20, 1973) and the N.Y.C. Opera (1973-75); also toured as a concert singer. She taught at the N.C. School of the Arts in Winston-Salem (1978-87), was executive director (1979-92) and president (1992) of the Harlem School of the Arts, and gave master classes at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (from 1987).

in 1934 - Erhard Grosskopf, composer is born.
in 1935 - Adam Wade, Pitts Pa, singer (Tony Orlando and Dawn) is born.
in 1936 - Ladislaw Kupkovic, composer is born.
in 1938 - Rudolf Nureyev, Russia, ballet dancer/choreographer (Kirov) is born.
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in 1940 - Vito Picone, rocker (Elegants) is born.
in 1941 - Clarence Collins, US singer (Imperials-Tears on my pillow) is born.

in 1941 - Pat Glasser, music producer, is born. He oversaw the demos for an unknown hard rock band, Night Ranger, in 1981. Securing a recording contract with Boardwalk Records, he produced the group’s first three albums and the radio hits with ‘Don’t Tell You Love Me’, ‘(You Can Still) Rock In America’, ‘Sister Christian’, ‘When You Close Your Eyes’ and ‘Sentimental Street’. Glasser also worked with Rail, Refugee and Giuffria. - Died in California June 29, 2005.

in 1941 - Edward Harper, composer is born.
in 1944 - Pat McCauley, N Ireland, rock drummer (Them) is born.
in 1944 - John Sebastian, NYC, singer (Loving Spoonful, Welcome Back Kotter) is born.
in 1946 - Harold Brown, Long Beach Ca, rock drummer (War-Summer, Galaxy) is born.
in 1946 - Michael Peter Finnissey, composer is born.
in 1947 - Ian Gomm, rock guitarist is born.
in 1948 - Pat Lloyd, rocker is born.
in 1948 - Fran Byrne, rocker is born.
in 1951 - Scott Gorham, Irish hard rock guitarist (Thin Lizzy-21 Guns) is born.
in 1953 - Conrado del Campo y Zabaleta, composer, dies at 73.
in 1954 - Rena Jones, rock vocalist is born.
in 1954 - Wally Stocker, London, rock vocalist/guitarist (Babys-Missing You) is born.
in 1955 - Roxy Dora Petrucci, Van Cleave Miss, country singer (Daddy's Come Around) is born.
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in 1957 - Elvis Presley bought the Graceland mansion from Mrs Ruth Brown-Moore for $102,500. (£60,295). The 23 room, 10,000 square foot home, on 13.8 acres of land, would be expanded to 17,552 square feet of living space before the king moved in a few weeks later. The original building had at one time been a place of worship, used by the Graceland Christian Church and was named after the builder's daughter, Grace Toof.

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in 1958 - The Champs started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Tequila', a No.5 hit in the UK.

in 1958 - Carl Perkins dies at age 27. American jazz pianist, born in Indianapolis but worked mainly in Los Angeles. He is best known for his recordings and performances with the Curtis Counce Group, which also featured Harold Land, Jack Sheldon and drummer Frank Butler. He performed and recorded with the Clifford Brown-Max Roach group in 1954. His playing was influenced by his polio-affected left arm, which he held sideways over the keyboard. He composed the jazz standard "Grooveyard", which he recorded with Counce, Chet Baker, Jim Hall, Art Pepper. As a leader Carl's recordings included Savoy in '49, Dootone in '56 and Pacific Jazz in '57 (drug related).

in 1959 - Mike Lindup, British rock keyboardist/singer (Level 42-Hot Water) is born.
in 1959 - Raffaele d' Alessandro, composer, dies on 48th birthday.
in 1962 - Clare Grogan, rocker (Altered Images-Happy Birthday) is born.
in 1962 - Janet Patricia Gardner, Juneau Alaska, rocker (Vixen-Rev It Up) is born.
in 1962 - Roxy Dora Petrucci, Rochester Minn, rock drummer (Vixen-Rev It Up) is born

1962 - The Shadows started an eight week run at No. 1 in the UK with the single 'Wonderful Land' the bands third No.1.

in 1963 - William Henry Squire, composer, dies at 91.
in 1966 - Walter Lang, composer, dies at 69.

in 1966 - The Walker Brothers had their second UK No.1 with the single 'The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore', (originally recorded by Frankie Valli).

in 1967 - Van Conner, rocker (Screaming Trees) is born.

1967 - Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd, Carla Thomas, Sam & Dave and Booker T and The MG's appeared at London's Finsbury Park Astoria on the first night of a 17-date UK tour.

1967 - Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles finished the recoding of ‘She's Leaving Home’ after adding backing vocals to the track. Harpist Sheila Bromberg who was part of the string section on the track became the first woman to play on a Beatles recording.

in 1968 - The Bee Gees made their US television debut when they appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.

in 1973 - Eric Weissberg started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Dueling Banjos.' Taken from the film 'Deliverance.

in 1973 - Dr Hook's single 'On The Cover Of Rolling Stone peaked at No.6 on the US chart. The single was banned in the UK by the BBC due to the reference of the magazine.

in 1976 - Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers appeared at CBGB'S, in New York City.
in 1976 - Stephen Gately, Dublin Ireland, Irish singer (Boyzone) is born.
in 1978 - Ligeti's opera "Le Grand Macabre" premieres in Stockholm.

in 1978 - U2 won £500 ($850) and a chance to audition for CBS Ireland in a talent contest held in Dublin. The Limerick Civic Week Pop '78 Competition was sponsored by The Evening Express and Guinness Harp Lager.

in 1978 - Malvina Reynolds dies at age 77. American folk-blues singer songwriter and political activist, born in San Francisco is maybe best known for her song writing, particularly the song, "Little Boxes". She had earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English from the University of California, Berkeley. She played violin in a dance band in her twenties, then she began her songwriting career in her late 40s when she met Earl Robinson, Pete Seeger, and other folk singers and songwriters.

She returned to school at UC Berkeley, where she studied music theory. She went on to write several popular songs, including "Little Boxes," "What Have They Done to the Rain," recorded by The Searchers and Joan Baez about nuclear fallout, the civil rights anthem "It Isn't Nice", "Turn Around", and "There's a Bottom Below". Malvina was also a noted composer of children's songs, including "Morningtown Ride" and "Magic Penny". In her later years, Malvina contributed songs and material to PBS's Sesame Street, on which she made occasional appearances as a character called "Kate"

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in 1979 - Gloria Gaynor started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I Will Survive.' The song was originally released as the B-side to a song first recorded by The Righteous Brothers called 'Substitute.'

in 1979 - Zenon de Fleur Heirowski dies at age 28. British guitarist with the rock and rhythm & blues band Count Bishops (tragically died of a heart attack following a traffic accident in London.

in 1979 - The Bee Gees went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Spirits Having Flown.'
in 1980 - Rudolf G Escher, Dutch composer (Vrai Visage de la Paix), dies at 68.

in 1982 - Samuel George dies at age 39. American singer, musician and founder member the R&B group formed in 1962 as "The Caps," later renamed The Capitals, with Sam as the lead vocalist and drummer. They were discovered by former Ann Arbor radio DJ, Ollie McLaughlin, after performing at a local dance. The group went on to release their first single in 1963, "Dog and Cat/The Kick".

They recorded "Cool Jerk" in Detroit on March 14, 1966 with the legendary Motown house band The Funk Brothers, it reached No.7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No.2 on the Billboard R&B charts. The Capitols released 2 albums in 1966 "Dance the Cool Jerk" and "We Got a Thing" both featuring mostly covers of popular Motown and soul songs (stabbed to death during a family argument) .

in 1983 - Gigi Gryce /Basheer Qusim/George General Grice Jr dies at age 58. American saxophonist, flautist, clarinetist, composer, arranger and band bandleader born in Pensacola, Florida. Although primarily a jazz musician, Gigi studied classical composition with Alan Hovhaness and Daniel Pinkham at the Boston Conservatory following World War II and obtained a Bachelor of Music degree.

Among the musicians with whom he performed were Thelonious Monk, Tadd Dameron, Lionel Hampton, Donald Byrd, Clifford Brown, Art Farmer, Howard McGhee, Lee Morgan, Max Roach, Oscar Pettiford, Teddy Charles, and Benny Golson. In 1955, Gigi formed the Jazz Lab Quintet, which included trumpeter Donald Byrd. In the mid-1950s he converted to Islam and adopted the name Basheer Qusim. By the early 1960s he stopped using the name Gigi Gryce (died during an epileptic seizure)

Video Notes: Gigi Gryce Nonet with Ernestine Anderson 1955…1) (You'll Always Be) The One I Love (Gigi Gryce)
2) Social Call (Jon Hendricks / Gigi Gryce) Personnel: Art Farmer (trumpet), Eddie Bert (trombone), Julius Watkins (french horn), Bill Barber (tuba), Gigi Gryce (alto sax, arrange), Cecil Payne (baritone sax), Horace Silver (piano), Oscar Pettiford (bass), Art Blakey (drums), Ernestine Anderson (vocal) .

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in 1984 - Howard Jones scored his first UK No.1 album with his debut release 'Human's Lib'.

in 1988 - during his 137-date Faith World Tour, George Michael played the first of four sold-out nights at Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia.

in 1988 - Nikolas Asimos dies at age 38. Greek composer and singer, he was a very special case of a counter-culture artist, mostly because of his choice of lifestyle. In 1967 he enrolled in the Philosophical School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He was often involved with theater during his college years, while he was writing songs and he was singing in various boîtes of Thessaloniki. In 1973 he moves to Athens from Thessaloniki; he continued to be involved in theatre, write songs and he graduated from a private theatre school.

in 1990 - Ric Grech /Richard Roman Grechko dies at age 43. British bass player, born in Bordeaux, France. He originally gained notice in the UK as the bass guitar player for the progressive rock group Family. He joined the band when it was a largely blues-based live act in Leicester known as the Farinas; he became their bassist in 1965, replacing Tim Kirchin. Family released their first single, "Scene Through The Eye of a Lens," in September 1967.

In 1969 he joined up with Eric Clapton toform the super group Blind Faith and recorded their only album with them. He went on to become a very successful session musician playing with the likes of Rod Stewart, Ronnie Lane, Muddy Waters, Rosetta Hightower, the Crickets and Gram Parsons. In January 1973, he performed in Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert, and he reunited with Roger Chapman and Charlie Whitney when the duo recorded an album in 1974 after Family's breakup.

In 1974 he joined KGB, along with Michael Bloomfield, Carmine Appice, Barry Goldberg, and Ray Kennedy, the group released its homonymous debut that year. Rick retired from music in 1977 and moved back to Leicester. (brain haemorrhage) At the time of his death he was reported to be destitute.

Video Notes: KGB First Album (1975) : Mike Bloomfield – guitar : Carmine Appice – drums : Rick Grech – bass : Barry Goldberg - keyboads
Ray Kennedy - sax,vocal
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in 1995 - Sunnyland Smart, jazz/blues singer/pianist (Delta Blues), dies at 87.

in 1996 - Terry LaVerne Stafford dies at age 54. American singer and songwriter, born in Hollis, Oklahoma; grew up in Amarillo, Texas; graduated from Palo Duro High School, Amarillo in 1960, then moved to LA to pursue a career in music. In 1964 he released "Suspicion", which made No.3 in the US and reached and No. 31 in the UK Singles Chart. He followed this with "I’ll Touch a Star" made No.25. It was 1973 when he next charted with "Amarillo by Morning" (died in Amarillo of liver failure)

in 1997 - US singer Jermaine Stewart died of cancer. (1986 UK No.2 single 'We Don't Have To...Take Our Clothes Off'). Also worked with Shalamar, The Temptations and Boy George.

in 1997 - Elvis Presley Enterprises of Memphis, Tennessee, lost its Court of Appeal battle to stop London trader Sid Shaw using the name of 'The King' on his souvenirs. The legal tussle with Mr Shaw, who ran a memorabilia shop called 'Elvisly Yours', had been going on for over 17 years. Speaking after the ruling, Mr Shaw said: "I'm delighted. I've proved that Elvis belongs to all of us - Elvis is part of our history, part of our culture.

in 1997 - Jermaine Stewart dies at age 39. American singer; born in Columbus, Ohio, and moved to Chicago with his parents. He started out as a backup singer and dancer for several artists and groups such as Howard Gallant The Chi-Lites, The Staple Singers and Shalamar and recording backup vocals for such artists as Culture Club, before launching his solo career. He had a string of hits including "The Word Is Out", "We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off", "Frantic Romantic", and "Versatile". Also his singles "Get Lucky", "Don't Talk Dirty to Me" and "Is It Really Love" found European success, especially in Germany (liver cancer attributed to AIDS)
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in 1998 - Bernarr Rainbow dies at age 83. English historian of music education, organist, and choir master born in Battersea, London, while still at school, he was appointed the organist and choirmaster at St James's, Merton, later holding similar posts at St. Mary's, East Molesey and St. Andrew's, Wimbledon. He went on to conducted the High Wycombe String Orchestra and was the soloist in his own Piano Concerto. In 1951 the High Wycombe Parish Church Choir was chosen to sing Evensong in the Festival Church on the new South Bank site. He turned the Royal Grammar School at High Wycombe into a singing school. Bemarr realised that the quality of music teaching in schools was paramount. His distinguished record was acknowledged when he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 1994 and an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College in the following year. He was President of the Campaign for the Defence of the Traditional Cathedral Choir and in 1996 he established the Bernarr Rainbow Award for School Music Teachers.

in 1999 - Ernest Gold /Ernst Sigmund Goldner dies at age 77. American composer. Born in Vienna, Austria; he wrote around 100 film and television scores between 1945 and 1992. Among his credits are Too Much, Too Soon, Exodus, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, On the Beach, A Child is Waiting, Fun with Dick and Jane, and Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff. His contributions were honored with four Academy Award nominations and three Golden Globe nominations. He won a Golden Globe in 1960 for Best Motion Picture Score for 1959's On the Beach, and won an Academy Award a year later for Best Music: Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture, for Exodus. His work on On the Beach also won Gold a Grammy Award. The Hollywood Walk of Fame has also recognized Ernst with a star on famed Hollywood Boulevard. (died from complications from a stroke)

in 2002 - Nickelback started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Silver Side Up.'
in 2002 - The Soundtrack album ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ started a two week run at No.1 on the US album chart.
in 2004 - The Kinks singer Ray Davies received his CBE medal from the Queen at Buckingham Palace for services to the music industry.

in 2004 - J.J. Jackson, As one of the original five MTV veejays, he was at the forefront of the music video revolution. A radio veteran, Jackson had perfected his on-air banter at rock outlets WBCN in Boston and KLOS in Los Angeles, and also provided the deejay voice-overs in the 1976 film Car Wash. Jackson gained television experience when he was hired in 1979 by Los Angeles television station KABC for a rock news segment. When MTV débuted in 1981, Jackson was joined by veejays Nina Blackwood, Martha Quinn, Mark Goodman and Alan Hunter. The eldest MTV host, Jackson was also the most knowledgeable when it came to rock history.

With his friendly demeanour and smooth, deep voice, Jackson interviewed the cream of rock royalty from Kiss to Robert Plant. After leaving MTV in 1986, Jackson worked at a series of Los Angeles radio stations – as a deejay at KROQ, the music director at KEDG and, lastly, a deejay on KTWV – and as the host of a pair of Westwood One syndicated radio series, The Beatle Years and Super Star Concert Series. The original MTV veejays were hired in 2005 to host an all-Eighties channel on Sirius satellite radio. (Heart attack) He had undergone open-heart surgery a few years earlier. He died in Los Angeles while driving home from dinner with a friend. Stopping his vehicle at the side of the road, he passed away and could not be revived by paramedics.

in 2004 - Ernst Haefliger dies at age 84. Swiss tenor, born in Davos; he studied at the Zürich Conservatory and studied with Fernando Capri in Geneva and Julius Patzak in Vienna. He had a lengthy and extensive international career and recorded many oratorios and operas. Starting in 1971, he taught at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Germany. Ernst made his Boston debut in 1965 for the Peabody Mason Concert series (sadly died from acute heart failure)
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in 2005 - Justin Hawkins from The Darkness became the centre of the latest hands-on activity at Madame Tussauds in London. His wax double would judge the air guitar skills of visitors who would be invited to play an imaginary guitar with smoke and music pumping out. Hawkins said: ‘I find the process of air guitaring rather silly. What makes a good air guitarist? Alcohol.

in 2006 - The Smiths turned down a $5m (£2.8m) offer to reform for a music festival. The band who split acrimoniously in 1987, rejected the bid to get back together for this year's Coachella US festival. 2008, Gyroscope were at No.1 on the Australian album chart with ‘Breed Obsession’ the Australian bands third studio album.

in 2006 - Bob Blue dies at age 57. American singer and songwriter born in Huntington, NY and a resident of Massachusetts; his most well-known song, The Ballad of Erica Levine was occasionally performed by Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary. Bob was a member of the band "The Nice Jewish Boys" and one of the founders of the Children's Music Network (multiple sclerosis)

in 2006 - Professor X /Lumumba Robert Carson dies at age 49. American rapper and was a founding member of the Hip hop group X-Clan featuring in nearly all songs on the albums To the East, Blackwards in 1990 and Xodus in 1992 prior to a temporary break-up of the group. The group were well known for their Afrocentrism and militant activism. Later he continued his activism with a series of solo projects (spinal meningitis)

in 2007 - Roger Bennett dies at age 48. American Southern gospel pianist, singer, songwriter, and co-founder of the award winning Gospel Quartet Legacy Five. He grew up in Strawberry, Arkansas and in November of 1979 he was invited to join the legendary Cathedral Quartet; he served 20 years with them as pianist until the groups retirement in 1999. After which Roger and fellow Cathedral's member Scott Fowler launched Legacy Five.

In 2000, the group recorded their debute project “Strong in the Strength” which garnered a Favorite Album of the Year nomination. The group’s first single release from that album titled “I Stand Redeemed” was also nominated for Song of the Year and reached number two on the radio charts. In 2004, the readers of Singing News voted Legacy Five as their Favorite Traditional Male Quartet. Although an excellent singer, Roger is best remembered as pianist, and often a comedian, for both the Cathedrals and Legacy Five and he was honored with the Singing News Fan Award for Favorite Southern Gospel Pianist 14 years in row from 1993-2006. He was also voted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2007 (cancer and leukemia)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVOXoUI425M"]YouTube - Roger Bennett - Home Free" target="_blank">YouTube - Roger Bennett - Home Free[/ame]

in 2008 - Ola Brunkert, the former drummer with the Swedish group Abba, was found dead with his throat cut at his home in Majorca, Spain. Brunkert died after he hit his head against a glass door in the dining room at his home. He was found dead in his garden after trying to seek help. The 62 year old musician had played on every Abba album and had toured with the group.

in 2010 - Alex Chilton dies at age 59. American singer, songwriter and guitarist, born in Memphis, Tennessee, best known for his work with the pop-music bands the Box Tops and Big Star. In 1966, while at Memphis' Central High School, Alex was invited to join a local band The Devilles as their lead singer, after learning of the popularity of his vocal performance at a talent show; this band was later renamed Box Tops.

He was 16 years old when he and the Boxtops had their No.1 international hit "The Letter". In 1971 Alex along with Chris Bell, Jody Stephens and Andy Hummel formed the rock band Big Star. They released two albums "No.1 Record" and "Radio City" before breaking up in 1974.

He continued as a solo artist and in 1979 he co-founded, played guitar with, and produced some albums for Tav Falco's Panther Burns, which began as an offbeat rock-and-roll group deconstructing blues, country, and rockabilly music. From the late-1980s through the 1990s with bassist Ron Easley and eventually drummer Richard Dworkin, gaining a reputation for his eclectic taste in cover versions, guitar work, and laconic stage presence. After which he performed live yearly, with sporadic solo, Box Tops and Big Star shows in theatres and at festivals around the world (suspected heart attack)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=105yeWrjoEc"]YouTube - Alex Chilton on 120 Minutes (1985)" target="_blank">YouTube - Alex Chilton on 120 Minutes (1985)[/ame]

in 2010 - Charlie Gillett dies at age 68. British radio presenter, musicologist and writer, mainly on rock and roll and other forms of popular music. Born in Morecambe, Lancashire, England, and was brought up in Stockton-on-Tees where he attended Grangefield Grammar School. He was particularly noted for his influential book 'The Sound of the City', for his promotion of many forms of "world music", and for discovering and promoting such acts as Dire Straits and Ian Dury.

He began in journalism in 1968 with a weekly column in the Record Mirror and wrote for a variety of music magazines including Rolling Stone and New Musical Express and contributed to The Observer. He began a weekly radio programme, Honky Tonk, on Radio London in 1972, he brought Ian Dury to public attention, and was the first DJ to play demos by Graham Parker, Elvis Costello and Dire Straits ("Sultans of Swing"). In the latter case, significant numbers of London's A&R men had contacted Charlie's studio by the time he had finished playing the song - sending Dire Straits on their journey to global stardom.

Over his long career, he worked also on Capital Radio, and many BBC stations. In 2006, Charlie was awarded The John Peel Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music Radio by the Radio Academy. In July 2006, after eleven years of broadcasting his regular Saturday Night show of world music, Gillett had to end his weekend slot due to ill health, but until his death, he continued to present his half hour show, Charlie Gillet's World of Music. Every year from 2000 to 2008, he compiled a world music double album, World 2000, World 2001, World 2003 etc, (died of series of health problems, including being diagnosed with Churg-Strauss syndrome in 2006)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCGdj6BAU4Q"]YouTube - The Oval Records Story With Charlie Gillett" target="_blank">YouTube - The Oval Records Story With Charlie Gillett[/ame]

in 2010 - Johnnie High dies at age 80. American country music impresario, singer, musician, and businessman. In 1974 converted an old movie theatre in Grapevine, a Dallas-Fort Worth suburb, into the Grapevine Opry and created The Johnnie High's Country Music Revue, a weekly country music variety show. The revue has been a tremendous success for 34 years and introduces at least 20 or 25 new performers each month. Over the years, Johnnie High's Country Music Revue has opened the door for many successful singers including LeAnn Rimes, Steve Holy, Lee Ann Womack, Gary Morris, Linda Davis, Box Car Willie, John Anderson, Shoji Tabuchi and many others. Since 1995, Johnnie's revue has been held at a former Arlington movie theatre (heart disease).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E85itxztmJ4"]YouTube - Don't Worry- Johnnie High's Country Music Revue" target="_blank">YouTube - Don't Worry- Johnnie High's Country Music Revue[/ame]

in 2011 - Ferlin Husky aka Terry Preston/Simon Crum dies at age 85. American country music singer, born in Flat River, Missouri. In 1955, he had a hit with "I Feel Better All Over (More Than Anywheres Else)"/"Little Tom", and also developed "Simon Crum" as a comic alter ego. As Crum, he signed a separate contract with Capitol Records and began releasing records, the biggest of which was 1959's "Country Music Is Here To Stay". In the late 1950s, Ferlin had a string of hits, including the No.1 "Gone". It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. He then began an acting career, appearing on the Kraft Television Theatre program, and in the film Mr. Rock & Roll. "Wings of a Dove" became his biggest hit in 1960, topping the country charts for 10 weeks. He had more than two dozen hits between 1961 and 1972, and remained a popular concert draw, performing at the Grand Ole Opry and elsewhere (heart failure). - Born December 3, 1925.

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in 1644 - Gottfried Wegner, composer is born.
in 1657 - Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni, Italian composer is born.
in 1734 - Joseph Schmitt, composer is born.
in 1756 - Johann Christoph Vogel, composer is born.
in 1781 - Gustave Vogt, composer is born.
in 1799 - John Randall, composer, dies at 82.
in 1810 - "Converse," 1st US opera, premieres in NY.
in 1816 - Johann Paul Schulthesius, composer, dies at 67.
in 1817 - Johann Jakob Walder, composer, dies at 67.
in 1823 - Jean-Baptiste Sebastien Breval, composer, dies at 69.
in 1844 - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Tikhvin Russia, composer (Scheherazade) is born.

in 1854 - Henry (-Marriott) Bannister, English music editor and bibliographer, is born at Oxford. He studied theology, and was ordained priest in 1878. He published the valuable editions Monumenti Vaticani di paleografia musicale latina (Leipzig, 1913; also in It. tr. by R. Baralli), a catalogue of the music MSS in the Vatican Library, including 141 plates; Anglo- French Sequelae (ed. by Dom Anselm Hughes and published by The Plainsong and Medieval Music Society in 1934); co-ed. Vols. 47, 49, 53, and 54 of Analecta Hymnica Medii Aevi (1886-1922); also published some MSS of the Abbey of Coupar-Angus in Scotland, with a brief description (Rome, 1910); ed. a Gallican sacramentary, Missale Gothicum, with introduction and liturgical notes (London, 1917-19). He was for many years librarian of the Bodleian Library at Oxford. - Died at Oxford, Feb. 16, 1919.

in 1866 - Dumitru Kiriac-Georgescu, composer is born.
in 1870 - Joaquin y Garbayo Gaztambide, composer, dies at 48.
in 1872 - Frank Hoyt Losey, composer is born.
in 1875 - Ferdinand Laub, composer, dies at 43.
in 1881 - Paul Le Flem, composer is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5z2k5WXVboE&feature=related"]YouTube - Paul Le Flem : Sept pièces enfantines, orchestrées (1942)" target="_blank">YouTube - Paul Le Flem : Sept pièces enfantines, orchestrées (1942)[/ame]

in 1882 - Gian Francesco Malipiero, eminent Italian composer and teacher, uncle of Riccardo Malipiero, is born at Venice. His grandfather, Francesco Malipiero, was a composer, and his father, Luigi Malipiero, was a pianist and conductor. In 1898 Malipiero enrolled at the Vienna Conservatory, as a violin student; in 1899 he returned to Venice, where he studied at the Liceo Musicale Benedetto Marcello with Marco Bossi, whom he followed to Bologna in 1904, and took a diploma in composition at the Liceo Musicale G.B. Martini that same year; subsequently worked as amanuensis to Smareglia, gaining valuable experience in orchestration. He studied briefly with Bruch in Berlin (1908); later went to Paris (1913), where he absorbed the techniques of musical Impressionism, cultivating parallel chord formations and amplified tonal harmonies with characteristic added sixths, ninths, and elevenths. However, his own style of composition was determined by the polyphonic practices of the Italian Baroque. Malipiero was professor of composition at the Parma Conservatory. (1921-23); afterwards lived mostly in Asolo, near Venice. He was made professor of composition at the Liceo Musicale Benedetto Marcello in Venice (1932), continuing there when it became the Conservatory (1940); was its director (1939-52). He edited a complete edition of the works of Monteverdi (16 vols., Bologna and Vienna, 1926-42) and many works by Vivaldi, as well as works by other Italian composers. He was made a member of the National Institutes of Arts and Letters in N.Y. in 1949, the Royal Flemish Academy in Brussels in 1952, the Institut de France in 1954, and the Akademie der Kiinste in West Berlin in 1967. - Died at Treviso, near Venice, Aug. 1, 1973.

in 1888 – Louis Graveure (real name Wilfred Douthitt), English baritone, is born at London. He studied voice with Clara Novello-Davies. He sang in the operetta The Lilac Domino in N.Y. on Oct. 28, 1914. In 1915 he reappeared in N.Y. as Louis Graveure (after his mother's maiden name) and became a popular concert artist, singing all types of music. On Feb. 5, 1928, he gave a concert in N.Y. as a tenor; from 1931 to 1938 he was in Germany; from 1938 to 1940, in France; from 1940 to 1947, in England. In 1947 he returned to the U.S. and taught in various music schools. - Died at Los Angeles, April 27, 1965.

in 1889 - William Henry Monk, composer, dies at 66.
in 1898 - Otto Jochum, composer is born.

in 1899 - Jean Goldkette, French-born American pop-jazz bandleader, agent, and pianist, is born at Valenciennes, France. After living in Greece and Russia, he and his family moved to the U.S. (1911).He began playing professionally in Chicago, then with Andrew Raymonds's band in Detroit (1921). He soon formed his own band; by the late 1920s his organization controlled over 20 bands, none of which involved him as performer. He is chiefly remembered as an employer of Bix Beiderbecke, Steve Brown, Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, Ed Lang, Danny Polo, Joe Venuti, and others. He also appeared as piano soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (1930). By the early 1930s had relinquished nominal interest in all his bands and activities on behalf of McKinney's Cotton Pickers; he worked as an agent for many years. While he reformed bands in the mid-1940s and 1950s, he was mainly active as a classical pianist. He moved to SantaMonica in 1961, and died a year later at Santa Barbara, Calif., March 24, 1962.

in 1901 - Piotr Perkowski, composer is born.
in 1905 - John Kirkpatrick, NYC, pianist (Concord Sonata) is born.
in 1910 - 1st opera by an US composer (Converse) performed at the Met, NYC.

in 1914 - Cesar Guerra-Peixe, Brazilian composer, violinist, and conductor, is born at Petropolis. Following training in violin and theory locally (1925-30), he went to Rio de Janeiro and studied violin and theory (1932-37) and then composition with Newton Padua at the Conservatory. Brasileiro (1934-43) and privately with Koellreuther (1944). He played violin in theater orchestras and in the National Symphony Orchestra. In 1946-47 he appeared as a conductor of his own works with the BBCin England. He taught composition privately, conducted many Brazilian orchestras, and was director and music arranger for Tupi-TV in Rio de Janeiro. As a composer, he plunged headlong into the torrent of dodecaphony, but about 1949 he changed his orientation and reclaimed his Brazilian roots, nurtured by melorhythmic folksong resources. - Died at Rio de Janeiro, Nov. 23, 1993.

in 1916 - Louis Toebosch, composer is born.

in 1916 - Winton (Basil) Dean, English musicologist, is born at Birkenhead. He pursued studies in the liberal arts at King's College, Cambridge (B.A., 1938; M.A., 1941) and took private music lessons from Philip Radcliffe. In 1965 he became a member of the council and in 1970 vice president of the Royal Musical Assn. In 1965-66 he was the Ernest Bloch Professor of Music and in 1977 the Regent's Lecturer at the University of Calif. at Berkeley. He was the Matthew Vassar Lecturer at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in 1979. In 1979 he became a member of the management committee of the Halle Handel Society, of which he was vice president from 1991 until being made an honorary member in 1999. In 1975 he was made a Fellow of the British Academy and in 1989 a corresponding member of the American Musicological Society. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in music from the University of Cambridge in 1996. In addition to his valuable books, he has contributed articles to various scholarly journals and music periodicals.

in 1918 – Sam(uel) (Koontz) Donahue, tenor saxophonist, leader, trumpeter, arranger, is born at Detroit, Mich. He began on clarinet at age nine and later played in the Redford High School Band. After playing local jobs in Mich., he led his own band. He was with Gene Krupa (1938-40), briefly with Harry James and Benny Goodman (October 1940), and then led his own band prior to joining the U.S. Navy in 1942. He led a navy big band that played in Europe during World War II and recorded. He led his own band from 1946, which had a dozen hits in the late 1940s; during this time he also taught until re-entering the U.S. Navy for several months in 1952. He played with Tommy Dorsey, then fronted Billy May's orchestra for the Ray Anthony organization on tour in 1956. He led his own band in the late 1950s, worked with Stan Kenton from 1960-61, and then fronted Tommy Dorsey's "Memorial" Band from 1961 to 1965, when they stopped using Dorsey's name. A year later the group was cut down to an octet (and eventually became the Frank Sinatra Jr. show band). In the late 1960s he led his own band and became musical director for N.Y.’s Playboy Club; then in 1969 led his own band in Reno, Nev., until he was stricken with cancer. - Died at Reno, Nev., March 22,1974.

in 1918 - Willem Coenen, composer, dies at 80.
in 1924 - John Frederick Bridge, composer, dies at 79.
in 1927 - John Harold Kander, composer (Cabaret, Funny Lady, Kramer vs Kramer) is born.
in 1929 - Ctirad Kohoutek, composer is born.
in 1929 - Kai Winding, rocker is born.
in 1934 - Pavle Despalj, composer is born.
in 1936 - Robert Lee Smith, US singer (Tams, You Lied to Your Daddy) is born.
in 1938 - Charley Pride, Sledge Miss, country singer (Sweet Country) is born.
in 1938 - Cyril Rootham, composer, dies at 62.
in 1939 - Travis Pritchett, rocker (Travis and Bob) is born.
in 1939 - Frank Sinatra made his first recording, a song called ‘Our Love’, with the Frank Mane band.

in 1941 - Wilson Pickett, giant of soul, who dominated the pop and R&B charts in the Sixties, is born.
Born into a family of 10 children, Pickett was reared on a sharecropping farm in Prattville, Alabama. With his parents divorcing when he was 16 Pickett moved to Detroit to live with his father. Dropping out of high school, Pickett formed a gospel group called The Violinaires. Overheard singing on his front porch by Willie Schofield of The Falcons (of ‘So Fine’ fame), Pickett was brought into the group.

With his gospel strains adding to the group’s doo-wop sound, Pickett was criticised by his mother for embracing “the devil’s music”. Receiving financial backing from Atlantic Records co-owner Jerry Wexler, The Falcons recorded at Detroit’s LuPine Records, gaining a Top 10 R&B hit with ‘I Found A Love’ (1962) featuring Pickett’s frenetic, raspy lead vocals. But, unhappy with his paltry salary, Pickett quit the group.

After failing an audition at Atlantic Records, Pickett recorded a self-penned track ‘If You Need Me’ for Double-L Records (co-owned by Lloyd Price), which competed on the charts with a version by Solomon Burke on Atlantic. Ironically, the two singers soon toured together and the label relented and signed Pickett as a solo act. Teamed with pop producer Bert Berns, Pickett’s early Atlantic releases flopped but, undeterred, Jerry Wexler sent Pickett to Memphis to work with the Stax studio band.

Aided by Stax session guitarist Steve Cropper, Pickett co-wrote ‘In The Midnight Hour’, a song which employed a strong, danceable 2/4 beat and set the pattern for “Wicked” Wilson Pickett’s future hits. A soaring star, the energetic Pickett crisscrossed the country and toured the UK, continuing his hit run with ‘Don’t Fight It’ (1965) featuring the backing vocals of Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles, and ‘634-5789’ (1966).

However, with Stax demanding a greater share of the profits, Pickett relocated to Rick Hall’s Muscle Shoals Fame Studio and recorded several cover songs: Chris Kenner’s ‘Land Of A 1000 Dances’ (1966), Sir Mack Rice’s ‘Mustang Sally’ (1966), a new version of his earlier Falcons hit ‘I Found A Love’ (1967), Solomon Burke’s ‘Everybody Needs Somebody To Love’ (1967) and Dyke & The Blazers’ ‘Funky Broadway’ (1968).

Then in 1968, a then-unknown Muscle Shoals studio guitarist named Duane Allman convinced Pickett to record The Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude’, which became an unlikely soul ballad hit in early ’69. Teaming with an upstart production company led by the Philadelphia-based Gamble & Huff, Pickett’s appearances in the R&B charts continued with ‘Engine Number Nine’ (1970) and ‘Don’t Let The Green Grass Fool You’ (1971). Backed by Muscle Shoals players, Pickett landed a million-selling hit with the impromptu composition ‘Don’t Knock My Love – Pt. 1’ (1972).

Quitting Atlantic over ever present monetary issues, Pickett signed with RCA records in 1973 and, moving in a more pop direction, he managed only a few more R&B hits such as ‘Take A Closer Look At The Woman You’re With’ (1973) and ‘Soft Soul Boogie Woogie’ (1973). With his career nosediving, Pickett briefly recorded on his own label, Wicked Records, and then jumped from label to label. Having staunchly avoided the disco craze, Pickett relented and released a pair of poorly received dance albums in the late Seventies.

Often in trouble with the law, Pickett was sentenced to a year in prison in 1993. After recording an album for Motown in 1987, Pickett experienced new-found notoriety with the inclusion of his music in a 1991 film about a white Irish soul band The Commitments but, continuing to experience problems with the law, Pickett was unable to reinvigorate his career and was sentenced to a year in prison in 1996 for using cocaine while on probation. Pickett released his final album in 1999, It’s Harder Now. He suffered a heart attack and died at a hospital near his home in Reston, Virginia. - Died January 19, 2006.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9yIoVuUM-M"]YouTube - Wilson Pickett- Everybody needs someone to Love" target="_blank">YouTube - Wilson Pickett- Everybody needs someone to Love[/ame]

in 1943 - Nobuko Imai, Japanese violist, is born at Tokyo. She was a student of Toshiya Eto and Hideo Saito at the Toho School of Music in Tokyo (B.A., 1965), of David Schwartz and Broadus Erle at Yale University Graduate School (1965-66), and of Walter Trampler at the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y. (1966-68). She took first prize at both the Munich (1967) and Geneva (1968) international viola competitions. In 1967 she made her U.S. debut in N.Y., and in 1969 she made her British debut. From 1974 to 1979 she was a member of the Vermeer Quartet. She also appeared as a soloist with leading European and American orchestras, and performed at various festivals. She was a member of the Casals Hall Quartet in Tokyo from 1990. Imai was a professor at the Detrnold Hochschule fUr Musik from 1985. Her repertoire encompasses scores from Haydn to Schnittke. She was a soloist in the premieres of Tippett's Triple Concerto (1980) and Takemitsu's Viola Concerto (1989).

in 1945 – Willis Draffen, Guitarist for the perennial pop/soul act Bloodstone, is born. Willis Draffen co-founded the group in 1962 as The Sinceres. Originally an a cappella, doo-wop styled outfit, the group left its Kansas City base for Los Angeles in the late Sixties. Bloodstone earned accolades for their soulful performances on an English tour with singer Al Green in 1972, and had a Top 10 crossover hit in 1973 with ‘Natural High’ for Decca Records. The group followed up with a string of R&B hits, including ‘Never Let You Go’, ‘Outside Woman’, ‘My Little Lady’ and ‘We Go Back A Long Way’. Bloodstone also appeared in the 1975 film, Train Ride To Hollywood. He died just as he was preparing for a US tour. (Complications from diabetes) - Died February 8, 2002.

in 1946 – Keith Hudson, A Jamaican-born reggae star, is born. Hudson pioneered the dub style of singing over instrumental tracks, his finest work coming at Atra Records on the album, Pick A Dub (1974). As a producer, he worked with U Roy, Ken Booth and Big Youth. He signed with Arista Records in 1976. Diagnosed with lung cancer in 1984, he collapsed and died later in the year on November 14, 1984.

in 1947 - B.J. Wilson (Barrie James Wilson), English rock drummer is born. The highly rated drummer of the symphonic rock band Procol Harum, B.J. Wilson employed a powerful, bombastic, thick drum sound. A native of Southend, England, Wilson had replaced drummer Mick Brownlee in 1962 in the British R&B group The Paramounts. Signing with Parlophone Records, The Paramounts scored their sole chart hit with a cover of The Coasters’ ‘Poison Ivy’ (1964).

After The Paramounts disbanded in 1966, Wilson worked as a session player for Cat Stevens and Lulu. Meanwhile, former Paramounts lead singer Gary Brooker teamed with songwriter Keith Reid to form Procol Harum. Following the release in 1967 of their début smash ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’, B.J. Wilson answered an advertisement in a British music magazine and was hired as the replacement for drummer Bobby Harrison.

Another ex-Paramount, Robin Trower, also joined at this time. A revolutionary art/progressive group, Procol Harum followed up with ‘Homburg’ (1967) and strong albums such as Shine On Brightly (1968), A Salty Dog (1969), Home (1970) and Trower’s last with the group, Broken Barricades (1971). In 1968 Wilson was invited by Jimmy Page to become the drummer of Led Zeppelin, but he declined and Page recruited John Bonham instead. True to their classical sound, Procol Harum was backed by The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for their 1972 album, Live In Concert, and they landed a Top 10 hit with a new, orchestral version of their 1967 track ‘Conquistador’ (1972).

Although the group’s later albums Grand Hotel (1973), Exotic Birds And Fruit (1974), and Procol’s Ninth (1975) were strong sellers, Procol Harum managed only one more hit with the Top 20 British entry, ‘Pandora’s Box’. After a two-year hiatus, Procol Harum was reformed by Wilson and Brooker for a final album, the Leiber & Stoller-produced Something Magic (1977).

Later employed as a session player, Wilson worked with John Hiatt, Frankie Miller, Lou Reed, and for an extended period, Joe Cocker. In very poor health, Wilson was unable to join the reunion of Procol Harum in the Eighties and was replaced by Mark Brzezicki of Big Country. He was stricken with pneumonia while in a drug-induced coma. A prodigious drinker throughout his adult life, Wilson consumed a massive quantity of drugs in 1987, and remained in a near-vegetative state for the next three years. - Died October 8, 1990.

in 1949 - Janis Mattox, American composer, is born at St. Paul, Minn. She studied at the University of Minnesota (B.A., 1972) and Northwestern University in Evanston, 111. (M.A., 1974). In 1978 she began composing and producing works involving computer music technologies and live performers at Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA); among the virtuoso performers she has collaborated with are jazz bassist Mel Graves (Voice of the Ancestors, 1983), actor Bob Ernst (Spirits Rising, 1984), flutist (Moroccan ney) Richard Horowitz (Night Flyer, 1985), and drummer George Marsh (Adowa, 1987); works for dance include Song from the Center of the Earth for belly dancer Rachel Dutton (1982) and Beehive Suite (1985) for Jim Self and Beehive.

Mattox taught and gave lecture demonstrations on computer music at CCRMA; also lectured in Los Angeles and Venice. She is project consultant for Good Sound Foundation and a performing member (piano) of the Good Sound Band. Her other works include Dragon's View for Computer-generated Quadraphonic Tape (1980); Shaman, music theater piece for Percussionist, Belly Dancer, Bassist, Actor/Vocalist, Live Digital Processing, and Computer-generated Tape (1984); Adowa for Percussionist and Dancer (1987); Book of Shadows, Part I, for Film, 2 Pianos in just intonation, Soprano, Violin, Garden Hose, Ney, Didjeridu, Contrabass, Saxophone, Accordion in just intonation, and Live Digital Processing (1989); and Pulse for 2 Drummers (1990). She is married to Loren Rush.

in 1950 - James (Joseph) Conlon, American conductor, is born at N.Y. He studied at the High School of Music and Art in N.Y., and then was a pupil of Morel in conducting at the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y. (B.M., 1972). After making his formal conducting debut with Boris Godunov at the Spoleto Festival in 1971, he conducted at the Juilliard School (1972-75). On April 12, 1974, he became the youngest conductor ever to lead a subscription concert of the N.Y. Philharmonic. On Dec. 11, 1976, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y.conducting DieZauberflote, and remained on its roster until 1980; was again on its roster from 1981 to 1983. He served as music director of the Cincinnati May Festival (from 1979) and chief conductor of the Rotterdam Phil. (1983-91). In 1989 he became chief conductor of the Cologne Opera; in 1991 he also was made Generalmusikdirektor of the city of Cologne and chief conductor of the Giirzenich Orchestra there. He likewise was music advisor (1995-96) and principal conductor (from 1996) of the Opera de la Bastille in Paris.

in 1950 - John Hartman, Falls Church Va, rock drummer (Doobie Brothers) is born.
in 1953 - Jamie West-Oram, rocker (Fixx) is born.

in 1954 - Andy Narell, American steel drummer, is born at N.Y. He was introduced to the steel drums (pans) when his social-worker father started steel orchestras as a way of reducing tensions among street gangs in N.Y.C. Since then he has used his formidable technique on this unique instrument to bring it into the jazz fold without neglecting its Caribbean roots. A graduate of University of Calif, at Berkeley, he formed his own label (Hip Pocket) to bring his recordings into the marketplace. He later contracted with Windham Hill, a label known more for new age music than jazz. This broadened his audience base while unfairly trivializing his abilities as an outstanding jazz player among unforgiving jazz "cognoscenti." His links with Windham Hill and Heads Up enabled him to hone his skills as a producer. On the pop side, he has produced albums for the Bobs and Jimmy Haslip. Narell is also an in-demand session musician, appearing on numerous dates, including releases from Patti LaBelle, Les McCann, and Paquito D'Rivera.

in 1957 - Melvin Gentry, vocalits/guitarist (Midnight Star-No Parking) is born.
in 1959 - EMI Records in the UK announced that it had now stopped all production of 78 rpm discs.
in 1965 - Jeff Labarr, rocker (Cinderella-Heartbreak Station) is born.

in 1965 - The Rolling Stones were each fined £5 ($8.50) for urinating in a public place. The incident took place at a petrol station after a gig in Romford, Essex, England.

in 1965 - John Lennon gave his friend and ex-Quarry Man Pete Shotton £20,000 to open Hayling Supermarkets. Lennon, George Harrison and Shotton became joint directors of Hayling Supermarkets Ltd.

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in 1966 - Jerry Cantrell, US rock guitarist (Alice in Chains-Dirt) is born.
in 1967 - Beatles' "Penny Lane" single goes #1.

in 1967 - The UK music magazine New Musical Express announced that former Spence Davis Group member Steve Winwood was planning to form a new group with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason. The ensemble would choose the name Traffic. 1967 - Pink Floyd signed to EMI Records in the UK.

in 1967 - The Beatles scored their 13th US No.1 single with 'Penny Lane.'
in 1967 - Jimmy Blaine, singer (Stop the Music), dies at 42
in 1968 - Manuel Gomez Carillo, composer, dies at 85.

in 1972 - Neil Young started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Heart Of Gold'. His only Top 20 hit as a solo artist reached No.10 on the UK chart.

in 1972 - Paul Simon scored his first solo No.1 album when his self-titled debut went to the top on the UK charts. Featuring the singles 'Mother And Child Reunion' and 'Me And Julio Down By The School Yard.'
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OafqYNCzq5U"]YouTube - Paul Simon: Diamonds on the soles of her shoes /zimbabwe" target="_blank">YouTube - Paul Simon: Diamonds on the soles of her shoes /zimbabwe[/ame]

in 1972 - T Rex played the first of two sold out nights at Wembley's Empire Pool; Ringo Starr filmed the shows for the 'Born To Boogie' Apple documentary.

in 1973 - Paul McCartney and Wings played a benefit gig for the drug charity, Release at The Hard Rock Cafe in England.

in 1974 - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the first of eight shows over four nights at Gertie’s in Dallas, Texas.

in 1976 - The Film 'The Man Who Fell To Earth' featuring David Bowie premiered in London. in 1977 - The Clash released their debut single 'White Riot.' It peaked at No.38 on the UK charts.

in 1976 - James McCartney, father of Paul McCartney, dies at 73
in 1976 - Robert de Roos, composer, dies at 69

in 1976 - Luther "Snake Boy" Johnson /Lucius Johnson dies at age 41. American blues guitarist born in Davisboro, GA; he also worked and recorded under the names Georgia Boy, Little Luther and Luther King. Upon his military discharge, he picked guitar as a member of the Milwaukee Supreme Angels gospel group, working the local church circuit. But the blues bug hit and he soon had his own blues trio together, eventually settling in Chicago by the early '60s. He played for a while with Elmore James and was a regular fixture in the Muddy Waters band by the mid-'60s. He recorded as Little Luther for Chess in the mid-'60s including "The Twirl" and by 1970 was relocated to Boston, MA, working as a solo artist. The next five years found him working steadily on the college and blues festival circuit (cancer)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwFOz72I_WI"]YouTube - Luther 'Snake boy' Johnson - Somebody loan me a dime" target="_blank">YouTube - Luther 'Snake boy' Johnson - Somebody loan me a dime[/ame]

in 1978 - The Bee Gees had the Top 3 on the US singles charts, 'Night Fever' at No.1, '(Love is) Thicker Than Water', by brother Andy at No.2, co-written by Barry Gibb and 'Emotion' by Samantha Song written and produced by The Bee Gees at No.3.

in 1978 - Blondie were at No.2 in the UK with their version of Randy & The Rainbows 1963 US hit, 'Denis.'

in 1978 - Aerosmith, Santana, Heart, Dave Mason, Ted Nugent and Mahogany Rush all appeared at the California Jam II festival, Ontario, California.

in 1981 - Tom Waits appeared at the Victoria Apollo, London, England.

in 1982 - Driving home from a basketball game in Philadelphia, soul singer Teddy Pendergrass crashed his Rolls Royce severely injuring his spinal cord.

in 1984 - Paul Francis Webster dies at age 76. American Academy Award-winning lyricist; before going freelance, Twentieth Century Fox signed him to a contract to write lyrics for Shirley Temple's films in in 1935. His first hit was a collaboration in 1941 with Duke Ellington on the song "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)". After 1950, he worked mostly for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He won two Academy Awards in collaboration with Sammy Fain, "Secret Love" in 1953 and "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing" in 1955, and with Johnny Mandel "The Shadow of Your Smile" in 1965. Altogether, sixteen of his songs received Academy Award nominations including "Remember Me to Carolina" (1944), "Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love)"-1956, "A Certain Smile"-1958, "A Very Precious Love"-1958, "The Green Leaves of Summer"-1960, "Love Theme From El Cid (The Falcon and the Dove)"-1961, "Tender Is the Night"-1962, "Love Song From Mutiny on the Bounty (Follow Me)"-1962, "So Little Time"-1963, "A Time for Love"-1966, "Strange Are The Ways of Love"-1972, "A World that Never Was"-1976. Among lyricists, he is second only to Johnny Mercer, who was nominated eighteen times, in number of nominations. In addition, a large number of his songs became major hits on the popular music charts and is the most successful songwriter of the 1950s on the U.K. charts. In 1967 he was asked to write the famed lyrics for the Spider-Man theme song of the television cartoon and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKvUXM7eBDI"]YouTube - David Buttolph & Paul Francis Webster - Theme From Maverick" target="_blank">YouTube - David Buttolph & Paul Francis Webster - Theme From Maverick[/ame]

in 1984 - Joseph Spence dies at age 73. Bahamian fisherman-turned-guitarist, singer born in Andros; several modern folk, blues and jazz musicians, including Taj Mahal, Ry Cooder, Woody Mann and John Renbourn were influenced by and have recorded variations of his arrangements of gospel and Bahamian pop tunes. The earliest recordings of Joseph were made on his porch by folk musicologist Samuel Charters.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hugq2HWRt8o&feature=related"]YouTube - Joseph Spence - "Jump in the Line"" target="_blank">YouTube - Joseph Spence - "Jump in the Line"[/ame]

in 1985 - Jack Miller, orch leader (Kate Smith Evening Hour), dies at 89.

in 1988 - Billy Butterfield dies at age 71. American jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist and cornetist; Early in his career he played in the band of Austin Wylie. He gained attention working with Bob Crosby from 1937-1940, and he later worked with Artie Shaw, Les Brown, and Benny Goodman. During his stay with Artie Shaw's orchestra, he performed what has been described as a "legendary trumpet solo" on the hit song "Stardust" and he recorded the jazz standard "Moonlight In Vermont", which featured a vocal by Margaret Whiting and a trumpet solo by Billy. He recorded two albums with Ray Conniff in the 1950s, "Conniff meets Butterfield" and "Just Kiddin' Around". Later in the 1960s he recorded two albums with his own orchestra for Columbia Records. Billy was a member of the World's Greatest Jazz Band led by Yank Lawson and Bob Haggart from the late 1960's until his death. Billy also freelanced as a guest star with many bands all over the world, and performed at many Jazz festivals, including the Manassas Jazz Festival and Dick Gibson's Bash in Colorado.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eThKmgoH_sw"]YouTube - Billy Butterfield - Just Friends" target="_blank">YouTube - Billy Butterfield - Just Friends[/ame]

in 1989 - A radio station in California arranged to have all it's Cat Stevens Records destroyed by having a steamroller run over them in protest of the singer's support of Ayatollah Khomeni.

in 1989 - Stock, Aitken and Waterman had three singles in the UK Top 5: Jason Donovan's 'Too Many Broken Hearts', Bananarama's 'Help', and Donna Summer's 'This Time I Know It's For Real.'

in 1991 - after attending an in-store promo appearance U2 were fined £500 ($850) after being found guilty of selling condoms illegally at the Virgin Megastore, Dublin.

in 1991 - Jack McCoy, Radio/TV personality, dies at 72.

in 1994 - Ephraim Lewis, talented British soul singer, dies before he could reap mass success. The youngest son of a devout Jamaican immigrant, the gospel-trained Lewis headed a Jackson Five-styled childhood gospel group with his siblings. Leaving home at 16 after his mother’s sudden death, Lewis was discovered at 22 by the operators of Axis Studio in Sheffield. Tutoring and shaping Lewis for four years, Axis producers Kevin Bacon and Jonathan Quarmby placed him with the British branch of Elektra Records in 1991. Managed by David Harper (of UB40 and Robert Palmer fame), the charismatic Lewis recorded just one, much-acclaimed album Skin. Heavily promoted by Elektra in a multi-million dollar campaign, the album sold below expectations. With tensions breaking out between Elektra and Axis, Lewis was sent to the US by Elektra to work on his second album and was teamed with top producer Glenn Ballard. Arriving in California, he died six weeks later. Cause of death: suicide. He jumped from a balcony of a Los Angeles apartment under mysterious circumstances. Lewis’ family filed charges against Los Angeles police, claiming that Elektra Records and David Harper were responsible for the death. Police reported that they had chased the unclothed Lewis for an hour. After climbing up the side of an apartment building, he had eluded them by jumping from balcony to balcony. The family also claimed police shot Lewis three times with a 50,000-watt stun gun, causing his fall.

in 1995 - Charles Drain, singer, dies at 65.
in 1995 - Heinrich Sutermeister, Swiss composer (Raskolnikov), dies at 84.

in 1996 - The Sex Pistols announced their comeback at the 100 Club in London, 20 years after they had split.

in 1997 - Rap artist Notorious Big was cremated in New Jersey. The 24 year-old was gunned down and killed on 9th March of this year as he left a party at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

in 2001 - American singer, guitarist, and songwriter John Phillips of Mamas and The Papas died of heart failure aged 65. His first band, The Journeymen, were a folk trio, Mamas and The Papas had the US No.1 'Monday, Monday'. Phillips was married to Michelle Gilliam, they had one child together, Chynna Phillips, vocalist of the 1990's pop trio Wilson Phillips. His second solo album was released on Rolling Stones records and featured Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor and Ronnie Wood.

in 2001 - Crazytown went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Butterfly'. 2001, Eva Cassidy started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Songbird', the album went on to become the third biggest seller of 2001.

in 2001 - Hear'Say started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Pure And Simple.' The winners of TV talent contest "Popstars", with sales of over half a million copies in the first week it became the biggest seller for a debut single.

in 2001 - Tragedy struck at an in-store appearance by British boy band A1 in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta after a stampede amongst the fans. Four girls were killed and two others were seriously injured.

in 2001 - John Phillips dies at age 65. American singer, guitarist, songwriter and promoter of The Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. Born in Parris Island, South Carolina, he was known as Papa John, and was a founder member of the Journeymen and The Mamas and The Papas they had several Billboard Top Ten hits during the group's short lifetime, including "California Dreamin'", "Monday, Monday", "I Saw Her Again", "Creeque Alley", and "12:30 (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon)". John Phillips also wrote "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)", the 1967 Scott McKenzie hit that was to become the Summer of Love anthem. Phillips also wrote the oft-covered "Me and My Uncle", which was the song performed more times than any other over 30 years of Grateful Dead concerts. He released his first solo album 'John, the Wolf King of L.A' in 1970, which included the minor hit "Mississippi". He died just days after completing sessions for a new album "Phillips 66" was released posthumously in August 2001 (heart failure)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70Wb3POItVI"]YouTube - Papa John Phillips - Down the beach (1970)" target="_blank">YouTube - Papa John Phillips - Down the beach (1970)[/ame]

in 2002 - Gösta Winbergh dies at age 58. Swedish tenor born in Stockholm; he is often mentioned as among Sweden's and, indeed, the world's finest tenors, included with Jussi Björling and Nicolai Gedda. For the first two-thirds of his 30-year career, Gosta Winbergh was greatly admired as a singer of Mozart's operas. His Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni was applauded at the Metropolitan, New York, at the Salzburg Festival, in Houston and Chicago, Berlin and Barcelona. He sang Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte at the Drottninghom Court Theatre and Tamino in The Magic Flute for his debut at La Scala, Milan. Other Mozart roles in his repertory were Idomeneo, Mitridate and Titus. He also sang lyric roles such as Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, the Duke in Rigoletto, Alfredo in La traviata, Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore and Lenski in Eugene Onegin. Then in 1991 at Zurich Gosta sang his first Lohengrin, and a whole new career opened out before him, with further exploration of Wagner, the Emperor in Die Frau ohne Schatten, Don Jose in Carmen and Florestan in Fidelio. His last new role was Florestan in Fidelio, which he sang at the Vienna State Opera the night before he died. Winbergh was also nominated for several US Grammy awards during his career (heart attack)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kySLU6MD-Aw"]YouTube - Gösta Winbergh"NESSUN DORMA"Live in concert!!!!" target="_blank">YouTube - Gösta Winbergh"NESSUN DORMA"Live in concert!!!![/ame]

in 2002 - The Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Eddie Vedder, lead singer of Pearl Jam and close friend of the Ramones. The ceremony took place at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.

in 2004 - Courtney Love exposed her breasts during an appearance on David Letterman's TV talk show. The singer who had her back to the audience flashed at the presenter while singing the song Danny Boy. After the show, she went on to perform a surprise gig at the Plaid night-club in Manhattan where she was alleged to have injured a man by throwing a microphone stand into the crowd. Ms Love was charged with assault and reckless endangerment.

in 2005 – Renee Diggs, lead singer of R&B/dance group Starpoint, dies at age50. Renee Diggs provided the polished vocals on over two dozen R&B chart singles. Originally called Licyndiana, the previously all-male group gelled after adding Diggs. Signed in 1980 by Casablanca/Chocolate City Records, Starpoint scored club hits with ‘I Just Wanna Dance With You’ and ‘Keep On It’. After passing through Boardwalk Records, Starpoint joined Elektra in 1984 and scored their only Top 40 hit with the club classic, ‘Object Of My Desire’. Nonetheless, the group remained a staple of R&B radio for the rest of the decade with hits such as ‘What You Been Missin’’, ‘Restless’, ‘He Wants My Body’ and ‘Say You Will’. After Diggs was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1985, she was unable to continue touring, and after releasing their tenth studio album Have You Got What It Takes?, Starpoint disbanded in the early Nineties. Although Diggs recorded a solo album for Capitol Records in 1990, the project was shelved until its release 10 years later by Expansion Records. Also a session vocalist, Diggs worked with James Ingram and Bob James. (Viral infection) - Born July 23, 1954

in 2006 - American R&B singer Ne-Yo was at No.1 on the US album chart with his debut album ‘In My Own Words.’

in 2007 - Sugababes vs Girls Aloud went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Walk This Way'. The girls group's version of the Run-DMC hit from 1986 was the official Comic Relief fund-raiser for 2007.

in 2008 - Heather Mills' evidence in her divorce case with Sir Paul McCartney was "inconsistent, inaccurate" and "less than candid", according to judge Mr Justice Bennett's. His High Court ruling was revealed in full after Ms Mills was told she could not appeal against its publication. The full ruling was published a day after she was awarded £24.3m at the High Court in London. Mills was awarded £3.2m per year for herself and the couple’s daughter Beatrice, £8m for a home in London and £3m to purchase a home in New York. The judge found the total value of Sir Paul's assets was about £400m. Ms Mills had sought £125m and been offered £15.8m.

in 2009 - Eddie Bo /Edwin Joseph Bocage dies at age 79. American singer and one of the last New Orleans junker-style pianists. He was known for his wild R&B, soul and funk recordings, compositions, productions and arrangements. After leaving school and a stint in the army he studied piano, music theory, sight reading and music arrangement at the Grundwald School of Music inNew Orleans. He was influenced by Russian classical pianist Horowitz and bebop pianists Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson. Eddie began playing in the New Orleans jazz scene and went under the name of Spider Bocage, later forming the Spider Bocage Orchestra. In the '50s he and a group of New Orleans musicians toured the country supporting singers Big Joe Turner, Earl King, Guitar Slim, Johnny Adams, Lloyd Price, Ruth Brown, Smiley Lewis, and The Platters. He debuted on Ace Records in 1955 and released more single records than anyone else in New Orleans other than Fats Domino. His song "Hook & Sling" was featured on the breakbeat compilation "Ultimate Breaks and Beats". In the 70's he can be heard with the likes of Curly Moore & The Kool Ones and Roy Ward. Through the 1980s and 1990s he recorded with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, he played, toured and recorded with Willy DeVille, Victory Mixture and Big Easy Fantasy. He later joined up with Raful Neal and Rockin’ Tabby Thomas playing and recording under the names The Louisiana Legends, The District Court and The Hoodoo Kings. As well as his busy career as a recording and performing musician, he also produced and arranged records by such artists as Art Neville, Chris Kenner, Chuck Carbo, Irma Thomas, Al “Carnival Time” Johnson, Johnny Adams, Mary Jane Hooper, Robert Parker, The Vibrettes, and The Explosions. He was honoured on May 22, 1997 when it was declared "Eddie Bo Day" in New Orleans by mayor Marc Morial while Bo was playing in Karachi, Pakistan. He won many music awards including two Lifetime Achievement awards from the South Louisiana Music Association and Music / Offbeat Best of the Beat and was named New Orleans' music ambassador to Pakistan (heart attack)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iS-4V9FKL0Y"]YouTube - Eddie Bo-Hook & Sling(1969)" target="_blank">YouTube - Eddie Bo-Hook & Sling(1969)[/ame]

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