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in 1650 - Paul Hallman, composer, dies at 49.
in 1703 - Columban Praelisauer, composer is born.
in 1727 - Franz Sebastian Haindl, conductor, violinist and composer, is born.
in 1746 - Frantisek Adam Mica, composer, multi-instrumentalist and friend of Mozart, is born.
in 1750 - Johann Jakob Walder, composer is born.
in 1784 - Ferdinand Philipp Joseph Lobkowitz, composer, dies at 59.
in 1797 - Francis Lightfoot Lee, US farmer (singer Decl of Independ), dies at 62.

in 1801 - Domenico Cimarosa, composer, dies at 51. Cimarosa composed more than 80 operas in his life, including his most famous, Il Matrimonio Segreto.

in 1801 - John Lodge Ellerton, composer is born.
in 1837 - John Field, Irish pianist/composer (Nocturnes), dies at 54.
in 1843 -Francis Scott Key, who wrote the words to the US national anthem "The Star Spangled Banner," dies at 63.
in 1856 - Christian August Sinding, composer and teacher, is born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuWlRVtMpA4"]YouTube - Christian August Sinding, Cantus Doloris, Op.78[/ame]

in 1870 - Adolf Ganz, composer, dies at 73.
in 1872 - Paul Graener, composer, conductor and teacher, is born.
in 1875 - Reinhold Gliere, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1877 - Pietro Romani, composer of operas, dies at 85.
in 1880 - Rudolf T Palm, Curacao, pianist/composer is born.
in 1894 - Jaroslav Vogel, composer, conductor and writer, is born.
in 1895 - Laurens Hammond, inventor of the Hammond organ, is born.
in 1898 - Gaetano Capocci, organist and composer, dies at 86.
in 1901 - Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov, bassoonist, timpanist, violinist and composer, dies at 34.
in 1902 - Maurice Durufle, composer, organist and teacher, is born.
in 1905 - John Henry Jacques, co-operative retailer is born.
in 1906 - Johannes Paul Thilman, composer and teacher, is born.

in 1909 - Gunnar Johnsen Berg, composer, is born. Berg's later compositions were of the serialist school, and used a "cellular" technique.

in 1910 - Izler Solomon (US conductor) is born.

in 1918 - Albert Weisser, composer, musicologist, teacher and choral conductor, is born. Weisser took part in the Normandy invasion, and received a Purple Heart for injuries suffered there. He was the first president of the American Society for Jewish Music.

in 1924 - Donald Ross Cherry, pop singer, NOT the trumpet player). is born.
in 1924 - James Moore "Slim Harpo," blues singer/songwriter and harmonica player, is born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWLvm11MAaM"]Slim Harpo - I'm a King Bee - YouTube[/ame]

in 1926 - Alexander Gibson, conductor, is born. Gibson founded Scottish Opera, the first national opera house in Scotland.

in 1926 - Susan Reed (Irish-American folk singer, harpist and zitherist)
in 1927 - Wilton "Bogey" Gaynair, jazz saxophonist and composer, is born.
in 1929 - Wanda Wilkomirska, classical violinist and teacher, is born.
in 1931 - Oscar Fetras, composer, dies at 76
in 1933 - Argolda Voncile "Goldie Hill," country music singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born.
in 1935 - Chuck Barksdale, doo wop, pop, jazz, soul, R&B singer (The Dells), is born.
in 1938 - Narvel Felts, country singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born.
in 1940 - Mark DeVoto, composer and teacher, son of Bernard DeVoto, is born.
in 1940 - Sergei Prokofiev's ballet "Romeo & Juliet" premieres in Leningrad.
in 1942 - Clarence Clemons, rock saxophonist (Bruce Springsteen's E St Band), is born.
in 1943 - William Albert Penn, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1944 - York Georg Holler, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1946 - Naomi Judd, country singer/songwriter, is born.
in 1946 - Anthony John Selvidge "Tony Kaye," rock keyboardist and songwriter (Yes), is born.

in 1947 - Eva Tanguay dies at age 67. Canadian-born singer and entertainer who billed herself as "the girl who made vaudeville famous", making her first appearance on stage at the age of eight. With her parents' assistance, she pursued a show business career, working her way through a variety of amateur contests that eventually landed her a spot with a comedy troupe before making her vaudeville debut in New York City in 1904. She went on to have a long-lasting vaudeville career and eventually commanded one of the highest salaries of any performer of the day earning as much as $3,500 a week at the height of her fame around 1910. Eva only made one recording "I Don't Care" in 1922 for Nordskog Records. In addition to her singing career, she also starred in two film comedies that, despite the limitations of silent film, used the screen to capture her lusty stage vitality to its fullest. The first, titled Energetic Eva was made in 1916 and the following year she starred opposite Tom Moore in The Wild Girl. Eva was said to have lost more than $2 million in the Wall Street crash of 1929 and in the 1930s, she retired from show business. Cataracts caused her to lose her sight, but Sophie Tucker, a friend from vaudeville days, paid for the operation that restored her vision. In 1953 Mitzi Gaynor portrayed Eva in a fictionalized version of her life in the Hollywood motion picture, The I Don't Care Girl

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgOGsDXASf0"]YouTube - Eva Tanguay sings "I Don't Care" 1922[/ame]

in 1949 - Frederick "Dennis" Greene, doo wop singer (Sha Na Na), is born.
in 1949 - Tom Netherton, Munich Germany, singer (Lawrence Welk Show) is born.
in 1949 - Daryl Braithwaite (Australian rock singer; Sherbet) is born.
in 1949 - Frederick "Dennis" Greene (US singer; The Kingsmen/Sha Na Na) is born.
in 1952 - Lee Mack "Captain Fingers" Ritenour, jazz and jazz fusion guitarist and composer, is born.

in 1952 - Aureliano Pertile dies at age 67. Italian tenor singer; considered to have been one of the most exciting Italian operatic artists of the inter-war period, and one of the most important tenors of the 20th century.After singing in regional Italy and South America, he first sang at the premier Italian opera house, La Scala, Milan, in 1916. He then participated in Met performances of Louise in Philadelphia and Brooklyn. Thereafter he returned to Italy, where he established himself as the leading tenor at La Scala from 1927 to 1937, and becoming a favorite of the conducter Arturo Toscanini. He also sang at the Royal Opera House in London from 1927 to 1931, and at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires in 1923-29. His final stage appearances were in 1946, in Pagliacci. He then taught at the Milan Conservatory until his death

in 1954 - Oscar Straus, composer of operettas, film scores and songs, as well as chamber music, orchestral and choral works, dies at 83.


in 1956 - Robert Earl Keen Jr (US country, folk singer, songwriter) is born in Houston, Texas. Keen is the son of an attorney and oil speculator, and grew up in upper-middle-class luxury in Houston. His parents had a large collection of folk and country recordings, including Marty Robbins’s Gunfighter album, which inspired the teenage Keen to begin writing narrative poems. While attending Texas A&M University in the mid-1970s, he met Lyle Lovett, and began setting his poems to music. Both Lovett and Keen went to Nashville in the early 1980s, but only Lovett found major label interest. Keen worked menial jobs while he recorded a series of albums for the country-folk label Sugar Hill. Not to be dissuaded, Keen returned to his native Texas, where he had a strong cult following. His career was given a significant boost when the Highwaymen (aka Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson) selected his “The Road Goes on Forever” as the title cut for their third album. In 1996 he was signed to Arista Texas, a new label trying to cash in on the “Alt- Texas” country phenomenon. He recorded several albums, including a song cycle called Walking Distance in 1998. He has continued to record and tour in the early 2000s.


in 1958 - The release date for the Elvis Presley single 'Jailhouse Rock' was put back a week after Decca Records pressing plant in the UK were unable to meet the advance orders of 250,000 copies.

in 1958 - Alec Rowley, pianist, composer and music writer, dies at 65.

in 1961 - Elena Gerhardt dies at age 77. German mezzo-soprano singer born in Connewitz, nr. Leipzig. She was associated with the singing of German classical lieder, of which she was considered one of the great interpreters. She left Germany for good to live in London in October 1934. Elena graced many of the major opera houses in Europe and America.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2ypgG4uH1E"]Elena Gerhardt - Gretchen Am Spinnrade (1925) - YouTube[/ame]

in 1962 - Cliff Richard was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Young Ones'. It stayed at the top of the charts for six weeks and made Cliff the first UK artist to enter the chart at No.1.

in 1963 - The Beatles recorded their first national TV show 'Thank Your Lucky Stars'. They mimed to their new single 'Please Please Me' which was released on this day.

in 1963 - Beatles release "Please Please Me" and "Ask Me Why".
in 1963 - Simon Cohen (UK drummer; Roman Holliday) is born.
in 1964 - Beatles "I Want to Hold Your Hand" is #80 in US (Cashbox).

in 1964 - 'Ring Of Fire' by Johnny Cash became the first Country album to go to No.1 in the US album chart.

in 1964 - 'Louie Louie' by The Kingsmen was the number one song on the US Cash Box music chart. For a while, the record was banned by a handful of US radio stations because of its indecipherable lyrics, which were rumored to contain some naughty words. Even the F.B.I. investigated the song, but finally concluded that they could find nothing wrong.

in 1965 - The Righteous Brothers arrived in Britain for a promotional visit appearing on three TV shows, Ready Steady Go! Scene At 6.30. and Discs A Go-Go.


in 1965 - Smith, Hobart, multi-instrumentalist Hobart Smith was born on May 10, 1897, in Saltville, Virginia, and dies at age 67. He learned banjo, FIDDLE, GUITAR, and MANDOLIN from his father, beginning to play at age seven; by 1915 he was working at tent shows around his native Virginia, and also leading his own string band, gaining fame primarily as a banjo player. In 1918 he met fellow banjoist TOM ASHLEY, who became a close friend and also musical inspiration. While Smith held many jobs from farming to house painting, he was unusual in that he primarily made his living playing music, working local dances and festivals.

In 1936 he and his sister, Texas Gladden (a ballad singer whom Smith often accompanied on guitar), gave a command performance for Eleanor Roosevelt at the White Top, Virginia, folk festival. This led, in 1942, to Alan Lomax recording him for the Library of Congress, and also MOSES ASCH recording a commercial album of 78s for his Disc label. In 1959 Lomax made further recordings of Smith and Gladden while compiling his Sounds of the South albums for Atlantic Records. By this time, Smith was embraced by the folk and old-time music revival community and was regularly performing at colleges and festivals. He made a final album for Folk Legacy Records in the early 1960s, but sadly passed away at the height of his newfound success.

in 1967 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded 'Purple Haze'. Jimi also signed to the new record label Track Records on this day.

in 1968 - Tom Dumont (US guitarist; No Doubt/Invincible Overlord) is born

in 1968 - Rezso Seress dies at age 78. Hungarian singer, pianist, songwriter; being Jewish, he was taken to a labour camp by the Nazis during WW2. He survived the camp and after spells of employment in the theatre and the circus, where he was a trapeze artist, he concentrated on songwriting and singing after an injury. His most famous composition was "Szomorú Vasárnap" (Gloomy Sunday) written in 1933, which gained infamy as it became associated with a spate of suicides. The first suicide was that of Joseph Keller, a cobbler, in Budapest in February 1936. His suicide note contained the words of Gloomy Sunday. Following this event, 17 additional people took their lives in a way related to the song. Over 100 others are rumoured to have done the same worldwide. The song was banned in many places and has been banned from BBC radio until recently when it was lifted. (He survived the Nazi forced labour in the Ukraine, although beaten heavily many times, the composer survived the Holocaust, but his mother didn't. Rezso committed suicide by jumping out of a window)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiOyvxgcob4&feature=related"]YouTube - Rezso Seress - Gloomy Sunday[/ame]

in 1969 - Jethro Tull's This Was Jethro Tull album debuts.
in 1970 - Joy Nilo (Filipino composer) is born.
in 1971 - Mary J Blige, R&B, soul and hip hop singer, is born.
in 1971 - Chris Willsher (UK singer-songwriter, drummer, writer, performer) is born.
in 1971 - Tom Rowlands (member of the Chemical Brothers) is born.
in 1972 - MC Bat Commander Christian Jacobs (US singer, actor; The Aquabats) is born.
in 1973 - Rudolf Kubin, composer, dies a day after 64th birthday.
in 1977 - Nadia Turner (US singer, songwriter, actress, radio/television personality) is born.
in 1978 - Elvis Costello and the Attractions appeared at Newcastle City Hall, England.
in 1979 - Siti Nurhaliza (Malaysian singer) is born.
in 1981 – Jamelia Jamelia Niela Davis (UK singer) is born.
in 1981 - Tom Meighan (UK lead singer; Kasabian) is born.

in 1981 - Blancmange appeared at the Hope & Anchor, London. Depeche Mode were the support, tickets cost £1 ($1.7).

in 1982 - Ashley Taylor Dawson (British actor and singer) is born.
in 1984 - Fritz Geissler, violist and one of the most important East German composers, dies at 62.
in 1985 - Newton Faulkner (British guitarist, singer) is born.
in 1985 - Rie Fu (Japanese pop & folk rock singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1985 - A Brazilian rock Festival held in Rio, claimed to be the biggest ever staged. The festival featured; Queen, Rod Stewart, AC/DC, Whitesnake, Yes and Iron Maiden.

in 1986 - The Pet Shop Boys scored their first UK No.1 single with 'West End Girls.' The first version of the song was released in April 1984, becoming a club hit in the United States, after the duo signed with EMI, the song was re-recorded with producer Stephen Hague.

in 1987 - Albert Ferber dies at age 75. Swiss-English pianist Although best known as a concert pianist and recording artist, he had a brief association with the theatre and the cinema, conducting theatre orchestras during the 1940s for productions such as The Beggar's Opera. A little later he appeared as pianist in the Brian Hurst film The Mark of Cain 1947, and composed scores for two films, The Hangman Waits in 1947 and Death in the Hand in 1948, both directed by the Australian, Albert Barr-Smith. After this his performing activities prevented further composition until near the end of his life when he wrote a set of six songs to texts by Paul Verlaine. As a pianist for over 4 decades he worked with the likes of Sir Thomas Beecham and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Josef Krips and the Hallé Orchestra, and further work with Sir Adrian Boult, Sergiu Celibidache, Jascha Horenstein and Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt. His career took him to most parts of the world, although he had a special affinity with South American countries. In the UK he made regular recital appearances in London at the Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls and continued to broadcast for the BBC until illness ended his performing career .

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4BjoygooR0"]Ravel, 'Jeux d'eau' played by Albert Ferber - YouTube[/ame]

in 1987 - During a UK tour Motley Crue appeared at the Edinburgh Playhouse.

in 1987 - Frankie Goes To Hollywood started what would become their final tour at the G-Mex in Manchester, England.

in 1990 - Paul McCartney played the first of 11 sold out nights at Wembley Arena, London, England.

in 1992 - Nirvana appeared on NBC-TV's Saturday Night Live performing two songs, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and 'Territorial Pissings’. Also on this day the group’s 'Nevermind' went to No.1 on the US album chart.
in 1992 - Prince's future wife Mayte made her first live appearance with his Purpleness in Minneapolis.

in 1994 - Roger "Ram" Ramirez, jazz pianist, composer and bandleader, dies at 80.
in 1995 - Willem N "Pim" Koot, pianist (Concert Building), dies at 76.

in 1995 - Josef Gingold dies at age 85. Russian-American violinist and teacher, born in Brest-Litovsk, and emigrated to NewYork City, in 1920, where he became one of the most influential violin teachers in the US. He gave the first performance of Ysaÿe's 3rd Sonata for Solo Violin. In 1937, he won a spot in the NBC Symphony Orchestra, with Arturo Toscanini as its conductor; he then served as the concertmaster and occasional soloist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and later was the Cleveland Orchestra's concertmaster. His recording of Fritz Kreisler's works was nominated for a Grammy Award. Some of the numerous honors he received during his lifetime include the American String Teachers Association Teacher of the Year; the Chamber Music America National Service Award; the Fredrick Bachman Lieber Award for Distinguished Teaching at Indiana University; Baylor University's Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teachers; and the American Symphony Orchestra League's Golden Baton Award. Josef also taught at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music for more than thirty years, until his death and was a founder of the quadrennial Indianapolis Violin Competition.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUZKtK6V354"]Josef Gingold plays Kreisler's "Liebeslied" - YouTube[/ame]


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in 1996 - Ike Isaacs dies at age 73. Burmese-British jazz guitarist born in Rangoon, Burma, best known for his work with Stephane Grappelli. He started playing professionally while he was a chemistry student at university. In 1946 he moved to England, where he freelanced for many years; he played in the BBC Show Band, as well as playing with George Chisholm and Barney Kessel. In the 1960s and 1970s he played with Stephane Grappelli extensively. He also played with Digby Fairweather, Len Skeat, and Denny Wright in the group Velvet in the 1970s, before moving to to Australia in the 1980s, where he taught at the Sydney Guitar School

in 1997 - Cavan O'Connor, pop singer, dies at 97.
in 1997 - Cody Simpson (Australian singer) is born.

in 1998 - Klaus Tennstedt dies at age 71. German musician and conductor from Merseburg. He studied violin and piano at the Leipzig Conservatory. He became concertmaster of the orchestra at the Halle Municipal Theatre in 1948. However, a finger injury stopped his career as a violinist, and afterwards he worked as a coach to singers at the same theatre. He then directed his talents toward conducting. In 1958, he became music director of the Dresden Opera, and in 1962, music director of the Schwerin State Orchestra and Theatre. He worked at many of the major orchestras around the world including the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezz3Swkd2Sk"]Wagner "Siegfried's Funeral March" Klaus Tennstedt London Philharmonic Orchestra - YouTube[/ame]

in 1998 - Rolling Stone magazine readers poll picked 'Be Here Now' by Oasis as album of the year.

in 1999, Ex Mighty Wah singer Pete Wylie appeared in a Liverpool Court charged with making threats to kill his ex girlfriend.

in 1999 - *NSYNC won the Favourite Pop / Rock new artist award at the 26th Annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles.

in 1999 - Fabrizio de André dies at age 58. Italian singer-songwriter born in Genoa, he started playing the violin first, then the guitar, and joined a number of local jazz bands. In 1961 Fabrizio recorded his first two songs, "Nuvole barocche"/"Baroque Clouds" and "E fu la notte"/"And There Was Night". In the following years he wrote a number of songs which soon becoming classic hits: "La guerra di Piero" /"Peter's War", "La ballata dell'eroe"/"The Hero's Ballad", "Il testamento di Tito"/"Titus's Will", "La Ballata del Michè"/"Mike's Ballad", "Via del Campo"/"Field Street", "La canzone dell'amore perduto"/ "Song for the Lost Love", "La città vecchia"/"Old Downtown", and "Carlo Martello ritorna dalla battaglia di Poitiers"/"Charles Martel on His Way Back from Poitiers" among others and went on over to release 26 albums his career (lung cancer).

in 1999 - Barry Pritchard dies at age 55. English vocalist, guitarist and founder member of the beat harmony group The Fortunes, formed in Birmingham in 1963. They first came to prominence and international acclaim in 1965, when "You've Got Your Troubles" broke into the US and UK Top 10s. Afterwards they did a succession of hits including "Here It Comes Again" and "Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again"; continuing into the 1970s with more globally successful releases such as "Storm in a Teacup" and "Freedom Come, Freedom Go" (heart attack)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrVrZINOj6g"]YouTube - Barry Pritchard[/ame]

in 2000 - Gary Glitter was released from prison after serving half of a four-month sentence for possessing child pornography downloaded from the internet. Glitter was told he would have to go on the sex offenders' register for seven years.

in 2000 - It was reported that Whitney Houston was under investigation after allegedly trying to smuggle 15.2 grams of Marijuana out of Hawaii. A security officer found the drug in the singer's handbag, Houston then walked away when he tried to detain her.

in 2003 - Britain’s oldest rockers came out winners in The Pollstar listing of the Top 10 grossing US tours of 2002: Paul McCartney $68m (£40m), The Rolling Stones $58m (£34m), Elton John $47m (£27.6m), The Who $20m (£11.8m), Ozzy Osbourne $18m (£10.6m), Peter Gabriel $10m (£5.88m), Yes $6m (£3.5m), Elvis Costello $5m (£2.94m), The Moody Blues $4m (£2.35m) and Jethro Tull $3m (£1.76m).

in 2003 - Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Tweedy was arrested after an alleged attack in a nightclub in Guildford. The Popstars Rivals winner was accused of punching a lavatory attendant.

in 2003 - Pete Townshend issued a public statement denying being a paedophile after his name was linked with a police Internet porn inquiry. But The Who guitarist did admit studying child pornography for research into a campaign against it.

in 2003 - Mickey Finn dies at age 55. British percussionist and sideman to Marc Bolan in his band Tyrannosaurus Rex, and later, the 1970s glam rock group, T.Rex. He can be heard on the album, "A Beard of Stars" released in March 1970. After Bolan and T.Rex's demise, he played sessions for The Blow Monkeys and The Soup Dragons. During the late 80s and early 90s, he made a few guest appearances with the London rock band, Checkpoint Charlie, fronted by Mick Lexington. He returned to the mainstream music scene in 1997, fronting a new, version of T. Rex... Mickey Finn's T. Rex, playing old T. Rex songs (alcohol related kidney and liver problems)

in 2003 - Bill Russo dies at age 74. American trombone player, teacher and considered by many to be one of the greatest jazz composer and arranger. Born in Chicago, he played trombone in dance and jazz bands, and began writing and arranging while still in his early teens. In 1947 he formed his own rehearsal band while a student, under the name of Experiment in Jazz. In the '50s he wrote ground breaking orchestral scores for the Stan Kenton Orchestra, one of the more famous works he wrote for the Kenton Orchestra is Halls Of Brass. In the early 1960s Bill moved to England, where he founded the London Jazz Orchestra, and was a contributor to the Third Stream movement that tried to close the gap between jazz and classical music. He returned to the US in 1965, where he founded Columbia College's music department, he started the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, which was dedicated to preserving and expanding jazz and he was also the Director of Orchestral Studies at Scuola Europea d’Orchestra Jazz in Palermo, Italy. He also composed classical music, including operas, symphonies, choral works, as well as a rock cantata "The Civil War". In his long career Bill composed more than 200 pieces for jazz orchestra, and there were more than 30 recordings of his work, including work with Duke Ellington, Leonard Bernstein, Cannonball Adderley, Yehudi Menuhin, Dizzy Gillespie, Seiji Ozawa, Billie Holiday, and others. In addition to playing, composing, arranging, conducting and teaching, he also wrote and/or co-wrote three books on music: Composing for the Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Composition and Orchestration, and Composing Music: A New Approach. In 1990, Bill received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award for his amazing contribution to music.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8uRBB8nTxE"]YouTube - Maynard ferguson - Bill Russo's Titans Symphony part 4 audio[/ame]

in 2004 - Max Duane Barnes dies at age 67. American counrty music singer with the Golden Rockets, songwriter; his songs have been recorded by George Jones, Vince Gill, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Vern Gosdin, the Kendalls, Randy Travis, Pam Tillis, Keith Whitley, Waylon Jennings, John Anderson and Eddy Raven, among others. Max was a two-time winner of the Country Music Association's prestigious Song of the Year prize: in 1998 for "Chiseled In Stone," co-written with Gosdin, and in 1992 for "Look At Us," co-written with Gill. He was inducted to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992 and American Old Time Country Music Hall Of Fame along with his sister Ruthie Barnes Steele in 2006. He was also a BMI Award-winning songwriter and a writing partner of Harlan Howard, Merle Haggard, Vince Gill, his son Max T. Barnes, and sister Ruthie (pneumonia).

in 2005 - Jimmy Griffin dies at age 61. American singer, guitarist, and award winning songwriter who grew up in Memphis, but was born in Cincinnati. In the 1960s, Jimmy teamed with songwriter Michael Z. Gordon to write songs for such diverse singers as Ed Ames, Gary Lewis, Bobby Vee, Brian Hyland, Leslie Gore, The Standells, Sandy Nelson and Cher. The pair won a BMI award for 'Apologize'. In 1968, he teamed with David Gates and Robb Royer to form the band Bread. They had No.1 Hot 100 hit, with the song "Make It With You". Other hits by Bread included "Everything I Own", "Baby I'm-a Want You", and "If". Although Jimmy was a significant contributor to Bread's albums as a writer and singer, every one of the group's 13 songs that made the Billboard Hot 100 chart was written and sung by Gates, a situation that created huge friction between the two. After the release of Guitar Man in '72, Bread went on hiatus, they reformed in '76 for one final album, Lost Without Your Love. In 1970, Griffin and Robb Royer, under the pseudonyms Arthur James and Robb Wilson, wrote the lyrics for Fred Karlin's music for the song "For All We Know," featured in the film Lovers and Other Strangers. It won the Academy Award for Best Song. In 1977, he released a third solo album, James Griffin, after which in 1982 he teamed with Terry Sylvester on the album Griffin & Sylvester in 1982 and was a member of Black Tie which released When The Night Falls in 1985. Jimmy then joined The Remingtons with Richard Mainegra and Rick Yancey. They released their first single in 1991, followed by the albums Blue Frontier and Aim for the Heart. Their single, "A Long Time Ago" went top-10 on Billboard's country chart in 1992. Jimmy and Gates put aside their past differences for a Bread reunion tour in 1996–1997 with Botts and Knechtel. In early 2004, Griffin recorded a duet with Holly Cieri of his Oscar winning song 'For All We Know' (cancer)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGj_iTReHOQ"]Jimmy Griffin and Robb Royer - Just Say When - YouTube[/ame]

in 2005 - Spencer Dryden dies at age 67. Amercan drummer and half brother to Charlie Chaplin. He was born in New York City and moved to LA as an infant. In mid 1966 Spencer was recruited to replace Skip Spence as the drummer in leading San Francisco psychedelic band Jefferson Airplane, staying with the band until 1970. He then joined up with The New Riders of the Purple Sage, performing and recording with them from late 1970 until 1977, at which point he became the manager of the band. After leaving the New Riders, he went on to play a lengthy stint with The Dinosaurs and Barry Melton's band before retiring from drumming in 1995. In 1996, Spencer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with the rest of Jefferson Airplane. (He died from colon cancer, in relative obscurity).

in 2005 - Miriam Beatrice Hyde AO, OBE dies at age 91. Australian composer, pianist, poet and music educator. She composed over 150 works for piano, songs and other instrumental and orchestral works and performed as a concert pianist with eminent conductors including Sir Malcolm Sargent, Sir Bernard Heinze and Geoffrey Simon. One of her best known pieces is the piano solo Valley of RocksIn 1981 she was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and in 1991 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). She was awarded an honorary doctorate by Macquarie University in 1993, and in 2004 she received an award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music at the Australian Performing Rights Association and Australian Music Centre Classical Music Awards. She was appointed Patron of the Music Teachers' Association of South Australia (MTASA) and established the Miriam Hyde Award for the Association. Her 90th birthday was celebrated with concerts and broadcasts throughout Australia.

in 2007 - Puchi Balseiro dies at age 81. Puerto Rican singer, guitarist, composer, songwriter, radio & television personality born in Santurce, San Juan. Her best known compositions were: "En La Soledad"/In Solitude and "Tu y mi Canción"/You and my Song. "En la Soledad", was a hit song in the 1970s for Tito Rodríguez, although there were previous versions sung by Chucho Avellanet, Julio Angel, and Flor de Loto, among others. She was also a producer, script writer and host of various radio & television shows, hosting her own television show, broadcasted by WIPR-TV, titled: Usted y mi Mundo/You and My World. Among many other things she also originated, produced, and directed the: "Festivales del Filin"/The Feeling Festivals.

in 2008 - Robbie Williams’ manager told The Times newspaper that the singer would refuse to make another album for his record label EMI, saying he was unhappy after the label was taken over by Terra Firma. Tim Clark told the paper Williams would not deliver a new album because he had no idea how the label would handle it. Williams had sold 47 million albums around the world since leaving Take That in 1995, making him one of EMI's most successful artists.

in 2008 - Ringo Starr helped launch the celebrations for Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture. He was joined by acrobats who dangled on wires from cranes as the opening party kicked off a year-long programme of more than 350 events. Organisers hoped the Capital of Culture tag would attract an extra two million visitors to Liverpool and boost the economy by £100m.

in 2009 - Lady Gaga & Colby O'Donis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Just Dance', taken from her album The Fame.

in 2009 - Andy DeMize Andrew Martinez dies at age 25. American drummer from Hacienda Heights, California was influenced by drummers Wade Youman and John Bonham. Andy joined the pop punk group Up Syndrome in October 2001, before he and Tony "Slash" Red-Horse formed The Rocketz in December 2003. In May 2006, he replaced James Meza as the drummer for the Nekromantix. He made his album debut with the group on Life Is a Grave & I Dig It! (killed in a car accident while travelling south on Route 57 outside of Fullerton, California at roughly 85 miles per hour when the driver, Osvaldo Orozco lost control)

in 2010 - George Garanian dies at age 75. Russian jazz saxophonist and bandleader, born in Moscow. George was one of the first Russian musicians who attracted attention of Western world as part of the jazz from the USSR. He belonged to the first generation of Russian jazzmen who started to perform after World War II. As a musician, alto saxophonist, conductor and composer he was the leader of country's best big bands: Melodia through 1970s and 1980s; and Moscow Big Band from 1992 to 1995. He also led the Municipal Big Band in the Southern Russian city of Krasnodar. (sadly died from a cardiac arrest).

in 2010 - Mick Green dies at age 65. British rock and roll guitarist born in in Matlock, Derbyshire. He began his career playing with Johnny Kidd & The Pirates in the early 1960s, then joined Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas in 1964. His ability to play lead and rhythm guitar simultaneously influenced a number of British guitarists to follow, including Pete Townshend and Wilko Johnson, the original guitarist for Dr. Feelgood. Mick's song "Oyeh!" was on Dr. Feelgood's debut album, Down by the Jetty; and a song he co-wrote, "Going Back Home" appeared on Dr. Feelgood's 1975 Malpractice and the live album, Stupidity in 1976. Mick reformed The Pirates in the mid 1970s as well as being a member of the band, Shanghai, who released two albums, in 1974 and 1976, and supported Status Quo on their Blue for You tour. In the 1980s and 1990s Mick played with amongst others, Bryan Ferry, Van Morrison and Paul McCartney, as well as playing with The Pirates with whom he continued to gig well into the 2000s. In 2008, Green performed regularly with the Van Morrison band, and played guitar on five of the tracks on Van Morrison's 2008 album, Keep It Simple. (heart failure).

in 2011 - John Modinos dies at age 84. Cypriot opera baritone, born in Omodos, Lemesos province, Cyprus, and emigrated to the United States after WWII, where he completed a formal education in music. His career spanned four decades and included numerous operatic performances, including a total of 223 appearances in Verdi's "Rigolleto" throughout the world, many times accompanying Pavarotti.
Modinos served as Manager of the Athens Opera. He was honoured, among others, by Patriarch Athenagoras and Greek President Kostis Stefanopoulos.
He had been married, just two years before he died, to a 32-year old Romanian soprano named Roxana Cetali. (heart failure).

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in 2012 - David Whitaker dies at age 80. English composer, songwriter, arranger and conductor born in Kingston upon Thames. He collaborated with some of the most prestigious British and French artists including Air, Etienne Daho, Marianne Faithfull, Claude François, Serge Gainsbourg, France Gall, Johnny Hallyday, The Rolling Stones, Jimmy Page (Death Wish II), Saint Etienne, Simply Red, Sylvie Vartan and others like Lee Hazlewood, Kings of Convenience and Francesco De Gregori. He composed Hammer Films atmospheric score for the 1971 production of Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde, other films included Scream & Scream Again; Run Wild, Run Free; Vampira; The Sword and the Sorcerer; Shadow Run, and others. David also recorded several sessions with the BBC Radio Orchestra at the Maida Vale Studios, London in the early 80s, featuring a mixture of his own compositions and arrangements, to high-acclaim. He was nominated in 2001 for the César Award for Best Music Written for a Film with the French movie With a Friend Like Harry/Harry, un ami qui vous veut du bien (cause unknown) - Born on January 6th 1931.



John Wilkinson, American guitarist best known for performing with Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and The New Christy Minstrels in the 1960s and 1970s. Wilkinson once performed on a television show in Los Angeles, he received a phone call from Elvis and asked him to join his TCB Band. He went on to perform more than 1000 times with Elvis as his rhythm guitarist until Elvis died in 1977.

Wilkinson suffered a stroke in 1989 and died on this date age 67. He is survived by his wife Terry.


in 2013 – Korivi Muralidhar, popularly known as Khushi Murali, was an Indian playback singer, dies at age 49. He became popular as a result of his hit song from the movie, Kushi.

He was born in Renigunta in Chittoor district. He moved to Chennai for opportunities in the film industry.

He sang over 500 film songs and 1,000 devotional songs for private albums in his career over two decades.

He died of a heart attack. He was on his way to perform at Kakinada Beach Festival.


in 2013 – Liz Lands, American soul singer, dies at age 73.

Born Elizabeth Lands, she grew up in New York City. Her purported five octave vocal range started her Motown career before Berry Gordy tried to make a name for her in the R&B/Pop market. She left Motown in 1965, and recorded two singles for T & L Records. In the late 1980s/early 1990s, Lands re-emerged and Ian Levine recorded her for his Motorcity label.

Liz Lands (and the Voices of Salvation) are featured on the side-B single of Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous I Have a Dream speech, released on Gordy Records (G-7023), in 1968.

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in 1674 - Reinhard Keiser, composer is born.


in 1674 - Giacomo Carissimi, first significant composer of oratorios, dies at 68.
From 1624-7 he was organist at the Cathedral of Tivoli; from 1628 to his death (Fr., maitre de chapelle), conductor in the Church of S. Apollinare, Rome. A prolific and original church-composer, he broke with the Palestrina tradition, devoting himself to perfecting the monodic style, as is evidenced by his highly developed recitative and more pleasing and varied instrumental accompaniments. His music MSS. were dispersed at the sale of the library of the German College, and many are lost; but few printed works are still extant. There were published the 5 oratorios Jephte (his masterpiece), Judicium Salomonis, Jonas, Jonah, Balthazar; 2 colls, of motets a 2, 3 and 4 (Rome, 1664, '67) ; masses a 5 and 9 (Cologne, 1663, '67) ; Arie da camera (1667); and detached pieces in several collections. The finest coll. of his works is that made by Dr. Aldrich at Christ-Church College, Oxford. He also wrote a treatise, publ. only in German: Ars cantandi, etc. (Augsburg; 2d ed. 1692; 3d, 1696; another ed. 1718). F. Chrysander publ. 4 oratorios (Jephte, Judicium Salomonis, Balthazar, Jonas) in vol. II of 'Dkm. der Tonkunst'; Jonas, Judicium Salomonis, and Jephte were also publ. in T Classici delta Mus. Ital.', No. 5 (Milan, 1919); vocal duets are reprinted in L. Landshoff's Alte Meister des Bel canto (1927) ; a motet was publ. in 'Musique d'Eglise des XVIIs et XVIIIe siecles', ed. by Ch. Pineau.—Cf. M. Brenet, Les Oratorios de C., in 'Riv. M. I.' (1897); A. Schering, Geschichte des Oratoriums (Leipzig,1911); A. Cametti, Primo contribute per una biografia di G. C, in 'Riv. M. I.' XXIV, 3 (1917, important); F. B. Pratella, G. C. ed I suoi oratori, ib. XXIX, 1 (1920).


in 1711 - Gaetano Latilla, opera composer, is born. Latilla is known for his comic operas; Gismondo and Madama Ciana in particular were very popular in the repertoire of travelling comic opera companies in Italy around the middle of the 18th century.

in 1715 - Jacques Duphly French composer, harpsichordist, and organist was born.
in 1723 - Händel's opera Ottone premieres in London.
in 1730 - Johann Joachim Christoph Bode, composer is born.

in 1737 - Brizio Petrucci, Italian composer, is born at Massalombarda, near Ferrara and received training in music from Pietro Berretta, maestro di cappella at Ferrara Cathedral. After serving as coadjutor to Pietro Marzola, maestro di cappella at Ferrara Cathedral, he succeeded him in that position in 1784. He also was maestro al cembalo at the Bonacossi and Scroffa theaters in Ferrara. Among his works were the operas Ciro riconosciuto (Ferrara, Carnival 1765), Demofoonte (Ferrara, Dec. 26, 1765), I pazzi improvvisati (Ferrara, Carnival 1770), and Teseo in Creta (Cesena, 1771), an oratorio, La madre de' Maccabei (Ferrara, 1763), a cantata, La pace italica (Ferrara, 1815), a Requiem (1822), and numerous other sacred pieces. - Died at Ferrara, June 15 1838.

in 1765 - Johann Melchior Molter, German composer, dies at Tiefenort, near Eisenach, age 68.
As a composer, he was typical of his Saxon contemporaries; he attended the Gymnasium in Eisenach, the same institution where Bach had studied earlier. His instrument was the violin, and it was as a violinist that he found employment with a succession of margraves. Like Bach, he was fertile and fathered 8 children. He was even more prolific as a composer than the 2 other great Saxons, Bach and Handel. He wrote something like 170 chamber syms. and is credited with 66 instrumental concertos, not to mention religious works. He traveled to Italy, where he perfected his art of virtuoso instrumental writing. He lived sufficiently long to be impressed by the elegant style of French Rococo music, and some of his works may be described as Gallic.

in 1804 - (Francois Louis) Hyppolite Monpou, French organist and composer, is born at Paris.
He became a choirboy at Paris's St.-Germain-1'Auxerrois at age 5, then went to Notre Dame when he was 9. He entered Choron's Ecole Royale et Speciale de Chant at age 13. Choron sent him to the Tours Cathedral to study organ; he became its organist (1819). He soon returned to Paris, where he became master accompanist at the Academic Royale. He studied harmony with Fetis at Choron's Academy (1822), then became a teacher of singing and maitre de chapelle at the College of St. Louis (1825); subsequently was made organist at St. Thomas d'Aquin, St. Nicolas des Champs, and the Sorbonne (1827). He was notably successful as a composer of some 75 songs. His opera Le Planteur (Paris, March 1, 1839) also proved a popular success. Other operas (all 1st perf. in Paris) were Les Deux Reines (Aug. 6,1835), Le Luthier de Vienne (June 30, 1836), Le Piquillo (Oct. 31, 1837), Un Conte d'autrefois (Feb. 28, 1838), Perugina (Dec. 20, 1838), La Chaste Suzanne (Dec. 27, 1839), La Reine Jeanne (Oct. 13, 1840), Lambert Simnel (Sept. 1, 1843; completed by A. Adam), and L'Orfevre (unfinished). - Died at Orleans, Aug. 10,1841.

in 1821 - Nikolai Afanisev, composer is born

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in 1825 – Vincenzo Bellini first opera, Adelson e Salvini, was performed by Conservatory pupils on this date, and its success encouraged him to further dramatic effort.

in 1829 - Michael Gottard Fischer, organist and composer, dies at 55.
in 1837 - Adolf Jensen, pianist, composer and teacher, is born.

in 1837 - Charles "Carlos" Troyer, composer, pianist and teacher, is born. Troyer incorporated Amerindian traditional melodies in many of his compositions.


in 1861 - Reginald Barrett, is born in London. Pupil of Guildhall School of Music and Darmstadt Conservatory; he came to U. S. in 1888; organist at Kansas City, 1889-98; then in New York, where he became organist at St. James' Church. Wrote Communion Service in Eb; Evening Service in D ; Romanza and Scherzo for violin and pianoforte; over 100 preludes and interludes for organ, and other organ works {Offertory, Marche fantastique, Berceuse, etc.); Birthstone Suite for pianoforte, and other pieces; sacred songs; part-songs for female voices; anthems; etc.

in 1864 - Anna Schoen-Rene, German-American singing teacher, is born at Koblenz.. She studied singing with Pauline Viardot-Garcia. She appeared in opera before settling in the U.S., where she taught in Minneapolis and then at the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y. She published a book of memoirs, America's Musical Heritage (N.Y, 1941). - Died at N.Y., Nov. 13,1942.

in 1863 - Wilibald Nagel, German pianist and musicologist, is born at Mulheim-an-der-Ruhr.
He studied in Berlin with Ehrlich, Spitta, Bellermann, and others. In 1888 he was appointed a lecturer in music history at the University of Zurich. He then lived in London (1893-96), where he studied early English music. Returning to Germany, he completed his Habilitation at Darmstadt's Grossherzogliche Technische Hochschule with his Die Entwicklung der Musik in Frankreich und England (1898; published in Berlin, 1898); then served on its faculty as a professor from 1905 to 1913. He then settled in Stuttgart, where he edited the Neue Musikzeitung (1917-21). From 1921 he was a professor at the Hochschule fur Musik; also made frequent appearances as a concert pianist. He wrote the valuable article "Annalen der englischen Hofmusik von der zeit Heinrichs VIII. bis zum Tode Karls I., 1509-1649," Monatshefte fur Musikgeschichte, XXVI-XXVII (1894-95). - Died at Stuttgart, Oct. 17, 1929.


in 1870 - Karl Burrian, celebrated heroic tenor is born at Rousinov, near Rakovnik. Pupil of F. Piwoda at Prague; debut at Reval, Russia (now Tallinn, Estonia), as Faust in 1892; then at Berlin, Cologne, Hanover, Hamburg (1898); in that year he sang Parsifal at Bayreuth with great success, and thereafter was a favorite in the Wagner parts. As member of the Dresden Court Opera he created the role of Herod in Strauss' Salome (Dec. 9, 1905), a part in which he was not excelled and which he also sang at the Metropolitan Opera House. (Jan. 22, 1907); sang at the Metropolitan Opera Housefrom 1907- 1916 died at Senomat (Czechoslovakia), Sept. 25, 1924.

in 1876 - Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari (real name, Wolf), famous Italian opera composer, is born at Venice.
His father was a well-known painter of German descent and his mother was Italian; about 1895 he added his mother's maiden name to his surname. He began piano study as a small child but also evinced a talent for art; after studying at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome (1891-92), he went to Munich to continue his training but then turned to music and studied counterpoint with Rheinberger at the Akademie der Tonkunst (1892-95).

In 1899 he returned to Venice, where his oratorio La Sulamite was successfully performed. This was followed by the production of his first major opera, Cenerentola (1900), which initially proved a failure; however, its revised version for Bremen (1902) was well received and established his reputation as a composer for the theater. From 1903 to 1909 he was director of the Liceo Benedetto Marcello in Venice; then devoted himself mainly to composition and later was professor of composition at the Salzburg Mozarteum (1939-45). He obtained his first unqualified success with the production of the comic opera Le donne curiose (Munich, 1903); the next opera, I quattro rusteghi (Munich, 1906), was also well received. There followed his little masterpiece, II segreto di Susanna (Munich, 1909), a one-act opera buffa in the style of the Italian verismo (Susanna's secret being not infidelity, as her husband suspected, but indulgence in surreptitious smoking). Turning toward grand opera, he wrote I gioielli della Madonna; it was brought out at Berlin in 1911, and soon became a repertoire piece everywhere; he continued to compose, but his later operas failed to match the appeal of his early creations. - Died at Venice, Jan. 21, 1948.

in 1884 - Louis Horst, composer, choreographer and pianist, is born. Horst had an important influence on the development of modern dance choreographic technique.


in 1887 - Marie-Leopoldine Blahet'ka (or Plahetka), pianist and composer; dies at Boulogne, age 75. Studied pianoforte playing under Josef Czerny, Kalkbrenner, and Moscheles; composition under Sechter. A brilliant pianist, she made successful tours, and composed effective pianoforte pieces (concertos, polonaises, rondos, sonatas, variations, pfpianoforte-trios, etc.), and songs; also wrote a romantic opera, Die Rauber und die Sanger (Vienna, 1830). She resided from 1840 in Boulogne. Born at Guntramsdorf, near Vienna, Nov. 15, 1811.

in 1888 - Claude Delvincourt, pianist, composer and teacher, is born. He
won the 2nd Prix de Rome in 1913 with his cantata Faust et Helene; served and was wounded in the World War, recovering from his injuries only in 1922; since then he lived in Normandy. He was appointed director of the Conservatoire at Versailles in 1932 and then became Director of the Paris Conservatoire in 1940 - Delvincourt, while overtly complying with racial laws of the Vichy regime, managed to save many of his Jewish students, and was threatened by the Gestapo.

in 1898 - Jose Forns y Cuadras, composer and musicologist, is born.

in 1898 - Carlo Tagliabue, noted Italian baritone, is born at Mariano Comense. He studied with Gennai and Guidotti. He made his debut as Amonasro in 1922 in Lodi. After singing in Italian provincial opera houses, he joined La Scala in Milan in 1930; continued to appear there regularly until 1943, and again from 1946 to 1953; also sang in Florence and Rome, at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, and at Covent Garden in London (1938, 1946). On Dec. 2, 1937, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Amonasro; continued on its roster until 1939. He retired in 1960. He was a distinguished interpreter of Verdi and a fine Wagnerian. - Died at Monza, April 5, 1978.

in 1900 - Atos Väinö Hannikainen, harpist and composer, is born.
in 1900 - Harry Roy (UK singer, swing clarinetist, bandleader) is born
in 1903 - Rhodes Opera House burns in Boyertown Pa, killing 170.

in 1904 - "Mississippi" Fred McDowell, North Mississippi style blues singer/songwriter and slide guitarist, member of the Blues Hall of Fame, is born.

in 1905 - Woodward Maurice "Tex" Ritter, country singer/songwriter, guitarist and actor, member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, is born. Ritter starred in around 70 films, mostly as a "singing cowboy." Father to actor/commedian Jack Ritter.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eDhsdFdtGY"]YouTube - Tex Ritter - I Dreamed Of A Hillbilly Heaven[/ame]

in 1908 - Jose Limon, Mexican/US dancer (I, Odysseus) is born.
in 1912 - Huang You-di (Taiwanese musician, composer) is born.

in 1916 - Jay (James Columbus; aka Hootie) McShann, jazz pianist, singer, bandleader, is born at Muskogee, Okla. Some sources give his birth year as 1909, which McShann himself disputes. His cousin, Pete McShann, played drums. He started playing piano from age of 12; he spent two months at Fisk University, returned home, then went to Tulsa to perform with the Al Dennis Band for four months.

He briefly led own band in Ark. before studying for a year at Winfield College, Kans.; he left there to Ariz, and N.Mex. with Eddy Hill's Band. While on a trip to visit relatives in Iowa, he stopped off at Kansas City and began playing in local clubs. During the mid-1930s, he worked in many Kansas City night-spots, then after a residency at the Monroe Inn, he joined a group led by trumpeter Dee "Prince" Stewart.

In 1938, he began leading his own band, which included Charlie Parker, at Martin's, Kansas City. In early 1936, he worked for four months in Chicago with his own trio, then returned to leading the band at Martin's. After a residency at the Century Room, Kansas City (February to June 1940), the band began regular touring, leading to their successful debut in N.Y.

Among their hits were "Hootie Blues" (a title which gave him his nickname), "Confessin' the Blues," and "Swingmatism"; the band included Charlie Parker, Gene Ramey, Gus Johnson, and singer Walter Brown. McShann continued to lead his own big band until the Army call-up in late 1943. He was released a year later and reformed the band; in 1945, they were the resident band at The Downbeat Club in N.Y. In June 1946, he took the band to Los Angeles for various residencies including the Susie Q Club and Cobra Club. He returned to Kansas City in 1950 and has been based there since. He recorded for Vee Jay (1955-56) and backed Priscilla Bowman on her big hit, "Hands Off/' for that label.

During the 1950s and 1960s, he led his own group in Kansas City for long engagements at the Club Flamingo, Kismet Lounge, Barbary Coast Club, etc. After a long hiatus, he returned to recording in 1966 with the album McShann's Piano that rekindled interest in his work at home and make him a star touring attraction in Europe. He worked extensively in Europe during 1969, leading a specially formed band in France and Holland and subsequently appearing as a soloist at London's "Jazz Expo" in October. He embarked on worldwide touring during the 1970s, often with his own trio: Claude Williams (violin and guitar) and Paul Gunther (drums).

In 1974, he toured Europe with the show The Musical Life of Charlie Parker, in 1975, he took part in the Montreux Jazz Festival; in 1979, he played at the Alexandra Palace Jazz Festival in London. He often appears in all-star groups and has displayed an engaging singing style more and more since the 1970s. He also appeared in the film The Last of the Blue Devils.

in 1916 - William Pleeth, English cellist and teacher, is born at London. He studied at the London Violoncello School and with Klengel at the Leipzig Conservatory. In 1932 he made his debut in Leipzig, and then returned to London, where he first appeared in 1933. In subsequent years, he appeared as a soloist with various British orchestras. He also was a member of the Blech (1936-41) and Allegri (1953-67) string quartets. From 1948 to 1978 he was professor of cello at the Guildhall School of Music in London. In 1989 he received the Order of the British Empire. Pleeth’s most famous student was Jacqueline Du Pre. - Died April 6,1999.

in 1917 - Walter Hendl, conductor, composer, pianist and teacher, is born. Hendl was music director of several orchestras during his career, and conducted the premieres of many works of contemporary music.

in 1918 - Leonard B(unce) Meyer, eminent American musicologist, is born at N.Y. He was educated at Bard College (1936-37), Columbia University (B.A., 1940; M.A., 1948), and the University of Chicago (Ph.D., 1954). In 1946 he joined the faculty of the University of Chicago, where he served as head of the humanities section (1958-60), chairman of the music dept. (1961-70), professor of music (1961-75), and the Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor (1972-75). In 1971-72 he held a Guggenheim fellowship. From 1975 to 1988 he was the Benjamin Franklin professor of music at the University of Pa., and subsequently held its emeritus title. In 1971 he was the Ernest Bloch Professor of Music at the University of Calif, at Berkeley, and later was a senior fellow at the School of Criticism and Theory (1975-88). He was a resident scholar at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Italy in 1982. In 1984 he was the Tanner lecturer at Stanford University and in 1985 the Patten lecturer at Ind. University. In 1987 he was made an honorary member of the American Musicological Society. Many of his erudite books and articles have been translated into various foreign languages, among them French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Serbo- Croatian, Japanese, and Chinese.

in 1920 - Theodor Uppman, American baritone and teacher, is born at San Jose, Calif.
He received training at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (1939-41) before attending opera workshops at Stanford University (1941-42) and the University of Southern Calif. in Los Angeles (1948-50). In 1941 he made his professional debut with the Northern California Symphony Orchestra.

He first gained notice when he sang Debussy's Pelleas in a concert version with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in 1947. In 1948 he chose that same role for his debut with the N.Y.C. Opera.

On Dec. 1, 1951, he created the title role in Britten's Billy Budd at London's Covent Garden. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Pelleas on Nov. 27, 1953, and then was on its roster from 1955 to 1978, appearing in such roles as Papageno, Marcello, Eisenstein, Guglielmo, Paquillo, Sharpless et al. He also was a guest artist with other U.S. opera companies and toured as a concert artist.

In 1962 he created Floyd's Jonathan Wade at the N.Y.C. Opera and in 1983 Bernstein's Bill in A Quiet Place at the Houston Grand Opera. He taught at the Manhattan School of Music, the Mannes College of Music in N.Y., and the Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies in Aldeburgh.

in 1921 - Leo Smit, American pianist, teacher, and composer, is born at Philadelphia. He studied piano with Vengerova at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (1930-32), and took lessons in composition with Nabokov (1935). He made his debut as a pianist at Carnegie Hall in N.Y. in 1939, and then made tours of the U.S. He also taught at Sarah Lawrence College (1947-49), at the University of Calif, at Los Angeles (1957-63), and at the State University of N.Y. at Buffalo (1962-98). He likewise served as director of the Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles (1957-63) and as composer-in-residence at the American Academy in Rome (1972-73) and at Brevard Music Center (1980). His style of composition was neo-Classical, marked by a strong contrapuntal fabric; the influence of Stravinsky, with whom he had personal contact, was pronounced in many of his scores. - Died at Encinitas, Calif., Dec. 12,1999.

in 1921 - Gervase Elwes dies at age 55. English tenor, born in Billing, Northampton; he first trained as a lawyer and diplomat, spending some years in Brussels. It was there that he began formal singing lessons at the age of 28. However he had to overcome a social convention of resistance to one of his class his making a professional career as a singer, and not until the early 1900s, in his late thirties, did he gave his first professional performances in London. His first professional appearance in London was opposite Agnes Nicholls, in Wallfahrt nach Kevlaar by Engelbert Humperdinck at the St James's Hall, with the Handel Society under J. S. Liddle in late April 1903, and immediately afterwards he appeared at the Westmorland Festival. He went on to be an international star and much loved artist where ever he performed (Gervase died in a horrific railroad accident in Boston, USA while at the height of his career)

in 1925 - Laurentiu Profeta, Romanian composer, is born at Bucharest.
He studied with Constantinescu and Mendelsohn (harmony, counterpoint, and composition) at the Bucharest Conservatory (1945—49) and with Messner (composition) at the Moscow Conservatory (1954-56). In 1945 he was awarded the Enesco Prize. He pursued his career in Bucharest, where he was asst. director of the Romanian Radio (1948-52). From 1952 to 1960 he was director of the music dept. of the Ministry of Culture. He was secretary of the Romanian National Committee of the International Music Council from 1960 to 1970. From 1968 he was also secretary of the Union of Composers and Musicologists, serving as a member of its directory council from 1990. It awarded him its prize 8 times (1968,1969,1976,1979,1980,1986,1990,1993). In his music, Profeta has followed in the path of neo- Classicism while utilizing various contemporary elements in his scores.

in 1926 Morton Feldman, composer and teacher, is born. Feldman was a pioneer of 'indeterminate music,' and composed some very long pieces; his String Quartet II is over 6 hours long.

in 1926 - Ray (Noble) Price, American country singer, guitarist, and songwriter, is born near Perryville, Tex.
Price was among the most popular country singers of the 1950s and 1960s, with a style that evolved from the honky-tonk approach of his mentor, Hank Williams, to a more pop-oriented Countrypolitan sound in the 1960s, but was not inconsistent with that of proteges like Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson in the 1970s and 1980s.

He reached the country charts 109 times between 1952 and 1989, including 46 Top Ten hits and eight #ls, the most successful of which were "Crazy Arms/7 "My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You/' and "City Lights." Price's parents divorced when he was four, and he spent part of his childhood on his father's farm in Cherokee County, Tex., and part with his mother in Dallas. He began attending North Tex. Agricultural Coll. in Arlington, Tex., intending to become a veteri narian, but when he turned 18 he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in the Pacific during World War II; he returned to college in 1946.

In 1948 he began singing on local radio, and in 1949, when he was hired by the Big D Jamboree radio show in Dallas, he left school to work in music full-time. He signed to the small Bullet Records label, which released his first single, "Jealous Lies" (music and lyrics by Ray Price) in 1950. The single was not a success, but his appearances on the Big D Jamboree, some of which were broadcast nationally, brought him to the attention of Columbia Records, which signed him in March 1951.

Price was befriended by Hank Williams, who facilitated his move to Nashville and his joining the Grand Ole Opry in January 1952, before he had scored a national hit. That hit came soon after, however, when "Talk to Your Heart" (music and lyrics by C. M. Bradley and Louise Ulrich) reached the country Top Ten in May. He had another hit that year, then struggled until scoring in March 1954 with both sides of the single "I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)" (music and lyrics by Rusty Gabbard and Ray Price)/"Release Me" (music and lyrics by Eddie Miller and W. S. Stevenson).

There was one more country Top Ten that year, then another year off the charts. Price returned with five Top Ten hits in 1956, including the biggest country single of the year, "Crazy Arms" (music and lyrics by Ralph Mooney and Chuck Seals), and he was in the country singles charts every year from then until 1989.

He had three more #1 hits in the 1950s: "My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You" (music and lyrics by Lee Ross and Bob Wills) in September 1957; "City Lights" (music and lyrics by Bill Anderson), the biggest hit of 1958; and "The Same Old Me" (music and lyrics by Fuzzy Owen) in December 1959.

In the 1960s Price topped the country charts with the albums Night Life (January 1964), Another Bridge to Burn (November 1966), and Touch My Heart (April 1967). He began to add strings to his recordings, culminating in the large orchestra that accompanied him on a recording of the 1913 song "Danny Boy" (music and lyrics by Frederick Edward Weatherly, based on the 19th-century Irish traditional song "Londonderry Air") in 1967, a Top Ten country hit and his biggest crossover pop hit yet.

But he achieved real crossover success and returned to the top of the country charts in September 1970 by recording Kris Kristofferson's "For the Good Times," which made the pop Top 40 and earned him a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male. The For the Good Times LP topped the country charts and went gold. His career reinvigorated, Price topped the country charts in May 1971 with "I Won't Mention It Again" (music and lyrics by Cam Mullins and Carolyn Yates), earning another Grammy nomination for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male, and hitting #1 on the country LP charts with an album of the same title. The tworecord set Ray Price's All-Time Greatest Hits, released in August 1972, was a gold-selling album, and Price was back at #1 in the country charts with "She's Got to Be a Saint" (music and lyrics by Mario DiNapoli and Joseph Paulini) in December 1972 and "You're the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me" (music and lyrics by Jim Weatherly) in October 1973.

Price gave up touring and turned his attention to horse-breeding on his Tex. ranch in the early 1970s, though he continued to make records. He switched to the religious Myrrh record label in 1974, to ABC/Dot in 1975, and to Monument in 1978, continuing to reach the country charts regularly. In 1980 he teamed up with Willie Nelson, who had once been a member of his backing band, for the album San Antonio Rose, which went gold and featured the country Top Ten single "Faded Love" (music and lyrics by Bob Wills and Johnnie Lee Wills). He moved to Dimension Records in 1981, scoring a final couple of Top Ten hits, then to Warner Bros., Clint Eastwood's Viva label, and the independent Step One label, continuing to reach the country charts through the end of the 1980s. By then he had built his own theater in the entertainment center of Branson, Mo. Price was married twice, and had a son.

in 1927 - Salvatore Martirano, composer, teacher and inventor of electronic musical instruments, is born. The Sal-Mar Construction, designed by him and named for him, weighed over fifteen hundred pounds and consisted of "analog circuits controlled by internal digital circuits controlled by the composer/performer via a touch-control keyboard with 291 touch-sensitive keys."

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23RXFcyJ36s"]YouTube - Salvatore Martirano - Ballad (1966) [2/2][/ame]

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in 1928 - Ruth Brown Ruth Weston (US R&B singer) is born.
in 1829 - Michael Gottard Fischer, composer, dies at 55.
in 1930 - Glenn Yarborough, pop and folk singer/songwriter, is born.
in 1931 - Roland Alphonso (Jamaican tenor saxophonist; The Skatalites/Soul Venors) is born.
in 1932 - Hadley Caliman (US jazz tenor saxophonist) is born.
in 1932 - Des O'Connor (UK singer, comedian, TV presenter) is born.
in 1933 - Czech composer Václav Suk died at the age of 71.
in 1933 - Vaclav Suk, composer, dies at 71.

in 1934 - Pawel Kochanski dies at age 47. Polish violinist, composer and arranger born in Orel, Russia; he studied violin first with his father and then at age 7 in Odessa with Emil Mlynarski. From 1909 to 1911 he taught at the Warsaw Conservatory as professor of violin. In 1909 he and Arthur Rubinstein gave the first performance of Karol Szymanowski's Violin Sonata in D minor. He went on to play in all the major opera houses and recital halls around Europe, America and Sth America. In 1921, he made a sensational debut in the Brahms Violin Concerto at the Carnegie Hall, and was immediately in demand and in April 1922 he was playing in Buenos Aires. As well as all his international appearances, Pawel also taught at the Juilliard School in New York City, from 1924, heading the violin faculty, until his death (cancer).

in 1936 - Raimonds Pauls (Latvian Composer) is born.
in 1937 - Rene Netto (US clarinet/saxophone/flute; solo/session) is born.
in 1937 - Vicente Sardinero (Spanish baritone) is born.
in 1939 - William Lee Golden, country and pop singer/songwriter (The Oak Ridge Boys), is born.
in 1939 - Ray Manzarek, rock singer/songwriter and keyboardist (The Doors), is born.
in 1940 - Ronald Shannon Jackson (drummer; Music Revelation Ensemble/Last Exit/freelance) is born.

in 1941 - John "Long John" William Baldry, blues and rock singer, is born. Baldry worked with many prominent British rock musicians during his career, including members of the Rolling Stones, Al Stewart, and Elton John.

in 1943 - Ray Manzarek, rock keyboardist (Doors-People are Strange) is born.

in 1944 - Viktoria (Valentinovna) Postnikova, Russian pianist, is born at Moscow. She studied at the Moscow Central Music School and later at the Moscow Conservatory, graduating in 1967. In 1966 she received 2nd prize at the Leeds Competition. She then embarked upon a major career, appearing widely as a soloist with leading orchestras and as a recitalist. She married Gennadi Rozhdestvensky in 1969.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeoK-Xmcu7k"]Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No.1 - YouTube[/ame]

in 1945 - Maggie Bell, blues-rock and rock singer/songwriter (Stone The Crows), is born.
in 1945 - Abe Tilmon (American vocalist with Detroit Emeralds) is born.

in 1946 - George Duke, rock, jazz and jazz fusion pianist and keyboardist, is born. Duke was a pioneer in the use of synthesizers, and worked with Frank Zappa and Miles Davis, among many others.

in 1946 - Cynthia Robinson, soul/funk trumpeter and singer (Sly & the Family Stone), is born.
in 1949 – Haneken Kentaro Haneda (Japanese pianist; movies/video game music) is born
in 1950 - Koos van de Griend, composer of scores for film and radio, dies at 44.
in 1951 - Chris Bell, pop and rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (Big Star), is born.
in 1951 - Larry Hoppens, soft rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (Orleans), is born.
in 1952 - Ricky Van Shelton, country singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born.
in 1953 - Simeon Roncal, pianist and composer, famous for his cuecas, dies at 82.
in 1954 - Felipe Rose, disco singer (Village People, in which he was the "Indian" [he's actually 1/2 Amerindian]), is born.


in 1956 – Harry Belafonte’s “Day-O” (aka “The Banana Boat Song”) reaches the top five on the pop charts, remaining in the top 100 for the next 20 weeks, establishing the calypso craze and Belafonte’s pop music career.

in 1958 - Arthur Shepherd, composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 77.

in 1959 - Blixa Bargeld Christian Emmerich (German guitarist; Einstürzende Neubauten/Bad Seeds/freelance) is born.

in 1959 - Per Gessle Swedish pop Singer-songwriter was born in Halmstad.
in 1960 - Charlie Gillingham (keyboards, Counting Crows) is born.
in 1961 - Ivo Perelman (Brazilian free jazz saxophonist) is born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLtSDXT1B3U"]Ivo Perelman - "Nesta Rua" - YouTube[/ame]

in 1962 - Richard de Guide, composer, dies at 52.
in 1963 - Guy Chambers (Singer/songwriter/producer; Lemon Trees/Robbie Williams) is born.
in 1963 – The Rooftop Singers’ version of “Walk Right In” tops the pop charts.


in 1964 - The Beatles appeared on the ATV show Sunday Night At The London Palladium performing ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’, ‘This Boy’, ‘All My Loving’, ‘Money’ and ‘Twist And Shout’. The compare for the evening was Bruce Forsyth. When The Beatles appeared on this show on October 13, 1963, their fee had been £250, now, just three months later, their fee was £1,000.

in 1965 - Mark Moore, rocker (S'Express-Winter Course) is born.
in 1965 - Rob Zombie Robert Bartleh Cummings (USsinger, songwriter, film director; White Zombie) is born.
in 1968 - Keith Anderson (US country music singer-songwriter) is born.
in 1968 - Junichi Masuda (Japanese composer) is born.

in 1969 - Led Zeppelin's debut album was released in the UK. Recorded at Olympic Studios in Barnes, London, the album took only about 36 hours of studio time to complete at a cost of just £1,782, most of the tracks being recorded 'live' in the studio with very few overdubs. The album spent a total of 71 weeks on the UK chart.

in 1970 - Miguel Ayesa (Australian singer, pianist; musicals) is born
in 1970 - Zack de la Rocha (US rapper,poet, activist, vocalist, lyricist; Rage Against the Machine) is born
in 1970 – Raekwon Corey Woods (Hip-Hop, Rap artist; Wu-Tang Clan/solo) is born.

in 1971 - Captain John Handy dies at age 70. US jazz alto saxophonist & clarinetist; played clarinet in New Orleans bands from the 1920s, including in his own Louisiana Shakers. He switched to alto saxophone in 1928, and was little-known outside of Louisiana until the 1960s, when he began playing frequently with Kid Sheik Cola and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and recorded for GHB Records, RCA, and Jazz Crusade. He is well known for playing in the December Band along side "Kid" Thomas Valentine, "Big" Jim Robinson, Sammy Rimington, Bill Sinclair, Dick Griffith, "Mouldy" Dick Mccarthy and Sammy Pen. His solo in Ice cream is one of the most well known in New Orleans Jazz

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4fpW2u3H_M&feature=related"]YouTube - John Hand - Hard Work[/ame]

in 1973 - Dan Haseltine (singer; Jars of Clay) is born.
in 1973 - Matt Wong (Hawaiin bassist; Reel Big Fish) is born.
in 1973 - Hande Yener (Turkish popular music singer) is born.

in 1974 Melanie Jayne Chisholm "Sporty Spice," pop singer (The Spice Girls) is born. in 1974 - "Joker" by Steve Miller Band peaks at #1.

in 1974 - Jim Croce started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'You Don't Mess Around With Jim'.

in 1974 - The Steve Miller Band were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'The Joker', the group's first of three No.1's. It reached No.1 on the UK chart in 1990.

in 1975 - The first night of a UK tour kicked off under the banner of The Warner Brothers Music Show. It featured Little Feat, Montrose, Tower Of Power, The Doobie Brothers and Graham Central Station. Also released was an album sampler featuring all the acts that was priced at 69p ($1.17).

in 1975 - Chase Hampton, Okla City Okla, rocker (Party-Rodeo, That's Why) is born.
in 1975 - Sarah Masen (US singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist) is born.
in 1975 - Jason Freese (American multi-musician; Green Day/Freelance) is born.
in 1976 - Miki Nakatani (Japanese actress, singer) is born.
in 1977 - Kris Roe (US singer, guitarist and songwriter; The Ataris) is born.

in 1977 - EMI Records issued a statement saying it felt unable to promote The Sex Pistols records in view of the adverse publicity generated over the last two months.

in 1977 - Rolling Stone Keith Richards was fined £750 ($1,275) for possession of cocaine found in his car after the guitarist had been involved in a car crash.

in 1977 - The Police had their first rehearsal, held at drummer's Stewart Copeland's London flat, with Henri Padovani on guitar.

in 1978 - Jeremy Camp (US guitarist, singer) is born.
in 1978 – Amerie Amerie Mi Marie Rogers (US R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, model) is born.

in 1981 - It was reported that the White House had expanded its record library by including albums by Bob Dylan, Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

in 1983 - Anthony "Rebop" Kwaku Baah dies at age 37. Ghanaian percussionist born in Konongo;he met up with the UK band Traffic while they toured Sweden, and played with them from 1971 to 1974, appearing on the albums The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, Shoot Out at the Fantasy Factory, On the Road, and Welcome to the Canteen. In 1973 he played in Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert along with Eric, Pete Townshend, Rick Grech, Jim Capaldi, Ronnie Wood, Jimmy Karstein, and Steve Winwood. After Traffic had broken up, he played on Steve Winwood’s self-titled debut solo 1977 album. Also in 1977, he joined the German band 'Can' along with former Traffic bassist Rosko Gee, playing with them until their breakup in 1979, appearing on the albums Saw Delight, Out of Reach and Can. In 1983 he recorded a jazz fusion album with Zahara. Rebop also recorded 4 solo albums, the last being Melodies in a Jungle Mans Head in 1983 (he sadly died of a brain haemorrhage during a performance in Sweden while touring with Jimmy Cliff's touring band).

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKvTL8znKOM"]Anthony Rebop Kwaku Bah - Africa - YouTube[/ame]

in 1983 - Swedish percussionist with Traffic, Reebop Kwaku Baah died from a brain haemorrhage in Stockholm, Sweden. Also worked with Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker's Air Force, Can and The Rolling Stones.

in 1990 - Paul Amadeus Pisk, composer and musicologist, dies at 96.
in 1991 - Pixie Lott Victoria Louise Lott (UK singer) is born.

in 1992 - Bob Geldof was arrested after a disturbance on a Boeing 727, which had been grounded for 5 hours at Stansted Airport.

in 1993 - Van Morrison failed to turn up at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction dinner, making him the first living inductee not to attend.

in 1993 - Aika Mitsui (Japanese singer) is born.
in 1995 - Laurel McGoff (American singer) is born.

in 1995 - Snoop Doggy Dogg was charged in Los Angeles with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

in 1996 - AC/DC played the first date on their Ballbreaker World Tour in Greensboro, North Carolina. The world tour would last for 11 months finishing on November 30, 1996 in Christchurch, New Zealand.

in 2000 - Teenage diva Charlotte Church sacked her manager Jonathan Shalit. Shalit had won her a five album deal with Sony Records and helped the singer with her career – which had earn her £6 million ($10.2 million) to date.

in 2001 - British Airways staff complained about Oasis singer Liam Gallagher after he had grabbed a stewardess' bottom, refused to stop smoking and thrown objects around the cabin during a flight from London to Rio De Janeiro.

in 2001 - Luiz Floriano Bonfá dies at age 78. Brazilian guitarist and composer; born in Rio de Janeiro, he began teaching himself to play guitar as a child and he studied in Rio with Uruguayan classical guitarist Isaías Sávio from the age of twelve. He was part of the burgeoning days of Rio de Janeiro's thriving jazz scene, it was commonplace for musicians, dramatists and artists to collaborate in theatrical presentations. Luiz wrote some of the original music featured in the film, including the numbers "Samba de Orfeu" and his most famous composition, "Manhã de Carnaval" (of which Carl Sigman later wrote a different set of English lyrics titled "A Day in the Life of a Fool"), which has been among the top ten standards played worldwide, according to The Guinness Book of World Records. Luiz lived in the USA from the early 1960s until 1975. He worked with American musicians such as Quincy Jones, George Benson, Stan Getz, and Frank Sinatra, recording several albums while in there. Elvis Presley sang a Bonfá composition, "Almost in Love", in the 1968 MGM film "Live a Little, Love a Little" (sadly died from prostate cancer complicated by ischemia)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpC0Q6OBa9w"]YouTube - Luiz Bonfá - Bossa Nova Cha Cha[/ame]

in 2003 - Maurice Gibb dies at age 53. British singier and songwriter in the internationally famed group, The Bee Gees, formed with his brothers Robin and Barry. The trio got their start in Australia, and found major success when they returned to England. The Bee Gees became one of the most successful pop groups of all time and have been awarded 9 grammys among their many other awards; have been inducted into 8 Hall of Fames and have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (heart attack during abdominal surgery).

in 2002 - Aaliyah had the posthumous UK No.1 single with 'More Than A Woman'. Aaliyah was killed in Aug 2001 in a plane crash in the Bahamas aged 22. The Cessna plane crashed a few minutes after take off killing everyone on board. Aaliyah had been filming a video on the island for her latest release ‘Rock The Boat’.

in 2004 - Randy VanWarmer dies at age 48. US singer, songwriter, composer; best remembered for his hit "Just When I Needed You Most." It reached No.8 in the UK Singles Chart and No.4 in the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1979. There are several cover versions of this song, including those by Dolly Parton and Smokie. He wrote several songs for the group The Oak Ridge Boys including "I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes." His final album was released posthumously only in Japan and was a tribute to Stephen Foster (leukaemia).

in 2005 - It was announced that the Strawberry Field children's home immortalised by The Beatles was to close. The home in Woolton, Liverpool was made famous when John Lennon wrote ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ after playing there as a child.

in 2007 - Alice Coltrane dies at age 69. American jazz pianist, organist, harpist, composer, wife of the late saxophone legend John Coltrane. After his death she continued to play with her own groups, moving into more and more meditative music, and later playing with her children. She was one of the few harpists in the history of jazz. Her essential recordings were made in the late 1960s and early 1970s for Impulse! Records. (respiratory failure).

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smisXZ7KVpo"]Alice Coltrane "Blue Nile" (1970) - YouTube[/ame]

in 2007 - Toni Braxton filed a lawsuit at the U.S District Court in Manhattan against her former manager Barry Hankerson for $10 million, alleging "fraud, deception and double dealing." According to Braxton, Hankerson placed his own personal financial interests ahead of hers by using "double-talk" to compromise the relationship between Braxton and her former recording label, Arista Records.

in 2009 - Alejandro Sokol dies at age 48. Argentine rock musician with bands Sumo and Las Pelotas. He was the bassist, and then the drummer of rock band "Sumo" introducing British post-punk to the Argentine scene, with almost the whole lyrics in English. In 1987 he formed the band "Las Pelotas" together with fellow ex-Sumo Germán Daffunchio. After 17 years with the band, he left to form his own group, "El Vuelto S.A.", featuring his son Ismael Sokol, Nicolás Angiolini and Gustavo Bustos on guitars, Sebastián Villegas on bass and Damián Bustos playing drums. (died in the bus depot in Río Cuarto, Córdoba province, of cardio-respiratory failure, when waiting for a bus to take him to Buenos Aires back from the Traslasierra district).

in 2009 - A full frontal nude photo of Madonna, taken in 1979 before she became famous, sold at auction for $37,500. The black and white picture was taken at a time when Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone was a 20-year-old dancer trying to make ends meet in New York.

in 2010 - Jimmy O Jean Jimmy Alexandre dies at age 35. Haitian Hip Hop artist, rapper and songwriter, born in Port-au-Prince and lived in New York City. He was involved with Wyclef Jean's Yéle Haiti Foundation, a grass-roots charitable organization established by Wyclef Jean in 2005. As a musician, Jimmy O helped develop new talent and artists in Haiti. Jimmy was also preparing to release his debut album. (crushed in a vehicle during the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Haiti)

in 2010 - Brian Damage Brian Keats dies at age 46. American punk and rock drummer born in New York; he played in the bands Genocide and Verbal Abuse, before in October of 1983 Glenn Danzig invited him to join The Misfits. His first and only performance with The Misfits, a Halloween show in Detroit, Brian was so drunk he could not perform properly, it also turned out to be the band's farewell show. After The Misfits, Brian remained in New York City playing drums for Hellbent, The Kretins, The Hellhounds, The Diamondbacks, The Skulls, Angels In Vain, Princess Pang, and Raging Slab. He later moved to LA where he played and/or recorded with Baron Jive, The Light Bachwood Movement, Wink, Pressurehed, Sylvain Sylvain, Link Protrudi And The Jaymen, Paul Inman, Marioux, Low Pop Suicide, 3 Day Wheely, Bortek, Susanna Hoffs, Doppler, The Fuzztones, and Tramdriver as well as playing live performances with Kathy Fisher, Sages & Seers, African Violet, Tim Harrington, $100 Band, Jason Falkner, Woozy, and Dave Vanian and the Phantom Chords and recorded sessions demos with Zoe Poledouris And Bubble Gun, Bijou Phillips, Swirl 360, Tallulah, Marie Wilson, Michael Hately, Kim Richey, Billy Idol, Tom Anderson, Leah Andreone, and Colony (complications of colon cancer).

in 2010 - Shakin' Stevens was found guilty of hitting a press photographer with a microphone stand during a concert at a hotel in Ballymena. The Welsh singer who scored No.1’s in the 80’s was fined £300 for assault and criminal damage and ordered to pay the photographer £479 to compensate for his damaged camera lens.

in 2010 - Dewey Tucker dies at age 24. American bassist and smooth jazz bassist who has world toured and been playing with Lauryn Hill over the last few years and played with Oakland hip-hop group the Coup. He was also a member of the Greater St. Paul Baptist Church band in Oakland. (Dewey was found dead in his vehicle, victim of a random shooting)

in 2010 - Yabby You Vivian Jackson dies at age 63. Jamaican reggae singer and producer born in Kingston, Jamaica. At 17, Yabby was so malnourished that he had to be hospitalized, he eventually left with severe arthritis and crippled legs. While he could not work in certain jobs, he had a musical talent and taking divine inspiration from the sounds of nature around him, and with the help of friends, in 1972 he founded a harmony trio, the Prophets. Their debut single "Conquering Lion," was a classically styled reggae song with a deep personal message. They made a few more singles which appeared on Yabby's successful debut album, also called Conquering Lion. He was closely affiliated with King Tubby, whose dubs often appeared on the B-sides of his singles. Yabby's success allowed him to branch out as a producer, and he began working with both upcoming and more established artists including Wayne Wade, Michael Rose, Tommy McCook, Michael Prophet, Big Youth, Trinity, Dillinger and Tapper Zukie, while continuing to release his own material (died after suffering a brain aneurysm)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1blo_I18sE"]YouTube - Yabby You - Love Thy Neighbour - Live[/ame]

in 2012 - Sadao Bekku dies at age 89. Japanese classical composer, born in Tokyo; his works include five symphonies, film scores, a flute sonata, a piano concerto, choral work, art songs, and the opera, Prince Arima. His work took strong influences from jazz. His most famous works include the film score, Matango in '63 (Sadao passed away with pneumonia) b. May 24th 1922.

in 2012 - Rosalind "Lindy" Runcie née Turner dies at age 79. British pianist and wife of the late Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury. She gave piano recitals in both the UK and the USA and according to a 1983 article of the Wrexham Evening Leader, she had raised over £60,000 for charity through her recitals. She also taught piano privately and at St Albans School and St Albans High School for Girls (cause unreleased) - Born January 23rd 1932.


in 2013 – The 1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow used by Freddie Mercury until his death in November 1991, sold at auction for £74,000 to a Russian businessman. The 62,000-mile classic Rolls-Royce which had a guide price of just £9,000-£11,000 features grey leather, wood trim, electric windows, automatic gearbox, a car phone and radio cassette player and a 6.75-litre V8 engine. It was sold as part of the Coys auction at Autosport International.

in 2013 - Precious Bryant (née Bussey) American country blues, gospel, and folk singer and guitarist, dies at age 71, in Columbus, Georgia, of complications from diabetes and congestive heart failure. She played Piedmont fingerstyle guitar.

Bryant was born in Talbot County, Georgia. She released two solo albums. Her 2002 debut, Fool Me Good, was nominated for two Blues Music Awards, in the categories Acoustic Blues Album of the Year and Best New Artist Debut. In 2006 she was nominated for a similar award for Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year, as were Koko Taylor, Maria Muldaur and the winner of the award, Etta James.


in 2015 - Elena Vasiliyevna Obraztsova (Russian: Елена Васильевна Образцова) Russian mezzo-soprano dies in Leipzig, Saxony, Germany, while undergoing medical treatment. She was 75 years old. People's Artist of the USSR (1976).

As a child, Obraztsova lived in Leningrad through the severe long siege (more than 870 days) during World War II. In 1948, at the age of nine, she began singing in the children's chorus of the Pioneers Palace in Leningrad.

From 1954-57, she studied in the Tchaikovsky musical college in Taganrog and frequently participated in concerts onstage of Taganrog Theatre. From 1957 to 1958, Obraztsova studied in Rostov on Don's music school. In August 1958, Obraztsova passed the examinations and became a student at the Leningrad Conservatory. In 1963 she was invited to perform in a Bolshoi Theater production of Boris Godunov in Moscow. Her introduction to the opera houses of Europe and the world was a recital in the Salle Pleyel in Paris.

She played many roles throughout her career, including performances under the baton of such leading conductors as Claudio Abbado and Herbert von Karajan. In December 1977 she opened the 200th opera season in La Scala singing Don Carlos's Eboli with Abbado as conductor. She first performed in New York in 1976, in Aida, and was called a "major artist" in reviews.

In 1978, she played the title role of Carmen opposite Plácido Domingo in Franco Zeffirelli's television production of the opera. She also appeared as Santuzza in Zeffirelli's film version of Cavalleria rusticana in 1982. In her career she performed in operas with many other well-known opera singers of her generation: Luciano Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland, Ingvar Wixell. She sang Carmen opposite Placido Domingo in Franco Zeffirelli’s film of the Bizet opera, and appeared in Don Carlos with Domingo and Margaret Price.

On 27 December 1990, she was awarded the title of the Hero of Socialist Labor (mark of distinction - "Hammer and Sickle" gold medal ), Order of Lenin by the President of USSR for her contribution to the development of Soviet Music.

In June 2007, Obraztsova was appointed artistic director of opera at the Mikhaylovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. She also trained young soloists in her own cultural center in St. Petersburg. Obraztsova regularly appeared on stage at the Mikhailovsky in the role of the Countess in Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades. In 2008, Obraztsova ended her artistic director contract with the Mikhailovsky to concentrate on the competition of her name and the recently announced project of International Academy of Music in St Petersburg. Obraztsova remained in collaboration with the Mikhailovsky at the General Director's Artistic Advisor.

On 7 July 2009, Obraztsova's 70th birthday was marked with a special program at the Mikhailovsky Theater that included ballet performances, opera arias, excerpts from films, and jazz and piano recitals.

She strongly supported the Soviet Union, and signed a letter in 1974 denouncing Mstislav Rostropovich and Galina Vishnevskaya for their support for Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

Obraztsova expressed her support for the International Delphic Games. Greetings with her signature came to the III Delphic Games 2009 in Jeju/South Korea, under the motto "In Tune with Nature", and to the IV Junior Delphic Games 2011 in Johannesburg/South Africa with their motto "Provoke, Innovate, Inspire".

She was married twice, first to Vyacheslav Makarov, a physicist, and later Algis Zhuraitis, who was a conductor at the Bolshoi. She had a daughter, Elena, with Makarov.


in 2015 - Arthur John Masaracchia, better known as A. J. Masters, American country music singer dies at age 64 of prostate cancer. He charted eight singles on Hot Country Songs between 1985 and 1987, also writing singles for John Berry, Faith Hill, and Jennifer Hanson.

Masters was born in Walden, New York but raised in Compton, California. He played bass guitar in his brother's band, and had his first cut in 1978 when Mickey Jones recorded "I'm No Cowboy".

Masters signed with Bermuda Dunes records in the 1980s, charting with eight of his releases for the label. The highest peak was number 48 with "Back Home", his second release, in early 1986. He also released an album of the same name in 1986. An uncredited review in Billboard gave Back Home a positive review, saying that Masters had "a light, intense, and flexible quality". A review of "I Don't Mean Maybe", his fourth single, praised his "full and assertive voice."

Masters received an Academy of Country Music nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year. In the 1990s, Masters played guitar for Charlie Rich and wrote the songs "Change My Mind", which was recorded by both The Oak Ridge Boys and John Berry, "Someday" by Steve Azar, "Last Request" by Frazier River, "Love Ain't Like That" by Faith Hill, and "Half a Heart Tattoo" by Jennifer Hanson.

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in 1683 - Johann Christoph Graupner, German composer is born
in 1690 - Gottfried Heinrich Stolzel, composer is born
in 1727 - Johann Christoph Schmugel, composer is born
in 1734 - Luca Sorkocevic, composer, is born. Sorkocevic's work was transitional between baroque and classical, having elements of both.
in 1762 - Leonhard Trautsch, composer, dies at 68
in 1778 - Anton Fischer, composer is born
in 1788 - Carl Ludwig Cornelius Westenholz, composer is born
in 1795 - François-Joseph Krafft, organist, conductor and composer, dies at 73.
in 1824 - Ignacy Marceli Komorowski, cellist and composer, is born.
in 1828 - Alexandre-Auguste Robineau, composer, dies at 80
in 1838 - Ferdinand Ries, pianist, composer and conductor, dies at 53. Ries was a friend and pupil of Beethoven, as well as working for him as secretary and copyist.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vodDMcJaPC0"]YouTube - Ferdinand Ries - Piano Concerto in C-sharp minor, Op.55 (1/4)[/ame]

in 1850 - Leon Francis Victor Caron, composer and conductor, is born. Caron founded and directed his own opera company in Australia in the 1880's.

in 1864 - American composer Stephen Collins Foster dies in New York City at the age of 37.
Foster was born in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh, on July 4, 1826. His father was active as a local politician and businessman. Foster may have received some musical training as a youngster in Pittsburgh from a local German musician, but otherwise was self taught. He published his first composition in 1841, shortly before entering college, and his first songfollowed three years later. Around the mid-1840s he composed songs for amateur minstrel shows presented by a local fraternal organization, probably including his classic “Oh! Susanna.”

In 1846 Foster relocated to Cincinnati to work as a bookkeeper in his brother’s business. He continued to publish songs while passing manuscripts to key minstrel performers, hoping they’d promote them. One was George Washington Christie, who led the famous Christie Minstrels; Christie took “Oh! Susanna,” and published it as his own composition in 1848; many more editions followed, pirated from Christie’s publication, and not always credited to Foster. Nonetheless, its success earned Foster a lucrative publishing contract with a New York company, so he could return to his native Pennsylvania to work full time as a songwriter.

The early 1850s saw Foster’s greatest period of creativity as a songwriter, producing such classic songs as “Camptown Races” (1850), “Old Folks at Home” (1851), and “My Old Kentucky Home” (1853). However, by later in the decade, Foster’s popularity had waned, and he began to drink heavily; he moved to New York in 1860, hoping to revive his career, but lapsed into poverty. He died following a fall.

Foster’s songs have become American standards, sung everywhere from the Appalachian Mountains to large concert halls. Their success can be attributed largely to his masterly recreation of folk dialects, melodies, and themes. In this sense he served as a model songwriter for future folk-influenced composers, including A. P. Carter, WOODY GUTHRIE, and BOB DYLAN.

in 1866 - Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov, composer is born.

in 1870 - Henryk Opienski, composer, conductor, musicologist and teacher, is born. Opienski was a contemporary and friend of Stanislaw Wyspianski.

in 1882 - Richard Wagner completes his opera "Parsifal"


in 1884 - Sonia Kalish "Sophie Tucker," jazz and vaudeville singer and comedienne "Last of the Red Hot Mamas," is born.
Video Notes: Sophie Tucker (Jan.13,1884-Feb.9,1966) was a singer and comedian, one of the most popular entertainers in America during the first two-thirds of the 20th century.

She was born Sonia Kalish to a Jewish family in Tsarist Russia. Her family emigrated to the United States when she was an infant, and settled in Hartford, Connecticut. The family changed its name to Abuza, and her parents opened a restaurant.

She started singing for tips in her family's restaurant. In 1903, at the age of 19, she was briefly married to Louis Tuck, from which she decided to change her name to "Tucker."

Tucker played piano and sang burlesque and vaudeville tunes, at first in blackface. She later said that this was at the insistence of theatre managers, who said she was "too fat and ugly" to be accepted by an audience in any other context.

She made a name for herself in a style that was known at the time as a "Coon Shouter", performing African American influenced songs. Not content with performing in the simple minstrel traditions, Tucker hired some of the best African American singers of the time to give her lessons, and hired African American composers to write songs for her act.

Tucker made her first appearance in the Ziegfeld Follies in 1909, but didn't last long there because Florenz Ziegfeld's other female stars soon refused to share the spotlight with the popular Tucker.

Tucker made several popular recordings. They included "Some of These Days," which came out in 1911 on Edison Records. The tune, written by Shelton Brooks, was a hit, and became Tucker's theme song. Later, it was the title of her 1945 autobiography.

In 1921, Tucker hired pianist and songwriter Ted Shapiro as her accompanist and musical director, a position he would keep throughout her career. Besides writing a number of songs for Tucker, Shapiro became part of her stage act, playing piano on stage while she sang, and exchanging banter and wisecracks with her in between numbers.

In the 1930s, Tucker brought elements of nostalgia for the early years of 20th century into her show. She was billed as The Last of the Red Hot Mamas, as her hearty sexual appetite was a frequent subject of her songs, unusual for female performers of the era. She made numerous popular film appearances, including Broadway Melody of 1938. In that film, Tucker sings a song during the big finale; even though she is playing a character and not herself, several neon lights displaying her real name light up in the background of the stage in tribute.

In the 1950s and early 1960s, she made television appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, What's My Line, Person to Person, and The Tonight Show.

She continued performing in the U.S. and the United Kingdom, until shortly before dying of lung cancer in 1966 at the age of 82 and was interred at Emanuel Cemetery in Wethersfield, Connecticut.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6ExyYYewV0"]Sophie Tucker - The Man I Love (1928) - YouTube[/ame]

in 1885 - James Vincent Monaco (Italian-born American composer of popular music)
in 1890 - Steve Brown (US jazz string bassist)
in 1898 - Carlo Tagliabue (Italian baritone)
in 1895 - Fortunio Bonanova, Palma de Mallorca Spain, opera singer is born.

in 1892 - Charles Albert White "Harry Birch" "Will H. Lawson," songwriter, author, and music publisher, dies at 59, or possibly 62.

in 1893 - Jan Evangelista Zelinka Jr., composer, is born. He's more famous than his father, who was also a composer, but attribution of their works to one or the other is often problematic.

in 1900 - Kiyose Yasuji, composer, is born. Kiyose's compositions often incorporate elements of Japanese folk music.

in 1901 - Carlo Angeloni, composer and teacher, dies at 66. "He composed five operas, as well as a number of songs, piano works and band and orchestral pieces. His works were only performed in Lucca or neighboring small towns, and none of his compositions were ever published."

in 1902 - Louis "Putney" Dandridge (US bandleader, jazz pianist, vocalist).



in 1904 - Richard Addinsell, London England, composer
of theater music (Taming of Shrew) is was born in Woburn Square, London, to William Arthur Addinsell, who was a chartered accountant, and his wife, Annie Beatrice Richards. The younger of two brothers, Addinsell was educated at home before attending Hertford College, Oxford, to study Law but went down after just 18 months. He then became interested in music.

He studied law at Oxford University; later entered the Royal College of Music; then studied music in Berlin and Vienna. He was commissioned in 1933 by Eva Le Gallienne to write the music for her production of Alice in Wonderland; later wrote for the films in Hollywood. Among his cinema scores are Fire over England, Dark Journey, Goodbye, Mr. Chips and Dangerous Moonlight. The score for the latter includes the Warsaw Concerto, which became enormously popular as a concert piece for piano and orchestra. During World War II Addinsell wrote music for a number of documentary films (Siege of Tobruk, We Sail at Midnight, etc.).

In 1925, he enrolled at the Royal College of Music but lasted only two terms before leaving, again without obtaining any formal qualification. By this time Addinsell was already collaborating with Noel Gay, among others, in an André Charlot Revue. More work for Charlot in 1927 was followed in 1928 by a collaboration with Clemence Dane on Adam's Opera at The Old Vic. In 1929, he completed his informal education by touring Europe to visit major theatrical and musical centres such as Berlin and Vienna.

In 1932, with Clemence Dane, he wrote the incidental music for the Broadway adaptation of Alice in Wonderland by Eva Le Gallienne, starring Josephine Hutchinson (produced 1933). In 1947 it was revived, starring Bambi Linn.

The Warsaw Concerto was written for the 1941 film Dangerous Moonlight, and continues to be a popular concert and recording piece. The film-makers wanted something in the style of Sergei Rachmaninoff, but were unable to persuade Rachmaninoff himself to write a piece. Roy Douglas orchestrated the concerto. It has been recorded over one hundred times and has sold in excess of three million copies.

Addinsell also wrote the short orchestral piece Southern Rhapsody, which was played every morning at the start of TV broadcasts by the former Southern Television company in the south of England from 1958 to 1981.

As was common with film music until the 1950s, many of Addinsell's scores were destroyed by the studios as it was assumed there would be no further interest in them. However, recordings of his film music have been issued since his death, often reconstructed by musicologist and composer Philip Lane from the soundtracks of the films themselves and conducted by Kenneth Alwyn or Rumon Gamba.

He collaborated from 1942 with Joyce Grenfell for her West End revues (including Tuppence Coloured and Penny Plain) and her one-woman shows. Addinsell's music is in the "English light music" style. He regularly composed at the piano, providing other creative musicians such as Roy Douglas, Leonard Isaacs or Douglas Gamley with broad indications for their full orchestrations.
Addinsell retired from public life in the 1960s, gradually becoming estranged from his close friends. He was, for many years, the companion of the fashion designer Victor Stiebel, who died in 1976.

Addinsell died in Brighton in 1977 aged 73. His cremation took place at Golders Green Crematorium on 18 November 1977.

In 1999 it was revealed that the royalties for Warsaw Concerto had belonged to the parents of author Jilly Cooper, whose brother advanced the theory that Addinsell – for many years their neighbour – gave it to them as thanks for being discreet about his relationship with Stiebel.


in 1905 - Percy Humphrey, jazz trumpet player and bandleader, is born.
in 1906 - Maxime Jacob, organist and composer, is born. In 1929, Jacob converted from Judaism to Catholicism and became a Benedictime monk, taking the name "Clement."
in 1909 - Danny Barker, jazz banjo player, singer, composer, musicologist, guitar and ukulele player, is born.
in 1909 - Quentin "Butter" Jackson (US jazz trombonist)
in 1914 - Joe Hill, IWW songwriter and activist, is arrested on murder charges.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8Kxq9uFDes"]YouTube - Paul Robeson, "Joe Hill"[/ame]

in 1914 - Valentin de Zubiaurre y Unionbarrenechea, composer, dies 76
in 1917 - Felix Guerro Diaz, composer is born
in 1921 - Johnny Roadhouse (UK saxophonist; BBC Northern Variety Orchestra)
in 1923 - Danil Shafran, cellist is born
in 1925 - Gwen Verdon, singer, dancer and actress, is born. Verdon was Bob Fosse's wife, his collaborator and his muse.
in 1926 - Melba Doretta Liston (US trombone, composer, musical arranger)
in 1929 - Joseph Anthony Passalaqua "Joe Pass," influential jazz guitarist and composer, is born.
in 1930 - Liz Anderson, contry singer/songwriter, is born.
in 1930 - Bobby Lester, R&B and doo wop singer (Moonglows), is born.
in 1936 - Ami Maayani, composer, conductor, musicologist and teacher, is born. Maayani founded and conducted the Israel National Youth Orchestra, among others. Maayani is also an architect.
in 1936 - Renato Bruson (Italian operatic baritone).

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6o2rUGWX9wE"]Renato Bruson "Cortigiani, vil razza dannata" Rigoletto - YouTube[/ame]

in 1937 - William Richard Davis (US christian music composer; over 150 songs/Alfonso Gugliucci)
in 1938 - Paavo Johannes Heininen, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1941 - Carl Dobkins, Jr., pop singer (The Seniors), member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is born.
in 1943 - William Duckworth, composer, musicologist and teacher, is born. Duckworth's The Time Curve Preludes has been called the first work of "postminimalism."
in 1945 - Prokofiev's 5th Symphony premieres in Moscow.
in 1946 - Al James (UK bass; Showaddywaddy)
in 1946 - Eero Koivistoinen (Finish tenor jazz saxophonist)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AN1pKX0s0qk"]YouTube - Eero Koivistoinen - Five Blue Tones[/ame]

in 1946 - Bill Easley (American tenor saxophonist, multi-reed player; sessionist).
in 1946 - Cornelius Bumpus, rock saxophonist, keyboardist and singer (Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers), is born.
in 1948 - T Bone' Burnett, rocker is born
in 1948 - The first country music TV show, "Midwestern Hayride," premieres on WLW in Cincinnati, Ohio.
in 1947 - John Lees, rock guitarist (Barclay James Harvest), is born.
in 1952 - Cornelius Bumpus, keyboardist (Doobie Bros-Minute by Minute) is born.

in 1954 - Trevor Rabin, rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (Yes), is born. Rabin now composes soundtracks for film.

in 1954 - Roland Diggle, organist, composer and music writer, dies at 69.
in 1955 - Fred White, soul, funk, and R&B drummer and percussionist (Earth, Wind & Fire), is born.
in 1955 - Paul Kelly (Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player)
in 1956 - Malcolm Foster, rock bassist (Pretenders), is born.

in 1957 - Don Snow Jonn Savannah, rock singer/songwriter, keyboardist, multi-instrumentalist (Squeeze, Procul Harum, Van Morrison), is born.

in 1957 - Jim Paris (UK bassist, Carmel)
in 1959 - James Lomenzo (American bassist with Megadeth).
in 1961 - Graham "Suggs" McPherson, ska/pop singer/songwriter and keyboardist (Madness), is born.
in 1961 - Wayne Coyne (US lead singer, songwriter; The Flaming Lips)
in 1962 - Tracy Darrell "Trace" Adkins(American country music singer-songwriter).

in 1962 - Chubby Checker went back to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'The Twist'. The song first went to No.1 in Sept 1960 and became the only record in American chart history to top the charts on two separate occasions.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwAcr-S1LSw"]CHUBBY CHECKER- "THE TWIST" ( W / LYRICS) - YouTube[/ame]

in 1962 - Cliff Richard scored his second UK No.1 album with 'The Young Ones', which spent six weeks at the top of the charts.

1963 - The Beatles recorded a TV appearance on the ABC Television program "Thank Your Lucky Stars" in Birmingham playing their new single, ‘Please Please Me.’ The show was broadcast on January 19.

in 1965 - The first day of recording sessions for Bob Dylan’s Bringing It All Back Home album were held at Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios in New York City. Dylan recorded ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’, and ‘It's All Over Now, Baby Blue.’

in 1963 - Tim Patrick Kelly, rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (Slaughter), is born.

in 1963 - Sonny Clark Conrad Yeatis dies at age 31. American hard bop pianist. An underappreciated jazz artist during his time, his work has become much more widely known after his death. He is known for his unique touch, sense of melody and complex, hard-swinging style . He frequently recorded for Blue Note Records, on which he played as a sideman with many of the most important hard bop players, including: Kenny Burrell, Donald Byrd, Paul Chambers, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Art Farmer, Curtis Fuller, Grant Green, Philly Joe Jones, Clifford Jordan, Jackie McLean, Hank Mobley, Art Taylor, and Wilbur Ware. He also recorded sessions with jazz luminaries Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, Billie Holiday, Stanley Turrentine, and Lee Morgan. As a band leader, his albums Sonny Clark Trio, with Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones, and Cool Struttin' , and Sonny Clark Trio with George Duvivier and Max Roach are considered among his finest. (heroine overdose)

in 1964 - David McClusky (drums; Bluebells).

in 1966 - George Harrison and his girlfriend Patti Boyd met up with Mick Jagger and Chrissie Shrimpton at Dolly's nightclub on Jermyn Street in London's west End.

in 1967 - Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr both went to the Bag O'Nails Club, London, England to see the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

in 1967 - Rolling Stones appear on Ed Sullivan Show

in 1968 - Johnny Cash played a show, which was recorded, for his forthcoming live album at Folsom Prison, near Sacramento, California in-front of 2,000 inmates.

in 1969 - Elvis Presley began a ten day recording session that would produce his final US number one record, ‘Suspicious Minds’. The tracks were laid down at American Sound Studios in Memphis and marked the first time Presley had recorded in his hometown since his Sun Records days in 1956.

in 1969 - Beatles release "Yellow Submarine" album
in 1970 - Shinya Yamada (Japanese drummer; Luna Sea) not Shinya, drummer of Dir en grey.

in 1970 - Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen) played at The Matrix in San Francisco, California. Boz Scaggs was the scheduled headliner but he cancelled at that last minute due to illness. Rock critic Philip Elwood, who turned up intending to review Scaggs ended up writing a highly favorable review of Steel Mill for The San Francisco Examiner.

in 1971 - Henri Tomasi, composer and conductor, dies at 69. Tomasi was awarded the Grand French Music Prize.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTOTCXS6CAg"]Henri Tomasi - Trombone Concerto (1956) [Jörgen van Rijen] - YouTube[/ame]

in 1971 - Robert Still dies at age 60. English composer, educator and amateur tennis player, born in London; his compositions include songs, 4 symphonies, a piano concerto, violin concerto, instrumental & chamber works, orchestral works, motets and an opera. An archive is held at the Jerwood Library in Greenwich, London. He remained predominantly tonal, using dissonance to great effect. (heart attack)

in 1971 - William T. Lewis dies at age 65. American jazz clarinetist and bandleader, born in Cleburne, Texas. He attended the New England Conservatory of Music, then played in Will Marion Cook's orchestra. When Cook's band was taken over by Sam Wooding, William traveled with him on his tours of Europe, South America, and North Africa, remaining until Wooding disbanded the orchestra in 1931. Following this he set up his own band, Willie Lewis and His Entertainers, which featured some of Wooding's old players and played to great success in Europe. Among those who played under Lewis were Herman Chittison, Benny Carter, Bill Coleman, Garnet Clark, Bobby Martin, and June Cole.

in 1972 - Park Jin-Young (Korean singer)by SACEM (Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Editeurs de Musique) in 1953.

in 1973 - Carly Simon started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'No Secrets'.

in 1973 - Eric Clapton made his stage comeback at the Rainbow Theatre, London, with Pete Townsend, Ronnie Wood, Stevie Winwood, Rebop, Jim Capaldi and support from The Average White Band. The night's two shows were recorded for the 'Rainbow Concert' album. The Who's Pete Townshend had organised the concert to help Clapton kick his heroin addiction.

in 1973 - Slade scored their first UK No.1 album with 'Slayed'.

in 1973, Peruvian operatic tenor Juan Diego Flórezwas born in Lima.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2HVAL1MRJE"]YouTube - Juan Diego Florez sings Granada[/ame]

in 1974 - Raoul Jobin Joseph Roméo dies at age 67. French-Canadian operatic tenor, particularly associated with the French repertory. He made his professional debut 28 May 1930 in Liszt's oratorio Christus at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. He made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera on February 19, 1940, as des Grieux in Manon. He remained with the company until 1950, where he sang many roles alongside such singers as Lily Pons, Bidu Sayao, Licia Albanese, Rise Stevens, under conductors such as Wilfrid Pelletier and Thomas Beecham, among many others. He made regular appearances in San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, etc., also appearing in Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, and Buenos Aires. He had been created Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 1951, and he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1967

in 1976 - Sarah Caldwell is 1st woman to conduct at NY's Metropolitan Opera House as she led orchestra in a performance of "La Traviata".

in 1977 - Queen kicked off a 59-date world tour at Dane County Coliseum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Opening act was Thin Lizzy.

in 1978 - The Police started recording their first album at Surrey Sound Studios, Surrey, England with producer Nigel Gray.

in 1979 - YMCA files libel suit against Village People's YMCA song.

in 1979 - Donny Hathaway, soul singer/songwriter, keyboardist, arranger, conductor and record producer, falls to his death, ruled a suicide, though evidence is not conclusive, at 33. Hathaway was immensely talented, but suffered from clinical depression for most of his life.

in 1979 - Marjorie Lawrence dies at age 71. Australian international soprano, born at Deans Marsh; she was particularly noted as an interpreter of Richard Wagner's operas. She was the first soprano to perform the immolation scene in Götterdämmerung by riding her horse into the flames as Wagner had intended. Afflicted by polio from 1941, her autobiography was filmed in 1955 as Interrupted Melody. Marjorie later served on the faculty of the School of Music at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. In 1946 she was awarded the cross of the Légion d'honneur for her work in France. In 1976 she was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire on the recommendation of the Government of Australia (heart failure)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgswD6GBlhw"]Marjorie Lawrence and Lauritz Melchior Die Walküre Act I - YouTube[/ame]

in 1979 - Donny Hathaway dies at age 33. Grammy Award-winning American soul pianist and keyboardist. He first worked as songwriter, session musician and producer. Working first at Chicago's Twinight Records and later did the arrangements for The Unifics ("Court of Love" and "The Beginning Of My End"), he also participated in projects by The Staple Singers, Jerry Butler' Curtis Mayfield and Aretha Franklin. After becoming a "house producer" at Mayfield's label, Curtom Records, he recorded his first single in 1969, a duet with singer June Conquest called "I Thank You Baby".He signed with Atlantic Records in 1969, and with his first single "The Ghetto, Part I" in 1970, Rolling Stone magazine marked him as a major new force in soul music. His collaborations with Roberta Flack took him to the top of the charts and won him the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for the duet "Where Is the Love" in 1973. (apparent suicide, falling from a 15th floor New York City hotel window).

in 1980 - The Sensational Alex Harvey Band appeared at the Birmingham Odeon, England.

in 1980 - André Kostelanetz dies at age 78. Russian-American popular music orchestra leader arranger and a pioneer of easy listening music. Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, he escaped in 1922 after the Russian Revolution and arrived in America that same year. In the 1920s, André conducted concerts for radio, then in the 1930s, he began his own weekly show on CBS, André Kostelanetz Presents. He was known for arranging and recording light classical music pieces for mass audiences, as well as orchestral versions of songs and Broadway show tunes. He made numerous recordings over the course of his career, which had sales of over 50 million and became staples of beautiful music radio stations. For many years, Andre also conducted the New York Philharmonic in pops concerts and recordings, in which they were billed as Andre Kostelanetz and His Orchestra. Outside the US, one of his best known works was an orchestral arrangement of the tune "With a Song in my Heart", which was the signature tune of a long-running BBC radio program, at first called Forces Favourites, then Family Favourites, and finally Two Way Family Favourites

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1thYxsFLm4"]Andre Kostelanetz and His Orchestra - Deep Purple - YouTube[/ame]

in 1980 - Krzysztof Czerwinski (Polish conductor, organist)
in 1981 - Jason James (US bassist; Bullet for My Valentine)
in 1981 - Bow Wow Wow appeared at The Venue, London, tickets cost £3 ($5.10).

in 1983 - Barry Galbraith dies at age 63. US jazz guitarist; he moved to New York City in the 1941 and found work playing with Babe Russin, Art Tatum, Red Norvo, Hal McIntyre, and Teddy Powell. He played with Claude Thornhill in 1941-42 and again in 1946-49 after serving in the Army. He did a tour with Stan Kenton in 1953. He did extensive work as a studio musician for NBC and CBS in the 1950s and 1960s; among those he played with were Miles Davis, Michel Legrand, Tal Farlow, Coleman Hawkins, John Lewis, Hal McKusick, Oscar Peterson, Max Roach, George Russell, and Tony Scott. He also accompanied the singers Anita O'Day, Chris Connor, Billie Holiday, Helen Merrill, Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington on record. In 1961 he appeared in the film After Hours. In 1963-64 he played on Gil Evans's album The Individualism of Gil Evans, and in 1965 he appeared on the Stan Getz/Eddie Sauter-led soundtrack to Mickey One.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rgpQcYlsX0"]YouTube - Barry Galbraith Love Is For The Very Young (Theme from The Bad and the Beautiful) 1958[/ame]

in 1984 - Nathaniel Motte (US singer; 3OH!3).

in 1984 - BBC Radio 1 announced a ban on 'Relax' by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, after DJ Mike Read called it 'obscene', a BBC TV ban also followed. The song went on to become a UK No.1 and spent a total of 48 weeks on the UK chart.

in 1986 - Sex Pistol members John Lydon, Steve Jones and Paul Cook, as well as the mother of Sid Vicious, sued former manager Malcom McClaren for £1 million ($1.7 million). They settled out of court.

in 1987 - Lee Seung Gi (South Korean singer, actor, MC)
in 1989 - Triinu Kivilaan (Estonian singer; Vanilla Ninja)
in 1989 - Steve Brown (US jazz string bassist; New Orleans Rhythm Kings/others.

in 1990 - New Kids On The Block had their second and last No.1 UK single with 'Hangin' Tough.' They had a further 7 Top 10 hits by the end of 1991. They broke up after that, but set the scene for numerous boy bands throughout the 90s.

in 1993 - Camargo Guarnieri dies at age 85. Brazilian composer; his complete name is "Mozart Camargo Guarnieri" (his father gave famous composer’s names to all his sons). Camargo studied piano and composition at the São Paulo Conservatório, and subsequently worked with Charles Koechlin in Paris. Some of his compositions received important prizes in the United States in the 1940s, giving Guarnieri the opportunity of conducting them in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Chicago. A distinguished figure of the Brazilian national school, he served in several capacities; conductor of the São Paulo Orchestra, member of the Academia Brasileira de Música, and Director of the São Paulo Conservatório, where he taught composition and orchestral conducting. In 1936 he was the first conductor of the Coral Paulistano choir. His œuvre comprises symphonies, concertos, cantatas, two operas, chamber music, many piano pieces, and over fifty canções.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOvDU4JuFoU"]Ponteio 40 By Camargo Guarnieri - YouTube[/ame]

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in 1994 - Frederick William Sternfeld, prominent musicologist, dies at 79.
in 1994 - Frederick William Sternfield, musicologist, dies at 79
in 1995 - Ruby Starr, vocalist (Grey Ghost), dies of brain tumor at 44.

in 1999 - Steps were at No.1 o the UK singles chart with 'Heartbeat / Tragedy.' The five-piece pop dance outfit were put together by producer Pete Waterman. Tragedy was a hit for The Bee Gees in 1979.

in 2000 - Christina Aguilera had the US No.1 single with 'What A Girl Wants'.

in 2001 - Michael Cuccione dies at age 16. Canadian actor and singer (died of respiratory failure, due to cancer which he had been bravely battling since he was 9 years old)

in 2003 - Diana Ross appeared in a US court charged with driving while twice over the drink driving limit. Police in Tucson reported that Miss Ross could not walk in a straight line, touch her nose or count to 30 after she had been stopped for swerving across the road.

in 2003 - Who guitarist Pete Townshend was arrested on suspicion of child porn offences. Police officers impounded seven computers from his £15 million ($25.5 million) home in Richmond, Surrey. He was later cleared.

in 2005 - a report showed that more songs had been written about Elvis Presley than any other artist. It listed over 220 songs including: ‘Graceland’ by Paul Simon, ‘A Room At The Heartbreakhotel’ by U2, ‘Calling Elvis’, Dire Straits, ‘Happy Birthday Elvis’, Loudon Wainwright III, ‘There's A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis’, Kirsty MacColl, ‘I Saw Elvis in a UFO’, Ray Stevens. ‘Elvis Has Left the Building’ by Frank Zappa and 'My Dog Thinks I'm Elvis' by Ray Herndon.

in 2005 - Nell Rankin dies at age 81. American mezzo-soprano and opera singer; her breakthrough, though, came in 1950, when she became the first American singer to win the first prize at the International Music Competition in Geneva. This led to her debuts at La Scala and at the Vienna State Opera, both as Amneris, in 1951, and to her Met debut in the same role later that year. Debuts at Covent Garden and the San Francisco Opera followed in 1953. On both occasions, she sang the title role in "Carmen.". Although a successful opera singer internationally, she spent most of her career at the Metropolitan Opera where she worked from 1951-1976. She was particularly admired for her portrayals of Amneris in Verdi's Aida and the title role in Bizet's Carmen. After she retired from the Metropolitan Opera, Rankin devoted herself to teaching, first at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, from 1977 to 1984, and then privately in New York City until she retired in 1991

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJI7kWZLgJk&feature=related"]YouTube - LEONARD WARREN & NELL RANKIN "In braccio al mio rival!" Il Trovatore[/ame]

in 2007 - Michael Brecker dies at age 57. Influential and versatile American tenor saxophonist who won 11 Grammys over a career that spanned nearly four decades. He was responsible for some of the most superior jazz fusion of the 1970s and 1980s: alongside his trumpeter brother Randy in their group, the Brecker Brothers; and on the solo albums he led from 1987 onwards. As well as recording 29 albums as a leader, he was also one of the most ubiquitous, and certainly the most distinguished, of studio musicians, appearing on albums by Frank Zappa, Bette Midler, Bruce Springten, Carly Simon, Simon & Garfunkel, Bonnie Tyler, James Taylor, Luther Van dross, Tina Turner, Ringo Starr, Billy Joel, Rick James, Jan Akkerman, Herbie Hancock, John Lennon, Andy Gibb, Steely Dan, Elton John, Aerosmith, Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, Lou Reed and so many more (leukemia)

in 2008 - Sergei Larin dies at age 51. Lithuanian tenor born in Daugavpils, Latvia; after completing a degree in French philology in Gorky and undergoing voice training in Lithuania, he made his debut at Lithuania's opera and ballet theatre in 1981, singing Alfredo in La Traviata. Nearly a decade of performances at various Soviet venues passed before he made his debut in the West. His international career started after he signed a contract with the Opera Theatre of Bratislava and moved to Slovakia, following which he made a sensational debut at the Vienna State Opera. His Covent Garden debut took place in 1991, where he sang Don José in Bizet's Carmen, while Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca served for his debuts at both Paris and the Metropolitan Opera.

in 2008 - Amy MacDonald went to No.1 on the UK album chart with her debut ‘This Is The Life.’

in 2009 - Mansour Rahbani dies at age 83. Lebanese composer and lyricist; he studied Eastern music, musical scores, melodies, harmony, counterpoint, orchestration and musical analysis. With his brother Assi, they formed the Rahbani brothers and took their new artistic direction to the Lebanese Radio in 1945. The two brothers went on to join the ranks of the Near East Radio, where they composed many artistic works as well as a series of sketches entitled “Sabeh and Makhoul”. The Rahbani Brothers also extended their activities to the world of cinema, and composed the music for three illustrious films: Biyaa el Khawatem/The Ring Seller, Safar Barlek/Exile, and Bent el Hares/The Guardian’s Daughter. After Assi's death Mansour went on to write and produced many theatrical plays, including Summer 840, The Will, The Last Days of Socrates, He Rose on the 3rd Day, The Maronite Mass, Abu Tayeb al Mutanabbi, Moulouk al Tawaef, The Last Day, Hekm al Rehyan, Gibran and the Prophet, Zenobia, and The Return of the Phoenix, who is his last master piece

in 2009 - Gary Kurfirst dies at age 61. American music manager; an influential figure in late 20th and early 21st century pop music as a promoter, producer, manager, and record label executive. A longtime business associate and partner of Chris Blackwell, Gary's reach spanned new wave, reggae, punk, rock, and pop. His clients as manager included the Ramones, Blondie, Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, the B52s, the Eurythmics, and Jane's Addiction. Prior to his managerial career, he promoted a wide variety of artists. Kirfirst also produced four films, including Stop Making Sense, True Stories, and a documentary about the Ramones (died while vacationing in the Bahamas)

in 2009 - Pedro "Cuban Pete" Aguilar dies at age 81. Puerto Rican dancer, referred to as "the greatest Mambo dancer ever", by Life magazine and Tito Puente. His nickname, "Cuban Pete" was given him in 1949 in the famous dance hall "Palladium", New York in reference to the mambo classic song Cuban Pete by Desi Arnaz, and it was endorsed by Arnaz himself. He won numerous prizes in Latin dancing during the Mambo era, together with his dance partner Millie Donay. He is a recipient of many prestigious awards for his work. He is the only Latin dancer recognized in the Latin Jazz exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution (heart attack)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WlECeBkuJA&feature=related"]YouTube - Cuban Pete and Barbara Craddock promotional Video[/ame]

in 2010 - Jim Korthe dies at age 39. American vocalist and drummer, he grew up in San Pedro, California. At 16, Jim became a drummer for Phantasm, his first touring band. In the 1980s and 1990s, he and his friend Tom McNerney started Dimestore Hoods, a rap metal band that earned a recording contract from MCA records. He named his third band 3rd Strike, they released their debut and only album, Lost Angel in May, 2002. They toured with Ozzfest and Warped Tour to promote their album, but broke up shortly after. Their song "Into Hell Again" was featured on the Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life soundtrack (sadly,found dead of natural causes in his home)

in 2010 - Teddy Pendergrass dies at age 59. American soul singer, born in Kingstree, South Carolina, he left school early to join a band called the Cadillacs as their drummer. The band merged with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes when Melvin invited Teddy to become the lead singer after being impressed with his vocal talent and passion for music. With the Blue Notes he enjoyed many hits including I Miss You, Wake Up Everybody , and the two million seller If You Don't Know Me By Now . Embarking on a solo career he enjoyed a string of hit singles and albums throughout the 1970s, including The Whole Town's Laughing At Me, Close the Door, Love T.K.O and Turn Off The Lights. Tragically, in 1982 a car crash left Teddy paralysed from the waist down. He performed on 13 July '85, at the historic Live Aid concert in Philadelphia, then continued to record throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Five times Grammy Award nominee, Teddy retired in 2006, but he did briefly returned to performing to take part in the 2007, Teddy 25: A Celebration of Life, Hope & Possibilities , an awards ceremony that marked the 25th anniversary of his accident, raised money for his charity, The Teddy Pendergrass Alliance, (Teddy underwent surgery for colon cancer and had difficulty recovering from the disease from which he eventually died)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IX93gBhTAnM"]YouTube - Teddy Pendergrass Live 79[/ame]

in 2010 - Jay Reatard Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr dies at age 29. American garage punk drummer, musician and singer born in Lilbourn, Missouri, at 15, he was signed by Eric Friedl to Goner Records. Re-naming himself Jay Reatard, Jimmy called his first project The Reatards, which at that time included only himself as a solo performer alternating between playing guitar, singing, and beating on a bucket to provide a percussive rhythm and his first release was a 7” EP called Get Real Stupid. In 2001 Lindsey began recording with Alicja Trout and Rich Crook as the Lost Sounds. He went on to play in various bands and projects and he released six limited, 7" singles throughout 2008 with Matador. Soon after the release of the first single and write-ups in NME, Spin Magazine and Rolling Stone, Jimmy began playing larger shows and various music festivals all over the world. (Sadly found dead at his home in Memphis. An autopsy was performed but a cause of death had not yet been determined. Jimmy had been suffering from flu-like sympoms)

in 2010 - Edmund Leonard Thigpen dies at age 79. American jazz drummer, born in Chicago, and raised in LA; he first worked professionally in New York with the Cootie Williams orchestra from 1951 to 1952 at the Savoy Ballroom. Ed worked with Dinah Washington, Gil Melle, Oscar Pettiford, Charlie Rouse, Eddie Vinson, Paul Quinichette, Ernie Wilkins, Lennie Tristano, Jutta Hipp, Johnny Hodges, Dorothy Ashby, Bud Powell, and the Billy Taylor trio from 1956 to 1959. After which he joined the Oscar Peterson Trio in 1959. In 1961 he recorded with the Teddy Edwards–Howard McGhee Quintet in LA. After leaving Oscar he recorded one album as a leader, Out of the Storm of 1966, then toured and recorded with Ella Fitzgerald from 1967 to 1972, before settling in Copenhagen, Denmark. Here Ed worked with artists, including Alice Babs, Kenny Drew, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Ernie Wilkins, Svend Asmussen, Clark Terry, Milt Jackson, Monty Alexander and Thad Jones and he was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame.

in 2010 - Beyonce and Jay-Z were named Hollywood's top-earning couple by Forbes magazine. The pair earned an estimated $122m (£75.1m) between June 2008 and June 2009 - more than any other couple married or unmarried.
in 2010 - A plaque of the Beatles' iconic yellow submarine, which was stolen six months ago from Liverpool's Albert Dock, was set to be replaced by a new creation. The 5ft (1.5m) design featured the faces of the John Lennon, Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison peering through its portholes. The new submarine would hang outside the museum dedicated to the band, The Beatles Story. The former plaque has never been found and the thieves had never been caught.

in 2011 - Tommy Crain dies at age 59. American guitarist, born and raised in Nashville, he played in various local bands, the best being Flat Creek Band in which his brother Billy also played guitar. This group eventually disbanded and Tom formed a group called Buckeye. Tommy joined the Charlie Daniels Band in 1975. His unrestrained guitar work became an integral part of the band’s sound. He played on more than 20 CDB albums and is credited with co-writing more than 60 of the band songs including their 1979 No.1 country hit and Grammy-winning "The Devil Went Down to Georgia". Other CDB classics are "Cumberland Mountain Number Nine," "Blind Man" and "Franklin Limestone". He left the band in 1990 to be with his family, but re-emerged in 2004 with his Crosstown Allstars band. He also joined Daniels’ band onstage on occasion.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DB38bjjfeT8"]Tommy Crain - The Hill (Charlie Daniels Band) - YouTube[/ame]


in 2012 - Dilys Elwyn-Edwards (née Roberts) Welsh-language composer, lecturer and accompanist, dies at age 93 at Llanberis, Gwynedd,.

Dilys Roberts was born on 19 August 1918[1] in Dolgellau, Wales. She attended Dr. Williams' School for Girls, a grammar school which educated girls ages 7–18 from 1878 to 1975. She was offered the Turle Music Scholarship at Girton College, Cambridge and the Dr. Joseph Parry Scholarship, from Cardiff University. She elected to study at Cardiff University and received her BMus degree. She taught music at the university for the next three years. She received the Open Scholarship in Composition from the Royal College of Music in London and studied composition with Herbert Howells and piano with Kathleen McQuitty there.

She married Elwyn Edwards, a Methodist minister and theological scholar, on 3 September 1937.[4] She moved to Oxford while her husband attended Mansfield College. She taught music from 1946-72.

In the 1960s they moved back to Wales, where Elwyn became minister for the Calvinist Methodist chapel in Castle Square, Caernarfon. In 1973 she became a piano tutor at Bangor Normal College and Bangor University in North Wales, where she proved to be a popular, effective and much-respected teacher of the instrument. She was also an Eisteddfod adjudicator, and appeared and performed on radio and television. The BBC commissioned a number of works from her.

She was known for her soft, melodic art songs (Lied) for voice in both Welsh and English. Charlotte Church and Aled Jones[9] have recorded Caneuon y Tri Aderyn (Three Welsh Bird Songs; 1962): Y Gylfinir (The Curlew), Tylluanod (Owls), and her most famous song, Mae Hiraeth yn y Môr (There is longing in the sea, R. Williams Parry's sonnet set to music). This work was commissioned by the BBC in 1961. Bryn Terfel recorded in 2004 on his DG CD "Silent Noon" The Cloths of Heaven/ Gwisg Nefoedd by Elwyn-Edwards (with text by W.B. Yeats).


in 2014 – Menachem Zilberman (Hebrew: מנחםזילברמן‎‎ ) Israeli actor, comedian and songwriter, dies at age 67.

Menachem Zilberman died from a heart attack in Los Angeles, California in the United States, where he had lived since 2000. He was survived by his three children.


in 2014 – Robert Lawrence Albert Simpson, known as Ronny Jordan, British guitarist and part of the acid jazz movement at the end of the twentieth century, dies at age 51. Jordan described his music as "urban jazz," a blend of jazz, hip-hop, and R&B.

He came to prominence after being featured on Guru's Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1, released in 1993. He was also one of the artists whose recordings are featured on Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool—a compilation album released in 1994 to benefit the Red Hot Organization.

Following 1992's The Antidote, recordings from Jordan have featured on the Billboard charts. He was also the recipient of The MOBO Best Jazz Act Award and the Gibson Guitar Best Jazz Guitarist Award. His 2000 release, A Brighter Day, was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album.

Jordan's song "The Jackal" (from his 1993 album The Quiet Revolution) gained prominence when actress Allison Janney in the role of C. J. Cregg lip-synched it in the episode "Six Meetings Before Lunch" of The West Wing. She also did so on Arsenio Hall's show in September, 2013.


in 2014 – Gary Grimshaw, American graphic artist active in Detroit and San Francisco who specialized in designing rock concert posters. He was also a radical political activist with the White Panther Party and related organizations. Grimshaw died in Detroit at the age of 67.

Grimshaw was born on February 25, 1946 in Detroit, and raised in Lincoln Park, Michigan. His best friend in high school was Rob Derminer, later known as Rob Tyner, lead singer of the Detroit protopunk band, the MC5. Another friend from his youth in Lincoln Park was Wayne Kramer, later the renowned guitarist for the MC5. According to Kramer, "Grimshaw was the best artist in our neighborhood" and "We drew hot rod cars and he knew the secret of how to capture chrome, which made him the coolest to a Downriver greaser like me." Grimshaw's social circle called themselves an "art gang" and they were also interested in jazz music, and Grimshaw was the only one among them who owned a car, a 1953 Ford two-door sedan. He would drive his friends from the working class, mostly white Polish Catholic suburb of Lincoln Park to the more cosmopolitan areas around Wayne State University in Detroit, looking for "beatnik parties" and listening to jazz performers like John Coltrane on the car radio.

After high school, Grimshaw briefly attended Wayne State University, but was more adept at partying than studying. He enlisted in the United States Navy to avoid being drafted into the Army. He served on the USS Coral Sea, an aircraft carrier stationed in the South China Sea during the Vietnam War, which sent aircraft on bombing raids over Vietnam. He was first exposed to psychedelic concert art when his ship was being repaired in the San Francisco Bay Area. While there, he visited two famous rock concert venues, the Avalon Ballroom and The Fillmore, and studied light show operators at work. He was discharged from the Navy in 1966, and returned to Detroit.

After Grimshaw's return to Detroit, promoter Russ Gibb hired him to perform light shows during rock performances at his new Grande Ballroom. Grimshaw designed the first poster for the Grande Ballroom, for a show on October 7, 1966, featuring the MC5 and billed as "A Dance Concert in the San Francisco Style". At a party about the same time, he met John Sinclair, a poet and jazz critic who had just been released from six months in jail on a marijuana conviction. That was the first time that Sinclair heard the MC5 perform, and he quickly became the band's manager and political mentor. Soon, Grimshaw was also designing posters for other bands performing at the Grande Ballroom and at other Detroit area rock music venues. His poster style was "psychedelic and heady, heavily embroidered with bright colors and flowing text." According to Grimshaw, his major influences were Stanley Mouse, Rick Griffin and Victor Moscoso.

Grimshaw was active in the anti-war movement and was a leading figure in the White Panther Party, founded in 1968 by John Sinclair, his wife Leni Sinclair and Pun Plamondon. He was Minister of Art for the White Panther Party which modeled itself after the Black Panther Party. His work appeared in many newspapers of the underground press, including the San Francisco Oracle, the Berkeley Tribe, the Fifth Estate and the Ann Arbor Sun.

Grimshaw did many posters for the MC5 and worked with the Detroit Artists Workshop, Translove, the Hill House commune in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and later for the Rainbow Peoples Party, successor to the White Panthers. He designed a cover for the MC5's inaugural album Kick Out the Jams, but it was replaced by a collage using photography by Joel Brodsky. He also designed the sleeve for the band's second single, "Looking at You", later included on the 1970 album Back in the USA. In the heyday of the Grande Ballroom, Grimshaw and Carl Lundgren were the two artists primarily responsible for its rock poster art. During that period, he did posters for performances by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream, Canned Heat, The Who and many others.

In 1968, he was indicted on a marijuana charge in Grand Traverse County, Michigan along with Pun Plamondon, and fled to San Francisco and Boston, where he continued designing posters. While living in San Francisco in 1969, he helped the MC5 book an engagement at the Straight Theater in the Haight-Ashbury, and designed the poster for those performances. He surrendered on the marijuana charges in 1970 and beat the charges in court.

In 1969, the Michigan Court of Appeals overturned Grimshaw's conviction by a lower court on obscenity charges. Grimshaw had been convicted of flying a "fifteen cent kite that had a dirty word lettered on it", and was sentenced to 15 days in jail and a $150.00 fine, but the court threw out his conviction and the Detroit ordinance, on the basis that it "unconstitutionally inhibits free speech".

His political mentor John Sinclair was sent to prison on marijuana charges in 1969, and Grimshaw worked hard for his freedom. One of Grimshaw's most "memorable, iconic" posters promoted the John Sinclair Freedom Rally, held in Ann Arbor on December 10, 1971, featuring performances by John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Stevie Wonder, Bob Seger, Archie Shepp and Phil Ochs. Speakers at the event included Bobby Seale of the Black Panther Party, Jerry Rubin of the Yippies, and beat poet Allen Ginsberg. Sinclair was freed within days of the rally.

He was the art director for the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival in 1972 and 1973, and did posters for the festival in 1992 and 2000. He worked for Creem Magazine as an associate art director ftom 1976 to 1984.

In 1988, Grimshaw designed the cover for Iggy Pop's album Instinct. In 1993, he designed a limited edition poster for the "Motor City Joint Show" at the Ubiquity Gallery in Ferndale, Michigan, highlighting work by Detroit poster artists Stanley Mouse, Wes Wilson, Mark Arminski and Grimshaw himself. During these years Grimshaw created posters for Beck, the White Stripes, The Greenhornes, the Dirtbombs and the Raveonettes, and for a 2004 tribute concert in memory of guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith of the MC5. In December, 1999, the Detroit Free Press named him to its list of Michigan's 100 greatest artists and entertainers of the 20th century. He lived in San Francisco and Oakland, California from 1990 to 2004, when he relocated back to Detroit. From 1988 to 1991, he was art director of ArtRock, a concert poster producer.

Along with his longtime friend, photographer Leni Sinclair, he created a book called Detroit Rocks! A Pictorial History of Motor City Rock and Roll 1965-1975, which was published in 2012.

In 2008, Grimshaw was diagnosed with a brain tumor and had surgery. The tumor was later shown to be benign. He had a stroke at that time, and several other smaller strokes later. An abdominal blood clot led to surgery to remove most of his intestines.


in 2015 – Ronald Charles Waldron, known professionally as Ronnie Ronalde, British music hall singer and siffleur, dies at age 91. Ronalde was famous for his voice, whistling, yodelling, imitations of bird song and stage personality. His crystal clear yodelling gained him acceptance with connoisseurs of Alpine and Western music around the world.

Ronalde grew up in a poor but supportive Islington home, and found a talent for singing, whistling and bird impressions from early childhood. In these formative years, he entertained informally for pocket money, or with church and school choirs, developing his talents for stage performance.

During a time in which he was training for accountancy, Ronalde was invited to become one of Arturo Steffani's Silver Songsters, aged 15. This 21-piece boys' choir was known for its complex vocal and visual arrangements of popular songs, with each boy usually going into other trades when older. Steffani was so taken with Ronalde's voice and whistling (he referred to him as "the Pink of Perfection"), that he disbanded the Silver Songsters (in 1947) and became his personal manager, mentor and chaperone. They later toured all over the world together.

After wartime service, Steffani encouraged Ronalde to study singing in London and yodelling in Switzerland, and for nearly a decade he began working his way up the bill, not only as a solo Variety performer, but also under his new name: Ronnie Ronalde.

After early struggles, Ronalde's first successful UK tour (in the late 1940s) met him with a wave of interest. Ronalde’s first recordings were with Decca Records (these were only to be whistling performances), but his first major label contract came from EMI. Ronalde would also join Pye, Major Minor and Columbia records, becoming a million-selling artiste.

"If I Were a Blackbird" (1950) is among Ronalde's most famous songs from this period. This rendering of Delia Murphy's Irish folk song had him in the British top 20 for 6 months. She would later jovially express her thanks for boosting her income. Other songs include "Tritsch Tratsch Polka" (a showcase of Ronalde's high speed delivery whistling) and "Bells Across the Meadow" (by Albert Ketèlbey). His best known recording is "In a Monastery Garden" (by Albert Ketèlbey). Ronalde played it as his show finale for decades, and over a million copies of it have been sold in their varying formats.

Across this decade Ronalde was a headliner, and broke box office records all over the world: he was a big name in the UK, US, Australasia, Scandinavia, Africa, South America and Europe. Such was his success in the US in the 1950s, he was seen as serious competition to Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, and others such as Richard Tauber and Josef Locke.

Ronalde had his own BBC Radio Show from 1949 called The Voice of Variety. During this series, the volume of Ronalde's fan mail caused a problem for the BBC. The Voice of Variety News fan publication had a print of 55,000 copies twice yearly, and fan clubs during this era existed all across the UK. Thames TV also presented a weekly show titled Meet Ronnie Ronalde.

In 1949 Ronalde filled Radio City Music Hall in New York City (with capacity of over six thousand) every night for ten weeks. He was at that time the most frequent UK artiste to ever perform there (over a thousand times). During the same period he filled a 25,000 capacity venue in Toronto, Canada, for a fortnight. In February 1956, the British music magazine NME reported that Billy Cotton and Ronalde had released versions of "Happy Trails", the theme music to ATV's weekly Roy Rogers series.

Ronalde also performed for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip at the Royal Command Performance at the London Coliseum. A Daily Express reporter commented on the Prince's attempts to demonstrate whistling to the Queen after this performance. He appeared before Prince Philip again.

At the height of his popularity Ronalde foresaw a decline in variety performing and took a step away from the limelight. Nonetheless, Ronalde did not abandon the entertainment industry: he maintained an engagement diary and summer seasons into his 80s, as well as TV and radio appearances. He settled on the island of Guernsey in the 1960s, being attracted to it after a performance there. He purchased a hotel (St Martin's, which would come to be known as Ronnie Ronalde's Hotel), and met Austrian wife Rosemarie who would become his business manager following Steffani's death. After raising three children, both he and Rosemarie moved to the Isle of Man in the late 1980s, then to Whistler's Lodge in New Zealand in the 1990s, to the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, and returned to the UK in the last years of his life. In New Zealand in 1990, Ronalde filled the 2500-capacity Aotea Theatre, and was invited to stay for another concert. He was also asked to return for repeat performances in both Auckland and Christchurch Town Halls.

Ronalde was awarded America's North Carolina Louisburg Hall of Fame Award in 1995, their highest acclaim, given only to artists of outstanding international distinction.

His recording "Bird Song at Eventide" was featured in the hit TV series, and subsequent best-selling soundtrack, The Singing Detective in 1986.

His 1998 autobiography entitled Around the World on a Whistle drew extensively on memorabilia, theatre bills, photographs and clippings, and is a document of the published history of variety circuits. He quipped that his next book would have been "an Encyclopaedia of Whistling".

EMI Australia released a CD with the same title Around the World on a Whistle in the 1990s. In testament to the longevity of his popularity, this gained him another Gold Disc and a small upsurge in his career. EMI subsequently released a number of albums of Ronalde's early works that had not been available since their original gramophone releases.

Ronalde appeared in the 2007 Australian feature film Clubland.

Ronalde made an appearance at the Hackney Empire for a charity evening, The Golden Years of Variety, on Sunday 9 September 2012, when he received a standing ovation. His final public appearance was at Beccles Public Hall & Theatre on Sunday 19 May 2013.

He suffered a stroke shortly after his 90th birthday in 2013, and subsequently moved into Brinsworth House, the retired entertainers' home in Twickenham, where he died.

The comedians Bob Hope, Jimmy Edwards, Morecambe and Wise, Bob Monkhouse, Peter Cook, Max Wall and Max Bygraves have all made references to 'Whistling Ronnie' in their routines. Terry-Thomas joked that he was sick of hearing Ronalde's whistling, and attempted impersonations.


in 2015 – Frank Glazer, American pianist, composer, and teacher of music, dies at age 99.

Glazer was born in Chester, Wisconsin on February 19, 1915, the sixth child of Benjamin and Clara Glazer, Jewish immigrants from Lithuania. The family moved to Milwaukee in 1919. His first piano lessons were given by his sister Blanche (1907–1920); later he was taught by several local musicians. Frank Glazer was educated in Milwaukee Public Schools, and graduated the city's North Division High School in 1932. In his teenage years, he played in his brothers' dance band, his high school band and vaudeville. Alfred Strelsin, a New York City signage manufacturer and arts patron, provided the funds for Glazer to travel to Berlin in 1932 to study with Artur Schnabel; he also studied with Arnold Schoenberg. Glazer then taught piano in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Strelsin urged Glazer to make his New York debut, telling him, "If you don't start by the time you're 21, forget it". Glazer made his debut at Town Hall in New York City on October 20, 1936, with a program of Bach, Brahms, Schubert and Chopin. He played this program again in 2006, to celebrate his seventieth anniversary of public performance. In 1939 Glazer performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Sergei Koussevitzky. Glazer served in the United States Army as an interpreter from 1943 to 1945 in Germany and France.

In the early 1950s, Glazer had his own television show called Playhouse 15 in Milwaukee. On September 6, 1952, he married classical singer Ruth Gevalt (1910–2006). With his wife, Ruth, he founded in the 1970s the Saco River Festival in Maine, a summer chamber series. From 1965 until 1980 Glazer taught at the Eastman School of Music; among his students Myriam Avalos and Martin Amlin. In 1980 Glazer left Eastman and became artist in residence at Bates College in Maine. In the 1960s he recorded the complete piano music of Erik Satie for the Vox label.

His brother David was a clarinetist who performed with the New York Woodwind Quintet for more than 35 years.


in 2016 – Bern Herbolsheimer, American composer, dies at age 67 at his home in Seattle.

Bern Herbolsheimer received recognition throughout the United States and Europe for over 500 works ranging from ballet to symphonic, operatic, chamber and choral works. His numerous major commissions and premieres included ballets for the Frankfurt Ballet, the Atlanta Ballet, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and the Eugene Ballet. His first opera, Aria da Capo, won first prize in the National Opera Association's New Opera Competition. Mark Me Twain, his second opera, was commissioned and premiered in 1993 by the Nevada Opera for its Silver Anniversary season. "The opera is filled with attractive, dramatic, often eloquent music ... it could become an American work of genuine significance."

His Symphony No. 1 was premiered by the Florida Symphony under conductor Kenneth Jean. Other orchestral music was premiered by the Seattle Symphony, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, and Music Today in New York under the direction of Gerard Schwarz. His vocal and choral works were performed in Portugal, Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Australia, South America, Canada, Norway, Russia, Hungary, Japan, and throughout the United States. According to the Seattle Weekly, who named him as Best (Classical) Composer in 2005, "no Seattle composer has a more assured and polished craft than Herbolsheimer. His choral writing — and there's a lot of it — is luminous and subtle".

His final premieres were his chamber opera The Quartet at Carnegie Hall and Gold and Silver in Steven Soderbergh's HBO hit series The Knick.

A frequent award winner, Herbolsheimer was Seattle Artist-in-Residence (Seattle Arts Commission), Washington State Composer of the Year (WSMTA), and winner of the Melodious Accord Choral Music Competition (Te Deum), in addition to the National Opera Association's New Opera Competition (Aria da Capo). He was also the recipient of composition commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts (Symphony No. 1), Chamber Music America (Tanguy Music), the Seattle Symphony (In Mysterium Tremendum), and from numerous local organizations such as Seattle Men's Chorus, Seattle Choral Company, St. James Cathedral, Opus 7, Seattle Pro Musica, the Esoterics and the Cascadian Chorale. His works appear on dozen of CDs.

As pianist, Herbolsheimer accompanied at the Bergen International Music Festival, the Schloss Elmau Festival, and on concert series for Columbia Artists, Saint Martin's Abbey, the Spanish Institute, the Goethe Institute, the American Opera Festival of the Sierra, Estoril/Cascais Concerts in Portugal, the Tatarstan Opera in Kazan, Battelle Institute, the Ojai Music Festival, and regularly in the Western Washington area.

Herbolsheimer served on the music faculty of Seattle's Cornish College, where he taught composition-related classes and held a private studio, and the University of Washington, where he taught graduate classes in the voice program. At the end of the 2000–2001 school year he was selected as the Outstanding Teacher of Music at Cornish College.

He is a Northwest composer and is a member of BMI.

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in 1451 - Franchinus (also Franchino) Gaffurius (also Gafurius, Gaffurio, Gafori, etc.), important Italian music theorist and composer, is born at Lodi.
He entered the Benedictine monastery of St. Peter in his youth, and also was a singer at Lodi Cathedral, where he studied mensural music with Johannes Bonadies (also known as Godendach). In 1474 he was ordained a secular priest. After living in Mantua and Verona, he was called by the Doge Prospero Adorno of Genoa in 1477 to work as a music teacher and composer. The two became friends, and following a major uprising in 1478, they fled together to the court in Naples, where Gaffurius was befriended by Tinctoris, Ycart, and Guarnerius.

In 1480 he returned to Lodi as a teacher of the singers at the castle of Monticelli d' Ongina. After serving as director of music at Bergamo Cathedral (1483-84), he was made maestro di cappella at Milan Cathedral in 1484, a position he held with great distinction until his death. He also was active at the court of Duke Lodovico Sforza, and taught music at the ducal school from 1492. In addition to his cathedral and court duties, Gaffurius composed and wrote his most significant treatises. His last years were marked by a controversy with Spataro.

His sacred music, mainly masses and motets, display a mastery of the Franco-Netherlands and Italian styles. The MSS of these works, as well as those by other composers, are extant and are known as the Gaffurius Codices. His works have been ed. by A. Bertone, F. Fano, and L. Migliavacca in the Archivium musices metropolitantum mediolanense series (5 vols., Milan, 1958-60). Gaffurius was a friend of both Josquin des Prez and Leonardo da Vinci.
- Died at Milan, June 25, 1522.

in 1566 - Angelo Notari, Italian composer who helped bring "modern" music to England, is born at Padua. After settling in England, he entered the service of Prince Henry about 1610. By 1618 he was in the service of Prince Charles, continuing in his patron's service as Charles I (1625-49). With the Restoration of 1660, he again was in the royal service until his death. He published Prime musiche nuove (London, c. 1613), which contains settings of Italian poems in various styles. - Died at London, Dec. 1663.

in 1655 - Angelo Predieri, composer is born.
in 1676 - Pier Francesco Cavalli, singer, organist, and composer of operas, dies at 73.
in 1690 - Clarinet invented, in Nurnberg, Germany.

in 1699 - Jakob Adlung, distinguished German music scholar and organist, is born at Bindersleben, near Erfurt. He began his music studies with his father, the teacher and organist David Adlung. While matriculating at the Erfurt Gymnasium (1713), he stayed with Christian Reichardt, who taught him organ. He then studied theology, philosophy, philology, and other subjects at the University of Jena (graduated, 1726), and concurrently received further training in organ from Johann Nikolaus Bach. From 1727 until his death he was organist of Erfurt's Prediger church. He also was a professor of languages at the Erfurt Gymnasium, a teacher of organ, and builder of keyboard instruments. Adlung was an important writer on music theory and aesthetics. His valuable books are Anleitung zu der musikalischen Gelahrtheit (Erfurt, 1758; 2nd ed., rev, 1783, by J. Killer), Musica mechanica organoedi (ed. by J. Albrecht; Berlin, 1768), and Musikalisches Siebengestirn. Das ist: Sieben zu der edlen Tonkunst gehorige Fragen (ed. by J. Albrecht; Berlin, 1768). - Died at Erfurt, July 5,1762.

in 1722 - Friedrich Gottlob Fleischer, organist, composer and teacher, is born.

in 1751 - Corona Elizabeth Wilhelmine Schroter, singer, composer and teacher, is born. Schroter was a friend of both Goethe and Schiller.

in 1780 - Francois-joseph Dizi, famous French harpist, is born at Namur. He set out for London when he was only 16. He lost his harp on the way but went on without it, and introduced himself to Erard, who gave him a harp and obtained pupils for him. Besides winning fame as a concert player and as a harpist at the principal theaters, he invented the "perpendicular harp" (which was unsuccessful), and composed sonatas, romances, variations, studies, etc., for his instrument. He also published Ecole de Harpe, Beinga Complete Treatise on theHarp (London, 1827). Dizi's 48 harp studies are used to this day. In 1830 he went to Paris, and established a harp factory with Pleyel, which did not do well. There he was appointed harp teacher to the royal princesses. - Died at Paris, Nov. 1847.

in 1785 - Mozart completes Dissonantenkwartet (opus 10).

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjZylz3nCwQ"]YouTube - Mozart 'Dissonance' Quartet K.465 - 1st Movement[/ame]

in 1800 - Ludwig Alois Ferdinand Ritter von Köchel, Austrian botanist, mineralogist, and music bibliographer, is born at Stein, near Krerns.

He studied law at the University of Vienna (graduated, 1827), and attained distinction in botany and mineralogy; music was his hobby. His love for Mozart's art moved him to compile a Mozart catalog as methodically as he would a descriptive index of minerals. The result of this task of devotion was the monumental Chronologisch-thematisches Verzeichnis samtlicher Tonwerke Wolfgang Amade Mozarts (Leipzig, 1862; 2nd ed., by Waldersee, 1905; 3rd ed., extensively rev. by A. Einstein, who supplemented the "K numbers" used to identify Mozart's works by secondary numbers, 1937; reprinted, with further alterations and corrections and supplements, Ann Arbor, 1947; 6th ed., a major rev., by F. Giegling, A. Weinmann, and G. Sievers, Wiesbaden, 1964; further supplementary material in the Mozartjahrbuch 1971-72, pp. 342-401, as prepared by P. van Reijen).

Kochel published some supplementary matter in the Allgemeine Musikalische Zeitung (1864). He also published iiber den Umfang der musikalischen Produktivitiit W.A. Mozarts (Salzburg, 1862), Drei und achtzig neuaufgefundene Original-Briefe Ludwig van Beethovens an den Erzherzog Rudolf (Vienna, 1865), Die Pflege der Musik am osterreichischen Hofe vom Schlusse das Xv. bis zur Mitte des XVIII. jahrhunderts (privately published, 1866), Die Kaiserliche Hof-Musikkapelle in Wien von 1543-1867 (Vienna, 1869), and J.J. Fux Hofkompositor und Hofkapellmeister der Kaiser Leopold I, joseph I, und Karl VI, von 1698-1740 (Vienna, 1872). - Died at Vienna, June 3, 1877.

in 1804 - John Park, composer is born.

in 1812 - Carl (Georg Peter) Cradener, German cellist, conductor, teacher, and composer, father of Hermann (Theodor Otto) Gradener is born at Restock. He studied cello with Mattstedt in Altona, and then pursued training in law in Halle and Gottingen (1832-33). After serving as a cellist in Helsinki (1835-38), he was music director of the University of Kiel (1838-48). He then went to Hamburg, where he was founder-director of a concert and vocal academy (1851-61). After serving as professor of voice and composition at the Vienna Conservatory. (1862-65), he returned to Hamburg and taught at the Conservatory until 1873. He published Gesammelte Aujsiitze (Hamburg, 1872) and System der Harmonielehre (Hamburg, 1877). Among his compositions were the operas Konig Harold and Der Mullerin Hochzeii, 2 syms., the overture Piesco, a Piano Concerto, a Romance for Violin and Orchestra, chamber music, and many piano pieces. - Died at Hamburg, June 10, 1883.

in 1814 - Johannes Josephus Viotta, pianist, organist, conductor and composer, is born.
in 1817 - Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny, composer and one of the founders of the opéra comique, dies at 87.
in 1819 - Fabio Campana, composer is born.

in 1822 - Nicholas Mori, virtuoso violinist, composer, teacher and publisher, is born. I'm going with this date, even though I saw both 1797 and 1796 listed as his year of birth...

in 1834 - William Cleaver Francis Robinson, colonial administrator and composer, is born. I found a nice list of his postings as Governor to various parts of the British Empire, but practically nothing about his compositions, aside from the fact that he wrote "several well known songs."

in 1835 - (Felix) Otto Dessoff, eminent German conductor, is born at Leipzig. He studied at the Leipzig Cons. with Moscheles, Hauptmann, and Rietz, and then was a theater conductor in various German cities (1854-60). From 1860 to 1875 he was a conductor of the Vienna Court Opera. He also conducted the Vienna Philharmonic, and taught at the Vienna Conservatpru. From 1875 to 1881 he occupied similar posts at Karlsruhe. In 1881 he became conductor in Frankfurt am Main. He was greatly esteemed by his many celebrated friends for his musicianship. His correspondence with Brahms was published by the Brahms Society. He also wrote chamber music. - Died at Frankfurt am Main, Oct. 28, 1892.

in 1839 - Emil Bohn, composer is born
in 1844 - Clara Kathleen Rogers, singer, composer, teacher, and writer on music, is born.

in 1850 - Jean De Reszke, (actually, Jan Mieczislaw), celebrated Polish tenor, brother of Edouard de Reszke and Josephine de Reszke, is born at Warsaw.

His mother gave him his first singing lessons; he then studied with Ciaffei and Cotogni. He sang at the Warsaw Cathedral as a boy; then went to Paris, where he studied with Sbriglia. He was first trained as a baritone, and made his debut in Venice (1874) as Alfonso in La Favorite under the name of Giovanni di Reschi. He continued singing in Italy and France in baritone parts; his first appearance as a tenor took place in Madrid on Nov. 9, 1879, in Robert Ie Diable. He created the title role in Massenet's LeCidat the Paris Opera (Nov. 30, 1885) and became a favorite tenor there.

He appeared at Drury Lane in London as Radames on June 13, 1887 (having previously sung there as a baritone in 1874). He then sang at Covent Garden (until 1900). On Nov. 9, 1891, he made his American debut in Chicago as Lohengrin; he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. on Dec. 14, 1891, as Romeo; he remained with the Metropolitan for 11 seasons. In order to sing Wagnerian roles, he learned German, and made a sensationally successful appearance as Tristan (N.Y., Nov. 27, 1895).

His last appearance at the Metropolitan was as Tristan on April 29, 1901, in Act 2 during a post-season gala performance. The secret of his success rested not so much on the power of his voice (some baritone quality remained in his singing to the end) as on his controlled interpretation, musical culture, and fine dynamic balance. When he retired from the stage in 1902, settling in Paris as a voice teacher, he was able to transmit his method to many of his students, several of whom later became famous on the opera stage. - Died at Nice, April 3, 1925.

in 1868 - Heinrich Schenker, Austrian musicologist (Ursatz), dies at 66

in 1875, French-Alsatian organist, physician, Bach scholar and humanitarian Albert Schweitzer was born in Kaysenberg, France

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qk796sMk_dQ"]YouTube - Albert Schweitzer, J.S.Bach: Fantasy and Fugue G-mol, BWV542[/ame]

in 1888 - Stephen Heller, pianist, composer and teacher, dies at 74.


in 1889 - Davico, Vincenzo, Italian composer is born at Monaco. He was a student of Cravero in Turin and of Reger in Leipzig. After living in Paris (1918-40), he settled in Rome. - Died at Rome, Dec. 8, 1969.

in 1890 - Francesco D'Arcais, composer and music critic, dies at 59.
in 1895 - Erskine Tate (US bandleader, banjoist, violinist) is born
in 1900 - Giacomo Puccini's opera Tosca premieres in Rome.

in 1906 - Walter Knape, German musicologist, conductor, and composer, is born at Bernburg.
He studied at the University of Leipzig, receiving his Ph.D. in 1934 with the dissertation Die Sinfonien von Karl Friedrich Abel. He then joined its faculty. From 1948 to 1957 he was conductor of the Leipzig Sing- Akadernie and the Philharmonic Choir; he also taught at the Berlin Hochschule fur Musik (1954--57), and subsequently at the universities of Hamburg, Hannover, and Cuxhaven. He devoted much time to the study of the life and works of Abel; edited a complete edition of his works (16 vols., Cuxhaven, 1958-74) and a bibliographic-thematic catalog (Cuxhaven, 1971); also wrote Karl Friedrich Abel: Leben und Werk eines friihklassischen Komponisten (Bremen, 1973). He composed several symphonic and choral works, chamber music, and many piano pieces.

in 1907 - Karl von Perfall, composer and Intendant (General Director) of court music and theaters in Munich, dies at 82.

in 1908 - Russ Columbo Ruggiero Eugenio di Rodolpho Colombo (US singer, violinist, actor) is born.
in 1910 - Renier van der Velden, composer, is born. Van der Velden's style varies from Neo-Classical to Expressionist.

in 1910 - Jimmy Crawford, (actually, James Strickland; aka Jimmie), jazz drummer, is born at Memphis. His first instrument was the alto horn, then he switched to drums. Crawford attended LeMoyne College, then met Jimmie Lunceford while studying at Manassas H.S. He began doing local work with Lunceford and made his professional debut with the band in Lakeside, Ohio (summer 1928). He remained with Lunceford until early 1943, then had a short spell with Ben Webster; he then led his own group at the Three Deuces, N.Y., until serving in the U.S. Army from summer 1943-August 1945. Crawford played in an all-star service band with Sy Oliver, Buck Clayton, etc., also mainly with Edmond Hall's Walter Gross Service Band (1945). He played in a sextet from late 1945 until 1949, briefly with Harry James in mid-1946, with Ed Hall in N.Y.and Boston, and then played in Fletcher Henderson's last group in December 1950. Crawford did a long spell with the Broadway show Pal Joey during the early 1950s, and played for many other Broadway shows in the 1950s and 1960s. He then took part in Henderson Reunion Band in summer of 1957 and toured with Lena Home's show Jamaica in 1958. He continued to work in clubs and show bands through the mid-1970s, when ill health slowed him down. Crawford was the mainstay of the Jimmy Lunceford band and an early proponent of the high-hat, saying "You can hold everything together with that snap." - Died at N.Y., Jan. 28, 1980.

in 1911 - Helmutr Degen, German composer and teacher, born at Aglasterhausen, near Heidelberg. He studied piano, composition, and conducting at the Hochschule fur Musik in Cologne, then took courses at the Univ. of Bonn with Schiedermair and Schrade. He taught at the Duisburg Cons., and at the Trossingen Hochschulinstitut fur Musik. His music was couched in a well-defined, neoClassical idiom, with strong points of reference to Baroque forms. He publ. a Handbuch der Formenlehre (Regensburg, 1957). - Died at Trossingen, Oct. 2, 1995.

in 1911 - George Amadee Tremblay, composer, pupil and associate of Schoenberg, is born. He created the Definitive Cycle of the Twelve Tone Row.
"Using the twelve tone row in its simplest form, the chromatic scale, Tremblay established a definitive cycle that yielded two hundred and eighty-eight related rows out of the original. In this cycle, the retrograde is created by logic and order rather than as a device. In this expanded cycle, there is no inversion, no retrograde inversion, and no transposition."
*...The world's music has changed drastically since the impact of Schoenberg's twelve-tone concept starting with Opus 25. Tremblay's 'Definitive Cycle of the Twelve Tone Row,' will similarly affect the musical expressions of the future."

in 1917 - Billy Butterfield, (actually, Charles WillIam), jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist, is born at Middletown, Ohio. Husband of vocalist Dotty Dare Smith. He started on violin, then bass and trombone before specializing on trumpet. He attended high school in Wyo., then studied medicine at Transylvania College; he also played in college dance bands. His first break came when he was hired by Bob Crosby (Sept. 1937-June 1940); he then joined Artie Shaw (Sept. 1940-Feb. 1941), soloing on Shaw's recording of "Star Dust." He also played with Shaw's Gramercy Five. He was with Benny Goodman from March 1941 until early 1942, then joined Les Brown's Band before becoming a studio musician at CBS and NBC until he joined the Army. After being demobilized in late 1945, he formed his own band. Throughout the late 1940s and 1950s, he played club work in the N.Y. area and also did occasional tours, particularly for college audiences. He recorded with many leaders, along with several brief stints with Benny Goodman (including Newport Jazz Festival in 1958). Early in 1959, he moved to Smithfield, Va., where he began teaching music, as well as leading his own band. In the mid1960s, he moved to Fla. From 1968 to early 1973, he worked regularly in the World's Greatest Jazzband. In the later 1970s through most of the 1980s, he continued performing and doing studio sessions. - Died at North Palm Beach, Fla., March 18, 1988.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eThKmgoH_sw"]YouTube - Billy Butterfield - Just Friends[/ame]

in 1921 - Mark Lawrence, pianist, composer and producer, is born.
in 1925 - Alban Berg's atonal opera Wozzeck premieres in Berlin.
in 1925 - Louis Quilico (Canadian baritone opera singer) is born.

in 1925 - Grace (actually, Goldie) Hoffman, American mezzo-soprano, is born at Cleveland. She was educated at Western Reserve University in Cleveland; then studied voice with Schorr in N.Y. and Basiola in Milan. After appearances in the U.S., she sang in Florence and Zurich; in 1955 she became a member of the Wurttemberg State Theater in Stuttgart. On March 27, 1958, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Brangane in Tristan und Isolde. She made many appearances at La Scala in Milan, Covent Garden in London, Bayreuth, and the Vienna State Opera. In 1978 she became a professor of voice at the Hochschiile fUr Musik in Stuttgart. She was noted for her performances of the music of Wagner and Verdi, particularly for her roles of Brangane, Kundry, and Eboli; also sang widely in concerts.

in 1929 - Billy Walker "The Tall Texan," country singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born.
in 1930 - Edgar Sergeyi Hovhanesyan, composer is born
in 1930 - Johnny Grande (US pianist, accordianist; Bill Haley and The Comets) is born
in 1931 - Juraj Pospisil, composer and teacher, is born.

in 1931 - Caterina Valente, singer dancer and actress, is born. Valente has sung and recorded songs in 12 different languages.

in 1936 - Clarence Carter, soul singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born.
in 1937 - Billie Jo Spears, country singer, is born.

in 1938 - Jack (John Allen) Jones, Grammy-winning saloon singer who brought rock to the casinos and swing to rock, is born at Los Angeles. The son of movie stars Allan Jones and Irene Hervey, Jack Jones was born on the day his father cut his only hit record, the 1938 #8 tune "Donkey Serenade." A high school friend of Nancy Sinatra, one of the high points of Jones's schooling was the afternoon her father sang for a school assembly.

He began performing professionally in his father's nightclub act in his late teens, but went out on his own shortly thereafter, supporting his show business aspirations by pumping gas. He was signed to Capitol Records, but except for helping him land better gigs, his records did little. During a three-week run at a San Francisco club, Jones was signed to Kapp records. He continued to pump gas while recording for Kapp, and was surprised to hear one of his records coming from the radio of a customer as he washed their windshield.

While his 1962 single "Lollipops and Roses" didn't make the Top 40, it attracted enough attention to earn him a Best Male Pop Vocal Grammy. His first major hit was his 1963 version of "Wives and Lovers." The song went to #14 on the charts and also won him a Best Male Pop Vocal Grammy. Jones charted four more hits over the next three years, including "Dear Heart" (#30, 1964), "The Race Is On" (#15, 1965), "The Impossible Dream" (#35, 1966), and "Lady" (#39, 1967).

He also became one of the first middle-of-the-road vocalists to record songs by rock bands like The Doors and The Beatles. His albums fared even better, with his 1966 The Impossible Dream hitting #9. Jones became well-known on the musical theater touring circuit, playing in Guys and Dolls, South Pacific, and other productions. His voice reached a whole new generation of listeners with the theme to the TV show The Love Boat. Still actively recording into the 1990s, he cut swing versions of songs by The Police and Keb' Mo' for 1997's New Jack Swing. In 1998, Jones recorded a tribute to his friend Tony Bennett, just as Bennett was enjoying a revival among a new generation of young listeners.

in 1938 - Allen Toussaint, R&B singer, pianist, composer and record producer, is born.

in 1940 - Siegmund Nimsgern, German bass-baritone, is born at Stiring-Wendel. He was a student in Saarbrucken of Sibylle Fuchs, Jakob Stampfli, and Paul Lohmann. In 1965 he made his debut as a concert artist, and his operatic debut followed in 1967 when he appeared as Lionel in Tchaikovsky's The Maid of Orleans in Saarbrucken, where he sang until 1971.

In 1970 he made his Salzburg Festival debut. From 1971 to 1974 he was a member of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Diisseldorf. He made his British debut in 1972 as a soloist in La Damnation de Faust. In 1973 he made his first appearance at London's Covent Garden as Amfortas, and he also made debuts as Milan's La Scala and the Paris Opera. In 1974 he made his U.S. debut as Jokanaan at the San Francisco Opera. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Pizarro on Oct. 2, 1978, and returned there as Jochanaan in 1981. From 1983 to 1985 he appeared as Wotan at the Bayreuth Festivals. Among his other roles were Telramund, Alberich, Gunther, the Dutchman, Macbeth, lago, and Luna.

in 1943 - José Luis Rodríguez González "El Puma", Caracas Venezuala, singer (Dueno De Nada) is born
in 1943 - Adolf Sandberger, composer, musicologist, and teacher, dies at 78.

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in 1943 - Mariss Jansons, prominent Latvian conductor, son of Arvid Yansons, is born at Riga. He studied at the Leningrad Conservatory, where he took courses in violin, viola, piano, and conducting. He profited from initial conducting studies with his father; then studied with Swarowsky in Vienna, Karajan in Salzburg, and Mravinsky in Leningrad. In 1971 he won second prize in the Karajan Competition in West Berlin; then made appearances with major orchestras and opera houses in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe; also conducted in Western Europe and America. In 1979 he was named chief conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic, with which he toured Europe; also toured the U.S. with it in 1987. He likewise was closely associated with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and from 1992 he was principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic. In 1994 he took the Oslo Philharmonic on a major tour of Europe and North America in celebration of its 75th anniversary. In 1996-97 he was music director designate and from 1997 music director of the Pittsburgh Symohony Orchestra.

in 1945 - Sandor Vandor, composer, teacher, opera conductor and répétiteur, dies under torture by Hungarian Nazis (Arrow Cross), at 43.

in 1945 - Jim Gordon (US drummer; Derek & The Dominos/sessionist) is born.

in 1948 - Joseph Henry "T-Bone" Burnett, rock and country singer/songwriter, guitarist and producer (Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue, Alpha Band), is born. Burnett is more well known these days as a very successful record and movie score producer than as a musician, though he continues to bring out an occasional album.

in 1948 - Tim Harris, British soul drummer (The Foundations), is born.

in 1949 - Joaquín Turina dies at age 66. Spanish composer born in Seville where he was educated as well as in Madrid. He lived in Paris from 1905 to 1914 where he took composition lessons from Vincent d'Indy at his Schola Cantorum, and studied the piano under Moritz Moszkowski. Like his fellow countryman and friend, Manuel de Falla, while there he got to know the impressionist composers Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy. Along with de Falla, he returned to Madrid in 1914, working as a composer, teacher and critic. In 1931 he was made professor of composition at the Madrid Royal Conservatory. His notable pupils included Vicente Asencio and Celedonio Romero. Joaquín's works include the operas Margot -1914 and Jardín de Oriente -1923, the Danzas fantásticas -1920, La oración del torero, chamber music, piano works, guitar pieces and songs. Much of his work shows the influence of traditional Andalusian music

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJUw8Czhr5I"]Joaquín TURINA-Homenaje a Tárrega (Garrotín y Solerares) - YouTube[/ame]

in 1949 - Lamar Williams (US bassist; The Allman Brothers Band/Sea Level) is born.

in 1951 - William Risrook, rocker (BT Express-Here Comes the Express) is born.

in 1952 - Artur Kapp dies at age 73. Estonian composer, born in Suure-Jaani, Estonia, then part of the Governorate of Livonia, Russian Empire. Some of his most enduring works are the 1899 overture Don Juan and the 1900 cantata Paradiis ja Peri/"Paradise and Peri", both of which are large scale works that prominently feature the organ. He is possibly best recalled for his oratorio Hiiob/"Job" and Metsateel/"On A Road Through The Woods", a piece for solo voice. His work is abundant and diverse and covers many classical genres. He wrote five symphonies, five concertos, overtures, four orchestral suites, in addition to the above

in 1953 - Vaughan William's Sinfonia Antartica premieres in Manchester.
in 1955 - Heitor Villa-Lobos' 8th Symphony premieres in Philadelphia.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gejY9FQlDGM"]Bachianas Brasileiras No 5 - Aria (Heitor Villa-Lobos) - Salli Terri & Laurindo Almeida - YouTube[/ame]

in 1956 - Ben Heppner, outstanding Canadian tenor, is born at Murrayville, British Columbia. He studied at the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto. In 1979 he took 1st prize in the CBC Talent Festival, and then sang in concert and oratorio settings in Canada.

In 1987 he appeared as Strauss's Bacchus at the Victoria State Opera in Sydney. He made his European operatic debut as Lohengrin at the Royal Opera in Stockholm in 1988. That same year, he won the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and the Birgit Nilsson Prize, which led to his U.S. debut at a state concert for the King and Queen of Sweden at N.Y.'s Carnegie Hall.

Following an engagement as Lohengrin at the San Francisco Opera in 1989, he sang Bacchus at the Vienna State Opera and Walther von Stolzing at Milan's La Scala and London's Covent Garden in 1990. He made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y. on Dec. 11, 1991, as Idomeneo. In 1992 he sang Dvorak's Dimitrij in Munich and Mozart's Tito in Salzburg, and also created the title role in Bolcom's McTeague in Chicago.

In 1994 he was engaged as Lohengrin at the Seattle Opera. He appeared as Peter Grimes in Vancouver and as Tchaikovsky's Hermann at the Metropolitan Opera in 1995. After singing Andrea Chenier in Seattle in 1996, he appeared as Calaf in Chicago in 1997. In 1998 he returned to Seattle as Tristan and to the Metropolitan Opera as Lohengrin and Walther von Stolzing. He made his N.Y. recital debut at Carnegie Hall on Jan. 30, 1999. Heppner's engagements as a soloist with orchestras and as a recitalist have taken him to the world's leading music centers.

in 1956 - Étienne Daho (French singer, songwriter, record producer) is born.
in 1956 - Bob Bradbury (UK lead singer, guitar; Hello) is born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJ8C3vdLmXk"]YouTube - Hello - Tell Him[/ame]

in 1959 - Carl "Chas Smash" Smyth, pop/ska singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer (Madness), is born.

in 1959 - Geoff Tate, rock singer/songwriter, keyboardist, saxophonist (Queensryche), is born.
in 1960 - Elvis Presley's' 'GI Blues' started a seven-week run at No.1 on the UK chart.

in 1961 - Henry Geehl, pianist, conductor and composer, dies at 79. Geehl is remembered for, among other things, his arrangements and compositions for brass bands.

in 1961 - Mike Tramp Michael Trampenau (Danish singer; White Lion/Freak of Nature) is born.

in 1962 - Patrica Morrison, rock bassist and singer/songwriter (The Bags, The Gun Club, The Sisters of Mercy, and The Damned), is born.

in 1963 - Charlie Watts made his live debut with The Rolling Stones at The Flamingo Jazz Club, Soho, London.

in 1964 - The Beatles (minus Ringo Starr, who was fog-bound in Liverpool) departed from Liverpool for Paris, France for an 18-day run at the Olympia Theatre. Arriving in Paris, John, Paul, and George were met by 60 fans. Ringo, accompanied by roadie Neil Aspinall, arrived the next day.

in 1965 - Jeanette MacDonald dies at age 61. American singer and actress best remembered for her musical films of the '30s with Maurice Chevalier (Love Me Tonight, The Merry Widow) and Nelson Eddy (Naughty Marietta, Rose Marie, and Maytime). During the 1930s and 1940s she starred in 29 feature films, four nominated for Best Picture Oscars (The Love Parade, One Hour With You, Naughty Marietta and San Francisco), and recorded extensively, earning three gold records. She later appeared in grand opera, concerts, radio, television and also made a few nightclub appearances at The Sands and The Sahara in Las Vegas in 1953, The Coconut Grove in Los Angeles in 1954, and again at The Sahara in 1957. She was one of most influential sopranos of the 20th century, introducing grand opera to movie-going audiences and inspiring a generation of singers. (heart problems)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_m7unArv8g"]YouTube - Jeanette MacDonald - Nelson Eddy 'Ah Sweet Mystery Of Life'[/ame]

in 1965 - Slick Rick Richard D. Walters (UK rapper) is born.
in 1965 - Ellis Paul (US singer-songwriter, folk musician) is born.
in 1965 - Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Yeh Yeh.'
in 1966 - David Bowie releases his 1st record (Can't Help Thinking About Me).
in 1966- Marco Hietala (Finnish vocalist, bassist) is born.
in 1967 - Zakk Wylde (US guitarist; Black Label Society/Ozzy Osbourne Band) is born.
in 1967 - Steve Bowman (US drummer, songwriter; Counting Crows)is born.

in 1967 - Renato Lunelli, organist, composer and music writer, dies at 71. Lunelli was also known for his studies in organ building and restoration of several old Italian organs.

in 1967 - Over 25,000 people attend "The Human Be In: A Gathering Of The Tribes" at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. It featured The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Big Brother And The Holding Company.

in 1967 - Cliff Richard told the music paper the NME that he was retiring from show business to teach religious education in schools.

in 1968 - LL Cool J James Todd Smith (US rapper) is born.

in 1969 - David Eric "Dave" Grohl, rock drummer, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist (Nirvana, Foo Fighters), is born.

in 1970 - Fazil Say (Turkish pianist, composer) is born.
in 1970 - Diana Ross made her last appearance with The Supremes at The Frontier Hotel, Las Vegas.
in 1971 - Ethel Glenn Hier, pianist and composer, dies at 82.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXCYnLvvrPo"]Ethel Glenn Hier - Fantasy/??? - YouTube[/ame]

in 1972 - Yes played the first of two nights at the Rainbow Theatre, London.
in 1972 - Stevie Wonder kicked off a 15-date UK tour at London's Hammersmith Odeon.
in 1978 - Robert Heger, conductor and composer, dies at 91.
in 1979- John Reuben (US Christian hip hop artist) is born
in 1978 - Just Blaze Justin Smith (US hip hop producer) is born.

in 1978 - Player started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Baby Come Back', a No.32 hit in the UK, the group's only UK hit.

in 1978 - The Sex Pistols played their last live gig at Winterland, San Francisco, (they re-formed in 96).

in 1978 - Robert Heger dies at age 91. German conductor and composer born in from Strasbourg, Alsace-Lorraine; he studied at the Conservatory of Strasbourg, under Franz Stockhausen, then in Zurich under Lothar Kempter, and finally in Munich under Max von Schillings. After early conducting engagements in Strasbourg he made his debut at Ulm in 1908 or 1909. He held appointments in Barmen-1909, at the Vienna Volksoper-1911, and at Nuremberg-1913, where he also conducted Philharmonic concerts. He progressed to Munich and then to Berlin in 1933-1950, after which he returned to Munich. Robert also conducted at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, from 1925-1935, and again with his Munich company in 1953, when he gave the first London performance of Richard Strauss's opera Capriccio

in 1981 - Rosa López (Spanish popular singer) is born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcU1zzF8MLQ"]YouTube - Rosa - De Haber Sabido [VIDEO CLIP OFICIAL] HD[/ame]

in 1982 - Caleb Followill (US lead singer, rhythm guitar; Kings of Leon) is born
in 1984 - Madonna 1st sings "Holiday" on American Bandstand.

in 1984 - Paul McCartney was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Pipes Of Peace.' With this release McCartney made chart history by becoming the first artist to have a No.1 in a group, (The Beatles), in a duo, (with Stevie Wonder), in a trio, (with Wings) and as a solo artist.

in 1985 - Paul Ben Haim, composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 86.

in 1986 - Daniel Balavoine dies at age 33. French singer born in Alençon, Orne; he was a chorus-singer in the musical La Révolution française, then as a backing singer at the concerts of Patrick Juvet. The latter gave him the opportunity to record his songs on an album. This break enabled him to be noticed as a singer-songwriter by Léo Missir, artistic director at Barclay Records with whom he formed a very strong and lasting bond. (while flying over the Paris-Dakar motor rally, he died, along with Thierry Sabine and three other people, when their helicopter crashed into a dune in Mali, Africa)

in 1988 - Jordy Lemoine, pop singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born.
in 1988 - Mikalah Gordon (US singer: American pop idol) is born.
in 1989 - Bobby Brown went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'My Prerogative.'

in 1989 - Compilation albums were excluded from the UK chart and were listed in the new Top 20 Compilation Albums.

in 1992 - Jerry Nolan dies at age 45. American drummer, from Williamsburg, Brooklyn and best known for his work with The New York Dolls and Johnny Thunders and The Heartbreakers. He played with Wayne County's 'Queen Elizabeth', Billy Squier's "Kicks" and was the only male member of Suzi Quatro's Detroit-based band Cradle, and was also a member the power trio "Shaker", before joining The New York Dolls in the autumn of 1972 to replace Billy Murcia. He played on the Dolls' first two albums, New York Dolls and Too Much Too Soon. Jerry left the Dolls together with Johnny Thunders in the spring of 1975 to form The Heartbreakers. Jerry and his wife lived in Sweden, off and on, through the 1980s. There he also recorded a solo single of an older Heartbreakers' song "Take A Chance With Me". Johnny Thunders also moved to Sweden with his girlfriend, Susanne, and their collaboration continued periodically, until Thunders' death in 1991 (while being treated for bacterial meningitis and bacterial pneumonia, Jerry suffered a stroke and went into a coma from which he never recovered. He spent his final weeks on a life support system.)

in 1995 - Sir Alexander Gibson dies at age 68. British conductor born in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland and studied music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, as well as in London, Salzburg and Siena, Italy. At the time of his appointment in 1957 as musical director of Sadler's Wells, he was the youngest ever to have taken that position. He founded Scottish Opera in 1962 and was music director until 1986. Through his artistic achievements the Theatre Royal, Glasgow was bought from Scottish TV and in 1975 made the home theatre of Scottish Opera and Ballet, the first national opera house in Scotland. In 1987, he was appointed conductor laureate of Scottish Opera and held this title till his death. He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1967, was knighted in 1977 and became president of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where in his memory, the Alexander Gibson School of Opera was opened in 1998. It was the first purpose-built opera school in Great Britain. (died from complications following a heart attack)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFd5L1HEWQs"]Sir Alexander Gibson "Capriccio italien" Tchaikovsky - YouTube[/ame]

in 1995 - Swedish performing arts collective Rednex started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Cotton Eye Joe.'

in 1996 - Oasis went to No.1 on the UK album chart with '(What's The Story) Morning Glory', the group's second UK No.1 spent a total of 145 week's on the chart.

in 1996 - Pamelo Mounk'a, soukous singer, dies at 51

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FIrD4n9U4c"]YouTube - Pamelo Mounk'a Pamelomania[/ame]

in 2001 - Jennifer Lopez scored her first UK No.1 single with 'Love Don't Cost A Thing.' The track was taken from her album J.Lo.

in 2003 - Linda Gail Lewis the sister of Jerry Lee Lewis, dropped a claim of sex discrimination against Van Morrison. Lewis had claimed that Morrison had 'publicly humiliated' her on stage and had tried to ruin her life by asking her for sex. She withdrew her claim after discussions with her lawyer. Morrison denied all the allegations.

in 2005 - A $100,000 (£58,823) statue honouring the late punk guitarist Johnny Ramone was unveiled by his widow Linda at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Johnny died from prostate cancer in September 2004 at the age of 55. Hundreds turned out for the ceremony, including Tommy Ramone – the only surviving band member. Dee Dee Ramone died of a drugs overdose in 2002 and Joey died in 2001 of lymphatic cancer.

in 2006 - American actor and stand-up comic Jamie Foxx started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with his second album ‘Unpredictable.’

in 2007 - Amy Winehouse started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Back To Black’ (which went on to become the biggest-selling album of 2007 with sales over 1.5m copies). Nas was at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Hip Hop Is Dead.'

in 2010 - The BBC admitted coverage of the launch of U2’s album No Line On The Horizon in 2009 went too far - giving "undue prominence" to the band. RadioCentre, the trade body for commercial radio companies, had made a formal complaint over the coverage saying the BBC had given U2 "the sort of publicity money can't buy".

in 2010 - Bobby Charles Robert Charles Guidry dies at age 71. American songwriter born in Abbeville, Louisiana; at aged 15, he was so inspired by Fats Domino, he began to pioneer the south Louisiana musical genre known as swamp pop. His compositions include the hits "See You Later, Alligator," which he initially recorded himself as "Later Alligator", covered by Bill Haley & His Comets; "Walking to New Orleans", written for Fats Domino; his "(I Don't Know Why I Love You) But I Do" was a 1950s classic which Clarence "Frogman" Henry had a major hit with. His composition "Why Are People Like That?" was on the soundtrack to the 1998 movie Home Fries. On November 26, 1976, he was invited to play with The Band at their farewell concert, The Last Waltz, Bobby played "Down South in New Orleans". In September 2007, he was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame (collapsed and died in his home near Abbeville).

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sL-G1BfTvyI"]Bobby Charles - Down South in New Orleans - YouTube[/ame]

in 2010 - Chilton Price Chilton Searcy dies at age 96. American violinist and songwriter born near Fern Creek, Kentucky, she studied music appreciation at the University of Louisville. During the '30s and '40s she played violin with the Louisville Orchestra. Chilton started her songwriting while working as a music librarian at the Louisville radio station WAVE, where country music performers Pee Wee King and Redd Stewart were regular performers.

in 2011 - Trish Keenan dies at age 42. British lead vocalist and founder member of the UK electronic music band Broadcast founded in 1995. Their 1996 debut EP 'The Book Lovers' was featued on the soundtrack of the film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. Their debut album in 1997 'Work and Non Work', produced the singles Accidentals" and "Living Room". Other singles include Echo's Answer", "Drums on Fire", "Come On Let's Go" and "America's Boy" (complications with pneumonia following a lengthy stay in intensive care after she had been hospitalized and was said to be suffering from a strain of the H1N1 flu/swine flu.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqOS7FIliCY"]Broadcast plays Come on Lets Go - YouTube[/ame]

in 2012 - Robbie France dies at age 52. English drummer, producer, arranger, journalist, educator, and broadcaster. Born in Sheffield, and emigrated to Australia around 1970, where he studied at the National Academy of Rudimentary Drummers of Australia until 1974. He formed the jazz-fusion group, Carnival, performed at the Oz Jazz Festival, and supported John McLaughlin. He worked with Stevie Wright of the Easybeats, Marty Rhone, Ray Burgess, Tim Gaze, and most major Australian artists. He amassed over 1,000 television, radio, and advertising credits, including eight documentaries and four film scores, including Band on the Run, one of the most successful surfing films ever made. Robbie left Australia in 1982 to return to England, where he joined Diamond Head the following year. Part of the NWOBHM movement, they performed at Castle Donington Monsters of Rock, then went on to record their third album, Canterbury. In 1985 he toured and recorded with UFO... (died of a ruptured aorta, compications from surgery in his home town in Spain) - Born at Sheffiedl Australia, December 5th 1959.



in 2014 – Flavio Testi, Italian composer of contemporary classical music and musicologist, dies at age 91.

He studied with Gedda and Peracchio at the Turin Conservatory, and took an arts degree at Milan University (1951). He then worked for Suvini Zerboni and Ricordi while also composing, pursuing his interest in music history and working on various radio projects for the RAI. From 1972 he devoted himself to educational activities, teaching music history at the Padua Conservatory and then taking up teaching posts at the Milan Conservatory and Florence Conservatory.

As a composer, Testi's music has been strongly influenced by the works of Stravinsky along with his own dramatic sensibility. This is particularly evident in his earlier orchestral works such as Concerto (1954) and Divertimento (1956).

His La crocifissione premièred at La Scala in 1954 to great acclaim. The expressiveness of work was particularly admired and the composer followed similar style in his Stabat mater (1957) and New York oficina y denuncia (1964), the latter of which denounced the dehumanizing environment of the modern metropolis. The work coincided with the Testi’s conversion to the Marxism, and was followed by other compositions highlighting social and political concerns, including the Neruda setting Canto a las madres de los milicianos muertos (1967) and Cori di Santiago (1975).

Testi’s operas evolve towards junctures of violent scenic-musical realism. L’albergo dei poveri (1966) displays a clearly characteristic attitude of rough dramatic purpose, confirmed in Il sosia (1981) and Riccardo III (La Scala, 1987), works which probe intensely into the psychology of their characters.

In general Testi’s style, rather than adhering to the radicalisms of the post-Webern avant garde, re-elaborates and reflects, not without eclecticism, certain crucial 20th-century achievements, from Stravinsky and Bartók to early Schoenberg.

His last opera, Mariana Pineda, premiered at the Theater Erfurt, Germany, on September 8, 2007.


in 2014 – Pierre Florent Brault, Quebec film and television composer, dies at age 74. His credits notably included theme music and songs for the popular children's TV series, Passe-Partout, as well as films by such directors as Gilles Carle and Claude Jutra, with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB).

Brault began his film scoring career with Jutra's 1965 skateboarding film Rouli-roulant. He went on to compose soundtracks for many films at the NFB, where Brault had said he learned his craft.


in 2016 – Franco Oppo, Italian composer and scholar, dies at age 80.

Born in Nuoro, Oppo studied at the Conservatory of Cagliari, graduating in piano (1958), choral music and choral conducting (1960), and composition (1961). Since 1965 he won several international composition competitions. He was professor of composition and experimental composition at the Conservatory of Cagliari and professor of music theory at the Cagliari University.

Oppo published various studies and essays, particularly about music semiology and ethnic music. His studies mainly focused on aleatoric music and on testing new types of notation.

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in 1715 - Georg C Wagenzeil, Austria (court)composer/pianist.
in 1730 - John Malchair, composer.
in 1733 - Joseph Lederer, composer.
in 1742 - Eugene Godecharle, composer and conductor, is born.
in 1744 - Charles-Hubert Gervais, composer, dies at 72.

in 1755 - Azzolino Bernardino Della Ciaia, harpsichordist, organist and composer, dies at 83. Dell Ciaia designed a four-manual, 60-register organ (with a fifth keyboard controlling a harpischord).

in 1765 - Carlmann Kolb, organist and composer, dies at 61.

in 1775, Italian composer Giovanni Battista Sammartini, brother of Giuseppe Sammartini, died in Milan at the age of 75.

in 1788 - Gaetano Latilla, opera composer, known for his comic operas, dies three days ofter his 77th birthday.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjjKFm4qeuY"]Aria 'T'aggio voluto bene' | Gaetano Latilla (1711 - 1788) - YouTube[/ame]

in 1811 - Pierre (Alexandre Francois) Chevillard, Belgian cellist, pedagogue, and composer, father of (Paul Alexandre) Camille Chevillard, is born at Antwerp. He entered the Paris Conservatory, at age 8, graduating in 1827 with a premier prix in cello, and then studied theory with Fetis. He was solo cellist at the Theatre Gymnase in Paris and also made successful tours as a concert artist. In 1831 he became solo cellist at the Theatre-Italien in Paris. In 1835 he founded the Societe des Derniers Quatuors de Beethoven, which presented public recitals from 1849 promoting Beethoven's late quartets; in 1855-56 it toured throughout France and Germany. In 1860 he became a professor at the Paris Conservatory. He published a Methode complete de violoncelle (Paris, c. 1850) and composed pieces for the cello. - Died at Paris, Dec. 18, 1877.

in 1812 - Johannes Herbst, composer, dies at 76. Herbst owned an important collection of musical scores which is presently housed at the Moravian Music Foundation Archives, Winston-Salem NC.

in 1816 - Henry Harington, composer, dies at 88. Harington was the physician to the Duke of York, and also served in the local government of Bath, including holding the office of mayor, but was a keen amateur musician and composer.

in 1859 - Andrew Black, British baritone, is born at Glasgow. He studied singing in London with Randegger and Welch, then in Milan with Scafati. He made his London debut at the Crystal Palace on July 30, 1887. In 1893 he was appointed professpr of singing at the Royal Manchester College of Music. In 1913 he settled in Australia. - Died at Sydney, Australia, Sept. 15,1920.

in 1830 - Jean-Baptiste Faure, famous French baritone, is born at Moulins. He was a choirboy in Paris, then entered the Paris Conservatory in 1851. On Oct. 20, 1852, he made his operatic debut at the Opera-Comique as Pygmalion in Masse's Galathee. He subsequently created the roles of Malipieri in Auber's Haydee (July 5,1853) and Hoel in Meyerbeer's Dinorah, ou Le Pardon de Ploermel (April 4, 1859) there. It was as Hoel that he made his Covent Garden debut in London on April 10, 1860; he continued to sing there, as well as at Drury Lane and Her Majesty's Theatre, until 1877. He made his debut at the Paris Oera as Julien in Poniatowsky's Pierre deMedicis on Oct. 14, 1861; he continued to sing there until 1869, and then again from 1872 to 1876 and in 1878. Among the roles he created at the Opera were Nelusko in Meyerbeer's L'Africaine (April 28, 1865), Posa in Verdi's Don Carlos (March 11, 1867), and Hamlet in Thomas's opera (March 9,1868). In later years he appeared in concerts, garnering notable acclaim in Vienna and London. He excelled in dramatic roles in French and Italian operas, and was particularly renowned for his portrayals of Don Giovanni, Mephistopheles, and Guillaume Tell. He pubished 2 books on singing, and also taught at the Paris Conservatory (1857-60). He was married to the singer Constance Caroline Lefebvre (1828-1905). - Died at Paris, Nov. 9, 1914.

in 1844 - Joseph Mazzinghi, harpsichordist/pianist, composer and teacher, dies at 78.

in 1845 - Heinrich Vogl, operatic tenor and composer, is born. Vogl is remembered for his mastery of Wagnerian heldentenor roles, though he did compose an opera and some songs.

in 1866 - Bedrich Smetana's opera "Branibori v Cechach," premieres in Prague.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEg2-E4l0pA"]YouTube - Karel Kryl - Branibo?i v ?echách[/ame]

in 1871 - Bertram Shapleigh, composer and writer, is born. Shapleigh was very interested in Asian culture and music, and his works sometimes used themes reminiscent of Indian music.

in 1878 - Johanna Muller-Hermann, composer and teacher, is born.

in 1882 - Henry Burr (Harry H. McClaskey), popular Canadian ballad singer, is born at St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Can.
Burr is said to have appeared on upwards of 12,000 recordings, making his tenor voice the most-recorded in history. He was second only to Billy Murray as the most successful recording artist of the first two decades of the 20th century in the U.S., reportedly selling ten million records.

Burr made his debut in 1898 and moved to N.Y. to study voice after being discovered by Giuseppe Companari, formerly of the Metropolitan Opera. He turned to popular music when he began recording in 1903, assuming his stage name to do so. (In later years he sometimes recorded under his real name as well.)

His solo hits included "Come Down, Ma Ev'ning Star" (1903), "In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree" (recorded under the pseudonym "Irving Gillette") (1905), "Love Me and the World Is Mine" (1906), "To the End of the World with You" (1909), "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now" (1909), "Meet Me To- Night in Dreamland" (1910), "When I Lost You" (1913), "Last Night Was the End of the World" (1913), "The Song That Stole My Heart Away" (1914), "M-O-T-H-E-R (A Word That Means the World to Me)" (1916), "Good-Bye, Good Luck, God Bless You (Is All That I Can Say)" (1916), 'Tm Sorry I Made You Cry" (1918), "Beautiful Ohio" (1919), "Oh! What a Pal Was Mary" (1919), and "My Buddy" (1922). "Just a Baby's Prayer at Twilight (For Her Daddy over There)" (1918) was his biggest solo hit, reportedly selling over a million copies. In 1904, Burr formed the Columbia Male Quartet, subsequently called the Peerless Quartet, with Albert Campbell, Steve Porter, and Tom Daniels. The group's major hits included "You're the Flower of My Heart, Sweet Adeline" (1904), "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" (1911), "I Didn't Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier" (1915), "My Bird of Paradise" (1915), "The Lights of My Home Town" (1916), George M. Cohan's "Over There" (1917), and "I Don't Know Where I'm Going but I'm on My Way" (1918).

After Frank Stanley replaced Daniels in 1906, he and Burr made a series of duet records together until Stanley's death in 1910. Burr then assumed leadership of the Peerless Quartet and sang lead on nearly all its records. He assembled a new edition of the group in 1925 and maintained it until 1928. Burr and Campbell launched a series of successful duet recordings in 1911.

Their major hits include "When I Was Twenty-One and You Were Sweet Sixteen" (1912), "The Trail of the Lonesome Pine" (1913), 'Tm on My Way to Mandalay" (with Will Oakland; 1914), "Close to My Heart" (1915), "There's a Quaker Down in Quaker Town" (1916), "Lookout Mountain" (1917), "Till We Meet Again" (1919), and 'Tm Forever Blowing Bubbles" (1919). They also recorded with the Columbia Orchestra. Burr, Campbell, and John Meyer (who had replaced Stanley in the Peerless Quartet) recorded as the Sterling Trio starting in 1916.

Burr also made successful records with Helen Clark, Frank Croxton (a replacement member of the Peerless Quartet), Marcia Freer (on Irving Berlin's "What'll I Do?" [1924]), Ada Jones, Roger Wolfe Kahn and His Orch., Art Landry and His Orch., Murray (their sole duet being "I Wonder Where My Baby Is To-Night?" [1926]), Lieutenant Gitz Rice of the First Canadians (on the World War I song "Life in a Trench in Belgium" [1918]), Andrea Sarto, Elizabeth Spencer, Elise Stevenson, and Caroline Vaughan. From 1921 to 1925, Burr managed the Eight Popular (or Famous) Victor Artists, a touring package that included the Peerless Quartet and Murray and that played around the U.S. for 15 years. Though his recording career declined after the mid-1920s, Burr became a popular radio entertainer, appearing on NBC's National Barn Dance for seven years, among other programs. - Died at Chicago, April 6, 1941.

in 1892 - Francis "Frank" Hutchens, pianist, composer and teacher, is born. Hutchens was a founding member of the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music, where he taught for fifty years.

in 1893, Welsh composer, playwright and actor Ivor Novello was born in Cardiff.
in 1895 - Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake premieres in St Petersburg.

in 1896 - Jacobo Fieher, Russian-Argentine composer, is born at Odessa. He studied violin with Stolarsky and Korguev in Odessa and composition with Kalafati and Steinberg at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, graduating in 1917. In 1923 he emigrated to Argentina. In 1956 he was appointed professpr of composition at the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires. His music is characterized by a rhapsodic fluency of development and a rich harmonic consistency. He particularly excelled in chamber music. - Died at Buenos Aires, Sept. 9, 1978.

in 1896 - Curt Doebler, German organist, teacher, and composer, is born at Kottbus. He studied organ with A. Dreyer. From 1919 to 1932 he was organist and choirmaster at the Catholic church in Charlottenburg; after occupying various positions as an organist and a teacher elsewhere, he returned to Charlottenburg (1950). In his music, Doebler attempted to establish a modem style based on Palestrina's polyphony. His numerous choruses enjoyed success in Germany in their day. - Died at Berlin, June 19, 1970.

in 1904 - Eduard Lassen, composer and conductor, music director at the court in Weimar, dies at 73.

in 1905 - Ernst Emsheimer, German-born Swedish ethnomusicologist, is born at Frankfurt am Main. He studied musicology with Adler and Fischer at the University of Vienna (1924) and the University of Freiburg im Breisgau (PhD., 1927). He was musicological consultant in Leningrad at the National Academy for the History of Art, the Hermitage Collection, and the Museum of Ethnography (1932-36), where he led a field recording expedition into the northern Caucasus (1936). Emsheimer settled in Stockholm in 1937, becoming musicological adviser to the Museum of Ethnography. From 1949 to 1973 he was director of the Museum of Music History in Stockholm. Under his direction, it became an important center of Swedish musical and musicological activity. He was co-founder of the Handbiicher der Europiiischen Volksmusikinstrumente. He published Studia ethnomusicologica eurasiatica (Stockholm, 1964 et seq.; collected writings). - Died at Stockholm, June 12, 1989.

in 1906 - Rezso Kokai, composer and writer on music, is born.
in 1908 - Roberta Bitgood, organist, choir director, composer and teacher, is born.

in 1909 - Enrique Casal y Chapi, composer, conductor and teacher, is born. Casal y Chapi formed the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic from previously existing musical ensembles when he lived there after fleeing the Spanish Civil War.

in 1909 - Gene Krupa, famed and flamboyant swing-era drummer, leader, is born at Chicago.
He attended Bowen B.S., and later studied at St. Joseph's College in Ind.; during summer vacations he played a season with the Frivolians in Madison, Wisc. In 1925 he began studying percussion with teachers Al Silverman, Ed Straight, and Roy Knapp. He made his first records with the McKenzie/Condon Chicagoans in 1927. Condon and others later claimed this was the first use of a full drum set with a bass drum, which is not true; even the ODJB's 1917 recordings have a quite audible bass drum.

Krupa moved to N.Y. in 1929 and began working for Red Nichols. During the next two years he worked mainly in theatre bands directed by Nichols. During the early 1930s he played in various commercial bands. He starred with Benny Goodman from December 1934 until February 1938, then formed his own big band for his debut at Steel Pier, Atlantic City, in April 1938.

In the early 1940s, his band featured both Roy Eldridge (in one of the early attempts at interracial performances) and Anita O'Day. He continued to lead his own successful band until May 1943 when circumstances outside of music forced him to disband. He was charged with hiring an underage band boy and was briefly arrested.

In San Francisco for a short while, he returned to N.Y. and studied harmony and composition. He rejoined Benny Goodman in September 1943 until midDecember 1943, then joined Tommy Dorsey in N.Y, remaining with that band until the following July. He left to organize his own big band, which got under way late in 1944. Initially it proved to be an enormous band hovering between the 30- and 40-piece mark; it settled down to a more usual format and enjoyed wide success until 1951.

From September 1951 he began to tour regularly in "Jazz at the Philharmonic" shows, usually featured with his own trio. He toured with his own trio/quartet in the 1950s (including trips overseas to Europe and Asia), and also appeared regularly at the Metropole (N.Y.). He was temporarily inactive in late 1960 due to heart strain, then resumed leading.

In June 1963 led specially formed a big band in Hollywood, and a year later made second visit to Japan with own quartet. From 1954 Krupa and Cozy Cole ran a drum school in N.Y. He was in semi-retirement from October 1967 until leading own quartet at Hotel Plaza (N.Y.), 1970. He resumed regular playing, occasionally touring, and continued playing until shortly before his death from leukemia.

He appeared in many films, among them George White's Scandals, Some Like It Hot (1941, not the later film with Marilyn Monroe), Beat the Band, and The Benny Goodman Story. A supposedly biographical film, The Gene Krupa Story (retitled Drum Crazy in some countries) was released in 1959, the role of Krupa played by Sal Mineo; Krupa recorded the soundtrack. Krupa was an exciting, effective, and highly interactive drummer.

He is said to have "popularized" the drums with his extended, virtuosic solos. He got stereotyped by critics and some musicians for his tom-tom beat on "Sing, Sing, Sing," and has been often called loud and exhibitionistic. But in fact he was the lifeblood of the Goodman band, and his work with the small groups was sensational. Like other loud drummers such as Elvin Jones and Max Roach, he amazes by being able to respond to what he hears around him with great intuition. This is perhaps easiest to hear on the beautifully recorded reunion of the quartet for RCA in 1963, Together Again.

As early as the mid-1930s, in a trio with Jess Stacy, his offbeat rimshots and snare acccents create a counterpoint that was quite rare for the time. Yet he had little direct influence on the next generation, probably because his time feel was an older style-many forgot he had first recorded in 1927-which was probably, deep down, also the source for much of the criticism. That is, by the time he reached his height of fame with Goodman, his time feel was already outmoded by Jo Jones, Kenny Clarke and others. - Died at Yonkers, N.Y., Oct. 16, 1973.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRjQzSwmEHw"]YouTube - Gene Krupa - Drum Boogie[/ame]

in 1909 - Elie Siegmeister, composer, teacher and musicologist, is born. Siegmeister organized and conducted the Hofstra Symphony Orchestra as well as the American Ballad Singers, and won numerous awards and commissions during his career.

in 1909 - Ernest Reyer, opera composer and music critic, dies at 85.
in 1911 - Wilhelm Berger, composer, dies at 49.
in 1913 - Miriam Hyde (Australian composer) is born.
in 1915 - Guillaume Couture, composer, dies at 63.
in 1919 - Pianist and statesman Ignace Paderewski becomes first premier of Poland.
in 1920 - Yvonne King Burch (American singer; The King Sisters) is born.
in 1924 - Geza Zichy, composer, dies at 74.

in 1925 - Ruth Slenczynska, pianist, is born. Slenczynska was a child prodigy, and wrote a book about that aspect of her life; Forbidden Childhood, as well as a book on piano technique; Music at Your Fingertips: Aspects of Pianoforte Technique.

in 1926 - Enrico Toselli, pianist and composer, dies at 42. Toselli is mostly famous for marrying the ex-Crown Princess of Saxony, and writing his memoirs on that subject; Mari d’altesse: 4 ans de mariage avec Louise de Toscane, ex-princesse de Saxe.

in 1927 - Francis Routh, composer, organist, pianist, and author, is born. Routh founded the Redcliffe Festival of British Music.

in 1929 - Eva Badura-Skoda (nee Halfar), German musicologist, is born at Munich. She studied at the Vienna Conservatory, and took courses in musicology, philosophy, and art history at the universities of Heidelberg, Vienna, and Innsbruck (Ph.D., 1953, with the dissertation Studien zur Geschichte des Musikunterrichtes in Osterreich im 16., 17. und 18. Jahrhundert). In 1962 and 1963 she led summer seminars at the Salzburg Mozarteum. In 1964 she was the Brittingham Visiting Professor at the University of Wise, at Madison, where she served as professor of musicology from 1966 to 1974. She was a visiting professor at Boston University (1976), Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario (1979), McGill University in Montreal (1981-82), and the University of Gottingen (1982-83). In 1986 she was awarded the Ehrenkreuz for arts and letters by the Austrian government. She contributed many articles to books, reference works, and journals, and also edited scores by Haydn, Dittersdorf, Mozart, and Schubert. In 1951 she married Paul Badura-Skoda, with whom she collaborated on the vols. Mozart-Interpretation (Vienna, 1957; English translation, 1961; 2nd ed., rev, 1996) and Bach-Interpretation (Laaber, 1990; English translation, 1992). With P. Branscombe, she edited the vol. Schubert Studies:Problems of Style and Chronology (Cambridge, 1982). She also edited the report of the international Haydn congress held in Vienna in 1982 (Munich, 1986) and was an editor of a vol. on Schubert and his friends (Cologne and Vienna, 1999).

in 1929 - Earl Hooker, blues songwriter and guitarist, is born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbrgNXiwuJA"]YouTube - Earl Hooker / Sweet Home Chicago[/ame]

in 1929 - Ida Lewis "Queen Ida" Guillory, zydeco accordionist, bandleader and producer, is born.
in 1931 - Murad Kazhlayev , composer and conductor, is born. Kazhlayev was a People's Artist of the U.S.S.R., as well as receiving other awards.

in 1932 - Enrique Raxach, composer, is born.

in 1935 - Malcolm Frager, pianist, is born. Frager is known for searching out rare and forgotten musical scores, and his library is now housed at the Eastman School of Music.

in 1939 - Charles Christopher Steel, composer and teacher, is born.

in 1941 - Don Van Vliet "Captain Beefheart,"(Don Van Vliet), protopunk, gravel-voiced singer of enigmatic lyrics, is born at Glendale, Calif.
Captain Beefheart moved with his family to the desert town of Lancaster, Calif., at age 13 and became friends with Frank Zappa in high school. Teaching himself harmonica and saxophone, Beefheart performed with several R&B bands before forming the first edition of His Magic Band in 1964. Gaining a reputation in area desert towns, the group recorded Bo Diddley's "Diddy Wah Diddy" for A&M Records, and the single became a regional hit.

However, material for a first album was rejected by A&M as "too negative/' and Van Vliet retreated to Lancaster. By 1965, he had assembled a new Magic Band with lead guitarist Ry Cooder and drummer John French to rerecord the material for Buddah Records, which released it as Safe As Milk. Winning considerable critical acclaim in the United States and Europe, the album spurred a successful tour of Europe in early 1966.

With the departure of Cooder, Beefheart's band was crippled, since the lead guitar parts, complex and erratic, were personally taught by Van Vliet over long periods of time. Nonetheless, with new guitarist Jeff Cotton, sessions for the next album began in April 1968. The album was ultimately released in altered form as Strictly Personal Most of the album's contents were later reissued in unaltered form as I May Be Hungry but I Sure Ain't Weird in 1992. Mirror Man, also recorded in 1968, was not issued until 1970.

A disappointed Van Vliet subsequently accepted Zappa's offer to make a new album, free of all artistic restrictions, for Zappa's Straight Records. Following Van Vliet's lead, the members of the reorganized Magic Band took on bizarre names: guitarist-flutist Bill Harkleroad became Zoot Horn Rollo; guitarist Jeff Cotton became Antennae Jimmy Semens; and bassist Mark Boston became Rockette Morton. Joining them was an unidentified drummer (John French, known as Drumbo) and the Mascara Snake on vocals and clarinet.

Trout Mask Replica, produced by Zappa, was hailed as one of the most advanced concepts in rock music but proved a commercial failure. Beefheart subsequently performed the vocals on "Willie the Pimp" for Zappa's album Hot Rats, and switched his own group to Reprise for Lick My Decals Off, Baby. In 1971, they made one of their infrequent tours of the U.S. to befuddled fans. Art Tripp (also known as Ed Marimba) was added on drums and marimba for The Spotlight Kid and Clear Spot. Moving to Mercury Records, the band recorded the softer and more accessible Unconditionally Guaranteed. Thereafter, the band quit and Beefheart recorded Bluejeans and Moonbeams with session musicians. On May 20 and 21, 1975, Beefheart recorded Bongo Fury with Zappa and the Mothers at the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, Tex.

By 1976, Beefheart had assembled a new Magic Band for occasional club appearances. During 1977 and 1978, the group successfully toured Europe and played sold-out engagements at N.Y.'s Bottom Line and Hollywood's Roxy. Subsequent album releases were Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller), Doc at the Radar Station (hailed as perhaps the best of Beefheart's later career), and Ice Cream for Crow. The group successfully toured Europe and the U.S. in 1980, but disbanded in 1982. Van Vliet, an accomplished artist for many years, retired from music in 1985 to pursue painting as a full-time profession. He has since exhibited his works at galleries in the U.S. and Europe, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1989. An early associate of both Zappa and Cooder, Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band played a curious mix of delta blues, rock 'n' roll and avant-garde jazz that explored the farthest reaches of rock music in the 1960s and 1970s. The band's unique sound, passed over by all but the most progressive of fans, was characterized by Beefheart's incredible voice (growling and gravelly, yet with a range of more than four octaves), intricate arrangements, enigmatic lyrics (generally written by Beefheart), and early use of the theremin, an electronic instrument. Perhaps best known for 1969's Trout Mask Replica, Beefheart and His Magic Band are an acknowledged influence on punk and new wave music.


in 1942 - Edward "Sonny" "Dip" Bivins, R&B singer/songwriter (The Manhattans), member of the Rhythm & Blues Hall Of Fame, is born.

in 1945 - Joan Johnson (US Singer; Dixie Cups) is born.
in 1947 - Pete Waterman, rocker (Stock Aitken and Waterman-Road Block).

in 1948 - Ronald Wayne "Ronnie" Van Zant, rock singer/songwriter and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Lynyrd Skynyrd), is born.

in 1950 - David Lynn Jones, country singer/songwriter and bassist, is born.

in 1951 - María Rosario Pilar Martínez Molina Moquiere de les Esperades Santa Ana Romanguera y de la Najosa Rasten "Charo," comedienne, actress, singer and flamenco guitarist, is born. "cuchi cuchi".
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly0eubbTWvk&feature=related"]Charo "Luna De Fuego (Moon of Fire)" - YouTube[/ame]

in 1951 - Martha Davis, rock singer/songwriter and guitsrist (The Motels), is born.
in 1952 - Boris Blank, electronica composer and musician (Yello), is born.
in 1952 - Melvyn Gale, soft rock cellist and pianist (ELO), is born.
in 1953 - Viktor Patrick Vretblad, composer, dies at 76.
in 1953 - Rob Gretton (UK manager; New Order/Joy Division) is born.
in 1956 - Miki Fujimura (Japanese singer) is born.
in 1958 - The Everly Brothers made their debut on British TV appearing on The Perry Como Show.

in 1959 - Pete Trewavas, rock singer/songwriter, bassist, guitarist, keyboardist (Marillion, Transatlantic, Kino), is born.

in 1959- Sister Carol Carol Theresa East (Jamaican reggae singer) is born.
in 1960 - Aaron Jay Kernis (American composer) is born.
in 1961 - Damian O'Neill (Irish guitarist; The Undertones) is born.
in 1961 - Iris DeMent, Paragould Ar, country singer (Our Town) is born.
in 1961 - Francesco Maria Saraceni, composer, dies at 49.
in 1961 - The Supremes signed a world wide recording contract with Motown Records.
in 1963 – Cronos Conrad Thomas Lant (UK vocalist, bassist; speed metal band Venom) is born.
in 1964 - Osmo Tapio Räihälä (Finnish composer) is born.
in 1964 - Saúl Hernández (Mexican singer, guitarist; Caifanes/ Jaguares) is born.

in 1964 - Jack Teagarden dies at age 58. American bandleader, trombonist, dixieland vocalist; he recorded with notable bandleaders and sidemen such as Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Bix Beiderbecke, Red Nichols, Jimmy McPartland, Mezz Mezzrow, Glenn Miller, and Eddie Condon, and appeared in the movies Birth of the Blues, The Glass Wall, and Jazz on a Summer's Day. As a jazz artist he won the 1944 Esquire magazine Gold Award, was highly rated in the Metronome polls of from 1937to 1942 and again in 1945, and was selected for the Playboy magazine All Star Band, from 1957 to 1960 (he died alone of pneumonia)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uf1h9K7EJ9A"]YouTube - Jack Teagarden on International Hour - American Jazz 1963[/ame]

in 1964 - The Beatles performed live at the Cinema Cyrano, Versailles, France, before an audience of 2,000. The show was a warm-up for a three-week engagement at the Olympia Theatre that would start the next day in Paris.

in 1965 - The Who released their first single 'I Can't Explain'. With Jimmy Page on guitar and The Ivy League on backing vocals, it went on to reach No.8 on the UK chart.

in 1965 - Adam Jones (US guitarist, songwriter, make-up artist; Tool/The Melvins).
in 1965 - Derek B, rocker (Bullet from a Gun) is born.
in 1967 - Lisa "Lisa Lisa" Velez, pop/rock singer/songwriter (Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam), is born.
in 1967 - Albert Szirmai, operetta composer and music director for Chappell Music publishing house, dies at 86.

in 1967 - The Rolling Stones were forced to change the lyrics of 'Lets Spend The Night Together' to 'Lets Spend Some Time Together' when appearing on the US TV's The Ed Sullivan Show after the producers objected to the content of the lyrics.

in 1967 - Donovan appeared at The Royal Albert Hall, London, Paul McCartney and George Harrison both attended the show.

in 1969 - George Harrison had a five-hour meeting with John, Paul and Ringo where he made it clear that he was fully prepared to quit The Beatles for good. Harrison wasn’t happy with plans for live performances and the Let It Be film project.

in 1971 - Max Beesley (UK percussionist, pianist, actor; sessionist/Robbie Williams/Take That/Paul Weller) is born.
in 1972 - Don McLean's 'American Pie' started a four week run at No.1 in the US singles chart.
in 1973 - Jef Alpaerts, pianist and conductor, dies at 68.
in 1974 - Karel Salmon, composer and first musical director of Jerusalem radio, dies at 76.
in 1976 - Paul Simonon auditioned for The London SS, the band went on to become The Clash.
in 1977 - Abba scored their second UK No.1 album when 'Arrival' went to the top of the charts.

in 1977 - The Eagles went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Hotel California' the group's third US No.1 album.

in 1977 - UK singer Leo Sayer went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'You Make Me Feel Like Dancing', it was the first of two US No.1's for the singer.

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in 1979 - Ken Chu (Taiwanese singer, composer; F4) is born.
in 1979 - Young Dro D'Juan Hart (American rapper) is born.
in 1980 - The Ramones appeared live on UK BBC TV music show The Old Grey Whistle Test.

in 1980 - David Whitfield dies at age 54. British singer born in Kingston Upon Hull, as a child he became a choir boy in St. Peter's Church and began a lifelong love of singing which made him Britain's most successful solo male star of the chart's early 1950s until the advent of Rock n Roll. He was the first UK male vocalist to earn a gold disc; the first UK vocalist ever to have a hit placed in the Top Ten of the US Singles Chart; the first artist from Britain to sell over one million copies of one disc in the US and the third to be awarded a gold disc;. He got his big break came as he appeared on the talent show Opportunity Knocks on Radio Luxembourg. The host of the show, Hughie Green got him a booking at the Washington Hotel in the West End of London where a talent scout from Decca records heard him singing and signed him to the label. His many hits include "Cara Mia" which topped the charts for 10 weeks, "Answer Me", "My September Love", "I'll Find You", "William Tell", and "A Scottish Soldier". Over 50 years on, he is still one of only six artists to have spent 10 or more consecutive weeks at Number One on the UK Singles Chart. (brain haemorrhage while on tour in Australia)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gf146euZUw"]DAVID WHITFIELD - CARA MIA (U.K.No1.1954.) - YouTube[/ame]

in 1981 - Howie Day (US pop singer) is born.
in 1981 – Pitbull Armando Christian Pérez (US rapper) is born.
in 1982 - Harry Casey of KC and the Sunshine Band was seriously injured in a head-on car crash.

in 1982 - The Police kicked off the North American leg of their 119-date Ghost In The Machine world tour at Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, supported by The Go-Go's.

in 1983 - A new pop music show was launched by Channel 4 TV called 'Gastank' hosted by ex Yes keyboard player Rick Wakeman and Tony Ashton from Ashton Gardner & Dyke.

in 1983 - Men At Work started a four week run at No.1 in the US singles chart with 'Down Under' the Australian act group's second US No.1, also a No.1 in the UK.

in 1983 - Phil Collins had his first UK No.1 single with his version of 'You Can't Hurry Love,' a hit for The Supremes in 1966. Collins' version was the first track on the very first Now That's What I Call Music CD.

in 1985 - Singer Sheena Easton married record company executive Rob Light.

in 1987 - Dolores Hawkins, singer (Guy Mitchell Show), dies at 58
in 1987 - Aria C Jalali (US vocalist, guitar; Railcars) is born

in 1987 - Ray Bolger Raymond Wallace Bulcao dies at age 83. American actor, singer, and dancer maybe best known for playing The Scarecrow in the 1939 musical fantasy film "The Wizard of Oz". While working on the Vaudeville scene, as half of a team called Sanford and Bolger, in 1926, he was spotted by star maker, Gus Edwards, who hired him for the Broadway show "A Merry World." Numerous Broadway roles followed including the lead in the Rodgers and Hart 1936 classic "On Your Toes." The strength of that performance earned him a movie contract from MGM. Other Broadway credits include- Life Begins at 8:40, By Jupiter, All American, and Where's Charley?, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical and in which he introduced "Once in Love with Amy", the song often connected with him. He also had a big career in films and TV. Ray has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6764 Hollywood Boulevard for movies and at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard for television (cancer)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puvavzSbgS0&feature=related"]YouTube - Once In Love With Amy - Ray Bolger - Where's Charley?[/ame]

in 1988 - Sonny Moore (US electronic musician; From First to Last/solo) is born.

in 1991 - Sean Lennon's updated version of his father John's 'Give Peace A Chance' was released to coincide with the United Nation's midnight deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait.

in 1992 - Dee Murray bass player with the Elton John band died after suffering a stroke aged 45. He first appeared with Elton on the 1970 album Tumbleweed Connection and the milestone albums Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.

in 1992 - Dee Murray dies at age 45. English bass player; a talented musician whose gift for melody, placement, and an understated, yet profound technique, plus his standout work as a backing vocalist, puts him in an elite class among rock bassists. He was a member of the Spencer Davis band before joining Elton John. He was a key members of John's backing band, including the milestone album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. In 1975, after recording Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Dee and Nigel Olsson were released from the band because John wanted to achieve a different sound. Dee and Nigel a continued working together, as session musicians in Los Angeles. They played on Rick Springfield's first United States album, Wait for Night in 1976. In 1977, Murray briefly joined Procol Harum on a US tour. Between '78 and '79, he worked as part of Alice Cooper's backing band. Both Dee and Nigel returned to the UK in 1981, and toured with John for another four years. (After a long battle with skin cancer, Dee died from a stroke)

in 1993 - Sammy Cahn dies at age 79. Four times Academy Award-winning American lyricist, songwriter and musician, best known for his romantic lyrics to tin pan alley and Broadway songs, as recorded by Frank Sinatra, Doris Day and many others. He played the piano and violin. His many songs lyrics include "Three Coins in the Fountain", "All the Way", "High Hopes", "Call Me Irresponsible", "I've Heard That Song Before", "I'll Walk Alone", "Anywhere", "I Fall In Love Too Easily", "It's Magic", "It's a Great Feeling", "Be My Love", "Wonder Why", "Because You're Mine", "I'll Never Stop Loving You", "(Love Is) The Tender Trap", "It's Been A Long, Long Time", "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow", "Love and Marriage", "Papa, Won't You Dance With Me", "Please Be Kind", "Rhythm Is Our Business", "Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night of the Week)", "Teach Me Tonight", "The Things We Did Last Summer" (?).He became a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1972 and later took over the presidency of that organization from his friend Johnny Mercer when Mercer became ill and in 1988 the Sammy Awards, an annual award for movie songs and scores, was started in his honor.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7R4fnx3fLE"]Time After Time - Sammy Cahn & Jule Styne - Piano - YouTube[/ame]

in 1994 - Philippe Brun, jazz trumpeter, dies at 85.

in 1994 - Georges Cziffra dies at age 72. Hungarian-French pianist best known for his performances of Liszt's rhapsodies. Of gypsy descent, he was born in Budapest, but since the Soviet-led invasion of Hungary in 1956, he had lived in France. He also recorded many of Frédéric Chopin's compositions and those of Robert Schumann. He is also well-known for his rather-demanding transcriptions of several orchestral works for the piano - among them, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee (heart attack)

in 1994 - Harry Nilsson dies at age 52. American singer-songwriter who achieved the peak of his commercial success as a singer in the mid 1970s. On all but his earliest recordings, he is credited as 'Nilsson' and for hits such as "Without You", "I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City", "Everybody's Talkin'," "Coconut" and "Jump into the Fire". As a songwriter, his songs including 'One' and 'Cuddly Toy' have been covered by various artists including the Monkees, Three Dog Night and Aimee Mann. His musical legacy continues and his tunes are featured on the soundtracks of dozens of films and TV programs, spanning the 1960s through to the present-day. He was awarded Grammy Awards for two of his recordings and received several more Grammy nominations for the album Nilsson Schmilsson. When John Lennon and Paul McCartney held a press conference in 1968 to announce the formation of Apple Corps, John was asked to name his favorite American artist. He replied, "Nilsson". Paul was then asked to name his favorite American group. He replied, "Nilsson". (died in his sleep of heart failure the night he completed his last album).

in 1995 - Sollie McElroy, doo wop and R&B singer (The Flamingos), dies at 61.

in 1996 - Les Baxter dies at age 73. American saxophonist, pianist; composed and arranger for the top swing bands of the '40s and '50s, but he is better known as the founder of exotica, a variation of easy listening that glorified the sounds and styles of Polynesia, Africa, and South America, even as it retained the traditional string-and-horn arrangements of instrumental pop. Les studied piano at the Detroit Conservatory before moving to Los Angeles for further studies at Pepperdine College. Abandoning a concert career as a pianist, he turned to popular music as a singer. At the age of 23 he joined Mel Tormé's Mel-Tones, singing on Artie Shaw records such as "What Is This Thing Called Love?". He then turned to arranging and conducting for Capitol Records in 1950 and was credited with the early Nat King Cole hits, "Mona Lisa" and "Too Young", but both were actually orchestrated by Nelson Riddle. (kidney failure)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5FRc4cTUSg"]Les Baxter - Voodoo Dreams / Voodoo - YouTube[/ame]

in 1998 - Junior Wells Amos Blakemore dies at age 63. American blues vocalist and harmonica player based in Chicago, famous for playing with Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison & appeared in the 1998 movie Blues Brothers 2000 (he was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in the summer of 1997. That fall, he suffered a heart attack while undergoing treatment, sending him into a coma. Wells stayed in the coma until he passed away)

in 1999 - Marion Ryan dies at age 67. English singer, born in Middlesbrough, once called "the Marilyn Monroe of popular song", she was a pop singer of the 1950s in the early years of British Independent Television. She was the regular singer in the popular musical quiz "Spot the Tune", on Granada Television for seven years from 1956, with a total of 209 half-hour programmes, that featured several star hosts including disc-jockey Pete Murray, the Canadian pop singer Jackie Rae, the comedians Ken Platt, Ted Ray, and Peter Knight and his Orchestra. She made one brief appearance as herself in a feature film with singer Tommy Steele (died from heart failure following the onset of pneumonia)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZh9wO2MOT0"]YouTube - Marion Ryan....Oh,Oh,I'm Falling In Love Again[/ame]

in 2001 - Bob Braun dies at age 71. American television host born in Ludlow, Kentucky; his daily 90-minute show was syndicated throughout the heartland of America, and featured a live bands, singers, and special guests (sadly taken by Parkinson's disease and cancer).

in 2002 - 1980's British pop legend Adam Ant was admitted to a mental ward 24 hours after being charged by police with pulling a gun on staff in a London pub.

in 2003 - Doris Fisher dies at age 87. American singer and songwriter; she sang with Big Bands, on the radio, with the Eddie Duchin Orchestra and led the group "Penny Wise and Her Wise Guys". As a songwriter her hit compositions included "You Always Hurt the One You Love", "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall", "Amado Mio", "Put the Blame on Mame" and "That Ole Devil Called Love". She also collaborated with Slim Gaillard on "Tutti Frutti".

in 2004 - Terje "Valfar" Bakken dies at age 25. Norwegian lead singer and founder of the Norwegian Black/Folk Metal band Windir. Windir was started as a one-man project, but it was expanded into a full band with the release of a 3rd album, 1184. Valfar originally sang his lyrics in Sognamål, a dialect of Norwegian, but eventually switched to English. Their last full length album "Likferd" was released in 2003. (died from hypothermia, he went out on a walk heading towards his family's cabin at Fagereggi, but he never arrived. Three days later, authorities found his body at Reppastølen in the Sogndal valley. Valfar had been caught in a snow storm).

in 2004 - It was announced that album sales in the UK rose by 7.6% in 2003 to a record high. Almost 121 million artist albums were sold, according to Official UK Charts Company. The Top five albums of 2003: 1. Dido, 'Life For Rent'. 2. Justin Timberlake, 'Justified', 3. Christina Aguilera, 'Stripped', 4. Daniel Bedingfield, 'Gotta Get Thru This', 5. Norah Jones, 'Come Away With Me'. UK singles sales continued to drop, down 30% on the previous year. The Black Eyed Peas had the biggest selling single of 2003 with sales over 625,000.

in 2005 - Victoria de los Angeles López García dies at age 81. Spanish Catalan operatic soprano and recitalist of the highest rank whose career began in the early 1940s and reached its height in the years from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s. While she later made fewer appearances in opera, she continued to give recitals, focusing on mostly French and Spanish art songs, into the 1990s. She studied at the Barcelona Conservatory, graduating in just three years in 1941 at age 18. That year, she made her operatic debut as Mimì at the Liceu, but then resumed her musical studies. After winning first prize in the Geneva International Competition in 1947, she sang Salud in Falla's La vida breve with the BBC in London in 1948. She went on to perform around the globe at all the major opera houses. She made many widely acclaimed recordings, including those of La vida breve, La bohème, Pagliacci, and Madama Butterfly (heart failure)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoXqX52x_JU&feature=related"]YouTube - Victoria de los Angeles "De España vengo" El niño judio[/ame]

in 2006 - James Blunt was at No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut album and biggest selling UK album of 2005 'Back To Bedlam.'

in 2008 - Ronnie Wood was recovering following an operation for a hernia after he sustained the injury during the band's recent Bigger Bang tour. The 60-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist was told to rest for two months after the procedure.

in 2009 - Leroy "Hog" Cooper dies at age 80. American saxophone player born in Dallas, Texas. As a young man he played saxophone in his uncle’s jazz ensemble before beginning his formal studies at Tilottson College in Austin, Texas. After a two year stint in the 315th Army Band, he joined the Ray Charles Ensemble recording and concertizing around the world for two decades. Leroy's first recording session with Charles was “Them That Got”, “My Baby! (I Love Her, Yes I Do)” and “Who You Gonna Love?” in 1959. Having performed with numerous legendary jazz artists, he is renowned for his definitive performances on baritone, soprano and tenor saxophones. After leaving Ray, Leroy lived out a happy life in Orlando, Fla., where he played in the Disney band.

in 2010 - N-Dubz were dropped as ambassadors of anti-bullying charity Beatbullying after band member Dappy sent a woman threatening text messages. Chloe Moody texted The Chris Moyles Radio 1 Show while the band were being interviewed, calling them "losers" and labelling Dappy "repulsive", Dappy had sent a text back to her the following day saying "Your gonna die".

in 2011 - Harvey James dies at age 58. Australian rock guitarist, born in Melbourne, he was a member of the bands Party Boys, Sherbet, Ariel and Mississippi. He joined the band Mississippi, but they broke up on a visit to the UK in 1973. Back in Australia, Harvey joined progressive rock group Ariel, with Mike Rudd and Bill Putt. He travelled to the UK with them in 1974, where they recorded their second album ''Rock & Roll Scars'' at Abbey Road Studios. He remained with Ariel until early 1975, by which time the band had added a fifth member, singer-guitarist Glyn Mason. But he shot to national prominence in Australia in early 1975, when he left Ariel to replace founding member Clive Shakespeare in the chart-topping Australian pop band Sherbet. His first recording with them was their biggest hit, "Howzat", which became an Australian No.1 and made the Top 5 in the UK Singles Chart. He remained with the group until they split in 1979. Harvey next co-founded the rock band The Party Boys in 1982, playing on their first two albums ''Live at Several 21sts'' and ''Greatest Hits (of Other People)'', before along with guitarist Clive Shakespeare reuniting Sherbet for several reunions. He also participated in a reunion of the second line-up of Ariel in 1998 (lung cancer).

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNx6cr_jpS0"]Harvey James Tribute - Ian Moss and Phil Small 17 Feb 2011 - YouTube[/ame]

in 2012 - Rafael Rincón González dies at age 89. Venezuelan singer, composer, bandleader and teacher, born in Maracaibo, As well as performing with the Trío los Melódicos, he founded the bands Los Hermanitos Rincón and El Grupo. He composed more than 600 songs, essentially waltzes, danzas, contradanzas, bambucos and gaitas; among the best known are: “Maracaibo florido”, “Besos inocentes”, “El platanero”, "Cosas del Ayer", “No te puedo Olvidar”, “Danza Zuliana”, “Lamento Goajiro”, “Maracaibera”, “Pregones Zulianos”, “Soberana”, “Mi gaitón”, and “Lago de Maracaibo”. He worked as a music teacher in different schools in which he formed choirs and school music groups, which was an important part of his life. - Born September 30th 1922.

in 2012 - Fumio Nunoya dies at age 64. Japanese singer born in Hakodate; he was the lead singer the band The Bickies and the Psychedelic rock band Blues Creation, releasing made a self-titled album of American blues covers, featuring songs written by Sonny Boy Williamson, Memphis Slim, Chester Burnett, J. Mayall-E. Clapton, Blind Willie Johnson, Willie Dixon and Otis Rush, in 1969; he had formed both of theses bands with Kazuo Takeda. Fumio was also the singer with the band Dew and the band Taboo which he formed with the future Happy End star, Eiichi Otaki (cerebral hemorrhage) - Borm January 25th 1947.



in 2015 – Kim Vincent Fowley, American record producer, singer and musician, dies of bladder cancer in Hollywood, California at the age of 75.
He is best known for his role behind a string of novelty and cult pop rock singles in the 1960s, and for managing the Runaways in the 1970s. He has been described as "one of the most colorful characters in the annals of rock & roll," as well as "a shadowy cult figure well outside the margins of the mainstream."

Born in Los Angeles, Fowley was the son of character actor Douglas Fowley and actress Shelby Payne. His parents later divorced and Payne was remarried to William Friml, son of composer, Rudolf Friml. He attended University High School at the same time as singers Jan Berry and Dean Torrence (later of Jan and Dean fame), Nancy Sinatra, Bruce Johnston (later of the Beach Boys), as well as actors Ryan O'Neal, James Brolin and Sandra Dee.

In 1957, he was hospitalized with polio and, on his release, became manager and publicist for a local band the Sleepwalkers that included Johnston, drummer Sandy Nelson and, occasionally, Phil Spector. He spent some time in the armed forces and, by his own account, worked in the sex industry in Los Angeles in the late 1950s. In 1959 he began working in the music industry in various capacities for both Alan Freed and Berry Gordy. His first record as producer was "Charge" by the Renegades, a group comprising Johnston, Nelson, Nik Venet and Richard Podolor. He promoted records for the duo Skip & Flip (Skip Battin and Gary S. Paxton) including the #11 hit "Cherry Pie".

During the early 1960s, Fowley was involved as co-producer/co-publisher with a string of successful records produced in Los Angeles. With Gary S. Paxton he recorded the novelty song "Alley Oop", which reached # 1 on the charts in 1960 and was credited to the non-existent group the Hollywood Argyles. In 1961 he co-produced the instrumental "Like, Long Hair", arranged by Paxton, which became a #38 hit for Paul Revere and the Raiders. He wrote "Nut Rocker" for B. Bumble and the Stingers, which became a # 1 hit in the UK in 1962 and talent scouted "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow", a #48 hit for the Rivingtons. The following year he produced "Popsicles and Icicles" by the Murmaids, which reached #3 in the charts in 1963 and which was written by a pre-Bread David Gates, then a session musician and songwriter who had met Fowley while Kim was hitchhiking in Los Angeles.

During the mid-1960s, Fowley publicized/consulted singer P.J. Proby and relocated for a time to London, England. Fowley wrote the lyrics for the song "Portobello Road", the B-side of Cat Stevens' first single, "I Love My Dog". He produced a Them spin-off band led by two ex-Them members, brothers Pat and Jackie McAuley (who were only allowed to use the band name Other Them in the UK, but called themselves Them on the European continent, releasing an album called Them Belfast Gypsies and a single "Let's Freak Out" under the name Freaks of Nature); an early incarnation of Slade known as the N'Betweens; Soft Machine (he produced "Love Makes Sweet Music", their first single); and the Lancasters, an instrumental rock group featuring a young Ritchie Blackmore. He worked with an up-and-coming band, the Farinas, and renamed them "Family".

Fowley worked on occasion as a recording artist in the 1960s, issuing albums such as Love Is Alive and Well. In 1965 he wrote and produced a song about the psychedelic experience, "The Trip". He later was credited for "hypephone" on Frank Zappa's first album Freak Out! Other singles by Fowley as a recording artist included "Animal Man", during the song he remarks "Its too dirty, it'll be banned" from his popular 1968 album Outrageous. All his efforts as a solo artist since 1970 have become cult items, both in reissue and bootleg formats.

In 1968, Fowley joined forces with a young band from Topanga Canyon California, St John Green, to produce their only album containing songs, musical soundtracks, comedy and dark poetry. The band comprised Ed Bissot (bass), Bill Kirkland (guitars), Vic Sabino (vocals, harmonica and percussion), Mike Baxter (organ), and Shel Scott (drums). The album was engineered by Michael Lloyd. Fowley later claimed it to be "one of the great lost records...Somebody will reissue it someday and people will start crying and jacking off and smoking dope to it. It’s a great record. There’s only a handful of records that I’ve made that are great.” The album was released by MGM on the Flick Disc label, but the group disbanded soon afterwards.

He is credited with being the inspiration behind promoter John Brower's call to John Lennon that resulted in the last-minute appearance of the Plastic Ono Band at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival on September 13, 1969, where Fowley was the MC. At this event, Fowley invited the audience to light matches and lighters to welcome a nervous John Lennon to the stage.

In 1969, Fowley produced the album I'm Back and I'm Proud for Gene Vincent. He co-wrote for Warren Zevon's first solo album, Wanted Dead or Alive. Fowley collaborated with his friend Skip Battin during Battin's membership as bassist with the Byrds on a number of songs. Several appeared on the group's 1970 album, Untitled; and one from the 1971 LP, Byrdmaniax, Farther Along was released as a single: "America's Great National Pastime".

In 1973, Fowley produced three recordings by Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids for the film American Graffiti (1973). These songs were "At the Hop", "Louie Louie" and "She's So Fine". He co-wrote songs for KISS, Helen Reddy, Alice Cooper, Leon Russell and Kris Kristofferson. He made recordings with Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, which were eventually released in 1981 as The Original Modern Lovers. Fowley's tracks were not included on the original versions of the album The Modern Lovers but some were included on later CD reissues.

In 1974, Fowley placed an advertisement in local fanzine Who Put the Bomp looking for female performers. He hoped to form an all-girl group that he could produce and would perform his songs, but no one responded to the advert. In 1975, he met the teenage guitarist Joan Jett who expressed interest in forming an all-girl band. Less than two weeks later, he met 15-year-old drummer Sandy West who introduced herself outside of the Rainbow Bar and Grill in Hollywood, California. West told Fowley of her aspirations to form an all-girl band after playing in all male groups. This meeting led to Fowley giving West Jett's phone number. The two met and began playing together at West's home the following week. A short time later Fowley recruited Lita Ford, Cherie Currie, and Jackie Fox. They eventually became the Runaways. While he did produce some of their albums and contributed lyrics to songs, the band was primarily responsible for creating their own music. The group severed their ties with Fowley in 1977.

Fowley co-wrote two Kiss songs "King of the Night Time World" and "Do You Love Me?". Both appeared on Kiss' 1976 KISS-album Destroyer, with Paul Stanley and producer Bob Ezrin.

In 1978, Fowley formed the Orchids, another all-female rock band, with Laurie McAllister, the last bassist from The Runaways, and Sandy Fury, a 13-year-old rock prodigy on rhythm guitar and vocals.

In 1979, Fowley signed new artists, such as Tommy Rock, the Popsicles, and the Orchids. Fowley promoted "Kim Fowley Night" featuring these bands at the Whiskey A Go-Go. Fowley brought Stiv Bators & the Dead Boys, the Popsicles, and the Orchids into Leon Russell's Cherokee Recording Studio in Hollywood to record "LA, LA (I'm on a Hollywood High)".

In the 1980s Fowley moved to Australia where he announced that he was "looking for the new Beatles or ABBA". His search turned up power pop band Beathoven who were still under a recording contract with EMI. Changing their name to the Innocents, he secured a new record deal with Trafalgar Records and produced several songs for the group. They too became a cult band in later bootlegs/reissues. Fowley produced the first demos for the iconic power pop band, Candy, which featured Gilby Clarke and Kyle Vincent. Vincent was Fowley's personal assistant. Producer Fowley and attorney David Chatfield recorded the first album for Steel Breeze at Rusk studios in Hollywood and got Steel Breeze their recording contract with RCA. Casey Kasem, on the edition of March 12, 1983 of American Top 40, describes how Fowley discovered Steel Breeze while going through approximately 1200 demo tapes that were about to be discarded by a local Hollywood nightclub, Madam Wongs. "You Don't Want Me Anymore" was the first single from the band's self-titled album and quickly jumped into the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 supported by a video that was a favorite of early MTV, and peaked at # 16. The next single, "Dreamin' Is Easy", also made it into the Top 40.

In 1984, still owning rights to the name "the Runaways", Fowley rebuilt the image around Gayle Welch, an unknown teenager from New Zealand. Adding Denise Prior, Missy Bonilla (then a typist for Denny Diante at what was CBS Records) and Cathy DiAmber (Catherine Dombrowski) with David Carr on keyboards, a Chicago guitarist Bill Millay and numerous session musicians. Fowley, assisted by New Zealander Glenn Holland, sought to cash in on the fame of the former Runaways members who had gone on to significant success in their individual solo careers. In 1985, he returned to the United States and recorded further songs with the Innocents' David Minchin.

In 1986, Fowley spotted the band Shanghai (consisting of Eric Leach and Taz Rudd of Symbol Six, Brent Muscat of Faster Pussycat, Patrick Muzingo, and Todd Muscat of Decry) at the Troubadour. After seeing their performance he asked, "Are you ready to make a record?!" They immediately moved in with Fowley and began writing and recording songs. David Libert, Alice Cooper's ex-road manager and agent for George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, was recruited to come in to handle the day-to-day babysitting chores. Shanghai played the reopening of the Whisky a Go Go in April 1986 with Guns N' Roses and Faster Pussycat. Their last show was at the Scream in Los Angeles in 1987.

Fowley is featured in Mayor of the Sunset Strip, a 2003 documentary about the disc jockey Rodney Bingenheimer.

Also in 2003, Fowley made a return trip to London, England, where he made an in-store appearance at Intoxica Records on Portobello Road and curated and performed an evening of music and entertainment at the Dirty Water Club at its then base at the Boston Music Room in North London.

Kim became an experimental filmmaker after the DVD release of Mayor of the Sunset Strip. His written and directed works include: Black Room Doom, Dollboy: The Movie, Satan of Silverlake, The Golden Road to Nowhere, Frankenstein Goes Surfing, Trailer Park's On Fire and Jukebox California. Video clips/scenes from these movies can be seen on YouTube and Myspace, and feature a cast of regulars including but not limited to musical oddities such as the Fabulous Miss Wendy, Giddle Partridge, Richard Rogers (Crazy White Man) and Clown Porn Queen Hollie Stevens.

Fowley released the 21 track solo album Adventures in Dreamland on WEED/Innerstate Records in 2004. It contained the songs "Mayor of the Sunset Strip," "Terrors in Tinseltown," and "Ballad of Phil Spector."

In 2008, Fowley was reunited with Cherie Currie at Houdini's mansion in Los Angeles. He played three dozen gigs between June 2007 and February 2009 as the act Crazy White Man, a duo featuring him on vocals and Richard Rogers on guitar. The bulk of the Crazy White Man shows took place during 2008 and included the Tribute to Gidget Gein, which raised funds for Gidget's Hollywood Forever memorial.

Capitol re-released several of his titles, and director Guy Ritchie used his song "The Trip" in the 2008 film RocknRolla. Fowley was recently regularly heard on Sirius Satellite Radio with a four-hour show on Saturdays and Sundays.

Currie wrote a memoir of her time in the Runaways, which was turned into the film, The Runaways, released on March 19, 2010. It featured Kristen Stewart playing Jett, and Dakota Fanning portraying Currie. Michael Shannon played the part of Fowley.

In 2012, Fowley won the Special Jury Prize at the 13th Melbourne Underground Film Festival for his two feature projects – Golden Road to Nowhere and Black Room Doom.

Kim Fowley released the first part of his autobiography, Lord of Garbage, published by Kicks Books, in 2012. It covers the years 1939–1969 and describes his early childhood and beginning years in the music business. The second installment of his autobiography will be called Planet Pain and will cover the years 1970–1994. The last part of his autobiography was intended to be finished on his deathbed and released posthumously.[21] On September 24, 2014, Fowley married longtime girlfriend and music executive Kara Wright-Fowley, in a private ceremony in Los Angeles.


in 2015 – Ervin Drake, (birth name was Irving Maurice Druckman), American songwriter whose works include such American Songbook standards as "I Believe" and "It Was a Very Good Year". Drake died at his home in Great Neck, New York due to complications from bladder cancer aged 95.
He wrote in a variety of styles and his work has been recorded by musicians around the world. In 1983, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Born in New York City, New York, Ervin Drake had his first song published at age 12, in 1931. The son of Max Druckman and Pearl Cohen, he attended Townsend Harris High School in the borough of The Bronx, New York, graduating in 1935, and went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in social science from the City College of New York in 1940. His elder brother, Milton, also became a songwriter, with work including "The Java Jive" and "Nina Never Knew"; and his younger brother Arnold Drake, became a writer for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and others, as well as an author and playwright.

Drake provided lyrics for "Perdido", composed by trombonist Juan Tizol, a member of Duke Ellington's orchestra, and first recorded (by Ellington) in 1944. Besides composing music and lyrics for dozens of pieces he was also a television producer and worked with performers including Jackie Gleason and Milton Berle. Among his best known songs is "I Believe", the first hit song ever introduced on television, which was commissioned and introduced by Jane Froman on her television show in 1953, and became a number-one hit for Frankie Laine, holding the record for number of non-consecutive weeks spent at number one. It has also been recorded by many other artists including Barbra Streisand and Elvis Presley.

He wrote the words and music for "It Was a Very Good Year" in 1961, when a publisher friend told him that Bob Shane of the folk music group the Kingston Trio would be in the publisher's office the next morning, and the publisher asked Drake to write a song for Shane to sing solo. Shane recorded it for the album Goin' Places and other folk performers covered it. In a 2009 interview, Drake said that in 1965, Frank Sinatra had heard the song on his car radio as he was driving home in the desert and immediately pulled over in the middle of the night to a gas station and pay phone. He called Gordon Jenkins and told him he wanted him to make an arrangement with plenty of strings and maybe an interesting instrument like the oboe could be used as well. When he arrived back in L.A. he recorded it for his career comeback album September of My Years. The Sinatra recording was a Top 30 single on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1966, and made No.1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

The piece has been recorded in over 10 languages and more than 50 artists. As a lyricist, Drake, with composer Irene Higginbotham, wrote the jazz standard "Good Morning Heartache". It has been recorded by over 100 artists, including Billie Holiday and later Diana Ross when she portrayed Holiday in the movie Lady Sings the Blues.[citation needed] Most recently, Gloria Estefan recorded it for her 2013 album The Standards, and sang it to Ervin and wife Edith on live TV on CBS This Morning. Following the performance Ervin, Gloria and the two hosts bantered a while about love and love lost.

Drake was the founding president of American Guild of Authors and Composers from 1973 to 1982, which has since changed its name to Songwriters Guild of America (SGA)

Drake received several honorary doctorates and achievement awards, as well as being inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 1983.

On June 30, 2013, Five Towns College named the Ervin Drake Popular Music Center after Drake.


in 2016 – Pete Huttlinger, American guitarist. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Huttlinger was a Nashville studio artist. In 2000, he won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas.[1] He performed around the world with such artists as John Denver, LeAnn Rimes and many others. As a solo artist he performed across the U.S. and Europe.

Born in Washington, D.C., Huttlinger descended from two lines of prominent journalists. His grandfather on his mother’s side, Fred Walker, was an editor of the San Francisco Call-Bulletin, reporting directly to its owner and publisher, William Randolph Hearst. Huttlinger’s father, Joseph, was a White House correspondent and a publisher of his own newsletter on the oil industry. "My dad took my mom to the White House on their first date," Huttlinger says, "and while they were walking around, President Truman came out and said, ‘Hi, Joe.’ That got Mom’s attention.”

By the age of 12, Huttlinger had begun music lessons and by 14 he had settled on the guitar. Soon after he graduated from high school, a relative left him a small inheritance. He decided to use this windfall to study at Berklee College of Music.

During the early 1990’s, guitarist John Denver’s tour manager and producer Kris O’Connor heard Huttlinger on another project and recommended him to join Denver's band. Huttlinger toured, recorded and performed on television with Denver from 1994 until the singer’s death in 1997.

Huttlinger had performed on numerous Grammy-winning and Grammy-nominated projects. He had also been nominated for an Emmy for music he both composed and performed for a PBS special. His performances had been used in several national TV series, including the PBS Nature special "Let This Be A Voice." He created the theme song for ESPN’s Flyfishing America, a program on which he had made guest appearances.

As a recording artist Huttlinger released numerous albums and received wide-acceptance ranging from his critically acclaimed Naked Pop to Things Are Looking Up. In 2009 (on Instar Records) Huttlinger released Fingerpicking Wonder: The Music of Stevie Wonder. His most current release (2013) "McGuire's Landing" was a CD plus a short story that was written by Huttlinger.

In 2007, Huttlinger made his debut at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. He was invited back in 2008 and made his first appearance there as a solo artist. He performed again at Carnegie Hall on January 9, 2010.

In 2004 and 2007, he was invited to participate in both of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festivals. Huttlinger also made appearances as a side-man. He toured with John Denver for many years and appears with Country/Pop superstar LeAnn Rimes, including the BBC Television’s “Live From Abbey Road,” a series taped at the famous London studios, and ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars.”

In November 2010, Huttlinger suffered a stroke, paralyzing his right side and making him lose the ability to speak. Despite his recovery, Huttlinger eventually suffered end-stage heart failure, the result of congenital cardiac abnormalities. He was airlifted to the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, where he was outfitted with a heart pump known as a VAD (Ventricular Assist Device) and spent the next four months in the hospital recovering.

In 2013 he released the long-awaited McGuire's Landing Project during a house concert on his birthday in Baltimore, Maryland. He was a regularly featured performer with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and had appeared with a number of other symphonies.

Huttlinger suffered a stroke on January 11, 2016, and died four days later at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center at the age of 54. He resided in Nashville, Tennessee. He was married to Erin Morris-Huttlinger.


in 2016 – Nineteen of David Bowie's albums entered the UK album charts in the wake of his death. His new album, Blackstar, reached No.1, and in the top 40, Nothing Has Changed - The Very Best Of was at No.5, The Best Of 1969 / 1974 was at No.11, Hunky Dory, No.14, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, No.17, Best of Bowie, No.18, Aladdin Sane, No.23, The Next Day, No.25, Low No.31 and Diamond Dogs, No. 37. Thirteen Bowie tracks also entered the top 100, led by 'Heroes' at No.12. Also his songs were streamed more than 19 million times on services like Apple Music and Spotify.

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