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Old January 15th, 2017, 07:32 PM   #3711

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in 1672 - Francesco Mancini, organist, composer and teacher, Director of the Conservatorio di S Maria di Loreto, is born. Mancini is known now mainly for his recorder sonatas, though he was a fairly prolific composer.

in 1700 - Death of Italian composer Antonio Draghi in Vienna.

in 1724 - First Performance of J. S. Bach's Sacred Cantata No. 155 Mein Gott, wie lang, ach lange on the 2nd Sunday following Epiphany, was part of Bach's first annual Sacred Cantata cycle in Leipzig 1723-24.

in 1728 - Birth of Italian opera composer Niccoló PICCINNI, in Bari.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhrmSZtL_MM"]Niccolò Piccinni (1728-1800) Attento, sotto un albero - YouTube[/ame]
in 1730 - Johann Joachim Christoph Bode, composer, music teacher and translator, is born. Bode's musical works are all but forgotten, but he was very prominent as a translator and publisher.

in 1738 - Death in Paris of French of organist and composer Jean Francois Dandrieu.

in 1739 - First Performance G. F. Handel's Saul. Runs for six performances at the King's Theater in the Haymarket, in London.

in 1745 - First Performance of Handel's musical drama Hercules.
in 1800 - First Performance of Luigi Cherubini's opera Les deux Journées at the Théatre Feydeau in Paris.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sc79oSYQVE"]Günter Wewel - Der Wasserträger Oper von Luigi Cherubini 2004 f - YouTube[/ame]
in 1804 - Karl August Krebs, composer and conductor, is born. (I couldn't find whether he's related to the Johann Krebs family who were his contemporaries.)

in 1861 - Birth of Albert Alvarez tenor. Debut as Faust in Faust (Gounod) 1887.

in 1864 - Anton Schindler, violinist and biographer of Beethoven, dies at 68. Though Schindler knew Beethoven personally, his biography has been largely discredited, and he's known to have destroyed about half of Beethoven's "Conversation Books."

in 1868 - Cyril Metodej Hrazdira, composer, conductor, choirmaster and teacher, is born.
in 1869 - First performance of Alexander Borodin's Sym No. 1, in St. Petersburg.

in 1872 - Paul-Henri Busser, esteemed French conductor, pedagogue, and composer, is born at Toulouse. He received initial music instruction as a choirboy at the Toulouse Cathedral under Aloys Kunc; at age 13, he was taken to Paris, where he studied with A. Georges at the School of Religious Music; he then pursued training at the Conservatory (1889-92) as a pupil of Franck and Widor (organ) and Guiraud (composition); he also received advice from Gounod. In 1892 he became organist at St. Cloud, near Paris. In 1893 he won the Prix de Rome with his cantata Antigone. Returning to Paris, he became conductor at the Theatre du Chateau d'Eau in 1900, and at the OperaCornique in 1902; he was conductor at the Opera (1905-39; 1946-51). In 1904 he became head of the vocal ensemble class at the Conservatory, and subsequently was professor of composition there from 1931 to 1948. In 1938 he was elected to membership in the Academie. He married Yvonne Gall in 1958. Busser was an accomplished composer for the theater. He also orchestrated Debussy's Petite Suite (1907), Printemps (1912), La cathedrale engloutie (1917), and other pieces. His writings comprise Traite d'instrumentation (with Guiraud; Paris, 1933), De "Pelleas" aux "Indes galantes" (Paris, 1955), and Gounod (Lyons, 1961). - Died at Paris, Dec. 30, 1973.

in 1876 - First performance of P. I. Tchaikovsky's Serenade mélancolique in Moscow.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Erdbl0CTyw"]Tchaikovsky - Serenade Melancolique - YouTube[/ame]
in 1879 - Death of Lorenzo Salvi tenor. Debut as Cam in premiere of Diluvio Universale (Donizetti) 1830.
in 1886 - Death of Italian opera composer Amilcare Ponchielli, in Milan.
in 1886 - Death of Joseph Maas tenor. Debut as Phassilis in Babil & Bijou.

in 1891 - French ballet composer Léo Delibes died in Paris at the age of 55. Delibes was highly thought of by Tchaikovsky, and his "Flower Duet" from the opera Lakmé has an enduring presence in pop culture, being used by more than one company for commercials, including British Airways.

in 1893 - Birth of American composer Pauline ALDERMAN.
in 1893 - Daisy Kennedy (Australian violinist) is born.
in 1894 - Irving Mills aka Joe Primrose (US jazz music publisher) is born.
in 1900 - Birth of Wilhelm Hiller Bass Born 16 Jan 1900 Karlsruhe.
in 1902 - Evelyn Levine, songwriter and composer, is born.
in 1904 - Max Vredenburg, composer and writer on music, is born. Vredenburg co-founded the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands.
in 1905 - Birth of Spanish composer Ernesto HALFFTER in Madrid.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h30Yt8wur-c"]Ernesto Halffter DANZA DE LA GITANA - YouTube[/ame]
in 1905 - First performance of second version of Eugene d'Albert's opera Tiefland, The Lowlands, at the Stadttheater, in Magdeburg.

in 1907 - Birth of German composer Martin SCHERBER in Nuremberg.
in 1909 - Death of Maria De Macchi Soprano Debut as Laura in Gioconda (Ponchielli) 1889.
in 1911 - Wilhelm Berger, composer, pianist and conductor, dies at 49.
in 1913 - Vido Musso (Italian tenor sax/clarinet, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey) is born.

in 1914 - Birth of American choral conductor Roger WAGNER, in Le-Puy, France. Founded Roger Wagner Chorale in 1946.

in 1916 - First performance of Sergei Prokofiev's Scythian Suite.
in 1916 - Jay McShann (US blues and swing pianist, bandleader, singer) is born.
in 1917 - Sandy Block aka Sid Block (US jazz bassist, Chick Webb Band, Van Alexander Orchestra) is born
in 1918 - Birth of Valeria Heybalova soprano Born 16 Jan 1918 Kamnik Slovenia.
in 1918 - Birth of Vera Borisenko Mezzo-Soprano in Bylorussia.
in 1919 - Birth of Angelica Tuccari soprano.
in 1920 - Death of American composer, critic and conductor Henry DeKoven in Chicago.

in 1922 - Jean Cox, American tenor, is born at Gadsen, Ala.
After attending the University of Ala. and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, he studied with Kitsamer in Frankfurt am Main, Ricci and Bertelli in Rome, and Lorenz in Munich. In 1951 he made his operatic debut as Lensky with the New England Opera Theater in Boston. In 1954 he made his European operatic debut as Rodolfo in Spoleto, and then sang in Kiel (1954-55) and Braunschweig (1955-59). He appeared at the Bayreuth Festivals (1956-75), at the Hamburg State Opera (1958-73), and at the Mannheim National Theater (from 1959). As a guest artist, he sang with various European opera houses, including the Paris Opera (as Siegmund, 1971) and at London's Covent Garden (as Siegfried, 1975). In the U.S. he appeared at the Chicago Lyric Opera (1964, 1970, 1973)and made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Walther von Stolzing on April 2, 1976, where he sang for the season before concentrating his career in Europe. He sang various Wagnerian roles, as well as Fra Diavolo, Don Carlos, Othello, Strauss's Herod and Bacchus, and the Cardinal in Mathis der Maler

in 1923 - Death of Hippolyte Belhomme bass.
in 1923 - Roy Lanham, country and jazz guitarist and composer (Sons of the Pioneers), is born.
in 1924 - Birth of French composer Jeanine BAGANIER in La Nayenne.
in 1924 - Death of Fritz Schrodter tenor.
in 1928 - (28 JAN? 12 OCT?) Birth of Spanish soprano Pilar LORENGAR in Saragossa Spain.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ec3U70TiKWY"]Pilar Lorengar as Donna Elvira "Mi tradi" from Don Giovanni - YouTube[/ame]
in 1928 - Birth of American composer Ezra SIMS.
in 1929 - Tage Nielsen, composer, teacher and music administrator, is born.
in 1933 - Birth of Armin Ude tenor.
in 1933 - First performance of Nicolai Miaskovsky's Symphony No. 11, in Moscow.
in 1934 - Annie Patterson, composer, conductor and writer on music, dies at 65.
in 1934 - Birth of American composer Richard WERNICK in Boston MA.

in 1934 - Marilyn (Bemice) Horne, outstanding American mezzo-soprano, is born at Bradford, Pa.
She studied with William Vennard at the University of Southern Calif. in Los Angeles, and also attended Lotte Lehmann's master classes. She then went to Europe, where she made her professional operatic debut as Giulietta at the Gelsenkirchen Opera in 1957; remained on its roster until 1960, appearing in such roles as Mimi, Tatiana, Minnie, Fulvia in Ezio, and Marie in Wozzeck, the role she repeated in her U.S. debut at the San Francisco Opera on Oct. 4, 1960. She married Henry Lewis in 1960, and subsequently made a number of appearances under his direction; they were separated in 1976.

In 1965 she made her debut at London's Covent Garden, again as Marie. She appeared at Milan's La Scala in 1969, and on March 3,1970, made her Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. as Adalgisa; subsequently became one of the Metropolitan's principal singers.

Her notable performances there included Rosina in II Barbiere di Siviglia Oan. 23, 1971), Carmen (Sept. 19, 1972), Fides in Le Prophete Oan. 18, 1977), Rinaldo (the first Handel opera to be staged there, Jan. 19, 1984), Isabella in L'Italiana in Algeri (telecast live by PBS, Jan. 11, 1986), and Samira in the premiere of Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles (Dec. 19, 1991).

In 1992 President Bush awarded her the National Medal of Arts. On Jan. 20, 1993, she sang at the inauguration of President Clinton in Washington, D.C. That same year, she founded the Marilyn Horne Foundation with the goal of encouraging young singers as art song recitalists. In 1994 she began teaching at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, where she was artist-in-residence and director of the voice program. In 1995 she received a Kennedy Center Honor. In 1996 she retired from the operatic stage, and in 1999 gave her last classical recital. Acclaimed for her brilliant portrayals in roles by Handel, Rossini, and Meyerbeer, she won equal praise as an outstanding concert artist. She published an autobiography (with J. Scovell; N.Y., 1983).

in 1934 - Robert Lenard "Bob" Bogle, rock guitarist, bassist, composer and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (The Ventures), is born.

in 1935 - Death of Ella Russell Soprano.
in 1935 - First performance of Mascagni's opera Nerone. Masgagni conducting at La Scala in Milan.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFzbZE4vhUE"]Mascagni at the piano plays "Nerone" (1932) - YouTube[/ame]
in 1935 - Richard Wetz, composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 59.

in 1936 - First performance of Frank Bridge's Ovation Concerto for Cello and Orchestra. BBC Symphony, composer conducting. Florence Hooton, cellest, in London.

in 1937 - Birth of Kenneth Woollam tenor.
in 1937 - Conny Vandenbos, pop singer, is born.
in 1938 - Benny Goodman refuses to play Carnegie Hall when black members of his band are barred from performing.
in 1938 - Birth of Charlotte Lehmann soprano.
in 1938 - Jô Soares (Brazilian author, musician, TV personality) is born.
in 1939 - Ray Phillips (US lead singer; Nashville Teens) is born.
in 1942 - Barbara Lynn, R&B singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born.
in 1942 - Bill Francis, rock keyboardist (Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show), is born.

in 1942 - First performance of Benjamin Britten's Diversions on a Theme for Piano Left Hand, with pianist Paul Wittgenstein [he is Ludwig’s brother]. Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy conducting.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GkXz62Ggss"]Britten - Diversions Op.21 (1) (Theme - Var IXa) - YouTube[/ame]
in 1942 - René Angélil (Canadian music executive) is born.

in 1943 - (Richard) Gavin Bryars, significant English composer and teacher, is born at Goole, Yorkshire.
He studied composition privately with Cyril Ramsey (1959-61) and George Linstead (1963-65) in England, and with Ben Johnston (1968) in the U.S.; also at the University of Sheffield (B.A. in philosophy, 1964) and at the Northern School of Music (1964-66). After teaching at the Northampton College of Technology (1966-67), the Portsmouth College of Art (1969-70), and the Leicester Polytechnic (1970-85), he was professor of music at De Montford University (1985-96). In 1981 he founded his own Gavin Bryars Ensemble, with which he toured widely. Bryar's output is generally experimental in nature. His works are indeterminate, replete with repetition, and often utilize electronics. His warmth and humor is evidenced in his The Sinking of the Titanic (1969), a multimedia, meditative collage work composed of excerpts from pieces the drowning orchestra might have been playing. His poignant Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet, originally composed for Ensemble and Tape (1971), became an international success in its later version for Orchestra and Tape (1994), incorporating the raspy voice of Tom Waits. Bryars has also collaborated with a number of well-known musicians, including Eno, Reich, and Cardew, as well as with the preeminent American theater director, Robert Wilson.

in 1943 - Birth of English composer Brian FERNEYHOUGH in Coventry.
in 1944 - James Wayne "Jim" Stafford, country and pop singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, is born.
in 1944 - Ronnie Milsap, country singer and keyboardist, is born.
in 1946 - Birth of Italian soprano Katia RICCIARELLI.
in 1950 - Damo Suzuki (Japanese singer; Can) is born.
in 1951 - Richard Thompson, funk, soul and R&B singer and guitarist (B. T. Express), is born.
in 1951 - Tommy Crain (US guitarist; Charlie Daniels Band/Crosstown Allsaters) is born.
in 1952 - Birth of Swedish composer Par LINDGREN in Gothenberg.

in 1954 - Tim Berne, eclectic jazz alto saxophonist, is born at Syracuse, N.Y.
He didn't begin playing alto until 19, when he was attending Lewis and Clark College in Ore. He was deeply affected by Julius Hemphill's album Dogon A.D., which established his direction. He moved to N.Y. (1974), sought Hemphill out, and entered into an apprenticeship with the elder musician. The "lessons" they had together lasted for hours and covered everything from composition to record promotion to recording to pasting up handbills to aspects of magic and spirituality and, sometimes, even playing the saxophone; Berne was also greatly helped by studies with Anthony Braxton. He established his own label and made his first two recordings on the West Coast before moving back to N.Y

He has worked with Vinny Golia, Alex Cline, Roberto Miranda, Olu Dara, Ed Schuller, John Zorn, Marilyn Crispell, and Paul Motian, among others; Berne also headed the group Miniature with Hank Roberts and Joey Baron. From 1994-7, his group Bloodcount performed over 250 concerts worldwide. Many of his recordings were released on his own labels, Empire and Screwgun. In 1996, his string quartet piece, "dry ink, silence," was premiered by the Kronos Quartet at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. This and the Visible Man (1992) were supported by Readers Digest/Meet the Composer grants; he has also received awards from the N.Y. State Council on the Arts, N.Y. State Foundation for the Arts, and been in residence at the MacDowell Colony. Berne is a hard driving eclectic whose albums have included strains of free jazz, hard bop, rock, pop, fusion, various international, even contemporary classical elements.

in 1955 - Birth of American composer David Thomas ROBERTS in Moss Point, Mississippi.
in 1955 - Death of Mirielle Berthon soprano.

in 1956 - Tennessee Ernie Ford was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the Merle Travis coal-mining song 'Sixteen Tons.' Written in 1947 about the misery of coal mining.

in 1957 - Arturo Toscanini dies at age 89. Italian celloist and conductor, born in Parma, Emilia–Romagna; he won a scholarship to the local music conservatory, where he studied the cello. He joined the orchestra of an opera company, which he toured South America in 1886. He went on to be one of the most acclaimed musicians and conductors of the late 19th century and 20th century, he was renowned for his brilliant intensity, his restless perfectionism, and his phenomenal ear for orchestral detail. Over his long career he worked with many top orchestras around the world. As music director of the NBC Symphony Orchestra he became a household name through his radio and TV broadcasts and many recordings of the operatic and symphonic repertoire. Artuo was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNKf4aTtHY"]Toscanini - Beethoven Symphony No.9 (3/7) - YouTube[/ame]
in 1957 - The Cavern Club opened in Liverpool. It became the home of many Liverpool bands including The Beatles who appeared at the club 292 times.

in 1958 - Birth of American composer Scott LINDROTH.

in 1959 - Sade (actually, Helen Folsade Adu), pop's enigmatic, sultry, sophisticated chanteuse, is born at Ibadan, Nigeria. The daughter of a Nigerian teacher and an English nurse, Helen Folsade Adu left her birth country of Nigeria when her parents separated. Her mother moved back to London, where Sade (a nickname based on her middle name) eventually studied fashion design. Some of her creations went on tour with Spandau Ballet in the late 1970s.

She also sang with a jazz funk band called Pride. Eventually, she took sax player and guitarist Stuart Matthewman, keyboard player Andrew Hale and bassist Paul Spencer Denman and formed her own band. The simple yet elegant song "Your Love Is King" brought them to the Top Ten throughout Europe. In 1985, she released her debut album Diamond Life.

Launched with the internationally successful (#5 pop, #1 adult contemporary in the U.S.) "Smooth Operator," the album also went to #5, sold quadruple platinum, and earned her a Best New Artist Grammy. Followed less than a year later by the chart topping, Promise she stayed on the pop charts with the #5 hit "The Sweetest Taboo," which also topped the adult charts, and the #20 "Never As Good As the First Time." She spent close to a year on the road supporting the two records. Promise eventually sold triple platinum. Sade took a break, relocating to Madrid.

She came back in 1988 with the self- produced album Stronger Than Pride, a pun on her earlier band. More raw than her first two records, it launched the hit "Paradise" which topped the R&B charts, and peaked at #16 pop. She spent over a year on the road with the album, which peaked at #7 and went triple platinum. It was another four years before she re-emerged with 1992's Love Deluxe. In between, she was married to Spanish filmmaker Carlos Scola, and divorced a year later. Even more stripped down than Stronger Than Pride, Love Deluxe generated only a modest hit in the #28 "No Ordinary Love" but topped out at #3 and sold quadruple platinum anyway. Since the release of a greatest hits album in 1994, Sade has stayed out of the media spotlight.

in 1960 - Mark C. Deren (US DeeJay; Mark From Holland) is born.
in 1961 - Jill Sobule (US singer-songwriter) is born.
in 1961 - Kenneth Sivertsen (Norwegian guitarist, composer, poet, comedian is born.
in 1961 - Paul Raven (UK rock bassist; Ministry/Killing Joke) is born.
in 1962 - Jan Koster, rock drummer (Sleeze Beez), is born.
in 1962 - Paul Webb "Rustin Man," rock bassist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (Talk Talk), is born.
in 1963 - Gilardo Gilardi, composer, conductor, pianist and teacher, dies at 73.

in 1963 - Ike Quebec dies at age 44. American tenor saxophone player, accomplished dancer and pianist, born in Newark, New Jersey; he switched to tenor sax as his primary instrument in his early 20s, and quickly earned a reputation. He recorded for Blue Note records in the 40's, and also served as a talent scout for the label, helping pianists Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell come to wider attention and, due to his exceptional sight reading skills, was an uncredited impromptu arranger for many Blue Note sessions. (lung cancer).

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoBhmxHgHig"]Ike Quebec - Blue and Sentimental - YouTube[/ame]
in 1964 - The Beatles played two shows at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, France, the first of an 18-night engagement. This first show was attended mostly by Paris' "top society" members (all dressed in formal evening attire). The French press had little good to say about The Beatles in the next day's papers, but The Beatles didn't care, because they'd just received news that their single ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ had hit No.1 in the US, selling 10,000 copies an hour in New York City alone.

in 1964 - The Dave Clark Five were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Glad All Over', the group's only UK No.1.
in 1965 - Birth of American composer Jennifer BILFIELD. Director of Serious Music at Boosey & Hawkes.

in 1965 - The Beatles played the last of a 16 night run billed as 'Another Beatles' Christmas Show' that had started on Jan 1st at The Hammersmith Odeon, London.

in 1967 - Maxine Waters Jones, R&B, soul and pop singer/songwriter (En Vogue), is born.
in 1968 - Birth of Czech composer Miloš BOK in Prague.
in 1969 – Dead Per Yngve Ohlin (Swedish black metal vocalist; Mayhem) is born.
in 1969 - First performance of Milton Babbitt's Relata II. New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein conducting.

in 1969 - Fleetwood Mac, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Albert Collins all appeared at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, California.

in 1969 - Marmalade were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of The Beatles song 'Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da'.

in 1969 - Vernon Duke Vladimir Dukelsky dies at age 65. Russian-American composer, songwriter; at the age of 11, he was accepted at the Kiev Conservatory where he studied composition with Reinhold Glière and musical theory with Boleslav Yavorsky. In 1919, his family escaped from the turmoil of civil war in Russia and spent a year and a half with other refugees in Constantinople. In 1921 they obtained American visas and sailed to New York. Vernon is best known for "Taking a Chance on Love" with lyrics by Ted Fetter and John Latouche, "I Can't Get Started" with lyrics by Ira Gershwin, "April in Paris" with lyrics by E. Y. ("Yip") Harburg, and "What Is There To Say" for the Ziegfeld Follies of 1934, also with Harburg. He wrote the words and music for "Autumn in New York" in 1934. Vernon collaborated with lyricists such as Johnny Mercer, Ira Gershwin, Ogden Nash and Sammy Cahn and his works have been performed and recorded by Tony Bennett, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Wynton Marsalis, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra and Thelonious Monk (died in Santa Monica, California during a lung cancer operation.)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i37E-qxFZng"]PETER MINTUN: Autumn In New York (Vernon Duke) 1934 - YouTube[/ame]
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in 1970 - Brendan O'Hare (Scottish drummer; Teenage Fanclub/Telstar Ponies) is born.
in 1970 - John Lennon's London Art Gallery exhibit of erotic lithographs, 'Bag One' was closed by Scotland Yard.

in 1972 - David Seville Ross Bagdasarian dies at age 52. American Grammy Award winning pianist, singer, songwriter, actor and record producer, born in Fresno, California as a young man, he performed in the Broadway cast of The Time of Your Life and his first musical success was the song he wrote with Saroyan, "Come on-a My House," recorded by Rosemary Clooney in 1951. He was better known by the stage name David Seville, as David Seville, Ross had a number-one hit in the summer of 1958 with the "Witch Doctor," which was his first experiment with speeding an audio track to get a distinctive, squeaky, high-pitched voice, followed by "The Bird on My Head" which wasn't a hit. Then for the 1958 Christmas season came "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" with The Chipmunks, for which he won two Grammy Awards in 1959: Best Comedy Performance and Best Recording for Children. He named the three Chipmunk characters after record executives: Simon Waronker, Ted Keep (Theodore), and Alvin Bennett. (heart attack)

in 1972 - Greg Page (Australian guitarist, drums, keyboard, actor; The Wiggles) is born.
in 1973 - Bruce Springsteen appeared at Villanova University, Philadelphia to an audience of 25 people.

in 1974 - The New Seekers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their second and final UK No.1 single 'You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me'.

in 1976 - Death of Vasco Campagnano tenor.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMcfAyipzTc"]VASCO CAMPAGNANO "UNA PAROLA SOLA.....OR SON SEI MESI" - YouTube[/ame]
in 1976 - Stuart Fletcher (UK bassist; Seahorses/The Yard) is born.

in 1977 - One half of TV cop show "Starsky & Hutch" (he was blonde Hutch), David Soul went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Don't Give Up On Us'. Also a No.1 in the US.

in 1978 - Charles Richard "Ricky" Wilson (UK lead singer; Kaiser Chiefs) is born.

in 1978 - Sex Pistol, Sid Vicious fell through a glass door at a San Francisco hotel, took a drug overdose and was rushed to hospital.

in 1979 – Aaliyah Dana Haughton (US singer, dancer, actress and model) is born.
in 1979 - Cher's divorce from Gregg Allman was finalised.

in 1979 - Federico "Fred" Elizalde, jazz and classical pianist, composer, conductor, and bandleader, dies at 71. Elizalde was also an excellent sharpshooter and won gold medals as captain of the Philippines shooting team in the 1954 Asiad.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6okjdj6gQdQ"]"Sugar" Fred Elizalde - YouTube[/ame]
in 1980 - Lin Manuel Miranda (US actor, composer, lyricist) is born.

in 1980 - Paul McCartney was jailed for nine days in Tokyo for marijuana possession after being found with 219g on his arrival at Narita Airport in Japan.

in 1981 - Beverley O'Sullivan (Irish singer, actress) is born.
in 1981 - Nick Valensi (US guitar; Strokes) is born.

in 1982 - Bucks Fizz were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their second No.1 'Land Of Make Believe'. The lyrics to the song were written by ex-King Crimson member Peter Sinfield.

in 1982 - Samuel Dylan Murray Preston (UK lead singer; The Ordinary Boys) is born
in 1983 - First performance of Daniel Asia's Why (?) Jacob for piano. Sanford Margolis was soloist.
in 1984 - Jared Slingerland (Canadian guitarist, programming; Left Spine Down/Front Line Assembly) is born
in 1984 - Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested in Barbados for drug possession and were each fined $200 (£117).

in 1985 - David Bowie's schizophrenic half-brother Terry Burnes killed himself after laying down on the railway lines at Coulsdon South station, London. He was killed instantly by a passing train. He was 47.

in 1987 - TV presenter Jools Holland was suspended from Channel 4's UK music show The Tube for 6 weeks, after using the phrase 'groovy ******s' during a live trailer broadcast in children's hour.

in 1988 - 24 years after The Beatles first topped the chart, George Harrison went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Got My Mind Set On You'.

in 1988 - Former Go-Go's singer Belinda Carlisle scored her first UK No.1 single with 'Heaven Is A Place On Earth.' The promotional video was directed by Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton and features an appearance of Carlisle's husband Morgan Mason.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydw5qIycHE0"]Belinda Carlisle - La Luna - YouTube[/ame]
in 1988 - George Michael went to No.1 on the US album charts with his debut solo album 'Faith'. It went on to sell over 8 million copies.

in 1988 - Tina Turner gave herself a place in the record books when she performed in front of 182,000 people in Rio De Janeiro. The largest audience ever for a single artist.

in 1988 - Wet Wet Wet went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut LP 'Popped In 'Souled Out'.
in 1989 - Bryan Ferry played the first of three nights at London’s Wembley Arena. Tickets were £12.50 ($21.25).
in 1989 - Death of Stefania Malagu Mezzo-Soprano.

in 1990 - Fritz "Freddy" Brocksieper dies at age 78. German jazz drummer and percussionist; he was a founder member of Charlie and his Orchestra, in 1940, which was led by frontman Karl Schwedler. They made over 90 recordings between March 1941 and February 1943. After the WW2 Freddy went on as a freelance musician and to lead his own bands.

in 1991 - Cladys "Jabbo" Smith dies at age 82. American jazz trumpeter and singer; at 6 he went into the Jenkins Orphanage in Charleston, Sth Carolina where he learned trumpet and trombone, and by age 10 was touring with the Jenkins Band. At age 16 he left the Orphanage to become a professional musician, at first playing in bands in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Atlantic City, New Jersey before making his base in Manhattan, New York City from about 1925 through 1928, where he made the first of his well regarded recordings. In the 1930s, he made Milwaukee, Wisconsin his main base, before dropping out of the public eye. Jabbo made a comeback in the late 1960s; many young musicians, fans, and record collectors were surprised to learn that the star of those great 1920s recordings was still alive. Jabbo once again successfully played with bands and shows in New York, New Orleans, Louisiana, London, and France through the 1970s and into the 1980s

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEtfgN9iNmQ"]Jabbo Smith, Jenkins Orphanage - YouTube[/ame]
in 1995 - William Dillard, jazz trumpeter, singer and actor, dies at 83.

in 1996 - Jamaican authorities opened fire on Jimmy Buffett's seaplane, mistaking it for a drug trafficker's plane. U2 singer Bono was also on the plane; neither singer was injured in the incident.

in 1997 - Charlie Alfred Galbraith, jazz trombonist, dies at 76.

in 1997 - First performance of Esa-Pekka Salonen's L.A. Variations for orchestra. Los Angeles Philharmonic, composer conducting.

in 1999 - Brandy started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the Diane Warren song 'Have You Ever' a No.13 hit in the UK.

in 1999 - Norman Cook scored his third UK No.1 single under the name of Fatboy Slim with 'Praise You'. The song features the prominent vocal sample "Praise You" from the opening of 'Take Yo' Praise' by Camille Yarbrough. Cook's other No.1's had been with The Housemartins and Beats International.

in 2000 - John Morris Rankin dies at age 40. Canadian pianist and fiddle player and a member of The Rankin Family along with his siblings, Heather, Cookie, Jimmy, and Raylene, a Canadian celtic family group from Mabou, Nova Scotia. The group won many Canadian music awards, including 15 East Coast Music Awards, six Juno Awards, four SOCAN Awards, three Canadian Country Music Awards and two Big Country Music Awards. Their many hits included "Orangedale Whistle", "Fare Thee Well Love", "Gillis Mountain", 'Movin' On', 'Long way To Go', "North Country" and "Roving Gypsy Boy" (car accident in Margaree Harbour, Nova Scotia).

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UJ4hB19oyY"]JOHN MORRIS RANKIN & HOWIE MACDONALD - 1986 MABOU CEILIDH - YouTube[/ame]
in 2000 - Will "Dub" Jones dies at age 71. American singer born in Shreveport, Louisiana; bass vocalist for The Coasters and The Cadets. His best known vocals was on The Cadets' biggest hit "Stranded In The Jungle". In 1956, he sang on The Crescendos' recording "Sweet Dreams" and in '57, he sang with Jesse Belvin & The Space Riders on the single "My Satellite" / "Just To Say Hello." He had also recorded with Cora Washington, billed as Cora And Dub. Will joined The Coasters in 1958, and his bass vocals are show cased on The Coasters' hits "Yakety Yak" and "Charlie Brown". Will also recorded with later versions of The Coasters on the '76 album The World Famous Coasters and with Billy Guy's group of Coasters in 1977 (diabetes complications).

in 2000 - It was reported that Mick Jagger had lost the chance of a knighthood because of his errant ways. British Prime Minister Tony Blair had second thoughts about the message it would give about family values.

in 2000 - Jay-Z was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Vol 3. Life and Times of S. Carter.’
in 2000 - The Manic Street Preachers went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Masses Against The Classes', the bands second UK No.1 single. A limited release, the single which was deleted on the day of issue.

in 2001 - Virginia Lee O'Brien dies at age 51. American actress and singer known for her comedic roles in MGM musicals of the 1940s. Among the films she appeared in during her time at MGM were The Big Store with the Marx Brothers, Ship Ahoy with Eleanor Powell and Red Skelton, Thousands Cheer, Du Barry Was a Lady with Skelton and Lucille Ball, The Harvey Girls with Judy Garland and Ziegfeld Follies. After appearing once again with Red Skelton in 1947's Merton of the Movies, and a guest appearance the following year in the short Musical Merry-Go-Round (undisclosed causes).

in 2002 - Eddie Meduza Errol Leonard Norstedt dies at age 53. Swedish singer-songwriter, composer and guitarist working mainly in the rockabilly genre. Many of his songs are about alcohol, women, cars, and quite often with obscene and vulgar lyrics especially while under the guise of E.Hitler. Sometimes they were also politically oriented, many aimed at the Swedish Social Democrats. He was also a popular performer of Raggare music (alcohol abuse related).

in 2003 - First performance of William Kraft's Concerto for English Horn The Grand Encounter with Carolyn Hove, English Horn, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen.

in 2003 - Steve Strange former front man of 1980's band Visage told a London court he was robbed of a bracelet given to him by Kylie Minogue after being beaten over the head in central London. A man had been arrested for the attack.

in 2003 - Tori Amos played the first of two nights at the Hammersmith Carling Apollo in London.

in 2004 - Czeslaw Niemen Czeslaw Juliusz Wydrzycki dies at age 64. Polish singer, songwriter, multi-musician; one of the most important and original Polish singer-songwriters and rock balladeers of the last quarter-century, singing mainly in the Polish language. He made his debut in the early 1960s, singing Polish rock and soul music. He possessed an unusually wide voice range and equally rich intonation. He was also an ardent composer and a keyboard player. Soon after his first successful concerts in France, he started to use the pseudonym Niemen. In the early 1970s, Niemen recorded three English language albums under the CBS label. In 1974 he recorded Mourner's Rhapsody with Jan Hammer and Rick Laird from Mahavishnu Orchestra. In the seventies, Niemen turned to jazz-rock fusion and electronic music - Katharsis album. In 1972 he also contributed with a song performed by him in "Wesele"/The Wedding 1972 film. Later, Niemen also composed film soundtracks and theater music. In the 1990s he showed interest in art painting and computer graphics. He died of cancer in Warsaw. (cancer)

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in 2004 - Michael Jackson appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to seven charges of child molestation. The singer who arrived 21 minutes late was told off by the Santa Barbara judge saying 'Mr Jackson, you have started out on the wrong foot here, it is an insult to the court.'

in 2005 - Elvis Presley's single ‘One Night’ made chart history by becoming the 1,000th UK No.1. Elvis, who led last week's chart with ‘Jailhouse Rock’, had now scored more number one UK hits than any other artist with 20 No.1’s, beating The Beatles' 17 chart toppers.

in 2005 - The Killers started a two week run at No.1 on the UK charts with their debut album 'Hot Fuss.' The Las Vegas band also entered the UK singles chart at No.3 with 'Somebody Told Me'. Green Day were at No.1 on the US album chart with 'American Idiot.'

in 2007 - Thornton James "Pookie" Hudson dies at age 72. American lead singer and songwriter for the doo wop group The Spaniels, who lent his tenor vocals to hits like "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight" and influenced generations of later artists. Some historians of vocal groups consider Pookie to be the first true leader of a vocal group, because the Spaniels pioneered the technique of having the main singer solo at his own microphone, while the rest of the group shared a second microphone (cancer)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lIuPb8EeFU"]45 RPM: The Spaniels - Hey, Sister Lizzie - YouTube[/ame]
in 2007 - Bob Dylan and his brother bought Aultmore House a mansion in the Scottish Cairngorms National Park, near Nethybridge, Inverness-shire.

in 2008 - Radiohead were forced to abandon an intimate gig at Rough Trade East records in London after police raised safety fears. The band moved the gig to a nearby club after over 1,500 fans turned up after the event was announced in the morning promising tickets to the first 200 fans.

in 2009 - Gordon "Whitey" Mitchell dies at age 76. American jazz musician and comedy writer; he began on tuba and clarinet before choosing bass as his primary instrument. He played with Elinor Sherry and Shep Fields in the early 1950s before serving in the Army during the Korean War. From 1954 he worked freelance in New York City, playing with the likes of Gene Krupa, Tony Scott, J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, Pete Rugolo, Lester Young, Charlie Ventura, Herbie Mann, Betty Roche, Oscar Pettiford, Gene Quill, Mat Mathews, Joe Puma, Johnny Richards, Peter Appleyard, Andre Previn, and Benny Goodman. He released an album under his own name in 1956, and worked with Red and Blue Mitchell in 1958 as "The Mitchells" on a Metrojazz release. 1965 saw him in Hollywood as a television writer and producer. He worked on shows such as Get Smart, All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Odd Couple, Mork and Mindy, and several Bob Hope television specials. In 1995 he moved to Palm Desert, California, where he had his own radio show (cancer)

in 2009 - Boy George was sentenced to 15 months in prison after being convicted of falsely imprisoning a male escort. The Culture Club frontman denied the charge at Snaresbrook crown court and claimed the victim, Norwegian Audun Carlsen, 29, had stolen photos from his laptop. The singer told police he invited Carlsen back to his home after a cocaine-fuelled pornographic photo shoot in January, 2007, because he suspected the Norwegian of stealing pictures from his computer. He admitted handcuffing Carlsen to a wall in April 2007 but said he did so in order to trace the missing property.

in 2009 - Chesney Hawkes led nearly 600 people in an attempt to set a record for the number of people playing air guitar at the same time. The group strummed along to his 1991 hit ‘The One and Only’ in Portsmouth's Guildhall Square.

in 2010 - Carl Smith dies at age 82. American country singer-songwriter and musician born in Maynardville, Tennessee. At 15, he started performing in a band called Kitty Dibble and Her Dude Ranch Ranglers. By age 17, he had learned to play the string bass and spent his summer vacation working at WROL-AM in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he performed on Cas Walker's radio show. Carl went on to become one of country's most successful male artists during the 1950s, with 30 Top 10 hits. His success continued well into the 1970s, when he had a charting single every year except one. His many hits included "Let's Live a Little", "Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way", "(When You Feel Like You're in Love) Don't Just Stand There", "Are You Teasing Me", "Hey Joe", "Back Up Buddy", "There She Goes", "You Are the One" and "Ten Thousand Drums" He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Carl was was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2003. (natural causes)

in 2011 - Steve Prestwich dies at age 56. Australian drummer born in Liverpool, UK, where he was a member of the folk/rock band, Sandy, in 1970. The following year he relocating to Australia with his family when he was 17. He was the founding and long-term drummer for rockers Cold Chisel which he formed in Adelaide, in 1973. Steve wrote the Cold Chisel's songs, "When the War Is Over" and "Forever Now", from the 1982 album Circus Animals. He had a short spell in Little River Band from 1984–1986. He toured America and released two albums with them, "When the War Is Over" and "Forever Now". Steve also released two solo albums, ''Since You've Been Gone'' and ''Every Highway'' which was released in October 2009 (brain tumor).

in 2011 - Augusto Algueró dies at age 76. Spanish composer and conductor, born in Barcelona, he split his student days in the Municipal Conservatory with Medical School, and also started his professional musical career in the early 1950s aged just 16. His most famous compositions are Penélope, which he wrote specially for Joan Manuel Serrat, as well as Noelia for Nino Bravo, Tómbola for Marisol and La chica ye-ye for Concha Velasco. In all, during the course of his career, Augusto wrote more than 500 songs and about 200 musical scores for films and television. (cardiac arrest).

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOQTVcccY_8"]Augusto Alguero and His Orchestra - Eloise - YouTube[/ame]
in 2013 - British pop star Elton John announces that he had become a father for the second time after the birth via a surrogate mother of Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John.



in 2014 – Robert “Bud” Spangler, a drummer, producer and radio host who was active in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past four decades, and the Detroit area prior to that, dies of lung cancer at age 75. The place of death was not reported but Spangler lived in Oakland, Calif.

Born in Norwalk, Ohio, Dec. 7, 1938, Spangler began playing drums in Michigan in the late 1950s. His broadcasting career began on WKAR-FM around the same time while he attended Michigan State University. He later worked with public radio station WDET-FM in Detroit, hosting the show Jazz Today in the ’60s. He became that station’s jazz program director in 1971, and held the position for four years.

Spangler played gigs in the Detroit area for some time, working with both local jazz artists and nationally known musicians such as Mose Allison. He remained in Michigan through the ’60s where he began engineering recordings by R&B, blues and jazz artists. Much of his recording work was for the short-lived Strata label. He also drummed during this period for Kenny Cox’s Contemporary Jazz Quintet, which recorded for Blue Note, as well as the band Tribe with trumpeter Marcus Belgrave.

In the 1970s, Spangler relocated to the Bay Area, where he co-led a band with trumpeter Tom Peron that continued into the ’90s. Spangler became a member of pianist Jessica Williams’ band in the ’80s. He was also a member of the group Sphere with Larry Nozero and Danny Spencer and played with artists such as Eddie Henderson and Archie Shepp.

Spangler branched out into production in the 1970s. His productions include recordings by Cedar Walton, Giacomo Gates, Dave McKenna, Kenny Burrell, Taylor Eigsti, Ed Reed, Anton Schwartz and others. He continued to engineer recordings as well.

In 2011 a “Salute to Bud Spangler” concert was held in Oakland, featuring Bobby Hutcherson and others. Spangler also continued his radio career in California, on KCSM-FM in San Mateo and KJAZ-FM in San Francisco.


in 2015 – Yao Beina, also known as Bella Yao, Chinese singer dies at age 33. She was known as the singer of the theme songs of Empresses in the Palace, Painted Skin: The Resurrection and Back to 1942. She also sang the pop version of Let It Go in Mandarin Chinese in the Disney CGI film, Frozen for the Mandarin Chinese dub when the film was released in China. She competed in the The Voice of China television reality show.

She rose to prominence after winning the Chinese Young Singer TV competition Championship in 2008 with the first full mark in history. She performed on the stage of Beijing Olympic Games Closing Ceremony and gradually accumulated her fame for singing theme songs of Empresses in the Palace, Painted Skin: The Resurrection and Back to 1942. She was the designated singer of the Mandarin version of Let It Go (at the end of the movie) for the Disney film Frozen. She competed in the The Voice of China television reality show. Bella's performance caused an Internet sensation that led to her almost-overnight popularity with the No.1 Internet Searched pop star in the Baidu and Sina Weibo.

Bella returned to CCTV Young Singer TV Competition as the youngest judge of this music show in 2013. In the same year, she released her new album Half of Me (Chinese: 二分之一的我). All of songs in this album topped Baidu Music Chart, making her the No.1 Mandopop Female Singer on Baidu Music. According to the sales and reputation of the album, Bella attained the title "the best female vocalist" on MusicRadio China TOP Charts Awards. She was the first pop solo vocalist performing the finale of CCTV New Year's Gala.

Yao was born to a family of musicians on 26 September 1981 in Wuhan. Her father, Yao Feng, was the former chairman of the Shenzhen Association of Musicians and now serves as the vice chairman of Guangdong Association of Musicians. But at the time of the birth of Bella, he was an Assistant Professor at the Wuhan Conservatory of Music. Under the supervision of her parents, she started to take piano lessons at the age of 4. At the age of 6, according to her father, she could precisely tell the note of each key on the piano and sing it out. Eventually she was qualified as a Grade 10 piano player, which is the highest qualification level in China. Her first recording for the local TV station took place at the age of 9, after her father discovered her unique voice when she was singing the national anthem. She continued to sing for galas on the local TV channels as a child star through her teenage years.

Bella went to Wuhan No. 45th Middle school for Junior High School. She was an average student overall. Though excelled in music she had difficulties with the math class. One time after receiving 21% on her math exam, she took a long walk by herself in the city without returning home till very late at night. She later termed this event as the "only major rebellion during her teenage years." She was admitted by the Wuhan Conservatory of Music Affiliated High School for her senior years. Her father became her teacher in popular music. She excelled in all music subject as the number one student of the high school. After her father's job transfer to Shenzhen, there was no teacher left at the high school to teach popular music and her grades became the second last of the school. After a talk with Mrs. Feng, a teacher of Chinese folks music at the high school, Bella quickly adjusted her attitudes and became the number one student again.

In 2000, she was admitted to China Conservatory of Music with Dong Hua, a master of the Chinese folks music, as her mentor.

According to Dong Hua, the most impressive quality of Bella during the admission exam was "her precise notion of the key." "She was quick in understanding, and I decided right away that I wanted to teach her everything I've got."

Yao worked for four years in the Naval Political Department of the Song and Dance Troupe of the People's Liberation Army, after graduating from the acclaimed China Conservatory of Music in 2005. During her servicing in the Troupe, she won the champion in Chinese Young Singer Championship (Chinese: 全国青年歌手电视大奖赛).
When singing "The Spring River" on New Year's Eve Gala of 2011, she combined Tibetan folk style with rock to sing this Chinese folk song, finishing with a G5 note that lasted 7.7 seconds.

In 2009, she left the Troupe and signed with a label called "乐巢音尚, (Lè cháo yīn shàng)". After giving her first concert in Shen Zhen in 2010, she released her first album named after herself, Yao Beina. The songs, mainly composed by herself, received widespread praise. She impressed Liu Huan and got the opportunity to sing the theme song of the TV series Empresses in the Palace . Yao became well-known to the public after she made a series of songs for the hit drama Empresses in the Palace , in 2012. In the same year, Yao was invited by the director Feng Xiaogang to sing the theme song The River of The Life (Chinese: 生命的河) of the film Back to 1942. She sang Hua Qing for Painted Skin: The Resurrection, the highest grossing domestic film in China. As of 2012, she has made songs for 60 TV dramas and films, and performed twice in CCTV Spring Festival galas in 2007 and 2010.

Yao was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2011.

In September 2013, Yao was invited to become the image ambassador for China Pink Ribbon Campaign, which aims to raise awareness of breast cancer. As a breast cancer survivor, she was considered the most suitable candidate for the post.

In December of that year, Yao released the song Heart Fire, which describes her struggle and pain when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 at the age of 30. "If you never cry in the middle of the night, you will never be qualified to talk about fate… don't ask me why, because I have fought the devil several times," she wrote in the lyrics.

Fortunately, Yao survived, but the cost was high. She underwent a mastectomy and had her left breast removed. "It is a wise choice if you face reality and bravely fight and defeat cancer," Yao said.

After the surgery, Yao went through eight sessions of chemotherapy, during which she recorded the songs for Empresses in the Palace.

Yao hoped her story and her songs could bring hope to those suffering from breast cancer. "I hope I can bring strength to people and boost their confidence with my songs," she said.

Because of her personal experience, Yao had a solid understanding of the fear and pain that breast cancer patients suffer from, both physically and psychologically. After recovering, Yao joined Pink Ribbon campaign to raise awareness of preventing and treating breast cancer.

As is traditional with this campaign, Yao needed to make a topless poster to remind women to take care of their body and raise the public's awareness of women's breast health. The visceral impact of seeing a woman with an amputated breast, especially in an age saturated in images of commodified female flesh, has proven to be a successful, yet shocking method of raising awareness, among both men and women. Growing up in a relatively conservative society, Yao initially felt nervous, but later relaxed after thinking about "bringing victims courage by doing so."

In the autumn of 2013, Yao's posters were posted across the country. Through these posters, Yao wanted to send the message "You can win in the battle against breast cancer."

In September of that year, she visited patients at Beijing Cancer Hospital. Yao also talked with members of the Beijing Cancer Rehabilitation Association.

Through these efforts, Yao wanted everyone to know that, "When facing cancer, you have no other choice than to defeat it."

On the other hand, Yao understood that many breast cancer sufferers fear that they may lose their breasts. With her personal experiences, Yao sought to show them that breast cancer surgery would not cause more damage than the cancer itself and to help to persuade them to choose proper treatment therapies according to doctor's advice.

In December 2014, Yao had a recurrence of the cancer and her situation was reported to have worsened on 15 January 2015. She died a day later in Shenzhen, Guangdong, aged 33. According to her wish, her corneas were donated to two recipients in Shenzhen and Chengdu.

Memorial services were held on 20 January. Her first posthumous album, "Forever"("永存"), was produced by Liu Chia-chang.

Her ashes were interred on September 4 in the Shimenfeng Memorial Park of her place of birth, the city of Wuhan, China, prior to the release of her second posthumous album "Born Proud"("天生骄傲"), which was still under production at the time of her death. It was released on her birth anniversary (September 26) and the celebration of her homecoming. The album was listed as one of the best selling albums in the year list of Jing Dong.

Her posthumous single, Glory ("风光"), was released on 16 January 2016, peaking at No.2 on the QQ Music New Single Chart.

As an enlisted member of the Naval Political Department of the Song and Dance Troupe of the People's Liberation Army in 2008, Bella was ordered to help relieve the earthquake zones in Sichuan province, where more than 80,000 people lost their lives. She and her colleagues traveled to the disaster zones and performed for the survivors as well as the PLA soldiers working in the area. She personally donated 30,000 RMB (5,000 USD) while her annual salary as an enlisted member was estimated to be less than 15,000 RMB (2,500 USD). According to later documented interviews with her, she was coping with a long term depression at the moment of the earthquake and she had constant thoughts of death. Later, when her parents went through her belongings after she passed away, a short note was found and it said: "When I saw the eyes of the children from the disaster zones were again filled with hope, I felt that my performance was valuable."

Due to the depression, she finally left the Troupe after requesting resignation for the third time in 2009. She continued to participate in charity events by constantly organizing fund-raising events, gathering clothes and medical supplies, and sent them to Sichuan and Xinjiang provinces, especially to help the children who needed education. She mentioned that some Japanese friends also helped her to gather the medical supplies. The known charities continued throughout 2014, uninterrupted by the terrorist attack at the Kunming train station in March. The overall frequency and the total amount of aid sent by her were not clear.

After the earthquake and radiation leakage in Fukushima, Japan, in 2011, she encouraged a fund-raising event to help. She said on her blog that she was praying for the victims and the refugees of the disaster, and would like to help them make through the difficult times. Learning that some Japanese workers risked their own lives and stayed in the contaminated area to contain the contamination from the reactor, she wrote: "They are the real heroes."

In addition to cancer awareness activities, Bella also attended an awareness-raising event for the care of children as the "Ambassador of Love" in 2014. Regretting not having any child of her own, possibly because of the cancer, she once commented during an interview: "When you saw all of your friends have children who are old enough to run errands, and post their pictures on the Internet, this was the only time you would feel just a little stimulated."

Her decision came at the end of 2014 to donate her body in case of death. It turned out that before her death in 2015, the metastasis left only her corneas intact and suitable for donation. So far her corneas have helped four patients to recover their visions. Shortly after her death, the number of Chinese people who voluntarily signed organ donation agreement had doubled within a month. This coincides with the government announcement that from the first day of 2015, organ harvesting from executed prisoners was banned in China. The unexpected coincidence was mentioned by the Minister of Health, Huang Jiefu, during an TV interview and he said: "Maybe we can still hear her singing in Heaven..."

Her parents auctioned her personal belongings on the Internet after her death. The auction raised 2,510,000 RMB (~400,000 USD) and they were donated to a high school in the Xinjiang province, where Bella and her father had an inspiration for writing a song that incorporated the unique local ethnic music style. The donation was to be dedicated to renovating the school and a scholarship for achievements in music. According to her father, helping the local children was a wish that she had long shared with him.
Asteroid 41981

On April 9, 2015, according to the news released by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the asteroid "41981" was named after Yao Beina. The asteroid was discovered by William Kwong Yu Yeung in 2000, an amateur astronomer from Hong Kong. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) named the asteroid "Yaobeina", which was suggested by Yeung in memory of the singer. NASA describes Yao Beina in its website as "Yaobeina (1981–2015) was a talented and courageous Chinese singer who won numerous awards for the best Chinese pop song performance. One of Yao's songs, "Fire of the Heart", was about the reflections on her battle with breast cancer.


in 2016 – Gary Alexander Loizzo , American guitarist, singer, recording engineer, and record producer dies of pancreatic cancer, aged 70. He is best known for being the lead singer with The American Breed.

Loizzo was the lead singer of The American Breed, formed in the mid 1960s. They had several hit records, including the million selling single "Bend Me, Shape Me" in 1967-1968 and two other top 40 Billboard singles "Green Light" and "Step out of your Mind" and other top 100 hits.

Loizzo then went on to start his own recording studio called 'Pumpkin Studios' in the early 70's and become a two-time Grammy-nominated recording engineer. He worked with REO Speedwagon, Styx, Bad Company, Slash, Survivor, Liza Minnelli, Tenacious D, Nelson, and many others. Loizzo has been the lead recording engineer for albums that have sold over 25 million copies worldwide.


in 2016 – Hubert Yves Adrian Giraud French composer and lyricist, dies at age 95.

Giraud began his career playing the harmonica with Django Reinhardt's jazz group, the Quintette du Hot Club de France. In 1941, he was recruited by Ray Ventura to play the guitar during Ventura's big-band tour of South America. Six years later, he joined Jacques Hélian's orchestra in scoring a series of post-war romantic comedy films, including Georges Combert's 1951 feature, Musique en tête.

His song "Dors, mon amour", performed by André Claveau, won the Eurovision Song Contest 1958.

Giraud (with lyricist Pierre Cour) wrote the song "Gitans" (aka "Les Gitans"). It was further translated into English by B. Guilgud (aka Guilgudo) and A. Gill and recorded by Corry Brokken. Sergio Franchi recorded an English and Italian version (Italian lyrics by Leo Chiosso) on his 1965 RCA album Live at the Cocoanut Grove.

Giraud also wrote the music for the songs "Sous le ciel de Paris" in 1951 and "Mamy Blue" in 1970.

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in 1517 - Antonio Scandello composer and Kapellmeister of the court of the Electors of Saxony in Dresden, is born.
in 1545 - Antonio Pace composer is born.
in 1574 - Robert Fludd composer is born.
in 1604 - Santino Garsi lutenist and composer, dies at 61.
in 1625 - Nicolo Rubini, composer, dies at 50.
in 1659 - Antonio Veracini violinist and composer, is born.
in 1676 - Pier Francesco Cavalli, Italian opera composer, dies at 73.

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in 1706 - Benjamin Franklin, great American statesman, is born at Boston. An amateur musician, he invented (1762) the "armonica," an instrument consisting of a row of glass discs of different sizes, set in vibration by light pressure. A string quartet mistakenly attributed to him came to light in Paris in 1945, and was published there (1946); the parts are arranged in an ingenious "scordatura": only open strings are used, so that the quartet can be played by rank amateurs. Franklin wrote entertainingly on musical subjects; his letters on Scottish music are found in vol. VI of his collected works. - Died at Philadelphia, April 17, 1790.

in 1712 - John Stanley organist and composer, is born.
in 1720 - Jean Joseph Vade song writer, librettist and playwright, is born.

in 1728 - Johann Gottfried Muthel composer, conductor and virtuoso organist/harpsichordist/fortepianist, is born. Muthel was J.S. Bach's last pupil and a friend of C.P.E. Bach.

in 1733 - Thomas Linley (the elder) harpsichordist, composer, conductor and teacher, is born. Linley was the patriarch of a large family, many of whom had musical careers themselves.

in 1734 - Francois-Ioseph Gossec, significant South Netherlands composer, is born at Vergnies. He showed musical inclinations at an early age; as a child, he studied at the collegiate church in Wa1court and sang in the chapel of St. Aldegonde in Maubeuge, and then joined the chapel of St. Pierre there, where he studied violin, harpsichord, harmony, and composition with Jean Vanderbelen.

In 1742 he became a chorister at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Antwerp; received some instruction with Andre- Joseph Blavier in violin and organ there. In 1751 he went to Paris, where he became a violinist and bass player in the private orchrdyts of La Poupliniere. In addition to writing chamber music, he composed a number of symphonies in the style of the Mannheim school. He wrote a fine Missa prodefunctis, which was given at the Jacobean monastery in the rue St. Jacques in 1760.

After La Poupliniere's death in 1762, he became director of the private theater of Louis-Joseph de Bourbon, Prince of Conde, in Chantilly, where he remained until 1770. From about 1766 he also served as ordinaire de la musique to Lcuis-Francois de Bourbon, Prince of Conti. After several failures, he gained success as a composer for the theater with his opera-comique Les Picheurs (Cornedie-Italienne, Paris, April 23, 1766). Although he continued to compose for the theater until the tum of the century, only his ballets and incidental music won popular favor.

In 1769 he organized the Concert des Amateurs, which he developed into one of the most distinguished ensembles of the day. He composed a number of symphonies for its orchestra, and also introduced the music of other composers to Paris. He then was one of the directors of the Concert Spirituel (1773-77).

Gossec was also active with the Paris Opera, where he was maitre de musique (1775-89) and sous-director (1780-89). From 1782 to 1784 he likewise was head of the Opera. He served as director of the Ecole Royale de Chant from 1784 to 1789.

Gossec welcomed the French Revolution, and in 1789 was made co- director (with Sarette) of the Corps de Musique de la Garde Nationale. He composed many works to celebrate Revolutionary events, and in 1793 he brought out an arrangement of the Marseillaise for gargantuan chorus and orchestra. His devotion to the Revolution earned him the title of "Tyrtee [Tyrtaeus] de la Revolution." In 1795 he was made a member of the newly founded Acadernie des Beaux-Arts of the Institut de France.

In 1804 he was one of the first individuals made a Chevalier of the Legion d'honneur by Napoleon. He was one of the inspectors and a professor of composition at the Paris Conservatory from its founding in 1795 until it was disbanded by Louis XVIII in 1816.

Gossec's historic role rests principally upon his creation of a French type of symphonic composition, in which he expanded the resources of instrumentation so as to provide for dynamic contrasts; he experimented with new sonorities in instrumental and choral writing; his string quartets attained a coherence of style and symmetry of form that laid the foundation of French chamber music. In his choral works, Gossec was a bold innovator, presaging in some respects the usages of Berlioz; his Te Deum (1790), written for a Revolutionary festival, is scored for 1,200 singers and 300 wind instruments; in his oratorio La Naiioite (1774), he introduced an invisible chorus of angels placed behind the stage; in other works, he separated choral groups in order to produce special antiphonal effects. - Died at Paris, Feb. 16, 1829.

in 1738 - Jean-Francois Dandrieu organist, harpsichordist and composer, dies around 56.
in 1745 - Nicolas Roze composer, musicologist and teacher, is born.

in 1751 - Italian composer Tomaso Albinoni died in Venice at the age of 80.
Video Notes: The Adagio in G minor for violin, strings and organ continuo, is a neo-Baroque composition popularly attributed to the 18th century Venetian master Tomaso Albinoni, but in fact composed almost entirely by the 20th century musicologist and Albinoni biographer Remo Giazotto.

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in 1769 - Ole Andreas Lindeman composer is born.
in 1788 - Alessio Prati harpsichordist, composer and teacher, dies at 37.
in 1769 - Ole Andreas Lindeman organist and teacher, is born.

in 1826 - Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga y Balzola composer and violinist known as the "Spanish Mozart," mainly because his obvious talent was cut short early, dies at 19.

in 1835 - Johan Filip von Schantz composer, conductor and collector of folk music, is born. Von Schantz was Finland's first native born professional composer.

in 1836 - Jose Silvestre de los Dolores White Lafitte composer and teacher at the Imperial Court in Rio de Janeiro, is born.

in 1850 - Alexander Sergeyevich Taneyev St Petersburg Russia, composer is born.
in 1856 - Thomas Attwood Walmisley organist and composer, dies at 41.
in 1857 - Wilhelm Kienzl Austrian composer (Evangelimann) is born
in 1863 - Henry Charles Tonking organist and composer, is born.
in 1869 - Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomyzhsky composer known mainly for his operas, dies at 55.
in 1873 - François Rasse composer and teacher, is born.
in 1877 - Hans Jelmoli composer, conductor, pianist and music critic, is born.

in 1881 - Gerogy (Andreievich) Baklanov (real name, Bakkis), esteemed Latvian baritone, is born at Riga. He studied at the Kiev Conservatory and with Vanya in Milan. In 1903 he made his operatic debut in Kiev as A. Rubinstein's Demon; after singing at Moscow's Bolshoi Theater and in St. Petersburg (1905-09), he appeared throughout Europe. On Nov. 8, 1909, he made his U.S. debut as Barnaba in La Gioconda in the first performance at the Boston Opera House, where he sang with notable success until 1911 and again from 1915 to 1917. On Feb. 16,1910, he made his only appearance with the Metropolitan Opera as Rigoletto during the company's visit to Baltimore. From 1917 to 1926 he was a member of the Chicago Opera. He later was a principal artist of the Russian Opera Co. of N.Y. In addition to Rigoletto, Baklanov was also highly praised for his portrayals of Prince Igor, Boris Godunov, Mephistopheles, and Scarpia. - Died at Basel, Dec. 6, 1938.
in 1886 - Amilcare Ponchielli, Italian composer (La Gioconda), dies at 51.

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in 1890 - Salomon Sulzer cantor and composer, dies at 85.
in 1891 - Johannes Josephus Hermanus Verhulst composer and conductor, friend of Schumann, dies at 74.
in 1892 - Alexandre Levy pianist, composer and conductor, dies at 27.

in 1882 - Henry George Farmer, eminent Irish musicologist, is born at Birr. He studied piano and violin, and as a boy joined the Royal Artillery Orchestra in London, playing the violin and clarinet at its concerts. He then studied philosophy and languages at Glasgow University. An extremely prolific writer, he published a number of original works, dealing with such varied subjects as military music and Arabic musical theories. He was the founder and conductor of the Glasgow Symphony Orchestra (1919-43). Among his compositions were a ballet and other works for the theater, several overtures, and some chamber music. - Died at Law, Scotland, Dec. 30, 1965.

in 1896 - Harry Reser pop banjo player and bandleader (The Clicquot Club Eskimos), is born. Reser also wrote instrucion books for banjo, guitar, and ukulele, and is a member of the Four-String Banjo Hall of Fame (yes there is such a thing).

in 1901 - Vasily Petrovich Shirinsky composer, violinist and conductor, is born.


in 1905 - Peggy Gilbert Margaret F. Knechtges (US jazz saxophonist, bandleader) is born.

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in 1907 - Henk (actually, Hendrik Herman) Badings, eminent Dutch composer and pedagogue, is born at Bandung, Dutch East Indies. He was orphaned at an early age and taken to the Netherlands; studied mining engineering at the Delft Polytechnic University before taking up composition without formal training; an early symphony was premiered by Mengelberg and the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam (July 6, 1930). After composition lessons with Pijper (1930-31), he taught at the Rotterdam Conservatory (1934-37), the Amsterdam Lyceum (1937-41), and the Royal Conservatory of Music at The Hague (1941-45).

In 1945 he was barred from professional activities as a cultural collaborator during the Nazi occupation of his homeland, but in 1947 was permitted to resume his career. From 1961 to 1977 he taught at the University of Utrecht musicological institute; also was a professor of composition at the Stuttgart Hochschule fur Musik (1966-72). Badings began his career as a composer in the Romantic vein.

In his melodic foundation, he often employed the scale of alternating major and minor seconds. From 1950 he experimented with electronic sound and also adapted some of his works to the scale of 31 melodic divisions devised by the Dutch physicist Adriaan Fokker. - Died at Maarheeze, June 26, 1987.

in 1910 - Sid(ney) Catlett (aka "Big Sid"), early jazz drummer, composer, is born at Evansville, Ind.
After a brief spell on piano, he played drums in school band. His family moved to Chicago, where he attended the Tilden H.S., receiving drum tuition from Joe Russek. He played with local musicians, then came to N.Y. in 1931 to join Elmer Snowden. He worked with Snowden until 1932, when he joined Benny Carter (through 1933) and Rex Stewart (1933-34).

He moved back to Chicago in summer 1934, worked with various leaders and briefly led his own band. He played with Fletcher Henderson out of St. Louis from February-September 1936, then joined Don Redman, staying with him through 1938. He was with Louis Armstrong from late 1938 until early 1941, briefly with Roy Eldridge, then worked on and off with Benny Goodman from June until October 1941.

He rejoined Louis Armstrong from late 1941 until summer 1942, then was with Teddy Wilson from c.August 1942 until early 1944. Led own quartet from spring 1944 until 1947 for residencies in N.Y., Chicago, San Francisco, and L.A.; he also toured with "Concert Varieties" and subbed for Sonny Greer with Duke Ellington (1945).

He briefly led own big band in late 1946. He was with Louis Armstrong All Stars from August 1947; was forced to quit touring through illness (spring 1949). He became resident drummer at Jazz Ltd., Chicago, from spring 1949; worked with Muggsy Spanier, Sidney Bechet, and others there. He also worked in N.Y. with Eddie Condon in 1949 and took part in Carnegie Hall concert with John Kirby (December 1950).

He was ill with pneumonia early in 1951, returning to play at Jazz Ltd. He attended an Easter weekend jazz concert at the Chicago Opera House, and while talking to Slam Stewart in the wings, he suffered a fatal heart attack. He appeared on screen in the short film Jammin’ the Blues (1944), but as was the practice then, no sound was recorded during filming. His drum work was dubbed in at a postsynchronization session by Jo Jones; where Catlett appears on screen, Jones's playing is heard! With C. Parker: Salt Peanuts (1945). L. Young: Complete Lester Young (1943). D. Gillespie: Shaw'Nuf (1945); Grooviri'High (1945). H. Jones: Carnegie Hall Concert (1947). L. Armstrong: Satchmo at Symphony Hall (1947). - Died at Chicago, 111., March 25, 1951.

in 1910 - Martin (Du Pre) Cooper, English music writer on music, father of Imogen Cooper, is born at Winchester. He studied at Hertford College, Oxford (B.A., 1931) and with Wellesz in Vienna (1932-34). He then was music critic for the London Mercury (1935-38), Daily Herald (1946-50), and the Daily Telegraph (1950-54; chief music critic, 1954-76)6); also was editor of the Musical Times (1953-56). - Died at Richmond, Surrey, March 15, 1986.

in 1911 - Hermann Pfrogner musicologist, is born.
in 1912 - Orest Alexandrovich Evlahkov composer is born.
in 1913 - Carl Baermann, composer, dies at 73.
in 1916 - Joel Herron pop songwriter and bandleader, is born.
in 1916 - Tommy Reynolds (American jazz clarinetist) is born.

in 1917 - Oskar Morawetz composer and teacher, is born. Morawetz received the Order of Canada, as well as numerous other awards.

in 1917 - Ulyses Simpson Kay composer is born.
in 1920 - George Handy jazz pianist, arranger and composer, is born.

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in 1925 - Annie Delorie Dutch opera singer (Scenes and Arias) is born.

in 1927 - Donald (James) Erb, significant American composer and teacher, is born at Youngstown, Ohio.
He studied composition with Harold Miles and Kenneth Gaburo and received training in trumpet at Kent State University (B.s., 1950). He pursued training in composition with Marcel Dick at the Cleveland Institute of Music (M.M., 1953), and also studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris (1952).

His studies in composition were completed under Bernhard Heiden at Ind. University (D.M., 1964). From 1953 to 1961he taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 1964-65 he was an asst. professor of composition at Bowling Green (Ohio) State University. He was a visiting asst. professor for research in electronic music at Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland from 1965 to 1967. From 1966 to 1981 he was composer-in-residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music, which position he also held with the Dallas symphony Orchestra in 1968-69. He served as a staff composer at the Bennington (Vt.) Composers Conference from 1969 to 1974. He was the Meadows Professor of Composition at Southern Methodist University from 1981 to 1984, and also was president of the American Music Center from 1982 to 1986. From 1984 to 1987 he was a professor of music at Ind. University.

In 1987 he became professor of composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music, from which he retired in 1996. He also held a Meet the Composer Residency with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (1988-91), was resident composer at the American Academy in Rome (1991), was composer-in-residence at the Aspen (Colo.) Music Festival (summer, 1993) and the Schweitzer Institute (1994, 1995), and was artist-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts (1995). Erb held a Guggenheim fellowship in 1965, was awarded the Cleveland Arts Prize in 1966, and received an American Academy and Inst. of Arts and Letters award in 1985. As a composer, Erb is exceptionally liberal in experimenting in all useful types of composition, from simple folklike monody to the strict dodecaphonic structures; as a former trumpeter in jazz bands, he also makes use of the jazz idiom as freely as of neo-Classical pandiatonic techniques. His most popular composition, The7th Trumpet for arch. (Dallas, AprilS, 1969),is an epitome of his varied styles. He furthermore applies electronic sound in several of his works. In his band compositions, he achieves an extraordinary degree of pure sonorism, in which melody, harmony, and counterpoint are subordinated to the purely aural effect. He also cleverly introduces strange-looking and unusual-sounding musical and unmusical and antimusical instruments, such as euphonious goblets, to be rubbed on the rim, and telephone bells. Thanks to the engaging manner of Erb's music, even when ultradissonant, his works safely traverse their premieres and endure through repeated performances.

in 1927 - Eartha Mae Kitt singer and actress, is born.
in 1927 - Norman Kaye (Australian actor, musician) is born.

in 1928 - Jean Barraque, French composer, is born at Paris.
He spent his entire life in Paris, where he received training in counterpoint and harmony from Langlais (1947) and attended Messiaen's classes in analysis at the Conservatory (1948-51). After working with Pierre Schaeffer (1951-54), he was a member of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (1961-70). Barraque was a composer of theosophic aspirations and grandiose musical ideals. He first attracted attention with his expansive Piano Sonata (1950-52). Then followed his Sequence for Voice, Percussion, and Several Instruments, after Nietzsche (1950-55). His unfinished magnum opus was inspired by Hermann Broch's philosophical vol. La Mort de Virgile, portions of whose text was used in the completed sections Le Temps Restitue for Soprano, Chorus, and Orch. (1956-58), ...au dela du hasard for Four Instrumental Groups, Two Sopranos, and Alto (1959), and Chant apres Chant for Six Percussion, Voice, and Piano (1965-66). Discours for 11 Voices, Piano, and Orchestra (begun 1961), Lysanias for Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, Baritone, Piano, and Orchestra (begun 1966), and Portiques de Feu for Chorus and 18 Voices (begun 1968) were never completed. He also wrote a Concerto for Six Instrumental Groups, Vibraphone, and Clarinet (1962-68), and published the book Debussy (Paris, 1962). - Died at Paris, Aug. 17, 1973.

in 1929 - Grady Martin (US guitarist, fiddle, piano; noted session musician) is born

in 1930 - Robert (Paige) Ceely, American composer and teacher, is born at Torrington, Conn. He studied at the New England Conservatory of Music (B.Mus., 1954), with Milhaud and Kirchner at Mills Coll. (M.A., 1955), with Sessions at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood (1955), and with Sessions, Babbitt, and Cone (analysis) and Strunk (musicology) at Princeton University (1957-59). He also attended the summer courses in new music in Darmstadt (1962,1964), and seminars in electronic music and digital sound synthesis in the U.S. He taught at the U.S. Naval School of Music (1955-57), Robert College in Istanbul (1961-63), the New England Conservatory of Music (1967-97), where he also was founder-director of its electronic music studio (1995-97), Emmanuel College (1969-73), and Northeastern Universotu (1984-85). He published Electronic Music Resource Book (1983).

in 1931 - Frederick Alfred Fox composer is born.
in 1934 - Sydney Phillip Hodkinson composer is born.
in 1934 - Cedar Anthony Walton, Junior (American hard bop jazz pianist) is born.

in 1937 - Ted Dunbar, (actually, Earl Theodore Dunbar Jr.), jazz guitarist, educator, is born at Port Arthur, Tex.
In 1946 he started studying trumpet and teaching himself guitar. He attended local Lincoln H.S. playing trumpet in the Concert Band, Marching Band, and Jazz Band. He also sang in the boys quartet, choir, and Glee Club. He graduated with honors from Lincoln High in 1955, and, honoring his parents' wishes, enrolled that fall in Tex. Southern Univ/s School of Pharmacy in Houston. He graduated with honors in 1959. He passed the Tex. Pharmacy Board and received a license to practice pharmacy in Tex. (he was also eventually licensed in N.Y., Ind., and N.J.).

While in college, he played jazz in Houston with Arnett Cobb (1956-58), Don Wilkerson (1957-59), singer Joe Turner (1958), Perry Deal, Jual Curtis, and others. He then moved back to Port Arthur to practice pharmacy with his mother and father at their family drugstore.

In 1957, he met Wes Montgomery in Indianapolis, Ind., on a pharmacy field trip. Around 1961 he traveled to Indianapolis to look into a job with a drugstore chain called Hook's; he decided to move to Indianapolis and take the position. He found it was across the street from where Montgomery was playing at the Ebony Missile Room. During his two-year stay, Dunbar played with Montgomery and substituted for him at Primo's Club when Montgomery was on tour.

He also played with David Baker and studied George Russell's Lydian Concept of Tonal Organization with Baker as well. In 1965, he moved to Dallas and worked for Skillern's drug chain and also played with "Fathead" Newman, James Clay, Red Garland, Billy Harper, Roger Boykins, and others.

He moved to N.Y. in 1966 and performed and recorded with Gil Evans from 1970-73 (including a film soundtrack), Tony Williams's group Lifetime (1971-72), and Frank Foster (1973-79); he also played with Sonny Rollins, Ron Carter, Billy Harper, Roy Haynes, Seldon Powell, pianist Billy Taylor (on the [azzmobile), McCoy Tyner, the New Jazz Repertory Co., and the National Jazz Ensemble.

He began teaching in the late 1960s at Jazz-in-the-School concerts on Long Island, N.Y., with Seldon Powell, Billy Mitchell, and opera singer Andrew Frierson, and in schools in St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John in the Caribbean. He was the advanced guitar teacher at Jazzmobile Workshop for over 20 years and taught at the Jazz Interactions Workshop. He joined the faculty of music at Livingston College, Rutgers, in 1972 and remained there as it became incorporated into the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, where he taught until late 1997 as a full professor.

He was closely associated with his Rutgers colleague Kenny Barron, with whom he recorded several albums. Though he performed less often he became well-respected as an educator. He also conducted workshops and clinics all over the world. Among his students were Kevin Eubanks, Rodney Jones, Ed Cherry, Nile Rodgers, singer Regina Belle, and saxophonist Thomas Chapin. His four guitar method books, which build in his own way on Russell's approach, have been influential with many guitarists.

At the time of his death, he was at work on several other books. He recorded movie soundtracks, including Fortune and Men's Eyes making several with Galt McDermott. He appeared on-camera in the 1996 movie The Preacher's Wife playing behind Whitney Houston. In the 1990s he occasionally led a quartet with Earl May on bass, Brandon McCune at piano, and David Jones on drums in N.Y. at the Rainbow Room, Smalls, and the Blue Note. He was also a numerologist and remained a practicing pharmacist. He had a history of heart and kidney problems. In 1997, he suffered a heart attack. He subsequently died of a massive stroke. - Died at New Brunswick, N.J., May 29, 1998.


in 1938 - Paul Revere Harvard Nebraska, pianist (Paul Revere and Raiders) is born.
in 1941 - Dame Gillian Weir (New Zealand organist) is born.
in 1942 - Frederick Jerome Work composer and collector of folk songs, dies at 61.
in 1942 - Ulf Hoelscher (German violinist) is born.
in 1943 - Chris Montez Ezekiel Christopher Montanez (Mexican American singer) is born.
in 1944 - Françoise Hardy (French singer, actress) is born.
in 1945 - William Hart R&B and soul singer/songwriter (The Delfonics), is born.
in 1946 - Gottfried Rudinger, composer, dies at 59.
in 1948 - Jim Ladd (US freeform 'radio format' disc jockey) is born.
in 1948 - Carmen Dragon (US classical harpist) is born.
in 1948 - Mick Taylor (UK guitar, slide guitar; John Mayalls Bluesbreakers/Rolling Stones/freelance) is born.
in 1952 - Sakamoto Ryuichi synthpop composer, keyboardist and actor (Yellow Magic Orchestra), is born.
in 1953 - Sheila Hutchinson soul, R&B and disco singer/songwriter (The Emotions), is born.
in 1953 - Jeff Berlin (US international electric bass player; freelance/sessionist/guest) is born
in 1953 - Carlos Johnson (US blues singer-songwriter, guitarist) is born.

in 1953 - American jazz singer Kay Starr (Katherine Starks) was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Comes A Long A Love'. Starr was born on an Indian reservation in Oklahoma; her father was a full-blooded American Indian and her mother Irish.

in 1954 – Cheryl Bentyne (US singer; Manhattan Transfer/solo) is born.

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in 1955 - Steve Earle country and rock singer/songwriter, guitarist, bassist and mandolinist, is born.
in 1955 - Kazumasa Akiyama (Japanese guitarist) is born.


in 1956 - Blind Alfred Reed, singer and fiddler, dies at age 75. The West Virginia coal miner and fiddler Blind Alfred Reed, born on June 15, 1880, was discovered by country producer Ralph Peer at the legendary 1927 sessions held in Bristol, Virginia, which also produced the Carter Family’s and Jimmie Rodgers’s first recordings. Reed recorded for Victor, playing fairly simple FIDDLE parts to accompany his own clearly sung vocals, usually performed with discreet guitar accompaniment. Reed had a clear, powerful voice, and his songs often tackled topical issues in a humorous way, making them immediately popular. Many of his songs commented on the troubles he believes women bring to men, although it’s not always clear just how serious the fiddler is in songs like “We Just Got to Have Them, That’s All,” which traces all the way back to the Garden of Eden the problems he believes women have created for their mates. Reed capitalized on his biggest hit, “Why Do You Bob Your Hair Girls,” a semiserious indictment of the craze for short hair, with a second number (“Bob Hair Number 2”) where he continues to take a fundamentalist approach to the question of coiffure (“Short hair belongs to men,” the song warns). Perhaps Reed’s greatest song is the poignant “How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?” In a straightforward style Reed outlines how rural Americans are exploited by middlemen and entrepreneurs while they benefit little from their labor. The repeated chorus line (and title of the song) says it all; Reed does not embellish or force the message, but lets the song speak for itself. Perhaps only Fiddlin’ John Carson’s “Taxes on the Farmer Feeds Them All” comes close in its simple eloquence as a great social-protest song of the era. Reed did not record after 1929, remaining a local entertainer until his death on January 17, 1956.

in 1956 - Paul Young rock and pop singer/songwriter, guitarist and bassist (Streetband, Q-Tips and others), is born.
in 1957 - Cavern Club opens (home of Beatles' 1st appearance).

in 1957 - Nancy Argenta (real name, Herbison), Canadian soprano, is born at Nelson, British Columbia.
She spent her early years in the settlement of Argenta, from which she later took her professional name. She was a student of Jacob Hamm in Vancouver and of Martin Chambers at the University of Western Ontario. In 1980 she won 1st prize in the S. C. Eckhardt- Gramatte Competition. After further training with Jacqueline Richard in Diisseldorf (1980-81), she settled in London and completed her studies with Vera Rosza.

In 1983 she attracted critical attention as La Chasseuresse in Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. As a gifted exponent of the early music repertoire, she was engaged by many of the leading early music groups and by the principal music festivals; in 1989 she appeared as soloist with the English Concert in N.Y. and also made her Wigmore Hall recital debut in London.

In 1990 she sang Rossane in the North American premiere of Handel's Floridante in Toronto. She made her debut at the Salzburg Festival as Gluck's Euridice in 1996. Among her other esteemed roles are Monteverdi's Poppea and Orfeo, Purceirs Dido and King Arthur, Handel's Astreia, and Mozart's Barbarina and Susanna. Her concert repertoire is expansive, ranging from the Baroque era to contemporary scores.

in 1958 - Jeremy "Jez" Strode pop drummer (Kajagoogoo), is born.
in 1959 - Susanna Hoffs rock and pop singer/songwriter, guitarist and actress (The Bangles), is born.
in 1960 - John Crawford rock singer/songwriter, bassist and guitarist (Berlin), is born.
in 1961 – Dave Collard (keyboards; Jo Boxers) is born.
in 1962 Ari Up Ariane Forster (German-born British singer; The Slits/solo/guest) is born.

in 1963 - Cyrus Chestnut (American international jazz and blues pianist; sessionist/freelance/solo) is born.
A superb musician who credits a gospel influence in his music, Chestnut first attracted national notice while touring with Betty Carter (1987-89). His father was a church pianist who began teaching him when he was seven years old. He attended Peabody Preparatory Institute and then the Berklee College of Music, graduating in jazz composition and arranging in 1985. Besides working with Carter, he's also played with Jon Hendricks, Terence Blanchard-Donald Harrison, and Wynton Marsalis. In 1995-96, he toured with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. He also appeared in Robert Altman's film, Kansas City.

in 1963 - Kai Hansen (German power metal guitarist, vocalist; Gamma Ray/Iron Savior/Freelance) is born.

in 1963 - The Velvets appeared at The Marquee Club, London with the Cyril Davies All Stars. Bottom of the bill, The Rolling Stones. Tickets cost 4 shillings, ($0.56).

in 1963 - The Beatles played at the Cavern Club at lunchtime and in the evening played at the Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead. At the Majestic, every ticket had been sold in advance, leaving 500 disappointed fans waiting outside.

in 1964 - The Rolling Stones released their first EP, which included, ‘You Better Move On’, ‘Poison Ivy’, ‘Bye Bye Johnny’ and ‘Money’. It peaked at No.15 on the UK chart.

in 1964 - Andy Rourke rock bassist (The Smiths), is born.
in 1966 - Shabba Ranks reggae singer is born.



in 1966 - Stephin Merritt (US singer-songwriter; The Magnetic Fields/The 6ths/The Gothic Archies) is born.
in 1966 - NBC-TV in the US bought The Monkees series, placing it on their 1966 autumn schedule.

in 1967 - The Daily Mail ran the story about a local council survey finding 4,000 holes in the road in Lancashire inspiring John Lennon's contribution to The Beatles song 'A Day In The Life'.

in 1967 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded a session for Radio Luxembourg's Ready Steady Radio. The band ran up a bar bill of £2.5 shillings, ($6.21), which they were unable to pay.

in 1967 - Richard Hawley (UK singer, guitarist, songwriter; Pulp, The Longpigs) is born.

in 1968 - Grazyna Bacewicz dies at age 59. Polish composer and violinist. She is only the second Polish female composer to have achieved national and international recognition, the first being Maria Szymanowska in the early 19th century. She studied with Sikorski at the Warsaw Conservatory and with Boulanger in Paris, simultaneously studying the violin: she wrote much for her own instrument, including 7 concertos and solo and accompanied sonatas. Most of her music is neoclassical, but in the early 1960s she began to incorporate elements of the new Polish style exemplified by her contemporary Lutoslawski, and in 1965 she adopted an avant-garde idiom. Her large output includes four symphonies, piano music, ballets and songs.

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in 1969 - Debut album of Led Zeppelin released in US.
in 1969 - Beatles release Yellow Submarine album in UK.

in 1969 - Led Zeppelin I, the band's debut album, was released in the US, coinciding with the band's first headlining US concert tour. It was to peak at No. 10 in the US chart, and at No. 6 in the UK. The RIAA in the US has now certified it as having sold over 10 million copies in the US alone.

in 1970 - The Doors played the first of four shows at the Felt Forum in New York City. The shows were recorded for the bands forthcoming 'Absolutely Live' album.

in 1970 - Billy Stewart dies at age 33. American R&B singer; with a highly distinctive scat-singing style, popular in the early 1960s. Born in Washington DC, he was 12 years old when he began singing with his brothers Johnny 11, James 9 and Frank 4 as the 4 Stewart Brothers, and later went on to get their own radio show every Sunday for five years at WUST radio station in Washington, D.C. After that, as a teenager, he joined his mother's group, the Stewart Gospel Singers. He occasionally sang with The Rainbows, a D.C. area vocal group led by the future soul star, Don Covay. It was also through The Rainbows that Stewart met another aspiring singer, Marvin Gaye. Bo Diddley has been credited with discovering Billy playing piano in Washington, D.C. This led to a recording contract and he went on to have hits such as "Reap What You Sow", "Strange Feeling", "Do I Love You", "Summertime" and "Sitting in the Park". Billy was inducted into the Washington Area Music Association Hall of Fame in 1982 (Billy and three of his band were killed when their car crashed off a bridge into the Neuse River in New Bern, North Carolina)

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in 1971 - Kid Rock Robert James Ritchie (US singer, multi-musician) is born.
in 1971 - Jon Wysocki (US drummer; Staind) is born.
in 1972 - Ken Hirai (Japanese R&B and pop singer) is born.

in 1972 - A section of Bellevue Boulevard in Memphis was renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard. The remaining length of road kept its original name after protests from the Bellevue Baptist Church.

in 1974 - Vesko Kountchev (Bulgarian composer, violist, drums) is born.

in 1974 - Dean Martin's son Dino Martin was arrested after attempting to sell two AK-47 machine guns to an undercover agent.

in 1975 - Television and Blondie appeared at GBGB's, New York City.
in 1975 - Tom Jenkinson (UK bass guitar, synthesizer; Squarepusher) is born.

in 1976 - Barry Manilow scored his second US No.1 single with 'I Write The Songs', written by Beach Boy Bruce Johnson.

in 1976 - Earth Wind and Fire started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Gratitude'.

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in 1978 - Ricky Wilson (lead singer; Kaiser Chiefs) is born.
in 1980 - Gareth McLearnon (Northern Irish flautist) is born.
in 1981 - Ray J singer is born.

in 1981 - Mötley Crüe formed when bass guitarist Nikki Sixx left the band London and began rehearsing with drummer Tommy Lee and vocalist, guitarist Greg Leon, (who later left). Sixx and Lee then added guitarist Bob "Mick Mars" Deal. Vince Neil accepted an offer to join (after turning them down) in April of this year.

in 1982 - Tommy Tucker died, aged 48, after being overcome by poisonous fumes while he was renovating the floors of his New York home. He had written the 1964 US No.11 hit ‘Hi Heel Sneakers’.

in 1982 - Fany Hwang (Korean singer, actor) is born.
in 1982 - Alex Varkatzas (American metalcore vocalist; Atreyu) is born.
in 1984 - Calvin Harris (Scottish music producer, vocalist) is born.
in 1985 - Kang-In (South Korean singer, dancer, actor, MC, DJ) is born.
in 1985 - Meat Loaf kicked off a 16-date UK tour at The De Montfort Hall, Leicester.
in 1985 - Simone Simons (Dutch mezzo-soprano singer; symphonic metal band Epica) is born.
in 1986 - Chloe Rose Lattanzi (Australian actress and singer) is born.
in 1987 - Gregory Abbott went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Shake You Down' a No.6 hit in the UK.
in 1987 - Kate Bush started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The Whole Story'.

in 1890 - Yuri Fayer, Russian conductor, is born at Kiev. After attending the Kiev Conservatory, he studied violin and composition at the Moscow Conservatory. He played in various orchestras before conducting opera in Riga (1909-10). In 1916 he joined the orchestra of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, where he was asst. conductor (1919-23) and chief conductor (1923-63) of its ballet. He toured with it in Europe, the U.S., and China. His memoirs were published in 1970. - Died at Moscow, Aug. 3, 1971.

in 1992 - Charlie Ventura jazz saxophonist and bandleader, dies at 75.

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in 1993 - Barbara Buczek dies at age 53. Polish composer born in Kraków (?) b. January 9th 1940.
in 1994 - Noel Chiboust jazz trumpeter and bandleader, dies at 84.

in 1994 - Donny Osmond took part in a charity boxing match held in Chicago against former Partridge Family member Danny Bonaduce, Donny lost 2-1.

in 1994 - Grady "Fats" Jackson blues saxophonist and songwriter, dies at 66.

in 1994 - Georges Cziffra dies at age 72. Hungarian virtuoso pianist; he became noted at 5 years, improvising on popular tunes in bars and circuses. An attempted escape from Soviet-dominated Hungary led to imprisonment and communist forced labour in the period 1950–1953. In 1956, on the eve of the Hungarian insurrection, Georges escaped with his wife and son to Vienna where his recital at the Brahmsaal caused a sensation. News of this event reached the magazine The New Yorker. His Paris debut the following year caused a furore, his London debut at the Royal Festival Hall in Liszt's first concerto and Hungarian Fantasy similarly, an enraptured orchestra and audience applauding and cheering for over twenty minutes. His meteoric career continued with concerts throughout Europe and debuts at the Ravinia Festival and Carnegie Hall New York with Thomas Schippers. He always performed with a large leather wristband to support the ligaments of his wrist which were stretched while being tortured in prison and also as a memento of his years in labor (cancer)

in 1996 - Robert Covington blues drummer, singer and bandleader, dies at 54.

in 1998 - David "Junior" Kimbrough dies at age 67. American Mississippi bluesman, although he began playing guitar in his youth, and counted Lightnin' Hopkins as an early influence, he only came to national attention in 1992 with his debut album ''All Night Long''. followed by "Sad Days, Lonely Nights" in 1993. He recorded seven more albums before his death. Music journalist Tony Russell stated "his raw, repetitive style suggests an archaic forebear of John Lee Hooker, a character his music shares with that of fellow North Mississippian R. L. Burnside" (died of a stroke)

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in 1998 - All Saints scored their first UK No.1 single with 'Never Ever'. The track spent a total of twenty-four weeks on the UK chart and was the first of five No.1 singles for the London based girl group.

in 1998 - Savage Garden started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Truly Madly Deeply'.

in 1999 - UK boy band 911 went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Dr Hook song 'A Little Bit More'.

in 1999 - Fatboy Slim started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'You've Come A Long Way Baby'.

in 2000 - Philip Jones dies at age 71. British trumpeter and leader of an internationally famous brass chamber music ensemble, born in Bath; in 1944 he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music. He formed the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble in 1951, they grew from four members to ten and larger for special projects. The most usual formations were the quintet, two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba; and the ten-piece, four trumpeters one sometimes doubling piccolo trumpet and one sometimes doubling flugel horn, horn, four trombones and tuba. He became principal trumpet for most major London orchestras: The Royal Philharmonic 1956-60, the Philharmonia 1960-64, the Philharmonic 1964-65, the New Philharmonia 1965-67 and the BBC Symphony 1967-71. He also held posts at the Royal Northern College of Music and Trinity College of Music, where he was Principal until his retirement in 1994. He was chairman of the Musicians Benevolent Fund in 1995. He was awarded the OBE in 1977 and the CBE in 1986.

in 2001 - The Offspring appeared at the Glasgow SECC, Scotland tickets cost £15 ($25.50).

in 2003 - Balint Vazsonyi dies at age 66. Hungarian pianist, global recitalist, soloist with leading orchestras, and political journalist. From 1945-56 he attended the Franz Liszt Academy of Music from which he earned an Artist Diploma. He made his debut in Budapest at age 12 with the F Minor Concerto of J.S.Bach. He went on to make performance history in playing chronological cycles of all 32 piano sonatas by Beethoven over two days in New York, Boston, and London. After being based in London for 14 years, in 1978-84 Balint was invited to be Professor of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington School of Music where, as well as having a private piano studio, he conducted all Doctoral Seminars in Piano Literature. During the last 6 years of his life, he became a commentator in Washington, D.C. on the state of American politics.

in 2003 - A long-lost recording featuring John Lennon and Mick Jagger was set to spark a biding war at a London auction. The acetate record was recorded in 1974 with Jagger singing the blues song 'Too Many Cooks' and Lennon playing guitar. The track had never been release because the two artists were both signed to different record companies.

in 2003 - Singer Lou Rawls was arrested at Albuquerque Airport, New Mexico after an incident with his companion, Nina Inman. Officers reported that she and Rawls had been talking about their relationship when the conversation escalated into a shoving match resulting in Rawls being booked on one count of battery on a household member.

in 2008 - Carlos Jean Chrysostome Dolto dies at age 64. French singer; one of France's popular chart selling singers in the 70's and 80's with hits like "Tout nu, tout bronzé", "Rosalie", "Papayou", "T'as l'bonjour d'Albert" and "Le tirelipimpon". He was renamed Carlos in 1958, in homage to the percussionist Carlos "Patato" Valdes. In 1980, he became a spokesman for the Oasis brand fruit drink, with his song "Rosalie" being used in their television advertisements. In 1988, he was named the mascot of the amusement park Mirapolis, open in the Val-d'Oise, which quickly went bankrupt. He ran for office in the local elections in Courdimanche in 1989, but was not elected. He regularly participated in the radio program Grosses Têtes of Philippe Bouvard and had his own cartoon, Around the World in 80 Dreams, in 1992. He was also the narrator of the French version of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. From 2000 to 2007, he directed documentary films for the series Le Gros homme et la Mer (The Fat Man and the Sea), for the stations Odyssée and Voyage (cancer).

in 2008 - The Police played the first nine dates in Australian and New Zealand at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand, on their 152-date Reunion tour.

in 2009 - Suzanne DeLee Flanders Larson Susanna Foster dies at age 84. American film actress and singer; she was taken to Hollywood at the age of twelve by MGM, who sent her to school and groomed her for an acting and singing career. Two of her classmates at this school were Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. She had appeared in 12 films, but is best known for her role as Christine in the 1943 film, The Phantom of the Opera (died unexpectedly at The Lillian Booth Actor's Home in Englewood, New Jersey where she had been residing since 2003)

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in 2011 - Don Kirshner dies at age 76. American song publisher and rock producer known for his managing songwriting talent as well as successful pop groups, such as The Monkees and The Archies. He achieved his first major success in the late '50s and early '60s as co-owner of the influential New York-based publishing company Aldon Music with partner Al Nevins, which had under contract at various times several of the most important songwriters of the so-called "Brill Building" school, including Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and Jack Keller. As a producer-promoter, he was influential in starting off the career of singers and songwriters, including Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond, Carole King, and Sarah Dash of Labelle, as well as discovering the occasional rock act such as Kansas. Don was hired by the producers of The Monkees to provide hitworthy songs to accompany the television program, within a demanding schedule. He quickly corralled songwriting talent from his Brill Building stable of writers and musicians to create catchy, engaging tracks which the band could pretend to perform on the show. September 1973 he hosted his own syndicated weekly rock-concert program called Don Kirshner's Rock Concert. With its long-form live performances, as compared to rehearsed, often lip-synced performances that were the staple of earlier television shows like Shindig!, it was a new direction for pop music presentation. The last show aired in 1981, the year that MTV was launched. Don received the 2007 Songwriters Hall of Fame Abe Olman Publishing Award (heart failure).
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in 2012 - Johnny Otis/Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes dies at age 90. Pioneering rhythm and blues singer, talent scout, disc jockey, composer, arranger, author, record producer, vibraphonist, drummer, bandleader, pastor and commonly referred to as the "Godfather of Rhythm and Blues", was born Ioannis Veliotes, in Vallejo, a predominantly black neighborhood in California, where he started out playing drums in a variety of swing orchestras, including Lloyd Hunter's Serenaders, and Harlan Leonard's Rockets, after which he founded his own band in 1945 and had one of the most enduring hits of the big band era, "Harlem Nocturne". Other of his hits included "Double Crossing Blues," "Mistrustin' Blues", "Cupid's Boogie", "Gee Baby", "All Nite Long" "Mambo Boogie", "Sunset to Dawn" and "Ma He's Making Eyes At Me". In the late 1940s, he discovered Big Jay McNeely, then in the mid 50s he discovered Etta James, - Born December 28th 1921.



in 2013 – Elizabeth Sandra Holton, better known by her stage name, Lizbeth Webb, was an English soprano and stage actress. Known as "the champagne soprano", she is remembered partly for originating the song "This Is My Lovely Day". Webb died in 2013, only two weeks before her 87th birthday.

After performing as a dance band vocalist and entertaining British troops during World War II, Webb pursued a career in West End musicals, becoming known for her vivaciousness in playing such roles as Lucy Willow in Bless the Bride, Linda in Ivor Novello's Gay's the Word and Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls. She married Colonel Guy Campbell, the heir to a baronetcy, and left the stage in the late 1950s, bringing up two sons but returning for a last engagement in the title role of The Merry Widow in 1969.

Webb was born at Tilehurst near Reading, Berkshire, the last of three children of Frederick and Ethel Holton, who raised her. Her mother died in childbirth, and she was adopted by her aunt and uncle, Ethel and Alfred Wills Webber. Her sisters were adopted by other aunts. She attended E. P. Collier Primary School, where she was known as Betty Webber. She later went on to Hemdean House School and Queen Anne's School, both in Caversham, Reading. As a child, she excelled at rowing, swimming and running. From an early age, she took singing lessons.

She began her career as a teenage band vocalist and on BBC radio under the name Betty Webb, singing to the troops during World War II and freelancing with British bands, often for Jack Payne, who discovered her, and also for Albert Sandler, Henry Hall, Louis Levy and Geraldo. She generally performed two or three live broadcasts daily during the height of the German air-raids. She was also a regular on programmes such as Happidrome, Workers Playtime, Kaleidoscope, "Music Hall", Variety Bandbox, Four and Twenty, The Forces Show with Diana Dors, Jack Buchanan and Bob Monkhouse, Follies of the Air with Sonnie Hale, Home at Eight with Hermione Gingold and Richard Attenborough, and Friday Night Is Music Night. Among the conductors she sang with were George Melachrino, Mantovani, Richard Tauber, Harry Rabinowitz, Stanley Black, Max Jaffa, Charles Mackerras, both Eric and Stanford Robinson and Vilém Tauský.

In addition to entertaining the Allied troops, she took part in propaganda broadcasts of German light music, often in German, working with Mischa Spoliansky, and sketches with upbeat tales of life in Britain. This placed her on potential Nazi death lists.

After an introduction from Geraldo, in 1946, the impresario Charles B. Cochran engaged her to work for him and changed her name to Lizbeth Webb. She first understudied and then took over the lead, Grace Green, in Vivian Ellis and A. P. Herbert's parliamentary satire Big Ben at the Adelphi Theatre in London and on tour (1946). Ellis and Herbert wrote a leading role for her the next year, Lucy Willow, in the hit musical Bless the Bride, in which her character leaves a stuffy English fiance, who she does not love, to elope with a brave and dashing Frenchman, played by Georges Guétary. One of her songs with Guétary, "This Is My Lovely Day", became one of the BBC's most requested songs of all times, and the song's popularity, and that of the show, were increased by their association with the wedding in 1947 of Princess Elizabeth and Lt. Philip Mountbatten (now, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip). The show's sweeping score also included another popular song for Webb and Guétary, "I Was Never Kissed Before". Oklahoma! opened in the West End the same year as Bless the Bride, but the British musical was not overshadowed by the American hit, enjoying a good reception from the critics and audiences and running for more than two years and 886 performances. Webb became known as "The Champagne Soprano", and she was admired on stage for her "vibrancy and vivacity".

Webb played in pantomime, including the role of Dick Whittington in 1950, and starred as Cinderella opposite the stars of The Goon Show in 1951 on The Light Programme. Ivor Novello wrote the role of Linda especially for Webb in his last musical, Gay's the Word. The show began with performances in Manchester in 1949 and came to the West End in 1951, where it was another hit. Webb was praised for her singing of the ballads in the show. She also played Sarah Brown in the first London production of Guys and Dolls at the London Coliseum in 1953, which was broadcast as a Royal Variety Performance. The same year, she was also featured in the Royal Command Performance given in the presence of the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth. Webb continued to entertain the troops between West End engagements, in Austria after the war, in Korea in 1953 (while under enemy attack) and in Cyprus and Libya in 1956, where she met her second husband, who was head of the British military force in Tripoli.

Webb toured the British provinces in Jubilee Girl (1956), a troubled production that she, the director, the choreographer and others abandoned before it arrived in London. She next appeared as Giulietta in a 1959 television production of the musical Carissima, by Eric Maschwitz with music by Hans May, starring Ginger Rogers.

Webb was engaged briefly to Peter Sellers in 1951 after appearing with him on The Light Programme. Her first husband was Donald H. Parker, an RAF pilot, from whom she was divorced after several years. On 17 August 1956, Webb married Colonel Guy Campbell, OBE, MC, the heir to a baronetcy. Campbell earned the Military Cross and, upon his father's death in 1960, inherited his family title. Webb and Campbell had two sons, Sir Lachlan Philip Kemeys Campbell, Bt., an artist and illustrator (Eton Colours, When It Happened in Scotland, and When It Happened in Britain), born in 1958, who has three children, Archie, Georgia and Ivo; and Rory Charles Fitzgerald Campbell, an opera singer and actor who owns the entertainment company Encore Management Ltd., born in 1961, who has a daughter, Olivia.

Webb effectively retired from the stage by the late 1950s to bring up her children, although she continued to make guest appearances on radio and on television comedy shows of Charlie Drake and Dickie Henderson. She also did casting work. In 1969, she starred in the title role of The Merry Widow on tour and then at the Cambridge Theatre in London. She and her husband moved to Marbella, Spain, where they lived for a few years in the 1970s before returning to England and living in Cheltenham. Her husband died there in 1993, and Webb moved to London to spend her last two decades.

In 2004, a CD of her songs, entitled My Lovely Day With Lizbeth Webb – The Champagne Soprano, was issued. The following year, another CD was released called Lizbeth Webb: With a Song In My Heart.


in 2013 – Ostad Homayoun Khorram (Persian: همایونخرم‎‎), Iranian musician, composer, violinist, and a member of the high council of Iran's house of music.

Khorram began his music career as a violinist at the age of 10 by participating in master Abolhassan Saba violin and Radif classes. After four years of lessons, Khorram entered the State National Radio Orchestra as a violin soloist and afterwords as a concert maestro. Due to the genius musical talent and passion he start to work as a leading composer of the National Radio at the age of 21.

At the same time with music education, he followed up academic education and acquired MSc degree in electrical engineering. On one occasion, Khorram commented that he found music and engineering complementary rather than contradictory, both having roots in mathematics.

During his career specially as soloist and composer in the famous radio musical program Golha Khorram composed many songs for notable singers including Hossein Ghavami (Fakhteh), Marzieh, Hayedeh, Shajarian and made over a hundreds of instrumental pieces for violin and orchestra, charmezrabs, overtures in collaboration with outstanding contemporary artists including Javad Maroufi, Jalil Shahnaz, and Farhang Sharif. In recent years, he worked with such young talented singers as Mohammad Esfahani and Alireza Ghorbani. He was also responsible for helping to bring the famous Iranian singer Moein onto the stage.


in 2013 – Claude Black, American jazz pianist who performed with Stan Getz, Charlie Parker, Wes Montgomery and Aretha Franklin, dies at age 80 and had been battling cancer for more than a year. He died in a hospice facility, said Susanne Scott, his ex-wife and caretaker.


Claude Black was exposed to jazz in the 1940s and he loved the music. Some of the stars of the day, including Fats Waller, were friends of his uncle and they would come to the house to socialize and play.

She said the last year was tough for Black as he battled the disease, but he used that time to foster his relationship with one of his daughters who helped care for him and he was greatly appreciative of the encouragement he received from Toledo-area musicians and fans.

A pair of benefit concerts last year to raise money for his health-care costs led to an outpouring of support, Ms. Scott said.

"They came out of the woodwork when it came to those concerts last year," she said. "He was absolutely flabbergasted — we all were — and it never stopped."
Black grew up in Detroit and his life was struck with tragedy when he was just 13. In a jealous rage, his stepfather killed the boy's mom and sister and then turned the gun on himself. Ms. Scott believes that experience, along with later deaths of several of his children, helped forge his emotive style of playing.

"When someone was in a trauma like he was and he kept losing people, it just chipped away and chipped away, but the music allowed him to touch people," she said.

"Some people could have his technique, but there was something in Claude and his heart was in it and it was so deep. He couldn't help but pull people in. He was his music right to the core."

Raised by his grandmother and an uncle, Black was exposed to jazz in the 1940s and he loved the music. Some of the stars of the day, including Fats Waller, were friends of his uncle and they would come to the house to socialize and play.

"I got swept away by these bands," he told The Blade in a 2000 interview. "I was rubbing elbows with all these musicians and I eased right into it."

He played in various bands and in 1952 he was drafted into the Army, where he spent much of that time playing music. When he was discharged he met bassist Clifford Murphy in a Detroit church and they formed a musical partnership that lasted more than 40 years.

Black joined Aretha Franklin's touring band in 1965 and played with some of the greatest jazz musicians of the 20th century ranging from Jon Hendricks to Wynton Marsalis. He traveled back and forth from Detroit to Toledo for gigs and in 1973 he settled here. He and Murphy formed a potent pairing at the jazz club Murphy's Place for 20 years before the club closed.

"He was a great listener as well as a teacher and when he played, he strived to do the best that he could do and it was always great and he always tried to get better," Murphy said. "He was learning all the time. Even up to passing he was still learning."

Black was well known for helping young musicians through the University of Toledo and mentoring them in local clubs.

"He took pride in teaching the best things he could teach on the music scene. And I can't think of anything better to say," Murphy said.

Matt DeChamplain was one of the young pianists who received Black's assistance and he played with him at Black's final public performance at a Christmas concert at the University of Toledo a month ago.

"He was a gentleman and had a quiet intensity about him that was very refreshing. He was very humble and a beautiful person," DeChamplain said.

He graduated from UT in December and performs with his wife, Atla DeChamplain, who is a vocalist. He said Black's help was invaluable in teaching him the intricacies of working with a singer.

"Naturally he accompanied tons of vocalists, so he was very supportive in helping me learn about the art of accompaniment," he said. "He knew thousands of songs, not just chords and melodies but also lyrics."

Black was married several times and he had five surviving children, according to Ms. Scott, who was married to him from 1974 to 1997 and remained close friends with him. Surviving daughters are Rosemary Hackett, of Ypsilanti, Mich.; Gloria Black, address unknown; Darlene Bryant, of Toledo; Deborah Bryant, of Toledo. Surviving son is Eric Black, of Texas.

Ms. Scott said Darlene Bryant cared for Mr. Black during his most recent illness and he became especially close to her "and it was beautiful."

Ms. Scott said the body will be cremated and no formal services are scheduled. However, she is certain that local musicians will schedule a jam session to celebrate the life of one of Toledo's greatest jazz players.

As for Murphy, he said he will miss his friend.

"He was Claude Black and there was no other," he said.


in 2014 – Joe Evans, jazz alto saxophonist., dies at age 97 in Richmond, Virginia of renal disease.

Born in Pensacola, Florida, he was active between 1939 and 1965, playing in the big bands of Jay McShann (coinciding with Charlie Parker), Jimmy Forrest and Gene Ramey; Don Redman and Louis Armstrong. In 1944 he recorded with Mary Lou Williams, as a member of a band including Coleman Hawkins, Bill Coleman and Denzil Best. At the beginning of 1945, he recorded for J. Mayo Williams's independent label, Chicago, leading a combo comprising Jesse Drakes, Duke Jordan, Gene Ramey, J. C. Heard and Etta Jones. Later that same year and in 1946, he recorded with Andy Kirk's orchestra as part of a lineup that included Fats Navarro, Reuben Phillips, Jimmy Forrest, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Hank Jones, Floyd Smith, Al Hall and Ben Thigpen.[6] Other musicians he performed and recorded with include Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Lionel Hampton, and Ivory Joe Hunter. In 2008, University of Illinois Press published his autobiography, Follow Your Heart, co-authored by Christopher Brooks, a professor of anthropology at Virginia Commonwealth University.


in 2015 – Ol'ga Vital'evna Yakovleva (Russian: Ольга Витальевна Яковлева, better known as Origa, was a Russian singer who worked mostly in Japan; dies at the age of 44, due to lung cancer.

Origa was born in small urban village Kochenyovo, 50 kilometres west of Novosibirsk. After graduating from music school in 1990, she took an opportunity to visit Japan in 1991 and finally contracted with the ROAD&SKY Organization in 1993. She later participated in several projects with various artists in addition to the Radio Japan Series and being part of the chorus for the Kobe earthquake disaster charity single. She released seven solo albums, two mini-albums, and 3 singles. She gained popularity outside Japan with the release of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and the subsequent original soundtracks, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex O.S.T. and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex O.S.T. 2.

These were written by long-time friend and composer Yoko Kanno, and both the first season's theme song, Inner Universe (featuring boy soprano Ben Del Maestro) and the second season's theme song, Rise used Origa's vocals. Origa first performed with Kanno for Gundam, singing "Moon" in concerts (in the CD "Moon" is performed by Kanno under the pseudonym of Gabriela Robin, Kanno never performed live). In 2005, Origa performed songs for the anime series Fantastic Children, most notably the ending theme "Mizu no Madoromi".

In 2006 Origa was involved in lyrics & vocal performance for the opening song ("Player") and the ending theme ("date of rebirth") from the movie Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society. In 2007, Origa performed with Yoko Kanno for the Ragnarok 2 Concert. There, she performed all three Ghost in the Shell opening themes; "Player" for Solid State Society, "Inner Universe" for the first season, and "Rise" for 2nd Gig, and substituted for Ilaria Graziano on "Yoru_Vo", Pierre Bensusan on "ELM", and Gabriela Robin on "Torukia". She also performed alongside fellow vocalists Maaya Sakamoto and Mai Yamane and joined in singing selected songs originally performed only by Maaya.

On 19 December 2008, she performed at Sugizo's "Rise to Cosmic Dance" concert held at Tokyo's Shibuya-AX hall. She later appeared on his 2011 single "The Edge".

She lent her voice to the soundtrack for the video game Final Fantasy XIII-2. The game was released in Japan on December 15, 2011. The soundtrack was composed by Masashi Hamauzu, Naoshi Mizuta and Mitsuto Suzuki.

In 2014, Origa attended Anirevo (Anime Revolution) where she performed in concert.[2] She performed songs from the Ghost in the Shell series and a medley of many other theme songs. She also participated in a panel with Production I.G. CEO Mitsuhisa Ishikawa.
Death

In 1998, she married Iranian producer Zhian Saedi who she met at a party she was singing. She gave birth to their first son Alyosha Saedi (born 2000).

in 2016 – David Bowie reached No.1 in the American album charts for the first time with Blackstar, released two days before his death on 10 January. His highest-charting US album previously had been The Next Day, which peaked at No.2 in 2013.

in 2016 – Louis Albert "Ramblin' Lou" Schriver, American country musician and radio broadcaster who lived in western New York State.

Schriver began his radio career in 1947, performing live music at WJJL in Niagara Falls. He was the first person to broadcast country music over the Western New York airwaves. He moved to Buffalo's WWOL in 1964 as the station flipped to a country music format. In 1970, Schriver bought WMMJ and renamed it WXRL; the "RL" in reference to his initials.

Schriver performed in Western New York, Southern Ontario, and beyond. In 1951 his band, the Twin Pine Mountaineers, recorded and released an album for Sparton Records. He appeared on the Grand Ole Opry and the WWVA Jamboree, and was an annual performer at the Erie County Fair for 51 years until 2015.

A preeminent country music promoter, Schriver brought numerous acts to Buffalo and Niagara Falls, including Elvis Presley, Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, and Hank Williams.

Schriver was a 1985 inductee of the Country Radio Broadcasters Hall of Fame, was a charter member of the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and was a 1996 inductee of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame.

A native of Tonawanda, New York, Schriver was a resident of Grand Island since the 1960s. He married his wife, Joanie Marshall, on May 20, 1961. Together with their children, they performed locally and internationally as the "Ramblin' Lou Family Band."[4] Ramblin' Lou broadcast his radio show on WXRL until December 26, 2015, 22 days before his death. He was survived by his wife, four children, and numerous grandchildren.


in 2016 – Carina Jaarnek (full name Eva Carina Kvistborg Jaarnek; birth name Kina Jaarnek), Swedish singer, dies at age 53 after suffering a cerebral haemorrhage.
During her career she performed in a number of dansbands and she also participated in Melodifestivalen twice.

During the 1970s Jaarnek was part of the dansband Frösöflickorna, and during the 1980s in the dansbands Bosse Påhlssons orkester (orchestra) and Alfstarz. After this, she started her own band called Carina Jaarneks orkester. Jaarnek has been referred to as "The dansband queen of Sweden".

Jaarnek's first appearance on the Svensktoppen charts came in 1986 with the song "Natten tänder ljus på himlen". She performed the song "Det är aldrig försent" at Melodifestivalen 1994 with her younger brother Mikael Jaarnek, and she participated in Melodifestivalen 2002 with the song "Son of a Liar", which made it to the second chance round. Jaarnek placed third of fifteen countries in the Sopot International Song Festival in 1995 with the song "I want you back my love", the original Swedish title of which was "Då vaknar kärleken". Her sister Towe Jaarnek is also a singer.

In Memphis, Tennessee, in 2005, Jaarnek recorded an album along with eight musicians who had worked with Elvis Presley: James Burton, Jerry Sheff, Glen Hardin, Ronnie Tutt, Charlie McCoy, BB Cunningham, Billy Swan, D. J. Fontana and Paul Burlison.[3] The album won her a Guldklaven award. Jaarnek also recorded songs in Los Angeles in which guitarist Albert Lee participated.


in 2016 – Terence Dale "Buffin" Griffin, English drummer and founding member of 1970s rock band Mott the Hoople, dies in his sleep at age 67.

Born in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, Griffin attended Ross-on-Wye Grammar School. He played in local bands with future fellow Mott the Hoople member Overend Watts and it was during this time he gained the nickname "Buffin". Griffin's bands during this time included the Silence and the Charles Kingsley Creation. He appeared on two singles in 1966 by Yemm and the Yemen. Also in 1966, again with Watts and also with Mick Ralphs, Griffin played in the Doc Thomas Group. Successful in Italy, the group performed until the summer of 1968 when further changes of band personnel took place. Organist Verden Allen was added and the group changed its name to the Shakedown Sound and then to Silence. In 1969 they moved to London and with the addition of Ian Hunter, in June 1969 Mott The Hoople were formed.

Following the departure of Ian Hunter and Mick Ralphs, Griffin, along with Overend Watts and Morgan Fisher re-formed Mott with guitarist Ray Major and vocalist Nigel Benjamin. Following the departure of Benjamin in 1976 the remaining members regrouped as British Lions, with former Medicine Head member and songwriter John Fiddler, until their demise around 1978. During the 1980s, Griffin produced albums for Hanoi Rocks and The Cult, and the Department S hit, 'Is Vic There?', among others (such as New Model Army).

Griffin also produced numerous BBC Radio 1 John Peel sessions from 1981 to 1994. These included:

The first professional recording session for Pulp in 1981.
A session by the Smashing Pumpkins that included the track, "Girl Named Sandoz", which was featured on Pisces Iscariot (in the liner notes, Billy Corgan derisively referred to Griffin as 'Mott The Nipple').
An early session for Nirvana, which appeared on their Incesticide collection.
A session for Carcass in 1989.
A session for Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark in 1983.

Aged 58, Griffin was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. In January 2009 it was confirmed that Griffin and the other original members of Mott the Hoople would reform for three 40th anniversary reunion concerts in October 2009. Due to popular demand, the reunion was eventually extended to five shows. Having been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Griffin only performed during the encores. The Pretenders drummer Martin Chambers, a fellow Herefordshire native and friend of the band, played the main set and also covered for Griffin on the 2013 tour.


in 2016 – Mic Gillette,American brass player, born and raised in northern California's East Bay area, dies at age 64 from a heart attack. He was best known for being a member of Tower of Power, Cold Blood, and The Sons of Champlin. His father Ray Gillette was a trombonist with Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, Stan Kenton, and other big bands.

A child prodigy, Gillette picked up the trumpet and was reading music by age four. At 15, he joined the Gotham City Crime Fighters (which later evolved into the Tower of Power), playing both trumpet and trombone (as well as baritone and tuba).[citation needed] He took a brief break from Tower of Power to tour and record with the band Cold Blood, but re-joined Tower of Power a year later, touring and opening for Santana and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

As its reputation as a premier horn band grew, Tower of Power toured with Heart, Rod Stewart, and The Rolling Stones, among others. In addition, Gillette appeared on hundreds of recordings as a session player. But in 1984, fearing that his daughter Megan would not recognize him, Gillette quit touring to be a full-time father. In 1998 shortly after joining the Sons of Champlin he missed one of their concerts due to a split lip. According to Mic himself, he had split his lip due to not playing for 14 years after leaving Tower of Power. He spent those years running a landscaping business in the San Francisco Bay Area.

An outstanding brass player with a great range and a funky style, Gillette played a Marcinkiewicz Rembrandt Model SC3X.351 Large-Bore Trumpet and a King 3B trombone with an F-attachment (he also played a Pan American E-flat Tuba and an Olds 3-valve baritone). He used and endorsed Marcinkiewicz mouthpieces on all of this equipment. Oddly, Gillette practiced very little; in a 2002 interview, he claimed to play only 3–4 days a week, and said he hadn't practiced regularly since he was seven.

Gillette was a member of the Sons of Champlin (he departed in 2006), fronted by Chicago vocalist and keyboardist Bill Champlin; he was also a member of Tortilla Soup, a 10 piece northern California band. He played with comedian Danny Marona, the Stevie "Keys" Roseman All Star Band, the Strokeland Superband, and Funky Loophole (Gillette's own band).

Married (to Julia), Gillette suffered a heart attack (reportedly, his daughter saved his life) and vowed to get and stay healthy. He toured and recorded with The Doobie Brothers (appearing on the Doobie's "Live At Wolf Trap" DVD), Blood, Sweat & Tears, and Santana, and released a children's album "Newvo Kids" (1995) and a solo CD entitled "Ear Candy" (2005) on the BKA Records label. He featured on "Hip Li'l Dreams," a disc of originals released by the Sons of Champlin in 2005.

Gillette worked on various side projects. After a chance meeting with Tony Adamo, Gillette wrote the horn arrangements for Adamo's album, "Straight Up Deal." His arrangements can be heard on Adamo tunes "No Strings," "Up in It," and "Groove Therapy". Gillette also performed with vocalist Josh Pfeiffer in Northern California with an eight-piece group featuring guitarist Dave Schramm and keyboard player Kent Gripenstraw.

After a 25-year absence, Gillette rejoined Tower of Power (August 2009) for touring, replacing Mike Bogart; but he left the band again after just more than a year and a half on February 14, 2011.

In the last years of his life, Gillette continued to do session work as well as live appearances; fulfilling a long-time dream to assemble his own band, he brought together Megan Gillette McCarthy, Greg Barker, Dave Hawkes, Clint Day, and Matt Martinez to create MGB, the Mic Gillette Band. But Gillette spent much of his time doing clinics at middle schools & high schools (he was, for example, a guest clinician at Northgate High School, Walnut Creek. He raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for music departments in schools across the United States.


in 2016 – Clarence Henry Reid, American musician, songwriter and producer, also known by the stage name and alternate persona Blowfly, dies at age 76, from cancer and multiple organ failure at the hospice facility in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida,

Reid was born in Cochran, Georgia, in 1939. During the 1960s and 1970s he wrote for and produced artists including Betty Wright, Sam & Dave, Gwen McCrae, Jimmy "Bo" Horne, Bobby Byrd, and KC & the Sunshine Band. During this period he was also a recording artist, cutting many of his own songs, including "Nobody But You Babe".

Reid wrote sexually explicit versions of hit songs for fun but only performed them for his friends at parties or in the studio. In 1971, he along with a band of studio musicians recorded a whole album of dirty songs under the name Blowfly. The album, The Weird World of Blowfly, features Reid dressed as a low-rent supervillain on its cover. He created this alter ego to protect his career as a songwriter, and continued to perform in bizarre costumes as his Blowfly character and continued to record sexually explicit albums throughout the 1970s/80s. The albums were widely popular as "party records". The explicit version of his song "Rapp Dirty" (a.k.a. "Blowfly's Rapp") helped the album Blowfly's Party reach #26 on Billboard magazine's Black Albums chart and #82 on the Billboard Top 200 in 1980.

Blowfly's profane style earned Reid legal trouble. He was sued by songwriter Stanley Adams, who was ASCAP president at the time, for spoofing "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes" as "What a Difference a Lay Makes". Reid's own compositions have been sampled by dozens of hip hop, R&B, and electronic artists (such as Beyonce, Wu Tang Clan, DJ Quik, DMX, Method Man & Redman, Main Source, DJ Shadow, Eazy-E, RJD2, Jurassic 5, Big Daddy Kane, Mary J. Blige, Brand Nubian, and the Avalanches) but Reid received almost no money from sampling due to signing away most of his royalties.

Blowfly's "Zodiac Blowfly" LP (also released on CD in 1996 on Weird World Records) includes the songs "If Eating You Is Wrong, I Don't Want To Be Right", "The First Time Ever You Sucked My Dick", and "Ain't No Head Like My Woman's Head", as well as a version of "Clean Up Woman", which he co-wrote. Another album of this period is The Weird World of Blow Fly.

In 2003, Blowfly sold the rights to his entire catalog after years of debt. The catalog was said to be worth millions of unpaid royalties.

After 17 years of sporadic touring and occasional re-recording of his classic raps, Blowfly signed with Jello Biafra's independent record label Alternative Tentacles in 2005. Fahrenheit 69, the first album under the new contract, featured appearances from Slug of Atmosphere, King Coleman, Gravy Train, and Afroman.

Blowfly's Punk Rock Party, a 2006 album release from Alternative Tentacles, features several punk rock classics given the Blowfly treatment—including a rewrite of the Dead Kennedys song "Holiday in Cambodia" recast as "R. Kelly in Cambodia", which features Biafra (the song's composer and original singer) playing a trial judge. The album also includes "I Wanna Be Fellated", "Gotta Keep Her Penetrated", "I Wanna **** Your Dog" and "Should I **** This Big Fat Ho?". Blowfly completed his first tour of Australia in March 2007, and toured Germany with Die Ärzte in 2008. He performed at the 2010 Big Day Out music festival, held in Australia and New Zealand.

The Weird World of Blowfly, directed by Jonathan Furmanski, premiered at South by Southwest in 2010 and received a wider release in September 2011.
Illness and death

On January 12, 2016, Blowfly drummer "Uncle" Tom Bowker announced in a statement on the Blowfly Facebook page that Reid was suffering from terminal liver cancer and had been admitted to a hospice facility in Florida. According to Bowker, the singer would release his final LP – entitled 77 Rusty Trombones .

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in 1971 - Kid Rock Robert James Ritchie (US singer, multi-musician) is born.
in 1971 - Jon Wysocki (US drummer; Staind) is born.
in 1972 - Ken Hirai (Japanese R&B and pop singer) is born.

in 1972 - A section of Bellevue Boulevard in Memphis was renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard. The remaining length of road kept its original name after protests from the Bellevue Baptist Church.

in 1974 - Vesko Kountchev (Bulgarian composer, violist, drums) is born.

in 1974 - Dean Martin's son Dino Martin was arrested after attempting to sell two AK-47 machine guns to an undercover agent.

in 1975 - Television and Blondie appeared at GBGB's, New York City.
in 1975 - Tom Jenkinson (UK bass guitar, synthesizer; Squarepusher) is born.

in 1976 - Barry Manilow scored his second US No.1 single with 'I Write The Songs', written by Beach Boy Bruce Johnson.

in 1976 - Earth Wind and Fire started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Gratitude'.

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in 1978 - Ricky Wilson (lead singer; Kaiser Chiefs) is born.
in 1980 - Gareth McLearnon (Northern Irish flautist) is born.
in 1981 - Ray J singer is born.

in 1981 - Mötley Crüe formed when bass guitarist Nikki Sixx left the band London and began rehearsing with drummer Tommy Lee and vocalist, guitarist Greg Leon, (who later left). Sixx and Lee then added guitarist Bob "Mick Mars" Deal. Vince Neil accepted an offer to join (after turning them down) in April of this year.

in 1982 - Tommy Tucker died, aged 48, after being overcome by poisonous fumes while he was renovating the floors of his New York home. He had written the 1964 US No.11 hit ‘Hi Heel Sneakers’.

in 1982 - Fany Hwang (Korean singer, actor) is born.
in 1982 - Alex Varkatzas (American metalcore vocalist; Atreyu) is born.
in 1984 - Calvin Harris (Scottish music producer, vocalist) is born.
in 1985 - Kang-In (South Korean singer, dancer, actor, MC, DJ) is born.
in 1985 - Meat Loaf kicked off a 16-date UK tour at The De Montfort Hall, Leicester.
in 1985 - Simone Simons (Dutch mezzo-soprano singer; symphonic metal band Epica) is born.
in 1986 - Chloe Rose Lattanzi (Australian actress and singer) is born.
in 1987 - Gregory Abbott went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Shake You Down' a No.6 hit in the UK.
in 1987 - Kate Bush started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The Whole Story'.

in 1890 - Yuri Fayer, Russian conductor, is born at Kiev. After attending the Kiev Conservatory, he studied violin and composition at the Moscow Conservatory. He played in various orchestras before conducting opera in Riga (1909-10). In 1916 he joined the orchestra of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, where he was asst. conductor (1919-23) and chief conductor (1923-63) of its ballet. He toured with it in Europe, the U.S., and China. His memoirs were published in 1970. - Died at Moscow, Aug. 3, 1971.

in 1992 - Charlie Ventura jazz saxophonist and bandleader, dies at 75.

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in 1993 - Barbara Buczek dies at age 53. Polish composer born in Kraków (?) b. January 9th 1940.
in 1994 - Noel Chiboust jazz trumpeter and bandleader, dies at 84.

in 1994 - Donny Osmond took part in a charity boxing match held in Chicago against former Partridge Family member Danny Bonaduce, Donny lost 2-1.

in 1994 - Grady "Fats" Jackson blues saxophonist and songwriter, dies at 66.

in 1994 - Georges Cziffra dies at age 72. Hungarian virtuoso pianist; he became noted at 5 years, improvising on popular tunes in bars and circuses. An attempted escape from Soviet-dominated Hungary led to imprisonment and communist forced labour in the period 1950–1953. In 1956, on the eve of the Hungarian insurrection, Georges escaped with his wife and son to Vienna where his recital at the Brahmsaal caused a sensation. News of this event reached the magazine The New Yorker. His Paris debut the following year caused a furore, his London debut at the Royal Festival Hall in Liszt's first concerto and Hungarian Fantasy similarly, an enraptured orchestra and audience applauding and cheering for over twenty minutes. His meteoric career continued with concerts throughout Europe and debuts at the Ravinia Festival and Carnegie Hall New York with Thomas Schippers. He always performed with a large leather wristband to support the ligaments of his wrist which were stretched while being tortured in prison and also as a memento of his years in labor (cancer)

in 1996 - Robert Covington blues drummer, singer and bandleader, dies at 54.

in 1998 - David "Junior" Kimbrough dies at age 67. American Mississippi bluesman, although he began playing guitar in his youth, and counted Lightnin' Hopkins as an early influence, he only came to national attention in 1992 with his debut album ''All Night Long''. followed by "Sad Days, Lonely Nights" in 1993. He recorded seven more albums before his death. Music journalist Tony Russell stated "his raw, repetitive style suggests an archaic forebear of John Lee Hooker, a character his music shares with that of fellow North Mississippian R. L. Burnside" (died of a stroke)

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in 1998 - All Saints scored their first UK No.1 single with 'Never Ever'. The track spent a total of twenty-four weeks on the UK chart and was the first of five No.1 singles for the London based girl group.

in 1998 - Savage Garden started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Truly Madly Deeply'.

in 1999 - UK boy band 911 went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Dr Hook song 'A Little Bit More'.

in 1999 - Fatboy Slim started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'You've Come A Long Way Baby'.

in 2000 - Philip Jones dies at age 71. British trumpeter and leader of an internationally famous brass chamber music ensemble, born in Bath; in 1944 he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music. He formed the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble in 1951, they grew from four members to ten and larger for special projects. The most usual formations were the quintet, two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba; and the ten-piece, four trumpeters one sometimes doubling piccolo trumpet and one sometimes doubling flugel horn, horn, four trombones and tuba. He became principal trumpet for most major London orchestras: The Royal Philharmonic 1956-60, the Philharmonia 1960-64, the Philharmonic 1964-65, the New Philharmonia 1965-67 and the BBC Symphony 1967-71. He also held posts at the Royal Northern College of Music and Trinity College of Music, where he was Principal until his retirement in 1994. He was chairman of the Musicians Benevolent Fund in 1995. He was awarded the OBE in 1977 and the CBE in 1986.

in 2001 - The Offspring appeared at the Glasgow SECC, Scotland tickets cost £15 ($25.50).

in 2003 - Balint Vazsonyi dies at age 66. Hungarian pianist, global recitalist, soloist with leading orchestras, and political journalist. From 1945-56 he attended the Franz Liszt Academy of Music from which he earned an Artist Diploma. He made his debut in Budapest at age 12 with the F Minor Concerto of J.S.Bach. He went on to make performance history in playing chronological cycles of all 32 piano sonatas by Beethoven over two days in New York, Boston, and London. After being based in London for 14 years, in 1978-84 Balint was invited to be Professor of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington School of Music where, as well as having a private piano studio, he conducted all Doctoral Seminars in Piano Literature. During the last 6 years of his life, he became a commentator in Washington, D.C. on the state of American politics.

in 2003 - A long-lost recording featuring John Lennon and Mick Jagger was set to spark a biding war at a London auction. The acetate record was recorded in 1974 with Jagger singing the blues song 'Too Many Cooks' and Lennon playing guitar. The track had never been release because the two artists were both signed to different record companies.

in 2003 - Singer Lou Rawls was arrested at Albuquerque Airport, New Mexico after an incident with his companion, Nina Inman. Officers reported that she and Rawls had been talking about their relationship when the conversation escalated into a shoving match resulting in Rawls being booked on one count of battery on a household member.

in 2008 - Carlos Jean Chrysostome Dolto dies at age 64. French singer; one of France's popular chart selling singers in the 70's and 80's with hits like "Tout nu, tout bronzé", "Rosalie", "Papayou", "T'as l'bonjour d'Albert" and "Le tirelipimpon". He was renamed Carlos in 1958, in homage to the percussionist Carlos "Patato" Valdes. In 1980, he became a spokesman for the Oasis brand fruit drink, with his song "Rosalie" being used in their television advertisements. In 1988, he was named the mascot of the amusement park Mirapolis, open in the Val-d'Oise, which quickly went bankrupt. He ran for office in the local elections in Courdimanche in 1989, but was not elected. He regularly participated in the radio program Grosses Têtes of Philippe Bouvard and had his own cartoon, Around the World in 80 Dreams, in 1992. He was also the narrator of the French version of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. From 2000 to 2007, he directed documentary films for the series Le Gros homme et la Mer (The Fat Man and the Sea), for the stations Odyssée and Voyage (cancer).

in 2008 - The Police played the first nine dates in Australian and New Zealand at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand, on their 152-date Reunion tour.

in 2009 - Suzanne DeLee Flanders Larson Susanna Foster dies at age 84. American film actress and singer; she was taken to Hollywood at the age of twelve by MGM, who sent her to school and groomed her for an acting and singing career. Two of her classmates at this school were Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. She had appeared in 12 films, but is best known for her role as Christine in the 1943 film, The Phantom of the Opera (died unexpectedly at The Lillian Booth Actor's Home in Englewood, New Jersey where she had been residing since 2003)

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in 2011 - Don Kirshner dies at age 76. American song publisher and rock producer known for his managing songwriting talent as well as successful pop groups, such as The Monkees and The Archies. He achieved his first major success in the late '50s and early '60s as co-owner of the influential New York-based publishing company Aldon Music with partner Al Nevins, which had under contract at various times several of the most important songwriters of the so-called "Brill Building" school, including Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and Jack Keller. As a producer-promoter, he was influential in starting off the career of singers and songwriters, including Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond, Carole King, and Sarah Dash of Labelle, as well as discovering the occasional rock act such as Kansas. Don was hired by the producers of The Monkees to provide hitworthy songs to accompany the television program, within a demanding schedule. He quickly corralled songwriting talent from his Brill Building stable of writers and musicians to create catchy, engaging tracks which the band could pretend to perform on the show. September 1973 he hosted his own syndicated weekly rock-concert program called Don Kirshner's Rock Concert. With its long-form live performances, as compared to rehearsed, often lip-synced performances that were the staple of earlier television shows like Shindig!, it was a new direction for pop music presentation. The last show aired in 1981, the year that MTV was launched. Don received the 2007 Songwriters Hall of Fame Abe Olman Publishing Award (heart failure).
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in 2012 - Johnny Otis/Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes dies at age 90. Pioneering rhythm and blues singer, talent scout, disc jockey, composer, arranger, author, record producer, vibraphonist, drummer, bandleader, pastor and commonly referred to as the "Godfather of Rhythm and Blues", was born Ioannis Veliotes, in Vallejo, a predominantly black neighborhood in California, where he started out playing drums in a variety of swing orchestras, including Lloyd Hunter's Serenaders, and Harlan Leonard's Rockets, after which he founded his own band in 1945 and had one of the most enduring hits of the big band era, "Harlem Nocturne". Other of his hits included "Double Crossing Blues," "Mistrustin' Blues", "Cupid's Boogie", "Gee Baby", "All Nite Long" "Mambo Boogie", "Sunset to Dawn" and "Ma He's Making Eyes At Me". In the late 1940s, he discovered Big Jay McNeely, then in the mid 50s he discovered Etta James, - Born December 28th 1921.



in 2013 – Elizabeth Sandra Holton, better known by her stage name, Lizbeth Webb, was an English soprano and stage actress. Known as "the champagne soprano", she is remembered partly for originating the song "This Is My Lovely Day". Webb died in 2013, only two weeks before her 87th birthday.

After performing as a dance band vocalist and entertaining British troops during World War II, Webb pursued a career in West End musicals, becoming known for her vivaciousness in playing such roles as Lucy Willow in Bless the Bride, Linda in Ivor Novello's Gay's the Word and Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls. She married Colonel Guy Campbell, the heir to a baronetcy, and left the stage in the late 1950s, bringing up two sons but returning for a last engagement in the title role of The Merry Widow in 1969.

Webb was born at Tilehurst near Reading, Berkshire, the last of three children of Frederick and Ethel Holton, who raised her. Her mother died in childbirth, and she was adopted by her aunt and uncle, Ethel and Alfred Wills Webber. Her sisters were adopted by other aunts. She attended E. P. Collier Primary School, where she was known as Betty Webber. She later went on to Hemdean House School and Queen Anne's School, both in Caversham, Reading. As a child, she excelled at rowing, swimming and running. From an early age, she took singing lessons.

She began her career as a teenage band vocalist and on BBC radio under the name Betty Webb, singing to the troops during World War II and freelancing with British bands, often for Jack Payne, who discovered her, and also for Albert Sandler, Henry Hall, Louis Levy and Geraldo. She generally performed two or three live broadcasts daily during the height of the German air-raids. She was also a regular on programmes such as Happidrome, Workers Playtime, Kaleidoscope, "Music Hall", Variety Bandbox, Four and Twenty, The Forces Show with Diana Dors, Jack Buchanan and Bob Monkhouse, Follies of the Air with Sonnie Hale, Home at Eight with Hermione Gingold and Richard Attenborough, and Friday Night Is Music Night. Among the conductors she sang with were George Melachrino, Mantovani, Richard Tauber, Harry Rabinowitz, Stanley Black, Max Jaffa, Charles Mackerras, both Eric and Stanford Robinson and Vilém Tauský.

In addition to entertaining the Allied troops, she took part in propaganda broadcasts of German light music, often in German, working with Mischa Spoliansky, and sketches with upbeat tales of life in Britain. This placed her on potential Nazi death lists.

After an introduction from Geraldo, in 1946, the impresario Charles B. Cochran engaged her to work for him and changed her name to Lizbeth Webb. She first understudied and then took over the lead, Grace Green, in Vivian Ellis and A. P. Herbert's parliamentary satire Big Ben at the Adelphi Theatre in London and on tour (1946). Ellis and Herbert wrote a leading role for her the next year, Lucy Willow, in the hit musical Bless the Bride, in which her character leaves a stuffy English fiance, who she does not love, to elope with a brave and dashing Frenchman, played by Georges Guétary. One of her songs with Guétary, "This Is My Lovely Day", became one of the BBC's most requested songs of all times, and the song's popularity, and that of the show, were increased by their association with the wedding in 1947 of Princess Elizabeth and Lt. Philip Mountbatten (now, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip). The show's sweeping score also included another popular song for Webb and Guétary, "I Was Never Kissed Before". Oklahoma! opened in the West End the same year as Bless the Bride, but the British musical was not overshadowed by the American hit, enjoying a good reception from the critics and audiences and running for more than two years and 886 performances. Webb became known as "The Champagne Soprano", and she was admired on stage for her "vibrancy and vivacity".

Webb played in pantomime, including the role of Dick Whittington in 1950, and starred as Cinderella opposite the stars of The Goon Show in 1951 on The Light Programme. Ivor Novello wrote the role of Linda especially for Webb in his last musical, Gay's the Word. The show began with performances in Manchester in 1949 and came to the West End in 1951, where it was another hit. Webb was praised for her singing of the ballads in the show. She also played Sarah Brown in the first London production of Guys and Dolls at the London Coliseum in 1953, which was broadcast as a Royal Variety Performance. The same year, she was also featured in the Royal Command Performance given in the presence of the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth. Webb continued to entertain the troops between West End engagements, in Austria after the war, in Korea in 1953 (while under enemy attack) and in Cyprus and Libya in 1956, where she met her second husband, who was head of the British military force in Tripoli.

Webb toured the British provinces in Jubilee Girl (1956), a troubled production that she, the director, the choreographer and others abandoned before it arrived in London. She next appeared as Giulietta in a 1959 television production of the musical Carissima, by Eric Maschwitz with music by Hans May, starring Ginger Rogers.

Webb was engaged briefly to Peter Sellers in 1951 after appearing with him on The Light Programme. Her first husband was Donald H. Parker, an RAF pilot, from whom she was divorced after several years. On 17 August 1956, Webb married Colonel Guy Campbell, OBE, MC, the heir to a baronetcy. Campbell earned the Military Cross and, upon his father's death in 1960, inherited his family title. Webb and Campbell had two sons, Sir Lachlan Philip Kemeys Campbell, Bt., an artist and illustrator (Eton Colours, When It Happened in Scotland, and When It Happened in Britain), born in 1958, who has three children, Archie, Georgia and Ivo; and Rory Charles Fitzgerald Campbell, an opera singer and actor who owns the entertainment company Encore Management Ltd., born in 1961, who has a daughter, Olivia.

Webb effectively retired from the stage by the late 1950s to bring up her children, although she continued to make guest appearances on radio and on television comedy shows of Charlie Drake and Dickie Henderson. She also did casting work. In 1969, she starred in the title role of The Merry Widow on tour and then at the Cambridge Theatre in London. She and her husband moved to Marbella, Spain, where they lived for a few years in the 1970s before returning to England and living in Cheltenham. Her husband died there in 1993, and Webb moved to London to spend her last two decades.

In 2004, a CD of her songs, entitled My Lovely Day With Lizbeth Webb – The Champagne Soprano, was issued. The following year, another CD was released called Lizbeth Webb: With a Song In My Heart.


in 2013 – Ostad Homayoun Khorram (Persian: همایونخرم‎‎), Iranian musician, composer, violinist, and a member of the high council of Iran's house of music.

Khorram began his music career as a violinist at the age of 10 by participating in master Abolhassan Saba violin and Radif classes. After four years of lessons, Khorram entered the State National Radio Orchestra as a violin soloist and afterwords as a concert maestro. Due to the genius musical talent and passion he start to work as a leading composer of the National Radio at the age of 21.

At the same time with music education, he followed up academic education and acquired MSc degree in electrical engineering. On one occasion, Khorram commented that he found music and engineering complementary rather than contradictory, both having roots in mathematics.

During his career specially as soloist and composer in the famous radio musical program Golha Khorram composed many songs for notable singers including Hossein Ghavami (Fakhteh), Marzieh, Hayedeh, Shajarian and made over a hundreds of instrumental pieces for violin and orchestra, charmezrabs, overtures in collaboration with outstanding contemporary artists including Javad Maroufi, Jalil Shahnaz, and Farhang Sharif. In recent years, he worked with such young talented singers as Mohammad Esfahani and Alireza Ghorbani. He was also responsible for helping to bring the famous Iranian singer Moein onto the stage.


in 2013 – Claude Black, American jazz pianist who performed with Stan Getz, Charlie Parker, Wes Montgomery and Aretha Franklin, dies at age 80 and had been battling cancer for more than a year. He died in a hospice facility, said Susanne Scott, his ex-wife and caretaker.


Claude Black was exposed to jazz in the 1940s and he loved the music. Some of the stars of the day, including Fats Waller, were friends of his uncle and they would come to the house to socialize and play.

She said the last year was tough for Black as he battled the disease, but he used that time to foster his relationship with one of his daughters who helped care for him and he was greatly appreciative of the encouragement he received from Toledo-area musicians and fans.

A pair of benefit concerts last year to raise money for his health-care costs led to an outpouring of support, Ms. Scott said.

"They came out of the woodwork when it came to those concerts last year," she said. "He was absolutely flabbergasted — we all were — and it never stopped."
Black grew up in Detroit and his life was struck with tragedy when he was just 13. In a jealous rage, his stepfather killed the boy's mom and sister and then turned the gun on himself. Ms. Scott believes that experience, along with later deaths of several of his children, helped forge his emotive style of playing.

"When someone was in a trauma like he was and he kept losing people, it just chipped away and chipped away, but the music allowed him to touch people," she said.

"Some people could have his technique, but there was something in Claude and his heart was in it and it was so deep. He couldn't help but pull people in. He was his music right to the core."

Raised by his grandmother and an uncle, Black was exposed to jazz in the 1940s and he loved the music. Some of the stars of the day, including Fats Waller, were friends of his uncle and they would come to the house to socialize and play.

"I got swept away by these bands," he told The Blade in a 2000 interview. "I was rubbing elbows with all these musicians and I eased right into it."

He played in various bands and in 1952 he was drafted into the Army, where he spent much of that time playing music. When he was discharged he met bassist Clifford Murphy in a Detroit church and they formed a musical partnership that lasted more than 40 years.

Black joined Aretha Franklin's touring band in 1965 and played with some of the greatest jazz musicians of the 20th century ranging from Jon Hendricks to Wynton Marsalis. He traveled back and forth from Detroit to Toledo for gigs and in 1973 he settled here. He and Murphy formed a potent pairing at the jazz club Murphy's Place for 20 years before the club closed.

"He was a great listener as well as a teacher and when he played, he strived to do the best that he could do and it was always great and he always tried to get better," Murphy said. "He was learning all the time. Even up to passing he was still learning."

Black was well known for helping young musicians through the University of Toledo and mentoring them in local clubs.

"He took pride in teaching the best things he could teach on the music scene. And I can't think of anything better to say," Murphy said.

Matt DeChamplain was one of the young pianists who received Black's assistance and he played with him at Black's final public performance at a Christmas concert at the University of Toledo a month ago.

"He was a gentleman and had a quiet intensity about him that was very refreshing. He was very humble and a beautiful person," DeChamplain said.

He graduated from UT in December and performs with his wife, Atla DeChamplain, who is a vocalist. He said Black's help was invaluable in teaching him the intricacies of working with a singer.

"Naturally he accompanied tons of vocalists, so he was very supportive in helping me learn about the art of accompaniment," he said. "He knew thousands of songs, not just chords and melodies but also lyrics."

Black was married several times and he had five surviving children, according to Ms. Scott, who was married to him from 1974 to 1997 and remained close friends with him. Surviving daughters are Rosemary Hackett, of Ypsilanti, Mich.; Gloria Black, address unknown; Darlene Bryant, of Toledo; Deborah Bryant, of Toledo. Surviving son is Eric Black, of Texas.

Ms. Scott said Darlene Bryant cared for Mr. Black during his most recent illness and he became especially close to her "and it was beautiful."

Ms. Scott said the body will be cremated and no formal services are scheduled. However, she is certain that local musicians will schedule a jam session to celebrate the life of one of Toledo's greatest jazz players.

As for Murphy, he said he will miss his friend.

"He was Claude Black and there was no other," he said.


in 2014 – Joe Evans, jazz alto saxophonist., dies at age 97 in Richmond, Virginia of renal disease.

Born in Pensacola, Florida, he was active between 1939 and 1965, playing in the big bands of Jay McShann (coinciding with Charlie Parker), Jimmy Forrest and Gene Ramey; Don Redman and Louis Armstrong. In 1944 he recorded with Mary Lou Williams, as a member of a band including Coleman Hawkins, Bill Coleman and Denzil Best. At the beginning of 1945, he recorded for J. Mayo Williams's independent label, Chicago, leading a combo comprising Jesse Drakes, Duke Jordan, Gene Ramey, J. C. Heard and Etta Jones. Later that same year and in 1946, he recorded with Andy Kirk's orchestra as part of a lineup that included Fats Navarro, Reuben Phillips, Jimmy Forrest, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Hank Jones, Floyd Smith, Al Hall and Ben Thigpen.[6] Other musicians he performed and recorded with include Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Lionel Hampton, and Ivory Joe Hunter. In 2008, University of Illinois Press published his autobiography, Follow Your Heart, co-authored by Christopher Brooks, a professor of anthropology at Virginia Commonwealth University.


in 2015 – Ol'ga Vital'evna Yakovleva (Russian: Ольга Витальевна Яковлева, better known as Origa, was a Russian singer who worked mostly in Japan; dies at the age of 44, due to lung cancer.

Origa was born in small urban village Kochenyovo, 50 kilometres west of Novosibirsk. After graduating from music school in 1990, she took an opportunity to visit Japan in 1991 and finally contracted with the ROAD&SKY Organization in 1993. She later participated in several projects with various artists in addition to the Radio Japan Series and being part of the chorus for the Kobe earthquake disaster charity single. She released seven solo albums, two mini-albums, and 3 singles. She gained popularity outside Japan with the release of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and the subsequent original soundtracks, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex O.S.T. and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex O.S.T. 2.

These were written by long-time friend and composer Yoko Kanno, and both the first season's theme song, Inner Universe (featuring boy soprano Ben Del Maestro) and the second season's theme song, Rise used Origa's vocals. Origa first performed with Kanno for Gundam, singing "Moon" in concerts (in the CD "Moon" is performed by Kanno under the pseudonym of Gabriela Robin, Kanno never performed live). In 2005, Origa performed songs for the anime series Fantastic Children, most notably the ending theme "Mizu no Madoromi".

In 2006 Origa was involved in lyrics & vocal performance for the opening song ("Player") and the ending theme ("date of rebirth") from the movie Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society. In 2007, Origa performed with Yoko Kanno for the Ragnarok 2 Concert. There, she performed all three Ghost in the Shell opening themes; "Player" for Solid State Society, "Inner Universe" for the first season, and "Rise" for 2nd Gig, and substituted for Ilaria Graziano on "Yoru_Vo", Pierre Bensusan on "ELM", and Gabriela Robin on "Torukia". She also performed alongside fellow vocalists Maaya Sakamoto and Mai Yamane and joined in singing selected songs originally performed only by Maaya.

On 19 December 2008, she performed at Sugizo's "Rise to Cosmic Dance" concert held at Tokyo's Shibuya-AX hall. She later appeared on his 2011 single "The Edge".

She lent her voice to the soundtrack for the video game Final Fantasy XIII-2. The game was released in Japan on December 15, 2011. The soundtrack was composed by Masashi Hamauzu, Naoshi Mizuta and Mitsuto Suzuki.

In 2014, Origa attended Anirevo (Anime Revolution) where she performed in concert.[2] She performed songs from the Ghost in the Shell series and a medley of many other theme songs. She also participated in a panel with Production I.G. CEO Mitsuhisa Ishikawa.
Death

In 1998, she married Iranian producer Zhian Saedi who she met at a party she was singing. She gave birth to their first son Alyosha Saedi (born 2000).

in 2016 – David Bowie reached No.1 in the American album charts for the first time with Blackstar, released two days before his death on 10 January. His highest-charting US album previously had been The Next Day, which peaked at No.2 in 2013.

in 2016 – Louis Albert "Ramblin' Lou" Schriver, American country musician and radio broadcaster who lived in western New York State.

Schriver began his radio career in 1947, performing live music at WJJL in Niagara Falls. He was the first person to broadcast country music over the Western New York airwaves. He moved to Buffalo's WWOL in 1964 as the station flipped to a country music format. In 1970, Schriver bought WMMJ and renamed it WXRL; the "RL" in reference to his initials.

Schriver performed in Western New York, Southern Ontario, and beyond. In 1951 his band, the Twin Pine Mountaineers, recorded and released an album for Sparton Records. He appeared on the Grand Ole Opry and the WWVA Jamboree, and was an annual performer at the Erie County Fair for 51 years until 2015.

A preeminent country music promoter, Schriver brought numerous acts to Buffalo and Niagara Falls, including Elvis Presley, Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, and Hank Williams.

Schriver was a 1985 inductee of the Country Radio Broadcasters Hall of Fame, was a charter member of the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and was a 1996 inductee of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame.

A native of Tonawanda, New York, Schriver was a resident of Grand Island since the 1960s. He married his wife, Joanie Marshall, on May 20, 1961. Together with their children, they performed locally and internationally as the "Ramblin' Lou Family Band."[4] Ramblin' Lou broadcast his radio show on WXRL until December 26, 2015, 22 days before his death. He was survived by his wife, four children, and numerous grandchildren.


in 2016 – Carina Jaarnek (full name Eva Carina Kvistborg Jaarnek; birth name Kina Jaarnek), Swedish singer, dies at age 53 after suffering a cerebral haemorrhage.
During her career she performed in a number of dansbands and she also participated in Melodifestivalen twice.

During the 1970s Jaarnek was part of the dansband Frösöflickorna, and during the 1980s in the dansbands Bosse Påhlssons orkester (orchestra) and Alfstarz. After this, she started her own band called Carina Jaarneks orkester. Jaarnek has been referred to as "The dansband queen of Sweden".

Jaarnek's first appearance on the Svensktoppen charts came in 1986 with the song "Natten tänder ljus på himlen". She performed the song "Det är aldrig försent" at Melodifestivalen 1994 with her younger brother Mikael Jaarnek, and she participated in Melodifestivalen 2002 with the song "Son of a Liar", which made it to the second chance round. Jaarnek placed third of fifteen countries in the Sopot International Song Festival in 1995 with the song "I want you back my love", the original Swedish title of which was "Då vaknar kärleken". Her sister Towe Jaarnek is also a singer.

In Memphis, Tennessee, in 2005, Jaarnek recorded an album along with eight musicians who had worked with Elvis Presley: James Burton, Jerry Sheff, Glen Hardin, Ronnie Tutt, Charlie McCoy, BB Cunningham, Billy Swan, D. J. Fontana and Paul Burlison.[3] The album won her a Guldklaven award. Jaarnek also recorded songs in Los Angeles in which guitarist Albert Lee participated.


in 2016 – Terence Dale "Buffin" Griffin, English drummer and founding member of 1970s rock band Mott the Hoople, dies in his sleep at age 67.

Born in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, Griffin attended Ross-on-Wye Grammar School. He played in local bands with future fellow Mott the Hoople member Overend Watts and it was during this time he gained the nickname "Buffin". Griffin's bands during this time included the Silence and the Charles Kingsley Creation. He appeared on two singles in 1966 by Yemm and the Yemen. Also in 1966, again with Watts and also with Mick Ralphs, Griffin played in the Doc Thomas Group. Successful in Italy, the group performed until the summer of 1968 when further changes of band personnel took place. Organist Verden Allen was added and the group changed its name to the Shakedown Sound and then to Silence. In 1969 they moved to London and with the addition of Ian Hunter, in June 1969 Mott The Hoople were formed.

Following the departure of Ian Hunter and Mick Ralphs, Griffin, along with Overend Watts and Morgan Fisher re-formed Mott with guitarist Ray Major and vocalist Nigel Benjamin. Following the departure of Benjamin in 1976 the remaining members regrouped as British Lions, with former Medicine Head member and songwriter John Fiddler, until their demise around 1978. During the 1980s, Griffin produced albums for Hanoi Rocks and The Cult, and the Department S hit, 'Is Vic There?', among others (such as New Model Army).

Griffin also produced numerous BBC Radio 1 John Peel sessions from 1981 to 1994. These included:

The first professional recording session for Pulp in 1981.
A session by the Smashing Pumpkins that included the track, "Girl Named Sandoz", which was featured on Pisces Iscariot (in the liner notes, Billy Corgan derisively referred to Griffin as 'Mott The Nipple').
An early session for Nirvana, which appeared on their Incesticide collection.
A session for Carcass in 1989.
A session for Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark in 1983.

Aged 58, Griffin was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. In January 2009 it was confirmed that Griffin and the other original members of Mott the Hoople would reform for three 40th anniversary reunion concerts in October 2009. Due to popular demand, the reunion was eventually extended to five shows. Having been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Griffin only performed during the encores. The Pretenders drummer Martin Chambers, a fellow Herefordshire native and friend of the band, played the main set and also covered for Griffin on the 2013 tour.


in 2016 – Mic Gillette,American brass player, born and raised in northern California's East Bay area, dies at age 64 from a heart attack. He was best known for being a member of Tower of Power, Cold Blood, and The Sons of Champlin. His father Ray Gillette was a trombonist with Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, Stan Kenton, and other big bands.

A child prodigy, Gillette picked up the trumpet and was reading music by age four. At 15, he joined the Gotham City Crime Fighters (which later evolved into the Tower of Power), playing both trumpet and trombone (as well as baritone and tuba).[citation needed] He took a brief break from Tower of Power to tour and record with the band Cold Blood, but re-joined Tower of Power a year later, touring and opening for Santana and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

As its reputation as a premier horn band grew, Tower of Power toured with Heart, Rod Stewart, and The Rolling Stones, among others. In addition, Gillette appeared on hundreds of recordings as a session player. But in 1984, fearing that his daughter Megan would not recognize him, Gillette quit touring to be a full-time father. In 1998 shortly after joining the Sons of Champlin he missed one of their concerts due to a split lip. According to Mic himself, he had split his lip due to not playing for 14 years after leaving Tower of Power. He spent those years running a landscaping business in the San Francisco Bay Area.

An outstanding brass player with a great range and a funky style, Gillette played a Marcinkiewicz Rembrandt Model SC3X.351 Large-Bore Trumpet and a King 3B trombone with an F-attachment (he also played a Pan American E-flat Tuba and an Olds 3-valve baritone). He used and endorsed Marcinkiewicz mouthpieces on all of this equipment. Oddly, Gillette practiced very little; in a 2002 interview, he claimed to play only 3–4 days a week, and said he hadn't practiced regularly since he was seven.

Gillette was a member of the Sons of Champlin (he departed in 2006), fronted by Chicago vocalist and keyboardist Bill Champlin; he was also a member of Tortilla Soup, a 10 piece northern California band. He played with comedian Danny Marona, the Stevie "Keys" Roseman All Star Band, the Strokeland Superband, and Funky Loophole (Gillette's own band).

Married (to Julia), Gillette suffered a heart attack (reportedly, his daughter saved his life) and vowed to get and stay healthy. He toured and recorded with The Doobie Brothers (appearing on the Doobie's "Live At Wolf Trap" DVD), Blood, Sweat & Tears, and Santana, and released a children's album "Newvo Kids" (1995) and a solo CD entitled "Ear Candy" (2005) on the BKA Records label. He featured on "Hip Li'l Dreams," a disc of originals released by the Sons of Champlin in 2005.

Gillette worked on various side projects. After a chance meeting with Tony Adamo, Gillette wrote the horn arrangements for Adamo's album, "Straight Up Deal." His arrangements can be heard on Adamo tunes "No Strings," "Up in It," and "Groove Therapy". Gillette also performed with vocalist Josh Pfeiffer in Northern California with an eight-piece group featuring guitarist Dave Schramm and keyboard player Kent Gripenstraw.

After a 25-year absence, Gillette rejoined Tower of Power (August 2009) for touring, replacing Mike Bogart; but he left the band again after just more than a year and a half on February 14, 2011.

In the last years of his life, Gillette continued to do session work as well as live appearances; fulfilling a long-time dream to assemble his own band, he brought together Megan Gillette McCarthy, Greg Barker, Dave Hawkes, Clint Day, and Matt Martinez to create MGB, the Mic Gillette Band. But Gillette spent much of his time doing clinics at middle schools & high schools (he was, for example, a guest clinician at Northgate High School, Walnut Creek. He raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for music departments in schools across the United States.


in 2016 – Clarence Henry Reid, American musician, songwriter and producer, also known by the stage name and alternate persona Blowfly, dies at age 76, from cancer and multiple organ failure at the hospice facility in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida,

Reid was born in Cochran, Georgia, in 1939. During the 1960s and 1970s he wrote for and produced artists including Betty Wright, Sam & Dave, Gwen McCrae, Jimmy "Bo" Horne, Bobby Byrd, and KC & the Sunshine Band. During this period he was also a recording artist, cutting many of his own songs, including "Nobody But You Babe".

Reid wrote sexually explicit versions of hit songs for fun but only performed them for his friends at parties or in the studio. In 1971, he along with a band of studio musicians recorded a whole album of dirty songs under the name Blowfly. The album, The Weird World of Blowfly, features Reid dressed as a low-rent supervillain on its cover. He created this alter ego to protect his career as a songwriter, and continued to perform in bizarre costumes as his Blowfly character and continued to record sexually explicit albums throughout the 1970s/80s. The albums were widely popular as "party records". The explicit version of his song "Rapp Dirty" (a.k.a. "Blowfly's Rapp") helped the album Blowfly's Party reach #26 on Billboard magazine's Black Albums chart and #82 on the Billboard Top 200 in 1980.

Blowfly's profane style earned Reid legal trouble. He was sued by songwriter Stanley Adams, who was ASCAP president at the time, for spoofing "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes" as "What a Difference a Lay Makes". Reid's own compositions have been sampled by dozens of hip hop, R&B, and electronic artists (such as Beyonce, Wu Tang Clan, DJ Quik, DMX, Method Man & Redman, Main Source, DJ Shadow, Eazy-E, RJD2, Jurassic 5, Big Daddy Kane, Mary J. Blige, Brand Nubian, and the Avalanches) but Reid received almost no money from sampling due to signing away most of his royalties.

Blowfly's "Zodiac Blowfly" LP (also released on CD in 1996 on Weird World Records) includes the songs "If Eating You Is Wrong, I Don't Want To Be Right", "The First Time Ever You Sucked My Dick", and "Ain't No Head Like My Woman's Head", as well as a version of "Clean Up Woman", which he co-wrote. Another album of this period is The Weird World of Blow Fly.

In 2003, Blowfly sold the rights to his entire catalog after years of debt. The catalog was said to be worth millions of unpaid royalties.

After 17 years of sporadic touring and occasional re-recording of his classic raps, Blowfly signed with Jello Biafra's independent record label Alternative Tentacles in 2005. Fahrenheit 69, the first album under the new contract, featured appearances from Slug of Atmosphere, King Coleman, Gravy Train, and Afroman.

Blowfly's Punk Rock Party, a 2006 album release from Alternative Tentacles, features several punk rock classics given the Blowfly treatment—including a rewrite of the Dead Kennedys song "Holiday in Cambodia" recast as "R. Kelly in Cambodia", which features Biafra (the song's composer and original singer) playing a trial judge. The album also includes "I Wanna Be Fellated", "Gotta Keep Her Penetrated", "I Wanna **** Your Dog" and "Should I **** This Big Fat Ho?". Blowfly completed his first tour of Australia in March 2007, and toured Germany with Die Ärzte in 2008. He performed at the 2010 Big Day Out music festival, held in Australia and New Zealand.

The Weird World of Blowfly, directed by Jonathan Furmanski, premiered at South by Southwest in 2010 and received a wider release in September 2011.
Illness and death

On January 12, 2016, Blowfly drummer "Uncle" Tom Bowker announced in a statement on the Blowfly Facebook page that Reid was suffering from terminal liver cancer and had been admitted to a hospice facility in Florida. According to Bowker, the singer would release his final LP – entitled 77 Rusty Trombones .

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in 1543 - Alfonso Ferrabosco, composer, is baptised. Ferrabosco was a court musician to Elizabeth I, and is credited with introducing the madrigal in England. There are unsubstantiated rumors that he spied for her as well

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYVKyc9mmYo"]YouTube - Alfonso Ferrabosco II (1575-1628): Pavan I (fragment) - The Royal Wind Music[/ame]

in 1580 - Antonio Scandello, composer and Kapellmeister of the court of the Electors of Saxony in Dresden, dies one day after his 63rd birthday.

in 1659 - Benedikt Lechler, composer, dies at 64.
in 1732 - Jean-Guillain Cardon, violinist and composer, is born.


in 1751 - Ferdinand Kauer, Moravian-born Austrian conductor and composer, is born (baptized) at Klein-Tajax. As a boy he played organ in a local Jesuit church, then was organist at the Jesuit seminary in Tyrnau, Hungary, where he took courses in philosophy and medicine. He went to Vienna about 1777, where he studied composition with Heidenreich and Zimmermann.

He then became a violinist in the orchestra of the Theater in der Leopoldstadt about 1781. He was made director of the theater's music school (1789) and later 2nd Kapellmeister at the theater, scoring a success with his Das Donauweibchen Jan. 11, 1798), which was subsequently performed all over Europe. After serving as Kapellmeister in Graz (1810-11), he returned to the Leopoldstadt theater.

He then was Kapellmeister at the Theater in der Josefstadt (1814-18), and subsequently made a precarious living as a 2nd violinist in the Leopoldstadt theater orchestra (1821-30). He lost almost all of his possessions, including his MSS, in the flood of 1830. He wrote about 200 works for the stage, as well as sacred music, syms., concertos, etc. He published Singschule nach dem neuesten System der Tonkunst (1790) and Kurzgefasste Generalbass-Schule fur Anflinger (1800). - Died at Vienna, April 13, 1831.

in 1760 - Claudio Casciolini, composer, dies at 62.
in 1793 - William Henry Havergal, hymn writer and composer, is born.
in 1817 - Jacques Gregoir, pianist an composer, is born.

in 1835 - Cesar Antonovich Cui, Russian composer, is born at Vilnius.
He was the son of a soldier in Napoleon's army who remained in Russia, married a Lithuanian noblewoman, and settled as a teacher of French in Vilnius.

Cui learned musical notation by copying Chopin's mazurkas and various Italian operas, then tried his hand at composition on his own. In 1849 he took lessons with Moniuszko in Vilnius. In 1850 he went to St. Petersburg, where he entered the Engineering School in 1851 and later the Academy of Military Engineering (1855).

After graduation in 1857, he became a topographer and later an expert in fortification. He participated in the RussoTurkish War of 1877; in 1878 he became a professor at the Engineering School and was tutor in military fortification to Czar Nicholas II. In 1856 Cui met Balakirev, who helped him master the technique of composition.

In 1858 he married Malvina Bamberg; for her he wrote a scherzo on the theme BABEG (for the letters in her name) and CC (his own initials). In 1864 he began writing music criticism in the St. Petersburg Vedomosti and later in other newspapers, continuing as music critic until 1900. Cui's musical tastes were conditioned by his early admiration for Schumann. He opposed Wagner, against whom he wrote vitriolic articles, and he attacked Strauss and Reger with even greater violence.

He was an ardent propagandist of Glinka and the Russian national school, but was somewhat critical toward Tchaikovsky. He published the first comprehensive book on Russian music, Musique en Russie (Paris, 1880).

Cui was grouped with Rimsky-Korsakov, Mussorgsky, Borodin, and Balakirev as one of the "Moguchaya Kuchka" (Mighty 5); the adjective in his case, however, is not very appropriate, for his music lacks grandeur. He was at his best in delicate miniatures, e.g., Orientale, from the suite Kaleidoscope, op.50. Editions of his selected articles were pub!. in Petrograd (1918) and Leningrad (1952), and of his selected letters in Leningrad (1955). - Died at Petrograd, March 26, 1918.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1w90lBoYrds&feature=related"]YouTube - César Cui: Trois esquisses mélodiques, Op. 92[/ame]

in 1840 - Ernst (Friedrich Karl) Rudorff, German pianist, teacher, and composer, is born at Berlin. He studied with Bargiel in Berlin and with Moscheles, Plaidy, and Reinecke in Leipzig. After teaching in Cologne (1865-69), he was head of the piano dept. at the Hochschule fur Musik in Berlin (1869-1910). He was a friend of Brahms. He composed 3 symphonies, a Romantische Ouvertiire, Variations on an Original Theme for Orchestra, a String Sextet, choral works, duets, songs, and piano pieces. - Died at Berlin, Dec. 31, 1916

in 1841 - Alexis-Emmanuel Chabrier, famous French composer, is born at Ambert, Puy de Dome.
He studied law in Paris (1858-61), and also studied composition with Semet and Hignard, piano with Edouard Wolff, and violin with Hammer. He served in the government from 1861, at the same time cultivating his musical tastes; with Duparc, d'Indy, and others he formed a private group of music lovers, and was an enthusiastic admirer of Wagner.

He began to compose in earnest, and produced two light operas: L'Etoile (Paris, Nov. 28,1877) and Une Education manquee (Paris, May 1, 1879). In 1879 he went to Germany with Duparc to hear Wagner's operas. Returning to Paris, he published some piano pieces; then traveled to Spain; the fruit of this journey was his most famous work, the rhapsody Espana (Paris, Nov. 4, 1883), which produced a sensation when performed by Lamoureux in 1884.

Another work of Spanish inspiration was the Habanera for Piano (1885). In the meantime he served as chorus master for Lamoureux; this experience developed his knowledge of vocal writing; he wrote a brief cantata for mezzo-soprano and women's chorus, La Sulamite (March 15, 1885), and his operas Gwendoline (Brussels, April 10, 1886), Le Roi malgre lui (Opera- Comique, Paris, May 18,1887), and Briseis (concert performance, Paris, Jan. 31,1897; stage performance, Royal Opera, Berlin, Jan. 14, 1899).

In his operas Chabrier attempted a grand style; his idiom oscillated between passionate Wagnerianism and a more conventional type of French stage music; although these operas enjoyed a succes d'estime, they never became popular, and Chabrier's place in music history is secured exclusively by his Espana, and other piano pieces such as Bourree fantasque (1891; orchestrated by Felix Mottl). His Joyeuse Marche for Orchestra. (originally entitled Marche frangaise, 1888) is also popular. Other works are Ode a la musique for Voices and Orchestra (1890), 10 pieces pittoresques for Piano (1880; four of them orchestrated and performed as Suite pastorale), 3 valses romantiques for two Pianos (1883), and songs. - Died at Paris, Sept. 13, 1894.

in 1856 - John Hyatt Brewer, organist, conductor, teacher and composer, co-founder of the American Guild of Organsts, is born.

in 1861 - Raymond Huntington Woodman, organist, composer and teacher, is born.

in 1875 - Joseph Philbrick Webster, composer and songwriter, is born. Webster wrote the music to "Lorena," which was one of the most popular songs on both sides of the American Civil War, as well as the music to "In the Sweet By and By."

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xPtkkNaj2k&feature=&p=CCACC1FC787B9ABD&in dex=0&playnext=1"]YouTube - 994. I'll Twine 'Mid the Ringlets (Maud Irving and Joseph Philbrick Webster)[/ame]

in 1882 - Lazare Levy, distinguished French pianist and pedagogue, is born at Brussels (of French parents). He studied piano with Diemer at the Paris Conservatory (1894-98), where he was awarded first prize for piano; also studied harmony with Lavignac and composition with Gedalge there. He gave concerts with the principal orchestras of Europe; in 1920, succeeded Cortot as a professor at the Paris Conservatory. He published numerous piano pieces. - Died at Paris, Sept. 20,1964.

in 1887 - William Franke Harling, English-American composer, is born at London.
He was taken to the U.S. in his infancy. He filled various jobs as a church organist. Eventually he settled in Hollywood. He wrote an opera, A Light from St. Agnes (Chicago, Dec. 26, 1925), Deep River, a "native opera with jazz" (Lancaster, Pa., Sept. 18, 1926), instrumental music, and more than 100 songs. He was also the composer of the march West Point Forever. - Died at Sierra Madre, Calif., Nov. 22, 1958.

in 1891 - Otto Joki, Austrian composer, brother of Georg JokI, is born at Vienna. He studied with Hermann Gradener and Alban Berg (1926-30). His Suite for arch. (1934) won the Hertzka Prize in Vienna. Other works include Sinfonietta seria (1935) and two string quartets. In 1940 he settled in N.Y. - Died at N.Y., Nov. 13, 1963.

in 1893 - John Lawrence Seymour, composer, playwright, and teacher, is born.

in 1902 - Filippo Marchetti, composer, dies at 70. Marchetti composed several operas, as well as instrumental works and songs. He was president of the Royal Academy of Saint Cecilia in Rome, where he directed the Music School until 1901.

in 1903 - Berthold Goldschmidt, German-born English composer and conductor, is born ar Hamburg.
He studied at the University of Hamburg (1918-22) and took courses in composition (with Schreker) and in conducting at the Berlin State Academy of Music (1922-24).

He participated as a repetiteur and celesta player in the premiere of Berg's opera Wozzeck in Berlin in 1925.After working as an asst. conductor at the Darmstadt Opera (1927-29), he was a conductor in Berlin with the Radio and the Stiidtische Oper (from 1931). With the Nazi takeover in 1933, he was dismissed.

In 1935 he fled to England and in 1947 became a naturalized British subject. He made numerous appearances as a guest conductor in England. In 1959 he conducted the first complete British performance of Mahler's 3rd Sym. That same year he was consulted by Deryck Cooke on the latter's performing version of Mahler's 10th Sym. Goldschmidt conducted Cooke's first though incomplete reconstruction of the symphony in a London recording studio on Dec. 19, 1960.

He conducted the first complete performance of the sym. at a London Promenade Concert on Aug. 13, 1964. Goldschmidt's inability to secure a performance of his opera Beatrice Cenci led him to cease composing in 1958. It was nearly 25 years before he broke his silence with his Clarinet Quartet of 1983.By 1312 the end of the 1980s he had been "discovered," and was composing again with renewed vigor. Several of his works were either lost during World War II (Passacalia for arch. and Requiem for Chorus and Orch.) or were withdrawn by the composer (Sym. and Harp Concerto).

in 1904 - Anthony Galla-Rini (US concert accordionist) is born.
in 1907 - Janos Ferencsik, Budapest Hungary, conductor (Budapest Opera) is born.
in 1911 - Gabor Darvas, composer and musicologist, is born.


in 1912 – Linda Parker, (1912–1935) birth name Genevieve Elizabeth Meunich, singer is born in Covington, Kentucky, across the river from Cincinnati. She was raised in Hammond, Indiana, where she began singing popular songs as a teenager on radio and in clubs. John Lair, the enterprising producer of Chicago’s WLS National Barn Dance radio show, discovered her there and gave her a new name, Linda Parker, and encouraged her to sing country songs and dress in a gingham sunbonnet and dress. She was made the featured singer of the show’s house band, the Cumberland Ridge Runners. Although she was often pictured holding a banjo or GUITAR, Parker did not play either instrument. From 1932 to her death from appendicitis three years later, Parker was a favorite act, dividing her repertoire between 19th-century weepers like “I’ll Be All Smiles Tonight” and the occasional traditional song like “Single Girl.” She sang in a clear, soothing style that reflected her pop music roots, and became a model for country radio stars through the 1930s. Her death at age 23 on August 12, 1935, cemented her appeal to Depression-era listeners; WLS stars Karl and Harty rewrote the old standard “Bury Me Beneath the Willow” in her honor to become “We Buried Her Beneath the Willow.”

in 1913 - Giannis Papaioannou (Greek composer, musician) is born.
in 1913 - Danny Kaye, actor, singer and comedian, is born.

in 1914 - Catharine Crozier, esteemed American organist and pedagogue, is born at Hobart, Okla.
She was educated at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. (B.M., 1936; artist's diploma, 1938; M.M., 1941), numbering among her mentors Joseph Bonnet, Yella Pessl, and Harold Gleason, to whom she was later married. In 1941 she made her formal debut at the Washington (D.C.) National Cathedral. After World War II, she pursued an international career as a concert organist. She taught organ (1938-55) and was head of the organ dept. (1953-55) at the Eastman School of Music; then served as professor of organ at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. (1955-69). She maintained an exhaustive repertory, which she fully committed to memory. She particularly championed the cause of contemporary organ music.

in 1915 - Paul Gunther (US drummer; Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown) is born.
in 1915 - Vasilis Tsitsanis (Greek singer and songwriter) is born – died on this day 1984.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOD0oK-R8hg"]YouTube - To Vapori ap tin Persia - Basilis Tsitsanis[/ame]

in 1918 - Bohuslav Jeremias, composer, dies at 58 is born.

in 1919 - Juan Antonio Orrego-Salas, distinguished Chilean composer and musicologist, is born at Santiago. He studied composition at the National Conservatory (1936-43) and architecture at the Catholic University (graduated, 1943) in Santiago. In the meantime, he became a teacher of music history at the University of Chile and in 1938 founder-conductor of the Catholic University Chorus. After receiving a Rockefeller Foundation grant and a Guggenheim fellowship, he studied musicology with Lang and Herzog at Columbia University (1944-45), and composition with Thompson at Princeton University (1945-46) and Copland at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood (summer, 1946).

Upon returning to Santiago in 1947, he became professor of composition at the University of Chile. He also resumed his post as conductor of the Catholic University Chorus. In 1949 he became editor of the Revista Musical Chilena and in 1950 music critic of the newspaper El Mercuric.

In 1953 he was made Distinguished Professor of composition at the University of Chile. In 1954 he received a second Guggenheim fellowship and revisited the U.S.

Upon returning to Santiago, he was director of the Instituto de Extension Musical until 1956. He then became the first director of the music dept. at the Catholic University while continuing to teach at the University of Chile. In 1961 he became a professor at the Ind. University School of Music in Bloomington, where he was founder director of its Latin American Music Center.

From 1975 to 1980 he also was chairman of its composition dept. He retired as professor emeritus in 1987. In addition to monographs on composers, Orrego-Salas published numerous articles in journals in the U.S., England, and Latin America. In 1956 and 1958 he won the Olga Cohen prize for composition. He was made a corresponding member of the Chilean Academy of Fine Arts in 1971. In 1988 the OAS awarded him the Inter- American Gabriela Mistral Cultural Prize. In 1992 the Chilean government honored him with the Premio Nacional de Arte. He was honored as Distinguished Professor of the Catholic University in Valparaiso, Chile, in 1999. As a composer, Orrego-Salas has revealed himself as a refined craftsman and an assured master of neo- Classical techniques.

in 1921 - Ray Sims (American jazz trombonist) is born.
in 1922 - Yehezkiel Braun, composer and teacher, is born.

in 1922 - Johnny Costa, jazz pianist, is born at Arnold, Pa. Studied piano at Carnegie Tech (B.A., comp., 1951). He was an active freelancer in the Pittsburgh area, where he did club and radio and TVwork. From the early 1970s until his death, Costa was the pianist, mostly behind the scenes, for the public television children's show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. He added a touch of Art Tatum to the musical interludes that accompanied the sunny children's personality. - Died at Pittsburgh, Pa., Oct. 11, 1996.

in 1926 - Johnny Bragg (vocals, songwriter; Johnny Bragg & the Prisonaires) is born.

in 1930 - Dmitri Shostakovich's opera The Nose premieres in Leningrad.
Shostakovich began to compose his opera The Nose in 1927-28 shortly after the premier of his 2nd Symphony. This was at a time when the influence of Western avant-garde music and especially experimental theatre excited the young composer immensely. Works by Krenek, Schreker, Hindemith, Milhaud and Berg, ("Wozzeck" in particular) were avidly absorbed by him, culminating in the unlikely choice of the Gogol story for his opera.

Its humorous and satirical plot mocks among many things the social pretensions of Tsarist civil servants and their milieu. Not surprisingly such an anarchic piece soon attracted the attention of the Soviet authorities and charges of "Formalism" and "anti-Soviet escapism" were leveled against the composer. "The Nose" then virtually disappeared until a Moscow revival in 1974, attended by the composer, brought it back into the limelight.

In this surrealist opera a pompous and arrogant collegiate assessor, Kovalev, wakes up one morning to find that his nose has mysteriously vanished. In the course of desperately searching for it, Kovalev meets his nose dressed as a high-ranking civil servant but finds it reluctant to return to his face. His attempts to regain his haughty appendage occupy the rest of the piece.

The opera moves through ten scenes at a tremendous pace and teems with dazzling musical ideas. The cast of characters exceeds seventy; so many of the singers, as well as chorus members, double up their roles.

Shostakovich's music is harsh and abrasive as befits the opera's action and though scored for a virtuoso chamber orchestra, it includes such exotic instruments as balalaikas, domras and a flexatone. There are a number of brief orchestral 'interludes' linking the various scenes, including the astounding three-minute Intermezzo for percussion.

In Historum’s art forum there are some exceptional posts about Shostakovich which are worth your time. And speaking of time, the timing couldn’t have been better; I have been working on an article for the next issue of Historum – the Quarterly Journal of History, about the three operas Shostakovich wrote. Plus a note on a fourth he did not live to finish. Music lovers won’t want to miss this issue coming March first.

in 1931 - Chuck Metcalf (US jazz bass player) is born.
in 1932 - Irene Kral (US jazz singer; Woody Herman/Maynard Ferguson/others/solo) is born.
in 1935 - David (Peter) Hamilton, American music critic, is born at N.Y., Jan. 18, 1935.
He was educated at Princeton University (1952-56; A.B., 1956; M.EA., music history, 1960). He was music and record librarian there (1961-65). In 1965 he became asst. music editor of w.w. Norton & Co. in N.Y., and was music editor from 1968 to 1974. In 1967 he became a contributing editor of High Fidelity, and in 1968, music critic of the Nation. He also served as N.Y. music correspondent for the Financial Times of London (1969-74) and assoc. editor of the Musical Newsletter (1971-77). He wrote The Listener's Guide to Great Instrumentalists (N.Y., 1981) and The Metropolitan Opera Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Guide to the World of Opera (N.Y., 1987), and also published The Music Game: An Autobiography (London, 1986).-NS/LKIDM

in 1940 - Don Thompson (Canadan bassist, vibraphonist, pianist; Rob McConnell/freelance/award winner) is born
in 1941 - Bobby Goldsboro, country and pop singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59BZxgohr9g"]Bobby Goldsboro - Honey - YouTube[/ame]

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in 1941 - David Ruffin, R&B and soul singer, member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (The Temptations), is born.
in 1942 - Martin Fierro (US tenor saxophonist; highly sort after sessionist) is born
in 1943 - Dave Greenslade, rock keyboardist, singer/songwriter (Greenslade), and television soundtrack composer, is born.
in 1944 - Larry "Legs" Smith, rock drummer (Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band), is born.
in 1944 - Al Foster (UK jazz drummer; many greats/freelance) is born.
in 1945 - José Luis Perales (Spanish singer) is born.

in 1946 - Katia Ricciarelli, Italian soprano, is born at Rovigo.
She studied at the Venice Conservatory, making her operatic debut as Mimi in Mantua in 1969. After winning the Giuseppe Verdi Award for Young Singers in Parma (1970) and the New Verdi Voices Contest (1971), she pursued a successful career in the major Italian music centers. She made her U.S. debut as Lucrezia in I due Foscari in Chicago (1972); her first appearance at London's Covent Garden was as Mimi (1974), a role she also chose for her Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y. (April 11,1975). In 1979 she made her debut in recital at the Salzburg Festival. In 1985 she sang Desdemona in Zeffirelli's film version of Verdi's Otello. In 1985-86 she sang Rossini roles in Pesaro, returning there in 1988. She appeared as Desdemona at the Metropolitan Opera and at Covent Garden in 1990. In 1997 she sang Handel's Agrippina in Palermo. Among her other fine roles were Amelia Boccanegra, Suor Angelica, Luisa Miller, and Elisabeth de Valois.

in 1947 - John O'Conor, Irish pianist, is born at Dublin.
He was only 3 when he began lessons with his sister; after studies with Sheila Rumbold (1953-57), he attended the Dublin College of Music (1957-68); also pursued his general education at Belvedere College, Dublin (graduated, 1965) and studied music at Univ. College, Dublin (B.Mus., 1969).

His postgraduate studies followed with Dieter Weber at the Vienna Hochschule fur Musik (1971-75); also attended master classes given by C. Zecchi at the Salzburg Mozarteum (1967-68), Agosti at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena (1972), and Kempff in Positano, Italy (1974,1980). He took first prize in both the Beethoven (1973) and Bosendorfer (1975) competitions in Vienna.

On Nov. 12, 1968, he made his formal debut in Dublin. He first played in London at the Wigmore Hall in Feb. 1974. In May 1976 he made his Tokyo debut at the Bunka Kaikan Hall. On Jan. 10, 1983, he made his first appearance in N.Y. at Alice Tully Hall. In 1985 he was awarded an honorary D.Mus. degree from the National University of Ireland and in 1994 he was made a fellow of the Royal Irish Academy of Music. O'Conor is a particularly sensitive and refined interpreter of the Austro-German masters. He has also championed the music of his neglected countryman, John Field.

in 1950 - Claudia de Colombia, Bogato Columbia, spanish singer (Yo Creo En Ti) is born.

in 1951 - Steve Grossman (American soprano saxophonist; Elvin Jones/Miles Davis/freelance) is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0XB7FKsLnQ"]YouTube - Steve Grossman at Musicastrada Festival 2009[/ame]

in 1951 - Adrian Baker (UK singer, guitarist, songwriter; solo/sessionist/freelance) is born.
in 1952 - Russell Ferrante (US jazz pianist; Yellowjackets) is born.
in 1952 - Robert Steven Moore (US multi-musician, singer, multi-genre) is born.
in 1953 - Brett Hudson, pop singer/songwriter (Hudson Brothers), is born.
in 1954 - Tom Bailey, rock/pop singer/songwriter and keyboardist (Thompson Twins), is born.
in 1956 - Mark Collie, country singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born.

in 1956 - Christoph Pregardien, German tenor, is born at Limburg an der Lahn.
He gained experience as a member of the Cathedral boy's choir and later the Cathedral choir in his native city. He studied voice with Martin Griindler at the Frankfurt am Main Hochschule fur Musik (graduated, 1983) and with Carla Castellani in Milan. In 1978 he won the Federal Republic of Germany vocal competition in Berlin. He sang opera in Frankfurt am Main, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Antwerp, Karlsruhe, Ghent, and other European cities, becoming well known for his roles in Baroque and Classical operas. As a concert and lieder artist, he appeared in major European music centers with notable success. In 1989 he gave a series of early music concerts in London, returning there in 1993 to make his Wigmore Hall recital debut. In 1997 he gave a London recital to mark the bicentenary of Schubert's birth. Pregardien has won particular praise for his interpretations of works by Schutz, Bach, Handel, Buxtehude, Haydn, and Mozart.

in 1957 - Roman Schwaller (Swiss tenor saxophonist) is born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0dJA4UtMAM"]Roman Schwaller Sextett - Frauenfeld 1957 - YouTube[/ame]

in 1959 - Bob Rosenberg, pop singer/songwriter (Will to Power), is born.

in 1960 - Johnny Preston started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Running Bear'. Written by J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper), the tune originally entered the chart in October 1959, then quickly vanished, but re-entered in November and slowly climbed to the top. It was also a UK No.1.

in 1961 - Bobby Broom (US jazz guitarist; Kenny Burrel/Deep Blue Organ Trio/Sonny Rollins/solo) is born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSbpX17N6sY"]YouTube - Bobby Broom Trio / D's Blues[/ame]

in 1961 - Frits Landesbergen (Dutch vibraphonist; solo/freelance) is born.
in 1962 - Jeremy Healy Jeremiah Healy (UK guitarist, dj, mixer; Haysi Fantayzee/ E-Zee Possee) is born.
in 1962 - Raymond Moulaert, composer and teacher, dies at 86.
in 1963 - Jojo Mayer (Swiss drummer; Monty Alexander’s Group/guest/sessions/solo) is born.

in 1964 - The Beatles made their US chart debut when 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' entered the chart at No.45 just ten days after its release, making it the fastest-breaking and the fastest selling single in Capitol Records history. It went on to spend seven weeks at the No.1 position.

in 1965 - The Rolling Stones recorded 'The Last Time' and 'Play With Fire' at the RCA studio in Hollywood, California. Phil Spector played acoustic guitar on 'Play With Fire.'

in 1967 - Jimi Hendrix recorded an appearance on UK TV show Top Of The Pops and also played a show at the Seven and a Half Club in Mayfair, London.

in 1967 - Peter Epstein (American alto jazz saxophonist) is born.
in 1969 - Jesse L. Martin Jesse Lamont Watkins (American actor, broadway singer) is born.
in 1969 - Jim O'Rourke (US experimental rock guitarist, R.P; Sonic Youth/Illusion of Safety/freelance) is born.
in 1970 - DJ Quik David Martin Blake (American rapper and record producer) is born.
in 1971 - Jonathan Davis (US vocalist, multi-musician; KoRn/Sexart) is born.
in 1972 - Rudolf Wittelsbach, composer, dies at 69.
in 1973 - Crispian Mills, rock singer/songwriter, guitarist, harmonica and sarod player (Kula Shaker), is born.
in 1974 - Christian Burns (UK acoustic guitar, vocals; BBMak) is born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTyER7S2UGE"]YouTube - Allure featuring Christian Burns - Power Of You[/ame]

in 1974 - Former members from Free, (Paul Rodgers & Simon Kirke), Mott The Hoople, (Mick Ralphs), and King Crimson, (Boz Burrell), formed Bad Company. The band went on to score a US No.1 album with their debut release.

in 1975 - Barry Manilow scored his first US No.1 single when 'Mandy', (originally titled 'Brandy' when it was recorded in 1972 by Scott English), went to the top of the charts.

in 1975 - Status Quo were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Down Down', the group's only UK No.1 from 52 hits between 1968 and 1996.

in 1976 - Damien Leith (Irish-born Australian singer; winner of Australian Idol 2006) is born.
in 1977 - Paul Nordoff, composer and music therapist, dies at 67.
in 1977 - Richard Archer (British lead singer; Hard-Fi) is born.
in 1977 - Hall and Oates appeared at the Sheffield City Hall, England, tickets cost £1.30p.

in 1978 - Ivan Ivonovich Dzerzhinsky, composer, is born. Dzerzhinsky is remembered mainly for his opera Quiet Flows the Don, which achieved great success after Stalin saw it's potential usefulness as a propaganda piece.

in 1979 - Cyril Mockridge, film and television composer, dies at 82. "Mockridge was nominated for an Academy Award for the 1955 film Guys and Dolls and also composed the music for television's Lost in Space."

in 1979 - Jay Chou (Taiwanese multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, actor) is born.

in 1981 - The Boomtown Rats appeared at The Hammersmith Palais, London, tickets £3.50.

in 1981 - Wendy O. Williams of The Plasmatics was arrested on stage at Milwaukee and was charged with the offence of simulating sex with a sledgehammer. Williams later filed a multimillion dollar civil suit against the Milwaukee Police, claming they sexually assaulted and beat her during the arrest, but a jury rejected her claims.

in 1982 - Burnet Corwin Tuthill, clarinettist, composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 93.
in 1982 - Quinn Allman (US guitarist; The Used) is born.
in 1982 - Joanna Newsom (US harpist, pianist, singer-songwriter) is born.
in 1983 - Samantha Mumba (Irish singer, actress) is born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFMO0hLaq_c"]YouTube - Samantha mumba-Always Come Back To Your Love.mp4[/ame]

in 1984 - Vasilis Tsitsanis dies at age 69. Greek singer, songwriter and bouzouki player. He became one of the leading Greek composers of his time and is widely regarded as one of the founders of modern Rebetika. He wrote more than 500 songs and is still remembered as an extraordinary bouzouki player, he also played the mandolin, violin (he died on his birthday at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London following a lung operation).

in 1984 - Van Halen kicked off their 103-date '1984' North American tour at Jacksonville Coliseum in Jacksonville, Florida.

in 1986 - 'That's What Friends Are For' by Dionne Warwick began a four-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart, all company and artists profits were given to aids charities.

in 1986 - Robert O'Connor (Irish singer-songwriter) is born.
in 1986 - Marya Roxx Maarja Kivi (Estonian singer) is born.
in 1988 - Ronnie Day Ronald Guglielmone Jr (US singer-songwriter) is born.

in 1989 - At just 38 years old, Stevie Wonder became the youngest living person to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. At a ceremony held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, other inductees include The Rolling Stones, The Temptations, Otis Redding and Dion DiMucci.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2WzocbSd2w"]Stevie Wonder - Isn't She Lovely - YouTube[/ame]

in 1990 - Melanie Appleby, pop singer (Mel and Kim), dies at 23, of pneumonia which was a complication resulting from cancer treatment.

in 1994 - Arthur Altman, violinist and pop songwriter, dies at 83.
in 1995 - Charles Baskerville, doo wop, R&B singer (The Limelites, The Drifters), dies at 54.
in 1996 - Lisa Marie Presley filed for divorce from Michael Jackson in NY

in 1997 - Myfanwy Piper, art critic and opera librettist, dies at 85.

in 1997 - Keith Diamond dies at age 46. Americn songwriter and producer who worked with artists such as Donna Summer, Michael Bolton, Mick Jagger, and Don Johnson. He also produced and wrote Billy Ocean's "Suddenly," "Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)," "Loverboy," and "Mystery Lady," as well as producing and managing groups such as Starpoint and Fredrick Thomas. He also produced and co-wrote James Ingram's album entitled "Always" in 1986, at the request of Quincy Jones who was tied up with scoring the film Color Purple. (heart attack)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWNnDxVD6Pc"]YouTube - The Keith Diamond Band - The Dip[/ame]

in 1990 - Mel Appleby dies at age 23. British singer, born in Hackney, London; initially worked as a glamour model before joining her sister Kim to form the duo Mel & Kim which recieved success between 1986 and 1988 before Mel succumbed to terminal illness. Their hits included "Showing Out (Get Fresh at the Weekend)", "Respectable", "F.L.M", "That's the Way It Is", "More Than Words Can Say" and "I'm the One Who Really Loves You" (Mel had an operation to remove a large tumour on her liver in 1985, the cancer returned to her spine in mid 1987. Died from pneumonia following treatment for spinal cancer)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjMtwsqZFE0"]YouTube - Kim Appleby - Don't Worry [high quality][/ame]

in 1991 - During an AC/DC North American tour three fans were killed during a crush in a crowd at a gig in Salt Lake City.

in 1991 - The first of three nights at Wembley Arena for The Brits 91, which featured the Happy Mondays, James, 808 state, The Cure, Jesus Jones, The Quire Boys, Thunder and The Little Angels. Tickets £12.50 ($21.25) for each day.

in 1993 - Elton John resigned his directorship of Watford Football Club.
in 1996 - Lisa Marie Presley divorced Michael Jackson after less then two years of being married.

in 1997 - Songwriter and producer Keith Diamond died of a heart attack. He wrote, 'Caribbean Queen' and 'Suddenly' for Billy Ocean, and also wrote hits for Donna Summer, James Ingram, Mick Jagger, Sheena Easton and Michael Bolton.

in 1997 - Tori Amos was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Professional Widow' (It's Got To Be)'. The song had been remixed by Armand Van Helden and was rumoured to be about Courtney Love the former wife of Kurt Cobain.

in 2000 - Spencer Goodman was executed by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas. Goodman was convicted of kidnapping and murdering the wife of ZZ Top manager Bill Ham in 1991. Ham was present for the execution.

in 2001 - Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher was granted a quickie divorce from Meg Matthews at the High Court in London. The couple had split last September, eight months after Meg had given birth to their daughter, Anais.

in 2004 - Jennifer Lopez’s divorce from her second husband Cris Judd became final. Lopez and Judd married in 2001, after meeting when filming the video to ‘Love Don’t Cost A Thing’ but split the next year. He was expected to get a $15 million (£8.8 million) settlement from the divorce.

in 2004 - Josh Groban was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Closer.’

in 2004 - Winner of the 2003 Pop Idol TV show Michelle McManus started a two week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'All This Time.'

in 2005 - Motown producer Norman Whitfield pleaded guilty for failing to report royalty income he earned from 1995 to 1999 to the Internal Revenue Service. Facing charges of tax evasion on over $2 million worth of income, he was sentenced to six months of house arrest and a $25,000 fine. The producer was not imprisoned because of health problems.

in 2006 - Animals in Michael Jackson's private zoo were declared to be in good health after officials paid a surprise visit to the singer's Neverland ranch. A medical officer from the US department of agriculture inspected the property following concerns voiced by the animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Jackson had earlier moved out of Neverland and had taken up residence in Bahrain in the Middle East.

in 2007 - Brent Liles dies at age 43. American bass player in the rock bands Social Distortion from 1981-1984 and Agent Orange from 1988-1992. Brent also briefly played guitar for the bands Chaotic Stature and Easter. He also appeared in the 1984 documentary Another State of Mind. There is a notable scene in this film where he gives orange juice to an out of control fan on the stage. His songwriting credits include "Mass Hysteria" with Social Distortion and "Broken Dreams" with Agent Orange. He was known for playing a Rickenbacker fretless bass, which is rarely seen in punk rock (died after being hit by a truck while cycling).

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMqBpFYuuIQ"]Story Of My Life ~ SOCIAL DISTORTION hd/ - YouTube[/ame]

in 2008 - Frank Lewin dies at age 82. American composer and music theorist, born in Breslau, Germany. He and his family escaped from Germany in 1939, spent a year in Cuba, and went to America in 1940. He studied composition with at the Baldwin Conservatory, New York; Southern Methodist University; in Logan, Utah; and the Yale School of Music, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree in 1951.Frank composed and edited music for feature, documentary, and television films, including dozens of original scores for The Defenders and The Nurses. He wrote incidental music for plays from Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams, and composed scores for historical outdoor dramas by Paul Green and others, in various parts of the country. He also wrote a number of concert compositions including two operas, several orchestral works, concertos for viola and harmonica, song cycles, and choral music. Frank was also a professor at the Yale School of Music from 1971 to 1992, teaching composition for film; and at the Columbia University School of the Arts from 1975 to 1989, where he taught the course "Music in Modern Media".

in 2008 - Four photographers were arrested for reckless driving after they chased Britney Spears' car on the outskirts of Los Angeles. The four were among a group of paparazzi seen driving at high speed, each of the men were ordered to post $5,000 (£2,539) bail. The cars were following Ms Spears' car too closely and travelling at an unsafe speed and made several unsafe lane changes, according to police.

in 2010 - Kate McGarrigle dies at age 63. Canadian folk singer, born in Montreal, but grew up in the Laurentian Mountains village of Saint-Sauveur-des-Monts, Quebec. Kate wrote and performed as a duo with her sister Anna McGarrigle. Kate and Anna's 1975 self-titled debut album was chosen by Melody Maker as Best Record of the Year. Their albums Matapedia in '97 and The McGarrigle Hour in '99, won Juno Awards. In 1993, Kate was made a Member of the Order of CanadaIn and in 1999 Kate and Anna both received Women of Originality awards and in 2006 SOCAN Lifetime Achievement awards. Kate is also the mother of singers Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright (clear cell sarcoma).

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ul0SCpzFUXI"]Kate McGarrigle - Go Leave - YouTube[/ame]

in 2011 - The largest collection of Beatles memorabilia went on display in a new museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Rodolfo Vazquez, a 53-year-old accountant, turned his mammoth Beatles collection into a museum with more than 8,500 objects - setting the new world record for the largest collection of Beatles memorabilia. Some of the items included a box of condoms bearing the names of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, a brick from the Cavern Club, a hunk of the stage from the Star Club in Hamburg, and certified copies of the band members' birth certificates. Among his favorite items were 64 boxes of chewing gum in the form of Beatles records.

in 2011 - Purushottam Das Jalota dies at age 84. Indian singer, a legend in music circles, he was one of the most celebrated exponents of devotional singing and considered as the great master of Bhajans (died at home 2 weeks after suffering a heart attack).

in 2011 - Cristian Paturca dies at age 46. Romanian composer born in Bucharest, he was the composer of a song called, Imnul Golanilor/The Hooligans’ Hymn, that inspired Romanians in their struggle against vestiges of the Communist government. The president of Romania, Traian Basescu, awarded Cristian the National Cross in April for faithful service (tuberculosis).

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J92EJRDRXso"]Si Mi ar Placea, Cristian Paturca - YouTube[/ame]


in 2012 – Anthony Prabhu Gonsalves , Indian musical composer, music arranger and teacher born in the village of Majorda (near Margao in Portuguese Goa), who during the mid-1950s, attempted to merge the symphonies of his Goan heritage with the Hindustani melodies and rhythms in films of the day; dies at age 84, of pneumonia and hypertension.

Later, he was popularised as a lead character in the 1977 hit, Amar Akbar Anthony, played by Amitabh Bachchan, was named after him, especially with the song, "My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves".

He found his first job in the city as a violinist in the group of the composer Naushad in 1943. He taught R.D. Burman and Pyarelal Ramprasad Sharma-( father of music director Pyarelal]] of Laxmikant-Pyarelal team) and has worked with most of the legendary composers of the 1950s and 1960s. A few examples of his work are B.R. Chopra (Naya Daur, Waqt), Naushad (Dillagi), and Chetan Anand (Haqeeqat). The song "My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves" was Pyarelal's tribute to his violin teacher.

In 1958, Gonsalves founded the Symphony Orchestra of India (as distinct from the Symphony Orchestra of India) featuring playback singers Lata Mangeshkar and Manna Dey as soloists, the works were performed in the quadrangle of St. Xavier's College, Bombay.


In 1965, he quit the film industry and went to the United States, via a travelling grant from Syracuse University in New York. He became a member of the American Society of Composers, Publishers and Authors, and later in returned to India, settled in his ancestral village of Majorda in Goa, and continued composing music, though he never joined the Hindi films again. He died in 2012


in 2013 – Robert J. Bennett, better known as Bobby Bennett was an American singer, noted for being a member of the vocal group The Famous Flames from 1958 to 1968. During his time in the group, he served as a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, comedian, emcee, and dancer in the James Brown Revue. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Famous Flames in 2012.

Bennett died at his home in Maryland on January 18, 2013, of complications of diabetes, less than one year after the group's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Ten days later, on January 28, 2013, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website issued an article paying tribute to him. He is survived by his wife of many years, Sandi, and their children.

Bobby Bennett was born Robert J. Bennett on June 27, 1938 in Burlington, North Carolina. The son of Robert and Inez Bennett, he was raised in Burlington's Rauhut Street in Alamance County, where it was called "Gringo Road", and graduated from Jordan Sellars High School in 1957. According to his wife, Sandra, Bennett sang with the gospel group, the Harmonizing Five and traveled with them locally and to many East Coast and southern states from Maryland, DC and Virginia all the way to Florida. Following graduation, Bennett received a four-year sports scholarship to attend A&T University in Greensboro. During his time in college, Bennett majored in Agricultural Studies.

In the spring of 1958, Bennett left college for a summer break, finding work in New Jersey to earn funds for the following school year. Following this, he visited New York to see his old friend, J. C. Davis whose band, The Bucket-Heads, was playing for James Brown and The Famous Flames at the Rocklin Place in New York City as Davis had become Brown's first bandleader. Bennett and Davis were school buddies who did shows together while attending high school. Bennett eventually became Davis' valet.

While attending the performance, Bennett found out from Davis that one of the Famous Flames, Robert Gram, was leaving the show to get married and wasn't going to return. Davis insisted that Bennett should try out for the position because Davis felt that Bennett had the voice and talent. Auditions started at the Teresa Hotel in New York City. Bennett beat out twenty other hopefuls to get the position and became a full-fledged member of the Famous Flames in 1958, causing Bennett to permanently drop out of college. During the time Bennett joined, James Brown had not yet established himself as a dominant force in music and was himself considered still just a member of the Famous Flames. Brown's manager, Ben Bart, had caused a rift in the original lineup of the group after suggesting the group perform under the "James Brown and The Famous Flames" billing following the success of their first hit, "Please, Please, Please". When Bennett joined, the Famous Flames consisted of Brown, "Baby Lloyd" Stallworth and Johnny Terry.

Contrary to popular belief,The Famous Flames were not backup musicians.They were a singing group.

Founder Bobby Byrd, who had left in May 1957, wasn't a member at the time Bennett joined. Byrd's departure caused Brown to take control of the group, with the help of Ben Bart. Byrd would occasionally show up to mentor the act. Under Brown's insistence, Byrd rejoined the group as a member just before they were set to open for Little Willie John at their first appearance at The Apollo Theater on April 24, 1959. One of Bennett's first recordings as a Famous Flames member was with the song, "Good, Good Lovin'", which became a regional hit. Between 1960 and 1964, Bennett would participate in several hit recordings with the Flames including "Think", "Bewildered", "I Don't Mind", "Shout and Shimmy", "I'll Go Crazy", "Oh Baby Don't You Weep", "This Old Heart" and others. Despite the frequently incorrect crediting of James Brown as the sole artist on these songs, they were recorded and made hits by the entire group, "James Brown and The Famous Flames". Bennett, along with the other Famous Flames, also wrote or co-wrote several songs with the group. By the early 1960s, the Famous Flames had established themselves as the top-ranked R&B group of the time, both on record and on tour.

Following their success, it was suggested that the group record a live album. The group's live performances across America rarely failed in bringing audiences to states of frenzy. Their tight harmonies and explosive dance routines increased their popularity as they performed in venues such as The Regal Theater in Chicago, The Royal Theatre in Baltimore, the Cleveland Arena in Cleveland, the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. and the Apollo in New York City. Despite King Records president Syd Nathan's protests that live albums didn't sell, Brown financed his own money to release the Live at the Apollo album in 1963, which eventually reached # 2 on the Billboard Pop Album Chart, and sold over a million copies, unprecedented for a R&B album at that time. Like most of the material featuring the Famous Flames, they weren't credited with Brown on this album,(but they were included in the album's intro by Fats Gonder), though later reissues in the CD era would credit the group alongside Brown later on. The group started experiencing mainstream success following the Apollo album and by 1965 had appeared in TV shows such as The Ed Sullivan Show, the Dick Clark-hosted shows, American Bandstand and Where the Action Is and other shows, both nationally and regionally.[7] The group also began touring globally, performing in venues such as The Olympia in Paris, Royal Albert Hall in London and also appeared on the UK music show, Ready Steady Go! The group's popularity had become so massive that Bennett later said they couldn't leave their hotels to go sightseeing because "we were getting mobbed by people."

The group also appeared in two Hollywood motion pictures, The T.A.M.I. Show, which was a 1964 concert film, taped at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on October 28 and 29, 1964 in which the group upstaged headliners The Rolling Stones; and 1965's Ski Party, a Frankie Avalon vehicle in which James Brown and The Flames were humorously cast as the "white bread" resort's all-black ski patrol. Both features were filmed by American International Pictures . Bennett contributed along with James and the other Flames on more hit live albums including the Billboard Top 10 Pop hit album Pure Dynamite! Live at the Royal, where Bennett was responsible for the group's comedic stage routines, and James Brown and the Famous Flames Live at the Garden, though the actual show was at Cherry Hill's Latin Casino. Bennett also contributed to studio albums such as Think! and Showtime. The group's last recording with Brown was "Maybe the Last Time", released as the b-side to Brown's rock'n'roll hit, "Out of Sight" in 1964. In addition to recording for King Records, Bennett (and fellow Famous Flame "Baby Lloyd" Stallworth) also recorded several solo James Brown-produced singles for other labels, including the now defunct Loma Records, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Records, where he recorded "Soul Jerk Pts. 1 & 2", under the billing, Bobby Bennett & The Dynamics and Philadelphia-based Len Records, where he made "Show Me" (Len-1010b) and Gamble and Huff's Philadelphia International Records, where he recorded "Honey Bee" in the 1970s.

As the group's fortunes increased, however, James Brown began to think in terms of solo success, apart from the Flames, helping to bring dissension within the group, which Bennett confirmed in an interview with the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 2012. Bennett noted the change, stating, "in the beginning, we all rode around in a station wagon, with each of us taking turns doing the driving." As the success grew, their mode of transportation changed. While some of the members had moved up to bus, Brown rode around in either by a Cadillac or a Learjet; Bennett noted this as it being "the beginning of the separation of James Brown and the Famous Flames". The group's label, King Records, was of no help as they only posted Brown's image on the covers of their albums instead of the entire group, and also failed to sometimes mention the group's name in covers they did appear in, including the Pure Dynamite and Showtime albums. Brown had also taken control of the group's finances, allegedly taking the lion's share of profits from live performances and studio recordings for himself, while the rest of the group was put under a salary. When the other Flames balked at this process, Brown responded by using them less on his records, later stating that they "couldn't sing well". The Famous Flames continued to back Brown until further arguments over monies and royalties and the stress of being on the road led to Lloyd Stallworth walking out first in 1966 . Bennett also eventually left the James Brown Show in 1968. With their name on several releases between 1965 and 1968, but no Flames singing on record, much of the public mistakenly believed that the Famous Flames were Brown's band. The last single in which the Famous Flames received label credit was "Licking Stick" (King 6166) in 1968. Only Byrd participated in the recording with Brown, beginning a period in which the duo sung duets on several hits including "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine", "Soul Power", "Make It Funky", "Talkin' Loud and Sayin' Nothing" and "Get Up, Get into It, Get Involved". Byrd didn't receive label credit on these songs. Because of this and other reasons, mainly financial disputes,Famous Flames founder, Bobby Byrd too, finally left for good in 1973.

On April 14, 2012, Bobby Bennett was inducted retroactively with the rest of The Famous Flames, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. When the group's lead singer, James Brown, was inducted into the Hall of Fame's inaugural class in 1986, the other members of his group, Famous Flames members Bennett, Bobby Byrd, Johnny Terry, and Lloyd Stallworth, were not inducted. This caused a 26-year controversy, and puzzled many of the group's fans. Finally, in 2012, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame formed a special committee to discuss certain deserving pioneering groups that were not inducted with their lead singers in the Hall of Fame's initial years of inductions . As a result of this committee's decision, The Famous Flames, including Bennett, were one of the six groups automatically inducted into the Hall of Fame, without the need for nomination and voting, under the premise that they should have been inducted with James Brown back in 1986. Bennett, the sole surviving member of the Famous Flames at age 74, accepted on behalf of the group.

In an interview with the Rock Hall on the eve of The Flames' induction, Bobby said: "James (Brown) was a Flame. Bobby Byrd was a Flame. Lloyd Stallworth was a Flame, and Bobby Bennett (who's still here), was a Famous Flame also." "We performed all over the world. "We were the best out there: best dancers, best singers,we were good". Everyone else opened for us: The O'Jays, Four Tops, Temptations, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Patti La Belle (and The Bluebelles). Everybody has worked with James Brown and The Famous Flames. We were the stars of every show that was out there".

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame awarded the other members of The Famous Flames Bobby Byrd, Lloyd Stallworth, and Johnny Terry, posthumously on April 14, 2012.

In a 2012 interview with Goldmine, the famous Oldies music magazine, Bobby Bennett,the last surviving member of the Famous Flames, when asked how he'd like the group to be remembered, said:

"I want (people) to know one thing,” replied Bennett. “We were the Famous Flames… James Brown was a Famous Flame, Bobby Byrd was a Famous Flame, Lloyd Stallworth was a Famous Flame and Bobby Bennett was a Famous Flame…wherever we played, we were the Famous Flames. We were never the band, never. We were the 3 guys who danced (and sang) with him and the 3 guys who performed with him at every concert. We were not no 'band'. We were the group that worked hard on stage and did a wonderful performance on stage for the whole public." Bobby's statement about The Famous Flames being a singing group and not "backup musicians" was also confirmed by Flames lead singer James Brown in an 1982 interview on The David Letterman Show.

Actor/choreographer Aakomon Jones played Famous Flame Bobby Bennett in the James Brown biofilm "Get on Up", which opened in U.S.theatres on January 8, 2014. He also served as choreographer for the film.


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in 2014 – Dennis Hardy Frederiksen, American rock singer best known as the former lead singer of Trillion, Angel, LeRoux and Toto, as well as providing backing vocals for Survivor, dies at age 64, from cancer at his home in Mound, Minnesota.

He was occasionally credited as Fergie Frederiksen or just Fergie. He contributed to hit singles in three consecutive years, all with different bands: Survivor's "American Heartbeat" in 1982, LeRoux's "Carrie's Gone" in 1983 and Toto's "Stranger in Town" in 1984.

Frederiksen started his musical career at the age of 13, and he played clubs and pubs at the age of 15 with a group called the Common People in Grand Rapids, MI. In 1975, while he was still attending college at Central Michigan, Frederiksen was asked by his friend Tommy Shaw to replace him as the lead vocalist for the band MSFunk, as Shaw was leaving to join Styx. Frederiksen was with MSFunk for a year before disbanding in 1976. While living in Chicago, he helped form a local progressive rock band called Trillion with keyboardist Patrick Leonard. Trillion's debut album was released in 1978 and was produced by Gary Lyons (producer of Foreigner's debut album); all but one of its nine tracks were co-written by Frederiksen. The band went on to tour with Styx and Heart, where Frederiksen began performing his trademark back-flips during live shows to fire up crowds, a gimmick he would continue with later bands. Frederiksen would leave the group after one album, and was replaced by Thom Griffin.

After leaving Trillion, Frederiksen started focusing mainly on session work; primarily movie soundtracks. In 1979, he signed with Casablanca Records, where he performed under the alias of David London. (Frederiksen wanted to separate his rock image from the disco image Casablanca was known for.) He sang two tracks ("Samantha" and "Sound Of The City") on the soundtrack to Can't Stop The Music (which reached number 47 on the Billboard 200), as well as a more AOR-style solo album in 1981, with his friend Mark Christian as the lead guitarist. This would turn out to be one of the last albums released by Casablanca Records, as the fall of disco in the early 1980s forced the label to fold, eventually becoming part of Mercury Records. He would drop the stage name soon after, officially going by his childhood nickname "Fergie".

While at Casablanca, he met Greg Giuffria, of the recently defunct glam-rock band Angel (one of the few rock acts signed by the record label). The two started working in his studio in late 1981 in hopes of a possible new Angel LP under a new line-up. It was in these Angel recordings where Frederiksen met bassist Ricky Phillips. The two became long-time friends and have collaborated on many projects. This line-up never completed an official album, as Giuffria started focusing heavily on the formation of his group Giuffria in 1982, but did record three songs during band sessions: "Whips", "Troubleshooter", and "Should Have Known Better". These tracks were later released on the Angel Rarities collection, and were eventually covered by White Sister.

After Kansas singer Steve Walsh originally left the band, auditions were held in early 1982. Frederiksen was one of several candidates who tried out, but John Elefante eventually took over the lead vocal spot. However, Kansas manager Budd Carr spotted Fergie during auditions and began working with him soon after, which ultimately would prove instrumental for Frederiksen's career. It was around this time that long-time friends Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan from Survivor invited Frederiksen to their studio during the recording of their third album, while lead singer Dave Bickler was experiencing vocal cord strain. Ultimately, Bickler was able to finish the album, and Frederiksen assisted with background vocals. The band's third album Eye of the Tiger was released in May 1982, with Frederiksen credited simply as "Fergie". It jumped to number 2 on the Billboard charts, and eventually went 2x Platinum on the strength of its #1 title track. Frederiksen provided harmonies on five tracks, including the album's second single, "American Heartbeat", which charted in the top 20.

In late summer of 1982, Frederiksen and Asia session-guitarist Jim Odom were both recruited by manager Budd Carr, to replace lead singer/guitarist Jeff Pollard of LeRoux, who had recently left the band to start his own Christian ministry. Fergie became LeRoux's new front-man soon after. So Fired Up, the band's fifth album, was released in February 1983. It included the hit song "Carrie's Gone", which Frederiksen wrote shortly after breaking up with then girlfriend Carrie Hamilton (Carol Burnett's daughter). The band was dropped from RCA Records, but are still together and touring, and were recently inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Meanwhile, Frederiksen reunited with Ricky Phillips to start a brand new band called Abandon Shame, featuring Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain, and his wife Tane. The quartet worked on 5 songs in 1984, with Fergie only singing on one of the tracks. The Kevin Elson-produced "You Can't Do That", "Burnin' in the Third Degree", and "Photoplay" appeared in the soundtrack to The Terminator, and were credited to Tahnee Cain and Trianglz. While "Kicks" and "Over Night Sensation" would eventually appear in the 1985 film Armed Response, with Tane and Fergie singing the leads respectively.

Phillips, who was friends with Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro, gave him a Frederiksen demo. Toto, who had fired lead singer Bobby Kimball in the midst of recording their fifth album Isolation, invited Frederiksen to come audition for his spot. After edging out Eric Martin, he got the job, and the band finished recording Isolation, which was released in October 1984. It included the hit song "Stranger in Town" and went Gold. The music video for "Stranger in Town", which featured Fergie as the murder victim, was nominated at the 1985 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Direction. After touring with Toto through 1985, Frederiksen was fired from the band during the initial recording sessions for Fahrenheit, mainly due to his difficulties with performing in the studio. He has repeatedly cited his brief tenure with Toto as the highlight of his career.

Following his expulsion from Toto, Frederiksen took to touring as "Toto", using a setlist which included many Toto songs that predated his time with the band. This angered the real Toto, who had already taken out a restraining order against Frederiksen's predecessor, Bobby Kimball, to stop him from doing the same thing. (Toto and Frederiksen were reconciled in 2007, at which point he joined them on stage for a few guest spots on their tour.) After 12 years in the music industry, Frederiksen unofficially retired and started focusing on the restaurant business with his father.

He returned to music in the mid-1990s to reunite and collaborate with Ricky Phillips. Their Frederiksen/Phillips album was released in 1995, and featured Giuffria's David Glen Eisley on background vocals. Phillips also assisted Frederiksen with his solo album Equilibrium in 1999, which also featured artists like Neal Schon, Steve Porcaro, Jason Scheff, Ron Wikso, Rocket Ritchotte, Dave Amato, Bruce Gowdy and many others. He later explained, "I tried to do without [music] but I was miserable." The album was critically acclaimed in Europe and Japan. In 2002, he joined the band Mecca, where he reunited with Jim Peterik. Fergie has also done several collaborations with Tommy Denander since his return to music, and has also toured with the World Classic Rockers and the Voices of Classic Rock.

In June 2010, Frederiksen announced he had been diagnosed with inoperable cancer. Medical treatments for the disease made it difficult for him to do recording sessions, and initially he planned on retiring again. However, his friend Alex Ligertwood pushed him to continue. After starting treatment, he released two more solo albums: Happiness is the Road and Any Given Moment.


in 2015 – Dallas Woodrow Taylor Jr., American session drummer who played on several rock records of the 1960s and 1970s, dies at age 66 of complications from viral pneumonia and kidney disease.
He achieved some success first with 1960s band Clear Light, but is best known as the drummer on Crosby, Stills and Nash's debut album, Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969) and their follow-up with Neil Young, Déjà Vu (1970) and was given a front-sleeve credit along with Motown bassist Greg Reeves.

As well as appearing on Stills' eponymous first solo album in 1970, Taylor was the drummer for Stills' group Manassas in 1972 and 1973. He also played with Van Morrison at the 1974 Montreux Jazz Festival, in a quartet along with keyboardist Pete Wingfield and bassist Jerome Rimson, a performance issued on the 2006 DVD, Live at Montreux 1980/1974. He briefly appeared again in the mid 1970s, drumming for Paul Butterfield's touring band.

In 1970, Dallas sat in with The Doors accompanying John Densmore on drums. Jim Morrison acknowledges him on The Doors Live at Felt Forum Second Show CD.


in 2015 – Cynthia Layne American contemporary jazz vocalist, dies of cancer at the age of 51. Layne performed around the world singing in many styles. She signed with Indianapolis jazz label Owl Studios in 2006. She worked with Rob Dixon and Reggie Bishop.


in 2016 – Else Marie Pade, composer, dies at age 91. She was educated as a pianist at the Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium (Royal Danish Academy of Music) in Copenhagen. She studied composition first with Vagn Holmboe, and later with Jan Maegaard, from whom she learned twelve-tone technique. In 1954, she became the first Danish composer of electronic and concrete music (Bruland 2001). She worked with Pierre Schaeffer and Karlheinz Stockhausen, as well as Pierre Boulez.

Pade was active in the resistance during the Second World War, and was interned at the Frøslev prison camp from 1944 until the end of the war.

Pade was born in Aarhus. In her childhood, she was often bedridden with pyelonephritis. She listened to the outside world and created "aural pictures" out of the sounds. These sounds, real sounds, became the basis of her actual musical works. As a protected child, she came with her mother outside of town and went to the theatre. The first music lessons took place in the home where the mother tried to teach her piano playing, but when she did not bother practising scales, she got her mother's piano teacher, Miss Moller. Later she had music lessons at the People's Music School in Aarhus, where the director, Edoard Müller, a music agent in N. Kochs School, had witnessed Pade's talent and offered her music education at the People's Music School. Pade replied that they could not afford it, and then Müller called the parents and established a system. Else gained insight into jazz thanks to the People's Music School. She borrowed a portable gramophone from a friend and heard New Orleans jazz. When she was about 16 she began playing in a jazz band, "The Blue Star Band", which played at school dances and associations. Pade later took piano lessons with Karin Brieg. (Bak 2008, 20).

It was through Brieg that she came into the Danish Resistance. One day Else spat at a column of German soldiers who marched in Aarhus' city center. A soldier stepped out of line and ran after her, but Else knew the city and escaped, taking the tram to Brieg who lived in Klintegården. Brieg said that if she were to resist, she had to join the Resistance, and so Pade joined a women's group with her.

Pade began by distributing illegal newspapers after 20 August 1943, and in 1944 she received training in the use of weapons and explosives. She joined an all-female explosives group aimed at identifying the telephone cables in Aarhus with resistance organiser Hedda Lundh. The idea of this survey was that the wires would be blown up when the British invasion came, so the Germans could not use the telephone network. However the plan was cancelled when the Normandy landings took place (Vyff 2003).

On 13 September 1944, Pade was arrested by the Gestapo. Through a prison window she saw a star flash and heard music coming from inside herself. Next morning she scratched the tune into the cell wall with a buckle from her girdle. It was the song "You and I and the Stars". She was sent to Frøslevlejren, where she began composing, and decided to train in music. In Frøslevlejren the prisoners held song evenings to keep their spirits up. The songs included Pade's songs and other songs arranged by Karin Brieg. These works were released on CD on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the liberation: Songs in the Darkness: Music Frøslevlejren 1944–45.

After the war, she read at the Conservatory of Music, first as a pianist, but because of the after-effects of her stay in Frøslevlejren she could not do this and trained instead as a composer. In 1952 she heard a Danmarks Radio programme on Musique concrète and its creator Pierre Schaeffer. It reminded her of her own childhood conception of sounds and timbres. Via family in France, she contacted the French radio RTF and Schaeffer. She got the chance to see studies on RTF and Pierre Schaeffer had his workshop and got an appointment to get sent home material. In the same year she read Schaeffer's book À la Recherche d'une musique concrete (On the trail of concrete music).

This, inspired by Pierre Schaeffer, became Denmark's first concrete and electronic music work: A day at Bakken. After having posted a synopsis for DR, as Jens Frederik Lawaetz read, she agreed to make background music for a TV show for the new Danish television. The background music was Denmark's first practical musical work created by many recordings from Bakken, in which she was assisted by technicians from DR.

Symphonie magnétophnique - The work is concrete music that describes everyday life in a day in Copenhagen: morning that dawns with its routines, the way to work time in the office and the factory, then the trip home from school and work to domestic routines in the evening, and finally the day is running out and a new one can begin.

Seven Circles - This was composed after visit to the planetarium at Expo 58 in Brussels. The composition shows the night sky with the stars and their movement relative to each other. The work is based on Ligeti's principles of sound colours, Boulez's serialism and Stockhausen's mathematically organized score.

Darmstadt School - Her interest in the new music caused her and many other composers to travel to Darmstadt and follow Stockhausen, Ligeti and Boulez's courses. Pade participated in 1962, 1964, 1968, and 1972. Stockhausen has used her Glass Bead Game as an example when he lectured on electronic music (Bak 2008, 26 and 28).

Nini Theilade and Pade were friends, they met El Forman in whose apartment many art interested people gathered. Together they did a TV ballet, Grass Blade, based on a poem by El Forman, with the choreography by Theilade.


in 2016 – Pablo Manavello, an Italian-born Venezuelan composer, guitarist, singer and songwriter, dies at age 65.

Manavello started his career in the early 1970s in Caracas and participated in more than 50 albums (including his own). He also worked for many Hispanic artists such as Ricardo Montaner, Chayanne, Carlos Vives, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Antonio De Carlo, Soraya, Melissa, Paralamas, and many others, and scored films and TV shows.

Manavello began his career in the mid-1960s with Los Memphis, a pop-rock band from Caracas influenced by The Beatles. Los Memphis released their first album in 1967 and another one in 1969 before disbanding. Later he founded Sangre, which released a self-titled album 1971. He worked as a session musician before collaborating with Juan Michelena in the protest album "Dicen que soy..." in 1977 and joining Vytas Brenner's Venezuelan fusion band Ofrenda.

In 1979 he released Cosas Sencillas, his first solo album and began a successful career as composer and producer of many Latin artists and bands. He then interrupted his career after receiving a scholarship from the Venezuelan Government to study film scoring in Berklee College of Music. He graduated in 1982, and by the late 80s became one of the Latin's top music producers.

His debut as composer and producer was in Ricardo Montaner's first album in 1986. That album was certified multi-platinum in Venezuela and reached #1 on the Billboard Latin Pop Albums chart. Afterwards, he worked as producer and composer for other Venezuelan acts like Melissa, Kiara and Ilan Chester.

Thereafter, Manavello moved to Miami, Florida, where he continued to producing records for Olga Tañón and Luis Fonsi, among others.


in 2016 – Glenn Lewis Frey (/fraɪ/), American singer, songwriter and actor, best known as a founding member of the rock band Eagles, dies at age 67. Frey was the lead singer and frontman for the Eagles, roles he came to share with fellow member Don Henley, with whom he wrote most of the Eagles' material. Frey played guitar, piano, and keyboards. He sang lead vocals on songs such as "Take It Easy", "Peaceful Easy Feeling", "Tequila Sunrise", "Already Gone", "Lyin' Eyes", "New Kid in Town", and "Heartache Tonight".

After the breakup of the Eagles in 1980, Frey embarked on a successful solo career. He released his debut album, No Fun Aloud, in 1982 and went on to record Top 40 hits "The One You Love", "Smuggler's Blues", "Sexy Girl", "The Heat Is On", "You Belong to the City", "True Love", "Soul Searchin'" and "Livin' Right". As a member of the Eagles, Frey won six Grammy Awards, and five American Music Awards. The Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, the first year they were nominated. Consolidating his solo recordings and those with the Eagles, Frey had 24 Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.

Frey was born in Detroit, Michigan. Growing up in Royal Oak, Michigan, he studied piano at age five, later switched to guitar, and became part of the mid-1960s Detroit rock scene. One of his earliest bands was called the Subterraneans, named after Jack Kerouac's novel, and included fellow Dondero High School classmates Doug Edwards (later replaced by Lenny Mintz) on drums, Doug Gunsch and Bill Barnes on guitar and Jeff Hodge on bass.

Immediately after graduating from Dondero in 1966, he was invited to join The Four of Us, a local band led by Gary Burrows who had seen him performing with the Subterraneans. Frey also attended Oakland Community College while in the band, and he learned to sing harmonies performing with The Four of Us. In 1967, He formed the Mushrooms with Gary Burrows' brother Jeff, Bill Barnes, Doug Gunch, and Larry Mintz. That year Frey also met Bob Seger, who helped Frey get a management and recording contract with a label formed by Seger's management team, Hideout Records. Seger also wrote and produced the band's first single, "Such a Lovely Child", and the band made television appearances to promote it. Frey had intended to join Seger's group but his mother blocked that course of action for smoking cannabis with Seger. In the later part of 1967, Frey also pulled together another band called Heavy Metal Kids with Jeff Burrows (piano), Jeff Alborell (bass), Paul Kelcourse (lead guitar) and Lance Dickerson (drums).

In 1968, at age 19, Frey played the acoustic guitar and performed background vocals on Seger's single, "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man". Frey has said that Seger strongly encouraged and influenced him to focus on writing original songs. They remained good friends and occasional songwriting partners in later years, and Frey would also sing on Seger's songs such as "Fire Lake" and "Against the Wind".

In Detroit, Frey also met and dated Joan Sliwin of the local female group The Mama Cats, which became Honey Ltd. after the group moved to California in 1968. Frey went to Los Angeles hoping to reconnect with his girlfriend, and he was introduced to J. D. Souther by her sister, Alexandra Sliwin, who was with Souther at the time. Frey returned to Detroit after three weeks, but then went back again to Los Angeles to form a duo with Souther called Longbranch Pennywhistle. They were signed to Amos Records and released a self-titled album in 1969, which contains songs he wrote such as "Run, Boy, Run" and "Rebecca", and "Bring Back Funky Women" he co-wrote with Souther. Frey also met Jackson Browne during this period. The three musicians lived in the same apartment building for a short time, and Frey later said that he learned a lot about songwriting from hearing Browne work on songs in the apartment below.

Frey met drummer Don Henley in 1970. They were signed to the same label, Amos Records, at that time and both spent time at the Troubadour. When Linda Ronstadt needed a backup band for an upcoming tour, her manager John Boylan hired Frey because he needed someone who could play rhythm guitar and sing. Don Henley was approached by Frey to join Ronstadt. Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon were also hired, although as the backing band personnel changed through the tour, the four had only played once together at a gig at Disneyland. Frey and Henley decided to form a band together while on the tour, and they were joined by Meisner on bass and Leadon on guitar, banjo, steel guitar, mandolin and dobro, forming the Eagles, with Frey playing guitar and keyboards and Henley playing drums. The band went on to become one of the world's best-selling groups of all time. Frey wrote or co-wrote (often with Henley) many of the group's songs, and sang the lead vocals on a number of Eagles hits including "Take It Easy", "Peaceful Easy Feeling", "Already Gone", "Tequila Sunrise", "Lyin' Eyes", "New Kid in Town", "Heartache Tonight" and "How Long".

The Eagles broke up around 1980 and reunited in 1994, when they released a new album titled Hell Freezes Over. The album had live tracks and four new songs. The Hell Freezes Over Tour followed. In 2012 on The Tavis Smiley Show, Frey told Smiley, "When the Eagles broke up, people used to ask me and Don, 'When are the Eagles getting back together?' We used to answer, 'When Hell freezes over.' We thought it was a pretty good joke. People have the misconception that we were fighting a lot. It is not true. We had a lot of fun. We had a lot more fun than I think people realize."[citation needed] At their first live concert of 1994, Frey told the crowd, "For the record, we never broke up. We just took a 14-year vacation."

In May 2012, Frey was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music along with Henley, Walsh and Schmit.

The Eagles' album Long Road Out of Eden was released in 2007, and Frey participated in the Eagles' Long Road Out of Eden Tour (2008–2011).

In 2013, the two-part documentary History of the Eagles, directed by Alison Ellwood and co-produced by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney, was aired on Showtime. The documentary won an Emmy Award in 2013 for Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming. An accompanying two-year History of the Eagles world tour ended on July 29, 2015 at Bossier City, Louisiana, a concert which would be Frey's final public appearance with the band.

After the Eagles disbanded, Frey achieved solo success in the 1980s, especially with two No. 2 hits. In 1984, he recorded in collaboration with Harold Faltermeyer the worldwide hit, "The Heat Is On", the main theme from the Eddie Murphy action comedy film Beverly Hills Cop; then, Frey performed "You Belong to the City" (from the television series Miami Vice, the soundtrack of which stayed on top of the U.S. album charts for 11 weeks in 1985). His other contribution to the soundtrack, "Smuggler's Blues", hit No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. During his solo career, Frey had 12 charting songs in the U.S. Top 100. Eleven of those were written with Jack Tempchin who also wrote "Peaceful Easy Feeling".

Frey was the first choice to record "Shakedown", the theme for the film Beverly Hills Cop II. Frey did not like the lyrics and then came down with laryngitis, so the song was given to Bob Seger. After the song went to number one, Frey called to congratulate Seger, saying "At least we kept the money in Michigan!"

Frey also contributed the song "Flip City" to the Ghostbusters II soundtrack, and "Part of Me, Part of You" to the soundtrack for Thelma & Louise. In 2005, he appeared on B.B. King & Friends: 80 on the track "Drivin' Wheel".

In the late 1990s, Frey founded a record company, Mission Records, with attorney Peter Lopez. Frey never released any of his own work on the label and the company has since disbanded.

On May 8, 2012, he released his first solo album in 20 years, After Hours, featuring covers of pop standards from the 1940s to the 1960s.

As a television actor, Frey guest starred on Miami Vice in the first-season episode "Smuggler's Blues", inspired by his hit song of the same name, and had a starring role in the "Dead Dog Arc" of Wiseguy. He was also the star of South of Sunset, which was canceled after one episode. In the late 1990s, he guest-starred on Nash Bridges as a policeman whose teenage daughter had run amok and gone on a crime spree with her sociopathic boyfriend. In 2002, he appeared on HBO's Arliss, playing a political candidate who double-crosses Arliss and must pay a high price for it.

Frey's first foray into film was his starring role in Let's Get Harry, a 1986 film about a group of plumbers who travel to Colombia to rescue a friend from a drug lord. Frey's next film appearance was a smaller role in Cameron Crowe's third film, Jerry Maguire (1996). Frey played the frugal general manager of the Arizona Cardinals football team who, in the film's climax, finally agrees to pay Cuba Gooding, Jr.'s character, wide receiver Rod Tidwell, a large professional contract.

Frey was married twice. From 1983 to 1988, he was married to artist Janie Beggs. He married dancer and choreographer Cindy Millican in 1990. They had three children: a daughter and two sons, and remained together until his death.

Since about 2000, Frey had suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, which affected various joints of his body. The medication that he took to control the disease led to colitis and pneumonia. In November 2015, the Eagles announced that they were postponing their appearance at the Kennedy Center Honors as Frey required major surgery for intestinal problems and a lengthy recovery period. Following surgery he was placed in a medically-induced coma at Columbia University Medical Center.

On January 18, 2016, Frey died at the age of 67 at the Columbia University Medical Center, part of the NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, New York, from complications of rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia, while recovering from gastrointestinal tract surgery.

Frey was publicly mourned by his friends, fellow musicians and bandmates including Don Henley, Randy Meisner, J. D. Souther, Jack Tempchin, Irving Azoff, Linda Ronstadt, Don Felder, and Bob Seger. At the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, the Eagles and Jackson Browne performed "Take It Easy" in his honor.

A life-sized statue of Glenn Frey was unveiled at the Standin' on the Corner Park in Winslow, Arizona on September 24, 2016, to honor his songwriting contributions of "Take It Easy", made famous by the Eagles as their first single in 1972.

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in 1576 -Hans Sachs dies at age 71. German meistersinger "mastersinger", poet, playwright and shoemaker; in 1513 he took up an apprenticeship to become a mastersinger at Munich. He is considered the most talented and famous of the meistersingers, he wrote over 6000 pieces of various kinds. The strict rules and the craftsmen's approach to poetry of the mastersingers produced a kind of poetry that was not really palatable for later ages. His carnival plays, comedies that were meant to be played during carnival, are considered his best works and are still played today.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8aM01-di6Y"]Wagner - Ferdinand Frantz as Hans Sachs - YouTube[/ame]

in 1613 - Jacques Huyn, composer was born.
in 1625 - Erhard Buttner, composer, dies at 32.
in 1676 - John Weldon, composer was born.
in 1679 - Girolamo Chiti, composer was born.
in 1760 - Melchor Lopez Jimenez, composer was born.
in 1795 - Maria Teresa Agnesi, composer, dies at 74.

in 1797 - Henri-Bernard Dabadie, French baritone, is born at Pau. He received training at the Paris Conservatory and in 1819 made his operatic debut as Cinna in La Vestale at the Paris Opera, where he sang until 1835. He became especially well known there for his roles in Rossini's operas, creating Pharaon in Moise et Pharaon (March 26, 1827), Raimbaud in Le Comte Ory (Aug. 20, 1828), and the title role in Guillaume Tell (Aug. 3, 1829). He also created the role of Belcore in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore in Milan (May 12, 1832). His wife was the soprano Louise Zulme Leroux (b. Boulogne, Oct. 4, 1796; d. Paris, Nov. 1877), who sang at the Paris Opera (1824-35), where she created the roles of Sinaide in Moise et Pharaon and Jemmy in Guillaume Tell. - Died at Paris, May 1853.

in 1805 - Johann Gottlieb Karl Spazier, composer, dies at 43.
in 1806 - Vaclav Jindrich Veit, composer was born.

in 1810 - Ferdinand David, noted German violinist, pedagogue, and composer, is born at Hamburg.
In 1823-24 he studied with Spohr and Hauptmann at Kassel, then played in the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig in 1825. From 1826 to 1829 he was a member of the Konigstadt Theater in Berlin.

In 1829 he became the first violinist in the private string quartet of the wealthy amateur Baron von Liphardt of Russia, whose daughter he married. He remained in Russia until 1835, giving concerts in Riga, Moscow, and St. Petersburg with great acclaim. In 1836 he was appointed first violinist of the Gewandhaus Orchestra, of which Mendelssohn was the conductor. They became warm friends; Mendelssohn had a great regard for him, and consulted him while writing his Violin Concerto; it was David who gave its first performance (Leipzig, March 13, 1845).

When the Leipzig Conservatory was established in 1843, David became one of its most important teachers. His class was regarded as the finishing school of the most talented violinists in Europe, and among his pupils were Joachim and Wilhelmj. He published many valuable editions of violin works by classical composers, notably Die hohe Schule des Violinspiels, containing French and Italian masterpieces of the 17th and 18th centuries. His pedagogical activities did not interfere with his concert career.

He played in England in 1839 and 1841 with excellent success and was compared with Spohr as a virtuoso, and he also made occasional appearances on the Continent. Among his works were 5 violin concertos and many other pieces for violin, an opera, Hans Wacht (Leipzig, 1852), 2 symphonies, and string quartets and other chamber music. His violin pieces, Bunte Reihe, were transcribed for piano by Liszt. - Died near Klosters, Switzerland, July 18, 1873.

in 1830 - Wenzel Thomas Matiegka, composer, dies at 56.
in 1832 - Ferdinand Laub, composer is born.
in 1832 - Salvador Giner y Vidal, composer is born.
in 1833 - Louis-J-Ferdinand Harold, French composer (Pr‚ aux clercs), dies at 41.
in 1839 - Bohumil Pazdirek, composer was born.
in 1839 - Georg Abraham Schneider, composer, dies at 38.

in 1846 - Tom Karl, Irish tenor, is born at Dublin. He studied in England with Henry Phillips, and in Italy with Sangiovanni. He sang in Italy for many years, then settled in N.Y. His remarkable success as Ralph in Pinafore (1879) encouraged him to pursue a career in light opera. With H. Barnabee and W. MacDonald, he formed the light opera company The Bostonians, which had a repertoire of about 150 operas and operettas. After his retirement in 1896, he taught voice in N.Y. and Rochester. - Died at Rochester, N.Y., March 19, 1916.

in 1853 - Verdi's opera "Il Trovatore," premieres in Rome.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81z1YzH_994"]Radvanovsky & Hvorostovsky - Il trovatore duet - YouTube[/ame]

in 1883 - Hermann Abendroth, prominent German conductor and pedagogue, is born at Frankfurt am Main.
He studied in Munich with Wirzel-Langenham (piano), Mottl (conducting), and Thuille (composition). In 1903-04 he conducted the Munich Orchestral Society. In 1905 he went to Liibeck as a symphonic conductor (until 1911), and also conducted the City Theater (1907-11). After serving as music director in Essen (1911-15), he was appointed music director of the Giirzenich Orchestra and director of the Conservatory in Cologne in 1915. In 1918 he was made Cologne's Generalmusikdirektor.

In 1933 the Nazi government removed him from his positions, but in 1934 he was appointed music director of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, succeeding Bruno Walter, who had been removed as a Jew. Abendroth also served as a professor at the Leipzig Conservatory. With the collapse of the Nazi regime in 1945, he remained in the Eastern sector of Germany as music director of the Weimar National Theater.

In 1946 he was made Generalmusikdirektor there. In 1949 he became chief conductor of the Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, and then of the (East) Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1953. Abendroth's willingness to serve the Nazi and East German Communist regimes made him suspect in some circles but there was no denying his distinction as an interpreter of the Austro-German masters. - Died at Jena, May 29,1956.

in 1884 - Albert Louis Wolff, composer was born.
in 1884 - Jules Massenet's opera "Manon," premieres in Paris.
in 1893 - Julius Eichberg, composer, dies at 68.
in 1899 - [John] Herbert Whitton Sumsion, organist/composer was born.

in 1903 - Boris Blacher, remarkable German composer, is born at Newchwang, China (of half-German, quarter-Russian, and quarter-Jewish ancestry). His family moved to Irkutsk, Siberia, in 1914, remaining there until 1920. In 1922 Blacher went to Berlin, where he studied architecture and then took a course in composition with F.E. Koch. From 1948 until 1970 he was professor at the Hochschule fur Musik in West Berlin, and from 1953 to 1970 served as its director. A prolific composer, Blacher was equally adept in classical and experimental forms and procedures. He initiated a system of 'Variable meters' with time signatures following the arithmetical progression, alternatively increasing and decreasing, with permutations contributing to metrical variety. For the theater he developed a sui generis "abstract opera” incorporating an element of organized improvisation. In 1960 he was appointed director of the Seminar of Electronic Composition at the Technological Univ. in Berlin, and subsequently made ample use of electronic resources in his own compositions. – Died at Berlin, Jan. 30, 1975.

in 1903 - Erwin Nyiregyhzi, Budapest Hungary, pianist was born.
in 1905 - Anne Schumacher Hummert, radio pioneer is born.
in 1906 - Lanny Ross, Seattle, radio singer (Show Boat, The Swift Show) is born.
in 1909 - Hans Hotter (German operatic bass-baritone) is born.
in 1913 - David Emlyn Evans, composer, conductor and music critic, dies at 69.

in 1914 - Lester Raymond Flatt, bluegrass singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born. Flatt & Scruggs had a huge impact on the development of bluegrass, and they are members of the Country Music Hall of Fame, and were inaugural members of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor.

in 1915 - Alvy West, Bkln NY, orch leader (Andy Williams Show) is born.
in 1917 - John Raitt, singer and actor, father of Bonnie Raitt, is born.
in 1917 - Rudolf Maros, composer and teacher, is born.

in 1919 - Israel (Clem) Crosby, bassist, is born at Chicago, Ill.
He played trumpet from the age of five, changed to trombone and tuba, and at 13 was gigging regularly on these instruments. He changed to string bass in 1934, with Johnny Long, Anthony Frambro, then with Albert Ammons in the Club Delisa in Chicago. After making his record debut with Gene Krupa, he spent two years with Fletcher Henderson (1936-38). He left in 1939 to spend a year working with Three Sharps and a Flat.

He joined Horace Henderson in September 1940, but left the following May to spend two years in the Teddy Wilson Band. In the summer of 1944 he joined Raymond Scott at CBS where he spent several years as a freelance studio musician, also with James P. Johnson (1945).

From 1951-53 he was with pianist Ahmad Jamal, briefly with Teddy Wilson Trio, then worked with Benny Goodman (late 1956-early 1957 tour of Asia) Crosby returned to work with Ahmad Jamal Trio until the trio disbanded in the spring of 1962, then joined pianist George Shearing; his last recordings were made with Shearing in June 1962. During the following month he returned to Chicago for a medical check-up, and died of a blood clot on the heart. - Died at Chicago, Aug. 11, 1962.

in 1919 - Ray Eberle (US vocalist with Glenn Miller Orchestra/The Modernaires) is born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hqwACYQ8hs"]Ray Eberle - Moonlight Serenade (audio) - YouTube[/ame]

in 1920 - Luciano Chailly, prominent Italian music administrator, teacher, and composer, father of Riccardo Chailly;. He studied violin in Ferrara (diploma, 1941) and pursued academic training at the University of Bologna (B.A., 1943). After composition studies with R. Bossi at the Milan Conservatory (diploma, 1945), he studied with Hindemith in Salzburg (1948). He was director of music programming for the RAI (1950-67), and artistic director of Milan's La Scala (1968-71), Turin's Teatro Regio (1972), Milan's Angelicum (1973-75), and Verona's Arena (1975-76). He was again associated with La Scala (from 1977) and was artistic director of the Genoa Opera (1983-85); he also taught at the Milan Conservatory (1968-83). In 1989-90 he was artistic director of the RAI orchestra and choir in Turin. His music is composed in a communicative neo-Classical idiom, with some dodecaphonic incrustations and electronic effects.

in 1926 - Bob Wooler (UK compere, deejay, promoter) is born.
in 1928 - Edward Gerard Schurmann, pianist, conductor and composer, is born.
in 1931 - Horace Parlan (US hard bop & post-bop piano player) is born.
in 1932 - Russ Hamilton Ronald Hulme (UK singer) is born.
in 1934 - Armand Parent, composer, dies at 70.

in 1935 - Johnny O?Keefe, singer known as “Australia’s King of rock ‘n’ roll”. He co-wrote and had the 1958 Australian hit with, Real Wild Child, which was covered by Iggy Pop in 1986. Other hits included 'Shout!', 'Don't You Know Pretty Baby' and 'She's My Baby', is born.

in 1936 - Elliott Schwartz, composer, pianist, writer and teacher, is born.
in 1937 - Giovanna Marini (Italian singer-songwriter) is born.
in 1937 - Phillips Elder Wilson Jr. (US jazz trombonist, arranger, teacher) is born.
in 1938 - Eskil Hemberg, composer and conductor, is born.

in 1939 - Phil Everly, rock and roll singer/songwriter and guitarist, member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (The Everly Brothers), is born.

in 1939 - Sam T. Brown (American session guitarist; Keith Jarrett/others) is born
in 1942 - Michael Crawford, UK actor, singer, (1987 UK No.7 single 'The Music Of The Night'), is born.

in 1943 - Janis Joplin, US singer who had a 1971 US No.1 single with ?Me And Bobby McGee? and a 1971 US No.1 album with Pearl. She died on October 4th 1970 after an accidental heroin overdose, is born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-GFqhCq2HA"]Janis Joplin - Mercedes Benz - YouTube[/ame]

in 1943 - Joe Butler, rocker is born.
in 1943 - Ray Pizzi (US jazz bassoonist and multi-reedist) is born.
in 1944 - Harold Fraser-Simson, songwriter and composer of scores for musical comedies, dies at 71.

in 1944 - Laurie London, actor, singer. At the age of 13 had the 1958 US No.1 & UK No. 12 single 'He's Got The Whole World In His Hands', is born.

in 1944 - Pehr Henrik Nordgren, composer was born.
in 1944 - Shelley Fabares (US actress, singer) is born.

in 1945 - Charles Benjamin Amirkhanian, American avant-garde composer, influential radio producer, and arts administrator of Armenian descent, is born at Fresno, Calif. He studied English literature at Calif. State University at Fresno (B.A., 1967), interdisciplinary creative arts at San Francisco State Coll. (M.A., 1969), and electronic music and sound recording at Mills Coll. (M.F.A., 1980).

In his early percussion compositions, he experimented with the potentialities of sound phenomena independent of traditional musical content; his Composition No. 1 is a solo for an amplified orchestral Ratchet (1965), and his Symphony I (1965) is scored for 12 Players and 200-odd nonmusical objects, ranging from pitchpipes to pitchforks. In collaboration with the painter Ted Greer, he developed a radical system of notation in which visual images are transduced by performers into sound events. Representative of this intermedia genre are Micah, the Prophet, cantata for 4 Intoning Males, 2 Accordions, 2 Drummers, and 2 Painters (1965), and, particularly, Mooga Pook, a tetraphallic action for Dancers, realistically notated on graph paper (San Francisco, Dec. 12,1967).

An ongoing series of compositions for a neglected instrument was extended in 1998 when he premiered his Octet for Ratchets, each instrument being amplified. He also evolved the art of "text-sound composition/' in which the voice, percussively intoning and articulating decontextualized words and phrases, is featured, either live or recorded, and sometimes both; to this category belong Words (1969), Oratora konkurso rezulto: Auturo de la Jaro, a quadrophonic tape work in Esperanto featuring the voice of composer Lou Harrison (1970), // In Is (1971), Just (1972), Heavy Aspirations, with the voice of Nicolas Slonimsky (1973), Seatbelt Seatbelt (1973), MUGIC (1973), Muchrooms (1974), Mahogany Ballpark (1976), Dutiful Ducks (1977), Dreams Freud Dreamed (1979), Church Car (1980), Hypothetical Moments [in the Intellectual Life of Southern California] (1981), Andas (1982), Dog of Stravinsky (1982), Dumbek Bookache (1986), Ka Himeni Hehena (The Raving Mad Hymn) for 4 Speaking Voices and Tape (1997), and Marathon (1997).

Amirkhanian also spent a number of years touring and performing with the Mugicians Union (with Carol Law, Betsy Davids, and Jim Petrillo) or separately with Carol Law, presenting life text-sound pieces accompanied by painterly light environments produced by mutiple slide projectors. Most of Amirkhanian's compositions since the early 1980s, many produced for radio broadcast, make extensive use of sampled ambient sounds sampled and manipulated by a Synclavier or Kurzweil digital synthesizer. These exploit tensions between the abstract (musical sounds) and the representational (recognizable sound effects).

Among these are Gold and Spirit (for the Los Angeles Summer Olympics; 1984), The Real Perpetuum Mobile (on the occasion of N. Slonimsky's 90th birthday; Los Angeles, April 27, 1984), Metropolis San Francisco (for WDR/K61n Studio 3 Horspiel; 1985-86), Walking Tune ("Portrait of Percy Grainger"; 1986-87), Pas de voix ("Portrait of Samuel Beckett"; 1987), Politics as Usual (incorporating sounds of gongs in the collections of Lou Harrison and Toni Marcus, mixed with sounds of talking parrots, crunching apples, and revolving ice cubes; 1988), Im Frilhling (a reverse tone poem in which sounds from nature imitate late 20th century orchestral music; 1990), Loudspeakers (comprised of voice recordings of the late Morton Feldman; 1990), Chu Lu Lu (1992), and Son of Metropolitan San Francisco (1997).

An August 1994 trip to the Republic of Armenia resulted in the composition of Miatsoom (Reunion, 1994-97), a Horspiel documenting the sounds of music, voices, and ambiences recorded in that country and in the Republic of Mountainous Karabakh. Amirkhanian served as music director at the radio station KPFA in Berkeley, Calif. (1969-92), for which he was awarded the American Music Center's annual Letter of Distinction (1984) and ASCAFs Deems Taylor Award (1989).

He was also producer and host of the "Speaking of Music" interview series at San Francisco's Exploratorium Science Museum (1983-92) and co-founding director (with John Lifton) of the "Composer-to-Composer" Festival in Telluride, Colo. (1988-91). From 1993 to 1997 he was executive director of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, Calif. Since 1992 he has been artistic director of the "Other Minds Festival" in San Francisco. In 1999-2000, along with Carol Law, he was awarded the first-ever Ella Holbrook Walker Fellowship for an extended residency at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Study & Conference Center in Italy.

in 1945 - Charles Amirkhanian, composer was born.
in 1945 - Rod Evans, rocker (Deep Purple-Come Taste the Band) is born.
in 1945 - Trevor Williams (UK bass guitarist, vocalist, lyricist; Audience/Nashville Teens/others) is born.

in 1946 - Dolly Rebecca Parton, country and pop singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actress, "Queen of Country," is born. Parton is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame, and has received the US National Medal of Arts, as well as many other awards and honors.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa10TC7MrdI"]Dolly Parton - Jolene - YouTube[/ame]

in 1947 - Rod Evans (UK singer; Deep Purple/ Captain Beyond/ The Maze/ The Horizons) is born.

in 1948 - Harvey Hinsley, Hot Chocolate, (1977 UK NO.1 & US No.3 single 'So You Win Again', plus over 25 other Top 40 hits), is born.

in 1949 - Robert Palmer, singer, songwriter, member of Vinegar Joe and solo artist, (1986 US No.1 & UK No.5 single 'Addicted To Love'), is born.

in 1950 - Francis Buchholz, The Scorpions, (1991 UK No.2 single 'Wind Of Change'), is born.
in 1951 - Constantin Nottara, violinist, composer, conductor and music critic, dies at 60.
in 1951 - Dewey Bunell, America, (1972 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Horse With No Name'), is born.
in 1951 - Martha Davis (UK vocalist; The Motels) is born.

in 1952 – Eric Leeds, American jazz and funk musician, saxophone and other woodwind and brass instruments. Best known for his work with Prince. Played on The Black Album, Lovesexy and Batman albums, is born.

in 1953 - Michael Boddicker American film composer and session musician. Played synthesizer on Michael Jackson's albums, Thriller, Bad and Dangerous, is born.

in 1954 - Francis Buchholz (German bassist; Scorpions) is born.
in 1954 - Katey Sagal (American actress, singer, writer) is born.
in 1955 - Simon Rattle, conductor, is born.
in 1956 - Carman Dominic Licciardello (US Contemporary Christian multi-musician, writer) is born.

in 1957 - Mickey Virtue, keyboards, UB40, (1983 UK No.1 & 1988 US No.1 single 'Red Red Wine' and over 30 other UK Top 40 hits) is born.

in 1959 - The Platters 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes', started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfBboBz3yoc&ob=av2n"]The Platters - Smoke Get In Your Eyes - Lyrics - YouTube[/ame]
in 1960 - Joe Magnarelli (American trumpeter) is born
in 1962 - Darren 'Wiz' Brown (UK lead-singer, guitarist; Serpico/Mega City Four/Ipanema) is born.
in 1963 - Caron Wheeler, vocals, Soul II Soul, (1989 UK No.1 single 'Back To Life') Is born).

in 1963 - The Beatles made their first national TV appearance in the UK on 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' performing 'Please Please Me'.

in 1964 - Ricardo Arjona (Guatemalan composer, singer, basketball player) is born.
in 1966 - Lena Philipsson (Swedish singer; Eurovision Song Contest 2004) is born.
in 1967 - Pink Floyd and Marmalade played at The Marquee Club, London.

in 1967 - The Beatles began recording ?A Day in the Life? at Abbey Road studio?s London, recording four takes of the new song.

in 1967 - The Monkees were at No.1 on the UK singles with 'I'm A Believer', the group's only UK No.1.
in 1968 - William Whitfield Crane IV, rock singer (Ugly Kid Joe), is born.

in 1969 - Trey Lorenz, US singer, sang on Mariah Carey's 1992 UK No.2 & US No 1 version of the Jackson Five hit 'I'll Be There' is born).

in 1971 - Harry Shields dies at age 71. American jazz clarinetist, born in uptown New Orleans, Louisiana, the younger brother of noted clarinetist Larry Shields. Harry spent almost his whole career in New Orleans. He played with the bands of Norman Brownlee, Sharkey Bonano, Tom Brown, Johnny Wiggs, and others. Many fellow musicians regarded Harry as superior to his more famous brother, Larry. Johnny Wiggs commented that he was the only clarinetist he'd heard who could always play the right note without fail

in 1971 - Tracks from The Beatles White Album (including 'Helter Skelter), were played in the courtroom at the Sharon Tate murder trial to find out if any songs could have influenced Charles Manson and his followers to commit murder. Actress Sharon Tate who was married to film director Roman Polanski, was eight and a half months pregnant when she was murdered in her home, along with four others, by followers of Charles Manson.

in 1971- John Wozniak (US lead singer, guitarist, song writer; Marcy Playground) is born.
in 1972 - Angham Mohamed Ali Suleiman (Egyptian singer, record producer, actress) is born.

in 1972 - Michael Rabin dies at age 35. American violinist of Romanian-Jewish descent. He began to learn the violin at 7 and studied with Galamian in New York and at the Meadowmount School of Music, then the Juilliard School. He went on to appear with a number of orchestras before his Carnegie Hall debut on 29 November 1951 in the Paganini D major Concerto, with Dimitri Mitropoulos conducting the New York Philharmonic at the age of 15. He first appeared in London on 13 December 1954, aged only 18, playing the Tchaikovsky Concerto in D at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Michael played in a bel canto style and toured widely, playing in all the major cities of the U.S., Europe, South America and Australia. He performed for many years on the "Kubelik" Guarnerius del Gesu of 1735 (he died from a head injury from a fall at his New York apartment).

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pzZCObuBX0"]Michael Rabin - Wieniawski Concerto No.2 Part 1 - YouTube[/ame]

in 1973 - Antero Manninen (Finnish cellist) is born.
in 1974 - Al Wilson went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Show And Tell'.

in 1974 - Black Oak Arkansas appeared at Kent State University, Kent Ohio. Support act was Bruce Springsteen. Tickets cost $4.00.

in 1975 - Noah Georgeson (US multi-musician, singer, producer) is born.
in 1977 – Cocco Satoko Makishi (Japanese singer) is born.
in 1977 – Nicole Denisse Lillian Laval Soza (Chilean singer) is born.
in 1978 - John Parker, double bass, human beatbox, vocals, Nizlopi, (2005 UK No.1 single ?JCB Song?) is born.
in 1978 - Johnny Rotten was fired from The Sex Pistols for 'not being weird enough anymore.'
in 1978 - Ricky Wilson (UK lead singer; Kaiser Chiefs) is born.
in 1978 - VL Mike Michael Allen (American rapper) is born.
in 1979 – Wiley Richard Kylea Cowie (UK rapper) is born.

in 1980 - 'Brass In Pocket' gave The Pretenders their first UK No.1 single. The bands self-titled debut album started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK chart also on this day.

in 1980 - Kotoko (Japanese singer) is born.

in 1980 - Pink Floyd's 'The Wall', started a 15-week run at No.1 on the US album chart. The group's third US No.1, it went on to sell over 8 million copies.

in 1980 - Richard Franko Goldman, composer, conductor, teacher author and music critic, dies at 69
in 1982 - Angela Chang (Taiwanese singer, actress) is born.

in 1982 - Elis Regina dies at age 36. Brazilian singer born in Porto Alegre and went on to become one of the most ferociously talented singers to emerge from Brazil. She began her career as a singer at age 11 on a children's radio show, O Clube Do Guri on Rádio Farroupilha. In 1959, she was contracted by Rádio Gaúcha and in the next year she travelled to Rio de Janeiro where she recorded her first LP, Viva a Brotolândia. Her recordings sold well and she was soon a teenage star. Elis's career showed no signs of slowing as the 1970s came to a close; some of her best records were recorded during this time, and one album simply called Elis & Tom, recorded in Los Angeles with Antonio Carlos Jobim, has been called by many journalists and musicians one of the greatest Brazilian pop records ever made. (Sadly she was found dead of alcohol and cocaine intoxication. A few days after her death, a memorial concert was held in São Paulo featuring many of Brazil's most famous singers. Over 100,000 grieving Brazilians came to pay their final respects to this highly gifted singer).

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaU0gDSmi84&feature=fvst"]Elis Regina - "Águas de Março" - Ensaio - MPB Especial - YouTube[/ame]

in 1983 - Utada Hikaru (American-Japanese pop singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1985 - "Born In The USA" by Bruce Springsteen peaked at #9.
in 1985 - Alison Moyet went to No.1 on the UK album chart with her debut solo album Alf.
in 1985 - Rika Ishikawa (Japanese pop vocalist; Morning Musume) is born.

in 1988 - Bon Jovi's and Motley Crue manager Doc McGheep pleaded guilty to importing more than 40,000lb of marijuana into the US.

in 1990 - Alberto Semprini dies at age 81. English pianist; born in Bath, Somerset, he was famous for appearances on the BBC, mainly on radio. He showed early talent for both the piano and cello and graduated in 1928 from the Verdi Conservatory in Milan, having studied composition and conducting as well as honing his skills at the piano. His initial fame came from headlining a light music programme, Semprini Serenade, which he introduced with the words: "Old ones, new ones, loved ones, neglected ones". It first aired on BBC Radio in 1957 and continued for around 25 years. His 'house band' was the New Abbey Light Symphony Orchestra. Alberto also wrote a number of original compositions on the lighter side of the musical repertoire, including Mediterranean Concerto, which he used as the theme tune for his radio show.

in 1990 - Singer Mel Appleby died of Pneumonia aged 23 following treatment for spinal cancer. Had been one half of the duo Mel and Kim. Appleby initially worked as a glamour model, (in 1987 she did a photo shoot for Mayfair). Mel & Kim had the 1997 UK No.1 ‘Respectable’.

in 1991 - Enigma went to No.1 for one week on the UK singles chart with 'Sadness Part One'.

in 1991 - Janet Jackson went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Love Will Never Do', her 5th US No.1, a No.31 hit in the UK.

in 1993 - Fleetwood Mac re-formed to perform at Bill Clinton's inauguration. The band's "Don't Stop" was used as the theme for his campaign.

in 1995 - Gene MacLellan dies at age 56. Canadian composer and singer born in Val-d'Or, Quebec, he grew up in Toronto, Ontario. Among his notable compositions were "Snowbird", made famous by Anne Murray, "Put Your Hand in the Hand," made famous by the band Ocean, "The Call", "Pages of Time" and "Thorn in My Shoe". Elvis Presley, Joan Baez and Bing Crosby were among the many artists who recorded his songs and in he won a Juno Award in 1971 as best songwriter. Gene was a frequent guest on Don Messer's Jubilee and later a regular cast member of Singalong Jubilee with Anne Murray and Bill Langstroth. In 1996 Gene was posthumously inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. (reportedly suicide)

in 1997 - Madonna won the Best Actress award for her role in Evita at the Golden Globe Awards.

in 1998 - Carl Perkins dies at age 65. American singer, guitarist, songwriter, a pioneer of rockabilly music, his influence as the quintessential rockabilly artist has played a big part in the development of every generation of rockers to come down the path since, from Jimi Hendrix to the Beatles' George Harrison to the Stray Cats' Brian Setzer. Born in Tiptonville, Tennessee, he was crowned "the King of Rockabilly", his best known song is his self penned "Blue Suede Shoes" which was the first record by a Sun label artist to sell a million copies. Other songs include "Turn Around", "Gone Gone Gone" "Dixie Fried", "Put Your Cat Clothes On", "Right String, Wrong Yo-Yo", "You Can't Make Love to Somebody", "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby", "That Don't Move Me", "Boppin' the Blues" "Jive After Five", "Rockin' Record Hop", "Levi Jacket (And a Long Tail Shirt)", "Pop, Let Me Have the Car", "Hambone", "Pink Pedal Pushers", "Anyway the Wind Blows", "Pointed Toe Shoes", and "Sister Twister" among many others. Carl was inducted into the Rock and Roll, the Rockabilly, and the Nashville Songwriters Halls of Fame; and was a Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipient (died after suffering two strokes).

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79CJON8fv6c"]Carl Perkins-Blue Suede Shoes - YouTube[/ame]

in 1998 - Joey Ramone from The Ramones was admitted to hospital in New York suffering from a blood related illness.


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in 2001 - It was reported that Paul McCartney was set to become the world?s first pop star billionaire. McCartney was said to be worth 725 million and was expected to become a billionaire after huge sales from The Beatles compilation hits album.

in 2003 - Norah Jones started a three week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ?Come Away With Me?, also a UK No.1.

in 2003 - UK TV's Fame Academy winner David Sneddon started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Stop Living The Lie'. Sneddon was a busker before he got on the show as a late replacement.

in 2006 - Wilson Pickett dies at age 63. American R&B, rock and roll and soul singer and songwriter.A major figure in the development of American soul music, Pickett recorded over 50 songs which made the US R&B charts, and frequently crossed over to the US Billboard Hot 100. Among his best known hits are "In the Midnight Hour", "Land of 1,000 Dances", "Mustang Sally", and "Funky Broadway". The impact of Pickett's songwriting and recording led to his 1991 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (heart attack).

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfuHgzu1Cjg"]mustang sally - wilson pickett - YouTube[/ame]

in 2007 - Denny Doherty dies at age 66. Canadian singer-songwriter and guitaristDenny was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In 1960, aged 19, Denny co-founded a folk group called The Colonials in Montreal, Quebec. When they got a record deal with Columbia Records, they changed their name to The Halifax Three, and had a minor hit, "The Man Who Wouldn't Sing Along With Mitch" In 1963, Doherty struck up a friendship with Cass Elliot when she was with a band called "The Big Three". Shortly after a tour together (died of kidney failure following surgery on a abdominal aneurysm)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7v1-kPc9zo0"]Denny Doherty - Together (1974) - YouTube[/ame]

in 2007 - Murat Nasyrov dies at age 37. Russian pop singer and composer born in Alma-Ata, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union, (tragically jumped off a balcony, for reasons unknown. There were reports that it was the result of ingesting the hallucinagenic drug LSD, possibly dissolved in some alcohol he drank a few hours before his death, although the postmortem examination of a body did not reveal any traces of alcohol or drugs).

in 2008 - John Stewart dies at age 68. American songwriter singer and musician, he demonstrated an early talent for music, learning the guitar and banjo, and composing his first song "Shrunken Head Boogie" when he was just ten years old. He formed a school garage band known as "Johnny Stewart and the Furies." Influenced by the icons of the day, Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly, the Furies toured southern California colleges and coffee houses, releasing one single, "Rockin' Anna," which was a minor, regional hit. John is better known for his contributions to the American folk music movement of the 1960s while a member of The Kingston Trio from 1961to 1967. As a songwriter he wrote the song "Daydream Believer," which was a huge number one hit for the Monkees, followed by the hit "Gold" for Fleetwood Mac. Among the dozens of songs he has written and recorded many have been covered by artists from Pat Boone to The Four Tops to Joan Baez. (massive stroke or brain aneurysm)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWwayDfJtkE"]John Stewart - Mother Country - April 2007 - YouTube[/ame]

in 2012 - Dave Millen dies at age 66. English lead guitarist for the pop/beat group from Preston, Lancashire, The Puppets. They backed artists such as Brenda Lee, The Ronettes, Dee Dee Sharp, Gene Vincent, Vince Eager, Marty Wilde, Michael Cox, Duffy Power, Jess Conrad Crispian St. Peters, Billy Fury and Millie. - Born January 29th 1943.

in 2012 - Anthony Gonsalves dies at age 84. Indian film music composer born in the village of Majorda; during the mid-1950s, attempted to merge the symphonies of his Goan heritage with the Hindustani melodies and rhythms in films of the day. In 1958, he founded the Indian Symphony Orchestra (not the Symphony Orchestra of India) featuring playback singers Lata Mangeshkar and Manna Dey as soloists. In 1965, he quit the film industry and went to the United States, via a travelling grant from Syracuse University in New York. He became a member of the American Society of Composers, Publishers and Authors, and later in returned to India, settled in his ancestral village of Majorda in Goa, and continued composing music. (pneumonia and hypotension) - Born 1927.

in 2012 - Winston Riley dies at age 65. Jamaican reggae musician and producer, born in Kingston, Jamaica. He started in the music industry at 16 years old in 1962, when he formed The Techniques harmony group, which recorded their first tracks for Byron Lee, and then later recorded for Duke Reid. In 1968, he left the group and formed his own Techniques record label, moving into production, producing artistes like Boris Gardiner, The Escorts, Alton and Hortense Ellis, and Johnny Osbourne. His own song, "Double Barrel", performed by Dave and Ansell Collins under Riley's own production, was one of the first international reggae hits, reaching No.1 in the Dutch and UK Singles Chart (On 1 November 2011, Winston was shot in the head at his home in Kingston. He had been the subject of several earlier attacks. He died after being in a coma since the shooting) - Born May 14th 1943.

in 2012 - Errol Scorcher/Errol Archer dies at age 55. Jamaican reggae DJ, he had several hits in the 1970s with tracks such as "Jolly Bus-Ting", "Engineers Affair" and "Peace Truce". In 1978 he joined Nicodemus, Nigger Kojak, and Mother Liza on Prince Jammy's Tapetone sound system, which soon became Jamaica's top system. His first album, Rasta Fire, was also released on the United Artists offshoot Ballistic, on which he was backed by The Revolutionaries. In '79 he had a hit with "Roach in a De Corner" and "Frog In a Water". He worked with Ansell Collins on a series of recordings including "Mosquitoes", which was also a hit. He also set up his own Scorcher label and began production work on both his own recordings and for artists such as Tony Tuff. - Born 1956.

in 2012 - Giancarlo Bigazzi dies at age 71. Italian record producer, composer, lyricist, and the former bandleader of the group of Squallor. Born in Florence, he went on to write some of the greatest hit records of Italian pop music, including Red Roses; Blue-eyed Lisa; I love you; Gloria; You Can Give More; Seafarers, Self Control; Men Do Not Change; I Do Not Love Me; Fall In Love and Bella Bitch, as well as writing and composing for film and television. Also in 1971 he formed the band Squallor, for whom he was the principal lyricist. The band, which was active until 1994, had thier biggest success in 1985 with the album Touch the Apricot. - Born September 5th 1940.



in 2013 – A. Rafiq, prominent Jakarta-based dangdut artist dies at age 64. He was active in the Indonesian music industry from the 1970s onwards. He launched his first single, "Pandangan Pertama" ("First Sight") in 1978. The single was a huge hit and propelled his career in the Indonesian '70s dangdut scene. Rafiq, along with Rhoma Irama and Elvy Sukaesih were the three most popular dangdut singer in the '70s. Rafiq is well known for his Elvis-inspired stage costume and hip-gyrating movements.

The hit "Pengalaman Pertama" enjoyed a second popularity in 2002, when it was remade by one of the most popular Indonesian singers Chrisye in his album Dekade. In 2007, Pengalaman Pertama was again remade by popular Indonesian rock band Slank in the original motion picture soundtrack of Indonesian movie "Get Married".


in 2013 – Frank Mairich Pooler, award-winning American choirmaster, and former Director of Choral Studies at California State University, Long Beach, dies at age 86 from lung cancer at his home in Los Alamitos, California.

Known in both academic and professional music circles for his mastery of contemporary choral repertoire, Pooler has served as a guest conductor, clinician, lecturer and adjudicator throughout the continental United States, Canada, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hawaii, and Alaska. His published compositions, arrangements and editions, which are over 500 in number, have been widely performed in Europe and North America. Articles by Frank Pooler in the area of choral art have been published in major professional journals, and he has served as a member of the Editorial Board of the "Choral Journal."

1943 While still a high school student, founded and directed the first children's choir at First (Norwegian) Lutheran Church.
1953 Studied and worked with Scandinavian composers in Norway, Sweden and Denmark resulting in the English publication of more than 100 Scandinavian choral works.
1954-1957 Minister of Music at First Lutheran Church, Albert Lea, MN.
1955 Fellow of the American-Scandinavian Foundation.
1959 – 1988 Established and lead Dept. of Choral Music Cal State Long Beach

In the mid-1970s, he also taught summer school in Saratoga Springs, New York, at Skidmore College. He gave graduate level classes as part of the State University of New York (Potsdam) "Saratoga Potsdam Choral Institute" (SPCI), directed by Brock MacElheran.

Recipient of the Sunni Award (Australia's Grammy) for production on the album, "SCAT!"

2006 Honoree Award recipient at the American Choral Director Association Western Division convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.

He is co-author of three books, "The New Choral Notation, " "Sound and Symbol," and "Choralography - an Experience in Sound and Movement. " The "Frank Pooler Editions," and the "Frank Pooler Library of Significant Works," feature works by leading composers of the United States, Australia, Scandinavia, and Argentina.
Personal life

Frank Pooler was born and raised in Onalaska, Wisconsin. He attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and earned a bachelor's degree there. While there, he acquired a love for choral music while singing under Olaf Christiansen, son of the noted choral director, F. Melius Christiansen. He worked for a year after that as the music director at the First Baptist Church in Albert Lea, Minnesota, before going to the University of Iowa, where he earned a master's degree. From there, he worked for several years at Shimer College, then in Mount Carroll, Illinois. He often said that those years at Shimer were among the happiest and most productive of his life. From there, he went to a brief stint at New Trier High School in Chicago. It was there, in the middle of winter 1959, that he received a phone call from a former University of Iowa colleague, asking if he wanted to come to California to work at Long Beach State University. Frank's answer was "what's the temperature there?" He would go on to teach at CSULB for 28 years, before retiring in 1988. He earned the St. Olaf Medal from the King of Norway in 1984 for distinguished contributions to Norwegian music in the United States.

The Frank Pooler Collection. (Music) The Frank Pooler Collection contains the published, written/composed, arranged, edited, and instigated work of Frank Pooler. Included are several hundred choral octavos printed singly (S), or in collections (C). The collection also contains articles and other journalistic items by or about the Poolers published in magazines, newspapers, and brochures.

Richard Carpenter accompanied Pooler's University Choir at California State University, Long Beach. Several years later, Karen Carpenter also joined the choir and recorded "Goodnight," "Crescent Noon," and "And When I Die" with the choir in 1969. Karen's parents hired Frank to give Karen music lessons.

Richard Carpenter later composed the music to "Merry Christmas Darling," a lyric Pooler had written when he was 18. Karen later said,

"'Merry Christmas Darling' I think, is a little extra special to both of us, because Richard wrote it, and the lyrics were written by the choral director at Long Beach State choir, where we went to school, Frank Pooler. Frank was very helpful in our college days, when we were trying to get a contract and constantly missing classes and everything. He was the only one down there who actually understood what we were after, and he stood behind us all the way. We just did a benefit at Long Beach state, for a scholarship fund, and we did it with the choir and the whole thing, and we did "Christmas Darling" and he just "glows" every time we do it….. I think it's my favorite, because it's really close to me."


in 2013 – Mary Jane Phillips-Matz, American biographer and writer on opera. She is mainly known for her biography of Giuseppe Verdi, a result of 30 years' research and published in 1992 by Oxford University Press. Born in Lebanon, Ohio and educated at Smith College and Columbia University, she lived for many years in Italy, and even after her return to the United States in the early 1970s spent her summers in Verdi's hometown of Busseto where she continued her exhaustive research into his life. She died in New York City at the age of 86, survived by three of her five children.

Mary Jane Phillips was born in Lebanon, Ohio to William Mason Phillips and Hazel Spencer Phillips. Her mother was the author of several books on Ohio history and folklore. She grew up in Dayton and acquired her interest in opera as a child from family excursions to the Cincinnati Zoo where the price of admission included a free performance by Cincinnati Opera in the zoo's pavilion. After earning a bachelor's degree in medieval literature and modern European history in the late 1940s from Smith College and a master's degree from Columbia University, she began a 50-year period of contributing to Opera News. She married Charles Albert Matz Jr., a writer and literary historian, in 1950 while still a Masters student at Columbia and published under the name Mary Jane Matz until the couple divorced in 1977.

Her first book, Opera Stars In The Sun: Intimate Glimpses Of Metropolitan Personalities was published in 1955 and dedicated to her parents. The 1960s saw the publication of two more books, a biography of the philanthropist and arts patron Otto Kahn and Opera: Grand and Not So Grand. The latter was an analysis of the modern opera business which she characterized as "monstropera", contrasting what she felt was its dehumanized, bourgeois approach with its past as a flamboyant yet more human spectacle. During the 1960s and early 1970s Phillips-Matz lived in Venice with her young family. She continued her research and writing and also taught English to the employees of Venice's public boat system. She and her husband became friends with Olga Rudge and Ezra Pound who lived nearby and introduced Pound to Gian Carlo Menotti, another old friend. During this time, Phillips-Matz was also general manager, fund-raiser, and public relations director for Menotti's Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto.

Although she returned the United States and settled in Manhattan in the early 1970s, Phillips-Matz spent part of every year in Busseto, where Verdi spent many of his early years, where she lived in an old rectory rented to her by the local priests and continued her exhaustive research into the composer's life. She was one of the founders of the American Institute for Verdi Studies at New York University in 1976 and served as its co-director with Andrew Porter. Over the years, she was instrumental in helping the institute acquire microfilm copies of correspondence and documents relating to Verdi from numerous collections in Italy, including those at Verdi's Sant'Agata estate.

Her 900-page Verdi: A Biography was published by Oxford University Press in the UK in 1992 and in the US the following year. It has since been published in multiple editions and translated into French and Spanish. The biography won the Royal Philharmonic Society Book Award in 1993 and the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award in 1994. Edward Rothstein writing in The New York Times called it an "important biography" which "provides us with a more complicated portrait of the man than we have had so far." The new light shed on Verdi's life by Phillip-Matz's book included evidence that Verdi's family roots and his own emotional ties were actually in the Province of Piacenza, rather than Parma, and that far from being poor, his father had owned a substantial amount of land and could read and write at a time when 90% of Italians were illiterate. More controversially, she found evidence suggesting that Giuseppina Strepponi gave birth to a daughter in 1851 while she was Verdi's mistress but years before they married. The child was abandoned at an orphanage in Cremona but then entrusted to the care of a family living near Verdi's estate at Sant' Agata.

Biographies of the opera singers Rosa Ponselle and Leonard Warren followed in 1997 and 2000, the latter a commission from the Leonard Warren Foundation. Her last major work was her biography of Giacomo Puccini, published in 2002, although she continued to lecture and in 2005 wrote the text for a book commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Washington National Opera. Phillips-Matz died at her home in Manhattan, near Verdi Square shortly before her 87th birthday. She was survived by three of her five children. One of her daughters had died of cancer at the age of five, another was killed in a car accident in 1983.


in 2013 – Steve Knight, American musician best known as the keyboardist for Mountain, a rock band of the early 1970s, dies in New York of complications from Parkinson's disease at the age of 77.

Knight was born in New York to artist parents. From 1938–1950 his family lived in Woodstock, New York. In 1950, his father became a professor at Columbia University and moved the family to New York City. In 1952, Knight graduated from high school (New Lincoln School) and enrolled at Columbia later that year. He stayed at Columbia for most of the 1950s (1952–1959) studying art, music and psychology. He earned a B.S. degree majoring in psychology, and had one year of graduate work in psychology.

From 1959 to 1968, Knight recorded with or was a member of various bands including the Feenjon Group, the Peacemakers, Devil's Anvil and Wings (not McCartney's group). In 1969, producer/vocalist/bassist Felix Pappalardi organized Mountain. The initial line-up included Leslie West (guitar/vocals) and N.D. Smart (drums). Prior to release of Mountain's debut album, Climbing!, Pappalardi, who had known Knight from prior musical affiliations, added him to the line-up on keyboards. He performed with the band at Woodstock in August 1969. Later Corky Laing replaced Smart on drums. The band enjoyed a great deal of recording and touring success in the early 1970s including 3 gold albums, but called it quits in 1972. Knight then returned to traditional jazz. For the next 25 years, Knight worked in specialty engineering (as a door engineer), and as a songwriter, author and part-time musician.

In the mid-1990s, Knight left New York City and returned to Woodstock. In November 1999, he was elected to a seat on the Woodstock Town Board. He was re-elected to a second term in 2003. In 2007 Knight chose not to seek a third four-year term, instead choosing to focus on his personal life including several music projects.


in 2013 – John Braheny, American author and singer-songwriter, dies at age 74 He released a solo album in 1970, Some Kind of Change, on the Pete label. He was born in 1938 in Iowa. He also wrote songs for others, including "December Dream" in 1967, which was recorded by The Stone Poneys who included lead vocalist Linda Ronstadt. It was released on the band's Evergreen - Volume Two album that year.


in 2013 – Mehnaz Begum, Pakistani singer, well known for her film appearances, dies at age 63, at Bahrain Airport while transiting from Karachi to Miami, Florida for medical treatment.

She sang a variety of genres but specialized in ghazal, thumri, dadra, khayal, drupad and reciting salam, noha and marsiya. She was the daughter of celebrated sub-continental singer Kajjan Begum and the famous government officer Abdullah Abdullah Tasnim, but when she realized fame, she changed her maiden name to Mehnaz.

One of her most memorable works is Master Piece. Master Piece is a painting that Tasnim created when she was taking a drawing class in college. She was not married but some of her favorite hobbies included bird watching and admiring nature. Her favorite television show and movie was Franklin (show) and Bambi (movie). She also delighted in drawing various flowers and birds.

She has won the Nigar Award for Best Female Playback Singer 13 times and in 2011, she was awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by Lux Style Awards.


in 2014 – Al Lerner, American pianist, composer, arranger, and conductor from the big band era, dies at the age of 94 from Prostate Cancer at Eisenhower Hospital in Rancho Mirage, CA.

He was a member of the Harry James band for many years, playing piano. He wrote music for several artists, including Allan Sherman and Liza Minnelli. He also wrote the music for "So Until I See You", the closing theme for The Tonight Show with Jack Paar in the early 1960s, and was the pianist for A Tribute to Eddie Duchin, which was a soundtrack for the 1956 biographical film pic The Eddy Duchin Story.

Lerner was born on April 7, 1919 in Cleveland, the youngest of three children. Their father Abraham had died on November 11, 1918 before Al's birth, a victim of the 1918 flu pandemic. Lerner's mother Jennie Takiff then married a sheet metal worker named Abe Lerner, who became Al's adopted father. During the American Prohibition banning the sale of alcohol, Abe Lerner used his metalworking abilities on the side to make stills for Cleveland gangsters and bootleggers, and used his seven-year-old son Al as a courier for payments. It was a rough neighborhood with regular mob wars between rival gangsters, multiple killings on Lerner's street, and payoffs to the local police. Abe Lerner was eventually arrested and the still business was shut down, after which the family went broke.

As a child, Lerner helped to bring in money by climbing onto tables in local saloons and singing songs such as "All Alone by the Telephone", and then collecting coins thrown by the patrons. He then took piano lessons at a convent next to St. Anne's Hospital, but quit because he thought it was too difficult. When he saw a performance by Bill Robinson at The Palace, he decided he wanted to learn tap dancing, so studied with Roy Lewis, and soon was winning amateur contests. He was also learning how to play drums from his brother Harold, and began playing for $1.50/night at a local brothel. As he tired of carrying the drums back and forth though, he decided to switch back to piano as it was easier, and resumed his lessons. His skills continued to improve, and by the age of 17 he had worked his way up to earning $15/week, playing at clubs such as Shadowland, and developing an affinity for jazz by listening to records by Earl Hines. He attended John Adams High School and Glenville High School.

Lerner was introduced to jazz pianist Art Tatum at a Cleveland Club, and was "blown away" by the man's skill as a jazz player. Lerner then traveled in search of work, going to Miami Beach but the job fell through, so he then went to Havana, Cuba, aboard The Cuba. When he returned to the United States, he got a call from Harry James, who invited Lerner to join his band in New York. There, Lerner discovered that James wanted to have an unheard-of two pianos in his band, with Lerner playing one, and Jack Gardner the other. With a steady job, Lerner proposed to his Cleveland girlfriend, Ruth Levkovitz, and they married on June 15, 1941 and settled in New York, though Lerner spent much of his time on the road with the band, doing 50 and 60 one-night-stands at a time.

In 1941, when Ray Bolger (later the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz) was a featured act with the James band at the Paramount Theatre in New York, Lerner and Bolger would do a "challenge" tap dance as part of the show. When Glenn Miller enlisted in the Army, his band was not able to perform on the Chesterfield Hour radio program, after which the Harry James Band was chosen. This meant a major increase in salary for Lerner, up to $75/week. With the exposure on the radio show, the band also began getting work in the film industry, such as in Private Buckaroo and Springtime in the Rockies. The band got more attention, and was regularly on the move, from New York to Los Angeles and back again. It was during this time that Lerner began composing, such as writing an instrumental with Harry James, "Music Makers", which became the band's theme. When the James Band finally broke up in 1944, Lerner stayed in Los Angeles and joined with singer Dick Haymes, with whom he worked for the next thirteen years as musical director.

Over the course of his career, Lerner worked with many artists from the Big Band era of music, such as Charlie Barnet, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Rosemary Clooney, Kay Starr, and Pat Boone. He played with the Harry James band at the Paramount Theater in 1940, featuring Bea Wain, has performed at Carnegie Hall, and was conductor at a Royal Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth in 1954 at the London Palladium, in a benefit for the Variety Artistes Benevolent Fund. Lyricists that he has worked with include Frankie Laine. In 1961, he composed the music for "So Until I See You", with lyrics by Victor Gari Corpora. The music was used as the closing theme of the Jack Paar Show. It was recorded by singer David Lucas for Arwin Records.

Lerner's first wife, Ruth Levkovitz Lerner, died in 1986. In 1991 he remarried, and as of 2014, Lerner was living in Palm Desert, California with his wife, Jonne. He has two children by his first marriage. At the time of his death he was the sole surviving member of the Harry James Orchestra of the early 1940s.


in 2014 – Bruce Springsteen scored his 10th UK No.1 album with High Hopes, putting him ahead of the likes of Abba, David Bowie and Michael Jackson. The achievement puts him on level pegging with The Rolling Stones and U2, who also have 10 UK No.1's. The Beatles lead the way, with 15, followed by Madonna on 12, while Elvis Presley and Robbie Williams both had 11 each.


in 2014 – Udo Kasemets, Estonian-born Canadian composer of orchestral, chamber, vocal, piano and electroacoustic works, dies at age 94. He was one of the first composers to adopt the methods of John Cage, and was also a conductor, lecturer, pianist, organist, teacher and writer.

Kasemets was born in Tallinn, Estonia, and trained at the Tallinn Conservatory and the Akademie der Musik in Stuttgart. In 1950, he attended the Kranichstein Institut für neue Musik in Darmstadt, where he became familiar with the music and philosophies of Ernst Krenek, Hermann Scherchen and Edgard Varèse. He emigrated to Canada in 1951, and became a Canadian citizen in 1957.

From the 1950s, Kasemets was active in Hamilton and Toronto. He taught at the Royal Hamilton College of Music and served as conductor of the Hamilton Conservatory Chorus, until 1957. He was music critic for the Toronto Daily Star 1959–63 and taught at the Brodie School of Music and Modern Dance 1963–67.

In 1962–63, he organized Toronto's first new music series Men, Minds and Music, and established the Isaacs Gallery Mixed Media Concerts. In 1968, he directed the first Toronto Festival of Arts and Technology entitled SightSoundSystems and founded and edited a new music publication series, Canavangard. In 1971, Kasemets joined the Faculty of the Department of Experimental Art at the Ontario College of Art, where he taught until retiring in 1987.

Kasemets significant influences include Erik Satie, Marcel Duchamp, James Joyce, John Cage, James Tenney, Morton Feldman, Merce Cunningham and Buckminster Fuller. Other strong influences especially evident in his later work include; the Chinese I Ching and Fractal music.

Kasemets lived in Toronto, Ontario.


in 2014 – Steven John Fromholz, American entertainer, singer-songwriter who was selected as the Poet Laureate of Texas for 2007, dies at age 68.

Steven Fromholz was born in Temple, Texas and attended the University of North Texas where he was president of the Folk Music Club. Fromholz began performing while he was serving in the United States Navy during the 1960s. After leaving the Navy, he teamed with Dan McCrimmon to create the group Frummox. Fromholz also played with Stephen Stills and Rick Roberts before going solo. He recorded with Willie Nelson, singing "I'd Have to be Crazy" and Lyle Lovett singing "Texas Trilogy" and "Bears." Other artists who have recorded his songs include Hoyt Axton, John Denver, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Sturgill Simpson.
In addition to singing and songwriting, Fromholz dabbled in acting, playwriting, poetry, record producing, narrating, jingle-writing and whitewater river guiding. In 2007, he was named Poet Laureate of the State of Texas by the Texas State Legislature. His latest book is Steven Fromholz: New and Selected Works.

He had two daughters; Darcie (to whom the song "Dear Darcie" is dedicated) and Felicity (for whom his record label Felicity Records is named).

Fromholz's first album, Here to There, has become a difficult-to-find Texas classic, as it has long been out of print.

It was recorded with music partner Dan McCrimmon as the duo "Frummox" in 1969 on ABC Probe Records, CPLP 4511. This album is a seminal work, pre-dating and foreshadowing the Texas Music scene-to-come, when Willie Nelson relocated from Nashville to Austin and became the icon of "Outlaw" music. This album has never been officially released on CD. Notable on the album is his "Texas Trilogy," a set of three songs meant to be played as one long work: "Daybreak," "Trainride," and "Bosque County Romance," portraying life in rural Texas in the 1950s, set in the town of Kopperl, in Bosque County, Texas.

Fromholz's "Texas Trilogy" was the basis of a book by Craig D. Hillis and Bruce F. Jordan, Texas Trilogy: Life in a Small Texas Town, in which the authors accompanied and illustrated the trilogy's lyrics, set in the town of Kopperl, Texas, with photographs of the surrounding landscape. It also contains interviews with principal characters within the town. The book was praised for its photographs, though not for its text.

In addition, Fromholz himself published a book called Texas Trilogy.

In the early afternoon of January 19, 2014 Fromholz was fatally injured when a rifle fell from its case and discharged. He died en route to the hospital. The accident occurred as Fromholz was making preparations to hunt feral hogs who were killing the baby goats on a ranch near his residence outside Eldorado, Texas. He is buried in the nearby Fort McKavett Cemetery.


in 2015 – Ward Lamar Swingle, American vocalist and jazz musician who founded The Swingle Singers in France in 1962, dies at age 87.

Born in Mobile, Alabama, Swingle studied music, particularly jazz, from a very young age. He learned clarinet, oboe and the piano as a child. He was playing in Mobile-area Big Bands before finishing high school. Swingle continued his music studies at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, from which he graduated in 1950 (Summa Cum Laude). He also met a French-born violin student, Françoise Demorest, and the couple married in 1952.

Swingle then moved to France in 1951 on a Fulbright scholarship, where he studied piano with Walter Gieseking and also worked as a rehearsal pianist for Les Ballets de Paris. In 1959, he was a founding member of Les Double Six of Paris, which specialised in scat singing of jazz standards. Swingle subsequently applied the scat singing idea to the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. This concept was the foundation for The Swingle Singers, which became fully established by 1962. The Swingle Singers released their albums Jazz Sebastian Bach and Bach's Greatest Hits in 1963. Their early recordings won five Grammy Awards.

Swingle disbanded the original Swingle Singers in 1973. He moved to London and formed an English group, which variously had the names Swingle II and the New Swingle Singers. With the new group, he expanded the earlier group's repertoire to include classical and avant-garde works along with the scat and jazz vocal arrangements.

In 1984, Swingle returned to live in America. Though he remained musical advisor for his London-based group, he devoted most of his time to workshops, guest conducting and the dissemination of his printed arrangements through his publishing company, Swingle Music.

His pioneering ideas in new choral techniques produced invitations to conduct the Stockholm and Netherlands Chamber Choirs, the Dale Warland Singers, the Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir, the BBC Northern Singers and the MENC National Honors Choir at Kennedy Center. In the 2000s he gave a long series of workshops and seminars at universities in both Europe and North America.

In March 1994, Swingle and his wife moved back to France, where he continued his work in arranging, composing and guest conducting. In 1997 he wrote an autobiography and treatise entitled Swingle Singing, in which he defined 'Swingle Singing' techniques with illustrations from his arrangements and compositions.

On February 20, 2004, Swingle was named "Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" (Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French Minister of Culture and Information.

Swingle died in Eastbourne, England. His widow, their three children, and three grandchildren survive him.


in 2015 – Reverend Oscar Eason Hayes, American gospel musician and leader of The Abundant Life Fellowship Chorale, dies at age 47.
He started his music career, in 1991, with the release of Got 2 Tell It by Tyscot Records. His second album, Simply Determined, was released in 1993 by Tyscot Records, and this was his breakthrough release upon the Billboard magazine Gospel Albums chart. The third release, Choir Music, Vol. 1: Live in New Orleans, came out in 2001 from Sound of Gospel and this placed on the aforementioned chart.

Reverend Hayes was born on October 12, 1967 in Detroit, Michigan, as Oscar Eason Hayes, whose mother June Hayes, resided in the Northern part of the city, and this caused Hayes to be exposed to a myriad of societal ills. Rev. Hayes graduated from William Tyndale Christian College with his bachelor's degree, while he was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at A.P. Clay Christian Seminary he graduated with his Master’s and Th.D.

He began his music recording career in 1991, with the release of Got 2 Tell It on November 26, 1991 by Tyscot Records. His second album, Simply Determined, was released by Tyscot Records on July 26, 1993, and it was his breakthrough release upon the Billboard magazine Gospel Albums chart at No. 27. The third album, Choir Music, Vol. 1: Live in New Orleans, was released on July 31, 2001 by Sound of Gospel, and it placed on the aforementioned chart at No. 19.

Reverend Hayes was married to Lady Erica Hayes, at the time of his death, and he was the pastor at Nazarene Missionary Baptist Church.


in 2015 – Vera Gornostayeva, Russian pianist and pedagogue, dies at age 85.

An Emeritus Artist of the Russian Federation at the time of her death, Gornostayeva was a graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where her teacher was Heinrich Neuhaus.

In addition to her performing career, Gornostaeva was a professor at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. She gave masterclasses in Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Japan and the United States. Her book Two Hours After the Concert was translated and published there. Other educational activities included leading annual seminars for Russian music teachers, giving lectures on radio and TV on classical music and the performing arts, and publishing articles and books. She was a jury member and often chairman of the jury at many prestigious international music competitions, and was also the President of the Moscow Association of Musicians.

Gornostayeva was renowned for having trained about 50 prize winners of international piano competitions including Alexander Slobodyanik, Semion Kruchin, Valery Sigalevitch, Petras Geniušas, Dina Joffe, Yuri Lisichenko, Pavel Egorov, Alexander Paley, Eteri Andjaparidze, Ivo Pogorelich, Aleksandra Romanić, Sergei Babayan, Marian Pivka, Maxim Philippov, Vassily Primakov, Ayako Uehara, Maki Sekiya, Yurie Miura, Lukas Geniušas, Vadym Kholodenko, Stanislav Khristenko, Andrey Gugnin and others.

She made numerous recordings for Melodiya, Philips, Phoenix, Yamaha, LP Classics, and other labels of piano works by Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Liszt, Schumann, Schubert, Scriabin, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Mussorgsky.


in 2015 – John Bilezikjian, Armenian Los Angeles-based musician and composer, dies at age 66 from kidney disease. Most renowned as an oud master, he also played the violin, mandolin and dumbek. He was also a traditional and contemporary singer singing in Armenian, but also in Turkish, Assyrian/Syriac, English and known for his contributions to world music as a solo act and in collaborations with renowned artists. He established his own record company, Dantz Records in Laguna Hills, California making many recordings, and appearing in tens of film soundtracks.

Collaborations included Leonard Cohen in Recent Songs (1979) after touring with him on his live concerts, resulting in Cohen Live album in 1994 and The Smokey Life Tour recorded in 1979. He played oud in Cohen's 1988 album I'm Your Man. In 1992, he collaborated with British singer Robert Palmer in the latter's album Ridin' High, where he played oud and dumbek in "Want You More". In 1997, he recorded with Mexican singer Luis Miguel in the latter's album playing mandolin in Romances and in 1994 with Plácido Domingo in De Mi Alma Latina and in 1999 in Por Amor.

In 2002, he joined the world music band Brothers of the Baladi recording in their album Hope. He also played with the Armenian-American musician Armen Chakmakian and singers Roupen Altiparmakian and Andy Madadian

He played with many orchestras including The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, The Los Angeles Mandolin Orchestra, The Pacific Palisades Symphony. In 2005 he played with the Boston Pops Orchestra as featured soloist, marking the first time the oud was heard in a solo capacity with that orchestra on its stage. He later appeared as a bouzouki soloist with The Pasadena Pops Orchestra. He has played in recordings by Alberto Mizrahi, Brothers of the Baladi, Steve Young, David Such, Radim Zenkl.


in 2016 – Max Reinier Nijman, Surinamese singer, dies in Leiderdorp, Netherlands at the age of 74. A grand farewell ceremony was held at the Paradiso. On January 30, 2016, he was buried in Paramaribo, Suriname.

He first started singing in English, with cover versions of American artists when he was sixteen years old. After being inspired by Brook Benton, he decided to sing his own songs mainly in Sranan.

In 1968, Nijman moved to the Netherlands, where he signed to Dureco and released his debut solo-album Katibo in 1975. The title track, Adjossi and Ai Sranang became his most known songs. He then released the albums Wan Dei Lobi with The Stan Lokhin Band in 1977 and Ini Wan De in 1978.

In 2014, the label TopNotch released a compilation album of Nijman within a series named Sranan Gowtu (Surinamese Gold) devoted to Surinamese artists from the 1970s.

A grand farewell ceremony was held at the Paradiso. On January 30, 2016, he was buried in Paramaribo, Suriname.


in 2016 – Don McLean was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault after police were called to a property in Camden, Maine.

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