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Old December 1st, 2010, 06:44 AM   #591

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On 2009 we posted:
in 1879 - Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta H. M. S. Pinafore was first performed, with Sullivan conducting and Gilbert playing a sailor in the Queen’s Navy (and it was also Sullivan's birthday. I didn't know that.)
in 1886 - Wagner's Tristan and Isolde was first performed in the USA, at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, with Anton Seidl conducting
in 1989 - American choreographer Alvin Ailey died at the age of 58
in 1997 - French classical and jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli, died at the age of 89


Recusant added:
in 1727 - Johann Heinrich Buttstett composer, dies at 61.
in 1933 - Lou Rawls American soul, jazz and blues singer is born.
in 1944 - Eric Bloom cowbell player (guitar player and lead vocalist) for Blue Oyster Cult is born.
in 1944 - John Densmore drummer for The Doors is born.
in 1945 - Bette Midler American singer/actress is born. "I wouldn't say I invented tacky, but I definitely brought it to it's present high popularity."in 1946 - Gilbert O'Sullivan Irish singer-songwriter is born.
in 1951 - Jaco Pastorius bassist for Weather Report is born.
in 1963 - The Beatles release their first single (I Want to Hold Your Hand) in the US.
in 1982 - Dorothy James composer, dies on 81st birthday. (Two-fer there!)


Chookie added:
The composer, Franz Xaver Richter was hatched in 1709.

Avon added:
Are you familiar with any of his 60-some symphonies or plentitude of motets? [IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Peter/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msohtml1/02/clip_image001.gif[/IMG]
I'll bet you are familiar with Jeremiah Clarke who died on this day in 1707. [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1Zk8Mfzqfc&feature=related"]He composed this[/ame] ... sorta!
Also, Bartok's [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTMP220xhI0&feature=related"]Concerto for Orchestra[/ame] was premiered in Boston in 1944.


To which we add:

in 1605 - Juan de Padilla composer is born
in 1623 - Thomas Weelkes composer, dies at 47
in 1635 - Melchior Teschner composer, dies at 51
in 1651 - Cristobal de Isla Diego composer, dies at 65
in 1671 - Francesco Stradivari Italian violin maker/son of Antonius is born

in 1707 - Jeremiah Clarke composer, dies
in 1709 - Franz Xaver Richter composer is born
in 1712 - Bernhard Christian Weber composer is born
in 1724 - Dismas Hatas composer is born

in 1727 - Johann Heinrich Buttstett composer, dies at 61
in 1729 - Giuseppe Sarti composer is born

in 1729 - Christian Ludwig Boxberg composer, dies at 59
in 1755 - Maurice Greene composer, dies at 59
in 1779 - Pyotr Ivanovich Turchaninov composer is born
in 1781 - Charles Philippe Lafont composer is born
in 1784 - Francois Henri Joseph Castil-Blaze composer is born
in 1787 - Pavel Ivanovich Dulgorukov composer is born

in 1808 - Anton Fischer composer, dies at 30
in 1810 - Joseph Gungl composer is born

in 1813 - Ferdinando Bertoni composer, dies at 88
in 1814 - August Rockel composer is born

in 1817 - Justin Heinrich Knechtl composer, dies at 65
in 1823 - Ernest Reyer composer is born
in 1844 - Alfred Cellier composer is born
in 1847 - Agathe Grondahl composer is born
in 1850 - Peter Erasmus Lange-Muller composer is born
in 1874 - Dominicus Johner composer is born
in 1883 - Romanos Hovakimi Melik'yan composer is born
in 1885 - Guy de Lioncourt composer is born

in 1893 - Eduard Franck composer, dies at 76
in 1896 - Petko Staynov composer is born
in 1901 - Dorothy James composer is born

in 1901 - Ilona Feher (Hungarian-Jewish violinist) is born
in 1904 - Jimmy Lytell (US clarinetist;The Original Memphis Five/band leader) is born
in 1905 - Ida Carroll musician is born
in 1906 - Jean Cartan composer is born

in 1908 - Georgios Kasassoglou (Greek musician, music education pioneer) is born
in 1912 - Terence Beckles pianist/teacher is born

in 1913 - Mary Martin (American actress, singer; stage musicals) is born
in 1914 - Johnny Johnston St Louis Mo, singer (Make that Spare) is born

in 1917 - Thomas Hayward (Thomas Albert Tibbett) (US operatic tenor) is born
in 1919 - Ike Isaacs guitarist is born

in 1921 - John Bunch (US Hoosier jazz pianist) is born
in 1923 - Wessel Ilcken (Dutch jazz drummer) is born
in 1925 - Jaime Mendoza-Nava composer is born

in 1925 - Vicente Arregui Garay composer, dies at 54
in 1925 - Dick Johnson (US big band clarinetist;The Artie Shaw Orchestra) is born
in 1926 - Hans Heinrich XIV Hochberg composer, dies at 83

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in 1927 - Grant Beglarian composer is born
in 1927 - Ted Brown (US tenor saxophonist; jazz artist) is born
in 1928 - Lurlean Hunter (American jazz singer) is born
in 1929 - Leon Biriotti composer is born

in 1930 - Matt Monro (Terrence Parsons) (UK ballad singer) is born
in 1931 - Jim Nesbitt (US comic country music singer) is born
in 1931 - Jimmy Lyons (American alto saxophonist;Cecil Taylor Unit) is born
in 1932 - Dame Heather Begg (New Zealand operatic soprano) is born
in 1932 - Amadeo Vives composer dies at 61
in 1939 - Max Fiedler composer, dies at 79
in 1934 - Billy Paul Phila, singer (Me and Mrs Jones) is born
in 1935 - Lou Rawls Chic Ill, vocalist (Dean Martin's Golddigers, Natural Man) is born

in 1935 - Woody Allen (Allen Stewart Konigsberg) (US film director, clarinetist, actor, comedian) is born
in 1937 - Gordon Crosse Bury Lancashire England, composer (Grace of Todd) is born

in 1937 - Muriel Costa-Greenspon (US mezzo-soprano) is born
in 1938 - Sandy Nelson Santa Monica, 50s rocker (Teen Beat, All Night Long) is born

in 1938 - Carlos Garnett (Panamanian tenor saxophonist; Art Blakey/Miles Davis/solo) is born
in 1939 - Dianne Lennon LA Calif, singer (Lennon Sisters) is born

in 1942 - Casey Van Beek (US multi-instrumentalist; The Tractors) is born
in 1944 - Prokofjev's 8th Piano sonata, premieres
in 1944 - Eric Bloom (US singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist; Blue Oyster Cult and others) is born
in 1944 - Charlie Grima (Maltese-UK drummer; Wizzard/freelance) is born
in 1945 - John Densmore LA, drummer (Doors-C'mon Light My Fire) is born

in 1945 - Harvey Bartlett Gaul composer, dies at 64
in 1946 - Gilbert O'Sullivan Ireland, singer (Alone Again Naturally) is born

in 1947 - Alain Bashung (French singer) is born
in 1947 - Leo Cuypers (Dutch pianist) is born

in 1950 - Ernest John Moeran British composer, dies at 55
in 1950 - Keith Thibodeaux (US actor, drummer; David & the Giants) is born
in 1950 - Armen Donelian (Armenian-American pianist; jazz fusion group Cosmology/solo) is born

in 1951 - Benjamin Britten's opera "Billy Budd," premieres in London
in 1951 - Eric Bloom rock vocalist/guitarist (Blue Oyster Cult) is born

in 1951 - Felix Petyrek composer, dies at 59
in 1951 - Jaco Pastorius US jazz guitarist (Weather Report-Word of Mouth) is born


in 1954 - Fred Rose dies at age 56. American songwriter and music publishing executive born in Evansville, Indiana; he started playing piano and singing as a small boy. In his teens, he moved to Chicago, Illinois where he worked in bars busking for tips, and finally vaudeville. Eventually, he became successful as a songwriter, penning his first hit for entertainer Sophie Tucker. In 1942 in Nashville, he teamed up with Grand Ole Opry star Roy Acuff to create the first Nashville-based music publishing company. Their Acuff-Rose Music was almost immediately successful, particularly with the enormous hits of Hank Williams. While running the business, Fred continued to write numerous country songs and eventually became one of the industry's most important personalities. Fred also wrote songs under the name of Floyd Jenkins. Along with Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers, Fred was one of the three charter members of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970 and into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985

in 1955 - Mark Thompson (American disc jockey and actor) is born
in 1956 - Stuart Kimball rock guitarist (Face To Face) is born

in 1956 - Kim Richey (US singer-songwriter) is born
in 1956 - Julee Cruise (US singer, actress) is born

in 1957 - Chris Poland (US guitarist; Megadeth) is born
in 1958 - Lisa Fischer (American R&B singer) is born
in 1959 - Steve Jansen Stephen Batt (UK vocalist, drums, percussion; Japan/Dolphin Bros/Nine Horses) is born
in 1959 - Billy Childish (English singer, guitarist, poet, painter, writer, film maker) is born


in 1959 - Avery Parrish dies at age 41. American jazz pianist; he started in the Bama State Collegians, at the Alabama State Teachers College an ensemble led by Erskine Hawkins. He stayed with Erskine until 1941 and recorded with him extensively. He wrote the music to "After Hours", which became a jazz standard. He moved to California, but was involved in a bar fight in 1942 which left him paralyzed at age 24, and unable to play music for the rest of his life. In 1979 he was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

in 1960 - Ion Vasilescu composer, dies at 57
in 1963 - Sam Reid (Canadian keyboardist; Tokyo/Glass Tiger) is born

in 1968 - Nicolae Bretan dies at age 81. Romanian baritone opera singer and composer born in Transylvania He studied in Cluj, Vienna and Budapest before becoming one of the pioneers of Romanian opera - his opera Luceafarul in 1921 is cited as the first opera in Romanian. Bretan also composed many lieder. In 1944 Bretan wife's family, who were Jewish, were transported to the Nazi extermination camp at Auschwitz and murdered. Refusing to become a member of the Romanian Communist Party in 1948, he was not favoured by the Romanian communist regime, who treated the composer as a "non person". His major operas include Luceafarul-1921, Golem-1924, Eroii de la Rovine-1935, Horia-1937, and Arald-1939

in 1968 - Dario Moreno dies at age 47.
Turkish-Jewish singer as well as an accomplished composer, lyricist and guitarist, who was born in Izmir; he attained fame and made a remarkable career centered in France which also included films, during the fifties and the sixties. Dario appeared in 13 films and released 12 albums and was awarded the 1958 Grand Prix Du Disque in France (died of a heart attack in a taxi going to Istanbul airport)

in 1969 - Samuel "Magic Sam" Gene Maghett dies at age 32. American blues guitarist, singer-songwriter, born in Grenada, Mississippi. He learned to play the blues from listening to records by Muddy Waters and Little Walter. After moving to Chicago at the age of 19, he was signed by Cobra Records and became well known as a bluesman after his first record, "All Your Love" in 1957. He was known for his distinctive tremolo guitar playing, vocals and songwriting ability which have inspired and influenced many blues musicians ever since. In The Blues Brothers, Jake Blues dedicates the band's performance of "Sweet Home Chicago" to the "late, great Magic Sam". In 1982, Sam was posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. (died suddenly of a heart attack)

in 1970 - Jonathan Coulton (US singer-songwriter) is born
in 1971 - John and Yoko release "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" in US
in 1971 - Mika Pohjola (Finnish jazz pianist and composer) is born
in 1972 - Wings release "Hi, Hi, Hi" in UK

in 1973 - Jon Theodore (US drummer; The Mars Volta/freelance) is born
in 1973 - Steve Gibb (UK-born US guitarist; Black Label Society/Underbellys/Crowbar/solo/sessions) is born

in 1975 - Isaiah "Ikey" Owens (US keyboardist; The Mars Volta) is born
in 1977 - Big Bad Brad (Bradford Phillip Delson) (US lead guitar, Linkin Park) is born
in 1978 - Mat Kearney (US singer, songwriter) is born
in 1982 - Michael Jackson releases "Thriller"

in 1985 - Janelle Monae Robinson (US singer) is born
in 1986 - Paul McCartney releases "Only Love Remains

in 1986 - Horace Heidt orch leader (Swift Show Wagon), dies at 85

in 1986 - [Irving] Lee Dorsey [Kid Chocolate] dies at age 61. American pop/R&B singer during the 1960s. From 1965 to 1969 he had seven songs in the Hot 100, the most successful of which was "Working In The Coal Mine" in 1966. In 1970 he and Allen Toussaint collaborated on an album entitled "Yes We Can". He appeared on an album with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, which led to more recordings on his own with ABC Records in the late 1970s. In 1980, he opened for English punk band The Clash on their U.S. tour. He served in the United States Navy and began a career in prizefighting. Boxing as a light heavyweight in Portland in the early 1950s, he fought under the name "Kid Chocolate" and was quite successful.


in 1989 - Billy Lyall dies at age 35.
Scottish keyboard player and vocalist with Pilot and an early member of the Bay City Rollers. Born in in Edinburgh, he also contributed to The Alan Parsons Project with fellow Pilot members. In addition, he released a solo album, titled Solo Casting in 1976

in 1993 - Ray Gillen dies at age 34.
American singer, best known for his work with Badlands, in addition to his work with Black Sabbath in the mid-1980s. Born in New York, he started singing while in High School and played the New Jersey club circuit with various bands, most notably Vendetta and Harlette. In 1985 he joined Bobby Rondinelli's band, before his stint with Black Sabbath. He next played and recorded with Phenomena, "II Dream Runner" in 1987 and with Blue Murder on their demo "It's Too Late" in 1988, after which he joined John Sykes', Badlands, recording 3 albums. Just before his death Ray went to New York City and formed the band Sun Red Sun with old friends, releasing a self-titled album. He also worked with George Lynch on his 1993 "Flesh and Blood" album

in 1997 - Stéphane Grappelli dies at age 89.
French self taught jazz violinist; he and Django Reinhardt founded the Quintet of the Hot Club of France during 1933-39 producing a sensational series of recordings & performances. He has appeared on 100's of recordings including sessions with Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Claude Bolling, Jean-Luc Ponty, Stuff Smith, L. Subramaniam, Gary Burton, Paul Simon, David Grisman, Yehudi Menuhin, André Previn, Bucky Pizzarelli, Joe Pass, Yo Yo Ma, Toots Thielmans and Mark O'Connor. He also collaborated extensively with the British guitarist Diz Disley, recording 13 albums with him and his trio, and with now renowned British guitarist Martin Taylor. In the 80s he gave several concerts with the young British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber. His music is played very quietly, on Pink Floyd's album "Wish You Were Here", he was not credited, according to Roger Waters, in order to avoid "a bit of an insult". He is an inductee of the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997

in 1999 - (or Nov 30) Don "Sugarcane" Harris dies at age 61. American Blues, jazz, rock violinist and guitarist born and raised in Pasadena, California; he was given the nickname "Sugarcane" by LA bandleader Johnny Otis. He started an act called Don and Dewey in the mid 1950s. In the 1960s he played exclusively the electric violin, as a sideman with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and Frank Zappa, most recognized for his appearances on the Mothers of Invention albums Hot Rats, Burnt Weeny Sandwich, and Weasels Ripped My Flesh. His lead vocal and blues violin solo on a cover of Little Richard's "Directly From My Heart to You" on Weasels, and his extended solo on the lengthy "Little House I Used To Live In" on Weeny are considered highlights of those albums. The 70's sees him fronting the Pure Food and Drug Act


in 2007 - Zayda Peña Arjona dies at age 28. Mexican lead singer; she headed a band known as Zayda y los Culpables – “Zayda and the Guilty Ones.” One of her songs was “Tiro de Gracia,” a reference to an execution-style gunshot. (she was shot in the back by a gunman at Mónaco Motel in Matamoros, Tamaulipas. This was not fatal, but the following day several assailants entered the hospital and shot her to death. She was not involved with drugs on any level)


in 2008 - Mikel Laboa dies at age 74. Spanish Basque singer and songwriter. His music could be defined as a happy combination of tradition, poetry and experimentalism. He was a founder of the legendary ‘Ez Dok Amairu’ cultural group. After over 40 years devoted to music, he has influenced many of the younger generations and recorded 15 albums between 1964 to 2005 (?) b. June 15th 1934


in 2009 - Ramses Shaffy dies at age 76. Dutch popular singer, chansonnier (songs from the late Middle Ages and Renaissance) and actor; born in Paris, after dropping out of high school in 1952 he attended the Amsterdam school of theatre arts. In 1955, he made his stage debut with the Nederlandse Comedie and in 1964, he founded the theatre group Shaffy Chantant. Ramses became popular as a singer in the 1960s, his noted songs include Zing, vecht, huil, bid, lach, werk en bewonder/Sing, fight, cry, pray, laugh, work and admire; We zullen doorgaan/We will go on; Pastorale/Sammy; and Laat me/Leave me be. He also frequently collaborated with Dutch singer Liesbeth List. By the early 80's he had returned to the stage, he played Don Quixote in the musical De man van La Mancha (The man from La Mancha) in 1993. Pieter Fleury made a documentary about him in 2002, titled Ramses, which won a Golden Calf, the award of the Netherlands Film Festival


in 2009 - Donald Washington Sr dies at age 79. American jazz tenor saxophonist, born in West Philadelphia and raised in Southwest Philadelphia and graduated from Murrell Dobbins Career and Technical Education High School in 1948. He starting to play the saxophone as an elder statesman on Philadelphia's jazz scene in the late 1960s to the mid 1980s. As a leader, Donald founded the Marlboro Men, a group that toured Haiti, Jamaica and the Virgin Islands. He also performed with Donald Byrd, Jerry Butler, Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis, Jr., B.B. King, Diana Ross, Neil Sedaka and Horace Silver. When not on the road, he would jam regularly in Saturday Nights at Natalie's Lounge in West Philadelphia


in 2009 - Gustavo Adolfo Palma dies at age 89. Guatemalan singer who became known as "the Tenor of Central America". He made debut as a singer in 1936, performing on weekly programs on radio TGX. In 1944 entered a contest “Trip to Mexico”, promoted by the XEW of Mexico, “the Voice of Latin America" in which he won. In 1955 he appeared in the film “El Cristo Negro” (the Black Christ) with the actors “Raul Martinez and Rosa Carmina, filmed in Guatemala. In 1964 Gustavo performed in the Central American Festival of the Song, in El Salvador, obtaining a prize with the song “Tonight my Love”. In 1970 he was the guest of honor in the First Festival of the Central American and the Caribbean Song in Panama

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On 2009 we posted:
in 1899 - English conductor Sir John Barbirolli was born in London
in 1923 - Greek-American soprano Maria Callas was born in New York City
in 1931 - French composer Vincent d'Indy died in Paris at the age of 80
in 1990 - American composer Aaron Copland died in North Tarrytown, NY at the age of 90


Diddyriddick added:
in 1949 - Gene Autry’s song “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” hit the record charts.
in 1973 - The Who and some companions were jailed overnight for $6,000 worth of destruction they imposed on a hotel room after a show.


To which we add:
in 1578 - Agostino Agazzari composer is born
in 1760 - Joseph Graetz composer is born

in 1763 - Carl August Thielo composer, dies at 56
in 1774 - Johann Friedrich Agricola German (court)composer/organist, dies at 54
in 1813 - Jacob Rosenhaim composer is born

in 1831 - Traugott Maximilian Eberwein composer, dies at 56
in 1840 - Gaetano Donizetti's opera "La Favorita," premieres in Paris
in 1840 - Opera "Die Favoritin" is produced (Paris)
in 1845 - Johannes Simon Mayr composer, dies at 82
in 1856 - Robert Kajanus composer is born
in 1863 - Gustav Wohlgemuth composer is born

in 1866 - Henry "Harry" Burleigh (African American composer, arranger, baritone singer) is born
in 1870 - Francis Louis Casadesus French violinist/composer/conductor is born

in 1970 - Tippetts Opera "Knot Garden," premieres in London
in 1877 - Camille Saint-Saens' opera "Samson et Dalila," premieres in Weimar
in 1880 - Josephine Lang composer, dies at 65
in 1885 - Opera "Regina di Saba," premieres in Vienna
in 1888 - Franz Xaver Witt composer, dies at 54
in 1892 - Leo Ornstein composer is born

in 1895 - Harriet Cohen CBE (British classical pianist) is born
in 1899 - John Barbirolli English conductor (NY Philharmonic Orchestra) is born
in 1901 - Staf Gustaf Frans Nees Belgian composer is born

in 1902 - Miroslav Ponc composer is born
in 1903 - Victor Roger composer, dies at 50
in 1905 - Osvaldo Pugliese musician/composer is born

in 1906 - Peter Carl Goldmark (Hungarian engineer, president; Columbia Records/invented the LP) is born
in 1914 - Adolph Green (US composer; collaborator Betty Comden) is born
in 1914 - Eddie Sauter Bkln musician (Sauter-Finegan Band, Sat Night Revue) is born
in 1915 - Nico Richter composer is born

in 1915 - Jan Malat composer, dies at 72
in 1916 - Francesco Paolo Tosti composer, dies at 69
in 1917 - Sylvia Syms (Sylvia Blagman) (American jazz singer) is born
in 1918 - Milton Delugg LA Calif, orch leader (Tonight Show) is born

in 1919 - Henry Clay Frick built largest coke and steel operation, dies at 69
in 1920 - Robert Moevs composer is born
in 1923 - Maria M Callas NYC, soprano (Carmen) [or 12/4] is born

in 1923 - Tomas Breton y Hernandez composer, dies at 72
in 1925 - Julio Garreta composer, dies at 50
in 1931 - Paul-Marie-Theodore-Vincent D'indy French count/composer, dies at 80
in 1931 - Wynton Kelly (US jazz pianist; Miles Davis's Quintet/many greats/solo) is born
in 1933 - Josef Gruber composer, dies at 78
in 1935 - Jurg Wyttenbach composer is born

in 1935 - Ronnie Mathews (American jazz pianist) is born
in 1936 - Peter Michael Braun composer is born
in 1941 - Tom McGuiness rocker (McGuiness-Flint) is born

in 1941 - Tom McGuinness (UK guitar, vocals; Manfred Mann/McGuinness Flint/Manfreds/Paul Jones Blues) is born
in 1942 - Ted Bluechel (US drummer, guitar, vocals; Cherry Hill Singers/Association) is born
in 1942 - Ted Bluechel San Pedro Ca, rock vocalist/drummer (Association) is born
in 1943 - David Munden rocker is born

in 1943 - David Charles Munden (UK drums; The Tremeloes) is born
in 1944 - Dionysis Savvopoulos (Greek music composer, lyricist, singer) is born
in 1947 - Isaac Bitton (French rock drummer; Les Variations) is born

in 1950 - Dino Lipatti dies at age 33. Romanian pianist, born in Bucharest his playing was hailed as having reached the highest degree of integrity and pianistic technique, which he employed in the quest for musical perfection. Dinu is particularly noted for his interpretations of Chopin, Mozart and Bach, but he also made recordings of Ravel's Alborada del Gracioso, Liszt, Enescu, the Schumann Piano Concerto, and the Grieg Piano Concerto. His recording of Chopin's Waltzes has remained in print since its release and has long been a favorite of many classical music-lovers.

in 1952 - Michael McDonald St Louis, rock keyboardist/vocals (Doobie Brothers) is born
in 1953 - Myung-Whan Chung Seoul Korea, pianist (Chung Sisters) is born
in 1954 - Danielle Alexander Ft Worth Tx, country music pianist is born

in 1960 – Razzle (Nicholas Dingley) (UK drummer; Hanoi Rocks) is born
in 1960 - Sydney Youngblood (Sydney Ford) (German born US singer) is born
in 1960 - Rick 'Sav' Savage (UK bass player, Def Leppard) is born
in 1968 - Nathan "Nate" Mendel (US bassist; Foo Fighters/Sunny Day Real Estate/guest) is born
in 1970 - Yang Hyun Suk (South Korean record producer) is born
in 1970 – Treach (Anthony Criss) (US rap artist; Naughty By Nature) is born
in 1971 - Donna Matthews (Welsh guitarist; Elastica) is born

in 1971 - Ernest 'Punch' Miller dies at age 77. American dixieland trumpeter, born in Raceland, Louisiana. Punch was well known and based in New Orleans from 1919 to 1927 before he moved Chicago. In Chicago he worked with various bands including those of Jelly Roll Morton and Tiny Parham, and appeared on a number of recordings. His lifestyle and the decline New Orleans jazz led to his return to mostly doing festivals. This changed with the rising importance of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and he returned to national attention. He returned to New Orleans, playing at Preservation Hall and leading a band under his own name, in addition to playing with other groups. He toured Japan in 1963 Japan with George Lewis. He was the subject of the 1971 television documentary "Til the Butcher Cuts him down"

in 1972 - Jose Limon Mexican/US dancer (moor's pavane), dies at 64
in 1974 - Sofie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatte composer, dies at 72
in 1976 - Masafumi Goto (Japanese singer, rhythm; Asian Kung-Fu Generation) is born
in 1978 - Nelly Furtado (Canadian singer, songwriter) is born

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in 1978 - Christopher Wolstenholme (UK bassist; Muse) is born
in 1979 - Vasily Pavlovich Solov'yov-Sedoy composer, dies at 72

in 1979 - Yvonne Catterfeld (German singer, actress) is born
in 1981 - Britney Spears singer and popstar ("Baby One More Time," "Oops! ...I did it again" and "I'm A Slave 4U") is born

in 1981 - Hershy Kay composer, dies at 62
in 1982 – Pizon (Michael Scala) (Italian-American rapper, producer) is born

in 1982 - David Blue dies at age 41. US folk singer; an integral part of the Greenwich Village folk music scene in New York, perhaps best known for writing the song "Outlaw Man" for the Eagles, on their 1973 Desperado album. Blue's original version of "Outlaw Man" was the lead track of his own "Nice Baby And The Angel" album. In 1975 he joined Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue and he appeared in Renaldo and Clara, the 1978 movie that was filmed during that tour. He acted in other films including, The American Friend, The Ordeal Of Patty Hearst and Human Highway by Neil Young

in 1985 - Philip Arthur Larkin, CH, CBE, FRSL dies at age 63. English poet, music column writer and music critic, born in Coventry, Warwickshire, ; he is widely regarded as one of the great English poets of the latter half of the twentieth century. He also contributed to The Daily Telegraph as its jazz critic from 1961 to 1971, articles gathered together in "All What Jazz: A Record Diary 1961–71", and he edited the Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse-1973. He was offered, but declined, the position of poet laureate in 1984, following the death of John Betjeman

in 1986 - Desi Arnaz dies at age 69.
Cuban singer, guitarist, percussionist, actor, comedian and TV producer; he led own Latin American band and known to many as Ricky Ricardo with Lucille Ball in "I Love Lucy". In 1939, he starred on Broadway in the successful musical Too Many Girls. He then went to Hollywood to appear in the 1940 movie version at RKO, which starred actress, comedian, and his future wife Lucille Ball. At the time, he also played guitar for Xavier Cugat

in 1986 - Lee Dorsey RandB singer, dies at 59

in 1987 - Teairra Mari (Teairra Maria Thomas) (American R&B singer) is born

in 1988 - Tata Giacobetti dies at age 66. Italian singer and lyricist born in Rome, he sang at the students' parties at the time when he attended scenography classes at the Fine Arts Academy in Rome. In 1940 he founded a vocal quartet called Quartetto Egie, that changed line-up and name twice, becoming Quartetto Ritmo first and then Quartetto Cetra. Besides singing, he was the group's lyricist, while Virgilio Savona, also a member of the quartet, composed the music. They worked together for four decades and produced hundreds of songs which made up Quartetto Cetra's vast repertoire. Their many albums included, In un palco della Scala, Un disco dei Platters, Il Visconte di Castelfombrone, Nella vecchia fattoria, Vecchia America, Che centrattacco, Un bacio a mezzanotte, I ricordi della sera. Quartetto Cetra officially finished their performing career on 1 July 1988 in Bologna, with their last public concert. Tata also wrote lyrics for famous Italian composers of that era, such as Giovanni D'Anzi, Gorni Kramer, and Armando Trovajoli


in 1990 - Aaron Copland dies at age 90.
American composer; he studied composition in Paris with Nadia Boulanger. In his early works he experimented with jazz rhythms and then with an abstract style influenced by Neoclassicism. He came to be unofficially regarded as the U.S.'s national composer. He is best known for his three ballets based on American folk material: Billy the Kid in 1938), Rodeo in 1942, and Appalachian Spring in 1944, for which he recieved the Pulitzer Prize. He also wrote film scores, orchestral works, and operas. He won an Oscar for his 1949 music to The Heiress and was nominated for Of Mice and Men in 1939, Our Town in 1940 and 1943's The North Star. In his later years Aaron refined his treatment of Americana, making his references less overt, and he produced a number of works using the experimental technique of serialism. He continued to lecture and to conduct through the mid-1980s (Alzheimer's disease and respiratory failure) b. November 14th 1900.
1997: Michael Hedges (43) US solo guitarist; covering a wide range of musical styles he was one of the most innovative and acclaimed solo guitarists of his era, self-described "violent acoustic" he rose to success on the strength of a unique performing style that utilized harmonics and picking to create the impression of multiple guitars playing simultaneously. He was discovered in the early eighties by William Ackerman who heard him performing in a Palo Alto cafe and signed him to a recording contract. His record Oracle posthumously won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best New Age Album (a car accident along State Route 128 near Boonville about 100 miles northwest of San Francisco)


in 1998 - Robert Sherwood "Bob" Haggart dies at age 84.
American Dixieland jazz double bass player, composer and arranger. He becamer a founder-member of the Bob Crosby Band in 1935, arranging and part-composing several of the band's big successes including "What's New?", "South Rampart Street Parade", "My Inspiration", and "Big Noise From Winnetka" As a studio musician and arranger he worked with the likes of Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong's and Ella Fitzgerald. He also worked and co-led with Yank Lawson The world's greatest Jazz Band as well as leading his own band

in 1999 - Charlie Byrd dies at age 74.
American jazz guitarist born in Suffolk, Virginia. His strongest influence was Django Reinhardt, in 1957 he met double bassist Keter Betts, the two began doing gigs together, and by October they were frequently performing at The Showboat, Washinton DC. In 1959 the pair joined Woody Herman's band and toured Europe for 3 weeks as part of a US State Department sponsored "goodwill" tour. In 1962, he collaborated with Stan Getz on the famous album, Jazz Samba, a recording which pushed bossa nova into the mainstream of North American music. Charlie became one of the top American guitarist who best played and understood Brazilian music, especially the Bossa Nova genre. Charlie Byrd, Joe Byrd and Chuck Redd were also a part of the famous act called "The Great Guitars" with electric guitarists Herb Ellis and Barnie Kessel. This group toured and recorded albums in the 1980s. Charlie performed the background music for "The Great Chefs Of..." television programs on PBS during the 1980s and '90s

in 2001 - Valerie Jones dies at age 45. US singer, part of The Jones Girls, a female R&B trio of sisters from Detroit, Michigan.Their biggest hit was "You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else". They were also backup singers for Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass and Aretha Franklin and sang with Diana Ross and Le Pamplemousse during the late-1970s


in 2006 - Dave Mount dies at age 59. English drummer and founder member of the 1970's glam-rock group Mud. They first appeared on the Basil Brush show on BBC TV and were signed to Mickie Most's RAK label. They had an immediate Top 20 hit with "Crazy". At the peak of their career they enjoyed three British number one singles with "Tiger Feet", which sold over 500,000 copies in the UK alone, a million sales globally; "Lonely This Christmas", an affectionate Elvis Presley spoof which has now become an annual fixture on British radio and television at Christmas time and "Oh Boy". Mud disbanded at the end of the Seventies, after which he worked with Gray in an oldies act, Les Gray's Mud. He also appeared on an episode of Never Mind The Buzzcocks on BBC Two in November 2005, and featured in the "spot the pop star of the past" identity parade segment. The last performance by the four original members was on 3 March 1990, when they met and played Dave's wedding (sucide)


in 2006 - Mariska Veres dies at age 59. Dutch singer, best known as the lead singer of the rock group Shocking Blue. Born in The Hague, she began her career as a singer in 1963 with the guitar band Les Mysteres. In 1965 she joined the Bumble Bees, the Blue Fighters, Danny and his Favourites, then General Four in 1966, and the Motowns later in 1966. In 1968 Mariska was invited to join Shocking Blue, gaining worldwide fame with their hit single "Venus". Shocking blue split in 1974, until they re-united in 1984, during which time Mariska went solo. In 1993 she started the jazz group The Shocking Jazz Quintet recording an album 'Shocking You'. From 1993 to 2006 Mariska performed in yet another reincarnation of Shocking Blue (cancer) b. October 1st 1947.
2008: Odetta Holmes (77) African-American singer, guitarist, songwriter, and human rights activist, often referred to as "The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement". She performed American folk music, blues, jazz, and spirituals. An important figure in the American folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, she was influential musically and ideologically to many of the key figures of the folk-revival of that time, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Janis Joplin. In 1961, Martin Luther King Jr. anointed her "The Queen of American folk music". In 1976, she performed in the U.S. Bicentennial opera "Be Glad Then America" by John LaMontaigne, as the Muse for America. Many time Grammy Award nominee, on Sept 29, 1999, President Bill Clinton presented her with the National Endowment for the Arts' National Medal of Arts. In 2004, she was honored at the Kennedy Center with the "Visionary Award", and in 2005, the Library of Congress honored her with its "Living Legend Award"


in 2009 - Aaron Schroeder dies at age 83. American songwriter, born in Brooklyn; his first success, At a Sidewalk Penny Arcade one of the songs to introduce Rosemary Clooney as a solo artist, was followed by an incredible 1500 songs. He wrote seventeen songs for Elvis Presley including five that reached number one.. A Big Hunk o' Love, Good Luck Charm, I Got Stung, Stuck on You, It's Now or Never. Other song recordings to his credit, including major records by dozens of artists such as Roy Orbison, Duane Eddy, Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole, Perry Como and Pat Boone. Aaron made a cameo appearance in the 1957 Warner Bros rock and roll movie Jamboree as a songwriter. He was also the founder and president of Musicor Records (1960-1965), and discovered, managed, produced and directed the career of Gene Pitney. He also worked on productions with with Blood, Sweat and Tears, and Hal David and Burt Bacharach among others


in 2009 - Eric Woolfson dies at age 64. Scottish singer, songwriter and lyricist, born in Glasgow he started composing music in his early teens. He moved to London in 1963, stopping off in Manchester to do a short stint as pianist with Hermans Hermits. Finally reachiing London he found work as a session pianist, before record producer Andrew Oldham, signed him up as a songwriter. Eric wrote songs for artists such as Marianne Faithfull, Frank Ifield, Joe Dassin, The Tremeloes, Marmalade, Dave Berry, and Peter Noone. His songs were recorded by over 100 artists both in Europe and USA. During the '60s he worked with two then-unknown writers, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. In the early '70s, Eric went into management, his first two signings were Carl Douglas and engineer/record producer Alan Parsons and in 1975 Eric and Alan joined forces to found the studio progressive rock group, The Alan Parson Project. From 1976 with their debut album Tales of Mystery and Imagination to 1987, they collaborated on the conception and lyrics for all ten albums by The Alan Parsons Project, which have achieved world-wide sales in excess of 40 million. Eric had been swaying more and more towards stage musicals, his first musical premiered in Vienna in 1990: Freudiana, about Sigmund Freud. The success led to his second musical in 1995, "Gaudi" about Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi, which ran for over five years. Other musicals include "Gambler" and "Edgar Allan Poe". His last musical "Dancing with Shadows" based on the anti-war play Forest Fire by the Korean playwright Cham Bum-Suk and with a book by Ariel Dorfman premiered in July 2007 in Korea.

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3 December

On 2009 we posted:
in 1596 - cello and violin craftsman Nicola Amati was born in Cremona, Italy
in 1883 - Austrian composer Anton Webern was born in Vienna
in 1883, world class music school Oberlin College in Ohio, started classes as the first coed institution of higher learning in the United States
in 1942 - Swedish composer Wilhelm Olof Peterson-Berger died in Östersund at the age of 75
in 1978 - composer William Grant Still died in Los Angeles at the age of 83


diddyriddick added:
in 1960 - The musical “Camelot” by Lerner and Loewe opened on Broadway.
in 1979 - At Cincinnati’s Riverfront Coliseum eleven Who fans were trampled to death in the rush to gain admittance for general (unreserved) seats to the band’s concert.


To which we add:
in 1576 - Marsilio Casentini composer is born
in 1668 - Casimir Schweizelsperg composer is born
in 1729 - Padre Antonio Francisco J Jose Soler Olot Spain, composer (Fandango) is born
in 1750 - Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel composer is born
in 1752 - Georg-Friederich Fuchs composer is born
in 1758 - Josef Gelinek composer is born

in 1823 - Joseph Pouteau composer, dies at 84
in 1866 - Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda composer, dies at 65
in 1876 - Hermann Goetz composer, dies at 35
in 1883 - Anton (Friedrich Wilhelm) von Webern Vienna Aust, 12-tone composer is born
in 1888 - Ion Nonna Otescu composer is born

in 1889 - Baltasar Saldoni composer, dies at 82
in 1896 - Boleslaw Szabelski composer is born
in 1898 - Lev Konstantinovich Knipper composer is born
in 1902 - Willem Arnold de Vries Robbe composer is born
in 1907 - Connee Boswell New Orleans La, singer (Pete Kelly's Blue) is born
in 1908 - Halsey Stevens Scott NY, composer (Triskelion) is born
in 1911 - Nino Rota Milan Italy, composer (Torquemada) is born

in 1913 - Emil Brenkus (American jazz bassist) is born
in 1914 - Irving Fine Boston Mass, composer (Toccata) is born
in 1919 - Charles Craig opera singer is born

in 1921 - Phyllis Curtin née Smith (American classical soprano) is born
in 1923 - Maria Callas opera singer is born

in 1923 - Frank Guarrera (American baritone with the Metropolitan Opera) is born
in 1925 - Terry Preston (US country pop singer) is born
in 1926 - Hans Otte German composer/pianist is born
in 1926 - Hans Gunther Franz Otte composer is born
in 1927 - Ferlin Husky country singer (Born to Lose, Gone) is born

in 1927 - Andy Williams (US singer) is born
in 1929 - Clarence Ford sax player is born
in 1929 - Paul Harris Turok composer is born
in 1930 - Andy Williams Wall Lake Iowa, singer (Moon River, Andy Williams Show) is born
in 1930 - Phyllis Curtin Clarksburg WV, soprano (NYC Opera) is born

in 1931 - Jaye P. Morgan (Mary Margaret Morgan) (US singer) is born
in 1932 - Corry Brokken Dutch singer is born

in 1932 - Jody Reynolds (Ralph Joseph Reynolds) (American singer and guitarist) is born
in 1933 - Richard Henry Warren composer, dies at 74
in 1938 - Jos‚ Serebrier Montevideo Uruguay, conductor/composer (Star Wagon) is born

in 1941 - Johann Christian August Sinding composer, dies at 85
in 1942 - Ken Lewis (UK singer, songwriter; Ivy League/Carter-Lewis And The Southerners) is born
in 1944 - Ralph McTell (UK folk singer, guitarist, songwriter, children's TV presenter) is born
in 1945 - Laura Dean Staten Island NYC, composer/choreographer (Drumming) is born

in 1946 - Vic Malcolm (UK lead guitarist; Geordie) is born
in 1948 - Diane Kurys [Emir Kusturica], Sarajevo, bass guitarist is born
in 1948 - Ozzy Osbourne England, rock vocalist (Black Sabbath-Bark at the Moon) is born

in 1949 - Mickey Thomas (US singer; Elvin Bishop Group/Jefferson Starship) is born
in 1951 - Mike Stock rocker (Stock, Aitken and Waterman-Road Block) is born
in 1952 - Don Barnes rock guitarist (38 Special) is born
in 1951 - Nicky Stevens (UK singer; Brotherhood Of Man) is born

in 1952 - Duane Roland (US guitarist; Molly Hatchet/Southern Rock Allstars/Gator Country) is born
in 1953 - Premier of Dmitri Shostakovitch' 5th String Quartet
in 1954 - Paul Gregg country singer (Restless Heart-Wheels) is born

in 1954 - Enrique Soro Barriga composer, dies at 70
in 1954 - William Walton's opera "Troilus and Cressida," premieres in London

in 1955 - Charles Edward "Cow Cow" Davenport dies at age 61. American boogie woogie piano player, also played the organ and sang. His career began in the 1920s when he joined Banhoof's Traveling Carnival, a medicine show. His first fame came as accompanist to blues musicians Dora Carr and Ivy Smith. He also performed with Tampa Red. He recorded for many record labels, and was a talent scout and artist for Vocalion Records. He suffered a stroke in the early 1930s and lost movement in his hands. He was washing dishes when he was found by the jazz pianist Art Hodes in 1938. Hodes assisted in his rehabilitation and helped him find new recording contracts. He is a member of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, where Cripple Clarence Lofton called him a major influence.

in 1960 - Hermann Stephani composer, dies at 83
in 1961 - Beatles meet future manager Brian Epstein
in 1961 - Jekabs Graubins composer, dies at 75
in 1963 - Joe Lally (American bass guitarist; Fugazi) is born
in 1965 - Beatles begin final UK concert tour in Glasgow

in 1968 - Montell Jordan (American R&B singer-songwriter, record producer) is born
in 1969 - John Lennon is offered role of Jesus Christ in Jesus Christ Superstar
in 1969 - Bill Steer (UK guitarist, bassist; Napalm Death/Carcass) is born
in 1972 - Eva Nemcova WNBA forward/guard (Cleveland Rockers) is born


in 1972 - Bill Johnson dies at age 100.US jazz musician considered the father of the "slap" style of string bass playing. He started "slapping" the strings of his bass, (a more vigorous technique than the classical pizzicato), after he accidentally broke his bow on the road with his band in northern Louisiana in the early 1910s. Other New Orleans string bass players picked up this style, and spread it across the country with the spread of New Orleans Jazz. He was founder and manager of the first jazz band to leave New Orleans and tour widely in the 1910s, The Original Creole Orchestra. He also played with King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band, Bill Johnson's Louisiana Jug Band, and made many fine recordings in Chicago

in 1973 - Sammy Leung (Hong Kong disc jockey) is born
in 1973 - MC Frontalot (Damian Hess) (US rapper) is born


in 1973 - Emile Christian dies at age 78. American jazz trombonist from New Orleans; he also played cornet and string bass, he played both cornet/trombone with the Papa Jack Laine bands. He went to Chicago, in late 1917 to play trombone with the Bert Kelly Jass Band. In 1918 he went to New York City to play with the Original Dixieland Jass Band; he toured England with the O.D.J.B., contributed his tune "Satanic Blues" to their repertory, and made his first recordings with this band. Other songs he wrote include "Meet Me At the Green Goose", and "Mardi Gras Parade". After a brief time in the Original Memphis Five, he returned to Europe where he played with various jazz bands in Berlin, Paris, and other European cities into the mid 1930s. He played in both Black and White bands in Europe and India before returning to the US after the outbreak of World War II. He moved back to New Orleans in the 1950s where he played with the bands of Leon Prima, Santo Pecora, and Sharkey Bonano and his own band. In 1957 he toured with the Louis Prima Band. He continued playing in New Orleans into 1969, in his later years mostly playing string bass

in 1974 - Jason Morris (Canadian pop singer) is born
in 1975 - Mickey Avalon (American rapper) is born
in 1975 - Csaba Czébely (Hungarian drummer; Pokolgép) is born
in 1976 - Todd Smith (US vocalist, songwriter, guitarist; Dog Fashion Disco/El-Creepo/others is born
in 1977 - Ksenija Pajcin (Serbian singer, dancer) is born
in 1978 - William Grant Still composer, dies at 83
in 1978 – Trina (Katrina Le’verne Taylor) (US rapper) is born
in 1979 - Daniel Bedingfield(New Zealand born British singer) is born
in 1979 - Kanako Hoshino (Japanese singer) is born

in 1982 - Jaycee Chan (Hong Kong actor, singer, composer, lyricist, guitarist) is born
in 1983 - Sherri DuPree (US vocalist, guitarist, lyricist; Eisley) is born

in 1998 - Pierre Hétu dies at age 62. Canadian conductor and pianist, born in Montreal, Quebec. He studied in Paris, piano with Marcel Ciampi and conducting with Edouard Lindenberg, then in 1961, he won the Concours International des Jeunes Chefs d'Orchestre in Besançon. He subsequently studied under Charles Münch, Jean Martinon, and Hans Swarowsky. Pierre made his Canadian debut in 1963, conducting the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and was appointed the orchestra’s Assistant Conductor under Zubin Mehta from 1963-1968. He was Music Director of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra in Michigan from 1968-1972, Associate Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 1970-1973, and both Artistic Director from 1973-1979 and Principal Guest Conductor 1979-1980 of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra


in 1999 - Scatman John (John Paul Larkin) dies at age 57. American singer born in El Monte, California; stuttering jazz musician who created a unique fusion of scat singing and house music, best known for his debut 1994 single "Scatman (Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop)", a song he intended to inspire children who stuttered to overcome adversity, it sold over 6 million copies, making him a world star at the age of 52. He followed this with 10 more singles and 4 albums. His second album Everybody Jam!, took off in Japan, he was so popular there that toy stores sold dolls of his likeness and he appeared on phone cards and Coca Cola cans. The Japanese version of Everybody Jam! included a total of five bonus tracks, including the hit singles there "Su Su Su Super Ki Re i" and "Pripri Scat", which were commissioned by Japanese companies for several commercials (lung cancer) b. March 13th 1942.


in 2000 - Hoyt Curtin dies at age 78. American composer and music producer, the main musical director for the Hanna-Barbera animation studio from its beginnings with The Ruff & Reddy Show in 1957 until his retirement in 1986. He composed many of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon theme songs, including The Flintstones, Top Cat, The Jetsons, Jonny Quest, Superfriends, Josie and the Pussycats, and The New Scooby-Doo Movies. He also wrote the controversial score for the science-fiction film Mesa of Lost Women and composed the music for the Sandy Frank cartoon Battle of the Planets, his last project, released in 2000


in 2001 - Grady Martin dies at age 72. American guitarist; a noted session musician who played guitar on several hit songs including "Honky Tonk Man" by Johnny Horton, Marty Robbins hit songs El Paso and Don't Worry, and Roy Orbison's Oh, Pretty Woman. He played guitar on the records of artists Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams, Bing Crosby, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Joan Baez, Floyd Cramer, Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee, Ray Price, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and many others. He learnt the piano, guitar and fiddle, at 15 years old he joined the band of Nashville musician Big Jeff Bess and spent the next two years touring. In 1946 he worked with the Bailes Brothers performing on the Grand Ole Opry. As well as his extensive session career, in 1951 he formed a country-jazz band, Grady Martin and the Slew Foot Five, backing acts like Bing Crosby and Burl Ives after which he formed Grady Martin and his Winging Strings and from 1979 to 1994 he became lead guitarist for Willie Nelson's touring band. He was the 83rd inductee into the the Rockabilly Hall of Fame


in 2006 - Logan Whitehurst dies at age 29. American drummer, also keyboards, guitar, accordion, concertina, piano, and provided his own backup vocals through multitracking. He began his career as the drummer for the band Little Tin Frog from 1995 until 2000, although he is best known as a founding member of Californian indie rock band The Velvet Teen and as a solo artist performing under the name Logan Whitehurst and the Junior Science Club He was also an accomplished graphic designer, creating numerous album covers for bands such as his sister's Tsunami Bomb, in addition to Dynamite Boy, Little Tin Frog, The Velvet Teen, 20 Minute Loop, Go Time, Shut Up Donny, Santiago, and labels such as Fearless Records, Restitution Records, Silent Records and Entertainment, and Double Helix Records


in 2009 - Torrie Zito dies at age 76. American pianist, music arranger, composer and conductor. Torrie is widely known for his hugely popular work with John Lennon on the classic album Imagine, as string arranger. But Torrie has worked with many recording artists of note, including Billie Holiday, Stan Getz, Perry Como, Billy Eckstine, Herbie Mann, Steve Lawrence, Edie Gorme, Nana Mouskouri, Bobby Short, Marvin Hamlish, Roberto Carlos, Sinead O'Conner, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Bobby Darin, Morgana King, Johnny Mathis, Clay Aiken, Liza Minnelli, Morgana King, Quincy Jones, and Carly Simon
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4 December

On 2009 we posted:
in 1687, Italian violinist, theorist and composer Francesco Geminiani was born in Lucca, Italy
in 1879 - Irish composer and conductor Herbert Hamilton Harty was born in Hillsborough, County Down
in 1893 - Dame Nellie Melba made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Lucia
in 1976 - British composer Benjamin Britten died in Aldeburgh at the age of 63
in 1993 - American composer and guitarist Frank Zappa died in Los Angeles, CA at the age of 52


diddyriddick added:
in 1961 - Gene Chandler’s “Duke of Earl” was released.
in 1980 - Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones made the announcement of their decision not to re-form Led Zeppelin in the wake of the death of drummer John “Bonzo” Bonham.


To which we add:
in 1660 - Andre Campra composer is born
in 1667 - Michel Pignolet de Monteclair composer is born

in 1676 - Johann Georg Ebeling composer, dies at 39
in 1708 - Marianus Konigsperger composer is born
in 1720 - Jean-Jacques Robson composer is born
in 1791 - Johann Gottlob Topfer composer is born
in 1825 - Hynek Ignac Frantisek Vojacek composer is born

in 1836 - Daniel Read composer, dies at 79
in 1838 - Melesio Morales composer is born

in 1861 - Lillian Russell (Helen Louise Leonard) (US singer, actress) is born
in 1879 - Herbert Hamilton Harty composer is born

in 1884 - Alice Mary Smith composer, dies at 45
in 1910 - Alex North (Isadore Soifer) (US film music composer) is born
in 1915 - Gustav Hollaender composer, dies at 60
in 1915 - Eddie Heywood (American jazz pianist) is born
in 1916 - Frank Joseph Flynn (American vibraphonist) is born
in 1917 - Dick "Pixie" Roberts (Australian alto saxophonist) is born
in 1917 - Russell Jacquet (American big band trumpeter) is born
in 1921 - Deanna Durbin (Edna Mae Durbin) (Canadian actress, singer) is born
in 1926 - Lee Doraey rocker is born

in 1928 - Frank Tiberi (US tenor saxophonist, leader; Woody Herman Orchestra) is born
in 1930 - Paul-Heinz Dittrich composer is born

in 1930 - Jim Hall (American jazz guitarist, composer, arranger) is born
in 1930 - Roman Semyonovich Ledenyou composer is born
in 1932 - Edgar Valcarcel composer is born

in 1933 - Denis Charles (Saint Croixan jazz drummer) is born
in 1935 - Johan Halvorsen composer, dies at 71

in 1935 - Johan Halvorsen dies at age 71. Norwegian composer, conductor and violinist. He was an accomplished violinist from a very early age and became a prominent figure in Norwegian musical life. As well as much theatre work, he conducted performances of over 30 operas and wrote the incidental music for more than 30 plays. Following his retirement from the theatre he finally had time to concentrate on the composition of his three great symphonies and two well-known Norwegian rhapsodies

in 1936 - Larry Davis blues singer/guitarist is born

in 1937 - Ernie Carson (American jazz cornetist) is born
in 1938 - Dina Appeldoorn Dutch pianist/composer, dies at 54
in 1938 - Yvonne Minton CBE (Australian soprano) is born
in 1939 - Freddy Cannon (Frederick Anthony Picariello) (US rock 'n' roll singer) is born
in 1940 - John Cale Wales rock vocalist/keyboardist (Velvet Underground) is born

in 1940 - Rune Carlsson (Swedish drummer, vocalist) is born
in 1942 - Bob Mosley Paradise Valley CA, rock bassist (Moby Grape) is born
in 1942 - Chris Hillman San Diego Ca, singer (Byrds-Turn Turn Turn) is born

in 1944 - Dick Miller (Australian composer, reedist) is born
in 1944 - Dennis Carl Wilson (US vocalist, drums; Beach Boys) is born
in 1944 - Chris Hillman (US bassist, vocals; Byrds/Flying Burrito Brothers/Desert Rose Band/guest/solo) is born
in 1944 - Anna McGarrigle (Canadian folk singer-songwriter) is born

in 1947 - Andy LaVerne (American jazz pianist, composer, arranger) is born
in 1947 - Terry Woods (Irish folk musician, mandolin, cittern; Pogues) is born

in 1948 - Southside Johnny (John Lyon) (US vocals, harmonica; The Asbury Jukes) is born
in 1951 - Gary Rossington rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rossington-Collins Band) is born

in 1953 - Daniel Gregory Mason composer, dies at 80
in 1954 - Nina Vasar wife of Russian composer Dmitri Sjostakovitsj, dies
in 1955 - Brian Prout Troy NY, singer (Diamond Rio-Meet in the Middle) is born

in 1955 - Cassandra Wilson (US Grammy Award-winning jazz singer) is born
in 1956 - Herbert Groenemeyer Germany, rocker (OE, Luxus, Chaos, Spruenge) is born

in 1959 - Bob Griffin (US bassist; The BoDeans) is born
in 1962 - Vinnie Dombroski (US lead vocals; Sponge) is born
in 1964 - Beatles release "Beatles For Sale" album
in 1964 - Andrew Banfield (UK vocals; Pasadena's) is born
in 1964 - Sertab Erener (Turkish popular singer) is born
in 1965 - Rob Smits pop drummer (Kong/Phlegm) is born

in 1966 - Masta Ace (Duval Clear) (American rapper) is born
in 1967 – Adamski (Adam Tinley) (UK keyboards, vocals, dance music producer) is born
in 1967 - Eric Roche (American/Irish arranger, guitarist) is born

in 1969 - Alceo Toni composer, dies at 85
in 1969 - Jay-Z/Jigga/Jay Hova/Young Hov/God MC/Shawn Corey Carter (US rapper, record presdent) is born
in 1970 - Fat Pat (Patrick Lamont Hawkins) (US rapper; Screwed Up Click) is born
in 1972 - Howard Eisley NBA guard (Utah Jazz) is born

in 1972 - Justin Welch (UK drums; Elastica) is born
in 1973 - Kate Rusby (UK folk music singer; Pookies/solo) is born
in 1973 - Frank Boeijen (Dutch keyboardist; The Gathering) is born
in 1973 - Atsushi Tamura (Japanese comedian, singer; Jealkb) is born
in 1973 - Ferry Corsten (Dutch producer, remixer, DJ) is born

in 1976 - Benjamin Britten British composer (Beggar's Opera), dies at 63
in 1976 - Tommy Bolin rock guitarist (Deep Purple), dies of heroin overdose

in 1976 - Amie Comeaux (US country singer) is born
in 1976 - Ysabella Brave (MaryAnne Ysabella) (US soul-blues-jazz singer) is born

in 1976 - Tommy Bolin dies at age 25). American-born guitarist; born in Sioux City, Iowa, he moved to Boulder, Colorado, in his late teens, where he played in a band called American Standard before joining Ethereal Zephyr, later called Ethereal Zephyr. In 1972 at the age of 20, Tommy formed the fusion jazz-rock-blues band Energy. At this time he also played on Billy Cobham's Spectrum album. 1973 found him in the James Gang recording two records with this band: Bang! in 1973 and Miami in 1974. He went on to do session work for numerous rock bands and also with a number of jazz artists. He featured on Alphonse Mouzon's (of Weather Report) album Mind Transplant and toured with Carmine Appice and The Good Rats. In 1975 he embarked on his solo career debuting with 'Teaser'. Also in 1975 he was contacted to replace Ritchie Blackmore in Deep Purple. The Deep Purple world tour that followed in 1975 and 1976 allowed Tommy to showcase one song per night from Teaser. In 1976 he began to record Private Eyes, his second solo record. This album was supposed to be a double album. Much more of his music was released after his death including 11 live albums. His final show, just hours before his death, he opened for Jeff Beck

in 1976 - Benjamin Britton dies at age 62. UK composer, conductor, violist and pianist; he showed musical gifts early in life, and began composing prolifically as a child. With his arrival on the international music scene, many felt that English music gained its greatest genius since Purcell. One of his best known works is The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, composed to accompany Instruments of the Orchestra, an educational film produced by the British government, narrated and conducted by Malcolm Sargent

in 1977 - Big Pokey (Milton Powell) (US rapper; Screwed Up Click) is born
in 1977 - Morten Veland (Norwegian guitarist, lyricist, songwriter; Sirenia) is born

in 1978 - Jaclyn Victor (Malaysian singer) is born is born
in 1980 - 2 months after death of drummer John Bonham, Led Zeppelin breaks up
in 1981 - Lila McCann (US country music singer) is born
in 1985 - Marcel Boereboom Belgian musicologist, dies at 83


in 1993 - Frank Zappa dies at age 52. American composer, electric guitarist, record producer and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, he wrote rock, jazz, electronic, orchestral, and musique concrète works. He also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. Zappa produced almost all of the more than 60 albums he released with the band Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. One of the most accomplished composers of the rock era, with terrific musical knowledge and an outrageous sense of humor

in 2002 - Bernie Dwyer dies at age 62. UK drummer, founder member of Freddie & the Dreamers; although the band were grouped as a part of the Merseybeat sound phenomenon that The Beatles exploded around the world in the wake of Beatlemania, they came from Manchester, and were the first such non-Liverpool, non-Brian Epstein-managed band to break through in the UK. Their most famous hits were "If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody", "I'm Telling You Now", "You Were Made For Me", and "I Understand"


in 2004 - Teo Peter dies at age 50. Romanian rock musician born in Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania, and bass player for rock band Compact formed in 1977 (Sadly Teo died while traveling in a taxi which was hit by a drunk driver, U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Christopher Van Goethem serving as a Marine Security Guard at the American embassy in Bucharest)


in 2004 - Elena Souliotis dies at age 61. Greece operatic soprano initially hailed as "the next Callas", her best known role is Abigaille in Verdi's opera Nabucco. Although her opera recordings were best sellers and she quickly achieved a busy career, unwisely, she took on certain demanding roles too early, and damaged her voice by denying it the time it needed to develop and strengthen by natural stages. After an absence from the stage that lasted several years, she began a second career in comprimario roles beginning in 1979, mostly in Russian operas


in 2005 - Gloria Lasso (Rosa María Coscolin) dies at age 83. Spanish-born singer, long based in France. She found fame and success in the 1950s and 1960s, with songs such as Amour, Castagnettes et Tango, Etranger au Paradis (a French version of Stranger in Paradise), Buenas Noches Mi Amor, and Bon Voyage


in 2007 - Pimp C (Chad Butler) dies at age 33. American rap artist, co-founder of the "Dirty South" style rap group UGK, and also co-owner of Trill Entertainment along with bandmate "Bun B". Born in Port Arthur, TX, his father played trumpet professionally with Solomon Burke, Chad studied classical music while in high school, and received a Division I rating on a tenor solo at a University Interscholastic League choir competition. He developed an interest in hip-hop when a friend of his gave him a Run-DMC album, after which he and his best friend Bernard "Bun B" Freeman, formed the rap group Underground Kingz aka UGK. Their 3rd album, Ridin' Dirty, reached No.2 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. January 2002 Chad was sentenced to eight years in prison after violating probation by ignoring the community service sentence he had received from an earlier aggravated gun assault charge. He was released in 2005 and his 1st solo album "Pimpalation" appeared in the summer of 2006. Bun B dedicated the final UGK album, UGK 4 Life, to Pimp C's memory


in 2008 - Richard Van Allan CBE dies at age 73. British operatic bass singer; he sang varied repertoire at Covent Garden, English National Opera, and numerous important houses worldwide. With his distinctive profile and memorable stage presence, he made a powerful impression in many roles, from Wagner, Verdi, Mozart, to Gilbert & Sullivan. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2001, and his last performance was as Folz in Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the 2006 Edinburgh Festival

in 2000 - Mary Virginia Curtis Verna dies at age 88. American operatic soprano, born in Salem, US, Mary is particularly associated with the Italian repertory and famed in the 50s and ’60s for stepping into the roles of ailing, or otherwise indisposed divas, often on only a few hours’ notice. She made her stage debut at the Teatro Lirico in Milan, as Desdemona, in 1949. She sang widely in Italy, as Maria Curtis Verna, and made guest appearances at the Vienna State Opera and the Munich State Opera. She made her American debut in Philadelphia, in 1952, and the same year at the San Francisco Opera, as Aida. She made her debut at the New York City Opera, as Donna Anna, in 1954, and at the Metropolitan Opera, as Leonora in Il trovatore, in 1957. She can be heard in a few Cetra recordings; Don Giovanni, opposite Giuseppe Taddei, Italo Tajo, Cesare Valletti, Un ballo in maschera, opposite Ferruccio Tagliavini and Giuseppe Valdengo, Aida, opposite Franco Corelli, Miriam Pirazzini, Giangiacomo Guelfi


in 2009 - William 'Liam' Clancy dies at age 74. Irish singer, born in Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary. He began singing with his brothers at fund-raising events for the Cherry Lane Theatre and the Guthrie benefits. They relocated to New York in 1956, where a record breaking 16 minute long performance on The Ed Sullivan Show launched the group into stardom. The quartet recorded numerous albums for Columbia Records and enjoyed great success during the '60s folk revival. In these days, Liam was a close friend of Bob Dylan when they both were going out with two sisters in New York, also he performed live for President John F. Kennedy and played guitar in addition to singing and recorded several solo albums. In 1975 he was booked to play a festival in Cleveland, Ohio, where Tommy Makem was also playing. The two played a set together and formed Makem and Clancy, performing in numerous concerts and recording several albums as a duo, until 1988. Now back in Ireland, Liam re-joined the Clancy Brothers in 1996, which then included his brothers, Paddy, Bobby, and O'Connell, to record the album, "Older But No Wiser" and embark on a farewell tour. He continued to touring with his son, Donal, and O'Connell, as Clancy, O'Connell & Clancy. In 2006 Irish Television profiled Liam Clancy in a two hour documentary called "The Legend of Liam Clancy." In February 2007 the documentary won the award for best series at the Irish Film & Television Academy awards in Dublin


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5 December

in 1663 - Severo Bonini composer, dies at 80
in 1666 - Francesco Antonio Nicola Scarlotti composer is born
in 1687 - Francesco Xaverio Geminiani composer is born
in 1697 - Carlo Arrigoni composer is born
in 1697 - Giuseppe de Majo composer is born
in 1724 - Joseph Friebert composer is born

in 1745 - Christoph Forster composer, dies at 52
in 1758 - Johann Friedrich Fasch composer, dies at 70

in 1791 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart dies at age 35.
Austrian composer; one of the heavyweights of classical music, generally placed in the top rank of composers along with Beethoven and Bach. Many consider Mozart to be the greatest composer of all time. His more than 600 compositions include works widely acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, piano, operatic, and choral music, he is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers

in 1799 - Robert Kimmerling composer, dies at 61
in 1844 - John Frederick Bridge composer is born
in 1852 - Thomas Linnemann Laub composer is born

in 1853 - Johann Peter Heuschkel composer, dies at 80
in 1870 - Viteslav Augustin Rudolf Novak Slovak composer (Quasi una ballata) is born
in 1878 - Arrigo Pedrollo composer is born
in 1880 - Alexander Schmuller Russian/Neth violinist/conductor is born
in 1884 - Evert Cornelis Dutch conductor/pianist is born
in 1888 - Askell Snorrason composer is born

in 1890 - Berlioz' opera "Les Troyens," premieres in Karlsruhe
in 1895 - Henriette H Bosmans Dutch cellist/pianist/composer is born

in 1898 - Grace Moore (US soprano) dies
in 1899 - Sonny Boy Williamson II/Rice Miller/Aleck Ford (US harmonica, singer-songwriter)
in 1901 - Grace Moore US, soprano (One Night to Live) is born
in 1901 - Hanns Jelinek composer is born

in 1902 - Henry Stephen Cutler composer, dies at 78

in 1903 - Johannes Heesters (Dutch singer and actor..still working at 105!!)

in 1911 - Wladyslaw Szpilman (Polish pianist, author, radio personality) is born
in 1915 - Carl Donnell "Kansas" Fields drummer is born

in 1916 - Hans Richter composer, dies at 73
in 1928 - Gene Allen (Eugene Sufana) (US jazz baritone saxophonist) is born
in 1932 - Little Richard (Richard Wayne Penniman) (US rock 'n' roll pianist, singer) is born
in 1933 - Bernard van Beurden Dutch composer/music educator is born

in 1934 - Art Davis (American jazz double-bassist) is born
in 1938 - John J Cale Oklahoma City, rock guitarist (After Midnight) is born

in 1938 - Christina "Dina" Koudijs-van Appeldoorn pianist/composer, dies at 54
in 1938 - JJ Cale (John W. Cale) (US guitarist, singer songwriter) is born
in 1939 - Frederik van Rossum composer is born

in 1940 - Jan Kubelik composer dies at 60
in 1842 - MJ Auguste Vestrius French ballet dancers, dies at 82
in 1944 - Loukas Sideras (Greek drummer; Aphrodite's Child) is born
in 1945 - Eduardo Delgado Serrato (Texan drummer; ? & The Mysterians) is born
in 1946 - Andy Kim [Andrew Joachim], rocker is born

in 1946 - José Carreras (Catalan Spanish operatic tenor) is born
in 1946 - Jose Carreras Barcelona Spain opera tenor (I Lombardi, Three Tenors) is born

in 1947 - Jim Messina (US guitar, bass, recording engineer; Buffalo Springfield/Poco/Loggins&Messina) is born
in 1947 - Miroslav Bukovsky (Czech born, Australian based jazz trumpet player) is born
in 1947 - Egberto Gismonti (Brazilian multi-instrumentalist, composer; Nana Vasconcelos/sessionist/solo) is born

in 1949 - John Altman (British film composer) is born
in 1950 - Osvaldo Golijov (Argentine-born composer) is born
in 1950 - Camarón de la Isla (José Monje Cruz) (Spanish flamenco singer; Paco de Lucia) is born
in 1952 - Bobby Barth rocker vocalist/guitarist (Axe) is born

in 1952 - Andy Kim (Andrew Youakim) (Canadian pop singer) is born
in 1953 - Jonathan Lewis trombonist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover) is born


in 1953 - Jorge Alberto Negrete Moreno dies at age 42. Mexican singer, actor; considered one of the most popular Mexican singers and actors of all time. He started his career singing operatic parts on the radio in 1931 in Mexico City. In 1936 he signed with NBC for a TV program with Cuban and Mexican musicians. He returned to Mexico in 1937 to act in the film "La Madrina Del Diablo" ("The Devil's Godmother") after which in 1938 he starred in "La Valentina" with Elisa Christy and then in "Juntos Pero No Revueltos" ("Together But Not Mixed"). After working in Havana and Hollywood he was called to act in "¡Ay Jalisco, No Te Rajes!" ("Hey Jalisco, Don't Back Down!") which made him an international Latin star and helped formulate the charro film genre

in 1956 - Krystian Zimerman (Polish classical pianist) is born
in 1957 - Phil Collen English heavy-metal guitarist (Def Leppard-Love Bites) is born
in 1960 - Jack Russell rocker (Great White-Twice Shy) is born
in 1960 - Les Nemes rock bassist (Haircut 100) is born
in 1960 - Jack Russell (US lead singer; Great White) is born
in 1960 - Brian Bromberg (US jazz bassist, record producer) is born

in 1962 - José Cura (Argentine tenor opera singer) is born

in 1963 - Karl Amadeus Hartmann dies at age 58. German composer, some have lauded him as the greatest German symphonist of the 20th century, although he is now largely overlooked, particularly in English-speaking countries. He voluntarily withdrew completely from musical life in Germany during the Nazi era, and refused to allow his works to be played there. An early symphonic poem, Miserae first performed in Prague, 1935, was condemned by the Nazi regime; but his work continued to be performed, and his fame grew, abroad. Beginning in November 1945, the concerts reintroduced the German public to 20th-century repertoire which had been banned since 1933 under National Socialist aesthetic policy. Karl provided a platform for the music of the young composers who came to the fore in the late 1940s and early 1950s, helping to establish such figures as Hans Werner Henze, Luigi Nono, Luigi Dallapiccola, Carl Orff, Iannis Xenakis, Olivier Messiaen, Luciano Berio, Bernd Alois Zimmermann and many others. Hartmann also involved sculptors and artists such as Jean Cocteau, Le Corbusier, and Joan Miró in exhibitions at Musica Viva

in 1965 - Wayne Smith (Jamaican reggae musician) is born
in 1965 - Johnny Rzeznik (US guitar, vocalist, songwriter; Goo Goo Dolls) is born
in 1966 - Patricia Kaas French pop singer (Mademoiselle Chant) is born

in 1966 - Lee Seung-Chul (South Korean singer) is born
in 1967 - Ren Shuman [Shumans], rockabilly-bandleader/singer is born is born

in 1967 - Beatles clothing store "Apple" on 94 Baker Street, London, opens
in 1967 - Gary Allan (Gary Allan Herzberg) (US country music singer) is born
in 1968 - Rolling Stones release "Beggar's Banquet" LP
in 1968 - Glen Graham (US drummer, percussion; Blind Melon) is born
in 1971 - Craig Gill (UK drummer; Inspiral Carpets) is born
in 1973 - Paul McCartney releases "Band on the Run" album
in 1973 - Mikelangelo Loconte (Italian singer, performer, composer) is born

in 1977 - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (Ronald Theodore Kirk) dies at age 42. American jazz saxaphonist, composer and multi-instrumentalist who played tenor saxophone, flute and many other instruments, born in Columbus, Ohio, but felt compelled by a dream to transpose two letters in his first name to make Roland. He became blind at an early age as a result of poor medical treatment. In 1970, after hearing it in a dream, he added "Rahsaan" to his name. Preferring to lead his own bands, he rarely performed as a sideman, although he did record with arranger Quincy Jones and drummer Roy Haynes and had notable stints with bassist Charles Mingus. One of his best-known recorded performances is the lead flute and solo on Jones' "Soul Bossa Nova", a 1964 hit song repopularized in the Austin Powers films

in 1979 - Evonne Hsu (US born, Taiwanese singer) is born
in 1980 - Zainam Higgins (US vocals; Cleopatra) is born
in 1980 - Ibrahim Maalouf (Lebanese-born French trumpeter) is born

in 1982 - Keri Hilson (US singer) is born
in 1985 - Dulce María (Dulce María Espinoza Saviñón) (Mexican latin pop singer, actress; RBD) is born

in 1987 - Fat Larry James dies at age 38. American drummer and vocalist of Fat Larry's Band; the band's biggest hits were "Act Like You Know", which later appeared on the soundtrack for Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and "Zoom", which hit number two in the UK singles chart. They had two other major hits in the UK: "Center City" with lead vocals by Grant and "Boogie Town". His opening drum break from "Down On The Avenue", has been sampled by many hip-hop artists, including NWA, Ice T, Jungle Brothers, and Run-DMC

in 1987 - Molly O'Day (LaVerne Williamson) dies at age 64. American C&W, gospel singer, banjo; pioneering vocalist whose soulful, gut-wrenching performances helped redefine the role of the female country solo artist, whose C&W career was relatively brief, but her lasting influence has proven massive. Staring out in 1939 when she was hired to perform in a radio band: Ervin Staggs and His Radio Ramblers at WCHS, Charleston, West Virginia.She also joined the Radio Ramblers as a vocalist under the pseudonym Mountain Fern and worked with a banjoist called Murphy McClees and changed her name to Dixie Lee. She signed recording contract with Columbia Records and Molly O'Day and her band The Cumberland Mountain Folks made their first recordings on December 16th 1946 (sadly lost his battle with cancer)

in 1989 - Kwon Yuri (South Korean singer) is born

in 1989 - John Pritchard CBE dies at age 68. English conductor, known for his interpretations of Mozart operas and his support of contemporary music. He joined the music staff of Glyndebourne Festival Opera in '47 as chorus master in '49. He remained associated with Glyndebourne for most of his career, as conductor, music counsellor and musical director. As well as this he appeared worldwide from the Far East to both American contenants to Europe with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Opera Covent Garden,Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Vienna State Opera, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Cologne Opera, the Théâtre de la Monnaie, and the San Francisco Opera to mention a few. John was appointed CBE in 1962 and knighted in 1983. The prestigious Shakespeare prize in Hamburg, was awarded him in 1975

in 1993 - Doug Hopkins dies at age 32. American lead guitarist; he co-founded the Gin Blossoms, a popular modern rock band of the early 1990s. His writing credits included the hits "Hey Jealousy," "Found Out About You," "Hold Me Down," and "Lost Horizons." but he had to quit the band due to his depression and drinking. He started another band, The Chimeras, with brothers Lawrence and Mark Zubia. His role in the band came to an abrupt end during a show one night, when he just quit. It would be the last band he ever played with in public as a member, he was too tormented with bad depression. (self-inflicted gun shot)

in 1996 - Peter Hall folklorist/musician, dies at 60
in 1996 - Wilf Carter country singer, dies at 91

in 2007 - Andrew Imbrie dies at age 86. American composer of contemporary classical music; in 1937, he studied briefly in Paris, before returning to America to attend Princeton University receiving his undergraduate degree in 1942. Next he went to the University of California, Berkeley, where he received an M.A. in Music in 1947. After which he taught at Berkeley from 1949 until his retirement in 1991. In addition to his principal teaching job at Berkeley, he served as a visiting professor at the University of Chicago, Brandeis University, Northwestern University, New York University, the University of Alabama, and Harvard University, and had a regular teaching post at the San Francisco Conservatory. His notable students included Larry Austin and Neil Rolnick. Andrew wrote both vocal and instrumental music; he wrote two operas, Three Against Christmas -1960, and Angle of Repose -1976, as well as numerous orchestral, chamber, choral, and solo vocal compositions. The Requiem was a memorial to his son John, who died young


in 2007 - Karlheinz Stockhausen dies at age 79. German composer, widely acknowledged by critics as one of the most important composers of the 20th and early 21st centuries. Another critic calls him "one of the great visionaries of 20th-century music". He is known for his ground-breaking work in electronic music, aleatory in serial composition, and musical. Some of his notable compositions include the series of nineteen Klavierstücke (Piano Pieces), Kontra-Punkte for ten instruments, the electronic /musique-concrète Gesang der Jünglinge, Gruppen for three orchestras, the percussion solo Zyklus, Kontakte, the cantata Momente, the live-electronic Mikrophonie I, Hymnen, Stimmung for six vocalists, Aus den sieben Tagen, Mantra for two pianos and electronics, Tierkreis, Inori for soloists and orchestra, and the gigantic opera cycle Licht


in 2008 - Anca Parghel dies at age 51). Romanian singer, composer, arranger, teacher, bandleader and conductor. She had a 4 octaves voice range and sang in different styles and genres of music including jazz, pop, classical, latin, French music, Italian music & Romanian folklore. She has recorded and performed with many greats including Billy Hart, Archie Shepp, Claudio Roditi, John Engels, Larry Corriel, Jean-Louis Rassinfosse, Philippe Catherine, Eric Legnini, Peter Herbolzheimer, Peter Hertmans, Aldo Romano, Gustavo Bergali, Claudio Roditi, Pierre van Dormael, John Ruocco, John Dankworth, played all the top jazz festivals and countless gigs in famous jazz clubs in Germany, USA, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, France, Bulgaria, Romania


in 2008 - Rúnar Júlíusson dies at age 63. Icelandic bassist with Thor's Hammer; formed in Keflavik in 1963, they soon became popular in Iceland and by the mid-1960s they were recording in London on Parlophone Records, including the legendary EP Umbarumbamba, now a valuable collector's item. From these sessions also came the singles "Once" and "If You Knew". They recorded their single entitled "Stay" in the United States on Columbia Records, which was produced by John Simon


in 2008 - Dominic Mallary dies at age 24. American vocalist for Massachusetts hardcore outfit Last Lights, the band had just signed a recording contract two days before this fatal night. (brain anyeurism. He felt ill 2 hours after finishing a show at Boston University’s BU Central late night campus venue, he died soon after in Boston Medical Center)


in 2009 - Dr. Ragtime (Jack Rose) dies at age 38. American guitarist, best known for his solo acoustic guitar work. He was also a founding member of the noise/drone band Pelt. It wasn't until the early 2000's he took up his solo career, releasing his debut album Red Horse, White Mule in 2002, this was followed by around a dozen more albums many of them in limited pressings. He was inspired and influenced by pre-1942 Cajun, country, blues, jazz music and composers like Terry Riley and La Monte Young
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in 1791 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart dies at age 35.
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in 2007 - Karlheinz Stockhausen dies at age 79.
I'd never placed the two events together before. This being the anniversary of Mozart's death is a fact that I remember every year (in my own small way), but I hadn't realised before now that this is also the anniversay of Stockhausen's death also. Stockhausen was also the most frightening composer:
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1v7YYvPSYzw"]YouTube - Stockhausen Klavierstuck X (1/3)[/ame]

btw - Excellent thread, my friend, well done!
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6 December

On 2009 we posted:
in 1887 - American ragtime composer Joseph Lamb was born in Montclair, NJ
in 1896 - American librettist and lyricist Ira Gershwin was born in New York City


Recusant added:
1920 Dave Brubeck, jazz pianist and composer is born.
1943 Mike Smith, pianist for Dave Clark 5 is born.
1949 Leadbelly (Huddie Ledbetter), blues singer and guitarist dies at 64.
1956 Randy Rhodes, guitarist for Ozzy Osbourn and Quiet Riot is born.
1969 Infamous Rolling Stones concert at Altamont CA: 4 dead.
1988 Roy Orbison, rock singer, composer, guitarist dies at 52


Avon added:
Births of Johann Christoph Bach in 1642,
Donato Lovreglio and Gustav Adolph Niemann, both in 1841.

To which we add:
in 1550 - Orazio Tiberio Vecchi composer is born
in 1743 - Franz Nikolaus Novotny composer is born
in 1768 - Johann Baptist Henneberg composer is born
in 1775 - Nicolas Isouard composer is born
in 1776 - Paul Friedrich Struck composer is born
in 1806 - Louis-Gilbert Duprez composer is born
in 1808 - Johann Christian Gebauer composer is born
in 1846 - Henryk Jarecki composer is born

in 1846 - Opera "La Damnation de Faust" is produced (Paris)
in 1865 - Sebastian de Iradier Spanish composer (Arreglito), dies at 56
in 1867 - Giovanni Pacini composer, dies at 71
in 1872 - Mikulas Moyzes composer is born

in 1887 - Joseph Lamb (US ragtime composer) is born
in 1896 - Arnold Foster composer is born

in 1896 - Ira Gershwin (American lyricist) is born
in 1897 - John Axel Fernstrom composer is born
in 1902 - Virgilio Mortari composer is born

in 1903 - Frederick Grant Gleason composer, dies at 54
in 1916 - Hugo Peretti (US songwriting and production duo of Hugo & Luigi) is born
in 1920 - Dave Brubeck Concord CA, jazz pianist/composer (Gates of Justice) is born

in 1920 - Karel Kovarovic composer, dies at 57
in 1920 - Dave Brubeck (US jazz pianist, composer; Dave Brubeck Quartet) is born
in 1921 - Piero Piccioni (Italian musician and composer) is born
in 1924 - Suzanne DeLee Flanders Larson (Susanna Foster) (American film actress and singer) is born
in 1925 - Bob Cooper (American tenor saxophonist, oboe; sessionist) is born
in 1927 - Jacques Bondon composer is born

in 1927 - Akira Miyazawa (Japanese tenor saxophonist) is born
in 1928 - Roberto Pregadio (Italian musician, orchestra director, TV personality) is born
in 1928 - Bobby Van (Robert Jack Stein) (US singer, dancer, trumpet, actor) is born
in 1929 - Mark Kopytman composer is born

in 1931 - Zeki Müren (Turkish actor, singer, and composer) is born
in 1933 - Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki composer is born

in 1933 - Auguste Chapuis composer, dies at 75
in 1935 - Jean Lapointe OC OQ (Canadian/Quebecois actor, comedian, singer, senator) is born
in 1939 - Tomas Svoboda Paris France, Czech composer (Etude) is born
in 1940 - Steve Alaimo Rochester NY, rocker (Mashed Potatoes) is born

in 1940 - Jay Leonhart (American jazz bass player) is born
in 1941 - Helen Cornelius Hannibal Mo, country singer (Nashville on the Road) is born
in 1942 - Len Barry [Leonard Borisoff], Phila, rocker (Bristol Stomp) is born
in 1943 - Mike Smith London Engld, rocker/pianist (Dave Clark 5-Glad All Over) is born

in 1943 - Hermann Lohr composer, dies at 72
in 1944 - Willie Hutch (Willie Hutchinson) (US vocalist, guitar, songwriter; Motown/others) is born
in 1944 - Jonathan King (Kenneth George King) (UK music producer, pop mogul, singer) is born
in 1944 - Fritz Frye (David Carney Fryer) (UK guitarist, producer; Four Pennies/Fritz,Mike&Mo) is born

in 1946 - Maximilian Oseyevich Shteynberg composer, dies at 63
in 1946 - Frankie Beverly (Howard Beverly) (US singer, producer, songwriter; soul & Funk unit Maze) is born
in 1946 - Keith West (Keith Hopkins) (UK singer, producer; Tomorrow/Teenage Opera) is born

in 1947 - Kim Simmonds (Welsh blues guitar virtuoso, multi-musician; Savoy Brown/solo) is born
in 1947 - Miroslav Vitous (Czechoslovakian jazz bassist, multi musician; Weather Report/freelance) is born
in 1948 - Marius Mueller-Westernhagen Duesseldorf Germany, rocker (Stinker) is born
in 1948 - Jonathan King London, singer (Everyone's Gone to the Moon) is born


in 1949 - Lead Belly Huddie William Ledbetter dies at age 64. US folk,sometimes blues musician, notable for his clear, forceful singing and his virtuosity on the twelve string guitar. Pre-dating blues, he was an early example of a folksinger whose background had brought him into direct contact with the oral tradition by which folk music was handed down. Around 1912, he met the young street musician Blind Lemon Jefferson, five years his junior, and the two teamed up to play around the Dallas area for several years. It was during this period, he switched from the six-string to the 12-string guitar. He was a profound influence on folk performers of the 1940s such as Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and later Odetta and Dylan. He recorded extensively & worked with Woody Guthrie in the group the Headline Singers. He left a huge legacy with his songs, including "Old Cotton Fields at Home" “Goodnight, Irene,” “The Midnight Special,” and “Rock Island Line” just to mention a few (Lou Gehrig's disease)

in 1949 - Linda Creed (married name Linda Epstein) (Award-winning US songwriter) is born
in 1950 - Daniel Sahuleka Moluks/Dutch singer/guitarist (Viva la Libertad) is born

in 1950 - Joe Hisaishi (Japanese composer, director) is born
in 1954 - Chris Stamey rocker is born
in 1955 - Bill Lloyd Bowling Green Ky, singer (Foster and Lloyd-Crazy Over You) is born

in 1955 - Rick Buckler (UK drummer; Jam/Time UK's/The Gift) is born
in 1955 - Edward Tudor-Pole (UK vocals, guitar, actor; Tenpole Tudor/presenter on The Crystal Maze) is born
in 1955 - Tish Hinojosa San Antonia Tx, country singer (Something in the Rain) is born
in 1956 - Peter Buck US pop guitarist (REM-Murmur) is born

in 1956 - Randall "Randy" Rhoads (US guitarist; Quiet Riot/Ozzy Osbourne Band) is born
in 1957 - Adrian Borland (English musician; The Sound) is born
in 1958 - Erwin Bodky composer, dies at 62

in 1958 - Danny Alvin dies at age 55. American jazz drummer; in a lengthy career he's played drums and recorded with many traditional jazz groups, he played with Sophie Tucker at the New York club Reisenweber's in 1919, then moved to Chicago in the early 1920s. He played in both cities over the course of his career, playing with Sidney Bechet, George Brunis, Buck Clayton, Wild Bill Davison, Wingy Manone, Joe Marsala, Art Hodes, Mezz Mezzrow, and George Zack. As a leader he recorded sparsely;; his best-known issue was his 1958 album recorded for Stepheny Records. Also he is the father of guitarist Teddy Walters

in 1961 - Jonathan Melvoin (US keyboardist, drums; Smashing Pumpkins/others/sessionist) is born
in 1961 - David Lovering (US drummer; The Pixies) is born

in 1962 - Ben Watt (UK DJ, musician, record producer; Everything But The Girl) is born
in 1963 - Beatles begin a tradition of releasing a Christmas record for fans
in 1966 - Hermann Heiss composer, dies at 68
in 1967 - Hacken Lee (Hong Kong Cantopop singer) is born
in 1969 - 300,000 attend Altamont Calif, rock concert feature Rolling Stones

in 1969 - Mark Gardener (UK singer, guitar; Ride) is born
in 1970 - Ulf Ekberg (Swedish vocalist, producer; Ace Of Base) is born
in 1971 - Hugo Godron composer, dies at 71
in 1973 - Justus Hermann Wetzel composer, dies at 94

in 1983 - Lucienne Boyer Èmilienne-Henriette Boyer dies at age 80. French female singer, born in the Montparnasse Quarter of Paris. In 1927, she sang at a concert by the great star Félix Mayol where she was seen by the American impresario Lee Shubert who immediately offered her a contract to come to Broadway. She spent nine months in New York City, returning to perform there and to South America numerous times throughout the 1930s. By 1933 she had made a large number of recordings for Columbia Records of France including her signature song, " Parlez-moi d'amour", the song won the first-ever Grand Prix du Disque of the Charles Cros Academy. Following the Allied Forces liberation of France, her cabaret career flourished and for another thirty years, she maintained a loyal following. At the age of 73, she sang with her daughter at the famous Paris Olympia and appeared on several French television shows

in 1985 - Dulce María (Mexican singer and actress) is born

in 1987 - Izler Solomon dies at age 77. American orchestra conductor, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota; From 1936 to 1941 he conducted the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, where he premiered more than 150 American works. He was then music director of the Columbus Philharmonic Orchestra 1941-1949, and of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra 1956-1976. As a guest conductor he appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, and Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra. His career was cut short by a stroke in 1976. He made a number of fine recordings, including the world premiere recording of Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No.2, with the RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, and Jascha Heifetz as soloist, in 1954

in 1988 - Roy Orbison singer (Pretty Woman), dies of massive heart attack at 52

in 1988 - Sandra Nurmsalu (Estonian singer, violinist) is born
in 1988 - Bill Harris US guitarist (Clovers-Love Potion No 9), dies at 63

in 1988 - Roy Orbison dies at age 52. Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter, guitarist and a pioneer of rock and roll whose recording career spanned more than four decades. His many hits included "Ooby Dooby", "Only the Lonely", "In Dreams", "Oh, Pretty Woman", "Crying", "Running Scared" and "You Got It". He was known for his smooth tenor voice, which could jump three octaves with little trouble. He was rarely seen on stage without his trademark black sunglasses. In 1987, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1988, he, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan formed the super group Traveling Wilburys who recorded two albums, but sadly Roy had died before the 2nd album and in 1989, he was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

in 1989- Sammy Fain dies at age 87. American music composer, he worked in collaboration with Irving Kahal, writing such as "Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella", and with Lew Brown -"That Old Feeling". His Broadway credits also include Everybody's Welcome, Right This Way, Hellzapoppin', I'll Be Seeing You, Flahooley, Ankles Aweigh, Christine and Something More. Sammy composed music for more than 30 films in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. He was nominated for the best Original Song Oscar nine times, winning twice, with "Secret Love" from Calamity Jane in 1954 and with "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" from the movie of the same title in 1955. He wrote the second theme to the TV series Wagon Train in 1958, called "(Roll Along) Wagon Train". He also contributed to the song scores for the Walt Disney animated films Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and The Rescuers. In 1963, he collaborated with Harold Adamson in writing songs for the movie The Incredible Mr. Limpet, and such songs as "I Wish I Were a Fish", "Be Careful How You Wish" and "Deep Rapture"

in 1995 - Michael Jackson collapses will rehearsing for an HBO special
in 1995 - [Schaff] Claire Polin composer, dies at 69
in 1995 - Joy Gruttmann (German singer; child star) is born
in 1997 - Eliot Daniel composer (I Love Lucy theme), dies at 89


in 1990 - Pavlos Sidiropoulos dies at age 42. Greek singer, songwriter, composer; born in Athens, he formed the band “Damon and Phidias” with his friend Pantelis Delleyannidis in 1970. Soon after the two musicians joined the influential Greek musician Dionysis Savvopoulos and his group “Bourboulia”, recording the album “Damis The Tough”. It was through this group that Sidiropoulos first experimented with combining Greek and Rock music. He next collaborated with the Greek composer Yannis Markopoulos: he sang in his compositions “Oropedio”, “Thessalikos Kiklos” and "Electric Theseus". Then in 1976, he founded the band “Spiridoula” recording the album "Flou", considered by many the most important album in Greek rock music. He had the leading role in the film “O Asymvivastos”, directed by Andreas Thomopoulos, he sang all of the songs of the soundtrack. At the same time, he starred in another movie by Thomopoulos, “Aldevaran”. Sidiropoulos also made one appearance on TV in a series called “Oikogeneia Zarnti”. In 1980, Pavlos joined the band “Oi Aprosarmostoi”, where he remained until his death. In the summer of 1990, his right hand started getting paralyzed, as a result of his long term drug use that he was trying to overcome for many years. He continued his live performances but the deterioration of his health had serious psychological implications. Despite his early death, he remains one of the most popular rock musicians in Greece (died from heart attack, caused by heroin overdose)

in 1991 - Headman Tshabalala South Afr singer (Ladysmith Black Mambazo), dies

in 1995 - Robert Fizdale dies at age 75. American pianist; he met fellow pianist Arthur Gold during their student years at Juilliard. They formed a lifelong gay partnership based around their common interests of music and formed one of the most important Piano duos of the 20th century. It has been said that Gold and Fizdale revolutionized the art of performing as a two-piano duo, agree or not, they were commissioned and premièred many of the most important works for this ensemble in the second half of the 20th century, including works by John Cage, Paul Bowles, Virgil Thomson, Ned Rorem and many other important American Composers. The Duo released recordings featuring works by Les Six, Vittorio Rieti, and many other composers, as well as a series of Concerto recordings with Leonard Bernstein and The New York Philharmonic, including the Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos, The Mozart Two Piano Concerto and Saint-Saëns's "Carnival of the Animals"


in 2000 - Aziz Mian Abdul Aziz dies at age 58. Pakistani singer born in Delhi, one of Pakistan's leading traditional qawwals and also famous for singing ghazals in a unique style of qawwali. Aziz is still one of the most popular qawwals of south asia. He is responsible for the longest commercially released qawwali, ''Hashr Ke Roz Yeh Poochhunga'', which runs slightly over 115 minutes. (sadly died from complications of hepatitis)


in 2002 - David "Billy" Knight dies at age 55. American percussionist, and brother of Gladys Knight


in 2003 - Hans Hotter dies at age 94. German operatic bass-baritone admired internationally after World War II for the power, beauty, and intelligence of his singing, especially in Wagner operas. He made his Covent Garden debut in 1947, after which, he sang in all the major opera houses of Europe. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut as the title role in The Flying Dutchman, in English, in 1950. In four seasons at the Met, he performed 35 times in 13 roles, almost all Wagnerian. He retired from the stage in 1972, but made occasional appearances in small roles thereafter. He was a notable narrator in Schoenberg's Gurrelieder, a role he continued to take well into his eighties

in 2005 - Danny Williams dies at age 63. South African singer; he spent most of his life in the UK, where he made a few successful singles, mainly popular ballads, before hsving a No.1 hit with his cover version of "Moon River" in 1961. It led to his appearance in a film about a rock group, directed by Michael Winner, called Play it Cool which starred Billy Fury. "White On White" became popular abroad and was his only U.S. Top Ten hit, charting in 1964. He continued to record for HMV until 1967 while working the nightclub circuit

in 2006 - Darren "Wiz" Brown dies at age 44. British lead-singer and guitarist of English indie punk band Mega City Four in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the group were noted for their hard-working ethics and extensive touring.Their hits included “Miles Apart”, “Running In Darkness”, and “Less Than Senseless”. From 1999 he worked with bands Serpico releasing the mini-album "Everyone Versus Everyone" and Ipanema who he stayed with until his death. Wiz was also known for his thought provoking lyrics
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On 2009 we posted:
in 1772, Viennese music patron Prince Josef Lobkowitz (patron of Ludwig van Beethoven) was born in Roudnice nad Labem
in 1783, The Theatre Royal (later to become the Royal Opera House) opened in Covent Garden, London.
in 1863, Italian composer Pietro Mascagni was born in Livorno
in 1879, Bohemian-born American operetta composer Rudolf Friml was born in Prague


avon added:
Clara Schuman performed the premier of Johannes Brahms, Handel Variations in B flat major, in Hamburg, in 1861 and Men and Mountains by Carl Ruggles was premiered in New York in 1924.


Chookie added:
Bernardo Pasquini (1637)
Hermann Goetz (1840)
both composers (in case you forgot)
Oh yeah, Tom Waites (1949) too....


Recusant added:
1835 Dom Joseph Pothier, who reconstituted the Gregorian chant, is born.
1963 Barbara Weathers, R&B/soul singer, is born.
1942 Harry Chapin, folk rock singer/songwriter, is born.


To which we add:
in 1557 - Girolamo Trombeti composer is born
in 1604 - Ambrosius Reiner composer is born
in 1637 - Barnardo Pasquini composer is born
in 1648 - Giovanni Maria Capelli composer is born
in 1772 - Joseph Franz Maximilian Lobkowitz composer is born

in 1811 - Ignaz Spangler composer, dies at 54
in 1823 - Johann Gottlieb Schwencke composer, dies at 79
in 1829 - Johann Christoph Kienlen composer, dies at 45
in 1834 - Ludwig Schuncke composer, dies at 23
in 1839 - Jan Matyas Nepomuk August Vitasek composer, dies at 69
in 1840 - Hermann Goetz composer is born

in 1841 - Johann Daniel Ferstenberg composer, dies at 83
in 1857 - Nicola van Westerhout composer is born
in 1863 - Pietro Mascagni Italian composer/fascist (Cavalleria Rusticana) is born
in 1863 - John Ebenezer West composer is born

in 1867 - Rudolf Viole composer dies at 42
in 1879 - Rudolf Friml Czech/US composer (Bohemian suite) is born
in 1887 - Ernst Toch Vienna Austria, composer (Melodie Lehre) is born
in 1889 - Heathcote Dicken Statham composer is born
in 1896 - Juan Maria Thomas Sabater composer is born

in 1899 - Antoni Katski composer, dies at 82
in 1902 - Cecil Irwin (US tenor saxophonist, big band arranger; Earl Hines bands) is born
in 1904 - Konstantin Sokolsky (Russian singer) is born
in 1906 - George Richard James saxophonist is born

in 1908 - Thomas Hoyt "Slim" Bryant (US country music singer/songwriter, guitaist) is born
in 1909 - Teddy Hill (US tenor saxophonist, bandleader) is born
in 1910 - Richard Franko Goldman composer is born

in 1910 - Louis Prima (US jazz singer, trumpet player, composer) is born
in 1910 - Gerard Hengeveld (Dutch classical pianist, music composer, educationalist) is born
in 1910 - Edmundo Ros (Trinidadian musician, vocalist and band leader) is born
in 1912 - Louis Prima New Orleans La, singer (That Old Black Magic) is born

in 1912 - Daniel Jones (British composer) is born
in 1916 - Jean Carignan (French Canadian fiddler) is born
in 1917 - Leon Minkus composer, dies at 91
in 1918 - Jorunn Vidar composer is born
in 1921 - Arne Dorumsgaard composer is born

in 1921 - Clement Barone (US piccoloist, flute; Detroit SymphonyOrchestra/Motown) is born
in 1926 - Wolfgang Ludewig composer is born
in 1927 - Vlastimir Pericic composer is born
in 1928 - Raymond Henry Charles Warren composer is born
in 1930 - Richard Felciano composer is born
in 1935 - Jean-Claude Casadesus composer is born
in 1941 - Cecil Forsyth composer, dies at 71
in 1942 - Harry Chapin NYC, rock vocalist (Taxi, Cat's in the Craddle) is born
in 1942 - Jonathan D Kramer composer is born

in 1944 - Mino Reitano (Italian singer) is born
in 1944 - Daniel Chorzempa (US classical organist, composer) is born

in 1945 - Marion Rung (Finnish singer) is born
in 1948 - Godfrey Turner composer, dies at 35
in 1948 - Gary Morris (US singer and actor) is born
in 1948 - Mads Vinding (Danish bassist; International freelance player) is born
in 1949 - Tom Waits (US vocals, harmonium, piano, guitar, organ , actor) is born
in 1951 - Henk Temming Dutch vocalist/keyboardist (Good Cause) is born

in 1954 - Mike Nolan (Irish singer; Bucks Fizz) is born
in 1955 - Chuck Loeb (US guitarist; jazz & most genres) is born
in 1958 - Tim Butler (UK bass player; Love Spit Love/Psychedelic Furs) is born
in 1960 - Craig Scanlon (UK guitarist; The Fall) is born
in 1960 - Matthew Shipp (US free jazz pianist; David S. Ware's Quartet) is born


in 1960 - Clara Haskil dies at age 65. Jewish Swiss classical pianist, renowned as an interpreter of the classical and early romantic repertoire. her playing was marked by a purity of tone and phrasing that may have come from her skill as a violinist. Transparency and sensitive inspiration were other hallmarks of her style. She played as a soloist under the baton of such conductors as Stokowski, Karajan, Beecham, Solti, Barbirolli, Boult, Jochum, Sawallisch, Kempe, Szell, Celibidache, Klemperer, Rosbaud, Monteux, Cluytens, Paray, Markevitch, Giulini, Ansermet, Münch, Kubelík, Fricsay and Inghelbrecht, among many others

in 1961 - Rob Downes (UK guitarist; Then Jerico) is born

in 1962 - Kirsten Flagstad dies at age 67. Norwegian opera singer, one of the greatest Wagnerian dramatic, sopranos of the 20th century. A restrained and expressive stage performer, she was admired internationally for her voice's sheer tonal beauty, power, stamina, and consistency of line and tone

in 1963 - Barbara Weathers vocalist (Atlantic Star-Touch a 4 Leaf Clover) is born
in 1963 - Claudia Brücken (German vocalist; Propaganda/Act) is born
in 1963 - Huw Chadbourne (UK keyboards; Babybird) is born
in 1964 - Duncan Miller rocker (Blue Mercedes-Rich and Famous) is born
in 1964 - Mike Nolan rocker (Bucks Fizz-My Camera Never Lies) is born

in 1964 - George Harrison changes his company's name from Mornyork to Harrisongs
in 1965 - Brian Futter (UK guitarist; Catherine Wheel) is born
in 1965 - Wolfgang Haffner (German drummer; freelance) is born

in 1968 - Noel Akchote (French guitarist) is born
in 1971 - Wings release their 1st album "Wild Life"
in 1973 - Damien Rice (Irish singer/songwriter; Juniper/solo) is born
in 1974 - Nicole Appleton (Canadian-born singer; All Saints) is born
in 1977 - Dominic Howard (UK drummer; Muse) is born

in 1977 - Peter Carl Goldmark dies at age 71. Hungarian-born, American engineer who, during his time with Columbia Records, was instrumental in developing the long-playing (LP) microgroove 33-1/3 rpm vinyl phonograph discs which defined home audio for two generations, Peter's vinyl long playing records remained the standard in the music industry until the CD replaced the LP in the late 1980s. In addition to his work on the LP record, and many other researches, Peter developed a technology for color television, using a rapidly rotating color wheel that alternated transmission in red, green and blue, transmitting on 343 lines. The color wheel system continued to be used for scientific research for several more decades, including the color lunar surface TV cameras during all the 1970s NASA Apollo moon landings.On November 22nd 1977, President Jimmy Carter presented Goldmark with the National Medal of Science "For contributions to the development of the communication sciences for education, entertainment, culture and human service"

in 1978 - Frankie J (Francisco Javier Bautista Jr) (Mexican-born American singer) is born
in 1979 - Sara Bareilles (American singer, songwriter, pianist) is born

in 1980 - Darby Crash Bobby Pyn/Jan Paul Beahm dies at age 22. American punk-rock singer, and co-founder of the exteme punk band The Germs, who for a while dominated the L.A. punk scene. They started out as "Sophisti**** and the Revlon Spam Queens" and they can be seen in the 1981 film The Decline of Western Civilization. He and The Germs are also the subject of the 2007 biopic film "What We Do Is Secret" which stars Shane West as Darby Crash. Darby overdosed on heroin in a suicide pact with close friend Casey Cola, who ended up surviving

in 1982 – Chrispa (Chrisanthi Pagona) (Greek singer) is born
in 1986 - Jonathan Gill (UK singer; JLS) is born
in 1987 - Thomas Fiss (US singer; Varsity Fanclub/solo) is born
in 1987 - Aaron Carter (US singer) is born

in 1987 - Richard "Ricky" Taylor dies at age 47. US baritone vocalist; founder member of The Manhattans back in 1962. Their first single was "For The First Time", released in 1964 by Carnival Records, In 1969the group received the award "Most Promising Group" by NATRA. After a few chart hits they enjoyed their first No.1 hit on both sides of the Atlantic in 1976 with "Kiss and Say Goodbye"


in 1990 - Delecta "Dee" Clark US singer (Raindrops), dies at 52

in 1990 - Dee Clark (Delectus Clark) dies at age 57. US singer born in Blytheville, Arkansas, and moved to Chicago in 1941. He first recorded in 1952 as a member of the Hambone Kids, scoring an R&B hit with the song "Hambone." In 1953, he joined the Goldentones, who later became the Kool Gents then The Delegates. In 1957 Dee went solo, his biggest hit was "Raindrops," this was followed by "Don't Walk Away From Me," "I'm Going Back to School" "Crossfire Time" and "Just Keep It Up". In 1975 he had another hit "Ride a Wild Horse" which also made the UK Singles Chart. After which Dee mostly performed on the oldies circuit. In 1987 he suffered a stroke which left him partially paralyzed and with a mild speech impediment, but he continued to perform until his death


in 1998 - John Addison dies at age 78. British composer born in Chobham, Surrey, and trained at Wellington College, Berkshire and at the age of sixteen entered the Royal College of Music. He is best known for his film scores. He won an Academy Award for the music to the 1963 film, Tom Jones, BAFTA Award for A Bridge Too Far and Grammy Award in the Best Original Score from a Motion Picture or Television Show category for Tom Jones. He also composed the music for A Taste of Honey, Torn Curtain, Smashing Time, Sleuth, Swashbuckler and the television series Centennial. He also composed the theme music for the television series Murder, She Wrote, for which he won an Emmy


in 1999 - Kenny Baker dies at age 78. British trumpet, cornet, and flugelhorn player, vocalist, bandleader, arranger, and composer, born in Withernsea, East Riding of Yorkshire; as a teenager before the war, he met and began performing with the already well-known jazz musician George Chisholm. He went on to play with the likes of Manley's Orchestra, Jack Parnell, Ted Heath Band, as well as leading his own band who often performed on the first regular jazz show on British radio, the BBC Light Programme series 'Let's Settle For Music'. He was one of a handful of British jazz stars of the traditional and swing era who seemed to offer genuinely international jazz credentials and was presented with the best trumpet player title for the third time at the BT British jazz awards in 1999. He was also awarded the MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 1999


in 2004 - Frederick Fennell dies at age 90. American conductor born in Cleveland, Ohio and owned his first drum set at age ten. In the John Adams High School Orchestra, he performed as the kettledrummer and served as the band's drum major. As a student, he organized the first University of Rochester marching band for the football team and held indoor concerts with the band after the football season for ten years. He went on to make frequent appearances guest conducting at such ensembles as the Boston Pops Orchestra 1949 to 1978, the United States Marine Band, London Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Academy, and the Interlochen Arts Camp. In 1997, he became the first civilian to conduct an entire concert with the United States Marine Band; and in July 1998 he repeated this at a concert in the Kennedy Center celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Marine Band. He wrote several books including Time and the Winds, a Short History of the Use of Wind Instruments in the Orchestra, Band and the Wind Ensemble, 1954; The Drummer’s Heritage, a Collection of Popular Airs and Official U.S. Army Music for Fifes and Drums, 1956; and The Wind Ensemble, 1988


in 2004 - Jerry Scoggins dies at age 93. American singer; he sang and played guitar on the Dallas radio in the early 30's, in 1936 he formed his own group, the Cass County Kids. Ten years later, country music and cowboy legend Gene Autry changed their name to the Cass County Boys when he hired them to work on his Melody Ranch radio program. In 1962 he sing the theme song for a new sitcom called The Beverly Hillbillies with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs playing guitar and banjo. He came out of retirement to sing the theme to the 1993 film version of the series


in 2006 - Jay McShann dies at age 90. American blues and swing pianist, bandleader, and singer; in Kansas City, Missouri in 1936, he set up his own big band, which featured Charlie Parker, Bernard Anderson, Ben Webster and Walter Brown, their most popular recording was "Confessin' the Blues." In 1945, Jimmy Witherspoon started recording with him and fronting McShann's band, they had a hit in 1949 with "Ain't Nobody's Business." He continued to perform well into his 80's. Crime-fiction writer Elmore Leonard featured Jay McShann as a character in his 2005 novel, The Hot Kid


in 2008 - Dennis Yost dies at age 65. American lead singer with of the 1960s group the Classics IV; The Classics IV moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1967 and were discovered by Bill Lowery who produced their first national hit in 1968 with "Spooky", it made No.3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the U.S., and No.46 in the UK. They changed the band name to Classics IV Featuring Dennis Yost and enjoyed two Top 10 hits, "Stormy" and "Traces" and a Top Twenty hit, "Everyday With You Girl" in 1969. They changed their name again, to Dennis Yost and the Classics IV, and had one last hit, "What Am I Crying For?" in 1972
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