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in 1990 - Vladimir Alexis Ussachevsky, composer known for his experiments with music for the tape recorder, and computer music, dies at 78

in 1991 - Leo Wright dies at age 57. A first-rate bop-oriented alto saxophonist, clarinetist, he was also one of the finest flutists jazz, born in Wichita Falls, Texas. In the late 1950s he played with Charles Mingus, Kenny Burrell, Johnny Coles, Blue Mitchell and Dizzy Gillespie who in rhe 1960s he appeared at several major international festivals and made records including A Musical Safari. From the end of the 60s he lived in Europe where he played with various bands. In the mid-80s he performed and record with Nat Adderley, Kenny Drew, and his vocalist wife Elly, and led his own groups

in 1994 - Rahul Dev Burman dies at age 54. Indian composer and actor born in Calcutta; he was famous for his unique, grunting bass singing style. He sang playback in 18 movies which he composed and he also acted in the film Bhoot Bungla '65 and Pyar Ka Mausam '67. Out of his 331 released movies 292 were in Hindi, 31 in Bangla, 3 in Telugu, 2 each in Tamil & Oriya and 1 in Marathi. He also composed for 5 TV Serials in Hindi and Marathi and scored a large number of non-film songs in Bangla aka Pooja songs or modern songs, which are available in different albums.

in 1995 - Eduardo Mata dies at age 52. Mexican conductor and composer; born in Mexico City, he studied guitar privately for 3 years before attending the National Conservatory of Music. He composed several works in the 50s and 60s, including 3 symphonies, chamber works, sonatas, and works for ballet. His 3rd symphony and some chamber works have been recorded. In 1965 he was appointed head of the Music Department of the National Autonomous University of Mexico and conductor of the Guadalajara Orchestra. From '77 to '93 he was music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor of several famous orchestras in the US, Europe and Latin America. He recorded over fifty albums, most of them with the UNAM Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and London Symphony Orchestra (Eduardo and a passenger were en route from Cuernavaca, Morelos, to Dallas, Texas; he was piloting his own Piper Aerostar. One engine failed shortly after takeoff, the plane crashed during an emergency landing attempt

in 1995 - Leonard Hirsch, violinist, teacher and conductor, leader of the RAF Symphony Orchestra, and conductor of the BBC - Empire Orchestra, dies at 92.

in 1996 - Ramón Vinay dies at age 84. Chilean operatic tenor born in Chillán, Chile, probably best remembered for his appearances in the title role of Giuseppe Verdi's tragic opera Otello. His overall tenor repertoire embraced heavy Wagnerian roles, he sang at the Bayreuth Festival in 1952-57, as well as Canio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, Don José in Bizet's Carmen and Samson in Saint-Saëns's Samson et Dalila. Apart from Iago, the baritone parts which he performed included Telramund, Bartolo, Falstaff and Scarpia

in 1998 - John Gary dies at age 66. American pop vocalist; considered by many to be one of the best crooners due to his extaordinary breath control and tonal quality of his voice. He had an exceptionally wide range of 3 octaves. He sang in movies, on Broadway, had his own TV show, and appeared at Carnegie Hall, with numerous symphonies. He appeared 30 times as a guest on The Tonight Show with Jack Paar, Steve Allen and Johnny Carson. He traveled across the U.S. and Canada with around 40 concerts per year. For six years he gave Community concerts in over 400 cities and towns. John recorded 23 albums for RCA Victor Records. His 1967 single "Cold", r was his most successful, topping the billboard easy listening chart for two weeks

in 2001 - Les Brown dies at age 88. American big band leader and composer, best known for his nearly seven decades of work with his group Les Brown and His Band of Renown from 1938 to 2001. Before which he graduated from New York Military Academy in 1932, Les attended college at Duke University from 1932-1936. There he led the group Les Brown and His Blue Devils, performing regularly on campus and up and down the east coast. The first feature length film that Les and the band appeared in was the war-time movie "Seven Days Leave". "Rock-A-Billy Baby", in 1957, was their second movie and in 1963, they appeared in Jerry Lewis' comedy The Nutty Professor. Les and his band were also the house band for the Steve Allen show from 1959-1961 and the Dean Martin Variety Show from 1963-1972. They performed with virtually every major performer of their time, including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat "King" Cole

in 2001 - Rapper Vanilla Ice spends night in jail after allegedly ripping out some of his wife's hair during a row
in 2004 - Britney Spears has her surprise marriage annulled less than 55 hours after tying the knot with childhood friend Jason Alexander at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas

in 2003 - Yfrah Neaman OBE dies at age 79. Lebonese violinist and an eminent pedagogue born in Sidon; he studied in Paris and then settled in London where he continued his studies with Carl Flesch and Max Rostal. Yfrah gave the first performances in Britain of the violin concertos of Walter Piston in 1952 and Roberto Gerhard in 1955. He taught at the Guildhall School of Music and was artistic director of the Carl Flesch Competition. Among his students were Krzysztof Smietana, David Takeno, Wolfgang David, Sung-Sic Yang, Gennady Filimonov, Mihai Craioveanu, and Radoslaw Szulc. Yfrah was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1983

in 2004 - Jake Hess dies at age 76. American 4 time Grammy Award-winning gospel singer and founder of The Imperials. He began his career at the age of 16, when he joined the John Daniel Quartet, making his recorded debut on "Just a Prayer Away". After which, he sang with three of his brothers as the Hess Brothers Quartet. He also sang with the Sunny South Quartet and their rival, the Melody Masters Quartet. From 1948 until 1963 Jake sang lead with the Statesmen Quartet. Upon leaving the Statesmen Quartet, Jake formed the Imperials, they went on to become pioneers in Contemporary Christian Music, and would eventually be inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Elvis Presley had long harbored a love for gospel and Jake Hess in particular. The group recorded with Elvis in sessions from May 1966 to June 1971. This included his last two Grammy Award-winning albums: How Great Thou Art, featuring a duet with Jake on the classic Statesmen song "If The Lord Wasn’t Walking By My Side" and He Touched Me, which used many of the songs that the Imperials had recorded on their own albums.

in 2008 - Keith Baxter dies at age 36. British drummer; in 1990, he was a founder member of folk metal pioneers Skyclad, releasing their debut album 'The Wayward Sons of Mother Earth' in 1991. After a tour with Overkill they recorded their follow-up album 'A Burnt Offering for the Bone Idol' in 1992. He recorded 3 more albums with them before leaving in 1995 to move to London where he joined '3CR'/'3 Colours Red'. Their 1997 debut album "Pure" was follFollowing the band split in 1999 he formed the band Elevation with former bandmate, Pete Vuckovic. The following year he moved back to his hometown of Lancaster and briefly played with the Nth.Irish band, Therapy in 2002. Following 3 Colours Red's reformation and second split, Kieth played with Lancaster-based Baby Judas

in 2010 - Sandro de América Roberto Sánchez dies at age 64. Argentinian singer, guitarist and actor born in Buenos Aires, learning and playing Romani guitar as a child. In the 1960s he started the group Sandro & los de Fuego, which gained popularity on the TV show Sábados Circulares and had hits with songs like Trigal, Tengo, ¿A esto le llamas amor?, Eres el demonio disfrazado, Porque yo te amo and Rosa, Rosa. He was the first Latino singer to fill Madison Square Garden doing so five times during the 1970s. He was also the first singer to do a television concert via satellite, the concert was broadcast from Madison Square Garden in April 1970. This concert marked the debut of Latino music for a world audience. Sandro also appeared in various films, among others: Quiero Llenarme de Ti ("I Want to fill myself with you") and telenovelas, including Fue sin Querer/"It wasn't on purpose" (died from complications after having heart and lung transplant surgery)

in 2010 - Tony Clarke dies at age 68. British musician and record producer born in Coventry started his musical career playing bass guitar in skiffle bands in the mid 1950s, and in rock bands into the early 1960s. At this time he also worked as a session musician for Decca Records, but in 1964 he transferred to the production department. He also worked as a songwriter; his tune "Our Song" was recorded by Malcolm Roberts and Jack Jones. His first production was with Pinkerton's Colours No.8 hit "Mirror, Mirror", soon followed by The Equals's No.1 hit "Baby Come Back" as well as writing "The Guy Who Made Her A Star" for the band. In 1966 he was given The Moody Blues, and produced what became their 1967 symphonic rock album "Days of Future Passed" which included the now classic track, "Nights in White Satin", it was also the first album to feature Justin Hayward and John Lodge. Tony produced The Four Tops for a UK-only release in 1972, which was comprised entirely of songs written by the Moody Blues. He stayed with Moody Blues till their 1978 comeback album, Octave, earning the name "the Sixth Moody" from friends and fans. He went on to produce a number of film soundtracks and produced the likes of the Irish folk rock outfit Clannad, Yes man Rick Wakeman, and Nicky Hopkins, among others.
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in 1560 - William Cobbold, composer is born
in 1596 - Henry Lawes, English composer is born
in 1649 - Francesco Cavalli's opera "Giasone," premieres in Venice
in 1661 - Jacob Balthasar Schutz, violinist, singer and composer of baroque chamber music, is born.
in 1679 - Pietro Filippo Scarlatti, son of Alessandro, baroque composer, organist and choirmaster, is born. P. F. Scarlatti, unlike his father, only composed one opera (Clitarco), and the score for it has been lost.

in 1710 - Friedrich Wilhelm Reidt, composer is born
in 1740 - Antonio Lotti, Italian opera composer, dies at about 72
in 1746 - Anton Simon Ignaz Praelisauer, composer, dies at 53
in 1778 - Fortunato Santini, composer and collector of musical scores, is born. The Santini Collection, comprising approximately 4,500 manuscripts and 1,100 printed editions, contains the only known versions of several scores. It's presently the property of the Diocesan Library of Münster.

in 1783 - Friedrich Wilhelm Reidt, composer, dies on 73rd birthday
in 1788 - Kaspar Ett, organist and composer of church music, is born.

in 1788 - Johann Schneider, composer, dies at 85
in 1810 - Auguste Mermet, opera composer, is born.
in 1814 - Johann Gottfried Krebs, organist and composer (both his father, Johann Ludwig Krebs, and his grandfather, Johann Tobias Krebs had followed the same professions), dies at 72.
in 1823 - William Rockstro, composer, arranger and musicologist, friend of Felix Mendelssohn, is born.
in 1835 - Friedrich Richard Faltin, organist and composer, is born.
in 1848 - Ferdinando Orlandi, teacher and composer of operas, dies at 73.

in 1862 - Joseph Frohlich, composer, dies at 81
in 1871 - Frederick Shepherd Converse, late romantic classical composer, is born. His opera, "The Pipe of Desire," was the first American work ever to be performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

in 1875 - Charles Garnier's new Opera opens in Paris
in 1880 - Nicolai Karlovich Medtner, pianist and composer, friend of Sergei Rachmaninoff, is born.

in 1881 - Nikolay Andreyevich Roslavets, composer is born
in 1888 - Henri Herz, pianist and composer, dies one day short of his 85th birthday.
in 1893 - Friedrich Blume, musicologist, is born. Blume was involved in the planning and writing of the monumental work, Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (Music in History and the Present), and was also a prominent Mozart musicologist.

in 1895 - Elizabeth Cotten (US blues/folk guitarist, singer, songwriter) is born
in 1896 - Isaac Albeniz' opera "Pepita Jiminez," premieres in Barcelona
in 1897 - Theo Mackeben "Red Roberts," "John Morris," pianist, conductor, bandleader and composer, is born. Mackeben conducted the premier of der Dreigroschenoper (Three Penny Opera).
in 1902 - Pierre Palla, pianist, organist, conductor and arranger, known for his long career as a performer on radio in the Netherlands, is born.
in 1903 - Leighton Lucas, composer and conductor known for his film scores (The Dam Busters), is born.

in 1903 - Tel‚sforo A Palm, Curacao, composer/pianist is born
in 1910 - Erica Morini, Vienna Austria, concert violinist is born
in 1915 - Uta Graf, singer/teacher is born
in 1917 - Reginald Smith Brindle, composer, multi-instrumentalist and musicologist, is born. Brindle served in WWII as a sapper, and is best known for his works for solo guitar.
in 1917 - Wieland Wagner, opera director and grandson of Richard Wagner, is born. W. Wagner is credited as the originator of Regietheater.

in 1919 - Severino Gazzelloni (Italian flautist) is born
in 1920 - Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Brescia Italy, pianist is born
in 1923 - Sam Phillips, record producer (Sun Records, Memphis Recording Service), is born. Phillips is credited with discovering Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash and played an important role in the emergence of rock and roll.

in 1926 - John Joseph "Jack" Brokensha (Australian/US jazz vibraphonist; Australian Jazz Quartet) is born
in 1929 - Wilbert Harrison, pop and R&B singer, guitarist, pianist and harmonica player, is born.
in 1930 - Frederick Charles Tillis, jazz and classical composer and saxophonist, is born.

in 1930 - Richard Hayes, Passaic NJ, singer/emcee (Name That Tune) is born
in 1931 - Alfred Brendel, Wiesenberg Moravia, Austrian pianist is born
in 1932 - Johnny Adams (US soul singer) is born
in 1940 - Atholl Guy, pop, folk bassist (The Seekers), is born.

in 1940 - George Malone (second tenor; Monotones) is born
in 1941 - Grady Thomas, doo wop and funk singer (Parliament, Funkadelic), member of the Rock and roll Hall of Fame, is born.
in 1942 - Maurizio Pollini, classical pianist, is born.

in 1944 - Jo Ann Kelly (US blues singer, acoustic guitarist) is born
in 1946 - "Crazy Barret Diamond" Syd, rocker (Pink Floyd) is born
in 1948 - Thom Mooney, rock drummer (Nazz), is born.
in 1949 - George Brown, rock and jazz drummer (Kool and the Gang), is born.

in 1949 - Chris Stein, Bkln, rock guitarist (Blondie-Heart of Glass, Call Me) is born
in 1951 - Peter 'Biff' Byford (UK lead singer; Saxon) is born
in 1953 - Steve Archer (US singer; The Archers) is born
in 1954 - Bryan Hitt, rock drummer (REO Speedwagon), is born.
in 1957 - Vincent Calloway, pop and R&B singer/songwriter and record producer, is born.

in 1956 - Mistinguett Jeanne Bourgeois dies at age 80. French vaudeville performer born in Enghien-les-Bains, Val-d'Oise, Île-de-France. She began as a flower seller in a restaurant in her home town, singing popular ballads as she sold her flowers. Jeanne made her debut as Mistinguett at the Casino de Paris in 1895, and also appeared in shows as the Folies Bergère, Moulin Rouge, and Eldorado. Her risqué routines captivated Paris and she went on to become the most popular French entertainers of her time and the highest paid female entertainer in the world. In 1919 her legs were insured for the then astounding amount of 500,000 francs. She first recorded her signature song 'Mon Homme' in 1916. During a tour of the America, she was asked by Time magazine to explain her popularity. Her answer was: "It is a kind of magnetism. I say 'Come closer' and draw them to me."

in 1953 - Rick Ambrose, rock singer (Jewel), is born.

in 1960 - Phil Thornalley (UK songwriter/vocals/guitar; Cure) is born
in 1961 - Iris Dement (country singer/songwriter) is born
in 1962 - Tony Sheridan and Beatles produce "My Bonnie" and "The Saints"
in 1963 - Grant Young (US drummer; Soul Asylum) is born
in 1964 - Ted Harris Poley, rock singer/songwriter and drummer (Danger Danger), is born.
in 1965 - Kelly Nickels, rock bassist and singer (Faster Pussycat), is born.

in 1965 - Randy Thurman (US guitarist, artist, poet, composer). is born
in 1966 - Kate Schellenbach, rock drummer and singer (Beastie Boys, Luscious Jackson), is born.

in 1968 - Felton Spencer, NBA center (Utah Jazz) is born
in 1968 - DJ Bobo Peter René Cipiriano Baumann (Swiss singer, songwriter, dancer, music producer) is born
in 1969 - Brian Hugh Warner "Marilyn Manson," rock singer/songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, drummer, pan flautist, is born.
in 1970 - Roberto Gerhard, avant-garde classical composer, musical scholar, writer and collector of folksongs, dies at 73.

in 1972 - Sakis Rouvas (Greek singer) is born
in 1973 - Phil Joel (New Zealand bassist; Newsboys) is born
in 1974 - John Drew Nichols, Okla, rocker (PC Quest-Can You See) is born
in 1974 - Roy Bargy, orch leader (Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 79
in 1976 - Georges E Migot, French composer, dies at 84
in 1976 - Matt Wachter (US bassist; 30 Seconds to Mars) is born

in 1976 - Mal Evans dies at age 40. English roadie; best known as the road manager, assistant, and a friend of The Beatles: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. In the early 1960s, Evans was employed as a telephone engineer, and also worked part-time as a bouncer at the Cavern Club, where The Beatles performed. Manager Brian Epstein later hired Evans as their assistant road manager, in tandem with Neil Aspinall. He contributed to many Beatle recordings, and appeared in some of the films they made. The Beatles stopped touring in 1966, but Mal carried on assisting the band and working with them in the studio. Mal enjoyed an executive position at Apple until 1969, when Allen Klein was hired as a manager to reorganise the whole company. Mal was fired by Klein the next year, because Klein complained to Lennon that Aspinall and Evans were "living like kings—like f***g emperors", although he was later reinstated after McCartney, Harrison and Starr complained. He produced several songs recorded by the Iveys/Badfinger in 1969 and 1970. The most notable of these is the song "No Matter What" by Badfinger, which charted on Billboard's Top 10 in December 1970. He also produced some tracks for Keith Moon's solo album Two Sides of the Moon and co-wrote "You and Me (Babe)" with George Harrison, which appears on Ringo's solo album, Ringo, in 1973. (Mal was shot dead by police at his LA apartment; he pointed a rifle at the police)

in 1979 - Charles Mingus dies at age 56. American jazz pianist, bassist and bandleader born at a US Army Base in Nogales, Arizona. His compositions retained the hot and soulful feel of hard bop and drew heavily from black gospel music while sometimes drawing on elements of Third stream, free jazz, and classical music. Many musicians passed through his bands and later went on to impressive careers. He recruited talented and sometimes little-known artists whom he assembled into unconventional and revealing configurations. As a performer, he was a pioneer in double bass technique and considered the heir apparent to Duke Ellington. Epitaph is considered to be one of Charles Mingus' masterpieces. The composition is 4,235 measures long, requires two hours to perform, and is one of the longest jazz pieces ever written. (Lou Gehrig's disease)

in 1985 - Michael Cuccione (Canadian actor, singer) is born
in 1986 - Teppei Koike (Japanese actor, singer) is born
in 1988 – Pauline Pauline Vasseur (French singer) is born
in 1993 - Leonce Gras, singer and conductor of the Flemish Radio Choir, dies at 84.

in 1994 - Brian Johnston, cricketer (BBC radio commentator for 40 yrs), dies
in 1994 - Victor van Os, Dutch jazz guitarist, dies at 39
in 1995 - Francis Lopez, Fren dentist/operetta composer (Andalousie), dies at 78
in 1996 - Joseph Daniel White, singer/bandleader, dies at 84
in 1996 - Richard Versaille, tenor, dies at 63

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in 1997 - Burton Lane Burton Levy dies at age 84. American composer and lyricist; best known for his Broadway musicals, "Finian's Rainbow" and "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever", He also wrote the music for the Broadway shows, Hold On to Your Hats, Laffing Room Only, Junior Miss, and Carmelina. He wrote music for many films such as Dancing Lady, Babes on Broadway, and Some Like it Hot. For a time, he was president of the American Guild of Authors and Composers, during which period he campaigned against music piracy. He also served three terms on the board of directors of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). He is credited with discovering the 11-year-old Frances Gumm aka Judy Garland Lane's best-known songs include "Old Devil Moon," "How are Things In Glocca Morra?", "Too Late Now," "How About You?", and the title song from "On a Clear Day." He shared a Grammy Award in 1965 for Best Broadway Cast Album of the year "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever"

in 1998 - Georgi Sviridov, neo-romantic classical composer, dies at 82.

in 1998 - Salvatore ''Sonny'' Bono dies at age 62. American record producer, singer, actor, and politician born in Detroit but attended Inglewood High School in Inglewood, California, but did not graduate. He began his music career working at Specialty Records where his song "Things You Do to Me" was recorded by Sam Cooke, and went on to work for the legendary record producer Phil Spector in the early 1960s as a promotion man, percussionist and "gofer". One of his earliest songwriting efforts was "Needles and Pins" which he co-wrote with Jack Nitzsche. Later in the same decade, he achieved commercial success, along with his then-wife Cher, as part of the singing duo Sonny and Cher. Bono wrote, arranged, and produced a number of hit records with singles like "I Got You Babe" and "The Beat Goes On". He also played a major part in Cher's early solo career with recordings such as "Bang Bang" and "You Better Sit Down Kids". Sonny later went into acting and politics (killed in a skiing accident at a resort near Lake Tahoe)

in 1998 - Ken Forssi dies at age 55. American bassist born in Florida; along with several Sarasota friends, he migrated to Anaheim, California in 1964, and began commuting to the school. At this time, his interest in music became much more intense, he learned new techniques very rapidly. Soon he got the position as bass player in a late-period lineup of The Surfaris, and touring Japan with the band. In 1965 he met Arthur Lee, who then had a band called "Grass Roots", Lee hired Ken as bassist, and they soon officially formed Love. Their music reflected different influences, combining elements of rock and roll, garage rock, folk and psychedelia. Ken can be heard on their first three albums. After Love his talent as a bassist gained him studio session work and offers to join various other rock groups. He played briefly with a band called "The Elves Themselves" and worked on a record with Jimi Hendrix. (brain tumor)

in 1999 - Marc Yu (US pianist, violist, celloist) is born

in 2003 - Doreen Carwithen aka Mary Alwyn dies at age 80. British composer, born in Haddenham; she started both piano and violin at age 4. At age 16 she began composing by setting Wordsworth's I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud/Daffodils for voice and piano. In 1941 she entered the Royal Academy of Music and played the cello in a string quartet and with orchestras. She went on to write scores for over 30 films, including Harvest from the Wilderness in 1948; Boys in Brown -1950; Mantrap, released in the U.S. as Man in Hiding -1952; and East Anglian Holiday -1954. She also scored Elizabeth is Queen, the official film of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Doreen also composed some orchestral music: an overture ODTAA/One Damn Thing After Another -1945; a Concerto for piano and strings -1948; the overture Bishop Rock -1952; a Suffolk Suite -1964 and two award-winning but little-known string quartets. In 1999 a stroke left her paralysed on one side

in 2005 - Danny Sugerman dies at age 50. US music manager; the second manager of the Los Angeles based rock band The Doors, and who wrote several books about Jim Morrison and The Doors, including 'No One Here Gets Out Alive' co-authored with Jerry Hopkins, and the autobiography 'Wonderland Avenue'. He helped film director Oliver Stone with the production of the 1991 movie The Doors. He also managed Iggy Pop, producing his song "Repo Man", and wrote the book Appetite For Destruction: The Days of Guns 'N Roses in 1991 (lung cancer)

in 2009 - Sam "Bluzman" Taylor dies at age 74. American singer-songwriter and guitarist whose music has been recorded by everyone from Elvis Presley and Son Seals to DMX and EPMD. He was part of Joey Dee & The Starlighters when they had their hit "Peppermint Twist" in 1962. Through the 1970s, he spent his days writing, producing, arranging and teaching more notably for 1970s legendary Funk/Soul group B.T Express when they had their No.1 R&B hits "Do It (Til You're Satisfied)" and "Express" in 1974/1975. He was also well known for his own blues work, of more than 12 albums, including "I Came from Dirt" and 2004's "Voice of the Blues", and his appearances at Long Island blues clubs. In 2006 he was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame and just before his death, he released his autobiography "Caught In The Jaws Of The Blues" (heart disease)

in 2009 - Claude Jeter dies at age 94. American gospel music singer, known for his falsetto vocals; one time member of the Dixie Hummingbirds, he formed the Four Harmony Kings in 1938 with his brother and two fellow coal miners, which was later renamed as the Silvertone Singers. After the group was hired by a radio program based in Knoxville, Tennessee that was sponsored by the local Swan Bakery, they were renamed as the Swan Silvertones, the group would eventually become one of the most popular gospel quartets of the post-war era. During the 1950s many of the elements of the group's style resembled the then-prevalent rhythm and blues vocal group style. He received many offers to perform R&B or rock and roll, but rejected them all, citing a commitment he had made to his mother that he would always sing for the Lord

in 2010 - Willie Mitchell dies at age 81. American soul, R&B, rock and roll, pop and funk music producer and arranger who ran Royal Recording in Memphis, Tennessee. At the age of eight, he began to play the trumpet. While in high school, he was a featured player in popular local big bands. He later formed his own combo, which from time to time included musicians such as trumpeter Booker Little, saxophonists Charles Lloyd, and George Coleman, and pianist Phineas Newborn, Jr. He was maybe better known for his Hi Records label of the 1970s, whose sound was derivative of Booker T and the MG's, releasing albums by a large stable of popular Memphis soul artists, including among others Al Green, Syl Johnson, Ann Peebles and of course himself, as a trumpeter and bandleader he released a few popular singles for his Hi Records in the 1960s, including "Soul Serenade". He released his first solo record in 1963 and made another 16 instrumental albums over the next forty years. Willie and Al Green revived their successful recording partnership in 2003 when Green recorded I Can't Stop. They followed this up in 2005 with Everything's OK (cardiac arrest)

in 2010 - Harold Lewis dies at age 98. American flute player and session musician born in New York City. Harold was an accomplished flutist and respected studio musician for more than 25 years having worked at Disney, RKO, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Goldwyn, Universal, and Hal Roach Studios, where he performed in numerous motion pictures including "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Bambi," "Pinocchio," and his piccolo solo can be heard in "The Three Little Pigs." Other films include "Citizen Kane," "The Ten Commandments," "Gone With the Wind," "Love With the Proper Stranger," "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm," and a number of Laurel and Hardy comedies. Harold was honored to accompany artists such as Mel Torme, Lily Pons, and Jascha Heifetz and to work with numerous talented composers and conductors such as Alfred Newman, George Gershwin, and Elmer Bernstein.
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in 1486 - Martin Agricola, [M Sore], German composer/cantor is born
in 1683 - Francois de La Croix, composer is born
in 1685 - Malachias Siebenhaar, composer, dies at 68
in 1692 - Rynoldus Popma van Oevering, organist and composer, is born.
in 1695 - Giuseppe Baldassare Sammartini, oboist and composer, is born.

in 1697 - Carlo Mannelli, composer, dies at 56
in 1702 - Jose Melchior de Nebra Blascu, principal organist of the Spanish royal chapel, and a highly successful theater composer, is baptised.

in 1728 - Charles-Joseph-Balthazar Sohier, composer is born
in 1738 - Franz Xaver Murschhauser, organist, composer and music theorist, dies at 74.

in 1742 - Johann Georg Reinhardt, composer, dies
in 1790 -Johann Trier, violinist and composer, dies at 73.

in 1791 - Jose Melchor Gomiz y Colomer, composer is born
in 1794 - Kaspar Masek, composer is born
in 1798 - Ferdinand Simon Gassner, violinist, composer and musicologist, is born.

in 1800 - William Jones, composer, dies at 73
in 1803 - Henri Herz, composer) is born

in 1807 - Ludwig Erk, composer, teacher, collector of folksongs and musicologist, is born. Erk was was the first scientific melody collector in Germany. By comparison of different song variants he tried to derive uncorrupted original versions of folk songs. He collected around 20,000 folk songs, and his work, Deutscher Liederhort, revised by Franz Magnus Bohme, is still the standard work on the German folk song; the "Erk-Böhme."

1831 - Rodolphe Kreutzer, violinist, teacher, conductor, and composer of 40 operas, dies at 64.

in 1838 - Max Christian Friedrich Bruch aka Max Karl August Bruch, romantic classical composer and conductor, is born. Bruch's "Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor" is a staple of the violin repertoire.

Avon's comment on Bruch:
The success of the Violin Concerto No. 1 didn't do Bruch much good. He had major difficulties composing it (though finally received assistance from Joachim), sold the score to a publishing company who failed to pay him royalties throughout the 1900s and 1910s, and eventually gave the score to a pair of sisters to sell in America (exempt from European copyright laws) who diddled him and kept the score for themselves. He died in 1920 in a state of destitution having never really benefitted from his own great talent. Since the end of WWII, when his music at last became standard ware (though only the Violin Concerto No. 1 has become genuinely popular), we have all benefitted greatly.

in 1850 - Franz Xaver Scharwenka, pianist, composer and founder of a music school, is born.
in 1856 - Giuseppe Martucci, composer, conductor, pianist and teacher, is born.

in 1861 - Heinrich Gottlieb Noren, composer is born
in 1867 - Georges Martin Witkowski, composer and conductor, is born. Witkowski was originally a cavalry officer, but turned to music, and eventually was appointed as director of the Conservatory of Lyon.
in 1868 - Vittorio Monti, composer, violinist, and conductor, is born. His composition Csárdás, based on Hungarian folk melodies, is a standard piece in the repertoire of Romany musicians.

in 1872 - Alexander N Scriabin, Moscow, hallucinogenic composer (Prometheus) is born
in 1873 - Karl Straube, organist, and choral conductor, famous for championing the organ music of Max Reger, is born.
in 1880 - Yuliya Lazarevna Veysberg, composer, wife of Andrey Nikolayevich Rimsky-Korsakov, is born.
in 1899 - Sofie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatte, composer, virtuoso pianist and violinist, is born.
in 1900 - Pierre-Octave Ferroud, composer, music critic and advocate of modern music, is born.
in 1902 - Mark Brunswick, composer and teacher, is born. Brunswick was the chairman of the National Committee for Refugee Musicians, which was responsible for finding placement into musical and academic positions in the U.S. for hundreds of Europeans fleeing Hitler.

in 1902 - Sofie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatte, composer is born
in 1903 - Boris Blacher, Newchwang China, German composer (Orchester-Ornament) is born
in 1903 - Maurice Abravanel, conductor, who received the US National Medal of Arts, and "Artist in Residence for Life" from the Tanglewood Music Festival, is born.
in 1908 - Menahem Avidom, composer who was prominent in the early musical life of the state of Israel, is born.
in 1911 - Yannis Andreou Papaioannou, serialist composer and teacher, is born.
in 1914 - Arnold Richardson, organist and composer, is born.
in 1916 - Philip Thomas Bezanson, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1918 - Eugene Harold “Buddy” Weed, jazz pianist and arranger, Director of Music for ABC, is born.

in 1919 - Sylvia Syms, US singer (Hello Dolly, Dream Girl, Them There Eyes) is born
in 1920 - Earl Kim, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1922 Finn Einar Mortensen, "neo-serialist" composer and teacher, leader of Ny Musikk, a Norwegian advocacy group for contemporary music, is born.
in 1924 - Earl Scruggs, innovative bluegrass banjo player (Scruggs style), composer, member of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Mountain Boys and Flatt and Scruggs, member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and inaugural inductee into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor, is born.
in 1924 – Poulenc Nijinska's ballet "Les Biches" premieres in Monte Carlo.

in 1929 - Wilbert Harrison, R and B singer (Kansas City) is born
in 1932 - Sacha Distel, French singer is born
in 1933 - Hector Rivera (US latin soul keyboardist, arranger, composer) is born
in 1934 - Bobby Lord, country singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born.
in 1935 - Nino Tempo, pop and jazz singer and saxophonist, is born.
in 1935 - Paul Wilson, doo wop singer (The Flamingos), is born.
in 1937 - Doris Troy, R&B and soul singer "Mama Soul," is born

in 1937 - Paolo Conte (Italian singer, pianist, composer, lawyer) is born
in 1938 - Adriano Celentano (Italian singer, songwriter, comedian, actor, film director, TV host) is born
in 1940 - Van Allen Clinton McCoy, R&B and pop singer/songwriter, music producer, arranger, and orchestra conductor, is born

in 1942 - Emma Calvé Rosa Emma Calvet dies at age 83. French soprano born in Decazeville; she studied the art of singing under Jules Puget. After her debut at the Brussels La Monnaie, she took lessons in Paris from the celebrated teacher Mathilde Marchesi. She made a tour of Italy, where she saw the famous actress Eleonora Duse, whose impersonations made a deep impression on the young singer. She trained herself in stage craft and gesture by closely observing Duse's performances. Emma went on to be probably the most famous French female opera singer of the Belle Époque. Hers was an international career, and she sang regularly and to considerable acclaim at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

in 1946 - Roger Keith "Syd" Barrett, rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (Pink Floyd), is born.
in 1947 - Sandy Denny, folk rock singer/songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist (Fairport Convention), is born

in 1947 - Shirley Brown (US southern soul singer) is born
in 1949 - Richard Horowitz, classical, jazz and electronic composer, producer, arranger, and musician (keyboard, ney, and percussion), is born.

in 1949 - Joey Miskulin (US 12-bass accordion; sessionist/freelance) is born
in 1951 - Kim Wilson, blues singer and harmonica player (The Fabulous Thunderbirds), is born.
in 1953 - Malcolm Young, rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (AC/DC), is born.
in 1958 - Gibson patents the Flying V Guitar.
in 1959 - Kathy Sledge, pop, R&B and disco singer (Sister Sledge), is born.

in 1959 - Neil Simpson (UK bassist, 7 string bass, midi bass-synthesizer; Climax Blues Band) is born
in 1959 - Jose Enrique Pedreira, composer of Puerto Rican danzas, dies at 54.

in 1960 - Muzz Skillings (US bassist, guitar, singer; Living Colour/Medicine Stick) is born
in 1961 - Dirk de Vries, pop bassist (Kong-Slauerhoff), is born.

in 1962 - Michael Houser (US lead guitarist, song-writer; Widespread Panic) is born
in 1963 - Paul Brindley, rock bassist (The Sundays), is born.

in 1963 - Jazzie B Trevor Beresford Romeo OBE (UK singer, DJ, music producer; Soul II Soul) is born
in 1964 - Mark O'Toole, pop bassist (Frankie Goes to Hollywood), is born.

in 1964 - Yuri Valenzuela Canseco (Mexican actress, singer) is born
in 1964 - Rolling Stones' 1st tour as headline act (with Ronettes)
in 1966 - Sharon Cuneta (Filipina singer, actress) is born
in 1966 - Andrew Wood (US singer; Mother Love Bone) is born
in 1966 - A. R. Rahman (Indian composer) is born
in 1967 - Peter Loran, rock singer/songwriter (Trixter), is born.

in 1968 - Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour," album goes #1 and stays #1 for 8 weeks
in 1969 - Tim Garbutt (UK musician; dance-metal duo Utah Saints) is born
in 1971 - Neil Young returns to his homeland of Canada for his first concert there since his pre-stardom days
in 1971 - Gary Wiseman (US punk-rock drummer; Bowling for Soup) is born
in 1971 - Irwin Thomas (Australian singer; Southern Sons) is born

in 1972 – Nek Filippo Neviani (Italian singer) is born
in 1975 - 1000 Led Zeppelin fans, waiting overnight inside the lobby of the Boston Garden for tickets to the group's February 4th gig to go on sale, cause a riot and an esimated $30,000 damage
in 1975 - Chase Hampton (singer; Party-Rodeo) is born
in 1975 - Jason King (UK radio DJ; Radio 1) is born

in 1993 - John B "Dizzy" Gillespe, blues trumpeter, dies of cancer at 75
in 1976 - Oscar Esplá, composer, President of the Spanish National Board of Music and Director of the National Conservatory of Music and Declamation of Madrid, dies at 89.

in 1976 - Johnny Yong Bosch (US actor, singer, guitarist; Eyeshine) is born
in 1977 - EMI records drop punk rock group Sex Pistols
in 1978 - Nikki Einfeld (Canadian opera singer) is born
in 1979 - The Village People's ‘Y.M.C.A’ becomes their only UK No.1 single. At it's peak it sold over 150,000 copies a day

in 1980 - Georgeanna Marie Tillman Gordon dies at age 36. American singer brought up in Detroit, she joined a singing group with high school friends Gladys Horton, Georgia Dobbins, Katherine Anderson, and Wyanttea Cowart and called the Casinyets. After coming in second place during a talent contest, the group, now known as The Marvels, went to Motown's Hitsville USA studio and auditioned for the label's head Berry Gordy and leading artist/staffer Smokey Robinson. The group performed well but was required to come back with their own song. Georgia co-wrote the song "Please Mr. Postman" for the group and the Marvels signed to Motown's Tamla label in 1961, Gordy altering their name to the Marvelettes. Georgeanna remained a member from then on until 1965 when her illness began to affect her performances

in 1981 – Sache Mike Jones (US rapper; Souf Folk) is born
in 1983 - Bernard George Stevens, classical composer and teacher, dies at 66.

in 1983 - Mithra Jin (South-Korean hip hop musician) is born
in 1986 - Alex Turner (UK vocalist, guitarist, songwriter; Arctic Monkeys/The Last Shadow Puppets) is born
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in 1986 - Joe Farrell Joseph Carl Firrantello dies at age 48. US jazz saxophonist and flutist; well known for his performance with Chick Corea in Return to Forever, as well as a series of albums under his own name on the CTI label having a major hit with his third album “Moon Gems,” in 1972, backed by top sidemen including Herbie Hancock, Stanley Clarke and Jack DeJohnette. He also recorded with Charles Mingus, The Band, Maynard Ferguson Big Band, Slide Hampton, Andrew Hill, Average White Band, Jaki Byard, Hall & Oates, Fuse One and Elvin Jones among others. He is bettwr known for a series of albums under his own name on the CTI record label and for playing in the initial incarnation of Chick Corea's Return to Forever

in 1993 - Dizzy Gillespie John Birks Gillespie dies at age 75. American jazz trumpet player, bandleader, singer, and composer dubbed "the sound of surprise", his image is almost inseparable from his trademark trumpet, whose bell bends upward at a 45-degree angle rather than pointing straight ahead as in the conventional design. Born in Cheraw, South Carolina, he started to play the piano at the age of four and taught himself how to play the trombone as well as the trumpet by the age of twelve. His first professional job was with the Frank Fairfax Orchestra in 1935, after which he joined the respective orchestras of Edgar Hayes and Teddy Hill, in 1937. Teddy Hill’s band was where Dizzy Gillespie made his first recording, King Porter Stomp. In 1939, Dizzy joined Cab Calloway's orchestra. During this time started writing big band music for bandleaders like Woody Herman and Jimmy Dorsey. He then freelanced with a few bands, most notably Ella Fitzgerald's orchestra, made up of members of the late Chick Webb's band, in 1942. 1943, saw Dizzy with the Earl Hines orchestra, but in 1945, he left Eckstine's band wanting to play with a small combo and he e and Charlie Parker worked together. After his work with Parker, Dizzie led other small combos, including ones with Milt Jackson, John Coltrane, Lalo Schifrin, Ray Brown, Kenny Clarke, James Moody, J.J. Johnson, and Yusef Lateef and finally put together his first successful big band. Dizzie was a major figure in the development of bebop and modern jazz. He taught and influenced many, many other musicians, including trumpeters Miles Davis, Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown, Arturo Sandoval, Lee Morgan, Jon Faddis and Chuck Mangione. (pancreatic cancer)

in 1993 - Rudolph Nureyev, Russian ballet dancer (Kirov), dies of AIDS at 54
in 1993 - Bill Wyman announces he will leave Rolling Stones
in 1995 - James Clay, saxophonist, dies at 59
in 1996 - Robert Russell "Chubby" Wise, bluegrass fiddler who played with Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys and Flatt and Scruggs, dies at 80.

in 1999 - Michel Petrucciani dies at age 36. French jazz pianist; Michel was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, in his early career his father and brother occasionally carried him, literally, because he could not walk far on his own unaided. Although he trained for years as a classical pianist, an enthusiast of Duke Ellington, and jazz remained his main interest. He gave his first professional concert at the age of 13 and moved to America in 1982, where he successfully encouraged Charles Lloyd to resume playing actively. Then on February 22nd 1985, with Michel cradled in his arms, Charles Lloyd walked onto the stage at Town Hall in New York City and sat Michel on his piano stool for what would be an historic evening in jazz history: the filming of One Night with Blue Note. In 1986 he recorded a live album with Wayne Shorter and Jim Hall. He also played with diverse figures in the US jazz scene including Dizzy Gillespie. In 1994 Michel was granted a Légion d'honneur in Paris (pulmonary infection)

in 2002 - Daniel Bedingfield returns to No.1 on the UK singles chart for the second time with ‘Gotta Get Thru This’

in 2003 - Hirini Melbourne dies at age 53. Maori composer, singer, university lecturer, poet and author, from Ngai Tuhoe and Ngati Kahungunu Maori tribes. He is known in New Zealand for his work surrounding the revival Maori culture. A member of Nga Tamatoa, which petitioned the New Zealand Government to have Maori taught in schools as part of its focus on Maori identity, he also studied at Auckland University and later became the Dean and associate professor of Maori and Pacific development. The power of his melodies and the brilliance of his compositions have still to be widely recognised, although dozens of his now classic songs are sung in classrooms throughout New Zealand. He regularly played with Richard Nunns. This partnership lead to the release of ‘Te Ku Te Whe’, a CD of original and traditional compositions for a variety of Maori flutes which has been awarded a Gold Disc Award. A second CD together with a DVD ‘Te Hekenga-a-rangi’ was released in 2003. In 2002 Hirini was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Waikato where he had been a lecturer in the Department of Maori. He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2003 New Year’s Honours just before his untimely death a week later

in 2005 - Les Robinson dies at age 90. American jazz musician; started on the trumpet, but famous for playing and recording alto-sax and sometimes clarenet with the big swing bands of Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Howard Thomas to mention just a few. He was Artie Shaw's lead alto on the classic "Begin the Beguine" and he is all Artie Shaw's recordings from 1937 to 1939

in 2006 - Louis Allen "Lou" Rawls dies at age 72. American jazz, soul, R&B singer-songwriter born in Chicago. Lou was a high school classmate of Sam Cooke, they sang together in the Teenage Kings of Harmony, a '50s gospel group. After 3 years in the US Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division, leaving as a sergeant, he travelled to LA with The Pilgrim Travelers. While touring the South in 1958 with the Travelers and Sam Cooke, he was in a serious car crash. Lou was pronounced dead before arriving at the hospital, it took him nearly a year to fully recuperate, allowing him to perform at the Hollywood Bowl in 1959. This led him to be signed to Capitol Records. His debut Capitol solo release, a jazz album, Stormy Monday (a.k.a. I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water) was the first of 28 albums made with Capitol. As well as his recording and touring career, he appeared as an actor in motion pictures and on television, and voiced-over many cartoons. He had been called "The Funkiest Man Alive".
In 1967 Lou won his first Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance, for the single "Dead End Street" and he performed the national anthem of the United States, "The Star Spangled Banner", prior to the Earnie Shavers-Muhammad Ali title fight at Madison Square Garden. They requested him to sing the anthem many times over the next 28 years. Although he was seriously ill with cancer, his final performance there, was on October 23rd, 2005 at the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros, Game Two of the 2005 World Series. (complications of lung and brain cancers)

in 2006 - Louis Allen "Lou" Rawls, soul, jazz, and blues singer, dies at 72.
in 2006 - Alexis Clair Snouffer "Alex St. Clair," rock guitarist who went to high school with Frank Zappa, but played with Captain Beefheart, dies at 64.

in 2007 - Sneaky Pete Kleinow dies at age 72. American pedal steel guitarist, co-founded influential 1960s country rock group the Flying Burrito Brothers; born in South Bend, Indiana, he originally worked as a special effects artist and stop motion animator for movies and television, including the Gumby, Outer Limits, and Davey and Goliath series. He also sat in with Bakersfield Sound-oriented combos and early country-rock aggregations playing the pedal steel guitar. This is where he became acquainted with Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons of The Byrds, helping the group to replicate their newly country-oriented sound onstage with banjoist Doug Dillard. After leaving the Byrds, in 1968, Parsons and Hillman invited Pete to join their new band, the Flying Burrito Brothers. He left behind his career in visual effects and spent the next thirteen years as a professional musician. He became an in demand session player for an eclectic range of artists, including Joe Cocker, Delaney, Bonnie and Friends and Little Feat. In 1972 Sneaky teamed up with Laramy Smith in the super group ARIZONA. He also added steel guitar to records by Frank Zappa, the Bee Gees, John Lennon, Linda Ronstadt and Fleetwood Mac. In 1974 Pete was part of a new band, Cold Steel, and then a reconstituted Flying Burrito Brothers. His first solo album, Sneaky Pete, was released in 1978 and The Legend and the Legacy followed in 1994. He had also returned to special effects and created the dinosaurs for the comic film Caveman (1981), starring Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach. In 1983, his work on the television miniseries The Winds of War was recognized with an Emmy Award for Special Visual Effects.Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Pete created special effects for movies such as The Empire Strikes Back, Gremlins, The Right Stuff, The Terminator, and Terminator 2, while continuing to work sporadically as a professional musician. In 2000, Kleinow formed a group called Burrito Deluxe, the name of a 1970 Flying Burrito Brothers album. The group recorded three albums, Georgia Peach, The Whole Enchilada and 2007's Disciples Of The Truth, which feature his last studio recordings. Pete's last performance was at a 2005 Gram Parsons tribute concert in Waycross, Georgia, the home town of Gram Parsons (complications of Alzheimer's disease)

in 2008 - Seymour Marvin "Cy" Leslie dies at age 75. American music and video executive, he began his career by founding Voco Records, producing record greeting cards and children's records. He later e founded Pickwick Records, and was the first president and founder of MGM/UA Home Entertainment Group. Pickwick Records aimed to make music more affordable, and carried such artists as Elvis Presley at various times. MGM Home Video was the first company to enter the home video business, which today has become the home entertainment industry including DVD and other sales

in 2009 - Maria Dimitriadi dies at age 58. Greek singer, born in Athens; she was considered a "total voice" and one of the most renowned performers of the songs of Mikis Theodorakis and Thanos Mikroutsikos. She primarily connected with political left-wing songs during the Junta and Metapolitefsi era in Greece, but she also experimented with other styles and genres, of a more lyrical tone (sadly died from a rare lung disease)
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in 1591 - Jacobus de Kerle, French/Flemish composer, dies at about 59
in 1612 - Paul de La Pierre, composer is born
in 1630 - Composer Pier Cavalli marries rich widow Maria Sosomeno
in 1634 - Adam Krieger, organist and composer, a pioneer in the development of the solo Lied, is born.

in 1678 - Johannes Flittner, composer, dies at 59
in 1710 - Josef Antonin Sehling, violinist and composer, is born.
in 1736 - Ceslav Vanura, late baroque composer and organist, dies at 41.
in 1755 - Gallus Zeiler, organist and composer, dies at 49.

in 1790 - Antonio Corbisiero, composer, dies at 69
in 1810 - Joseph Lipavsky, pianist and composer, dies at 37.
in 1833 - Ramon Felix Cuellar y Altarriba, composer and organist, dies at 55.
in 1842 - Johan Lindegren, organist, composer, music theorist and publisher of hymnals, is born.
in 1842 - Gioacchino Rossini's "Stabat Mater" premieres in Paris.
in 1843 - Franz Schoberlechner, pianist and composer, dies at 45.

in 1853 - Nikolai Arkas, composer is born
in 1860 - Emanuil Manolov, who composed the first Bulgarian opera; Siromahkinia, is born. Manolov is considered one of the founders of the Bulgarian professional musical culture. May be best known for his song Kakva Moma Vidiah, Mamo "What a Girl I Saw, Mama."
in 1868 - William Batchelder Bradbury, organist and composer of hymns, dies at 51.
in 1870 - Karl Schwencke, pianist and composer, dies at 72.
in 1876 - William Yeates Hurlstone, composer, is born. Charles Villiers Stanford, considered Hurlstone, among the many brilliant students whom he taught, to have been his most talented, but Hurlstone's life was cut short at 30 by bronchial athsma.
in 1884 - Jose Rozo Contreras, who composed the anthem of the department of Norte de Santander, in Columbia, is born.
in 1890 - Hans Matthison-Hansen, organist and composer, dies at 82.
in 1891 - Carl Gottfried Wilhelm Taubert, pianist composer and conductor, dies at 79.
in 1892 - Rudolf Moser, composer and conductor, is born.

in 1895 - Clara Haskil (Jewish Swiss classical pianist) is born
in 1898 - Geronimo Baqueiro Foster, composer and Mexican musicologist, is born.

in 1899 - Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc, Paris, composer/pianist (Les Biches) is born
in 1903 - Shalva Azmaiparashvili, composer and conductor, Head of the Georgian Radio Symphony Orchestra, is born.
in 1903 - Vladimir Alexandrovich Vlasov, composer, People's Artist of Kirghizia and Russia, is born.

in 1903 - Vincent d'Indy's opera "L'etranger," premieres in Brussel
in 1907 - Nicanor Zabaleta, virtuoso harpist, awarded the National Music Prize of Spain, is born.

in 1907 - Anton Urspruch, composer, dies at 56
in 1917 - Ulysses Simpson Kay Jr., composer, conductor and teacher, is born.

in 1921 - John Lanigan, tenor is born
in 1922 - Antonio Scontrino, double bassist and composer, dies at 71. The Conservatorio di Musica "Antonio Scontrino" in Trapani is named in his memory.

in 1922 - Jean-Pierre Rampal (flute virtuoso) is born
in 1922 - Eric Jupp (UK-born Australian composer, arranger, conductor) is born
in 1923 - Charles Russell Woolen, composer is born
in 1935 - Noam Sheriff, composer and conductor, music director of the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, is born.

in 1935 - Kenny Davern (American jazz clarinetist, sax player) is born
in 1935 - John Thomas Johnson (US tuba player; 2,000 film soundtracks) is born

in 1936 - Eldee Young, US bassist (Young Holt Unlimited-Hang on Sloopy) is born
in 1938 - "Paul Revere" Dick, rock keyboardist, bassist and songwriter (Paul Revere and the Raiders), is born.

in 1938 - Rory Storm Alan Caldwell (UK lead singer; Rory Storm & The Hurricanes) is born
in 1939 - David Buchan, musicologist, is born.

in 1939 - Lefty Baker Eustace Britchforth (US guitar, banjo, vocals; Spanky & Our Gang) is born
in 1941 - Rod Hicks, blues bassist and singer (Paul Butterfield Blues Band), is born.
in 1942 - Danny Williams, pop singer, is born.

in 1942 - Horatiu Radulescu (Romanian composer, spectral music pioneer) is born
in 1943 - Leona Williams, country singer/songwriter, guitarist and bassist, is born.

in 1943 - Sir Richard Armstrong (UK conductor) is born
in 1944 - Mike McCartney "McGear", rock singer/songwriter, pianist and guitarist, is born. McGear changed his proffessional name so as to not capitalize on the fact that he's Paul McCartney's brother.

in 1945 - Engin Yörükoglu (Turkish drummer; pioneering rock band Mogollar) is born
in 1945 - Dave Cousins (UK leader, vocals,guitar: the Strawbs) is born
in 1946 - Andy Brown, pop drummer (the Fortunes), is born.

in 1946 - Jann Wenner (US founder, editor, publisher; Rolling Stone magazine) is born

in 1946 - Adamo Didur dies at age 72. Polish operatic bass vocalist; he studied in Lwów with Valery Wysocki. He later worked with Franz Emmerich in Milan. His concert debut came in Milan in a performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. He went on to sing extensively in opera in Europe and appeared at New York's Metropolitan Opera from 1908 to 1932

in 1947 - David Porcelijn, Dutch composer/conductor is born
in 1948 - Kenny Loggins, pop singer/songwriter (Loggins and Messina), is born.

in 1948 - Kaz Lux, Poland/Netherland, singer is born
in 1949 - Marshall Chapman, country rock singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born.

in 1949 - John Christopher Parry, rocker (Cure) is born
in 1950 - Juan Gabriel (Mexican singer and songwriter) is born
in 1953 - Earl Wilber Force "Wire" Lindo, reggae keyboardist (The Wailers), is born.

in 1954 - José María Vitier (Cuban music composer, pianist) is born
in 1955 - Marian Anderson becomes 1st black singer to perform at the Met in NYC.

in 1956 - Uwe Ochsenknecht (German actor, singer) is born
in 1959 - Kathy Valentine, rock guitarist and bassist (Go-Go's), is born.

in 1959 - Jon Larsen (Norwegian guitarist, composer, record producer) is born
in 1960 - Luis da Costa, composer, dies at 80
in 1963 - Clint Mansell (UK vocalist, guitarist, composer; Pop Will Eat Itself) is born
in 1964 - Cyril Davies, blues harmonica player, singer and bandleader, dies at 31 of leukemia.
in 1964 - Colin McPhee, composer, dies at 62.

in 1964 - Cyril Davies dies at age 32. English musician, born in Denham, Buckinghamshire, he was one of the first UK blues harmonica players and blues musicians. Cyril began his career in the early 1950s first within Steve Lane's Southern Stompers, then as part of an acoustic skiffle and blues group with Alexis Korner. He began as a banjo and 12-string guitar player before becoming Britain's first Chicago-style blues harmonica player. In 1962, he and Alexis Korner opened a club called the Ealing Club in London, adding bassist Jack Bruce, saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith and drummer Charlie Watts, to form the electric band Blues Incorporated, and they recorded the album R&B from the Marquee. Many budding young musicians visited the Ealing Club and 'guested' with Blues Incorporated, including Rod Stewart, Paul Jones, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards, Eric Burdon, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Ginger Baker

in 1966 - Ehab Tawfik (Egyptian singer) is born

in 1967 - Carl Schuricht dies at age 86. German conductor, in 1909 he succeeded Siegfried Ochs as director of the Rühlscher Oratorienverein in Frankfurt-am-Mein and at 31 was appointed musical director of the municipal orchestra in Wiesbaden; festivals of modern music (Richard Strauss, Reger, Mahler, Delius and Arnold Schoenberg) made Wiesbaden an internationally-renowned centre for music. In later years during the late 40s and 50s Carl conducted throughout Switzerland, at the re-opening of the Salzburg Festival in 1946, in Paris, and at the festivals of Holland, Lucerne, Aix-en-Provence and Montreux. He regularly conducted the South German Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1950 to 1966. When the Vienna Philharmonic made their first tour to the USA in 1956, he share the conducting during the six-weeks with André Cluytens

in 1973 - Jonna Tervomaa (Finnish singer) is born
in 1974 - John Rich (US bassist, vocals; Big & Rich) is born
in 1979 - Zbigniew Turski, composer, dies at 70

in 1980 - Larry Williams dies at age 44. American singer, saxophonist, keyboards, and pianist born in New Orleans, Louisiana; best known for writing and recording some Rock'n'Roll standards from 1957 to 1959 for Specialty Records, including "Bony Moronie" and "Dizzy Miss Lizzy". He also began acting in the 1960s, appearing on film in Just for the Hell of It-1968, The Klansman-1974, and Drum-1976 (died from a gun-shot wound in his LA, California home. The death was deemed suicide, though there was much speculation otherwise. No suspects were ever arrested or charged)

in 1981 - Jose Ardevol, composer, dies at 69
in 1981 – Rasaq Rasaq Dayo Seriki (US rapper) is born

in 1981 - Chink Martin Chink Abraham dies at age 94. American jazz tubist born in New Orleans; he played guitar before settling on tuba. He played with Papa Jack Laine's Reliance Brass Band around 1910, and worked in various other brass bands in the city in the 1910's. In 1923, he traveled to Chicago and played with the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, as well as with the Halfway House Orchestra, the New Orleans Harmony Kings, and the New Orleans Swing Kings. In the 1930s, he worked as a staff musician at WSMB radio. He continued to play tuba for his entire career, though he also picked up double-bass from the 1930s onward. He played with dozens of noted New Orleans jazz musicians, appearing on record with Sharkey Bonano, Santo Pecora, Pete Fountain, Al Hirt, and others, and released one album under his own name on Southland Records in 1963

in 1985 - Johnny Guarnieri, virtuoso jazz and stride pianist and teacher, dies onstage during a performance with Dick Sudhalter, at 67.
in 1987 - Larry Carr, jazz singer and pianist, dies at 72.

in 1988 - Haley Bennett (US singer, actress) is born
in 1994 - Lynn Blessing, jazz/rock vibraphonist and composer, dies at 65.
in 1994 - Bobby Pratt, jazz pianist and trombonist, dies at 67.
in 1995 - Arthur Leavins, classical violinist, dies at 77.
in 1997 - Sándor Végh, violinist, conductor and teacher, dies at 84. Végh was known as one of the great chamber music violinists of the twentieth century.

in 1998 - Owen Bradley dies at age 82. American record producer and pianist who, along with Chet Atkins and Bob Ferguson, was one of the chief architects of the 1950s and 60s Nashville sound in country music and rockabilly. He learned piano at an early age, and began playing in local nightclubs and roadhouses when he was a teenager. At 20, he got a job at WSM-AM radio, where he worked as an arranger and musician and in 1942, he became the station's musical director. As well as becoming a recording artist, he enjoyed record production and in 1952, he and his brother Harold built their own recording studio where they began to record singers such as Ernest Tubb and Kitty Wells. By 1956, they had moved to larger premises and had their famed Quonset hut studio on 16th Avenue South, Nashville. It was here that Buddy Holly and Gene Vincent recorded some of their earliest sessions. Owen also recorded several of the new country artists of the time, including Johnny Cash and Marty Robbins. The area surrounding the old Quonset hut became known as Music Row. It was here that, over the years, the recording industry of Nashville developed. He did, in fact, record both pop and country artists. He also appeared as a musician, not only on some of Decca recording sessions but he actually played with Chet Atkins on Elvis Presley's RCA session, on the recording of Heartbreak Hotel. Between 1958 and 1968, he was the country A&R director for Decca and was then promoted to be the label's vice president in Nashville. Owen was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1974. He retired from production in the early 1980s, but continued to work on the selected projects, such as k.d. Lang's acclaimed 1988 album, Shadowland

in 2001 - James Carr dies at age 58. American R&B and soul singer, born in Coahoma, Mississippi, and began singing in church and was performing in gospel groups. He first made the R&B charts in 1966 with "You've Got My Mind Messed Up", followed by his most famous song "The Dark End of the Street". A resurgence in interest in his music, spurred by his portrayal in Peter Guralnick's 1986 book Sweet Soul Music, helped return Carr to the recording studio, but he didn't have any further chart success

in 2002 - Jon Lee dies at age 33. Welsh musician and the original drummer for the successful British rock band Feeder. Born in Newport, Wales, he was inspired to play the drums, having acquired a drum kit in his teens, he teamed up in the early 1990s with Grant Nicholas to form a band called "Temper Temper". Without much in the way of success, the two took to London to set up a new band called "Hum", but the true turning point came when a Japanese bassist called Taka Hirose answered an ad in "Loot" magazine to form a new band called "Reel" and a record contract with the Echo Label followed in November 1994 when their name was "Real". From here the band changed their name to Feeder named after Grant's goldfish (suicide, found hanged at his Miami home)

in 2004 - John Guerin dies at age 64. American top session drummer; self-taught on drums, percussion and keyboards, an extremely successful "crossover" artist, frequently bridging the gaps between jazz and rock with his expansive drum vocabulary. Born in Hawaii and raised in San Diego, he began performing with Buddy DeFranco in 1960. In the late 60s he moved to LA where his talented drum work was utilised by artists including Frank Sinatra, George Harrison, Frank Zappa, Joni Mitchell, The Byrds, Peggy Lee, Them, Thelonious Monk, Lou Rawls, Ray Conniff, George Shearing, Ella Fitzgerald, Linda Ronstadt, Nelson Riddle and countless others. In jazz and pop, he is one of the most recorded drummers of all time. Among his many contributions to motion picture and TV scores, John's most celebrated work was on the soundtrack for Clint Eastwood's 1988 film biography of Charlie Parker, titled Bird. He also played on the original title tune for the television series Hawaii Five-O. In more recent years Guerin worked with Tyrell, Oscar Peterson, John Faddis, Jimmy Heath, Ray Charles, Sonny Rollins, Justin Morell, Andreas Pettersson, David Basse, David Garfield, Gary Lemel, and Mike Melvoin (pneumonia)

in 2009 - Alex van Heerden dies at age 34. South African trumpeter, vocalist, accordionist, producer, composer, historian and explorer; a self-taught musician that started to play trumpet at the age of 17. As well as his solo career, he worked with Robbie Jansen in Jansen's jazz group Sons of Table Mountain. Later he studied his own ethnic music and in the process became aware of the influence of ghoema, vastrap (a SA dance form) and other Coloured music on boeremusiek. He also worked together with Swedish musician and producer Håkan Lidbo, creating electronic music. He was on the verge of co-launching a second album with Cape Town jazz musician Hilton Schilder, with who he had toured parts of Europe and Hong Kong with on several occasions, and a second CD with Gramadoelas, the band he co-founded (died in a car accident in Cape Town)

in 2010 - Eric Shark Thomas Sam Davis dies at age 59. British singer with the Liverpool based band, Deaf School. Eric had been in poor health for several years and was waiting for a lung transplant, but he continued to play a part in Deaf School concerts until September, when he sat at a table at the side of the stage, with microphone in hand and oxygen mask and cylinder close by (lung disease)
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in 1567 - Jacob Vaet, Flemish composer/royal chaplain master, dies at about 37
in 1651 - Giovanni Battista Gagliano, composer, dies at 56

in 1668 - Jean Gilles, composer, is born. Gilles' Requiem "...was performed for the first time at his own funeral (because the original commissioner thought it too expensive to perform), but was later sung at the funeral services for the King of Poland in 1736, Jean-Philippe Rameau in in 1764 - and Louis XV in 1774."
in 1696 - Michael de Ronghe, composer, dies at 75
in 1705 - Georg F Händel's 1st opera, Almira, premieres in Hamburg.

in 1713 - Italian composer and violinist Arcangelo Corelli died in Rome at the age of 59
in 1777 - Filippo Traetta, composer, musicologist and son of Tomaso Traetta, is born. Traetta was trained as a soldier, but also received musical instruction. He was involved in the unsuccessful 1799 revolution against King Ferdinand IV of Naples, and was arrested not only for being a soldier in the losing army, but also for being the composer of several anti-monarchy hymns. He was eventually smuggled to America, where his career as a musician truly began. He composed the first opera in America; The Venetian Maskers.

in 1779 - John White, composer is born
in 1787 - Johann Ludwig Bohner, piano and organ virtuoso and composer, known during his time as the "Thüringer Mozart," is born.
in 1788 - Erik Drake, composer and music theorist, is born.

in 1788 - Archduke Rudolph, Austrian amateur musician, music patron, and Beethoven's friend and pupil, was born in Pisa, Italy
in 1792 - Lowell Mason, organist and composer of over 1600 hymn tunes, is born. Mason is considered the first important music educator in the US, and is largely responsible for introducing music into public schools there.

in 1810 - Robert Schumann, Zwickau Germ, composer (Neue Zeitschrift fuer Musik) is born
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTeAKJ539Is"]YouTube - Argerich - Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54 Pt 1-4[/ame]
in 1812 - William Henry Holmes, pianist and composer, is born.
in 1812 - Sigismond Thalberg is born
in 1819 - Christian Gottlob Saupe, composer, dies at 55
in 1822 - Carlo Alfredo Piatti, virtuoso cellist and composer, is born.
in 1824 - Per August Ölander, composer, violinist and music critic, is born.

in 1830, German pianist, conductor, musical writer and first husband of Cosima Liszt Wagner, Hans Von Bülow, was born in Dresden- a couple of quotes from him:
"A tenor is not a man but a disease."
To a trombonist: "Your tone sounds like roast-beef gravy running through a sewer."
He was also responsible for adding the pedal timpani to the orchestra.
in 1831 - Franz Vinzenz Krommer, organist, violinist and composer (court composer to the Imperial Court of Austria), dies at 71.
in 1833 - Boston Academy of Music, first musical school in the US, is established.
in 1846 - Albert Cahen d'Anvers, composer, best known for his light operas, is born.
in 1846 - William Wallace Gilchrist, organist and composer, who founded the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, is born.

in 1858 - Friedrich Karl Kuhmstedt, composer, dies at 48
in 1864 - Victor-Charles-Paul Dourlen, composer and teacher, dies at 83.
in 1873 - Lucien Louis Capet, violinist, composer and teacher, is born. His book, Superior Bowing Technique is considered the definitive treatise on all aspects of bowing technique for the violin, and is still being published. He developed what is known as the modele Lucien Capet design for violin bows.
in 1883 - Josue Teofilo Wilkes, composer and musicologist, who co-founded the Asociación Argentina de Compositores, is born.
in 1891 - Bronislava Nijinska, dancer, choreographer, and teacher, is born.
in 1891 - Fredrik Pacius, composer and conductor, "Father of Finnish Music," who composed the first Finnish opera, Kung Karls Jakt (The Hunt of King Charles), dies at 81.
in 1892 - Werner Wehrli, composer, conductor, music teacher and writer, collector of folk songs, is born.
in 1896 - Jaromir Weinberger, composer and conductor, best remembered for his opera Švanda Dudák (Schwanda the Bagpiper), is born.
in 1902 - Gret Palucca, dancer, choreographer, and teacher, is born.
in 1905 - Giacinto Scelsi, composer, is born. "He is best known for writing music based around only one pitch, altered in all manners through microtonal oscillations, harmonic allusions, and changes in timbre and dynamics, as paradigmatically exemplified in his revolutionary Quattro Pezzi su una Nota Sola (Four Pieces on a Single Note)."*

in 1906 - Pianist Arthur Rubinstein made his American debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City
in 1911 - Andrej Ocenas, composer known for using themes from Slovak folk songs in his work, is born.

in 1912 - Dutch composer Rudolf Escher, nephew of artist M.C. Escher, was born in Amsterdam
in 1914 - Charles Borromeo Mills, composer is born
in 1918 - Michael Hertz, composer, dies at 73
in 1918 - Evelyn Dall (American singer, actress) is born
in 1921 - Luis Villalba Munoz, composer, dies at 48
in 1922 - Abbey Simon, virtuoso pianist and teacher, whose playing has won numerous awards, is born. Simon has been a long-time jury member on five international piano competitions.
in 1923 - Giorgio Tozzi, operatic basso and teacher, is born.
in 1924 - Robert Starer, composer, pianist and teacher, is born.

in 1924 - Antai Ribari, composer is born
in 1924 - Benjamin Lysnyansky (Lees), composer and teacher, is born.

in 1926 - Jani Christou, composer is born
in 1926 - Emile Paladilhe, composer, dies at 81
in 1926 - Evelyn Lear, [Shulman], Brooklyn, NY, soprano is born
in 1928 - Dumitru Kiriac-Georgescu, composer, teacher and Romanian folklorist, dies at 61.
in 1931 - Wolodia Grajonca "Bill Graham," concert promoter and impresario, is born. Graham had an undeniable influence on the development of rock music in the late 20th century, though not quite as much as "The King," who as tjadams noted, was also born on this day in 1935.

in 1935 - Elvis Aaron Presley, Tupelo Miss, singer (Blue Suede Shoes, Hounddog) is born
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_XXtuOvKcg&feature=related"]YouTube - Elvis Presley - Don't Be Cruel[/ame]
in 1936 - Zdenek Mácal (Czech conductor) is born
in 1937 - Shirley Bassey, pop singer, is born. Dame Bassey is Britain's most successful female artist of all time.
in 1937 - Robert Moran, composer, is born. Moran is known for, among other things, his "city-works," in which the "entire musical forces" of a city are incorporated into the sound-texture of the performance.

in 1937 - John Felix August Korling, composer, dies at 72
in 1938 - Yevgeny Nesterenko (Russian bass-baritone) is born
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_WOOZdVz9Y"]YouTube - Yevgeny Nesterenko as Boris Godunov[/ame]
in 1940 - Eleanor Johnston "Cristy Lane," country and gospel singer, is born.
in 1940 - Anthony Gourdine, doo-wop, soul and R&B singer (Little Anthony & The Imperials), member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is born.

in 1941 - Robby Krieger, rocker (Doors) is born
in 1942 - John Peterson, rock drummer, percussionist, and singer (Beau Brummels), is born.
in 1942 - Arvo Sakari Hannikainen, violinist, violin teacher and composer, first concert master of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, dies at 44.

in 1942 - Valya Balkanska (Bulgarian folk singer) is born
in 1942 - Jon Lucien (US smooth jazz singer-songwriter) is born
in 1943 - Marcus Hutson (US vocalist; The Whispers) is born
in 1943 - Marcus Hutson, R&B singer (The Whispers), is born.
in 1943 - Lee Jackson, rock bassist and singer (The Nice), is born.
in 1945 - John Peters, rock drummer (Harpers Bizarre) is born.

in 1945 - Jeannie Lewis (Australian actress, singer) is born
in 1945 - Terry Sylvester, pop singer and guitarist (The Hollies), is born.
in 1946 - Robby Krieger, rock singer/songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player (The Doors), is born.

in 1947 - David Bowie is born
in 1947 - Terry Sylvester, rocker (Hollies-You are the Air that I Breathe) is born
in 1948 - Paul King, rock singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist (Mungo Jerry), is born.

in 1948 - Mel Pritchard, rocker is born
in 1948 - Austrian-English tenor and composer Richard Tauberdied in London at the age of 55
in 1951 - Paul Dresher, minimalist composer, is born.

in 1952 - Vladimir Feltsman (Russian-American pianist) is born
in 1953 - Heinrich Kaspar Schmid, singer, composer and teacher, dies at 78.
in 1955 - Joseph Michael Rynoski "Mike Reno," rock drummer and singer (Loverboy), is born.

in 1959 - Paul Hester (Australian drummer; Split Enz/Crowded House) is born
in 1962 - Chris Marion (US singer, keyboardist; Little River Band) is born
in 1965 - Aloys-Henri-Gerard Fornerod, composer, dies at 74
in 1963 - Dmitri Shostakovich's Katharina Ismailova premieres in Riga.

in 1964 - Peter [Ped] Gill, rocker (Frankie Goes to Hollywood-Relax) [or 3/5] is born
in 1967 - R. Kelly Robert Sylvester Kelly (US singer, song writer, producer) is born
in 1969 - Jeff Abercrombie (US bassist; Fuel) is born
in 1970 - Giannis Christou dies at age 44. Greek composer, born in Heliopolis, Egypt, of Greek parents. In 1948 he gained an MA in philosophy after having studied with Ludwig Wittgenstein and Bertrand Russell in Cambridge. During that time he also studied music with Hans Redlich and studied orchestration with Angelo Francesco Lavagnino in Rome in '49, also that year he composed Phoenix Music for orchestra and First Symphony. His last works from 1967 to 1970 include Anaparastasis I (The baritone), Anaparastasis III (The pianist), Oedipus Rex and also Oresteia which was unfinished (died on his birthday in a car accident in Athens, Greece)

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in 1971 - Karen Poole (UK singer; Alisha's Attic) is born
in 1971 - Adriano Lualdi, composer, conductor and music writer, Director of the Naples Conservatory, dies at 85.

in 1973 - Sean Paul (Jamaican singer,vocal arrangement; Reggae star) is born
in 1974 - Steven King (US bassist; Mansun) is born
in 1975 - DJ Clue Ernesto Shaw (US DJ and producer) is born
in 1975 - Harris Jayaraj (Indian music composer) is born

in 1975 - Richard Tucker Rubin Ticker dies at age 61. American operatic tenor; a highly regarded operatic tenor throughout his career, and is generally considered by vocal-music historians and critics as being the greatest American-born, American-trained tenor of his era. On December 15th 1945, under the baton of Emil Cooper, Richard made his debut as Enzo in La Gioconda. The debut, one of the most successful in the annals of the Metropolitan, foretold his 30-year career as the leading American tenor of the postwar era (He died of a heart attack while resting before an evening performance in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is the only person whose funeral has been held on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera. In tribute to his legacy at the Met, the city of New York designated the park adjacent to Lincoln Centre as Richard Tucker Square)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtLk8kIZ3eM&feature=related"]YouTube - Richard Tucker live at the Met in 1957 - Lensky's aria from "Eugene Onegin"[/ame]

in 1976 - Jenny Lewis (US actress, singer-songwriter, multi-musician; Rilo Kiley) is born
in 1979 - Torry Castellano (US drummer; The Donnas) is born

in 1979 - Sara Carter dies at age 80. American country musician; known for her deep and distinctive singing voice, she was the lead singer on most of the recordings of the historic Carter Family act in the 1920s and 1930's. She married A. P. Carter on June 18, 1915. Sara was inducted as part of The Carter Family in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970, in 1993, her image appeared on a U.S. postage stamp honoring the Carter Family and in 2001 she was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor

in 1982 - William "Wil" Francis (US singer) is born
in 1983 - Felipe Colombo (Argentine/Mexican actor, singer) is born

in 1985 - Rachael Lampa (American singer) is born

in 1986 - Pierre Fournier dies at age 88. French cellist, he graduated from the Paris Conservatory at 17, in 1923. He was hailed as "the cellist of the future" and won praise for his virtuosity and bowing technique. In the period 1925-1929 he was a member of the Krettly Quartet, led by Odette's brother Robert Krettly. He became well known when he also played with the Concerts Colonne Orchestra in 1925 and began touring all over Europe. Pierre taught at the École Normale de Musique in Paris and the Paris Conservatoire from 1937 to 1949. He made his first tour of the United States in 1948 and played to great acclaim in New York and Boston. After 1956, he made his home in Switzerland, and taught privately at his home in Geneva until his death: the British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber was among his pupils

in 1989 - Johannes Hendricus van Musscher "Johnny Jordaan," Dutch folk singer/songwriter, dies at 64.
in 1991 - Stephen Maynard Clark, rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (Def Leppard), dies at 30 from a combination of alchohol and various pills (presumed accidental).

in 1991 - Asuka Hinoi (Japanese singer) is born

in 1991 - Steve Clark dies at age 30. English co-lead guitarist for British heavy metal band Def Leppard. Born in Sheffield, he started playing guitar at aged 11 and was soon playing in a local band, Electric Chicken, before joining Def Leppard in 1978 where he was nicknamed "The Riffmaster". He contributed to half of the songs on the band's 1992 album Adrenalize just prior to his death, he is also showcased on the 1979 EP Def Leppard and albums, On Through the Night, High 'n' Dry, Hysteria, Pyromania, Adrenalize, and Retro Active (drug overdose)

in 1992 - Jan "Johnny" Meijer, accordionist, Dutch "King of Accordions," dies at 79.
in 1993 - Theo Bruins, classical pianist, composer and teacher, dies at 63.
in 1995 - Louis "Loulou" Gasté, pop composer, with around 1200 songs to his credit, dies at 88.
in 1997 - George Handy, jazz pianist, composer and arranger, dies at 76.

in 1998 - Sir Michael Kemp Tippett OM CH CBE dies at age 93. English composer was one of the foremost British composers of the 20th century he was a student in the Royal College of Music, where he studied composition with Charles Wood and C. H. Kitson, he also studied conducting with Adrian Boult and Malcolm Sargent. As a composer his works comprised of five string quartets, four concerti, four symphonies, five operas and a number of vocal and choral works. Michael was knighted in 1966, and awarded the Order of Merit in 1983. He remained very active composing and conducting. His opera, New Year, received its premiere in 1989. Then came Byzantium, a piece for soprano and orchestra premiered in 1991. His autobiography, Those Twentieth Century Blues also appeared in 1991. A string quartet followed in 1992. In 1995 his ninetieth birthday was celebrated with special events in Britain, Canada and the US, including the premiere of his final work, The Rose Lake. In that year a collection of his essays, Tippett on Music, also appeared (While in Stockholm for a retrospective of his concert music, he developed pneumonia. He was brought home, but died soon after
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obARGGH83dI"]YouTube - Sir Michael Kemp Tippett (1905 - 1998) Deep River[/ame]

in 1996 - Howard Taubman dies at age 88. American music and theatre critic, born in Manhattan; he began working for The New York Times and joined the Music Department there in 1930 and became music editor in 1935. For about a year, from 1944-1945, he served in the Army and worked in Italy as a writer for Stars and Stripes. In the 1950s, he acted as the ghostwriter for opera singer Marian Anderson’s autobiography My Lord, What a Morning. In 1960, he took the post of Chief Drama Critic for the Times and from 1966 until he retired in 1972, Howard was a critic-at-large for the Times. He wrote several books including How to Bring up your Child to Enjoy Music, How to Build a Record Library, The Maestro: The Life of Arturo Toscanini, Music on My Beat: An Intimate Volume of Shop Talk, Music as a Profession, and Opera: Front and Back

in 2002 - David McWilliams dies at age 56. Northern Irish singer, songwriter, guitarist born in Belfast and moved to Ballymena at the age of 8. He began playing guitar and writing songs in his early teens and he started a local dance band, the Coral Showband. He is maybe best known for his 1967 song "Days of Pearly Spencer". Although he never had a 'hit' in England, he was very popular on continental Europe, Italy, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and also Japan. (heart attack)

in 2003 - Ron Goodwin dies at age 77. British composer and conductor; he learned the piano from an early age and studied trumpet in London at the Guildhall School of Music. His first job was as copyist and arranger for publishing companies and bands, including work with the BBC. Through documentary music he was introduced to music for movies, and worked as a ghostwriter for Phil Green, Stanley Black, Geraldo and Peter Yorke among others. He later worked as a conductor in recording sessions for popular music artists, including Petula Clark. His many film scores include Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy, and 2 movies featuring Morecambe and Wise, as well as Norman Wisdom films. He composed the music for Lancelot and Guinevere, four Miss Marple movies, Force 10 From Navarone, The Spaceman and King ArthurWalt Disney's One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing, among others. Ron won three Ivor Novello Awards, including one for lifetime achievement in 1994. He was given honorary Freedom of the City of London

in 2005 - Margherita Carosio dies at age 96. Italian international operetic soprano born in Genoa; she appeared in public at the extraordinarily young age of 14. In 1924, still only 16, she made her operatic debut in the taxing role of Lucia di Lammermoor at the Teatro Cavour in Novi Ligure. She was one of the most remarkable light lyric sopranos of her generation. Her warm, expressive and expertly produced voice is preserved in many Parlophone and Ultraphon recordings made before World War II, as well as a memorable series made for HMV in London, beginning in 1946. She also had a brief career in Italian films, and even received an offer from MGM in Hollywood, which she turned down because of her many commitments. But she evinced her popular appeal in recordings of songs of the day. Carosio retired from the operatic stage in 1959 and for the next 40 years pursued a second career as journalist and music critic in her hometown

in 2009 - Deborah Riedel dies at age 50. Australian operatic soprano, generally regarded as one of the greatest voices ever produced in Australia. She sang with such companies as the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; the Rome Opera; the Vienna State Opera, and many others. She won the inaugural Givenchy French Operatic Award in 1994. Her American debut that year was as Amina in La sonnambula in San Diego. She also appeared with the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera. Her work in Australia included roles in The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Maria Stuarda, Norma, La traviata, Il trovatore, La bohème, Tosca, Faust, The Tales of Hoffmann, Turandot and others. Internationally she sang the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier and Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes. In 2004, she was Sieglinde in the first Wagner Ring Cycle ever staged in Australia, by the State Opera of South Australia (cancer)
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1.8.35-Happy 76th birthday to THE KING OF ROCK- Elvis Presley.
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1.8.35-Happy 76th birthday to THE KING OF ROCK- Elvis Presley.
I didn't forget this year TJ. Check the date...put it in just for you.
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