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Old January 20th, 2011, 11:11 PM   #671

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in 1626 - Irish composer John Dowland died in London at the age of 63
in 1665 - Domenico Mazzocchi, Italian composer, dies at 72.
in 1672 - Giuseppe Antonio Silvani, Italian composer and publisher, is born.
in 1735 - Johann Gottfried Eckard, German harpsichordist/pianist and composer, is born. Eckhard moved to Paris

in 1746 - Gottfried Kirkhoff, composer, dies at 60
in 1758 and lived there the rest of his life. He was known as an adept improviser. He also was an early and enthusiastic adopter of the fortepiano over the harpsichord.
in 1751 - Josephus Andreas Fodor, Dutch violinist, composer, and teacher, is born. In 1787 Fodor moved to Paris, then in 1792, moved to St. Petersburg, where he lived the rest of his life.
in 1775 - Manuel del Pópulo Vicente Rodriguez García, Spanish opera tenor, composer, impresario and singing teacher, is born.
in 1801 - Ramon Vilanova y Barrera, Catalan composer, teacher and choirmaster, is born.
in 1814 - Thomas Attwood Walmisley, English composer and organist, is born.
in 1823 - Alexandre Edouard Goria, French composer, is born.
in 1848 - Henri Duparc, French composer, is born. Duparc was a co-founder, with Saint-Saëns and Romain Bussine, of the Société Nationale de Musique Moderne.
in 1851 - Gustav Albert Lortzing, German composer, actor and singer, dies at 49.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmLAYKms6bU"]YouTube - Tempel, Logen, Rituale - Die Geheimnisse der Freimaurer [Teil 1 von 3 (Deutsch)][/ame]
in 1859 - Antoni Wincenty Rutkowski, Polish composer, pianist, violinist and teacher, is born.
in 1978 - Phil Stacey (US singer;solo/American Idol finalist) is born
in 1978 – Nokio Tamir Mateen Raheem Hameed Ruffin (US singer, rapper; Dru Hill) is born
in 1979 - Spider Loc Curtis Norvell Williams (US rapper; member of G-Unit) is born

in 1882 - Anton Emil Titl, composer, dies at 72
in 1883 - Jacopo Tomadini, Italian composer, dies at 62.
in 1884 - Auguste Franchomme, French cellist and composer, dies at 75.
in 1887 - Alfred Henry Ackley, American composer and songwriter, is born. Ackley wrote approximately 1500 songs.
in 1888 - Stephan Hale Alonzo Marsh, English composer and teacher, who claimed to have written Australia's first opera (though his rival Isaac Nathan wrote one a year earlier), dies at 83.
in 1891 - Nicolai Semyonovich Golovanov, Russian conductor and composer, is born.
in 1891 - Timothy Mather Spelman, American composer and teacher, is born.
in 1891 - Calixa Lavallee, Canadian pianist, composer, and music teacher, who composed the music to "O Canada," dies at 48.
in 1894 - Guillaume Jean Joseph Nicolas Lekeu, Belgian composer, dies of typhoid the day after his 24th birthday.
in 1898 - Avery Claflin, American composer and banker, is born.

in 1899 - Alexander Tcherepnin (Russian born American composer) is born
in 1904 - Leos Janacek's opera Jenufa premieres in Brno, Czechoslovakia.
in 1909 - Todor Skalovski, Macedonian composer and conductor, is born. Skalovski composed the music to Denes nad Makedonija (Today Over Macedonia), the Republic of Macedonia's national anthem.

in 1910 - Eua Sunthornsanan (Thai composer, bandleader) is born
in 1920 - Torsten Nilsson, Swedish composer, choirmaster and organist, is born.
in 1921 - Todor Popov, Bulgarian composer, teacher and musicologist, is born. Popov wrote a number of very popular songs in the 1940's and 50's.

in 1921 - Bess Lomax Hawes (US folklorist, musician, teacher) is born
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSSpFFQ4vN8"]YouTube - Bess Lomax Hawes Interview[/ame]
in 1923 - Lola Flores, Spanish Romani singer, dancer, and actress, is born.
in 1924 - Benny Hill (UK actor, comedian, singer) is born
in 1925 - Telly Savalas (US singer, actor) is born
in 1926 - Franco Evangelisti, Italian composer, teacher and music theorist, is born.

in 1926 - Brian Brockless (English organist) is born
in 1927 - 1st national opera broadcast from a US opera house (Faust, Chicago)
in 1931 - Felix Blumenfeld, Ukrainian pianist, composer, conductor, dies at 67.

in 1931 - Rudi Maugeri (Canadian baritone singer, Radio DJ; Crew Cuts) is born
in 1936 - Snooks Eaglin Fird Eaglin Jr (US blind blues guitarist, singer) is born
in 1938 - Robert Weston Smith "Wolfman Jack" famous American DJ, is born.
in 1941 - Richie Havens, folk and folk rock singer/songwriter, guitarist and sitar player, is born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1pMeyy__r0"]YouTube - Richie Havens Woodstock Excellent[/ame]
in 1941 - Spanish tenor and conductor Plácido Domingo was born in Madrid
in 1942 - Mac Davis, American country singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born.
in 1942 - Edwin Starr, American soul singer, is born. Starr's most famous record is the Whitfield/Strong protest song, "War." "Good God, y'all!"

in 1942 - Freddy Breck Gerhard Brecker (German schlager singer) is born
in 1942 - Henryk Opienski, Polish composer, musicologist and teacher, dies at 72.

in 1943 - Otakar Sini, composer, dies at 61
in 1944 - Neely Bruce, American composer, conductor, pianist, and teacher, is born. Bruce is the first pianist to perform the entire song oeuvre of Charles Ives.
in 1945 - Chris Britton, English rock guitarist (The Troggs), is born.
in 1947 - Jimmy Ibbotson, American country and folk rock bassist, guitarist, mandolinist and singer (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), is born.

in 1947 - Michel Jonasz (French singer, composer) is born
in 1947 - Pye Hastings (Scottish guitarist, singer; Caravan) is born

in 1948 - Italian composer Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari died in Venice, at the age of 82
in 1950 - Gladis Caldas Mendez "Claudia de Colombia" Columbian pop singer, is born.
in 1950 - Leslie Sebastian Charles "Billy Ocean" Trinidadian pop and R&B singer/songwriter, is born.
in 1950 - Richie Ranno, American rock guitarist (Starz), is born.

in 1954 - Nigel Glockler (UK drums; Saxon) is born
in 1956 - Bob Brill, American rock/synthpop drummer (Berlin), is born.
in 1956 Comedy in Music (Victor Borge) closes at Golden Theater in NYC , after 849 performances.

in 1958 - Frank Ticheli (American composer) is born
in 1959 - Lamar Stringfield, American flautist, composer, conductor and teacher, founder of the North Carolina Symphony, dies at 61.
in 1961 - John Joseph Becker, American composer and teacher, dies a day before his 75th birthday.
in 1965 - Robert Del Naja "3D" English electronica singer and graffitti artist (Massive Attack), is born.
in 1965 - Cordell Crockett, American rock bassist (Ugly Kid Joe), is born.

in 1965 - Jam Master Jay Jason Mizell (DJ, rapper; founder & DJ of Run-DMC) is born
in 1966 - 3D Robert Del Naja (UK singer; The Wild Bunch / Massive Attack) is born
in 1966 - Wendy James, English rock/pop singer/songwriter (Transvision Vamp), is born.

in 1966 - Beatle George Harrison marries model Patti Boyd
in 1970 - Mark Trojanowski (American drummer; Sister Hazel) is born
in 1971 – Tweet Charlene Keys (US R&B, soul singer-songwriter, guitarist) is born
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hb37Nh_Sg4g"]YouTube - Tweet feat. Missy Elliott - Oops (Oh My)[/ame]
in 1972 - Yasunori Mitsuda (Japanese composer) is born
in 1972 - Cat Power Charlyn Marshall (US guitarist, piano, singer) is born
in 1976 - Emma Lee Bunton, English pop singer/songwriter and actress "Baby Spice" (Spice Girls), is born.
in 1977 - John Vincent, American composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 74.
in 1977 - Zoltan Vasarhelyi, Hungarian composer, conductor, choir director and teacher, dies at 76.

in 1977 - Rick Ross (American rapper) is born
in 1978 - Bee Gees' "Saturday Night Fever" album goes #1 for 24 weeks
in 1980 - Nana Mizuki (Japanese voice actress, singer) is born
in 1981 - Gillian Chung (Hong Kong singer, actress; Twins) is born
in 1981 - Andy Lee (Korean singer; Shinhwa) is born
in 1981 - Alex Ubago (Spanish-Basque singer-songwriter) is born


in 1984 - Jack Leroy "Jackie" Wilson, Jr. dies at age 49. US Soul singer; Gaining fame in his early years as a member of the R&B vocal group, The Dominoes, before his solo career began with 1957's "Reet Petite," written by the then-unknown Berry Gordy, Jr. and recorded on the Brunswick Records label. His dynamic stage performances earned him the nickname "Mr. Excitement." & his performance of "Lonely Teardrops" on the Ed Sullivan Show is considered one of the show's classics. He recorded over fifty hit singles over a repertoire that included R&B, pop, soul, doo-wop and easy listening before lapsing into a coma following a collapse on stage during a 1975 benefit concert. By the time of his death in 1984, he had become one of the most influential soul artists of his generation. (He had been in care ever since suffering a heart attack during a stage performance in 1975. His medical costs were paid for by Elvis Presley and soul singer Al Green, was one of the very few artists who regularly visited a bed-ridden Jackie)

in 1988 - William Johansson (Swedish composer) is born
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in 1989 - Billy Tipton Dorothy Lucille Tipton dies at age 74. American jazz pianist, saxophonist and band leader who lived as a man for nearly 50 years; she gradually gained success and recognition as a musician when in 1936, as the leader of a band playing on KFXR. She/he joined Louvenie’s Western Swingbillies, a band which played on KTOK and at Brown's Tavern. In 1940 Billy was touring the Midwest playing at dances with Scott Cameron's band. In 1941 Billy began a two and a half year run performing at Joplin, Missouri's Cotton Club with George Meyer's band, then toured for a time with Ross Carlyle, then played for two years in Texas. The Billy Tipton Trio recorded two albums of jazz standards "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "Billy Tipton Plays Hi-Fi on Piano", both were released early in 1957. Among the pieces performed were "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man", "Willow Weep for Me", "What'll I Do", and "Don't Blame Me". In the 1970s, his worsening arthritis forced Billy to retire from music. (died from a hemorrhaging ulcer)

in 1992 - William T "Champion Jack" Dupree dies at age 82. New Orleans blues & boogie pianist, a barrelhouse "professor". His father was from the Belgian Congo, his mother was part African American and Cherokee. He was orphaned at the age of 2 and sent to the New Orleans Home for Colored Waifs,where he taught himself piano and later apprenticed with Tuts Washington and Willie Hall, whom he called his 'father' and from whom he learned "Junker's Blues". He was also "spy boy" for the Yellow Pochahantas tribe of Mardi Gras Indians and soon began playing in barrelhouses and other drinking establishments. He began his life of travelling living in Chicago, where he worked with Georgia Tom, and in Indianapolis, where he met Scrapper Blackwell and Leroy Carr. In Detroit he met Joe Louis, who encouraged him to become a boxer. He fought in 107 bouts, winning Golden Gloves and other championships and picking up the nickname 'Champion Jack', which he used the rest of his life. He returned to Chicago at aged 30 and joined a circle of recording artists, including Big Bill Broonzy and Tampa Red, who introduced him to the record producer Lester Melrose, who claimed composer credit and publishing on many of Jack's songs. He was a cook in the US Navy and spent two years as a Japanese prisoner of war. He was accompanied on guitar by Larry Dale, on his best known album, ''Blues from the Gutter'' in 1959 whose playing inspired Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones. He was also noted as a raconteur and transformed many of his stories into songs. "Big Leg Emma's" takes its place in the roots of rap music as the rhymed tale of a police raid on a barrelhouse. His biggest commercial success was "Walkin' the Blues", which led to several national tours, and to a European tour and him moving to Europe in 1960, first settling in Switzerland and then Denmark, England, Sweden and finally, Germany. During the 1970s and 1980s he lived at Ovenden, near Halifax, England where a bronze plaque has been commissioned in his memory.In later years Jack recorded with John Mayall, Mick Taylor and Eric Clapton. He continued to record and tour in Europe with Axel Zwingenberger and Louisiana Red, Kenn Lending Band, also made many live appearances there, also still working as a cook specializing in New Orleans cuisine. He returned to the United States from time to time and appeared at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (died in Hanover, Germany of cancer)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF045q4a08o"]YouTube - Champion Jack Dupree :::: Shake Baby Shake.[/ame]
in 1993 - Nigerian singer Fela Kuti arrested on suspicion of murder
in 1994 - BooBoo Stewart/Nils Allen Stewart Jr (US singer, actor, dancer) is born

in 1996 - Dennis Fuller dies at age 37. British singer and dancer of the German pop duo London Boys and a former member of the Roxy Rollers rollerskating disco act, who released a single called "I Need A Holiday" in May 1979. Dennis met Edem Ephraim while at school in Greenwich, London, and they moved to Glinde near Hamburg in Germany in 1981. They formed London Boys with songwriter and record producer Ralf-René Maué in 1986 as a vehicle for Ralf-René's work. Their musical style was a mix of soul and dance music or eurobeat dance music. Spinning on their heads was combined with choreography acquired during their experience as Rollerblade dancers prior to forming the duo. They released 5 albums, their debut album The Twelve Commandments Of Dance, peaked at No.2 in the UK and their most notable songs were "London Nights" and "Requiem". In total they sold 4.5 million records. Dennis and Edem gave concerts and appeared in clubs all over the world. London Boys' music is very optimistic upbeat Eurodisco at its best. (Tragically killed in a car crash while traveling in Austrian Alps on a dangerous mountain road, and another car was trying to pass at the opposite side of the road. The accident was a head-on collision with a drunk)

in 1996 - Edem Ephraim dies at age 37. Jamacain singer and dancer of the German pop duo London Boys. Edem met Dennis Fuller while at school in Greenwich, London, and the pair moved to Glinde near Hamburg in Germany in 1981. They formed London Boys with songwriter and record producer Ralf-René Maué in 1986 as a showcase for Ralf-René's work. Their musical style was a mix of soul and dance music or eurobeat dance music. Spinning on their heads was combined with choreography acquired during their experience as Rollerblade dancers prior to forming the duo. They released 5 albums, their debut album The Twelve Commandments Of Dance, peaked at No.2 in the UK and most notable singles were "London Nights" and "Requiem". In total The London Boys sold 4.5 million records. The duo gave concerts all over the world, London Boys' music is very optimistic upbeat Eurodisco at its best. (Tragically killed in a car crash while traveling in the Austrian Alps on a dangerous mountain road, and another car was trying to pass at the opposite side of the road. The accident was a head-on collision with a drunken Swiss. Edem's wife and a DJ friend also died)

in 1997 - Colonel Tom Parker Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk dies at age 87. Dutch entertainment impresario known best as the manager of Elvis Presley, The "Colonel" displayed a ruthless devotion to his client's interests and took far more than the traditional 10 percent of his earnings, reaching up to 50 percent by the end of Elvis's life. For many years he claimed to have been U.S. born, but it eventually emerged that he was born in Breda, Netherlands to Dutch parents. In 1935 Tom married 27-year-old Marie Francis Mott, they struggled to survive through the depression-era, working short-cons and traveling the country to seek work. His involvement in the music industry began as a music promoter in 1938, working with popular singer Gene Austin. Despite having sold in excess of 86 million records since 1924, and with earnings exceeding $17 million, Austin's career had hit a bad patch. He had wasted much of his fortune on partying, cars, mansions, and women. Arnold fired Tom in 1953 due to Parker's growing involvement with the singer Hank Snow. However, Tom remained involved in many of Arnold's live tours, and demanded a buyout of $50,000 to settle their contract. In February of 1955, Elvis Presley agreed to let The Colonel take some control of future bookings and promotions. Tom and Snow worked together to promote Elvis, using their own Hank Snow Tour to book him and tour him and on October 20th 1955, Tom Parker became Elvis Presley's official manager. At Elvis's funeral Tom persuaded Presley's father to sign over control of Presley's career in death to him. It wasn't until the 80s after several court cases that The Elvis Trust took control of the huge Elvis estate. (died of a stroke, in Las Vegas, Nevada)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Djd2bmm6nWE"]YouTube - Colonel Parker At ABC's Nightline[/ame]
in 1997 - Irwin Levine dies at age 58. American songwriter born in Newark; Irvine and Larry Brown together wrote over 40 songs, many popular songs such as "I Can't Quit Her", "(Say, Has Anybody Seen) My Sweet Gypsy Rose?", "Knock Three Times" and "Yellow Ribbon", which according to the Guinness Book of Records, with over 2,000 recorded versions it is next to the Beatles' 'Yesterday' as the most recorded popular song in history (died from kidney failure)

in 1999 - Charles Brown dies at age 76. American blues singer and pianist born in Texas City, a rhythm and bluespioneer, his style dominated the Southern California club scene on Central Avenue during the 1940s and 1950s, he influenced such performers as Floyd Dixon, Cecil Gant, Ivory Joe Hunter, Ray Charles, Percy Mayfield and Johnny Ace. In 1944 Charles moved to LA and was soon offered a spot in Johnny Moore's Three Blazers. On February 1st 1946 “Driftin’ Blues,” by Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers, enters the R&B chart. Written and sung by Charles the song reached No.2 and remains on the R&B chart for half a year, a significant milestone of the early postwar blues, it also received ‘Cashbox’ magazine’s award for R&B record of the year. This was the first of a string of hits for thr Three Blazers. Charles had his first solo hit in January 1949 with “Get Yourself Another Fool,” it reaches No.4 on the R&B chart, quickly followed by “Trouble Blues” which topped the charts for 15 weeks. His 1951 hit “Black Night” topped the R&B charts for 14 weeks. Over a two-year period, Charles' two biggest hits occupied the No.1 spot for a combined 29 weeks, a phenomenal feat. His last chart hit “Please Come Home for Christmas” in Dec 1960, has been covered by dozens of artists like many of his other songs. Charles recorded and toured throughout his life; his last studio album ‘So Goes Love’, was released in May 1998. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2 months after his death, long time fan and friend Bonnie Raitt, a was his presenter (died of congestive heart failure)


in 2002 - Peggy Lee Norma Deloris Egstrom dies at age 81. American jazz singer and Oscar-nominated performer. She sang with the likes of The Benny Goodman Band, and she became famous for her singular voice, sexy, subtle, simultaneously smoky 'n' cool and her unique jazz-inflected interpretations of popular tunes—encompassing poetry, jazz, chamber pop, art songs, and other genres. She also wrote music for films, and dozens of songs for herself and other artists; the first song she composed was "Little Fool", published in 1941, "What More Can a Woman Do?" was recorded by Sarah Vaughan with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, "Mañana (Is Soon Enough for Me)" was no.1 for 9 weeks on the Billboard singles chart in 1948. Peggy was nominated for 12 Grammy Awards, winning Best Contemporary Vocal Performance for her 1969 hit "Is That All There Is?" In 1995 she was given the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a recipient of the state of North Dakota's Roughrider Award; the Pied Piper Award from The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP); the Presidents Award, from the Songwriters Guild of America; the Ella Award for Lifetime Achievement, from the Society of Singers; and the Living Legacy Award, from the Women's International Center. In 1999 she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (complications from diabetes and cardiac disease)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdqvX-n25gs"]YouTube - Benny Goodman and Peggy Lee - Why Don't You Do Right[/ame]
in 2010 - Paul Lewis Quarrington dies at age 56. Canadian novelist, playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker and musician, born in Toronto, and studied at the University of Toronto. As well as his (non musical) writing for TV, film and stage, Paul wrote his early novels while working as the bass player for the group Joe Hall and the Continental Drift. His most successful novel to date, Whale Music was called "the greatest rock'n'roll novel ever written" by Penthouse magazine. Musically... more recently Paul was also the singer/guitarist for the blues-country group Porkbelly Futures. Their first CD, Way Past Midnight was released in late 2005 and spent six months on the "Americana" charts. Their second CD, Porkbelly Futures, was released in April of 2008. It contains many self penned original compositions. (Sadly passed after a battle with lung cancer)


in 2010 - Leon Villalba dies at age 21. British guitarist and driving force with the London based heavy metal band 'After Death', which formed in 2005. (The band was in Brazil on the tour supporting Masters on the “Masters of Hate Tour 2010” when Leon tragically drowned while swimming at the beach in Atalaia, one of the most dangerous beaches in Brazil. Bandmate Timothy tried to go to his aid, but he, too, was over whelmed by the force of the waves


in 2010 - Timothy Kennelly dies at age 18. British bassist with the London based heavy metal band 'After Death'. He joined the band only six months ago. (The band was in Brazil on the “Masters of Hate Tour 2010”. Tim is pressumed drowned while swimming at the beach in Atalaia, one of the most dangerous beaches in Brazil. He went to the aid of his drowning band mate, when tragically he too was overwhelmed by the force of the waves. His body is still missing)
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in 1575 - English queen Elizabeth I grants Thomas Tallis & William Byrd music press monopoly.
in 1599 - Cristofano Malvezzi, Italian organist and composer, dies at 51.
in 1649 - Pascal Collasse, French composer, is born.
in 1700 - Jacob Balthasar, German violinist, singer and composer of baroque chamber music, dies at 39.
in 1707 - Carl Hockh, German violinist and composer, is born.
in 1709 - Joseph Riepel, German violinist, composer, and important music theorist, is born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyCgghWWLCw"]YouTube - Joseph Riepel Concerto in D major 1st mov. Bahb's Virtuoso Baroque Trumpet Concerto's part 5.wmv[/ame]
in 1727 - Claude-Benigne Balbastre, composer is born
in 1729 - Giuseppe Luigi Tibaldi, Italian tenor and composer, is born.
in 1748 - Lewis Edson, one of the first American composers, is born.

in 1752 - Italian composer Muzio Clementi was born in Rome
in 1753 - Peter Fuchs, composer is born
in 1756 - Vincenzo Righini, Italian composer, singer and kapellmeister, is born.

In 1796 - Bernhard Hupfeld, composer, dies at 78
in 1779 - Stefano Pavesi, Italian composer, is born.
in 1781 - François-Antoine Habeneck, French violinist, conductor and composer, is born.
in 1781 - Johann Siebenkas, German organist and composer, is born.
in 1815 - Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger, German composer, is born. His memoir, Wagner as I Knew Him, though somewhat discredited, is now thought to be less mendacious than critics had previously alleged.
in 1824 - Josef Leopold Zvonar, Csech composer and teacher, is born.
in 1842 - Charles Henri Marechal, French dramatic composer, is born.
in 1847 - Georges-Julien Sieber, French composer, dies at 71.
in 1852 - George Rodwell, English composer, dies at 51.
in 1855 - Ernst Kullak, German pianist, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1859 - Brahms' 1st piano concerto (in D minor) premieres in Hanover, Germany.
in 1861 - Karel Stecker, Czech composer and teacher, is born.
in 1868 - Moritz Ganz, German cellist and composer, dies at 61.
in 1870 - Charles Arnold Tournemire, Fench organist, composer and teacher, is born. Tournemire was known as a superb improviser on the organ.
in 1871 - Leon Jessel, German composer, is born. Known today mainly for his "The Parade of the Tin Soldiers," Jessel died of injuries received during torture at the hands of the Gestapo.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XhTuQtFx8A"]YouTube - Leon Jessel - Parade of the Tin Soldiers[/ame]
in 1886 John Joseph Becker, American composer, is born. Becker was a member of the "American Five," along with Charles Ives, Carl Ruggles, Henry Cowell, and Wallingford Riegger.
in 1893 - Vincenz Lachner, German composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 81. Lachner was a friend of Franz Schubert, but did not have a high opinion of Wagner, which seems to have been a problem for him in his later life.
in 1895 - Edward Solomon, English pianist, composer, conductor and orchestrator, is born.
in 1897 - Rosa Ponselle, American soprano, is born. Ponselle is considered by critics to have been one of the greatest sopranos of the 20th century.

in 1897 - Josef Stanislav, composer is born
in 1898 - Alexander Abramsky, Russian composer, is born. Abramsky often incorporated Russian folk music in his compositions.
in 1898 - Gustaf Paulson, Swedish organist, pianist and composer, is born.
in 1900 - Franz Salmhofer, Austrian composer, clarinettist, conductor and poet, is born.

in 1900 - Ernst Busch (German singer, actor) is born
in 1901 - Hans-Erich Apostel, Austrian composer, is born.
in 1903 - Robin Humphrey Milford, English composer and teacher, is born.

in 1904 - George Balanchine, composer/choreographer [OS=Jan 9] is born
in 1905 - Verdina Shlonsky, Ukranian composer and teacher, is born. Shlonsky emigrated to Israel, and she was considered the leading female Israeli composer of her time.
in 1908 - American composer Edward MacDowell died at the age of 47 in New York City
in 1911 - Suzanne Danco, Belgian soprano, mezzo-soprano and teacher, is born.

in 1911 - Bruno Kreisky, Austria, bandleader/chancellor (1970-83) is born
in 1911 - Roberto Garcia Morillo
, Argentinian composer, musicologist, teacher and music critic, is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IB88iPb0UM"]YouTube - Alberto Ginastera Doce Preludios Americanos Opus 12 no. 6 - Tribute to Roberto Garcia Morillo[/ame]

in 1914 - Dimitri Dragatakis, composer is born
in 1914 - Suzanne Danco, Belgian singer is born
in 1914 - Dimitri Dragatakis, Greek violist, composer and teacher, is born. Dragatakis is considered one of the most important modern Greek composers, and was vice president and honorary president of the Greek Composers Union.
in 1914 - Frederik Rung, Danish composer, dies at 60.
in 1916 - Henri Dutilleux, French composer and teacher, is born. Dutilleux is considered one of the most important French composers of the second half of the 20th century.
in 1916 - Iwan Knorr, German composer and teacher, dies at 63.
in 1917 - Albert "Pud" Brown, American jazz clarinettist, saxophonist and composer, is born.
in 1920 - William Warfield, American bass-baritone and teacher, is born.
in 1921 - Andre Hodeir, French jazz and classical violinist, composer, arranger and musicologist, is born.
in 1923 - Leslie Bassett, American composer and teacher, is born.
in 1923 - Friedrich Zehm, Polish composer, music critic and teacher, is born.
in 1924 - James Louis "J J" Johnson, American jazz trombonist, composer and arranger, is born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGoWLogD23A"]YouTube - Tune up_The Unforgetable J.J. Johnson and his Trombone by CRRochaGuitar[/ame]
in 1924 - Margaret Whiting, American jazz and pop singer, is born.
in 1931 - Sam Cooke, American gospel, R&B, soul, and pop singer/ songwriter, guitarist and pianist, is born. Cooke was a pioneer of soul music, and is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
in 1934 - Dmitri Shostakovich's opera Lady MacBeth premieres in Leningrad.
in 1936 - Louis Glass, Danish pianist and composer, dies at 71.

in 1938 - Monna Bell Nora Escobar (Chilean singer) is born
in 1940 - Addie "Micki" Harris, American pop, R&B, doo wop and soul singer (The Shirelles), is born.
in 1940 - Tilo Medek, German composer and music publisher, is born.
in 1941 - Nigel Pegrum, English rock and folk-rock drummer (Urian Heep, Steeleye Span), is born.
in 1945 - Carlo Felice Boghen, Italian pianist and composer, dies a day before his 76th birthday.
in 1946 - Malcolm McLaren, English singer/songwriter and former manager of the Sex Pistols and the New York Dolls, is born.

in 1945 - Oliver, rocker is born
in 1949 - James P Pennington, American rock and country singer/songwriter and guitarist (Exile), is born.
in 1949 - Steve Perry, rock singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (Journey), is born.

in 1949 - Nigel Pegrum (UK drummer; Small Faces/Uriah Heep/Steeleye Span/sessionist) is born
in 1949 - Phil Miller (UK guitarist; National Health/In Cahoots/Matching Mole) is born

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIVJ6qgm0D4"]YouTube - 3 Monkeys Amplifiers review with Phil Miller of Guitar Jam Daily Part 1[/ame]
in 1949 - Gilbert Levine (American conductor) is born
in 1951 - Eastwood Lane, American composer, dies at 71.

in 1951 - Steve J. Spears (Australian playwright, actor, writer and singer) is born
in 1952 - Teddy Gentry, country/rock singer and bassist (Alabama), is born.
in 1953 - Chung Myung-Whun, Korean pianist and conductor, is born.

in 1956 - Steve Riley (US drummer; Steppenwolf/W.A.S.P./ L.A. Guns) is born

in 1957 - Claire Waldoff Clara Wortmann dies at age 72. German singer, born in Gelsenkirchen. She became a famous cabaret singer and entertainer in Berlin during the 1910s and 1920s. After completing school, she studied theatre, in 1903, she got her first theatre jobs in Bad Pyrmont and in Kattowitz. In 1907, she went to Berlin, and began a life as a cabaret singer. Rudolf Nelson gave her a job for the theatre Roland von Berlin at the Potsdamer Straße. She had great success during the next years in German cabaret. singing in the likes of the Scala and at the Wintergarten in Berlin. Clara sang many cabaret songs in a German slang typical of the city Berlin. She also sang together with Marlene Dietrich on stage. Clara was also very popular on German radio, she had a repertoire of around 300 of her own songs and has a star in Walk of Fame of Cabaret

in 1960 - Michael Hutchence, Australian rock singer/songwriter (INXS), is born.

in 1961 - Daniel Johnston (US singer-songwriter, artist) is born
in 1964 - Marc Blitzstein, American composer, dies at 58.

in 1965 - Steven Adler, Cleveland Ohio, drummer (Guns and Roses-Sweet Child) is born
in 1965 - Jazzy Jeff Townes, rapper (Parents Just Don't Understand) is born
in 1965 - Ray Mayhew, English rock and pop drummer and singer/songwriter (Sigue Sigue Sputnik), is born.

in 1965 - Andrew Roachford (UK soul singer, songwriter) is born
in 1967 - Eleanor McEvoy (Irish singer - songwriter) is born
in 1968 – Heath Hiroshi Morie (Japanese bass guitarist; X Japan) is born

in 1969 - Billy Preston becomes 5th Beatle
in 1976 - American actor and bass Paul Robeson died in Philadelphia at the age of 75
in 1980 - Ben Moody (US guitarist; Evanescence) is born
in 1981 - Willa Ford Amanda Lee Williford-Modano (US dance-pop singer-songwriter) is born
in 1981 - Ben Moody (US guitarist, multi-musician; Evanescence) is born

in 1981 - American composer Samuel Barber died at the age of 70 in New York City


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in 1982 - Tommy Tucker Robert Higginbotham dies at age 48. American R&B singer, pianist and songwriter best known for the 1964 hit "High Heel Sneakers", followed by a second hit, "Long Tall Shorty". He also co-wrote the song "My Girl (I Really Love Her So)" before leaving music in the late 1960s, taking a position as a real estate agent in New Jersey, he also did freelance writing for a local newspaper in East Orange, N.J. writing of the plight and ignorance of black males in America and the gullibility and exploitation of African Americans in general by the white dominated media. There are four of his albums selling in Europe and over the Internet, through the Red Lightnin' record label
(he died when he was overcome by poisonous fumes while renovating the floors of his New York home)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gD57xU3zumI"]YouTube - Tommy Tucker- Hi Heel Sneakers[/ame]
in 1985 - Orianthi Panagaris (Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist; Michael Jackson/others/solo) is born

in 1994 - Rhett Forrester dies at age 37. American singer, the lead singer of New York based band Riot from 1981 until 1984. After Riot, he performed on Jack Starr's Out of the Darkness, and put out two solo albums, "Gone With the Wind" and "Even the Score", "Assume The Position", was the most famous song of his solo albums. In Japan, at the beginning of the 80's, Burrn! magazine voted him the number one vocalist of the year. During 1985, Rhett Forrester performed into the Thrasher Project, singing the song "Bad Boys", on the album "Burning At the Speed of Light". He also recorded one album with the ex-Keel Brian Jay's band: Dogbone. The beginning of the 90's, saw him playing with the Canadian band Black Symphony and with Alex Masi. On June 22, 1996 Rhett Forrester was inducted into Atlanta's own Hard Rock Cafe
(He was shot and killed in Atlanta, Georgia, after he refused to give up his vehicle in an attempted carjacking)

in 1994 - Aristotelis “Telly” Savalas dies at age 70. American actor, singer; as well as his huge acting career, as a singer Telly had some chart success. His spoken version of Bread's If produced by Snuff Garrett was No.1 in Europe for 10 weeks in 1975 and his version of Don Williams' Some Broken Hearts Never Mend topped the charts in 1980. He worked with composer and producer John Cacavas on many albums, including Telly in 1974 and Who Loves Ya, Baby in 1976. His version of "If", was at No.1 in Europe for 10 weeks (prostrate cancer)


in 1997 - Ron Holden dies at age 57. American singer born in Seattle, Washington; he was discovered by Larry Nelson, who had just left work as a police officer to start his own record label. Ron then released the single "Love You So", which became a hit in the U.S., peaking at No.11 on the Black Singles chart and No.7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1960. He returned to the charts in 1974 with "Can You Talk?" (he died in Rosarito, Mexico)


in 1997 - Billy Mackenzie dies at age 37. Scottish singer born in Dundee. He led a nomadic life, New Zealand at 16, and travelling across America at 17. In 1976 he was back in Scotland where he formed the post-punk and new wave band Ascorbic Ones, changing the name to Associates in 1979. Billy became well known for his operatic voice and theatrical antics. They released thier debut album The Affectionate Punch in 1980. This was followed by 7 more albums. The band split in 1990 and Billy released the electronica-influenced solo album Outernational in 1992. Between 1987 and 1992 Billy had also worked with Swiss avant-garde outfit Yello, contributing to 3 Yello albums One Second in 1987, he wrote the lyrics of the song "The Rhythm Divine" performed by Shirley Bassey on the album One Second, with himself singing backing vocals. Flag in 1988 and Babyin 1991. He worked on many other collaborations including albums with B.E.F., Stephen Emmer's Vogue Estate album, Annie Lennox: duet on The Best Of You, and Holger Hiller's Oben Im Eck album to mention a few (He suffered from clinical depression, he commited suicide, Billy overdosed on prescription drugs after the death of his mother)


in 1997 - Wally Whyton dies at age 67. English multi-musician, songwriter and radio and TV personality, born in London he learned to play first the piano, then trombone, and finally guitar. In 1956, while working in advertising, he formed the Vipers Skiffle Group, which became the resident band at the 2i's Coffee Bar in Soho. After a number of hit records produced by George Martin, including his song "Don't You Rock Me Daddy-O", the group split up in 1960, and Wally moved into television work. He went on to host Granada TV's Time For A Laugh and from the 1960s to the 1990s he was a presenter on BBC Radio 2, mainly fronting folk and country music programmes. One of these was "Hello Folk" and another "Country Club"

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zVufDsncvM"]YouTube - VIPERS SKIFFLE GROUP - 'Don't You Rock Me Daddy-o' - 78rpm 1957[/ame]
in 1997 - Ron Holden dies at age 57. American pop singer, born in Seattle, Washington and was discovered by Larry Nelson, who had just left work as a police officer to start his own record label. Ron then released the single "Love You So", which became a hit in the U.S., peaking at No.11 on the Black Singles chart and No.7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1960. He returned to the charts in 1974 with "Can You Talk?" (died in Mexico)

in 1997 - Irwin Levine, American pop composer ("Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Ole Oak Tree"), dies at 58.
in 1997 - Wally Whyton, English pop singer/songwriter (Vipers Skiffle Group), and television personality, dies at 66.


in 2002 - Henry "Hank" Cosby dies at age 74. American saxophonist in the famed Funk Brothers and an African American songwriter and record producer for Motown Records. Although he worked with many of the label's artists, from The Supremes to The Temptations, Hank is best known for helming many of Stevie Wonder's early hits, including "My Cherie Amour", "I Was Made to Love Her", and "Uptight (Everything's Alright)". He also co-wrote "Tears of a Clown", a No.1 hit for Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. (Sadly died of complications from cardiac bypass surgery)

in 2004 - Billy May dies at age 87. American composer and trumpeter; he wrote many TV and film themes including Batgirl theme for 1966's Batman "Somewhere in the Night" - Naked City, he orchestrated Cocoon, and Cocoon: The Return among many others. He wrote arrangements for many top singers, including Frank Sinatra, Nat "King" Cole, Peggy Lee, Vic Damone, Bobby Darin, Johnny Mercer, Ella Fitzgerald, Jack Jones, Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney. Hank played trumpet in various bands,
during the 1940s big-band era, he recorded such songs as "Measure for Measure", "Long Tall Mama", and "Boom Shot", with Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, and "The Wrong Idea", "Lumby", and "Wings Over Manhattan" with Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra. With his own band, he had a hit single, "Charmaine" and the released an album, Sorta-May (heart failure at home in San Juan Capistrano, California

in 2005 - Consuelo Velázquez dies at age 80 or 88. Mexican concert pianist, songwriter and recording artist. She was the songwriter and lyricist of many Latin standard songs, such as Amar y vivir, Verdad amarga, Franqueza, Que seas feliz, Cachito, Enamorada and, most notably, the enduring 1940s-era standard 'Bésame mucho', a romantic ballad which was soon recorded by artists around the globe, making it an international hit. She began playing the piano at the age of four, started her professional career as a classical music concert pianist, performing at Palacio de Bellas Artes and XEQ Radio, but later became a singer and recording artist. According to Consuelo herself, she was strongly influenced by Spanish composer Enrique Granados (died of respiratory problems) b. August 21st 1916 .. According to her obituary, she was 88 years old when she died. Most music resources, however, list her birth date as August 29th 1924, in Ciudad Guzmán, state of Jalisco, Mexico.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iibS5UW1O5Y"]YouTube - CONSUELO VELAZQUEZ Besame Mucho[/ame]
in 2006 - Janette Carter dies at age 82. America singer, autoharpist, folklorist; the last living child of A.P. and Sara Carter of the Carter Family formed in 1926, the "First Family of Country Music." They recorded more than three hundred folk songs - songs in the public domain, which later became known as Carter songs. She also championed the cause of traditional American roots music into the 21st century (Parkinson's disease)

in 2009 - Charles Cooper dies at age 31. American musician, one half of the Chicago, Illinois-based duo electronic-music group Telefon Tel Aviv, which he formed with his high school friend Joshua Eustis, in 1999. As well as touring the world they have released 3 full length albums and a compilation album of remixes. Their first album was released in the autumn of 2001 to positive reviews. They had just released their third full length album "Immolate Yourself" January 20th 2009 (died from an accidental mix of sleeping pills and alcohol)


in 2010 - Robert "Squirrel" Lester dies at age 67. American soul tenor and a founder member of the Chicago based singing group The Chi-Lites.The Chi-Lites began with the merging of two 1950s doo wop groups, Robert "Squirrel" Lester, Eugene Record and Clarence Johnson from "The Chanteurs", with Creadel "Red" Jones and Marshall Thompson from "the Desideros". Originally known as the "Hi-Lites", they became the Chi-Lites in 1964. Squirrel and the Chi-Lites went on to have hits such as "Are You My Woman? (Tell Me So)", "(For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People", "Have You Seen Her" and "Oh Girl". Between 1972 and 1976 the band had a number of UK Top 10 pop hit records, including "Have You Seen Her", "Homely Girl", "Too Good To Be Forgotten", "It's Time For Love", and "You Don't Have To Go". They gradually became a regular on the oldies and soul circuit and were inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 2000 and inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2005 (cause of death has yet to be released)


in 2010 – Apache Anthony Peaks dies at age 45. American rapper, Apache was one of the three original rappers in Flavor Unit, a crew of emcees and DJs from New York City and Northern New Jersey, along with Queen Latifah and Latee as early group members. He appeared on hits such as "Smooth Yet Hard", "I Feel like Flowing", "Passin' the Mic". The rap crew Flavour Unit later consisted of groups or rappers like Lakim Shabazz, Lord Alibaski, Chill Rob G., Naughty By Nature, Freddie Foxxx, Nikki D, and Rowdy Rahz. Apache's appearances included collaborations with Naughty by Nature, Fat Joe, Tupac, and A Tribe Called Quest. He released his debut album "Apache Ain't Sh*t" in 1993 which featured his hit single "Gangsta Bitch" which peaked at #11 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart (died after a protracted illness)
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in 1548 - Bernardo Pisano Pagoli dies at age 57. Italian composer, priest, singer, and scholar of the Renaissance. He was one of the first madrigalists and the first composer anywhere to have a printed collection of secular music devoted entirely to himself. In 1546 Pope Paul III appointed him maestro di cappella of his private chapel, a position which he held till his death

in 1708 - Thomas Bullis, English composer (father of another composer of the same name), dies at 80.
in 1723 - Georg Friedrich Händel's opera Ottone premieres in London.

in 1752 - Muzio Clementi, Italian composer is born
in 1805 - Vaclav Pichl, Czech violinist, composer, music director and writer, dies at 63.
in 1813 - Franz Commer, German composer and musicologist, is born.

in 1814 - Georg Friedrich Theodor Wolf, composer, dies at 52
in 1820 - Alexander Nikoleyevich Serov, Russian composer and music critic, is born.
in 1837 - John Field, Irish pianist and composer, dies at 54. Field is considered the founder of the piano nocturne. It's said that when, on his death bed, he was asked what religion he belonged to, Field replied, "Je suis claveciste" (I am a pianist).
in 1843 - Hans Heinrich XIV Bolko Graf von Hochberg "J.H. Franz," German composer, diplomat, and theatre director, is born.
in 1845 - Francesco Ruggi, Italian composer and teacher, dies at 77.
in 1864 - Michele Puccini, Italian composer, musicologist and teacher, dies at 50. He was the father of Giacomo Puccini.
in 1867 - Herbert Bedford, English composer, writer, painter and inventor, is born.
in 1868 - José Juventino Policarpo Rosas Cadenas, Mexican violinist, composer and bandleader, is born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7POa3nXagE&feature=related"]YouTube - Juventino Rosas- Sobre las Olas-Über den Wellen-Over the Waves[/ame]
in 1869 - Carlo Felice Boghen, Italian pianist and composer, is born.
in 1878 - Rutland Boughton, English composer, teacher and choral conductor, is born. Boughton was a friend of G.B. Shaw, and in 1914 established the first series of Glastonbury Festivals.
in 1879 - Adolf Jensen, German pianist, composer and teacher, dies at 42 of tuberculosis.
in 1885 Boleslaw Wallek-Walewski, Polish composer, conductor, teacher and director of the Conservatory of Music Society in Krakow (now the Academy of Music), is born.
in 1889 - Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter, legendary American blues singer/songwriter, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist "King of the 12-String Guitar," is born. Lead Belly's actual birthday is unknown, but he once filled out a draft registration with the date I've used. He had a huge influence on the folk music scene, as well as being a prominent blues musician. [listed this also for the 20 th. ??]

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CfxwnTa-6M"]YouTube - 'Pick A Bale Of Cotton' LEADBELLY (1940) Blues Guitar Legend[/ame]
in 1896 - Edward Macdowell's 2nd Suite in E premieres.
in 1898 - Wilhelm Meyer "W. A. Remy" Czech composer and teacher, dies at 66.

in 1900 - William Ifor Jones (Welsh-American conductor, organist) is born
in 1902 - Benny Waters, American jazz saxophonist, clarinettist, arranger and bandleader, is born. Waters performed until a few weeks before his death, and was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French Ministry of Culture in 1996.
in 1904 - Theodor Schaefer, Czech composer, conductor and teacher, is born. † 1969

in 1908 - Edward Alexander MacDowell, US composer (Indian Suite), dies at 47
in 1909 - Norman Fulton, English composer and teacher, is born. Fulton was Head of the BBC's West Regional music from 1953-1960.
in 1910 - Jean "Django" Reinhardt, Belgian / Romani jazz guitarist, composer and bandleader, is born. Reihardt, with Stéphane Grappelli, formed the Quintette du Hot Club de France, which became one of the most famous jazz bands in history.
in 1911 - Reverend Dan Smith, American gospel/blues harmonica player and singer/songwriter, is born. Smith had a very long career, but only began recording in the 60's.

in 1912 - Boris Pokrovsky (Russian operatic stage director) is born
in 1921 - Wlasyslaw Zelenski, Polish organist, pianist and composer, dies at 83.

in 1923 - Martti Pokela (Finnish folk musician, kantele, composer) is born
in 1925 - Martin Louis "Marty" Paich, American jazz and pop pianist, composer, bandleader, arranger, producer, music director and conductor, is born. During his long and varied career, Paich worked with many famous names in pop and jazz, but he's little known, mainly because he had practically no interest in self-promotion.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgrzfSGbW9s&playnext=1&list=PL63473356035E 3BCA&index=26"]YouTube - Marty Paich 1925-1995: A Tribute[/ame]
in 1926 - Joseph Carl Breil, composer, dies at 55
in 1930 - Ken Errair, American pop singer, trumpeter and bassist (Four Freshmen), is born.

in 1930 - Teresa Zylis-Gara (Polish operatic soprano) is born
in 1932 - Cyril Davies (UK blues harmonica player and blues musician) is born
in 1933 - Chita Rivera (Puerto Rican-American actress, dancer, singer) is born

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9D6kpgrTnBg&feature=related"]YouTube - Chita Rivera on "West Side Story"[/ame]
in 1933 - Joel Spiegelman, American pianist, harpsichordist, composer, teacher, arranger, author and conductor, is born. Spiegelman was director of the Sarah Lawrence College's Studio for Electronic Music and Sound Media, and has performed various classical and other works on synthesizer, most notably Bach's Goldberg Variations.
in 1936 - Dame Clara Ellen Butt, English contralto, dies at 62. Sir Thomas Beecham: "On a clear day, you could have heard her across the English Channel."
in 1938 - Eugene Church, American doo wop and gospel singer (The Cliques, Eugene Church & the Fellows), is born.
in 1940 - Joe Dowell, American pop singer, is born.
in 1940 Pianist Ignaz Paderewski becomes premier of Polish government in exile.
in 1940 - Johnny Russell, American country singer/songwriter, guitarist and comedian, is born. Russell is in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
in 1941 - Dobri Hristov, Bulgarian composer and choral conductor, dies at 65. Hristov was one of the major Bulgarian composers of the 20th century, using elements of Bulgarian folklore in many of his compositions.
in 1944 - Jerry Lawson, American a capella singer, arranger and producer (The Persuasions, Talk Of The Town), is born.

in 1943 - Gary Burton (US jazz vibraphonist) is born
in 1944 - Arnold Schoenberg's Ode to Napoleon premieres in NYC.

in 1946 - Feliks Nowowiejski, composer, dies at 68
in 1948 - Anita Pointer, American R&B, pop and soul singer-songwriter (The Pointer Sisters), is born.
in 1950 - Bill Cunningham, American rock and classical bassist and rock keyboardist (Box Tops), is born.
in 1950 - Danny "Phantom Dan" Federici, American rock organist, glockenspiel and accordion player (E Street Band), is born.
in 1953 - Robin Zander, American rock singer and guitarist (Cheap Trick), is born.

in 1953 - John Luther Adams (US composer) is born
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvZvDqn6JlM"]YouTube - John Luther Adams - 'Red Arc / Blue Veil"[/ame]
in 1950 - John Greaves (UK bass guitarist, composer; Henry Cow/National Health/solo/other sessions) is born
in 1954 - Angela Carrasco, Dominican pop singer, is born.
in 1954 - Franco De Vita, Venezuelan pop singer/songwriter, is born.
in 1954 - Rick Finch, American R&B, funk and disco bassist, songwriter, composer, producer and arranger (KC and The Sunshine Band), is born.
in 1954 - Edward Ka-spel, English rock, psychedelic, electronic singer/songwriter and keyboardist (The Legendary Pink Dots), is born.
in 1955 - Reginald Calloway, American R&B, funk and pop trumpeter and songwriter (Midnight Star, Calloway), is born.

in 1955 - Alexander O'Neal, RandB singer is born
in 1955 - Robin Zander, rocker vocalist/guitarist (Cheap Trick-Dream Police) is born

in 1959 - Earl Falconer, British reggae bassist (UB40-Red Red Wine) is born
in 1964 - Louis Horst, American pianist, composer, teacher and choreographer, dies at 80.

in 1965 - Louie Clemente (US drummer; Testament) is born
in 1969 - Jaroslav Kricka, Czech composer, dies at 86.
in 1969 - Cream release their last album; Goodbye.

in 1971 - Kaori Kawamura (Japanese rock and pop singer) is born
in 1971 - Marc Nelson (R&B singer, lyricist) is born
in 1972 - Mark Curry (US rapper) is born


in 1973 - Edward "Kid" Ory dies at age 86. American jazz trombonist and bandleader, born in Woodland Plantation, Louisiana. He had one of the best-known bands in New Orleans in the 1910s, hiring many of the great jazz musicians of the city, including, cornetists Joe "King" Oliver, Mutt Carey, and Louis Armstrong; and clarinetists Johnny Dodds and Jimmie Noone. In 1919 he moved to Los Angeles where he recorded with a band that included Mutt Carey, clarinetist and pianist Dink Johnson, and string bassist Ed Garland. In 1925, he moved to Chicago, where he was very active, working and recording with Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Joe "King" Oliver, Johnny Dodds, and many others. During the Great Depression he retired from music until 1943. From 1944 to about 1961 he led one of the top New Orleans style bands of the period. In addition to Mutt Carey and Ed Garland, trumpeters Alvin Alcorn and Teddy Buckner; clarinetists Darnell Howard, Jimmie Noone, Albert Nicholas, Barney Bigard, and George Probert; pianists Buster Wilson, Cedric Haywood and Don Ewell; and drummer Minor Hall were among his sidemen during this period. All but Probert, Buckner, and Ewell were originally from New Orleans (he retired from music in 1966 and spent his last years in Hawaii. Died in Honolulu)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L90l-h83J3U&feature=related"]YouTube - Kid Ory - Jet Black Blues[/ame]
in 1974 – Kita Sampsa Astala (Finnish drummer, multi-musician; Lordi) is born
in 1976 - Tony Lucca (US actor, singer, guitarist, pianist) is born
in 1976 - Angelica Lee Sin-Jie (Taiwanese actress, singer) is born


in 1976 - Paul Robeson dies at age 77. American bass-baritone concert singer, multi-lingual American actor, writer, footballer, athlete, civil rights activist, Spingarn Medal winner, and Stalin peace prize laureate. He also sang in and was conversant in more than 20 languages. Born in Princeton, New Jersey, the son of an escaped slave, Paul was the first major concert star to popularize the performance of Negro spirituals and was the first black actor of the 20th century to portray Shakespeare's Othello on Broadway. In 1915, he graduated with honors from Somerville High School, where he excelled academically and participated in singing, acting, and athletics. He went on to win a full academic scholarship to Rutgers University. In the 1920s, Paul found fame as an actor and singing star of both stage and radio with his bass voice and commanding presence. His vocal instrument descended as low as C below the bass clef. He and his accompanist and arranger Lawrence Brown were the first to bring spirituals to the concert stage and their association that would last through four decades. His rendition of Ol' Man River is widely considered the definitive version of the song. He is also referenced with being one of the forerunners of the civil rights movement, travelling to many parts of the world, he was a popular figure in East Germany where he received an honorary doctorate from Humboldt University in 1960 among other awards (died of a stroke following complications from a severe cerebral vascular disorder)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfsWoNpHg2s&feature=related"]YouTube - The Volga Boatmen - sung by Paul Robeson[/ame]
in 1977 - Kamal Heer (Punjabi singer, chimta and harmonium player) is born

in 1977 - Richard "Dick" Burnett dies at age 94. American fiddle player and folk songwriter from Monticello, Kentucky; he lost his sight when he was shot in the face in 1907. He could not work anymore so he took up music to feed his family. He allegedly wrote the traditional American folk song, Man of Constant Sorrow, which was later covered by Bob Dylan and featured in the movie O Brother Where Art Thou as another version (Died in Somerset, Kentucky)

in 1978 - Terry Kath, . American singer, guitarist, born in chicago, he was a multi-instrumentalist who played banjo, accordion, bass and drums, he played lead guitar in a band called "Jimmy and the Gentlemen" during the mid-1960s. He played bass in a road band called Jimmy Ford and The Executives. Kath's close friend, Walter Parazaider, played in these bands as well, and they were together in developing the band later to be called Chicago accidentally (& fatally) shoots himself in the head at 31. Always eject the round from the chamber!!! His last words: "Don't worry, it's not loaded."
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in 1978 - Vic Ames dies at age 52. American singer with The Ames Brothers, along with his brothers Joe, Gene and Ed, they notched up 50 US chart entries including "The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane", "My Bonnie Lassie", "Tammy", "It Only Hurts for a Little While", "Forever Darling", "Melodie D'Amour", "You, You, You Are the One", "Can Anyone Explain?", "Sentimental Me", and "Hawaiian War Chant". They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1998 (car accident)

in 1981 - Samuel Osborne Barber II dies at age 70. American composer of orchestral, opera, choral, and piano music born in West Chester, Pennsylvania. His Adagio for Strings is his most popular composition and widely considered a masterpiece of modern classical music. He was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize for music, for his opera Vanessa and his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. His Knoxville: Summer of 1915, a work for soprano and orchestra, was an acclaimed setting of prose by James Agee (cancer)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEKBpKTdxj8"]YouTube - Samuel Barber - Sure on this shining night {Choral version}[/ame]
in 1981 - Bobby Sherwood, American bandleader, composer and actor, dies at 66.
in 1984 - Samuel Gardner, American violinist and composer, dies at 92.
in 1986 First induction of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis & Elvis Presley.

in 1987 - Felicia Brandström (Swedish singer) is born

in 1990 - Larkin Allen Collins Jr dies at age 37. American guitarist he joined up with Ronnie Van Zant and Gary Rossington, along with Bob Burns and Larry Junstrom, so came the birth of Lynyrd Skynyrd in the summer of 1964. Allen and lead singer Ronnie co-wrote many of the biggest Skynyrd hits, including "Free Bird", "Gimme Three Steps", and "That Smell". The band received national success beginning in 1973 while opening for The Who on their Quadrophenia tour. The Skynyrd plane crashed into a forest in Mississippi killing three band members, including Ronnie. Allen was seriously injured in the crash, suffering two broken vertebrae in his neck and severe damage to his right arm. While amputation was recommended, his father refused and Allen eventually recovered.During the early 80s, he continued to perform on stage in The Rossington-Collins Band which enjoyed modest success, releasing two albums "Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere" and "This Is the Way". In 1980, his wife suddenly died of a hemorrhage, Allen began a downward spiral, using drugs and alcohol to assuage his grief. Missed concerts and conflicts within the band resulted in disbanding in 1982, and the start of the Allen Collins Band, which released one album, "Here, There & Back" in 1983. The six band members were Skynyrd keyboardist Billy Powell and bassist Leon Wilkeson, along with lead singer Jimmy Dougherty, drummer Derek Hess, and guitarists Barry Lee Harwood and Randall Hall. A 1986 drunk-driving accident killed Allen's girlfriend and left him paralyzed from the waist down, and with limited use of his arms and hands, he never play guitar onstage again. All remaining members of Lynyrd Skynyrd reunited to perform in 1987, but due to his injuries Allen served as musical director (Died from chronic pneumonia, a complication of the paralysis)


in 1993 - Thomas A. Dorsey dies at age 93. American singer known as "the father of black gospel music" and was at one time so closely associated with the field that songs written in the new style were sometimes known as "dorseys". Earlier in his life he was a leading blues pianist known as Georgia Tom. He was the music director at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Chicago from 1932 until the late 1970s. His best known composition, "Take My Hand, Precious Lord", was performed by Mahalia Jackson and was a favorite of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and 1937's "Peace in the Valley", which was a hit for Red Foley in 1951 and has been performed by dozens of other artists, including Queen of Gospel Albertina Walker, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. In 2002, the Library of Congress honored his 1973 album Precious Lord: New Recordings of the Great Songs of Thomas A. Dorsey, by adding it to the United States National Recording Registry

in 1993 - Wayne Raney dies at age 71. American country music singer, harmonica player; born in Wolf Bayou, Arkansas, after learning to play harmonica at an early age, he moved to Piedras Negras, Mexico at age 13, where he played on radio station XEPN. He met Lonnie Glosson, his longtime musical associate, in 1936, they sold millions of harmonicas through the mail and did much to establish the harmonica as an instrument accessible and popular everywhere. His 1949 single, "Why Don't You Haul Off and Love Me", was a No.1 country hit and also hit the Top 40 of the pop charts. Raney played the Grand Ole Opry in 1953 and also worked on the California Hayride and the WWVA Jamboree. Late in the 1950s he worked as a DJ, record producer, and label owner, starting Rimrock Records (cancer)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pNQFCn6WZQ"]YouTube - Wayne Raney - Lost John Boogie[/ame]
in 1997 - Richard Berry dies at age 61. American singer, composer, songwriter, best known as the composer and original performer of the rock standard "Louie Louie". He began singing and playing in local doo-wop groups, recording with several of them including The Penguins, The Cadets and The Chimes, before joining The Flairs, who also recorded as The Debonaires and The Flamingoes in 1953. By the end of 1954, he left the Flairs to form his own group, the Pharaohs, while also continuing to work with other groups as a singer and songwriter. One of these was a Latin and R&B group, Rick Rillera and The Rhythm Rockers. In 1955, he was inspired to write a new calypso-style song, "Louie Louie", based on The Rhythm Rockers version of René Touzet's "El Loco Cha Cha" and also influenced by Chuck Berry's "Havana Moon". In 1986 and again in 1993, he finally received substantial financial benefits for writing the song. In February 1996, he performed for the final time, with The Pharaohs and The Dreamers for a benefit concert in Long Beach, California (heart failure)


in 1997 - Charles Craig, English operatic tenor, dies at 77.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9tItQJcwN8&feature=related"]YouTube - Charles Craig - Leoncavallo - Pagliacci - Vesti la giubba[/ame]
in 1997 - Billy MacKenzie, Scottish rock singer (Associates), commits suicide with prescription medications at 39.

in 1998 - Johnny Funches dies at age 62. US soul singer, lead tenor with the Dells. The Dells grew up in Harvey, Illinois and began singing together while attending Thornton Township High School. Forming in 1952 under the name the El-Rays, the group initially consisted of himself Johnny, Marvin Junior, Mickey McGill, Lucius McGill, Verne Allison, and Chuck Barksdale. Two years later, Lucius left in 1954 and they released a doo-wop single, "Darling I Know". In 1955, the group renamed themselves the Dells and signed with Vee-Jay Records and 1956, they recorded their first hit, "Oh What a Night" co-written by Johnny Funches, who also sang lead on the recording. It peaked at the top five of the R&B singles chart and sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. In 1958, a car accident threatened to derail the group with McGill nearly losing his leg in the accident. The group agreed to split up to bide time as McGill recovered. Johnny left the group permantly. In 2004, Johnny along with the group was inducted to both the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. (emphysema)


in 1999 – Sax Lincoln Thompson dies at age 39. Jamaican singer, musician and songwriter with the reggae band the Royal Rasses, and a member of the Rastafari movement. He was born in Jonestown, he was noted for his high falsetto singing voice, very different from his spoken voice. He began his recording career as a harmony singer along with Cedric Myton of The Congos in 1967 in a band called The Tartans who then split up in 1969. In 1971 he was taken on by Coxsone Dodd, and recorded 3 songs with him at Studio One called Daughters of Zion, True Experience and Live up to your name. In 1974 he recorded the Humanity album with Cedric Myton, Clinton Hall and Keith Peterkin, and set up the God Sent label in order to sell it. He had two hit singles with Love the way it should be and Kingston 11. (Died of cancer while in London, UK)


in 2003 - Nell Carter dies at age 54. American singer and actress born in Birmingham, Alabama; she appeared alongside Bette Davis in the '74 stage musical Miss Moffat, based on Davis' earlier film The Corn Is Green, then broke into stardom in the musical Ain't Misbehavin, for which she won a Tony Award in '78. She also won an Emmy for the same role in a televised performance in 1982. Additional Broadway credits included Dude and Annie. She also took a role on TV's The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo, before landing the role as housekeeper Nell Harper on the sitcom Gimme a Break!, for which she earned Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations (having survived two brain aneurysms, Nell died from heart disease complicated by diabetes)


in 2010 - Earl Wild dies at age 94. American classical pianist, child and studied under Selmar Janson, Simon Barere and Egon Petri, among others. As a teenager, he started making transcriptions of romantic music and composition. He was the first pianist to perform a recital on U.S. television, in 1939, as staff pianist for NBC. Earl was also the first pianist to stream a performance over the Internet in 1997. In 1942, Arturo Toscanini invited him for a performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, the first for orchestra and soloist, which was a resounding success and made him a household name. He is renowned for his virtuoso recitals and master classes held around the world, from Seoul, Beijing, and Tokyo to Argentina, England and throughout the United States. (congestive heart disease)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aOw0sU24Ho"]YouTube - Earl Wild plays Un Sospiro[/ame]
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24 JANUARY

in 1473 - Conrad Paumann, German organist, lutenist and composer, dies at around 63. Paumann was born blind, and apparently had an immense musical talent.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rof60rqvVSI"]YouTube - Conrad Paumann - En avois (organ)[/ame]
in 1666 - Johann Andreas Herbst, German composer, Kapellmeister and musicologist, dies at 77. Herbst is considered one of the most important German musicologists of the 17th century.
in 1705 - Carlo Maria Broschi "Farinelli," famous Italian castrato, is born. Farinelli had a long and illustrious career, working in several courts of Europe. He also was a harpsichordist, and wrote a few pieces of music.
in 1712 - Frederick the Great "Der Alte Fritz," composer and statesman, King of Prussia, prince-elector of the Holy Roman Empire, is born.

in 1758 - Johann Chrysostomus Drexel, composer is born
in 1776 - Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann "E. T. A. Hoffman," author, composer, music critic, artist and judge, is born. Hoffman was a very popular and influential writer in the 19th centtury, and he wrote the story upon which The Nutcracker ballet is based. Offenbach's Tales of Hoffman is based on his stories, rather than his life, though he's the protaganist. Hoffman composed many musical works, but his main influence on music was his music criticism.

in 1774 - Karl Moser, composer is born
in 1805 - Giacomo Conti, composer, dies at 50
in 1812 - Eligio Celestino, composer, dies at 72
in 1813 - London's Royal Philharmonic Society is founded.

in 1914 - Opera "Madeleine" premieres in NYC
in 1828 - Karol Studzinski, Polish violinist, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1829 - William Mason, American pianist and composer, is born.
in 1835 - Vincenzo Bellini's opera I Puritani premieres in Paris.

in 1851 - Gaspare Luigi Pacifico Spontini, Italian composer, dies at 76 [Recusant: ya gotta love this moniker] [Pedro: yup.]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtJ8iKOj9b8"]YouTube - Gaspare Spontini - Fernand Cortez - Pas de Guerriers[/ame]
in 1859 - Alexander Alexandrovich Ilyinsky, Russian composer, musicologist and teacher, is born.
in 1864 - Otto Jonas Lindblad, composer, dies at 54. Lindblad composed Kungssången, the Swedish Royal Anthem, not to be confused with Du Gamla, Du Fria, which is the unofficial official national anthem of Sweden.
in 1875 - Camille Saint-Saëns' Danse Macabre premieres in Paris

in 1874 - Mussorgsky's opera "Boris Godunov," premieres in St Petersburg
in 1883 - Friedrich von Flotow, German baron/composer, dies at 70
in 1884 = Johann Christian Gebauer, Danish organist, composer and music theorist, dies at 75.
in 1901 Simon Hassler, German/American violinist, composer and conductor, dies at 68. Hassler was born in Bavaria, and came to the US at the age of 10 with his parents.
in 1904 - Franz Coenen, German composer and teacher, first director of the Conservatory of Amsterdam, dies at 77.
in 1909 - Frederick Gittens "Tiny Winters" English jazz bassist, singer and bandleader, is born.
in 1913 - Norman Dello Joio, American composer and teacher, is born. Dello Joio is considered one of the foremost American composers of the mid-20th century, and received the Pulitzer Prize for Music, and an Emmy Award.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22bQSmWapfI"]YouTube - A Jubilant Song Norman Dello Joio[/ame]
in 1913 - Gustav Luders, German/American composer and conductor, dies at 47. Luders emigrated to the US at about 23. He wrote the music for some of George Ade's (probably my favorite forgotten American author) Broadway hits in the first decade of the 20th century.
in 1915 - Vitezslava Kapralova, Czech composer and conductor, is born. Her life was cut short by tuberculosis. "There is no doubt that had she lived she would have become one of the greatest women composers in Europe." [European Music in the Twentieth Century ed. Howard Hertog] † 1940
in 1918 - Gottfried von Einem, Austrian composer and teacher, is born. Einem was one of the most prominent Austrian composers of the 20th century.
in 1923 - Simeon ten Holt, Dutch composer, music writer and teacher, is born.
in 1924 - David Craighead, American organist, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1924 - Klaus George Roy, Austrian composer, teacher, music writer and critic, is born.
in 1926 - Joseph Carl Breil, American tenor, stage director, and composer, dies at 55.
in 1931 - Ib Norholm, Danish organist, composer, teacher and music critic, is born.
in 1933 Zeke Carey, American R&B and doo wop singer, member of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Doo Wop Hall of Fame (The Flamingos), is born.
in 1933 - Werner Steger, German composer, is born.
in 1936 - Daniel Goode, American clarinettist and composer, is born. Goode is involved in both gamelan and electronic music, as well as more conventional orchestral works.
in 1936 - Doug Kershaw, American cajun music fiddler, and singer/songwriter, is born.
in 1936 - Giovanni Dominico Scafone Jr. "Jack Scott," Canadian rock and rockabilly singer/songwriter, is born. Dave Marsh called him, "...undeniably the greatest Canadian rock and roll singer of all time."

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4gFScCtLB0"]YouTube - Jack Scott - What In The World's Come Over You (1960)[/ame]
in 1938 - Julius Arthur Hemphill, American jazz saxophonist, composer and teacher, is born. Hemphill founded the World Saxophone Quartet.
in 1939 - Harold Ray Ragsdale "Ray Stevens," American country, pop and novelty singer/songwriter and keyboardist, is born. Stevens has had plenty of hits during his career, but he's probably best remembered for his novelty songs, such as "Guitarzan," "The Streak," etc. He's in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
in 1940 - Emile van Bosch, Belgian baritone, dies at 52.
in 1941 - Michael Chapman, English folk singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born.
in 1941 - Neil Diamond, American pop singer/songwriter, guitarist and pianist, is born. Diamond has had great success in his career, and is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
in 1941 - Aaron Neville, American R&B and soul singer/songwriter (Neville Brothers), is born.
in 1947 - Warren Zevon, American singer/songwriter, pianist, guitarist and harmonica player, is born. Zevon was, in my opinion, the greatest singer/songwriter to come out of the 70's.
in 1949 - John Belushi "Joliet Jake Blues," American comedian/actor and singer, is born.
in 1953 - Nigel Glockler, English rock drummer (Saxon), is born.
in 1958 - Julian Miles "Jools" Holland, English boogie woogie, jazz, R&B pianist, bandleader, singer, composer, and television presenter (Squeeze), is born.


in 1960 - Edwin Fischer dies at age 73. Swiss pianist and conductor born in Basel, he was one of the great pianists of the 20th century particularly in the traditional Germanic repertoire of such composers as Schubert, Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart. He was aslo one of the finest piano teachers of modern times. His last musical collaboration was with the violinist Gioconda de Vito. During their recording sessions for the Brahms violin sonatas Nos.1 and 3, he had to go to London for medical treatment; there, he was told that he was seriously ill
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FH_gW-5vE_A"]YouTube - Edwin Fischer plays Schubert Impromptu opus 90 no. 3 in G flat major (1938 rec.)[/ame]
in 1963 - Keech Rainwater, American country drummer (Lonestar), is born.


in 1963 - Otto Harbach Otto Abels Hauerbach dies at age 89. American lyricist and librettist of about 50 musical comedies. Some of his more famous lyrics are for "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "Yesterdays", "Indian Love Call," "Cuddle Up a Little Closer," "One Alone," "The Night Was Made For Love," "I Won't Dance" and "She Didn't Say Yes". He collaborated as lyricist or librettist with Karl Hoschna, Rudolf Friml, Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern, Louis Hirsch, Herbert Stothart, Vincent Youmans, George Gershwin, and Sigmund Romberg. He was a charter member of ASCAP in 1914, serving as its director from 1920 to 1963, vice president from 1936 to 1940, and finally president from 1950 to 1953

in 1969 - Pauline Hall, Norwegian composer, conductor, critic, writer and broadcaster, dies at 78. Hall founded Ny Musikk, the Norwegian section of the International Society for Contemporary Music.


in 1970 - James Sheppard dies at age 35. American singer with Shep & The Limelites; he started out as the lead singer of the musical group, 'The Heartbeats' formed in 1958 known for there hits such as, 'Darling How Long,' 'A Thousand Miles Away, and 'Crazy For You'. After the band's break-up James met up with old friends, Clarence Bassett and Charles Baskerville. The three men decided to start a new group and called themselves, 'Shep & The Limelights'. They recorded the original version of "Daddy's Home" on February 1st 1961. "Daddy's Home" reached no. 2 on the Billboard pop chart in May and was covered by Jermaine Jackson-1972, Toots and the Maytals-1973, and Junior English. Later songs included "What Did Daddy Do", "Ready For Your Love" and "Our Anniversary". James re-formed the Limelites in the late '60s (James was found dead in his car on the Long Island Expressway, having been brutally beaten to death and robbed)


in 1972 - Gene Austin dies at age 71. US singer, songwriter who is considered to have been the first "crooner", best-known for his "My Blue Heaven," one of the most popular records of all time. In 1978, he was posthumously awarded a Grammy Hall of Fame Award for his 1928 recording of "Bye, Bye, Blackbird", which has long been considered recorded music's definitive rendition of that song, and in 2005, he was nominated and admitted to the Grammy Hall of Fame (lung cancer)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO6PpD-tRLU"]YouTube - Gene Austin - Bye Bye Blackbird (1926)[/ame]
in 1975 - Paul Marazzi, English dance/funk/rock singer and guitarist (a1, Snagsby), is born.


in 1986 - Gordon MacRae dies at age 64. American actor and singer, best known for his appearances in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, 1955's Oklahoma! and Carousel in 1956. Born in East Orange, New Jersey, he made his Broadway debut in the mid-1940s, and appeared in his first film, The Big Punch in 1948. In the 1960's Gordon appeared frequently on television, on such programs as The Ed Sullivan Show and The Bell Telephone Hour. In the late 1960s he co-hosted for a week on The Mike Douglas Show. He also toured in summer stock and appeared in nightclubs. In 1967, he replaced Robert Preston in the original Broadway run of the musical I Do! I Do!. (died of cancer of the mouth and jaw)


in 1992 - Ken Darby dies at age 82. American award winning composer, arranger and conductor; his choral group, The Ken Darby Singers, sang backup for Bing Crosby on the original 1942 Decca Records studio recording of "White Christmas". He also performed as part of a vocal quartet, "The King's Men", who recorded several songs with Paul Whiteman's orchestra in the mid-'30s, and were the featured vocalists on the Fibber McGee and Molly radio program from 1940 through 1953. They also participated on the soundtracks of several MGM films, including The Wizard Of Oz and occasional Tom and Jerry cartoons. He was a composer and production supervisor for Walt Disney Studios, and was choral and vocal director on the 1946 Disney film classic, Song of the South. Ken was also Marilyn Monroe's vocal coach for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in '53 and There's No Business Like Show Business in '54 and was the principal composer of the 1956 Elvis Presley hit "Love Me Tender"


in 1995 - David Cole dies at age 37. US record producer and was one half of dance group C+C Music Factory, also known as Clivillés + Cole, a group he founded with musical partner Robert Clivillés. David and Robert also produced various hits for other artists such as Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, Deborah Cooper, and many others. The duo were also responsible for the formation of pop group Seduction, for whom they wrote and produced a string of Top-10 hits, and resuscitated the career of former Weather Girls vocalist Martha Wash. His death in 1995 inspired the song "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men (Spinal Meningitis)


in 1999 - American choral director and conductor Robert Shaw died in New Haven, CT at the age of 83
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtWkNxn3duA"]YouTube - Robert Shaw -- "Messiah" Hallelujah Chorus[/ame]
in 2003 - Cyril James Touff dies at age 75. American jazz bass trumpeter, born on in Chicago; He started on piano at age 6 and went on to play xylophone and saxophone before settling on trumpet. He was one of the few jazz musicians known as a bass trumpeter. He was also associated with West coast jazz even though he spent most of his life in Chicago. He served in the US Army from 1944 to 1946 and in the military he played trombone. After the war he switched to bass trumpet and worked with Woody Herman and Sandy Mosse among others. He and Mosse co-led an octet called Pieces of Eight late in the 1950s into the next decade

in 2005 - June Bronhill OBE June Mary Gough dies at age 75. Australian soprano opera singer. She trained in London and gained early exposure with the Sadler's Wells company in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. She also sang leading roles in Die Fledermaus, The Gypsy Baron, Menotti's The Telephone, Flotow's Martha and Hänsel und Gretel among many other roles with the Sadler's Wells. In 1964 June appeared as Elizabeth in the musical Robert and Elizabeth at the London Lyric Theatre, a show she later took to Australia. She also appeared in England in tours of two Ivor Novello musicals, Glamorous Night & The Dancing Years, the latter playing a season at the Saville Theatre in London. She also appeared as the Mother Abbess in the 1981 London revival of The Sound of Music at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. She was perhaps best known for title role of "Hanna Glawari" in Franz Lehár's The Merry Widow, which she sang with the Sadler's Wells Opera. She was well known in the London West End theatres as well as on the opera stage (June died in her sleep at a Sydney nursing home) b


in 2009 - Gérard Blanc dies at age 61. French singer and guitarist; He began to sing in the 1970s with the band Martin Circus. Then in the 1980s, he participated in the production of Princess Stephanie of Monaco's first album, and started a solo career. He has released 6 albums including a "Best of ..." in 2008 and charted four singles in France, including "Du soleil dans la nuit" his No.2 hit "Une Autre Histoire". He also went on stage at the Olympia on March 20th 2008


in 2009 - Corey Daum Corey James dies at age 39. American guitarist and vocalist; he was lead guitarist with the shock rock band Lizzy Borden from 1989 to 1995; he appeared on a couple of albums and in 2 Lizzy Borden video’s ‘We got the power’ and ‘Love is a crime’ as well as performing on the Master of Disguise tour. He moved to Nashville after the touring days ended (died in a car accident, after the car he was a passenger in ploughed across three lanes on the Interstate 40 motorway and smashed into a concrete wall. The driver, confessed to driving under the influence at the scene of the crime and has been charged with vehicular homicide)


in 2009 - Gérard Blanc dies at age 61. French singer and guitarist; he began to sing in the 1970s with the band Martin Circus. Then in the 1980s, he participated in the production of Princess Stephanie of Monaco's first album, and started a solo career. He charted four singles in France, including "Du soleil dans la nuit" and particularly the summer No.2 hit "Une Autre Histoire" in 1987. He went on stage at the Olympia on March 20th 2008

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pe2zqv2bIVU"]YouTube - Gérard blanc une autre histoire[/ame]
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25 JANUARY

in 1744 - Domenico Natale Sarro, Italian composer, dies at 64.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgDkkN1gv9M"]YouTube - Sarro: Didone abbandonata - Final scene (Bartsch & Rémy)[/ame]
in 1750 - Johann Gottfried Vierling, composer is born
in 1817 - Rossini's opera "La Cenerentola" premieres in Rome
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuEM6m1gqdo&playnext=1&list=PLCA5BEE02907C 2A6F&index=1"]YouTube - La Cenerentola - Rossini - Escena final del acto I.[/ame]
in 1829 - William Shield, composer, dies at 80
in 1834 - Pablo Hernandez Salces, composer is born
in 1835 - Vincenzo Bellini's opera "I Puritani," premieres in Paris
in 1844 - Frederick E Kitziger, composer is born
in 1851 - Jan Blockx, Belgium, opera composer (Sea Bride princess of Herberg) is born

in 1858 - Giuseppi Radiciotti, composer is born
in 1875 - Leopold Jansa, composer, dies at 79
in 1880 - Francis George Scott, composer is born
in 1881 - Gustave Frederic Soderlund, composer is born
in 1882 - Peter Singer, composer, dies at 71
in 1884 - Edward Kilenyi, composer is born

in 1886 - Wilhelm Furtwengler, Berlin Germany, conductor/composer is born
in 1889 - Vladimir Vladimirovich Scherbachov, composer is born
in 1899 - "Sleepy" John Estes, American blues singer/songwriter and gutarist, is born. There is some question as to the exact year he was born in, but the 25th of January is agreed.
in 1904 - Géza Frid, Hungarian - Dutch pianist and composer, is born. Frid was born in Hungary and emigrated to the Netherlands in 1929, becoming a Duth citizen in 1948.
in 1905 - Julia Frances Smith, American pianist, composer and musicologist, is born.

in 1908 - John Blockx' opera "Baldie" premieres in Antwerp
in 1909 - Richard Strauss' premier of "Elektra" in Dresden

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_NtbKsEbXA"]YouTube - Strauss Elektra Final Scene Zschau & Voigt[/ame]
in 1910 - Hendrik Willem Hans Osieck, Dutch pianist and composer, is born.
in 1911 - Julia Frances Smith, composer is born
in 1913 - Witold Lutoslawski, Polish pianist, composer and teacher, is born. Lutoslawski was captured with his unit (signal corps radio operations) by the German army during WWII, but managed to escape while being marched to a prison camp, and walked 400 kilometers back to Warsaw. He's considered one of the major European composers of the 20th century.

in 1915 - Giordano, Sardou and Moreau's opera "Madame Sans Gˆne" premieres in NYC
in 1915 - Ewan MacColl James 'Jimmie' Miller (UK folk singer, songwriter, father-Kirsty MacColl) is born
in 1920 - Joseph F Weigl, German/Austria violin cellist, dies at 79
in 1921 - Alfred Reed, American composer, conductor and teacher, is born.

in 1921 - Mykola Dmytrovich Leontovych, composer, dies at 43
in 1923 - Farell "Rusty" Draper (US country and pop singer) is born
in 1924 - Wesley Webb "Speedy" West (US pedal steel guitarist, producer, top sessionist) is born
in 1925 - Giorgos Zampetas (Greek musician, songwriter) is born
in 1927 - Antonio Carlos Jobim, Brazilian singer/songwriter, composer, pianist and guitarist, is born. Jobim is one of the main developers of the bossa nova style. Many of his songs have become jazz standards, but "The Girl From Ipanema" is probably his most famous. The airport for Rio de Janeiro was renamed Galeão - Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport, in his honor.

in 1929 - Benny Golson (US jazz jazz tenor saxophonist, composer, arranger) is born
in 1931 - Stig Anderson (Swedish producer of Abba, founder of Polar Music record label) is born

in 1937 - Premasiri Khemadasa (Sri Lankan musician and composer) is born
in 1938 - Jamesetta Hawkins "Etta James" American soul, R&B, blues, jazz and gospel singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born. James is in the Blues Hall of Fame, the Grammy Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

in 1942 - Eugene Samuel-Holeman, composer, dies at 78
in 1942 - Bobby Willis (UK songwriter, manager) is born
in 1943 - Roy Black (German pop singer) is born
in 1944 - Ion Dolanescu (Romanian singer and politician) is born

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXImm3fRIIk"]YouTube - ION DOLANESCU Biata tineretea mea[/ame]
in 1946 - Ronnie Brandon, American pop keyboardist (The McCoys), is born.
in 1947 - Grace Moore, soprano/actress (One Night of Love), dies at 45
in 1949 - Emil Axman, Czech composer, writer and folklorist, dies at 61.

in 1949 - John Cooper Clarke (Manchester, poet laureate/songwriter) is born
in 1950 - Michael Cotton, American rock keyboardist/synthesizer player (The Tubes), is born.

in 1951 - Stephen Jones (Australian electronic musician; Severed Heads) is born
in 1952 - Sara Mandiano Françoise Castellani (French singer, songwriter) is born
in 1953 - Malcolm Green, English rock drummer and songwriter (Split Enz), is born. Green is in the ARIA Hall of Fame in Australia.

in 1954 - Richard Finch, rock bassist (KC and Sunshine-That's the Way I Like It) is born
in 1955 - Joe Strummer, vocalist/guitarist (Clash-Rock the Casbah) [or 8/21/53] is born
in 1956 - Andy Cox, English rock and ska guitarist (The Beat, Fine Young Cannibals), is born.
in 1957 - Edmund Theodore Sylvers, American pop singer (The Sylvers), is born.
in 1958 - Gary Brian Tibbs, English rock bassist and actor (Adam and the Ants, Code Blue, Roxy Music, The Vibrators, The Fixx), is born.
in 1960 - Rutland Boughton, English composer, teacher and choral conductor, dies two days after his 82nd birthday. Boughton composed an Arthurian cycle of operas: The Birth of Arthur (1913), The Round Table (1916), The Lily Maid (1934) and Avalon and Galahad (1945). Avalon and Galahad has not been performed to this day, as far as I know. The wiki article mentions it as completed, but in a later section says that it's two separate works. Another source says that the cycle is incomplete.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfpF015KJcM"]YouTube - Rutland Boughton - Symphony No 3 (3rd movement)[/ame]
in 1962 - Peter Coyle (vocals; Lotus Eaters) is born
in 1963 - Carl Fysh, English pop keyboardist (Brother Beyond), is born.
in 1963 - Suzanne Klemann, Dutch pop singer (Lois Lane, Girls Just Want To Have Fun), is born.

in 1964 - Beatles 1st US #1, "I Want to Hold your Hand" (Cashbox)
in 1965 - Staff Nees, Belgian composer, dies at 63.
in 1969 - Jesse Harte, American rock singer (SouthGang), is born.

in 1969 - Kina Cosper (US singer) is born
in 1969 - Haini Wolfgramm, American pop bassist (The Jets), is born.


in 1970 - Jane Bathori Jeanne-Marie Berthier dies at age 92. French mezzo-soprano; in the early 1900s she began studying with Pierre-Emile Engel, whom she married in 1908. In 1917, she became the director of the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier. After the war she sang at La Scala and in other major centres across Europe. On January 31, 1920 she gave the first performance of Louis Durey's Printemps au fond de la mer. She would give the first performances of many works by other contemporary French composers. In the 1930s she sang in the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina. During the German occupation of France during World War II she would make Buenos Aires her home. After her return to France she taught and coached a number of young singers, working closely with Irène Joachim (died in Paris)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48lBwUmIXF8&playnext=1&list=PLD70BF0592D1B 9FF3&index=76"]YouTube - Satie "Trois Melodies" by Jane Bathori???? by ???[/ame]
in 1971 - China Slick, rocker (daughter of Grace Slick) is born
in 1971 - Ana Ortiz (US actress, singer) is born
in 1973 - Chris Wilkie (UK guitarist; Dubstar) is born
in 1974 - Jonathan Bryan Colling, Boston, rocker (4 Fun-Unbelievable Fun Boys) is born in

in 1976 - Anabel Bosch (Filipino singer; Tropical Depression/Elektrikoolaid) is born

in 1976 - Chris Kenner dies at age 46. American singer, songwriter; born in Kenner, Louisiana, upriver from New Orleans, he sang gospel music with his church choir, and moved to New Orleans in his teens. In 1955 he made his first recordings, for a small label, Baton Records, without success; and in 1957 recorded his "Sick and Tired" for the Imperial Records label; "Rocket to the Moon" and "Life Is Just a Struggle," both cut for the Ron Records label, were other notable songs from this period. In 1968 he was convicted of statutory rape, and spent three years in Louisiana's Angola prison. (heart attack)

in 1977 - Christian Ingebrigtsen (vocals; A1) is born

in 1980 - Paul McCartney is released from Tokyo jail and deported
in 1981 - Alicia Keys (US singer, songwriter) is born
in 1981 - Todor "Toše" Proeski (Macedonian singer songwriter) is born
in 1982 - Sho Sakurai (Japanese singer, actor) is born
in 1983 - Andrée Watters (Canadian singer) is born


in 1983 - Lamar Williams dies at age 36. American bassist born Gulfport, Mississippi, most known for his work with The Allman Brothers Band and Sea Level. by the 1960s he was playing bass in a soul music band known as Sounds of Soul with Jai Johanny Johanson. In 1970 after serving in the Vietnam War he played with the Fungus Blues Band, before joining the Allman Brothers Band in late 1972. He played in the band at the peak of their commercial success. After the Allmans dissolved in 1976, Williams founded Sea Level with Jaimoe and Chuck Leavell of the Allmans. In Sea Level he played in a looser, more jazz-like fashion. Williams left Sea Level in 1980, shortly before that band broke up (cancer)

in 1985 - Tina Karol (Ukrainian singer) is born

in 1986 - Albert Grossman dies at age 59. American manager born in Chicago, most famous as the manager of Bob Dylan between 1962 and '70. In 1961, he put together Mary Travers, Noel Stookey, and Peter Yarrow as the folk group Peter, Paul and Mary, who quickly achieved success when their first album, Peter, Paul and Mary. His client list also included Odetta, Peter, Paul and Mary, John Lee Hooker, Ian and Sylvia, Phil Ochs, Gordon Lightfoot, Richie Havens, The Pozo Seco Singers, Todd Rundgren, The Band, the Electric Flag, Jesse Winchester, and Janis Joplin (heart attack on Concorde to London)

in 1987 - Emil Hlobil, Czech composer, dies at 85.

in 1989 - Sheryfa Luna Chérifa Babouche (French singer) is born
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJP1wJLBc0I"]YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.[/ame]
in 1992 - Nico Schuyt, Dutch composer, dies at 70. Schuyt was chairman of the Dutch Society of Composers from 1972 to 1975, and was a member of several committees which resulted in the establishment of the Dutch Fund for the Creation of Music.
in 1992 - Vernon William Reed Sr, singer, dies after a long illness at 73
in 1994 - Accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy, Michael Jackson settles a civil lawsuit out of court


in 1996 - Jonathan Larson dies at age 35. American composer and playwright noted for the serious social issues of addiction, multiculturalism, and homophobia explored in his work. Typical examples of his use of these themes are found in his works, Rent and tick, tick... BOOM!. He received three posthumous Tony Awards and a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the rock opera Rent (Jonathan died of an aortic dissection, believed to have been caused by Marfan syndrome)

in 1998 - Shinichi Suzuki, music teacher, dies at 99

in 1999 - Robert Shaw dies at age 82. American conductor in Red Bluff, California. In 1941, he founded the Collegiate Chorale, a group notable in its day for its racial integration. He is most famous for his work with his namesake Chorale, with the Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. He received 14 Grammy awards, four ASCAP awards for service to contemporary music, the first Guggenheim Fellowship ever awarded to a conductor, the Alice M. Ditson Conductor's Award for Service to American Music; the George Peabody Medal for outstanding contributions to music in America, the Gold Baton Award of the American Symphony Orchestra League for "distinguished service to music and the arts, the American National Medal of Arts, France's Officier des Arts et des Lettres, England's Gramophone Award, and was a 1991 recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors (He died in New Haven, Connecticut following a stroke)


in 2005 - Ray Peterson dies at age 69. American singer; as a youngster he overcame polio and his 4.5-octave singing voice made him a Golden Voice of Rock and Roll. In 1959 he recorded "The Wonder of You" which made it into the Billboard Top 30, a song later recorded by Elvis Presley with whom he became close friends. In 1960, he created his own label with his manager Stan Shulman, Dunes Records, he scored a Top 10 hit with "Tell Laura I Love Her", followed by "Corrina, Corrina" and "I Could Have Loved You So Well.". His last charting hit was "Missing You". By the mid 1960s he had become something of a phenomenon on the west coast of the United States, appearing live in numerous rock concerts with Paul McCartney lookalike, Keith Allison. In and from the 70's he became a Baptist Church minister and occasionally played the oldies music circuit. (cancer)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqSdDaSY7mQ"]YouTube - Missing You-Ray Peterson[/ame]
in 2008 - Evelyn Barbirolli Evelyn Rothwell dies at age 97. English oboist born in Wallingford-on-Thames, and studied the oboe there with Léon Goossens the Royal College of Music, where she also learned the piano as a second instrument, and played the cello and the timpani. She rose to fame at a time when there were very few women in orchestras except for harpists. She started her professional career by deputising for Léon Goossens in the Drury Lane Orchestra and was soon appointed second oboe with the Royal Opera House touring company, which was conducted by John Barbirolli. Barbirolli was married, although the marriage was not to last. Barbirolli was then made conductor of the Scottish Orchestra, now the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He appointed Evelyn as first oboe in the orchestra. He arranged several works for oboe and orchestra for her, including a concerto by Handel. Several composers dedicated works to her, including Arnold Cooke, Stephen Dodgson, Arthur Benjamin, Edmund Rubbra and Elizabeth Maconchy


in 2010 - Orlando Cole dies at age 101. American classical cellist and educator. Born in Philadelphia, he entered the first class of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1924 as a pupil and graduated in 1934. Along with Jascha Brodsky, Charles Jaffe, and Max Aronoff, he was a founding member of what was then known as the Swastika Quartet, in 1927. They soon changed the bands name to the Curtis Quartet with permission of the school's founder, Mary Louise Curtis. The Curtis Quartet was a pioneer in its time, and acclaimed as the premier string quartet in America during the prewar years and the first American quartet to tour Europe, including a command performance before Mary of Teck, Queen Consort of George V of the United Kingdom. They disbanded in 1981. Orlando taught at the Curtis Institute of Music for seventy-five years, he retired from the Curtis Institute in 2008. He also held master-classes all over the world and helped to found the Encore School for Strings in Hudson, Ohio, along with David Cerone


in 2010 - Jane Jarvis dies at age 94. American jazz pianist and organist, born in Vincennes, Indiana, was recognized as a piano prodigy at the age of five. Her family moved to Gary, and Jane was hired to play the piano at radio station WJKS in Gary in 1927. By 1954, Jarvis was on television at station WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee, hosting a show called "Jivin' with Jarvis" while serving as staff pianist and organist. The Milwaukee Braves had just relocated from Boston and invited her to be the organist at Milwaukee County Stadium. She stayed with them for 8 seasons before heading to New York. In 1964 - 1979, she was hired by the New York Mets to play the organ at Shea Stadium. She is remembered at Shea for playing the Mets's theme song, "Meet the Mets", as the team took the field before every game, as well as for her renditions of the Mexican Hat Dance during the seventh-inning stretch. Jane also had a day job with the Muzak Corporation, Muzak was synonymous with soothing background sounds piped into elevators when Ms. Jarvis was hired for a clerical job there in 1963. She worked her way up to vice president in charge of programming and recording; when she began supervising sessions, she hired Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry and other jazz musicians. The result was canned music considerably more swinging than the Muzak norm, much of which the musicians, including Jane, composed themselves. She became a fixture at New York nightclubs, frequently playing alongside bassist Milt Hinton and became a founding member of the Statesmen of Jazz, a group of jazz musicians age 65 and older (Jane spent the final years of her life and died at the Lillian Booth Actors’ Home in Englewood, New Jersey)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2X82cPCr9I"]YouTube - Jane Jarvis at ARBORS 2001 MOJ[/ame]

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26 JANUARY

in 1613 - Johann Jakob Wolleb, composer is born

in 1706 - Guillaume Poitevin, composer, dies at 59
in 1708 - William Hayes, English organist, singer, composer and conductor, is baptised.
in 1742 - Johann Friedrich Ludwig Sievers, German organist and composer, is born.
in 1748 - Emmanuel Aloys Forster, Silesian composer and teacher, is born.
in 1790 - Premier of Mozart's Così fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti, in Vienna.

in 1795 - German composer Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, ninth son of Johann Sebastian Bach, died in Bückeburg at the age of 63
in 1798 - Christian Gottlob Neefe, German organist/composer, a teacher of Beethoven dies at 49
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKZd2KYflok"]YouTube - Christian Gottlob Neefe (Beethoven's teacher) - Minuetto[/ame]
in 1803 - Georg von Pasterwiz, composer, dies at 72
in 1844 - Albert Peace, English organist and composer, dies at .
in 1852 - Frederick Corder, Englisn composer, conductor, musicologist and teacher, is born. Corder, working in partnership with his wife, produced the first accepted English translations of The Ring and other works by Wagner.
in 1855 - Arthur Hervey, English composer and musicologist, is born.
in 1870 - Cesare Pugni, Italian pianist, virtuoso violinist and composer, dis at 67.. Pugni is the most prolific composer of ballet music ever, having composed nearly 100 such works in his life.

in 1874 - Mussorgsky's opera "Boris Godunov" premieres in St Petersburg
in 1900 - Karl Ristenpart (German conductor) is born
in 1901 - Ervin Major, Hungarian composer, musicologist and teacher, is born. Major is known as one of the founders of Hungarian historical musicology.
in 1905 - Baroness Maria Augusta von Trapp, Austrian singer, inspiration for "The Sound of Music," is born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJPgiUjatu0&feature=related"]YouTube - von Trapp Memories.mov[/ame]
in 1907 - Eddie Ballantine, American pop trumpeter, composer and bandleader, is born.
in 1908 - French jazz/classical violinist Stephane Grapelli was born in Paris
in 1910 - Marijan Lipovsek, Slovenian pianist, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1911 - Norbert Schultze "Frank Norbert," "Peter Kornfeld," "Henri Iversen," German composer of film music, is born. Schultze wrote the melody to "Lili Marleen," a very popular tune during WWII (on both sides).
in 1913 - Jimmy Van Heusen, American pianist and film composer, friend of Frank Sinatra, is born. Van Heusen was a test pilot during WWII. He won four Academy Awards for Best Original Song, and an Emmy. Van Heusen wrote many songs that have become standards of the pop repertoire, and is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

in 1914 - Opera "Madeleine" premieres in NYC
in 1916 - Lothar Jensch, German composer, is born.
in 1921 - Frantisek Chaun, Czech composer, is born.
in 1921 - Johannes Driessler, German organist, composer and teacher, is born.

in 1921 - Eddie Barclay Edouard Ruault (French producer; Barclay Records) is born
in 1922 - Luigi Denza, Italian composer and teacher, dies at 75.

in 1922 - Page Cavanaugh (US jazz pianist, singer) is born
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG1l0TPJj2k"]YouTube - Page Cavanaugh Trio - Three Bears[/ame]
in 1924 - Alice Babs Hildur Alice Nilsson (Swedish singer) is born
in 1924 - Warren Frank Benson, American timpanist, composer, conductor, musicologist and teacher, is born.
in 1926 - Ronnie Hilton, English pop singer and radio personality, is born.

in 1930 - A N Solomons, chairman (Singer and Friedlander) is born
in 1932 - Clement Seymour "Coxsone" Dodd (Jamaican record producer) is born
in 1934 - Huey "Piano" Smith, American R&B pianist, songwriter, and bandleader, is born.
in 1935 - Zbigniew Penherski, Polish composer and conductor, is born.
in 1935 - Peter Ronnefeld, German composer, conductor and teacher, is born.
in 1936 - Noel Harrison, English pop singer, guitarist, actor and Olympic skier, is born.
in 1939 - Marshall Lieb, American pop singer (Teddy Bears), is born.
in 1943 - Jean Knight, American soul/R&B/funk singer. is born.
in 1943 - Peter Kenton Winkler, American pianist, composer, musicologist and teacher, is born.
in 1945 - Ashley Hutchings, English folk/rock bassist, singer/songwriter, arranger, band leader, writer and record producer (Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, The Albion Band), is born.

in 1945 - British cellist Jacqueline du Pré, married to pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim, was born in Oxford
in 1946 - Deon Jackson (US soul singer) is born
in 1947 - Michel Sardou (French singer) is born


in 1947 - Grace Moore dies at age 48. American operatic soprano and actress in musical theatre and film, nicknamed the "Tennessee Nightingale." Grace's first Broadway appearance was in 1920 in the musical Hitchy-Koo, by Jerome Kern. In 1922 and 1923 she appeared in the 2nd and 3rd of Irving Berlin's series of four Music Box Revues. In her operatic career, she debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City on February 7th 1928, as Mimì in Giacomo Puccini's La bohème, debuted at the Opera-Comique in Paris on September 29th 1928 in the same role, which she also performed in a royal command performance at Covent Garden in London on June 6th 1935. During her sixteen seasons with the Metropolitan Opera, she sang in several Italian and French operas as well as the title roles in Tosca, Manon, and Louise. Her first screen role was as Jenny Lind in the 1930 film A Lady's Morals, produced for MGM by Irving Thalberg and directed by Sidney Franklin. (tragically died in a plane crash near the Copenhagen, Denmark airport)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntb1XEJ7FEs&feature=related"]YouTube - GRACE MOORE SINGS - HABENERA - CARMEN 1937[/ame]
in 1948 - Corky Laing, Canadian rock drummer, songwriter and guitarist (Mountain), is born.
in 1948 - Ignaz Friedman, Polish virtuoso pianist and composer, dies at 65.
in 1949 - Derek Holt, English blues-rock guitarist (Climax Blues Band), is born.

in 1950 - Paul Pena (US multi-genre singer, multi-musician) is born
in 1951 - Andy Hummell (rock bassist; Big Star) is born
in 1951 - David Briggs, Australian rock guitarist, songwriter and record producer (Little River Band), is born.

in 1951- English conductor Roy Goodman was born in Guilford
in 1951 - Andy Hummel, American rock bassist (Big Star), is born.
in 1953 - Bert Heerink, Dutch rock singer/songwriter (Vandenberg), is born.
in 1953 - Lucinda Williams, American country, folk, rock singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born.
in 1955 - Lucia Mendez, Mexican pop singer and actress, is born.
in 1955 - Eddie Van Halen, Dutch-American rock singer/songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist and producer (Van Halen), is born. Van Halen is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
in 1956 - Lisa Boray, Dutch pop singer/songwriter ( American Gypsy, House Band, Navel), is born.
in 1958 - Anita Baker, American R&B and soul singer/songwriter, is born.
in 1958 - B James Lowry (guitar; Boys Band/freelance) is born
in 1958 - Norman Lamont Hassan, English reggae percussionist, trombonist and singer (UB40), is born.
in 1958 - B James Lowry, American country and rock guitarist (Oak Ridge Boys), is born.
in 1961 - Tom Keifer, American rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (Cinderella), is born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joXcCSQ0Y7c&feature=related"]YouTube - Cinderella - Sweet Home Alabama[/ame]
in 1962 - Fran Lhotka, Czech-Yugoslav composer, dies at 78.
in 1962 - Brian Epstein signs management contract with the Beatles
in 1962 - "The Twist" is banned from the Buffalo, New York Roman Catholic Diocese for being "impure."
in 1963 - Andrew Ridgeley, English pop singer/songwriter guitarist and producer (Wham!), is born.

in 1963 - Jazzie B, [Beresford Romeo], English rapper (Soul II Soul-Feel Free) is born
in 1964 - Susannah Melvoin, American rock and pop singer/songwriter and actress (The Family, The Revolution), is born.

in 1970 - Kirk Franklin (US gospel singer; Georgia Mass Choir) is born
in 1972 - Ya Kid K Manuela Barbara Kamosi Moaso Djogi (R&B singer from Zaire) is born


in 1973 - Jay C. Higginbotham dies at age 66. American jazz musician; considered to be the most vital of the swing trombone players. His strong, raucous sound on the trombone and wild outbreaks on stage were characteristic.In the 1930s and 1940s he played with some of the premier swing bands, including Luis Russell's, Benny Carter's, Red Allen's, Louis Armstrong, and Fletcher Henderson's. From 1947 on he chiefly led his own groups. He recorded extensively both as a sideman and as a leader. He led several bands in the Fifties in Boston and Cleveland, appeared regularly at the Metropole in New York between 1956 and 1959, and led his own Dixieland band there in the Sixties

in 1974 - Wiktor Labunski, Polish-American pianist, composer and teacher, dies at 78.

in 1976 - Willie Adler (US guitarist; Lamb of God) is born
in 1976 - Furuya Hitomi (Japanese singer, songwriter) is born
in 1977 - Tye Tribbett (US singer, keyboardist; Tye Tribbett & G.A) is born

in 1981 - Gustavo Dudamel Ramírez (Venezuelan composer, conductor) is born
in 1981 - Todor "Toše" Proeski (Macedonian singer, songwriter, humanitarian) is born


in 1982 - John "Jack" Owens dies at age 69. American singer-songwriter and gifted pianist, born in Tulsa. From his starts in vaudeville, he became the star of the longest running network radio show, Don McNeil's Breakfast Club. He was known as "The Cruising Crooner" because of his unique showmanship of cruising through mostly female audiences attending the live Breakfast Club broadcasts, and crooning love ballads to the blushing, giggling women, often singing directly to them, one at a time, sitting on their laps, and nuzzling close to them. Some of his music even appeared in such movies as San Antonio Rose in 1941 and From Here to Eternity in 1953. Jack retired from show business in 1957 and worked in real estate in Phoenix. Although he co-wrote "Back In Aloha Land" in 1963, and "I'm The Only One That Wants Me" in 1965
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usA-3HDRLXE"]YouTube - Jack Owens & Blind Bud Spires: Can't See Blues (1978)[/ame]
in 1985 - Liaqat Ali Salaam Kenny "Klook" Clarke dies at age 71. US jazz drummer and composer born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; an early innovator of the bebop style of drumming. While still a teenager in Pittsburgh, he played in the bands of Leroy Bradley and Roy Eldridge. He toured around the Midwest for several years with the Jeter-Pillars band, which also featured bassist Jimmy Blanton and guitarist Charlie Christian and by 1935, he was more frequently in New York. As the house drummer at Minton's Playhouse in the early 1940s, he participated in the after hours jams that led to the birth of Be-Bop, which in turn led to modern jazz. While in New York, he played with the major innovators of the emerging bop style, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Curly Russell and others, as well as musicians of the prior generation, including Sidney Bechet. After 1968 Kenny played and recorded with the french composer and clarinettist Jean-Christian Michel for 10 years. In 1988 he was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame.

in 1986 – Hero Kim Jaejoong (South Korean singer; TVXQ-Dong Bang Shin Ki) is born
in 1986 - Matt Heafy (Japanese lead vocalist, guitarist; Trivium/Capharnaum) is born
in 1988 - Mia Rose Maria Antonia Teixeira Rosa (English-Portuguese singer) is born
in 1989 - Donnie Elbert, American soul singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, dies at 52.


in 1989 - Donnie Elbert dies at age 53. American soul singer born in New Orleans; in 1955 he co-founded a doo-wop group called the Vibraharps serving as guitarist, arranger and songwriter, while largely relegating himself to background vocals. After releasing their debut single in 1957 "Walk Beside Me," he left the Vibraharps to pursue his solo career and relocated to the UK in 1966. His reputation was secured by his hit "A Little Piece Of Leather", a compulsive performance highlighting his irresistible falsetto voice. The song became a standard at UK soul clubs (died from a stroke)

in 1990 - Miloslav Istvan, Czech composer and teacher, dies at 61.
in 1995 - Geoffrey Penwill Parsons, Australian classical pianist, considered one of the finest accompanists of the 20th century, dies at 65.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTTk0BXDzok&feature=related"]YouTube - Barbara Bonney Geoffrey Parsons "Im Abendrot" Franz Schubert[/ame]
in 1996 - Henry Jay Lewis, American conductor, dies at 63. Lewis "was the first African-American conductor and music director of a major American orchestra and the first black to conduct at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City." (Britannica Online)


in 1996 - Henry Jay Lewis dies at age 63. African-American double-bassist and orchestral conductor. Originally from LA, he attended The University of Southern California, and at 16 he joined the LA Philharmonic for 6 years, becoming the first black instrumentalist in a major symphony orchestra. While in the US army he played double-bass with and conducted the Seventh Army Symphony. Back in the USA, he was appointed assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and he founded the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. In 1968 he became the conductor and musical director of the New Jersey Symphony, transforming it into a nationally recognized orchestra. After retiring from the New Jersey Symphony in 1976, he toured as a guest conductor in all of the major opera houses. Then from 1989 to 1991, he was principal conductor of the Netherlands Radio Symphony (heart attack)

in 1996 - Stevie Plunder Anthony Hayes dies at age 32. Australian guitarist, singer and songwriter born in Volda in 1945, and grew up in Fredrikstad; he played in bands from his late teens including The Shouties, Hippy Dribble, The Plunderers before forming the Australian piano-based rock band The Whitlams. In 1993, The Whitlams released their debut album, "Introducing The Whitlams". With a follow up album "Undeniably The Whitlams" in 1994. Their single "I Make Hamburgers" was made the Triple J Hottest 100 chart (found dead at the bottom of Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains, apparent suicide)


in 1998 - S.P. Leary dies at age 67. Texan drummer; best known for backing such music greats as Muddy Waters, James Cotton, T. Bone Walker, Lowell Fulson, and Howlin' Wolf. He began his musical career by touring with Walker and Fulson during the 1940s. His many credits include Howlin Wolf's albums, "I'm Leaving You", and "I've Been Abused", and Muddy Waters' hit recordings "The Same Thing" and "You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had". Other collaborators include Blind John Davis in the 1980s and pianist Erwin Helfer during the 1990s. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll of Fame in 1995, and honored with the Key to the City of Dallas. (died from complications of a stroke and cancer)


in 1998 - S P Leary, Texan Blues drummer (Muddy Waters), dies at 67
in 1998 - Suzuki Shin'ichi, inventor of the Suzuki method of music teaching, dies at 99.


in 2010 - Dag Frøland dies at age 64. Norwegian comedian, revue artist and singer, best known for his countless impersonations and successful variety shows in Oslo during the 70s and 80s. In 1967 he recorded Du skal få en dag i mårå, an Alf Prøysen classic, and in the following years continued to produce hit singles. In the early 70s he became the director of theatre Chat Noir in Oslo, and soon became a known face to the audiences, with his countless, impersonations of Norwegian celebrities and comic musical numbers. In 1979, he began a decade-long run of annual revues on Chat Noir, drawing full houses on every show (died in his home on the famed Bygdøy allé in Oslo)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzqtXTYl9d4"]YouTube - Dag Frøland - En Spurv I Tranedans[/ame]



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