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Old January 27th, 2011, 05:32 AM   #681

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in 1592 - Pierre de La Barre, French organist and composer is born.
in 1629 - Hieronymus Praetorius, German organist and composer, dies at 68.
in 1715 - Vaclav Kalous, Czech composer and teacher, is born.
in 1731 - Bartolomeo di Francesco Cristofori, Italian instrument builder credited with inventing the piano, dies at 75.

in 1756 - Austrian composer Wofgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=df-eLzao63I"]YouTube - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 21 - Andante[/ame]
in 1775 - Manuel del Popolo Vicente Rodriguez Garc¡a, Spanish tenor/composer is born
in 1778 - Piccinni's opera Roland premieres in Paris.
in 1784 - Martin Joseph Mengal, Belgian horn player, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1802 - Johann Rudolf Zumsteeg, German composer and conductor, dies at 42.

in 1806 - Juan Crisistomo Arriaga y Balzola, Spanish composer is born
in 1823 - French composer Édouard Lalo was born in Lille (etc.)
in 1828 - Louis Schubert, German violinist, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1830 - Georg Hellmesberger Jr., Austrian violinist, composer and Kapellmeister, is born.

in 1850 - Philipp Roth, composer, dies at 70
in 1851 - Karl Moser, composer, dies at 77
in 1867 - Claude Antoine Terrasse, French composer, is born. Terrasse was part of the revival of the opéra bouffe in the late 19th/early 20th centuries.
in 1868 - Cato Engelen-Sewing, Dutch coloratura soprano, is born.


in 1869 - Will Marion Cook, American violinist, composer and conductor, is born.

The first all-black musical production to play on Broadway was "In Dahomey" in 1903. It featured this song, composed in 1902 by Will Marion Cook with words by Paul Laurence Dunbar. They had begun writing the play in the 1890s, and it went through many iterations as it played in different venues. The Broadway performance was the first to include this song, where it appeared at the end of second act. Later in 1903, the production moved to London and enjoyed greater success. In that production, an expanded version of this song was used in the finale.
Here is the song played by The Ragnolia Ragtette. On piano are Jack & Chris Bradshaw. Robyn Drivon is on tuba while her husband Steve is on drums.
The lyrics to this song poke fun at white people's stereotypes of black people at the time, while also noting with amusement how white people had begun taking to African-American ragtime music. Here they are (and yes, they are written in dialect like that -- think of it as the period version of "Ebonics"). There is a long introduction; the first verse of the song begins at 44 seconds into this video. Also, they don't play a second verse in this video, instead going into an interlude before repeating the chorus.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8cyVjuV-Po"]YouTube - On Emancipation Day (from "In Dahomey") -- Ragnolia Ragtette[/ame]
in 1885 - Eduard Künneke, German composer, is born. Künneke composed mostly operettas, operas and theatre music.
in 1885 - American songwriter and composer Jerome Kern was born in New York City
in 1892 - Mitya Stillman, Russian violist and composer, is born.
in 1895 - Claudio Carneyro, Portuguese composer and teacher, is born.
in 1895 - Joseph Rosenstock, Polish conductor and teacher, is born.

in 1899 - Granville English, composer is born

in 1901 - Giuseppe Verdi dies at age 87. Italian composer in vocal, opera, chamber, choral genres; one of the most influential composers of Italian opera in the 19th century. It was suggested that effective opera after Rossini was not possible. Verdi, however, took the form to new heights of drama and musical expression. His works are frequently performed in opera houses throughout the world, transcending the boundaries of the genre, some of his themes have long since taken root in popular culture - such as "La donna è mobile" from Rigoletto, "Va, pensiero" (The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Nabucco, and "Libiamo ne' lieti calici" (The Drinking Song) from La traviata. (stroke)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A3zetSuYRg"]YouTube - Rigoletto La Dona e mobile[/ame]
in 1904 - Adam Minchejmer, Polish violinist, composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 73. Minchejmer was Director of the Polish National Opera.
in 1905 - Luther Diamond, radio personality is born
in 1906 - Radames Gnattali, Brazilian composer, conductor, orchestrator, and arranger, is born.

in 1908 - Oran 'Hot Lips' Page (US singer, trumpeter; Kansas City Jazz Band +many) is born
in 1913 - Milton Adolphus, American pianist and composer, is born. Adolphus was a founding member of the American Composers Alliance.
in 1913 - Valery Viktorovich Zhelobinsky, Russian pianist, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1915 - Jack Brymer, English classical, jazz and session clarinettist, saxophonist, teacher, writer and radio presenter, is born. Brymer was president of the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain.
in 1918 - Elmore James, American blues guitarist, singer/songwriter and bandleader "King of the Slide Guitar," is born.

in 1918 - British/American conductor Lyle Cedric 'Skitch' Henderson was born in Birmingham, England
in 1919 - Nina Milkina, Russian-English pianist and composer, is born. Milkina was one of the main performers in England during what she called the "Mozart Gold Rush" of the 1960's.

in 1919 - David Seville Ross Bagdasarian (US inventor of The Chipmunks, songwriter) is born
in 1920 - Helmut Zacharias (German violinist) is born
in 1924 - Alexander Georgiyevich Chugayev, Russian composer and musicologist, is born.
in 1928 - Jean-Michel Damase, French pianist, composer and conductor, is born.
in 1930 - Bobby "Blue" Bland, American blues singer/songwriter, arranger and bandleader "The Lion of the Blues," is born. Bland is in the Blues Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJkW1BI1wIc"]YouTube - Bobby "Blue" Bland - Goin' Down Slow[/ame]
in 1930 - Jean Hure, French pianist, organist, composer and music theorist, dies at 52. Hure founded the journal L'Orgue et les organistes.
in 1931 - Rudi Maugeri, Canadian doo wop singer (The Crew Cuts), is born.
in 1937 - John Ogdon, English virtuoso pianist and composer, is born.
in 1937 - Tigran Yegiayi Mansuryan, Lebanese-Armenian composer and teacher, director of the Yerevan State Musical Conservatory, is born.

in 1937 - Bruce Tate (US vocalist, original baritone with The Penguins) is born
in 1937 - Buddy Emmons (US pedal steele guitar, bass; Roger Miller Band/sessionist/solo) is born

in 1938 - Kim Gardner, rocker (Byrds) is born
in 1939 - Tigran Yegiayi Mansuryan, composer is born
in 1941 - Iver Paul Fredrik Holter, Norwegian composer and conductor, founder of the Kristiania Bys Orkester, dies at 90.
in 1942 - Petr Kotik, Czech-American flautist, composer and conductor, is born. Kotik is the founder and Artistic Director of the S.E.M. Ensemble.

in 1942 - Kate Wolf Kathryn Louise Allen (US folk singer, songwriter) is born
in 1944 - Kevin Coyne, English rock singer/songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player, film-maker, writer and painter, is born.
in 1944 - Nicholas Berkeley "Nick" Mason, English rock drummer, keyboardist, guitarist, singer/songwriter, writer, and racing car owner, driver and enthusiast (Pink Floyd), is born. Mason is the only constant member of the band since it formed in 1964, and is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the UK Music Hall of Fame, an has received numerous other awards.
in 1946 - Kim Gardner, English R&B, rock and jazz fusion bassist (The Birds, Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), is born.
in 1946 - Nedra Telley, American pop and rock singer (Ronettes), is born. The Ronettes are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

in 1947 - Björn Afzelius (Swedish singer) is born
in 1948 - Valeri Brainin (Russian/German musicologist, music manager, composer, poet) is born
in 1948 - Jean-Philippe Collard (French classical pianist) is born
in 1948 - Kim Gardner Christopher Gardner (UK bassist; Ashton Gardner & Dyke/others) is born
in 1948 - Chuck "Coyote" Larson, American country rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (Snuff), is born.

in 1948 - Mikhail Baryshnikov, Riga Latvia, ballet dancer (That's Dancing) is born
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvDKyGfVl90"]YouTube - Opening ballet from White Nights- Mikhail Baryshnikov[/ame]
in 1949 - Boris Asafiev "Igor Glebov," Russian composer and musicologist, dies at 64.
in 1951 - Brian Downey, Irish rock drummer and songwriter (Thin Lizzy), is born.

in 1951 - Seth Justman, American rock singer/songwriter and keyboardist (J. Geils Band), is born.
in 1952 - Peter Garland, composer is born
in 1953 - Bob Mintzer (US sax player; Yellowjackets/Bob Mintzer Big Band/Buddy Rich/guest) is born
in 1954 - Paul-Marie Masson, prominent French musicologist and teacher, dies at 71. Like Radiciotti, he's listed in several places as a composer, but I can find no reference to any of his compositions. Unlike Radiciotti, he at least studied composition.
in 1955 - Richard Young, American country rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (The Kentucky Headhunters), is born.

in 1956 - Austrian conductor Erich Kleiber, father of conductor Carlos Kleiber, died at the age of 65 in Zurich, Switzerland
in 1957 - Bernanos and Poulenc's opera "Dialogue des Carmelites" premieres

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in 1957 - Janick Gers (UK guitarist; Iron Maiden) is born
in 1958 - Charles Waltz, American rock singer, keyboardist and violinist (Shooting Star), is born.
in 1961 - Martin Degville, English pop singer/songwriter (Sigue Sigue Sputnik), is born.
in 1961 - Gillian Gilbert, English pop singer, guitarist and keyboardist (New Order, The Other Two), is born.
in 1961 - Margo Timmins, Canadian rock singer (Cowboy Junkies), is born.

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9N5T-4dOuk]YouTube - Cowboy Junkies - Cause cheap is how I feel[/ame]
in 1961 - Rudi Mauger, rocker (Crew Cuts) is born
in 1962 - Michael Collins, prominent English classical clarinettist, conductor and teacher, is born.
in 1962 - Marc Ferrari, American rock guitarist and singer/songwriter (Keel), is born.
in 1964 - Migi Drummond, English pop drummer (Curiosity Killed The Cat). is born.
in 1964 - Leib Glantz, Ukrainian-Israeli tenor, chazzan, composer, musicologist, writer, teacher and Zionist leader, dies at 65. Glantz founded the Tel Aviv Institute for Jewish Liturgical Music. "Leib Glantz was a founding member of AKUM, The Israel Music Institute, The Israeli Composers League, and was a member of the editorial board of 'Bat Kol.' He functioned as one of the judges of the prestigious Engel Prize." (Wikipedia)
in 1964 - Introducing the Beatles album is released in the US.
in 1965 - Theo Uden Marsman, Dutch jazz pianist and bandleader (De Ramblers), dies at 63.
in 1968 - Tracy Lawrence, American country singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born.
in 1968 - Mike Patton, American rock singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and actor (Faith No More), is born.

in 1968 – Tricky Adrian Thawes (UK singer, trip-hop artist, actor) is born
in 1969 – Cornelius Keigo Oyamada (Japanese multi-musician, vocals, producer;Flipper's Guitar/solo) is born
in 1969 - Michael Kulas (Canadian singer; James) is born
in 1969 - Hanns Jelinek "Hanns Elin," Austrian composer and teacher, dies at 67.

in 1970 - Emmanuel Pahud (Swiss flautist) is born
in 1972 - Wynne Evans (Welsh operatic tenor) is born
in 1972 - Mark Owen, pop singer/songwriter, guitarist, bassist and keyboardist (Take That), is born.


in 1972 - Mahalia Jackson dies at age 60. African-American gospel singer, nicknamed “Halie," she grew up in the Black Pearl section of the Carrollton neighborhood of Uptown New Orleans, Louisiana. Best known for her contralto voice range, she was widely regarded as the best in the history of the genre, and was the very first "Queen of Gospel Music". With her powerful, distinct voice, she became one of the most influential gospel singers in the world. She recorded about 30 albums, and her 45 rpm records included a dozengold million-sellers. She has been honored with 6 grammys, for her recordings "How I Got Over", "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah", "Make A Joyful Noise Unto The Lord" "Great Songs Of Love And Faith" "Everytime I Feel the Spirit" and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (Heart failure and diabetes)


in 1976 - Ruby Lin (Taiwanese actress, singer) is born
in 1978 - Marguerite Canal, French composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 87. Canal was the first woman to conduct orchestral concerts in France.

in 1981 - Jonny Lang, blues musician is born
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1idFJiudDC8]YouTube - Jonny Lang - Try[/ame]
in 1986 - Nikhil Banerjee dies at age 55. Indian sitarist, composer, teacher; a child prodigy, winning an all-Bengal sitar competition at the age of nine and soon was playing for All India Radio. He became one of India's most prominent sitar players of the second half of the 20th Century. His concert career took him to all corners of the world and lasted right up to his death. He spent three months each summer teaching, performing, and lecturing/demonstrating at U. C. Berkeley

in 1987 - Katy Rose Kathryn Rosemary Bullard (US pop singer) is born

in 1992 - Clara Solovera dies at age 82. Chilean folk singer and composer, born in Santiago; she began composing in 1948, her first hit that year was the tune "Chile Lindo" nothing marred the historical popularity of this tune, which was in Ester Sore. Over two hundred of his works are registered in the Chilean Society of copyright. (she died in Santiago, but his ashes are buried in the sea)

in 1993 - Eddie Calhoun, American jazz bassist and bandleader, dies at 72.

in 1995 - Geoffrey Parsons, Australian/British pianist, dies at 65
in 2006 - Gene McFadden, American soul singer/songwriter and record producer (McFadden & Whitehead), dies at 57.


in 1997 - Gerald Marks dies at age 96. American songwriter who has been recorded over 2000 times over the years. He is well known for the song "All of Me" which he co-wrote with Seymour Simons. He also wrote the songs "That's What I Want for Christmas" for the film Stowaway starring Shirley Temple, and "Is It True What They Say About Dixie" recorded by Al Jolson and Rudy Vallee. In the late 1930s and early 1940s Marks and several of his fellow hitmakers formed a sensational review called "Songwriters On Parade", performing all across the Eastern seaboard on the Loew's and Keith circuits

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ahvxFoJqCQ]YouTube - Gerald Marks Orchestra If I Can't Have You[/ame]
in 2000 - Friedrich Gulda dies at age 69. Austrian pianist who performed in both classical and jazz. Born in Vienna he began learning to play the piano from Felix Pazofsky at the Wiener Volkskonservatorium, aged 7. He won first prize at the International Competition in Geneva in 1946. Friedrich began going on concert tours throughout the world. Together with Jörg Demus and Paul Badura-Skoda, he formed what became known as the "Viennese troika". Although famous for his Beethoven interpretations, he also performed the music of Mozart, J. S. Bach, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Debussy and Ravel. From the 1950s on he cultivated an interest in jazz, performing with many Viennese musicians like Alexander Jenner, writing several songs and instrumental pieces himself and combining jazz and classical music in his concerts at times. In 1982, he teamed up with jazz pianist Chick Corea, they communicate in lengthy improvisations mixing jazz such as "Some Day My Prince Will Come" and the lesser known Miles Davis song "Put Your Foot Out" and classical music of Brahms' "Wiegenlied"/"Cradle (died from heart failure on the birthday of his beloved Mozart)

in 2001 - Stavros Damianides dies at age 59. Greece bouzouki soloist; At the age of 8 Stavros made his first bouzouki out of an old tin can and secretly taught himself how to play. When his hidden talent was revealed, he was very popular amongst his friends and neighbours. He was employed to play bouzouki at their baptisms, weddings and other feasts and festivals. When older, he would afford to buy his very own bouzouki and he would travel to other towns and villages in his community. After touring Greece, Yugoslavia, Cyprus, the Middle East, Lebanon, Israel and Egypt, Stavros then migrated to Australia in the late 1960s where he eventually played in live venues in Sydney, Darwin,Tasmania,Melbourne, Adelaide, and finally Perth where he settled. (heart-attack)


in 2006 - Gene McFadden dies at age 57. American singer, songwriter, and record producer. As teenages, he and John Whitehead founded the soul group the Epsilons, and were discovered by Otis Redding, whom acted as their manager until his untimely death in 1967. Their songwriting ability soon gained attention when their song "Back Stabbers," recorded by The O'Jays, became a No. 3 pop hit, they became key members of the Philadelphia International record label, writing many songs for Philadelphia International artists and had hits such as Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "Wake Up Everybody (Part 1)", The Intruders' "I’ll Always Love My Mama," and their own, "Ain't No Stopping Us Now" in 1979. They were instrumental in defining the sound of Philadelphia soul. (liver and lung cancer)


in 2009 - Mino Reitano dies at age 64). Popular Italian singer born in in Fiumara, near Reggio Calabria, whose career spans over 40 years with 24 Italian hit singles under his belt, including 'Era il tempo delle more', 'Una Ferita in fondo al cuore Ciao vita mia', 'Stasera non si ride e non si balla', 'Dolce angelo', and 'Italia', He sang at many top music festivals and shared the stage with the likes of Graham Nash and The Hollies. He has made many appearances on TV and appeared in 5 films including "Tara Pokì" and "Lady Football" (died after long illness. In 2007 he had been diagnosed with cancer of the intestine)

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_LEiCPTovA]YouTube - Mino Reitano - Italia[/ame]
in 2010 - Shirley Caddell dies at age 78. American country, rockabilly singer and ex-wife of Willie Nelson born in Chillicothe, Missouri; she reached No.10 on the Billboard country charts in 1962 with Willie on the duet, "Willingly," written by Hank Cochran. The single marked Willie Nelson's first appearance on the Billboard country chart as a recording artist. They were married from 1963 to 1971. Shirley's first charting single, "Dime a Dozen" by Harlan Howard, reached No. 25 in 1961. A few months later, a duet version of "Why, Baby, Why" with Warren Smith reached No. 23. In the late 1950s, she was a cast member of the Ozark Jubilee. In 2009, she published a book, Scrapbooks in My Mind: Featuring Shirley and Willie Nelson and Many Others.


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Most importantly on this day 27 January 1756 in Salzburg,Austria. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born.
Can anyone say Rock Me Amadeus?
Without Tom Hulce's portrayal of him in the movie,I doubt some of the younger generation at the time knew who "Wolfie" was.
Still one of my favorite composers.
Happy Birthday "Wolfie"
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And those of you who haven't enjoyed Mozart he is right here on this thread,thank you Pedro.
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28 JANUARY

in 1627 - Alfonso Marsh, composer is born
in 1645 - Gottfried Vopelius, composer is born

in 1691 - Johann Balthasar Konig, German composer and conductor, is born.
in 1693 - Gregor Joseph Werner, composer is born
in 1722 - Johann Ernst Bach, German composer, nephew and pupil of Johann Sebastian Bach, was born in Eisenach
in 1756 - Hans Adolf Friedrich von Eschstruth, German composer, musicologist and music critic, is born.
in 1757 - Antonio Bartolomeo Bruni, Italian violinist, composer and conductor, is born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCm4R5z3p1g"]YouTube - Vikram Sinnathamby UVA Fall 2010 Recital[/ame]
in 1768 - John Wainwright, composer, dies at 44
in 1791 - Louis Joseph Ferdinand Hérold, French composer, is born.
in 1813 - Jan Joseph Rosler, Czech composer, dies at 41.
in 1817 - Friedrich Ludwig Emilius Kunzen, German composer and conductor, early Mozart enthusiast, dies at 55.
in 1832 - Franz Wullner, German composer and conductor, is born.
in 1841 - Viktor Ernst Nessler, Alsatian composer and conductor, is born.
in 1868 - Julian Aguirre, Argentinian composer, music critic, teacher and founder of the Escuela Argentina de Música, is born.
in 1868 - Frederick Archibald Lamond, Scottish pianist, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1870 - Prudent-Louis Aubery du Boulley, French composer and teacher, dies at 72.
in 1873 - Henry Hugo Pierson, English composer, dies at 57.
in 1875 - Julian Antonio Carrillo-Trujillo, Mexican violinist, composer, conductor and music theorist, is born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=issvvVE3Jnc"]YouTube - ORIZABA - Parque Castillo -[/ame]
in 1878 - Walter Kollo, German composer, lyricist and publisher, is born.
in 1887 - Lily Theresa Strickland, American composer, is born.

in 1887 - Polish-American pianist Artur Rubinstein was born
in 1891 - Karel Boleslav Jirak, Czech composer, conductor and teacher, is born.
in 1893 - John Elliot Griffis, American composer and teacher, is born.
in 1893 - Edward MacDowell's Hamlet and Ophelia premieres in Boston.
in 1896 - Joseph Barnby, English organist, composer and conductor, dies at 57.
in 1898 - Vittorio Rieti, Italian composer, is born.
in 1898 - Alexandru Flechtenmacher, Romanian violinist, composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 74.
in 1899 - Zilner T Randolph, American jazz trumpeter, pianist, arranger, bandleader and teacher, is born.
in 1900 - Michael Dewar Head, English pianist, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1903 - Augusta Mary Anne Holmes, Irish-French composer, dies at 55.
in 1903 - Jean Robert Planquette, Fench composer, dies at 54.
in 1907 - Constantin Regamey, Russian pianist and composer, is born.

in 1908 - Paul Misraki (French composer, songwriter) is born
in 1910 - Jose Garcia Robles, Spanish composer, dies at 74.
in 1913 - Jan Masseus, Dutch pianist and composer, is born.
in 1916 - Peter Crossley-Holland, English composer, enthnomusicologist and teacher, is born.

in 1916 - Opera "Goyescas" premieres (NYC)
in 1927 - Ronnie Scott, English jazz saxophonist, bandleader and jazz club owner, is born.
in 1929 - Bernard Stanley "Acker" Bilk, English trad jazz and pop clarinettist, composer and bandleader, is born.

in 1929 - Acker Bilk, singer (Stranger on the Shore) is born
in 1930 - Luis de Pablo, Spanish composer and teacher, is born.

in 1830 - Opera "Fra Diavolo" premieres in Paris
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kd5epa49Pnc"]YouTube - François Auber - Fra Diavolo - Ouverture[/ame]
in 1932 - Franz Xavier Arens, German composer and conductor, dies at 75.
in 1935 - Leonid Oleksandrovych Hrabovsky, Ukrainian composer and teacher, is born.
in 1935 - Mikhail Mikhaylovich Ippolitov-Ivanov, Russian composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 75.

in 1935 - Leonid Grabovsky, composer is born
in 1936 - Jack Scott, vocalist (My True Love) is born
in 1936 - Robert Suderburg, American pianist, composer, conductor and teacher, is born.

in 1936 - Pravda criticizes Sjostakovitsj' "Lady Macbeth" opera
in 1936 - Bill Phillips (US country music singer) is born
in 1941 - King Tubby Osbourne Ruddock (reggae producer) is born
in 1942 - Pablo Luna y Carne, Spanish composer, dies at 61.
in 1943 - Brian Keenan, American soul/rock drummer and songwriter (Chambers Brothers), is born.
in 1943 - Dick Taylor, English rock guitarist and bassist (Rolling Stones, Pretty Things), is born.

in 1943 - Jean Knight, rocker is born
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8S46OE902tM"]YouTube - Mr. Big Stuff Sung by Jean Knight[/ame]
in 1944 - Martin Fried, rocker (Cyrkle-Red Rubber Ball) is born
in 1944 - John Tavener, composer (The Whale) is born
in 1944 - Brian Keenan, NYC, rock drummer (Chamber Bros-Time Has Come Today) is born
in 1944 - Arnold Muhren, Dutch pop bassist/singer (The Cats-Sailin' Home) is born

in 1945 - Robert Wyatt-Ellidge (UK singer; Soft Machine/Matching Mole/solo) is born
in 1946 - Rick Allen, American rock bassist (Box Tops), is born.

in 1947 - David Byron David Garrick (UK lead singer; Uriah Heep/Spice/solo) is born
in 1947 - Reynaldo Hahn, Venezuelan-French composer, conductor and music critic, dies at 72.

in 1948 - Corky Laing (drums, Mountain/West, Bruce and Laing) is born
in 1949 - Gustaf Lazarus Nordqvist, Swedish organist, composer and teacher, dies at 62.

in 1950 - Bob Hay (US songwriter, multi-musician; Squalls/Jolly Beggars/Noogeez/Supercluster/others) is born
in 1951 - William Nelson Jr. "Billy Bass" American funk bassist (P-Funk), is born.

in 1953 - Michael Day, rocker is born
in 1953 - Chris Carter (UK synthesist; Throbbing Gristle/Chris & Cosey) is born
in 1954 - Shawn Murray, American rock drummer (Mink DeVille), is born.
in 1956 - Peter Schilling, German synthpop singer/songwriter, and author, is born.
in 1958 - Dave Sharp, English rock guitarist and singer/songwriter (The Alarm), is born.
in 1959 - Viktor Joseph Keldorfer, Austrian composer and conductor, dies at 85.

in 1959 - Burkhard Dallwitz (German-born composer) is born
in 1960 - Jacques de Menasce, Austrian pianist and composer, dies at 54.

in 1962 - Austrian born violin virtuoso Fritz Kreisler died in New York City
in 1962 - Leslie "Sam" Phillips (US guitar, singer, songwriter, solo) is born
in 1963 - Dan Spitz, American rock guitarist (Anthrax), is born.
in 1965 - Jef Van Durme, Belgian pianist and composer, dies at 57.

in 1967 - Rolling Stones release "Let's Spend the Night Together"
in 1967 - Jan Lamb Hoi Fong (Chinese disc jockey, comedian) is born
in 1968 - DJ Muggs Lawrence Muggerud (US producer, DJ, Cypress Hill) is born
in 1968 - Rakim/William Griffin Jr (US rapper) is born
in 1968 - Sarah McLachlan, Canadian folk-pop singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, is born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJC4USrkLeI"]YouTube - Sarah McLachlan - Adia [Official Music Video][/ame]
in 1970 - Donald Tardy, US, death metal drummer (Obituary, Cause of Death) is born
in 1971 - Anthony Hamilton (US soul singer) is born

in 1974 - Ed Allen dies at age 76. American jazz trumpeter and cornetist; by 1910 he was playing in nighclubs and on riverboats which ran between New Orleans and St. Louis on the Mississippi River. In 1924 he moved Chicago and played with Earl Hines, also in a revue called Ed Daily's Black and White Show. He recorded extensively with Clarence Williams in the group later known as the LeRoy Tibbs Orchestra., also recorded in several bands of King Oliver's. He played in various dance bands through the 1930s and 1940s, then played with Benton Heath in New York City from the middle of the 1940s up until 1963. His last appearance on record was in England with Chris Barber in the 1950s. After 1963 his failing health resulted in retirement from music

in 1975 - Tanya Chua (Singaporean singer) is born
in 1975 - Lee Latchford- Evans (singer - Steps) is born
in 1976 - Rick Ross William Leonard Roberts II (US rapper; founded of Maybach Music Group) is born
in 1976 - Jarrod Montague (US drummer; Taproot) is born
in 1977 - Matt DeVries (US guitarist; Chimaira) is born
in 1977 - Joseph "Joey" Fatone (US singer; N'SYNC) is born
in 1977 – Tweety Raphael Brown (US singer; Next) is born

in 1980 - Nick Carter, singer (Backstreet Boys) is born
in 1980 - Brian Fallon (US lead singer, guitarist; The Gaslight Anthem) is born


in 1983 - Billy Fury Ronald Wycherley dies at age 43. One of Britain's finest pop singers from the late '50s to the early '60s, he remained an active songwriter until the '80s. He released his first hit "Maybe Tomorrow", in 1959. By March 1960, he hit the UK No.9 spot with his self penned "Colette", followed by "That's Love" and debut album The Sound Of Fury, which featured a young Joe Brown on lead guitar, with backup vocals by The Four Jays. He went on to have 29 chart hits including Wondrous Place; A Thousand Stars; Don't Worry; Halfway to Paradise; Jealousy; In Summer; Like I've Never Been Gone; When Will You Say I Love You; I'd Never Find Another You; Last Night Was Made for Love and Once Upon a Dream. He also appeared in the films I've Gotta Horse and That'll Be The Day. Billy had suffered with rheumatic fever, his health was slowly deteriorating and in '76 he underwent heart surgery and again later. In 1980 he was declared bankrupt, this forced him out of retirement, against medical advice he went back to work. His last public appearance was at the Sunnyside, Northampton, in Dec 1982. He recorded a live performance for the television show Unforgettable featuring six of his old hits. He died the following month (heart failure)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ae_ogriURVk"]YouTube - BILLY FURY- ONCE UPON A DREAM[/ame]
in 1985 - J. Cole Jermaine Lamarr Cole (US rapper) is born
in 1991 - Calum Worthy (Canadian actor, singer; TV/theatre/musicals/films) is born
in 1992 - Clark Tippet, dancer/choreographer, dies at 37

in 2000 - Thomas "Beans" Bowles dies at age 73. American sax player with Motown, band leader and freelance. He played on many top hits and originated the idea of the Motortown Revue, which took Motown's young talent on the road, spurring record sales and jump-starting careers. As well as playing with Marvin Gaye,Temptations, Martha Reeves, Four Tops, Mary Wells and other Motowners, he has also played with the likes of Bill Doggett, Johnny Ray, LaVern Baker and others (prostate cancer)


in 2003 - Keven "Dino" Conner dies at age 28. American singer with the R&B/hip hop musical group H-Town. He formed the group in 1992 with his twin brother Solomon "Shazam" Conner, and their long-time friend Darryl "G.I." Jackson. They had 9 R&B chart hits including their No. 1 "Knockin' Da Boots" off there 1993 album Fever for Da Flavor, which also made No.3 in the album chart (a sport utility vehicle ran a red light and crashed into the car he was a passenger in, which had just picked him up from the recording studio)


in 2003 - Stan Martin Stanley Martin Feuerman dies at age 64. American radio host, DJ; guests on his radio shows were the likes of Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett. He was also a M.C. for cabaret shows. His last radio position was as manager for New York's WQEW-AM (stroke)


in 2004 - Mel Pritchard dies at age 56. British drummer with the progressive rock band Barclay James Harvest. Mel and friend Les Holroyd were together at Derker Secondary Modern school where they joined a school band, then went on to form Heart and Soul and The Wickeds. The band gained a good reputation playing semi-professional gigs. They were both founding members of Barclay James Harvest in 1966 and stayed with the band throughout it's history, resulting in 23 studio and live albums between 1970-1997. Following the band's split, Mel worked with bassist Les in his band "Barclay James Harvest featuring Les Holroyd" (heart attack)


in 2005 - Jim Capaldi dies at age 60. English drummer; formed his first band at the age of fourteen and was soon recording with the Hellions. His next band was Deep Feeling which he shared with fellow 'Traffic' founder Dave Mason & 'Family' founding member Poli Palmer. The idea of Traffic was born while jamming late into the night with other bands in Birmingham after gigs. He was a member of Traffic in their 2 incarnations, from 1967 to 1968 and from 1970 to 1974. He and Steve Winwood wrote the lyrics of most of Traffic's best-known songs. Jim recorded his debut solo album, 'Oh How We Danced', during a gap in the band's career in 1972, and scored a U.S. singles chart entry with "Eve." He turned solo full-time when Traffic split in '74 and earned world respect in his own right with hits such as "Love Hurts", and "Its Alright". He drummed with several famous singers and musicians in his career, including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Alvin Lee, and Mylon LeFevre. In March 2004 he was inducted with Traffic into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, just five months before being diagnosed with terminal cancer. His last solo album was released in 2001 'Living On The Outside' (stomach cancer)

in 2007 - Karel Svoboda dies at age 68. Czechoslovakian composer of popular music, born in Prague. He became a member of the rock band "Mefisto" in 1963 where he played piano. Later, he composed music for the Laterna Magica theatre in Prague and for many Czech singers. In 1969 he wrote Lady Carneval for Karel Gott, a major Czech pop star and ended up writing a total of 80 songs for Gott. He went on to composed TV scores for the German channel ZDF for over 30 years and scores for almost 90 films and TV series. He also wrote scores for several musicals including "Noc na Karlštejne", "Dracula", "Monte Christo", and "Golem" (Karel was found dead from gunshot wounds in the garden of his villa, it is believed that he committed suicide)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ywdXA-AUT4"]YouTube - Karel Svoboda - ?ít[/ame]
in 2009 - Billy Powell dies at age 56. American longtime keyboardist of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. After majoring in Music Theory, he worked as a roadie for Lynyrd Skynyrd, until '72 when he became a full member as keyboardust. He suffered severe facial lacerations, almost completely losing his nose in the fatal plane crash of Oct 20th 1977. During the time between the plane crash and the Lynyrd Skynyrd reunion in 1987, he joined a Christian rock band named Vision, where his keyboard playing was spotlighted in their concerts. He played the Lynyrd Skynyrd 1987 tribute tour, and remained with the band until his death. Gary Rossington is now the only member from the classic lineup who continues to record and perform with the reunited band today (heart attack)

in 2010 - Alistair Hulett dies at age 57. Scottish-born Australian folk singer-songwriter, accoustic guitarist and revolutionary socialist; born in Glasgow, he and his family moved to New Zealand in 1968 where he established a reputation on the folk circuit. In 1971, at the age of 18, he moved over to Australia. For two years he sang his way around Australia's festivals and clubs before "going bush" for several years, where he began to write his own songs. After a two year hippy stint in India, he returned to Australia in 1979 and joined the punk band The Furious Chrome Dolls. By the early 80's Alistair was again performing folk material around Sydney and was a founding member of 5 piece punk folk outfit called Roarinng Jack. Their debut album, "Street Celtabillity", in 1986 reached No.1 on the local Indie charts. The band headlined major Australian rock venues as well as opening for overseas acts including Billy Bragg, The Pogues and The Men Thry Couldn't Hang. Their second album "The Cat Among The Pigeons" in 1988 was nominated for an Australian Music Industry Association (ARIA) award and was released in Europe. After the release of their third album, "Through The Smoke of Innocence", the band decided to call it a day despite another ARIA nomination. Alistair started out on his solo career releasing four albums and also collaborated with With Dave Swarbrick on 3 albums. His last album was "Suited and Booted" with The Malkies in 2008. Since the 90's he has lived in his native Glasgow, while regularly touring elsewhere in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand. He's played in various musical ensembles including most recently his band the Malkies (liver failure causes by aggressive metastatic cancer)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtAfIjRKUak"]YouTube - Alistair Hulett and Jimmy Gregory Internationale[/ame]



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29 JANUARY

in 1715 - Composer Georg Christoph Wagenseil was born.
in 1782 - Composer Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber was born.
in 1784 - Composer Ferdinand Ries was born.
in 1862 - Composer Frederick (Fritz) Theodor Albert Delius was born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEeMeW-kesg"]YouTube - Frederick Delius - Violin Concerto (1/3)[/ame]
in 1876 - Composer Havergal Brian was born.
in 1929 - Bernard Stanley Bilk, (Acker Bilk) bandleader is born. (1962 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Stranger On The Shore').
in 1933 - Sacha Distel French singer and guitarist is born.
in 1937 - Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded the famous "Song of "India".
in 1938 - James Jamerson, bass played, The Funk Brothers. is born. Played on many Motown hits by The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Martha And The Vandellas.
in 1943 - Tony Blackburn, is born. DJ on Radio Caroline and the first D.J. on BBC Radio One. (The first song played was 'Flowers In The Rain by The Move'). Blackburn was crowned 'King of the jungle' in 2003 after winning on the UK TV show 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here' set in the Australian outback.
in 1943 - Mark Wynter, UK singer, (1962 UK No.4 single 'Venus In Blue Jeans')
is born.
in 1944 - Andrew Loog Oldham, the first Rolling Stones manager is born. Oldham launched the Immediate label in 1965 which enjoyed 24 UK Top 50 hits.
in 1947 - David Byron, singer, Uriah Heep, (1975 UK No.7 album 'Return To Fantasy') is born.
in 1952 - Thomas Erdelyi, (Tommy Ramone), drums, The Ramones, (1977 UK No.22 single 'Sheena Is A Punk Rocker') is born.
in 1953 - Louie Perez, Los Lobos, (1987 UK & US No.1 single 'La Bamba' is born.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYIkfqHGN0k"]YouTube - "Mas y Mas" - David Hidalgo & Louie Perez featuring Richard Montoya and Fredo Ortiz[/ame]
in 1954 - Rob Manzoli, Right Said Fred, (1991 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘I’m Too Sexy’, 1993 UK No.1 album ‘Up’) is born.
in 1961 - Dave Baynton-Power, drums, James, (1991 UK No.2 single 'Sit Down') is born.
in 1961 - Eddie Jackson, Queensryche, (1992 UK No.18 single 'Silent Lucidity') is born.
in 1961 - Pauline Henry, singer. (1993 UK solo No.12 single with Bad Company song 'Feel Like Making Love', 1990 UK No.6 single with The Chimes, 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For'). [IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Peter/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msohtml1/02/clip_image002.gif[/IMG]
in 1962 - Marcus Verne, Living In A Box, (1987 UK No.5 single 'Living In A Box') is born
in 1962 - Warner Bros. Records signed Peter, Paul & Mary.
in 1964 - Roddy Frame, guitarist, singer, songwriter, Aztec Camera, (1988 UK No.3 single 'Somewhere In My Heart') is born.

in 1964 - The Beatles spent the day at Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris, France, The Beatles' only studio recording session for EMI held outside the UK. They recorded new vocals for ‘She Loves You’, ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and ‘Can't Buy Me Love’, after EMI's West German branch persuaded Brian Epstein that they would be unable to sell large quantities of records in Germany unless they were recorded in the German language. A translator coached John, Paul, and George, although their familiarity with the German language from their Hamburg days made things much easier.

in 1966 - The Bobby Fuller Four's "I Fought The Law" was released.
in 1967 - Jimi Hendrix and The Who appeared at The Saville Theatre, London, England. 20 year-old future Queen guitarist Brian May was in the audience.
in 1968 - Richard Battersby, drums, The Wildhearts, (1996 UK No.14 single 'Sick Of Drugs') is born.
in 1968 - during a tour of Australia and New Zealand, The Who, The Small Faces and Paul Jones appeared at the Town Hall, Wellington in New Zealand.
in 1968 - The Doors appeared at The Pussy Cat A Go Go, Las Vegas. After the show singer Jim Morrison taunts a security guard in the parking lot by pretending to smoke a joint, resulting in a fight. The police arrive who arrest Morrison and charge him with vagrancy, public drunkenness, and failure to possess sufficient identification. [IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Peter/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msohtml1/02/clip_image002.gif[/IMG]
in 1969 - Fleetwood Mac had their only UK No.1 single with the instrumental 'Albatross.'
in 1969 - The "Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour" debuted on CBS-TV.
in 1971 - Deep Purple kicked of a 21 date UK tour at Leeds Town Hall, Yorkshire. [IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Peter/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msohtml1/02/clip_image002.gif[/IMG]
in 1972, the triple album 'The Concert For Bangla Desh' went to No.1 on the UK album chart. Organised by George Harrison to raise funds for the people caught up in the war and famine from the area. The set featured; Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar and members from Badfinger.
in 1972 - Smokey Robinson left The Miracles.
in 1977 - Gwen Dickey former backing band for The Temptations, went to No.1 on the US singles chart as Rose Royce with 'Car Wash', a No.9 hit in the UK.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZa2lBNtgfI"]YouTube - Jay-Z Ft. Gwen Dickey - Wishing on a Star (1998)[/ame]
in 1979 - Emerson, Lake & Palmer disbanded.
in 1979 - 16-year-old Brenda Spencer killed two people and wounded nine others when she fired from her house across the street onto the entrance of San Diego's Grover Cleveland Elementary School. Spencer fired the shot's from a .22-caliber rifle her father had given her for Christmas. When asked why she did it, she answered “I don't like Mondays.” The Boomtown Rats went on to write and recorded a song based on the event.
in 1982 - Shakin' Stevens was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Oh Julie', the Welsh singers third UK No.1. Barry Manilow covered the song in the US.

in 1982 - flying Back from Cannes, France, Gary Numan made a forced landing after running low on fuel at an RAF base outside Southampton, the press ran stories that he had in fact crash landed on the A3057. [IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Peter/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msohtml1/02/clip_image002.gif[/IMG]
in 1983 - Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac married Kim Anderson a Warner Brothers Records promotion man. [IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Peter/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msohtml1/02/clip_image002.gif[/IMG]
in 1983 - Australian group Men At Work went to No.1 on the British and American singles and album charts simultaneously with 'Down Under' and 'Business As Usual'. The last artist to achieve this was Rod Stewart in 1971.
in 1989 - Marc Almond started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Something's Gotten Hold Of My Heart' with guest vocals from Gene Pitney, (who had a hit with the song in 1967.
in 1989 - Billy Joel sang the U.S. national anthem at Super Bowl XXIII.
in 1990 - touring the UK; Faith No More appeared at Edinburgh Network, The Psychedelic Furs and The Fat Lady Sings appeared at Liverpool's Royal Court and Erasure appeared at London Dockland's Arena.
in 1992 - American blues singer and guitarist Willie Dixon died of heart failure. Wrote the classic songs: ‘You Shook Me’, I Can’t Quit You Baby’, ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’, ‘I Just Want to Make Love to You’, ‘Little Red Rooster.’ Dixon was a major influence on The Rolling Stones, Cream, Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin. [IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Peter/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msohtml1/02/clip_image002.gif[/IMG]


in 1994, The Supremes' Mary Wilson was injured when her jeep crashed on a freeway and turned over just outside of Los Angeles, California. Wilson's 14-year old son was killed in the accident.

in 1996, George Michael had the UK No.1 single with 'Jesus To A Child', the singers sixth UK No.1 as a solo artist and the first single from his come-back album 'Older', (after lengthy litigation with his record company).
in 1996 - Garth Brooks refused to accept his American Music Award for Favorite Overall Artist. Brooks said that Hootie and the Blowfish had done more for music that year than he did.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20vwVBGLqTs"]YouTube - Garth Brooks More than a memory[/ame]
in 1998 - Paul Simon's musical "The Capeman" premiered in New York. The show opened three weeks behind schedule and to universally poor reviews.
in 2001, a New York based data company issued a chart listing sales of posthumous albums. The idea came about after radio stations wanted to distinguish between proper recordings when the artists were alive and CD's released after they died. Mike Shalett founder of SoundScan said there was only one problem. What to call the chart. The Top 5 chart had The Doors at No.5, Eva Cassidy at 4, Jimi Hendrix at 3, Bob Marley at 2 and 2Pac at No.1.


in 2002 - Dream Theater's album "Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence" was released.
in 2002 - Madonna and her daughter, Lourdes, went to the opening of an exhibition by fashion photographer Mario Testino at the National Portrait Gallery in London


in 2005 - Ciara feat Petey Pablo Goodies went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with her debut single. The eighteen year old R&B singer from Atlanta, Georgia, was just the eighteen years old. [IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Peter/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msohtml1/02/clip_image002.gif[/IMG]2006, Arctic Monkeys went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut album 'Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm Not'. The Sheffield-based bands album became the fastest-selling debut in chart history after shifting more than 360,000 copies in its first week of release.


in 2007 - KISS' Rock The Nation Live! DVD was officially certified double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

in 2009 - singer-songwriter John Martyn died in hospital in Ireland at the age of 60. The folk, blues and funk artist was widely regarded as one of the most soulful and innovative singer-songwriters of his generation and had been cited as an influence by artists as varied as U2, Portishead and Eric Clapton.


in 2009 - former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson made the largest ever leap to number one in US chart history, rising 96 places. Her single, My Life Would Suck Without You, rose from 97 to the top of the Billboard chart after selling 280,000 downloads in its first week of release. A clip from the video for the single was premiered in the commercial break of that week's episode of American Idol. [IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Peter/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msohtml1/02/clip_image002.gif[/IMG]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOi_wxypeGc"]YouTube - John Martyn - May You Never[/ame]
in 2010 - Sly Stone filed a $50m (£30.9m) legal claim against his former manager, alleging fraud and 20 years of stolen royalties. The 66-year-old funk musician of the 1970s group Sly and the Family Stone, claimed in the Los Angeles Superior Court that Jerry Goldstein diverted millions in royalties to fund a lavish lifestyle. [IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/Peter/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msohtml1/02/clip_image002.gif[/IMG]
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30 JANUARY

in 1647 - Konrad Hoffler, German gambist and composer, is born.
in 1694 - Joseph Joachim Benedict Munster, German composer, choirmaster and music theorist, is born.
in 1697 - Johann Joachim Quantz, German flautist, composer, flute maker and teacher, is born. Quantz was an innovator in flute design, and wrote a treatise on flute playing that is a still used as a reference for flute technique of the 18th century.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kscMWWHtoQU"]YouTube - Johann Joachim Quantz - Concerto in G-major for two flutes - Andante / Allegro assai (2/2)[/ame]
in 1710 - Vigilio Blasio Faitello, Italian tenor, violinist, composer and Kapellmeister, is born.
in 1724 - Ignaz Franz Xaver Kurzinger, German composer and musicologist, is born.
in 1752 - Joseph Matthias Kracher, Austrian composer, is born.
in 1756 - Josef Preindl, Austrian organist, composer, Kapellmeister, teacher and musicologist, is born.
in 1760 - Franz Xaver Partsch, German composer, is born.
in 1774 - Jean-Pierre Guignon, Italian-French violinist and composer, the last Roi des violons et des ménétriers of the French court, dies at 71.
in 1774 - Frantisek Ignac Antonin Tuma, Czech organist, gambist, theorbist, composer and Kapellmeister, dies at 69.
in 1789 - George Augustus Kollmann, German-English organist, composer and inventor (railway improvements), is born.
in 1797 - Johann Abraham Sixt, German pianist and composer, dies at 40.
in 1827 - Johann Philipp Christian Schulz, German composer, conductor and Kapellmeister, dies at 53.
in 1861 - Charles Martin Tornow Loeffler, French-American violinist and composer, is born.

in 1862 - German conductor Walter Damrosch was born in Breslau
in 1881 - Jaak Nikolaas Lemmens, Belgian organist, pianist, composer and teacher, dies at 58.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZw6Q2ZP7Xc"]YouTube - Jacques-Nicolas (Jaak-Nicolaas) Lemmens - Final in D major[/ame]
in 1890 - Karl Merz, German-American pianist, organist, composer, musicologist, and teacher, dies at 53. Merz was editor of Brainard’s Musical World.
in 1892 - Charles Trowbridge Haubiel, American pianist, composer, teacher and founder of the Composer's Press, is born.

in 1900 - Isaak Iosifovich Dunayevsky, Ukrainian violinist, composer and conductor, is born. Among many other works, Dunayevsky is known for his operettas and film music. He was a People's Artist of Russia, and received many other awards.
in 1911 - Roy Eldridge, influential American jazz trumpeter, whose style is known as one of the precursors of bebop, is born. Eldridge is in the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame.
in 1919 - Robert Suter, Swiss composer and teacher, is born.
in 1920 - Pal Jardanyi, Hungarian composer, musicologist and teacher, is born.
in 1921 - Bernie Leighton, American jazz pianist and bandleader, is born.
in 1925 - Jakab Gyula Major, Hungarian pianist and composer, dies at 66.
in 1927 - Friedrich Ernst Koch, German cellist, composer and teacher, dies at 64.
in 1928 - Ruth Brown, American R&B singer "Queen Mother of the Blues," is born. Brown received a Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
in 1928 - Mitch Leigh, American musical theater composer and producer, is born. Leigh is known for writing the music to Man Of La Mancha.
in 1933 - Richard Dufallo, American classical clarinettist and conductor, is born.
in 1936 - Horst Jankowski, German jazz and pop pianist and composer, is born.
in 1940 - David Johnson, American flautist, composer, teacher and performer of live-electronic music, is born.
in 1941 - Joe Terranova, American rock/pop singer (Danny and the Juniors), is born.
in 1942 - Marty Balin, American rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (Jefferson Airplane/Starship), is born.
in 1942 - Heidi Brühl, German pop singer and actress, is born.
in 1942 - Dries Holten "Andres," Dutch pop singer/songwriter (Sandra & Andres), is born.
in 1943 - Sandy Deane (Yaguda), American pop singer (Jay and the Americans), is born.
in 1944 - Lynn Harrell, American classical cellist and teacher, is born.
in 1945 - Robert Wittinger, Austrian-Hungarian composer and teacher, is born.
in 1945 - William Busch, German-English pianist and composer, dies at 43.
in 1947 - Steve Marriott, English rock singer/songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, drummer and harmonica player (Small Faces, Humble Pie), is born.
in 1947 - Martin Christoph Redel, Germand composer and teacher, is born.
in 1949 - William "Wak" King, american soul singer/songwriter, trumpeter, guitarist and synthesizer player (Commodores), is born.
in 1951 - Clifford Leon "Andy" Anderson, rock drummer (The Cure), is born.
in 1951 - Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins, English singer-songwriter, drummer, keyboardist, guitarist and actor (Genesis, solo work), is born.
in 1951 - Marv Ross, rock guitarist and songwriter (Quarterflash, The Trail Band), is born.
in 1954 - Alides Hidding, Dutch soft rock/pop singer-songwriter and guitarist (Time Bandits), is born.
in 1958 - Rob van Zandvoort, Dutch rock singer/songwriter and keyboardist (Jack of Hearts, Kecks), is born.
in 1959 - Mark Eitzel, American rock singer/songwriter, guitarist and bandleader (American Music Club), is born.
in 1959 - Jody Watley, American pop, R&B, soul singer/songwriter, keyboardist and producer, is born.


in 1963 - Francis Poulenc dies at age 64. French composer born in Paris and was a member of the French group Les Six. He composed music in genres including art song, solo piano music, chamber music, oratorio, opera, ballet music, and orchestral music. Critic Claude Rostand, in a July 1950 Paris-Presse article, described Poulenc as "half monk, half delinquent"/"le moine et le voyou"), a tag that was to be attached to his name for the rest of his career (heart failure)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cC4kJiTHTtQ"]YouTube - Poulenc Two Piano Concerto First Movement[/ame]
in 1967 - Bill Leverty, American rock guitarist, songwriter and producer (Firehouse), is born.
in 1969 - Beatles perform their last gig together, a 42-minute free concert on the roof of their Apple building.
in 1972 - Karel Boleslav Jirak, Czech-American composer, conductor, music theorist and teacher, dies two days after his 81st birthday. After working in Germany and Czechoslovakia for several years, Jirak emigrated to the US in 1947.
in 1975 - Boris Blacher, influential German composer and teacher, dies at 72.
in 1976 - Jesse "Lone Cat" Fuller, American blues and folk singer/songwriter and one man band (multi-instrumentalist exraordinaire), inventor of the fotdella, dies at 80. (I saw one site that says he died on the 29th, but I'm going with the 30th, since I didn't get him in yesterday.)
in 1976 - Mance Lipscomb, American blues singer/songwriter and guitarist, dies at 80.


in 1978 - Greg Herbert dies at age 30. American saxophone player who played with many of the greats including, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Pat Martino, Woody Herman, Harold Danko, Blood Sweat & Tears, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, and Chuck Israels' National Jazz Ensemble and many others (died of an accidental drug overdose while on tour in Europe with Blood Sweat & Tears)

in 1980 - Professor Longhair/Roy "Bald Head" Byrd /Henry Roeland Byrd dies at age 61. US New Orleans blues singer and pianist. He was noted for his unique piano style, which he described as "a combination of rumba, mambo, and Calypso", and his unusual, expressive voice, described once as "freak unique". He was called the Bach of Rock and Roll for the clarity, varied and extremely accurate and "funky" syncopation, and the beautiful tone of his piano playing. He had only one national commercial hit, "Bald Head" in 1950, and he lacked the crossover appeal for the white audience of Fats Domino. But his rollicking, idiosyncratic, rumba-based piano and exuberant singing made him one of New Orleans biggest rock stars. His signature song, "Mardi Gras in New Orleans" is still the theme song of New Orleans Mardi Gras, which he recorded in 1949 (heart attack)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMugCUDDxL0"]YouTube - Professor Longhair - Hey Little Girl[/ame]
in 1982 - Sam "Lightnin" Hopkins dies at age 70. US blues guitarist, singer; His distinctive style often included playing, in effect, bass, rhythm, lead, percussion, and vocals, all at the same time. His musical phrasing would often include a long low note at the beginning, the rhythm played in the middle range, then the lead in the high range. By playing this quickly - with occasional slaps of the guitar - the effect of bass, rhythm, percussion and lead would be created. He influenced many guitarists including Jimi Hendrix. It has been estimated that he recorded between 800 and 1000 songs during his career, including his hits such as "Mojo Hand", "T-Model Blues" and "Tim Moore's Farm" (cancer)

in 1982 - Riccardo Nielsen, Italian classical composer and teacher, dies at 73.


in 1984 - Luke Kelly dies at age 43. Irish folk singer, banjo player, founder member of The Dubliners; he relocated to England in 1958 to look for work. The first folk club he came across was in Newcastle upon Tyne in early 1960. He started memorising songs and brought a banjo to play sessions in McReady's pub. The folk revival was under way in England, at the centre of it was Ewan MacColl who scripted a radio programme called Ballads and Blues. The skiffle craze had also injected a certain energy into folk singing. Luke started busking and returned to Dublin in 1962. That same year Luke along with Ronnie Drew, Ciaran Bourke and Barney McKenna formed "The Ronnie Drew Group", playing regularly in O'Donoghue's Pub. They changed their name due to Drew's unhappiness with the name, coinciding with the fact that Kelly was reading Dubliners by James Joyce at the time. In 1964 Luke Kelly left the group for nearly two years, he went back to London and became involved in Ewan MacColl's "gathering". The Critics, as it was called, was formed to explore folk traditions and help young singers. He greatly admired MacColl and saw his time with The Critics as an apprenticeship. Back with The Dubliners, Luke was more of the balladeer in the band, and he played chords on the five-string banjo and sang many defining versions of traditional songs like "The Black Velvet Band", "Whiskey in the Jar", "Home Boys Home". On June 30th 1980 during a concert in the Cork Opera House, Luke collapsed on the stage, a brain tumour was diagnosed. He continued to tour with the Dubliners after enduring an operation, but his health sadly deteriorated further. The Ballybough Bridge in the north inner city of Dublin has been renamed the "Luke Kelly Bridge" and in November 2004, the Dublin city council voted unanimously to erect a bronze statue of Luke (On his autumn tour in 1983 he came off the stage, ill, in Traun, Austria and again in Mannheim, Germany. He had to cancel the tour of southern Germany and after a short stay in hospital in Heidelberg was flown back to Dublin. After an operation he spent Christmas with his family but was taken into hospital in the New Year, where this time he died)

in 1986 - Ticker Freeman, American pianist, songwriter and arranger, dies at 74.
in 1994 - Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, American jazz trumpeter and singer, cultural hero of the gay rights movement (International Sweethearts of Rhythm), dies at 86.
in 1994 - Byron "Wild Child" Gipson, American blues and R&B singer, guitarist and pianist, dies at 64.
in 1995 - George Richard James, American jazz saxophonist, composer, multi-instrumentalist (he played many of the reed instruments) and bandleader, dies at 88.


in 1998 - Richard Cassilly dies at age 70. American operatic tenor born in Washington D.C.; he entered the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University where he studied singing with Hans Heinz. He went on have a major international opera career between 1954 and 1990. One of his generation's leading tenors, a mainstay in the heldentenor repertory in opera houses around the world for 30 years and particularly excelled in Wagnerian roles like Tristan, Siegmund and Tannhäuser, and in dramatic parts that required both stamina and vocal weight, such as Giuseppe Verdi's "Otello" and Camille Saint-Saëns's "Samson". He was also an admired Don José in Carmen and sang almost all of the leading Puccini tenor roles. (A few days prior to his death he fell on the ice hitting his head. It was thought to be a mild concussion but the fall had caused a cerebral hemorrhage which was fatal)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXFlJIdFuhc"]YouTube - Shirley Verrett & Richard Cassilly "L'aborrita rivale" Aida[/ame]
in 2002 - Carlo Karges dies at age 50. German musician; guitar, keyboards, songwriter; he began as a student to play guitar and to compose songs. After he had gathered experience playing live in several different groups, including Tomorrows’ It Poison and Release Music Orchestra, by 1971 he was the guitarist and keyboardist and founding member of Novalis. In 1981 he joined Gabriele "Nena" Kerner in establishing Nena. Karges co-wrote their most famous song, "99 Luftballons" (liver failure)

in 2004 - Malachi Favors/Malachi Favors Maghostut dies at age 76. US avant-garde jazz double bass player, but also played the electric bass guitar, banjo, zither, gong, and other instruments. He is most associated with bebop, hard bop, free jazz and best known for his work with the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Early performances included work with Dizzy Gillespie and Freddie Hubbard, one of his earliest recordings was with Chicago pianist Andrew Hill in 1957. He began working with Roscoe Mitchell in 1966; this group eventually became the Art Ensemble of Chicago. He also worked outside the group, with artists including Sunny Murrary, Archie Shepp, and Dewey Redman. (pancreatic cancer)


in 2005 - Martyn Bennett dies at age 33. Scottish-Canadian musician, born in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. He played the Great Highland bagpipes, Scottish smallpipes, violin, piano and was extremely influential in the evolution of modern Celtic Fusion, a blending of traditional Celtic and modern music. He performed at the world premiere party for the film Braveheart. His composition, Mackay's Memoirs, was played at the opening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999 by the band of Broughton High School, the album Mackay's Memoirs was recorded by Broughton High School the morning after his death. His last album in 2003, Grit, was recorded during his brave struggle with cancer and marks a drastic change in his sound since, as he became too weak to play his instruments and had to rely entirely on samples and synthesizers in order to keep creating music (cancer)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFGMR5DaUto"]YouTube - Move - Martyn Bennett[/ame]
in 2005 - Wes Wehmiller dies at age 33. US bassist; at high school, he was an award-winning member of the Delaware All State Jazz Band, receiving the Delaware Music Educators' "Award of Distinction.". He worked with many other musicians in L.A. before founding his own band "I, Claudius". When bassist John Taylor bowed out of Duran Duran in 1997, he took his place, touring and performing on television with the band until 2001. After which he worked with Warren Cuccurullo, Missing Persons, and several other L.A. bands. In 2004, he played with Mike Keneally (thyroid cancer)

in 2009 - Mike Francis dies at age 47. Italian pop musician; he formed his first band at age 14 with schoolmates from l'Istituto di Studi Americano in Rome. He had his first hit with "Survivor" in 1982 and went on to record ten studio albums, he recorded his last album "Inspired" in 2007. A best of album, "The very best of Mike Francis (All was missing)" have just been released (sadly lost his battle with lung cancer)


in 2010 - Antiochos Evangelatos II dies at age 24. Greek rap artist (cardiac arrest)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sokkDPzg53E"]YouTube - Antiochos - I stood as I came[/ame]




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in 1573 - Ambrosius Metzger, German composer, Meistersinger and musical scholar, is born.
in 1679 - Jean-Baptiste Lully's opera Bellérophon premieres in Paris.
in 1690 - Gottfried Heinrich Stolzel, German composer and Kapellmeister, is born.
in 1734 - Julien Amable Mathieu, French violinist, composer and music master of the royal chapel, is born.
in 1759 - François Devienne, French flautist, bassoonist, composer and teacher, is born. His Méthode de Flûte Théorique et Pratique of 1793 not only improved French wind music of the time, but is a source for understanding the flute technique and style of his period.
in 1784 - Carl Wilhelm Henning, violinist, composer, Kapellmeister and teacher, is born.
in 1788 - Francesco Zannetti, Italian composer, dies at 50.
in 1797 - Franz Peter Schubert, famous Austrian composer, is born. Schubert, who died at 31, is considered one of the greats of classical music.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtA9Js-22ko"]YouTube - F. Schubert - Serenade[/ame]
in 1798 - Karl Gottlieb Reissiger, German composer, Kapellmeister, and teacher, is born.
in 1836 - Henryk Szulc, Polish composer, is born.
in 1901 - Blaz Arnic, Slovenian composer and teacher, is born. Arnic survived the Dachau concentration camp, where he was sent for his political views.
in 1906 - Benjamin Frankel, British violinist, pianist, composer and arranger, is born.
in 1913 - Hector Iglesias Villoud, Argentinian composer, is born.
in 1915 - Bobby Hackett, American trumpeter, cornettist, guitarist and bandleader, is born.
in 1917 - Jose Maceda, Filipino pianist, composer, ethnomusicologist and teacher, is born. Maceda was a very important ethnomusicologist of the Phillipines, and wrote extensively on the subject, as well as making more than 2,500 hours of field recordings. He received numerous honors and awards during his life.
in 1921 - Carol Channing, American singer and actress, is born.
in 1921 - Mario Lanza, American operatic tenor, actor and pop singer, is born.
in 1922 - Heinrich Reinhardt, Austrian composer and music writer, dies at 56.
in 1928 - Chuck Willis, American R&B, blues and rock and roll singer/songwriter, is born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLzzsei_EyM"]YouTube - c.c. rider - CHUCK WILLIS[/ame]
in 1932 - Rick Hall, American R&B and country singer/songwriter, studio owner and producer, is born. Hall is known as the "Father of Muscle Shoals Music." His FAME studios have been the place where many many hits in pop music of all kinds were recorded.
in 1934 - Ron Weatherburn, English jazz pianist and bandleader, is born.
in 1935 - Bojidar Dimov, Bulgarian composer and teacher, is born.
in 1936 - Marvin Junior, American R&B, soul, jazz and disco singer, (The Dells), is born.
in 1937 - Philip Glass, important and influential American composer, is born.
in 1937 - Steve Karmen, American composer "King of Jingles," is born.
in 1942 - Gerald Chamberlain, American jazz, classical and musical theater trombonist, is born.
in 1944 - Charley Musselwhite, American blues singer/songwriter, harmonica player, guitarist, is born.
in 1945 - Noah Creshevsky, American composer and teacher, is born. Creshevsky is heavily involved in electronic music.
in 1946 - Terry Kath, American rock singer/songwriter, guitarist and bassist, is born. Always eject the round from the chamber!
in 1947 - Jim Nollman, American composer and nature/environmental activist and writer, is born.
in 1951 - Harry Casey, American disco, funk and pop singer/songwriter and keyboardist (KC and the Sunshine Band), is born.
in 1951 - Phil Manzanera, English rock guitarist, singer/songwriter and producer (Roxy Music), is born.
in 1953 - Aart Mol, Dutch rock bassist and songwriter (Catapult), is born.
in 1954 - Adrian van den Berg, Dutch rock guitarist, singer/songwriter and painter (Whitesnake), is born.
in 1956 - John Joseph Lydon "Johnny Rotten" English rock singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (Sex Pistols), is born.
in 1958 - Tom Schuman, American jazz keyboardist and composer (Spyro Gyra), is born.
in 1961 - Lloyd Cole, English rock singer/songwriter (Lloyd Cole and the Commotions), is born.
in 1966 - Al Doughty, English pop and rock bassist (Jesus Jones), is born.
in 1969 - Alexander Mikhaylovich Dzegelyonok, Russian composer, dies at 77.


in 1970 - Slim Harpo/Harmonica Slim/James Moore dies at age 46. Influential blues - R&B singer, known as one of the masters of the blues harmonica; the name "Slim Harpo" was a humorous takeoff on "harp," the popular nickname for the harmonica in blues circles. He began performing in Baton Rouge bars under the name Harmonica Slim. He later accompanied Lightnin' Slim, his brother-in-law, both live and in the studio, before commencing his own recording career in 1957. Named Slim Harpo by producer Jay Miller, his solo debut coupled "I'm a King Bee" with "I Got Love If You Want It." Influenced by Jimmy Reed, he began recording for Excello Records, and enjoyed a string of popular R&B singles which combined a drawling vocal with incisive harmonica passages. Among them were "Rainin' In My Heart", "I Love The Life I Live", "Buzzin'" (instrumental) and "Little Queen Bee". The Rolling Stones, Yardbirds, ZZ Topp and many other artists have covered his hits (heart attack)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtvL5_6BFd8"]YouTube - Slim Harpo - Baby Scratch My Back[/ame]
in 1972 - Howard Barlow, American conductor (The Voice of Firestone radio and television show), dies at 79.
in 1972 - Istvan Szelenyi, Hungarian pianist, composer and teacher, dies at 67.


in 1976 - Evert Taube dies at age 85. Swedish author, lute player, composer and singer, born in Gothenburg, and brought up on the island of Vinga, Västergötland. He is best known for his folk songs, and is widely regarded as one of Sweden's most respected musicians. Among his most famous songs are "Calle Schewens vals", "Min älskling (du är som en ros)", "Dans på Sunnanö", "Flickan i Havanna", "Änglamark'", "Så skimrande var aldrig havet" and "Så länge skutan kan gå". On his 60th birthday in 1950, Taube received the Bellman Award from the Swedish Academy and in 1960 he received an honorary doctorate from Gothenburg University. He was elected as a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 1970
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPAozeYf8M4"]YouTube - Evert Taube - Byssan Lull (1921)[/ame]
in 1978 - Greg Herbert, American jazz and rock saxophonist and flautist (Blood Sweat and Tears), dies at 30 of an overdose.


in 1981 - William "Cozy" Cole dies at age 71. American jazz drummer; he had a No.1 hit in 1958 with the record "Topsy Part 2", that contained a lengthy drum solo, and was one of the few drum solo recordings that ever made the Billboard Hot 100. His started out with Wilber Sweatman in 1928. In 1930 he played for Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers, recording an early drum solo on "Load of Cole". He went on to play/record with Blanche Calloway, Benny Carter, Willie Bryant, Stuff Smith's small combo, and 1 Cab Calloway. In 1942, he was hired by CBS Radio music director Raymond Scott as part of network radio's first mixed-race orchestra. He also appeared in music-related films, including a brief cameo in Don't Knock the Rock. (cancer)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBjVs-2aXw0"]YouTube - "Topsy Part I" Cozy Cole[/ame]
in 1989 - Akutagawa Yasushi, Japanese composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 63.
in 1997 - Eve Lister, English singer and actress, dies at 84.
in 1985 - Barbara Cowsill, American pop singer (The Cowsills), dies at 56.


in 1983 - Lorraine Ellison dies at age 51. African-American female soul singer, best known for her recording of the song "Stay With Me Baby" and "Heart Be Still" in the 60's. She originally sang with two gospel groups, the Ellison Singers and the Golden Chords, before moving to R&B in 1964. Her first chart entry was with a cover of Jerry Butler's "I Dig You Baby" in 1965. Ellison also recorded "Just a Little Bit Harder", a song later covered to more success by Janis Joplin. She signed with the Loma record label and recorded the soul classic "Stay With Me Baby" at a last minute booking, following a studio cancellation by Frank Sinatra (ovarian cancer)

in 1999 - Baris Manço dies at age 56. Turkish rock singer, composer, and television producer, one of the most influential Turkish musicians of all times. In his early career he and his bands contributed to the Turkish rock movement by combining traditional Turkish music with rock influences, which is still one of the main trends of Turkish popular music. He started out fronting bands like Kafadarlar and Harmoniler. In 1963, he moved to Europe, travelling around Paris and Liège, where he formed bands with local musicians and recorded some singles mainly in English and in French but also in Turkish. He toured with his band Les Mistigris in Germany, Belgium, France and Turkey until 1967. In 1972, Baris formed Kurtalan Ekspres, a legend by itself, the band that would accompany him until his death. He composed about 200 songs, some of which were translated into a variety of languages including English, Japanese, Greek, Italian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Persian, Hebrew and Arabic. He remains one of the most popular public figures of Turkey (died of a sudden heart attack before the release of his just finished last work Mançoloji, a double album)


in 2007 - Kirka Babitzin dies at age 56. Finnish singer; one of Finland's most famous and popular musicians. He won an accordion competition at the age of ten, but soon ditched the squeezebox for rock and roll music. His first band was The Creatures, which he joined in 1964. In 1967 he joined the band The Islanders, and went on to become a household name in dance halls and festivals all over Finland. He also recorded with Blues Section. His trademark was to be his powerful, throaty voice; simultaneously shrill and soulful, it is instantly recognizable to generations of Finnish music lover and was awarded the Emma award for best male singer twice, first in 1984 and then in 2000. (He died suddenly at his home of undisclosed acute illness)


2009 - Dewey Martin/Walter Milton Dwayne Midkiff dies at age 68. Canadian drummer and singer, best known for his work with Buffalo Springfield. He moved to Nashville in 1960 where he became a session drummer playing and recording with the likes of Carl Perkins, Charlie Rich, Patsy Cline, Everly Brothers, Faron Young and Roy Orbison among others. In 1963, he travelled to Los Angeles with Faron Young's band where he decided to stay. He first worked with a group called Lucky Lee & The Blue Diamonds. In November 1964, he recorded his first single, "White Cliffs of Dover". He aslo worked with Sir Raleigh & The Cupons; The Standells; MFQ; and The Dillards before becoming a founding member of notoriously volatile band, Buffalo Springfield, playing on all 3 of their albums. Since the band slit in 1968, he has played, toured, or/and recorded with New Buffalo Springfield, Medicine Ball, Electric Range, Pink Slip, The Meisner-Roberts Band and Buffalo Springfield Revisited. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Sadly a somewhat unheralded drummer, but it must be remembered in his era, he was an influentual drummer with unique skills, also well known for his many pranks, his battle with the demon drink and for having an incredibly kind soul (cause of death unknown)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd3Ekwh6R9U"]YouTube - Sir Raleigh And The Cupons - Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day[/ame]
in 2010 - Pauly Fuemana dies at age 40. New Zealander singer born in Otara, Auckland, NZ; Pauly, with friend Alan Jansson formed the duo Otara Millionaires Club aka OMC in 1995. Pauly fronted the project, while the music and tracks were created by both of them. OMC, with Sina Siapaia as the female backing vocalist released the single "How Bizarre" in New Zealand in 1995. It was an immediate smash hit reaching No.1. In 1996 "How Bizarre" went to No.1 in Australia, No.5 in the UK and No.1 in countries across Europe and much of the rest of the world. It was followed by their debut album, also entitled How Bizarre and the single "Right On". Their third single "On the Run" reached No.56 on the UK singles charts in 1997.. By mid-2000, OMC had broken up but Pauly used the group's acronym as a solo artist. They later re-formed in 2007, releasing the single "4 All of Us". (died after a short illness)
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1 FEBRUARY

in 1633 - Gabriel Schutz, German gambist, cornettist and composer, is born.
in 1669 - Miguel Lopez, Spanish composer, is born.
in 1690 - Francesco Maria Veracini, Italian virtuoso violinist, composer and conductor, is born.
in 1743 - Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni, Italian composer, dies at 85.
in 1789 - Hippolyte André Baptiste Chelard, French violist, composer and conductor, is born.
in 1790 - Charles Joseph Sax, Belgian musical instrument designer and maker, is born. It was Sax's son Antoine who went on to invent the instruments that bear their name.
in 1795 - Giacomo Insanguine "Monopoli" Italian organist, composer and teacher, dies at 66.
in 1801 - Adolf Fredrik Lindblad, Swedish composer, is born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNEWcqAuIJI"]YouTube - Adolf Fredrik Lindblad - Symphony No.2 in D-major (1/4)[/ame]
in 1818 - Giuseppi Gazzaniga, Italian composer, dies at 74. Gazzaniga composed 51 operas as well as some instrumental works, and is known as one of the last Italian composers of opera buffa.
in 1824 - Maria Theresia von Paradis, Austrian singer, pianist and composer, dies at 64.
in 1859 - Victor August Herbert, Irish-American cellist, composer, conductor and teacher, is born.
in 1871 - Alexander Nikoleyevich Serov, Russian composer and music critic, dies at 51.
in 1872 - Dame Clara Ellen Butt, English contralto, is born.
in 1875 - William Sterndale Bennett, English pianist, organist, composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 58.
in 1877 - Thomas Frederick Dunhill, English composer, musicologist and teacher, is born.
in 1877 - Joseph-Leon Gatayes, French harpist, composer, teacher, music critic and equestrian, dies at 71.
in 1879 - Sydney Baynes, English composer, arranger, conductor and bandleader, is born. I found three different dates for his birth; January 1st, January 2nd and February 1st, but all agreed on the year.
in 1880 - Antonio Guarnieri, Italian cellist and conductor, is born.
in 1880 - Francesco Balilla Pratella, Italian composer and musicologist, is born. Pratella was a champion of Futurism and was a collector of Romagnan folk music.
in 1881 - Jose Ignacio Quinton, Puerto Rican pianist and composer, is born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwHUuFRoTFs"]YouTube - J.Quinton - "El Coqui"[/ame]
in 1892 - Kurt Rudolf Mengelberg, Dutch composer and musicologist, is born.
in 1893 - Giacomo Puccini's opera Manon Lescaut premieres in Turin.
in 1894 - James Price Johnson, influential American jazz pianist, composer and songwriter, is born. Johnson was one of the originators of the "stride" style, which brought the piano from ragtime to jazz. His legacy to jazz piano is immense. Johnson is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame, the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame, and the ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame.
in 1896 - Giacomo Puccini's opera La Boheme premieres in Turin.
in 1902 - Carlo Borbolla, Cuban composer, musicologist and teacher, is born. Borbolla was a huge influence on the development of a native musical style for Cuba.
in 1902 - Salomon Jaoassohn, German composer, teacher and music theorist, dies at 70.
in 1906 - Pierre Cardevielle, French composer and conductor, is born.
in 1906 - Hildegarde Loretta Sell "Hildegarde," "The Incomparable Hildegarde," famous American cabaret and supper club singer, is born.
"Hers was the slickest nightclub act of all time." --Bobby Short
Liberace was also a huge admirer of her style and presentation. She's credited with starting the style of using just a single name for performers.
in 1907 - Mozart Camargo Guarnieri, Brazilian composer, conductor and teacher, is born.
in 1907 - Sándor Veress, Hungarian-Swiss composer, ethnomusicologist and teacher, is born. Veress is considered to be the most important Hungarian composer after Bartok. Various sites give his birth as either today or September 1st 1907.
in 1908 - Edward Staempfli, Swiss pianist, composer and cnductor, is born.
in 1918 - Franz Lehár's opera Wo die Lerche singt premieres in Budapest.
in 1922 - Renata Tebaldi, Italian spinto soprano, is born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFypui1xKlk"]YouTube - Renata Tebaldi - O mio Babbino caro (Concert)[/ame]
in 1928 - Ursula Mamlok, German-American composer and teacher, is born. Mamlok has received numerous awards for her compositions.
in 1929 - August Halm, German composer, teacher, musicologist and theologian, dies at 59.
in 1934 - Bob Shane, American folk and pop singer, guitarist and banjo player (The Kingston Trio), is born. Shane is one of the founders of the trio, and the only surviving original member.
in 1937 - Don Everly, American rockabilly, country and rock & roll singer/songwriter and guitarist (The Everly Brothers), is born.
in 1937 - Ray "Eye Patch" Sawyer, American rock and country singer (Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show), is born.
in 1938 - Jimmy Carl Black, American rock drummer and singer (The Mothers of Invention), is born.
in 1939 - Del McCoury, American bluegrass singer/songwriter, guitarist and bandleader, is born. McCoury played with Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys, and has won 31 awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association.
in 1939 - Joe Sample, American jazz pianist and composer (The Jazz Crusaders), is born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peON5K7kOBE"]YouTube - Joe Sample - Melodies of Love[/ame]
in 1944 - Tommy Duffy, American doo wop singer (The Echoes), is born. This is not the same band as that from the UK of the some name.
in 1944 - Martin Lunssens, Belgian composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 72. Lunssens was Director of the Royal Conservatory of Ghent.
in 1945 - Ole Buck, Danish composer, is born.
in 1947 - Normie Rowe, Australian pop/rock singer (The Playboys), is born.
in 1948 - Rick James, American R&B, soul and funk singer/songwriter, bassist, keyboardist, drummer and producer, is born.
in 1949 - Herbert Stothart, American song writer, arranger, conductor, and composer, dies at 63. Stothart did a lot of work in film, and won an Oscar for his background music for The Wizard of Oz.
in 1950 - Mike Campbell, American rock guitarist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), is born.
in 1951 - Fran Christina, American rock drummer (Fabulous Thunderbirds), is born.
in 1951 - Rich Williams, American rock guitarist (Kansas), is born.
in 1957 - Dennis Brown, Jamaican reggae singer/songwriter and guitarist "Crown Prince of Reggae," is born. Bob Marley said that Brown was his favorite singer, and is the one who gave him the "Crown Prince" title.
in 1964 - Dwayne Rudolph Goettel, Canadian techno keyboardist and composer (Skinny Puppy), is born.
in 1964 - Jani Lane, American rock singer/songwriter, drummer, keyboardist and guitarist (Warrant), is born.
in 1968 - Lisa Marie Presley, American pop singer/songwriter "Princess of Rock 'n' Roll," is born.
in 1969 - Patrick Wilson, rock drummer, singer/songwriter, bassist and guitarist (Weezer), is born.
in 1970 - Blaz Arnic, Slovenian composer and teacher, dies one day after his 69th birthday. Arnic composed film scores, 9 symphonies, and many other works.


in 1971 - Harry Roy/Harry Lipman dies at age 71. British singer, swing clarinetist, bandleader; best remembered for having led a popular swing band in England and throughout portions of the British Empire during the 1930s. He and his brother Syd formed a band which they called The Darnswells. When the Original Dixieland Jazz Band left the Hammersmith Palais, they were replaced by the Roy Brothers Original Lyrical Five. They again changed name, becoming the Original Crichton Lyricals. At times, the band recorded as "The Lyricals", "Sid Roy's Crichton Lyricals", and "The Crichton Lyricals". Harry's band was very popular in London where they played all the better spots including the Alhambra; the London Coliseum; Rector's Club; Oddenino's; and the Cavour Restaurant. Harry and his band appeared in the film Everything Is Rhythm and again in the 1936 film Rhythm Racketeer, they also toured South America, the Middle East and other parts of the world.

in 1981 - Ernst Pepping, German composer and teacher, dies at 79.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZghNyZjDkWI"]YouTube - Ernst PEPPING - DEUTSCHE MESSE POUR CHOEUR A CAPELLA[/ame]
in 1981 - Geirr Tveitt dies at age 72. One of Norway's most prolific composers and talented pianist, born in Bergen. He won acclaim in continental Europe and elsewhere performing his own compositions. Through the summers in Nordheimsund he got in touch with the rich folk music tradition of the region, and this was to inspire most of his later music. Among his most famous works is the ballet "Baldurs Draumar" /Balder's dreams from 1938. The theme is from the saga about the god Balder. The score of this ballet was unfortunately lost during the bombing of London during WW II. Other famous music by Tveitt are the songs "Vi skal ikkje sova burt sumanatta" and "So rodde dei fjorden" and the first piece of Opus 151 "Vekomne med ære". . A major portion of his compositions were severely damaged in a fire and thought to be lost to posterity, but may be salvageable as conservation and recovery techniques become more sophisticated.

in 1986 - Dick James/Reginald Leon Isaac Vapnick dies at age 65. English singer, music publisher and founder of the DJM record label and recording studios. He joined the Henry Hall band, and made first radio broadcast in 1940. After World War II he continued to sing with top post-war bands, including Geraldo's. and was a part time member of The Stargazers, a popular early 1950s vocal group. He was the singer of the Robin Hood and The Buccaneers theme songs, "Robin Hood" and "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" from 1950s British TV, and was a friend and associate of renowned record producer George Martin. Dick entered the music publishing business in early 1963, he was contacted by Brian Epstein who was looking for a publisher for the second Beatles single Please Please Me. He originally established Northern Songs Ltd., with John Lennon and Paul McCartney, to publish Lennon and McCartney's original songs. Dick signed Elton John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin as untried unknowns in 1967, and formed DJM Records in '69, all of John's early releases up to 1976, were issued on the DJM record label. The label also carried Jasper Carrott, RAH Band and even John Inman. (heart attack)


in 1988 - The Cars officially announced they were disbanding.

in 1989 - Paul Robi/Paul Irvin Roby dies at age 57. American vocalist, born in New Orleans; he went on to become the lead tenor of the L.A group, The Platters in 1954. One of the most successful and romantic vocal groups of the 1950s, Robi stayed with the Platters for the next eleven years, and can be heard on all their many hits, including "Only You", "The Great Pretender", "Twilight Time", "Smoke Gets In Your Eye's" and "Harbour Lights". Along with the Platters, Robi was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. (pancreatic cancer)


in 1995 - Richard James Edwards "Richey James," Welsh rock guitarist and lyricist (Manic Street Preachers), disappears. Though there have been sightings reported since, he was officially "presumed dead" in November 2008.


in 2002 - Hildegard Knef dies at age 76. German actress, singer, writer, born in the city of Ulm; she enjoyed much success as a singer of German chansons, which she often co-wrote. In America she appeared on Broadway as “Ninotchka” in the Cole Porter musical, Silk Stockings. Hildergard is fondly remembered for the song "Für mich soll's rote Rosen regnen"/"It shall rain red roses for me", she is also well known for her version of the song "Ich hab noch einen Koffer in Berlin" /"I've got a suitcase left in Berlin"), of which she sold more than three million records in total. (breast cancer)

in 2003 - Ramón "Mongo" Santamaría dies at age 85. Afro-Cuban Latin jazz percussionist born in Havana, Cuba. He is most famous for being the composer of the jazz standard "Afro Blue," recorded by John Coltrane among others. In 1950 he moved to New York where he played with Perez Prado, Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Fania All Stars, and others. He was an integral figure in the fusion of Afro-Cuban rhythms with R&B and soul, paving the way for the boogaloo era of the late 1960s. His 1963 hit rendition of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbE7jf_Hp5w"]YouTube - Mongo Santamaria - Afro Blue[/ame]
in 2003 - Nancy Whiskey/Anne Alexandra Young Wilson dies at age 67. Scottish folk singer born in Bridgeton, Glasgow, and best known for her 1957 hit song, "Freight Train". While attending art school in Glasgow, she performed on the local folk club circuit where she met fellow singer and guitarist Jimmie MacGregor who introduced her to blues and hillbilly music. She took her stage name from a Scottish folk song, "Nancy Whisky". She was signed to Topic Records and moved to London in 1955. Although reluctant to surrender her reputation as a solo performer, she was persuaded to join the Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group to record Elizabeth Cotten's song "Freight Train". The record made the top five in the UK Singles Chart in 1957, and she also toured the United States with McDevitt’s group. "Freight Train" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. After a second, smaller hit, "Greenback Dollar", Nancy left the group to resume a solo career and marry musician Bob Kelly, who became a member of her backing group, the Teetotallers

in 2007 - Gian Carlo Menotti dies at age 95. Italian-American composer and librettist; he often referred to himself as an American composer, but kept his Italian citizenship. He wrote the classic Christmas opera Amahl and the Night Visitors among about two dozen other operas intended to appeal to popular taste. He won the Pulitzer Prize for two of them, The Consul in 1950 and The Saint of Bleecker Street in 1955 . He founded the noted Festival dei Due Mondi / Festival of the Two Worlds in 1958 and its American counterpart, Spoleto Festival USA, in 1977. In 1986 Gian commenced a Melbourne Spoleto Festival in Australia, which has now become the Melbourne International Arts Festival. In 1984 he was awarded the Kennedy Center Honor for achievement in the arts, and in 1991 he was chosen Musical America's "Musician of the Year" (He died in a hospital in Monte Carlo, where he had a home)


in 2007 - Whitney Lyon Balliett dies at age 80. American jazz critic and book reviewer for the New Yorker and was with the journal from 1954 until 2001. Born in Manhattan and raised in Glen Cove, Long Island, he attended Phillips Exeter Academy, where he learned to played drums in a band he summed up as “Baggy Dixieland”; he played summer gigs at a Center Island yacht club. He was drafted into the Army in 1946, interrupting his freshman year at Cornell University, to which he returned to finish his degree in 1951 and where he was a member of The Delta Phi Fraternity, before his job at The New Yorker (cancer)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKyOGupmyS0"]YouTube - Whitney Lynn singing Mighty to Save[/ame]
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in 1563 - Hans Neusiedler, German lutenist, composer and teacher, dies at approximately 54. Neusiedler also built lutes, and his beginner's book on lute playing is helpful in understanding lute technique of the period.


in 1594 - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina dies at age 67. Italian composer, organist; the most famous sixteenth-century representative of the Roman School of musical composition. He had a vast influence on the development of Roman Catholic church music, and his work can be seen as a summation of Renaissance polyphony. (died in Rome of pleurisy)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mdmco61Htk"]YouTube - Palestrina - Sicut Cervus[/ame]
in 1669 - Louis Marchand, French organist, harpsichordist, composer and teacher, is born. Marchand sounds like an unpleasant fellow, but his virtuosity on the keyboard was acknowledged by all.
in 1673 - Kaspar Forster, German singer, composer, Kapellmeister and cantor, dies at 56.
in 1714 - Gottfried August Homilius, German organist, composer, church cantor, and teacher, is born. Homilius is known as the primary exponent of the Empfindsamer Stil ("senstive style" of composition).
in 1748 - Christian Gottfried Thomas, German composer, writer and publisher, is born.
in 1750 - Johann Graf, German violinist, composer, conductor, Kapellmeister and teacher, dies at 65.
in 1773 - Vincenc Tomas Vaclav Tucek, Czech composer and Kapellmeister, is born.
in 1804 - Leopold Eugen Mechura, Czech composer, is born.
in 1822 - Jean-Baptiste Davaux, French violinist and composer, dies at 79.
in 1827 - Johann Nepomuk Kalcher, German organist and composer, dies at 62.
in 1840 - Louis Bourgault-Ducoudray, French pianist, composer and teacher, is born. Bourgault-Ducoudray was a collector of folk music, with a particular interest in that of his native Brittany. He also had a great interest in music of the Far East, and composed the first European music for gamelan.
in 1844 - Leander Schlegel, Dutch pianist and composer is born.
in 1847 - Jules François Blasini, Curacaos/Dutch pianist and composer, is born.
in 1856 - Makar Grigori Ekmalian, Armenian composer, teacher, choirmaster, and collector and arranger of folk songs, is born.
in 1873 - Leopold Fall, Austrian composer and conductor, is born.

in 1875 - Austrian-American violinist Fritz Kreisler was born in Vienna
in 1882 - Fabio Campana, Italian composer, dies at 63.
in 1883 - Mikhail Fabianovich Gnesin, Russian composer and teacher, is born.
in 1883 - Candelario Huizar, Mexican horn player, composer and teacher, is born.

in 1789 - French composer and organist Armand-Louis Couperin (a member of the great Couperin family of musicians, died at the age of 63
in 1901, Russian-American violinist Jascha Heifetz was born in Vilnius
in 1902 - Emanuil Mandlov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 42. Mandlov composed the firat Bulgarian opera, Siromahkinia.
in 1904 - Jose Enrique Pedreira, Puerto Rican composer and teacher, is born. Pedreira is remembered mostly for his danzas, and is in the Danza Composers Hall of Fame. He also received several other awards.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4CVuxUX6NQ"]YouTube - JOSE ENRIQUE PEDREIRA Mis Amores[/ame]
in 1908 - Renzo Rossellini, Italian composer, is born. Rossellini was the brother of the film director Roberto Rossellini, and composed scores for his films, as well as other works.
in 1908 - Pavel Sivic, Slovenian composer, is born.
in 1911 - Jean-Jacques Grunenwald, French organist, composer, teacher and architect, is born.

in 1911 - Swedish tenor, Jussi Björling was born in Borlänge
in 1912 - Burton Lane, American composer and lyricist, is born. Lane wrote the music for several Broadway shows, most memorably Finian's Rainbow. He was also a long time president of the American Guild of Authors and Composers.
in 1919 - Lisa Debeljevic-della Casa, Swiss soprano, is born.
in 1919 - Xavier Henry Napoleon Leroux, French composer and teacher, dies at 55.

in 1920 - Bill Brunskill (UK trumpet player) is born
in 1921 - Luigi Mancinelli, Italian celllist, composer and conductor, dies at 72.

in 1924 - Edward "Sonny" Stitt (American international jazz saxophonist) is born
in 1924 - Elfriede von Dassanowsky (Austrian-American singer, pianist, film producer) is born
in 1925 - Michel Paul Philippot, French composer, musicologist, acoustician, aesthetician, broadcaster, mathematician and teacher, is born.

in 1926 - Mimi Perrin (French jazz singer, pianist; Les Double Six) is born
in 1926 - David Whitfield (UK singer) is born
in 1927 - Stanley Gayetzky "Stan Getz," "The Sound," American jazz saxophonist, composer, bandleader and teacher, is born. Getz had a big role in bringing the bossa nova to the US and the world, including recording the album Getz/Gilberto which featured "The Girl From Ipanema." He's a member of the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame.
in 1927 - Richard Vance Maxfield, American composer, is born.
in 1928 - Alan Fluck, English music teacher, and writer on musical education, is born.
in 1929 - Reiner Bredemeyer, German composer, Kapellmeister and teacher, is born.
in 1932 - Arthur Lyman, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player and bandleader, is born. Lyman played on the tune "Quiet Village," which was the inception of what became the style known as "exotica." (One of my personal favorites.) He was known as "the King of Lounge music."

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAGKfaTZakQ&feature=related"]YouTube - Arthur Lyman Group - YELLOW BIRD[/ame]
in 1933 - Orlando "Cachaito" López (Cuban bassist; Buena Vista Social Club/others) is born
in 1934 - Brazilian pianist and composer Ernesto Nazareth died at the age of 70 in Rio de Janeiro
in 1937 - Martina Arroyo, American soprano, is born.
in 1937 - Tom Smothers, American comedian, singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born. Smothers was a California state champion gymnast on the parallel bars in his youth, and is extremely adept at yo yo tricks. "Mom always liked you best!"

in 1938 - Gene MacLellan (Canadian composer, singer) is born
in 1940 - Alan "Tea" Caddy, English rock guitarist (The Tonados), is born.
in 1941 - Serge Alexandrovich Tcherepnin, French composer, teacher and designer/builder of early synthesizers, is born.
in 1942 - Graham Nash, English rock singer/songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist and harmonica player (The Hollies, Crosby, Stills & Nash), is born. Nash is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

in 1942 - Bob Day/Bernard Colin Day (UK singer; Allisons) is born
in 1943 - Peter MacBeth, British rock bassist (The Foundations), is born.
in 1944 - Andrew Davis, British conductor, is born.
in 1944 - Ursula Oppens, American pianist and teacher, is born.
in 1945 - Ronnie Goodson, American doo wop singer (Ronnie & the Hi-Lites), is born.
in 1946 - Howard Bellamy, American country singer/songwriter, guitarist, mandolinist, and banjo player (Bellamy Brothers), is born.
in 1947 - Peter Lucia, American rock drummer (Tommy James and the Shondells), is born.
in 1948 Alan McKay, American funk, jazz, R&B and soul guitarist, songwriter and producer, (Earth, Wind & Fire, Al McKay's L.A. All Stars), is born.

in 1948 - Alan McKay (US trumpeter; Earth Wind and Fire) is born
in 1948 - Tony DeMeur "Ronnie Golden," English rock singer and guitarist (Fabulous Poodles), is born.
in 1949 - Tom Tripplehorn, American rock guitarist (Gary Lewis and the Playboys), is born.
in 1949 - Ross Valory, American rock bassist, singer, guitarist and keyboardist (Journey), is born.
in 1949 - Jetty Weels, Surinamese/Dutch pop singer (Sacha & Paul, Mai Tai), is born.
in 1951 - Alphonso Johnson, American jazz, funk and rock bassist (Weather Report, Bobby and the Midnites), is born. Johnson was one of the first musicians to use the Chapman Stick in performance.
in 1952 - Johann Babtist Thaller, German organist and composer, dies at 79.

in 1952 - William King (US R&B trumpet player, keyboardist; The Commodores) is born
in 1953 - Gustav Strube, German composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 85.

in 1953 - Louis Sclavis (French tenor & soprano sax/clarinet player) is born
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4CegAWlH8Q"]YouTube - Louis Sclavis "Lost on the way" : "un vent noir"[/ame]
in 1954 - Theodor Rogalski, Romanian pianist, composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 52.
in 1954 - Hansi Hinterseer (Austrian singer, actor, entertainer) is born
in 1957 - Phil Barney/Philippe Baranés (French singer) is born
in 1959 - Buddy Holly, Richard Valens and The Big Bopper all appeared at the Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, Iowa. This was all three’s last ever gig before being killed in a plane crash the following day.
in 1959 - David Parmley (US guitarist, vocals; Bluegrass Cardinals) is born
in 1960 - Jeno Huszka, Hungarian composer, dies at 84.
in 1961 - Adolf Vogl, German composer and writer on music, dies at 87.

in 1962 - The Beatles played their first professionally organised gig outside of Liverpool at The Oasis Club, Manchester. The group’s set started with their version of ‘Hippy Hippy Shake.’
in 1963 - Cliff Richard and The Shadows started a 14-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Summer Holiday'.

in 1963 - The Beatles played at the Gaumont Cinema, Bradford on the opening night of the nationwide Helen Shapiro UK tour. The Beatles were at the bottom of the six-act bill playing just four songs, ‘Please Please Me’, ‘Chains’, ‘Keep Your Hands Off My Baby’ and ‘A Taste of Honey.’
in 1963 - Eva Cassidy, Amercan jazz, blues, folk, gospel, country and pop singer, is born.

in 1964 - Charlie Heather (UK drummer; Levellers) is born
in 1965 - Jonny King (US jazz pianist; Christian McBride/Art Blakey/Kenny Garr -tt/others) is born
in 1965 - Ken White (US guitarist, vocals; New Tradition/Big Twang) is born

in 1966 - The Rolling Stones released '19th Nervous Breakdown' it peaked at No.2 on the UK singles chart.
in 1966 - Robert DeLeo (US bass; Stone Temple Pilots/Talkshow/Army of Anyone) is born
in 1967 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience played live on UK TV show Top Of The Pops performing 'Purple Haze.'

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lVU2NRCIQk"]YouTube - The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Purple Haze[/ame]
in 1968 - Simon Wickham-Smith (UK vocalist, experimental computer music) is born
in 1969 - Yoko Ono divorced her husband Tony Cox, Yoko was granted custody of their daughter Kyoko. John Lennon married Yoko the following month on 30th March.
in 1969 - Giovanni Martinelli, Italian spinto tenor, dies at 83.
in 1970 - Jaroslav Vogel, Czech composer, conductor and writer, dies at 76.

in 1971 - Ben Mize (US drummer; Counting Crows) is born
in 1972 - Sergio Blass "Sergio Gonzalez," American pop singer and actor (Menudo, Los Chicos), is born.

in 1972 - Dana International/Yaron 'Sharon' Cohen (Israeli singer) is born
in 1972 - Tego Calderón (Puerto Rican reggaeton artist) is born

in 1972 - during a UK tour Stevie Wonder appeared at the Manchester Odeon, England.
in 1973 - Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer injured his hands when his piano rigged to explode as a stunt, detonated prematurely during a concert in San Francisco.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6y1htz6jGE"]YouTube - Keith Emerson at Moogfest in NYC[/ame]
in 1974 - Barbra Streisand started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the theme from the film 'The Way We Were'. The single won an Oscar and a Grammy for 'Song of the year.'
in 1974 - The Carpenters started a four week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The Singles 1969-73', featuring 12 hits and the US No.1 'Top Of The World' it went back to the top of the charts on three other occasions.
in 1974 - Jean Absil, Belgian organist, composer and teacher, dies at 80.

in 1975 - Billy Mohler (US bassist; Jay Hodgson Group,/Jimmy Chamberlin Complex) is born
in 1977 - Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll "Shakira" Columbian pop singer/songwriter and producer, is born.

in 1977 - Heather Martin (American gospel singer; Virtue) is born
in 1978 - Eden Espinosa (American singer and stage actress) is born


in 1979 - Sid Vicious/John Simon Ritchie dies at age 21. English bassist with the legendary, influencial UK punk band the Sex Pistols. In 2006 he was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Sex Pistols. Born in London his musical career started in 1976 as a member of The Flowers of Romance along with former co-founding member of The Clash, Keith Levene, Palmolive and Viv Albertine. He appeared with Siouxsie and the Banshees, playing drums at their notorious first gig at the 100 Club Punk Festival in London's Oxford Street. According to members of The Damned, Vicious, along with Dave Vanian, was considered for the position of lead singer for The Damned but failed to show up for the audition. The song "Belsen Was a Gas" originates from this band, and was later performed live by the Sex Pistols, as well as Sid Vicious' solo act. He played his first gig with the Pistols on 3 April 1977 at the The Screen On The Green in London. His debut was filmed by Don Letts and appears in Punk Rock Movie. In Nov 1977, Sid met American groupie Nancy Spungen. Both the group and Sid visibly deteriorated during their 1978 American tour. The Pistols broke up in San Francisco after their concert at the Winterland Ballroom on 14 January 1978. With Nancy acting as his "manager", Sid embarked on a solo career during which he performed with musicians including Mick Jones of The Clash, original Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock, Rat Scabies of The Damned and the New York Dolls' Arthur Kane, Jerry Nolan, and Johnny Thunders. He performed the majority of his performances at Max's Kansas City and drew large crowds. His final performances as a solo musician took place at Max's. October 12th 1978, Sid claimed to have awoken from a drugged stupor to find Nancy dead on the bathroom floor of their room in the Hotel Chelsea in Manhattan, New York. She had suffered a single stab wound to her abdomen and appeared to have bled to death. On October 22 1978, ten days after Nancy's death, he attempted suicide by slicing his wrist and subsequently became a patient at Bellevue Hospital. (Sid died of a heroin overdose, most possibly suicide. He had been partying in a New York flat to celebrate his release on $50,000 (£29,412) bail pending his trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, the previous October. A few days after his cremation, his mother found a suicide note in the pocket of his jacket: "We had a death pact, and I have to keep my half of the bargain. Please bury me next to my baby in my leather jacket, jeans and motorcycle boots. Goodbye")

in 1980 - The Specials were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Special A.K.A. Live E.P'. The lead track 'Too Much Too Young' was the shortest song to reach No.1 on the UK singles chart in the 1980s at 2'04".

in 1980 - Gucci Mane/Radric Davis (US rapper) is born

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