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in 1497- John Ockeghem, Flemish singer, composer and teacher, dies at 79.
in 1673 - Maximilian Dietrich Freisslich, German composer and Kapellmeister, is born.
in 1695 - Andre Cheron, French organist, harpsichordist, composer, music theorist and teacher, is born.
in 1705 - Johann Matthias Leffloth, German organist and composer, is born.
in 1725 - Johann Philipp Krieger, German organist, composer and Kapellmeister, dies at 75.
in 1793 - Pietro Rovelli, Italian violinist, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1798 - Niels Schiorring, Danish harpsichordist, composer and royal chamber musician (Kammermusikus), is born.
in 1807 - Hans Matthison-Hansen, Danish organist and composer, is born.
in 1807 - General John Reid, Scottish soldier, flautist and composer, who helped quash the '45, served as an officer of the 42nd Highlanders in North America, and later endowed the music chair at the University of Edinburgh, dies at 85. Reid composed The Garb of Old Gaul, a famous slow march used by many Scottish regiments.
in 1851 - Robert Schumann's 3rd Symphony Rhenisch premieres in Düsseldorf.


in 1859 - Johannes Josephus Viotta, Dutch pianist, organist, composer and conductor, dies at 45.
in 1878 - Waclaw Gieburowski, Polish composer, choir conductor and teacher, is born.


in 1900 - Roy Smeck, American ukulele, guitar, steel guitar and banjo player, is born. Smeck was known as the "Wizard of the Strings," and wrote several instruction books. He was a master of all the instruments named, but was especially known as a ukulele virtuoso. He's in the National Four-String Banjo Hall of Fame.


in 1902 - George Brunies (American jazz trombonist; New Orleans Rhythm Kings) is born
in 1903 - Claudio Arrau León, Chilean piano virtuoso, is born. Arrau was considered one of the great pianists of the 20th century, and recieved numerous awards and honors.


in 1909 - Israel Citkowitz, Polish-American pianist, composer, teacher and critic, is born.
in 1916 - Bill Doggett, US pianist is born (1956 US No.2 single 'Honky Tonk Parts I & II').
in 1917 - Arthur Gold, Canadian pianist, half of the famous piano duo of Gold and Fizdale, is born. Gold and Fizdale also wrote biographies and a cookbook together.
in 1917 - Liberato Firmino Sifonia, Italian composer, teacher and conservatory director, is born.
in 1923 - Maurice Le Roux, French composer and orchestrator, is born. Le Roux seems to have worked exclusively on film and television scores.

in 1926 - Nancy Overton (US singer; The Chordettes) is born
in 1932 - Heinz-Klaus Metzger (German music critic, theorist) is born
in 1927 - Daniël F Scheurleer, Dutch musicologist and banker, dies at 71.
in 1929 - Siegfried Ochs, German composer and choir leader, dies at 70.

in 1934 - Eddie Hazell (American jazz singer-guitarist) is born
in 1936 - Donnie Brooks /John Dee Abohosh, american rockabilly/pop singer, is born. Brooks is in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
in 1938 - Ellsworth Milburn, American jazz pianist, classical composer and teacher, is born.
in 1941 - Stephen Albert, American composer and teacher, is born. Albert won a Pulitzer Prize for his Symphony No. 1 RiverRun.

in 1941 - Dave Berry, singer, (1964 UK No.5 single 'The Crying Game').
in 1942 - John Carl Kuehne "John London" American rock bassist and songwriter (The Monkees, First National Band), is born.
in 1943 - Fabiano Anthony Forte "Fabian" American pop singing idol and actor, is born.
in 1944 - Willie Tee /Wilson Turbinton (American singer, songwriter;The Wild Magnolias) is born


in 1945 - Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley is born, singer/songwriter and guitarist who had a 1981 UK No.8 single with ‘No Woman No Cry’, plus over ten other UK Top 40 singles and the 1976 US No.8 & UK No. 15 album ‘Rastaman Vibration’. Marley died of cancer on May 11th 1981. The 1984 ‘Best Of’ album spent 330 weeks on the UK chart. In 1990, February 6th was proclaimed a national holiday in Jamaica to commemorate his birth. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in in 1994. Marley’s album Exodus was chosen by TIME magazine in 1999 as the greatest album of the 20th century.

in 1945 - Lenny Williams (US singer, trumpet player; Tower Of Power) is born
in 1946 - Canadian folk singer Kate McGarrigle is born. Once married to folk singer Loudon Wainwright lll, Kate is the mother of singers Rufus and Martha Wainwright. She rose to prominence with sister Anna when they recorded together in the 1970s.

in 1946 - Richie Hayward (US drummer; Little Feat/others/sessions) is born
in 1947 -Alan Jones is born, sax, Amen Corner, (1969 UK No.1 single 'If Paradise Is Half As Nice' plus five other UK Top 40 hits).

in 1947 - Bill Staines (US singer, songwriter) is born
in 1950 - Natalie Cole, American R&B, soul and pop singer/songwriter, daughter of Nat King Cole, is born.
in 1949 - Mike Batt, English pop singer/songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist and producer (The Wombles), classical composer, is born.
in 1950 - Edwin Lionel "Punky" Meadows, American rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (Angel), is born.

in 1951 - Margo O'Donnell (Irish singer) is born
in 1954 - Scott "Top Ten" Kempner, American rock guitarist (The Dictators, The Del-Lords), is born.
in 1956 - Jerry Marotta, American rock and session drummer (Orleans, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Indigo girls, The Tony Levin Band), is born.

in 1957 - Simon Phillips (UK drummer, sessionist; Toto/Who/Mick Jagger/Nik Kershaw/many others) is born
in 1958 - George Harrison joined Liverpool group The Quarrymen. The group who were named after Lennon's school featured John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Len Garry, Eric Griffiths and John Lowe.

in 1960 - Jesse Lorenzo Belvin dies at age 27. American R&B singer, pianist and songwriter born in Texarkana, Texas, and moved with his family to Los Angeles at the age of five. In 1950 he joined saxophonist Big Jay McNeely's backing vocal quartet, Three Dots and a Dash, and featured prominently on their record releases. Popular in the 1950s, as asolo artist, his biggest hit "Goodnight My Love", which he co-wrote reached No.7 on the R&B chart. The piano on the session was reportedly played by the 11 year old Barry White. Other hits included "Blues in the Night", "In the Still of the Night", and "Makin' Whoopee" (shortly after finishing a performance in Little Rock on a bill with Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, and Marv Johnson, Belvin and his wife were killed in a head-on collision at Hope, Arkansas. The concert was the first concert played before an integrated audience in the history of Little Rock)


in 1962 - Richard Vance "Richie" McDonald, American country singer/songwriter, guitarist and pianist (Lonestar), is born.
in 1962 - William Bruce Rose Jr. "Axl Rose" American rock singer/songwriter, keyboardist and guitarist (L.A. Guns, Guns N' Roses), is born.
in 1961 - Archibald T Davison, American composer, choral conductor, musicologist and teacher, dies at 77.
in 1963 - Werner Erich Josten, German-American composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 77.

in 1963 - Dave Rotheray (UK guitar, Beautiful South) is born
1965 - The Righteous Brothers started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the Phil Spector produced 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'. The song was also No.1 in the UK for the duo (who were not related in any way).
in 1964 - Gordon Downie (Canadian singer, guitarist; The Tragically Hip) is born
in 1965 - The Rolling Stones second album 'Rolling Stones No.2' started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK charts.


in 1966 - Rick Astley, English pop singer/songwriter, guitarist, drummer and keyboardist, the delight of Rickrollers everywhere, is born. "Never gonna let you down." (1987 UK & US No.1 single 'Never Gonna Give You Up', UK biggest seller of 87. Scored 7 other UK Top 10 hits, 1987 UK No.1 album 'Whenever You Need Somebody' 34 weeks on UK chart.)


in 1966 - Johan Algot Haquinius, Swedisn pianist and composer, dies at 79.

in 1967 - Anita Cochran /Anita Renee Cockerham (US country music singer) is born
in 1967 - Izumi Sakai /Sachiko Kamachi (Japanese singer-songwriter; Zard) is born

in 1968 - Akira Yamaoka (Japanese composer) is born

in 1969 - Masaharu Fukuyama (Japanese singer) is born
in 1970 - Eric Clapton played the first of two nights at The Fillmore East in New York City.

in 1973 - Nick Stabulas dies at age 43. American jazz drummer born near Great Neck, New York; he first worked in commercial music, then joined Phil Woods from 1954 to 1957. He did extensive work as a sideman in the 1950s, with Jon Eardley 1955-56, Jimmy Raney 1955-57, Eddie Costa 1956, Friedrich Gulda 1956, George Wallington 1956-57, Al Cohn 1956-57, 1960, Gil Evans 1957, Zoot Sims 1957, Mose Allison 1957-58, Carmen McRae 1958, and Don Elliott 1958. In the 1960s he worked with Chet Baker, Kenny Drew, Bill Evans, and Lennie Tristano. He was active into the 1970s (car crash)

in 1976 - Vince Guaraldi dies at age 47. American jazz pianist, composer, songwriter, bandleader, born in San Francisco, California. He graduated from Lincoln High School, attended San Francisco State University, and served as an Army cook in the Korean War. His first recording was made in Nov 1953 with Cal Tjader released in 1954, the early 10 inch LP was called The Cal Tjader Trio, included "Chopsticks Mambo", "Vibra-Tharpe", and "Lullaby of the Leaves." By 1955, Vince had his own trio with Eddie Duran and Dean Reilly. His 1962 album, Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus, which produced the single "Samba de Orpheus", but it was the flip side, his "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" which won him the grammy for Best Original Jazz Composition. Vince went on to compose scores for sixteen Peanuts television specials, plus the feature film A Boy Named Charlie Brown as well as the unaired television program of the same name (sadly died of a heart attack in his room at the Red Cottage Inn, where he had been relaxing between sets at Butterfield's Nightclub in Menlo Park, CA, he had just finished recording the soundtrack for "It's Arbor Day, Charlie Brown" earlier that afternoon)

in 1975 - Tomoko Kawase (Japanese singer) is born
in 1976 - T Rex appeared at St Albans City Hall during a 15 date UK tour.
in 1976 - Vince Guaraldi, American jazz pianist, singer/songwriter, guitarist and composer, dies at 47. Guaraldi composed the music for the Peanuts animated television specials.

in 1979 - Dan Balan (Moldovan singer; O-Zone) is born
in 1981 - Jens Lekman (Swedish vocalist, guitar, ukulele) is born
in 1981 - Shim Eun Jin (Korean singer; Baby V.O.X / solo) is born


in 1981 - Hugo Montenegro dies at age 55. American orchestra leader and composer of film soundtracks. His best known work is derived from interpretations of the music from Spaghetti Westerns, especially his 1968 rendition of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly which reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100, No.3 in the Canadian charts, and topping the UK Singles Chart for four weeks. Born in New York and after serving in the navy, he studied composition at Manhattan College while leading his own band for school dances. By the middle 1950s, he was directing, conducting, and arranging the orchestra for Eliot Glen and Irving Spice on their Dragon and Caprice labels. He moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960s where he began working for RCA records, producing a series of albums and soundtracks for motion pictures and television themes, such as two volumes of Music From The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Following the success of his albums, he was contracted by Columbia Pictures where he did such films as Hurry Sundown and two Matt Helm pictures. Hugo was also contracted to Columbia's television production company Screen Gems where he is most famous for his theme from the second season of the television series I Dream of Jeannie, his theme song "Seattle" and music from Here Come the Brides and The Outcasts (emphysema)
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in 1982 - Kraftwerk were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Model / Computer Love', the first German act to score a UK No.1 single. The single spent 21 weeks on the UK chart.
in 1982 - The J Geils Band started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Centrefold', the bands only US No.1. A No.3 hit in the UK. The bands album 'Freeze- Frame' started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart on the same day.
in 1982 - Thin Lizzy drummer Brian Downey was hospitalised after being attacked after a gig in Belfast.

in 1982 - Tank Lu (Mandopop singer) is born
in 1984 - Piret Järvis (Estonian singer) is born

in 1986 - Undertones singer Feargal Sharkey's mother and sister were held at gunpoint by terrorists in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
in 1986 - U-Know /Jung Yunho (Korean singer, actor; TVXQ) is born
in 1987 - Gary Numan's record label 'Numa', closed down.
in 1988 - Tiffany started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Could've Been', a No.4 hit in the UK. Tiffany had recorded the song 5 years ago when she was 13.
in 1989 - King Tubby /Osbourne Ruddock dies at age 48. Jamaican Reggae producer, electronics and sound engineer, known for his influence on the development of dub in the 1960s and 1970s. His innovative studio work, which saw him elevate the role of record producer to a creative height previously only reserved for composers and musicians (shot and killed by unknown persons outside his home in Duhaney Park, upon returning from a session at his Waterhouse studio)


in 1990 - Billy Idol suffered serious injuries when he failed to pull up at a stop sign and crashed his Harley-Davidson motorbike into a car.
in 1990 - over 200 women filed court actions against Chuck Berry after it was alleged that he had been secretly filming them in the toilets of the restaurant he owned.
in 1993 - Little Angles went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Jam' their only UK No.1 LP. in 1994 - Chaka Demus and Pliers started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Tease Me.' 1996, ex Jam members Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler reached a high court settlement with Paul Weller after suing him for more than £100,000, after claiming they were owed royalties and group assets.

in 1994 - Norman Del Mar, English conductor, teacher, musicologist and biographer, dies at 74.
in 1994 - Ignace Strasfogel, Polish-American pianist, composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 84.


in 1995 - Arthur S Taylor Jr., American jazz drummer and writer, dies at 65.
in 1998 - Johann (Hans) Hölzel "Falco" Austrian rock singer/songwriter, pianist and guitarist, dies at 40 in a car accident.


in 1998 - Falco/ Johann (Hans) Hölzel dies at age 40. Austrian rock singer and bass guitarist, born in Vienna; he had several international hits: "Der Kommissar", "Rock Me Amadeus", "Vienna Calling"", Jeanny", "The Sound Of Musik", "Coming Home (Jeanny Part 2)" and (after his death) "Out Of The Dark". With "Rock Me Amadeus" he is the first and only artist to date whose principal language was German to score a number-one hit in the U.S. His estate claims he has sold 40 million albums and 20 million singles to date, which makes him one of the best selling Austrian singers ever (Falco died of severe head injuries received following a collision with a bus in his Mitsubishi Pajero near the resort of Puerto Plata, in the Dominican Republic)


in 1998 - Carl Wilson dies at age 51. American singer and guitarist with the Beach Boys; he took over as lead singer in 1965 and part running the band in 1966, and then fully in 1970. He is widely regarded to have had one of the finest voices in rock and his voice appears as a backing vocal on many recordings by groups and solo singers including Chicago's hit "Baby, What a Big Surprise", Chicago's Wishing You Were Here (with Al Jardine and his brother Dennis Wilson), Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" (with Bruce Johnston), David Lee Roth's hit cover of "California Girls," Warren Zevon's "Desperados Under the Eaves" and the Carnie & Wendy Wilson holiday track "Hey Santa!". He released a solo album, Carl Wilson, followed by Youngblood, in 1983. (lung cancer)

in 2001 - Guitarist Don Felder was fired from The Eagles. He would later launch a $50 million law suit against drummer Don Henley and guitarist Glen Frey, alleging wrongful termination and breach of implied-in-fact contract. Henley and Frey then countersued Felder for breach of contract, alleging that Felder had written and attempted to sell the rights to a "tell-all" book. Both parties settled out-of-court for an undisclosed amount.


in 2004 - US singer Faith Evans and her husband Todd Russaw agreed to enroll in a rehabilitation programme after facing drugs charges. Prosecutors said the charges for alleged possession of cocaine and marijuana would be dropped if they successfully completed the 13-week rehab scheme.
2005 - Athlete went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their second album ‘Tourist’. Kenny Chesney was at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Be As You Are.'


in 2005 - Eminem was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Like Toy Soldiers', the rappers 6th No.1, taken from the album Encore. The track featured samples from 'Toy Soldiers' by Martika and '50 Ways to Leave Your Lover' by Paul Simon. 2007, An exhibition of Kylie Minogue's stage costumes, awards and accessories was launched in central London. The display at the Victoria and Albert Museum showed her changing image from 1987 onwards, from the dungarees she wore as Charlene in the Australian soap Neighbours and the gold hot pants she wore in her Spinning Around video.


in 2005 - Sonny Day dies at age 80. American accordion player; an original member of Roy Acuff's Smoky Mountain, and was featured on original recordings of Acuff's signature hit, "Wabash Cannonball," and starred with Acuff in the film "Night Train to Memphis". He was frequent performer on the Grand Ole Opry, and also performed & recorded with Minnie Pearl, Patsy Cline, Tanya Tucker and Vince Gill. (bone cancer)


in 2005 - Lazar Berman dies at age 74. Russian pianist, one of the last of the Romantic tradition of Russian pianism; born in Leningrad, he entered his first competition at the age of 3, and recorded a Mozart fantasia and a mazurka that he had composed himself at the age of 7, before he could even read music. In the '50s he began to make his mark both behind the Iron Curtain and in the West. By the middle of the decade he was already much admired, pianist Emil Gilels described him as “the phenomenon of the musical world”. He toured Europe many times, eventually settling in Italy. His memoirs "The Years of Peregrination: Reveries of a Pianist." have been published in German and in Russian.

in 2005 - Karl Haas dies at age 91. German-American classical music radio host, whose distinctively sonorous voice and humanistic approach to making music appreciation contagious made him well-received by many. He began his radio program Adventures in Good Music on WJR in Detroit, Michigan in 1959. Syndicated broadcasts of the show across the United States began in 1970 on WCLV, a Cleveland, Ohio radio station. Eventually syndicated to commercial and public radio stations around the world, the show became the world's most widely listened-to classical music radio program. He also published a book, Inside Music. In addition to being a musicologist, he was also an accomplished pianist and conductor. Karl received the Charles Frankel Award of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1991. President George H. W. Bush personally presented the award to Haas at the White House. Haas also twice won the George Foster Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting. In 1997 he became the first classical music broadcaster to be named to the Radio Hall of Fame. HE IS THE MAN!



in 2007 - Frankie Laine /Francesco Paolo LoVecchio dies at age 93. Frankie Laine Americam singer born in Francesco Paolo LoVecchio in Chicago's "Little Italy" district, where his Sicilian father worked at one time as the personal barber for gangster Al Capone. Frankie was a member of the choir in the church of the Immaculate Conception's elementary school. He realized he wanted to be a singer when he skipped school to see Al Jolson's talkie picture, "The Singing Fool." His early influences included Enrico Caruso, Carlo Buti, (died of heart failure after hip replacemnt surgery, at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego)

in 2007 - Francesco Paolo LoVecchio "Frankie Lane" American singer/songwriter and actor, dies at 93. Lane sang in many styles; pop, jazz, country and gospel among them. He also had several nick names; "Old Leather Lungs," and "Mr. Steel Tonsils" were a couple. He's in the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.

in 2008 - a Los Angeles judge issued a restraining order against Britney Spears' manager, after her mother made the request to the court. Lynne Spears claimed Sam Lutfi, 33, had drugged the troubled pop star and interfered with her finances. In a six-page declaration, Lynne Spears said Mr Lutfi "moved into Britney's home and has purported to take control of her life, home and finances". Her declaration focused on the night of 28 January, a few days before the Grammy-winning superstar was admitted to hospital for a mental evaluation.

in 2008 - Feist won the seventh annual Shortlist Music Prize - American's version of the Mercury Prize. The Canadian singer-songwriter won for her album The Reminder, which included the song 1234 used in an Apple iPod advert. Feist was also nominated for four Grammy awards, including best new artist.

in 2010 - Sir John Dankworth dies at age 82. British jazz icon, composer, saxophonist, clarinetist and musical arranger, born in Woodford, Essex, was better known as Johnny Dankworth before he was knighted in 2006. He started his own jazz orchestra in the 1950s and went on to work with the likes of Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald. He was also a prolific composer, writing the theme tune for TV shows The Avengers and Tomorrow's World, and films including Modesty Blaise, The Servant and Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. After winning a place at the Royal Academy of Music aged 17, and following a short stint in the Army, he was voted British Musician of the Year in 1949 (died in King Edward VII Hospital, London after being ill for several months).




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in 1707 - Carl August Thielo, Danish organist, composer, and founder of the Royal Danish Theater, is born.
in 1743 - Lodovico Giustini, organist, harpsichordist, pianist and composer, dies at 57. His 12 Sonate da cimbalo di piano e forte detto volgarmente di martelletti, Opus 1, were the first works written specifically for the piano.
in 1749 - Andre Cardinal Destouches, French soldier and composer, dies at 76.
in 1758 - Benedikt Emanuel Schack, Austrian tenor, flautist, composer and friend of Mozart, is born.


in 1822 - Joaquin y Garbayo Gaztambide, Spanish composer, conductor and theater director, is born.
in 1823 - Richard Genee, Austrian composer, librettist and playwright, is born.
in 1825 - Crystobal Oudrid y Segura, Spanish pianist, composer and conductor, is born.
in 1830 - Marcus Antonio da Fonseca Portugal, Portuguese composer, conductor and theater director, dies at 67. Da Fonseca Portugal followed the royal court into exile in Brazil in 1810, but remained when it returned in 1821, due to being the victim of a stroke.
in 1847 - Ernst Franck, German composer and conductor, is born.
in 1862 - Frantisek Jan Skroup, Czech composer and conductor, dies a pauper at 61. Skroup composed the music for Kde domov můj?, the Czech national anthem.
in 1863 - Mieczyslaw Soltys, Polish composer, conductor and teacher, is born.
in 1864 - Arthur Collins, American singer, is born. Collins recorded "That Funny Jas Band from Dixieland" in 1917. It was the first recorded song to mention jazz.
in 1864 - Ricardo Castro Herrera, Mexican pianist and composer, is born.


in 1871 - Karl Wilhelm Eugen Stenhammer, Swedish pianist, composer and conductor, is born.
in 1875 - Walter Courvoisier, Swiss composer and teacher, is born.
in 1877 - Feliks Nowowiejski, Polish organist, composer, conductor and teacher, is born.
in 1878 - Ossip Gabrilovich, Russian-American pianist, conductor and composer, is born. He married Mark Twain's daughter, Clara Clemens, in 1909.
in 1887 - James Hubert "Eubie" Blake, American jazz, ragtime and pop pianist, composer and songwriter, is born. Blake received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and is in the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame.

in 1898 - Dock Boggs (US singer, songwriter, banjo player) is born.
in 1891 - Joachim Stutschewsky, Ukrainian-Austrian-Israeli cellist, composer and musicologist, is born.
in 1897 - Quincy Porter, American composer, teacher and co-founder of the American Music Center, is born.
in 1901 - Benjamin Edward Woolf, English-American violinist, librettist, writer and painter, dies at 64.
in 1915 - Wladyslaw Gorski, Polish virtuoso violinist, composer, and friend of Paderewski, dies at 68.
in 1918 - Alexander Sergeyevich Taneyev, Russian composer, bureaucrat and collector of folk songs, dies at 68.

in 1920 - Oscar Brand (Canadian folk musicologist) is born.
in 1921 - Tito Burns/Nathan Bernstein (British accordionist, impresario) is born.
in 1924 - Johannes Hendricus van Musscher "Johnny Jordaan" Dutch folk singer/songwriter, is born.

in 1927 - Juliette Gréco (French singer, actor) is born.
in 1931 - Ion Vidu, Romanian composer, choral conductor and collector of folk songs, dies at 67.
in 1934 - Curtis Ousley "King Curtis" American jazz, rock, R&B and soul saxophonist, bandleader and producer, is born.

in 1934 - Earl King/Earl Silas Johnson (New Orleans blues guitar virtuoso, songwriter) is born.
in 1936 - Bobby Hendricks (South African sax player; own band. NOT the Drifter's Bobby) is born.

in 1944 - Lina Cavalieri dies at age 69. Italian soprano; orphaned at 15 she ran away with a touring theatrical group and made her way to Paris, France, where her stunning good looks opened doors and she obtained work as a singer at one of the city's café-concerts. From there she performed at a variety of music halls and other such venues around Europe while still working to develop her voice for the opera. She made her opera debut in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1900, the same year she married her first of 4 huusbands, the Russian Prince Bariatinsky. In 1904 she sang at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo then in 1905, at the Sarah Bernhardt Theatre in Paris, Lina starred opposite Enrico Caruso in the Umberto Giordano opera, Fedora. From there, she and Caruso took the show to New York City, debuting with it at the Metropolitan Opera on 5 December 1906. The 1909–1910 season she sang with Oscar Hammerstein's Manhattan Opera Company. As well as her busy operatic career, she starred in 7 silent movies between 1914 and 1919. In 1955, Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida portrayed Lina in the film "The World's Most Beautiful Woman" and in 2004, a book was published authored by Paul Fryer and Olga Usova titled "Lina Cavalieri -The Life of Opera’s Greatest Beauty, 1874–1944". (she was killed in 1944 during an Allied bombing raid that destroyed her home in the outskirts of Florence)

in 1946 - Sammy Johns, American country singer/songwriter, is born.
in 1946 - Laurence Scott, British jazz fusion keyboardist (Isotope), is born.

in 1947 - Flemming Jørgensen (Danish singer, actor; Bamses Venner/Teddy Bear's Friends) is born.
in 1948 - Jimmy Greenspoon, american rock keyboardist (Three Dog Night), is born.
in 1948 - Red McKenzie, American jazz comb and kazoo player, singer and bandleader, dies at 48.
in 1949 - Stony Browder, American disco guitarist, pianist and songwriter (Dr. Buzzard's Savannah Band), is born.
in 1949 - Alan Lancaster, English rock singer/songwriter and bassist (Status Quo), is born.

in 1949 - Joe English (US drummer; Wings/Sea Level/many others) is born.
in 1957 - Rudolph Reti, Serbian-American pianist, composer, teacher and musical analyst, dies at 71. Reti co-founded the International Society for Contemporary Music in 1922.

in 1957 - Richard Cook (British jazz writer, critic) is born.
in 1958 - Manuel Mijares "Mijares" Mexican pop singer and actor, is born.
in 1959 - Brian Travers, British reggae saxophonist (UB40), is born.
in 1959 - Eddie "Guitar Slim" Jones, American blues singer/songwriter and guitarist, dies of pneumonia at 32.


in 1959 - Guitar Slim /Eddie Jones dies at age 32. American New Orleans blues guitarist, from the 1940s and 1950s, best known for the million-selling song, "The Things That I Used to Do", which is listed in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. He spent his free time at the local juke joints and started sitting in as a singer or dancer; he was good enough to be nicknamed "Limber Leg". After returning from World War II military service, he started playing clubs around New Orleans, Louisiana, bandleader Willie D. Warren introduced him to the guitar, and he was particularly influenced by T-Bone Walker and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. About 1950 he adopted the stage name 'Guitar Slim' and started becoming known for his wild stage act. He wore bright-colored suits and dyed his hair to match them, his sound was just as unusual, he was playing with distorted guitar more than a decade before rock guitarists did the same, and his gospel-influenced vocals were easily identifiable (He sadly became an alcoholic, and died of pneumonia)

in 1960 - Steve Bronski, British synthpop songwriter, keyboardist and percussionist (Bronski Beat), is born.
in 1962 - Deborah Bonham, English rock and blues singer/songwriter, is born.
in 1962 - Garth Brooks, American country singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born.
in 1962 - David Bryan, American rock singer/songwriter and keyboardist (Bon Jovi), is born.
in 1968 - Salvatore Paul "Sully" Erna, American rock singer/songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, drummer and harmonica player (Godsmack), is born.
in 1968 - Stuart Foster, American jazz and big band singer, dies at 49.
in 1969 - Bainbridge Crist, American composer and teacher, dies at 85.

in 1971 - Anita Tsoy (Russian singer of Korean descent) is born.

in 1971 - Dock Boggs dies at age 73. American singer, songwriter, banjo player, born in Norton, Virginia; his style of banjo playing, as well as his singing, is considered a unique combination of Appalachian folk music and African-American blues. Contemporary folk musicians and performers consider him a seminal figure, at least in part because of the appearance of two of his recordings from the 1920s, "Sugar Baby" and "Country Blues", on Harry Smith's 1951 Anthology of American Folk Music collection. Dock's was initially recorded in 1927 and again in 1929, although he worked primarily as a coal miner for most of his life. He was "rediscovered" during the folk music revival of the 1960s, and spent much of his later life playing at various folk music festivals and recording for Folkways Records. In 1968, a musician and protege of Dock named Jack Wright started the Dock Boggs Festival, which is still held annually in Dock's hometown of Norton

in 1972 - Amon Tobin (Brazilian electronic musician, DJ) is born.
in 1974 - Danny Goffey, English rock-pop singer/songwriter and drummer (Supergrass), is born.

in 1974 - Nujabes/Jun Seba (Japanese hip hop producer and DJ) is born.
in 1974 - J Dilla/James Dewitt Yancey (US record producer, DJ) is born.
in 1975 - Wes Borland, American rock guitarist, singer/songwriter, bassist, keyboardist and drummer (Limp Bizkit), is born.

in 1975 - Wes Borland (US guitarist; Limp Bizkit/Black Light Burns/From First to Last) is born.
in 1977 - Eddie Martin/Martinš Freimanis (Latvian singer; Darkness/F.L.Y) is born.

in 1979 - Herbert LeRoy "Peanuts" Holland dies at age 68. American jazz trumpeter best known for his contributions in swing jazz. He was born in Norfolk, Virginia and learned to play trumpet at the Jenkins Orphanage. He played and recorded with Alphonse Trent's band between 1928 and 1933, and played with Al Sears in 1932, the Jeter-Pillars Orchestra, Willie Bryant, Jimmie Lunceford, and Lil Armstrong's band from 1935-36. He also occasionally led his own band. In 1939, he moved to New York City, playing in big bands led by Coleman Hawkins and Fletcher Henderson. From 1941 to 1946, he played with Charlie Barnet. He and Don Redman toured Europe in 1946, and during this tour Holland elected to remain there, living in Paris and Sweden. He recorded there until 1960, releasing some 46 records for European labels (died in Stockholm, Sweden)
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in 1980 - Ernst Kunz, Swiss composer and conductor, dies at 88.


in 1985 - Matt Monro /Terence Parsons dies at age 55. English ballad singer born in Shoreditch, London and attended Duncombe School in Islington. He got a break in 1956 when he became a featured vocalist in the BBC Show Band. In 1959 he recorded a country pastiche song, "Bound for Texas", for The Chaplin Revue, a feature-length compilation of Charlie Chaplin shorts. It would be the first of many Monro soundtrack themes. His second single, in 1960, "Portrait of My Love," reached No.3 in the UK Singles Chart. Matt achieved fame in the United States when "My Kind of Girl" 1961 and "Walk Away" in 1964 hit the Top 40 and in 1961 he was named Top International Act by Billboard magazine. At the 1964 Eurovision Song Contest, singing "I Love the Little Things," Matt finished second behind Italy's 16-year-old Gigliola Cinquetti, despite an "excellent performance of the only English language song of the night". Other hits included "Softly as I Leave You"; and the song from the James Bond film "From Russia with Love" (liver cancer)


in 1986 - Armand Preud'homme, Belgian organist, composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 81.
in 1987 - Kerli Kõiv (Estonian singer) is born.
in 1988 - Ai Kago (Japanese singer) is born.

in 1990 - Jimmy Van Heusen /Edward Chester Babcock dies at age 77. American composer born in Syracuse, New York; he wrote songs mainly for films and television , and won four Academy Awards for Best Original Song, and an Emmy. Collaborating with lyricist Eddie DeLange, on songs such as "Heaven Can Wait", "So Help Me", and "Darn That Dream", his work became more prolific, writing over 60 songs in 1940 alone. It was in 1940 that he teamed up with the lyricist Johnny Burke. Burke and Jimmy moved to Hollywood writing for stage musicals and films throughout the '40s and early '50s, winning an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Swinging on a Star" in 1944. Jimmy then teamed up with lyricist Sammy Cahn. Their three Academy Awards for Best Song were won for "All the Way" in 1957 from The Joker Is Wild, "High Hopes" in 1959 from A Hole in the Head, and "Call Me Irresponsible" in 1963 from Papa's Delicate Condition. Their songs were also featured in Rear Window, Ocean's Eleven and Robin and the 7 Hoods. He also co-wrote "Love and Marriage", "To Love and Be Loved", "Come Fly with Me", "Only the Lonely", and "Come Dance with Me". Jimmy wrote the music for at least three Broadway musicals: Carnival in Flanders, Skyscraper, and Walking Happy. He composed over 800 plus songs of which 50 songs became standards and his songs are featured in over one hundred eighty films. He became an inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1971 (He was close friends throughout life with Frank Sinatra and is buried in the Sinatra family burial plot in Desert Memorial Park, in Cathedral City, California)


in 1990 - Anna Abreu (Finnish singer) is born.
in 1992 - Maimi Yajima (Japanese singer) is born.

in 1992 - Denny Wright dies at age 67. British jazz and skiffle guitarist who performed with Stephane Grappelli, Billy Eckstine, Lonnie Donegan, Johnny Duncan, Digby Fairweather, Ella Fitzgerald, Fapy Lafertin and many other musicians, including young rising stars such as Bireli Lagrene and Nigel Kennedy. He was a session musician for many years and frequently acted as arranger and fixer for recording sessions. Denny was a prolific composer for jazz and orchestra. He led many bands in his career, ranging from small jazz ensembles through night club bands to full size orchestras. In addition to jazz and skiffle, Denny worked with Latin American and Jamaican bands, including Kenny Graham's Afro-Cubists. He greatly enjoyed contributing to some of the best swing bands and orchestras of the period, playing frequently with the Carl Barriteau orchestra, with Decca Records' own house-band under Phil Green, and even the Glenn Miller band on occasions. Although he was best known as a guitarist, Denny's favourite instrument was actually the piano (died after 9 year battle with bladder cancer)

in 1994 - Witold Lutoslawski dies at age 81. Polish composer and pianist, he was one of the major European composers of the 20th century, and one of the pre-eminent Polish musicians during his last three decades. During his lifetime, he earned many international awards and prizes, including the Order of the White Eagle, Poland's highest honour. During his youth, he studied piano and composition in Warsaw. His early works were influenced by Polish folk music. He began to develop his own characteristic composition techniques in the 1950s. Although he was ill Witold continued his busy schedule, travelling to the United States, England, Finland, Germany, Canada and Japan till a few weeks before his death (cancer)

in 1996 - Isaiah Kehinde Dairo, Nigerian juju drummer and accordionist, ethnomusicologist and teacher, dies at 65.
in 1996 - Frederick Gittens "Tiny Winters" English jazz singer and bassist, dies at 87.

in 1996 - Mai Hagiwara (Japanese singer) is born.
in 1997 - Daniil Borisovich Shafran, Russian virtuoso cellist, dies at 74.


in 1999 - Robert "Bobby" Troup dies at age 70. American jazz, swing blues pianist, singer, composer and actor born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He is best known for writing the popular standard "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66", and for his role as Dr. Joe Early, in the 1970s US TV series Emergency!, which starred his wife Julie London. He made some excellent recordings for Liberty Records and Capitol Records, many with musicians that included the best of the West Coast school of jazz. His songwritings include "The Girl Can't Help It", "Daddy", "Snootie Little Cutie", "The Meaning of the Blues", "Girl Talk", "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66", "Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring", "I'd Like You For Christmas", "Please Belong To Me", "The Feeling of Jazz"and "Let's Keep Dancing", to mention a few (massive heart attack)

in 2000 - David Peverett, English rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (Savoy Brown, Foghat), dies at 56.

in 2000 - Big Punisher /Christopher Rios dies at age 28. Puerto Rican rapper who emerged from the underground rap scene in The Bronx in the late 1990s. He first appeared on albums from The Beatnuts, on the track "Off the Books" in 1997, and on Fat Joe's second album Jealous One's Envy in 1995, on the track "Watch Out", prior to signing to Loud Records as a solo artist. His full-length debut Capital Punishment in 1998, became the first album by a solo Latino rapper to go platinum, peaking at No.5 on the Billboard 200. Capital Punishment was also nominated for a Grammy. Big Punwas a huge man, his weight reportedly varying between 450 and 690 pounds. He was at his highest weight at the time of his death, being 698 pounds (heart attack)


in 2000 - Robin Scott dies at age 79. British BBC controller; he read modern languages at Cambridge University before joining the intelligence corps. He was discharged through illness in '42, and joined the BBC. As well as all his other work in radio and television, Robin was appointed the Controller of the Light Programme in March 1967, and devised a format for their new popular music programme. His vision deliberately echoed the pirate radio broadcasters that would be outlawed in August 1967. This pop station, BBC Radio 1, launched on 30 September 1967, with a signature tune commissioned by Robin, Theme One, recorded by George Martin. He was also Controller of BBC Radio 2, the successor to the Light Programme. He was appointed CBE in 1976


in 2000 - Dave Peverett dies at age 56. English guitarist and singer born in Dulwich, South East London. After a brief tour with Swiss blues band, Les Questions, he joined Savoy Brown as a rhythm guitarist, eventually also taking over as lead singer. After five albums with Savoy Brown, he decided to pursue his own vision, taking drummer Roger Earl and bassist Tony Stevens with him. He decided to call his new band Foghat, a word he had made up as a child while playing Scrabble with his brother. With the success of an early single, a cover version of Willie Dixon's "I Just Want to Make Love to You", their debut release soon went gold. In 1974, Foghat released two gold albums, Energized and Rock & Roll Outlaws. Their first platinum album, Fool for the City, was released in 1975, producing three hit singles: the title track, "My Babe", and "Slow Ride". Followed by another gold album, Night Shift, before their 1977 Foghat Live album which reached multi-platinum. 1978's Stone Blue was yet another gold. Dave was the talented songwriter behind Foghats hits and tracks (pneumonia and complications from kidney cancer)

in 2001 - Dale Evans /Frances Octavia Smith dies at age 88. American singer, songwriter, actress and wife of singing cowboy Roy Rogers. Born in Uvalde, Texas, she had a productive career as a jazz, swing, and big band singer that led to a screen test and contract with 20th Century Fox studios.She gained exposure on radio as the featured singer for a time on the Edgar Bergen/Charlie McCarthy show. She also got the part as a cowgirl co-star to Roy Rogers at Republic Studios in the Roy Roger films. Dale married Roy Rogers at the Flying L Ranch in Davis, Oklahoma, on New Year's Eve 1947, a marraige which lasted 51 years. They were a team on- and off-screen from 1946 until Roy's' death in 1998. From 1951 to 1957, Dale and Roy starred in the highly successful television series The Roy Rogers Show, in which they continued their cowboy and cowgirl roles, with her riding her trusty buckskin horse, Buttermilk. Autunm 1962, the couple co-hosted a comedy-western-variety program, The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show, which aired on ABC. Dale has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6638 Hollywood Blvd. She received a second star at 1737 Vine St. for her contribution to the television industry. In 1976, she was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. She ranked No. 34 on CMT's 40 Greatest Women in Country Music in 2002. (died of congestive heart failure)


in 2003 - Malcolm Roberts dies at age 58. English actor and singer born in Manchester; he received his big break while appearing as Tony in West Side Story, composer Lionel Bart spotted his potential and cast him in his West End production of Maggie May at the Adelphi Theatre, in 1964. He released his first single, "Time Alone Will Tell" re in May 1967, followed by his biggest hit, "May I Have the Next Dream With You" in November 1968, his final hit, in November 1969, was "Love is All". He appeared and sung on The Morecambe and Wise Show and The Kenneth Williams Show on the UK's BBC Television and the American The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1970. In 1985, he joined a six-member group to represent Luxembourg in the Eurovision Song Contest. The song, "Children, Kinder, Enfants" They got 37 points and finished in 13th place (heart attack)

in 2003 - Malcolm Roberts, English pop singer and actor, dies at 58.

in 2009 - Molly Bee /Molly Munchy/Mollie Gene Beachboard dies at age 69. American country singer; she became a popular teenage star on the 1950s TV show Hometown Jamboree. At only 13 she had her first major recording success with "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus". This was followed by at least three more hit singles, and a brief film acting career. In the '50s and early '60s she was a TV staple on variety programs hosted by Tennessee Ernie Ford and Steve Allen nationally, as well as making local station appearances (complications from a stroke)


in 2009 - Blossom Margrete Dearie dies at age 84. American jazz singer and pianist;classically trained, switched to jazz after joining a high school band. Moving to New York City in the mid-1940s, she sang with the Blue Flames, a vocal group attached to the Woody Herman band, and with Alvino Rey’s band before embarking on a solo career. 1952 sees her in Paris where she joined the Blue Stars, a vocal octet that recorded a hit version of “Lullaby of Birdland”. In '56 Verve Records signed her to a 6-album contract “Blossom Dearie”, “Give Him the Ooh-La-La”, “Once Upon a Summertime”, “Sings Comden and Green”, “My Gentleman Friend” and “Soubrette Sings Broadway Hit Songs”, all are today regarded as cult classics. From 1966 she traveled regularly to London to play Ronnie Scott’s, a popular nightclub, and while in England recorded four albums for the Fontana label. Back in the United States she established her own label, Daffodil Records, in 1974. Her first album, “Blossom Dearie Sings,” included “Hey John,” a tribute to John Lennon. Her last recording was a single, “It’s All Right to Be Afraid,” dedicated to the victims and survivors of 9/11.(died in her sleep of natural causes)
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in 1586 - Jacob Praetorius, German organist, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1708 - Vaclav Jan Kopriva, Czech composer, is born.

in 1709 - Giuseppi Torelli, Italian composer, dies at 50
in 1735 - 1st opera in US "Flora," opens in Charleston, SC

in 1741 - Belgian/French opera composer André Grétry was born in Liège
in 1765 - Joseph Leopold von Eybler, Austrian composer, conductor and good friend of Mozart, is born.

in 1797 - Johann Friedrich Doles, composer, dies at 81
in 1801 - Johann Chrysostomus Drexel, composer, dies at 43
in 1810 - Norbert Burgmuller, German composer and friend of Mendelssohn, is born.


in 1821 - Paul Anton Wineberger, composer, dies at 62
in 1828 - Antonio Cagnoni, Italian composer, is born.

in 1849 - Francois-Antoine Habeneck, composer, dies at 68
in 1862 - Opera "Lily of Killarney"premieres in London
in 1888 - Matthijs Vermeulen, Dutch composer, music critic and writer, is born.
in 1891 - Edgar Palm, Curaçaoean/Dutch pianist, organist, composer, teacher and music critic, is born.
in 1900 - Guy Douglas Hamilton Warrack, Scottish composer, conductor and teacher, is born.

in 1903 - Greta Keller (Austrian international cabaret singer and actress) is born
in 1904 - Igor Fyodorovich Belza, Russian composer, musicologist and teacher, is born.
in 1906 - Artur Balsam, Polish-American pianist and teacher, is born.
in 1909 - Mieczyslaw Karlowicz, Polish composer and conductor, dies in an avalanche at 32.
in 1909 - Edouard Silas, Dutch-English pianist, organist and composer, dies at 80.

in 1911 - Victor Herbert's opera "Natoma" premieres in NYC
in 1912 - Simon Jurovsky, Slovakian composer, is born.
in 1914 - Jules van Ackere, Flemish musicologist, teacher and cultural historian, is born.
in 1915 - Georges Guétary (Lambros Worloou), Greek-Egyptian-French singer, dancer and actor, is born.
in 1919 - Muni Zudekoff "Buddy Morrow" American jazz and big band tormbonist and bandleader, is born.
in 1927 - Zdenek Zouhar, Czech composer, musicologist and teacher, is born.

in 1928 -Welsh harpist and composer Osian Ellis was born in Ffynnongroyw, North Wales
in 1929 - Floyd Dixon (American R&B pianist) is born
in 1930 - Manuel Castillo, Spainish pianist, composer, and director of the Conservatory of Seville, is born.


in 1932 - John Towner Williams, American pianist, composer and conductor, is born.
in 1933 - Elly Ameling, Rotterdam Holland, soprano (Ilya-Idomeneo) was born {also listed as 1934}
in 1936 - Larry Verne, American pop novelty singer, is born. "Hey, Mr. Custer-you mind if I be excused the rest of the afternoon?"
in 1937 - Joseph Guilherme Raposo Jr., American composer, songwriter, pianist and television writer, is born.

in 1937 - Joe Raposo (US composer) is born
in 1938 - Ray Sharpe, American R&B and rockabilly singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born.

in 1939 - Barry Mann, vocalist (Who Put the Bump) was born
in 1940 - Talib Rasul Hakim, composer was born
in 1941 - Doukissa Fotara (Greek singer, actress) is born
in 1941 - Tom Rush, American folk and blues singer/songwriter, guitarist and producer, is born.

in 1942 - Terry Melcher/Terry Day (US singer/songwriter/producer; Rip Chords/Doris Day) is born
in 1943 - Creed Bratton, American rock singer/songwriter, guitarist and actor (The Grass Roots), is born. Bratton is a cast member of the American version of The Office.
in 1943 - Jose de Almeida Prado, Brazilian pianist, composer, teacher and radio presenter, is born.


in 1946 - Adolpho De La Parra, Mexican blues-rock drummer (Canned Heat), is born.
in 1946 - Paul Wheatbread, American pop/rock drummer (Gary Puckett & The Union Gap), is born.
in 1947 - Ernest Samuel Williams, American cornettist, trumpeter, composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 65.
in 1948 - Dan Seals, American soft rock and country singer/songwriter and guitarist (England Dan and John Ford Coley), is born.
in 1948 - Ron Tyson (US singer; The Temptations) is born
in 1949 - Franco Leoni, Italian opera composer, dies at 81.
in 1949 - Leonid Alexeyevich Polovinkin, Russian composer, dies at 54.
in 1950 - Michael Goodroe, Anerican rock bassist (The Motels), is born.
in 1952 - Hans Van de Lubbe, Dutch rock/Nederpop bassist (De Dijk), is born.
in 1954 - Jan Adam Maklakiewicz, Polish composer, conductor, critic and teacher, dies at 54.

in 1956 - Dave Meros (US bassist; Spock's Beard) is born
in 1960 - Mark Dinning went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Teen Angel', a No.37 hit in the UK.
in 1961 - Sammy Llanas, American rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (BoDeans, Absinthe), is born.
in 1961 - Vince Neil, American rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (Motley Crue), is born.
in 1962 - Ken McCluskey, Scottish rock singer and harmonica player (The Bluebells), is born.

in 1964 - Robert Nebrenský (Czech actor, musician, comedian, songwriter, composer) is born
in 1964 - On their first full day in New York, The Beatles (minus George who had a sore throat), went for a photo-opportunity walk around Central Park. Extra police were called in to keep fans away. Later in the day The Ronettes interviewed the band for radio.
in 1964 - John Leyton, Mike Berry, The Innocents, Jet Harris, Don Spencer, The Leroys and The Rolling Stones appeared at the Regal, Edmonton, on the first night of a UK tour.
in 1965 - Dicky Cheung (Hong Kong actor, singer) is born

in 1968 - Tjinder Singh, British rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (Cornershop), is born.
in 1968 - Claudette Pace (Maltese singer) is born

in 1969 - Pauly Fuemana (New Zealand singer; Otara Millionaires Club aka OMC) is born
in 1969 - 'TBC' by The Supremes with Temptations went to No.1 on the US album chart.
in 1971 - Will Turpin (US bassist, percussion; Collective Soul) is born
in 1971 - Mika Karppinen (Finnish drummer; HIM) is born


in 1972 - Markos Vamvakaris dies at age 66. Greek rebetiko musician-songwriter; while working in the Athens he learned bouzouki, becoming an innovative virtuoso player. He also began to compose music and write songs. At first he played in hashish establishments known as Tekes, later he and his band, which included Giorgos Batis, Anestis Delias and Stratos Pagioumtzis played in more legitimate clubs. They became extremely popular, and Markos recorded his first rebetiko disc, Na 'Rchosouna Re Magka Mou in 1932. Among other songs in that period, he wrote the classic love song "Frangkosyriani" He later suffered badly with arthritis in his hands, but in the early 1960s, many of his old songs were revived, sung by modern singers including Grigoris Bithikotsis, and Stratos Dionysiou.

in 1973 - Max Yasgur dies at age 53. American music lover, the owner of a dairy farm in Bethel, New York on which the Woodstock Festival was held between August 15th and August 18th 1969. By the late 1960s, he was the largest milk producer in Sullivan County, New York. His farm had 650 cows, mostly Guernseys. Many of his neighbors turned against him after the festival, and he was no longer welcome at the town general store, but he never regretted his decision to allow the concert on his farm. On January 7th 1970, he was sued by his neighbors for area property damage caused by the attendance of the "flower children". However, the damage to his own property was far more extensive and, over a year later, he received a $50,000 settlement to pay for the near-destruction of his dairy farm and in 1971, Max sold the 600-acre farm (died in Florida of a heart attack)

in 1974 - Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (member of the French house music duo Daft Punk) is born
in 1975 - Bob Dylan went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Blood On The Tracks' his second US No.1 album.
in 1975 - Engelbert Humperdinck started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with his 'Greatest Hits Collection.'
in 1975 - The Ohio Players went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Fire', the group's first of two US No.1's. 1980, the divorce became final between David and Angie Bowie. He won custody of their son Zowie, (now known as Joe), Angie received a £30,000 ($51,000) settlement.
in 1977 - Dave 'Phoenix' Ferrel, American rock singer and bassist (Linkin Park), is born.


in 1977 - Eivind Groven dies at age 75. Norwegian microtonal composer fuddle player and music-theorist, born in Lårdal. He studied musical theory and composition for a year, mostly Berlioz and Beethoven. Unlike many other young Norwegian composers of the era, he refused to go abroad, but stayed at home, composing, and developing his own distinct musical forms, based on a merging of the sonata form with the special metamorphic principles unique to the dance music from Telemark, closely related to the forms of late baroque. In in 1931, Groven was appointed by the Norwegian Broadcasting Company, NRK, to be responsible for half an hour of folk music every week. Thus, he got a lot of gifted rural musicians to the radio, thereby preserving the folk music for posterity. After WWII, Eivind participated in editing and publishing seven volumes of written and collected tunes for hardanger fiddle, along with two fellow folk musicians in Norway (He got Parkinson's disease in 1964, and had to put away the fiddle, medications available at the time caused undue stress to his heart)

in 1979 - Josh Keaton (US actor, singer) is born
in 1980 - Cameron Muncey (Australian guitarist; Jet) is born

in 1980 - Nikos Xylouris dies at age 43. Greek composer and singer born in Anogeia, Crete and was part of the movement that brought down the Greek military Junta of 1967. His songs and music captured and described the Greek psyche and demeanor, gaining himself the title the archangel of Crete. He first performed outside Greece in 1966 and won the 1st prize in the San Remo folk music festival. In 1967 he established the first Cretan Music Hall, Erotokritos, in Heraklion. The recording of Anyfantou in 1969 was a big success. He soon started performances in Athens, which became his new permanent residence, at the Konaki folk music hall. In 1971, Nikos was awarded by the Academy Charles Cross of France for his performance in the Cretan Rizitika songs album with G. Markopoulos (sadly died of a brain tumor)

in 1981 - Myriam Montemayor Cruz (Mexican singer) is born
in 1981 - R.E.M. made their first ever-recording sessions at Bombay Studios Smyrna, Georgia. Tracks included 'Gardening At Night', 'Radio Free Europe' and '(Don't Go Back To) Rockville.'
in 1983 - Jim Verraros (US singer) is born
in 1983 - winners at the second annual Brit Awards held in London included Paul McCartney who won Best British Male Solo Artist, Kim Wilde won Best British Female Solo Artist, Dire Straits won British Group, British Breakthrough Act went to Yazoo, International Act was Kid Creole & The Coconuts, Best Selling Single Dexy's Midnight Runners "Come On Eileen" and the Life Achievement Award went to Pete Townshend.
in 1985 - Jeremy Davis, bassist, Paramore, 2009 UK No.1 album ‘Brand New Eyes’ is born.
in 1986 - Billy Ocean started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going', as featured in the film 'The Jewel Of The Nile.' The video was banned in the UK because it featured non-musician union members. Boyzone took the song to No.1 in 1999.


in 1990 - Del Shannon Charles Weedon Westover dies at age 55. American singer and guitarist, one of the early greats in rock 'n' Roll and born in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he learned ukulele and guitar. In 1954, he was drafted into the Army, while in Germany he played guitar in a band called the Cool Flames. In 1958, he took over a band as leader and singer, with the name Charlie Johnson, and renaming his band the Big Little Show Band. He soon renamed himself Del Shannon and on January 21st 1961, recorded "Runaway", which reached No.1 in the Billboard chart in April. This was followed with "Hats Off to Larry", which peaked at No.5 on the Billboard and No.1 on Cashbox in 1961. Other hits included "So Long, Baby," and "Little Town Flirt",. He continued his success in England, where he had always been more popular. In 1963, he became the first American to record a cover version of a Beatles song, "From Me to You" which charted in the US before the Beatles. In 1988, Del sang on "The World We Know" with The Smithereens on their album Green Thoughts. Shortly after, in 1990, he recorded with Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra and there were rumors he would join The Traveling Wilburys after Roy Orbison's death. Previously, in 1975, he had recorded tracks with Lynne, along with In My Arms Again, a self-penned country song (while working on a comeback album with Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra, Shannon fatally shot himself in the head with a .22 calibre rifle. His wife thought his death might have been related to his recent use of the prescription drug, Prozac)

in 1992 - UK act Right Said Fred started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I'm Too Sexy', a No.2 hit in the UK.
in 1992 - Wet Wet Wet scored their second UK No.1 album with 'High On The Happy Side.' in 1993 - Julian Cope raised over £2,500 for anti-fur campaigners Lynx after selling raffle tickets to win his trade-mark microphone stand.

in 1992 - Denys "Denny" Justin Wright dies at age 67. English jazz and skiffle guitarist, pianist, club owner, who performed with Stephane Grappelli, Lonnie Donegan, the bluegrass musician Johnny Duncan, Digby Fairweather, Humphrey Lyttelton, Marie Bryant and many other musicians. Throughout his career and many projects from 1940 until the 1980s, Denny was a regular in the recording studios as one of Britain's best session musicians and frequently acted as arranger and fixer for recording sessions. Denny was also a prolific composer for jazz and orchestra. Denny led many bands in his career, ranging from small jazz ensembles through night club bands to full size orchestras. In addition to jazz and skiffle, Denny worked with Latin American and Jamaican bands. Although he was best known as a guitarist, his favourite instrument was actually the piano. After the war, in 1945, he set up London's first bebop club, the Fullado in New Compton Street, where he played both piano and guitar. In the late 1940s he toured Italy and the Middle East with the Francisco Cavez orchestra before ending up playing in King Farouk's palace. He was part of Lonnie Donegan's group who first took skiffle to the Soviet Union in 1957. In 1978, he formed Velvet with Ike Isaacs, Len Skeat and Digby Fairweather and in 1981, Denny was voted BBC Jazz Society Musician of the Year. Denny occasionally taught young guitarists and guest lectured at the Royal College of Music on the life of a session musician. His last gig, was at The Grapes in Shepherd Market, Mayfair in late 1991 (bladder cancer)
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in 1994 - Raymond Scott Harry Warnow dies at age 85. American composer, band leader, pianist, engineer, recording studio maverick, and electronic instrument inventor. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, assembled his first audio laboratory at 12, got his first professional job as pianist and composed his first song "Portrait of a Cow" at 15, and was a 1931 graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, where he studied piano, theory and composition. He worked as a pianist for the CBS Radio house band, before forming his own band, calling it the "Raymond Scott Quintette". His first hit single came in 1934, "Christmas Night in Harlem", which was later recorded by Louis Armstrong. In 1936 he signed a recording contract with Irving Mills, Columbia Records and in 1937-38 he appeared and performed in several Hollywood films with his Quintette. Ray believed strongly in composing and playing by ear, his music is familiar to millions because of its adaptation by Carl Stalling in over 120 classic Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck and other Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies animated features. Ray's melodies have also been heard in twelve Ren & Stimpy episodes (which used the original of Raymond's recordings), while making cameos in The Simpsons, Duckman, Animaniacs, The Oblongs, and Batfink. The only music Raymond actually composed purposely to accompany animation were three 20-second electronic commercial jingles for County Fair Bread in 1962. He was also a pioneer and inventor of electronic music. In 1954 he met and began to collaborate with synthesizer inventor Bob Moog an association which lasted 15 years. In 1956 he patented 'The Clavivox' (Keyboard Operated Electrical Musical Instrument) In 1959 he build his 1st version 'The Electronium' a keyboard-less, automatic composition and performance machine. A more perfected version of this invention caught the eye of Berry Gordy, who in 1970, bought an Electronim and hired Raymond as Motown's Director of Electronic Research and Development in his L.A. studios, where he based himself for 9 years. Other of his many electronic music inventions include 'The Fascination', 'The Participator', 'Pitch Sequencer', 'Rhythm Synthesizer', 'Bassline Generator', 'Synthesized Gong', 'Juxtaposition Matrix', 'Melody Maker', 'Rhythm Guitar Simulator', and the drum machine 'Bandito the Bongo Artist' just to mention a few. Still composing, recording and inventing at the age of 81, in 1988 Raymond suffered from series of heart attacks & strokes leaving him unable to work, speak, or communicate.

in 1994 - Oasis were forced to cancel their first foreign tour after they were deported from Holland. The band were involved in a drunken brawl on a cross-channel ferry resulting in members of the band being arrested and locked in the brig on the ferry.
in 1996 - Mercer Kennedy Ellington, American jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader, dies at 76. He was the son of Duke Ellington.

in 1997 - LL Cool J went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Ain't Nobody', and taken from the soundtrack to the 1996 film Beavis and Butthead Do America. The song was a 1983 hit for Rufus with Chaka Khan
in 1997 - Reef went to No.1 on the UK album charts with their debut album 'Glow.'

in 1998 - winners at this years Brit Awards included Finley Quaye who won Best British Male Solo Artist, Best British Female Solo Artist went to Shola Ama, The Verve won British Group and Best British Album for ‘Urban Hymns’, British Dance Act went to The Prodigy, British Breakthrough Act was Stereophonics, Best Selling British Album Act was The Spice Girls, International Male, Jon Bon Jovi, International Female, Bjork, International Group, U2 and Outstanding Contribution went to Fleetwood Mac. During the show Chumbawamba singer Danbert Nobacon threw a plastic bucket full of cold water over UK Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.

in 2001 - Eminem made his live UK concert debut when he appeared at The Manchester Arena.


in 2002 - Bob Wooler dies at age 76. English DJ and booker at Liverpool's Cavern Club and was most notable for being instrumental in introducing The Beatles to their manager, Brian Epstein, and as the DJ at The Cavern Club. He became involved in managing a skiffle group called The Kingstrums before becoming compère/disc jockey for promoters such as Wally Hill of Peak Promotions. His voice was captured on a live EP by the Big Three at the Cavern, saying "We've got the hi-fi high & the lights down low, so here we go, with the Big Three Show!" Wooler became one of the major figures on the Mersey Scene and did much to help the various groups, remaining at the Cavern until 1967.

in 2002 - Nick Brignola dies at age 65. American jazz saxophonist; at the age of 11 he began playing the clarinet before he picked up the alto and tenor saxophones as well as the flute. At the age of 20 he dropped his alto saxophone off to get repaired and the only horn the shop had to lone him was the baritone sax. After that instance, the baritone sax became his main instrument. Though Nick was mostly known as a bandleader he performed and released albums with many of the worlds most famous and well-established musicians. He was able to record the album Baritone Madness with one of his idols, bebop heavyweight Pepper Adams. The album was recorded with Roy Haynes, Dave Holland, Pepper Adams, and Derek Smith. Other musicians he played with through out his career include: Elvin Jones, Cecil Payne, Bobby Shew, Kenny Barron, Jack DeJohnette, Thelonious Monk, Wes Montgomery, Phil Woods, Chet Baker, and Clark Terry (cancer)


in 2005 - Pete Doherty was released from jail on bail after four nights when his manager paid the remaining £100,000 ($170,000) bail to Highbury Corner Magistrates Court, London. The ex-Libertines star had been charged with robbery and blackmail after a fracas at a London hotel. His bail arrangements stated he would not be able to leave his house between 2200pm and 0700am every night and must be accompanied by a security guard or his manager if he goes out at any other time.
in 2005 - Kylie Minogue was voted the world’s sexiest woman in her 30’s by UK magazine Good Housekeeping. Sade was voted No.4 in the over 40’s with Madonna coming in at No.7 and Jerry Hall at No.8. And Sharon Osbourne was voted into 3rd place in the over 50’s section.

in 2005 - Jimmy Smith dies at age 79. American jazz organist; he ruled the Hammond organ in the '50s and '60s, revolutionizing the instrument, showing it could be creatively used in a jazz context and popularized in the process. As well as his solo recordings, during the 1950s and 1960s, he recorded with some of the great jazz musicians of the day such as Kenny Burrell, George Benson, Grant Green, Stanley Turrentine, Lee Morgan, Lou Donaldson, Tina Brooks, Jackie McLean, Grady Tate and Donald Bailey. In the 1970s, Jimmy opened his own supper club in Los Angeles, and played there regularly with guitarist Paul C. Saenz, Larry Paxton on drums and Freddy Garcia on saxophone. He had a career revival in the 1980s and 1990s, again recording for Blue Note and Verve, and for Milestone and Elektra. He also recorded with other artists including Quincy Jones/Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Joey DeFrancesco. His last major album, Dot Com Blues on Blue Thumb in 2000, featured many special guests such as Dr. John, B. B. King and Etta James. In 2005, he was awarded the NEA Jazz Masters Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the highest honor that the United States bestows upon jazz musicians.


in 2005 - Keith Knudsen dies at age 56. American drummer, vocalist, and songwriter, born in Le Mars, Iowa. He began drumming while in high school. After short stints playing in a club band and the Blind Joe Mendlebaum Blues Band, he became the drummer for the organist-vocalist Lee Michaels. In 1974 he was invited to join The Doobie Brothers, joining the band during the recording of the 1974 platinum album, 'What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits', on which he made his debut. After the Doobies disbanded in '82, he and fellow Doobie John McFee, who he had also formed a writing partnership with, founded the country rock band Southern Pacific. They disbanded in the early 1990s. Keith organized a one-off Doobies reunion in 1987 to raise funds for the National Veterans Foundation. and rejoined the Doobie Brothers on a full-time basis in 1993. In 2005 he also played drums on Emmylou Harris 'Shores Of White Sand off the All I Intend To Be' record. (pneumonia)

in 2006 - Elton Dean dies at age 60. UK saxophone player with Long John Baldry's band Bluesology; the bands pianist Reg Dwight, took Dean and Baldrey's first names for his stage name, Elton John. Elton Dean next established his reputation as a member of the Keith Tippett Sextet from 1968 to 1970, and in the band Soft Machine from 1969 to 1972. Shortly before leaving Soft Machine he started his own group, Just Us. From 1975 to 1978 he led a nine-piece band called Ninesense. In 2002, Elton and three other former Soft Machine members; Hugh Hopper, drummer John Marshall, and guitarist Allan Holdsworth toured and recorded under the name Soft Works. His last musical collaborations also included those with Soft Bounds, a quartet comprised of himself, Hugh Hopper, Sophia Domancich and Simon Goubert; Alex Maguire's project Psychic Warrior; and Belgian rock-jazz band The Wrong Object (heart and liver disease)


in 2006 - Akira Ifukube dies at age 91. Japanese composer of classical music and film scores, born in Kushiro on the island of Hokkaido, the third son of a Shinto priest. From 1946 to 1953, he taught at the Nihon University College of Art, during which period he composed his first film score for The End of the Silver Mountains, released in 1947. Over the next fifty years, he would compose more than 250 film scores, the high point of which was his 1954 music for Ishiro Honda's Toho movie, Godzilla. He also created Godzilla's trademark roar – produced by rubbing a resin-covered leather glove along the loosened strings of a double bass – and its footsteps, created by striking an amplifier box (died of multiple organ dysfunction syndrome).

in 2006 - the 48th annual Grammy Awards were held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Madonna opened the awards for a third time. U2 came away with 5 awards and Mariah Carey won 3 of her 8 nominations. 2009, R&B singer Chris Brown was questioned by police in Los Angeles over a complaint of assault. The 19-year-old had pulled out of his performance at the Grammy Awards, as did his pop star girlfriend Rihanna. Police said Mr Brown argued with an unidentified woman while sitting in a car. Brown had walked into a police station and was later released on $50,000 (£34,000) bail. Los Angeles police did not identify the woman who had made the complaint against Brown.



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in 1607 - Abraham Megerle, Bavarian composer, arranger and director of court music in Salzburg, is born.
in 1617 - Hans Christoph Haiden, German organist, composer and poet, dies at 44.
in 1708 - Egidio Romoaldo Duni, Italian composer, is born. Duni was successful with both serious and comic opera.
in 1740 - Vincenz Lubeck, German organist and composer, dies at 85.
in 1741 - Henri-Joseph Rigel, German composer, is born. Rigel spent pretty much his entire working life in Paris.
in 1744 - Amos Bull, one of the first American composers, is born. His compositions seem to have been pretty much entirely hymns.
in 1756 - Karel Blazej Kopriva, Czech composer, is born.


in 1765 - Elisabetta de Gambarini, composer, dies at 33
in 1771 - Daniel Belknap, another early American composer, is born. He was a farmer, mechanic, militia officer, poet and singing teacher as well.
in 1780 - Walenty Karol Kratzer, Polish singer, composer, conductor and actor, is baptized.

in 1812 - Franz Anton Hoffmeister, composer, dies at 57
in 1817 - Franz Wilhelm Tausch, composer, dies at 54
in 1834 - Franz Xaver Witt, Bavarian composer, singer, teacher and priest, is born.

in 1849 - Corneille Vander Planken, composer, dies at 76
in 1867 - Edward Naylor, English organist, composer, musicologist and teacher, is born.
in 1875 - Sidney Hugo Nicholson, English organist, composer, choir director, teacher and founder of the Royal School of Church Music, is born.
in 1879 - Carl Natanael Berg, Swedish composer and veterinarian, is born.

in 1885 - Austrian composer Alban Berg was born in Vienna
in 1893 - Verdi's opera "Falstaff" premieres in Milan.
This video excerpt is the famous finale of ‘Falstaff’. The conductor is Solti, Falstaff is Bacquier. Note the ten voice fugue.

in 1903 - Georg Trexler, German organist, composer, choirmaster and teacher, is born.
in 1904 Blanche Calloway, American jazz singer, composer and bandleader, is born. She was Cab Calloway's sister, and he said that she was the reason he went ito show business.
in 1906 - Gwen Catley, English coloratura soprano and teacher, is born. Catley was only 4'11" (about a meter and a half) and was known as "highest voice in the land."
in 1909 - Harald Genzmer, German pianist, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1909 - Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha "Carmen Miranda" Portuguese-"Brazilian" samba singer and actress, is born. Miranda and her fruit hats/costumes have become pop icons the world over. Brazilian is in quotes because though she lived there for several years, and declared that she was Brazilian in body and soul, she never officially became a citizen.

in 1910 - Herbert LeRoy "Peanuts" Holland (US trumpeter, singer, band leader) is born
in 1914 - Ralph Herman, American composer, arranger, bandleader and music director for American Broadcasting Company, is born. Herman's arrangements of classical works for bands are still popular.
in 1914 - Ernest Tubb, American country singer/songwriter, guitarist and bandleader, is born. Tubb was a pioneer of country music, and is in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

in 1916 - Hynek Ignac Frantisek Vojacek, composer, dies at 90
in 1922 - Kathryn Grayson, American operatic soprano and actress, is born.
in 1924 - George Guest, Welsh organist, choir master and teacher is born.

in 1925 - Billy Williamson (US steel guitarist; Bill Haley and His Saddlemen/His Comets) is born
in 1929 - Willem Kersters, Belgian composer and teacher, is born.

in 1929 - James Mulcro Drew, componer was born
in 1930 - Emil Petrovics, composer was born
in 1931 - Xavier Benguerel, composer was born
in 1935 - Karl Nef, Swiss musicologist and teacher, is born. Nef was responsible for building up the Institute of Musicology at the University of Basel.

in 1936 - Stompin' Tom Connors (Canadian country singer) is born
in 1937 - Johnny Sayles, American soul singer, is born.

in 1937 - Hildegard Behrens (German operatic soprano) is born
in 1939 - Barry Mann (US singer, songwriter) is born
in 1940 - Brian Bennett, English rock-pop drummer, pianist, composer, arranger and producer (The Shadows) is born.
in 1942 - Carole King, American folk-rock, pop and jazz singer/songwriter and pianist, is born. King is in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


in 1942 - Charlie Morrow, American composer, producer, sound artist, conceptual poet and teacher, is born.
in 1942 - Milos Stedron, Czech composer, musicologist and teacher, is born.
in 1943 - Barbara Lewis, American pop-R&B singer/songwriter is born. Lewis received the Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.

in 1943 - Welsh tenor Ryland Davies was born in Cwm, South Wales
in 1945 - Gérard Lenorman (French singer) is born
in 1947 - Joe Ely, American country singer/songwriter and guitarist (The Flatlanders, solo), is born.
in 1947 - Major Harris, American R&B singer and guitarist (The Delfonics), is born.
in 1949 - Poul Julius Ouscher Schierbeck, Danish composer, dies at 60.
in 1951 - Dennis "D. T." Thomas, American jazz, R&B, soul funk and disco saxophonist (Kool and the Gang), is born.


in 1951 - Eddy Duchin dies at age 41. American pianist born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he first became a pharmacist before turning full-time to music and beginning his new career with Leo Reisman's orchestra at the Central Park Casino in New York, an elegant nightclub where he became hugely popular in his own right and eventually became the Reisman orchestra's leader by 1932. He became widely popular thanks to regular radio broadcasts that boosted his record sales, and he was one of the earliest pianists to lead a commercially successful large band (leukemia)

in 1955 - Jimmy Pursey, English rock singer and producer (Sham 69, DAY 21), is born.

in 1960 - Holly Johnson, English pop singer/songwriter, painter and writer (Frankie Goes to Hollywood), is born.


in 1960 - Erno Dohnányi dies at age 82. Hungarian pianist, conductor and composer, he made his debut in Berlin, 1897, and was at once recognized as an artist of high attainments. Similar success in Vienna followed, and thereafter he made the tour of Europe with the greatest success. He made his London debut at a Richter concert in the Queen's Hall, where he gave a memorable performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4. Using his position as a conductor, Erno pioneered Bartók's more accessible music to boost its popularity. During the following season, he visited the United States. There, he established his reputation playing, again, the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 for his American debut with the St. Louis Symphony. He relocated to America after WW2, His last public performance, on January 30th 1960, was at Florida State University, conducting the university orchestra in a performance of the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 with his doctoral student, Edward R. Thaden, as soloist (pneumonia).

in 1961 - Jussi Lampi (Finnish drummer, actor; Pink Flamingos/others) is born
in 1963 - Dave Rotheray, English rock guitarist and songwriter (The Beautiful South), is born.

in 1963 - Travis Tritt (US guitar, singer) is born
in 1964 - Willie Bryant, American jazz and R&B singer, bandleader, disc jockey, MC, and actor, dies at 55.
in 1964 - The Beatles make their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.


in 1964 - Ary Barroso dies at age 60. Brazilian composer, pianist, and talent-show host on radio and TV. He was one of Brazil's most successful songwriters in the first half of the 20th century with composions such as "Aquarela do Brasil" ("Brazil"), written in 1939, and "Na Baixa do Sapateiro" ("Bahia"), from 1938. "Brazil" was featured in the film Saludos Amigos-1942 and "Na Bahia" in The Three Caballeros-1944, both Disney films. In 1945, "Rio de Janeiro", featured in the 1944 film Brazil, and was one of the 5 finalists for the Academy Award for Best Original Song (liver cirrhosis)

in 1966 - Rachel Bolan, American rock singer/songwriter and bassist (Skid Row), is born. (Both Rachel and Holly are male, by the way.)
in 1966 - Amanda Roocroft, English soprano, is born.


in 1966 - Sophie Tucker/Sonia Kalish Russian-American singer, actress and comedienne, "Last of the Red Hot Mamas", dies at age 82. Czarist Russian singer, pianist, comedian; one of the most popular entertainers in America during the first third of the 20th century. Her comic style is credited with influencing later female entertainers, including Mae West, Joan Rivers, Roseanne Barr, and most notably Bette Midler who has included "Soph" as one of her many stage characters. She made several popular recordings including "Some of These Days" and "My Yiddish Momme", had her own radio program, Sophie Tucker and Her Show, in 1938-39, broadcasting for 15 minutes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and she made numerous film appearances, including Broadway Melody of 1938 as the mother of Judy Garland's character (lung cancer)

in 1968 - Alejandra Guzmán (Latin Grammy Award–winning Mexican rock singer and actress) is born
in 1970 - Chris Lancelot/Krister Linder (Swedish singer; Dive/solo) is born

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in 1976 - Percy Faith dies at age 67. Canadian band-leader and conductor born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. He was one of the most popular easy listening recording artists of the '50s and '60s. He is often credited with creating the "easy listening" or "mood music" format which became staples of American popular music in the 1950s and continued well into the 1960s. His most famous and remembered recordings are "Delicado" in 1952, "The Song from Moulin Rouge" in 1953 and "Theme from A Summer Place" in 1960, which won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1961. Percy remains the only artist to have the best selling single of the year during both the pop singer era ("Song from Moulin Rouge") and the rock era ("Theme from a Summer Place"). The B-side of "Song from the Moulin Rouge" was "Swedish Rhapsody" by Hugo Alfvén. In the 70's he continued to release albums as diverse and contemporary as Jesus Christ Superstar and "Black Magic Woman." He released one album of country music and two albums of disco-oriented arrangements toward the end of his forty year career. (cancer)

in 1978 - Julio Jaramillo dies at age 42. Ecuadorian singer; notable Ecuadorian "Pasillo" performer, he performed throughout Latin America where he achieved fame performing and recording boleros, valses, pasillos, tangos and rancheras. He recorded more than 4,000 songs in total. He recorded his most famous song Nuestro juramento in 1956. He recorded with Daniel Santos, Olimpo Cárdenas, and Alci Acosta, among others. His level of popularity in Ecuador could be compared to Frank Sinatra's in the United States

in 1980 - Charlie Fowlkes dies at age 63. American baritone saxophonist, best known for his time with Count Basie, which lasted for more than twenty-five years. born in New York, and studied alto and tenor saxophone, clarinet, and violin before settling on the baritone sax (he also played occasional flute). He spent most of his early career in New York, playing with Tiny Bradshaw: 1938-1944, Lionel Hampton: 1944-1948, and Arnett Cobb: 1948-1951, before joining Count Basie, who he stayed with until his death

in 1981 - Bill Haley dies at age 55. American singer, Bill Haley and his Comets; he was there before Presley, Holly and Berry, playing rock & roll before it even had a name, and is credited by many for being the first popularizing this form of music in the early 1950s with his group Bill Haley & His Comets and their hit song "Rock Around the Clock". He was born Highland Park, Michigan, because of the Great Depression on the Detroit area, his father moved the family to Boothwyn, Pennsylvania. For six years Bill was a musical director of Radio Station WPWA in Chester, Pennsylvania, leading his own band The Saddlemen all through this period and in 1951 they made their first recordings. They renamed themselves Bill Haley with Haley's Comets on Labour Day 1952. After his massive world hits of the 50s he continued recording and touring. He performed for Queen Elizabeth II at a command performance in 1979, and Bill made his final performances in South Africa in May and June 1980. Prior to the South African tour, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and a planned tour of Germany in the fall of 1980 was canceled. Bill was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (heart attack)


in 1981 - Reverend Tholomew Plague/James Sullivan (US drummer; Avenged Sevenfold) is born
(some sources give The Rev's birthdate as 10th February) is born

in 1982 - Ami Suzuki (Japanese singer) is born
in 1984 - Han Kyung (Korean singer Super Junior) is born
in 1984 - Han Geng (Chinese pop artist) is born

in 1989 - Gia Farrell (American singer) is born

in 1991 - James Cleveland dies at age 59. American gospel singer, arranger, composer and most significantly, the driving force behind the creation of the modern gospel sound, bringing the stylistic daring of hard gospel and jazz and pop music influences to arrangements for mass choirs. He became known as the King of Gospel music. In 1950, Cleveland joined the Gospelaires and in 1960, he formed the Cleveland Singers, featuring organist and accompanist Billy Preston. In 1968, he formed the Gospel Music Workshop of America. Today GMWA has nearly 30,000 members in 150 chapters across America. Rev James was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6742 Hollywood Boulevard (heart attack)

in 1993 - Bill Grundy dies at age 69. English TV broadcaster, he presented the famous Sex Pistols 'filth & fury' interview on live UK TV. He became notorious in a matter of two minutes owing to an incident that occurred when the punk band Sex Pistols and their entourage appeared at short notice on the Today show of December 1st 1976. They were a last minute stand-in for Queen, who were forced to cancel. The Today show was broadcast live and uncensored during daytime hours at a time when obscenities were forbidden (heart attack)


in 1994 - Louis Kaufman, American classical violinist, violist and conductor, dies at 88. Kaufman made recordings for around 500 film soundtracks, and his 1950 recording of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons is credited with the rivival of interest in that composer.
in 1994 - Jarmila Novotna, Czech soprano and actress, dies at 86.

in 1997 - Jack Owens/L.F. Nelson dies at age 92. Delta blues singer and guitarist from Bentonia, Mississippi, he was never a professional recording artist, but he farmed, bootlegged and ran a weekend juke joint in Bentonia for most of his life. He was not recorded until the blues revival of the 1960s, when he was rediscovered by David Evans in 1966. David recorded Jack's first album Goin' Up the Country that same year and It Must Have Been the Devil, with Bud Spires in 1970. He made other recordings, some by Alan Lomax, in the 1960s and 1970s, and performed at several music festivals in the United States and Europe until his death

in 1997 - Brian Connolly dies at age 51. Scottish singer, frontman; Sweet, New Sweet, solo. Born in Govanhill, Glasgow, The face of glam rock, Brian was one of rock’s great performers and despite numerous health problems, including fourteen heart attacks in one day, he continued to play right up to his death. At the age of twelve Brian's family moved to Harefield, Middlesex, where he played in a number of local bands before eventually replacing singer Ian Gillan in a band called Wainwright's Gentlemen, which included drummer Mick Tucker. In 1968 Brian and Mick formed a band called Sweetshop, soon Andy Scott and Steve Priest had joined them and Sweet was born. They had a string of hits "Block Buster" topping the chart, followed by three consecutive number two hits in "Hell Raiser", "The Ballroom Blitz" and "Teenage Rampage". Their first self-written and produced single "Fox on the Run" also reached No.2 on the UK charts. But after 10 successful years, in late 1978, due to his drinking problems he left the band. Over the next three years he released a few solo singles "Take Away The Music", "Don't You Know A Lady", and “Hypnotized” before forming In 1981, Brian was admitted to hospital with illness and bloating. Whilst in hospital, he had multiple heart attacks. He survived but his health was permanently affected with paralysis on his left side. With his Polydor contract now expired, he had more freedom and from early 1984 onwards, despite much reoccurring ill health, Brian would tour the UK, Europe and Australia with his band, now under the name of The New Sweet till his death. He also had a few reunions with original Sweet, in the UK and the USA, but they never reunited (Sadly Brian died from kidney-liver failure and repeated heart attacks)

in 2002 - Vicente Sardinero dies at age 65. Spanish operatic baritone born in Barcelona, he made his debut at the Gran Theatre del Liceu in his native city in the 1964-65 season, as Escamillo in Carmen. He first appearance at the Teatro alla Scala was in 1967, as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor. He also sang at London's Covent Garden as Marcello in La bohème in 1976 and was often heard in zarzuela. Vicente appeared in many others around the world including in 1968, at the New York City Opera, in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Pagliacci and in 1977, at the Metropolitan Opera, as Marcello in La bohème


in 2005 - Tyrone Davis dies at age 66. American soul singer born near Greenville, Mississippi; while he was working as a valet and chaffeur for blues singer Freddie King, Tyrone started singing in local clubs where he was discovered by record executive/musician Harold Burrage. He went to be one of the great fathers of "Chicago Soul", with a career spanning more than four decades, selling over 25 million records. His major hits included "Give It Up", "This I Swear", "In The Mood" "Are You Serious" and "Turn Back The Hands Of Time" (Tyrone suffered a stroke in Sept 2004, which left him in a coma from which he did not recover)

in 2008 - Scot Halpin dies at age 54. American musician, noted for sitting in for The Who's Keith Moon during a rock concert at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, when Keith passed out over his drum kit three quarters of the way through the show. In 1973 Scot was awarded Rolling Stone magazine's "Pick-Up Player of the Year Award" for his historic performance during this show

in 2009 - Orlando "Cachaito" López dies at age 76. Cuban bassist; legend has it that there are over 30 bassists in the Lopez lineage, so Orlando learnt double bass at first on a cello and by the age of eleven he was involved with an orchestra with his aunt. By the time he was 17 he replaced his uncle as the bassist with Arcana y sus Maravillas. In the 1950s, he helped create the descarga style of music, a mix between jazz-styled improvisation with Afro-Cuban rhythms, and by '57 he was playing with the hugely popular Havana dance band, Orquesta Riverside. In the 1960s, he became a bassist with the National Symphony, and was also a key member of Irakere, an experimental band that combined pop, classical, Cuban folk, African and jazz influences. He was also a member of the Buena Vista Social Club and was the only member to appear in all of the band's recordings (complications from prostate surgery)


in 2009 - Vic Lewis dies at age 89. British jazz guitarist and bandleader; as a teenager he played in George Shearing's band, and first toured America in 1938, where he did recording sessions with a band that had Bobby Hackett, Eddie Condon, and Pee Wee Russell among its members. Between 1941-44 he served in the Royal Air Force at this time he recorded with Buddy Featherstonhaugh. He worked with Stephane Grappelli during 1944-45 and with Ted Heath. Highly influenced by Stan Kenton and other West Coast jazz artists he formed one of Britain's most admired American-sounding jazz orchestras from 1946 and through 1950s. They recorded extensively for Parlophone, Esquire, Decca, and Philips. By 1960 Vic was semi-retired, he occasionally recorded, but he continued to write about jazz and went into artist management, and oversaw the careers of photographer Robert Whitaker and the UK singer Cilla Black among many others

in 2010 - Pena Branca dies at age 70. Brazilian folk singer; Pena and his brother Xavantinho were one of the most artistic and original duos of the contemporary "caipira". They were also innovative by including in their repertory pieces by urban composers like Djavan, Caetano Veloso, and Milton Nascimento. The two brothers started to sing together in 1961 on Rádio Educadora (Uberlândia, Minas Gerais). Six years later, they moved to São Paulo. In 1980, they were heard by Renato Teixeira, who arranged for them to record their first LP, Velha Morada, that same year. Still in 1980, they qualified Xavantinho's "Que Terreiro É Esse?" on TV Globo's MPB Shell Festival. Their original interpretation of Milton Nascimento/ Chico Buarque's "O Cio da Terra" made national success in 1981 on Rolando Boldrin's TV show Som Brasil. In 1987, their LP O Cio da Terra had the participation of Nascimento, Tavinho Moura, and Marcus Viana, selling 300,000 copies. In 1991, they were awarded with three Prêmios Sharp - Best Duo - Best Song for "Casa de Barro" by Xavantinho/Moniz - Best Album for Cantadô de Mundo Afora. The next year, Renato Teixeira & Pena Branca e Xavantinho were awarded with a Prêmio Sharp and by the Association of Art Critics of São Paulo (APCA) in 1999 reaching the cipher of 100,000 copies sold. . In 1993, their success took them to international performances in the U.S. In 1999 Pena pursued a solo career after his brother retired. (heart attack)

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in 1696 - Johann Melchior Molter, German violinist, composer, Kapellmeister and teacher, is born.
in 1702 - Jean-Pierre Guignon, Italian-French violinist and composer, is born.
in 1717 - Pierre de La Garde, French baritone, conductor and composer, is born.
in 1735 - Johann Christoph Kuhnau, German composer, is born.
in 1741 - Franz Adam Veichtner, German violinist, composer and Konzertmeister, is born.
in 1750 - Stanislao Mattei, Italian composer, musicologist and teacher, is born.
in 1783 - James Nares, English organist and composer, dies at 67.
in 1788 - Johann Peter Pixis, German pianist, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1794 - Joseph Haydn's 99th Symphony in E premieres in London.


in 1816 - Johann Paul Aegidius Martini, German organist, composer, conductor, musicologist and teacher, is born. His original name was Schwartzendorf.
in 1819 - Richard Storrs Willis, American composer, music critic and friend of Felix Mendelssohn, is born.
in 1832 - Antonio Benedetto Maria Puccini, Italian composer, choirmaster and great grandfather of Giacomo Puccini, dies at 85.
in 1841 - Walter Parratt, English organist, composer, Master of the Queen's Musick, and teacher, is born.

in 1843 - soprano Adelina Patti was born in Madrid, Spain.
Miss Patti was said to have been Abraham Lincolns favorite opera singer. You can hear her on YouTube. Yeah! That knocked my socks off too! Despite the poor sound quality and the fact she is not in her prime robes us of experienceing the fulness of her talent, yet for the musical ear it is a wonderful treat. For the non-musical ear it is a plain wonder to be be able to hear a voice that Lincoln heard.


in 1860 - John Brahms' 2nd Serenade in A premieres in Hamburg.
in 1866- Bror Beckman, Swedish composer and teacher, is born.
in 1869 - Vasily Pavovlich Kalafati, Crimean-Russian composer and teacher, is born.
in 1876 - Johan August Soderman, Swedish composer, conductor and choirmaster, dies at 44.
in 1879 - Franz Carl Bornschein, American composer, music critic and teacher, is born.
in 1881 - Jacques Offenbach's opera The Tales of Hoffmann premieres in Paris.
in 1882 - Rimski-Korsakovs opera Snyegurochka premieres in St. Petersburg.
in 1893 - Jimmy Durante "The Schnoz," American jazz singer, pianist, comedian and actor, is born.

in 1900 - Lou Breese/Luigi G. Calabrese (US jazz trumpeter, banjo; clubs/theatre/radio/film) is born
in 1903 - Matvey Isaakovich Blanter, Russian composer and popular songwriter, is born. Blanter composed film music, as well as over 2000 songs, one of the most popular of which is "Katyusha."
in 1905 - Ignacy Krzyzanowski, Polish pianist, composer, music critic and teacher, dies at 78.
in 1905 - Vilko Ukmar, Slovenian composer, music critic, publicist and teacher, is born.
in 1908 - Jean Coulthard, Canadian composer and teacher, is born.

in 1909 - William Henry "Chick" Webb (drummer, Chick Webb Band) is born
in 1910 - English actress and singer Joyce Grenfell was born in London
in 1914, American harmonica player and composer Larry Adler was born in Baltimore, MD. A bit about Larry Adler, (from Recusant) Adler was one of the most skillful harmonica players of all time, playing both pop and classical music. Several classical works were written specifically for him. Accused of being a Communist sympathizer during the McCarthy era, Adler emigrated to the UK in 1949, and lived there the rest of his life.
in 1917 - Emile Pessard, French composer, music critic and teacher, dies at 73.
in 1921 - Adrian Cruft, English composer and chairman of the Composers' Guild of Great Britain, is born.
in 1923 - Cesare Siepi, Italian basso, is born.


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in 1924 - Randy Van Horne, American pop singer and composer (Randy Van Horne Singers), is born. The Randy Van Horne Singers performed the theme songs for several Hanna Barbera TV shows, including The Flintstones, Top Cat, The Jetsons, and The Huckleberry Hound Show.
in 1927, American soprano Leontyne Mary Violet Price was born in Laurel, MS.
in 1927 - Brian Priestman (British conductor) is born
in 1929 - Jerry Goldsmith, American composer and conductor, is born. Goldsmith worked primarily as a composer of film and television scores, and won an Oscar for his score for The Omen, as well as four Emmys.
in 1931 - Gerhard Rosenfeld, German composer, best known for his opera Kniefall in Warschau, is born.
in 1932 - Alton Jay Rubin Sr. "Rockin Dopsie," jazz and zydeco accordionist and singer/songwriter, is born. Rubin is one of the founders of the zydeco style.

in 1932 - Sir Roland Hanna(US jazz pianist) is born
in 1933 - Faramarz Payvar (Iranian composer, santur player) is born
in 1935 - Theodore Antoniou, Greek composer, conductor and teacher, is born.
in 1937 - Roberta Flack, American jazz, folk, soul and R&B singer/songwriter, is born.


in 1937 - Don Wilson, American rock guitarist and composer (The Ventures), is born. Wilson is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
in 1937 - Ed Polcer (US Cornet, Dixieland & Chicago jazzman) is born
in 1939 - Barbara Kolb, American composer and teacher, is born. Kolb is the first woman composer to win the Prix de Rome.
in 1940 - Hamish Imlach, Scottish folk singer/songwriter, guitarist and comedian, is born.
in 1940 - Jimmy Merchant, American doo wop singer/songwriter (The Teenagers), is born.

in 1940 - Kenny Rankin (American singer-songwriter) is born
in 1940 - Jimmy Merchant (tenor singer; Frankie Lymon And Teenagers) is born
in 1942 - Glenn Miller is awarded the first ever gold record, for his band's single of "Chattanooga Choo Choo."


in 1943 - Ral Donner, American rock singer/songwriter (The Starfires), is born.
in 1944 - Peter Allen, Australian pop singer/songwriter and pianist, is born.
in 1944 - Clifford T. Ward (singer, songwriter) is born.

in 1944 - Nathaniel Mayer (American rhythm & blues singer) is born
in 1944 - Rufus Reid (US bassist; top studio musician) is born

in 1946 - Kenny Edwards (US singer, songwriter, guitarist; Stone Poneys/sessionist/solo) is born
in 1947 - Butch Morris (US jazz cornetist, composer) is born
in 1948 - Conrad Cummings, American composer and teacher, is born.
in 1949 - Nigel Olsson, English rock drummer and singer (Elton John), is born.

in 1949 - Jim Corcoran (Quebec singer, songwriter) is born
in 1949 - Maxime Le Forestier (French singer) is born
in 1950 - Armen Tigran Tigranyan, Armenian composer, dies at 70.
in 1951 - Joseph Bovet, Swiss composer, conductor, choirmaster and teacher, dies at 71.
in 1953 - Carl Joseph Stone, American composer, known for his work in electro-acoustic music, is born.

in 1958 - Michael Weiss (US pianist, composer; Johnny Griffin/Pepper Adams/Bill Hardman/many others) is born
in 1960 - Lionel Cartwright, American country singer/songwriter, guitarist, pianist, mandolinist and fiddler, is born.

in 1960 - Robbie Nevil (singer/songwriter/guitarist; solo/sessionist/freelance) is born

in 1961 - Andy Gibson dies at age 47. American jazz trumpeter, arranger, and composer, born in Zanesville, Ohio. His associations in the 1930s include Lew Redman, Zack Whyte, McKinney's Cotton Pickers, Blanche Calloway, Willie Bryant, and Lucky Millinder. He quit playing in 1937 to arrange and compose full-time, working with Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Charlie Barnet and Harry James. He led a big band while serving in the Army from 1942-45. Following his discharge he continued working with Charlie Barnet, but focused primarily on R&B music. He was musical director for King Records from 1955–60 and recorded four songs as a leader in 1959, which were released on a multi-artist LP on Camden Records. As a composer, he composed "I Left My Baby", popularized by Count Basie, "The Great Lie", and "The Hucklebuck" based on the Charlie Parker tune "Now's the Time". (heart attack)b. November 6th 1913.

in 1961 - Velma Middleton dies at age 43. American jazz vocalist born in Holdenville, Oklahoma, best-known for having sung with Louis Armstrong big bands and small groups. She was with Louis Armstrong for most of her career, from 1942-1961. Prior to Louis she sang with Connie McLean's Orchestra, touring Sth. Africa in 1938 and worked solo (Velma had a stroke in Africa while on tour with Louis Armstrong and died one month later in the Hill Station Hospital in Sierra Leone) In the video Louis Armstrong and his big band, led by Luis Russel, trumpet and vocal with "Swinging On Nothing", dancing and singing by Velma Middleton.

in 1962 - Cliff Burton, American rock bassist (Metallica), is born. Burton is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
in 1962 - Piero Pelù (Italian singer, song-writer; Litfiba) is born

in 1966 - Billy Rose /William Samuel Rosenberg dies at age 66. American impresario, theatrical showman and lyricist, born in New York City. He is credited with many famous songs, notably "Me and My Shadow"-1927, "It Happened in Monterey"-1930 and "It's Only a Paper Moon"-1933. Billy was a major force in entertainment, with shows, such as Jumbo in 1935, Billy Rose's Aquacade, and Carmen Jones in 1943, his Diamond Horseshoe nightclub, and the Ziegfeld Theatre from 1949 until 1955 influencing the careers of many stars. From 1959 until his death in 1966, he was also the owner-operator of the Billy Rose Theater. During that time the theatre housed four plays, one musical, one revue, three ballets, and twenty-nine concert performances. Billy was inducted as a member of the Songwriter's Hall of Fame.

in 1974 - Ivri Lider (Israeli singer) is born
in 1975 - Dave Alexander, American rock bassist and songwriter (The Stooges), dies at 27 of pneumonia.

in 1975 - Kool Savas/Savas Yurderi (German rapper) is born

in 1975 - Dave Alexander dies at age 27. American bass player, a founder member of Iggy Pop & The Stooges. Although he was a total novice on his instrument, he was a quick learner and also had a hand in arranging, composing and performing all of the songs that appeared on the band's first two albums, The Stooges and Fun House. He is often credited by vocalist Iggy Pop and guitarist Ron Asheton in interviews with being the primary composer of the music for the Stooges songs "We Will Fall", "Little Doll", both on The Stooges, "1970" and "Dirt" on Fun House (died of pulmonary edema after being admitted to a hospital for pancreatitis)

in 1977 - Rosanna Tavarez, American pop singer and television personality (Eden's Crush), is born.
in 1977 - Grace Mary Williams, Welsh composer and teacher, dies at 70.

in 1978 - Don Omar (Puerto Rican singer) is born
in 1979 - Daryl Palumbo (US lead singer; Glassjaw/Head Automatica) is born
in 1981 - Natasha St-Pier (Canadian singer) is born
in 1983 - Bless/Ben Rinehart (Canadian rapper) is born
in 1987 - Choi Si Won (Korean singer; Super Junior) is born

in 1986 - Arthur Edward "Uncle Art" Satherley dies at age 96. English-American A&R legend, producer and talent scout born in Bristol, UK. He was a pioneer of Country music record production, "Uncle" Art was one of the most important people in the history of Country music, he is listed in the Country Music Hall of Fame Nashville, inducted in 1972 as "Country Music's Founding Father". Art had emigrated to the America at the age of 24. His first real job in the record industry was promoting 78 rpm records of Ma Rainey and Blind Lemon Jefferson on the Paramount label. By 1930, he began working for Columbia Records and soon became one of the leading A&R men in country music. Between 1938 to 1952, Art recorded numerous artists, including Gene Autry, Bob Wills, Hank Penny, Lefty Frizzell, Carl Smith, Marty Robbins, and Roy Acuff (died of natural causes)

in 1988 - Don Patterson dies at age 51. American jazz organist; he played piano from childhood, heavily influenced by Erroll Garner in his youth. In 1956, he switched to organ after hearing Jimmy Smith. In the early 1960s, he began playing regularly with Sonny Stitt, and he began releasing material as a leader on Prestige Records from 1964 with Pat Martino and Billy James as sidemen. His most commercially successful album was 1964's Holiday Soul, in 1967 (liver failure)

in 1990 - Sooyoung (Korean singer) is born
in 2008 Freddie Bell, R&B singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (Freddie Bell and the Bellboys), dies at 76.

in 1992 - Jim Pepper dies at age 50. American jazz saxophonist, composer, singer of Native American ancestry and is well remembered for his popular recording of "Witchi-Tai-To," a peyote chant put to music. He grew up in Oklahoma and moved to New York in the mid-'60s. He was a major part of one of the first fusion groups, The Free Spirits, which recorded one album Out of Sight and Sound in 1966. He played in the "Everything Is Everything" band in the late '60s, and was encouraged by Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry to put more of his heritage into his music. Jim worked with Cherry, Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra. He recorded with Paul Motian and Bob Moses, and led a session apiece for Europa-1984 and Enja-1987. In his own projects, Jim recorded with Cherry, Naná Vasconcelos, Collin Walcott, Kenny Werner, John Scofield, Hamid Drake, Ed Schuller, many others and his own band. His CD Comin' and Goin' in '83 is the definitive statement of his unique "American Indian jazz" with 9 songs played by four different line-ups. He also worked with the Liberation Music Orchestra, Paul Motian' s quintet, Bob Moses, Marty Cook, Mal Waldron, David Friesen, and Amina Claudine Myers, and toured Europe intensively throughout his career (sadly passed away from lymphoma)


in 1995 - Kendall Hayes dies at age 59. American singer-song writer composer from Danville, Kentucky, who wrote "Walk On By" made famous by Leeroy Van Dyke. Another big hit was "Don't Give Up the Ship," recorded by Johnny Wright, and performed in Grand Ole Opry roadshows in the 1960's. He also recorded some of his own songs in the early 60s including ''Come On Son'', ''Roaming Through The Countryside'', ''Jungle Of Love'' and ''Thisaway Or Thataway'' (liver cancer)


in 2001 - George Holmes "Buddy" Tate dies at age 87. US jazz saxophonist; player with Terence "T" Holder, Andy Kirk, and Nat Towles, before joining Count Basie Orchestra in 1939, after which played with Lucky Millinder; Milt Buckner Hot Lips Page; ex-Basie singer Jimmy Rushing; led a group with Bobby Rosengarden at the Rainbow Room; co-led a band with saxophonist Paul Quinichette at New York’s West End Cafe; was house bandleader at Celebrity Club, New York City, as well as having his own quintet (cancer)


in 2002 - Dave Van Ronk dies at age 65. American folk singer nicknamed the "Mayor of MacDougal Street", best known as an important figure in New York City during the acoustic folk revival of the 1960s, but his work ranged from old English ballads to Bertolt Brecht, rock, New Orleans jazz, and swing. He is often associated with blues but he pointed out at concerts that he actually had only a limited number in his repertoire. He became known for performing instrumental ragtime guitar music, and he was an early friend and supporter of Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Patrick Sky, Phil Ochs and Joni Mitchell, among many others. Sadly Dave died before completing work on his memoirs, which were finished by Elijah Wald, his collaborator, and published in 2005 as The Mayor Of MacDougal Street. In 2004 a section of Sheridan Square, where Barrow Street meets Washington Place, was renamed Dave Van Ronk Street in his memory (died of cardio-pulmonary failure while undergoing post-operative treatment for colon cancer)


in 2006 - J Dilla /James Dewitt Yancey dies at age 32. American Grammy Nominated record producer who emerged from the mid 1990s underground hip hop scene in Detroit, Michigan. His career began slowly, but he has now become highly regarded, most notably for the production of critically acclaimed albums by Common, Busta Rhymes, A Tribe Called Quest, and The Pharcyde. He was a member of Slum Village for their acclaimed debut album Fantastic, Vol. 2. In the early 2000s, his career as a solo artist began to improve; A solo album Welcome 2 Detroit was followed by a collaborative album with California producer Madlib, Champion Sound, which catalyzed the careers of both artists. (sadly died of the blood disease TTP)



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11 FEBRUARY

in 1738 - James Sherard, composer, dies at 71
in 1755 - Albert Christoph Dies, German painter, composer and biographer, is baptized. Dies was mainly a visual artist, but did compose some music, which apparently he destroyed before his death; none of his compositions survive.
in 1762 - Johann Tobias Krebs, German organist and composer, dies at 71.

in 1762 - Laurent Belissen, composer, dies at 68
in 1790 Ignaz Assmayer, Austrian organist, composer, choirmaster and friend of Franz Schubert, is born.

in 1797 - Haydn's song "Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser," premieres in Vienna

in 1799 - Frantisek Xaver Dusek, composer, dies at 67
in 1810 - Loisa Puget, French composer, is born.
in 1819 - Samuel Parkman Tuckerman, American composer, is born.

in 1820 - Guillaume Albert Teniers, composer, dies at 71
in 1830 - Peter Arnold Heise, Danish organist, composer, collector of folk songs and teacher, is born.
in 1830 - Hans Bronsart von Schellendorff, German pianist, composer, conductor and friend of Franz Liszt, is born.
in 1840 - Gaetano Donizetti's opera La Fille du Regiment premieres in Paris.


in 1843 - Giuseppe Verdi's opera I Lombardi premieres in Milan.
in 1861 - Hippolyte-Andre-Baptiste Chelard, composer, dies at 72
in 1870 - Leopold Eugen Mechura, Czech composer, dies at 66.
in 1874 - Fritz Bennicke Hart, English composer, conductor and teacher, is born.
in 1875 - Sara Wennerberg-Reuter, Swedish organist and composer, is born.
in 1879 - Max Winterfeld "Jean Gilbert," German-Argentinian composer and conductor, is born. Gilbert emigrated from Germany to Argentinia in 1933. I think the year is a good clue as to why he did so; apparently he was no dope.


in 1882 - Gheorghe Cucu, Romanian composer, conductor, folklorist and teacher, is born.
in 1882 - Gustav Schmidt, composer, Kapellmeister and friend of Franz Liszt, dies at 65.
in 1883 - Paul August von Klenau, Danish composer, conductor and Kapellmeister, is born. Von Klenau helped to form the Danish Philharmonic Society in 1920.
in 1889 - Vladimir Mikhaylovich Deshevov, Russian composer, is born.
in 1894 - Alfonso Leng, Chilean composer and dentist, is born.


in 1894, German pianist and conductor Hans Von Bulow died in Cairo at the age of 64
in 1894 - Pasqual Juan Emilio Arrieta y Corera, Spanish composer and teacher, dies at 70.
in 1895 - Viktor Nikolayevich Trambitsky, Russian pianist, composer, musicologist and teacher, is born.
in 1897 - Yves de La Casiniere, French composer, musicologist and teacher, is born.

in 1889 - John Mills Sr.(US vocalists; Miller Brothers) is born.
in 1903 - Hans Redlich, Austrian composer, conductor, musicologist, teacher and writer, is born.
in 1903 - Henryk Szulc, Polish composer, dies at 67.
in 1912 - Rudolf Firkusny, Czech-American pianist and teacher, is born.
in 1913 - Lucio Diestro San Pedro, Filipino composer, conductor, teacher and Philippines National Artist for Music, is born.
in 1914 - Matt Dennis, American pop singer/songwriter, pianist, bandleader and arranger, is born.
in 1914 - Menelaos Pallantios, Greek composer and teacher, is born.
in 1914 - Josh White "Pinewood Tom," "Tippy Barton," American blues and gospel singer/songwriter, guitarist, actor and civil rights activist, is born.
in 1915 - Haakon Stotijn, Dutch oboist, is born.

in 1915, French composer, conductor and pianist Emile Waldteufel died in Paris at the age of 77

in 1922 - Tudor Jarda, Romanian composer, choir director and teacher, is born.
in 1926 - Alexander Gibson, Scottish conductor, opera intendant and founder of the Scottish Opera, is born.

in 1926 - John Wallowitch (US composer, songwriter, cabaret performer) is born
in 1928 - Raoul Cita, American doo wop singer/songwriter, pianist and arranger (The Harptones), is born.
in 1929 - Leonard Gregory Kastle, American opera composer, librettist, teacher and cinema writer/director, is born.
in 1930 - Christopher Dearnley, English organist, composer, arranger and musicologist, is born.
in 1932 - Jerome Lowenthal, American pianist, teacher and judge of international piano competitions, is born.
in 1934 - Francesco Pennisi, Italian composer, painter and writer, is born.
in 1935 - Bent Lorentzen, Danish composer and teacher, is born. Lorentzen is a pioneer of Danish electronic music, and has composed and written 18 opera and musical theater pieces, as well as numerous other works.


in 1935 - Gene Vincent, American rock and rockabilly singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born. Vincent is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame (he was the very first inductee of the latter).

in 1936 - Arnost Parsch, composer is born1622 Alfonso Fontanelli, Italian composer, writer, courtier and diplomat, dies at 64.
in 1937 - Lodewijk de Boer, Dutch violist, playwright, composer and director, is born.

in 1937 - Phillip Walker (US blues guitarist) is born
in 1938 - Willy Correa de Oliveira, Brazilian composer and teacher, is born.
in 1938 - Bobby "Boris" Pickett, American novelty singer/songwriter (The Monster Mash), is born.
in 1939 - Gerry Goffin, American rock and pop lyricist, is born. Together with his former wife, Carole King, he's in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


in 1939 - Franz Schmidt dies at age 64. Austrian composer, cellist and pianist of Hungarian descent and origin. He beat 13 other applicants and obtained a post as cellist with the Vienna Court Opera Orchestra, where he played until 1914. That same year he took up a professorship in piano at the Vienna Conservatory, which had been recently renamed Imperial Academy of Music and the Performing Arts. In 1925 he became Director of the Academy, and from 1927 to 1931 its Rector. Franz worked mainly in large forms, including four symphonies in 1899, 1913, 1928 and 1933 and two operas: Notre Dame and Fredigundis. A CD recording of Notre Dame has been available for many years, starring Dame Gwyneth Jones and James King (died after a long illness)

in 1940 - Bobby "Boris" Pickett (US singer, songwriter, writer; the Crypt-Kickers) is born
in 1941 - Sergio Mendes, Brazilian bossa nova pianist, songwriter/composer, arranger, bandleader and producer, is born.
in 1942 - Otis Clay, American soul, R&B and gospel singer/songwriter, is born.
in 1942 - Leon Haywood, American funk and soul singer/songwriter and pianist, is born.
in 1943 - Alan Rubin "Mr. Fabulous," American blues, pop, jazz, rock trumpeter, is born. Rubin is a member of the Blues Brothers band, and has played with many musicians in various styles.

in 1943 - Serge Lama (French singer) is born
in 1946 - Ray Lake (UK bassist, vocals; The Real Thing) is born
in 1947 - Derek Shulman, British rock singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (Gentle Giant), is born.

in 1947 - Joselito/José Jiménez Fernández (Spanish singer) is born
In this video ‘Little Joe sings ‘Granada’.

in 1947 - Derek Shulman (multi-instrument; Gentle Giant/president O.M.A. Records) is born
in 1947 - Roy Carrier (US Zydeco singer, accordionist) is born
in 1949 - Charlie Hargrett, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Blackfoot), is born.

in 1949 - Guy Cloutier (French-Canadian music executive) is born
in 1950 - Rochelle Fleming, American disco singer (First Choice), is born.

in 1953 - Alan Rubin/Mr Fabulous (US trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo; Blues Brothers/Saturday Night Band) is born
in 1953 - Neil Henderson (bassist, vocals; Middle Of The Road) is born

in 1954 - Noriyuki Asakura (Japanese composer) is born
in 1956 - Didier Lockwood (French violinist) is born
in 1956 - H.R/Paul D. Hudson (US singer; Bad Brains) is born

in 1956 - Didier Lockwood (French violinist) is born
in 1960 - Momus/Nick Currie (Scotland songwriter/blogger/journalist) is born
in 1962 - Sheryl Crow, American rock singer/songwriter, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist and harmonica player, is born.

in 1963 - Brian Damage/Brian Keats (US punk and rock drummer; Sessionist/freelance) is born
in 1964 - The Beatles perform their first concert in the US at the Washington Coliseum in Washington, D.C.


in 1969 - Andrew "Shovell" Lovell (vocals, percussion; M People) is born
in 1970 - Emil Abranyi, Hungarian composer, conductor, and opera director, dies at 87.

in 1970 - Fredrik Thordendal (Swedish lead guitarist; Meshuggah) is born
in 1972 - Pinhead/Spiky-Man/Craig Jones (US keyboardist; Slipknot) is born
in 1973 - Varg Vikernes (Norwegian guitarist, drums; Burzum/Mayhem) is born
in 1973 - Ethan Iverson (US pianist; The Bad Plus) is born
in 1974 - D'Angelo/Michael Eugene Archer (US soul singer, pianist, songwriter) is born
in 1977 - Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda (US guitar, vocals, Linkin Park/Fort Minor) is born
in 1979 - Brandy (Norwood), American R&B singer/songwriter and actress, is born.

in 1980 - Ektor/Héctor Rivera (Puerto Rican singer, actor, painter) is born
in 1981 - Kelly Rowland (US singer, songwriter, dancer, actress; Destiny's Child) is born
in 1984 - Matt Good (US singer, guitarist) is born
in 1984 - Aubrey O'Day (US singer) is born

in 1985 - Heinz Eric Roemheld dies at age 83. American composer, a child prodigy who began playing the piano at the age of 4. He graduated from the Milwaukee College of Music at 19, and performed in theatres to earn money to study piano in Europe. In 1920, he went to Berlin, to study and appeared in concert with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Back in America, Heinz became a prominent film composer. He scored some scenes in Gone with the Wind, including the burning of Atlanta, although he was not credited on-screen. In 1942 he won the Academy Award for Best Original Music Score for Yankee Doodle Dandy. Among the more than 400 other films for which he composed music were Gentleman Jim, The Lady From Shanghai, The Invisible Man, and Shine On, Harvest Moon. He continued writing for film for several of the major studios until the late 1950s. After briefly working in television, he retired in 1964 to concentrate on his classical composition

in 1985 - William Beckett (US singer) is born
in 1991- Never Shout Never/Christofer Ingle (US multi-musician, singer) is born

in 2006 - Jockey Shabalala dies at age 62. South African singer born in the town of Ladysmith/eMnambithi; after moving to Durban in 1957 to find work, Jockey's brother Joseph, founded the first incarnation of Ladysmith Black Mambazo in 1960 with his brothers Headman and Enoch and various other relatives. In 1974, after the success of Mambazo's first album, Joseph managed to persuade Jockey to join the group, where he became a full-time member by the late 1970s. In October 2004, Jockey decided to retire from international touring to spend more time with his family, though still continued recording and performing with the group in South Africa. It was in mid-2005 when Jockey became so ill, when he fully retired from the group

in 2009 - Estelle Bennett dies at age 67. US singer and member of the girl group The Ronettes, along with her sister Ronnie Spector and cousin Nedra Talley. The Ronettes first began performing as the Darling Sisters and later worked as dancers at New York's Peppermint Lounge, the epicentre of the 60s dance craze, the Twist. They first signed with Colpix, before being signed by Phil Spector. Their recording of "Be My Baby" reached hit No. 2 on Billboard in 1963 and was followed by a string of hits including "Walkin' in the Rain" and "Baby I Love You". Their rendition of "Sleigh Ride" that appeared on Spector's "A Christmas Gift for You" album. Their last Philles single was "I Can Hear Music" in 1966. After the Ronettes break-up, she recorded a single for Laurie Records, "The Year 2000/The Naked Boy". She then quit the music business and has rarely been seen since. In 2007, when the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, she refused to perform with them, and spoke only a brief two sentences during her acceptance speech, "I would just like to say, thank you very much for giving us this award. I'm Estelle of the Ronettes, thank you." (She died in New Jersey)

in 2010 - Irina Arkhipova dies at age 85. Russian mezzo-soprano, and later contralto, opera singer. She sang leading roles first in Russia at the Sverdlovsk Opera and the Bolshoi Theater, and then throughout Europe and in the United States. At the height of her career in the 1960s and 1970s, during which time she was an international star, interpreting both Russian and Italian repertoire. Her technique was irreproachable, and she had great expressive power. She has been compared with Christa Ludwig. One of her most celebrated roles is as Marfa in Khovanshchina by Modest Mussorgsky, as recorded with Boris Khaikin in 1972 (?) b. January 2nd 1925.
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