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in 1975 - Norman Treigle /Adanelle Wilfred Treigle dies at age 47. American bass-baritone born in New Orleans, between 1949 and 1951, he attended Loyola University of the South's College of Music, while performing various roles with the local opera company. In 1953, Treigle made his New York City Opera debut, as Colline in La bohème. Three years later, the bass-baritone scored his first significant success, as the tormented Reverend Olin Blitch, in the New York premiere of Floyd's Susannah. He made his European debut in this same opera, at the Brussels World's Fair, in 1958. He became one of the top bass-baritones in North America, and was acclaimed as one of the world's foremost singing-actors, specializing in roles that evoked villainy and terror. He sang in many experimental productions and participated in several important premieres, in operas by Einem, Copland, Moore, Floyd, Orff, Dallapiccola and Ward (The Crucible). Perhaps his greatest roles were in Faust (as Méphistophélès), Carmen (as Escamillo), Susannah, Il prigioniero, Les contes d'Hoffmann (the four Villains), Boris Godunov and, especially, Mefistofele.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzS20a_WQ9E&feature=related"]YouTube - Norman Treigle - bass - Die Zauberflote "In diesen heil'gen Hallen"[/ame]
in 1976 - Kyo/Tantric/Tooru Nishimura (Japanese singer; Dir en grey) is born.
in 1977 - Brad Walst (US bassist; Three Days Grace) is born.
in 1979 - Eric Mun (Korean rapper; Shinhwa) is born.
in 1978 - Slaughter and the Dogs appeared at Wythenshaw Forum, Manchester, England.
in 1980 - The Tourists appeared at the Apollo, Manchester, England.
in 1980 - Longineu W. Parsons (drummer; Yellowcard) is born.
in 1981 - Howard Hanson, composer, dies at 84
in 1982 - Lupe Fiasco (US hip hop artist) is born.
in 1982 - The Jam were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'A Town Called Malice', & 'Precious', their third No.1 spent three weeks at the top of the chart.
1985 - Bruce Springsteen went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Born In The USA', his first UK No.1 album.
in 1985 - 'Careless Whisper', started a three-week run at No.1 in the US charts, credited to Wham! Featuring George Michael, this was the duos second US No.1.

in 1988 - Jean Carignan dies at age 71. French Canadian fiddler born in Lévis; he was a well-known fiddler from Quebec. Joseph Allard, Michael Coleman, and J. Scott Skinner are all brilliant traditional fiddlers whose music Jean studied. He was a friend of famous violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin. In 1974, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada as "the greatest fiddler in North America" (died in Montreal)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gT3DctGzUhI"]YouTube - Jean Carignan - Hangman's Reel[/ame]
in 1989 - Scottish group Texas made their debut at London's Marquee Club, Texas, tickets £4.
in 1987 - Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky, composer, dies at 82.
in 1991 - Queen scored their seventh UK No.1 album with 'Innuendo.'
in 1991 - The Simpsons were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Do The Bartman'. The song was written by Michael Jackson and Bryan Lorenand, The Simpsons became the first cartoon characters to make No.1 since the Archies hit 'Sugar Sugar' in 1969.

in 1996 - Walter "Brownie" McGhee dies at age 80. American blues singer and guitarist born in Knoxville, Tennessee and grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee, he is maybe best known for his collaborations with the harmonica player Sonny Terry. As a young boy he had polio, in his teens he had an operation which enabled him to walk again. After singing with local harmony group the Golden Voices Gospel Quartet and teaching himself to play guitar, at 22, Brownie became a traveling musician, working in the Rabbit Foot Minstrels and recorded with Blind Boy Fuller, whose guitar playing influenced him greatly. In 1942, when he teamed up with Sonny Terry, they was an overnight success; as well as recording, they toured together until the 1980s. As a duo, they did most of their work from 1958 until 1980, spending eleven months of each year touring, and recording dozens of albums. During the blues revival of the 1960s, Terry and McGhee were very popular on the concert and music festival circuits. In 1987, he gave a small but memorable performance as ill-fated blues singer Toots Sweet in the supernatural thriller movie, Angel Heart. Brownies' final concert appearances was at the 1995 Chicago Blues Festival. One of Brownie's final concert appearances was at the 1995 Chicago Blues Festival (stomach cancer)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-C4lYGJm-KQ"]YouTube - Roots of Blues -- Brownie McGhee ? Not Guilty Blues"[/ame]
in 1999 - Robbie Williams won three awards at this year's Brit's. The singer won Best British solo artist, Best Single for 'Angels' and Best Video for 'Millennium.' Manic Street Preachers won Best British Group, Natalie Imbruglia won Best International Female artist and Best Newcomer, Best International Group went to The Corrs.

in 1999 - Björn Svante Afzelius dies at age 52. Swedish singer, song writer and guitar player born in Huskvarna, Jönköping County; in 1970, he formed the progg group Hoola Bandoola Band together with Mikael Wiehe. He released his first solo album in 1974, his last one in 1999. He wrote about 150 songs and sold over two and a half million albums. Some of his most popular songs are "Tusen bitar"/Thousand pieces, "Ikaros", "Sång till friheten"/Song for Freedom, "Kungens man"/The king's man, "Tankar i Havanna"/Thoughts in Havanna and "Till min kära"/For my dear (lung cancer)

2002 - Thieves broke into George Michael’s London home and stole over £100,000 ($170,000) worth of paintings, jewellery and designer clothes and drove off in his £80,000 ($136,000) Aston Martin DB7. They also caused £200,000 ($340,000) worth of damage to his home.

in 2002 - Billy Ward, American R&B and doo wop pianist, songwriter, arranger and bandleader (Billy Ward and His Dominoes), dies at 80. The Dominoes are in the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.
in 2003 - Massive Attack went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘100th Window.’

in 2003 - 50 Cent was at No.1 on the US album chart with his debut album ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’, a No.2 hit in the UK.

in 2003 - Benjamin Rush "Rusty" Magee dies at age 47. American composer and lyricist for theatre, television, and film and commercials, born in Washington, D.C. He received his bachelor's degree in music at Brown University in 1978 and was awarded an honorary Masters of Fine Arts. from the Yale School of Drama after working there for three years as Musical Consultant for the Yale Repertory Theatre and the Yale School of Drama. Among his many projects, he arranged and performed the music for the Tony Award-winning production of The House of Blue Leaves at Lincoln Center and on Broadway and PBS. He co-produced and wrote music for hundreds of one-act plays as Musical Director and co-founder with Lewis Black and Rand Foerster of Steve Olsen's West Bank Cafe Downstairs Theatre Bar in New York City. He wrote the music for Moonwork's production of What You Will, an adaptation of Twelfth Night, and for Moonwork's acclaimed version of A Midsummer Night's Dream. He wrote the theme music for the CBS-Television pilot "Family Brood". His song, "Road To Victory" (co-written with longtime collaborator Bob Golden), was featured in the documentary film New School Order. He was a huge Detroit Tigers fan, which inspired his musical '1919: A Baseball Opera'. His last musical 19th Street Shuffle was co- written with Billy Aronson (colon cancer)

in 2004 - Doris Troy / Doris Higginsen dies at age 67. US soul, R&B singer, solo, backup, songwriter, musicals; born in The Bronx, she was working as an usherette at the Apollo where she was discovered by James Brown the 'Godfather of Soul'. She worked with Solomon Burke, The Drifters, Cissy Houston, and Dionne Warwick before she co-wrote and recorded "Just One Look", which hit No.10 in 1963. Doris worked in the UK throughout the 1970s, appearing frequently at Ronnie Scott's Club. "Mama, I Want To Sing" is a stage musical based on her life, co-written with her sister, Vy. It ran for 1,500 performances at the Heckscher Theatre in Harlem, Troy played her own mother. As well as her solo career she also sang back up for many bands over the years including the Rolling Stones, Humble Pie, Kevin Ayers, Pink Floyd (on their seminal album The Dark Side of the Moon), George Harrison, Dusty Springfield, Nick Drake, Junior Campbell and Carly Simon (emphysema).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wabCIMwU0-Q"]YouTube - DORIS TROY - I'll Do Anything (He Want's Me To Do)[/ame]
in 2005 - Kid Rock was arrested for allegedly punching a DJ at a strip club in Nashville, Tennessee. Police were called to the incident but Rock escaped from the club. Shortly after, he was pulled over by an officer who got an autograph but did not do a breath test despite smelling alcohol. (The officer has since been fired). The star was eventually arrested a few hours later, taken to the night court and released on $3,000 (£1,600) bail.
in 2008 - Charlie Ryan, American rockabilly singer/songwriter and guitarist, dies at 92. Among other great songs, Ryan wrote "Hot Rod Lincoln."
in 2009 - Chris Brown talked about his recent arrest for the first time. The R&B singer was being investigated by police over claims he attacked a woman. In a statement Chris Brown said "I am seeking the counselling of my pastor, my mother and other loved ones and I am committed, with God's help, to emerging a better person." There had been speculation that his girlfriend Rihanna was the woman in the attack and had been seen with bruises on her face.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmjdaBaZe8Y"]YouTube - Chris Brown - With You[/ame]
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in 1653 -Italian composer Arcangelo Corelli was born in Fusignano near Milan

in 1654 - Michael Lohr, German composer, dies at 62.
in 1667 - Georg Bronner, German organist and composer, is baptized.
in 1675 - Johann Melchior Conradi, German singer, composer and Kapellmeister, is born.
in 1696 - Ernst Gottlieb Baron, German lutenist, theorbist, composer and musicologist, is born. Baron's Historisch-theoretische und practische Untersuchung des Instruments der Lauten is an important source for understanding lute playing of the late Baroque period.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3mVWY6CO8U"]YouTube - Ernst Gottlieb Baron (1696-1760) - Presto[/ame]
in 1697 - Louis-Maurice de La Pierre, French composer, is born.
in 1747 - Narciso Casanovas, Spanish composer, is born.
in 1754 - Jan Jachym Kopriva. Czech composer, is born.
in 1816 - Friedrich Wilhelm Markull, German organist, pianist, composer, music director and critic, is born.
in 1820 - Henri Vieuxtemps, Belgian virtuoso violinist, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1831 - Francisco Salvador Daniel, French composer, musicologist and collector of Arab folksongs, is born.

in 1732 - French organist and composer Louis Marchand died at the age of 63 in Paris
in 1841 - Italian composer and guitarist Ferdinando Carulli died at the age of 70 in Paris
in 1850 - Ludwig Bonvin, Swiss-American composer and teacher, is born.
in 1850 - Anton Urspruch, German composer and teacher, is born.
in 1856 - John Braham, English singer and composer, dies at 81.
in 1858 - Ernest Ford, English composer, conductor, teacher, musicologist and music director of the Trafalgar Theatre, is born.
in 1859 - Giuseppe Verdi's opera Un Ballo in maschera premieres in Rome.

in 1862 - British composer Edward German (Jones) was born in Whitchurch, Shropshire
in 1864 - Andrew Bartn "Banjo" Paterson, Australian writer, composer and songwriter, is born. Banjo Paterson wrote "Waltzing Matilda."
in 1882 - Kurt Schindler, German-American composer and conductor, is born.
in 1883 - Napoleon Coste, French guitarist, composer and teacher, dies at 76.
in 1887 - Leevi Antti Madetoja, Finnish composer, critic and teacher, is born.

in 1897 - American contralto Marian Anderson was born in Philadelphia, PA
in 1901 - Ethelbert Woodbridge Nevin, American pianist, composer and teacher, dies at 38.

in 1903 - Welsh composer Joseph Parry died at the age of 61 in Penarth, South Wales
in 1904 - Giacomo Puccini's opera Madama Butterfly premieres in Milan.
in 1905 - Orville “Hoppy” Jones, American singer, original bass for The Ink Spots, is born.
in 1906 - Ramon Tapales, Filipino violinist and composer, is born.
in 1909 - Marjorie Lawrence, Australian soprano, is born.

in 1911 - Orrin Tucker (US bandleader, composer) is born
in 1913 - Rene Leibowitz, French composer, conductor, music theorist and teacher, is born.
in 1915 - Homer Keller, American composer and teacher, is born.
in 1920 - Paul Fetler, American composer and teacher, is born.
in 1922 - Tommy Edwards, American R&B, jazz and pop singer/songwriter, is born.
in 1924 - Margaret Truman, American pop singer, pianist and writer, daughter of President Harry Truman, is born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge2OuVE5leo&playnext=1&list=PL14E8AE6CD771 2EFF"]YouTube - Margaret Truman and The Washington Post 1[/ame]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y31gOk0YjQE&NR=1"]YouTube - Margaret Truman and The Washington Post 2[/ame]
in 1924 - Oskar Merikanto, Finnish organist, pianist, composer and conductor, dies at 55.
in 1926 - Friedrich Cerha, Austrian composer, conductor and teacher, is born.
in 1926 - Lee Hoiby, American pianist and composer, is born.

in 1928 - Marta Romero (Puerto Rican actress, singer) is born
in 1932 - Buck Trent, American country singer, banjo player and actor, is born.
in 1933 - Bobby Lewis, American R&B and rock and roll singer, is born.
in 1933 - Henricus Viotta, Swiss pianist, organist, composer, conductor and physician, dies at 84.
in 1935 - Johnny Bush, American country singer/songwriter, guitarist and drummer, the "Country Caruso," is born.
in 1937 - Mickey McGill, American doo wop, R&B, soul, jazz and disco singer (The Dells), is born.

in 1939 - John Leyton (UK singer, actor; solo/Solid Gold Rock 'n' Roll Show) is born

1939 - Willy Hess dies at age 79. German violinist, viola and was also known to play a Guadagnini. Born in Mannheim, from 1904 to 1910 he was the concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and taught violin at Harvard University. He also spent time as the leader of the Hallé Orchestra, and as concertmaster in Frankfurt and Rotterdam. He then relocated to Berlin in 1910 to take the position of premier violin instructor at the Royal Academy of Music in Berlin, Germany. Composer Max Bruch, a friend of Hess, helped arrange Hess’ appointment as professor. During the time of the Weimar Republic the Hochschule was the hub of the international music scene, and he was associated with many of the musical luminaries of his day and taught students who came to Berlin from all over the world. He had no difficulty alternating between the violin and viola and performed the viola part of the first performance of Max Bruch’s Double Concerto for clarinet, viola and orchestra, op. 88. It was also in 1910 that Bruch composed the Concert Piece for violin and orchestra, op. 84, for Willy. Among works by other composers written for him was Arthur W. Foote’s Op. 69, Ballade. He also played in a piano trio with cellist Hugo Becker and pianist Daniel Quast
The following video performance was part of the Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop. The players had one day to work together and get this piece ready for performance.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MF5V1HaxQMA"]YouTube - Divertimento by Willy Hess[/ame]
in 1941 - Gene Pitney, American pop and rock singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, is born.

1943 - Armand J. Piron dies at age 54. American jazz violinist, composer and bandleader. In 1915, Armand and friend Mr Williams together started the Piron and Williams Publishing Company, and in their first year of business published Piron's composition, “I Wish That I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate”, which became his biggest hit. After touring briefly with W.C. Handy in 1917, he started an orchestra under his own name, which soon included such notables as Lorenzo Tio and Steve Lewis. His New Orleans Orchestra quickly became one of the best paid African American band in New Orleans, for Armand landed regular jobs at both the Spanish Fort amusement park and the exclusive white New Orleans Country Club

in 1944 - Karl Jenkins (Welsh composer) is born
in 1946 - Dodie Stevens (US singer) is born
in 1947 - Ben Cramer, Dutch pop singer and actor, is born.

in 1948 - José /José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz (Mexican singer, actor) is born
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-I8ERJNhHAQ"]YouTube - Jose Jose - Almohada[/ame]
in 1949 - Fred Frith, English rock singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, classical composer and teacher (Henry Cow, Art Bears, Massacre, Skeleton Crew), is born.
in 1950 - Rick Medlocke, American rock guitarist, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (Blackfoot, Lynyrd Skynyrd), is born.
in 1951 - Nikoghayos Fadeyi Tigranyan, Armenian composer and collector of Armenian folk sings, dies at 94.

in 1952 - Bruce Ruffin /Bernardo Constantine Valderama(singer, Dragonaires/Techniques/solo) is born
in 1955 - Otto J Gombosi, Hungarian-American musicologist, dies at 52.

in 1957 - Loreena McKennitt (Canadian folk singer, harpist, pianist) is born
in 1960 - Elvis Presley won his first Gold record for the album 'Elvis'.
in 1960 - The Everly Brothers signed a $1 million (£1.7 million) contract with Warner Brothers Records.
in 1962 - David McComb, Australian rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (The Triffids), is born.

in 1962 - German/American conductor Bruno Walter died at the age of 85 in Beverly Hills, CA
in 1962 - Gene Chandler started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Duke Of Earl.'
in 1962 - David McComb (Australian singer, guitarist, songwriter; The Triffids) is born

1962 - Bruno Walter /Bruno Schlesinger dies at age 85. German conductor, he made his debut at La Scala in 1926. In London, he was chief conductor of the German seasons at Covent Garden from 1924 to 1931 and emigrated to America in 1939, were he worked with many famous American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the NBC Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, where he was musical adviser from '47 to '49, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. From 1946 onwards, he made numerous trips back to Europe, becoming an important musical figure in the early years of the Edinburgh Festival and in Salzburg, Vienna and Munich. His late life was marked by stereo recordings with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra. He made his last live concert appearance on December 4th 1960 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and pianist Van Cliburn. His last recording was a series of Mozart overtures with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra at the end of March in 1961 (heart attack)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnAlCkedSQ4"]YouTube - BRUNO WALTER - KYRIE - MOZART REQUIEM[/ame]
in 1963 - Dan Reed, American rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (Dan Reed Network), is born.
in 1966 - Melissa Brooke-Belland "Missy Beehive" American rock singer (Voice of the Beehive), is born.

in 1966 - Nancy Sinatra was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'These Boots Are Made For Walking', Frank's eldest daughters first No.1.
in 1966 – Quorthon /Ace Börje Forsberg (Swedish bassist, songwriter; Bathory) is born
in 1966 - Michael Lepond (US bass guitarist; Symphony X) is born

in 1967 - The Beatles started recording a new John Lennon song ‘Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite’ at Abbey Road studio’s, London. John's lyrics for the song came almost entirely from an antique poster advertising a circus performance scheduled to take place in Rochdale, Lancashire, in February 1843. John had purchased the poster in Sevenoaks on January 31 while The Beatles were on location for the filming of the ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ promotional film.
in 1967 - Chanté Moore (US rhythm & blues singer) is born
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xUe1VdXQpo"]YouTube - Chanté Moore - Bitter[/ame]
in 1968 - Patrick Uterwijk, Dutch rock guitarist (Pestilence), is born.
in 1968 - Diana Ross And The Supremes 'Greatest Hits' started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart.
in 1969 - Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash recorded 'Girl From The North Country' together in Nashville at CBS Studios. The track appeared on Dylan's 'Nashville Skyline' album.
in 1970 - Joni Mitchell announced she was retiring from live performances during a concert at London's Royal Albert Hall. Joni was on stage again by the end of the year.

in 1970 - American composer and film conductor Alfred Newman died at the age of 69 in Los Angeles, CA
in 1970 - Timothy Mahoney (guitar; 311) is born

1970 - Alfred Newman dies at age 69. American film composer born in New Haven, Connecticut, a musical prodigy, he began studying piano at the age of five with Sigismund Stojowski, and walked a 10 mile round trip every day to practice on a neighbour's piano. By the age of twenty he was in New York, beginning a ten-year career on Broadway as the conductor of musicals by composers such as George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, and Jerome Kern. Then, in 1930, he accompanied Irving Berlin to Hollywood. Between 1930 and 1970, Alfred wrote music for over 200 films of every imaginable type, including a score for the newsreel made from the World War II footage of the Battle of Midway. All About Eve, Panic in the Streets, The Big Lift, The Prisoner of Zenda, The Robe, The Seven Year Itch, Anastasia, Carousel (adaptation), The King and I (adaptation), April Love, - How the West Was Won, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Camelot (adaptation), Firecreek, and many others. His final score was for the 1970 film Airport, produced by Universal Pictures. Alfred was nominated for a total of 45 Academy Awards, making him the most nominated composer in Oscar history. This record stood for thirty six years, until 2006 when John Williams matched the record (complications of emphysema)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=se_t56QT1RE"]YouTube - Alfred Newman - Greatest Hits[/ame]
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in 1971 - James Taylor made his TV debut on The Johnny Cash Show. Other guests included Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt and Tony Joe White.
in 1971 - Martyn Bennett (Scottish musician; bagpipes, fiddle, whistle, piano) is born
in 1972 - At the end of a 14 date UK tour, Pink Floyd started a four night run at London’s Rainbow Theatre. Tickets cost £1 ($1.70).
in 1972 - Los Angeles radio station KDAY played two new Rolling Stones tracks non-stop for a day after obtaining stolen tapes from a producer's home.
in 1972 - Billie Joe Armstrong, American rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (Green Day), is born.
in 1972 - Taylor Hawkins, American rock drummer and singer/songwriter (Foo Fighters), is born.
in 1972 - Gavril Nikolayevich Popov, Russian composer, dies at 67.

in 1972 - Yuki Isoya (Japanese singer; Judy and Mary) is born
in 1972 - Lars Göran 'LG' Petrov (Swedish singer; Entombed) is born

in 1973 - War started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'The World Is A Ghetto.' 1975, John Lennon's 'Rock 'n' Roll' album was released in the US.
in 1974 - Bryan White (US country singer) is born
in 1974 - Kaoru (Japanese guitarist; Dir en grey/La:Sadie's/Charm) is born

in 1975 - Wish Bone /Charles Scruggs (American rapper; Bone Thugs-N-Harmony) is born
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2M54Rh6oSGw"]YouTube - Wish Bone - Somebody's Gonna Die Tonight[/ame]
in 1975 – Harisu /Lee Kyung-eun (South Korean singer, model, actress) is born
in 1976 - Meyhna'ch/William Roussel (French singer, songwriter, guitar; Mütiilation) is born
in 1979 - Blondie scored their first UK No.1 album when 'Parallel Lines' started a four-week run at the top of the charts, featuring the singles 'Heart Of Glass', 'Hanging On The Telephone' and 'Sunday Girl.'
in 1979 - The Clash opened the US leg of their 'Pearl Harbour '79', North American tour at New York's Palladium. in1980 - US country singer Kenny Rogers was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Coward Of The County', his second and last UK chart topper.
in 1980 - Jerry Fielding, American film, television and record composer, conductor and music director, dies at 57.
in 1981 - John Hassall, English rock bassist and singer/songwriter (The Libertines, Yeti), is born.

1982 - Thelonious Monk dies at age 64. American jazz pianist born in Rocky Mount, Nth Carolina; he is considered one of the most important & eccentric jazz composers of the century. One of the giants of American music and an early practitioners of bebop during the '40s and '50s, his complex compositions featured irregular rhythms, dissonant sounds and a quirky sense of humor. He also made many contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, including "Epistrophy", "'Round Midnight", "Blue Monk", "Well, You Needn't" and "Straight, No Chaser". Thelonious is the second most recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington, which is remarkable as Ellington composed over 1,000 songs while Monk wrote about 70. He is one of only five jazz musicians ever to be featured on the cover of Time, the other four being Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Wynton Marsalis, and Dave Brubeck. (stroke)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmhP1RgbrrY"]YouTube - THELONIOUS MONK - Blue Monk[/ame]
in 1983 - Kevin Rudolf (US singer-songwriter) is born
in 1989 - The Stone Roses appeared at JB's in Dudley, West Midlands on the first night of an 8-date UK tour.
In 1989 - R.E.M. Hoodoo Gurus and The Go-Betweens all appeared at the Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia.
in 1992 - Meaghan Jette Martin (US actress, singer) is born
in 1995 - Uta Graf, German lyric soprano and teacher, dies at 80.

in 1996 - A Platinum American Express card once belonging to Bruce Springsteen was sold for $4,500 (£2,650) at a New York memorabilia sale. The singer had given the expired card to a waiter in a LA restaurant by mistake and let them keep it as a souvenir.

1998 - Bob Merrill dies at age 77. American songwriter, theatrical composer, lyricist, and screenwriter. Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and following a stint with the Army during WW II, he moved to Hollywood, where he worked as a dialogue director for Columbia Pictures. He began his songwriting career writing tunes for Dorothy Shay. One of his first major hits was the 1950 novelty song "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake". He also wrote/co-wrote the 1950 Moon Mullican country song "You don't have to be baby to cry", "(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?"-Patti Page, "Mambo Italiano"- Rosemary Clooney, and "The Kid's Last Fight"-Frankie Laine. He made his Broadway debut in 1957 with 'New Girl in Town', and his greatest theatrical success was the Barbra Streisand vehicle 'Funny Girl'. Other Broadway credits include Take Me Along; Carnival!; Breakfast at Tiffany's; Henry, Sweet Henry;The Red Shoes; and Sugar (reworked as Some Like It Hot for a 1992 production in London's West End starring Tommy Steele and a 2002-03 United States national tour starring Tony Curtis as Osgood Fielding, Jr. He was nominated for the Tony Award eight times, but never won. His screenwriting credits include Mahogany, W.C. Fields and Me, and the television movies Portrait of a Showgirl and The Animated Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Bob became progressively ill in the mid-1990s and took his own life)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykB6N5Nu0p8"]YouTube - Bob Merrill (Trumpet): "Cherokee" Duet with Wynton Marsalis[/ame]
in 2000 - John Lennon’s Steinway piano, on which he composed ‘Imagine’, went on display at the Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool, England. The piano was set to be auctioned on the Internet later in the year and was expected to fetch more than £1 million ($1.7 million).
in 2002 - Westlife went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'World Of Our Own.' The Irish boy band's 10th UK No.1 single.
in 2002 - 'Always On Time' by Ja Rule featuring Ashanti started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart.
in 2003 - The man behind the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC was being investigated over complaints that aspiring stars paid $1,500 (£882) to feature on his website. Lou Pearlman was accused by Florida authorities of getting young actors and models to pay upfront to appear on his Trans Continental company’s website by saying he would also help them to find work.

in 2004 - Prosecutors in the murder case of producer Phil Spector demanded that a fingernail overlooked by police investigating Lana Clarkson's shooting should be put forward as evidence. They claimed the fingernail, blackened with gunpowder, could indicate that the 40- year old actress killed herself at Spector's Los Angeles mansion. Spector, had denied murdering Clarkson.

in 2004 - Winners at this years Brit awards included, Daniel Bedingfield who won Best British male, Dido won Best British Female, The Darkness won Best British group, Best Rock group and Best British album with ‘Permission To Land’, Busted won British Breakthrough act and Duran Duran won Outstanding Contribution to Music.
in 2005 - A 1965 Fender Stratocaster guitar belonging to Jimi Hendrix sold for £100,000 at an auction in London. Other Hendrix items sold included a poem written two weeks after his appearance at the Monterey Festival which went for £10,000 and the first Jimi Hendrix Experience's single ‘Hey Joe’, signed by all the band sold for £2,000.
in 2005 - Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand made music history after taking two top prizes at the NME Awards. The band, who won best album and best single, became the first act ever to win the Mercury Music Prize, Brit Awards and NME awards in the same year.

2006 - William "Bill" Cowsill Jr. dies at age 58. American singer best known as lead singer and guitarist of The Cowsills who had three top 10 singles, "The Rain, the Park and Other Things", "Indian Lake" and "Hair". Born in Rhode Island, Bill began singing at a young age with his brother, Bob, and they formed The Cowsills in 1965 with their brothers: Barry on bass; Bob on guitar and organ; and John on drums. Another brother, Paul, their sister Susan and mother Barbara joined the band later. The band made regular television appearances, which led to Columbia Pictures considering a television program based on their story and starring most of the members of the band. This would later become The Partridge Family, with David Cassidy playing the lead singer. Bill's involvement with The Cowsills came to an abrupt end in 1969 when his father, caught him smoking marijuana. Bill moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where he fronted The Blue Shadows, who were known for their Everly Brothers-like harmonies. In 1990 Bill produced the second album for rockabilly act, The Rattled Roosters. In 1993, The Blue Shadows landed a deal with Sony and released its debut album, “On the Floor of Heaven”. In 1998, now in Calgary, Billy formed a new band The Co-Dependents, a country-rock quartet and went on to produce and arrange the vocals for Optimal Impact's debut album "Sun Sittin'" in 2000 (emphysema)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3StLQvI1Sc"]YouTube - Billy Cowsill Tribute[/ame]
2006 - Ray Barretto dies at age 76. US percussion & conga session player and member of the Fania All-Stars. Born in New York City of Puerto Rican descent in 1960, he was a house musician for the Prestige, Blue Note, and Riverside labels. He recorded his first hit, "El Watusi", the first Latin song to enter the Billboard charts in April 1963. He has played with a host of musicians including the Rolling Stones and the Bee Gees. In 1990 he was honored with a Grammy for the album "Ritmo en el Corazon" and 1999, he was inducted into the International Latin Music Hall of Fame (heart failure and multiple health complications)

2007 - Dermot O'Reilly dies at age 64. Irish-born Canadian musician, producer and songwriter born in Dublin, Ireland. In March 1968, he emigrated to Toronto where he met future bandmates Fergus O'Byrne and Denis Ryan. He was one of the founding members of The Sons of Erin and helped form the band Sullivan's Gypsies in 1970. In 1971, he, O'Byrne and Ryan moved to St. John's and began performing as Ryan's Fancy. Ryan's Fancy became a popular Irish group that released 12 albums and hosted a successful television program for several seasons. Dermot wrote and produced many Irish songs as a member of Ryan's Fancy, as a solo artist and later as a member of the group Brishney. In 2004, Ryan's Fancy was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the East Cost Music Association. After Ryan's Fancy disbanded, He founded Piperstock Productions, a video production and marketing company based in Torbay, Newfoundland and Labrador (heart attack)

2010 - Kathryn Grayson dies at age 88. American actress and operatic soprano singer born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, she trained as an opera singer from the age of 12. By the early '40s she was under contract to MGM , soon establishing a career principally through her work in musicals. After several supporting roles, she was a lead performer in such films as Anchors Aweigh with Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, Show Boat in 1951, Kiss Me Kate in 1953 with Howard Keel, and appeared in 2 films with Mario Lanza, That Midnight Kiss in '49 and The Toast of New Orleans in '50. When film musical production declined, she worked in theatre, appearing in Camelot from 1962-1964. Later, she performed in several operas, including La bohème, Orpheus in the Underworld, Madama Butterfly, and La Traviata (Kathryn
died in her sleep at her home in L.A)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWI9787jkVo&feature=related"]YouTube - Lanza and Grayson sing Libiamo... (Traviata)[/ame]
2010 - Ruby Hunter dies at age 55. Australian folk-blues-roots singer, songwriter and guitarist, Ruby was of the Ngarrindjeri Aboriginal nationality. She often performed with her partner, Archie Roach, whom she met at the age of 16, while both were homeless teenagers. She recieved two ARIA Award nominations for Best Indigenous Release for 'Thoughts Within' in 1995 and Best Blues & Roots Album for 'Feeling Good' in 2000. Ruby also won Deadlys in 2000 for Female Artist of the Year, 2003 for Outstanding Contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music and in 2004 for Excellence in Film & Theatrical Score. She made her acting debut in One Night the Moon. With Archie Roach and Paul Grabowsky she wrote and performed the concert Ruby's Story which tells the story of her life through song and spoken word. (heart attack)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBRFXqRp5lU"]YouTube - Ruby Hunter Let My Children Be[/ame]
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in 1632 - Giovanni Battista Vitali, Italian singer, cellist, composer and maestro di cappella, is born.

in 1655 - Italian stringed instrument craftsman Pietro Giovanni Guarneri was born in Cremona
in 1716 - Gaspard Fritz, Swiss virtuoso violinist and composer, is born.
in 1735 - The writers of Flora, or Hob in the Well (the first opera performed in the American colonies, Charleston, SC) which was mentioned already by Pedro, were Colley Cibber and John Hippesley. [Thank You Recusant]
in 1745 - Nicola Fago, Italian composer and teacher, dies at 67.
in 1751 - Karl Haack, German violinist and composer, is born.
in 1770 - Johann Christian Heinrich Rinck, German organist and composer, is born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7IwNURI0nU"]YouTube - Schöneberg: Johann Christian Heinrich Rinck "Flöten-Concert für die Orgel op. 55"[/ame]
in 1771 - Friedrich Christian Ruppe, Dutch violinist, keyboardist and composer, is born.
in 1776 - John Parry "Bardd Alaw" Welsh harpist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, conductor, collector of folk songs, teacher and Welsh bard, is born. Parry organized many cymrodorions (Welsh folk festivals), and was a judge at eisteddfodau (Congresses of Welsh Bards) during the 1830's and 40's.
in 1790 - Wilhelm Gottfried Enderle, German composer, dies at 67.

in 1799 - Maurus Haberhauer, composer, dies at 52
in 1819 - Joseph Philbrick Webster, American composer and songwriter, is born. Among over 1000 songs, Webster wrote "Lorena," which was an extremely popular song on both sides of the American Civil War, and the hymn "In the Sweet By and By."

in 1829 - Jan Krtitel Kuchar, composer, dies at 77
in 1833 - Ignac Ruzitska, composer, dies at 55
in 1833 - Georg Johann Schinn, composer, dies at 64
in 1841 - Samuel Prowse Warren, Canadian-American organist, composer, choirmaster and teacher, is born.
in 1850 - George Henschel, Polish-British baritone, pianist, conductor, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1880 - Eric De Lamarter, American organist, composer, conductor, music critic and teacher, is born.
in 1885 - Charlotte Helen Sainton-Dolby, English contralto, composer and teacher, dies at 61.

in 1902 - Opera "Hunchback of Notre Dame," premieres in Monte Carlo
in 1914 - Julius Kuczynski "Pee Wee King" American country singer/songwriter, fiddler and accordionist, is born. King is in the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
in 1915 - Marcel Landowsky, French composer, writer and administrator, is born. Landowsky established the Orchestre de Paris in 1967, during his tenure as France's Ministry of Cultural Affairs' director of music.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIdy22KzUR8"]YouTube - Marcel Landowski - Concerto pour Ondes Martenot et Orchestre à cordes et percussions (1954) 2[/ame]
in 1915 - David van de Woestijne, Belgian pianist, composer and teacher, is born.
in 1926 - Harry "Little" Caesar, American blues and R&B singer and actor, is born.
in 1927 - Tabe Bas, Dutch baritone, actor and chess player, is born.

in 1927 - 1st US radio broadcast of "Cities Service Concerts"
in 1929 - Agustin Gonzalez Acilu, Spanish composer and teacher, is born.
in 1931 - Dieter Schonbach, German composer, conductor, and director of stage music, is born. Schonbach is known for his multi-media compositions.
in 1933 - Elisabeth S "Elly" Belder-Ameling, Dutch soprano, is born.
in 1933 - Yoko Ono Lennon, Japanese-American rock singer/songwriter, pianist and artist, is born.
in 1934 - Aldo Ceccato, Italian conductor and music director, is born.

1934 - Skip Battin, The Byrds, is born (1965 US & UK No.1 single' Mr Tambourine Man'). In 1959-60 he sang in a duo, Skip & Flip, with Gary Paxton. They had two US hits that each went to #11, Paxton later formed the Hollywood Argyles, who had the number-one hit, Alley Oop. Battin was in the Byrds from 1970 to 1973. Member of New Riders Of The Purple Sage and The Flying Burrito Brothers.
in 1939 - Marlos Nobre, Brazilian pianist, composer, conductor, president of the Brazilian Academy of Music, and president of the National Music Committee of IMC/UNESCO, as well as head of several other organizations, is born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYJH8nNv8qA"]YouTube - MARLOS NOBRE, Divertimento for Piano & Orch, Mov. 1,Marlos Nobre (piano)[/ame]
in 1939 - Bobby Hart, singer, songwriter, is born (1968 US No 8 single with Tommy Boyce, 'I Wonder What She's Doing Tonite', also wrote 'Last Train To Clarksville', 'I'm Not Your Stepping Stone' and 'Scooby Doo Where Are You.' Sold over 40m records.
in 1939 - Ludwig Bonvin, Swiss-American composer and teacher, dies at 89.
in 1941 - Stuart David Cohen "David Blue" American folk singer/songwriter and actor, is born.
in 1941 - Herman Santiago, Puerto Rican-American pop singer/songwriter (Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers), is born.
in 1941 - Irma Thomas, American R&B and soul singer/songwriter, is born. Thomas is in the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

in 1941 - Herman Santigo, Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers, is born (1956 UK No.1 single 'Why Do Fools Fall In Love').
in 1945 - Jimmy Jewell, English jazz and R&B saxophonist, is born. Jewell played with many different groups, and headed a few of his own in his career.
in 1846 - Giovanni Liverati, composer, dies at 73
in 1947 - Dennis De Young, American rock singer/songwriter and keyboardist (Styx), is born.

in 1947 - Gian Carlo Menotti's opera "Telephone," premieres in NYC
in 1952 - Veronica "Randy" Crawford, American jazz and R&B singer/songwriter, is born.
in 1952 - Judith Kay "Juice" Newton, American country and pop singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born.
in 1953 - Robin Bachman, Canadian rock drummer and songwriter, (Bachman Turner Overdrive), is born.
in 1953 - Nico Arzbach, Dutch rock guitarist and singer (Stampei, De Dijk), is born.
in 1953 - Derek Pellicci, Australian rock drummer (Mississippi, Little River Band), is born.

in 1952 - Judy Kay Newton, Juice Newton, is born (1981 US No.2 single, 'Queen Of Hearts').
in 1952 - Randy Crawford, US female singer, is born (1980 UK No.2 single 'One Day I'll Fly Away'). Crusaders (1979 UK No.5 & US No.36 single 'Street Life.)'
in 1954 - John Travolta, American actor and singer, is born.
in 1955 - Brian James, English rock guitarist (The Damned, The Lords of the New Church, The Brian James Gang), is born.

in 1956 - Gustave Charpentier dies at age 95. French composer, born in Dieuze, best known for his opera Louise. He studied violin at the conservatoire in Lille before entering the Paris Conservatoire in 1881. In 1902, Gustave founded the Conservatoire Populaire Mimi Pinson, intended to provide a free artistic education to Paris's working girls. But, he became unproductive as a composer and worked on a sequel to Louise, ''Julien, ou la vie d'un poète'', but it was not as great a success as Louise on its 1913 premiere. During World War I, he started the Œuvre de Mimi Pinson and Cocarde de Mimi Pinson to aid wounded soldiers. He was awarded the Légion d'honneur in 1900, became a Commandeur in 1930, and a Grand Officier in 1950. In 1934, he conducted a recording of his Impressions d'Italie with a Paris symphony orchestra.
Romanian soprano Sanda Sandru sings Depuis le jour from the Gustave Charpentier's opera Louise
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xQlxIA1kgI"]YouTube - Sanda Sandru - Gustave Charpentier - Louise - "Depuis le jour"[/ame]
in 1956 - The Platters 'The Great Pretender', started a two run at No.1 on the US singles chart, a No. 5 in the UK.
in 1959, Ray Charles recorded ‘What'd I Say,’ in New York City. The song had evolved in concert as a call-and-response between Charles and his female back-up singers. It became Charles' biggest hit to date, reaching No.1 on the R&B and No.6 on the pop charts.
in 1962 - On weekend leave from marine training, The Everly Brothers appeared on the US Ed Sullivan show, in full uniform and with regulation cropped hair, singing their new single, 'Crying In The Rain'.

in 1959 - Alfred Alessandrescu, Romanian pianist, composer and conductor, dies at 65.
in 1959 - Jaroslav Kvapil, Czech composer, conductor, choirmaster and teacher, dies at 66.
in 1959 - Eric Zeisl, Austrian composer and teacher, dies at 53.
in 1961 - Jasper Stainthorpe, British rock bassist (Then Jericho), is born.

in 1965 - The Kinks were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Tired Of Waiting For You', the group's second UK No.1.
in 1965 - Working at Abbey Road studio’s in London, The Beatles recorded two new songs: John Lennon's ‘You've Got to Hide Your Love Away’ and a new Paul McCartney song ‘Tell Me What You See.’
in 1966 - Beach Boy Brian Wilson recorded the future classic song 'Good Vibrations', which went on to become the band's third U.S. number-one hit. As a child, his mother told him that dogs could pick up "vibrations" from people, so that the dog would bark at "bad vibrations" Wilson turned this into the general idea for the song.
in 1966 - The Rolling Stones kicked off an 11-date tour of Australia and New Zealand at the Commemorative Auditorium, Sydney, supported by The Searchers.
in 1966 - Tommy Scott, British rock singer (Space), is born.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5L9PoG472o"]YouTube - Tommy Scott's Irish Céilídh Party Singalong[/ame]
in 1966 - Casimir von Paszthory, Hungarian composer, dies at 79.
in 1967 - Manuel Palau Boix, Spanish composer, teacher and director of the Conservatorio Superior in Valencia, dies at 74.

in 1967 - The Buckinghams started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Kind Of A Drag', the group's only US No.1. It didn't make the UK chart.
in 1969 - This week's UK Top 5 singles: No.5, 'Dancing In The Street', Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, No.4, 'I'm Gonna Make You Love Me', Diana Ross and the Supremes and the Temptations, No.3, 'Where Do You Go To' Peter Sarstedt, No.2, 'Blackberry Way', The Move, and No.1, 'Half As Nice' Amen Corner.'
in 1969 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
in 1970 - twins, Andy Williams (drums, vocals), and Jez Williams, are born (guitar). Sub Sub, (1993 UK No.3 single ‘Ain’t No Love, (Ain’t No Use'). Doves, (2002 UK No.3 single ‘There Goes The Fear’ and 2002 UK No.1 album ‘The Last Broadcast’).
in 1971 - Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band made their New York debut at Unganos.
in 1972 - 12 year-old Neil Reid started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut album. It made Read the youngest person ever to score a UK No.1.
in 1975 - Luigi Dallapiccola, Italian pianist, composer and teacher, dies at 71.
in 1976 - Eddie Dowling, American composer/songwriter, actor, screenwriter, playwright and producer, dies at 81.

in 1980 - During an interview Rolling Stone Bill Wyman said that he intended to leave the band in 1982 on the group's 20th anniversary. Wyman quit the band in 1993.
in 1984 - Simple Minds scored their first UK No.1 album with 'Sparkle In The Rain' the bands 6th release.
in 1985 - Carel Verbrugge "Willy Alberti" Dutch pop singer, actor and televisoion personality, dies at 58.

in 1987 - Bon Jovi were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Livin' On A Prayer', it made No.4 in the UK.

in 1987 - Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky dies at age 82. Russian Soviet composer, born in Saint Petersburg, he is regarded as one of the great modern composers of children's music. He helped to set up the Union of Soviet Composers in Moscow and remained one of its leading figures. He was also a prolific composer of piano music and chamber music, many of his piano works have been performed by the likes of Vladimir Horowitz, and are regarded as highly innovative, suffusing influences from jazz structure like that of the latter Nikolai Kapustin and symbolic minimalism along the lines of Alemdar Karamanov's concerto n.3 per pianoforte e orchestra. Kabalevsky's Piano Sonata n°1 op.6 is a prime example of his style. He was awarded a number of state honors for his musical works, including at least two Stalin Prizes. He was elected the head of the Commission of Musical Esthetic Education of Children in 1962 as well as being elected president of the Scientific Council of Educational Esthetics in the Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of the USSR in 1969.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Zo2WtT-ziY"]YouTube - Dmitri Kabalevsky - Comedian's Dance[/ame]
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in 1989 - An impostor claiming to be Madness vocalist Suggs caused havoc when he phoned Radio 1 and asked them to advertise a one-off gig in Newcastle, it also came to light that the man had been calling local radio stations and UK gig promoters.
in 1989 - Debbie Gibson started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Electric Youth.'
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9h2fxAaXN5c"]YouTube - Debbie Gibson Only In My Dreams MV( Music Video Official)[/ame]
in 1989 - Fine Young Cannibals scored their only UK number 1 album with 'The Raw And The Cooked.'

in 1993 - Patrick Waite dies at age 24. Jamaican-English reggae artist, bassist and singer in Musical Youth. The group originally formed in 1979 at Duddeston Manor School in Birmingham, England. They are best remembered for their successful 1982 Grammy-nominated single, "Pass the Dutchie". The group featured two sets of brothers, Kelvin and Michael Grant, plus Junior and Patrick Waite, who's father, Frederick Waite, was a former member of Jamaican group The Techniques, and sang lead with Junior at the start of the group's career. They received a Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards of 1984. Their follow-up to "Pass the Dutchie", "Youth Of Today", reached number 13 in the UK Singles Chart, and early in 1983, "Never Gonna Give You Up", climbed to UK number 6. Minor successes with "Heartbreaker" and "Tell Me Why", were succeeded by a collaboration with Donna Summer on the UK Top 20 hit, "Unconditional Love". Eventually in 1985 the band split. In 1993 the band had planned a reunion but due to Patrick's untimely death this didn't happen. (heart condition).

in 1995 - John Rhea "Yank" Lawson, American jazz trumpeter and bandleader (World's Greatest Jazz Band), dies at 83.
in 1995 - Bob Stinson, American rock guitarist (The Replacements, Static Taxi), dies at 35.
in 1995 - Eddie Williams, American jazz, blues and R&B bassist, dies at 82.

in 1995 - American guitarist Bob Stinson from The Replacements died from a drug overdose, his body was found in his Uptown, Minneapolis apartment. Founding member of The Replacements, was also a member of Static Taxi.

in 1995 - Bob Stinson dies at age 35. American lead guitarist, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he formed The Replacements, formerly Dog's Breath in 1979 with drummer Chris Mars and Bob's younger half-brother Tommy, then just 12 years old; a year later, he brought in Paul Westerberg on second guitar and vocals. Bob recorded the first 4 albums the band ''Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash'', ''Hootenanny'', ''Let It Be'', and ''Tim'', after which he left in 1985. His first band after leaving The Replacements was Model Prisoner, which broke up in 1988, later the same year he formed Static Taxi. They recorded two albums Stinson Boulevard and Closer 2 Normal. Bob put a few other projects together and his last band was The Bleeding Hearts, which he formed with his roommate Mike Leonard (Bob's body just gave out after years of drink and drugs).

in 1995 - Eddie Williams dies at age 79. American bass player for for the ground breaking group Johnny Moore's Three Blazers during the mid and late forties. He was part of the trio when vocalist Charles Brown recorded "Drifting Blues". He left in 1949 and formed his own group which he called Eddie Williams & His Brown Buddies. He had many hits such as "Blues In Cuba" , "Houston Jump", "Cuba", "Red Head 'n Cadillac", "Broken Hearted", "Mississippi", "Saturday Night Fish Fry", "Prairie Dog Hole", "You Need Me Now", "I Saw Stars", "Worries", "The Umbrella Song" and "Johnny Katherine". In 1951, Eddie broke up his small group and joined Floyd Dixon as part of Dixon's combo. Eddie was an important artist of the post war years inventing and formulating the music we now call rock & roll.

in 1997 - Eric William Fenby, English organist, composer, teacher and writer, amanuensis to Frederick Delius, dies at 90.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_4XmZRmqSI"]YouTube - Delius Cello Sonata Julian Lloyd Webber and Eric Fenby part 1[/ame]
in 1997 - French-American conductor and musicologist Antonio de Almeida died in Pittsburgh at the age of 69
in 1998 - Oasis’ Noel Gallagher’s Epiphone Supernova guitar raised £4,600 ($7,820) in aid of Children In Need at a Bonhams auction held in London, England.
in 2000 - An American court ordered the release of FBI files relating to John Lennon's interests and activities including his support for the Irish Republican cause and the Workers Revolutionary Party. The British Government told the US that it wanted the files to remain secret. MI5 also had files on Lennon, which they had passed on the FBI during the 70's.
in 2001 - Joe Feat Mystikal started a four-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Stutter.'

in 2004 - Dido entered a Top 10 of the music world’s biggest earners after making £15.8 million ($26.9 million) in 2003, The singer’s second album Life For Rent was the previous year’s biggest selling UK album. The Rolling Stones topped the Heat magazine rich list having earned £55.3 million ($94 million) in 2003.
in 2004 - a court case accusing Marilyn Manson of sexual assault was dismissed after the two sides reached a settlement. Security guard Joshua Keasler had sued Manson after the star allegedly put his legs around Keasler's neck and gyrated against him on stage at a gig in Detroit, Michigan in 2001. Manson was ordered to pay $4,000 (£2,091) in fines and costs in the criminal proceedings.

in 2005 - Britney Spears attacked a US magazine after it published photographs of her honeymoon without permission. Weekly publication Us printed five pages of pictures of Spears and husband Kevin Federline on holiday in Fiji. A statement from US said: "Britney should start her own magazine if she'd like to dictate her own coverage."
in 2006 - ‘The Greatest Songs of the Fifties’ by Barry Manilow was at No.1 on the US album chart.

in 2007 - Norah Jones scored her third US No.1 album with 'Not Too Late', also a No.1 in the UK and over 20 other countries.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBKcKQHZXks"]YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.[/ame]
in 2008 - Carpenters fans were objecting to plans to have pop duo's former family home in Downey, south of Los Angeles knocked down. The current owners of the house, said they objected to fans looking in the windows and leaving floral tributes. The five-bedroom house was immortalised when it featured on the cover of The Carpenters' 1973 hit album Now & Then.
in 2009 - Welsh songstress Duffy won three trophies at this years Brit awards, taking home Best British Female Solo Artist, British Breakthrough Act and British Album of the Year for her debut Rockferry. Kings of Leon won International Group and International Album for Only By The Night, International Male and Female Solo Artists were Kanye West and Katy Perry. British Male Solo Artist went to Paul Weller, Iron Maiden won British Live Act and Elbow won Best British Group. Outstanding Contribution to Music went to the Pet Shop Boys.

in 2009 - Snooks Eaglin /Fird Eaglin Jr dies at age 73. US blind blues guitarist and singer; at aged 11, he won a talent contest organized by radio station WNOE by playing "Twelfth Street Rag". Three years later, he dropped out of school to become a professional musician. In 1952, he joined a local 7-piece band the Flamingoes. The Flamingoes didn't have a bass player, and according to Snooks, he played both the guitar and the bass parts at the same time on his guitar. He stayed with The Flamingoes until their dissolution in the mid-50s. As a solo artist, his recording and touring were inconsistent, his first recording was in 1953, playing guitar at a recording session for James "Sugar Boy" Crawford. Snooks claimed in interviews that his musical repertoire included some 2,500 songs, at live shows he did not usually prepare set lists, he played songs that came to his head, and he also took requests from the audience. He joined Black Top Records in the 1980s, these years had been the most consistent years of his recording career. Between 1987 and 1999, he recorded 4 studio albums and a live album, and appeared as a guest on a number of recordings by other Black Top artists, including Henry Butler, Earl King, and Tommy Ridgley. (In 2008 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he died of a heart attack in Ochsner Medical Centre, New Orleans while undergoing treatment).

in 2010 - Ines Paulke dies at age 51. German rock 'n' roll singer and songwriter, born in Gräfenthal. Ines took classical vocal studies at the music school in Gera and in 1983 was awarded a grant from the Committee for Entertainment Arts. Until 1986, she played in the band Datzu, but left to start her solo career. She received awards at Workers' Festivals and other competitions. Along with Anke Schenker and Angelika Weiz, she performed as the Swing Sisters, and founded the United Voices Gospel Project. In 2003 she wrote and sang with US artist Brady Swenson the song for the City of Leipzig's Olympic bid (suicide).

in 2010 - Richard Proulx dies at age 72. American choral conductor, composer and editor of church music born in St. Paul, Minnesota and began piano studies at 6 years. He was a widely published composer of more than 300 works, including anthems, service music, hymn concertatos, organ music and music for a handbell choir, currently based in Chicago. He served as a consultant on several important hymnals, including The Hymnal 1982 and the United Methodist Hymnal. He had a long association with Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, and has made several recordings with The Cathedral Singers, a professional chorus which he founded in 1991.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4DzfMUVSW4"]YouTube - A Tribute to Richard Proulx[/ame]
in 2010 - Ariel Ramírez dies at age 88. Argentine composer and pianist, born in Santa Fe, Argentina, Ariel is considered "a chief exponent of Argentine folk music" and noted for his iconic musical compositions. He initially followed tango before switching to Argentine folklore. He began his piano studies and soon became fascinated with the music of the gauchos and creoles. Misa Criolla in 1964, marked the beginning of his international career, it allowed him to travel around Europe and Latin America to build his reputation. He had more than 300 compositions during his career and sold millions of albums and his work was globally renowned. His works included Navidad Nuestra; La Peregrinación; Los caudillos; Mujeres Argentinas; and Alfonsina y el Mar. Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Mercedes Sosa are some of the artists to have recorded his work. He was also associated with Miguel Brascó and Felix Luna (pneumonia).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1vtghfeZw0"]YouTube - Alfonsina y el Mar, ARIEL RAMIREZ[/ame]

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in 1605 - Orazio Tiberio Vecchi, Italian composer and maestro di capella, dies at 54. Vecchi's L′Amfiparnaso is considered a link between madrigal and opera, being a madrigal-comedy in 13 scenes, combining madrigalian dialogue with light entertainment music.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyGKpAX2kM8"]YouTube - Orazio Vecchi, So Ben, Mi C'ha Bon Tempo[/ame]
in 1727 - Handel became a naturalized British subject by order of the Crown
in 1785 - Johann Christoph Richter, composer, dies at 84

in 1743 - Luigi Boccherini is born
1653 - Luigi Rossi, Italian organist and composer, dies at around 55. Rossi is primarily remembered for his chamber cantatas.
in 1671 - Charles-Hubert Gervais, French composer, is born.
in 1687 - Johann Adam Birkenstock, German violinist and composer, is born. Wikipedia and at least one other site say that he's the Birkenstock that invented the sandals with that name, but I have my doubts, since I found a site that credits the invention to another Johann Birkenstock, registered as a cobbler in 1774, over 40 years after the composer died. In any event, it was a descendant of Johann Birkenstock (cobbler), Konrad Birkenstock, who invented the modern version in 1897. I know this has absolutely nothing to do with music, but it's interesting (and as I said, dubious) that a violinist and composer is credited with being a cobbler as well.
in 1762 - Friedrich Franz Hurka, Czech tenor and composer, is born.

in 1763 - Adalbert Gyrowetz is born

in 1790 - Jean-Baptiste Krumphultz, composer, dies at 47

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbcB7LA1Fig"]YouTube - Hidden treasures - Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz - Concerto for Harp & Orchestra (1778) - II. Andante[/ame]
in 1790 - A bit about Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz, the Czech virtuoso harpist and composer, whom Pedro has already mentioned: He died by drowning himself in the Seine. (His wife had run off with the pianist Dussek.) Krumpholtz made several innovations in harp design, which led to the development of the modern instrument. His compositions for the harp are some of the most significant in the early repertoire of that instrument.

History (based on materials from the Grove Dictionary of Music): Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz (1747-1790) was initially planning to become a horn player before ultimately choosing to study harp. Returning to Prague in 1771 after a long stay in France and Flanders, he greatly impressed the violinist Pichl and pianist Dusek who promptly sent him to Vienna with recommendations to Haydn who took him on as a composition pupil and as solo harpist in the retinue of Count Esterhazy. In 1776 Krumpholtz undertook a long concert tour of Europe, performing in Leipzig on a "harpe organisée", gradually becoming the most acclaimed harp virtuoso of the late 18th century. He is no less important for his efforts to perfect the harp: in 1785 the Parisian firm of Naderman built an instrument to Krumpholtz's specification with 24 strings, eight of which were metal, and with an eighth pedal that opened five shutters in the resonator. Other improvements by him were incorporated after his death into the Erard harp at the beginning of the 19th century, the prototype of the modern double-action harp. After his death a harp method, said to have been written by him for a German baroness, was published by J.M. Plane as "Principes pour la harpe" in 1800. Krumpholtz's concertos, sonatas and variations for harp, which appeared in Paris from about 1775 (many were later reprinted in London), became staples of the repertory and are still highly respected.

in 1812 - Lauro Rossi, Italian composer and teacher, is born.

in 1815 - Leonhard von Call, composer, dies at 47
in 1822 - Jeronymo Francisco de Lima, composer, dies at 78
in 1841 - Felipe Pedrell, Spanish composer and musicologist, is born.

in 1843 - Spanish-Italian opera soprano Adelina Patti was born in Madrid
[Hear a voice Abe Lincoln heard. She is on YouTube.]
in 1858 - Alois Basil Nikolaus Tomasini, composer, dies at 78
in 1863 - Emanuel Moor, Hungarian pianist, composer, conductor and inventor, is born. Moor, amongst other things, invented the Moor-Duplex piano, a dual keyboard instrument with a coupler between the two manuals an octave apart.
in 1877 - Louis François-Marie Aubert, French composer and music journalist, is born.
in 1878 - Thomas Alva Edison patents the gramophone (phonograph).
in 1880 - Arthur Shepherd, American composer, conductor and teacher, is born.
in 1881 - Armin Knab, German composer, teacher, lawyer and judge, is born.
in 1886 - George Luther Foote, American composer, is born.
in 1894 - Ernesto Camillo Sivori, Italian virtuoso violinist, composer and arranger, dies at 78.
in 1902 - John William Sublett "John Bubbles" American singer and dancer, father of the 'rhythm tap' style of tap dancing, is born. John Bubbles was Fred Astaire's tap dance teacher. They met in vaudeville when Astaire was still ballroom dancing with his sister Adele and Bubbles taught him how to tap dance. Astaire always gave props to Bubbles and called him the greatest tap dancer of their generation. You can see a lot
 of Bubbles influence in Astaire, especially the cane work, but also his style and flourish in his movements.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c58AAcnaPTo"]YouTube - Cabin in the Sky[/ame]
in 1906 - Hendrik Spruit, Dutch conductor, is born.
in 1906 - Grace Mary Williams, Welsh composer, is born.
in 1911 - Nikola Hercigonja, Croatian composer and musicologist, is born.
in 1912 - Stan Kenton, American jazz pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader, is born.
in 1913 - Alvin Derold Etler, American oboist, composer and teacher, is born.

in 1914 - Riccardo Zandonai's opera "Francesco da Rimini," premieres in Turin
in 1921 - Claude Pascal, French singer, composer, music critic and teacher, is born.

in 1922 - Ed Wynn becomes 1st talent to sign as a radio entertainer
in 1922 - Josef Matej, composer was born
in 1923 - Donald Lybbert, American composer, is born.
in 1923 - Geronimo Gimenez y Bellido, Spanish violinist, composer and conductor, dies at 68. Gimenez y Bellido is remembered for his zarzuelas, which are a type of musical theater incorporating singing, dancing, and dialog. He also wrote sainetes, Spanish one-act comic operettas, and some instrumental works. I spell his name with a "G" as he preferred, though he's officially known as "Jeronimo."
in 1923 - Jean Sibelius' 6th Symphony premieres in Helsinki.

in 1925 - Jindrich Feld, composer was born
in 1926 - Gyorgy Kurtag, composer was born

in 1927 - Robert Fuchs dies at age 80. Austrian composer and teacher nicknamed "Serenaden-Fuchs"/"Serenading Fox". Born in Frauental an der Laßnitz in Styria. He studied at the Vienna Conservatory with Felix Otto Dessoff and Joseph Hellmesberger among others. He eventually secured a teaching position there and was appointed Professor of music theory in 1875. He retained the position until 1912. Robert taught many notable composers, including George Enescu, Gustav Mahler, Hugo Wolf, Jean Sibelius, Alexander von Zemlinsky, Erich Korngold, Franz Schmidt, Franz Schreker, Richard Heuberger, Leo Fall, Petar Krstic, Erkki Melartin, and Leo Ascher. In his lifetime, his best known works were his five serenades.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-anN0Ytnvc"]YouTube - Robert Fuchs - Piano Concerto in B flat minor, Op. 27 (3/3)[/ame]
in 1932 - Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, French opera director, is born.
in 1933 - Arnold Ludwig Mendelssohn, German organist, composer and teacher, son of a cousin of the famous Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, dies at 77.
in 1936 - Bob Engemann, American pop singer (The Lettermen), is born.
in 1939 - Robert Luke Harshman "Bobby Hart" American pop singer/songwriter (The Monkees), is born. Hart, in partnership with Tommy Boyce, wrote many of the songs which became hits for The Monkees, as well as working as a pop duo. They wrote approximately 300 songs together.
in 1940 - William "Smokey" Robinson, American R&B and soul singer/songwriter and producer (The Miracles) "King of Motown," is born. Robinson is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received a Grammy Lifetime Acheivement Award, as well as several other awards.
in 1940 - Bobby Rogers, American R&B and soul singer (The Miracles), is born. Rogers was born in the same hospital as Smokey Robinson, though they didn't meet until they were both 15.
in 1941 - Carlos Roque Alsina, Argentinian-French pianist, composer and teacher, is born. Alsina is an officer in l'Ordre National des Arts et Lettres.

in 1941 - Irish composer and arranger Sir Hamilton Harty died at the age of 61 in Brighton, UK
in 1942 - Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded "I'll Take Tallulah"
in 1943 - Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco "Lou Christie" American pop singer/songwriter, is born.
in 1944 - Siegfried Garibaldi Kallenberg, German composer and music writer, dies at 76.
in 1946 - Paul Dean, Canadian rock guitarist and songwriter (Loverboy), is born.
in 1946 - Pierre van der Linden, Dutch jazz and rock drummer (Brainbox, Focus, Trace, and others), is born.

in 1947 - CBS radio premiere of Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasilieras No 3"
in 1948 - Mark Andes, American rock bassist, guitarist and songwriter (Spirit, Jo Jo Gunne, Firefall, Heart, and session work), is born.
in 1948 - Tony Iommi, English rock guitarist and songwriter (Black Sabbath), is born. Iommi is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
in 1949 - Eddie Hardin, English rock singer/songwriter and pianist (Spencer Davis Group), is born.
in 1949 - Auguste Jean Maria Charles Serieyx, French composer, musicologist and teacher, dies at 83.
in 1950 - Andy Powell, English rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (Wishbone Ash), is born.
in 1950 - Edyth Walker, American mezzo-soprano, soprano and teacher, dies at 82.
in 1954 - Francis Bucholz, German rock bassist and producer (Scorpions), is born.
in 1956 - Peter Holsapple, American rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (dB's, R. E. M.), is born.
in 1956 - Dave Wakeling, English ska singer/songwriter and guitarist (The Beat), is born.

in 1956 - Elvis Presley performed three shows at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa, Florida, (2 matinee and 1 evening). A full scale riot broke out after the show when Elvis announced to the 14,000 strong crowd, “Girls, I'll see you backstage." Fans chased Elvis into the dressing room tearing off his clothes and shoes.
in 1957 - Johann Hölzel "Falco" Austrian rock singer/songwriter, pianist, bassist and guitarist, is born.

in 1957 - American movie idol and singer Tab Hunter was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Young Love', the singers only UK No.1 hit.
in 1962 - Albert Israel Elkus, American pianist, composer, choral conductor and teacher, dies at 77.
in 1963 - Seal Samuel "Seal" British soul and pop singer/songwriter, guitarist and bassist, is born.

in 1963 - The Beatles, Freddie Starr & The Midnighters, The Pathfinders and Curtis & The All Stars all appeared at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England. The Beatles had 'Please Please Me' at No.1 on the NME singles chart.
in 1964 - Doug Aldrich, American rock guitarist and songwriter (Dio, Whitesnake, and others), is born.

in 1965 - Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded a new John Lennon song ‘You're Going To Lose That Girl’ in two takes. The track was released on the Help! album.
in 1966 - Lou Christie went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Lighnin' Strikes', a No.11 hit in the UK. Nancy Sinatra held the UK No.1 single position with 'These Boots Are Made For Walkin'
in 1967 - Kate Radley, English rock keyboardist (Spritualised), is born.
in 1968 - Frank Watkins, American rock bassist (Obituary), is born.

in 1972 - Harry Nilsson started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with his version of the Badfinger song 'Without You.'
in 1972 - Led Zeppelin appeared at the Memorial Drive, Adelaide in Australia.

in 1972 - Lee Morgan dies at age 33. American hard bop trumpeter born in Philadelphia; he recorded prolifically from 1956 until a day before his death. His primary stylistic influence was Clifford Brown, who gave the teenager a few lessons before he joined the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band at 18, and remained a member for a year and a half, until Dizzy to disbanded in 1958. He began recording for Blue Note Records in 1956, eventually recording 25 albums as a leader for the company, with more than 250 musicians. He also recorded on the Vee-Jay label. Joining Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in 1958 further developed his talent as a soloist and composer. As the 60's progressed, he recorded some twenty additional albums as a leader, and continued to record as a sideman on the albums of other artistsfeatured sideman on several early Hank Mobley records, as well as on John Coltrane's Blue Train-1957-, on which he played a trumpet with an angled bell (shot to death by Helen Moore following an argument between sets at Slug's, a popular New York City jazz club).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMsBCDVXHGc"]YouTube - Lee Morgan "You Go To My Head"[/ame]
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in 1973 - Joseph Szigeti dies at age 80. Hungarian violinist born in a small town in Transylvania, but in 1939, to escape the war and Nazi persecution of the Jews, he emigrated with his wife to the United States, where they settled in California. From the 1920s until 1960, Joseph performed regularly around the world and recorded extensively. He also distinguished himself as a strong advocate of new music, and was the dedicatee of many new works by contemporary composers. Among the more notable pieces written for him are Ernest Bloch's Violin Concerto, Bartók's Rhapsody No. 1, and Eugène Ysaÿe's Solo Sonata No. 1. After retiring from the concert stage in 1960, he worked at teaching and writing until his death (died after a long illness)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jWSCc3osKc"]YouTube - The Art of Joseph Szigeti (vaimusic.com)[/ame]
in 1975 - Luigi Dallapiccola dies at age 71. Italian composer known for his lyrical twelve-tone compositions, his final opera Ulisse in 1968, with his own libretto after The Odyssey, was the culmination of his life's work. It was composed over 8 years. He took his piano degree at the Florence Conservatory in the 1920s and became professor there in 1931; until his 1967 retirement he spent his career there teaching lessons in piano as a secondary instrument. He also studied composition with Vito Frazzi at the Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini. His students include Abraham Zalman Walker, Luciano Berio, Bernard Rands, Donald Martino, Halim El-Dabh, Ernesto Rubin de Cervin, Arlene Zallman, Noel Da Costa, and Raymond Wilding-White. He made frequent travels to America, including appearances at Tanglewood in the summers of 1951 and 1952 and several semesters of teaching courses in composition at Queens College, New York beginning in 1956. He was a sought-after lecturer throughout Western Europe and the Americas.

in 1976, Kilburn And The High Roads, (featuring Ian Dury), appeared at Dingwalls, Camden Town, London, England. 1976, Former lead singer with Tower Of Power, Rich Stevens was arrested in connection with the drug related murders of three men in San Jose, California. Stevens was found guilty of the charges in November 1976.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17IsfhAY_E0"]YouTube - Flogging Molly "The Kilburn High Road"[/ame]
in 1977 - '20 Golden Greats' by The Shadows started a six-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart.
in 1977 - Leo Sayer had his only UK No.1 single with the Albert Hammond and Carole Bayer Sager song 'When I Need You.' Both Celine Dion and Cliff Richard have scored hits with the song.
in 1977 - Manfred Mann's Earth Band scored a No.1 single in the US with their version of the Bruce Springsteen song 'Blinded By The Light.'

in 1980 - Bon Scott dies at age 33. Scottish-born Australian rock musician, best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980. He was born in Kirriemuir, Scotland, and moved to Melbourne, Australia with his family in 1952 at the age of six. He started his career as drummer and occasional lead singer with an Australian band, The Spektors. Two years later they merged with another local band, The Winstons, and formed The Valentines, in which Scott was co-lead singer with Vince Lovegrove. The Valentines recorded several songs written by George Young of The Easybeats including "Every Day I Have to Cry". In 1970, after a National Top 30 with their single "Juliette", they disbanded. Bon moved to Adelaide in '70 and joined the progressive rock band Fraternity releasing the LPs "Livestock" and "Flaming Galah" before touring the UK in 1971, where they changed their name to "Fang". During this time they played support slots for Status Quo and Geordie. Bon replaced Dave Evans as the lead singer of AC/DC in September 1974, he performed on AC/DC's first 7 albums from High Voltage in 1975 to Highway to Hell released in 1979 (tragically found dead in the passenger seat of a friend's parked car. Although there are many conspiracy theories surrounding his death, the coroner's report stated that he had "Drunk himself to death", suffocating on his own vomit. The official cause was listed as "acute alcohol poisoning" and "death by misadventure").

in 1980 - Ronald Belford "Bon" Scott, Scottish-Australian rock singer/songwriter, drummer and piper (AC/DC), dies at 33. (Waaay too much to drink.)

in 1982 - Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in San Antonio, Texas for urinating on the Alamo. Osbourne was wearing a dress at the time of his arrest.
in 1983 - Spandau Ballet's Tony Hadley married his girlfriend Leonie.

in 1983 - Kajagoogoo had their only UK No.1 single with 'Too Shy'. Also a hit in other European countries, 5 weeks at No.1 in Germany, a Top 5 hit in Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, and Netherlands. The group had four other Top 40 hits UK hits.
in 1983 - Patti Austin and James Ingram started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Baby Come To Me', a No.11 hit in the UK.
in 1989 - Billed as “The 1989 World Tour Starts Here”, Simply Red played the Edinburgh Playhouse. Tickets cost £10 ($17).
in 1992 - During their Use Your Illusion Tour Guns n' Roses played the first of three nights at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan.
in 1994 - John Michael Montgomery went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Kickin' It Up'.
in 1994 - Mariah Carey had her first UK No.1 with her version of the Peter Ham - Tom Evans song 'Without You'. Nilsson also took the song to No.1 in 1972. (Carey's version was released on January 24, 1994, just over a week after Nilsson had died following a heart attack). Both Ham and Evans committed suicide, (Ham in in 1975 and Evans in 1983) after an ongoing battle to receive royalties from the song.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgXWXP-Ooz8"]YouTube - I swear[/ame]
in 1995 - Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee married Baywatch's Pamela Anderson on a Cancun beach - the bride wore a white bikini.
in 1995 - Roxette became the first Western group to perform in Beijing since George Michael in 1984 when they played a concert celebrating the Chinese New Year.
in 1996 - Bjork was shown on UK breakfast TV attacking a news reporter as she arrived at Thailand Airport. The footage showed the singer pulling the female reporter to the floor and banging her head on the ground. Bjork later apologised for the attack.

in 1996 - Winners at this year's Brit Awards included Paul Weller who won British Male Solo Artist, British Female Solo Artist went to Annie Lennox, Oasis won British Group, Best Album for ‘(What's The Story) Morning Glory?’ and Best British Video for ‘Wonderwall. British Breakthrough Act went to Supergrass, International Group was Bon Jovi, International Breakthrough Act went to Alanis Morissette and David Bowie was awarded Outstanding Contribution to music. Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker was arrested after a stage invasion during Michael Jackson's appearance, (who won Artist of a Generation). Cocker was accused of attacking children who were performing with Jackson; all charges against Cocker were dropped on March 11th of this year.

in 1998 - Louis Marshall "Grandpa" Jones dies at age 74. American country & gospel singer and banjo player, born in the farming community of Niagara in Henderson County, Kentucky, and spent his teenage years in Akron, Ohio, where he began singing country music tunes on a local radio show. Some of his favourite songs uncluded "T For Texas", "Night Train To Memphis" and "Mountain Dew". He also wrote the song "Eight More Miles To Louisville". Moving to Nashville, Tennessee, he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry and became a regular cast member on the popular TV show, Hee Haw. In 1978, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and his autobiography, Everybody's Grandpa: Fifty Years Behind The Mike was published in 1984 (he suffered a stroke after his second show performance at the Grand Ole Opry, died a few weeks after)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHCKIs3B2Sw"]YouTube - Grandpa Jones - My Little Lady[/ame]
in 1999 - Spice Girl Melanie B gave birth to a baby daughter and named her Phoenix Chi.
in 2000 - Savage Garden went back to No.1 on the US singles chart for the second time with 'I Knew I Loved You.'

in 2003 - Johnny Paycheck /Donny Young/Donald Lytle dies at age 64. American country singer, guitarist and Grand Ole Opry member. Born in Greenfield, Ohio, he was playing in talent contests by the age of 9. He went on to be most famous for recording the David Allan Coe song "Take This Job and Shove It". He achieved his greatest success in the 1970s as a major force in country music's "Outlaw Movement" popularized by artists such as Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver and Merle Haggard. Other hits included "The Lovin' Machine", "She's All I Got", "Someone to Give My Love To", "Love Is a Good Thing", "Somebody Loves Me", "Something About You I Love", "Mr. Lovemaker", and "Song and Dance Man". In the 1980s, his music career suffered from his problems with drugs, alcohol, and legal difficulties. He served a prison sentence in the early 1990s but his declining health effectively ended his career in early 2000 (emphysema)

in 2004 - Johnny Cash's family blocked an attempt by advertisers to use his hit song ‘Ring of Fire’ to promote haemorrhoid-relief products. The idea is said to have been backed by Merle Kilgore, who co-wrote the song with Cash's wife, June Carter Cash. Cash's daughter Rosanne said the family "would never allow the song to be demeaned like that."
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRlj5vjp3Ko"]YouTube - Johnny Cash-Ring of Fire 1963[/ame]

in 2007 - Janet Blair /Martha Jane Lafferty dies at age 85. American film and TV actress and singer; after appearing in several films including My Sister Eileen in 1942, and Rita Hayworth's best friend in Tonight and Every Night in 1945, she took on the lead role of Nellie Forbush in a production of the stage musical South Pacific, making more than 1,200 performances in three years. She appeared on various TV variety shows and was also a summer replacement for Dinah Shore. Janet also recorded an album entitled 'Flame Out', a collection of ballads like "Don't Explain" and "Then You've Never Been Blue". In the 1962 she made a rare dramatic appearance in the British horror film Night of the Eagle. Her last performance was on television in a 1991 episode of Murder, She Wrote, starring Angela Lansbury (sadly died of complications from pneumonia)

in 2008 - Two releases by Oasis were voted the best British albums ever recorded in a poll of 11,000 people. Their 1994 album Definitely Maybe came top, while their 1995 follow-up (What's the Story) Morning Glory was second in the vote for Q magazine and HMV. Radiohead's OK Computer finished third, followed by Revolver by The Beatles and the Stone Roses' self-titled debut. The full list of 50 British albums included five by The Beatles.

in 2009 - Miika Tenkula dies at age 34. Finnish lead guitarist and the main songwriter for the band Sentenced until it disbanded in 2005. He was recognised as one of the greatest metal guitarist to come out of Finland. He was a founder member of Sentenced in 1989, which started of as a fast, melodic death metal band. He was also the band's original vocalist from 1989 to late 1992. The band released one double cd live album "Buried Alive" and 6 studio albums, their last-ever studio CD, was entitled "The Funeral Album", which entered the Finnish national chart at position No. 1 in June 2005 (Found dead in his home, his cause of death has not yet been revealed, but he had a serious drinking problem which had escalated after Sentenced disbanded).

in 2009 - Kelly Groucutt /Michael William Groucutt dies at age 63. British bass guitar player; best known for being the bass player for the band Electric Light Orchestra /ELO.was a member of a band called "Sight and Sound" before being recruited in 1974 for ELO's Eldorado tour. He became a fan favourite and took over lead vocals on a few songs as well as gaining a great rapport with live audiences. His distinctive voice can also be best heard on later ELO songs such as "Nightrider", "Poker", "Above the Clouds", "Sweet Is the Night", and "The Diary of Horace Wimp". ELO accumulated 26 UK Top 40 hit singles and 20 US Top 40 hit singles. The group also scored 20 Top 20 UK hit singles, as well as 15 Top 20 hits in theUS Billboard charts; they collected 21 RIAA awards, 38 BPI awards and sold over 100 million albums worldwide, 50 million of those being sold between 1971 and 1982. Kelly left ELO in 1983. Since then he has taken part in some of the many ELO spin-off groups: Orkestra, ELO Part 2, and The Orchestra. He toured worldwide with The Orchestra till his death and also tokk part in tours as part of a local, little known band called Session 60 (heart attack).

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8hMhKuCjj8"]YouTube - Kelly Groucutt (1945-2009) R.I.P - Am I A Dreamer[/ame]in 2009 - Harrison Ridley Jr dies at age 70. American jazz presenter; host of a Sunday night 4 hour radio show on WRTI (90.1FM) entitled, "The Historical Approach to the Positive Music." when he would focus in on one artist through his entire program to give the listener a sense of that artist's contribution to the tradition. He did not use the term "jazz," he used phrases such as "this music referred to as jazz," or "the positive music." was also a record collector and archivist, and nicknamed "the walking encyclopedia of jazz," having collected over 8,500 LPs; 3,000 78s; 200 45s; 300 CDs, and 6,000 books on African American history and music. He received more than 80 awards throughout his long career (died some weeks after a major stroke)
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in 1626 - John Dowland, English singer, lutenist and composer, is buried after dying at about 63. His precise death date is not known.
in 1628 - Gregor Aichinger, German organist and composer, dies at about 63.
in 1656 - Johannes Schenck, Dutch virtuoso gambist and composer, is baptised.
in 1731 - Frederich Karl Erbach, German organist, composer and teacher, dies at 50.
in 1734 - Franz Ignaz Beck, German violinist, organist, composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist and teacher, is born.
in 1745 - Johann Peter Salomon, German violinist, composer, conductor and impresario, is baptised. Salomon was born in the same house in Bonn (Bonngasse 515) in which Beethoven would be born approximately 25 years later.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N25xO3b6PCM"]YouTube - Johann Peter Salomon - Song - Why still before these streaming eyes[/ame]
in 1752 - Charles Broche, French virtuoso organist and composer, is born. Broche is said to have been the first in France to compose for the pianoforte.
in 1770 - Ferdinando Carulli, Italian guitarist, composer, teacher and music publisher, is born. Carulli popularized the guitar in Paris, and was involved with the luthier Lacote in making changes to guitar construction which improved the sound. His Harmony Applied to the Guitar is still used today in classical guitar instruction.
in 1786 - Johann Wolfgang Kleinknecht, German composer, dies at 70.
in 1802 - Charles-Auguste de Beriot, Belgian violinist, composer and teacher, is born. De Beriot is known as the creator of the Franco-Belgian school of violin playing.
in 1803 - Friedrich Theodor Frohlich, Swiss composer and teacher, is born.
in 1809 - Johann Joseph Emmert, German composer, dies at 76.
in 1810 - Johann Friedrich Kranz, German violinist and composer, dies at 57.
in 1816 - Prince Josef Michal Ksawery Jan Poniatowski, Polish singer, composer and diplomat, is born.
in 1816 - Rossini's opera The Barber of Seville premieres in Rome.
in 1851 - Josef Alois Ladurner, Tyrolian composer, dies at 81.
in 1854 - Louis van Westerhoven, Dutch actor, singer and opera director, is born.
in 1874 - Mary Garden, Scottish-American soprano and director of the Chicago Opera Association, is born. Garden was a star known more for her acting ability than her voice, not to say that she did not have a good voice.
in 1876 - Fyodor Akimenko, Ukrainian pianist, composer, musicologist and teacher, is born.
in 1887 - David McKinley Williams, Welsh-American organist, composer, choir director, conductor and teacher, is born.
in 1889 - Levko Mykolayevich Revutsky, Ukrainian composer, musicologist, teacher and head of the Composers Union of Ukraine, is born.
in 1900 - Antonio Veretti, Italian composer and teacher, is born.
in 1903 - Karel Janacek, Czech composer, is born.
in 1904 - Armin Loos, German-American composer, is born. Loos only heard one of his compositions performed in his lifetime. He worked by day in his father-in-law's curtain shop, and composed in his free time. His wife donated his manuscripts to Yale, and several have since seen the light of day.
in 1904 - Gustav Adolf Heinze, Dutch composer, dies at 83.
in 1907 - Nadine Conner, American soprano, is born.
in 1911 - Robert Guyn McBride, American composer, multi-instrumentalist and teacher, is born.
in 1911 - Alexander Alexandrovich Kopilov, Russian violinist and composer, dies at 56.
in 1911 - Peter Nicolai von Wilm, Latvian composer, conductor and teacher, dies at 76.
in 1916 - Julius Juzeliunas, Lithuanian composer, musicologist and teacher, who received the Lithuanian National Prize, is born.
in 1917 - Kern, Bolton & Wodehouse's musical Oh, Boy! premieres in NYC.
in 1920 - Armin Schibler, Dutch-Swiss composer and teacher, is born.
in 1921 - Ruth Gipps, English oboist, pianist, composer, conductor and teacher, is born. Gipps fought discrimination in a male-dominated field for most of her life.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPQB6z2uKSA"]YouTube - Leviathan for Contrabassoon - Ruth Gipps[/ame]
in 1921 - Nurv Shiner, American country singer/songwriter and guitarist, is born.
in 1929 - Mayuzumi Toshiro, Japanese composer, is born.
in 1937 - David Ackles, American rock singer/songwriter and teacher, is born. Though Ackles is not well known or remembered by the public, influential artists such as Elvis Costello, Phil Collins and Elton John are among his admirers.
in 1937 - Nancy Wilson, American jazz, blues, pop and soul singer, is born. Wilson is in the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame, and was the 1986 World Conference of Mayor's Global Entertainer of the Year, as well as winning 3 Grammys and many other awards and honors.
in 1940 - Christoph Eschenbach, German pianist and conductor, is born. Eschenbach overcame a traumatic early childhood to become a renowned musician; he's recieved many awards and honors in his life.
in 1940 - Barbara Laine Ellis, American pop singer/songwriter (The Fleetwods), is born.
in 1941 - Buffy Sainte-Marie, Canadian folk, country and rock singer/songwriter, guitarist and producer, is born.

1941 - Madame Bolduc /Mary Rose-Anna Travers dies at age 46. French Canadian singer; during the peak of her popularity in the 1930s, she was known as the Queen of Canadian Folk singers. As a child in Quebec, her father taught her how to play the instruments that were traditional in Quebec culture of the era: the fiddle, accordion, harmonica, spoons and Jew's harp. When Conrad Gauthier's troupe was missing a folk violinist for a performance, Mary filled in and soon she became a regular player with Gauthier's troupe by 1928, playing the violin or Jew's harp. She was recommended by folk singer Ovila Légaré to musical producer Roméo Beaudry of the Compo Company who signed her to a recording contract to make four 78 rpm records, paying her $25 per side. She made her first recording in April 1929, the French folk song Y'a longtemps que je couche par terre on side A, and an instrumental reel on side B. By the end of 1930, she had recorded more than 30 songs. During this time, she collaborated on not less than fifty-six recordings of other artists. Most of these recordings did not credit her. She would sing accompaniments or play instruments for recordings by Juliette Béliveau, Eugène Daignault, Ovila Légaré, Alfred Montmarquette, Adélard St. Jean and others. Mary formed her own touring troupe in 1932, named La Troupe du bon vieux temps, the performances contained elements of both vaudeville and traditional folk music. She was seriously injured in June of 1937 in Rivière-du-Loup when her tour company's car was in a head-on collision. She suffered a broken leg, a broken nose and a concussion, but sadly they discovered too, that she had cancer. Mary began limited touring again in the summer of 1938, made a radio broadcast in January 1939, and made two recordings in February 1939. On August 12, 1994, a stamp was released that honoured her with her portrait on a Canadian postage stamp. The same year, a park was created in her hometown of Newport named Mary Travers Park, and in 2002, Mary Bolduc was made a MasterWorks honouree by the Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada (cancer).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIVauwhiEyo"]YouTube - Madame La Bolduc[/ame]
in 1942 - Guido Gasperini, Italian musicologist and teacher, founder of the Italian Association of Musicologists, dies at 76.
in 1944 - Lew Soloff, American jazz and rock trumpeter, composer, bandleader and actor (Blood, Sweat & Tears, Manhattan Jazz Quintet, Members Only, and others) is born.
in 1945 - Alan Hull, English folk-rock singer/songwriter, guitarist and keyboardist (Lindisfarne), is born.
in 1946 - Jay Geils, American rock, blues and jazz singe/songwriter and guitarist (The J. Geils Band), is born.
in 1946 - Hugh Allen, English organist, conductor and teacher, dies at 76.
in 1947 - Adrianus Marinus Kyvon "André van Duin" Dutch actor, singer and writer, is born.
in 1948 - Barry Wordsworth, English conductor, is born.
in 1948 - Tyson Kindell "Billy Zoom" American rock guitarist (X), is born. Zoom has worked with many different artists, in various musical styles.
in 1950 - Walter Becker, American rock bassist, guitarist, singer/songwriter and producer (Steely Dan), is born.
in 1951 - Kathy Baillie, American country singer/songwriter and guitarist (Baillie and the Boys), is born.
in 1951 - Randy Craig Wolfe "Randy California" American rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (Spirit), is born.
in 1951 - Howard Brockway, American composer, musicologist and teacher, dies at 80.
in 1953 - Riccardo Chailly, Italian conductor, is born.
in 1954 - Jon Brant, American rock bassist (Cheap Trick), is born.

in 1958 - Billed as 'The Big Gold Record Stars' Bill Haley and his Comets, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly & The Crickets, Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmie Rodgers all appeared on the first date of a six day tour of Florida.
in 1958 - Billed as 'The Big Gold Record Stars' Bill Haley and his Comets, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly & The Crickets, Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmie Rodgers all appeared on the first date of a six day tour of Florida.
in 1960 - Robert Boustead, British psychobilly bassist (King Kurt), is born.
in 1960 - Mark Reilly, English jazz-pop singer/songwriter and guitarist (Matt Bianco), is born.
in 1960 - Kjell Hilding Lövbom "Kee Marcello" Swedish rock singer/songwriter, guitarist and keyboardist (Europe, Kee Marcello's K2), is born.

in 1960 - Jimi Hendrix made his stage debut when he played a show at a High School in Seattle. 1963 - The Beatles drove through the night from Liverpool to London to appear on the live lunchtime BBC radio program "Parade of the Pops." Performing ‘Love Me Do’ and ‘Please Please Me’, the appearance lasted just over 4 minutes. They then drove another 180 mile trip back north for their performance that night at the Swimming Baths, Doncaster, Yorkshire.

1961 - Percy Grainger dies at age 78. Australian born composer born in Brighton, a suburb of Melbourne. His mother took him to Europe in 1895 to study at Dr. Hoch's Conservatory in Frankfurt. There he displayed talents as a musical experimenter, using irregular and unusual meters. In 1906, Grainger hiked around Britain recordings songs on Edison wax cylinders, the first such recordings in Britain. His 1916 piano composition In a Nutshell is the first by a classical music professional in the Western tradition to require direct, non-keyed sounding of the strings — in this case, with a mallet — which came to be known as a "string piano" technique. When the USA entered the war in 1917, he enlisted into a United States Army band, playing oboe and soprano saxophone, and spent the war giving dozens of concerts in aid of War Bonds and Liberty Loans, as well the American Red Cross. In 1917 he was elected an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity. In 1918, he became a naturalized citizen of America. His piano solo Country Gardens became a hit, securing his reputation as a composer (cancer)

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXjpiAQatvE"]YouTube - Children's March "Over the Hills and Far Away" by Percy Grainger[/ame]
in 1963 - Ian Brown, English rock singer/songwriter and keyboardist (The Stone Roses), is born.

1963 - Jacob Gade dies at age 83. Danish composer mostly of orchestral popular music. He is notable for his tune, the familiar Tango Tzigane Jalousie, also known as Tango Jalousie or simply Jalousie, premiered September 14th 1925. The tango, written to accompany a silent film when Gade was leader of the orchestra of the Palads Cinema, was an instant international hit. When talkies were introduced it was featured in over 100 films. The royalties allowed Gade to devote himself to composition fulltime for the rest of his life. Arthur Fiedler made the first recording of the piece with the Boston Pops, further increasing Gade's income. The royalties now fund a foundation for young musicians.

1963 - Ferenc Fricsay dies at age 48. Hungarian conductor, born in Budapest, he made his first appearance as a conductor at 15. He went on to become music director of the then newly formed RIAS Symphony Orchestra in Germany in 1949. He was musical director of the Houston Symphony in 1954. Ferenc spent much of his time from the 1950s onward in Germany as music director of the Bavarian State Opera, 1956–1958 and as conductor of the RIAS Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Berlin Philharmonic. His 1958 recording of Beethoven's Symphony No.9 is featured in the movie A Clockwork Orange. From 1960 until his death, he was an Austrian citizen.

in 1964 - Terry Ilous, American rock singer/songwriter (XYZ), is born.

in 1964 - The Bachelors were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Diane.' This was the Irish trio's only UK No.1 from 16 other UK Top 40 hits.
in 1965 - Gary Lewis and the Playboys started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'This Diamond Ring.' Lewis is the son of actor Jerry Lewis.
in 1967 - Kurt Cobain, American rock singer/songwriter and guitarist (Nirvana), is born.

in 1967 - Pink Floyd appeared at the Adelphi Ballroom, West Bromwich, England.
in 1969 - Ernest Ansermet, Swiss conductor, musicologist and founder of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, dies at 85.
in 1970 - Albert Louis Wolff, French conductor and director of the Opéra-Comique, dies at 86.

in 1970 - The single 'Instant Karma' by The Plastic Ono Band was released in the US. John Lennon had written, recorded and mixed the track all in one day on the 22nd January 1970.
in 1971 - Yes appeared at Kingston Poly, London, England. Support act was Queen. Tickets cost 50p ($0.85c).

in 1971 - The soundtrack to 'Jesus Christ Superstar' went to No.1 on the US album chart. The album peaked at No.6 on the UK chart.

1971 - Aleksandr Tsfasman dies at age 64. Russian-Ukrainian bandleader, pianist and jazz pioneer, born in Alexandrovsk, now Zaporojye. In 1927 Aleksandr's orchestra was invited to play jazz music at the radio studio. That was the first jazz broadcast in the USSR. Some time later he made a number of records, that are among the pioneer Soviet jazz documents. The overwhelming majority of his works were first destined for solo piano performance, and then arranged for a jazz orchestra, mainly dances, songs, phantasies and popular melodies variations. Aleksandr had also created a number of large-scale works, the ballet suite "Rot-Front" for orchestra in 1931, the concert for piano and jazz orchestra in 1941, and the concert for piano and symphonical orchestra in 1956 are among them. He also composed music for theatre performances and cinema films.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MeRusqrXmI"]YouTube - For a Distant Journey (1937)[/ame]
in 1972 - Chicory Tip were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Son Of My Father.' Written by Giorgio Moroder, it was the first UK number one single to prominently feature a synthesizer, in this case a Moog synthesizer.
in 1972 - During a tour of Australia Led Zeppelin appeared at the Kooyong Tennis Courts, Melbourne in Australia.
in 1972 - Alice Cooper and Badfinger appeared at The Convention Hall in San Diego, California. in 1976 - All four members of Kiss had their footprints implanted on the pavement outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
in 1972 - Herbert Menges, British composer and conductor, dies at 69.
in 1974 - David Monrad Johansen, Norwegian composer, dies at 85.
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1974 - David Monrad Johansen dies at age 85. Norwegian composer born in Vefsn, Nordland, but grew up by Mosjøen, his most famous piece is Voluspaa op.15, it was composed for soloists, choir and orchestra, and it’s based on the poem Voluspaa, from the Edda. This piece and the Nordlands Trompet op.13, are the most pure nationalistic of David’s works, and often called a Norwegian impressionism. In 1933 and 1935, he turned more into a neo-classical direction, more polyphonic, more clear tonality, classical forms.

in 1975 - Edgar "Cookie" Fairchild, American film composer and bandleader, dies at 76.

in 1976 - Screaming Lord Sutch appeared at the College Of Art, High Wycombe, England, supported by The Sex Pistols.
in 1976 - Marc Bolan played at Bournemouth Winter Gardens, England.

in 1977 - Winners at this years Grammy Awards included Stevie Wonder for Best album with 'Songs In The Key Of Life', and Best Vocal performance for 'I Wish.' Best album went to Chicago for 'Chicago X' and Best new artist went to the Starland Vocal Band.
in 1978 - Abba were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Take A Chance On Me', the group's seventh No.1 was also a top 3 hit in over 10 other countries.
in 1980 - Bon Scott, singer from AC/DC was pronounced dead on arrival at a London hospital after a heavy night's drinking. Scott was found in the passenger seat of a friend's parked car. The official coroner's report stated that he had "Drunk himself to death." after suffocating on his own vomit.
in 1982 - Pat Benatar married her guitarist and producer Neil Giraldo on the Hawaiian island of Maui. 1985, Touring the UK The Bangles played at The Marquee in London, tickets cost £3.
in 1984 - Fikret Dzhamil Amirov, Russian composer, dies at 61.

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aksXsYzLl4"]YouTube - Amirov Fikret-shoor 1/2 ??? ?????? ?????? ?????????[/ame]
in 1985 - Yulia Olegovna Volkova, Russian pop singer and pianist (t. A. T. u.), is born.
in 1986 - Francisco Paolo Mignone, Brazilian composer and teacher, dies at 88.
in 1987 - Ivan Brkanovic, Croatian composer and teacher, dies at 80.

in 1988 - The all girl group Expose went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Seasons Change', not a hit in the UK.
in 1988 - Kylie Minogue was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I Should Be So Lucky.' Minogue had become a household name playing Charlene Ramsey in Australian soap Neighbours. After every major UK record company turned down the track, producer Pete Waterman released the single on his own PWL label. Kylie has gone on to score over 30 hit singles.
in 1991 - Bob Dylan was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the 33rd annual Grammy' Awards.
in 1992 - Andrew Schenck, American conductor and music director, dies at 51.

in 1993 - Buddy Holly and the Crickets went to No.1 on the UK album chart with the 'Words of Love' compilation album.
in 1993 - Dinosaur Jr kicked off a 7-date UK tour at Glasgow Barrowlands.
in 1994 - Tori Amos went to No.1 on the UK album chart with her second solo album 'Under The Pink.'

1996 - Toru Takemitsu dies at age 65. Japanese composer and writer on aesthetics and music theory. Largely self-taught, he possessed consummate skill in the subtle manipulation of instrumental and orchestral timbre. He drew from a wide range of influences, including jazz, popular music, avant-garde procedures and traditional Japanese music, in a harmonic idiom largely derived from the music of Claude Debussy and Olivier Messiaen. He was the recipient of numerous awards, commissions and honours; he composed over 100 film scores and about 130 concert works for ensembles of various sizes and combinations. He also found time to write a detective novel and appeared frequently on Japanese television as a celebrity chef (bladder cancer).

1997 - Zachary Breaux dies at age 36. American jazz guitarist, born in Port Arthur, Texas; he studied music composition at North Texas State University. In 1984, he moved to New York, where he spent 6 years in the band of vibist Roy Ayers. Zachary was signed to Zebra Records in 1996. He played with many notable jazz musicians during his career, including Roy Ayers, Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, Lonnie Liston Smith, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Donald Byrd (died while on holiday in Miami Beach, when he tried to save the life of another swimmer, Eugenia Poleyeff, 66 of Brooklyn, N.Y., who was caught by a riptide)

in 2000 - All Saints started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Pure Shores'. The group's fourth UK No.1. Taken from the Leonardo Di Caprio movie, The Beach.
in 2001 - Two estate agents were committed to trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court accused of stealing nude photographs of Patsy Kensit, (the ex wife of Liam Gallagher of Oasis), from the couple's home.
in 2001 - English singer and radio presenter Ronnie Hilton died from a stroke aged 73. Hilton scored a total of 18 UK Top 40 hits during his career including the 1956 No.1 'No Other Love.' in 2002, Winners at this year's Brit Awards included, Robbie Williams for Best Male act, Dido won Best Female act, Travis won Best British group, S Club 7 Best single for 'Don't Stop Movin' The Strokes won best international newcomer, Best International Female was Kylie Minogue, International Group went to Destiny's Child and Sting won Outstanding Contribution To Music.

2001 - Ronnie Hilton /Adrian Hill dies at age 75. English singer and radio presenter born in Kingston upon Hull. He became one of Britain's most popular singers of the 1950s, with nine Top 20 hits between 1954 and 1957, "I Still Believe", "Veni Vidi Vici", "Stars Shine In Your Eyes", "A Blossom Fell", "No Other Love", "Who Are We", "Two Different Worlds", and "Around The World". His last last chart entry in 1965 "Windmill in Old Amsterdam" became a fixture across decades of Children's Favourites. Ronnie suffered a stroke in 1976, which hindered his progress for a time. Following his recovery, he presented 'Sounds of the Fifties' a nostalgic radio series for BBC Radio 2. The British Academy of Song Composers and Authors honoured him with its gold medal for services to popular music in 1989 (stroke).
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fg7w49UnGA"]YouTube - windmill in old amsterdam (I saw a mouse) Ronnie Hilton[/ame]
in 2003, Winners at this years Bit Awards included Robbie Williams for British solo artist, Ms Dynamite won British female artist, Best British album went to Coldplay for 'A Rush Of Blood', Best British group went to Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers won International Group, Blue won Best Pop Act and Liberty X won Best single for 'Just A Little.'
in 2003 - 100 people died after pyrotechnics ignited a club during a gig by Great White in West Warwick, Rhode Island. Great White singer Ty Longley was also killed in the accident. Two brothers who owned the club were charged, along with the former tour manager with involuntary manslaughter. Foam soundproofing material at the edge of the stage set alight and the blaze spread quickly in the one-storey wooden building as fans all tried to escape through the same exit. Great White began a tour in July 2003 to raise money for the survivors and families of victims.

2003 - Ty Longley dies at age 32. American guitarist and vocalist; born in Sharon, Pennsylvania, he graduated from Brookfield High School in Ohio. He was lead guitarist with 'Samantha 7' playing at Woodstock '99 and releasing a self titled album in 2000, after which he joined the band Great White. Ty also worked with drummer Nick Menza on "Menza: Life After Deth". The album was due to have a 2002 release date and tour to follow, but before hand, Ty hit the road on his fatal last tour with his other band, Jack Russell's Great White. The "Life After Deth" album was never released and a tour was never announced (Ty was tragically killed in The Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island. He was the only member of Great White to die in The Station nightclub fire, which claimed 99 other lives).

2003 - Ulrich Roski dies at age 58. German singer-songwriter born in Prüm; he spent his youth in Berlin-Wedding, visiting the Französisches Gymnasium Berlin together with Reinhard Mey, and learning to play the piano and the guitar. His greatest successes came in the '70s. His songs describe the little quirks hidden in everyone's everyday life, mixing laconic humour with linguistic skill. He produced more than 20 LP's/CDs since 1970, and some of his songs from this time made the German TopTen, allowing him to perform at the Berliner Philharmonie. He almost exclusively performed alone. In 2002, he published his autobiography, In vollen Zügen.

in 2004 - Brian Wilson kicked off an 11-date UK tour at London's Royal Festival Hall. The shows saw Wilson performing the full suite of songs from his unreleased masterpiece 'Smile' Wilson's 'teenage symphony to God.
in 2005 - Scissor Sisters went to No.1 on the US album chart with their debut and self-titled album, also a No.1 in the UK. 2005, Jennifer Lopez was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Get Right', her 2nd No.1.

2005 - John Emmett Raitt dies at age 88. American actor and singer best known for his stage roles in the musicals Carousel, Oklahoma!, The Pajama Game, Carnival in Flanders, Three Wishes for Jamie, and A Joyful Noise, in which he set the standard for virile, handsome, strong-voiced leading men during the golden age of the Broadway musical. His only leading film role was in the 1957 movie version of The Pajama Game opposite Doris Day. On television, he was seen many times on the Bell Telephone Hour. A clip of a television performance of Raitt singing the final section of the song "Soliloquy" from Carousel is included in the documentary film Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (died of pneumonia) In this video John sings with his daughter Bonnie.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmyBA2xPN4g&feature=related"]YouTube - John and Bonnie Raitt sing "Its wonderful"[/ame]
2005 - Pam Bricker dies at age 50. American jazz singer, and a professor of music at George Washington University. She was a frequent collaborator and guest vocalist with the group Thievery Corporation, and the voice on their track Lebanese Blonde, which was popularised by its inclusion on Zach Braff's Garden State soundtrack. Pam was also a member of Mad Romance vocal quartet from 1983-1989. She was frequently nominated for Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) honors and won five times: as best contemporary jazz vocalist in 1999, 2000 and 2001, and best contemporary jazz album in 2001, for her release U-topia (tragically Pam hung herself after struggling with clinical depression)

in 2007 - Christina Aguilera kicked off a 42-date North American tour at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. The Black Eyed Peas and The Pussycat Dolls were both support acts on the tour.
in 2007 - The US hair salon where pop star Britney Spears shaved her head set up a website to auction her hair for more than $1m (£512,500). The website, buybritneyshair.com, claims to have been set up by salon owner Esther Tognozzi and includes photos of the hair, saying it is "absolutely authentic". As well as the hair, the winning bidder will also get the hair clippers Spears used, a blue lighter she left at the salon and the can of Red Bull she was drinking at the time. Meanwhile, Spears has been spotted in Hollywood sporting a short blonde wig.
in 2008 - Winners at this year's Brit Awards in London, included Take That who won the trophies for best British live act and British single, The Arctic Monkeys won best British group and album - both for the second year in a row and Foo Fighters won best international group and album. Kate Nash won best British female and Mark Ronson was named best British male. Kylie Minogue won best international female and Mika was named best British breakthrough act. Sir Paul McCartney performed a medley of hits, including Live and Let Die, Hey Jude and Lady Madonna after he was honoured with an outstanding contribution award. The show was presented by Sharon Osbourne.
in 2008 - Pink split from her husband Carey Hart following two years of marriage. The Grammy award winning-singer had met Hart, a motocross racing driver, in Las Vegas and proposed to him in 2005.

in 2008 - A 1976 Rolling Stones album bought for £2 at a car boot sale sold for £4,000 at an auction. The ‘Black and Blue’ LP was signed by John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Paul and Linda McCartney and George Harrison as well as members of the Rolling Stones. The seller obtained the album after haggling the cost down from £3.
in 2010 - An event was staged at The Barbican in London where 40 zebra finches made music by landing on guitars and cymbals. The flock of finches would land on Gibson Les Paul guitars, which were plugged into amplifiers and land on upturned cymbals being used as bird feeders to make random sounds. A video clip of the installation, on YouTube had been watched more than 520,000 times.

2008 - Bobby Lee Trammell dies at age 74. American rockabilly singer, in Jonesboro, Arkansas. After a brief contract at Sun Records he moved to California. He was seen by Lefty Frizzell, who invited him to try out for a performing venue called the Jubilee Ballroom in Baldwin Park, where he won the opening spot on a bill that included Frizzell, Freddie Hart, and Johnny Cash. Bobby wrote and recorded the song Shirley Lee, later covered by Ricky Nelson. On stage Bobby liked to build up the crowd reaction, tearing off his clothes, jumping on top of the piano, and generally inciting the crowds, all of this at a time when promoters and authorities were trying to quiet rock & roll down. By the 70s he had moved into country music and spent most of that decade playing and recording in that vein.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inEUa0IO_Vo"]YouTube - Bobby Lee Trammell - I Sure Do Love You Baby[/ame]
2009 - "Fats" Sadi Lallemand dies at age 81. Belgian jazz multi-musician, playing piano, clarinet, marimba and percussion, he was also a composer, arranger and singer, but the vibraphone, together with the bongos was his main instrument throughout his professional life. He was the first European jazz artist to play the vibes as his main instrument. His career started with Sadi’s Hot Five, a combo playing mainly for the American troops during the occupation. After World War II, he performed with Jacques Pelzer in The Bob Shots. In 1952 he moved to Paris, were he played with Django Reinhardt, Kenny Clarke, Stéphane Grappelli, Don Byas, was co-leader of a quartet with pianist Martial Solal and a member of The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band. On his return to Belgium in 1961, he worked for RTBF, the Belgian national TV channel having his own programmes, he world toured with artists such as Caterina Valente, and recorded solo and as a sideman with jazz legends like Sahib Shihab. Sadly in January of 1995 he became seriously ill after which he rarely appeared on stage (he passed away from the consequences of a virus)
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNBy06Ok7EQ"]YouTube - Fats Sadi's Combo - Karin / Laguna Leap[/ame]
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