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Pedro April 24th, 2011 06:34 AM

24 APRIL
part 2 of 2

in 1972 - John Lennon's controversial single, ‘Woman Is the Nigger of the World’ was released in the US. The song peaked at No.57, despite virtually every radio station in the country refusing to play it. Yoko Ono said the phrase during a magazine interview in 1967 and Lennon later explained that he was making a point that women deserved higher status in society.
in 1973 - Brian Marshall (US bass guitar; Creed/Alter Bridge) is born.

in 1975 - Pete Ham dies at age 27. Welsh singer, songwriter and guitarist, best known as the leader of the group Badfinger. Born in Swansea, hee formed a local rock group called The Panthers around 1961, which underwent several name and lineup changes before becaming The Iveys in '65. By '69 they had relocated to Londan and had evolved into Badfingers having hits including "Come and Get It", a composition written by Paul McCartney, and became a Top 10 hit worldwide, other hits were "Maybe Tomorrow", "No Matter What", "Day After Day" and "Baby Blue" as well as recording the original version of "Without You," a frequently covered song that became a Billboard No.1 hit for Harry Nilsson and a No.3 hit for Mariah Carey. Pete is often credited as being one of the earliest purveyors of the power pop genre, but his most widespread effect in popular music is the ballad "Without You," co- written with bandmate Tom Evans (Tragically by '75, with no income and the band's business manager non-communicative, he became depressed and despondent and he hanged himself in the garage of his Surrey home)

in 1976 - Led Zeppelin scored their sixth UK No.1 album with 'Presence', also No.1 in the US.
in 1976 - 'Wings At The Speed Of Sound' went to No.1 on the US album chart. Paul McCartney's fifth No.1 after The Beatles.
in 1976 - Paul and Linda McCartney spent the evening with John Lennon at his New York Dakota apartment and watched Saturday Night Live on TV. Producer of the show Lorne Michaels made an offer on air asking The Beatles to turn up and play three songs live. Lennon and McCartney thought about taking a cab to the studio, but decided they were too tired. This was the last time Lennon and McCartney were together.

in 1979 - Ray Charles’ ‘Georgia On My Mind’ was proclaimed the state song of Georgia.
in 1980 - Danny Gokey (US singer) is born.
in 1981 - New Order started work on their first album at Strawberry studios in Stockport, England.
in 1982 - Status Quo scored their fourth UK No.1 album with '1982'. 1984, Jerry Lee Lewis married wife number six, 22- year old Kerrie McCarver.
in 1982 - Kelly Clarkson (US singer; winner of the US TV show Pop Idol) is born.
in 1984 - R.E.M. kicked off a 7-date UK tour at the Tin Can Club, Birmingham, England, the bands first full UK tour.
in 1984 - Tyson Ritter (US lead vocalist, bass guitarist; The All-American Rejects) is born.
in 1990 - The road crew for Roger Waters discovered an unexploded World War II bomb while constructing the set for 'The Wall' concert in Potsdamer Platz, Germany.
in 1992 - David Bowie married Somali born model and actress Iman in Switzerland.
in 1995 - Oasis released 'Some Might Say' which went on to give the band their first UK No.1 single.

in 2001 - Al Hibbler dies at age 85. US blind Jazz, pop, r&b singer; Al was blind from birth, born in Tyro, Mississippi, he attended a school for the blind in Little Rock, Arkansas where he joined the school choir. He won an amateur talent contest in Memphis, Tennessee, where he first worked with local bands, before starting his own band. He also joined a band led by the Kansas City based bandleader, Jay McShann, where he became lead singer and was on tour with him for the next two years, then in 1943 he replaced Herb Jeffries in Duke Ellington's orchestra, where he won the Esquire New Star Award as best male singer in 1947, and the Downbeat award as best band singer in 1948-49. He worked eight years with Duke Ellington before becoming a soloist, his biggest solo hit was "Unchained Melody", Other hits include "He," "11th Hour Melody", "Never Turn Back" and "After the Lights Go Down Low". He performed at Louis Armstrong’s funeral in 1971. Al's last public appearance was at the Lincoln Center, New York, in January 1999, with a group of old Ellington alumni, where he sang, "Time After Time". He has a star at 1650 Vine Street on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (died in Chicago)

in 2003 - The first official UK download chart was compiled after the big five record companies- EMI, Warners, Sony, BMG and Universal combined for a Digital Download day. Over 150,000 computer users had downloaded 1.1m tracks. The Net Parade Top 3: No.3, Tatu, 'All The Things She Said', No, 2, Coldplay, 'Clocks' and No.1 Christina Aguilera, 'Beautiful.'
in 2004 - Marion "Suge" Knight, the founder of Death Row records was released from Mule Creek State Prison in California after serving 10 months for breaking his parole on a 1997 assault. Knight was sent back to prison on 4 August for a second parole violation after he punched a parking attendant outside a Hollywood night-club in 2003.

in 2005 - US singer Akon went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Trouble’. Mariah Carey was at No.1 on the US album chart with 'The Emancipation of Mimi.'
in 2007 - Sheryl Crow said a ban on using too much toilet paper should be introduced to help the environment. The singer suggested using "only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required". Crowe made the comments on her website after touring the US on a biodiesel-powered bus to raise awareness about climate change. Crow had also designed a clothing line with what she called a "dining sleeve". The sleeve is detachable and can be replaced with another "dining sleeve" after the diner has used it to wipe his or her mouth.
in 2007 - The Arctic Monkeys sold 85,000 copies of their new album ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’ on its first day in UK shops, putting it on course to be the year's fastest-selling new release.


in 2008 - Jimmy Giuffre dies at age 86. American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist born in Dallas, Texas and graduated of Dallas Technical High School and North Texas State Teachers College. arranger for Woody Herman's big band, for which he wrote the celebrated 'Four Brothers'. His first trio consisted of himself, guitarist Jim Hall and double bassist Ralph Pena. They had a hit in 1957 when "The Train and the River" was featured on the television special The Sound of Jazz. He continued with different line-ups and to write creative, unusual arrangements throughout his career. He was a central figure in West coast jazz. He suffered from Parkinson's Disease and in his last years he no longer performed (pneumonia)

in 2009 - Rev. Timothy Wright dies at age 61.
American gospel singer; he started on piano at age 12, and sang and composed for his church choir as a teenager at the St. John's Fire Baptized Holiness Church of God in Brooklyn. He played piano for F.D. Washington and Isaac Douglas in the 1960s and 1970s, including on recordings, and he formed his own gospel ensemble in the mid-1970s, the Timothy Wright Concert Choir. He eventually became pastor of Grace Tabernacle COGIC in Crown Heights, New York, and issued albums regularly from 1990. His 1994 album Come Thou Almighty King, with the New York Fellowship Mass Choir, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album, as was his 1999 release Been There Done That. He has recorded 20 albums from 1984 until his death (On July 4th 2008, he was critically injured in a car crash on Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania, a crash which killed his wife and grandson as well as the driver of the oncoming car. He died as a result of these injuries)

Wenge April 24th, 2011 06:37 AM

Sunday April 24. 2011

I sang The Star Spangled Banner to a classroom full of Chinese students.

Pedro April 25th, 2011 08:05 AM

25 APRIL
part 1 of 2

in 1472 - Leon Battista degli Alberti, scupltor/musician (Dinner Pieces), dies.
in 1567 - Aurelio Signoretti, composer is born.
in 1614 - Marc'Antonio Pasqualini, composer is born.
in 1663 - Heinrich Pape, composer, dies at 53.
in 1666 - Johann Heinrich Buttstett, composer is born.
in 1690 - Gottlieb Theophil Muffat, composer is born.
in 1723 - Giovanni Marco Rutini, composer is born
in 1730 - Fedele Fenaroli, composer is born.
in 1792 - Johann Friedrich Gottlieb Beckmann, composer, dies at 54.
in 1808 - Alois Luigi Tomasini, composer, dies at 66.
in 1818 - Marek Konrad Sokolowski, composer is born.
in 1837 - William Charles Levey, composer is born
in 1840 - Peter Il'yich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer (1812 Overture) (5/7 NS) is born.


in 1841 - Pauline Lucca, soprano is born
in 1869 - Karl Prohaska, composer is born.
in 1874 - Guglielmo Marconi, Bologna Italy, inventor (radio, Nobel 1909) is born.
in 1876 - Ruben Marcos Campos, composer is born.
in 1897 - Haro Levoni Step'anyan, composer is born.
in 1901 - Ernst Gernot Klussmann, composer is born.
in 1903 - Carl Gustav Sparre Olsen, composer is born.
in 1906 - Zoltan Gardonyi, composer is born
in 1906 - John Knowles Paine, US composer, dies at 67.

in 1907 - Vasily Pavlovich Solov'yov-Sedoy, composer is born.
in 1909 - Jaroslav Doubrava, composer is born
in 1913 - Earl Bostic, Tulsa OK, alto sax player (Flamingo, Temptation) is born.
in 1915 - Nicola d' Arienzo, composer, dies at 72.
in 1918 - Astrid Varnay, Stockholm Sweden, soprano (Met Opera in1941-56) is born.
in 1918 - Ella Fitzgerald, Newport News VA, jazz singer (Is it live or Memorex) is born.


in 1918 - [Ibolyka] Astridm Varnay, Hungarian/US singer is born
in 1919 - Heinz Wunderlich, composer is born
in 1923 - Albert King, Mississippi, blues singer/guitarist (Bad Look Blues) is born
in 1925 - George Stephanescu, composer, dies at 81
in 1926 - Giacomo Puccini's opera "Turandot," premieres in Milan
in 1951 - Jerzy Fitelberg, composer, dies at 47.

in 1954 - Johnnie Ray was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Such A Night.' The singers first of three UK No.1's.
in 1960 - Elvis Presley started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Stuck On You' it made No.3 in the UK.
in 1960 - Ilmari Henrik Reinhold Krohn, composer, dies at 92.

in 1965 - During a North American tour, The Rolling Stones appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto to over 16,000 fans.
in 1967 - Just days after the completion of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles embark upon their next project, recording the theme to 'Magical Mystery Tour' at Abbey Road studios in London.
in 1970 - The Jackson Five started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'ABC'. It was the group's second US No. 1, a No.8 hit in the UK.
in 1971 - Max Drischner, composer, dies at 80.


in 1974 - Pamela Courson dies at age 27. American long-term companion of the late Jim Morrison, frontman of the rock band The Doors. Born in Weed, California, she left high school at 16 and met Jim in 1965, while she was an art student at Los Angeles City College. Her relationship with Morrison was tumultuous, with repeated sexual excursions by both partners. After Jim's death she became a recluse (died of a drugs overdose).

in 1975 - Mike Brant /Moshe Brand dies at age 28. Israeli pop star who achieved fame after moving to France. At 17, Moshe Brand joined his brother's band, "The Chocolates," as lead singer, he sang in English and in French, although he spoke only Hebrew. He relocated to Paris July 9th 1969, singer Sylvie Vartan introduced him to the producer Jean Renard. Under Renard's guidance, he changed name to Mike Brant, and recorded his biggest hit, "Laisse-moi t'aimer" ("Let Me Love You"). The song was a success at the Midem music festival in January 1970. "Laisse-moi t'aimer" sold 50,000 copies in two weeks. By 1972 - 1975 he was giving 250 concerts a year, some attended by 6,000-10,000 people, as well as his work in the studio. This led to lonliness and a deep depression, he attempted suicide in 1974 while in Geneva (At the height of his career and on the day his final album Dis-lui ("Tell Her", french version of "Feeling") was released, Mosha committed suicide by jumping from the window of a Paris apartment.

in 1977 - Elvis Presley made the last recordings of his life during a concert at the Saginaw, Michigan Civic Centre. Three songs from the show appeared on the posthumously released Presley album, 'Moody Blue'.
in 1978 - New singles reviewed in this weeks NME included Elvis Costello, 'Pump It Up', XTC, 'This Is Pop', Blondie, 'I'm Always Touched By Your Presence Dear' and Single Of The Week, The Tom Robinson Band, 'Up Against The Wall'.
in 1979 - The Police made their debut on BBC TV's 'Top Of The Pops' performing 'Roxanne'.

in 1980 - Stranglers singer, guitarist Hugh Cornwell was released from a London prison after serving six weeks for possession of drugs.
in 1982 - Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Ebony And Ivory.' This was McCartney's 24th No.1 hit single as a songwriter. The title was inspired by McCartney hearing Spike Milligan say "black notes, white notes, and you need to play the two to make harmony folks!". It was later named as the tenth worst song of all time by Blender magazine and in 2007 was named the worst duet in history by BBC 6 Music listeners.
in 1985 - during their ‘The Works’ world tour, Queen played the first of four nights at Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia.

in 1987 - Madonna went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'La Isla Bonita.' The fifth and final single from her third studio album, True Blue, made her the only female artist to score four UK No.1 singles. The song had been offered to Michael Jackson for his Bad album.
in 1987 - U2 started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'The Joshua Tree.'


in 1988 - Carolyn Franklin dies at age 43. American singer and younger sister of Aretha; born in Memphis, Tennessee she was Inspired by her sisters' successes in the music field in the early 1960s, and joined Erma and Aretha into a secular recording career, first recording in 1963. Though, like Erma, her modest success in the industry wasn't matched by Aretha's later blockbuster breakthrough in the late 1960s. While struggling to release a big hit, Carolyn began to work behind the scenes as a songwriter, mainly for sister Aretha's work. Aretha and Carolyn's bond led to several collaborations between the two and in other occasions, Carolyn came up with songs for Aretha to sing. Among one of the first collaborations that became a hit success was "Ain't No Way", recorded in 1968. (cancer)

in 1988 - Bon Jovi's manager Doc Mcgee was convicted on drug offences arising from the 1982 seizure of 40,000lb of marijuana smuggled into north Carolina from Colombia. McGee was sentenced to a five year suspended prison term and a $15,000 fine.
in 1988 - Boris Kremenliev, composer, dies at 76
in 1990 - The Fender Stratocaster that Jimi Hendrix played at the Woodstock festival was auctioned off for a record $295,000.


in 1990 - Dexter "Long Tall Dexter" Gordon dies at age 67. American saxophone virtuoso; standing at 6ft 6ins, he was considered one of the greatest jazz saxophonists ever, during his heyday, `45-`80, he played tenor sax with many of the all-time jazz greats, including Lionel Hampton, Louis Armstrong, Billy Eckstine and many others. In the 60s. He played in Europe extensively where he was very popular and lived there for the most part during the 60s and the early to mid 70s. Around 1977, he returned to America and made some well-received records. Round Midnight was his only feature role, playing a character not unlike himself, for which he was nominated for an Oscar. He has influenced subsequent generations of musicians with his artful approach to jazz. His feel and subtle nuances are sorely missed in the world of jazz. (kidney failure)

in 1992 - Kris Kross started an eight week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Jump', a No.2 hit in the UK. The duo of Chris Smith and Chris Kelly were 12 and 13 when they recorded the song.
in 1992 - Right Said Fred went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their LP 'Up'.
in 1992 - Brian Macleod, Canadian musician, dies of cancer at 39.

Pedro April 25th, 2011 08:07 AM

25 APRIL
part 2 of 2

in 1992 - Yutaka Ozaki dies at age 26. Japanese pianist, guitarist, singer, songwriter born in Tokyo, he was discovered by producer Akira Sudo and signed to Sony Records in 1983. His hits include Jugo no Yoru - The Night; Junanasai no Chizu - Seventeen's Map; Hajimari-sae Utaenai - Can't Sing Even the Beginning; Sotsugyou - Graduation; Driving All Night; Kaku - Core; Taiyo no Hahen - Debris of the Sun; Love Way; Tasogare-yuku Machi-de - 57th Street; Eien no mune - Eternal Heart; Kegareta Kizuna - Bond; and I Love You. Yutakais ranked at No. 23 in a list of Japan's top 100 musicians by HMV (officially it said he died of pulmonary edema, but many theories have arisen as to the actual cause of death, the most popular being homicide)

in 1994 - Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys was sentenced to 200 hours of community service for attacking a TV cameraman during the memorial services for actor River Phoenix the previous November.
in 1994 - The Eagles played the first of two shows where they recorded their ‘Hell Freezes Over’ album. Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Don Felder and Timothy B. Schmit first got back together the previous December for the making of a Travis Tritt video of their song, ‘Take It Easy.’ The name of the album was taken from an earlier quote by Glen Frey, who responded to the question "When will the Eagles get back together?"

in 1995 - Ginger Rogers, actress/dancer (Top Hat, Stage Door), dies at 83
in 1996 - A pair of skin-tight trousers owned by Queen singer Freddie Mercury was sold at a pop memorabilia sale in London.
in 1997 - U2's 'Pop Mart' world tour kicked off at The Las Vegas San Boyd Stadium in front of 35,000 fans. The tour featured the largest video screen in the world and would visit 80 cities around the planet.
in 1998 - Next started a four-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Too Close.'

in 1999 - Irish boy band Westlife went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with their debut release 'Swear It Again'. They became the eighth Irish act to score an UK No.1 in less than a year.
in 1999 - Nas was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘I Am...’ the rappers second US No.1 album. 2001, Ash kicked off a 13-date UK tour at the Portsmouth Pyramid.


in 1999 - Roger Troutman dies at age 47. American vocalist, the lead singer of the band Zapp who helped spearhead the Funk movement and heavily influenced West Coast hip hop due to the scene's heavy sampling of his music over the years. He was well known for his use of the talkbox, a device that is connected to an instrument, frequently a keyboard, to create different vocal effects. As both lead singer of Zapp and in his subsequent solo releases, he scored a bevy of funk and R&B hits throughout the 1980s. In his later years, he was mostly known for singing the chorus to the hip-hop classic, "California Love" (he was found shot, critically wounded outside a recording studio in Dayton, Ohio; he died during surgery. It seems he was shot by his brother Larry, who took is own life after shooting Roger)

in 1999 - Larry Troutman dies at age 54. American percussionist and a founding member of the funk/R&B band Zapp alongside his younger brother, Roger Troutman. The band enjoyed a string of hits throughout the 1980s, most notably "Computer Love" and "More Bounce to the Ounce" ( police found Lary in his car, dead as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His younger brother Roger was found a couple of blocks away; his death was ruled a homicide. To this day, no motive is known, though a business dispute was suspected. Sources say that Larry had not slept in several days and was not in his normal state of mind at the time)

in 2002 - TLC member Lisa Lopes was killed in a car accident in La Ceiba, Honduras, aged 30. Seven other people, including Lopes' brother and sister, who were in the Mitsubishi Montero sports utility vehicle when the crash happened, were taken to a hospital. Lopes who was driving the car when it crashed had spent the past month in Honduras working on various projects including a clothing line, a new solo project and a book.

in 2002 - Left Eye /Lisa Nicole Lopes dies at age 30. American singer, songwriter, rapper, best known as a member of the R&B girl group TLC. She contributed her self-written raps to many of TLC's hit singles, including "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg", "What About Your Friends", "Hat 2 da Back", "No Scrubs", "Waterfalls", and "Girl Talk". She began to expand her solo career. She became a featured rapper on several singles, including former Spice Girl Melanie C's "Never Be the Same Again", which went to No.1 in 35 countries, including the UK. She was also featured on the first single from Donell Jones' second album, "U Know What's Up", and she sang "Space Cowboy" with *NSYNC on their 2000 album, No Strings Attached. She also collaborated on "Gimme Some" by Toni Braxton from her 2000 release The Heat. In 2001, she appeared in two commercials for The Gap, and was also the host of the MTV series, The Cut (died in a car accident in La Ceiba, Honduras)

in 2003 - In this years Sunday Times Rich List, Paul McCartney was confirmed as the world's richest musician with a fortune worth over £760m. Madonna was 4th in the list with £227m, Mick Jagger 6th with £175m and Elton John 7th with £170m. Ozzy Osbourne became the 24th richest musician after earning an estimated £42m from his MTV show 'The Osbournes.' And Simon Fuller was said to have earned over £50m from sales of the 'Pop Idol' TV show.

in 2005 - Bruce Springsteen played the opening show on his Devils & Dust Tour North American Tour at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan. 2007, Aides to George Bush were told they couldn’t book a luxury five star hotel suite because Mick Jagger had already booked it during The Rolling Stones current world tour. Jagger had splashed out £3,600 a night for the suite at the five-star Imperial Hotel in Vienna, Austria, in advance of the band appearing in Vienna. President Bush had sent US secret service agents to vet the hotel before finding it was booked.


in 2007 - Simon Cowell and Clive Davis, chairman and CEO of J Records announced they would be working together on the latest X Factor winner Leona Lewis’ debut album.


in 2007 - American singer Bobby "Boris" Pickett died of leukemia at the age of 69. Scored the Halloween anthem ‘The Monster Mash’ in 1962. The song had been banned by The BBC in the UK, deemed offensive and wasn’t a hit until 1973. It was a spoof on the dance crazes popular at the time, including the Twist and the Mashed Potato.

in 2007 - Bobby "Boris" Pickett dies at age 69. American singer, songwriter born in Somerville, Massachusetts, who sang and co-wrote the Halloween anthem "Monster Mash" which has put him in the history books making him pop music's most enduring Top 20 one-hit wonder ever. The song was a spoof on the dance crazes popular at the time, including the Twist and the Mashed Potato, which inspired the title. The Christmas-themed follow-up, "Monster's Holiday," also released in 1962 reached No.30 in December that year. Among his other novelty songs there was also an early 1980s musical "sequel" to the monster mash called "the Monster Rap" which featured Bobby teaching the creature to speak through "rapping" and in October 2005, Bobby protested inaction on global warming by releasing "Climate Mash," a new version of his hit single. Back in 1967, Bobby and television author Sheldon Allman wrote the musical "I'm Sorry the Bridge Is Out, You'll Have to Spend the Night" which has been produced by local theatres around the USA. They followed it up later with another musical, "Frankenstein Unbound". In 1995 the co-writers of Disney's Toy Story, Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolov, produced a movie of it, originally entitled Frankenstein Sings, but later released in the US under Monster Mash the Movie. Bobby starred in it with Candace Cameron, Jimmie Walker, Mink Stole, John Kassir, Sarah Douglas, Anthony Crivello, Adam Shankman and Carrie Ann Inaba. (leukemia)

in 2008 - The Empire State Building in New York City was lit up in Mariah Carey's motif colors, lavender, pink, and white, in celebration of her achievements in the world of music. Carey was the first person in history to be honored with this event.
in 2008 - Canhoto da Paraíba dies at age 79. Brazilian musician and violinist (heart attack)

in 2008 - Humphrey Lyttelton dies at age 86. British Jazz patriarc, trumpeter, cartoonist, BBC radio broadcaster, and chairman of the BBC radio programme 'I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue'. Born at Eton College, Buckinghamshire, he was inspired by the trumpeters Louis Armstrong and Nat Gonella. He taught himself the instrument, and formed a quartet at the school in 1936 that included the future journalist Ludovic Kennedy on drums. After seeing action at Salerno during Operation Avalanche when he came ashore with his pistol in one hand, and his trumpet in the other and on VE Day, 8 May '45, in the celebrations by playing his trumpet from a wheelbarrow, he inadvertently gave his first broadcast performance; the BBC recording still survives (died peacefully following heart surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm)

in 2009 - A man suing rapper Snoop Dogg told a court he received a ‘brutal’ beating from the star's security. Richard Monroe Jr also claimed that the rapper, hit him with a microphone after he climb on stage. Mr Monroe was asking for $22m (£15m) in damages from the rapper and others. Jurors were told that as the performer started his hit ‘Gin and Juice’, at the White River Amphitheatre in Seattle, Mr Monroe thought there was an open invitation to go up on stage and party.
in 2009 - Rascal Flatts went to No.1 on the US album charts with ‘Unstoppable’, the American country pop acts sixth studio album.

in 2010 - Dorothy Michelle Provine dies at age 75. American singer, dancer, actress, and comedienne born in Deadwood, Sth Dakota. As well as her huge TV and film career Dorothy also released a few records. Between 1960-62 in the TV drama series ''In Roaring Twenties'', she played the beautiful singer Pinky Pinkham. Rex Reason co-starred with her in the series, along with Donald May, John Dehner, Mike Road, and Gary Vinson. Dorothy recorded an album of songs from the show, and had two hit singles in the UK Singles Chart – "Don't Bring Lulu" in 1961 and "Crazy Words, Crazy Tune" in 1962 (emphysema)


in 2010 - Susan Reed dies at age 84. Irish-American folk singer, harpist and zitherist who delighted nightclub and radio audiences in the years after WWII. She performed in New York venues such as Cafe Society, where she starred for two years, and the Blue Angel and toured the country under the auspices of Columbia Concerts, making 107 concert appearances alone in one year that brought her the title "America's Concert Favorite". Susan was also a regular at Carnegie Hall and Town Hall in New York, at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in LA, and Chicago's Palmer House. Susan also starred with drummer Gene Krupa in the Columbia musical "Glamor Girl" in 1948 and in numerous TV shows including "The Firestone Hour". On Broadway, she starred in the 1946 production of "Billy the Kid" and co-starred with her husband James Karen in regional theater productions of "Brigadoon" and "Finnian's Rainbow" (died of natural causes at San Simeon by the Sound, nursing home, Greenport, N.Y).


Pedro April 26th, 2011 07:14 AM

26 APRIL

in 1567 - Nicolas Forme, composer is born
in 1603 - Francesco Nigetti, composer is born
in 1648 - Christoph Thomas Walliser, composer, dies at 79
in 1703 - Georg Christoph Leuttner, composer, dies at 58
in 1785 - Karl Siegmund von Seckendorff, composer, dies at 40
in 1796 - Auguste-Matthieu Panseron, composer is born.


in 1806 - Ludwig Friedrich Hetsch, composer is born
in 1822 - Jan Albert van Eyken, composer/organist is born
in 1827 - Bernardo Ottani, composer, dies at 90
in 1834 - Horatio Richmond Palmer, composer is born
in 1855 - Composer Gioacchino Rossini leaves Italy.


in 1906 - Leopold Spinner, composer is born
in 1907 - Pietro Plantania, composer, dies at 79
in 1910 - Erland von Koch, composer is born
in 1910 - Ernst Tittel, composer is born
in 1914 - Wilfred Howard Mellers, composer is born
in 1916 - Arnoldus Christian Vlok van Wyk, composer is born
in 1920 - Juan C Lampe, Aruba, pianist/composer is born
in 1921 - Jimmy Giuffre, jazz musician is born
in 1922 - Paul-Andre Gaillard, composer is born
in 1922 - Hans Sommer, composer, dies at 84
in 1924 - Josef Labor, composer, dies at 82
in 1926 - Oldrich Frantisek Korte, composer is born
in 1951 - John Alden Carpenter, US composer (Sea Drift), dies at 75.

Video Notes: Ballet Skyscrapers (1926)
First Part - London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Klein
-- Skyscrapers is structured as a large, exuberant, episodic rhapsody, flanked by two sober shorter sections. Although the ballet scenario was worked out after the music had been composed, Carpenter planned from the beginning to capture the dynamics of Americans at work and at play. He opens and closes with a depiction of a futuristic work-world in city-noir style, its chaos and demands symbolized by a stalking skyscraper, provocatively described as "huge and sinistera stark and ominous skeleton of black and red." Here trumpets bleat like automobiles, pianos and xylophone pound the pavement, smoke and steel sulfurate through strings and winds. All this frenetic activity culminates in the "Song of the Skyscraper," a primal pseudo-Native American ("Indianist") theme introduced by French horns.
-- In Skyscrapers, Carpenter shows how much the machines of work and play share the hard-edged ambience of modernity-- steel beams, elevators, roller coaster tracks, and ferris wheels traveling upward and onward into uncertainty. Skyscrapers may not sparkle with the street-smart optimism of Gershwin, but it captures the gritty intensity of Carl Sandburg's Chicago mixed with Broadway pathos. As Elliott Carter wrote, "In spirit close to the Reginald Marsh and Dos Passos pictures of the American 1920s, [Skyscrapers] evokes just as keenly as they do that boisterous brutal era of the mechanical heart."


in 1960 - Anthony Newley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Do You Mind', the UK singers second and final No.1. The song gave writer, Lionel Bart his second No.1.
in 1964 - The Beatles, Rolling Stones and the Dave Clark Five headlined the NME poll winner's concert at Wembley Empire Pool, London.
in 1965 - During a UK tour The Who appeared at Bridgewater Town Hall in England.

in 1965 - Aaron Avshalomov, composer, dies at 70
in 1966 - Dusty Springfield was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'You Don't Have To Say You Love Me', the singers only UK No.1.

in 1967 - Mamas and the Papas singer Mama Cass gave birth to a daughter, Owen Vanessa, in Los Angeles.
in 1969 - The Original Cast of 'Hair' started a 13-week run at No.1 on the US album chart.
in 1969 - During the bands second North American tour Led Zeppelin played the second of two nights at The Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco in California.
in 1972 - Margaret A R Bonds, US pianist/composer/arranger, dies at 59
in 1975 - BJ Thomas went to No.1 on the US singles chart with '(Hey Won't You Play), Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song'. It was the singers second US No.1. Not a hit in the UK.

in 1977 - Grateful Dead appeared at the Capitol Theatre, Passaic, New Jersey.
in 1978 - Ringo Starr's TV special, Ringo, a musical version of The Prince and the Pauper aired on American television. Ringo played both characters, George Harrison provided the narration.
in 1980 - Blondie was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Call Me', the group's fourth UK No.1, featured in the Richard Gere movie 'American Gigolo', the track was also a No.1 in the US.
in 1980 - The Beat released 'Mirror In The Bathroom' it was the first digitally recorded single in the UK.

in 1982 - Out on a day's shopping, Rod Stewart was robbed by a gunman of his $50,000 Porsche on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.
in 1982 - Meat Loaf played the first of four sold out nights at Wembley Arena, London.
in 1983 - Bronislaw Kaper, composer, dies at 81
in 1984 - Mike McCartney unveiled the £40,000 statue of The Beatles by John Doubleday at the new £8 million Cavern Walks shopping centre in Liverpool, England. John's first wife, Cynthia, was also in attendance.

in 1984 - Count Basie dies at age 79. American jazz pianist, organist, and bandleader; he led his jazz orchestra almost continuously for nearly 50 years. Many notable musicians came to prominence under his direction, including tenor saxophonists Lester Young and Herschel Evans, trumpeters Buck Clayton and Harry "Sweets" Edison and singers Jimmy Rushing and Joe Williams. His theme songs were "One O'Clock Jump" and "April In Paris". Count Basie introduced several generations of listeners to the Big Band sound and left an influential catalog. The Count Basie Theatre and Count Basie Field in his hometown of Red Bank, New Jersey were named in his honor. The street on which he lived, Mechanic Street has the honorary title of Count Basie Way. On Sept 26, 2009, Edgecombe Ave and 160th Street in Washington Heights, Manhattan, were renamed as Paul Robeson Boulevard and Count Basie Place. The corner is the location of 555 Edgecombe Avenue, also known as the Paul Robeson Home, a National Historic Landmark building where Count Basie and Paul Robeson lived (pancreatic cancer)

in 1986 - Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Street Life-20 Greatest Hits.'
in 1986 - Van Halen started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with '5150'.

in 1987 - Shankar Singh Raghuvanshi dies at age 64. Indian music composer duo with Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal in the Hindi film industry, working together from 1949–1971. Shankar-Jaikishan, wrote among may others "everlasting" and "immortal melodies" in fifties and sixties. Their best work was noted for being "raga-based and having both lilt and sonority". During their career, S-J won Filmfare Best Music Director Awards for a record nine times. The last three awards were won in three successive years, thereby making S-J the first composers to score a hat trick of these awards. S-J also came out tops in Binaca Geetmala, the legendary countdown radio program on Hindi film music, where their compositions were declared the most popular on six occasions. a record later equaled by Laxmikant Pyarelal. These songs were Mera joota hai japani in '55, Teri pyari pyari surat ko in '61, Ehsaan tera hoga mujh par in '62, Bol radha bol in '64, Baharon phool barsaao in '66, and Zindagi ek safar hai suhana in '71. In 1968 S-J was honoured with the Padmashri by the Government of India.

in 1988 - A jury in White Plains, New York ruled that Mick Jagger did not pirate an unknown reggae musician's song and turn it into his 1985 hit, 'Just Another Night'. Patrick Alley of New York City had accused Jagger of copyright infringement.
in 1990 - New Kids On The Block's Danny Wood injured his ankle while on stage in Manchester when he tripped over a toy animal thrown on stage by a fan; he was forced to fly back home to the US for treatment.
in 1990 - Nirvana appeared at the Pyramid Club in New York City. The bands label Sub Pop filmed the show and the performance of ‘In Bloom’ was later used as a promo clip.

in 1991 - Léo Arnaud dies at age 86. French-American composer of film scores, best known for Bugler's Dream, which is used as the theme by television networks presenting the Olympic Games in the United States. Born in Lyon, he studied composition at conservatories in Lyon and Paris and after playing as a jazz trombonist in France using the name Leo Vauchant and arranging for the Jack Hylton band in England from 1928 to 1930, he immigrated to the United States in 1931. He worked in Hollywood as an arranger for Fred Waring before joining MGM as an arranger, composer, and orchestrator from 1936 to 1966. In 1980, Leo left Hollywood and retired to Yadkin County, North Carolina.

in 1991 - Carmine Coppola dies at age 80. American award winning composer, director songwriter and flute player; he studied at Juilliard and later at the Manhattan School of Music. During the 1940s, he worked under Arturo Toscanini with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Then in 1951, Carmine left the Orchestra to pursue his dream of composing music. During that time he mostly worked as an orchestra conductor on Broadway and elsewhere, working with his son, legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, on additional music for his Finian's Rainbow. Together with Nino Rota, Carmine composed music for The Godfather, and for The Godfather Part II, for which they won Oscars for Best Score. Carmine then scored Francis' Apocalypse Now, for which he won a Golden Globe award for best original score. He also composed three and a half hour score for Francis' 1981 reconstruction of Abel Gance's 1921 epic Napoleon.

in 1994 - Grace Slick pleaded guilty to pointing a shotgun at police in her California home. She claimed she was under stress because her home had burned down the previous year. She was later sentenced to 200 hours of community service and told to attend four Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week for three months.
in 1995 - Courtney Love reportedly turned down an offer of $1m from Playboy to pose nude for the magazine.
in 1997 - Ernest Stewart dies at age 47. American keyboardist with KC and the Sunshine Band, founded in 1973 in Miami, Florida, their style has included funk, R&B, and disco. Their most well known songs include the disco hits "That's the Way (I Like It)", "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty", "I'm Your Boogie Man", "Keep It Comin' Love", "Get Down Tonight", "Give It Up", and "Please Don't Go". They took their name from lead vocalist Harry Wayne Casey's last name "KC" and the "Sunshine Band" from KC's home state of Florida, 'The Sunshine State' (asthma attack)
in 1999 - Adrian Borland dies at age 41. English singer, songwriter, guitarist and record producer; he co-founded his first band, the Wimbledon-based punk rock trio The Outsiders, with himself on vocals and guitar, Bob Lawrence was on bass, and Adrian 'Jan' Janes on the drums. Adrian formed the punk band Sound in 1979 which had gradually evolved from The Outsiders. Their debut album Jeopardy, received favorable reviews. After the band split in 1987, he created a substantial solo career spanning five albums by April 1999 (he succumbed to the symptoms of schizoid-affective disorder and committed suicide)
in 2010 - Willy Caron dies at age 75. Dutch tenor opera singer; he came to fame at the 1964 edition of the International Verdi Concours in Venice where he was hailed by the audience as the Dutch Caruso. Willy performed across Europe and for ten years worked at the Städtische Oper in Cologne. In the Netherlands, he made many recordings as soloist with the Maastrechter Staar Choir and sang as soloist with the Limburg Symphony Orchestra directed by André Rieu Sr. In 1998, he founded the Willy Caron Musical Theatre to make classical music accessible to a wide audience.

Pedro April 27th, 2011 08:39 AM

27 APRIL

in 1623 - Johann Adam Reincken, composer is born
in 1950 - Adam Tadeusz Wieniawski, composer, dies at 70
in 1724 - Ferdinand Philipp Joseph Lobkowitz, composer is born
in 1758 - Jan Francisci, composer, dies at 66
in 1764 - Jaime de Casellas, composer, dies at 73
in 1767 - Andreas Jakob Romberg, German violinist/composer (Song of the Clock) is born
in 1802 - Abraham Louis Niedermeyer, composer is born
in 1803 - Alfred Julius Becher, composer is born
in 1812 - Friedrich von Flotow, composer is born.


in 1824 - William Richard Bexfield, composer is born
in 1861 - Georgy L'vovich Catoire, composer is born
in 1867 - Opera "Romeo et Juliette" is produced (Paris)
in 1869 - William Victor Harris, composer is born
in 1871 - Arthur Finlay Nevin, composer is born
in 1871 - Sigismond Fortune Francois Thalberg, composer, dies at 59
in 1877 - Opera "Le Roi de Lahore" is produced (Paris)
in 1891 - Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev, composer is born.

Video Notes by Mark Arnest: "Though Prokofiev is rightly remembered as a composer rather than as pianist, he was in many respects an ideal interpreter of his music. He played with more finesse - and less brute force - than many of his modern interpreters. This means Prokofiev's records lack the element of sheer adrenalin that, for instance, William Kapell brought to the 3rd Concerto; but they're nevertheless exciting, clear and intelligent - without ever seeming cerebral or systematic. He makes the Visions Fugitives sound as ephemeral as their name implies.(...)
-- Prokofiev's melodic accents usually fall on strong beats, and frequently on long notes. Surprisingly, he accents few syncopated notes, making them even more striking when they occur. His accents are virtually always dynamic, and only occasionally agogic. It's an architectural approach aiming at a clear rhythmic structure. Prokofiev wanted the listener to feel the downbeat.(...)
-- Poulenc likened Prokofiev's playing to "the steady unwinding of a precision clockwork motor spring" and said that Prokofiev performed his own music "very straightforwardly...Rubato made his flesh creep." (Quoted in Horowitz, The Ivory Trade, p. 97.) But we must read Poulenc's statement in the context of a time when the sense of pulse was much more supple. Compared to Paderewski, Prokofiev's playing is indeed straight; compared to most modern performances of his music, it contains a wealth of rhythmic inflections.
Some of these inflections fall under the category of style, such as the rushed eighth notes in Visions Fugitives, #6. These upbeats are shortened to give added emphasis to the following downbeats. Prokofiev generally rushes short groups of notes that form upbeats, arriving at the downbeat slightly early. Examples include Visions Fugitives no. 5, 10, and 11."


in 1894 - Nicolas Slonimsky, composer is born
in 1901 - Richard Redhead, composer, dies at 81
in 1905 - Philip Radcliffe, composer is born
in 1915 - Alexander N Skriabin, Russ pianist/composer (Prometheus), dies at 43
in 1916 - Jan Rychlik, composer is born
in 1918 - Kirby Stone, NYC, jazz combo leader (Baubles Bangles and Beads) is born
in 1918 - Willem N "Pim" Koot, pianist of Concert building (Oh, Lady! Lady!) is born
in 1927 - Connie Kay, jazz drummer is born
in 1931 - Igor Oistrach, Russian violinist/son of David Oistrach is born.


in 1944 - Cuba Gooding, Main Ingredient, (1974 US No.10 & UK No.27 single 'Just Don't Want To Be Lonely') is born.
in 1947 - Ann Peebles, US soul singer, (1973 US No.33 & UK 41 single 'I Can't Stand The Rain') is born.
in 1947 - Gordon Haskell, UK singer, songwriter, King Crimson, solo, (2001 UK No.2 single 'How Wonderful You Are', 2001 UK No.2 album, 'Harry's Bar') is born.
in 1947 - Peter Ham, vocals, guitar, The Iveys and then Badfinger, (1970 UK No.4 single 'Come And Get It') is born.
in 1948 - Kate Pierson, vocals, The B-52's, (1990 UK No.2 & US No.3 single 'Love Shack') is born.
in 1949 - Clive Taylor, Amen Corner, (1969 UK No.1 single 'If Paradise Is Half As Nice', plus five other UK Top 40 hits) is born.
in 1949 -Herb Murrell, vocals, The Stylistics, (1974 US No.2 single 'You Make Me Feel Brand New', 1975 UK No.1 single 'Can't Give You Anything But My Love' plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles) is born.

in 1951 - Paul Frehley, guitar, vocals, Kiss, (1974 US No.5 single 'On And On' 1976 US No 11 album 'Rock and Roll Over' spent 26 weeks on the chart. 1987 UK No.4 single 'Crazy Crazy Nights') is born.
in 1950 - Adam Tadeusz Wieniawski, composer, dies at 70.


in 1957 - In a rare appearance outside the United States, Elvis Presley performed at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada where he wore his full gold lamé suit for the last time.
in 1959 -Marco Pirroni, guitar Adam And The Ants, (1981 UK No.1 single 'Stand And Deliver' plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles) is born.
in 1959 - Sheena Easton, UK singer, (1980 UK No.3 & 1981 US No.1 single 'Morning Train, Nine To Five') is born.
in 1963 - Little Peggy March started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Will Follow Him'. At 15 years, 1 month and 13 days old, Little Peggy March became the youngest female singer to have a US No.1 record.
in 1966 - The Beatles finished recording the new John Lennon song 'I'm Only Sleeping' at Abbey Road studios London, England.
in 1967 - Sandie Shaw was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Puppet On A String', her third UK No.1 and the Eurovision Song Contest winner of 1967.


in 1969 - Pink Floyd appeared at Mothers Club in Birmingham, England. The show was recorded for the forthcoming album ‘Ummagumma'.
in 1970 - David Bowie and The Hype, Barclay James Harvest, High Tide and The Purple Gang all appeared at Stockport Grammar School, England.
1971 - The Grateful Dead appeared at the Fillmore East in New York City. The Beach Boys also appeared on stage with the Dead, who together performed a short set of Beach Boys songs.
in 1972 - Bob Coombes, keyboards, Supergrass, (1995 UK No.2 single 'Alright', 1995 UK No.1 album 'I Should Coco' spent 35 weeks on the UK chart). 1979, Born on this day, Will Boyd, bass, Evanescence, (2003 UK No.1 & US No.5 single ‘Bring Me To Life’, 2003 UK No.1 & US No.3 album ‘Fallen’). Left the group in June 2006 is born.
1974 - a free afternoon event was held in the parking lot of the University of Connecticut, Ice Hockey Arena in Storrs. The four acts that appeared, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, Fairport Convention and Fat Back. Springsteen then went on to play another gig that evening at the University of Hartford in Connecticut.
in 1975 - Pink Floyd played the last of a four night run at Los Angeles' Sports Arena. A total of 511 fans were arrested over the four nights for possession of marijuana.
in 1976 - Customs officers on a train at the Russian/Polish Border detained David Bowie, after Nazi books and mementoes were found in his luggage. Bowie claimed that the material was being used for research on a movie project about Nazi propaganda leader Joseph Paul Goebbels.

in 1978 - The first night of a 14-date UK tour by Blue Oyster Cult supported by Japan at the Colston Hall, Bristol.
in 1981 - Ringo Starr married actress and one time 'Bond girl' Barbara Bach. The pair met while filming the movie, Caveman, with Dennis Quaid and Shelley Long. In attendance at the wedding were George Harrison and Paul McCartney.
in 1984 - Yonah Higgins, vocals, Cleopatra, (1998 UK No.3 single 'Cleopatra's Theme') is born.
in 1984 - Patrick Stump, lead singer, rhythm guitarist, Fall Out Boy, (2007 US No.1 album ‘Infinity on High’) is born.

in 1984 - Z. Z. Hill /Arzell Hill dies at age 48. American blues singer, in the soul blues tradition, born in Naples, Texas. He began his singing career in the late 1950s as part of a gospel group called The Spiritual Five. In 1964, he moved to California and recorded "You Were Wrong" on his brother's M.H. record label. In 1971, he recorded the hits "Faithful & True" and "Chokin' Kind" in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. One of ZZ's biggest selling hits came while signed to Columbia, "Love Is So Good When You're Stealing It," which spent 18 weeks on the Billboard R&B chart in the summer of 1977. His 1982 album, 'Down Home', stayed on the Billboard soul album chart for nearly two years. The track "Down Home Blues" has been called the best-known blues song of the 1980s. This track plus his songs "Taxi", "Someone Else Is Steppin' In", and "Open House" have become R&B/Southern soul standards (he tragically died in Dallas from a heart attack after a road accident)

in 1985 - USA For Africa started a three-week run at No.1 on the US chart with 'We Are The World'. The US artists' answer to Band Aid had an all-star cast including Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Daryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Carnes, Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Paul Simon plus the composer's of the track, Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.
in 1990 - 50th annual barbershop quartet singing convention held (Mich. usa)

in 1991 - Christian singer Amy Grant started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Baby Baby', a No.2 hit in the UK.

in 1992 - Olivier Messiaen dies at age 83. French composer and one of the first composers to use an electronic keyboard; he entered the Paris Conservatoire at the age of 11 and was appointed organist at the Église de la Sainte-Trinité in Paris in 1931, a post held until his death. He taught at the Schola Cantorum de Paris during the 1930s. On the fall of France in 1940, Olivier was made a prisoner of war, during which time he composed his Quatuor pour la fin du temps/"Quartet for the end of time" for the 4 available instruments—piano, violin, cello and clarinet. The piece was first performed by himself and fellow prisoners for an audience of inmates and prison guards. He was appointed professor of harmony soon after his release in 1941, and professor of composition in 1966 at the Paris Conservatoire, positions he held until his retirement in 1978. His many distinguished pupils included Pierre Boulez and Yvonne Loriod, who became his second wife. He found birdsong fascinating, believed birds to be the greatest musicians, and considered himself as much an ornithologist as a composer. He notated bird songs worldwide and incorporated birdsong transcriptions into most of his music. Although in considerable pain near the end of his life, requiring repeated surgery on his back, he was able to fulfil a commission from the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Éclairs sur l'au-delà…, which was premièred six months after his death

in 1993 - Prince issued a statement saying he was retiring from studio recordings to concentrate on film and other ventures.
in 1994 - Chicago scored their third US No.1 album with 'Chicago VII'.
in 1994 - A man was arrested after breaking into Ace Of Base singer Jenny Berggren's home. Jenny was asleep at the time and woke up to find the man above her holding a hunting knife.
in 1996 - Oasis played the first of two nights at Manchester's Main Road Football Club as a 'thank you' to their fans, the 80,000 tickets sold out in hours.
in 1997 - Depeche Mode went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their album 'Ultra'.

in 1999 - UK band The Verve announced that they had split. They scored the 1997 UK No.1 single 'The Drugs Don't Work' and their 1997 UK No.1 album 'Urban Hymns' spent over 100 weeks on the UK chart. Leader of the group Richard Ashcroft went solo scoring the 2000 UK No.3 single 'A Song For The Lovers' and the 2000 UK No.1 album 'Alone With Everybody.'

in 1999 - Al Hurt /Alois Maxwell Hirt dies at age 76. American trumpeter, bandleader and New Orleans legend maybe best remembered for his million selling recordings of "Java", and the album, Honey in the Horn in 1963. In 1940, Al went to Cincinnati, Ohio to study at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music with Dr. Frank Simon, a former soloist with the John Philip Sousa Orchestra. After a stint in the US Army during World War II, Al performed with various Swing big bands, including those of Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, and Ina Ray Hutton. In 1950, he became first trumpet and soloist with Horace Heidt's Orchestra. Returning then to New Orleans, he worked with various Dixieland groups and leading his own bands. From the mid 1950s to early 1960s, he and his band played nightly at Dan's Pier 600 at the corner of St. Louis and Bourbon Street. In 1962 Hirt opened his own club on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, which he ran until 1983. (liver failure)

in 2000 - American singer Vicki Sue Robinson died. She had the 1976 disco hit 'Turn The Beat Around', sang back-up vocals on Irene Cara's Top Ten hit single 'Fame.'

in 2000 - Vicki Sue Robinson dies at age 45. American singer and broadway star; her records were among some of the best produced and arranged '70s disco releases with solid beats built on solid songs including her 1976 hit "Turn the Beat Around". Her theatre performances included Hair-1970, Soon-1971, Long Time Coming, Long Time Gone-1971, Voices From The Third World-1972 and Jesus Christ Superstar-1973. A resurgence of interest in disco music by the mid 1990s led Vicki along with fellow disco veterans K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Thelma Houston, Gloria Gaynor and The Village People to embark on a well-received world tour. She released her final single, "Move On," in 1999, which reached No.18 on Billboard's Dance Chart. That same month, she was forced to withdraw from her Off Broadway show owing to ill health. However she undertook the role of a fairy godmother in the film Red Lipstick, which was released on April 16th 2000 (cancer)

in 2003 - UK boy band Busted went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'You Said No.' Also on this day the band appeared at Birmingham NIA, England with S Club 7, Dannii Minogue, Girls Aloud, Sonique, Kym Marsh, David Sneddon and S Club 7 Juniors.
in 2003 - Madonna went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘American Life’, the singers eighth No.1 album. Also a US No.1 album.
in 2003 - US TV’s Pop Idol winner Kelly Clarkson was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Thankful.’


in 2007 - Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich, KBE dies at age 80. Soviet-Russian cellist and conductor, widely considered to have been the greatest cellist of the second half of the 20th century, and one of the greatest of all time. In addition to his outstanding interpretations and technique, he was well-known for his commissions of new works which enlarged the cello repertoire more than any cellist before or since. He gave the premieres of over 100 pieces. His impromptu performance during the fall of the Berlin Wall as events unfolded earned him international fame and was reported throughout the world. He was also internationally recognized as a staunch advocate of human rights, being awarded in 1974 the Annual Award of the International League of Human Rights. (intestinal cancer)

in 2008 - The Last Shadow Puppets went to No.1 on the UK album charts with ‘The Age of the Understatement’, a side project of Alex Turner of Sheffield band Arctic Monkeys and Miles Kane of Liverpool band The Rascals.

in 2008 - "Big" Ron O'Brien dies at age 56. American disc jockey; he grew up in Des Moines, IA, and worked at his high school's radio station and started his professional career in 1969 at KUDL in Kansas City. He went on to work for many stations, including KTLK in Denver, WCAR in Detroit, WQXI in Atlanta, WCFL/WMVP in Chicago, WOKY in Milwaukee, WFIL in Philadelphia, KFI and KIIS in Los Angeles, KWK/WARH in St. Louis-where he stayed for nine years, KZDG in Denver, WYXR/WLCE /WRFF in Philadelphia, WNBC/WFAN and WXLO/WRKS in New York, WPGC in Washington, D.C., and WRKO in Boston. WOGL, also in Philadelphia, was his employer for the final six years of his life, and he had recently signed a two-year contract extension. Ron also recorded cover versions of "Everybody Knows Matilda" and "Take Some Time Out" (complications from pneumonia)


in 2008 - Marios Tokas dies at age 54. Greek-Cypriot composer; he has worked with some of the most famous Greek singers, including Dimitris Mitropanos, Constantina, Yiannis Parios, Aleka Kanellidou, Charis Alexiou, Dimitra Galani, Dionisis Theodosis, Katerina Kouka, Antonis Kalogiannis and Manolis Mitsias to mention a few. He always offered free of charge concerts every summer in his native Cyprus, for all the 18 year olds that were going for their 26 month compulsory service in the National Guard. Marios is regarded as the most prominent composer in Cyprus and one of the most important in Greece. His work includes religious albums, folk albums, soundtracks to television shows, and pure Greek music. His last work was the official anthem of the Cyprus University of Technology (cancer)


in 2009 - Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament was the victim of a robbery outside Southern Tracks Recording studios in Atlanta, where the band were recording. Ament and a band employee had arrived at the rear of the studio when three assailants brandishing knives emerged from the woods wearing black masks and smashed the windows of a rented Jeep. The robbers grabbed a BlackBerry and Ament’s passport and stole $3,000 in cash and $4,320 worth of goods.
in 2009 - Aerosmith were to hold a free concert in Hawaii to placate angry fans who brought a legal case against them. Fans filed a class action case, which claimed the band had cancelled a sold-out show in Maui two years ago, leaving hundreds of fans out of pocket in favour of a bigger gig in Chicago. Lawyers for the would-be concert-goers said Aerosmith had now agreed to put on a new show, and would pay all expenses. ‘Everyone who bought a ticket to the original concert will receive a free ticket.

in 2010 - Morris Pert dies at age 62. Scottish composer and percussionist who worked with Yamash'ta. Born in Arbroath, Angus, he graduated with a BMus from Edinburgh University in 1969, and went on to study composition and percussion at the Royal Academy in London. He wrote three symphonies, "The Rising of the Moon", premiered in Tokyo under Hiroyuko Iwaki in 1981; "The Beltane Rites", was commissioned and performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and "The Ancient Kindred", was premiered by the Munich Opera Orchestra under Eberhard Schoener on German television in 1980. He also worked for 18 years as a session musician in recording studios, working with many artists, including Paul McCartney, Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Williams, Kate Bush, Phil Collins, Mike Oldfield, Peter Gabriel, Bryan Ferry, Elkie Brooks, Talk Talk and the jazz-rock band Brand X. He also arranged for the Classic Rock series of records by the London Symphony Orchestra. In 1977 Morris was voted the fourth jazz and rock percussionist in the world by America's Billboard magazine. He has received five gold albums, an American ASCAP award for a hit song and a nomination by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for his performances on record. Among his other many, many works were an electronic ballet score Continuum for the London Contemporary Dance Theatre at Sadlers Wells; Voyage in Space, twenty short piano pieces; The Ancient Pattern for chamber ensemble, a McEwen commission from Glasgow University and, more recently, incidental music for Eden Court Theatre's production of Peter Pan in Inverness and Aurora, a work for taped electronics. Morris had just completed his fifth album for release, "Chromosphere".


Pedro April 28th, 2011 06:22 AM

28 APRIL

in 1715 - Franz Sparry, composer is born born
in 1748 - Lorenz Justinian Ott, composer born
in 1750 - Paul Ignaz Kurzinger, composer born
in 1757 - Claus Nielsen Schali, composer born
in 1770 - Marie AC de Camargo, Spanish/Italian/Belgian dancer, dies at 60
in 1799 - Francois Giroust, composer, dies at 62
in 1804 - Hans Gram, composer, dies at 49
in 1826 - Alexander Stadtfeld, composer born.


in 1848 - Ludvig Schytte, composer born
in 1865 - Giacomo Meyerbeer's opera "L'Africaine," premieres in Paris
in 1870 - Hermann Suter, composer born
in 1873 - Harold Bauer, English/US pianist (Beethoven-Association) born
in 1887 - Carl Ferdinand Pohl, composer, dies at 67
in 1892 - Georges Antoine, composer born
in 1892 - John Jacob Niles, composer born
in 1914 - Skuli Halldorsson, composer born
in 1920 - Nan Merriman, US/Neth singer (Arturo Toscanini NBC Orch) born
in 1923 - Wolfgang Steffen, composer born
in 1930 - Christopher John Magenis Headington, composer born
in 1932 - Marek Kopelent, composer born
in 1933 - Karl Heinz Wahren, composer born
in 1933 - Oliver "Bops Junior" Jackson, drummer born
in 1935 - Alexander Campbell Mackenzie, Scotish composer, dies at 87.


in 1936 - John Martin Tchicai, composer born.
in 1943 - Fantastic Johnny C[orley], US singer (Boogaloo down Broadway) is born.
in 1947 - Steve Khan, jazz musician (Christmas Waltz) is born.
in 1955 - Eddie Jobson, rock violinist (Zappa, UK, Roxy Music-For Your Pleasure) is born.

in 1958 - Alan Feed’s Big Beat Show played 2 shows at the Central High School Auditorium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The tour featured Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon, Buddy Holly, The Diamonds, Billy Ford, Danny & The Juniors,The Chantels, Larry Williams, Screaming Jay Hawkins and The Pastels.

in 1960 - Wally Langdon, bassist (Bob Color) is born.
in 1964 - The Beatles recorded the TV special ‘Around The Beatles’ at Wembley studios England. As well as performing songs they played Act V Scene 1 of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ with John playing the female role of Thisbe, Paul as Pyramus, George as Moonshine and Ringo as Lion. Paul later named his cat Thisbe.
in 1966 - The Kinks appeared at the Mecca Ballroom, Nottingham, England.

in 1968 - The Broadway musical 'Hair' opened at the Baltimore Theatre in New York City. The show featured the songs ‘Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In’, ‘Good Morning Starshine’ and the title song. The production ran for 1,729 performances, finally closing on July 1st, 1972.
in 1969 - Johannes Rontgen, composer, dies at 70.

in 1973 - Pink Floyd's album 'Dark Side Of The Moon' went to No.1 on the US chart, it went on to enjoy a record breaking 741 weeks, selling over 20 million copies world-wide.
in 1973 - The Faces scored their first UK No.1 album with 'Ooh La La.'

in 1975 - John Lennon appears on "Tonight" and Ringo on "Smother Brothers".

in 1975 - Tom Donahue dies at age 46. American FM disc jockey and pioneering rock and roll radio disc jockey; his career started in 1949 on the east coast at WTIP in West Virginia, WIBG in Philadelphia and WINX in Maryland before moving to San Francisco in 1961. Here he worked as a disc jockey at Top Forty station KYA/KOIT, discovered, produced, recorded, and managed The Beau Brummels, opened a psychedelic nightclub "Mothers" and produced concerts at the Cow Palace and Candlestick Park with his partner, disc jockey Bobby Mitchell aka Bobby Tripp. He also revamped the foreign-language station KMPX into what is considered to be America's first alternative "free-form" radio station on the largely ignored FM band, playing non-commercial music by album-oriented bands. In 1969 he managed the band Silver Metre, and Stoneground in 1970. In 1972 he moved to the role of general manager at KSAN, where he encouraged playlists of music from different eras and genres interspersed with political commentary. Tom, and his DJ wife Raechel, formed further free-form radio stations KMET and KPPC-FM in Los Angeles. Tom was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 as a non performer, as one of only three disc jockeys to receive that honor (heart attack).

in 1978 - Mike Oldfield played the first of two nights at London's Wembley Arena, England.
in 1979 - Blondie scored their first US No.1 single with 'Heart Of Glass', also No.1 in the UK.
in 1979 - Feliks Roderyk Labunski, composer, dies at 86.

in 1979 - The Very Best Of Leo Sayer started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart, giving Sayer his first and only No.1 LP.
in 1980 - Marshall Tucker Band bass player Tommy Caldwell died of injures from a car accident aged 30 in his hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Original frontman for the Marshall Tucker Band between in 1973 and 1980.

in 1980 - Tommy Caldwell dies at age 30. American bassist and original frontman for The Marshall Tucker Band between 1973 and 1980. He was from Spartanburg, South Carolina. As well as being the frontman, he also sang background vocals and wrote several songs, including "Melody Ann," which was the only song he ever performed lead vocals on. His last performance with the band was on April 18, 1980. This performance is captured on the 2006 release, "Live on Long Island" (died of injures from a Jeep crash).

in 1981 - Steve Currie dies at age 33. English electric bass player born in Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, and was best known as a member of the English glam rock band T.Rex. His first worked with a local jazz rock band "The Rumble Band", before joining T.Rex as bass guitarist in 1970 and continued to play with them until late 1976. He appeared on all of Bolan's most memorable hit singles from "Ride a White Swan" in 1970 to "Laser Love" in 1976 , as well as all the albums from 1971's Electric Warrior to Dandy in the Underworld released in 1977. After leaving T.Rex, Steve went into session work, and moved to Portugal to live.

in 1982 - The California State Assembly consumer-protection-committee heard testimony from "experts" who claimed that when ‘Stairway To Heaven’ was played backward, contained the words: "I sing because I live with Satan. The Lord turns me off, there's no escaping it. Here's to my sweet Satan, whose power is Satan. He will give you 666. I live for Satan."

in 1982 - Murray McEachern dies at age 66. Canadian jazz and swing trombonist and alto saxophonist best known for having played trombone for Benny Goodman, the trombone and alto saxophone for the Casa Loma Orchestra and his studio work in his later career for Hollywood films, including solo performances in The Glenn Miller Story, Paris Blues and The Benny Goodman Story. He studied the violin at the Toronto Conservatory of Music as a boy, and played his first concert recital at Massey Hall at age 12. As a teenager he studied both the saxophone and clarinet, playing with Lucio Agostini and also appearing on CRBC with Percy Faith. He got his big break in 1936 when he went to Chicago and secured the job as soloist on trombone for Benny Goodman's big band. Over time McEachern became proficient on several instruments, including the trombone, trumpet saxophone, bass and violin. He also worked with the Jack Hylton orchestra, the Paul Whiteman orchestra and the Phil Moore orchestra, he toured Europe in 1972 and briefly worked with the Duke Ellington orchestra in 1973 and was owner/director of the Tommy Dorsey orchestra from 1974 to 1977.

in 1983 - During the second leg of their 'War' North American tour, U2 appeared at the Rochester Institute Of Technology Ice Rink, Rochester, New York.
in 1988 - During a North American tour, Pink Floyd appeared at the Texas Stadium, Irving, Dallas, Texas.

in 1988 - B W Stevenson /Louis Charles Stevenson dies at age 38. American country artist, and "B.W." stood for "Buckwheat". Born in Dallas, Texas, he attended W.H. Adamson High School, as a teenager he played in a variety of local rock bands before attending college, and eventually joining the U.S. Air Force. He went on to have hits with, "My Maria", "Calabasas", "A Little Bit of Understanding", "We Be Sailin'" and "Lifeline". Author Jan Reid devotes a chapter to B.W., in his book 'The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock', dubbing him "The Voice". Since his death, Poor David's Pub in Dallas has held an annual songwriting competition in his memory (died shortly after undergoing heart valve surgery)

in 1990, - Guns N' Roses leader Axl Rose married Erin Everly, daughter of The Everly Brothers Don at Cupid's Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. They divorced in January 91 after a stormy nine months of marriage.
in 1990 - Sinead O'Connor started a six-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got.'

in 1991 - Ken Curtis /Curtis Wain Gates dies at age 74. American singer and actor best known for his role as Festus Haggen on the long-running CBS western television series, Gunsmoke. He was a singer before moving into acting, and combined both careers once he entered movies, performing with the popular Sons of the Pioneers from 1949 to 1953 as well as singing with the iconic Tommy Dorsey band. Curtis replaced Frank Sinatra as vocalist for the Dorsey band, but details of Curtis's relationship with the band are unclear. He was with the Dorsey band in 1941, prior to Sinatra's departure, and may have served simply as insurance against Sinatra's likely defection. Dick Haymes contractually replaced Sinatra, in 1942. Ken then joined Shep Fields and His New Music, an all-reeds band that dispensed with a brass section. Columbia Pictures signed him to a contract in 1945. He starred in a series of musical westerns with The Hoosier Hot Shots, playing singing-cowboy romantic leads. For much of 1948, Curtis was a featured singer and host of the long-running country music radio program WWVA Jamboree. (Ken died in his sleep of natural causes in Fresno, California)

in 1992 - Olivier Messiaen, French composer (St Francois d'Assise), dies at 83
in 1994 - Lisa Marie Presley separates from Danny Keough.

in 1997 - Mark Morrison was fined £750 after admitting threatening behaviour during an incident in Leicester city centre when he believed someone had kicked his car.
in 1999 - The tour bus carrying The Clint Boon Experience was involved in a near fatal accident when it was involved in a crash outside Glasgow. Members of the band had to be airlifted to hospital.
in 1999 - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
in 2000 - A blaze swept through James Brown Enterprises, the office that co-ordinate the superstar's tours. Nobody was injured, but memorabilia and live tapes were destroyed in the blaze. An employee was later arrested and charged with arson.
in 2000 - Paul Atkinson was jailed for three years after being found guilty of stealing more than £25,000 from Rolling Stone Charlie Watts. Atkinson had been the manager of an Arabian stud farm owned by Watts.
in 2001 - Toploader, Catatonia, Idlewind, Wheatus and Dumdums appeared at the Campaign For A Living Wage concert at Manchester Arena, Manchester, England.
in 2002 - UK boy band Blue went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘All Rise’.
in 2002 - Sugababes scored their first UK No.1 single with 'Freak Like Me.' The song was originally by American Adina Howard (1995) and was mixed with the synth line from Gary Numan's 1979 hit 'Are 'Friends' Electric?'.


in 2003 - Ozzy Osbourne's son Jack went into rehab. The 17 year old was a patient at Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena, California.

in 2005 - Percy Heath dies at age 81. American jazz double bass player born in Wilmington, North Carolina and started playing violin at age 8 and also sang locally. In Chicago in 1948, he recorded with his brother on a Milt Jackson album as members of the Howard McGhee Sextet before moving to New York in the late 1940s. He was the brother of tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath and drummer Albert Heath, with whom he formed the Heath Brothers in 1975. He has also worked with Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Wes Montgomery and Thelonious Monk. At the age of 81, he released his first album as bandleader through the Daddy Jazz label. The album, titled A Love Song, garnered rave reviews and served as a fitting coda for Percy's illustrious career (bone cancer)

in 2006 - Abba star Bjorn Ulvaeus was accused of avoiding paying 87m Swedish kronor (£6.5m) in taxes on the band's hit songs and musicals. The Swedish government was demanding he repaid the money. Abba sold over 370 million records and he also co-wrote the musical Mamma Mia.
in 2007 - Sugababes singer Amelle Berrabah was arrested and spent the night in a police cell over allegations she assaulted an 18-year-old woman in a Guildford bar. Police confirmed a 23-year-old female was arrested following an "incident".

in 2007 - Tommy Newsom dies at age 78. American bandleader and a saxophone player in the NBC Orchestra on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, for which he later became assistant director and was frequently the band's substitute director. Tommy joined the band in 1962, and left it when Carson retired in 1992. Tommy was often a foil for Carson's humor, who nicknamed him "Mr. Excitement" as a sarcastic take on his low-keyed, often dull persona. He was as well known within the music industry as an arranger as he was a performer. He arranged for groups as varied as the Tonight Show ensemble and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, and musicians Skitch Henderson, Woody Herman, Kenny Rogers, Charlie Byrd, John Denver, and opera star Beverly Sills (died of bladder and liver cancer)

in 2009 - Valeria Peter Predescu dies at age 62. Romanian popular/folk singer (heart attack)

2009 - Vern Gosdin dies at age 74.
American country music singer; in 1961 he moved from Alabama to California, where he joined the West Coast Country music movement, first as a member of the Golden State Boys, then the Hillmen before forming The Gosdin Brothers with brother Rex. The duo hit the charts in the late '60s with "Hangin' On" and "Till The End". In the '80s he teamed with Max D. Barnes as a songwriting collaborator, he had hits with "If You're Gonna Do Me Wrong (Do It Right)"; "Way Down Deep", his first No. 1 single with "I Can Tell by the Way You Dance (You're Gonna Love Me Tonight)" in 1984; "Do You Believe Me Now"; his 2nd No. 1 hit "Chiseled in Stone," which won the Country Music Association's Song of the Year award in 1989. From 1989-1991, he released a number of songs and three more made the Billboard top 10: "Right in the Wrong Direction," "That Just About Does It" and "Is It Raining at Your House." In 2008, Gosdin released "40 Years of the Voice," a four-CD career retrospective. The boxed set on VGM Records features 101 songs, including 14 previously unreleased tracks recorded 35 years ago (he had suffered a stroke at the beginning of April 2009, and died peacefully in his sleep at a Nashville hospital)

in 2009 - A TV commercial for insurance featuring Iggy Pop was ruled as misleading by the Advertising Standards Authority. In the advert, the singer was seen exclaiming that he had an insurance policy with Swiftcover but the company did not cover musicians at the time of the ad being shown. Swiftcover had since started to offer policies to musicians, and stated that Mr Pop would continue to endorse the company.

in 2010 - Corrado "Connie" Codarini dies at age 80. Canadian pop-gospel bass singer and a founding member of the The Four Lads. In the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, the singing quartet earned many gold singles and albums. Their first single was "The Mocking Bird" on Columbia's Okeh label was released in 1952. This was followed by many hits including 5 gold records "Istanbul", "Moments to Remember," "Standin' on the Corner," "No, Not Much," and "Who Needs You," They made many television appearances including the award-winning PBS special, Moments to Remember. In 1984 The Four Lads were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003.


Pedro April 29th, 2011 06:10 AM

29 APRIL

in 1584 - Melchior Teschner, composer is born.
in 1636 - Esaias Reusner, composer is born.
in 1660 - Matthias Henriksen Schacht, composer is born.


in 1712 - Juan Bautista Jose Cabanilles, Spanish organist and composer dies at 67.
Born in Algemesi, province of Valencia. He studied for the priesthood at Valencia and probably received his musical training at the Cathedral there. He was appointed organist of the Valencia Cathedral May 15,1665 (succeeding J. de la Torre), and retained that post until his death. He was ordained a priest on Sept. 22, 1668. He was the greatest of the early Spanish composers for organ, and the most prolific. He composed chiefly "tientos," remarkable for the ingenious use of the variation form (on liturgical or popular themes). A complete ed. of his works, in four vols., has been edited by H. Angles (Barcelona, 1927-52). The Obras vocales are edited by J. Climent (Valencia, 1971).

in 1727 - Jean-Georges Noverre, French dancer/choreographer (ballet d'action) is born.
in 1771 - Matthaus Stegmayer, composer is born.

in 1813 - Christian Danner, composer, dies at 55.
in 1842 - Karl Mill Cker, Austria conductor/composer (Beggar Student) is born.
in 1855 - Edmund van der Straeten, composer is born.
in 1855 - Anatol K Liadov, Russian composer (Bewitched Lake) [OS] is born.


in 1857 - Frantisek Ondricek, composer is born.
in 1862 - Vittorio Mario Vanzo, composer is born.
in 1872 - Eyvind Alnaes, composer is born.
in 1879 - Thomas Beecham, England, composer (found London Philharmonic) is born.


in 1885 - Wallingford Riegger, Albany Georgia, composer (Bacchangle) is born.
in 1896 - Jacques Leon Wolfe, composer is born.
in 1899 - Duke Ellington, Wash DC, [Edward Kennedy], bandleader (Take "A" Train) is born.
in 1899 - Karl Yngve Skold
, composer is born.
in 1902 - Theodore Chanler, composer is born.
in 1903 - Frank Parker, NYC, singer (Arthur Godfrey Show, Masquerade Party) is born.
in 1904 - Russ Morgan, Scranton Pa, orch leader (Welcome Aboard) is born.

in 1905 - Ignacio Cervantes, composer, dies at 57.
in 1907 - Tino Rossi, Ajaccio France, singer (Deux Amours, Marlene) is born.
in 1908 - Philippe Brun, jazz trumpeter is born.
in 1913 - Jack Alexander Bently, trombonist is born.
in 1915 - Donald Mills, singer (Mills Brothers) is born.


in 1920 - Harold Samuel Shapero, Lynn Mass, composer (9 Minute Opera) is born.
in 1922 - Toots [Jean] Thielemans, Belgian/US jazz musician/composer is born.
in 1924 - Rene Jeanmaire, Paris France, dancer (Hans Christian Anderson) is born.
in 1925 - Danny Davis, rocker (Nashville Brass is born.
in 1928 - Big Jay McNeely, rocker is born.
in 1928 - Carl Gardner, Tyler Tx, rock vocalist (Coasters-Searchin) is born.
in 1929 - Peter Joshua Sculthorpe, composer is born.
in 1929 - Vaclav Kucera, composer is born.
in 1931 - Anthony "Lonnie" Donegan, Scotish skiffle vocalist/guitarist is born.
in 1933 - Darijan Bozic, composer is born.
in 1933 - Raymond Earl Hill, saxophonist is born.
in 1933 - Rod Marvin McKuen, Oakland Calif, singer/composer (Alone, Beatsville) is born.
in 1935 - Otto M Zykan, composer is born.
in 1936 - April Stevens, Niagara Falls NY, rock vocalist (Deep Purple) is born.
in 1942 - Klaus Voorman, rock bassist (Manfred Mann-Mighty Quinn) is born.
in 1943 - Duane Allen, Taylortown Texas, country singer (Oak Ridge Boys-Elvira) is born.

in 1943 - Joseph Achron, Latvian violinist/composer (Golem suite), dies at 56.

in 1943 - Karl Adrian Wohlfart, composer, dies at 68.
in 1945 - Hugh Hopper, rocker (Soft Machine) is born.
in 1945 - [Thomasina] Tammi Terrell, [Montgomery], singer (Ain't No Mt High) is born.
in 1947 - Tommy James, singer (cri-im-son and clo-o-ver o-o-ver and o-o-ver) is born.
in 1949 - Francis Rossi, England, guitarist/vocalist (Status Quo-Down Down) is born.


in 1953 - Alice Ernestine Prin dies at age 52. French nightclub singer, artists' model, actress, painter; She was a symbol of bohemian and creative Paris, she flourished in, and helped define, the 1920s liberated culture of Paris. At age 28 she was declared Queen of Montparnasse and was one of the century's first truly independent women. Kiki's music hall performances in black hose and garters included crowd-pleasing risqué songs, which were uninhibited, yet inoffensive. For a few years during the 1930s, she owned a Montparnasse cabaret, which she named Chez Kiki. As an artists' model she poses for dozens of artists, including Chaim Soutine, Julian Mandel, Tsuguharu Foujita, Francis Picabia, Jean Cocteau, Arno Breker, Alexander Calder, Per Krohg, Hermine David, Pablo Gargallo, Mayo, and Tono Salazar. Moise Kisling painted a portrait of Kiki titled Nu assis, one of his best known. (Kiki died in Sanary-sur-Mer, from complications of alcoholism or drug dependence. Many artists and fans attended her funeral and followed the procession to her interment in the Cimetière du Montparnasse).

in 1954 - Deborah Iyall, rocker (Romeo Void) is born.
in 1956 - Ron Verlin, rocker (Shooting Star) is born.
in 1957 - Richie C Robertson, rock bassist/vocalist (Fabulous Poodles) is born.

in 1957 - Otallo Morales, composer, dies at 82.
in 1958 - Simon Edwards, rocker (Fairground Attraction-Find My Love) is born.

in 1960 - Gerard Joling, Dutch singer (Love is in Your Eyes) is born.

in 1961 - Cisco Houston /Gilbert Vandine Houston dies at age 42. American folk singer and songwriter who is closely associated with Woody Guthrie due to their extensive history of recording together. He was a regular recording artist for Moses Asch's Folkways recording studio. He also performed with such folk/blues musicians as Lead Belly, Sonny Terry, and the Almanac Singers. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, but moved to California while he was still young, and he attended school in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles where began to play the guitar. In 1938 he pursued a career in acting. During this time he visited folk singer Woody Guthrie at a radio studio in Hollywood, which was the beginning of the close friendship with Guthrie. The two men began traveling together, touring migrant worker camps, singing, and promoting unionism and workers’ rights, eventually making their way to New York City. Cisco toured India in 1959 with Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, and Marilyn Childs. In 1960 he hosted the television special, “Folk Sound U.S.A.” on CBS, and appeared later that year at the Newport Folk Festival (stomach cancer)

in 1963 - Publicist Andrew Oldham and agent Eric Easton signed a management deal with The Rolling Stones after buying the rights to the bands first recordings for £90. They also persuade keyboard player Ian Stewart to drop out of the line up and become the bands road manager, (and still play piano at the back of the stage).
in 1965 - Jimmy Nicol, the drummer who stood in for Ringo Starr during a Beatles Australian tour in 1964, appeared in a London Court faced with bankruptcy with debts of £4,000.
in 1967 - Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens played two shows at Bournemouth Winter Gardens, England.
in 1967 - The 14 hour Technicolour Dream benefit party for The International Times was held at Alexandra Palace in London. Seeing the event mentioned on TV, John Lennon called his driver and went to the show. Coincidentally, Yoko Ono was one of the performers. Other acts to appear included The Flies, Pink Floyd, Arthur Brown, The Move and Susie Creamcheese.

in 1967 - J. B. Lenoir dies at age 38. American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, his initials "J.B." had no specific meaning; his given name was simply "J.B". During the early 1940s, he worked with blues artists Sonny Boy Williamson II and Elmore James in New Orleans. In 1949, he moved to Chicago where he began to perform at local nightclubs with musicians such as Memphis Minnie, Big Maceo Merriweather, and Muddy Waters, and became an important part of the city's blues scene. He began recording in 1951, his recording of "Korea Blues" was licensed to and released by Chess, as having been performed by 'J. B. and his Bayou Boys'. His band included pianist Sunnyland Slim, guitarist Leroy Foster, and drummer Alfred Wallace. His more successful songs included "Let's Roll", "The Mojo" featuring sax player J. T. Brown, and the controversial "Eisenhower Blues" which his record company, Parrot, forced him to re-record as "Tax Paying Blues". His most commercially successful release was "Mamma Talk To Your Daughter", recorded in 1954 which reached No.11 on the Billboard R&B chart and was later recorded by many other blues and rock musicians. In the later 1950s, he wrote several more blues standards including; "Don't Dog Your Woman", and "Don't Touch My Head" (died from a heart attack related to injuries he suffered in a car accident three weeks earlier.)

in 1968 - Carnie Wilson, LA Calif, rock vocalist (Wilson Phillips-Hold On) is born.
in 1969 - working on tracks for the forthcoming Beatles Abbey Road album, Ringo Starr added his vocal to 'Octopus's Garden.'
in 1973 - Manfred Gurlitt, composer, dies at 82.
in 1973 - John Denver began a weekly live UK BBC 2 TV special, 'The John Denver Show'.
in 1973 - The Bay City Rollers appeared at The Odeon Theatre, Edinburgh in Scotland.
in 1976 - Wilhelm Maler, composer, dies at 73.
in 1976 - After a gig in Memphis Bruce Springsteen took a cab to Elvis Presley's Graceland home and proceeded to climb over the wall. A guard took him to be another crank fan and apprehended him.
in 1977 - The Grateful Dead played the first of five nights at the New York Palladium, New York, NYC.

in 1977 - The Kinks appeared at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario.
in 1978 - The Tourists appeared at The Hope & Anchor, London, England, tickets cost 75p.
in 1978 - P.J. Proby was sacked from his role in the London stage musical Elvis after repeatedly changing his lines from the script. Proby had been playing the oldest of three Presley's in the play.
in 1979 - Julia A Perry, US composer/conductor (Soul Symphony), dies at 55.

in 1980 - Black Sabbath began their first tour with vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who had replaced Ozzy Osbourne.
in 1981 - Elton John paid £14,000 for 232 'Goon Show' scripts broadcast during the 50's at an auction held at Christies, London.
in 1988 - Jan Kapr, composer, dies at 74.
in 1988 - During a North American tour, Pink Floyd appeared at the Texas Stadium, Irving, Dallas, Texas.

in 1988 - James McCracken dies at age 61. American tenor born in Gary, Indiana; he made his professional opera debut in 1952 with the Central City Opera in Colorado as Rodolfo in Puccini's La bohème and sang minor roles at the Metropolitan Opera from 1953 to 1957, while he was still a student. In 1957, he moved to Europe and made his debut at the Vienna State Opera and had great success with the Zürich Opera. Otello was one of his signature roles. Starting in 1963, he became one of the Met's principal dramatic tenors. New productions that starred James were Otello 1963 and 1972, Carmen '72, Aida '76, Le prophete '77 and Tannhaeuser '78, his only leading Wagnerian role. He took part in a live telecast of Verdi's Aida, on Jan 3rd 1985, which was historic in that it was Leontyne Price's farewell to the operatic stage.. He was a member of the Metropolitan Opera's final U.S. tour, where he sang the role of Canio in Pagliacci. James left behind a number of recordings, such as "Le prophète" with Marilyn Horne and Renata Scotto, c1976, "Carmen" conducted by Leonard Bernstein, 1972, "Fidelio" with Birgit Nilsson, 1964, "Otello" with Dame Gwyneth Jones, 1968 and "Pagliacci" 1967, as well as Schoenberg's Gurre-Lieder with Jessye Norman, Tatiana Troyanos and David Arnold in 1979.

in 1990 - Guns N' Roses leader Axl Rose married Erin Everly, daughter of The Everly Brothers Don at Cupid's Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. They divorced in January 91 after a stormy nine months of marriage.

in 1990 - Floyd Butler dies at age 52. American vocalist; member of the musical group, 'The Vocals' from 1963 until they disabanded in 1965, their first single, 'Lonesome Mood,' was released in '64. He next joined 'The Fifth Dimension,' before co-founding the group, 'The Friends of Distinction,' in 1968. The group had several hits including 'Grazing In The Grass,' 'Going In Circles,' 'Time Waits For No One,' I Need You,' and 'Love Or Let Me Be Lonely,' (Floyd sadly died of a heart attack)

in 1969 - "Trumpets of the Lord" opens at Brooks Atkinson NYC for 7 perfs.
in 1989 - Jon Bon Jovi married childhood Sweetheart Hurly on the steps of the Graceland Chapel, Las Vegas.
in 1990 - Floyd Butler of The Friends of Distinction, died of a heart attack at the age of 49. Had the US No.3 single ‘Grazing In The Grass’ in 1969.
in 1992 - Singer Paula Abdul and actor Emilio Estevez were married in a judge's chambers in Santa Monica, California. One of Abdul's managers and Estevez's mother witnessed the ceremony. Abdul filed for divorce two years later.
in 1992 - 27th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks.
in 1992 - Country singer Doug Stone, 35, undergoes quadruple bypass surgery.

in 1993 - Guitarist, producer, Mick Ronson died of liver cancer aged 46. Ronson recorded and toured with David Bowie from 1970 to 1973. Released the 1974 solo album 'Slaughter On Tenth Avenue'. Ronson co-produced Lou Reed's album Transformer, also part of Hunter Ronson Band with Ian Hunter. And worked with Morrissey, Slaughter & The Dogs, The Wildhearts, The Rich Kids, Elton John, Johnny Cougar, T-Bone Burnett.

in 1993 - Mick Ronson dies at age 46. English guitarist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer; after several attempts through the '60s of making it in London, he got his break in early 1970, when he joined David Bowie's new backing band called The Hype. The Hype played their first gig at The Roundhouse on 22 February 1970. They also went under the names 'Harry The Butcher' and 'David Bowie's New Electric Band' before they became known as The Spiders From Mars. Mick was a key part of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars album. He co-produced Lou Reed's album Transformer with Bowie, playing lead guitar on the album and piano on the song "Perfect Day". Again with Bowie, he recut the track "The Man Who Sold The World" for Lulu, released as a single in the UK, and played on a few tracks on the Dana Gillespie album "Weren't Born a Man". He appeared on the 1972 country-rock album Bustin' Out by Pure Prairie League, and on Bowie's Aladdin Sane and 1973's covers album "Pin Ups". After leaving Bowie after the "Farewell Concert" in 1973, Mick released three solo albums. After a short stint with Mott the Hoople he became a long-time collaborator with former Mott the Hoople leader Ian Hunter. Mick went on to work as a musician, writer and record producer with many other acts including Slaughter & The Dogs, Morrissey, The Wildhearts, The Rich Kids, Elton John, Johnny Cougar, T-Bone Burnett, Dalbello, Benny Mardones, Iron City Houserockers and the Italian band Moda and many others. His last, high profile, live performance was his famed appearance at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in 1992. Poignantly, he played on "All The Young Dudes" with David Bowie and Ian Hunter, and "Heroes" with Bowie. His s last ever recorded session was as a guest on the 1993 Wildhearts album Earth Vs The Wildhearts, where he played the guitar solo on the song "My Baby Is A Head****" (cancer)

in 1995 - Rapper Tupac Shakur married Keisha Morris inside the Clinton Correctional Facility, where he was serving a four-year jail term for sex abuse.
in 1997 - Boy George was accused of being a 'professional liar' by musician singer Kirk Brandon during a London court hearing. Brandon was in court suing the singer over claims in George's autobiography that pair had slept together. in 1998 - Steven Tyler broke his knee at a concert in Anchorage, Alaska delaying Aerosmith's 'Nine Lives' tour and necessitating camera angle adjustments for the filming of the video for 'I Don't Want to Miss a Thing.'

in 2000 - Jonah Jones dies at age 90. American jazz trumpeter; he began in the 1920s playing on Mississippi riverboats, in 1928 he joined with Horace Henderson, before working with Jimmie Lunceford and from 1932-1936 he had a successful collaboration with Stuff Smith. In the 1940s he worked in big bands like Benny Carter's and Fletcher Henderson and spend most of the decade with Cab Calloway's band. In the 1950s he had his own quartet, his most mentioned accomplishment of this style is perhaps their version of "On The Street Where You Live." which led to his quartet performing on An Evening With Fred Astaire in 1958 and won at the Grammy Awards of 1960. In 1972 he made a return to more "core" jazz work with Earl Hines. He was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1999 (died in New York City)

in 2001 - Rod Stewart asked for a change in wedding vows bringing them up to-date and to be treated like a dog licence. Stewart said 'a change is needed because they've been in existence for 600 years when people used to live until they were only 35'.
in 2001 - Ash went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Free For Angels.'
in 2003 - A $5 million lawsuit against former Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty was dismissed after a personal-injury lawyer claimed that he suffered hearing loss in his left ear from attending a Fogerty concert. The Judge said the plaintiff assumed the risk of hearing damage when he attended the concert in 1997.

in 2007 - Arctic Monkeys started a three week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with their second album 'Favourite Worst Nightmare.'
in 2007 - Avril Lavigne was at No.1 on the US album chart with her third album 'The Best Damn Thing', also a No.1 on the UK chart.

YouTube - AvrilLavigne's Channel

Pedro April 30th, 2011 06:32 AM

30 April

in 1630 - Ercole Porta, composer, dies at 44
in 1717 - Guillaume Gommaire Kennis, composer is born
in 1792 - Johann Friedrich Schwencke, composer is born
in 1792 - Hans Adolf Friedrich von Eschstruth, composer, dies at 36
in 1793 - Lorenzo Fago, composer, dies at 88
in 1837 - Alfred Gaul, composer is born
in 1852 - Anton Rubinsteins opera "Dmitri Donskoi," premieres in St Petersburg
in 1855 - Henry Rowley Bishop, British composer/conductor, dies at 68.

Video Note: Presented for the curiosity it is not because of musicianship. What you are watching is a antique hand cranked piano.
Home Sweet Home is a song that has thrilled millions of souls, the product of a homeless wanderer, an exile, one who never knew the beauty of home life! and all the rest of it. A true story by John Howard Payne - an American actor, poet, playwright - who wrote the lyrics to the song. He was in a cheap lodging in Paris, and the depressing influence of the sky and air were in harmony with the feeling of solitude and sadness which oppressed his soul as he sat in his room, diverting his thoughts with the sight of the happy crowds promenading the streets below him, the words came rushing into his mind, to lift, console and refresh his over-burdened heart. Bishop set it to music.

in 1870 - Franz Lehar, operetta composer (Naughty Marietta) is born
in 1883 - David John de Lloyd, composer is born
in 1884 - Albert Israel Elkus, composer is born
in 1885 - Luigi Russolo, composer is born
in 1885 - Boston Pops Orchestra forms
in 1886 - Frank Merrik, composer is born
in 1887 - Friedrich Wilhelm Markull, composer, dies at 71
in 1889 - Acario Cotapos, composer is born
in 1889 - Rudolph Hermann Simonsen, composer is born
in 1893 - Gyula Beliczay, composer, dies at 57
in 1896 - Gary Davis, Laurens SC, blues/folk guitarist (A Little More Faith) is born
in 1896 - Antonio Cagnoni, composer, dies at 68
in 1902 - Andre-Francois Marescotti, composer is born
in 1902 - Debussy's opera "Pelleas et Mlissande," premieres in Paris.


in 1902 - Rudolf Wittelsbach, composer is born
in 1903 - Gunther AR Raphael, German composer (Symphony Breve) is born
in 1911 - Hans Studer, composer is born
in 1912 - Frantisek Kmoch, composer, dies
in 1914 - Sid Weiss, bassist is born.

in 1914 - Dorival Caymmi (Brazilian songwriter and singer) is born.
in 1916 - Robert Shaw, US conductor is born.


in 1917 - Bea Wain, US singer/radio host (Lucky Strike Hit Parade) is born
in 1920 - Leen 't Hart,
Dutch organist/composer is born.

in 1923 - Percy Heath (US jazz musician; Modern Jazz Quartet) is born.
in 1927 - Johnny Horton, Los Angeles Ca, rocker is born
in 1932 - Anton Larrauri, composer is born
in 1933 - Willie Nelson, Abbott Texas, country singer (On the Road Again) is born.

in 1934 - Jerry Lordan (UK composer, singer).
in 1939 - Ellen Taafe Zwilich, Miami Florida, (1st woman composer Pulitzer 1982) is born.
in 1941 - Johnny Farina (US guitar, vocals, composer; Santo & Johnny) is born.
in 1942 - Catherine Murphy Urner, composer, dies at 51.


in 1943 - Leo Smit dies at age 42. Dutch composer of many works from 1923 to the early 40s (tragically killed during The Holocaust at the Sobibor extermination camp).
Video Notes: Leo Smit studied piano with Ulfert Schults and composition with Zweers and Dresden. After taking his piano diploma in 1922, in 1923 he was the first composition student to graduate cum laude at the Amsterdam Conservatory. There he taught music analysis and harmony (19247). In 1927 he moved to Paris where he met Milhaud, who was a major influence. Searching for new music he was impressed by the première of Markevitch's Cantate (1930), and enjoyed the informal music-making as practised by Milhaud and Honegger with their pupils in the Café Camélion, where he got to know the music of Ferroud. His ballet music Shemselnihar, performed in Amsterdam in 1929 under the direction of Monteux, shows he also studied the Russian composers. Although his film music for Jonge harten was a success, he criticized the commercialism that rapidly started to infect the genre. In Brussels he finished his Concerto for piano and wind instruments and the Concertino for cello and orchestra before returning to Amsterdam in December 1937. Now he had developed a unique style combining a characteristic drive with moving lyricism as well as spirit and humour. Smit's view on neo-classicism is an emotional one. The Concerto for piano and wind instruments has a startling opening with jazz elements. The slow movement is a chorale with sardonic wrong notes in the style of Stravinsky.
In an interview with Karel Mengelberg (1940), Smit said: One should stimulate one's production without forcing it. The brilliant Symphony in C for Classical orchestra that Karel Mengelberg directed in 1936 shows that Smit had been right to be patient with himself. Carefully studying the masterworks of modern composers such as Debussy and Ravel, Smit had gradually developed his craftsmanship to its peak. In his first orchestral work, Silhouetten (first performed by the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1925), six miniatures inspired by drawings of Paul Süss end with a daring foxtrot that already testifies to great fantasy and a remarkable talent for orchestration. During the 1920s he composed for the harpist Rosa Spier theatre music and lyrical works for harp, strings and flute that show a great knowledge of harp technique. In 1933 Spier gave the première of Smit's Concertino for harp and orchestra under van Beinum's direction. In 19389 he composed vocal works of which the song Kleine prelude van Ravel is most ambitious in its use of vocal technique. The Trio for clarinet, viola and piano (1938) is one of the highlights of Smit's chamber music. Spending his last years composing and teaching in Amsterdam, Smit, who was of Jewish descent, became the victim of Nazi persecution during the war and was deported to the Sobibor deathcamp with his wife on 27 April 1943. They were murdered on 30 April 1943; only months before, Smit had finished the Lento of his Sonata for flute and piano, a masterpiece that can be justly called one of the most beautiful contributions to the 20th-century flute repertory.


in 1943 - Bobby Vee / Robert Thomas Velline (US singer) is born.
in 1947 - Finn Kalvik (Norwegian singer) is born.
in 1948 - Wayne Kramer (US vocals, guitar; MC5 / solo) is born.
in 1951 - Des Tong (UK bassist; Sad Cafe) is born.
in 1952 - Charles Radoux-Rogier, composer, dies.

in 1953 - Merrill Osmond (US bassist, singer; Osmonds) is born.
in 1956 - Ronnie Hilton was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Rodgers & Hammerstein song 'No Other Love', (his only chart topper). Hilton scored a total of 18 UK Top 40 hits during his career.
in 1957 - Ludwig Schiedermair, German musicologist (Beethoven), dies at 80.
in 1959 - Armand Louis Joseph Marsick, composer, dies at 81.

in 1960 - The Everly Brothers started a seven week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Cathy's Clown', giving Warner Bros a No.1 with their first release.
in 1960 - Paul Taylor (US jazz saxophonist; The Rippingtons/many sessions) is born.

in 1962 - Robert Reynolds (US bassist; The Mavericks) is born.
in 1964 - During a UK tour The Beatles played two shows at The Odeon Cinema in Glasgow. They were also interviewed by BBC Scotland and STV for the evening news programs.
in 1964 - Barrington Levy (Jamaican reggae artist) is born.
in 1965 - Manchester group Herman's Hermits began their first US tour supported by The Zombies.
in 1965 - This was the first night of a twice-nightly UK package tour with The Yardbirds, The Kinks and Goldie & The Gingerbreads, at The Adelphi Cinema, Slough, England.
in 1965 - Bob Dylan played the first night of an 8-date UK tour at Sheffield City Hall.

in 1966 - The Rolling Stones fourth album 'Aftermath' went to No.1 on the UK chart, the group's third UK No.1 album.
in 1966 - The Young Rascals went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Good Lovin'. The song had been a hit for The Olympics the year before.


in 1966 - Richard Farina dies at age 29. American folk singer and author born in Brooklyn, New York, of Cuban and Irish descent. He wrote "Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me" and also appeared in the film "Festival". Richard married Mimi the sister of folk singer Joan Baez in 1963. They moved to a tiny cabin in Carmel, California, where they composed songs on a guitar and Appalachian dulcimer and debuted their act as "Richard & Mimi Fariña" at the Big Sur Folk Festival in 1964 and were signed to Vanguard Records. They recorded their first album, Celebrations For a Grey Day, with the help of Bruce Langhorne, who had previously played for Dylan. Due to his short life, his musical output was limited, released 3 albums, one posthumously (Richard tragically in a motorcyle accident after a book signing party)

in 1967 - Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens all appeared at the Granada Theatre, Tooting, London.
in 1967 - Turbo B /Durron Maurice Butler (US rap artist; Snap) is born.
in 1968 - BBC TV launched The Cilla Black Show making Cilla the first British female performer to have her own TV show. The theme song, ‘Step Inside Love’, was written by Paul McCartney.

in 1968 - Ben Ayres (UK guitar, keyboards, tamboura; Cornershop) is born.
in 1969 - Clark Vogeler (US guitarist; The Toadies) is born.
in 1969 - Warren Defever (US bassist, composer) is born.
in 1969 - Paulo Jr /Paulo Xisto Pinto Junior (Brazilian bassist; Sepultura) is born.

in 1970 - Twiggs Lyndon, the road manager for the Allman Brothers Band, was arrested for murder after he stabbed a club manager during an argument over a contract. At the ensuing trial, Lyndon's lawyers argued that he had been temporarily insane at the time of the incident and that touring with the Allman Brothers would drive anyone insane. Lyndon was acquitted.
in 1970 - Hall Johnson, composer, dies at 82.

in 1971 - Chris "Choc" Dalyrimple (US singer; Soul For Real) is born.
in 1971 - Darren Emerson (UK dance DJ, keyboards, Underworld) is born.

in 1972 - John R. Richards (US singer, guitar; Dishwalla/guest) is born.
in 1973 – Akon /Aliaune Damala Dakha Bouga Time Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam (US R&B, rapper) is born.(some sourses give Akon's birthdate as April 16th 1977 and others October 14th 1981)
in 1973 - Jeff Timmons (US singer; 98 Degrees/solo) is born.
in 1976 - Edvard Fliflet Braein, composer, dies at 51.


in 1976 - The Who's drummer Keith Moon paid nine cab drivers to block-off both ends of a New York street so he could throw the contents of his hotel room out of the window.
in 1976 - Amanda Palmer (US singer, pianist; The Dresden Dolls) is born.
in 1977 - Glen Campbell went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Southern Nights', his second US No.1.

in 1977 - Led Zeppelin broke a new world attendance record at a concert when they played to 76,229 people at a gig at the Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan. The Who held the previous record at the same venue with 75,962 people.
in 1977 - Clive Martin Douglas, composer, dies at 73
in 1978 - An Anti Nazi League Benefit concert at London's Victoria Park featuring The Clash, Steel Pulse, X Ray Spex and the Tom Robinson Band.

in 1979 - Sean Mackin (US vocals, violin; Yellowcard) is born.
in 1980 - The film 'McVicar' with The Who's Roger Daltrey in the title role premiered in London.
in 1982 - American music journalist, author and musician Lester Bangs died of a heart attack aged 33. Bangs worked for Rolling Stone, Creem and The Village Voice.
in 1982 - Cleo Higgins (UK vocals; Cleopatra) is born.
in 1982 - Lloyd Banks /Christopher Lloyd (US singer, rapper; G-Unit/solo) is born.in 1982 - Emma Anzai (Australian bass player; Sick Puppies) is born.in 1982 - Drew Seeley (Canadian actor, singer) is born.


in 1982 - Lester Bangs dies at age 33. American rock critic; he began writing freelance in 1969, after reading an ad in Rolling Stone soliciting readers' reviews. His first piece was a negative review of the MC5 album Kick Out The Jams. In 1973, Jann Wenner fired him from Rolling Stone over a negative review of Canned Heat, after which he moved to Detroit to edit and write for Creem, which is where his legendary stature as a rock critic really began to grow. After leaving Creem, he wrote for The Village Voice, Penthouse, Playboy, New Musical Express and many other publications. Lester was not only involved as a critic of music but as a musician in his own right. He teamed up with Joey Ramone's brother, Mickey Leigh to put together a New York group named Birdland. In 1980 he traveled to Austin, Texas and met a punk rock group named the Delinquents. During his stay in Austin he recorded an album as Lester Bangs and the Delinquents entitled "Jook Savages on the Brazos" (overdosing, through drug interaction, after treating a cold with Darvon and Valium).

in 1983 - Andy Cavaliere dies at age 36. British manager of Steve Winwood and others (heart attack)
in 1983 - Muddy Waters /McKinley Morganfield dies in his sleep at age 68. American legendary Blues Man born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi, he taught himself harmonica as a child. He later took up guitar, eagerly absorbing the classic delta blues styles of Robert Johnson and Son House and went on to be known as "the Father of Chicago blues". In 1940, Muddy moved to Chicago for the first time. He played with Silas Green a year later, and then returned to Mississippi. In the early part of the decade he ran a juke joint, complete with gambling, moonshine and a jukebox; he also performed music there himself. In 1943, Muddy headed back to Chicago were he eventually recorded including "Baby Face", "Hoochie Coochie Man", "Rollin' and Tumblin'", "I Just Want to Make Love to You", "I'm Ready", "Got My Mojo Working" and "Long Distance Call". Muddy headed to England in 1958 and shocked audiences with his loud, amplified electric guitar and thunderous beat, he was a major inspiration for the British blues explosion in the 1960s. His performance at the 1960 Newport Jazz Festival, recorded and released as his first live album, "At Newport 1960", helped turn on a whole new generation to his sound. In the 70s he won six Grammy Awards, plus recieving a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992. In the 90s and 2000s he won 4 Blues Foundation Awards. Muddy has also been inducted into both the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was ranked #17 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

in 1983 - Michael Jackson started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Beat It', his fifth solo US No.1, a No.3 UK hit.
in 1983 - George Balanchine, Russian/US composer, dies at 79
in 1984 - Muddy Waters, blues singer/guitarist (Hoochie Coochie Man), dies at 68.

in 1985 - Ashley Dupré /Kristen/Ashley Youmans (US journalist, singer, call girl) is born.
in 1987 - Nikki Webster (Australian pop singer, entertainer) is born.
in 1988 - Erasure went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their third album 'The Innocents'. in 1988 - S'Express were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Theme From S'Express'. One of the landmarks of early acid house and late 1980s sampling culture, the British track sampled Rose Royce, TZ's 'I Got the Hots for You' and the count-in 'Uno, dos, uno, dos, tres, quatro' is from Debbie Harry's 1985 single 'Feel the Spin'.

in 1990 - Prince played a concert at Rupert's Night-club, Minneapolis. The $100 a head ticket proceeds all went to the family of his former bodyguard Charles 'Big Chick.' Huntsberry who had died from a heart attack.
in 1991 - Nirvana signed a recording contract with Geffen's DGC label for $290,000.
in 1998 - Boyzone singer Ronan Keating married Yvonne Connolly on the Caribbean island Nevis.

in 1999 - Nazareth drummer Darrell Sweet died aged 52, after suffering a fatal heart attack before a show in New Albany, Indiana. Nazareth had the 1973 UK No.9 single 'Broken Down Angel' 1976 US No. 8 single 'Love Hurts'.
in 1999 - The three former members of Spandau Ballet lost a court case against band songwriter Gary Kemp. They had claimed they were owed £1 million in lost royalties. The Judge said he had become a fan of the bands during the case.

in 1999 - Darrell Sweet dies at age 51. English drummer for the Scottish hard rock band, Nazareth. He was a co-founder of Nazareth, which was formed in 1968. The band moved to London in 1970 and released their eponymous debut album in 1971. After their second album Exercises, in 1972, Nazareth supported Deep Purple on tour, and issued the Roger Glover produced, Razamanaz, in early 1973. This collection spawned two UK Top Ten hits, "Broken Down Angel" and "Bad Bad Boy". This was followed by Loud 'N' Proud in late 1973, which contained another hit single with a hard-rocking cover of Joni Mitchell's song "This Flight Tonight". Then came Rampant, in 1974, that was equally successful with the single, "Shanghai'ed in Shanghai". Their 1975 album, Hair of the Dog, title track, popularly though incorrectly, known as "Son Of A Bitch", became a staple of 1970s rock radio. The American version of the album included the The Everly Brothers, and Roy Orbison, the melodic ballad "Love Hurts", that was released as a hit single in the UK and in the U.S., where it went platinum. The track became the band's only U.S. Top Ten hit and it spent a record-breaking 60 weeks on the Norwegian chart. Darrell toured, performed and recorded with Nazareth for 31 years and performed on 29 albums (and any best ofs) before his untimely death. (The band had arrived at Indiana's New Albany Amphitheater when Darrell began to feel ill, within minutes he had gone into cardiac arrest and was taken to Floyd Memorial Hospital in New Albany, where so sadly, doctors pronounced him dead)

in 2001 - A light aircraft carrying Sting went off the runway as it landed in Florence. Of the four aboard, Sting, a friend and two pilots none were hurt. Brake failure was suspected as the cause of the accident.

in 2004 - New child abuse charges were made against Michael Jackson including a count of conspiracy, covering allegations of child abduction, extortion and false imprisonment. A new court date of May 28th 2004 was set.
in 2005 - The Dave Matthews Band agreed to pay $200,000 (£105,000) after their tour bus dumped human waste on a boatload of tourists in Chicago in August 2004. Bus driver Stefan Wohl who was alone on board the bus at the time the sewage was dumped was fined $10,000 (£5,200), the band had already donated $100,000 (£54,252) to two group's that protect the Chicago River and its surrounding area. The Dave Matthews Band offered their "deepest apologies" to more than 100 boat passengers who were on an architectural tour.

in 2005 - American guitarist Norma-Jean Wofford died. Known as 'The Duchess', she worked with Bo Diddley as a Bo-ette from 1962 to 1966. (Diddley was one of the first artists to have female musicians in his group). 2006, Gnarls Barkley went to No.1 on the UK abum chart with 'St Elsewhere' the duo's debut album which was also a US No.4 hit.

in 2007 - Grégory Lemarchal dies at age 23. French singer born in La Tronche, Isère, he rose to fame by winning the 4th series of the reality TV programme Star Academy France, broadcast on the TF1 television network. He sold over 1 million albums in France, becoming the second highest-selling album of Star Academy France winner, behind Jenifer Bartoli, who sold 1.3 million albums in 2007. In March 2005, Gregory released his debut single, "Écris l'histoire", which peaked at No.2 in French Singles Chart. His first album, 'Je deviens moi', debuted at No.1 and was certified platinum. From May to June 2006, he completed his first solo nationwide tour across France, Belgium and Switzerland and a DVD album of his performance, Olympia 06, was released. His first single of the album, "Même si (What You're Made of)" reached No.2 (cystic fibrosis)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LW7qtzucAeQ

in 2007 - Zola Taylor dies at age 69. American singer born in Los Angeles, California. She was the only female member of The Platters from 1954 to 1962, when the group produced most of their popular singles such as "My Prayer", "Twilight Time", "Harbor Lights", "To Each His Own", "If I Didn't Care" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes". The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in its inaugural year of 1998. The Platters were the first rock and roll group to have a Top Ten album in America. They were also the only act to have three songs included on the American Graffiti soundtrack that sparked an oldies revival in the early to mid-1970s: "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", "The Great Pretender" and "Only You (and You Alone)". (died from pneumonia, following a series of strokes)

in 2007 - Grégory Jean-Paul Lemarchal dies at age 23. French singer who rose to fame by winning the fourth series of the reality TV programme Star Academy France, broadcast on the TF1 television network. In March 2005, Gregory released his debut single, "Écris l'histoire", which peaked at number 2 in French Singles Chart. His debut album sold over 1 million albums in France, "Je deviens moi", becoming the second highest-selling album of Star Academy France winner, behind Jenifer Bartoli. At the 2006 NRJ Music Awards, Gregory won the award "Breakthrough Artist of the Year". His posthumous album, La Voix d'un ange, was released one month and a half after his death, with profits going towards the Association Grégory Lemarchal, again reached No.1 in the charts. (He died from complications of cystic fibrosis, a hereditary disease which affects the lungs, liver, pancreas and intestine of which he was diagnosed with at the age of twenty months. Gregory died while waiting for a lung transplant)


in 2008 - Mariah Carey married actor Nick Cannon in the Bahamas following a whirlwind two-month romance. The pop diva met Cannon, 27, while shooting the music video for her single 'Bye Bye.' It was the second marriage for Carey, who married Columbia Records executive Tommy Mottola in 1993, which ended in 1998.
in 2008 - A giant inflatable pig which floated away during a Roger Waters concert was recovered in tatters in California. Two families from La Quinta who found what was left of the inflatable, decided to share four life tickets to the Coachella festival that were offered as part of the reward.
in 2008 - Gail Renard, who was given the hand written lyrics to 'Give Peace A Chance' by John Lennon in 1969, announced plans to sell the lyric sheet at a Christie's auction. At the time, Lennon told Renard to hang on to the piece of paper, saying "It will be worth something someday." The piece of music history was expected to fetch around $400,000, but when it was actually sold in July of this year, it went for $790,000 (£400,000).

in 2010 - Gerry Ryan dies at age 53. Irish disc jockey and radio-television presenter born in Dublin. He presented The Gerry Ryan Show on radio station RTÉ 2fm each weekday morning from 1988 until his death. Gerry hosted several series of television shows, including Secrets, Gerry Ryan Tonight, Ryantown, Gerry Ryan's Hitlist and Operation Transformation and Ryan Confidential, which recently finished its seventh series on RTÉ One. He was also noted for co-presenting the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest from the Point Theatre, Dublin and presenting an edition of the long-running chat show The Late Late Show in 2008 (On April 29th Gerry had mentioned feeling ill and cancelled all his appointments. He was found dead in the bedroom of his Leeson Street, Dublin apartment by his partner and a builder the following afternoon. The alarm was raised when he failed to turn up to present his radio show that morning).


Pedro May 1st, 2011 06:36 AM

1 MAY

in 1582 - Marco da Gagliano, Italian opera composer
in 1679 - Esaias Reusner, composer, dies at 43
in 1764 - Gottfried Rieger, composer is born
in 1771 - George Guest, composer is born
in 1775 - Jacob-Joseph-Balthasar Martinn, composer is born
in 1786 - Mozart's opera "Marriage of Figaro" premieres in Wien (Vienna) premiers.


in 1858 - Anthony Johnson Showalter, composer is born
in 1859 - Bohuslav Jeremias, composer is born
in 1872 - Hugo Alfv‚n, Stockholm Sweden, composer (Midsommarvaka) is born
in 1874 - Vilem Blodek, composer, dies at 39
in 1884 - Felipe Boero, composer is born
in 1886 - Heinrich Franz Daniel Stiehl, composer, dies at 56
in 1895 - Leo Sowerby, Grand Rapids Michigan, composer (Pulitzer 1946) is born
in 1899 - Jon Leifs, Iceland, composer/conductor is born.

in 1901 - Heinz Eric Roemheld (US composer; film scores/classical) is born.
in 1903 - Luigi Arditi, violist/composer, dies at 80
in 1904 - Anton¡n Dvorak, Czech composer (Slavic Dancing), dies at 62
in 1907 - Kate Smith, singer (God Bless America)/Phila Flyer luck charm is born

in 1909 - George Melachrino, composer is born.

in 1912 - Anna Pollak, mezzo-soprano is born
in 1912 - Felipe Padilla de Leon, composer is born.

in 1913 - Walter Susskind (Czech conductor) is born.
in 1917 - Danielle Darrieux (French singer, actress) is born.
in 1919 - Manna Dey /Prabodh Chandra Dey (Indian singer; Bengali/Hindi/Indian films) is born.
in 1921 - Louis Campbell-Tipton, composer, dies at 43
in 1924 - Earl George, composer is born
in 1924 - Enrico Josif, composer is born
in 1927 - William Mitchell Byers, musician is born
in 1927 - Harry Belafonte, calypso singer (Banana Boat Song) is born
in 1929 - Sonny James, [James Loden], Hackelburg AL, rocker (Young Love) is born.

in 1929 - Sonny James (American country music singer and songwriter).
in 1930 - Little Walter, [Marion Walter Jacobs], rocker is born
in 1934 - Alexander Alexandrovich Davidenko, composer, dies at 35.

in 1934 - Shirley Horn (US award winning jazz singer, pianist) is born.
in 1936 - Lacy Gibson (USjazz influenced blues guitar virtuoso, vocalist; sessionist/solo) is born.
in 1937 - Bo Nilsson, Swedish composer (Doppelspiel) is born.


in 1939 - Judy Collins, Seattle Wash, singer (Send in the Clowns, Clouds) is born.

in 1939 - Victor Davies (Canadian composer) is born.
in 1945 - Desider Antalffy-Zsiross, Hungarian organist/composer, dies at 59.

in 1945 - Rita Coolidge (US singer; Delaney and Bonnie, solo) is born.
in 1946 - Percy William Whitlock, composer, dies at 42
in 1946 - Edward Cuthbert Bairstow, composer, dies at 71.

in 1946 - Nick Fortuna (US bassist; Buckinghams) is born.
in 1949 - Jim Clench (Canadian bassist; April Wine/Bachman Turner Overdrive) is born.
in 1949 - Tim Hodgkinson (UK composer, multi-musician; Henry Cow/The Work/others) is born.

in 1953 - Glen Ballard (American songwriter and record producer) is born.
in 1954 - Frédéric "Fred" Chichin (French singer, guitar; Les Rita Mitsouko/Taxi Girl) is born.
in 1954 - Ray Parker Jr. (US singer, guitarist; Motown/Raydio/sessionist/freelance) is born.

in 1955 - on tour with Hank Snow's All Star Jamboree, Elvis Presley played three shows at the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sun Records had just released Elvis' fourth single, ‘Baby, Let’s Play House.’
in 1955 - Leonard Chess signs Chuck Berry to a recording contract after he came highly recommended by Muddy Waters.
in 1955 - Martin "Marty" O'Donnell (American award-winning composer; films/tv/video game music) is born.
in 1955 - Nick Feldman (UK bassist, vocals; Wang Chung/Promised Land) is born.

in 1957 - Rick Driscoll (UK singer; Kenny) is born.
in 1957 - Kow Otani (Japanese composer) is born.


in 1957 - Steve Farris (US guitarist; Mr Mister/sessionist/freelance) is born.
in 1958 - Paul Gardiner (UK bassist; Tubeway Army/Garry Newman/sessions) is born.
in 1959 - Phil Smith (UK sax player, guitar; Haircut 100/sessionist) is born.
in 1962 - The Beatles started a month long residency at The Star Club, Hamburg, Germany.
in 1962 - Owen Paul McGee (Scottish singer) is born.
in 1964 - The Beatles received $140,000 dollars for the rights to having their pictures included in packages of bubble gum in the USA.
in 1965 - Herman's Hermits started a three week run at No.1 in the US singles chart with 'Mrs Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter'.
in 1965 - Leo Spies, composer, dies at 65.


in 1965 - Spike Jones /Lindley Armstrong Jones dies at age 53. American comedian, actor, bandleader, drummer; a popular musician and bandleader specializing in performing satirical arrangements of popular songs. Ballads and classical works receiving the Jones treatment would be punctuated with gunshots, whistles, cowbells and ridiculous vocals. Through the 1940s and early 1950s, the band recorded under the title Spike Jones and his City Slickers and toured the USA and Canada under the title The Musical Depreciation Revue. He and his band featured in many films including "Thank Your Lucky Stars", "Variety Girl" and "Fireman, Save My Child" They starred in TV variety shows such as The Colgate Comedy Hour and their Four Star Revue in 1952, before Spike was given his own slot by CBS, The Spike Jones Show, which aired from 1954 to 1961. His final group, Spike Jones's New Band, recorded 4 LPs of brassy renditions of songs of the 1960s, including "Washington Square" and "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" (emphysema).


in 1966 - The Beatles played a 15-minute live set on stage for the last time in the UK when they appeared at the NME Poll Winners concert at Wembley Empire Pool. Also on the bill, The Spencer Davis Group, The Fortunes, Herman's Hermits, Roy Orbison, Cliff Richard, The Rolling Stones, The Seekers, The Small Faces, Dusty Springfield, The Walker Brothers, The Who and The Yardbirds.
in 1966 - Johnny Colt (US bassist; The Black Crowes/Brand New Immortals'/Supernova) is born.
in 1967 - 32 year old Elvis Presley married 21 year old Priscilla Beaulieu, a girl he first met in 1959 when she was just 14 years old. When Elvis got out of the army in 1960, Beaulieu moved into the singer’s Graceland mansion with her family's blessing. The wedding ceremony took place at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas and although the marriage license was only $15, the wedding cake cost $3,500. The couple divorced after five years of marriage on October 9, 1973.
in 1967 - The F.B.I. arrested The Beach Boys' Carl Wilson on charges of avoiding the military draft and refusing to take the Oath of Allegiance. He was later released and joined the rest of the band in Ireland for a British tour.

in 1967 - Tim McGraw /Samuel Timothy Smith (US country singer) is born.
in 1968 - D'Arcy Wretsky-Brown (US bass player; Smashing Pumpkins/Filter).
in 1970 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of 13 US shows this month when they appeared at the Milwaukee Auditorium.
in 1970 - Bernard Butler (UK guitarist, vocals; The Tears/McAlmont & Butler/Suede) is born.
in 1971 - Dave and Ansil Collins were at No.1 in the UK singles chart with 'Double Barrel'. It featured renowned drummer Sly Dunbar who was only 14 when the song was recorded. 1973, In the US, Washington DC, proclaimed a 'Marvin Gaye Day'.
in 1972 - Fernand Ansseau, Belgian operator (Orfeo), dies at 82
in 1974 - The Carpenters performed at the White House, at the request of President Nixon.


in 1974 - Kellie Crawford (Australian singer; Hi-5) is born.
in 1976 - Led Zeppelin started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Presence', the group's fifth No.1 album.
in 1976 - Leo Sayer started a nine-date UK tour at the Apollo Theatre in Glasgow.

in 1976 - The Bellamy Brothers went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Let Your Love Flow', the duo's only US No.1, a No.7 hit in the UK.
in 1977 - The 'White Riot Tour' kicked of at the Roxy in London with The Clash, The Jam and The Buzzcocks.
in 1978 - The first date on a 20-date UK tour by The Tubes kicked off at Colston Hall, Bristol, tickets £2 & £4.
in 1978 - Nick Traina (US singer; Link 80/Knowledge) is born

in 1978 - Aram Khachaturian dies at age 74. Armenian composer born in Tiflis, Georgia, Russian Empire; works were often influenced by folk music of Armenia. In 1951, he became professor at the Gnessin State Musical and Pedagogical Institute, Moscow and the Moscow Conservatory. He also held important posts at the Composers' Union, becoming deputy chairman of the Moscow branch in 1937, then appointed vice-chairman of the Organizing Committee of Soviet Composers in 1939. In 1939 he composed his ballet Happiness, which was later reworked into the ballet Gayane. The cinematic quality of his music for Spartacus was clearly seen when the Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia was used as the theme for a popular BBC drama series, The Onedin Line, during the 1970s. Since then, it has become one of the most popular of all classical pieces for UK audiences. Joel Coen's The Hudsucker Proxy also prominently featured music from Spartacus and Gayane (the "Sabre Dance" included). Gayane's adagio was used in Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey among other films. He was also the composer for the state anthem of the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic, whose tune is one of the five current choices to become the next state anthem of Armenia. The climax of Spartacus was also used in Caligula (film) and Ice Age: The Meltdown.

in 1979 - Elton John became the first pop star to perform in Israel. In three weeks time he also became the first Western solo pop performer to tour Russia.
in 1979 - Rod Stewart played the first of two sold out nights at The Uptown Theatre, Chicago.
in 1979 - MC Harvey /Michael Harvey (UK musical artist; So Solid Crew/solo/guest) is born.
in 1980 - the South African government banned Pink Floyd's single 'Another Brick In The Wall' after black children adopted the song as their anthem in protest against inferior education.
in 1980 - Jay Reatard /Jimmy Lindsey Jr (US vocalist, musician; Reatards/Lost Sounds/others) is born.
in 1982 - Barry Manilow scored his first UK No.1 album when 'Barry Live In Britain' went to the top of the charts.


in 1982 - William Primrose CBE dies at age 76. Scottish violist and teacher, born in Glasgow and in 1919 he moved to study at the then Guildhall School of Music in London. From there he moved to Belgium to study under Eugène Ysaÿe who encouraged him to take up the viola instead. In 1930, he joined Warwick Evans, John Pennington, and Thomas Petre as the violist in the London String Quartet. In 1937, he began playing in the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini. His career as a soloist took off when he started touring with Richard Crooks. He later signed with Arthur Judson, an influential concert manager. In 1946, he was the soloist in the first recording of Berlioz's Harold in Italy. In 1953 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II and also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard (cancer)

in 1983 - The Style Council played their first-ever live gig at the Empire Theatre Liverpool. 1984, Fleetwood Mac drummer and founder member Mick Fleetwood filed for bankruptcy.
in 1984 - Gordon Jenkins, orch leader (NBC Comedy Hour), dies at 73.
in 1984 - Keiichiro Koyama (Japanese singer; News) is born.
in 1986 - American songwriter and producer Hugo Peretti died aged 70. Wrote and produced many classic hits including, 'Can't Help Falling In Love', 'Twistin' The Night Away', 'Shout', 'The Hustle' and 'You Make Me Feel Brand New.'

in 1986 - Hugo Peretti dies at age 69. American songwriter and record producer; he began his career as a teenager, playing the trumpet in the Borscht Belt in upstate New York. He graduated to playing with orchestras, then in the 1950s partnered with his cousin Luigi Creatore to form the Hugo & Luigi songwriting team that evolved to producing records. In 1957, they bought into Roulette Records where they wrote songs for various artists such as Valerie Carr and produced major hits for Jimmie Rodgers including "Honeycomb", "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine", "Oh-Oh, I'm Falling in Love Again" and "Secretly". In 1960 Hugo & Luigi signed a contract with RCA Records where they produced crooner Perry Como, Sam Cooke and Ray Peterson and wrote English lyrics for the song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" (with the original bulk of the song written by Solomon Linda), producing the hit for The Tokens. They wrote the Presley hit single Wild in the Country and with George David Weiss they co-wrote "Can't Help Falling in Love" for Elvis Presley. They left RCA in 1964 to join George David Weiss in writing a musical about the American Civil War. Titled Maggie Flynn, it ran on Broadway in 1968. In the 1970s, Hugo & Luigi owned part of Avco Records and then established H&L Records which they operated until retiring at the end of the decade. Among their successes were recordings by The Stylistics and The Softones. They also won the 1977 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album as producers for "Bubbling Brown Sugar." .

in 1987 - Tom Jones appeared on UK TV Channel 4 Show 'The Last Resort' with Jonathan Ross. Jones performed a version of the Prince song 'Kiss'.
in 1989 - Tim Urban (US singer) is born.

in 1990 - Sergio Franchi dies at age 64. Italian tenor, born in Cremona, Italy, then the family moved to South Africa in 1952, where he worked part-time as a draftsman, while continuing to study music. He later returned to Italy to study with Rossi Masetti in Milan. He toured extensively in Europe, and in 1962 he undertook an American tour where he relocated to; in 1972, he became an American citizen. Sergio made his New York City Broadway mark playing the part of Renato De Rossi opposite Elizabeth Allen as Leona Samish, in the Rodgers/Sondheim musical Do I Hear a Waltz?. The title song has become popular in the repertoire. A foundation has been formed in his name to give out scholarships to talented singing students of limited means (brain cancer)

in 1992 - Sharon Redd dies at age 46. US singer, disco diva; in 1968, she recorded four songs, "Half As Much", "Do You Want Me", "I've Got A Feeling" and "Since I Lost You", before getting a major break starring in an Australian production of Hair, which premiered in Sydney on June 6, 1969. She also appeared in her own television special and, in 1974, traveled to London performing in an American production of The Wedding Of Iphigenia. She released her first album in 1980, self-titled Sharon Redd, closely followed by two more "Redd Hott" in 1982 and "Love How You Feel" in 1983 which sealed her reputation as a true "disco diva". These recordings featured "You Got My Love", "Never Give You Up", "In the Name of Love", "Love How You Feel", "Beat The Street", and "Can You Handle It" (pneumonia complications)

in 1993 - Cliff Richard went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The Album' his seventh UK No.1 album.
in 1993 - George Michael, Queen and Lisa Stansfield went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Five Live EP' which was recorded at the Freddie Mercury tribute concert held in April 1992, at Wembley Stadium, London.
in 1993 - Silk went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Freak Me', a No.46 hit in the UK.

in 1996 - Ben Folds Five made their live UK debut when they appeared at the 100 Club in London.
in 1996 - William Mitchell Byers, musician, dies on 79th birthday.
in 1997 - Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt had a quadruple heart by-pass operation after visiting his Harley Street doctor and complaining of chest pains.
in 1997 - The house where Kurt Cobain committed suicide went up for sale. The asking price for the five-bedroom house built in 1902 was $3 million. The carriage house where the Nirvana guitarist died had been demolished.
in 1999 - the Paintings of Paul McCartney exhibit opened at the Lyz Art Forum, Siegen, Germany. The exhibit featured 70 paintings by the former Beatle, including a piece called 'Bowie Spewing' McCartney's representation of a young David Bowie.
in 2000 - a writer who claimed Neil Young went back on an agreement to have a biography written about him filed a $1.8 million civil fraud suit against Young in Los Angeles Superior Court. Young had blocked the book's publication.
in 2003 - American soul singer Barry White suffered a stroke while being treated for kidney failure. The singer died two months later on July 4th 2003.
in 2005 - Coldplay became the first British band to have a new entry in the US Top 10 singles chart since The Beatles. Coldplay's latest single ‘Speed Of Sound’ entered the chart at number eight, only the second time a UK band has achieved the feat. The Beatles managed it with 'Hey Jude' in 1968.


in 2005 - Tony Christie made chart history by hanging on to the UK number one spot for the seventh week in a row with '(Is This The Way To) Amarillo.' The last single to spend that long at number one was ‘Believe’ by Cher from October to December 1998.
in 2005 - Bruce Springsteen went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Devils & Dust’ the American singer songwriters sixth UK No.1.

in 2005 - Matchbox 20 singer Rob Thomas went to No.1 on the US album chart with his first solo album 'Something To Be.' This marked the first time a male artist from a rock group had debuted at number one with his first solo album since the Billboard Top 200 was introduced 50 years ago.

in 2006 - Johnny Paris /John Pocisk dies at age 65. American saxophone player; he led the instrumental band Johnny and the Hurricanes, known for their rocking renditions of traditional tunes having hits such as "Reveille Rock","Beatnik Fly" and "Red River Rock". The band began as The Orbits in Toledo, in 1957. Signing to Twirl Records and a name change, Johnny and the Hurricanes recorded their debut disc "Crossfire" in a vacant cinema to provide echo, it became a U.S. No.23 hit in the U.S. chart in the summer of 1959. The band developed a following in Europe. In 1962, they played at the Star-Club in Hamburg, where a little known British group, The Beatles, served as an opening act. Johnny and the Hurricanes cut records until 1965. After the recording haydays Johnny formed a record label, Atila Records, and his music publishing company, Sirius 1 Music, which still operate today, and also also bred bull mastiffs under the Lion Heart kennel with his 2nd wife for more than a decade. He continued with the occational tour with the Hurricanes in Europe and United States until his death (sepsis, pneumonia and pancytopenia treated splenectomy)


in 2006 - Big Hawk /John Edward Hawkins dies at age 36. American rapper and a founding member of the late DJ Screw's rap group the Screwed Up Click. He was also the older brother of Fat Pat, who was killed in 1998. In 1994 Big Hawk, Fat Pat, DJ Screw and some of their friends, KK and Koldjack, formed the group D.E.A. and Dead End Records. In late 1995 D.E.A. released an original independent album entitled, “Screwed For Life” featuring Lil' Keke, Big Pokey and the rest of the S.U.C. In 1999, after the deaths of Hawk’s brother (Fat Pat) and DJ Screw and the incarceration of many others SUC members, Big Hawk participated in a Southside Playaz compilation album titled “You Got Us Fuxxed Up,” with Mike D, Claydoe and other members of the S.U.C. He released his solo album, "Under Hawk's Wings" on Dead End Records in 2000 and had recorded with Lil' Flip, Lil' Keke, Big Moe, Z-Ro, he was also was featured on the Lil' Troy hit "Wanna Be A Baller" and featured on the popular single "Swang" by Trae that included a tribute to Fat Pat in 2005 (gunned down)

in 2008 - Jim Hager dies at age 66. American country musician, one half of The Hager Twins, also known as the Hager Brothers, with his identical twin Jon, they first gained fame on the TV series Hee Haw. The twins first sang in the church choir. then as s teenagers, they sang on a Saturday morning WGN-TV series. Both brothers served in the United States Army and performed at Officers' Clubs and NCO Clubs in the United States and Europe. After leaving the military, the Hager brothers moved to California and performed at the Ledbetter's Night Club in Los Angeles with The Carpenters, The New Christy Minstrels, John Denver, Steve Martin and Kenny Rogers. They also worked at Disneyland, which is where Buck Owens saw them perform and signed them to contracts. In addition to Owens, the brothers served as opening acts for Tex Ritter, Wynn Stewart, Billie Jo Spears and Lefty Frizzell. (died in his sleep)


in 2009 - A Queen fan won a private two-hour guitar lesson with Brian May after bidding more than £7,500 at a charity auction in London. The auction was held in support of the Action for Brazil's Children Trust, of which May is a patron.

in 2010 - Rob McConnell dies at age 75. Canadian jazz valve trombonist, composer, arranger, music educator, and recording artist, born in London, Ontario. He took up the valve trombone in high school, and began his performing career in the early 1950s, performing and studying with Don Thompson, Bobby Gimby, and later, with fellow Canadian Maynard Ferguson. In 1968 he formed The Boss Brass, a big band that would become his primary performing and recording unit through the 1970s and 1980s and Rob & The Boss Brass became one of Canada's most popular jazz ensembles, performing live and recording for Concord Jazz and a variety of other labels. In 1997, McConnell was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, and in 1998 was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. Since that time he has remained active, touring internationally both as a performer and educator, running clinics around the world and performing as both a leader and a guest artist (cancer)









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