On this day in MUSIC


Forum Staff
Mar 2008
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[FONT=&quot]in 1605 - Giacomo Carissimi, important Italian composer and teacher, is baptized at Marino, near Rome. He was a singer and organist at Tivoli Cathedral (1623-27). Following a sojourn in Assisi (1628-29), he settled in Rome and became maestro di cappella at the Jesuit Collegio Germanico in 1629. He also was active at the collegiate church of S. Apollinare. In 1637 he became a priest. He was made maestro di cappella del concerto di camera to the exiled Queen Christina of Sweden in 1656. Carissimi was a distinguished composer of oratorios, motets, and cantatas, and his works reveal his mastery of concertato writing. His MSS were lost after the Jesuit order was dissolved in 1773 but his output is known to have included 14 oratorios, among them Baltazar, Jephte, Jonas, and Judicium. His motets were published in three volumes (Cologne, 1665-66). L. Bianchi et al. edited his complete works (1951-73). Carissini was the author of the treatise Ars cantandi (Italian original not extant; German tr., Augsburg, 1692). - Died at Rome, Jan. 12, 1674.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1710 - Pierre de La Barre, composer, dies at 75.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1729 - Gaetano B Vestris, Italian/French ballet dancer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1759 - Jacques-Christian-Michel Widerkehr, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1764 - Bernhard Anselm Weber, pianist/conductor/composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1777 - Ignac Ruzitska, composer is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1777 - Ludwig Berger, German composer, pianist, and teacher, is born at Berlin. He studied flute and piano. He went to Berlin in 1799, where he received instruction in harmony and counterpoint with Gurrlich. In 1804 he went to Russia, but fled in the face of Napoleon's invasion in 1812. In 1815 he returned to Berlin and was active mainly as a teacher, numbering among his students Mendelssohn, Henselt, and Taubert. He wrote a Piano Concerto, seven piano sonatas, songs, and numerous piano works. - Died at Berlin, Feb. 16, 1839.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1786 - Franz Xaver Schnyder von Wartensee, composer is born.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]in 1800 - John Evangelist Schreiber, composer, dies at 84.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1806 - Ludwig Schuberth, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1819 - Franz von Suppe, Spalato Dalmatia, composer (Light Cavalry Over) is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1824 - Edward Jones, composer, dies at 72.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1830 - Jose Mauricio Nunes Garcia, composer, dies at 62.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]in 1839 - Frantz Jehin-Prume, composer is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1845 - Wilhelm Gericke, noted Austrian conductor, is born at Schwanberg. He studied with Dessoff at the Vienna Conservatory (1862-65). After a number of engagements as guest conductor in provincial theaters, he became conductor of the municipal theater in Linz. In 1874 he joined the staff of the Vienna Court Opera as an asst. conductor. In 1880 he took charge of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde concerts, and also led the Singverein. From 1884 to 1889 he was conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Returning to Vienna, he once again served as conductor of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde concerts (1890-95). He was called again to America in 1898 to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducting its concerts until 1906; then returned to Vienna. Gericke did much to make it a fine ensemble, for he was a remarkably able conductor and a highly efficient drillmaster. - Died at Vienna, Oct. 27, 1925. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1854 - Joseph Antoni Frantiszek Elsner, composer, dies at 84.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1855 - Josef Gruber, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1861 - Heinrich August Neithardt, composer, dies at 67.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1863 - Felix Blumenfeld, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1873 - Jean Roger-Ducasse, composer is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1878 - Maude Fay, American soprano, is born in San Francisco. She studied in Dresden, and became a member of the Munich Opera (1906-14). She also appeared at Covent Garden in London in 1910, and with the Beecham Opera Co. in 1914. After the outbreak of World War I, she returned to America. She sang with the Metropolitan Opera in 1916, and also appeared with the Chicago Opera Co. She was particularly distinguished in Wagnerian roles. - Died at San Francisco, Oct. 7, 1964.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1881 - Hermann KJ Zilcher, German pianist/composer (Dr Eisenbart) is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1882 - British-born, naturalised American conductor Leopold Stokowski is born in London.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]in 1883 - Agnes Tyrrell, composer, dies at 36.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1888 - Frida Leider, outstanding German soprano, is born at Berlin. She was a student of Otto Schwarz in Berlin before completing her training in Milan. She made her operatic debut in Halle in 1915 as Venus in Tannhauser; then sang at Rostock (1916-18), Konigsberg (1918-19), and Hamburg (191923). She was engaged by the Berlin State Opera in 1923, and remained on its roster until 1940; was also highly successful in Wagnerian roles at London's Covent Garden (1924-38) and at the Bayreuth Festivals (1928-38). [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In 1928 she made her American debut at the Chicago Civic Opera as Briinnhilde in Die Walkiire, and continued to appear there until 1932; then made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y. on Jan. 16, 1933, as Isolde. In 1934 she returned to Germany; she encountered difficulties because her husband, Rudolf Deman, concertmaster of the Berlin State Opera Orchestra, was Jewish. She was confronted by the Nazis with the demand to divorce him, but refused; he succeeded in going to Switzerland. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]After the collapse of the Nazi regime (1945), she maintained a vocal studio at the (East) Berlin State Opera until 1952; also taught at the (West) Berlin Hochschule fur Musik from 1948 to 1958. She published a memoir, Das war mein Teil, Erinnerungen einer Opernsiingerin (Berlin, 1959; Eng. tr., N.Y., 1966 as Playing My Part). In addition to her celebrated portrayals of Isolde and Brunnhilde, Leider also was acclaimed for her roles of Venus, Senta, Kundry, and the Marschallin. She also was greatly renowned as a concert artist. - Died at Berlin June 4, 1975.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1896 - Alois Melichar, Austrian music critic and composer, is born at Vienna. He studied theory at the Vienna Academy of Music with Joseph Marx (1917-20) and at the Hochschule fur Musik in Berlin with Schreker (1920-23). From 1923 to 1926 he was in the Caucasus, where he collected materials on Caucasian folk songs; then lived in Berlin and Vienna. As a composer, he followed the safe footpath of Reger, Pfitzner, and Graener; he wrote a symphonic poem, Der Dom (1934); Rhapsodie iiber ein schwedisches Volkslied (1939); Lustspiel- Ouverture (1942); lieder; film music. As a music critic, he acquired notoriety by his intemperate attacks on better composers than himself. His publications, written in his virulent, polemical manner, include Die unteilbare Musik (Vienna, 1952), Musik in der Zwangsjacke (Vienna, 1958), and (particularly vicious) Schonberg und die Folgen (Vienna, 1960). - Died at Munich, April 9, 1976.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1899 - Zdenek Chalabala, noted Czech conductor, is born at Uherske Hradiste. He studied composition with Novak in Prague, then took courses in violin, conducting, and composition at the Brno Conservatory, where his principal teachers were Janacek and Neumann. He was conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic in Brno (1924-25), the National Theater in Brno (1925-29), where he served as music director (1929-36), and the Prague National Theater (1936-45), and chief conductor of the Ostrava Opera (1945-49), the Brno National Theater (1949-52), and the Slovak National Theater in Bratislava (1952-53). In 1953 he returned to the Prague National Theater as chief conductor, a post he held with distinction until his death. - Died at Prague, March 4, 1962.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1903 - Yury Sergeyevich Milyutin, composer is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1907 - Miklos Rozsa, brilliant Hungarian-American composer, is born at Budapest. He studied violin in childhood with Lajos Berkovits. After training at the Leipzig Conservatory with Straube and Grabner, he went to Paris in 1931 and established himself as a composer. In 1935 he went to London. In 1940 he emigrated to the U.S., and settled in Hollywood; was on the staff of MGM (1948-62); also taught at the University of Southern Calif, in Los Angeles (1945-65). His autobiography was published as Double Life (London, 1982). His orchestra and chamber music is cast in the advanced modern idiom in vogue in Europe between the 2 world wars; neo-Classical in general content, it is strong in polyphony and incisive rhythm;for his film music, he employs a more Romantic and diffuse style, relying on a Wagnerian type of grandiloquence. He won Oscars for his film scores to Spellbound (1945), A Double Life (1947), and Ben-Hur (1959). - Died at Los Angeles, July 27,1995.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1910 - Sylvia (Gwendoline Victoria) Fisher, admired Australian soprano, is born at Melbourne. She was a student of Adolf Spivakovsky at the Melbourne Conservatory. In 1932 she made her operatic debut as Hermione in Lully's Cadmus et Hermione in Melbourne. After settling in London, she made her first appearance at Covent Garden as Beethoven's Leonore in 1949; subsequently she was a leading dramatic soprano there until 1958, excelling particularly as Sieglinde, the Marschallin, and Kostelnicka in femlfa. In 1958 she sang at the Chicago Lyric Opera. She was a member of the English Opera Group in London (1963-71), and also sang there with the Sadler's Wells (later the English National) Opera. She created the role of Miss Wingrave in Britten's Owen Wingrave (BBC-TV, London, May 16, 1971), and was notably successful as Elizabeth I in his Gloriana. - Died at Melbourne, 1996.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1913 - Kent Wheeler Kennan, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1918 - Tony Mottola, Kearney NJ, guitarist/host (Melody Street) is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1922 – Lord Kitchener is born. Nicknamed “The Grand Master of Calypso,” Lord Kitchener popularised the native musical styles of Trinidad. Though he suffered with a lifelong speech impediment, his singing was unaffected. Trained originally as a blacksmith, he was taught to play guitar by his father and began making waves locally beginning in 1938, before his fame increased upon moving to Trinidad’s capital, Port of Spain, in 1942, where he joined a group called The Roving Brigade. Taking the stage name Lord Kitchener (after British field marshal and war secretary, Lord Horatio Kitchener), he had his first hit in 1944 with ‘Green Fig’. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]With trademark suit and fedora, he gained international prominence after touring England in 1947; garnering a large British following, he often booked several nightclub gigs in London on a single night. While in England, he recorded a number of singles with Cyril Blake’s Calypso Serenaders, including the standard, ‘Nora’ (1950). After opening his own Manchester nightclub in 1958, he toured the US for the first time. Returning to Trinidad in 1963, Kitchener reinvigorated the calypso scene by infusing modern soul into the music to create the soca genre. In 1978, Kitchener landed a British hit with ‘Sugar Bum Bum’. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Diagnosed with cancer a year before his death, he retired from the industry. Suffering from bone marrow cancer, he succumbed to a general infection and kidney failure. He died at The Medical Science Center at Port of Spain, Trinidad, February 11, 2000.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1924 - Buxton Daeblite Orr, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1924 - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Vinton La, blues singer (Mary is Fine) is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1925 - Robert Caldwell Crawford, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1928 - Henryk Melcer-Szczawinski, composer, dies at 58.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1936 - Ottorino Respighi, eminent Italian composer and teacher, dies at Rome, age 56. He studied violin with F. Sarti and composition with L. Torchi and G. Martucci at Bologna's Liceo Musicale (1891-1900). In 1900 he went to Russia, and played 1st viola in the orchestra of the Imperial Opera in St. Petersburg; there he took lessons with Rimsky- Korsakov, which proved a decisive influence in Respighi's coloristic orchestration. From 1903 to 1908 he was active as a concert violinist; also played the viola in the Mugellini Quartet of Bologna. In 1913 he was engaged as a professor of composition at Rome's Liceo (later Conservatorio) di Santa Cecilia; in 1924, was appointed its director, but resigned in 1926, retaining only a class in advanced composition; subsequently devoted himself to composing and conducting. He was elected a member of the Italian Royal Academy on March 23, 1932. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In 1925-26 and again in 1932 he made tours of the U.S. as a pianist and a conductor. Respighi's style of composition is a highly successful blend of songful melodies with full and rich harmonies; he was one of the best masters of modern Italian music in orchestration. His power of evocation of the Italian scene and his ability to sustain interest without prolixity is incontestable. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Although he wrote several operas, he achieved his greatest success with 2 symphonic poems, Lefontane di Roma and I pini di Roma, each consisting of 4 tone paintings of the Roman landscape; a great innovation for the time was the insertion of a phonograph recording of a nightingale into the score of I pini di Roma. His wife, Elsa Olivieri Sangiacomo Respighi (b. Rome, March 24, 1894), was his pupil; she wrote a fairy opera, Fior di neve; the symphonic poem Serenata di maschere; and numerous songs; was also a concert singer. She published a biography of her husband. - Born at Bologna, July 9,1879.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1936 - Seaborn M Denson, composer, dies at 82.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1938 - Richard Runciman Terry, musicologist, dies.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1938 - Hal (actually, Harold) Galper, jazz pianist, is born at Salem, Mass. He studied with Margaret Chaloff and Ray Santisi; his primary influences were McCoy Tyner and Oscar Peterson. He became house pianist at such Boston venues as Herb Pomeroy's club, the Stables, and Connelly's, playing with Johnny Hodges, Roy Eldridge, James Moody, Art Blakey, Sam Rivers, and the Bobby Hutcherson-Harold Land Quintet. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]He considered himself a free-jazz performer, and moved to Paris in 1960, hoping to find more success. After two discouraging months, he returned to Boston and gave up performing for two years. He sat in with Chet Baker at the Jazz Workshop in Boston and was hired to tour and record. During a residency in N.Y., he left Baker and returned to New England (1966) to play in the house band at Lenny's on the Turnpike; Phil Woods was a guest soloist there. In 1967, Galper went back to N.Y., playing with Woods, Donald Byrd, Stan Getz, Chuck Mangione, Joe Henderson, and Al Cohn and Zoot Sims; he recorded three albums as a leader. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In 1973, he replaced George Duke in Cannonball Adderley's group, touring almost continuously until he left in 1975. Having decided to concentrate on acoustic piano, he wheeled his Fender Rhodes to a dock on N.Y.'s Hudson River and threw it in. For the next year and a half, he played in a quintet with Randy and Michael Brecker, Wayne Dockery, and Billy Hart, culminating in an appearance at the 1978 Berlin Jazz Festival. He returned to work as a sideman, with Lee Konitz, Nat Adderley, John Scofield, and Slide Hampton. After sitting in with the Phil Woods Quartet in N.Y. (September 1979), he began a lO-year stint with Woods as pianist, composer, and arranger. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]He left Woods in August 1990 to tour and record with his own trio. He spends six months out of a year on the road; his trio in the late 1990s included drummer Steve Ellington and bassist JeffJohnson. He has taught at N.Y.'s New School for Social Research and various jazz camps, and has been a guest lecturer and clinician at over 100 colleges and universities and at IAJE conferences in 1990-91, 1994, and 1996. His recordings have won several awards; he has over 100 compositions recorded, and has received numerous grants from public and private endowments. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1944 - Cecile Chamindale, composer, dies.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1944 - Rudy Shackelford, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1946 - Lenny Baker, rocker (Sha Na Na) is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1946 - Harvey Kagan, rocker is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1946 - Anne Boyd, composer is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1946 - Keith (Lamont) Copeland, jazz drummer, son of Ray Copeland, is born at N.Y. A protege of Alan Dawson, Copeland has developed his own drum method and taught at Berklee himself from 1975-78. He played with Johnny Griffin, The Heath Brothers (1978-79), Sam Jones (recording 1979), Charlie Rouse, and Kenny Barron. He toured with Billy Taylor for most of the 1980s. In 1993 he accepted a full-time performing and teaching position in Cologne, Germany. He is a hard swinging player and truly inspired teacher. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1946 – AlexanderSkip’ Spence is born. A member of two pioneering psychedelic era, San Francisco groups – The Jefferson Airplane and Moby Grape – Skip Spence suffered a debilitating, drug-induced fate similar to that of Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett. A native of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Spence was reared in a musical household, his father a professional jazz musician who relocated the family several times. After completing a navy stint in 1965, Spence settled in the San Francisco Bay Area where he was drawn to the bohemian folk music community in Sausalito. While practising with the newly formed, pioneering acid-rock band Quicksilver Messenger Service, Spence was asked by Marty Balin to join Jefferson Airplane as the replacement for the short-lived original member Jerry Peloquin. Although primarily a guitarist, Spence was hired as the group’s drummer. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Eventually fronted by a former model Grace Slick, The Jefferson Airplane released their much ignored début album in 1966, Jefferson Airplane Takes Off, which included four Spence compositions. Quitting Jefferson Airplane over artistic differences, Spence reverted to the guitar. Spence subsequently formed Moby Grape, a leaderless, blues-psychedelic quintet which included guitarist Peter Lewis (son of actress Loretta Young). [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Musically more sophisticated than their San Francisco contemporaries, Moby Grape was courted by a dozen labels. Signing with Columbia Records, the group issued the heralded album Moby Grape, which was highlighted by ‘8:05’ and the Spence-composed hit single, ‘Omaha’. Although poised for stardom, Moby Grape was torpedoed by poor management, heavy drug use, frequent arrests, and poor marketing by their record label which among other blunders simultaneously released five singles from the album on the same day. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]After a solid year on the road, Moby Grape began recording their second album, Wow; but with Spence’s mind destroyed by a recent LSD binge, he tried to attack a bandmate with an axe during the sessions; subsequently institutionalised, Spence was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Upon his release, Spence briefly pursued a solo career. Playing all the instruments and writing all the songs, he released a dark, introspective solo album, Oar, which has since become a cult favourite. Spence subsequently aided a San Jose bar band, Pud, which later evolved into The Doobie Brothers. Institutionalised for many of his latter years, Spence subsisted on welfare and panhandling, and often lived on the streets. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Recorded shortly before his death, the tribute album, More Oar, featuring Beck, Robert Plant, and others, was released. Spence was not a part of any of the latter incarnations of The Jefferson Airplane/Starship. Admitted to the Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, California, for a bout of pneumonia, his conditioned worsened. The official cause of death was listed as lung cancer. - Died April 16, 1999.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot] in 1948 - Catherine Malfitano, admired American soprano, is born at N.Y. She received early training at home from her father, a violinist in the Metropolitan Opera orchestra, and then continued her studies at the Manhattan School of Music (B.A., 1971). In 1972 she made her professional operatic debut as Verdi's Nannetta with the Denver Central City Opera, and then appeared with the Minnesota Opera (1972-73). She made her European debut as Mozart's Susanna at the Holland Festival in 1974. On Sept. 7,1974, she made her debut at the N.Y.C. Opera as Mimi, and remained on its roster until 1979. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]After making her debut at the Lyric Opera in Chicago as Mozart's Susanna in 1975, she sang that role at her Covent Garden debut in London and his Servilia at her Salzburg Festival debut in 1976. She made her first appearance at the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y. as Gretel on Dec. 24,1979, returning there in subsequent years in such roles as Violetta, Juliette, Micaela, and Massenet's Manon. She made her debut at the Vienna State Opera as Violetta in 1982. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Following appearances as Berg's Lulu in Munich in 1985 and as Cio- Cio-San at the Berlin Deutsche Oper in 1987, she made her debut at Milan's La Scala as Daphne in 1988. In 1993 she won acclaim as Salome in Salzburg. In 1995 she made her first appearance at the San Francisco Opera as Cio-Cio- San and won accolades as Janacek's Emilia Marty at the Lyric Opera in Chicago. Her outstanding portrayal of Salome at the Metropolitan Opera in 1996 was one of the highlights of the season. In 1998 she was engaged to sing Weill's Jenny in Salzburg and Tosca at the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam. She sang Kat'a Kabanova at the Metropolitan Opera in 1999.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1950 - Vincent Plush, remarkable Australian composer, is born at Adelaide. He studied piano, organ, and voice before embarking on regular courses at the University of Adelaide (B.M., 1971), where his principal instructors in composition were Andrew McCredie and Richard Meale. From 1973 to 1980 he taught at the New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music in Sydney. In 1976 he founded the Seymour Group, an ensemble devoted to the performance of contemporary music. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In 1981 he joined the staff of the Australian Broadcasting Commission (A.B.C.) in Sydney. From his earliest independent activities as a lecturer, radio commentator, and conductor, Plush dedicated his efforts to the promotion of Australian music. Thanks to a generous Harkness fellowship, he was able to spend a couple of years at Yale University, conducting interviews with a number of American composers for its Oral History Project; also worked at the University of Minn. (1981), and participated in an Australian Arts Festival in Minneapolis (1982). [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]He then spent a year at the Center for Music Experiment and the Computer Music Facility at the University of Calif, at San Diego. Returning to Australia in 1983, he became composer-in-residence for the A.B.C, where he inaugurated a series of radio broadcasts pointedly entitled "Mainstreet U.S.A.," dedicated to new American music. A firm believer in the authentic quality of Australian folk music, he organized in Sydney the whimsically named ensemble Magpipe Musicians, which gave performances of native music in schools and art galleries, on the radio, in the concert hall, at country festivals, citizenship ceremonies, railway openings, and suchlike events, public and private. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Their programs were deliberately explorative, aggressive, and exhortatory, propagandistic of new ideas, often with a decided revolutionary trend. The titles of Plush's own works often pay tribute to revolutionary or heroic events, e.g., On Shooting Stars—Homage to Victor Jar a (a Chilean folksinger murdered by the fascistic Chilean police), Bakery Hill Rising (memorializing the suppression of the rebellion of Australian gold miners in 1854), Gallipoli Sunrise (commemorating the sacrificial attempt at capturing the Gallipoli Straits in World War I, during which thousands of Australians perished), and The Ludlow Lullabies (recalling the brutal attack on striking coal miners in the region of Ludlow, Colo., in 1914). The musical setting of each of these works varies from astutely homophonic to acutely polyphonic, according to the requirements of the subject. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1950 - Bill Sudderth III, trumpeteer (Atlantic Star-Touch 4 Leaf Clover) is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1952 - Jim Scholten, Midland Mich, country singer (Betty's Bein' Bad) is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1953 - Frankie Laine was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I Believe.' The single stayed at No.1 for nine weeks. Laine holds the record for most (non-consecutive) weeks at No.1 than any other single in three chart runs with a total of 18 weeks.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1954 - Kim Stone, bassist (Spyro Gyra-Morning Dance) is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1956 - Elvis Presley played 2 shows at the Fairgrounds Pavilion in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1958 - Lee Pattinson, rock bassist (Echo and Bunnymen-Heaven Up Here) is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1960 - Ocl Sweda, rocker (Bulletboys) is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1961 - Kelly Hansen, heavy metal rocker (Hurricane-I'm on to You) is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1962 - Shirlie Hollman, rocker (Pepsi and Shirley-All Right Now) is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1964 - Albe Vidakovic, composer, dies at 49.[/FONT]

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[FONT=&quot]in 1964 - The Beatles appeared on the UK TV comedy program The Morecambe and Wise Show, playing ‘This Boy’, ‘All My Loving’, and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and also participate in comedy sketches with Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise. The Beatles also held the UK and US No.1 position on this day with 'Can't Buy Me Love'.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1964 - Jim Ellison is born. Lead singer and guitarist of the Chicago alternative rock group, Material Issue, Jim Ellison had formed the band while a student at Columbia College. Headstrong, Ellison would boast that his group was destined for fame. Signing with Mercury Records in 1991, the group enjoyed success with their début album, International Pop Overthrow, which was highlighted by a pair of modern rock chart hits, ‘Valerie Loves Me’ and ‘Diane’. The group’s success continued with ‘What Girls Want’, culled from their follow-up album, Destination Universe. But although the Chicago rock scene was raging with alternative acts such as The Smashing Pumpkins and Urge Overkill, Mercury dropped Material Issue in 1994. Ellison launched a side project group with bandmate Mike Zelenko called AMX. Ellison’s final work appeared on the AMX album, Telecommando Americano (1997). (Suicide) He died from carbon monoxide poisoning in the garage of his Chicago home. He left a suicide note. His body was discovered several days after his death. - Found dead June 20, 1996.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1965 - Marian Anderson ended her 30-year singing career with a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1965 - Diana Villegas, rocker (Triplets) is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1965 - Sylvia Villegas, rocker (Triplets) is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1965 - Vicky Villegas, rocker (Triplets) is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1967 - Jayce Fincher Jr, heavy metal bassist (Southgang-Tainted Angel) is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1968 - During a European tour, Pink Floyd played 2 shows at the Piper Club, in Rome, Italy.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1969 - Lulu married Bee Gee Maurice Gibb, Brother Barry was the best man. The couple split in 1973.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1970 - Santana, Taj Mahal and It's A Beautiful Day all appeared at London's Royal Albert Hall. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1970 - Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen) played in the Main Gym at Ocean County College in New Jersey. Tickets cost $2.00. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1971 - Masao Ohki, composer, dies at 69.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]in 1972 - The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Amazing Grace.' The single enjoyed a five-week run at No.1. 1975, four Bay City Rollers fans were taken to hospital and 35 others required on site treatment after they attempted to swim across a lake to meet their heroes. The group were making an appearance at a BBC Radio 1 fun day at Mallory Park.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In 1973 - Willie "The Lion" Smith dies at age 79. William Henry Joseph Bonaparte Bertholoff Smith was born in Goshen, New York. His mother and grandmother chose the names to reflect the different parts of his heritage; Joseph after Saint Joseph (Bible), Bonaparte (French), Bertholoff (biological father's last name), Smith (added when he was three, his stepfather's name), and William and Henry which were added for "spiritual balance". In his memoir he reports that his father, Frank Bertholoff, was Jewish. Willie was at least somewhat conversant in Yiddish, as he demonstrated in a television interview late in his life. Willie's mother, Ida Oliver, had "Spanish, Negro, and Mohawk Indian blood". Her mother, Ann Oliver, was a banjo player and had been in Primrose and West minstrel shows (Smith also had two cousins who were dancers in the shows, Etta and John Bloom). According to Ida, "Frank Bertholoff was a light skinned playboy who loved his liquor, girls, and gambling." His mother threw Frank out of the house when "The Lion" was two years old. When his father died in 1901, his mother married John Smith, a master mechanic from Paterson, NJ. The surname Smith was added to that of "The Lion" at age 3. He grew up living at 76 Academy Street in Newark.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]John Smith worked for C.M. Bailey, Pork Packers, and he would leave the house around midnight to pick up the freshly killed pigs and bring them to the packing house. He was supposed to be home by 4 A.M., but would usually go to bars. Eventually, Willie's mother wanted him to accompany his stepfather to work to hopefully ensure that John Smith would come straight home and not go drinking. Willie said he actually enjoyed his job, but most of the time he would have to drive the horses home. He also could only work on Fridays and Saturdays, as his mother did not want him to miss school. He wrote about the experience of being at the slaughterhouse with his stepfather:[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]I couldn't stand to see what I saw at the slaughterhouse. I would watch wide-eyed as the squealling pigs slid down the iron rails to the cutter where they were slashed through the middle, with the two halves falling into a tank of hot water. The kill sometimes went to as many as four hundred pigs a night. It was a sickening sight to watch. But the cries from the pigs brought forth an emotional excitement. It was another weird but musical sound that I can still hear in my head. The squeeks, the squeels, the dipping them in hot water, they put them on a hook, take off the head, the legs, going down an aisle--I hear it on an oboe. That's what you hear in a symphony: destruction, war, peace, beauty, all mixed.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In 1907, the family moved to 90 Bloome Street in Newark, but moved again around 1912. His stepfather got a new job at Crucible Steel Company, across the Passaic River in Harrison, New Jersey. The job paid more, and Willie would have to get him before his bosses got him drunk on his own money.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]He attended the Baxter School, rumored to be a school for bad children. The school was notorious for brawls between Irish, Italian, and African-American children. Willie was in Mrs. Black's fruit store and was caught with his hand in her register. He had wanted to borrow a dime to see S.H. Dudley's traveling road show at Blaney's Theater. The thing that shocked Willie the most was the fact that she turned him over to the police. Mrs. Black's son-in-law was the number three tough guy in Newark, and their whole family hated policemen and wouldn't allow them into their store. Willie would later write, "But they sure didn't mind turning over a 10 year old boy to the police." He went to children's court and was sentenced to a ten dollar fine and probation.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]After that incident, he was transferred to Morton School, and began sixth grade at his new school (which had a lot less brawling). He would go onto attend Barringer High School (then known as Newark High School). In an effort to get the attention of the ladies, he attempted sports including swimming, skating, track, basketball, sledding, cycling, and boxing. He learned to swim in the Morris Canal.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Prizefighting was the sport he was most interested in. Willie says that "maybe that because I've known most of the great fighters from way back. They liked to visit the night clubs...". He got to kid around with Jack Johnson, Jack Dempsey, Battling Siki, Kid Chocolate, Sam Langford, Joe Gans, Bob Fitzsimmons, Harry Greb, Joe Louis, and Gene Tunney. Fitzsimmons owned a saloon on Market Street in Newark, and that is where While learned about Stanley Ketchel, Kid McCoy, Benny Leonard, Jimmy Britt, and Charlie Warner.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Willie also belonged to a gang, and the gang had a club called The Ramblers (two famous members were Abner Zwillman and Niggy Rutman). Willie was one of two colored men in the gang, the other being Louis Moss, who Willie referred to as a "sweet talker, who could take his foes apart". Moss later became known as "Big Sue" and owned a saloon in Tenderloin, Manhattan. Moss was his own bouncer at his club (according to Willie, Moss was 6'4 and about 240 pounds). Willie says he used to help him out by playing piano in his back room.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]When Willie was about six, he went downstairs to the basement of his Academy Street home and found the organ his mother used to play. It was not in good shape, and nearly half of the keys were missing. After his mother discovered his interest in the instrument, she taught him the melodies she knew. One of the first songs he learned was Home! Sweet Home!. His uncle Rob, who was a bass singer and ran his own quartet, would teach Willie how to dance. Willie entered an amateur dance contest at the Arcadia Theater and won first place and the prize, ten dollars. After that, he focused more on playing music at the clubs.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Willie had wanted a new piano very badly, but every time he thought his mother was able to afford it, there was a new mouth to feed. Willie got a job at Hauseman's Footwear store shining shoes and running errands, where he was paid five dollars a week. "Old Man" Hauseman paid that much because he liked the fact that Willie could speak Hebrew and also because Willie wanted to buy a piano with the money. As it turned out, Marshall & Wendell's was holding a contest: the object was to guess how many dots there were in a printed circle in their newspaper advertisement. Willie used arithmetic to help guess the number, and the upright piano was delivered the next day. From that day forth, he sat down at the piano and played. He would play songs he heard in the clubs, including Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin, Cannonball Rag by Joe Northrup, Black and White Rag by George Botsford, and Don't Hit that Lady Dressed in Green, about which he said "the lyrics to this song were a sex education, especially for a twelve year old boy.". His other favorites picked up from the saloons were She's Got Good Booty and Baby, Let Your Drawers Hang Low.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]By the early 1910s he was playing in New York City and Atlantic City, New Jersey.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Smith served in World War I, where he saw action in France, and played drum with the African-American regimental band led by Tim Brymn. He also played basketball with the regimental team. Legend has it that his nickname "The Lion" came from his reported bravery while serving as a heavy artillery gunner. He was a decorated veteran of the 350th Field Artillery.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Around 1915, he married Blanche Merrill (née Howard), a song writer and lyricist who wrote a number of songs and lyrics for Broadway shows from about 1912 to 1925, particularly for Fanny Brice. Smith and Merrill are thought to have separated before Smith joined the army in 1917, serving as a corporal (he claimed sergeant was his rank), but were still living together in Newark, New Jersey at the time of the 1920 census. Merrill was white and Smith was the only black man living in their apartment building at the time.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]He returned to working in Harlem clubs and in rent parties, where Smith and his contemporaries James P. Johnson and Fats Waller developed a new, more sophisticated piano style later called “stride.” also after the war, where he worked for decades, often as a soloist, sometimes in bands and accompanying blues singers such as Mamie Smith. Although working in relative obscurity, he was a "musician's musician", influencing countless others including Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and Artie Shaw.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In the 1940s his music found appreciation with a wider audience, and he toured North America and Europe up to 1971. To leave the US, he needed a birth certificate. He went to the Orange County Courthouse and found it, but discovered that the birth certificate said he was born on November 25, in contradiction to his mother telling him he was born on November 23.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Willie "The Lion" Smith died in New York City. His autobiography, Music on My Mind, The Memoirs Of An American Pianist written with the assistance of George Hoefer, was published by Doubleday and Company in 1964. It included a generous foreword written by Duke Ellington. It also includes a comprehensive list of his compositions and a discography. His students included such notable names as Mel Powell, Brooks Kerr, and Mike Lipskin. With the latter, he made two albums: a two-LP set of playing and reminiscences, The Memoirs of Willie the Lion Smith, done in 1965, and an album of solos and duets from 1971: California Here I Come, which coincided with Mike's relocation from New York to Marin County.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]He was present during the taking of the famous Jazz photograph A Great Day in Harlem in 1958. However, he famously was sitting down resting when the selected shot was taken, leaving him out of the final picture. This is discussed in depth in Jean Bach's award winning 1994 documentary on the history of this photo, released on DVD.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Willie Smith had 10 brothers and a sister (including half-siblings). His older brother Jerome would die at the age of 15. His other older brother, George, became an officer in Atlantic City, and he would pass away in 1946. Willie said of George, "Our paths didn't cross very often in later life. His friends and connections were always on the other side of the fence from mine." His half-brother Robert owned a bar on West Street in Newark. His half-brother Melvin lived on Mulberry Street in Manhattan. As for his other two half-brothers, Norman and Ralph, he had no idea what became of them. All of the other siblings lived to the ages of 3 to 7.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]He worked for a short period as a Hebrew cantor in a Harlem Synagogue[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]in 1975 - John Lennon releases "Stand by Me".[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1975 - Putnam (Calder) Aldrich, American harpsichordist and pedagogue, dies at Cannes, France. He studied at Yale University (B.A., 1926), then took piano lessons with Matthay in London (1926-27) and harpsichord lessons with Landowska in Paris (1929-33). He then completed his education at Harvard University (M.A., 1936; Ph.D., 1942). He toured as a harpsichordist, and also taught at the University of Tex. (1942-44), Western Reserve University (1946-48), Mills College (1948-50), and Stanford University (1950-69). He published an important treatise, Ornamentation in J. S. Bach's Organ Works (N.Y., 1950), as part of a much larger and very valuable work on Baroque ornamentation, originally submitted as his doctoral dissertation at Harvard; the work still awaits publication. - Born at South Swansea, Mass., July 14,1904.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1977 - "Side by Side by Sondheim" opens at Music Box NYC for 390 perfs.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1981 - This years Eurovision Song contest winners Bucks Fizz were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their first No.1 single 'Making Your Mind Up.' [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1984 - Michael Jackson underwent surgery in a Los Angeles hospital to repair damage done after his hair caught fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1985 - Wham! Became the first-ever Western pop act to have an album released in China.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1987 - Aretha Franklin and George Michael started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Knew You Were Waiting' also a No.1 in the UK. Aretha Franklin set a record for the artist with the longest gap between US No.1 singles, it had been 19 years, 10 months from her last hit 'Respect' in June 1967. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1987 - on the 1st leg of their Joshua Tree tour, U2 played the second of five nights at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in California. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1992 - Def Leppard started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Adrenalize.' 1992, Annie Lennox went to No.1 on the UK album chart with her debut solo release 'Diva.'[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1992 - Right Said Fred had their first and only UK No.1 single with 'Deeply Dippy' ('I'm Too Sexy' and 'Don't Talk Just Kiss' both made the Top 3). [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1993 - Bernie Wayne died at Marina del Ray, California. A pop songwriter, Bernie Wayne composed ‘Blue Velvet’ (Tony Bennett, The Clovers, Bobby Vinton), ‘You Walk By’ (Guy Lombardo), ‘Laughing On The Outside’ (Sammy Kaye, Dinah Shore and others) and ‘Vanessa’ (Hugo Winterhalter). Wayne gained attention for penning the perennial jingle for Chock Full O’Nuts coffee and a song popularised by Bert Parks on the annual Miss America pageant, ‘There She Is’. As the A&R director at 20th Century Fox in the Sixties, Wayne produced several soundtracks including Zorba The Greek. (Heart failure) - Born March 6, 1919[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1995 - Oasis drummer Tony McCarrol was told by phone that he was being sacked from the group. McCarrol sued the Manchester group for millions in unpaid royalties and in 1996 Oasis agreed to pay him a one-off sum of £550,000 ($935,000).[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1996 - Mike Leander (MICHAEL FARR) Died. A British songwriter and producer, Mike Leander was best known for his collaborative efforts with Gary Glitter. Born in London, Leander joined a skiffle group in his teen years. After briefly attending law school, he enrolled at the London’s Trinity College of Music. As musical director at Decca Records, one of Britain’s leading labels, Leander produced hits for Billy Fury, Lulu and Marianne Faithfull, and worked with Alan Price, Gene Pitney, Roy Orbison and The Rolling Stones. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Leander also arranged the string section on The Beatles’ ‘She’s Leaving Home’ from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. After co-writing the theme for the British music programme Ready Steady Go!, Leander met assistant-director Paul Raven. Impressed with Raven’s obvious talent, Leander added him to The Mike Leander Orchestra, which at the time was touring with The Bachelors. During this period Leander enjoyed hits with the compositions, ‘I’ve Been A Bad Bad Boy’ (Paul Jones), ‘Early In The Morning’ (Vanity Fare) and ‘Lady Godiva’ (Peter & Gordon). In 1964 he worked with The Drifters in New York City on the session for their classic song ‘Under The Boardwalk’. Moving to MCA Records in 1969, Leander oversaw the London cast recording of Jesus Christ Superstar. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]More significantly, he re-shaped his former discovery Paul Raven into the successful pantomime rocker Gary Glitter. Collaborating with Glitter, Leander co-penned a series of British hits including his début, ‘Rock And Roll Part 2’, the perennial favourite ‘Do You Wanna Touch Me’ and his signature tune ‘I’m The Leader Of The Gang’. Leander later oversaw the musical Matador, which chronicled the life of bullfighter El Cordobes. (Cancer) He died in London. - Born June 30, 1941[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1996 - Bernard Edwards dies at age 42. American bassist and producer, born in Greenville, North Carolina, but grew up in Brooklyn, New York City. In 1972 he and Nile Rodgers formed the Big Apple Band and in 1976 they united with drummer Tony Thompson to form Chic together with singer Norma Jean Wright. They had hits such as "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)", "I Want Your Love", "Everybody Dance", "Le Freak", and "Good Times". After Chic's breakup in 1983, he released a solo album the same year, and in 1985 he was instrumental in the formation of the supergroup Power Station. He followed this by producing Robert Palmer's hit album Riptide and continued to produce artists throughout the 1980s and 90s including Diana Ross, Adam Ant, Rod Stewart, Air Supply, ABC and Duran Duran.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] Bernard teamed up with Nile Rodgers again for the Chic reunion in the early 1990s and released the album Chic-Ism in 1992. In 1996 they were invited to play in concert at the Budokan Arena in Tokyo, although he felt very ill before the concert he managed to perform, which sadly was to be his last performance (While performing in Japan, Bernard died in his Tokyo Hotel bedroom after complaining that he was feeling ill. The cause of death was ruled to be pneumonia)[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nvHGUNxM04"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - Bernard Edwards of CHIC - Your love is good to me" target="_blank">YouTube - Bernard Edwards of CHIC - Your love is good to me[/FONT][/ame]
[FONT=&quot]in 1999 - Catatonia scored their second UK No.1 album with 'Equally Cursed And Blessed' the group also had their two other albums in the top 40. 2000, Four Monkee look-alikes were signed to play the 60's pop legends in a TV movie about the group's meteoric rise. The film called 'Daydream Believers' was set to start filming in Toronto.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2003 - It was reported that the British share of the most played tracks on UK radio had fallen from 60% to 30% in the past five years. The chart from 2002 had only three UK acts in the Top 10, Sugababes, Blue and Liberty X. The most played single from 2002 was Kylie Minogue's 'Love At First Sight' which had a total of 48,486 plays on UK stations 2004, Guns N' Roses were at No.1 on the UK album chart with their 'Greatest Hits.' [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2003 - Harry Dailey Died. A member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, bassist Harry Dailey co-wrote the Buffett hit, ‘Volcano’. Joining in 1975, Dailey performed on the hits, ‘Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes’, ‘Coconut Telegraph’, ‘Son Of A Son Of A Sailor’ and ‘You Had To Be There’, and his final performance with Buffett came in 2001 at a Coral Reefer reunion concert. A native of Bethesda, Maryland, Dailey had previously been a member of a folk-blues duo with Gove Scrivenor. He suffered a heart attack and died at his home in Falls Church, Virginia. In poor health for several years, he was also stricken with the Epstein-Barr disease virus. - Born December 22, 1951.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2004 - R&B singer from New York Eamon started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with '**** It, (I Don’t Want You Back)' his debut single. The song earned a listing on the Guinness World Record for "the most expletives in a No.1 song", with 33. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2005 - Reebok pulled a UK TV ad featuring 50 Cent after a mother whose son was shot dead complained it glamorised gun crime. Lucy Cope, from London went to the Advertising Standards Authority about the campaign featuring the US rapper. The ASA had been investigating 54 other complaints from viewers over a reference to the rapper having been shot nine times.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2006 - A sale of clothes belonging to Sir Elton John raised more than $700,000 (£395,000) for the singer's Aids charity. Over 10,000 pieces were sold during a five-day sale in New York City at the specially-created shop, Elton's Closet, at New York's Rockefeller Centre. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2006 - A line from U2's 1992 hit ‘One’ was voted the UK's favourite song lyric after in a poll of 13,000 people by music channel VH1. The line "One life, with each other, sisters, brothers" came top. The Smiths lyric “So you go, and you stand on your own, and you leave on your own, and you go home, and you cry, and you want to die" from the song ‘How Soon is Now?’ came second in the poll, followed by "I feel stupid and contagious, here we are now, entertain us", from Nirvana's ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ which was voted into third place.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2009 - The Black Eyes Peas started a 12 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Boom Boom Pow’. The single was knocked off the No.1 position by the bands next single ‘I Gotta Feeling’. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2008 - Peter Howard /Howard Weiss dies at age 80.American musical theater arranger, conductor and pianist. Coming to prominence in the 1960s, Howard served as the conductor and dance music arranger for the original Broadway productions of Hello, Dolly!, 1776 and Annie and served as the dance music arranger for the original Broadway productions of Chicago, The Tap Dance Kid and Crazy for You. (Parkinson's Disease).[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2009 - Keith Urban went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Defying Gravity’, the Australian singers fifth studio album.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2009 - Bruno Adams dies at age 46.Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist born in Bacchus Marsh, he moved to Melbourne in 1978. There, he became part of the embryonic Punk/New Wave scene, playing with musicians from The Saints, Crime & The City Solution, and Laughing Clowns. In 1984 he formed his own band Once Upon A Time. They played Melbourne's clubs from 1985 to '88, building a reputation for apocalyptic live shows with their avantgarde psychedelic blues sound. They moved to Berlin, Germany in 1989 and supported Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds throughout Europe on "The Good Son"- Tour of 1990. A European tour supporting Swans followed in the early 1990's. They recorded 3 CDs "Once Upon A Time", "In The Blink Of An Eye" and "Don't Look Down" before braking up in 1996. Since then they have done reunion concerts in Berlin and Prague in 2004 and 2005. [/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5h7KtxWllWw"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - Bruno Adams and Once Upon A Time -- Motor Man" target="_blank">YouTube - Bruno Adams and Once Upon A Time -- Motor Man[/FONT][/ame]

[FONT=&quot]in 2010 - Devon Clifford dies at age 30.Canadian drummer with the five piece dance-punk band from Abbotsford, British Columbia, You Say Party! We Say Die!. The band was birthed out of a bike gang known as "The Smoking Spokes". December of 2003 was too cold to ride bikes, so a band was born, You Say Party! We Say Die! played their first show in April 2004. They went on release four albums thr last to date 2009's XXXX. Their albums produced eight singles. Devon and the band toured relentlessly in the USA, Europe, the UK and Canada (Devon collapsed on stage during the band's set at The Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver, Canada, he died of complications from a sudden brain hemorrhage).

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]in 2012 - [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Robert O. Ragland[/FONT][FONT=&quot],[/FONT][FONT=&quot] a film composer for such 1970s cult movies as The Thing With Two Heads and Grizzly, died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 80.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Ragland was preceded in death by his wife Martha Montgomer, who married Ragland in 1972 after the death of her husband, nine-time Oscar-winning film composer Alfred Newman (The King and I).

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]A native of Chicago, Ragland served as a musical arranger for the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra before entering the advertising business. He then came to Hollywood in the late 1960s and wound up scoring more than 50 films.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]In addition to the The Thing With Two Heads (1972), starring Ray Milland and Roosevelt Grier, and Grizzly (1976), which saw Christopher George battle an out-of-control bear in a state park, Ragland composed music for such films as Project: Kill (1976) starring Leslie Nielsen, Q (1982), 10 to Midnight (1983) with Charles Bronson, No Place to Hide (1993), The Raffle (1994), Top of the World (1997), Menahem Golan's Crime and Punishment (2002) and Downtown: A Street Tale (2004).

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]in 2013 - Gráinne Yeats dies at age 88, she was a harpist, singer and historian of the Irish harp, and is credited with the revival of the traditional wire-strung harp. She also built a profile for the Irish harp which broadened its appeal beyond the cabaret circuit, thereby re-establishing it in its own right and introducing harp music to a wider audience. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]In the course of her career, she performed in concerts and recitals in Ireland, the UK, North America and many of Europe’s capitals as well as Russia, India and Japan.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]She was an accomplished soprano, and Charles Acton in this newspaper described an early song recital: “Here she sang unaccompanied the great music of [FONT=&quot]An Clár Bog Déil[/FONT] , the gentle rowing song [FONT=&quot]Óró mo Bháidín[/FONT] and the delightful [FONT=&quot]Cucuin [a Chuaicin][/FONT] .” Impressed by the “beauty” of the performance, Acton praised her “intensely true, pure voice, trained with art”.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]In 1968 Charlotte Brooks wrote of a concert in Sligo: “Gráinne Yeats’s voice is as pure as ever, her diction and intonation as impeccable and her artistry as loving.”

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Born in Dublin in 1925, she was the youngest of three children of PS O’Hegarty, a former member of the IRB supreme council, and his wife Wilhelmina Rebecca Smyth, a Cumann na mBan veteran. Her father became secretary of the Department of Post and Telegraphs on the foundation of the State.

The family was bilingual: Irish was her first language and she grew up as Gráinne Ní Éigeartaigh. She was educated at Scoil Bhríde and Alexandra College and learnt her first traditional Irish song on holiday in the Kerry Gaeltacht. As a young girl she learnt to play the piano.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]After graduating with a degree in history from Trinity College Dublin, she continued to develop her interest in music, studying piano, voice and harp at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Her interest in the harp stemmed from hearing the instrument played by actress Joan O’Hara, sister of harper Mary. She learnt basic harp technique from Sheila Larchet Cuthbert and Mercedes Bolger, and later performed with Bolger all over the country.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]However, she cut her teeth as a singer. For example, in 1958 she sang items by Handel, Bach and Haydn at an organ recital in St Luke’s Church in the Coombe. The following year she was the soloist in a performance of Bach’s [FONT=&quot]St John Passion [/FONT]in the Methodist Centenary Church.

Her repertoire included over 300 songs in Irish, and she always sought to include some of them in her performances. In addition to performing as a soloist she also was associated with the Dowland Consort, directed by Brian Boydell.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]She took up teaching at the Royal Irish Academy of Music when Mercedes Bolger left to have a baby. Later, with Bolger, she helped set up harp schools around the country. Their teaching programme raised standards considerably.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]She played a gut-strung instrument for many years, and acquired a wire-strung harp only after a long search. An aeronautics designer expressed interest in making one, but never produced anything. A furniture maker likewise let her down.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Eventually she made contact with American harp maker Jay Witcher, who made her a replica of a 17th-century style Sirr harp. He revived the making of wire-strung harps, while she revived the playing of them.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]She conducted extensive research on the Irish harper-composers and their repertoire, and on the history of the Irish harp. Her work contributed much to Irish musicology, most notably her entry on Turlough Carolan in the [FONT=&quot]New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians[/FONT] (1980) and her book [FONT=&quot]The Harp of Ireland[/FONT] (1992).

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]She also was a contributor to [FONT=&quot]Ceol[/FONT] and other publications, and with Mercedes Bolger edited the series of manuals [FONT=&quot]Sounding Harps[/FONT] . [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Her album of traditional Irish songs was released by the New York-based Spoken Arts label in 1963. Gael Linn released the album [FONT=&quot]A Rogha Féin[/FONT] in 1982. Her double CD [FONT=&quot]The Belfast Harp Festival[/FONT] , also from Gael Linn, coincided with the bicentenary of the 1792 festival and includes 40 of the traditional tunes played on the occasion, as notated by Edward Bunting. This led to the reintroduction of many airs into the repertoire of contemporary harpers.

In 1966 she received the Harriet Cohen international music award. She was closely involved with the foundation of Cairde na Cruite and launch of An Chúirt Chruitireachta, the festival for Irish harp.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]She was married to the former senator Michael Yeats. He, and their daughter Síle, predeceased her. She is survived by her daughters Siobhán and Caitríona and son Pádraig.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2014 - Deon Jackson, [/FONT][FONT=&quot]68, dies at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights after having a brain hemorrhage at his home. He was a longtime resident of Arlington Heights. As [/FONT][FONT=&quot]a singer, piano player and songwriter who landed a hit single on the charts in the 1960s, was in his 50s when he started a second career as a student supervisor at Wheaton Warrenville South High School.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]His talents as a musician were well-known at the Wheaton school.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]"I remember Mr. Jackson breaking out in song on a moment's notice," said Wheaton Warrenville South Principal David Claypool. "He was someone who was always positive and developed great relationships with our students, whether supervising our cafeteria or going into our music room and accompanying some of our students on the piano."

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Mr. Jackson's biggest hit was "Love Makes the World Go Round," which climbed to No. 11 on the Billboard singles chart in 1966.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Although he never had another Top 20 hit, he continued to perform in clubs and restaurants and on cruises before going into education.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Mich., Mr. Jackson became interested in singing and playing music at a young age. An Ann Arbor disc jockey and producer, Ollie McLaughlin, discovered his talents while he was still in high school and helped get him a recording deal that yielded two regional hit songs.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]In 1966, Mr. Jackson broke out with the title track from his album, "Love Makes the World Go Round," which became a nationwide hit.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]"He loved the song and was very proud of it," his wife said. "We have the CD and its picture framed in our living room."[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Mr. Jackson subsequently released several other singles that achieved modest chart success before shifting to a career as a performer, appearing in venues in Detroit, New York and Chicago.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In the early 1970s, Mr. Jackson performed in a musical titled "Just Groovin'" at the Happy Medium Theater at Rush Street and Delaware Place. He also became a regular performer in the 1980s and '90s at Myron & Phil's restaurant in Lincolnwood, Tonelli's restaurant in Northbrook and Billy and Company restaurant in Wheeling.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]In September 2000, Wheaton's Community Unit School District 200 had an opening for a student supervisor at Wheaton Warrenville South, where Mr. Jackson's brother-in-law worked as a school resource officer. Mr. Jackson's brother-in-law recommended him for the job, which involves assisting the school's dean, assistant principal and school resource officer in keeping the building safe.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Tasks included supervising hallways during passing periods, overseeing the cafeteria during lunch periods, assisting in traffic direction of buses and student parking before and after school and managing crowd control at football and basketball games and dances.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]"What made Deon such an effective student supervisor is he generally enjoyed teenagers," said Regina Ingersoll, the school's assistant principal and his direct supervisor. "Deon would talk to any kid from a high-profile athlete to a kid whom Deon would see in the hallway who was always by himself."[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Mr. Jackson also was known for sharing stories of his music career and other life lessons with students.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]"He loved telling stories, and he was so fun and alive when he would tell stories about his music career," said Abbie Gilsdorf, who graduated from Wheaton Warrenville South in December. "He just looked so happy in the moment when he was talking about his experiences. And he was never like, 'I was an amazing piano player.' Instead, he was so humble about it, saying how he loved the experiences and saying how it was really, really fun. He was a really fascinating guy."[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In the last year, one of Mr. Jackson's jobs was supervising students in after-school detention.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]"Deon would talk to students almost like in a parenting kind of way, where he would teach them life lessons," Ingersoll said. "He would say things like, 'It's dumb that you're here in detention, or here are some lessons you guys need to learn,' and the kids loved it. He liked to connect with kids in that kind of interpersonal way."

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Mr. Jackson also developed a reputation for connecting with and protecting special-needs students at the school.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]"Deon would joke around with them and call them by name. He knew all their parents, knew their bus drivers and made sure they all got safely on their buses and out of here before the traffic came," Ingersoll said.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Also after school, Mr. Jackson enjoyed going into the music rooms and playing the piano and singing.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]"People marveled at how fabulous he was," Ingersoll said. "The music was a huge part of who he was."

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Each year during Black History Month, school officials would play Mr. Jackson's music on the loudspeakers during passing periods, she said.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]A previous marriage ended in divorce. Mr. Jackson met his second wife of nearly 25 years at Myron & Phil's, where he had worked as a piano player and she was a hostess.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2014 - [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Brian Priestman[/FONT][FONT=&quot] the maestro who led Denver's premier symphony orchestra for nine years, dies at his home in Broze, France. He was 87.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Priestman stood on the podium from 1970 to 1979, a golden decade for the ensemble, then called the Denver Symphony Orchestra, when it drew sold-out crowds and toured across the country.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]He was the orchestra's public face as it opened its new, and current, home, Boettcher Concert Hall, located in the Denver Performing Arts Center downtown in 1978. The organization eventually changed its name to the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]During Priestman's tenure, the orchestra played concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He conducted performances with some of classical music's biggest names, including Isaac Stern, Beverly Sills, Van Cliburn and Itzhak Perlman. He led the musicians through the Denver stop of Luciano Pavarotti´s first national tour of the U.S.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]The conductor was known for his musicianship as well as his outgoing personality and natural charm. His international reputation and his foreign accent made him a unique character in Colorado.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]"He came here, he was this 43-year-old, redheaded symphony conductor from Britain. Everyone swooned," said Ford McClave, who was married to Priestman from 1972 to 1980. The two remained lifelong friends.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Priestman, who was born in Birmingham, England, worked in the classical music business the world over. His résumé is long and includes conducting positions with the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the BBC Orchestra in London, the Handel Society of New York, the New Zealand National Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in Canada and the Cape Town Symphony in South Africa. He guest-conducted extensively, including many concerts at the Aspen Music Festival. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]He was also an educator, with occasional gigs at colleges, including the University of Kansas. He received honorary doctorates from Regis University and the University of Colorado.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]No matter where he conducted, Priestman brought along his larger-than-life aura and a sense that classical music could be a casual affair. He started a series of "Blue Jeans" concerts to attract larger crowds to classical music. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]"He would bounce up and down on the balls of his feet. He was definitely a presence," said Denver County Court Judge Ray Satter, a longtime orchestra patron. "He brought the symphony to a new level."[/FONT]

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[FONT=&quot]in 1605 - Orazio Benevoli, composer is born, at Rome. He was the son of a French baker who Italianized his name when he settled in Rome. He studied with Vincenzo Ugolini and sang in the boy's choir in the school "dei francesi" in Rome (1617-23); also had some instruction from Lorenzo Ratti. After completion of his studies he had successive posts as maestro di cappella, serving at S. Maria in Trastevere (1624-30), S. Spirito, Sassia (1630-38), and S. Luigi dei Francesi (1638-44). In 1644 he went to Vienna, where he served at the Court until 1646. He then returned to Rome as maestro di cappella at S. Maria Maggiore, and was also attached to the Vatican. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]His music shows influences of the Palestrina style, combined with polychoral techniques of the Venetians; some of his sacred works call for 12 separate choirs. A considerable controversy arose when some music historians attributed to Benevoli the composition of the Missa salisburgensis, containing 53 separate parts, which was cited as an example of Benevoli's extraordinary contrapuntal skill. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Such a Mass was indeed commissioned by Salzburg in 1628, but it was not composed by Benevoli; whoever wrote it, its performance did not take place until about 1682. This Mass and a hymn in 56 voices were reprinted in Denkmaler der Tonkunst in Osterreich; another Mass, which really was composed by Benevoli and was performed at the S. Maria sopra Minerva Church in Rome in 1650, is set for 12 choirs of four voices each. - Died at Rome, June 17,1672.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1613 - Christoph Bach, second son of Johann(es Hans) "der Spielmann" and grandfather of Johann Sebastian, is born at Wechmar. He was a court musician in Weimar. From 1642 he was a town musician in Erfurt, and, from 1654, court and town musician in Arnstadt. The only known musical item by him is published in the Bach-Jahrbuch (1928). - Died at Arnstadt, Sept. 12, 1661.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1645 - William Smith, composer, dies at 42.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1660 - Sebastian Duron, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1700 - Georg Abraham Schneider, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1772 - Johann Peter Kellner, composer, dies at 66.[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcHpWov9T5M"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - Toccata und Fuge d-moll - Johann Peter Kellner[/FONT][/ame]
[FONT=&quot]in 1773 - Florian Johann Deller, composer, dies at 43.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1715 - James Nares, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1770 - Esprit Joseph Antoine Blanchard, composer, dies at 74.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1771 - Giuseppe Cartufo, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1772 - Johann Peter Kellner, composer, dies at 66.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]In 1774 - CW Glucks opera "Iphigenia in Aulis," premieres in Paris.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1785 - Alexandre Pierre Francois Boely, composer is born. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Boëly was a French composer, organist, and pianist. Born into a family of musicians, Boëly received his first music lessons from his father, Jean François, who was a countertenor at the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris and a composer and harp teacher at the court of Versailles. He also studied under the Tyrolian pianist Ignaz Ladurner, who introduced him to the work of Bach and Haydn, which Boëly would champion in his adult career. Besides mastering the piano and organ, Boëly was also a talented violist.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]As the Romantic movement swept through Europe during the 19th century, Boëly was shunned by the official mainstream of musical life in Paris because of his Classical sensibilities and his "elitist" fidelity to writing serious music. Boëly regarded with distaste the music that was written and feted by many of his contemporaries. The most popular standards during the Napoleonic period were compositions that swelled with patriotism or operatic intensity. Entrenching his reactionary reputation, he used his appointment as organist at Saint Germain l'Auxerrois in 1840 to promote the works of dead composers who were now only scantily appreciated by the public. These included Frescobaldi, Couperin, and most importantly of all, the supposedly impenetrable, unplayable Bach. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Such efforts did not win Boëly popular favor, for he was dismissed from his position in 1851 for the "austerity" of his playing. He died a simple piano teacher, but not without enjoying the respect and confidence of a close circle of friends which included Marie Bigot, Pierre Baillot, Friedrich Kalkbrenner, and Johann Baptist Cramer. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Although Boëly was and remains largely unknown to the public, this does not diminish the part he played in the flourishing development of French music during the 19th century. He left behind an impressive oeuvre which numbers about 300 individual works, especially in the genres of chamber music and instrumental pieces for piano or organ. These include twelve books of practice-pieces of different styles and four books for organ with pedals or piano three hands. In Boëly's old age, he was sought out by two rising young artists, César Franck and Camille Saint-Saëns, who revered him as a guardian of a noble and pure classical organ tradition. [/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2izs9kJj-RY"][FONT=&quot]Alexandre-Pierre-François Boëly 1785-1858 Fantasie on Judex Crederis - YouTube[/FONT][/ame]

[FONT=&quot]in 1798 - Franz (Joseph) Glaser, Bohemian composer and Conductor, is born at Obergeorgenthal. He received training at the Prague Conservatpru, then went to Vienna, where he was active as a composer of farces and pantomimes from 1817. In 1830 he went to Berlin, where he brought out his most successful opera, Der Adlers Horst (Dec. 29, 1832). In 1842 he settled in Copenhagen, and in 1845 he was named court conductor. His Danish operas, all premiered in Copenhagen, comprise Bryllupet vet Comoseen (The Wedding by Lake Como; Jan. 29, 1849), Nokken (The Water Sprites; Feb. 12, 1853), and Den forgyldte svane (The Golden Swan; March 17, 1854). - Died at Copenhagen, Aug. 29, 1861.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1799 - Pieter Hellendaal, violinist/organist/composer (Glees), dies at 78.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1805 - (Charles-) Edmond (-Henri) de Coussemaker, French music scholar is born at Bailleul, Nord. He studied music as a child. His main profession was the law; while studying law at the University of Paris, he took private lessons with Pellegrini in singing and Anton Reicha in harmony. He continued his studies with Lefebvre in Douai, after becoming a practicing lawyer. At this time (1831-35) he found leisure to compose music of the most varied description, all of which, with the exception of a few romances and two sets of songs, is unpublished, and apparently lost. His interest in history and archaeology led him to the study of the authentic documents of music; he was also influenced by the scholarly articles in La Gazette et RevueMusicale (then edited by Fetis). During successive terms as judge in Hazebrouck, Dunkirk, and Lille, he continued to accumulate knowledge of musical documentation; he assembled a vast library; 1,075 items in his library are listed in the Catalogue des liores, manuscrits et instruments de musique du feu M. Charles Coussemaker (Brussels, 1877; issued for an auction). - Died at Bourbourg, Jan. 10, 1876.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1858 - Siegfried Ochs, composer is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1863 - Felix (Mikhailovich) Blumenfeld, Russian composer and conductor, is born at Kovalevka, near Kherson. He studied piano in Elizavetgrad, then went to St. Petersburg, where he studied composition with Rimsky-Korsakov. Upon graduation in 1885, he joined the staff of the Conservatory and taught there until 1905, and again from 1911 to 1918. From 1895 to 1911 he was the conductor at the Imperial Opera in St. Petersburg; he was also a guest conductor in the Russian repertoire in Paris during the "Russian seasons" in 1908. He was a pianist of virtuoso caliber, and also active as an accompanist for Chaliapin and other famous singers. From 1918 to 1922 he was a professor of piano at the Conservatory of Kiev, and from 1922 to his death he taught at the Moscow Conservatory. Among his piano students was Vladimir Horowitz. As a composer, Blumenfeld excelled mainly in his piano pieces and songs, many published by Belaiev. He also wrote a symphony, entitled To the Beloved Dead, a String Quartet, and other pieces. - Died at Moscow, Jan. 21, 1931.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1868 - Max Von Schillings, German composer/conductor (Der Pfeifertag) is born.[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxwABWddyGc"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - MonaLisa[/FONT][/ame]
[FONT=&quot]in 1870 - William Henry Havergal, composer, dies at 77.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1870 - Camille Marie Stamaty, composer, dies at 59.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1876 - Samuel Sebastian Wesley, composer, dies at 65.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1877 - Opera "Les Cloches de Cornerville" is produced (Paris).[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1882 - Karl (Wilson) Gehrkens, American music educator, is born at Kelleys Island, Ohio. After graduation from Oberlin (Ohio) College (B.A. 1905; M.A., 1912), he became a professpr of school music at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1907; retired in 1942. He was editor of School Music from 1925 to 1934 and author or co-author of 9 books on music education. During his tenure as president of the Music Supervisors National Conference (1923), he coined the slogan "Music for every child, and every child for music." - Died at Elk Rapids, Mich., Feb. 28, 1975.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1886 - Wilhelm (Robert) Fischer, eminent Austrian musicologist, is born at Vienna. He studied with Guido Adler at the University of Vienna, where he received his Ph.D. with the dissertation Matthias Georg Monn als Instrumentalkomponist in 1912; he completed his Habilitation there with his Zur Entwicklungsgeschichte des Wiener klassischen Stils in 1915. He joined the faculty of the University of Vienna in 1919, and subsequently was lecturer in musicology at the University of Innsbruck from 1928 until the Anschluss of 1938, when he was conscripted as a forced laborer. After World War II, he was restored to the faculty of the University of Innsbruck as a professor, serving there from 1948 until his retirement in 1961. In 1951 he was elected president of the Central Institute of Mozart Research at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He published numerous essays on Mozart and other Classical composers; wrote the valuable study "Geschichte der Instrumentalmusik 1450 bis 1880" for Adler's Handbuch der Musikgeschichte (Frankfurt am Main, 1924; 2nd ed., rev., 1930). – Died at Innsbruck, Feb. 26, 1962.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1888 - William L Axt, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1892 - Germaine Tailleferre, [Les Six], Pau-St-Maur France, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1894 - Jules Massenet's opera "Werther," premieres in NYC.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1905 - Tommy Benford, jazz drummer is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1907 - Gino Contilli, Italian composer is born. He studied first with Dobici at the Conservatorio di S Cecilia in Rome, receiving the diploma in composition in 1933, and then with Respighi and Pizzetti. From 1942 to 1966 he taught composition at the Corelli Institute, Messina and from 1944 he was also its director; in 1966 he became director of the Paganini Conservatory in Genoa. For a period he contributed music criticism to the Rassegna Nazionale. Until 1943 Contilli wrote works strongly marked by neo-classicism, as was usual at the time in Italy. Subsequently he was one of the first Italian composers, with Dallapiccola, Malipiero and Togni, to adopt a dodecaphonic technique. However, he avoided the most extreme sides of Viennese Expressionism and did not strictly follow serial organization. On the contrary he interpolated tonal harmonic suggestions into his richly contrapuntal textures. True to Italian tradition, the expressive, lyrical quality of his vocal writing gave to his music breadth and continuity; this held even in his last works, which add novel timbres and a Berg-like expressivity.[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r42_Xn5TdNk"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - Gino Contilli Offerta Musicale 4 notturno, 5 congedo - Cl.: Roberto Saccà[/FONT][/ame]
[FONT=&quot]in 1911 - Francesco Maria Saraceni, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1915 - Dorian Le Gallienne, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1919 - Opera "Monsieur Beaucaire" is produced (London).[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1921 - Will Ogdon, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1923 - Thomas Paine Westendorf, composer, dies at 75.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1927 - Don Barbour, Greencastle Ind, singer (4 Freshmen) is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1928 – Alexis Korner, is born. Justly accorded the title “the father of British blues,” Alexis Korner was born in Paris to a Greek mother and an Austrian father. Studying piano from the age of five, as a child he lived with various relatives, shuttling around Europe and North Africa. Emigrating to Britain in 1939 due to the start of World War II, the young and impressionable Korner was drawn to the blues in 1940 after hearing Jimmy Yancey’s ‘Five O’Clock Blues’. In the early Forties in England, he played boogie-woogie piano with London musician Chris Barber in nightclubs, a style of music that was completely foreign at the time. Drafted in 1946, Korner worked at a military radio station. Returning to England in 1947, he passed through several record companies and radio stations, including a stint at the BBC. Korner joined his first professional band in 1949 when he rejoined his former partner in the Chris Barber Jazz Group. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Unhappy with Barber’s traditional jazz, Korner and bandmate Cyril Davies formed a blues quartet within Barber’s group. In 1952, Korner joined a pioneering skiffle group that was led by Ken Colyer and included vocalist Lonnie Donegan. Then, after passing through a series of jazz outfits, Korner joined Davies in 1957 to launch The London Blues and Barrelhouse Club on the second floor of the Roadhouse pub in Soho. The first club of its kind in the UK, it showcased American soul, blues and R&B artists. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In 1961, Korner and Davies formed Blues Incorporated – Britain’s first white, electric blues group. Within a year, they opened their own venue, the Ealing Rhythm & Blues Club which attracted many budding British musicians, including Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Eric Clapton. Blues Incorporated then landed a residency at the Marquee Club in Soho, a period captured on the album R&B From The Marquee. Although Davies soon left to form his own group, Blues Incorporated recruited many future British stars, including Charlie Watts, Long John Baldry, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker. In 1964, Korner released the albums, Red Hot From Alex and At The Cavern. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Retreating from a full-time music career in the mid Sixties to spend more time with his family, Korner turned to radio and television production. Korner was the butt of purist criticism when in 1964 he led the house band on the children’s television show, Five O’Clock Club, and later, Gadzooks!. Returning to touring in 1968, Korner teamed with the Danish blues band The Beefeaters. Forming New Church along with vocalist Peter Thorup, Korner combined gospel with jazz and blues, and encouraged a young singer called Robert Plant. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]By the early Seventies New Church evolved into CCS (Collective Consciousness Society), and the group landed a hit with an instrumental rendition of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’ which became the theme tune for BBC television’s weekly chart show, Top Of The Pops. After releasing the album, Bootleg Him! (1972), a project comprised of tracks from various Korner-led groups, Korner went on his first and only tour of the US. In 1975, Korner teamed with Keith Richards, Steve Marriott and Peter Frampton for the album Get Off My Cloud. In 1981, he joined Ian Stewart’s all-star outfit, Rocket 88. Korner possessed a wonderfully resonant speaking voice which came over particularly well on radio, and in the Eighties he did many commercial voice-overs in Britain. Hospitalized in London, he died soon after from lung cancer, January 1, 1984.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1932 - Wladyslaw Rzepko, composer, dies at 77.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1932 - Myron S(amuel) Fink, American composer, is born at Chicago. He received training from Borowski and Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and studied at the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y. with Wagenaar and at the University of Ill. with Burrill Phillips. He was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Memorial Fellowship and studied with Robert Palmer at Cornell University (1954-55) before completing his training on a Fulbright Scholarship in Vienna (1955-56). Fink subsequently taught at Alma College, Hunter College, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, the State University of N.Y. at Purchase, and the City University of N.Y. Graduate Center. He wrote the operas The Boor (St. Louis, Feb. 14, 1955), Susanna and the Elders (1955), Jeremiah (Binghamton, N.Y.,May 25,1962), Judith and Holofernes (concert perf., Purchase, N.Y., Feb. 4, 1978), Chinchilla (Binghamton, N.Y., Jan. 18, 1986), The Island of Tomorrow (N.Y.,June 19, 1986), and TheConquistador (San Diego, March 1, 1997). [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1934 - Jan (Helge Guttorm) Bark, Swedish trombonist and composer, is born at Harnosand. He was first a jazz trombonist, then studied at the Stockholm Musikhogskolan, taking courses in composition with Larsson and Blomdahl. He was initiated into ultramodern music by Ligeti in Stockholm. In 1962 he made an American trip and worked with avant-garde groups at the Tape Music Center in San Francisco. In 1964 he traveled to the Far East to study oriental music. Returning to Sweden, he joined the radio and television center of the Swedish Broadcasting Service. He was co-founder with Folke Rabe of the Culture Quartet, which explored the potentialities of modern trombone playing. Many of his pieces are of a theatrical, almost exhibitionistic, nature, often with a healthy radical tinge. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1934 – Dickie Goodman, parody singer (Flying Saucer) is born. Perennial novelty songwriter and performer who pioneered “the break-in record,” Dickie Goodman was the son of a lawyer. Dropping out of New York University, Goodman formed a songwriting partnership with novice music publisher Bill Buchanan. The pair took a unique approach, writing comedy dialogue pieced together by vocal snippets of rock and R&B hits. Released in 1956, ‘The Flying Saucer (Parts 1 & 2)’ employed an Orson Welles War Of The Worlds framework, featuring Goodman as a reporter named John Cameron Cameron (after John Cameron Swayze). [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]After leading New York deejay Alan Freed played the song on WINS, Buchanan & Goodman were signed by Roulette Records and given their own label imprint. A Top 10 hit, ‘The Flying Saucer’ inadvertently helped bring attention to the snippeted songs, bringing them additional sales. Employing a similar interview style, the duo scored follow-up hits with ‘Flying Saucer The 2nd’ (1957) and ‘Santa And The Satellite (Parts I & II)’ (1957). With Buchanan leaving Goodman in 1959, the latter continued his hit run with a series of topical releases, including: a pair of parody hits based on the television show The Untouchables, ‘The Touchables’ and ‘The Touchables In Brooklyn’ (1961); a parody of the Ben Casey theme called ‘Ben Crazy’ (1962); ‘Batman And His Grandmother’ (1966); ‘On Campus’ (1969); ‘Watergate’ (1973); ‘Energy Crisis’ (1974); ‘Mr. Jaws’ (1975); and ‘Kong’ (1977). [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Goodman last charted in 1982 with the minor hit, ‘Hey E.T.’ (1982). Goodman recorded on a remarkable 30-plus labels during his long career, under both his own name and under several psuedonyms including Jeckyl and Hyde. Goodman also worked as a jingle writer for 20th Century Fox, and as a comedy writer for The Ed Sullivan Show and for a number of stand-up comics, including Jackie Mason. Self-inflicted gunshot. He died at his son’s home in Fayetteville, North Carolina. His wife had left him and he had a serious gambling addiction. - Died November 6, 1989.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1936 - Csaba Szabo, composer is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1936 - Ruby Johnson, US singer (I'll Run Your Hurt Away) is born. A one-hit artist, Memphis-based soul singer Ruby Johnson landed on the charts in 1966 with a Stax/Volt single, the emotionally charged ‘I’ll Run Your Hurt Away’. Trained in music at her Jewish temple, she first released some obscure discs at V-Tone and Nebs Records. Leaving the industry in 1974, she took a civil service job. She died in Lanham, Maryland, April 5, 1999.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1940 – Bobby Russell is born. A pop-rock songwriter, Bobby Russell penned the hits ‘Little Green Apples’ (O.C. Smith), ‘Honey’ (Bobby Goldsboro), and ‘The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia’ (Vicki Lawrence). A native of Nashville, Russell also passed through a series of rock and country groups, and sang backing vocals on Ronnie And The Daytonas’ hit ‘G.T.O.’. (Heart disease) He died in Nicholasville, Kentucky, November 19, 1992.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1941 - Johanna Muller-Hermann, composer, dies at 63.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1943 - Gustave Doret, composer, dies at 76.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1944 - Bernard Worrell, US keyboardist (Funkadelic-Cosmic Slop) is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1944 - Jimmy Noone dies at age 48.American clarinet player born on the Stanton Plantation, Cut Off, Louisiana; at 15 he moved to New Orleans, where he studied with Lorenzo Tio and with the young Sidney Bechet, who was only 13 at the time. By 1912, he was playing professionally with Freddie Keppard in Storyville, and played with Buddy Petit, Kid Ory, Papa Celestin, the Eagle Band, and the Young Olympia Band, before joining the Original Creole Orchestra in Chicago in 1917. The following year, he joined King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band, then in 1920 joined Keppard in Doc Cook's band for six years, and make early recordings. In 1926, he started leading the band at Chicago's Apex Club. This band, Jimmie Noone's Apex Club Orchestra, was notable for its unusual instrumentation and included pianist Earl Hines for a time. His first 1928 session yielded "Four or Five Times" b/w "Every Evening (I Miss You)", a best seller. In 1935, he moved New York City then returned to Chicago where he played at various clubs until 1943, when he moved to LA. Shortly after he joined Kid Ory's band, which was featured for a time on a radio program hosted by Orson Welles (died suddenly of a heart attack while in L.A) [/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Kgj4GevR7U"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - Jimmie Noone Love Me Or Leave Me[/FONT][/ame]
[FONT=&quot]in 1945 - Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Carousel" opens on Broadway.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1947 - Murray Perahia, NYC, pianist (Avery Fischer Prize-1975, Grammy 1988) is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]He studied piano with J. Haien (1953-64), and then entered the Marines College of Music, where he studied conducting and composition (B.S., 1969); he also continued his piano studies with Balsam and Horszowski. In 1968 he made his Carnegie Hall debut in N.Y., and in 1972 he became the first American to win (by unanimous vote of the jury) the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition. In 1975 he was awarded the 1st Avery Fisher Prize, sharing it with the cellist Lynn Harrell. He appeared as soloist with the leading orchestra of the U.S. and Europe, and also gave many recitals in the U.S. and abroad. In 1982 he was appointed co-artistic director of the Aideburgh Festival, which post he retained until 1989. In 1992 he sustained a crippling hand injury that compelled him to withdraw from public performances. In 1994 he returned to the concert stage as soloist in Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto in London. He excels in Classical music; mastered all of Mozart's concertos, often conducting from the keyboard; he is praised also for his congenial interpretation of the standard concert repertoire. [/FONT]

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[FONT=&quot]in 1950 - Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th baron Berners/composer, dies at 66.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1952 - Adny Shernoff, rocker is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1956 - During a tour of Texas, Elvis Presley appeared at the Municipal Auditorium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1957 - Rod Morgenstern, rocker (Winger) is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1957 - Belinda Lipscomb, vocalist (Midnight Star-No Parking) is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1964 - Roger Sessions' opera "Montezuma," premieres in West-Berlin.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1965 - Natalie Dessay, remarkable French soprano, is born at Lyons. Following training at the Bordeaux Conservatory, she completed her studies in Paris. In 1990 she won the Mozart Competition in Vienna. After singing Bizet's Don Procopio at the Opera-Cornique in Paris in 1990, she appeared as Adele in Geneva in 1991. She sang at the Lyons Opera from 1991, where she won notable success for her Mozart roles. In 1992 she was engaged as Olympia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann at the Opera de la Bastille in Paris and as Blondchen in Lausanne. In 1993 she portrayed Olympia at the Vienna State Opera. On Oct. 13,1994, she made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y.as Fiakermilli in Arabella. In 1995 she appeared as Lakme at the Opera-Comique. Her portrayal of Ophelie in Thomas's Hamlet was acclaimed in Geneva in 1996, the same year she sang Aminta at the Vienna State Opera. In 1997 she appeared as Stravinsky's Nightingale at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris. In 1999 she made her first appearance at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Morgana in Alcina. She was also highly successful as a concert artist. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1965 - The film T.A.M.I. (Teen-Age Music International) Show featuring The Rolling Stones, Supremes Four Tops, James Brown, The Beach Boys and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles opened in London, England under the title Teenage Command Performance.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1965 - The Beatles single ‘Ticket to Ride’ was released on Capitol records in the US. The single's label stated that the song was from the upcoming movie "Eight Arms to Hold You" (the original name for the movie "Help!"). [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1967 - Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens, played two shows at The Odeon, Birmingham, England.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1967 - Beatles sign a contract to stay together for 10 years (they don't).[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1968 - John Lennon, George Harrison and their wives left the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram in Rishikesh, India two weeks before their study was complete. Ringo and Paul had already left. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1969 - Smile (later to be known as Queen), appeared at the Revolution Club in London, England.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1969 - Casper Howeler, music critic, dies at 71.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1970 - Luis Miguel, Vera Cruz Mexico, spanish singer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]YouTube - franlm14's Channel[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1970 - Eurovision Song Contest winner Dana was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'All Kinds Of Everything'. the Irish singers only UK No.1 hit.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1974 - Savannah Churchill (SAVANNAH VALENTINE) Died. Trained as a violinist, the Louisiana-born Savannah Churchill was forced into a singing career to support her children after the car-crash death of her husband in 1941. After recording with Benny Carter in 1942, she toured with Nat “King” Cole and Hoagy Carmichael. Pursuing a solo career, she adopted an early R&B vocal style with her deep voice, scoring several hits including ‘Daddy Daddy’ (1945), the smash, ‘I Want To Be Loved By You’ (1947), and ‘Time Out For Tears’ (1948). Severely injured in a bizarre theatre accident in 1956 when a drunken man fell on top of her from a balcony, Churchill suffered a broken pelvis. While hospitalised, she was diagnosed with cancer. By the time she returned to the stage in the late Fifties, her torch ballad style had fallen out of vogue. (Pneumonia) - Born August 21, 1920.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1974 - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band appeared at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The gig was unadvertised by its promoter, who gambled that word-of-mouth would be enough to fill the 550-seat venue, only 250 people attended. Tickets cost $4.50 and $5.50 in advance. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1974 - Vinnie Taylor (CHRIS DONALD) Died. A member of Sha Na Na, Vinnie Taylor provided the guitar in the revivalist group. Born in San Salvador where his father worked for the US State Department, Taylor discovered rock’n’roll after moving back to the US in 1960 at age 12. First studying the piano and violin, he switched to classical guitar. Drawn to surf music, Taylor passed through a series of groups before joining Sha Na Na (named from the lyrics of The Silhouettes’ 1958 hit ‘Get A Job’). Greasing his back hair and sporting dark sunglasses and long sideburns, Taylor was quick to learn the group’s complex, stage choreography. A theatrical group, Sha Na Na was vital to the rock revivalist movement of The Seventies. Taylor died before Sha Na Na premiered its syndicated television programme in 1977. Cause of death was probably a heroin, overdose. He died in his room at a Holiday Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia, after a performance at the University of Virginia. - Born 1948.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1975 - The Stylistics started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with 'The Best Of' album. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1975 - During a 29 date North American tour Pink Floyd appeared at the Tucson Community Center Arena, Tuscon, Arizona. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1980 - Blondie went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Call Me', featured in the Richard Gere movie 'American Gigolo', the track was also a No.1 in the UK.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1980 - 32 year old English singer with Geordie Brian Johnson joined Australian group AC/DC, replacing Bon Scott who died after a drinks binge.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1980 - For the first time ever the Top five artists on the US country chart were all female, Crystal Gayle who was at No.1, with Dottie West, Debbie Boone, Emmylou Harris and Tammy Wynette making up the rest of the Top 5. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1980 - Rose Royce went to No.1 on the UK album charts with their 'Greatest Hits' LP. 1980, R.E.M. played their first gig as R.E.M. at the 11:11 Koffee Club, Athens, Georgia to 150 people. The show ended at 2am when police closed it down due to the venue being unlicensed. [/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlqMm5sifXs"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - Rose Royce - Wishing On A Star[/FONT][/ame]
[FONT=&quot]in 1981 - Ernst Levy, composer, dies at 85.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1985 - Willie Mabon, died in Paris. Influential Fifties R&B artist, Tennessee-born Willie Mabon taught himself to play piano in the boogie-woogie tradition. Relocating with his family from Memphis to Chicago in 1942, Mabon improved his piano skills following some formal training. He returned to Chicago after a brief marine stint in the closing days of World War II. Becoming a fixture in the blues clubs of the city’s south side, Mabon frequently teamed with guitarist Earl Dranes in The Blues Rockers beginning in 1947. As a solo artist, Mabon recorded at Apollo Records as Big Willie. Signing with Chess Records in 1951, Mabon enjoyed a trio of major R&B hits with ‘I Don’t Know’ (1952), ‘I’m Mad’ (1953), and ‘Poison Ivy’ (1954); he also waxed the first version of the Willie Dixon-penned ‘Seventh Son’. Recording for several labels, Mabon scored his final hit in 1962 with the Formal Records release, ‘Got To Have Some’. With Chicago remaining his base, Mabon frequently toured throughout Europe beginning in the Seventies. Died after a longterm illness. - Born October 24, 1925,[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1986 - Dag Ivar Wiren, composer, dies at 80.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1986 - George Michael was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'A Different Corner', the singers second solo No.1. Michael became the first solo act in the history of the UK chart to reach No.1 with his first two releases. The song was also credited with being the second No.1 (after 'I Just Called To Say I Love You' by Stevie Wonder) which was written, sung, played, arranged and produced by the same person. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1986 - Prince started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Kiss.' Prince also had the No.2 song 'Manic Monday', by The Bangles, which he wrote under the pseudonym 'Christopher.'[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1988 - Former singer and one half of Sonny and Cher; Sonny Bono was inaugurated as the Mayor of Palm Springs.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1989 - The Pixies kicked off a 19-date UK tour at The Top Rank, Brighton. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in1990 - On this weeks BBC- TV's 'French and Saunders' show, Mark Knopfler, David Gilmour, Lemmy, Mark King (Level 42), and Gary Moore all appeared in a comedy courthouse sketch. The sketch ended with all the guitarist's jamming together. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1992 - Robert F Clayton, drummer (Jody Grind), dies at 26 in a car crash.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1992 - Robert Paul Haynes, bassist (Jody Grind), dies at 26 in a car crash.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1993 - Clifford Scott, San Antonio-based tenor saxophone and flute player, died. Clifford Scott was a member of Bill Doggett’s group from the mid Fifties to the early Sixties; during this period, he co-wrote and provided the distinctive solo on the driving R&B instrumental ‘Honky Tonk’. Scott also performed with Charles Brown, The Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Roy Milton, and Freddie King. Also a solo act, Scott released several albums. - Born June 21, 1928.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in1993 - Steve Douglas Kreisman dies at age 54.American saxophonist, fluteist, clarinetist, and drummer; he was one of the most saught after session musicians in L.A, a member of The Wrecking Crew, who worked with Phil Spector, Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys. He can be heard on records by Duane Eddy, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, BB King, Ike & Tina Turner, Bobby Darin and so many others. In 2003 he was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the category "Sidemen" (while warming up for a recording session with Ry Cooder, he collapsed and died from heart failure)[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1994 - Larry Davis, blues Singer/Guitarist, dies at 57. Kansas City blues guitarist who was best known for his much recorded 1958 hit, ‘Texas Flood’, Larry Davis released his final album, Sooner Or Later in 1992. (Cancer) He died in Los Angeles. - Born December 4, 1936.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1995 - "King" Herbert Whitaker, tenor sax, dies at 66.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1995 - The Stone Roses played their first gig in five years when the appeared at The Rockerfella Club, Oslo, Norway. [/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQUxCQxu9og"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - The Stone Roses - Waterfall[/FONT][/ame]
[FONT=&quot]in1997 - El Duce /Eldon Hoke dies at age 39.American singer and drummerwith the heavy metal band The Mentors noted for its deliberately sexist shock rock lyrics. El and the Mentors worked to gain attention through farcical demonstrations of political incorrectness. Their guitarist renamed himself "Sickie Wifebeater," and the group often appeared in public wearing black executioner hoods. The Mentors released their first EP, The Trash Bag, in 1983. Their first live album, Live at the Whiskey/Cathey de Grande, came out the following year. This was followed by five more albums before his death. In the mid-nineties, after the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, El began making the claim that Cobain's wife, Courtney Love, had offered to pay Hoke $50,000 to kill Cobain. He promoted his story in such media outlets as TV's Jerry Springer Show, The National Enquirer weekly tabloid, and in Nick Broomfield's documentary film, Kurt & Courtney. Authors Max Wallace and Ian Halperin of Who Killed Kurt Cobain? claim that El secretly informed Drew Gallagher that he had "killed Kurt Cobain". (Died in Riverside, California after being hit by a train while intoxicated).[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1998 - Robbie Williams started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Life Thru A Lens.'[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2000 - Phil Collins won £250,000 in a high court case over royalties with two former members of his band. The judge ruled that they had been overpaid in error but because the two musicians had no other income they would not have to pay it back. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in2000 - Louis Applebaum dies at age 82. Canadian conductor and conductor; born in Toronto, where he studied at the Conservatory of Music with Leo Smith and the University of Toronto with Boris Berlin, Healey Willan and Ernest MacMillan. He composed music for numerous films and was nominated for an Academy Award for his score of the 1945 war film, The Story of G.I. Joe. Louis went on to become executive director of the Ontario Arts Council and Vice-President of the Canadian League of Composers and was the first music director of the Stratford Festival. His fanfares have opened every performance since the Festival started in 1953. In 1976 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Companion in 1995. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2002 - Police were investigating how tracks from the forthcoming Oasis album 'Heathen Chemistry' had been illegally circulated on the Internet. They thought the person responsible had access to their private recording sessions.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in2003 - Conrad Leonard dies at age 104!English pianist, composer; the oldest working musician in Britain. At 99 years old, his doctor advised him to "ease up a bit", and he accordingly cut his engagements to 75 gigs a year. Until the age of 103 years, he played the piano every Thursday at lunchtime in the Plantation Cafe at Squire's Garden Centre in Twickenham. Born in South Norwood. After serving in WWI he studied music at the Guildhall School of Music, and he subsequently toured the country as a professional musician. From the 1930s, he performed with stars like Fred Astaire, Cole Porter and Gracie Fields. He composed over 400 ballads; the most famous being "My Love is Only For You"-1946 and "I heard a Robin singing"-1948. During WWII, he joined Laurence Wright, a music publishing firm, as an arranger until 1969. In 1999, Conrad was given the Golden Badge Awards by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2005 - It was announced that two 30-second television commercials designed to attract vacationing families to Graceland to experience the "real" Elvis Presley would air nationally in the US starting in April 2006. It was the first time in the history of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. that the company has used television advertising to promote Graceland tourism. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2005 - Rick Lewis died . The tenor vocalist of Philadelphia-based doo-wop group The Silhouettes, Rick Lewis began his singing career during childhood as a member of the Philadelphia All Boys Choir. While serving in the US Army, Lewis performed with future R&B stars Jesse Belvin and Curtis Williams, and after his discharge he joined a popular group, The Parakeets, before being hired as the road manager for The Turbans. Subsequently joining The Gospel Tornadoes, Lewis convinced the group to abandon religious for secular music. After singing gospel music on Sundays, the renamed Thunderbirds would moonlight during the week as a doo-wop group. Discovered by deejay Kae Williams, the group signed with his label, Junior Records. Recording the Lewis composition ‘Get A Job’ as the intended B-side for their début single, the renamed Silhouettes scored a massive, million-selling hit. One of the most enduring doo-wop singles of the era, ‘Get A Job’ spawned a number of answer records and even a revival group, Sha Na Na. With no further hits, The Silhouettes disbanded in 1968, later reuniting to tour the oldies circuit. He died from kidney failure at Einstein Hospital in Philadelphia. - Born September 2, 1933.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in2005 - Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen dies at age 58. Danish double bassist; known for his impressive technique and an approach that could be considered an extension of the innovative work of Scott LaFaro. At 17, he had already turned down an offer to join the Count Basie orchestra, mainly because he was too young to get legal permission to live and work as a musician in US. During the '60s, he played with several important American jazzmen who were touring or resident in Denmark, including Ben Webster, Bill Evans, Brew Moore, Bud Powell, Count Basie, Roy Eldridge, Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Jackie McLean, Roland Kirk, Sonny Rollins, and Ella Fitzgerald; he also played with Jean-Luc Ponty. He was the bassist of choice whenever a big-name musician was touring Denmark He also contributed to several avant-garde recordings with Anthony Braxton, Albert Ayler, Archie Shepp and he worked in duo and trio arrangements with pianist Kenny Drew, recording over 50 albums together. Niels was awarded Best Bass Player Of The Year by Downbeat Critics' Poll in 1981 (heart failure).[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qR6eskEN0jo"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen - Samba Petit 1994[/FONT][/ame]
[FONT=&quot]in 2005 - Bryan Ottoson dies at age 27. German born lead guitarist with the US metal band American Head Charge from Minneapolis. Their self-released debut album caught the attention of Rick Rubin, who signed and produced The War of Art in 2001. By then the group was a supporting act on Ozzfest and the Pledge of Allegiance tour with Slipknot. He had also played in the bands Black Flood Diesel and A:pOD (he was battling walking pneumonia with prescribed penicillin and pain medication, but was found dead in a bunk of their tour van as a result of these two drugs; his death was ruled accidental)[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2006 - BBC TV in the UK aired The McCartneys v The Fur Trade a program following the couple's anti-fur trade protests.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 2008 - US country singer George Strait was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Troubadour.’[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2009 - Tilahun Gessesse dies at age 68. Ethiopian singer; regarded as one of the most popular of his country's "Golden Age" in the 1960s. During the 1960s he became famous throughout the country, nicknamed "The Voice". He raised money for aid during the famines of the 1970s and 1980s and earned the affection of the nation, being awarded a doctorate by the University of Addis Adaba and also winning a lifetime achievement award from the Ethiopian Fine Art and Mass Media Prize Trust. In his later years he suffered from diabetes (He died in Addis Adaba shortly after returning from America. Tilahun was honoured with a state funeral attended by tens of thousands of his fellow citizens) [/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcfHecXL4ak"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - Tilahun Gessesse yehiwote hiwet[/FONT][/ame]

[FONT=&quot]in 2010 - Keith "Guru" Elam dies at age 48.American rapper, emcee and member of the hip-hop duo Gang Starr, along with DJ Premier. He was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts. The name Guru is a backronym that stands for Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal and the less-often used God is Universal; he is the Ruler Universal, which are both references to the teachings of the Nation of Gods and Earths. He is also known for lending his voice for 8-Ball in Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. He founded Gang Starr in 1987 and released their first LP No More Mr. Nice Guy on Wild Pitch Records; they achieved a sizable following and released six critically acclaimed and influential albums from 1989 to 2003. Two albums, Moment of Truth-1998 and compilation Full Clip: A Decade of Gang Starr (1999) were certified gold in the United States by the RIAA.[5] Gang Starr made "archetypal East Coast rap" with Guru's rapping described as sharp eyed but anti-ostentatious. His first solo album not a part the Jazzmatazz series, Baldhead Slick & da Click was released in 2001. Guru's final releases were the 4th installment in the Jazzmatazz series released in June 2007, and Guru 8.0: Lost And Found, released May 19th 2009 (February 28th 2010, Guru went into cardiac arrest and following surgery, fell into a coma, cause of death was cancer) [/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mFpAAhUEuY"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - Keith "Guru" Elam - Video Tribute[/FONT][/ame]
[FONT=&quot]in 2012 - Greg Ham dies at age 58. Australian songwriter, actor and saxophone player born in Melbourne, and attended Camberwell Grammar School. He is best known for playing multiple instruments as a key member in the 1980s band Men at Work. In addition to the saxophone, he played flute, organ, piano and the synthesiser. They are the only Australian artists to have a simultaneous No.1 album and No.1 single in the United States with Business as Usual and "Down Under" respectively. They achieved the same distinction of a simultaneous No.1 album and No.1 single in the UK. They also won the 1983 Grammy Award for Best New Artist; that same year, Canada awarded them a Juno Award for "International LP of the Year". As an actor, Greg was a regular cast member on While You're Down There. Later in life, he taught guitar at Carlton North Primary School in Melbourne. (circumstances of Greg's death are yet to be clarified) b. September 27th 1953[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2012 - Levon Helm dies at age 71. American rock multi-instrumentalist and actor born in Marvell, Arkansas, and grew up in Turkey Scratch. After graduating from high school, he was invited to join Ronnie Hawkins' band, "The Hawks". In the early 1960s he and Hawkins recruited an all-Canadian lineup of musicians: guitarist Robbie Robertson, bassist Rick Danko, pianist Richard Manuel and organist Garth Hudson. But in 1963, the band parted ways with Hawkins and started touring under the name "Levon and The Hawks," and later as "The Canadian Squires" before finally changing back to "The Hawks". In the mid 1960s, Bob Dylan was interested in performing electric rock music and asked "The Hawks" to be his backing band. Levon was known for his deeply soulful, country-accented voice, and creative drumming style highlighted on many of The Band's recordings, such as "The Weight" ( throat cancer) - Born May 26th 1940.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2014 - Helena Bliss, American actress and singer, dies at 97. Helena Bliss was born as Helena Louise Lipp in St. Louis, Missouri on December 31, 1917. Her parents were Albert Lipp and Augusta Clemens. She was educated at Washington University in St. Louis. In 1947 she married actor and singer John Tyers who starred opposite her is several productions and performed with several notable opera companies; including the Metropolitan Opera. He died in 2007 after 60 years of marriage. The couple had two sons together: John and Michael Tyers.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Bliss began her career in the late 1930s singing opera on radio and television. She made her stage debut in November 1939 in the role of Helen in a production of Very Warm for May at the Alvin Theatre. During the early 1940s she appeared in several musical and opera entertainments presented to American troops by the United Service Organizations. In July 1943 she performed the title role in Rudolf Friml's Rose-Marie with the St. Louis Municipal Opera. In 1943-1944 she performed in the final season of Sylvan Levin's Philadelphia Opera Company, where she sang Marguerite in Charles Gounod's Faust, Micaela in Georges Bizet's Carmen, Mimi in Giacomo Puccini's La bohème, and Rosalinde in Johann Strauss II's Die Fledermaus.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]After Levin's opera company folded, Bliss went to California to join the roster of artists at the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera (LACLO). She made her debut with the company in May 1944 as Marianne Beaunoir in Sigmund Romberg's The New Moon opposite Walter Cassel. This was followed in June 1944 by the role of Nina Hagerup in the world premiere of Robert Wright and George Forrest's Song of Norway which adapted its music from works by Edvard Grieg. A triumph with both audience and critics, this production became Bliss' first major success. In late June the show was presented to enthusiastic response by the LACLO's sister organization, the San Francisco Light Opera Company (SFLOC); after which it was transported by the LACLO to New York City. In August 1944 Bliss made her Broadway debut as Nina Hagerup at the Imperial Theatre to enthusiastic reviews. The show ran for more than 800 performances, and its cast recording was listed as one of Billboard's most popular releases of March 1945. She later portrayed the role of Countess Louisa Giovanni in the 1952 revival of Song of Norway at the LACLO with Jean Fenn in the part of Nina.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]After leaving the New York production of Song of Norway in April 1946, Bliss returned to the California to star in another new production by Wright and Forrest, Gypsy Lady, which utilized music by Victor Herbert. Commissioned by the LACLO, the show was presented successfully both in Los Angeles and at the SFLOC in San Francisco. The production also starred her future husband John Tyers whom she would later marry in June 1947. This show was also exported to Broadway by the LACLO where it opened in September 1946, but it was poorly received by critics, and its run lasted a mere 10 weeks. Bliss, and most of the rest of the Broadway cast, remained with the show when it moved from New York to London's West End the following year. The show was revised somewhat and retitled Romany Love. While the production as a whole received mixed reviews, Bliss's performance was hailed by the London press as a major triumph.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]In 1949 Bliss made her debut at the New York City Opera (NYCO) as Claire, the Mulatto Empress, in the world premiere of William Grant Still's Troubled Island. She later returned to the NYCO as Nedda in Ruggero Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. In 1951 she toured the United States as Sarah Millick in a production of Noël Coward's Bitter Sweet. She returned to London's West End in 1951-1952 to assume the title role in Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate. She returned to Broadway for the last time as Julie in the 1954 revival of Show Boat; a production which was mounted by the NYCO. She later toured the United States in that role in 1956-1957. In 1959 she starred in Rodgers and Hart's Pal Joey at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey. Other venues and organizations with whom Bliss performed include Forest Park in St. Louis, Grant Park in Chicago, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the Jones Beach Theater in New York, and the Pittsburgh Opera. Her only major film work was as Valencienne in the 1955 television production of Franz Lehár's The Merry Widow.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]in 2014 - Bashir Ahmad Bangladeshi playback singer in Lollywood dies at 74 at his residence in Mohammedpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Bashir had been suffering from various diseases including cancer. His namaz-e-janaza was scheduled to be held at Zohuri Mohalla Mosque of Mohammadpur at 10am on Sunday. Many singers spoke their praise, particularly his former student, Kanak Chapa. He received numerous National Film Awards for his singing as well as the country's highest civilian honour, the Ekushey Padak.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Born in India, he migrated to Bangladesh during the Partition period and started his singing career. He is known as East Pakistan's (now Bangladesh) Ahmed Rushdi because his singing style is inspired by Ahmed Rushdi. He first got his popularity when he sang playback in Pakistani films.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Bashir Ahmad was born in Calcutta (Kolkata now) in 1940. He was accepted as a pupil by Ustad Vilayat Hussain at the age of 15. Later, he came to Bombay, and became a student of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. In 1960, Bashir Ahmad migrated to Dhaka.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]In Dhaka, his mentor and brother-in-law, Ishrat Kalkatvi introduced him to Robin Ghosh. Ishrat was writing songs for film Talash, although eventually, Suroor Barabankvi contributed more songs to the film. Robin Ghosh was making tunes for the film. Bashir Ahmed sang some numbers for Talash, including soft romantic one, titled Kuch apni kahiyye kuch meri sunyey, yeh sham yeh tanhai youn chup to na rehiyye. Bashir sang another most famous song, Main rickshawalla matwala. He had two other songs in the film, both duets.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Bashir was also a poet and a lyricist, with a pseudonym B.A Deep. Film-maker, Mustafiz, they contacted Bashir and asked him to write a song for his film, Saagar, which he did, titled Ja dekha pyar tera, and sang it too. Similarly in Robin Ghosh's another lilting offering, Karwan, in 1964, Bashir wrote and sang Jab tum akele ho gay hum yaad aaein gay. He wrote film songs, as B. A. Deep, and also continued to sing as Bashir Ahmed for films like Saagar, Karwan, Eindhan, Milan, Kangan and Darshan. The songs from the films were Yeh sama pyara pyara, yeh hawaein thandi thandi (singer Mala), (Yeh mausam yeh mast nazarey, pyar karo to in say karo), (Tumharay liyay iss dil mein itne mohabbat hay, itne mohabbat kon karaya ga kahaan pao gay kis dil main ho ge), (Din raat khayalon mein tujhay yaad karoon ga, par naam tera lay kay main aawaz nah doon ga), (Hum chaley chor kar teri mehfil sanam, dil kahin nah kahin to behal jaey ga), (Gulshan mein baharun mein too hai), and (Chun liya ik phool ku), with Madam Noor Jahan.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]In 1971, when the situation worsened in Pakistan, he was not encouraged in the industry as music directors considered him a pale version of Ahmed Rushdi (who remained the greatest singer in the history of Pakistani cinema) and the film Hill Station's songs, namely Mera dil na janey kub say tera pyar dhoondta hai and Mere seene per sar rakhdo remain his only contributions in this period.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]A film that was made on the Dhaka Debacle in the late 19970s, called Sangtarash, also included his numbers, namely Bol zara kuch duniya walay and Mukhrey mein chand, but the film, despite pleadings of the film-maker to the military regime of Zia, remained unreleased. So, he went back to Bangladesh in 1975, and continued his music career there.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]in 2014 - Dominican singer Sonia Silvestre dies age 61. The singer had been hospitalized for a week after suffering a massive stroke and two heart attacks. Her husband, José Betancourt, communicated his family’s gratitude for the expressions of solidarity shown by the Dominican public towards the artist, who for years displayed one of the most acclaimed romantic and patriotic repertoires in the Dominican Republic.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Sonia Margarita Silvestre Ortiz was born on August 16, 1952, in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. Her parents were Estela Ortiz and Manuel Silvestre. The singer grew up in Hato Mayor, where her parents moved when she was a young girl.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Silvestre started singing publicly while still a teenager, when she met singer Cecilia García, who helped her by getting her started in the business of singing advertisement jingles. Silvestre made her official debut as a vocalist in May 1970 on the program “Gente,” produced Freddy Ginebra for Radio Televisión Dominicana; on the program, she sang the Castro Brothers’ song “Yo sin ti” [Me without you] accompanied by band leader Luis José Mella.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]A turning point in her career came when composer Leonor Porcella de Brea chose Silvestre to interpret her song “¿Dónde podré gritarte que te quiero” [Where can I shout out that I love you?] at the IV Festival of Dominican Song, sponsored by AMUCABA (Association of Musicians, Singers and Dancers) in Santo Domingo in 1971. She won second place and later recorded her first LP entitled “Esta es Sonia Silvestre” [This is Sonia Silvestre] for artistic entrepreneur Bienvenido Rodríguez. In 1971 she was a finalist in the International Song Festival in Bogota, Colombia, and in 1972, the magazines [FONT=&quot]Tele-3[/FONT] and [FONT=&quot]Farándula[/FONT] selected her as the most popular singer of the moment.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]in 2014 - Kevin Sharp country singer dies age 43. Kevin Sharp’s battle with cancer helped launch his rise to country music stardom and helped him inspire those who heard him speak. Complications from the disease took his life 25 years after his battle with it began.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Mr. Sharp, who attended Bella Vista High School, died at his family’s Fair Oaks home as a result of ailments from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues, said his sister Mary Huston. Born in Redding, he lived in Nashville before returning to California for his final battle. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]“His music has touched thousands of people. He is truly an inspiration for people suffering,” Huston said. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]In 1996, Mr. Sharp released his first album, “Measure of a Man,” which contained the Billboard country hit “Nobody Knows” and sold more than 500,000 copies. He released two other albums, “Love Is” in 1998 and “Make A Wish” in 2005.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Mr. Sharp was a senior in high school when he mysteriously began to lose weight and experience odd aches and pains, forcing him to quit playing football, Huston said. He was diagnosed in the summer of 1987 with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare bone cancer. Four months into his treatment, the Make-a-Wish foundation was able to grant his wish to meet music producer David Foster, said Michele Flynn, a spokeswoman for the Northeastern California Make-A-Wish chapter.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]“He and his family flew to Hollywood in 1988 to meet Foster. Because of the bond they formed, Kevin visited him a few more times,” Flynn said. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Years later, when Foster was starting a label and seeking talent, the two were able to reconnect, launching Mr. Sharp’s music career with Asylum Records. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]“It was such an honor and pleasure to participate in Kevin’s Make-A-Wish day some 20 years ago – none of us could have possibly known how that day would profoundly change Kevin’s life, propelling him into a world filled with music and allowing the world to fall in love with all of his musical talents,” said Foster, who remains active in the music industry as a producer, composer and musician. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]News of Mr. Sharp’s death spread quickly throughout the Sacramento region, prompting an outpouring of emotion from fans and supporters. Among his biggest boosters were KNCI country radio hosts Pat and Tom. The duo offered an on-air tribute to Mr. Sharp, who had appeared often on the show over the years.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]“Longtime listeners will recall that he was on our show frequently, talking about the recording process, sharing with us and our radio audience what Nashville was like, and giving us other one-of-a-kind, behind-the-scenes stories that we count as highlights of our radio career. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]“We have so many wonderful memories of Kevin the countless interviews before, during and after his rise to fame,” Tom Mailey, wrote in a blog post about his passing. “Thank you for sharing yourself with us. You made the world a better place. We will miss you, friend.”[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]The Make-A-Wish connection went full circle in February 1997 when Mr. Sharp fulfilled a 7-year-old Texas boy’s wish by singing “Nobody Knows” for him at his hospital. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]“The wish allowed me to fulfill my promise to Make-A-Wish (to be an ambassador) but, more importantly, (the wish) allowed me to give encouragement and love to a child that was fighting to stay alive and help a family during a devastating and impossible time,” Mr. Sharp said of the meeting.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Mr. Sharp’s family said the meeting with the young cancer victim changed the singer’s life and led to him taking on numerous speaking engagements. His story of survival is also chronicled in a book “Tragedy’s Gift: Surviving Cancer – The Kevin Sharp Story,” which Mr. Sharp wrote with Jeanne Gere. The book is another way for Mr. Sharp to connect with people, which was his true gift, Huston said. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]“He didn’t sing a song that he couldn’t believe,” Huston said. “That is what separated him from other artists.”[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Aside from Huston, Mr. Sharp is survived by brothers Ron Sharp, Greg Ron Sharp, Larry Ron Sharp, Richard Ron Sharp; sisters Lisa Doyle, Mary Huston, Genni Olive; and mother Elaine Sharp. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2015 - [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Bernard Stollman[/FONT][FONT=&quot], [/FONT][FONT=&quot]the founder of ESP-Disk, a persistently independent record company that chronicled a full range of the challenging, inventive music of the 1960s, dies at 85.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The cause of his death in Great Barrington, Mass., was complications of cancer, said his brother, Steve Stollman.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]ESP-Disk albums, which reached from avant-garde jazz to contemporary classical and radical rock, were released with a slogan that read "The artists alone decide what you hear on their ESP-Disk."[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]It was an appealing promise to the young artists of the '60s, when few major labels were receptive to the far-ranging sounds and rhythms of the avant-garde in all its many shapes and forms.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Stollman launched his company in 1963, reportedly after hearing tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler, one of the earliest adventurers in an area of unrestricted improvisation that came to be known as free jazz.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Deeply impressed by an Ayler solo appearance at a Harlem club, Stollman approached him and said, "Your music is beautiful. I'm starting a record label, and I'd like you to be my first artist."

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]But Stollman's first release was not an album with Ayler. It was "Ni Kantu en Esperanto" ("Let's Sing in Esperanto"), a collection of poetry and songs in the international language. His fascination with the language explains the "ESP" in his label's name.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]He followed the Esperanto recording with Ayler's "Spiritual Unity" in 1964. It led a parade of ESP-Disk releases that totaled 125 albums over the next decade.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]In addition to Ayler, Stollman's jazz recordings included releases from many exploratory artists such as Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, Paul Bley, Pharoah Sanders, Bob James, Giuseppi Logan, Sunny Murray and Gato Barbieri.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]In the musically eclectic territory beyond jazz, Stollman's albums covered a broad area encompassing the Fugs, Jean Erdman, Patty Waters, Tuli Kupferberg, the Godz, the Holy Modal Rounders and Pearls Before Swine.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Stollman also released spoken word albums by Beat novelist William Burroughs and counterculture icon Timothy Leary.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]"I could sense very quickly that these people were spiritual," Stollman told the Wall Street Journal in 2010. "They were deep. They weren't entertainers, they were composers and artists, and their music was everything to them. I picked up on that seriousness. I fed off that. I'd found a need to fill."

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]ESP-Disk prospered until the late 1960s, then was kept afloat by financial support from Stollman's parents. His mother even worked in the office.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Stollman told the Wall Street Journal that bootlegging of his hits ruined his business. He closed shop in the mid-1970s and revived his law career, working as an assistant New York attorney general.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]"He felt horrible about it," Steve Stollman said about his brother's move out of the music world, "but he got a pension out of it."[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]In 1992 Stollman licensed the ESP-Disk catalog to a German company, which reissued all the titles on CD. Similar agreements were made with other European companies, and ESP-Disk returned to business on its own in 2005.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Bernard Stollman was born July 19, 1929 in New Brunswick, N.J., to David and Julia Stollman, both immigrants from Poland. He was the first of their seven children.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]In a conversation with the website All That Jazz, Stollman described his father as a "child vocal prodigy, an improvisational singer who toured Europe with another young boy and a cantor until his voice changed with adolescence and World War I erupted."

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Stollman studied at Columbia University and Columbia Law School and served in the U.S. Army. Early in his law career he worked as an intern for a firm handling the estates of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and other jazz artists. He became proficient in assisting musicians with copyright and contractual questions.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]His adventures in the avant-garde music business were chronicled in the 2012 book "Always in Trouble: An Oral History of ESP-Disk, the Most Outrageous Record Label in America" by Jason Weiss. His first record "was just an exercise," Stollman told Weiss, "and I had no thoughts of doing anything beyond that."

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Stollman had no children, and his marriage ended in divorce. He is survived by three brothers and two sisters.[/FONT]

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[FONT=&quot]in 1594 - Matthaus Apelles von Lowenstern, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1643 - Christoph Demantius, composer, dies at 75.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1695 - Georg Caspar Weckler, composer, dies at 63.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1705 - Balthasar Schmid, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1725 - Johann Friedrich Kloffler, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1748 - Georg Michael Telemann, composer is born.[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqQovNf192M"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - Telemann, Sonata in D, Mvt.II Presto (Michael Wolf/Young Ho" target="_blank">YouTube - Telemann, Sonata in D, Mvt.II Presto (Michael Wolf/Young Ho[/FONT][/ame]
[FONT=&quot]in 1748 - Guillaume Albert Teniers, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1761 - Johann Gottlieb Karl Spazier, composer is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1814 - Theodor (von) Dohler, Austrian pianist and composer, is born at Naples. He was a pupil of Julius Benedict at Naples and of Czerny (piano) and Sechter (composition) at Vienna. In 1831 he became pianist to the Duke of Lucca; lived for a time in Naples; made brilliant pianistic tours from 1836 to 1846 in Germany, Italy, France, the Netherlands, and England; in 1843 went to Copenhagen, and then to Russia, and in 1846 to Paris; settled in Florence in 1848. In 1846 the Duke, his patron, ennobled him, and he married a Russian countess. He wrote an opera, Tancreda, which was performed posthumously in Florence in 1880, as well as many piano pieces, nocturnes, tarantellas, 12 etudes de concert, 50 etudes de salon, variations, fantasias, and transcriptions. - Died at Florence, Feb. 21, 1856.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1839 - Giuseppe Rossini, father of Italian composer Gioacchino Rossini, dies.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1858 - Auguste Chapuis, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1865 - Chicago's Crosby Opera House opens.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1866 - Victor Hollaender, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1869 - Johann Carl Gottfried Loewe, composer, dies at 72.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1869 - Piotr Studzinski, composer, dies at 42.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1870 - Simeon Roncal, composer is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1879 - H(enry) C(ope) Colles, eminent English music scholar, is born at Bridgnorth, Shropshire. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London with Parry (music history), Walter Alcock (organ), and Da vies (theory). Subsequently he received an organ scholarship to Worcester College, Oxford; then entered the University of Oxford, obtaining his B.A. (1902), Mus.Bac. (1903), and M.A. (1907) degrees; later received an honorary Mus.Doc. (1932). In 1905 he became music critic of the Academy; from 1905 to 1911 he was asst. music critic and from 1911 to 1943 chief music critic of the Times', in 1919 he was appointed teacher of music history and criticism at the Royal College of Music; was also music director of Cheltenham Ladies' College. He was the editor of the third and fourth eds. of Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1927-29 and 1939-40); also edited vol. VII of The Oxford History of Music (1934). - Died at London, March 4,1943.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1881 - Nikolai Miaskovsky, Novogeorievsk Poland, composer (Kirov is With Us) is born.[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veupdZzZEiQ"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - Nikolai Myaskovsky. "Malinconia" (movt III from 6th Quartet)" target="_blank">YouTube - Nikolai Myaskovsky. "Malinconia" (movt III from 6th Quartet)[/FONT][/ame]
[FONT=&quot]in 1881 - Sem Dresden, composer/conductor is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1884 - Ruth Lynda Deyo, American pianist and composer, second cousin of Felix Deyo, is born at Poughkeepsie, N.Y.,April 20, 1884; She studied piano with William Mason and Teresa Carreno and composition with MacDowell. She made her debut at the age of 9 at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago (1893); made her concert debut in Berlin (March 23,1904); subsequently played with major orchestras in the U.S. and in Europe; appeared in recitals with Kreisler and Casals. In 1925 she settled in Egypt and devoted herself mainly to composition. In 1930 she completed the full score of an opera on Egyptian themes, The Diadem of Stars,to a libretto by her husband, Charles Dalton; its Prelude was performed by Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra (April 4, 1931). - Died at Cairo, March 4,1960.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1895 - Emile (Joseph; aka "Bootmouth") Christian, jazz trombonist, bassist, slide cornet, clarinet, is born at New Orleans, La. He came from a musical family; his brother Frank Joseph (b. New Orleans, Sept 3, 1897; d. there, Nov. 27, 1973) played cornet, and another brother, Charles, was also a musician. Emile began on cornet (taught by his brother, Frank) and by 1912 was playing in Ernest Giardina's Band. He played with brothers Charles and Frank in groups led by Papa Jack and Alfred Laine, and in Fischer's Brass Band (c. 1915), then again with Frank. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]He then worked with Merritt Brunies in 1916 in both New Orleans and Chicago. In 1916, he was offered the job as cornetist with Johnny Stein's Band for a residency in Chicago, but he declined and Nick LaRocca took the job. He went to Chicago the following year to join Bert Kelly's Band; later that year he re-joined Brunies, who was now leading the Original New Orleans Jazz Band in Chicago. He joined the Original Dixieland Jazz Band in N.Y. in 1918 (Eddie Edwards having joined the U.S. Army). He played in England with the O.D.J.B, 1919-21, returned to N.Y, did three weeks with Phil Napoleon in the Original Memphis Five, then returned to England with the American (and Broadway) Sextets (1922-23). [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]From 1924, he doubled on trombone and string bass with various bands in Europe: with Eric Borchard in Berlin (1924), with Tommy Waltham's Ad Libs, Al Wynn's Band in Berlin and Hanover (c. 1928), Leslie Sterling in Paris, etc. (c. 1928-30). He was mainly with Lud Gluskin's Band (1930-34), then in Switzerland with Benton Peyton's Jazz Kings (spring 1935). He was with Benny French in Paris (1936), then went to the Taj Mahal Hotel, Bombay, India, with Leon Abbey (November 1936). He was with Abbey in France, Denmark, etc. (1937-39), and returned to U.S. in October 1939. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]He played trombone and bass at Monte Carlo Club, N.Y, in 1940, then worked in a defense plant during WWII. He moved back to New Orleans in the 1940s and was active on string bass and trombone during the 1950s and 1960s with Armand Hug, George Girard, Leon Prima, Sharkey Bonano, etc., and toured with Louis Prima in 1957. He was featured at Disneyland Jazz Festival (1967), and the New Orleans Jazz Festivals in 1968 and 1969. – Died at New Orleans, La, Dec. 3, 1973.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1900 - Fred Raymond, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1900 - Mebel Mercer, popular British singer, dies.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1902 - Vesselin Stoyanov, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1907 - William Dollar, St Louis, ballet dancer/choreographer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1909 - Lionel Hampton, orch leader/vibraphone improviser (Depths Below) is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1913 - Ernest Bour, French conductor, is born at Thionville. He attended the University and took courses in piano, organ, and theory at the Conservatory in Strasbourg. His mentors were Fritz Munch and Hermann Scherchen. He was chief conductor of the Strasbourg Radio from 1935 to 1939. From 1941 to 1947 he was music director of the Mulhouse Orchestra. He served as chief conductor of the Strasbourg Municipal Orchestra from 1950 to 1954, of the Siidwestfunk Symphony Orchestra in Baden-Baden from 1964 to 1979, and of the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra in Hilversum from 1976 to 1987. He also appeared as a guest conductor throughout Europe, where he became known as a champion of contemporary music. Bour died in Strasbourg, June 20, 2001, aged 88. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1920 - Tony Jackson dies at age 44.American jazz and ragtime pianist and singer born in Uptown New Orleans, Louisiana; he got his first musical job at age 13, when he began playing piano during off hours at a Tonk run by bandleader Adam Olivier. By age 15 he was already considered by many musicians the best pianist in town. His singing voice was also exceptional, and he was said to be able to sing operatic parts from baritone to soprano range. Fellow musicians and singers were universal in their praise of Tony Jackson, most calling him "the greatest", and even the far-from-modest Jelly Roll Morton ranked Jackson as the only musician better than Morton himself. He also wrote many original tunes, a number of which he sold rights to for a few dollars or were simply stolen from him; some of the old time New Orleans musicians said that some well known Tin Pan Alley pop tunes of the era were actually written by Tony. A legend from the ragtime years who sadly never recorded, but portions of his style are no doubt to be found in the recordings of younger musicians he influenced, like Jelly Roll Morton, Clarence Williams, and Steve Lewis (Impaired by disease, probably syphilis, he died in Chicago). [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1923 - Tito Puente, Puerto Rico, bandleader (Dance Mania) is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Tito Puente (1923-2000) is widely considered to be the godfather of Latin jazz and salsa, devoting more than six decades of his life to performing Latin music and earning a reputation as a masterful percussionist. Noted for merging Latin American rhythms with contemporary jazz and big band music, Puente's prolific output encompasses over 100 albums recorded between 1949 and 1994.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Tito Puente was born in New York City's Spanish Harlem in 1923, where the hybrid of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Puerto Rican music helped create salsa music (the Spanish word for "spice" and "sauce" is salsa). By the time Puente was ten years old, he played with local Latin bands at neighborhood gatherings, society parties, and New York City hotels. Puente first performed as a young boy with a local band called Los Happy Boys, at New York City's Park Place Hotel, and by the age of 13, he was considered a child prodigy by his family, neighbors, and fellow bandmembers. As a teenager, he joined Noro Morales and the Machito Orchestra. Puente was drafted into the Navy in 1942 at the age of 19 to fight in World War II, which entailed a three-year reprieve from music.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In the late 1930s Puente had originally intended to become a professional dancer, but chose to continue performing and composing music after injuring his ankle in a bicycle accident. Puente befriended bandleader Charlie Spivak while in the Navy, and through Spivak, Puente became interested in big band composition. When Puente returned from the Navy after serving in nine battles, he received a Presidential Commendation and completed his formal musical education at the Juilliard School of Music, studying conducting, orchestration, and musical theory under the G.I. bill. He completed his studies in 1947, at the age of 24.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]While at Juilliard, and for a year after he completed his studies, Puente played with Fernando Alvarez and his Copacabana Group, as well as Jose Curbelo and Pupi Campo. When Puente was 25 in 1948, he formed his own group--or conjunto--called the Piccadilly Boys, which soon became known as the Tito Puente Orchestra. He recorded his first hit, "Abaniquito," on the Tico Records label a year later. Later in 1949, he signed with RCA Victor records and recorded the single "Ran Kan Kan."[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Puente began churning out hits in the 1950s while riding the crest of mambo's popularity, and recorded dance favorites such as "Barbarabatiri," "El Rey del Timbai," " Mambo la Roca," and "Mambo Gallego." RCA released Cuban Carnival, Puente Goes Jazz, Dance Mania, and Top Percussion, four of Puente's most popular albums in the 1950s, between 1956 and 1960. Puente established himself as the foremost mambo musician of the 1950s, and in the late 1950s, fused Cuban "cha-cha-cha" beats with big band compositions.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In the 1960s Puente began to collaborate more widely with other New York City-based musicians; he played with trombonist Buddy Morrow, Woody Herman, and Cuban musicians Celia Cruz and La Lupe. He remained flexible and open to experimentation by collaborating with others and fusing various musical styles such as mambo, jazz, salsa, and the big band sound of the 1940s. Puente epitomized the Latin-jazz crossover movement in music at the time. In 1963 on Tico Records, Puente released "Oye Como Va," which was a resounding success and is now considered a classic. Four years later in 1967 Puente performed a program of his compositions at the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Puente hosted his own television show called "The World of Tito Puente," broadcast on Hispanic television in 1968, and he was asked to be the Grand Marshall of New York City's Puerto Rican Day Parade. In 1969 Mayor John Lindsay gave Puente the key to New York City as a gesture of appreciation.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Puente's music was not categorized as salsa until the 1970s, as it contained elements of big band composition and jazz as well. When Puente's classic hit "Oye Como Va" was covered by Carlos Santana in the early 1970s, a new generation was introduced to Puente's music. Santana also covered Puente's "Para Los Rumberos," which Puente recorded in 1956. Puente and Santana eventually met in 1977 in New York City's Roseland Ballroom.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In 1979 Puente toured Japan with his ensemble and discovered an enthusiastic new audience as well as the fact that he had achieved worldwide popularity. After returning from Japan, the musician and his orchestra played for U.S. President Jimmy Carter as part of the president's Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. Puente was awarded the first of four Grammy Awards in 1979 for A Tribute To Benny More. He also received Grammy awards for On Broadway in 1983, Mambo Diablo in 1985, and Goza Mi Timbal in 1989. In the course of his long career, Puente received eight Grammy Award nominations, more than any other musician in the Latin music field before 1994.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Puente recorded his last big band albums in 1980 and 1981. He toured European cities with the Latin Percussion Jazz Ensemble, and recorded albums with them as well in the 1980s. Puente continued to devote himself to composing, recording, and performing music throughout the 1980s, but his interests broadened at this time.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Puente founded the Tito Puente Scholarship Foundation to benefit musically talented children; the foundation later signed a contract with Allnet Communications to provide scholarships to music students nationwide. He appeared on The Cosby Show, and performed in a commercial for Coca-Cola with Bill Cosby. Puente also made guest appearances in the films Radio Days and Armed and Dangerous. Puente received an honorary doctorate degree from the College at Old Westbury in the 1980s and appeared at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1984.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]On August 14, 1990, Puente received a Hollywood Star in Los Angles for posterity. Puente's talent was elevated to an international audience in the mid-1980s, and he spent time in the early 1990s performing for audiences overseas. In 1991 Puente appeared--most appropriately--in the film The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, which prompted another new generation's interest in his music.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In 1991, at the age of 68, Puente released his 100th album, titled El Numero Cien, distributed by Sony for RMM Records. Puente released Master Timbalero with his Golden Latin-Jazz Allstars--comprised mainly of other band leaders--in 1994, covering classics such as "The Peanut Vendor" and "Nostalgia in Times Square," as well as the album In Session with a separate ensemble of musicians called the Latin-Jazz Allstars, is his regular touring group. Puente was awarded ASCAP's most prestigious honor--the Founders Award--in July of 1994. Billboard's John Lannert wrote, "As Puente stepped up to the microphone, a segment of the audience broke into an impromptu rendition of the Puente anthem `Oye Como Va.'"[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In February of 2000, Puente won a Grammy award for best traditional tropical Latin performance for Mambo Birdland. He died on June 1, 2000 at New York University Medical Center in New York, New York. Puente had been recently treated for a heart problem. He was 77.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]On February 21, 2001, Puente was posthumously awarded a Grammy award for best salsa album for Masterpiece/Obra Maestra, which he recorded with Eddie Palmieri.[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veupdZzZEiQ"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - Nikolai Myaskovsky. "Malinconia" (movt III from 6th Quartet)" target="_blank">YouTube - Nikolai Myaskovsky. "Malinconia" (movt III from 6th Quartet)[/FONT][/ame]
[FONT=&quot]in 1924 - Gerhard Samuel, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1925 - Richard Hoffmann, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1929 - Bob Braun, Ludlow Ky, singer (Dotty Mack Show)is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1935 - Ran Blake, jazz pianist, composer, is born at Springfield, Mass. He studied at Bard College (B.A., 1960) and at Columbia University (1960-2), where he attended classes in improvisation with William Russo; he also studied at the School of Jazz, Lenox, Mass., and with Oscar Peterson, Mal Waldron, and Mary Lou Williams. His most influential mentor was Gunther Schuller, who inculcated him in "third stream" music (1960-67); he also took straight jazz instruction at the Lenox School of Jazz. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Blake teamed with singer Jeanne Lee at Bard in 1957, experimenting with duo improvisations. The 1961 duo album was the recording debut for each of them and won the 1963 RCA Album First Prize in Germany and the 1980 Prix Billie Holiday and is included in the Academie du Jazz. He is well known as an educator, having started out as a protege of Gunther Schuller at New England Cons. and working his way up to director since 1973 of the Third Stream Department, a category which involves incorporation of world music into free improvisations and an emphasis on ear training and transcribing solos by ear. He primarily records and performs solo, with occasional guests. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]He was voted #2 in the 1985 Down Beat International Critics Poll, and has performed at festivals throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, South America, and Mexico. He received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, and the NEA. He won a MacArthur "genius" grant in 1988. He is a unique solo pianist who does not work with standard jazz rhythm sections but prefers to explore striking harmonies and sonorities alone or in duets. Blake continues to teach at NEC and record and perform. In November and December 2007 he toured France, Germany and Italy. In January 2009, Tompkins Square released Driftwoods, an album of solo piano that pays tribute to vocalists such as Billie Holiday, Mahalia Jackson and Hank Williams. In December 2010 he toured Spain, Lithuania, Italy, and Portugal.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1939 - Johnny Tillotson, singer, (1960 US No.2 and 1961 UK No.1 single 'Poetry In Motion') is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1941 - Paul Frey, Canadian tenor, is born at Heidelberg, Ontario. He received vocal instruction from Douglas Campbell and Victor Martens, and then studied at the University of Toronto Opera School with Louis Quilico and at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. In 1976 he made his debut as Werther with Opera in Concert. He joined the Basel Opera in 1978, where he made his debut in that same role. In 1985 he sang Lohengrin in Karlsruhe, and then portrayed that role with great success in Mannheim in 1986. In 1987 he appeared in that role at his Bayreuth Festival debut. On Sept. 23, 1987, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y.as Strauss's Bacchus. He sang Lohengrin at his first appearance at London's Covent Garden in 1988. After appearing as Huon in Oberon at Milan's La Scala in 1989, he was engaged as Siegmund at the Cologne Opera for the 1990-91 season. In 1994 he created the title role in Jost Meier's Dreyfus-Die AfJiire at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. He appeared as Schoeck's Venus in Geneva in 1997. Among his other roles were Mozart's Titus and Don Ottavio, Plorestan, Max, Parsifal, and Strauss's Flamand and Emperor. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1943 - Sir John Eliot Gardiner, outstanding English conductor, great-nephew of Htenry) Balfour Gardine, is born at Fontmell Magna, Dorset. As a child, he attended the Bryanston Summer School of Music and later played in the National Youth Orchestra. He studied history at King's College, Cambridge (M.A., 1965) and pursued advanced training in music with Dart at King's College, London (1966); a French government scholarship enabled him to study with Boulanger in Paris and Fontainebleau (1966-68). [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In 1964 he founded the Monteverdi Choir, followed by its complement, the Monteverdi Orchestra, in 1968. In the latter year, he conducted his own performing edition of Monteverdi's Vespers at the London Promanade Concerts. He made his first appearance at the Sadler's Wells Opera in London in 1969 conducting Die Zauberfliite. In 1971 he discovered in Paris the MS of Rameau's opera Abaris, ou Les Boreades, which he conducted in its concert premiere in London on April 19, 1975, and in its stage premiere at the Aix-en-Provence Festival on July 21,1982. In 1973he made his debut at London's Covent Garden conducting Gluck's Iphigenie en Tauride. He founded the English Baroque Soloists in 1977, which he conducted in performances utilizing original instruments of the Baroque era. From 1980 to 1983he was principal conductor of the CBC Orchestra in Vancouver. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]He served as artistic director of the Gottingen Handel Festivals from 1981 to 1990. From 1983 to 1988 he was music director of the Lyons Opera. In 1990 he organized the Orchestre Revolutionaire et romantique, an orchestra devoted to performing scores on instruments of the period. He conducted it in Beethoven's 9th Symphony at its U.S. debut in N.Y. in 1996. From 1991 to 1994 he was chief conductor of the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg. As a guest conductor, Gardiner has appeared in many of the principal music centers of the world. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]To commemorate the 250th anniversary of the death of Bach, Gardiner conducted his English Baroque Soloists and Monteverdi Choir on a major tour of Europe in 2000, during which he made various broadcasts and recordings. In 1990 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. In 1998 he was knighted. His repertoire is immense, ranging from the pre-Baroque to modern eras. His interpretations reflect his penchant for meticulous scholarship while maintaining stimulating performance standards. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1945 - Jimmy Winston, organ, Small Faces, (left in Nov 1965) is born. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1948 - Craig Frost, keyboardist (Grand Funk Railroad-Some Kind of Wonderful) is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1949 - Michal, rocker is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1951 – Luther Vandross, an R&B crooner renowned for his heart-rending ballads, is born. Luther Vandross dominated the charts beginning in the Eighties. Born into a musical family in Manhattan, Vandross taught himself to play the piano beginning at age three. Drawn to soul divas during his youth, he was influenced by Aretha Franklin, The Shirelles and, especially, Dionne Warwick and, with his older sister Pat, a member of the doo-wop group The Crests, Vandross began singing with neighbourhood friends. Joining a 16-member ensemble called Listen My Brother, Vandross sang on the premiere episode of the PBS educational programme Sesame Street in November 1969, and enjoyed his first taste of success when one of his compositions, ‘Everybody Rejoice’, was included in the 1972 Broadway production of the musical The Wiz. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]After a chance meeting with David Bowie in 1974, who hired him to sing backing on the Young Americans album, Vandross became a much in-demand session vocalist. Over the next decade, Vandross worked with a who’s who of music royalty including Quincy Jones, Bette Midler, Lou Rawls, Roberta Flack, Chic, Carly Simon, Ringo Starr, Todd Rundgren and The Average White Band. During this period, Vandross could also be heard in commercial jingles for Pepsi Cola, Burger King, Miller Beer, KFC and General Electric. In 1976, Vandross formed a group called Luther, who recorded a pair of albums for Cotillion Records and had a pair of minor R&B hits before disbanding. Soon Vandross became the unidentified voice in a number of studio-only ensembles by the names of The New York City Band, Bionic Boogie and even a disco-styled Beach Boys group called The Good Vibrations. Vandross was also hired by a pair of Italian producers as the lead vocalist of what had been intended as another studio-only creation, Change. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]After quitting Change, Vandross demanded that the producers pay him a cut of the royalties instead of a flat fee. He then produced and financed his own solo album Never Too Much, which was released by Epic Records, and reached the top position on the R&B charts with the self-composed single ‘Never Too Much’ followed by a hit run of smooth love ballads which included: ‘It’s Over Now’, ‘Give Me The Reason’, ‘Stop To Love’, ‘Any Love’, ‘Here And Now’, the medley ‘Power Of Love’/‘Love Power’, ‘Don’t Want To Be A Fool’ and ‘Your Secret Love’. His collaborative hits included: ‘If This World Were Mine’ with Cheryl Lynn, ‘How Many Times Can We Say Goodbye’ with Dionne Warwick, ‘There’s Nothing Better Than Love’ with Gregory Hines, ‘Endless Love’ with Mariah Carey, and ‘The Best Things In Life Are Free’ with Janet Jackson, BBD and Ralph Tresvant. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Vandross also wrote and co-produced several Aretha Franklin hits including ‘Jump To It’. Although Vandross’ releases occasionally crossed over to the pop charts, he achieved far wider airplay on urban radio and his greatest success came with the touching Richard Marx co-penned ballad ‘Dance With My Father’, which earned four Grammys. In the last years of his life, Vandross suffered from various physical maladies. Battling a chronic weight problem, he suffered a stroke in April 2003. Never fully recovering, he collapsed during a physical therapy session at John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey and died. Vandross also suffered from diabetes, which ran in the family and had taken the lives of two siblings as well as his father when Luther was just eight. - Died July 1, 2005.[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gu2JBMNBbKo"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - Luther VanDross - A House is not a Home (Live)" target="_blank">YouTube - Luther VanDross - A House is not a Home (Live)[/FONT][/ame]

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[FONT=&quot]in 1956 - Lieven Duvosel, Flemish music composer (Levensschets), dies at 78.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1956 - Jaap Vranken, organist/composer (Stabat mater), dies.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1957 - Elvis Presley started an eight week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'All Shook Up.' It went on to be the biggest single of 1957 selling over 2 million copies. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1956 - Lieven Duvosel, Flemish music composer (Levensschets), dies at 78.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1956 - Jaap Vranken, organist/composer (Stabat mater), dies.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1957 - Elvis Presley started an eight week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'All Shook Up.' It went on to be the biggest single of 1957 selling over 2 million copies. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1957 - Richenel, [Hubertus R Baars], singer/performer (Turn My Page) is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1959 - Goldband Records released 'Puppy Love' by a 13-year old Dolly Parton in the US, a song that was recorded two years earlier when she was just eleven years old. The song didn't chart, (later to be a hit for Donny Osmond).[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1962 - Arthur Harmat, composer, dies at 76.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1963- Kal Swan, heavy metal rocker is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1966 - During a 12 hour session at Abbey Road studios in London The Beatles worked on a new John Lennon song ‘And Your Bird Can Sing’’, and a new George Harrison song ‘Taxman’. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1967 - During a UK tour, Pink Floyd appeared at the Queen's Hall in Barnstable, England. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1968 - Deep Purple made their live debut in Tastrup, Denmark. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1968 - Apple Music ran advertisements soliciting tapes from unknown artists, offering financial grants as part of a deal to release records on the Apple label. Artists such as Badfinger, James Taylor, Mary Hopkin, Jackie Lomax, David Peel and Elephant's Memory were signed up. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1969 - Benny Benjamin / Papa Zita dies at age 43.American drummer for the Motown studio band known as The Funk Brothers, noted for his dynamic style.Motown record producers, including Berry Gordy, refused to work on sessions unless Papa Zita was the drummer and James Jamerson was the bassist. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Among the Motown songs he performed the drum tracks for are early hits such as "Money (That's What I Want)" by Barrett Strong and "Do You Love Me" by The Contours; as well as later hits such as "Get Ready" by The Temptations, "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" by Stevie Wonder, "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Gladys Knight & the Pips and "Going To A Go-Go" by The Miracles. Benny was inducted into the "Sidemen" category of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 (drug and alcohol addiction and died from a stroke)[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdgG7ShIxYs"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - the four tops- something about you" target="_blank">YouTube - the four tops- something about you[/FONT][/ame]​
[FONT=&quot]in 1970 - The New York Times reported that Catholic and Protestant youth group's had adopted The Beatles 'Yellow Submarine' as a religious symbol.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1970 - Traffic, Mott The Hoople, If and Bronco all appeared at The Roundhouse, London, tickets, 25 shillings. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1971 - Mikey Welsh, bass, Weezer, (1995 UK No.12 single, 'Buddy Holly') is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1972 - Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers, (1988 UK No.22 single 'Tomorrow People') is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1972 - Carmen Electra, The Pussycat Dolls, (2005, US No.2 & UK No.1 with their debut single ‘Don't Cha’ featuring Busta Rhymes). The Pussycat Dolls became only the fourth ever girl band to enter the UK charts at No.1 with their debut single. (The other’s being the Spice Girls, B*Witched and Girls Aloud). Carmen has appeared in Playboy magazine and Baywatch and MTV's Singled Out, is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1974 - MFSB and the Three Degrees started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'TSOP, (The Sound Of Philadelphia), a No.22 hit in the UK. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1974 - Paul McCartney releases "Band on the Run"[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1976 - George Harrison sings lumberjack song with Monty Python.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1979 - Lighting director Billy Duffy was killed in an accident during a Kate Bush concert in Southampton, England. 21-year old Duffy fell twenty feet through an open trap door on the stage. Kate Bush held a benefit concert on 12th May with Peter Gabriel and Steve Harley at London's Hammersmith Odeon for his family. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1980 - Ronnie Boykins dies at age 44. American jazz bass player, born in Chicago, Illinois; he is best known for his work with pianist, bandleader Sun Ra. A wanted session player he also played with such disparate musicians as Muddy Waters, Bill Barron, Johnny Griffin, and Jimmy Witherspoon prior to joining Sun Ra's Arkestra. He also worked with tenor saxophonist Archie Shepp's New York Contemporary Five in 1964. In the late '60s, he formed his own group, the Free Jazz Society, which included the pianist John Hicks. In the '70s, Ronnie played with the Melodic Art-tet, a cooperative free jazz ensemble that also included drummer Roger Blank, saxophonist Charles Brackeen, and trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah. In 1979 he played with Steve Lacy and Dennis Charles on New York Capers and Quirks. In the course of his career, Ronnie also worked with Mary Lou Williams, Marion Brown, Sarah Vaughan, and Daoud Haroom, among others (heart attack) [/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ltUkzFBFq0"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - Ronnie Boykins - the will come, is now (spiritual jazz)" target="_blank">YouTube - Ronnie Boykins - the will come, is now (spiritual jazz)[/FONT][/ame]
[FONT=&quot]in 1981 - John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas was jailed for five years after pleading guilty to drug possession charges; the sentence was suspended after 30 days. Phillips started touring the US lecturing against the dangers of taking drugs. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1984 - Mabel Mercer, English/US singer (Fly me to the moon), dies at 84.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1985 - The charity record 'We Are The World' by USA For Africa was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. 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.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1987 - Antony Tudor, dancer/choreographer (Amer Ballet Theater) dies at 78.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1988 - John Banks, the drummer for The Merseybeats, died. John Banks joined the Liverpool-based beat group in 1962 replacing original sticksman Frank Sloane. Though joining Brian Epstein’s stable of acts, they soon parted ways over musical conflicts. The group also turned down a Decca Records contract offer on the grounds of exploitation. In the wake of Beatlemania, The Merseybeats were eventually signed by Fontana Records in 1963 and had several UK chart single successes, beginning with a cover of The Shirelles’ ballad ‘It’s Love That Really Counts’, continuing with their biggest hit ‘I Think Of Love’, ‘Don’t Turn Around’, and the often recorded ‘Wishin’ And Hopin’’. A self-titled album (1964) and further singles followed but The Merseybeats’ fortunes had dwindled by the time Who managers, Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp took over their management in mid 1965. After The Merseybeats disbanded in early 1966, Banks formed a duo, Johnny & John with bandmate Johnny Gustafson and was under consideration for the drummer’s job backing Jimi Hendrix later that year. He eventually quit the music business. (Throat cancer) - Born September 23, 1943.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1990 - Janet Jackson was bestowed with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame at the start of 'Janet Jackson week' in Los Angeles. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1991 - Wilson Phillips scored their third US No.1 single with 'You're In Love', a No.29 hit in the UK. [/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIbXvaE39wM"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - Wilson Phillips - Hold On" target="_blank">YouTube - Wilson Phillips - Hold On[/FONT][/ame]
[FONT=&quot]in 1991 - Steve Marriott dies at age 44. British singer-songwriter and guitarist; best remembered for his powerful singing voice and his guitar play in the groups Small Faces and Humble Pie. Born in London he started singing and performing, by busking at local bus-stops for extra pocket money and winning talent contests during the family's annual holidays at Clacton-on-Sea. At the age of 12, he formed his first band with school friends Nigel Chapin and Robin Andrews, called 'The Wheels', later the 'Coronation Kids'. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]At 13, he appeared as the Artful Dodger in Lionel Bart's musical Oliver!, staying with the show for 12 months. He provided lead vocals for the songs "Consider Yourself", "Be Back Soon," and "I'd Do Anything," which all appeared on the official album to the stage show. In 1963 he formed The Moments, originally called The Frantiks. The Frantiks recorded a cover version of Cliff Richard's song "Move It" with ex-Shadow's drummer Tony Meehan. As 'Marriott and his Moments', they played support for artists such as Georgie Fame, The Animals, The Nashville Teens, and John Mayall. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In 1965, heavily influenced by American rhythm and blues, he founded The Small Faces along with Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones, and Jimmy Winston, by 1966 Winston was replaced by Ian McLagan as the band's keyboardist. They had hit songs such as "Itchycoo Park", "Lazy Sunday", "All or Nothing", "Tin Soldier", and their concept album Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake, they evolved into one of the UK's most successful psychedelic acts before disbanding in 1969. In late 1968 Steve formed Humble Pie with Greg Ridley, Peter Frampton and Jerry Shirley. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Their debut single "Natural Born Bugie" was released in July 1969 becoming a No.4 hit in the UK Singles Chart and was quickly followed by the album As Safe As Yesterday Is, which peaked at No.16 in the UK album charts. This album was one of the first albums to be described by the term "heavy metal" in a 1970 review in Rolling Stone magazine. In later life Steve became disillusioned with the music industry and turned his back on the big record companies, remaining in relative obscurity. He returned to his music roots playing the pubs and clubs around London and Essex. In 1996, the Small Faces were belatedly awarded the Ivor Novello Outstanding Contribution to British Music "Lifetime Achievement" award. (lost his life in a house fire at his home in Essex)[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFy_xlzN5Sw"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - STEVE MARRIOTT'S PACKET OF THREE: I DON'T NEED NO DOCTOR Live 1985" target="_blank">YouTube - STEVE MARRIOTT'S PACKET OF THREE: I DON'T NEED NO DOCTOR Live 1985[/FONT][/ame]
[FONT=&quot]in 1992 - Benny Hill / Alfred Hawthorne Hill dies at age 68.English actor, comedian and singer, born in Southampton; he is maybe best known for his long-running TV programme The Benny Hill Show. The shows always closed, with the famous "running gag" which featured various members of the cast chasing Benny and usually featured as part of the chase scantily-clad women, along with other stock comedy characters, such as policemen, vicars, old ladies, and so on. The tune used in all the chases, "Yakety Sax", is commonly referred to as "The Benny Hill Theme". He also appeared in nine films including, Who Done It?; Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and The Italian Job. His recordings include "Gather in the Mushrooms", "Harvest of Love", "Pepys Diary", "Transistor Radio", and "Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)" which made the UK chart as the Christmas number one single in 1971, and was at No.1 for 4 weeks. He also appeared in the '86 video of the song "Anything She Does" by the band Genesis (coronary thrombosis).[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1992 - Johnny Shines dies at age 76. American Delta Blues slide guitarist; born in Frayser, Tennessee. He spent most of his childhood in Memphis, Tennessee playing slide guitar at an early age in local “jukes” and for tips on the streets. He is best known as a traveling companion of Robert Johnson, but his own contributions to the blues have often been unfairly shortchanged, simply because Johnson's legend casts such a long shadow. Settling in Chicago in 1941, Shines worked with the city’s leading bluesmen including Muddy Waters and Big Bill Broonzy. After leaving music in the late Fifties, Shines was rediscovered during the blues boom of the late Sixties. Later settling in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, he became a fixture in the city’s blues scene. Shines was nominated for a Grammy in 1980 for the album Hangin’ On, which he recorded with Robert Jr. Lockwood. (heart complications)[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apWm5lRkejM"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - Johnny Shines "Sweet Home Chicago"" target="_blank">YouTube - Johnny Shines "Sweet Home Chicago"[/FONT][/ame]
[FONT=&quot]in 1992 - 'A Concert For Life' took place at Wembley Stadium as a tribute to Queen singer Freddie Mercury and for aids awareness. Acts appearing included; Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), David Bowie, Mick Ronson, James Hetfield, George Michael, Seal, Paul Young, Annie Lennox, Lisa Stansfield, Robert Plant, Joe Elliott and Phil Collen, Axl Rose and Slash.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1993- Aerosmith released the album ‘Get a Grip’, which became their first album to debut at No.1. It went on to sell 7 million copies in a 2-year timespan in the United States alone and sold 20 million copies worldwide as well as winning the band two Grammy awards.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1995 - Oasis supported by The Verve appeared at The Bataclan Club, Paris, France.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1996 - English R&B singer Mark Morrison had his first UK No.1 single when 'Return Of The Mack' started a two-week run at the top of the charts. A No.2 hit in the US, the beat was sampled from Tom Tom Club's 'Genius of Love.' [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1996 - Jose L. Rodriguez died. Recording engineer who worked with dance and R&B artists such as Culture Club, Take That, Gloria Gaynor, Jodeci, and Mary J. Blige, Puerto Rican-born Jose L. Rodriguez also played a significant role in the development of the 12-inch single format. (AIDS) He died in New York City. - Born March 25, 1944.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1997 - The Chemical Brothers went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their album 'Dig Your Own Hole.' [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1997 - Michael Jackson attended an unveiling of a wax statue of himself at the Grevin Museum of Wax in Paris, France. Jackson provided one of his own outfits to dress the figure. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2000 - Robert Plant appeared at Disney's Theatre of the Stars in Orlando, Florida to leave his handprints outside the theatre. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2001 - A memorial concert for former Small Faces and Humble Pie front man Steve Marriott took place at the London Astoria with Peter Frampton, Midge Ure, Chris Farlowe and Humble Pie. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2001 - Giuseppe Sinopoli dies at age 54. Italian conductor and composer; best known for his intense and sometimes controversial interpretations of opera, especially works by Italian composers and Richard Strauss. Every October since 2005, Taormina Arte has dedicated a festival to Giuseppe Sinopoli, the artistic director of the Music section of the Taormina Festival from 1989 to 1997. The Giuseppe Sinopoli Festival does not only celebrate the man as a musician and as a conductor but also as a composer, a doctor, an archaeologist and intellectual, with a variety of events from music and literature, theatre and art to conferences, exhibitions, publications and, of course, concerts. Every year the Festival welcomes the most important orchestras in the country (he died of a heart attack while conducting Giuseppe Verdi's Aïda at the Deutsche Opera in Berlin).[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp15Ri_JKh8"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - GIUSEPPE SINOPOLI AND THE DRESDEN STAATSKAPELLE" target="_blank">YouTube - GIUSEPPE SINOPOLI AND THE DRESDEN STAATSKAPELLE[/FONT][/ame]​
[FONT=&quot]in 2002 - Alan Dale /Aldo Sigismondi dies at age 76. American singer, born in the Brooklyn, New York. He had a No.10 hit "(The Gang that Sang) Heart of My Heart" with Johnny Desmond and Don Cornell in 1953, the No14 hit "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" in 1955, and "Sweet and Gentle," which also charted in 1955, at No.10. He became a friend of Alan Freed, and as a result got a chance to play a role as a rock and roll singer in the 1956 film, Don't Knock the Rock, playing alongside Freed, Bill Haley & His Comets, Little Richard, and The Treniers. He sang the title song, which he also recorded as a single.[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVr1EMqIdlo"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ALAN DALE ( SINGER) - I'M SORRY" target="_blank">YouTube - ALAN DALE ( SINGER) - I'M SORRY[/FONT][/ame]
[FONT=&quot]in 2002 - In the dispute over who owned the rights to Nirvana's recordings former members Dave Grohl and Kirst Novoselic asked a Seattle Court to prove that Courtney Love was mentally stable. They told the court that Love was 'irrational, mercurial, self-centered, unmanageable, inconsistent and unpredictable.' They also claimed a contract was invalid because Love was 'stoned' at the time.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2003 - Godsmack were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Faceless.’ [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2003 - Teddy Edwards dies at age 78. American jazz saxophonist, a top L.A. sessionist and highly sort after freelance player, some people consider him to be one of the most influential saxophonists in American history. Born in Jackson, he learned to play at a very early age, first on alto sax and then clarinet. His first professional job was with The Royal Mississippians with Doc Parmley. Teddy relocated to Los Angeles, which became his city of residence. He got a job playing at Club Alabam on Central Ave, and went on to become an A list session player, playing with many Jazz notables, including his personal friend Charlie Parker, Roy Milton, Wynonie Harris, Vince Guaraldi, Joe Castro and Ernie Andrews. A classic 1947 recording with Dexter Gordon, The Duel, helped set him up as a legend, a status he liked to maintain by challenging other worthy sax players to similar duels whenever possible, including a recording with Houston Person. One such memorable duel took place in the 1980s at London's 100 Club with UK tenor Dick Morrissey. In 1964, Edwards played with Benny Goodman at Disneyland, and at the 1964 New York World's Fair. Teddy also did a lot of work with Tom Waits, appearing on albums and toured with him on the Heart Attack and Vine tour (prostate cancer).[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNFCkcOQrss"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - Old Folks - Teddy Edwards" target="_blank">YouTube - Old Folks - Teddy Edwards[/FONT][/ame]
[FONT=&quot]in 2006 - Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty was arrested in east London on suspicion of drugs possession only hours after a court appearance. Doherty had earlier admitted to seven charges of possessing drugs when he appeared before magistrates in east London. He was given a community order with two years supervision and 18 months drug rehabilitation and was also banned from driving for six months.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2007 - Andrew Hill dies at age 75. American jazz pianist and composer, born in Chicago, is recognized as one of the most important innovators of jazz piano in the 1960s. He first recorded as a sideman in 1954, but his reputation was made by his Blue Note recordings as leader from 1963 to 1970, and also played on albums by Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, and Hank Mobley. His distinctive compositions accounted for three of the five pieces on Hutcherson's classic Dialogue album. He obtained a doctorate in music from Colgate University of Hamilton and served as the university's composer in residence from 1970 to 1972. He later taught in California and was an associate professor on a tenure track at Portland State University. During his time at PSU, he established a Summer Jazz Intensive program in addition to performing, conducting workshops and attending residencies at other universities such as Wesleyan University, University of Michigan, University of Toronto, Harvard University and Bennington College. He returned to New York City in 1990. His final public performance was on March 29th 2007 at Trinity Church in New York City (lung cancer). [/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJMRYFQQMLg"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ANDREW HILL, New Monastery" target="_blank">YouTube - ANDREW HILL, New Monastery[/FONT][/ame]​
[FONT=&quot]in 2008 - Orish Grinstead dies at age 27.Irish-American R&B, hip hop soul singer, member of the platinum-selling and multi award winning female R&B trio 702 (cancer and kidney failure). [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2008 - The Kooks went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their second album ‘Konk.’[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2008 - VL Mike / Michael Allen dies at age 32. American rap artist, born in New Orleans, Louisiana; Mike was known for his gangsta rhyme structure and street lyrics throughout New Orleans. He first appeared on the mainstream rap scene in 2004 as a member of the New Orleans record label, Chopper City Records. After the 2007 release of the Chopper City Boyz, "We Got This" debut album, VL Mike departed from Chopper City Records and set out to pursue his solo career. VL Mike stated on his Place Yo Betz mixtape that the reason he departed from the label was due to the fact that B.G. had been portraying himself as a gangster for years through his music when he wasn't. (shot to death while exiting his vehicle on the 4700 block of Miles Drive). [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2011 - Franky Sahilatua dies at age 57. Indonesian singer, he started out in his late teens as one half of a duo with his sister, Jane Sahilatua, recording 15 albums as Franky & Jane. Franky also pursued a solo career recording nine albums and is famous for singles such as Boat Crack, The Suburbs, Terminal and Under the Flag Pole (spinal cancer) - Born August 16th 1953.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2011 - Gerard Smith dies at age 34. American bassist, keyboardist and member of the Brooklyn, New York, rock band 'TV on the Radio'. He recorded 3 albums with the band "Return to Cookie Mountain"-2006, "Dear Science"-2008, and "Nine Types of Light"-2011 (lung cancer) - Born 1977.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2012 - Bert Weedon dies at age 91. English guitarist and composer whose style of guitar playing was influential and popular during the 1950s and 1960s, Herbert Maurice William Weedon was born in East Ham, London, and began learning classical guitar at the age of twelve. In his teens during the 1930s, he led groups such as the Blue Cumberland Rhythm Boys, and Bert Weedon and His Harlem Hotshots, before making his first solo appearance at East Ham town hall in 1939. He worked with leading performers including Stephane Grappelli and George Shearing, and performed with various big bands and orchestras, including those of Ted Heath and Mantovani. He joined the BBC Show Band directed by Cyril Stapleton in the 1950s, when he began to be featured as a soloist. He also worked as a session musician on many early British rock and roll and other records, and worked as an accompanist to visiting American - Born May 10th 1920.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2012 - Joe Muranyi dies at age 84. American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, producer and critic and was primarily interested in early jazz styles such as Dixieland and swing. After playing in an US Army Air Forces band, he moved to New York City in the 1950s and attended the Manhattan School of Music and Columbia University. In the 1950s he played under Eddie Condon, collaborating with Jimmy McPartland, Red Allen, Max Kaminsky, Yank Lawson, Bobby Hackett, and also played with the Red Onion Jazz Band, Danny Barker, and Wingy Manone. In 1963, Muranyi played with The Village Stompers, a Dixieland band which reached the pop charts with "Washington Square". From 1967-71 he was the clarinetist with the Louis Armstrong All-Stars. Armstrong, after struggling to pronounce Joe's Hungarian name, introduced him on stage as "Joe Ma Rainey". Following Louis' death, he played with Roy Eldridge, World's Greatest Jazz Band, Cozy Cole, Lionel Hampton, Wild Bill Davison, Herman Autrey, Zutty Singleton, and others. Joe also did extensive work as a record producer and wrote liner notes for hundreds of albums (cancer) Born January 14th 1928.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2012 - Ayten Alpman dies at age 82. Turkish jazz singer, born in Istanbul. She worked as a soloist for Istanbul Radio after finishing high school. Encouraged by Turkish producer Arif Mardin to sing jazz, she began her singing career during the 1950s and released her first record, "Sayonara/Passion Flower", in 1959. In 1972 she released her song "Memleketim"/"My Country" which became immensely popular in Cyprus and Turkey in '74 during the Cyprus conflict. She rarely entered the recording studio, and had released only two LPs throughout her career. Her most notable songs include, "Sensiz Olmam", "Yanimda Olsa" and "Ben Varim". Her last release was a compilation of her best known singles released in 1999 (respiratory failure) Born October 10th 1929.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2013 - Singer-actress Deanna Durbin, who was the highest-paid female star in Hollywood in 1947 but quit the biz the following year at the age of 26, dies at 91. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Durbin landed at MGM at age 14 after a successful audition for a part in a biopic of opera singer Ernestine Schumann-Heink, which was never made. She actually debuted in the 1936 MGM short “Every Sunday” with Judy Garland (the two were only six months apart in age). Soon after Universal signed Durbin to a contract.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Her first film at Universal was “Three Smart Girls” (remade decades later as “The Parent Trap”). That box office hit, in which she played the perfect teenage daughter, paved the way for many more of the same, and Durbin was credited with saving the studio from bankruptcy. The film was also Oscar nominated for best picture.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]During pic’s production Durbin began a regular gig on Eddie Cantor’s radio show that lasted two years until she became so busy at Universal that she was unable to continue on the radio. She was also recording for Decca Records.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Also in 1936, Durbin was offered an audition with New York’s Metropolitan Opera, which she turned down because she felt she needed more training.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Durbin’s next three films were all stunning successes: “One Hundred Men and a Girl,” “That Certain Age” and “Mad About Music.” In these highly profitable films, Durbin worked with director Henry Koster and producer Joe Pasternak.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In a fashion that seems all too familiar today, Durbin soon became a highly profitable property generating multiple revenue streams: There were Deanna Durbin dolls, dresses and novels in which a fictional Deanna solved mysteries in the manner of Nancy Drew.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]In the 21 films she made for Universal (including two sequels to “Three Smart Girls”), she would usually sing a few songs — some new material plus some arias from operas. The era of the original soundtrack album had not quite arrived, so she would record the same material in the studio for Decca. (Only one of her songs made the charts.)[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Durbin’s soprano was said to be light, sweet and unaffected.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In addition to Durbin’s talent, the key to maintaining her success was mountains of publicity, which the studio and the press happily provided, as when the latter fawned over Durbin’s first screen kiss in 1937’s “First Love.”[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In a reflection of their huge success and impact on showbiz, Durbin and Mickey Rooney were presented with a special Academy Juvenile Award in 1938.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Indeed, she was a hit overseas as well as domestically. Anne Frank famously hung a picture of Durbin on the wall of the attic in which she and her family were hiding from the Nazis. She was also a favorite of WWII leaders Winston Churchill and Benito Mussolini.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]A blogger on the Amazingdeanna site describes Durbin’s film career has dividable into three overlapping eras: “the adolescent years, from which comes the perky (and profitable) Durbin formula of youthful tenacity and pluck; the post-adolescence/struggle era, where the now-grownup star fights for mature material and sometimes wins; and the resignation years, when Universal’s movie veteran — weary over the struggle for challenging scripts — essentially gives in to whatever work is offered.”[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Her partnership with Koster and Pasternak ended with 1941’s “It Started With Eve.” Pasternak left Universal for MGM, and U suspended Durbin for several months for refusing to appear in “They Lived Alone,” which Koster was to direct. Durbin ultimately won from Universal the right to approve her directors, stories and songs.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In addition to her increasing dissatisfaction over her films, Durbin was essentially a private person never comfortable with her ultra-public role as a movie star.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Durbin became disillusioned with Hollywood by the mid-’40s, particularly after the release of 1944 film noir “Christmas Holiday,” which disappointed at the box office. This adaptation of a W. Somerset Maugham novel was her attempt to become a serious actress. Another disappointment was the 1945 whodunit “Lady on a Train,” which did not draw the kind of reception her earlier musical comedies had generated.[/FONT][FONT=&quot]
[FONT=&quot]In 1950, she married her third husband, Charles David (who had directed “Lady on a Train”) and moved to Normandy, France, and thereafter remained out of the limelight.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]She was tempted to return just once, for “My Fair Lady” on Broadway in 1956, but she resisted in the end.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Born in Winnipeg, Edna Mae Durbin moved with her British-born parents to Hollywood when she was just a year old. She began work with a singing teacher at age 10.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]After decades of refusing to speak to the press, Durbin granted an interview to David Shipman in 1983.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]“I did not hate show business,” she told him. Speaking in particular of her last four films, she added, “I was the highest-paid star with the poorest material — today I consider my salary as damages for having to cope with such complete lack of quality.”[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Durbin married assistant director Vaughn Paul in 1941; they were divorced in 1943. She was married to film writer-producer-actor Felix Jackson from 1945-49. Third husband David died in 1999.[/FONT]
[/FONT][FONT=&quot]She is survived by two children: Jessica (from her marriage to Jackson) and Peter (from her marriage with David).[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2015 – New Zeland born condutor Gary Brain dies, age 72. Recipient of an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) for his Services to Music, Gary Brain began playing the piano at age 4. A foundation member of the Manawatu Youth Orchestra, he later played the cello, horn, trumpet, timpani and percussion. A member of the New Zealand National Youth Orchestra in his teens, Gary returned to conduct it - its only member to have ever done so.

Growing up in Palmerston North, Gary paid for his weekend music lessons in Wellington by working at Woolworths and the Longburn freezing works. At age 18 he was awarded a scholarship to the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, Germany where he studied conducting, piano, cello, timpani, percussion and all general music subjects. Following his studies he played in the BBC Training Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Wales, the Ulster Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden prior to being offered the Principal Timpanist position in the New Zealand Symphony Orshestra (NXSO).

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]As Principal Timpanist/Percussionist with the NZSO for 25 years, Gary Brain was also a ‘backing’ percussionist for stars such as Elton John and David Bowie. He toured New Zealand schools, introducing about a million Kiwi kids to classical music using one tonne of percussion and electronic instruments, driving the equipment from North Cape to Bluff, chasing the NZSO (who flew on tour) and performing two school concerts per day and an NZSO concert each night.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Gary was offered a high level fellowship from the French Ambassador to New Zealand to retrain as a conductor following an airline accident in 1989. Overhead baggage fell and crushed his right wrist, ending his playing career. Based in Paris since 1990, he has conducted concerts with major European orchestras in London, Paris, Germany, Spain, Italy, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Russia, Austria, Slovenia, Romania, Poland and the Czech Republic.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] In 1997, he won the German Grammy-Echo award for conducting [FONT=&quot]The Best Orchestral CD of the Year [/FONT]for his first recording with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] Commissioned to write a white paper on the plight of the Sarajevo orchestra following the war, Gary was sent to Bosnia. UNESCO hosted an ‘awareness’ concert at its World Headquarters in Paris for which Gary Bain conducted the orchestra of Milan. For his work in Sarajevo, Gary was made an “Artiste de la Paix” by UNESCO.

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[FONT=&quot]in 1546 - Arcangelo Crivelli, composer was born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1652 - Pietro Della Valle, composer, dies at 66.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1672 - Johann Philipp Kafer, composer was born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1696 - Andres de Sola, composer, dies at 61.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1730 - Antonin Kammel, Bohemian violinist and composer, is born at Belec (baptized). He received music training at the Patres Piares College in Slany (1746-51), and then studied at the University of Prague (1751-54); he also was a student of Tartini in Padua. About 1764 he went to London, where he appeared in concerts with J.E. Bach and Abel from 1768 and where he also was active as a court musician. Kammel composed an extensive output of instrumental music, including sinfonias, divertimentos, violin concertos, string quartets, trios, duos, and violin sonatas. Many of his works were publosjed in London and Paris between 1766 and 1790. A number of his compositions have been confused with those of Haydn and J.E. Bach, attesting to their intrinsic worth. - Died probably in London, c. 1786.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1749 - Johann Michael Malzat, composer was born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1780 - Ferdinand Zellbell, composer, dies at 60.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1779 - William Knyvett, composer was born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1814 - Beni Egressy, composer was born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1824 - Anselmo Clave, composer was born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1853 - Charles-Theodore Malherbe, composer was born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1854 - Wladyslaw Rzepko, composer was born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1871 - Leo Blech, composer was born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1871 - Vojtech Rihovsky, composer was born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1871 - Leo Blech, eminent German conductor and composer, is born at Aachen. As a young man he was engaged in a mercantile career. He then studied briefly at the Hochschule fur Musik in Berlin, and returned to Aachen to conduct at the Municipal Theater (1893-99); also took summer courses in composition with Humperdinck (1893-96). He was subsequently engaged as opera conductor in Prague (1899-1906), and then became conductor at the Berlin Royal Opera in 1906; was named Generalmusikdirektor in 1913. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In 1923 he became conductor of the Deutsches Opernhaus in Berlin; in 1924 was with the Berlin Volksoper, and in 1925 with the Vienna Volksoper. In 1926 he returned to Berlin as a conductor with the Staatsoper, remaining there until 1937; then went to Riga as a conductor of the Riga Opera (1937-41). From 1941 to 1949 he conducted in Stockholm. In 1949 he returned to Berlin and served as Generalmusikdirektor of the Stadtische Oper there, remaining at that post until 1953. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]He was considered a fine interpreter of the standard German and Italian repertoire, particularly in the works of Wagner and Verdi. His own music is in the Wagnerian tradition. His knowledge and understanding of instrumental and vocal resources enabled him to produce competent operas; however, after initial successes, they suffered total oblivion. - Died at Berlin, Aug. 25,1958.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1875 - Hugo Botstiber, Austrian music scholar, is born at Vienna, He was a pupil of R. Fuchs, Zemlinsky, H. Rietsch, and G. Adler in Vienna, where he subsequently held administrtive posts until emigrating to England in 1939. He edited the Musikbuch aus Osterreich (1904-11); published Joseph Haydn und das Verlagshaus Artaria (with Franz Artaria; Vienna, 1911); Geschichte der Ouverture (Leipzig, 1913); and Beethoven im Alltag (Vienna, 1927); completed C. Pohl's biography of J. Haydn (Vol. Ill, Leipzig, 1927). Of particular interest to American musicians is his article "Musicalia in der New York Public Library" in the bulletin of the Societe Internationale de Musique (Oct. 1903), calling international attention for the first time to the important music collection of the N.Y Public Library. - Died at Shrewsbury, England, Jan. 15, 1941.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1878 - Temistocle Solera, composer, dies at 62.[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ct3bt-OS400"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - Giuseppe Verdi - Giovanna d'Arco - Ouverture" target="_blank">YouTube - Giuseppe Verdi - Giovanna d'Arco - Ouverture[/FONT][/ame]

[FONT=&quot]in 1888 - Felix Deyo, American composer and pianist, second cousin of Ruth Lynda Deyo, is born at Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He studied piano with his mother, Mary Forster Deyo (1857-1947), then at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music; after graduation, he taught there (1911-39). In 1939 he became director of the Baldwin (Long Island) Conservatory of Music. He wrote 3 syms.-A Lyric Symphony (Babylon, Long Island, Dec. 8, 1949), An Ancient Symphony, and A Primeval Symphony-as well as 2 piano sonatas, a Violin Sonata, and numerous piano pieces of a programmatic nature (Flight of the Dodo Bird, etc.). His wife, Asta Nygren Deyo (1898-1953), was a piano teacher. - Died at Baldwin, N.Y., June 21, 1959.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1892 - Jaroslav Kvapil, composer was born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1898 - Louis Theodore Gouvy, composer, dies at 78.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1899 - Clement D'Hooghe, composer was born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Clément D’Hooghe was born in Temse. His father was a versatile musician: violinist and organist, director of the local music academy, conductor of the brass band, sexton-organist and teacher of piano and organ. In 1919 Clément D’Hooghe moved to Antwerp, where he was a private pupil of Alexander Papen, then adjunct organist of the cathedral. At the Royal Flemish Conservatory he earned degrees in harmony, organ (with Arthur De Hovre), counterpoint and fugue. In addition he studied practical harmony and piano. In 1927 his studies at the Conservatory culminated with the Prize Albert De Vleeshouwer for composition. Afterwards he rounded out his capacities in religious music with Jules Van Nuffel, in orchestration and composition with Paul Gilson, and in organ playing, focussing on improvisation, with Marcel Dupré in Paris.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Meantime he was already active as organist in several Antwerp churches: St George (1924-26), the Holy Ghost (1926), and eventually St Paul’s (1926-1951). This church, smack at the center of the Sailors’ Quarter, boasted a flourishing music chapel with a rich tradition. After the Motu Proprio encyclica of 1903 orchestras had disappeared from most rood lofts. Not so at St Paul’s, however. In this stimulating environment Clément D’Hooghe was, in close alliance with conductor Gust Persoons, jointly responsible for several talked-about productions with soloists, choir, organ, and orchestra. A lot of Flemish music got pride of place, e.g. Benoit, Wambach, Gevaert, De Boeck, Van Nuffel, Meulemans, Van Hoof, Persoons (whose Ruusbroeck Mass was premiered on 26 January 1936) and D’Hooghe himself. Clément D’Hooghe was a very talented organist to boot, with a divine gift for improvisation, sometimes subversively introducing frivolous tunes, thus bridging the gap between high and low culture.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Between 1928 and 1936 D’Hooghe was also artistic director of the Antwerp Empire and Roxy theatres, big cinemas where an orchestra accompanied the silent movies and provided musical intermezzos between the films. D’Hooghe had to take care of the accompanying music. Sometimes this was limited to a slick knitting together of existing music fragments, but in addition he made adaptations on the basis of classic themes or composed original music. D’Hooghe attempted to make classical music palatable for the cinema audience by offering, instead of the run-of-the-mill entertainment music, an "entr’acte musical" with a selection of themes by Benoit, Blockx, Wambach and Gilson as well as easily accessible compositions from the international repertoire.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In the same vein he conceived his directorship of the Berchem musical academy from 1929 on as a task to educate the people. In his capacity as director he wrote a lot for youngsters: cantatas and dozens of songs for children. For the music academy he also organized symphonic concerts. In 1942 D’Hooghe was appointed at the Antwerp Conservatory as teacher of practical harmony and transposition. After a brief suspension after the war he was in the running for the position of organ teacher in 1947, but Flor Peeters secured the job.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]The "repression" had damaged his health. D’Hooghe had not yet reached the age of 52 when he died on April 1, 1951, in Wilrijk. Even so, he left behind an impressive oeuvre of about 400 works (including the adaptations). Functional music looms large, occasional pieces such as marching songs and festive songs and cantatas such as Moederweelde (The Wealth of Motherhood), for the inauguration of a maternity in Temse in 1936, or In Memoriam Minister Arthur Vanderpoorten, on a text by Karel Jonckheere, in 1946.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]While serving in this popular and functional music in a subordinate role, the composer comes more into his own elsewhere, exploring a more contemporary language with touches of French impressionism. In his piano music, for example, where besides a sonata and some sonatines he shows a preference for genre pieces (Avondstemming) (Evening Mood), Chinoiserie, Solitude) and dances. These works conspicuously offer both light-hearted joy of playing and of listening.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Curiously enough the organist D’Hooghe only composed some fifteen works for pipe organ, amongst them four Toccatas, Kleine suite (Little Suite), Vrolijke optocht (Merry Parade), Elegie (Elegy). He adapted some of his piano and organ works for symphonic orchestra, but besides he also wrote a few original compositions for orchestra. In Symfonisch gedicht: hulde aan drie nationale toondichters (Symphonic Poem: Homage to Three National Composers, 1939) he pays an original tribute to César Franck, August De Boeck and Peter Benoit (with quotations from the Rubens March and My Mother Tongue). Kaboutersballet (Gnome Ballet, 1942) is perhaps his most popular work for orchestra, witness the six recordings by the radio orchestra. The tripartite Orkestsuite (Suite for Orchestra) won in 1942 the competition "Entertainment music" for the NIR (National Radio Institute). Besides he composed some works in the concerto genre, such as the Romantisch Concerto (Romantic Concerto, 1949) and the Legende (Legend) for cello solo and orchestra (1942).[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Next to the organ the cello was D’Hooghe’s preferential instrument. He wrote several pieces for cello solo, for cello solo accompanied by 8 cellos, and for cello and piano, such as the elaborate cello sonata (1945). The rest of his chamber music, too, deserves better than the total indifference that it is treated with today. In addition to the occasional pieces mentioned before, D’Hooghe composed quite a few vocal works, such as dozens of art songs on texts by, among others, René De Clercq, Willem Gijssels, August Van Cauwelaert, Maurice Maeterlinck and Guido Gezelle.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]The major part of D’Hooghe’s religious choir music was written for St Paul’s: Missa in honorem S.Pauli for 2 equal voices and organ (1930); Te dicimus praeconio, a hymn on the Gregorian Ave Maris Stella for baritone, male choir, organ and orchestra (1940); Psalm 145 Lauda anima mea Dominum for mixed choir, organ and orchestra (1941); O Jesu amor mi, for 2 equal voices and organ; Magnificat, for 3 equal voices, organ and strings (1942); the second Missa in honorem S.Pauli, also known as Missa gregoriana; Missa brevis, for 2 or 3 equal voices (1944); Ave Maria, Regina Sacratissimi Rosarii, for three-part mixed choir and brass ensemble. Furthermore he composed some arrangements of Adeste fideles, Adoro Te, Pie Jesu and Tantum Ergo.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1899 - Randall Thompson, NYC, composer (Trip to Nahant) was born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1900 - Heinrich Vogl, composer, dies at 55.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1901 – Julian Bautista, Spanish composer, is born at Madrid. He studied violin with Julio Frances, piano with Pilar Fernandez de la Mora, and composition with Conrado del Campo at the Madrid Conservatory, where he taught during the Spanish Civil War. After Madrid fell in 1939, Bautista fled to Argentina, where he was on the faculty of the National Conservatory of Buenos Aires. His music, delicately colored and rhythmically robust, invariably reflected Spanish folk melodies. - Died at Buenos Aires, July 8,1961.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1907 - Antoni Szalowski, composer was born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1915 - Andor Kovach, composer.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1916 – Hunter Hancock, the first West Coast deejay to play R&B, is born. Texas-native Hunter Hancock worked at KFVD in Los Angeles. Originally playing jazz on the radio show Harlem Holiday, Hancock began to take notice of the blossoming R&B and doo-wop scene in Los Angeles in the late Forties. As was the case with deejay Alan Freed, radio listeners were shocked to discover that Hancock was white. In 1955, Hancock débuted an R&B television programme in Los Angeles, Rhythm & Bluesville, and the following year, he was playing rock’n’roll on KGFJ. A partner in the label Swingin’ Records, Hancock oversaw several hits including ‘There Is Something On Your Mind’ by Big Jay McNeely and ‘Once Upon A Time’ by Rochell & The Candles. Hancock left radio for a position in public relations in 1968. CAUSE: Suffering from a heart ailment, he died at a retirement village in Claremont, California. - Died August 4, 2004.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1920 - Bruno Maderna, Venice Italy, conductor/composer, Hyperion) [or Mar 21] was born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Quote: "My grandfather thought that if you could play the violin you could then do anything, even become the biggest gangster. If you play the violin you are always sure of a place in heaven." [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot](Bruno Maderna recalling his childhood) "Heaven is abundant with violins" (German saying)[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33jF-yG6pq0"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - Bruno Maderna: Pièce pour Ivry" target="_blank">YouTube - Bruno Maderna: Pièce pour Ivry[/FONT][/ame]
[FONT=&quot]in 1923 - Arthur Custer, American composer, is born at Manchester, Conn. He studied engineering at the University of Hartford (1940-42). After graduating in music from the University of Conn. at Storrs (1949), he pursued training with Pisk at the University of Redlands in Calif. (1949-51), Bezanson at the University of Iowa (1952-55), and Boulanger (1960-62). He taught at Kansas Wesleyan University (1952-55) and the Universotu of Omaha (1955-58); then was asst. dean of fine arts at the University of R.I. (1962-65) and dean of the Philadephia Musical Academy (1965-67). After serving as director of the St. Louis Metropolitan Educational Center for the Arts (1967-70), he was director (1970-73) and composer-in-residence (1973-75) of the Arts in Education Project of the R.I. State Council on the Arts. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1924 - Ira Louvin, Rainsville Ala, country singer, Louvin Brothers) is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1931 - Oklahoma-based singer-songwriter, Carl Belew is born. Belew penned ‘Stop The World’ (Johnnie & Jack; Waylon Jennings), ‘Lonely Street’ (Andy Williams) and ‘What’s He Doing In My World?’ (Eddy Arnold). Also a performer who straddled the rockabilly and country fields, Belew scored several hits including ‘Crystal Chandelier’ and ‘Hello Out There’. He died in Selina, Oklahoma, October 31, 1990. (Cancer)[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1932 - Slide (Locksley Wellington) Hampton, trombonist, composer, arranger, is born at Jeannette, Pa. He played in the 1950s with Lionel Hampton and Maynard Ferguson (writing as well as playing), and also with Buddy Johnson (with whom he made his recording debut on June 24, 1957), before forming his own octet in 1959. He worked for R&B and blues singer Lloyd Price as musical director and did freelance arranging in the 1960s. He toured Europe in November 1962 with George Coleman, then played in N.Y. with Art Blakey and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis arch. He joined Woody Herman in 1968, with whom he toured Europe. Hampton settled there following the tour, doing radio work in Germany. He returned to N.Y. in 1977 and began heading his 12-piece band, the World of Trombones. Around 1982 he also formed Continuum, which recorded a tribute LP to Tadd Dameron. Since the 1980s he has been one of the most in-demand jazz composers, receiving numerous commissions including a version of Coltrane's"A Love Supreme" (the first three movements) for the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, which premiered in February 1998. He has also done many workshops with college bands. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1933 - Easley Blackwood, American pianist, teacher, and composer, is born at Indianapolis. He studied piano in his hometown and appeared as a soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at age 14. He studied composition during summers at the Berkshire Music Center (1948-50), notably with Messiaen in 1949, and also with Bernhard Heiden at Ind. University and Hindemith at Yale University (1949-51; M.A., 1954). He then went to Paris to study with Boulanger (1954-56). In 1958 he was appointed to the faculty of the University of Chicago, from which he retired in 1997. Blackwood's music is marked by impassioned Romantic eclat and is set in a highly evolved chromatic idiom. He is also an accomplished pianist, particularly notable for his performances of modern works of transcendental difficulty. He published The Structure of Recognizable Diatonic Tunings (Princeton, N.J., 1986). [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1936 - Anthony Joseph Gnazzo, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1939 - Herman Finck, composer, dies at 66.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1939 - John McCabe, composer is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1942 - Bobby McClure, US gospel singer (Don't Mess Up a Good Thing), is born. A Chicago-based R&B singer, Bobby McClure was born in Chicago but raised in St. Louis. Reared on gospel music, he was hired to lead The Spirit of Illinois, a previously all-female gospel group. Returning to Chicago and switching to R&B in the late Fifties, McClure formed a doo-wop group, Bobby & The Vocals. Then after passing through a series of R&B bands, McClure teamed with Fontella Bass in 1965 for the duet hit, ‘Don’t Mess Up A Good Thing’. He subsequently recorded for a series of labels including Vanessa and Hi Records, before taking a job as a prison guard in Illinois. Moving to Los Angeles, he recorded his final sessions at Edge Records. Brain He died in Los Angeles. (brainaneurysm) - Died November 13, 1992.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1947 - John Weider, bassist (Family-Family Entertainment) is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1947 - Alan Warner, rocker (Foundations) is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1947 - Iggy Pop, (originally, Osterberg, James Jewel), vocalist for the late 1970's punk band, The Stooges, is born at Ann Arbor, Mich. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]The Stooges, often considered the forerunner of the punk groups of the late 1970s, featured minimalist music, chaotic guitar playing, and the vituperative and insolent lyrics of Iggy Pop. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]MEMBERSHIP: Iggy Pop, voc.; Ron Asheton (Ronald Franklin Asheton Jr.), gtr. (b. Washington, D.C., July 17, 1948); Dave (David Michael) Alexander, bs. (b. Ann Arbor, Mich., June 3,1947; d. Detroit, Feb. 10, 1975); Scott (Randolph) Asheton, drm. (b. Washington, D.C., Aug. 16,1949). James Williamson, gtr. (b. Birmingham, Mich.) joined in 1972; Ron Asheton switched to bass. Scott Thurston, bs., kybd., joined in 1973. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Leader Iggy Pop's spontaneously outrageous and sadomasochistic onstage behavior made him one of the first performance artists in rock, and as such he served as a precursor to the calculated theatrical excesses of Alice Cooper and Kiss. Enduring a chaotic period of drug and psychological problems, Iggy Pop reemerged as a solo act in the late 1970s, eventually giving up his self- destructive onstage act while retaining his energetic, compelling image. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Iggy Pop played drums and sang lead with the Detroit-area high school band the Iguanas, and he later manned the Prime Movers. After a semester at the University of Mich, and as a drummer for a blues band in Chicago, he returned to Detroit, where he formed the Stooges in 1967 with Asheton brothers Ron and Scott and Dave Alexander. The Stooges performed loud, three-chord rock music fronted by the vocals and disturbing onstage antics of Iggy. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Over the years his notoriety grew, with deeds such as threatening and vilifying audiences, cutting himself with broken bottles, pouring hot wax over his body, intentionally smashing his teeth, and vomiting, even urinating on audiences and allowing ardent fans to perform fellatio on him. Signed to Elektra Records, the Stooges recorded their debut album under producer John Cale of the Velvet Underground. It featured Stooges favorites such as "No Fun" and "I Wanna Be Your Dog." [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]However, their classic second album, Funhouse, failed to even make the album charts and the group experienced a period of disintegration. Taken to England by mentor David Bowie in 1972, Iggy Pop and new guitarist James Williamson were joined by the Asheton brothers for the Bowie-produced Raw Power on Columbia. An acknowledged early heavy-metal classic, the album included the title cut as well as "Search and Destroy," "Gimme Danger," "Death Trip," and "Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell." The Stooges broke up in early 1974 and Pop ended up in Los Angeles, where he became addicted to heroin; he kicked the habit, then entered a mental hospital in 1975. After moving to West Berlin in spring 1976, Iggy Pop again encountered David Bowie, who managed to secure him a recording contract with RCA Records. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]The Idiot contained "Sister Midnight" and the Bowie-Pop collaboration "China Girl" (a major hit for Bowie in 1983), and Lust for Life included "Fall in Love with Me," "Neighborhood Threat," and the title song. Pop returned to live performance, often accompanied by Bowie on keyboards, but the albums sold modestly at best, despite critical acclaim. Iggy Pop switched to Arista Records for 1979's New Values and another round of disturbing, if not outrageous, live performances later that year with former Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock and guitarist-keyboardist Ivan Krai from the Patti Smith Group. During the 1980s Iggy Pop abandoned his selfdestructive onstage antics and recorded Zombie Birdhouse for Animal Records. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]He moved to N.Y.C. and recorded the theme song to the 1984 cult movie Repo Man, taking up acting and eventually securing minor roles in Sid and Nancy and The Color of Money. Pop cowrote five songs for David Bowie's Tonight, Bowie's last album to sell a million copies, and Bowie coproduced and coauthored five of the songs on Pop's Blah Blah Blah on A&M Records, hailed as his best recording in years. Former Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones cowrote three of the album's songs, including "Cry for Love," and the album otherwise featured "Isolation" and a remake of Johnny Kidd's "Real Wild Child." Pop conducted his first world tour in four years in 1986-1987, serving as the opening act for the Pretenders' 1987 tour. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]He later recorded Instinct with Steve Jones. By 1990 Pop had moved to Virgin Records, where he recorded the best-selling album of his career, Brick by Brick. Produced by Don (Was) Fagenson, the album featured Slash and Duff McKagan from Guns N' Roses, included John Hiatt's "Something Wild," and yielded Pop's only (major) hit, "Candy," sung with Kate Pierson of the B-52's. He performed as one of the headline acts for 1990's Gathering of the Tribes festival (a precursor of the Lollapalooza tours) and toured again in 1993 in support of American Caesar. Skydog issued the live set We Are Not Talking About Commercial **** in 1995, the year Iggy Pop recorded Wild Animal for New Rose Records. [/FONT]

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[FONT=&quot]in 1948 - Paul Davis, Meridian Mi, country/rock vocalist (I Go Crazy) is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1948 - Carlos Lopez Buchardo, composer, dies at 66.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1951 - Nicoel Barclay, rocker is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1951 - Paul Carrack, Sheffield England, rock vocalist (Squeeze/Ace-How Long) is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1952 - Jill Feldman, esteemed American soprano, is born at Los Angeles. She studied with Michael Ingham at the University of Calif. at Santa Barbara (B.A. in musicology, 1975), Lillian Loran in San Francisco (1975-95), Andrea von Ramm in Basel (1980-81), and Nicole Fallien (1987-91) and Anna Maria Bondi (1992-93) in Paris. In 1977 she made her recital debut in Berkeley, returning there in 1978 to make her first appearance as a soloist with the University of Calif. Orchestra. In 1979 she made her operatic debut in the role of La Musica in Orfeo in Berkeley, and then made her European operatic debut in 1980 as Clerio in Cavalli's Erismena in Spoleto. In 1981 she became a leading member of William Christie's Les Arts Florissants in Paris, where she won acclaim in the title role of Charpentier's Medee at the Salle Playel in 1983. In 1986 she made her first appearance with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra under Nicholas McGegan's direction. She appeared in recital at London's Wigmore Hall in 1987, and returned to England in 1988 to sing with the Taverner Players under Andrew Parrott's direction at the Bath Festival. In 1990 she was engaged as a soloist in Haydn's Die Schiipfung under Frans Bruggen's direction at the Flanders Festival and the Utrecht Festival. She gave solo recitals in Boston, Geneva, and Paris in 1995. Feldman's superb vocal gifts are complemented by her expert knowledge of early music performance practice. Her repertoire ranges from the medieval to Romantic periods, and includes works by Hildegard von Bingen, Monteverdi, Charpentier, Cavalli, Purcell, Cesti, Handel, Campra, Rameau, Mozart, and Meyerbeer. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1958 - US country music singer Marvin Rainwater was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Whole Lotta Woman'. Rainwater was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian, known for wearing Native American-themed outfits on stage.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1959 - Robert Smith, Sussex, rock guitarist/vocalist (Cure-Hell's Kitchen) is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1961 - James Melton, opera tenor (Ford Festival), dies at 57.[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VZQhEjYTRY"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - James Melton - "Addio Fiorito Asil"" target="_blank">YouTube - James Melton - "Addio Fiorito Asil"[/FONT][/ame]

[FONT=&quot]in 1962 - Elvis Presley started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Good Luck Charm', his fifth US No.1 of the 60's. Also an UK No.1 hit. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1963 - The Rolling Stones appeared at The Crawdaddy Club, Station Hotel, London. The band was paid £50 for the gig.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1963 - Beatles meet Rolling Stones for 1st time.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1967 - Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles completed the sessions for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The final recordings were a short section of gibberish and noise which would follow ‘A Day in the Life’, in the run-out groove. They recorded assorted noises and voices, which engineer Geoff Emerick then cut-up and randomly re-assembles and edits backwards. At John Lennon’s suggestion, they also added a high-pitch 15 kilocycle whistle audible only by dogs. These were omitted from the American version of the album.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1968 - Norman Demuth, composer, dies at 69.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1969 - Janis Joplin appeared at The Royal Albert Hall, London, (her first London appearance). The opening act was Yes. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1970 - Earl Hooker, Popular Chicago-based blues slide-guitarist, died. Earl Hooker was tutored as a child by Robert Nighthawk. By the Fifties he was touring with Ike Turner and Sonny Boy Williamson. First recording as a solo act in 1952 at Sun and Rockin’ King Records, he soon emerged as a session guitarist on tracks for Junior Wells, A.C. Reed and Muddy Waters, backing the latter bluesman on the standard, ‘You Shook Me’. Enjoying a revival in the late Sixties, Hooker collaborated with Steve Miller on the album Hooker & Steve. He died in Chicago. (Tuberculosis) - Born January 15, 1930. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1970 - Tyrannosaurus Rex, Spooky Tooth, Jackie Lomax, Elton John (making his solo concert debut) and Heavy Jelly all appeared at The Roundhouse, London, tickets cost 25 shillings.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1973 - Alice Cooper went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Billion Dollar Babies.' Also a No.1 album in the UK.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1973 - Tony Orlando & Dawn started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree', (it became the biggest seller of 1973, selling over 6 million copies). The song was based on a true story of a prisoner who wrote to his wife asking her to tie a yellow ribbon around an oak tree in the town square in White Oak, Georgia, if she still loved him. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1975 - Jack Allan Westrup, composer, dies at 70.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1977 - Issy Bonn dies at age 84. British Jewish actor, singer and comedian, born in London, and is most famous for his recording of "My Yiddishe Momme" and his popular "I'm In Love With Two Sweethearts" reached No.1 in 1946 . Issy also appeared in two films, 'I Thank You' in 1941 and 'Discoveries' in 1939, where he played Mr. Schwitzer. He played on BBC Radio music shows, and in music halls before retiring to become a theatrical agent. His image appears on the cover of The Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. [/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EM5hUe_d08Q"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - Issy Bonn - May I Call You Sweetheart" target="_blank">YouTube - Issy Bonn - May I Call You Sweetheart[/FONT][/ame]​
[FONT=&quot]in 1978 - Alexandra "Sandy" Denny dies at age 31. English folk singer, piano, guitar; she emerged in the mid 60s while still a teenager, performing on the folk scene where she displayed her mastery of traditional singing and interpretation. Her song, "Who Knows Where the Time Goes?", written during these early years, has been covered by numerous artists and is regarded as a classic of its type. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]She worked the folk club circuit with an American-influenced repertoire, including songs by Tom Paxton, together with folk songs. At the Troubadour club, a member of Strawbs heard her. In 1967, she was invited to join the band, and recorded one album with them in Denmark. She joined Fairport Convention breifly in 1968, after recording and, touring Liege & Lief she left to form her own band, Fotheringay, which included her boyfriend, Australian born Trevor Lucas, but dissolved the group after one album to concerntrate on a solo career. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]"The North Star Grassman and the Ravens" and "Sandy" remain her most popular solo albums and Melody Maker twice voted her the "Best Female Singer" in 1971 and 1972. In 1973, she married Lucas and returned to Fairport Convention in '75 for a world tour and another album, "Rising for the Moon", which featured several of her own compositions (While on holiday with her parents in Cornwall, Sandy was injured when she fell down a staircase. A month after the fall she collapsed at a friend's home; four days later she died in hospital as a the result of a traumatic mid-brain hemorrhage)[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxZ5ECtSQ84"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - Sandy Denny - Loves Made A Fool Of You" target="_blank">YouTube - Sandy Denny - Loves Made A Fool Of You[/FONT][/ame]
[FONT=&quot]in 1979 - Amii Stewart went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Knock On Wood', it made No.6 in the UK the same year and No.7 when re- issued in 1985. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1982 - Clash frontman Joe Strummer disappeared for three weeks, which resulted in the group cancelling a tour. The singer was found living rough in Paris, France. 1984, Phil Collins started a three week run at No.1 in the US singles chart with the theme from 'Against All Odds'. It was Phil's first US No.1, a No. 2 in the UK. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1984 - The film soundtrack to 'Footloose' went to No.1 on the US album chart..[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1984 - After 37 weeks, "Thriller" is knocked off as top album by "Footloose".[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1985 - Irving Millsaka Joe Primrose dies at age 91. American jazz music publisher, born in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City. He founded Mills Music with his brother Jack in 1919. Between 1919 and 1965, when they sold Mills Music, Inc., they had built and became the largest independent music publisher in the world. Irving and Jack discovered a number of great songwriters, among them Sammy Fain, Harry Barris, Gene Austin, Hoagy Carmichael, Jimmy McHugh, and Dorothy Fields. He either discovered or greatly advanced the careers of Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Ben Pollack, Jack Teagarden, Benny Goodman, Will Hudson, Raymond Scott and many others. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Although not a musician himself , he did sing, Irving put together his own studio recording group. In Irving Mills and his Hotsy Totsy Gang he had for sidemen: Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, Arnold Brillhardt, Arthur Schutt, and Manny Klein. Other variations of his bands featured Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and Red Nichols (died in Palm Springs, California).[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Video Notes: In this promo film from 1931 New York music publisher, impressario, record mogul, booking agent and sometimes singer/violinist Irving Mills introduces the three main attractions of his agency, Baron Lee and the Blue Rhythm Band, Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway.[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEoTwTYnc6g"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - Irving Mills presents..... 1931" target="_blank">YouTube - Irving Mills presents..... 1931[/FONT][/ame]
[FONT=&quot]in 1990 - Singer Amy Grant sued Marvel Comics for including her likeness in a Dr Strange Comic. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1990 - Fleetwood Mac scored their fourth UK No.1 album with 'Behind The Mask.' [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1990 - Paul McCartney played in front of 184,000 fans at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, creating a new world record for the largest crowd attending a rock concert.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1990 - Sinead O'Connor started a four week stay at No.1 in the US singles chart with her version of the Prince song 'Nothing Compares To You'. The track was also a No.1 hit in 18 other countries. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1991 - Willi Boskovsky dies at age 81. Austrian violinist and conductor born in Vienna, he joined the Vienna Academy of music at 9. He was the concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra from 1936-79. From 1955, he was also conductor of the Vienna New Year's Day Concert, which is usually devoted to the music of Johann Strauss II and his contemporaries. Along with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, he was also the chief conductor of the Wiener Johann Strauss Orchester up until his death. A forerunner of this ensemble was the 19th century Strauss Orchestra founded by Johann Strauss I in 1835. He died in Visp, Switzerland.[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzlalQt7znY"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - J.Strauss II - Csardas from Ritter Pazman ballet - Willi Boskovsky" target="_blank">YouTube - J.Strauss II - Csardas from Ritter Pazman ballet - Willi Boskovsky[/FONT][/ame]
[FONT=&quot]in 1993 - Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman married for the third time when he tied the knot with 33-year-old fashion designer Suzanne Accosta in the medieval French village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1996 - George Lanuis Died. Lead singer of the Fifties pop vocal group The Crescendos, George Lanuis provided the vocals on the group’s best known hit ‘Oh Julie’ (1958). - Born September 4, 1939.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1999 - Charles "Buddy" Rogers dies at age 94. American actor and jazz musician, born in Olathe, Kansas. He studied at the University of Kansas where he became an active member of Phi Kappa Psi. In the mid-1920s he began acting professionally in Hollywood films. As well as his film career, he was a talented trombonist and skilled on several other musical instruments, he performed with his own jazz band in motion pictures and on radio. his most remembered performance in film was opposite Clara Bow in the 1927 Academy Award winning Wings, the first film ever honored as "Best Picture" (Buddy died from natural causes)[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Video Notes: (I'd Like to Be) A BEE IN YOUR BOUDOIR[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot](Me Gustaría Ser) Una Abeja En Tu Tocador)[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot](Richard A. Whiting & George Marion, Jr.) - Talkie Hit from Paramount Picture "Safety in Numbers"[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Charles "Buddy" Rogers - America's Boy Friend - Columbia, 2183-D (150027), 1930.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Notes by one of the The Bufffington children: “My great-grandparents' house (the home in which my mother, her brother, and her two sisters — "the Buffington Children" — had been raised) was to be sold. While packing up belongings, my Uncle came across a box of old 78rpm records (of popular songs from their youth in the 1930s) and brought them to me, saying, "Here are some records for YOU!" Four years old at the time, I loved to play records. I can still remember my excitement over this unexpected gift.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]With its upbeat tempo and bumble-bee imagery, this was one of my favorites then, and it is today. Buddy Rogers' voice seems to be a perfect fit for the era of early talking pictures. He sings the piece on the reverse of this record as well, another favorite which I hope to present sometime in the future.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]The centerpiece pictures are magazine cover illustrations by Harrison Fisher from 1914. The bee and flower images are from two old children's books: "The Turned-Into's" by Elizabeth Gordon, with illustrations by Janet Laura Scott (P. F. Volland Co., 1920); and "Frühling, Frühling Überall" illustrated by Gertrud u. Walther Caspari (1910).[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBjDnME1YMo"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - "A Bee in Your Boudoir" - Charles "Buddy" Rogers, 1930." target="_blank">YouTube - "A Bee in Your Boudoir" - Charles "Buddy" Rogers, 1930.[/FONT][/ame]
[FONT=&quot]in 2000 - Neal Matthews dies at age 70.American singer; after serving with the US Army during the Korean War and receiving a Bronze Star, in 1953, he became a member of the Nashville-based singing group, The Jordanaires. Neal developed the Nashville Number System for chords in music that was instrumental in creating the Nashville sound. With The Jordanaires, he worked with artists such as Patsy Cline, Red Foley, Johnny Horton, Ferlin Husky, Jim Reeves and George Jones. They also served as backup vocalists for pop music artists such as Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Connie Francis and Julie Andrews. They are best known, however, as the backup vocalists for Elvis Presley for 15 years. Neal and The Jordanaires also toured extensively around the world and recorded a number of their own albums, winning a Grammy Award for Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Album (heart attack)[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2001 - R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck was charged by police at Heathrow airport with being drunk on an aircraft and assaulting British Airways crew. Buck was taken into custody after landing on a flight from Seattle and questioned by police for 12 hours.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2002 - Oasis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Hindu Times', the bands sixth UK No.1 and the first single to be released from their fifth album Heathen Chemistry.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2003 - Nina Simone /Eunice Kathleen Waymon dies at age 70. American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist. Born in Tryon, North Carolina, Nina originally aspired to become a classical pianist, but her work covers an eclectic variety of musical styles that include classical, jazz, blues, soul, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. She recorded over 40 live and studio albums, the greatest body of her work being released between 1958, with her debut 'Little Girl Blue' and 1974. She became known as The High Priestess of Soul, and her most well known songs include "My Baby Just Cares for Me", "I Put a Spell on You", "Four Women", "I Loves You Porgy", "Feeling Good", "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", "Sinnerman", "To Be Young, Gifted and Black", "Mississippi Goddam", "Ain't Got No, I Got Life" and "I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl". Musicians who have covered her work or her specific renditions of songs include J.Viewz, Carola, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Marilyn Manson, David Bowie, Donny Hathaway, Elkie Brooks, Roberta Flack, Jeff Buckley, Jhelisa Anderson, The Animals, Muse, Cat Power, Timbaland, Katie Melua, Feist, Shara Worden, and Michael Bublé. Nina's music has featured in soundtracks of various motion pictures and video games, including but not limited to the The Big Lebowski, Point of No Return aka The Assassin, Notting Hill, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Dancer Upstairs, Before Sunset, Cellular, Inland Empire, Sex and the City, Revolutionary Road, and Watchmen. Nina's last performance in Britain was at the Bishopstock Festival in August 2001. [/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZS7iKdRo5Q"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - Nina Simone - My Baby Just Cares For Me- Special Extended Smoochtime Version" target="_blank">YouTube - Nina Simone - My Baby Just Cares For Me- Special Extended Smoochtime Version[/FONT][/ame]
[FONT=&quot]in 2004 - Former Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan was attacked in a London pub. The singer was assaulted at the Joiner's Arms pub in central London and suffered a fractured cheekbone after being kicked, punched and hit with a metal bar. Two men, aged 20 and 21, were arrested and later released on bail. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2006 - The Soul2Soul II Tour 2006 a co-headlining tour between country music singers, and husband and wife, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill kicked off at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus ending after 73 shows on September 3, 2006 in Las Vegas. The tour became the highest grossing country music tour ever with a gross of $90 million. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2007 - Doris Richards died of cancer. The 91-year-old mother of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards bought her son his first guitar for his 15th birthday. He learned some chords from her father, Gus Dupree, a musician who instilled him with an early passion for music.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2007 - Lobby Loyde /Barry Lyde/John Baslington Lyde dies at age 65. Australian rock music guitarist, songwriter and producer born in Longreach, Queensland. He first came to prominence in the Brisbane r&b band Purple Hearts in 1965. In Jan '67, he left to join the 2nd incarnation of the Melbourne band Wild Cherries, and wrote most of the songs that made up the band's four singles for the Festival label. In the 70s he joined of The Coloured Balls. Dances and concerts around Melbourne became battlegrounds between rival skinhead gangs, fuelled by the music of the Coloured Balls. He spent several years in the UK then joined Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs on his return to Australia. His musical influence proved crucial in steering Thorpe in a completely new direction, into the blues-based heavy-rock genre. He also did a stint with the band Rose Tattoo. Lobby went on to work as a record producer, producing albums for such bands as Machinations, The Sunnyboys, The Red Crayons, Tablewaiters, Kevin Borich, X and Painters and Dockers (cancer).[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUk1cp6zuPM"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - Lobby Loyde - Evolution (1971)" target="_blank">YouTube - Lobby Loyde - Evolution (1971)[/FONT][/ame]
[FONT=&quot]in 2008 - The Presets went to No.1 on the Australian album chart with their second release ‘Apocalypso.’ [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2008 - American soul singer and songwriter Al Wilson died of kidney failure at the age of 68. Had a number of US hits, including ‘The Snake’ in 1968 and ‘Show and Tell’ in 1974.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2008 - Aaron Shearer dies at age 88. American classical guitarist; he has several publications including his well known Classical Guitar Technique method books. He has been director of the guitar programs at both North Carolina School of the Arts and Peabody Conservatory and holds an honorary doctorate from Duquesne University. His former students include Manuel Barrueco, Ricardo Cobo and others [/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBYLMtBIsiQ"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - Aaron Shearer at Manuel Barrueco's Master Class" target="_blank">YouTube - Aaron Shearer at Manuel Barrueco's Master Class[/FONT][/ame]
[FONT=&quot]in 2008 - Al Wilson dies at age 68. American soul singer best known for his No.1 hit song "Show and Tell" and northern soul anthem "The Snake", which has been very popular on the Northern Soul music circuit in the UK and is currently, 2008, being featured in a Lambrini advert on British TV. Born in born in Meridian, Mississippi, after graduation he spent four years touring with Johnny Harris and the Statesmen, before joining the U.S. Navy, and singing with an enlisted men's chorus. Two years later he settled in Los Angeles, touring the local nightclub circuit before joining the R&B vocal group the Jewels; from there he landed with the Rollers. He began his solo career in 1966. Other hits include "The La La Peace Song", "Do What You Gotta Do", "Poor Side of Town", "I've Got a Feeling We'll Be Seeing Each Other Again" among others (kidney failure) [/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_ZBqpEUbik"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - The Snake - Al Wilson" target="_blank">YouTube - The Snake - Al Wilson[/FONT][/ame]
[FONT=&quot]in 2010 – Ludvigsen /Gustav Lorentzen dies at age 62. Norwegian singer, guitarist and entertainer born in [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]He is best known from being half of the successful duo Knutsen & Ludvigsen, alongside Øystein "Knutsen" Dolmen, having several No.1 hits, including "Grevling i taket" ("Badger in the ceiling"), "Hallo! Hallo!" and "Dum og deilig" ("Stupid and gorgeous"). Gustav went solo in 1986, winning four Spellemann awards and one nomination for his 5 albums. He also has a degree in acoustics from the Norwegian Institute of Technology. In addition to music, Gustav has made several TV series and books, mostly intended for children and he relentlessly worked for children and children's charities. (Gustav collapsed during an orienteering competition and went into cardiac arrest. He was pronounced dead a few minutes later) [/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyAPQkvrXXw"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - En mamma er en mamma" target="_blank">YouTube - En mamma er en mamma[/FONT][/ame]​

[FONT=&quot]in 2011 - Yoshiko Tanakadies at age55. Japanese actress and singer born in Adachi, Tokyo; in 1973 she was a founding member of the pop group Candies, her nickname was Sue. Among their many songs they had 8 top 10 hits, Toshishita no Otokonoko; Haru Ichiban; Natsu ga Kita!; Yasashii Akuma; Shochuu Omimai Moshiagemasu; Un, Deux, Trois; Wana; and Hohoemi Gaeshi. She also had a role in Godzilla vs. Biollante, portraying Asuka Okouchi. She won the award for best actress at the 14th Hochi Film Award for Black Rain. (breast cancer).

[FONT=&quot]in 2013 -[/FONT]Carmel Kaine, Australian classical violinist dies at age 75.

She was born in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales and studied at the New South Wales conservatorium, graduating at age 17 with the prize for the most outstanding student. Two years later, she spent a year as a member of the Spitj Australian Symphony Orchestra. She then continued her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she won the three violin prizes and the Violin Scholarship in her first year.

Kaine furthered her studies at theJuilliard School in New York with Ivan Galamian. At the Juilliard School, Kaine was awarded a Violin Fellowship and in 1967 was awarded the first prize at the Vienna International Violin Competition. Recitals for the BBC followed both as a soloist and in chamber ensembles. She was a member of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields for ten years, making solo recordings with the Academy and performing at major festivals throughout Europe. Her recording of Vivaldi´s La Stravaganza, Sir Neville Marriner conducting, won a Grand Prix du Disque and a Rosette Award in The Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music (Deca Records 425721).

Kaine was a professor at the Royal Academy of Music for twelve years and in 1983 was made a Fellow. She was invited by Yehudi Menuhin to read at his school in Cobham, Surrey. In 1990 Kaine took up the Senior Lecturer position at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and for five years was Head of Department.

In 1991, with her husband John Willison, she founded the Limpinwood Ensemble and many performances have been given for the ABC and at Tyalgum Classical Music Festival, which they also founded. She also founded the Queensland Conservatorium Soloists, which has raised over $30,000 for the Conservatorium’s String Department.

[FONT=&quot]in 2013 - Calvin Harris made chart history by becoming the first artist to have eight top 10 hits from one studio album. His track 'I Need Your Love', featuring singer Ellie Goulding, climbed to No.7 on the Official UK Chart. The DJ and producer from Dumfries, Scotland had overtaken Michael Jackson, who previously held the record with seven top 10 hits from both his 1987 album Bad and his 1991 record Dangerous. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2013 – pianist composer [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Jean-Michel Damase[/FONT][FONT=&quot], who was born in Bordeaux in 1928, dies at age 85. He belonged to a family of musicians; his mother, the renowned harpist Micheline Kahn premiered works by Fauré, Ravel and Caplet. [/FONT]
Precociously gifted, Jean-Michel Damase was only nine when Colette wrote three short poems for him that he set to music. His musical education continued under the personal guidance of Alfred Cortot, and at the age of eleven, he was unanimously awarded the First Prize in piano from the Paris Conservatory. Four years later, the Paris Conservatory awarded him First Prize in composition, and at the mere age of nineteen, he received the Rome Prize. Parallel to his career as an accomplished pianist, he appeared as soloist with the Concerts Colonne, the Conservatory Concert Society, the Radio Symphony Orchestra...[/FONT]
After numerous international tours, and receiving the "Grand Prix du disque" for the first complete recording of Fauré's Nocturnes and Barcaroles, Jean-Michel Damase gradually relinquished his career as a pianist to devote himself entirely to composition. His chamber music works were played by the most prestigious French and international performers such as Lily Laskine, Pierre Barbizet, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Nicanor Zabaleta,... in particular, the Sonata en concert, for flute, cello and piano, and the Sonata for flute and harp were played and recorded world-wide.
Jean-Michel Damase was often invited to perform his own works and to give masterclasses during festivals in Europe, the United States and Japan.[/FONT]
His catalogue also includes operatic works, Colombe by Jean Anouilh, premiered at the Bordeaux Festival, revived at the Opera-Comique in Paris, Madame de... by Louise de Vilmorin, premiered at the Monte-Carlo Opera as well as music for dance, La Croqueuse de diamants, for Roland Petit, Piège de lumière, commissioned by the Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas.[/FONT]
In 1990, the critic Pierre-Petit said that Jean-Michel Damase was one of the great composers of our time.
Another famous critic, Bernard Gavoty (alias Clarendon), wrote in the Figaro after the premier of Madame de... "What a delight, this art that pretends to be simple, and how refreshing it is to partake of such refined writing, ingenious harmony, disturbing modulation, intelligent melisma...".
For the totality of his works, Jean-Michel Damase was given the Grand Musical Prize from the SACD (Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers) and the Grand Prize from the city of Paris.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2013 - Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett dies at 53, [/FONT]at her home in New York City[FONT=&quot]. [/FONT]She was the lead singer of the Australian rock band Divinyls, whose hit I Touch Myself brought her and the group international fame in the early 1990s.

Her musician husband, Charley Drayton, said in a statement that "Amphlett succumbed to the effects of breast cancer and multiple sclerosis" on Sunday.

Amphlett formed the Divinyls in 1980 with musician Mark McEntee and Jeremy Paul.

The band released six albums between 1982 and 1996, peaking in 1991 with I Touch Myself, which reached No. 1 in Australia, No. 4 in the United States and No. 10 in Britain.

In 2007, Amphlett revealed to fans that she had multiple sclerosis. In 2010 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She remained positive throughout her illnesses and vowed to return to the stage in a post left on Facebook in March last year, reports [FONT=&quot]World News Australia[/FONT].

"My illnesses have really exhausted this little body of mine that I have thrown from one end of the stage to another and performed thousands of shows that sadly some of you missed," she wrote. "With that said I am getting stronger but there is still some fine tuning and work to be done on myself."

Among those remembering Amphlett is Russell Crowe, who [FONT=&quot]tweeted[/FONT]: "Dear Chrissie, The last time I saw you was in the Botanic Gardens, loving life and reciting verse. That's how I'll remember you, your boy, R."

[FONT=&quot]in 2014 -[/FONT][FONT=&quot]Raymond Earwood[/FONT][FONT=&quot] (born in Del Rio, Texas)dies at age 51. Better known as Mundo Earwood he was an American country music singer-songwriter. After graduating high school in Corpus Christi he moved to Houston where he hired a band, and began playing music at several venues around town & quickly piqued the interest of regional listeners. Kat Ballew's Dance Hall in Humble that was owned & operated by Kent & Patsy Spitzmiller was one of his favorite venues to play. His first major national release, "Behind Blue Eyes" spent eight weeks at #1 on the Houston radio charts, six months on the Houston charts, and a long tenure on the national charts. At the age of 18 Mundo found himself performing with his heroes at the Grand Ol' Opry, countless festivals, and several shows with a wealth of talent and many industry superstars. Mundo released several charting tracks over the following years, including "Let's Hear it for Loneliness", "Lonesome as a Cowboy" and "I Can Give You Love". Despite various label changes, including a brief stint as "Mundo Ray," he saw another spurt of success with "Behind Blue Eyes" in 1977, with its re-release on another label. He appeared on the Billboard charts 24 times during his career, with several songs in the Top 40. Mundo wrote for artists such as Willie Nelson, Mel Tillis, Tammy Wynette and Bobby Vinton over the course of his career.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Mundo was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer & a fibrous histiocytoma sarcoma tumor in February of 2013 & fought the good fight for more than a year. Receiving his cancer treatment at MD Anderson cancer facility in Houston with the most experienced doctors & cutting edge techniques available. After many months of chemotherapy & radiation treatments they performed a total pancreatectomy. In November, after several months of recovery he went in for a 2nd surgery to remove a 6 pound sarcoma tumor in his back. Unfortunately the cancer had already spread in his abdomen & less than 6 months later on April 21, 2014 the disease took his life. Mundo is survived by his loving wife of 40 years Carol Jean, daughters Angela Bancroft and (husband Aaron), Kandice Reid and (husband Lucas), grandchildren Mason Lee, Karsyn Lee, Ryann Reid, Beaux Bancroft & handpicked granddaughter Michaela Curler.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Prior to his diagnosis Mundo performed around Houston with local band Southern Comfort alongside his lifelong friend Dale Phillips. He was a writer of captivating story songs, a pure voice, and raw talent in the country industry, and will be remembered as one of the greats in the 1970s, 1980s and beyond. To the public Mundo Earwood is an iconic name in the country music industry but to his family he was "superman". A man that knew everything & could do anything. He was a man of God that always put others first, loved his family, guitar picking & golfing with all his heart. For those that were lucky to know Mundo on a personal level, understand what an incredible loss this is for us all.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]in 2016 -[/FONT][FONT=&quot]Prince,[/FONT][FONT=&quot] the songwriter, singer, producer, one-man studio band and consummate showman, dies at his residence, Paisley Park, in Chanhassen, Minn., according to a statement from his publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure. He was 57. No cause of death has been given. In a statement, the Carver County sheriff, Jim Olson, said that sheriff’s deputies responded to an emergency call at 9:43 a.m.: “When deputies and medical personnel arrived, they found an unresponsive adult male in the elevator. First responders attempted to provide life-saving CPR, but were unable to revive the victim. He was pronounced deceased at 10:07 a.m.” The sheriff’s office said it would continue to investigate his death.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Last week, responding to news reports that Prince’s plane had made an emergency landing because of a health scare, Ms. Noel-Schure said Prince was “fighting the flu.”

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958, was a man bursting with music — a wildly prolific songwriter, a virtuoso on guitars, keyboards and drums and a master architect of funk, rock, R&B and pop, even as his music defied genres. In a career that lasted from the late 1970s until the arena tour this year, he was acclaimed as a sex symbol, a musical prodigy and an artist who shaped his career his way, often battling with accepted music-business practices.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Prince’s Top 10 hits included “Little Red Corvette,” “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Kiss,” and “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”; albums like “Dirty Mind,” “1999” and “Sign O’ the Times” were full-length statements. His songs also became hits for others, among them “Nothing Compares 2 U” for Sinead O’Connor and “I Feel for You” for Chaka Khan. With the 1984 film and album “Purple Rain,” Prince told a fictionalized version of his own story: biracial, gifted, spectacularly ambitious. Its music won him an Academy Award and the album sold more than 13 million copies in the United States alone.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Prince recorded the great majority of his music entirely on his own, playing every instrument and singing every vocal line. Then, performing those songs onstage, he worked as a bandleader in the polished, athletic, ecstatic tradition of James Brown, at once spontaneous and utterly precise, riveting enough to open a Grammy Awards telecast and play the Super Bowl halftime show. Often, Prince would follow a full-tilt arena concert with a late-night club show, pouring out even more music.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In Prince’s biggest hits, he sang passionately, affectionately and playfully about sex and seduction. With deep bedroom eyes and a sly, knowing smile, he was one of pop’s ultimate flirts. But elsewhere in his catalog were songs that addressed social issues and delved into mysticism and science fiction. He made himself a unifier of dualities — racial, sexual, musical, cultural — teasing at them in songs like “Controversy” and transcending them in his career.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]He had plenty of eccentricities: his fondness for the color purple, using “U” for “you” and a drawn eye for “I” long before textspeak, his vigilant policing of his music online, his penchant for releasing huge troves of music at once, his intensely private persona. Yet among musicians and listeners of multiple generations, he was admired well-nigh universally.

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[FONT=&quot]in 1658 - Giuseppe Torelli, famous Italian violinist, pedagogue, and composer, is born at Verona. He was the brother of the noted painter Felice Torelli. After going to Bologna about 1682, he was made a member of the Accademia Filarmonica as suonatore di violino in 1684. He received instruction in composition from G.A. Perti, and in 1686 he entered the cappella musicale at S. Petronio as a viola player; later played tenor viol there (1689-96) and also toured as a violinist. After further travels as a violinist, he served as maestro di concerto to the Margrave of Brandenburg in Ansbach (1698-99). From 1699 until at least 1700 he was active in Vienna. By 1701he was again in Bologna, where he became a violinist in the cappella musicale at S. Petronio. He had many pupils, most notably Francesco Manfredini. Torelli was an important figure in the development of the instrumental concerto, excelling in concerto grosse and solo concerto writing. - Died at Bologna, Feb. 8, 1709.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1776 - Johann Adolph Scheibe, German music theroist/composer, dies at 67.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1781 - Christian Friedrich Hermann Uber, composer is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1782 - Josef Ferdinand Norbert Seger, Bohemian organist, composer, and educator, dies at 66.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]After graduating in philosophy from the Charles University in Prague and studying music under Bohuslav Matěj Černohorský, Jan Zach, and others, Seger became organist of two churches in Prague and remained there until his death.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]An extremely prolific composer, Seger became of the most important representatives of the Czech organ school of the 18th century. He was also an influential teacher: his pupils included Jan Antonín Koželuh and Josef Mysliveček, and his figured bass exercises served many generations of teachers.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Seger was born in Řepín, near Mělník, in Bohemia. He studied at the Jesuit Gymnasium in Prague and later graduated in philosophy at the Charles University. He also studied organ playing with Bohuslav Matěj Černohorský, counterpoint with Jan Zach and František Tůma, and, according to Dlabacž, figured bass with Felix Benda. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Around 1741 Seger became organist to the Church of Our Lady in front of Týn and in 1745 he acquired a similar post at the Crusaders' church in Prague. He held both positions until his death. In 1781 Emperor Joseph II was sufficiently impressed with Seger's playing and offered the composer a court appointment, but Seger died in Prague in 1782 before the confirming document arrived.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]None of Seger's compositions were published during his lifetime, but he was an important teacher and educator. His pupils included Karel Blažej Kopřiva, Jan Antonín Koželuh, Jan Křtitel Kuchař, Josef Mysliveček, and many other distinguished Bohemian composers and musicians.[1][2] A few of Seger's pieces appeared in print in 1790s; a selection of eight organ fugues was published by D. G. Türk in 1793.[1] [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In 1803, J. Polt published Seger's ten preludes for organ, and a few more works followed in the next few decades. Particularly important was the publication of a portion of his figured bass exercises, which were used by teachers for decades after his death. Seger was the most prolific Czech organ composer of the 18th century.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] Hundreds of preludes, fugues, toccatas and other organ pieces survive in manuscript copies, although the attribution to Seger of some of these works is problematic. Generally speaking, his preludes and fugues are short works (their length probably dictated by the limitations imposed by the Catholic liturgy), but they exhibit a fertile harmonic imagination and a perfect grasp of late Baroque counterpoint practice. He also composed masses, motets and psalm settings; all also dominated by archaic counterpoint.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]in 1828 - Guilherme Antonio Cossoul, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1844 - Henri-Montan Berton, composer, dies at 76.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1858 - Ethel Mary Smyth, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1868 - Jose Vianna da Motta, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1883 - Octave Fouque, composer, dies at 38.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1875 - Mezio Agostini, Italian composer, pianist, conductor, and pedagogue, is born at Fano. He studied with Carlo Pedrotti at the Liceo Rossini in Pesaro (1885-92), where he subsequently was a professor of harmony (1900-09); was then director of the Liceo Benedetto Marcello in Venice (1909—10). He was active as an opera conductor in Venice and other Italian cities, and gave chamber music concerts as a pianist. His Trio won 1st prize at the international competition in Paris in 1904. He wrote the operas lovo e Maria (1896), // Cavaliere del Sogno (Fano, Feb. 24,1897), La penna d'Airone (1896), Alcibiade (1902), America (also entitled Hail Columbia, 1904), L'ombra (1907), L'agnello del sogno (1928), and La Figlio del navarca (Fano, Sept. 3, 1938). Other works include a Symphony, 4 orchestra suites, a Piano Concerto, 2 string quartets, 2 piano trios, a Cello Sonata, a Violin Sonata, the cantata A Rossini, numerous piano pieces, and songs. Died at Fano, April 22, 1944.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1884 - Armas Emmanuel Launis, composer. is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1891 - Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev, Sontsovka Ukraine, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (Russian: Сергей Сергеевич Прокофьев; 23 April 1891 – 5 March 1953) was a Russian composer, pianist and conductor who mastered numerous musical genres and is regarded as one of the major composers of the 20th century. His best-known works include the March from The Love for Three Oranges, the suite Lieutenant Kijé, the ballet Romeo and Juliet – from which "Dance of the Knights" is taken – and Peter and the Wolf. Besides many other works, Prokofiev also composed five piano concertos, nine completed piano sonatas and seven symphonies.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]A graduate of the St Petersburg Conservatory, Prokofiev initially made his name as an iconoclastic composer-pianist, achieving notoriety with a series of ferociously dissonant and virtuosic works for his instrument and his first two piano concertos. Prokofiev's first major success breaking out of the composer-pianist mould was with his purely orchestral Scythian Suite, compiled from music originally composed for a ballet commissioned by Sergei Diaghilev of the Ballets Russes; Diaghilev commissioned three further ballets from Prokofiev – Chout, Le pas d'acier and The Prodigal Son – which at the time of their original production were all highly successful. Prokofiev's greatest interest, however, was opera, and he composed several works in that genre, including The Gambler and The Fiery Angel. Prokofiev's one relative success in that genre during his lifetime was The Love for Three Oranges, composed for Chicago and subsequently performed over the following decade in Europe and Russia.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]After the Revolution, Prokofiev left Russia with the official blessing of the Soviet minister Anatoly Lunacharsky, and he lived in the United States, then Germany, then Paris, during which time he married a Spanish singer, Carolina ('Lina') Codina, who bore him two sons. Because of the increasing economic deprivation of Europe, Prokofiev returned to Russia in 1936. He enjoyed some success there - notably with Lieutenant Kijé, Peter and the Wolf, Romeo and Juliet, and perhaps above all with Alexander Nevsky. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]The Nazi invasion of the USSR spurred him to compose his most ambitious work, an operatic version of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace. In 1948 Prokofiev was officially attacked for allegedly indulging in "anti-democratic formalism", and was forced to compose such officially sanctioned works as On Guard for Peace. However, he also enjoyed personal and artistic support from a new generation of Russian performers, notably Sviatoslav Richter and Mstislav Rostropovich and for the latter he composed his Symphony-Concerto, perhaps his most personal work to be completed in the last five years of his life.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Prokofiev died at the age of 61 on 5 March 1953, the day Joseph Stalin's death was announced. He had lived near Red Square, and for three days the throngs gathered to mourn Stalin, making it impossible to carry Prokofiev's body out for the funeral service at the headquarters of the Soviet Composer's Union. He is buried in the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]The leading Soviet musical periodical reported Prokofiev's death as a brief item on page 116. The first 115 pages were devoted to the death of Stalin. Usually Prokofiev's death is attributed to cerebral hemorrhage (bleeding into the brain). He had been chronically ill for the prior eight years; the precise nature of Prokofiev's terminal illness remains uncertain.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Lina Prokofiev outlived her estranged husband by many years, dying in London in early 1989. Royalties from her late husband's music provided her with a modest income. Their sons Sviatoslav (1924–2010), an architect, and Oleg (1928–1998), an artist, painter, sculptor and poet, dedicated a large part of their lives to the promotion of their father's life and work.[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xy84N_U5jw0"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - Alexander Nevsky: The Battle On The Ice (A)" target="_blank">YouTube - Alexander Nevsky: The Battle On The Ice (A)[/FONT][/ame]
[FONT=&quot]in 1892 - Nikolai Obouhov, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1892 - Edouard-Victoire-Antoine Lalo, composer, dies at 69.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1906 - Eric William Fenby, composer/president (Delius Society) is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1908 - Kid (Avery) Howard, early jazz trumpeter, is born at New Orleans. He started on drums at 14, played with Andrew Morgan and Chris Kelly, then switched to comet. He did parade work for many years with the Eureka, Allen's Brass Band, and the Tuxedo. He organized his own band in the late 1920s, which toured as far away as Chicago. During the 1930s he played in local pit bands for shows. After recording with George Lewis in 1943, he gigged in New Orleans for several years. Howard worked regularly with Lewis from 1952 (including a tour of Europe 1959). [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]He recovered from a serious illness in 1961 and played frequently at Preservation Hall and Dixieland Hall in New Orleans during last years of his life. He died of a cerebral hemorrhage in New Orleans, March 28, 1966.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1912 - Gavalda Miguel Querol, composer is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1916 - Yehudi Menuhin, Lord Menuhin of Stoke d'Abernon, celebrated American-born English violinist, conductor, and humanitarian, brother of Hephzibah Menuhin; is born at N.Y.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]He was born of Russian-Jewish parents whose original surname was Mnuhin. After being taken to San Francisco as a child, he studied violin with Sigmund Anker. In 1923 he became a student of Louis Persinger, the concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Menuhin was only 7 when he made his public debut in Oakland playing Beriot's Scene de ballet with Persinger as his accompanist. On Jan. 17,1926, at the age of 9, he appeared in recital in N.Y. His European debut followed when he was 10 as soloist with Paul Paray and the Lamoureux Orchestra in Paris on Feb. 26,1927. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]It was in Paris that he began to study with Georges Enesco. On Nov. 25, 1927, Menuhin was soloist in the Beethoven Violin Concerto with Fritz Busch and the N.Y. Sym. Orch., garnering extraordinary acclaim from the public and critics alike. He then made tours throughout the U.S. and Europe. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]On April 12,1929, he was soloist with Bruno Walter and the Berlin Philharmonic in a daunting program of concertos by Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms, which elicited much acclaim. His London debut followed on Nov. 10, 1929. During this time, Menuhin continued to study with Enesco, and he also received additional instruction from Adolf Busch. In 1935 he completed his first world tour, and then toured regularly around the globe. During World War II, he gave some 500 concerts for the Allies and the International Red Cross. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]With the end of the War in 1945, he resumed his international career. In 1950 he made his first tour of Israel. After touring Japan for the first time in 1951, he played in India for the first time in 1952. In 1957 he founded an annual music festival in Gstaad, Switzerland. In 1959 he also founded the Bath Festival in England, with which he remained active until 1968. He founded the Yehudi Menuhin School of Music in Stoke d'Abernon, Surrey, for musically gifted children in 1963. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]From 1969 to 1972 he was joint artistic director of the Windsor Festival. In 1971 he was president of London's Trinity Coll. of Music, a position he later held with the Young Musicians' Sym. Orch. (from 1989) and the Halle Orch. in Manchester (from 1992). As Menuhin's virtuosity began to decline, he turned increasing attention to conducting. In 1982 he became assoc. conductor and president of the Royal Phil, in London, with which he toured and made recordings. He also served as principal guest conductor of the Warsaw Sinfonia from 1982 and of the English String Orchestra from 1988. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Apart from his various musical activities, he also pursued humanitarian efforts on behalf of world peace. However, his uncompromising sense of justice often antagonized political factions of both the Left and the Right. Following Germany's defeat in World War II in 1945, the German conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler was compelled to stand trial as a Nazi collaborator by the Allies. Menuhin came to Furtwangler's defense and, after the conductor was exonerated, the two performed and recorded together in spite of the furor his defense had engendered. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]After being received enthusiastically by Israeli audiences following the creation of the new state of Israel in 1948, Menuhin aroused Israeli animosity when he gave benefit concerts for displaced Palestinian refugees. At a music congress in Moscow in 1971, he embarrassed his Russian hosts when he appealed to the Soviet government to respect human rights. In spite of these and other controversies, however, Menuhin served as a Good Will Ambassador of UNESCO in 1992. Menuhin was the recipient of innumerable honors. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]After making his home in England, he received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 1965. In 1985 he became an honorary British subject and thereby formally became Sir Yehudi, an honor he retained until 1993 when the Queen created him a Life Peer as Lord Menuhin of Stoke d'Abernon. Among his other honors were the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society of London (1962), the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding (1970), the Sonning Music Prize of Denmark (1972), Grand Officier de la Legion d'honneur of France (1986), Member of the Order of Merit of England (1987), the Brahms Medal of Hamburg (1987), and Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy (1987). He also was awarded many honorary doctorates, including ones from the univerities of Oxford (1962) and Cambridge (1970), and from the Sorbonne in Paris (1976), where he was the first musician to be so honored by that French center of learning. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Menuhin was the author of an interesting autobiography, Unfinished Journey (1977; 2nd ed., rev., 1996). Among his other books were The Violin: Six Lessons by Yehudi Menuhin (1971), Theme and Variations (1972), Violin and Viola (1976), The Music of Man (1980), and Life Class (1986). Died at Berlin, March 12,1999.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In 1919 - Bull Moose Jackson (BENJAMIN CLARENCE JACKSON) is born. A pioneering R&B recording artist, Cleveland-born Bull Moose Jackson was a soloist in the junior choir at his AME church at the age of three. Taking violin lessons from the age of five, he joined the orchestra at Cleveland Central on tenor saxophone. Given the nickname “Bull Moose” due to his disproportionately large head, Jackson was the target of much teasing in his youth. Turning professional right after high school, Jackson moved to New York City and formed The Harlem Hotshots with Freddie Webster. Then after passing through a few bands in Buffalo in the early Forties, Jackson returned to Cleveland. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Discovered on a local stage by popular bandleader Lucky Millinder, Jackson was hired as a saxophonist but was placed in the featured vocalist position following the departure of Wynonie Harris. But when King/Queen Records owner Syd Nathan tried to sign Millinder who was still under contract, the bandleader instead suggested Jackson. Backed by Millinder’s orchestra until 1947, Jackson barrelled onto the R&B charts with the Top 10 entry, ‘I Know Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well’. Stealing away several members of Millinder’s orchestra including sax great Sam “The Man” Taylor, Jackson formed his own backing band, The Buffalo Bearcats (which for a brief time would include John Coltrane). [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]With his schoolboy glasses, rugged appearance, and football player body, Jackson became an unlikely R&B star. The gravely voiced Jackson enjoyed a strong string of hits with: the chart-topping, crossover entry, ‘I Love You, Yes I Do’ (1947), ‘All My Love Belongs To You’/‘I Want A Bowlegged Woman’ (1948), ‘I Can’t Go On Without You’ (1948), ‘Little Girl, Don’t Cry’ (1949), ‘Why Don’t You Haul Off And Love Me?’ (1949). The latter part of Jackson’s career would be marked by a number of racy and novelty records such as ‘Nosey Joe’ (1952) and ‘Big Ten Inch Record’ (1952), the latter reprised by Aerosmith in 1975. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]With his career ebbing, Jackson left King Records in 1956, scoring his final hit in 1961 with a newly recorded version of his early hit, ‘I Love You, Yes I Do’. Essentially retiring from music for the next two decades, James worked for a catering company. But in a strange twist of fate, when a Pittsburgh rock band, The Flashcats, scored a local hit with Bull Moose Jackson’s ‘Nosey Joe’ in 1983, the ageing Jackson was lured back on stage. Recording a cassette-only album, Moosemania, in 1984, James scored a minor hit with the novelty number, ‘Get Off The Table, Mable (The Two Dollars Is For The Beer)’. Rediscovered by audiences, Jackson toured through Europe in 1985, backed by the Johnny Otis Show. But with his health worsening, Jackson moved back to Cleveland. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Diagnosed with untreatable cancer, he died after a long-term confinement at Mount Sinai Hospital in Cleveland, July 31, 1989.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1922 - Charles (Jr.) Mingus, highly influential jazz bassist, leader, pianist, composer, is born on a military base in Nogales, Ariz. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]His small groups (he generally had assistance when writing for big bands or orchestras) played with a wild intensity and freedom of expression never reproduced. Most notably, he was the first and still one of the only jazz composers who would have tempo and even meter changes within pieces; this is most dramatically illustrated by listening to the various performances of "Fables of Faubus" from 1959 on. (To this day, most jazz pieces are counted off and then stay at that tempo until the end.) His bass playing was powerful, accurate, and innovative in his use of various strumming techniques and pedal point. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Mingus was also an expressive pianist. A very troubled man, he was known for his dangerous temper—in a famous incident, he punched Jimmy Knepper in the mouth in the early 1960s. He also had his psychiatrist write the notes to his album Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus. He was terrifically witty, as illustrated in the words to "Fable" and to titles such as "The Shoes of the Fisherman's Wife Are Some Jive-Ass Slippers." When his fan club from Tokyo came to see him in N.Y. and presented him with a gold cigarette case, he thanked them and said he would now play a song for them entitled "I Remember Pearl Harbor"; they quietly rose and left the club. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]When Toshiko Akiyoshi played an imitation of Bud Powell rather than finding a unique sound, Mingus slammed the piano lid down on her fingers in the middle of her solo at the Newport Festival (1961). When Clarence Beasley was hired to play piano, Mingus fired him before he even got to solo, even though his whole family flew in from Detroit to see him. The nephew of Fess Williams, Mingus was reared in the Watts area of Los Angeles. His earliest musical influences came from the church—choir and group singing—and from hearing Duke Ellington over the radio when he was eight. During his high school years, he learned several instruments, studied bass with Red Callender and for five years with Herman Rheinschagen (principal of the L.A. Philharmonic), as well as composition and classical music with Lloyd Reese. Mingus particularly liked Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, and Richard Strauss. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In 1939, he wrote his first concert piece, "Half-Mast Inhibition"; this and several other early works were first recorded in (1960) by a 22-piece orchestra with Gunther Schuller conducting; other compositions appeared on his album Let My Children Hear Music. His early playing experience came with Lee Young (1940), Barney Bigard (1942), Louis Armstrong (1943), Kid Ory (1944), and Lionel Hampton (1947-48). An uncredited arrangement of "Body and Soul," from a Hampton broadcast, featured a bowed bass that is now known to be by Mingus. He recorded in Calif, as a leader of jazz and R&B groups, often as Baron Mingus. He gained national attention with the Red 2458 Norvo Trio (1950-51). hi 1952, he settled in N.Y., where he worked with Billy Taylor, Duke Ellington, Stan Getz, and Art Tatum. He performed in Bud Powell's trio in 1953, including regular broadcasts, and in May went with Powell to accompany Parker and Gillespie at the now legendary Massey Hall concert in Toronto; he also recorded the concert and released it (overdubbing his bass which had been underrecorded) as head of his own recording company, Debut Records. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]He co- founded the "Jazz Workshop," a group which enabled young composers to have their new works performed in concert and on recordings. He showed an increasing interest in composing and his early works are very classical in sound and style, with a heavy influence of Ellington; he also composed "Open Letter to Duke" in 1959 and arranged several Ellington pieces in 1960. "Revelations," which combined jazz and classical idioms, premiered at the 1955 Brandeis (Univ.) Festival of the Creative Arts. But on his album Blues and Roots, he talked about becoming aware of the need to always stay grounded in African-American styles. By the late 1950s, he preferred to dictate parts to players for freshness of interpretation and improvisation; he achieved a style that effectively erased the lines between jazz improvisation and notated composition. He worked with various musicians in small combos, and eventually developed a close association with Eric Dolphy who toured with him in 1960 and again in 1964. He appeared onscreen in All Night Long, filmed in the summer of 1961 in London. He appeared on Canadian TV twice around 1960, but it is not known if these programs survive; he was televised in Canada twice during his 1964 tour of Europe with Eric Dolphy. In one famous scene, Mingus turns to Dolphy, who had just decided to leave the band, and says on camera, "I'll miss your ass over here." This was mistakenly transcribed as "I'll miss you, *******" and used as a repeating theme in the film Last Date (about Dolphy). [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In 1964, a major big band concert at Town Hall, Manhattan, was a disaster. He persuaded his label to record an evening-length work at an open session to be held at Town Hall. They agreed, then suddenly made the date six weeks earlier, even though so much work remained to be done that it made success impossible. Moreover, the promoters advertised the event as a concert, raising expectations among ticketbuyers of a complete, finished performance rather than the start-stops to be expected at a recording session. Some musicians walked into the hall having never seen sheet music; copyists were seated on stage, hurriedly duplicating the later parts of the score, while musicians attempted to play the early parts; parts of the concert were issued on various albums. After his second recording company, the Charles Mingus label (1964-65), folded and his financial situation became desperate, he nearly retired from the public scene (1966-69). He married Susan around this time. In 1966, he was evicted from his apartment, a heartbreaking scene captured in the documentary Mingus. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]After resuming his career, in 1971 he was awarded the Slee Chair of Music and spent a semester teaching composition at the State University of N.Y. at Buffalo. He received grants from the NBA, the Smithsonian Institute and the Guggenheim Foundation (two grants, one in 1971); he also received an honorary degree from Brandeis and an award from Yale University. His music was performed frequently by ballet companies; Alvin Ailey choreographed an hour program called "The Mingus Dances" during a 1972 collaboration with the Robert Jeffrey Ballet Company. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Mingus toured extensively throughout Europe, Japan, Canada, South America, and the U.S. until the end of 1977 when he was diagnosed as having a rare nerve disease, Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease). In 1978, he was confined to a wheelchair; that year he collaborated with singer Joni Mitchell on an album. On June 18, 1978, he was guest of honor at President Carter's all-star concert at the White House. Producer George Wein asked those present to honor him; the musicians gave him a standing ovation, and Carter walked over and embraced him. Mingus wept, overcome by emotion, and surely by the frustration he must have felt at not being capable of speech. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Although he was no longer able to write music on paper or compose at the piano, his last works were sung into a tape recorder. His ashes were scattered in the Ganges River in India. Both N.Y. and Washington, D.C., honored him posthumously with a "Charles Mingus Day." After his death, the NBA provided grants for a Mingus foundation called "Let My Children Hear Music" which catalogued all of Mingus's works; the microfilms of these works were then given to the Music Division of the N.Y. Public Library, and the originals to the Library of Congress, where they are available for study and scholarship. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]He recorded over 100 albums and wrote over 300 scores. The manuscript of the 1964 Town Hall concert was discovered by Andrew Homzy while cataloguing Sue Mingus's collection. This collection of his pieces, many of which had been recorded elsewhere as independent works, was planned by Mingus, and when completed and reworked by Gunther Schuller (with the help of a grant from the Ford Foundation), it was Mingus's longest work, the two-hour "Epitaph" for 30 instruments. Schuller conducted its premiere performance at Alice Tully Hall in N.Y. on June 3,1989, followed by a recording and several tours in the U.S. and Europe. Since Mingus's death, his widow Sue has managed his legacy. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]From 1979, Mingus Dynasty was established as a repertory group with rotating personnel that features the compositions and music of Mingus. It included, at one time or another, Jimmy Knepper, Dannie Richmond, and Jack Walrath; at one point, two Mingus sons, Charles and Eric, were among the personnel. Eventually it was replaced by the larger Mingus Big Band which for several years played at the Time Cafe in lower Manhattan every Thursday and then began touring and recording as it became more established. Since the mid-1990s, Steve Slagle has directed the group, which has premiered a number of unheard Mingus works and new arrangements of his small group works. Sue Mingus has also campaigned for years against bootleg recordings. Initially she would simply go to stores and take the bootlegs out of the bins; during the mid-1990s, she began to issue the same material legally in an effort to outsell the bootlegs. His grandson Kevin Mingus is a bassist who plays an instrument given to him by Buddy Collette. - Died at Cuernavaca, Mexico, Jan. 5, 1979.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1922 - Lou Stein, Phila Pa, pianist (Tonight! America After Dark) is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1925 - Andre Caplet, composer, dies at 46.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1926 - Bob Flannigan, Greencastle Ind, singer (4 Freshmen) is born.[/FONT]

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[FONT=&quot]in 1927 - Pascal Bentoiu, Romanian composer and writer on music, is born at Bucharest. He was a pupil of M. Jora in Bucharest (1943-48). After working at the Institute for Folklore there (1953-56), he pursued research in ethnomusicology and aesthetics. He published three books on aesthetics: Imagine §i sens (Bucharest, 1971), Deschideri spre lumea muzicii (Bucharest, 1973), and Gindirea muzicala (Bucharest, 1975), and a study of Enesco's works, Capodopere enesciene (Bucharest, 1984). As a composer, he won the State Prize in 1964, the Prix Italia of the RAI in 1968, and the Enesco Prize of the Romanian Academy in 1974. He was president of the Romanian Composers Union from 1990. Today [2013] he celebrates his 85 birthday.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1929 - Odon Peter Jozsef de Mihalovich, composer, dies at 86.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1932 - Michael Colgrass, Chicago Illinois, composer (Best Wishes) is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1935 - Paul (Laurence Dunbar Jr.) Chambers, noted jazz bassist, is born at Pittsburgh, Pa., Dunbar studied baritone horn and tuba in his preteen years; at age 13, his family moved to Detroit and he took up the bass. In 1954 he did his first professional work on the road with Paul Quinichette, ending up in N.Y. In 1955 he joined Miles Davis's working groups, remaining with Davis through 1963. He appeared on many of Davis's classic recordings of this period. At the same time, he was virtually house bassist for the Prestige label, often working with pianist Red Garland on dozens of sessions. He also recorded as a member of Garland's trio from 1955 to 1959. After leaving Davis, Chambers formed a cooperative trio with Wynton Kelly and Jimmy Cobb. This group appeared frequently with Wes Montgomery in the mid-1960s and recorded with him as well as Kenny Burrell. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]He contracted tuberculosis in 1968, and sucumbed to the disease early the following year. In November 1961 John Coltrane said, "A bassist of the stature of Paul Chambers is difficult to find in N.Y., because he creates a fusion: he listens to the piano and the drums, and all his work consists of improvising in relation to those instruments. His melodic line is a sort of result of the melodic lines of the two other musicians/' In the process, Chambers did more than just keep a solid walking line; he created some original effects. This can be heard on his triplets behind Coltrane's last chorus on "Blue Train/7 his fills and ostinatos on "My Funny Valentine" (live with Davis, September 1958), his beautiful and distinctive work on "Invitation," and his pedal points on "So What." He was also known for his fleet bowed work. Coltrane named "Mr. P.C." for him. As an accompanist, his accurate and buoyant swing is often noted, but he also creatively broke up the beat on occasion. - Died at N.Y., Jan. 4, 1969.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1935 - Jack Nance, music industry veteran, is born. Nance was a childhood friend of Conway Twitty. A native of Newport, Arkansas, Nance attended college before settling in Nashville to pursue a career in music. Drawn to Sun Records, Nance played the drums on the Sonny Burgess-led group The Pacers, appearing on the tracks ‘Red Headed Woman’ and ‘Restless’. Leaving Sun Records, Nance joined Conway Twitty’s band for a tour of Canada. After a performance at a lounge in Hamilton, Ontario, Nance called Twitty over and the pair completed a song that Nance had started – Twitty’s breakthrough hit, ‘It’s Only Make Believe’, which became an international smash. Leaving Twitty in 1960, Nance toured with Roy Orbison before taking a promotional position with Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars shows. Nance subsequently worked as an artist agent, promoter, and road manager for a bevy of acts including The Moody Blues, Sonny and Cher, Three Dog Night, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, and for several Motown acts including The Temptations. (Lung cancer) He died in Nashville, April 7, 2000.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1937 - Jack Nitzsche, prolific producer and songwriter, is born. Nitzsche had a long and varied career. Born in Chicago but raised in Michigan, Nitzsche taught himself music through a mail correspondence course, and played saxophone in a local band during his teens. Moving to Los Angeles in 1955, he continued his formal musical training and was eventually hired by Sonny Bono, then an A&R executive at Specialty Records. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]After paying his dues as a studio musician, Nitzsche was hired by producer Phil Spector in 1962, and formulated the complex “Wall Of Sound” arrangements for many of Spector’s classics including ‘He’s A Rebel’, ‘Be My Baby’, ‘Baby, I Love You’, and later, ‘River Deep, Mountain High’. Occasionally working with The Rolling Stones, Nitzsche played piano on such hits as ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’, ‘Paint It, Black’ and ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together’ and harpsichord/percussion on the 1965 B-side ‘Play With Fire’. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Nitzsche managed some success as a solo artist in 1963 with a minor hit, the classic instrumental ‘The Lonely Surfer’, lifted from his solo album for Reprise Records. As a songwriter, Nitzsche joined Sonny Bono in composing the pop standard ‘Needles And Pins’ for Nitzsche’s then-girlfriend Jackie DeShannon but which became a universal hit for The Searchers in 1964. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Beginning in the mid-Sixties, Nitzsche produced a wide variety of pop, rock and folk artists, including Tim Buckley, Lesley Gore, Bobby Darin, Buffalo Springfield and, frequently, Neil Young. Nitzsche’s later production credits include John Hiatt, Rick Nelson, The Neville Brothers, Michelle Phillips and alternative/punk artists The Germs, Mink DeVille and Graham Parker. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Focusing on scoring film music for the last two decades of his career, Nitzsche worked on dozens of projects including The Exorcist, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, and Mermaids. He also earned two Academy Award nominations for An Officer And A Gentleman. Nitzsche was supposedly a descendant of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. He suffered a heart attack brought on by a recurring bronchial infection. He died at Queen of Angels Hospital in Hollywood, California, August 25, 2000.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1943 - Mel Carter, singer (Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me) is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1944 - Joshua Rifkin, composer is born.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]in 1944 - Mezio Agostini, composer, dies at 68.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1944 - Howard Wyeth (HOWARD PYLE WYETH) is born. The drummer for Bob Dylan during his Rolling Thunder Revue in the mid Seventies, Howard Wyeth also appeared on two Dylan albums, Desire and Hard Rain. Wyeth also backed Roger McGuinn and Don McLean, and appeared on four albums with Robert Gordon. In the Nineties, he was leading The Howie Wyeth Ragtime Band in the clubs of New York City. (Heart attack) He died at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City, March 29, 1996.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1946 - Frankie “Cannibal” Garcia (FRANCISCO M. GARCIA) is born. Founder and leader of the Sixties Los Angeles-based rock group Cannibal and The Headhunters, Frankie “Cannibal” Garcia formed the group in 1965. The Mexican-American group scored its only hit with the frat-rock standard, ‘Land Of A 1,000 Dances’ (1965). Wilson Pickett landed a bigger hit with his rendition of the song in 1966. With the group disbanding in early 1967, Garcia attended college for a year. Returning to music, he ventured out as a solo act before fronting a local trio. In 1979, Garcia recorded an obscure disco remake of ‘Land Of A 1,000 Dances’. Suffering from an undisclosed long-term illness, he died in Los Angeles. - Died January 21, 1996.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1947 - Barry Guy, composer is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1950 - Peter Frampton, guitarist who gained initial recognition in the late 1960s with the British band The Herd, and was introduced to American audiences during his membership in Humble Pie, is born at Beckenham, Kent, England. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Acknowledged as an early hard-rock romanticist for his early-1970s recordings, Frampton broke through with the totally unexpected success of 1976's Frampton Comes Alive!, which prominently featured his use of the voice-box, a synthesizer-type device that seemed to make words emanate from his guitar. The album became both the best-selling live album and the best- selling doublerecord set in music history, eventually selling more than 15 million copies worldwide. However, his career faded quickly after the followup album, due perhaps to his unfortunate appearance in the inane Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band movie with the Bee Gees, and a serious automobile accident in 1978. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Peter Frampton got his first guitar at age eight and debuted professionally at 12. By 16 he was a member of The Herd, who scored several British hits and recorded one album for Fontana Records. In late 1968 Frampton left The Herd to form Humble Pie with ex-Small Face guitarist-vocalist Steve Marriott, ex-e-Spooky Tooth bassist Greg Ridley, and drummer Jerry Shirley. After two albums for Andrew Oldham's Immediate label, Humble Pie began displaying a harder and louder sound at A&M Records, thus thwarting Frampton's gentler, more romantic style. He quit the group before their breakthrough with the live set Rockin' at the Fillmore. Peter Frampton then pursued session work, assisting in the recording of George Harrison's All Things Must Pass and Harry Nilsson's Son of Schmilsson. He recorded his debut solo album in 1972, and formed Frampton's Camel for one album and an American tour before disbanding the group in 1974. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]His first album to sell in significant quantities in the U.S., 1975's Frampton, contained the unsuccessful singles "Show Me the Way" and "Baby, I Love Your Way." Peter Frampton finally broke through in the U.S. with the live double-record set Frampton Comes Alive!, recorded at San Francisco's Winterland on June 14, 1975. Compiling much of his earlier material, the album yielded the smash hit "Show Me the Way" and the near-smashes "Baby, I Love Your Way" and "Do You Feel Like We Do" and included"All I Want to Be (Is by Your Side)." "Do YouFeel Like We Do" featured Frampton using a so-called voice-box, a device which sent the electric guitar signal through a tube in his mouth, making the guitar "sing" synthesized words. The album took critics totally by surprise and stayed on the album charts for nearly two years, eventually selling 15 million copies. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Frampton instantly (if temporarily) became a superstar, playing to stadium audiences throughout the summer of 1976 and into 1977. Peter Frampton's follow-up album, I'm in You, produced a smash hit with the title song, but subsequent singles fared progressively less well. During 1977 and 1978 he worked on the $12 million Robert Stigwood film production of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Costarring with the Bee Gees, Frampton filled the role of Billy Shears in this abysmal fairytale-like musical featuring 29 Beatles songs. Poorly received by critics and the public alike, the movie was quickly relegated to the cheap-movie-house circuit. To add injury to insult, Frampton was severely hurt in an automobile accident on June 29, 1978, in the Bahamas that necessitated an extended period of recuperation. Peter Frampton's career never regained its momentum. Albums sold progressively less well and he played small venues rather than baseball stadiums on tour. After a four-year hiatus he returned in 1986 with another album and a tour opening for Stevie Nicks. He performed as guest guitarist on David Bowie's 1987 Never Let Me Down album and the following Glass Spider tour. In 1989 he recorded another unsuccessful album. Frampton began collaborating again with Steve Marriott, in 1991, but Marriott died in a house fire that April 20th. Peter Frampton toured again in 1992 and 1995. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1955 - Elvis Presley appeared at the New Boston High School Football Field in Texas. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1957 - Elvis Presley had his custom built ‘Music Gates’ installed at Gracelands. The gates were designed by Abe Saucer and custom built by John Dillars Jr, of Memphis Doors inc.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1860 - Alexander Bandrowski-Sas, noted Polish tenor, is born at Lubaczow. He made his stage debut as a baritone in an operetta production in Lemberg in 1881, using the name Barski. He then studied voice with Sangiovanni in Milan and Salvi in Vienna, and subsequently pursued a successful career as a tenor, using the name Brandt. He sang in Vienna (1890), Berlin (1896, 1898), and Dresden and Munich, and at La Scala in Milan (1896,1899). From 1889 to 1901 he was a member of the Frankfurt am Main Opera, and also filled engagements in N.Y., Philadelphia, Chicago, and Boston. He retired from the stage in 1904, and then taught voice in Krakow. His niece was Eva Bandrowska-Turska. - Died at Krakow, May 28, 1913.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1962 - Solomon Pimsleur, composer, dies at 61.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1964 - The President of The National Federation Of Hairdressers offered a free haircut to the next No.1 group in the UK pop charts. He said 'The Rolling Stones are the worst, one of them looks as if he's got a feather duster on his head.' [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1965 - The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Ticket To Ride.' Taken from the film Help! it was the group's seventh UK No.1. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1966 - 'Wild Thing' by The Troggs (who were originally called The Troglodytes) was released in the U.S. on both the Atco and Fontana labels. The song went on to reach No.1. Fronted by Reg Presley, 'Wild Thing' became a major influence on garage rock and punk rock. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]in 1966 - Two dozen local group's appeared at a “battle of the bands” gig in Matawan Keyport Roller Drome in New Jersey. All acts performed three songs each. The Rogues won first place, second was Sonny & The Starfires, and third place went to The Castiles, (with Bruce Springsteen on vocals). The three winners were given an opportunity to perform at the Roller Drome the following week as part of a major concert headlined by The Crystals. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1967 - In the most popular Monkee poll conducted in the music paper Disc & Music Echo, Davy Jones received 63% of the votes, Mickey Dolenz 22%, Peter Tork 8% and Mike Nesmith 7%. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1969 - On the roof of the Apple building in London, John Lennon changed his middle name from Winston to Ono. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1969 - Fleetwood Mac kicked off a 10-date UK tour at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Also on the bill, BB King, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee and Duster Bennett.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1969 - Craig Logan, Scotland, rock bassist (Bros Front, Bon Jovi-New Jersey) is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1972 - Deep Purple scored their second UK No.1 album with 'Machine Head.'[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1976 - Frutuoso de Lima Viana, composer, dies at 79.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1977 - Charles Sanford, orchestra leader (Your Show of Shows), dies at 71.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1977 - The Jam released their first single 'In The City', which peaked at No. 40 in the UK charts. They achieved 17 other Top 40 hits including four UK No.1s. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1978 - Bob Marley and the Wailers performed at the 'One Love Peace Concert' in Jamaica. It was Marley's first public appearance in Jamaica since being wounded in an assassination attempt a year and a half earlier. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1978 - John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd made their first ever appearance as The Blues Brothers when they appeared on US TV's 'Saturday Night Live'.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1980 - Jane Froman dies at age 72. American singer, actor; she moved to New York in 1933 where she appeared on Chesterfield's "Music that Satisfies" radio program with Bing Crosby. She also joined the Ziegfeld Follies... lavish revues, between alater Broadway show and a more elaborate high class Vaudeville variety show. By the time she was 27, she had become the top-polled "girl singer." She is credited with three films.. Kissing Time, Stars Over Broadway and Radio City Revels. From 1952 to 1955, she hosted her own TV show on the CBS network, "The Jane Froman Show". "I Believe", was written for Jane by the show's musicians, Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl, and Al Stillman and earned her a gold record in 1953. She performed on stage, radio and television despite chronic injuries that she sustained from a 1943 plane crash. The 1952 film, With a Song in My Heart, is based on her life (cardic arrest).[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]in 1981 - Eric Clapton was hospitalised with injuries from a car crash.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1983 - Earl "Fatha" Hines dies at age 79. American jazz pianist; once called "the first modern jazz pianist," he differed from the stride pianists of the 1920s by breaking up the stride rhythms with unusual accents from his left hand. In 1928, for 11 years, his was "The Band" (The Earl Hines Orchestra) in The Grand Terrace Cafe in Chicago. The Grand Terrace was controlled by Al Capone, Fatha Hines was Capone's "Mr Piano Man". He recorded endlessly till his death both solo and with jazz notables like Louis Armstrong, Cat Anderson, Harold Ashby, Barney Bigard, Jaki Byard, Lawrence Brown, Benny Carter, Buck Clayton, Cozy Cole, Wallace Davenport, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Duke Ellington, Panama Francis, Vic Dickenson, Roy Eldridge, Ella Fitzgerald, Bud Freeman, Dizzie Gillespie, Stephane Grappelli, Paul Gonsalves, Sonny Greer, Lionel Hampton, Coleman Hawkins, Johnny Hodges, Budd Johnson, Jonah Jones, Gene Krupa, Ellis Larkins, Marian McPartland, Ray Nance, Oscar Peterson, Russell Procope, Maxine Sullivan, Pee Wee Russell, Stuff Smith, Rex Stewart, Buddy Tate, Jack Teagarden, Clark Terry, Jimmy Rushing, Joe Venuti, Jimmy Woode, Ben Webster, Sarah Vaughan, Earle Warren, Teddy Wilson, Jimmy Witherspoon, and Lester Young. Possibly more surprising were Alvin Batiste, Teresa Brewer, Richard Davis, Elvin Jones, Vi Redd, Etta Jones, Peggy Lee, The Inkspots, Helen Merrill, Charles Mingus, Dinah Washington and Ry Cooder. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]in 1988 - Barbara “Sandi” Robison (BARBARA JEANNE MOYER) died. A member of The Crosswinds and The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Barbara “Sandi” Robison broke into music in a West Coast duo with her husband, comedy folk singer Robbie Robison. Discovered while performing in a trio with her husband, Sandi was hired as the lead singer of a pioneering folk-rock group which evolved into The Crosswinds. Eventually joined by future Jefferson Airplane member Spencer Dryden, the group was renamed The Ashes. When Robison became pregnant, the group disbanded in 1966. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Restarting her musical career, she joined a pair of former bandmates to form the psychedelic band The Peanut Butter Conspiracy. Signing with Columbia Records, the group recorded a pair of excellent but ignored albums, while the Gary Usher-produced track ‘It’s A Happening Thing’, from their début album, was a West Coast hit. The group disbanded in 1969 after recording a final album for Warner/Challenge. Robison then joined the Los Angeles production of the rock musical, Hair, for an 18 month stint. (Toxic shock poisoning) She fell ill while performing in Butte, Montana, and died 16 days later at a hospital in Billings. - Born October 14, 1945.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1989 - Madonna started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Like A Prayer', the singers seventh US No.1, also a No.1 in the UK.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1991 - The Dave Matthews Band played their first ever-live show when they appeared at The Earth Day festival in Charlottesville, Virginia. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1993 - The Who's 'Tommy' opened on Broadway at the St James Theatre.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1993 - Jimmy Bee (JAMES O’FARRELL), member of the Los Angeles-based doo-wop group, The Flairs, died. Jimmy Bee later joined the Billy Williams revue in 1959, staying for four years. Also a solo artist, Bee recorded for several labels beginning Hilton Records in 1959. Turning to artist promotions in the mid Sixties, Bee aided the careers of The Bee Gees, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Quincy Jones, and Johnny “Guitar” Watson. In 1973, Bee recorded his only solo album, Live. In the Eighties, Bee and partner Maury Alexander founded Bee/Alexander Productions. CAUSE: Heart attack. He died while driving in New York City en route to the airport to catch a flight to Atlantic City where he was scheduled to receive the coveted Living Legend Award. - Born September 20, 1934.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1994 - Jack Alexander Bently, trombonist, dies at 80.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1995 - Don Pullen, pianist/composer, dies at 53.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1999 - Apostolos Nikolaidisdies at age 60. Greek singer whose career spanned four decades. He was born in Drama, Greece and grew up in Thessaloniki. He is best known for being the first Greek artist to record or re-record the authentic, "prohibited" rebetika songs in the early 1970s with their original lyrics at a time when this type of music was censored in Greece due to the military junta of 1967–1974 in power.His biggest early hit was 1968's "Asimorfoti". In 1998, Apostolos recorded and released "Magia mou pou 'me Paoktzis," a 2-track ode to the Thessaloniki soccer team PAOK. He moved to America and continued to give performances in New York, Toronto, Houston, San Francisco, Vancouver and Germany into the late 80s and early 90s. In April 1999, Apostolos released "Allagi Frouras," a collection of laika tragoudia with a decidedly contemporary feel (cancer) [/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWTLHFg0oJ0"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - Apostolos Nikolaidis -Ti Zoula Mou Anakalipsan" target="_blank">YouTube - Apostolos Nikolaidis -Ti Zoula Mou Anakalipsan[/FONT][/ame]
[FONT=&quot]in 2001 - Destiny's Child went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Survivor.' Their second chart topper, they were the first US female band to have more than one UK No.1. The song won the trio a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Group. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2003 - Felice Bryant / Matilda Genevieve Scaduto dies at age 77. US songwriter; one half of the wife and husband country music songwriting team who were also at the forefront of the evolution of pop music. With her husband, Boudleaux, they wrote numerous Everly Brothers' hits including "All I Have to Do Is Dream" and "Bye Bye Love". Their prolific and quality compositions would produce hit records for many stars from a variety of musical genres including Tony Bennett, Bob Moore, Simon and Garfunkel, Sonny James, Eddy Arnold, Charley Pride, Nazareth, Jim Reeves, Leo Sayer, Sarah Vaughan, Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, the Grateful Dead, Elvis Costello, Count Basie, Dean Martin, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan among many others. They formed one of the most potent songwriting teams in country history (cancer) [/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR9Blw0RsXE"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - Felice & Boudleaux Bryant" target="_blank">YouTube - Felice & Boudleaux Bryant[/FONT][/ame]
[FONT=&quot]in 2006 - Rascal Flatts started a three week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Me and My Gang’ the American country pop group's fifth album. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2006 - Kay Finegan /Vivian Blessing dies at age 95. Amerian singer and arranger of the big band era who later became one of New York's top caterers; she began singing in speakeasies of the 1920's, using the name Kay Ray. In her music career she worked with Benny Goodman, the Dorsey Brothers, Glenn Miller, Ted Fioritto and any others. She called herself the hyphen in the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, of which her husband, Bill Finegan, was a co-founder. After her divorce she reinvented herself and became one of New York's top caterers; she was one of the first to popularize take-out meals (old age) [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2007 - Avril Lavigne went to No.1 on the UK album chart with her third album 'The Best Damn Thing', also a No.1 on the US chart. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2007 - Beyonce and Shakira were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Beautiful Liar'. The track won the Most Earth-Shattering Collaboration award at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards and the song won an Ivor Novello Award for Best-Selling British Song. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2008 - It was revealed that 60’s singer Tommy Steele took Elvis Presley on a secret tour of London in 1958 after Presley struck up a friendship with Steele. When the rock legend flew into London for a day, Steele apparently took him round the city, showing him famous landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament. For more than 50 years, Presley fans had believed the only time Elvis ever set foot in the UK was during a stop-over at Prestwick Airport in Scotland in March 1960. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2008 - Monna Bell /Nora Escobar dies at age 70. Chilean singer; reportedly one of Juan Gabriel's muses. She enjoyed a successful career in Spain, Mexico and other parts of Latin America. She moved to Mexico in the 1970s after launching a successful career in Spain (stroke) [/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYNqBlTuG5k"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - MONA BELL RECUERDOS DE IPACARAI" target="_blank">YouTube - MONA BELL RECUERDOS DE IPACARAI[/FONT][/ame]
[FONT=&quot]in 2008 - Paul Davis dies at age 60. American singer and songwriter, best known for his radio hits and solo career which started worldwide in 1970. His career encompassed soul, country and pop music, and he wrote many memorable country music hits. Best known for hits like "I Go Crazy," "'65 Love Affair," "Cool Night" (heart attack one day after his 60th birthday) [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2010 - Fred Panopio dies at age 71.Filipino folk singer, who rose to fame in the 1970s. He is known for having made the yodeling style of music famous in the Philippines. This particular kind of music is evident is many of his hits, such as "Pitong Gatang," "Markado," and "Tatlong Baraha." He was also an occasional actor, and appeared in some movies along Jess Lapid and Fernando Poe, Jr. In 1999, Fred, along with Victor Wood released an album, Certified Jukebox Kings. He appeared in an episode of noon-time variety show Wowowee in 2009 as a special guest, during which host Willie Revillame addressed him as a "Living Legend". (cardiac arrest) [/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOZRl04vgtc"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - Fred Panopio - Pitong Gatang" target="_blank">YouTube - Fred Panopio - Pitong Gatang[/FONT][/ame]

[FONT=&quot]in 2011 - Hazel Dickens dies at age 75. American bluegrass singer, songwriter, double bassist and guitarist born in Mercer County, West Virginia. She met Mike Seeger, younger brother of Pete Seeger and founding member of the New Lost City Ramblers and became active in the Baltimore-Washington area bluegrass and folk music scene during the 1960s. During this time she also established a collaborative relationship with Mike Seeger's wife, Alice Gerrard, and as "Hazel & Alice" recorded two albums for the Folkways label: "Who's That Knocking (And Other Bluegrass Country Music)"-1965 and "Won't You Come & Sing for Me"-1973. She and Alice were bluegrass bandleaders at a time when the vast majority of bluegrass bands were led by men. Hazel appeared in the documentary Harlan County, USA and contributed four songs to the soundtrack of the same film. She has also appeared in the films Matewan and Songcatcher. Born June 1st 1935. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2011 - João Maria Tudela dies at age 81. He was a famed Mocambican and Kalumban musician, actor and singer. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]born in Lourenço Marques, the capital of the Portuguese African territory of Mozambique in 1929. His father's family was wealthy with noble ancestors; Tudela's grandmother gave to his father a part of her patrimony when he married Tudela'a mother. While in Mozambique with his young parents, his father fled the territory for the United Kingdom on a cruise ship, after he fell in love with a British woman (Tudela would only see his father again as a 16-year-old student in Coimbra; his mother would marry another man that Tudela would always call his "father"). Tudela described his biological father as a "prince" whos premature marriage at 18 years had turned him into an emotionally unstable person. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]He spent his early youth studying in South Africa and in his home-town of Lourenço Marques where he started to play as a soloist at the Liceu Salazar (Salazar High School). He played piano, guitar, and viola without even knowing music. He went to Coimbra, first as a secondary school (high school) student and then as a student of the Coimbra University Law School. In Coimbra he joined the academic music groups and, thou his studies did not progress and he did not graduate, his artistic talent was developed. Due to his scarce interest and lack of results at the university, his family imposed his return to Mozambique after four years with little academic progress. Tudela worked first for the insurance company Companhia de Seguros Império and then in Shell, where he remained for a decade as a sales manager. By this time he developed his talent as a tennis player, becoming one of the best athletes of Mozambique in that sport. But João Maria Tudela's passion for music was huge and he never stopped singing, especially the Coimbra fado, and his fame became large in the whole of Mozambique. He also became interested in African music and rhythm. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In subsequent years he continued to write and act in Mozambique, starting a partnership with the orchestra of Dan Hill. In 1959 João Maria Tudela created his first and most successful song ever, Kanimambo, which made a big career in mainland Portugal, the United States and in South America. Always defending his status as amateur, he was invited to a tour in Brazil. In the return of this tour he performed through Portugal with great success, and a few months later he returned to stay definitely as a professional. In the early sixties, João Maria Tudela entered the Portuguese art scene by the big door. His elegant style had earned him a legion of fans, and a career crowned with numerous awards, including the Critics Prize for Best TV in 1962. In 1968 he sang Ao Vento e às Andorinhas in the Festival RTP da Canção. During the same year, after being barred from returning to RTP following the interpretation of Cama 4, Sala 5, written by José Carlos Ary dos Santos and Nuno Nazareth Fernandes, Tudela resolves to end his career. The last years of his artistic career are marked by an increasing demand on the themes (lyrics and compositions), and a more critical approach to the policies of the Estado Novo regime. After the Carnation revolution (1974), Tudela only acted as an entertainer in a few RTP TV shows and theatre and casino performances.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]in 2013 - Robert Suderburg, the third chancellor of UNCSA, in Williamstown, Mass., age 77. Suderburg, a composer, conductor and pianist, was chancellor from 1974 to 1984.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Suderburg "led the school through a period of tremendous growth," Mark Hough, the school’s chief advancement officer, said in a news release. Hough was a student in the School of Drama during Suderburg’s tenure.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]"He was a lovely man, always there for the students," Hough said. "He had a great passion for the arts and for the School of the Arts."[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Hough thinks Suderburg would have been impressed with growth that’s now going on at the campus, including the construction of a new state-of-the-art library. "I think we would be proud of where we are, and where we are going," he said.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Suderburg oversaw a number of capital improvements, funded by state money and private donations. The Workplace building and Semans Library both opened during his tenure. The school also made some renovations to the old Gray High School building on campus, as well as completing the purchase of a former Mack Truck facility. The school also renovated the former Carolina Theatre, now the Stevens Center, during Suderburg’s time on campus.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Suderburg also presented the first honorary doctorates that UNCSA awarded. The recipients included John Ehle, an author and one of the founders of the school; Ehle’s wife, actress Rosemary Harris; actress Helen Hayes; choreographers Agnes de Mille and Arthur Mitchell; director Jose Ferrer; violinist and composer Itzhak Perlman; and guitarist Andres Segovia.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Rick Miller, a former dean of undergraduate and graduate academic programs, served as a philosophy instructor when Suderburg was chancellor.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]"We are grateful for his contributions. He raised the level of what we could accomplish," he said in a news release. "He was a very innovative chancellor."[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2013 - Others played the violin. Lalgudi G. Jayaraman coaxed lucid lyrics and a pitch-perfect human voice out of the instrument. The violin maestro, whose chiselled rendering elevated Carnatic music to new heights, died here age 82.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Survived by his wife, son G.J.R. Krishnan and daughter G.J.R. Vijayalakshmi, both violinist-exponents of the Lalgudi bhani (style) evolved by their father. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Jayaraman was born at Lalgudi in Tiruchi district of Tamil Nadu. He learnt music from his father Lalgudi Gopala Iyer and gave his first concert in 1942 at the age of 12. He went on to accompany the great maestros of the past including Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, M.M. Dhandapani Desikar, G.N. Balasubramaniam, Madurai Mani Iyer and Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]His accompanying, while unobstrusive, often elevated the concert. Lalgudi, as he was affectionately called by music lovers, said he listened to radio performances of noted musicians and imbibed their music. “There was a loudspeaker in the panchayat office and I would not miss their concerts. So when I started accompanying them I had a feeling I had played with them for a long time,” he would say.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Whether the tough pallavis of the Alathur Brothers, the briga-laden music of GNB or the mellifluous music of Madurai Mani Iyer and the fast-paced rendering of Madurai Somu, Jayaraman always rose to the occasion. As a solo artiste, his style was pleasing and, to many, awe-inspiring. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]A prolific composer, he taught and inspired several of his disciples to excel in violin and vocal music. He declined the Sangita Kalanidhi award of the Music Academy as he thought it came late, though the institution honoured him with a special lifetime achievement award. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2013 - Richie Havens, who brought an earthy soulfulness to the folk scene of the Sixties and was the first act to hit the stage at Woodstock, died of a heart attack age 72 and was living in Jersey City, New Jersey. In March Havens announced he would no longer be touring due to health issues.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]From the beginning, when he played Village folk clubs in the mid-Sixties, Havens stood out due to more than just his imposing height (he was six-and-a-half feet tall) and his ethnicity (African-American in a largely white folk scene). He played his acoustic guitar with an open tuning and in a fervent, rhythmic style, and he sang in a sonorous, gravel-road voice that connected folk, blues and gospel.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Like many of his peers, Havens was a songwriter (he co-wrote one of his best-known songs, "Handsome Johnny," with actor Lou Gossett Jr.). But Havens also knew a great contemporary song when he heard it, and made his name covering and rearranging songs by Bob Dylan ("Just Like a Woman," "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue") and the Beatles ("With a Little Help from My Friends," "Eleanor Rigby," "Here Comes the Sun"). "Music is the major form of communication," he told Rolling Stone in 1968. "It's the commonest vibration, the people's news broadcast, especially for kids."

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]The oldest of nine children, Havens grew up in Brooklyn's poor Bedford-Stuyvesant, the son of a factory worker who played piano; as a teenager, Havens formed a gospel group in high school. Although at one time he said he hoped to be a surgeon, he left home at 17 and landed in Greenwich Village. When he wasn't painting portraits of tourists to make money, Havens was playing the folk clubs there. Among those who noticed him was Dylan: "One singer I crossed paths with a lot, Richie Havens, always had a nice-looking girl with him who passed the hat and I noticed that he always did well," Dylan wrote in his memoir [FONT=&quot]Chronicles[/FONT]: [FONT=&quot]Volume One.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]After recording two albums for a small label, Havens hooked up with Dylan's manager, Albert Grossman. With that, Havens' visibility jumped up a new notches. In 1966, Havens was signed to Verve/Folkways, who released his classic [FONT=&quot]Mixed Bag[/FONT] that year. Havens already had a growing audience thanks to albums like 1968's ambitious blues-folk-psychedelic double LP [FONT=&quot]Richard P. Havens, 1983[/FONT], when he signed up for Woodstock. Recalling his trip into the grounds by helicopter, he later said, "It was awesome, like double Times Square on New Year's Eve in perfect daylight with no walls or buildings to hold people in place."

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Havens wasn't supposed to be the first act to open the festival; that slot originally was intended for the band Sweetwater, but that band wound up being stuck in traffic. Backstage, co-organizer Michael Lang approached Havens and practically begged him to go on instead. "It had to be Richie – I knew he could handle it," Lang later wrote.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]After performing a half-dozen songs, Havens ran out of material – until, he later said, he remembered "that word I kept hearing while I looked over the crowd in my first moments onstage. The word was: freedom." Havens began chanting that word over and over, backed by his second guitarist and conga player, and eventually segued into the gospel song "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child," which he had heard in church as a child. The combined, surging medley wasn't just a crowd-pleaser; it later became a highlight of the [FONT=&quot]Woodstock[/FONT] movie, which also immortalized Havens' orange dashiki. (What many didn't know at the time was that Havens wore dentures, which also gave his singing voice a unique tone.) "My fondest memory was realizing that I was seeing something I never thought I'd ever see in my lifetime – an assemblage of such numbers of people who had the same spirit and consciousness," he later recalled of Woodstock to Rolling Stone.
[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]In the years after Woodstock, Havens maintained his momentum, finally scoring a top 20 hit in 1971 with a version of George Harrison's "Here Comes the Sun." (That cover resulted in his best-selling album, 1971's [FONT=&quot]Alarm Clock[/FONT].) He continued recording for a series of other labels, including A&M, and even branched out into acting, playing Othello in the rock musical [FONT=&quot]Catch My Soul[/FONT] in 1974 and appearing in the 1977 Richard Pryor film [FONT=&quot]Greased Lightning[/FONT]. Though his record sales dimmed, his passion for politics and music didn't. In 1978, he scored a Number One hit in Israel with "Shalom, Salaam Aleichum," written in response to watching Anwar Sadat visit Jerusalem.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Havens continued to record and tour, and he also survived by singing jingles for Amtrak (the famous "Something about a train . . . " line) and McDonald's (which used his "Here Comes the Sun"). In recent years, Havens was rediscovered by a new generation. His collaboration with Groove Armada, "Hands of Time," appeared on the soundtrack of the 2004 Tom Cruise film [FONT=&quot]Collateral[/FONT]. He also published a memoir, [FONT=&quot]They Can[/FONT]'[FONT=&quot]t Hide Us Anymore[/FONT], in 2000 and released his final album, [FONT=&quot]Nobody Left to Crown[/FONT], in 2008.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]in 2015 - Ronny Lee, American guitarist who was the author of music instruction publications, many of which are still sold throughout the world, dies at age 88. He wrote popular, classical and rock guitar arrangements for numerous publishers, including Hansen Publications—for whom in 1964 Lee arranged the music from the Beatles’ "A Hard Day’s Night" for guitar, Williamson Music—for whom in 1966 Lee arranged "The Sound of Music : selection for guitar solo", Sam Fox Publishing Co.—for whom in 1966 Lee arranged "Guitar selections from Man of La Mancha", and Alfred Music. At the request of Mel Bay, Lee wrote what was widely regarded at the time as one of the best Jazz Guitar instruction books ever published, and his articles on all aspects of music and the business of making music appeared in trade and consumer publications, including Musical Merchandise Review, Piano Trades, and Music Trades. He conducted workshops and seminars for music teachers, and officiated as adjudicator at major music festivals.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]A guitarist, teacher, writer and singer who was knowledgeable in all styles of music, Ronny Lee performed on thousands of engagements. These included club dates, jazz, rock and pop recording sessions, and frequent appearances at resort hotels in the Catskill Mountains, and the Asbury Park and Lakewood areas of New Jersey. He accompanied famous singers, including Eydie Gormé and Fran Warren.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]In the late 60's, Lee performed with the New York Philharmonic.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]In 1962, Gretsch Guitars honored two players by naming guitars for them. One was Chet Atkins, and one was Ronny Lee.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Ronny Lee taught Guitar and Tenor Banjo in New York City for 70 years. He was a member of ASCAP.[/FONT]

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