On this day in MUSIC


Forum Staff
Mar 2008
On a mountain top in Costa Rica. yeah...I win!!
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[FONT=&quot] in 1973 - Roxy Music's synthesiser player Brian Eno quit after personality clashes with the bands singer Bryan Ferry.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] in 1974 - Rocky Gray (US drummer, guitarist; Evanescence/Living Sacrifice) is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1974 - Jimmy Ricks died. The leader and bass singer for The Ravens, Jimmy “Ricky” Ricks aided in the transition of the pop-vocal sound of The Ink Spots to modern Fifties doo-wop. Born in Florida but raised in New York City, he formed The Ravens in 1946 while employed as a nightclub waiter. Adding tenor singer Maithe Marshall in 1947, the group achieved its classic sound with Ricks’ booming bass lead playing off Marshall’s falsetto vocals. Signing with Herb Abramson’s National Records, The Ravens dominated the R&B chart with hits such as ‘Write Me A Letter’ and ‘Send For Me If You Need Me’. Simultaneously attempting a solo career, Ricks released ‘Oh Babe’ (1950), with musical backing from Benny Goodman’s group. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Moving to Mercury, The Ravens continued their hit run with ‘Rock Me All Night Long’; by this time, the group’s sound was dominated by Ricks’ lead vocals. But experiencing frequent personnel changes, The Ravens lost much of their fan base. Leaving the group in 1956 to pursue a solo career, Rick fared poorly with his releases at Josie Records. Landing at Atlantic Records in 1960, Ricks teamed with LaVern Baker for a minor hit with the Leiber & Stoller composition, ‘You’re The Boss’. Ricks remained active in the music industry until shortly before his death. He died in New York City. (Heart attack). - Born August 6, 1924.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] in 1974 - Tim Christensen (Danish singer and multi-instrumentalist; Dizzy Mizz Lizzy) is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] in 1975 - Erik Ohlsson (Swedish guitarist; Millencolin) is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] in 1977 - 'A Star Is Born' soundtrack album went to No.1 on the UK chart, No.2 was The Johnny Mathis Collection and No.3 Donna Summer with 'I Remember Yesterday.'[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] in 1977 - Bill Conti went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Gonna Fly Now' (Theme from Rocky).[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] in 1979 - Diana Gurtskaya (Georgian singer is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] in 1980 - Bob Weir and Mickey Hart from The Grateful Dead were arrested on suspicion of starting a riot at the San Diego Sports Arena after they tried to interfere in a drugs bust.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] in 1980 - Sheena Easton was featured in the BBC-TV series 'Big Time', recording her first single and undergoing the marketing process as a new artist.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] in 1981 - Bruce Springsteen played the first of six nights at the new Brendan Byrne Arena, New Jersey.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] in 1982 - Nicky Headon of The Clash was remanded on bail, charged with stealing a bus stop worth £30 from London's' Fulham Road.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] in 1982 - Poul Rovsing Olsen, composer, dies at 59[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] in 1983 - Michelle Branch (US singer, songwriter, guitarist) is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] in 1983 - Rod Stewart started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Baby Jane', his sixth UK No.1.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] in 1984 - Ramiro Cortes, composer, dies at 50[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] in 1985 - Ashley Tisdale (US actress, singer) is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] in 1988 - Michael Jackson became the first artist to have five number one singles from one album when ‘Dirty Diana’ went to the top of the US charts. The other four chart-toppers from the LP ‘Bad’ were the title track, ‘I Just Can't Stop Loving You’, ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ and ‘Man in the Mirror’.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] in 1988 - Tracy Chapman started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with her self-titled debut LP. Helped by her performance at the 'Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Tribute Concert' at Wembley Stadium, also No.1 in the US.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot] in 1988 - Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson dies at age 70. American alto saxophonist, jazz and blues shouter; he acquired his nickname after a hair-straightening mishap left him bald. Born in Houston, Texas, he was a member of the horn section in Milton Larkin's orchestra, which he joined in the late 1930.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot] He then moved to New York and joined the Cootie Williams Orchestra from 1942 to 1945. He formed his own in 1945, signing with Mercury Records, and enjoying a double-sided hit in 1947 with his R&B chart-topper "Old Maid Boogie", and the song that would prove to be his signature number, "Kidney Stew Blues". Eddie's jazz leanings were probably heightened during 1952-1953, when his band included a young John Coltrane. In the early 1960s he moved to LA and began working with the Johnny Otis Revue. A 1970 appearance at the Monterey Jazz Festival with Otis spurred a bit of a comeback for Eddie. Throughout the 70s he worked high-profile blues and jazz sessions for Count Basie, Johnny Otis, Roomful of Blues, Arnett Cobb, and Buddy Tate. He also composed steadily, including "Tune Up" and "Four", both of which have been incorrectly attributed to Miles Davis. Eddie recorded extensively during his fifty plus year career and performed regularly in Europe and the United States (died from a heart attack whilst undergoing chemotherapy).[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bREJoRDRgwk"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson - Bright Lights, Big City / Arriving Soon‬‏[/FONT][/ame]

[FONT=&quot]in 1990 - Snooky Lanson /Roy Landman dies at age 76. American singer and TV personality, born in Memphis, Tennessee; he was a band singer with Francis Craig's dance band before joining the NBC television series Your Hit Parade in 1950 through to 1957, chosen to replace Frank Sinatra. Before hand in 1941, he recorded the hit ''By the Light of the Silvery Moon'' with the Ray Noble Band. A later hit, ''The Old Master Painter,'' helped him land the ''Hit Parade'' job. After Hit Parade ended, he performed in nightclubs and on local television shows in Atlanta and Shreveport. He guest-starred in 1958 on The Gisele MacKenzie Show. In 1961, he was one of five rotating hosts on the NBC-TV program Five Star Jubilee. In January 1960, Crossroads TV Productions videotaped a pilot in Springfield, Missouri for a proposed pop music-variety series called Snooky Lanson Time. Guests were Brenda Lee, the Anita Kerr Singers, Betty Ann Grove and Paul Mitchell's instrumental combo. He spent the 1960s to the 1980s as a Chrysler car salesman in Nashville, Tennessee. [/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-8oPXLi-8E"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Snooky Lanson - Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Snooky Lanson - Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)‬‏[/FONT][/ame]

[FONT=&quot]in 1991 - Axl Rose caused a riot to break out during a Guns N' Roses gig after leaping into the crowd to remove a camera from a fan at the Riverpoint Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights. Over 50 people were injured and 15 fans were arrested.

[FONT=&quot]in 1991 - Justin Adams died. Popular New Orleans session guitarist at the J&M studio, Justin Adams backed Little Richard, Fats Domino and dozens of other hit acts. The talented group was headed by bandleader and producer Dave Bartholomew. He died in New Orleans. (Heart attack). - Born June 1, 1923.[/FONT]
in 1992 - Mick Jagger became a grandfather when his daughter Jade gave birth.
in 1992 - Edith Valckaert, Belgian violinist, dies at 42
in 1992 - Jose Monje, [Camaron de la Isla], Spanish flamenco singer, dies.

[/FONT][FONT=&quot]in 1992 - Camarón de la Isla /José Monje Cruz dies at age 41. [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Spanish flamenco singer born in Cádiz, Spain; at 16 he won first prize at the Festival del Cante Jondo in Mairena de Alcor. He then went to Madrid with Miguel de los Reyes and in 1968 became a resident artist at the Tablao Torres Bermejas where he remained for twelve years. It was here José met Paco de Lucía, the pair toured extensively over 8 years and recorded nine albums. Many consider José to be the single most popular and influential flamenco "cantador" of the modern period. Although his work was criticized by some traditionalists, he was one of the first to feature an electric bass in his songs. This was a turning point in the history of Flamenco music that helped distinguish Nuevo Flamenco. (lung cancer, it was estimated that more than 100,000 people attended his funeral.) [/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEj7wL4I1c8"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Camaron de la Isla y Tomatito___(FANDANGOS)_Malaga 1990‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Camaron de la Isla y Tomatito___(FANDANGOS)_Malaga 1990‬‏[/FONT][/ame]

[FONT=&quot]in 1994 - Marion Williams, gospel singer, dies at 66. A pioneering gospel singer who influenced scores of R&B and rock acts, including Little Richard and Aretha Franklin, Miami-born Marion Williams first performed in church at age three alongside her soloist mother. During a visit to Philadelphia at age 17, Williams sang at a church concert and was subsequently invited to join The Clara Ward Singers. With her pentecostal fire, Williams became the group’s lead singer in 1947, appearing on the gospel classics ‘I’m Climbing Higher And Higher’, ‘Packin’ Up’, and ‘Surely God Is Able’. Possessing a soaring, melodic voice, Williams infused elements of both blues and R&B into her delivery. Leaving Ward in 1959, Williams formed her own group, The Stars Of Faith, before pursuing a solo career in 1965. After decades of turning aside offers to perform in nightclubs and sing non-religious material, Williams appeared in 1980 at the Cookery in Greenwich Village. A diabetic, she developed severe kidney problems and succumbed to vascular disease. She died in Philadelphia. - orn August 29, 1927.

[FONT=&quot]in 1998 - Tony De Vit died. A noteworthy British deejay and remixer, Tony De Vit remixed a total of 16 British Top 40 hits during his career. Born in Kidderminster, he began deejaying at 17, gaining fame, aged 20, after spinning records at Birmingham’s legendary Nightingale Club. A former computer programmer, De Vit then deejayed at London’s after-hours club, Trade, and hosted his own weekly radio programme in London. As a remixer, De Vit worked with a host of acts including Adam & The Ants, Louise, Taylor Dayne, The Shamen, and East 17. A recording artist himself, he scored a trio of British Top 40 hits in the mid Nineties with ‘Burning Up’, ‘Hooked’, and ‘I’ll Be There’. De Vit also ran his own record label, TDV. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]He succumbed to AIDS-related bronchial pneumonia and bone marrow failure. His health worsened during a visit to Miami (for his first US tour) when he was stricken with food poisoning and diagnosed with exhaustion. - Born September 12, 1957.[/FONT]
in 1999 - R.E.M. Skunk Anansie, Barenaked Ladies, Blur, Blondie, Built To Spill, The Chemical Brothers, Marilyn Manson, Metallica, Placebo, Suede and Wilco all appeared at this years Oskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark.

[FONT=&quot]in 1999 - Guy Mitchell (ALBERT CERNICK) died. The guidance of Columbia producer Mitch Miller, pop singer Guy Mitchell scored a long string of hits in the Fifties. Although he was a star in his native US, he was a much bigger attraction in Britain. The son of Yugoslavian immigrants, Mitchell was reared in Detroit but relocated with his family to the West Coast where the 11-year-old was groomed as an actor by Warner Brothers studios. Rejecting a career in acting, Mitchell moved north to San Francisco and became a singing sensation on a local country radio programme. After a stint in the US Navy, Mitchell was hired in 1947 as the featured vocalist in Carmen Cavallero’s orchestra but quit after contracting food poisoning and pursued a solo career as Al Grant, recording tracks for King Records. After winning an Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts competition, he recorded a number of demo discs. Signed to Columbia Records by A&R director Mitch Miller, he was also given his stage name of Guy Mitchell. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]After his first five singles flopped, Mitchell landed a major break thanks to Frank Sinatra. With an orchestra already assembled, Sinatra refused to record a pair of songs and Miller called Mitchell into the studio. Those two songs, the standards, ‘My Heart Cries For You’ and ‘The Roving Kind’, gave Mitchell a double-sided Top 10 hit. Usually recording light-hearted, cheerful material, Mitchell was one of the last great crooners. With the rise of rock’n’roll, Mitchell turned in a pop/rockabilly direction with ‘Rock-a-Billy’, a cover of Marty Robbins’ ‘Singing The Blues’ (which became a major hit) and ‘Heartaches By The Number’. Unable to survive into the rock era, Mitchell flirted with country music for a time. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Also an actor, he enjoyed big screen success with films such as Those Redheads From Seattle, but fared poorly with his forays into television, first in 1957 as a variety series host and in 1961 with the Western, Whispering Smith. With his star fading in the US, Mitchell performed to large audiences in England. Leaving Columbia Records in 1961, Mitchell failed to dent the music charts with his releases at both Reprise and Joy. His star fading fast, Mitchell drank heavily and passed through a series of failed marriages. He died during surgery at Desert Springs Hospital in Las Vegas, following an undisclosed accident. - Born February 27, 1927.[/FONT]
in 2000 - Richard Ashcroft went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut solo album 'Alone With Everybody'.

in 2001 - Liverpool Airport at Speke was renamed John Lennon Airport. Yoko Ono was present to unveil a new logo that included the late Beatle's famous self- portrait and the words, 'Above Us Only Sky' taken from his 'Imagine' album.

in 2002 - Ray Brown dies at age 75. American jazz double bassist, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; arriving in New York at the age of twenty, he met up with Hank Jones, with whom he had previously worked, and was introduced to Dizzy Gillespie, who was looking for a bass player. Gillespie hired Brown on the spot and he soon played with such established musicians as Art Tatum and Charlie Parker. From 1946 to 1951 he played in Gillespie's band. He played in many TV show orchestras, and with leading artists, including Frank Sinatra, Billy Eckstine, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, and Nancy Wilson. He lead his own band the Modern Jazz Quartet, managed a young Quincy Jones, also wrote jazz double bass instruction books, and developed a jazz cello (died while taking a nap before a show in Indianapolis)

2003 - Herbie Mann Herbert Jay Solomon dies at age 73. Jewish American jazz flutist born in Brooklyn, New York, he was an important early practitioner of world music. Early in his career, he also played tenor saxophones and clarinets but he was among the first jazz musicians to specialize on the flute and was perhaps jazz music's preeminent flutist during the 1960s. His most popular single was "Hijack," which was a Billboard No.1 dance hits of 1975. In 1961 he took a tour of Brazil and returned to the United States to record with Brazilian players including Antonio Carlos Jobim and guitarist Baden Powell. These albums helped popularize the bossa nova. Many of his albums throughout his career returned to Brazilian themes. In the early 1970s he founded his own label, Embryo Records, distributed by Cotillion Records, a division of Atlantic Records. Embroy produced jazz albums, such as Ron Carter's Uptown Conversation-1970 ; Miroslav Vitous' first solo album, Infinite Search-1969; Phil Woods and his European Rhythm Machine at the Frankfurt Jazz Festival-1971; and Dick Morrissey and Jim Mullen's Up-1976, which featured the Average White Band as a rhythm section; and the 730 Series, with a more rock-oriented style, including Zero Time-1971 by TONTO's Expanding Head Band (with prostate cancer).[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQWnatj2sO0"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Herbie Mann - House Of The Rising Sun (1968)‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Herbie Mann - House Of The Rising Sun (1968)‬‏[/FONT][/ame]

[FONT=&quot]in 2005 - The world's biggest music stars united in concerts around the world to put pressure on political leaders ahead of the G8 summit to tackle poverty in Africa. Concerts in 10 cities, including London, Philadelphia, Paris, Berlin, Johannesburg, Rome and Moscow played to hundreds of thousands of people. A TV audience of several hundred million watched the gigs. In London Pink Floyd, The Who, Madonna, U2, Coldplay, Sting, The Scissor Sisters, Keane, and Paul McCartney performed. Philadelphia saw, Destiny's Child, Jay-Z and Bon Jovi, Canada, Bryan Adams and Neil Young headlined, Bjork headlined in Tokyo and Green Day played in Berlin.

in 2006 - Lostprophets went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Liberation Transmission' the UK bands third album and first No.1.

in 2007 - Lyricist Hy Zaret, who wrote the words for the song Unchained Melody died at his home in Westport, Connecticut, aged 99. The song (which does not feature the word "unchained"), has been recorded over 300 times. Zaret co-wrote the song with film composer Alex North for the 1955 prison film Unchained. The Righteous Brothers' 1965 version was produced by Phil Spector.

in 2008 - The gravestone of former Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis was stolen. Cheshire Police said his memorial stone was taken from where he is buried in Macclesfield Cemetery. Officers were appealing for anyone with information on its whereabouts, detectives said the stone, had the inscription ‘Ian Curtis 18 - 5 - 80’ and the words ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’.

2007 - Ray Goins dies at age 71. American bluegrass banjoist and bluegrass music pioneer born in Bramwell, West Virginia. During his 50 year career, Ray was a member of the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers; Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, before forming the Goins Brothers with his younger brother, Melvin. They were inducted into Bill Monroe's Bean Blossom Hall of Fame in the fall of 2001. Ray also received Morehead State University's Appalachian Treasure Award.

in 2007 - Git Gay /Birgit Carp nee Holmberg dies at age 85. Swedish revue director, actress and singer, her parents wanted her to become a concerto pianist and sent her to the Music Conservatory in Malmö. However, in the end of the 1940s, she was invited to act as a prima donna in a summer revue by director Sigge Holmberg. The following year, she performed at the Gröna Lund in Stockholm in the revue Klart Grönan. In 1949, she was hired by the entertainer Karl Gerhard to participate in the revue Där de stora torskarna går in Gothenburg. In 1960, Git set up the Git Gay Show at Lorensberg Theatre in Gothenburg. The show is sometimes considered the first modern restaurant performance in Sweden.[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17wp1zxM6Nw"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪GIT GAY Utställningen på teatermuseet i Malmö‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪GIT GAY Utställningen på teatermuseet i Malmö‬‏[/FONT][/ame]

[FONT=&quot]in 2007 - Beverly Sills dies at age 78. American operatic soprano whose peak career was between the 50s-70s. In her prime she was the only real rival to Joan Sutherland as the leading bel canto stylist. Although she sang a repertoire from Handel and Mozart to Puccini, Massenet, Wagner, and Verdi, she was known for her performances in coloratura soprano roles in live opera and recordings. Sills was largely associated with the operas of Donizetti, of which she performed and recorded many roles. Her signature roles include the title role in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, the title role in Massenet's Manon, Marie in Donizetti's La fille du régiment, the three heroines in Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann, Rosina in Rossini's The Barber of Seville, and Violetta in Verdi's La traviata. After retiring from singing in 1980, she became the general manager of the New York City Opera. In 1994, she became the Chairman of Lincoln Center and then, in 2002, of the Metropolitan Opera, stepping down in 2005. Sills lent her celebrity to further her charity work for the prevention and treatment of birth defects. [/FONT][FONT=&quot](cancer) [/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmEFfeYRWeI"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Beverly Sills - Una Voce Poco Fa!! (1976)‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Beverly Sills - Una Voce Poco Fa!! [/FONT][FONT=&quot](1976)‬‏[/FONT][/ame]

[FONT=&quot]in 2007 - Hy Zaret /Hyman Harry Zaritsky dies at age 99. American lyricist and composer best known as the co-author of the 1955 hit "Unchained Melody", one of the most recorded songs of the 20th. Born in New York City, he attended West Virginia University and Brooklyn Law School, where he received an LLB. He scored his first major success in 1935, when he teamed up with Saul Chaplin and Sammy Cahn to co-write the pop standard "Dedicated to You." The early '40s brought some collaborations with Alex C. Kramer and Joan Whitney, including 1941's "It All Comes Back to Me Now" and the socially conscious, WWII-themed "My Sister and I". Hy also wrote lyrics for an English translation of the French Resistance song "The Partisan", which was later covered by Leonard Cohen. In 1944 he and Lou Singer wrote the popular hit novelty song "One Meatball", based on a song popular among Harvard undergraduates (died a few weeks before his 100th birthday)

in 2008 - Ishmeet Singh Sodhi dies at age 19. Indian singer; born in Ludhiana, Punjab, India, he was the winner of Amul STAR Voice of India 2007. Ishmeet had been working with Salim-Suleiman to produce a song called 'Shukriya' and had promoted this single with live performances. He toured Hong Kong and Malaysia and sung in concerts with members of the Voice of India competition. He put time aside to sing kirtan, or hymns, in gurdwaras. His last performance in a gurdwara was alongside the well-known singer amongst the sikhs, Veer Manpreet Singh (died under mysterious circumstances in a swimming pool at the Chaaya Island Dhonveli beach resort in Maldives where he had gone to perform in an event)

in 2010 - M. G. Radhakrishnan dies at age 70. Indian music director born in Harippad, he had once been an artiste with the All India Radio, and burst on to the Malayalam film industry with his music composition for the film Thambu in 1978. Some of his compositions like Naadha nee varum kaalocha kelkuvan for the movie Chaamaram and Pinakkamano for Ananthabhadram are among all-time favourite Malayalam songs. Other famous movies for which he composed music include Thambu, Thakara, Poochakkoru Mookuthi, Vellanakalude Naadu and Manichithrathazhu. (He had been undergoing treatment for liver malfunction).

in 2008 - Natasha Shneider dies at age 52. Russian-born keyboardist, bassist and singer born in Moscow, and later relocated to America. She was most notably the keyboardist and vocalist in the musical group Eleven, and was the partner of bandmate Alain Johannes. She also played bass on the group's first three albums. Natasha and Alain contributed to Queens of the Stone Age's Songs for the Deaf, and joined the band as part of their touring line-up in support of their 2005 album Lullabies to Paralyze. They also wrote, performed and produced with Chris Cornell for his 1999 solo album, Euphoria Morning, and formed part of his band for the subsequent tour. Previous band affiliations include Desert Sessions, Black Russian, and Walk the Moon. She also acted in two feature films, playing the roles of Russian cosmonaut Irina Yakunina in '2010' in 1984, and Polish former exchange student Wanda Yakubovska in the film 'Spiker' in 1986, as well as minor roles in the TV shows Miami Vice and Hill Street Blues (cancer)[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h04UPGDBKro"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Natasha Shneider Tribute Slideshow‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Natasha Shneider Tribute Slideshow‬‏[/FONT][/ame]

[FONT=&quot]in 2010 - M. G. Radhakrishnan dies at age 70. Indian music director born in Harippad, he had once been an artiste with the All India Radio, and burst on to the Malayalam film industry with his music composition for the film Thambu in 1978. Some of his compositions like Naadha nee varum kaalocha kelkuvan for the movie Chaamaram and Pinakkamano for Ananthabhadram are among all-time favourite Malayalam songs. Other famous movies for which he composed music include Thambu, Thakara, Poochakkoru Mookuthi, Vellanakalude Naadu and Manichithrathazhu. (He had been undergoing treatment for liver malfunction).[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2013 - [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Paul Lorieau[/FONT][FONT=&quot], who sang O Canada and the Star Spangled Banner for most of the Oilers NHL days and entertained a huge TV audience in the 2006 playoffs against the Carolina Hurricanes by spontaneously putting the mic up so the local fans could belt out our anthem, dies at age 71.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Lorieau, who was in his 70s, had battled for some time esophageal cancer — the esophagus is a muscular tube that connects the throat to the stomach — which was a sad turn of events for a man celebrated for his voice.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]The local optician by day had spent six weeks in hospital, with doctors taking out the esphogagus, leaving a 14-inch incision. He had lost 68 pounds, but in February, he believed he was on the mend.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]“I had this condition for six years, and last summer, I’d get up from bed and I’d be choking on my food,” Lorieau said in February.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]“It started with an ulcer and turned into cancer.”

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Lorieau, a tenor who sang recitals around the province in his younger days, started singing the anthem at Rexall Place after Sharon Braun had the job in the World Hockey Association and the first year of the NHL in 1979-80[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Former Oilers head of public relations Bill Tuele first spotted Lorieau and fell in love with his powerful voice. Lorieau sang the anthem until a couple of years ago when Samantha King took over.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]“He was iconic. He was the first guy iin my opinion after (Montreal’s famous) Roger Doucet to become iconic. Rene Rancourt in Boston is like that now. Kate Smith singing in Philadelphia obviously. Wayne Messmer in Chicago. The Mountie who sings in Ottawa,” said Tuele.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Tuele went on a search for an athem singer after Braun at the behest of former Oilers’ owner Peter Pocklington.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]“Peter wanted to change the anthem singer after Sharon and I first hired a woman to sing, but the first night, she did the American anthem and she completely blew it. She couldn’t do the high note, her nerves got the best of her,” Tuele recalled.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]“Peter said to get rid of her, so I went to plan 2. I learned that Paul was an operatic tenor singing in a French Canadian church, went to see him and was blown away. He had a nice ringing voice. I asked him to sing the anthems for us and bingo.”[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Lorieau, who always had a broad smile and a twinkle in his eye, became a star outside of Edmonton when he had the fans sing the anthem with Lorieau waving his mic in the air.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]“He just came up with the idea. He was the first to do it,” said Tuele.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Lorieau initially wore a tuxedo, then turned to a beautiful suit on game nights.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]“He was always impeccable. The well-turned out professional. Sometimes, I would hire some guest anthem singers on game nights and had some remarkable ones, but Paul would come to the game even when they were supposed to sing, just in case. One night, I had the Australian folk singer who sang Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Rolf Harris, and he couldn’t sing the Canadian anthem,” said Tuele. “So Paul stepped in.”

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]“His voice was deteriorating about five years before I left the Oilers, and I told Paul I was getting serious pressure to replace him, and you know what he did? He went and took singing lessons to strengthen his voice,” said Tuele.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]He was a beautiful man, full of life through his Oilers’ days. The world was a better place when he had the mic in his hand and he started into O Canada.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]“I’m very sorry to hear Paul’s died,” said Tuele. “He had a great voice.”[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2013 - [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Bengt Hallberg[/FONT][FONT=&quot], Swedish jazz pianist, composer and arranger, died aged 80. He won an overnight international reputation in 1951, when he recorded Ack Värmeland Du Sköna with the young American saxophone star Stan Getz, under the English title Dear Old Stockholm. Hallberg's class was even noticed in those early years by Miles Davis – who remarked on a blindfold test for the critic Leonard Feather in 1954: "That pianist really gasses me … so clean, and he swings and plays his own things."

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Born in the coastal city of Gothenburg, Hallberg was recording by his mid-teens, having played in jazz and dance bands while still at school. He made his debut on record with the Stockholm bassist and bandleader Thore Jederby in 1948, and led his first trio session at the age of 17. Both Getz and his fellow saxophonist Lee Konitz toured Sweden in 1951, and Hallberg was already the obvious choice as accompanist. By the middle of the decade, he was unchallenged as Sweden's leading jazz pianist, partnering touring American celebrities including the trumpeters Clifford Brown and Quincy Jones (the eventual studio superstar wrote his first arrangement on that 1953 trip, for a recording with Hallberg and Brown), working regularly with the Gothenburg orchestra of the drummer Kenneth Fagerlund, and performing with the leading local saxophonists Lars Gullin and Arne Domnérus.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Hallberg's piano style in his early years reflected the urbane swing of the Benny Goodman pianist Teddy Wilson, the bebop drive of Bud Powell, and the more austere and linear approach of Lennie Tristano. Following his move to Stockholm in 1954, however, Hallberg took up counterpoint and composition studies at the city's conservatoire (the Kungliga Musikhögskolan) with the classical composer Lars-Erik Larsson. The education made him increasingly devoted to classical music, though his expanded knowledge also made him more expansive and resourceful as a swing pianist. Hallberg worked during his college years with the clarinettist Ove Lind in a Goodman-inspired quartet, but on his graduation in 1957 delved into composition, arranging and studio work, becoming at one point a music director for Philips Records.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]He continued to lead his own trios, with Kiddin' on the Keys (his second LP, 1959) revealing both his sensitivity as a ballad player and an attractive mischievousness, and the live album At Gyllene Cirkeln (1962) indicating that he was finding his own way into the new free-harmony, modal jazz style without copying its US piano master, Bill Evans. Hallberg also regularly performed in the Swedish Radio Big Band and late in the 1960s with the Radiojazzgruppen (Radio Jazz Group) ensemble, led by Domnérus.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]In the 1970s, the pianist recorded sparingly as a leader, but explored both jazz standards and a little traditional Scandinavian folk music, on Hallberg's Happiness (1977). In 1982 he recorded a graceful duo album (Two of a Kind) with the vocalist Karin Krog, and worked in New York with a Swedish-American band that included Domnérus, the trombonist Jimmy Knepper, the trumpeter Tom Harrell and the altoist Jerry Dodgion. Later in the decade, he co-founded the group Trio Con Tromba, with the trumpeter Jan Allan and bassist Georg Riedel. In the solo piano set Hallberg's Surprise (1987), the open-minded Hallberg set traditional folk-themes, Paganini, Fats Waller, Handel, Ellington and Chopin side by side, and sounded equally inventive and at ease with all of them. In the same year, he made a big-band record (Spring on the Air), influenced by the harmonies of Ellington and Gil Evans, but devoted to his personal impressions of the life and landscape of his homeland.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Hallberg performed less in later years, but emerged in his late 70s to play at the memorial concert for Domnérus, and in 2012 participated in a two-piano concert with Jan Lundgren, one of his most sophisticated followers, at the Ystad jazz festival in Sweden.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Summing up his work in later years, Hallberg considered that playing the piano part in Shostakovich's G minor quintet live on radio in 1995 was his toughest assignment, and working with Getz as a young man his best. And though he composed fully notated music extensively – for chamber groups, ballet ensembles and film scores – Hallberg always maintained his affection for what he called the "very special connection with the audience" in jazz. As he put it: "They notice that there is something just for them, that cannot be repeated."

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]His first two marriages, to Inga Sundström and Maud Pettersson, ended in divorce. His third wife, Britt Linnéa Stern, died in 2010, and he is survived by his partner, Mariana Persson.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2013 - [/FONT][FONT=&quot]A member of the Merola Opera Program Class of 2009, tenor Gregory Carroll dies of a heart attack, following a respiratory infection, a week before his 36th birthday, in his Des Moines, WA, home. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]During his Merola days, Carroll sang in a Schwabacher concert and at the Grand Finale, where he impressed with his Erik in a [FONT=&quot]Flying Dutchman[/FONT] excerpt.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Recently, he was engaged as cover for leading roles at the Chicago Lyric and the Met, where he also participated in [FONT=&quot]The Enchanted Island[/FONT] workshop with Plácido Domingo.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]In [FONT=&quot]Opera News[/FONT], he was acclaimed for roles "beautifully sung [with] sturdy, shining tenor voice that cuts through easily," and as "an impressively solid tenor with nice finish and ring, traveling easily up top."

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Other recent engagements included Rodolfo in Verdi’s [FONT=&quot]Luisa Miller[/FONT] with Chautauqua Opera and Puget Sound Opera, Canio in [FONT=&quot]Pagliacci[/FONT] with Cleveland Opera and Spokane Opera, First Armed Man in Mozart’s [FONT=&quot]Die Zauberflöte[/FONT] at Canadian Opera Company, Bacchus in Strauss’ [FONT=&quot]Ariadne auf Naxos[/FONT] as a guest artist with Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program, and as a cover at Canadian Opera Company.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]On the concert stage, his recent performances included Mahler’s Eighth Symphony at the Virginia Arts Festival, Gounod’s [FONT=&quot]Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cécile[/FONT] with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Handel’s [FONT=&quot]Messiah[/FONT] with the Tacoma Symphony, and Bach’s [FONT=&quot]Magnificat[/FONT] with the Skagit Symphony Orchestra. A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. July 15, 2013 in St. James Cathedral, Seattle, WA. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2015 - [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Songwriter Roy C. Bennett co-wrote more than 40 songs recorded by Elvis Presley. None of them were major hits, but Bennett and writing partner Sid Tepper were not rock 'n' roll tunesmiths — they wrote ballads and novelty songs that Elvis sang in his popular movies. Bennett, 96, died July 2 in a hospital in New York City of age-related conditions, said his son, Neil.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Some Elvis historians look down on the movie songs — such as the duo's "Song of the Shrimp" from "Girls! Girls! Girls!" or "The Bullfighter was a Lady" from "Fun in Acapulco" — but not Bennett.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]"I have always been disappointed that Elvis' movie songs are not considered worthy of him," Bennett said in a 2005 interview. "It should be remembered that these songs were written for specific situations in the scripts."[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Bennett and Tepper, who wrote about 300 songs together, had hits with several non-Elvis titles, including "Red Roses for a Blue Lady" that charted in both the 1940s and 1960s, and was covered by a wide variety of performers including Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Wayne Newton, Perry Como and Paul Anka.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Their mid-'50s novelty hit, "The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane," was recorded by Ray Charles, Dean Martin [/FONT][FONT=&quot] and, in 2007, The Roches. And in the early 1960s, "The Young Ones" was a chart-topper for singer Cliff Richard in the U.K.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Although their "Glad All Over" (not to be confused with the better-known Dave Clark Five number of the same title) wasn't a big hit, it had the distinction of being performed in the early 1960s by the Beatles.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Bennett and Tepper were extraordinarily successful at writing songs for Elvis, even though they never met him. The process of writing for the singer's movies kept them at least one step removed.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]The duo would get a movie script, with spots marked for songs. But Bennett and Tepper, who both wrote music and lyrics, weren't the only songwriters receiving the script — it was a competition.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]"There were about a dozen teams and individuals vying for the song spots," Bennett said in the 2005 interview for the book "Elvis Presley: Writing for the King," by Ken Sharp.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]"The money spurred us on. I believe we had two or three weeks to come up with songs."

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Out of the several songs submitted for a spot, a few would be chosen by music executive Freddy Bienstock, who specialized in screening songs for Elvis. These chosen few were recorded in demonstration versions with hired musicians, then sent on to Elvis and his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, to pick the winner.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Their decision would be delivered to the songwriters by Bienstock.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]"Our biggest thrill was when he told us we had five songs in 'Blue Hawaii,'" Bennett said.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]For "Fun in Acapulco," which featured a female bullfighter, they wrote a comic song for Elvis to sing in a nightclub setting about Pedro the bull.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The bullfighter was a lady[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]And it was true love at first sight[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Her red cape was waving but Pedro was shaving[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]He wanted to date her that night

[FONT=&quot]"We believed the scenes were fun," Bennett said in an interview for the site elvis-collectors.com, "and it was a challenge to write for them."[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]He was born Israel Brodsky on Aug. 12, 1918, in Brooklyn. He changed his name to the less ethnic-sounding Roy C. Bennett in 1952. "The 'C' didn't stand for anything," said his son, Neil.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]After graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School, Bennett enrolled at City College of New York to study accounting, but dropped out and served in the Army in World War II. Many years later he retuned to the college and got a degree, because "he wanted to set a model for his children," Neil Bennett said.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Tepper, who died in April, retired from song writing in the 1970s when he began to have health problems.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Bennett never worked much with other songwriters, but he went on to write three books: on songwriting, choral singing, and improbably, word processing.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]"It was early in word processing, when WordPerfect was coming in," Neil Bennett said. "He was frustrated it was not easier to do." His book was full of hints on using the program.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]But his main interest remained in music. "He would never lay claim to being of the Irving Berlin or Cole Porter caliber," his son said. "But songwriting was his passion and he took it very seriously."[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Bennett is survived by his wife, Ruth; twin sons Neil and Keith; and three grandchildren.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2015 - Slavko Avsenik, Slovene composer and musician, dies at age 85. Beginning in 1953 with the formation of the Avsenik Brothers Ensemble, Avsenik produced more than 1,000 songs and enjoyed success both in Slovenia and in other parts of Europe and America, and is viewed as a Slovenian cultural icon.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Over forty years, the Avsenik Ensemble's original "Oberkrainer" sound became the primary vehicle of ethnic musical expression for Austria, Croatia, Germany, Slovenia, Switzerland, northern Italy and the Benelux countries, spawning hundreds of Alpine orchestras in the process.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]The Ensemble, known as "Ansambel bratov Avsenik" or "Slavko Avsenik und seine Original Oberkrainer" has performed before millions, including heads of state, on radio and television, and in thousands of concerts. Selling about 12 million records, Avsenik has earned thirty-one Gold, two Diamond, and one Platinum record. The "Johann Strauss of the twentieth century," Avsenik collaborated with his brother, Vilko, to produce nearly 1000 original compositions and an integral part of the Cleveland-Style legacy. The Avsenik saga began in 1953 with a band formed in Slovenia, broadcast on the Slovene Hour from Austria, and dubbed the "Musicians of the Oberkrain" by a Vienna disc jockey. Growing in popularity, they soon began appearing in broadcasts, movies, and concerts in West Germany.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Landing a recording contract with Telefunken-Decca in 1960, the Ensemble rose to meteoric heights throughout Europe. It appeared regularly on network television, toured relentlessly (logging over 400,000 miles in 1967 alone), and recorded prolifically. Milestones include a 1961 performance before over 80,000 in Berlin Stadium, tours of the U.S. and Canada in 1970 and 1985, and a one-hour German television network special in 1980.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]As Slovenia's most popular music band, the group has won countless awards including eight consecutive television competitions, twelve from German network television, eighteen as Germany's most popular band, the recording industry's "European Oscar" in 1975, the Golden Rose Award (most requested on Austrian radio) in 1979, the Linhart plaque (Slovenia), and the "Hermann Löns" award from the German Minister of Culture.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Avsenik's influence over Cleveland-Style music began in 1958 when Johnny Pecon's English lyrics transformed Slavko's "Tam kjer murke cveto" into a Greatest All-Time Cleveland-Style Hit, "Little Fella". Since then, Cleveland-Style orchestras have recorded well over 200 Avsenik songs including nearly sixty by the Hank Haller Ensemble and as many more by Fred Ziwich, Fred Kuhar, the Fairport Ensemble, Al Markic, Roger Bright, Al Tercek, and Cilka Dolgan.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Avsenik tribute bands in North America include Duke Marsic and his Happy Slovenians (Cleveland, 1964 to 1990), the Alpine Sextet (Cleveland, 1976 to 1996 and 2010 to present), Ansambel Veseli Godci / Veseli Farani (Cleveland, 1996 to present), Marjan Kramer, Zadnja Kaplja (Chicago, 2011 to present) and Iskre (Canada). Many Slovenian polka/oberkrainer style bands in Europe are also in tribute of Avsenik's music, including Slovenia's Hišni ansambel Avsenik and Gašperji/Die Jungen Oberkrainer. In sheer volume, Avsenik's compositions rank him with Slovenian folk music, Matt Hoyer, and Dr. William J. "Doc" Lausche as the major tributaries feeding the Cleveland-Style repertoire. But the breathtaking beauty pervading his waltzes... "Pastirček/Hirtenlied", "Slovenia/Slovenija, odkod lepote tvoje", "Veter nosi pesem mojo/The wind song", "Čakala bom" ("I shall wait"), "European Waltz", "Na svidenje" ("So long"), "On the Bridge", and "Argentina", to name just a golden few... best characterize the profound nature of his impact.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]The most popular song of Avsenik's band is the polka titled "Na Golici" in Slovene, or "Trompeten-Echo" in German, "Trumpet Echoes" in English, which is considered the most played instrumental song in the world, being an early trademark and success of the Avsenik Brothers. Avsenik died on July 2, 2015 at the age of 85.[/FONT]
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in 1801 - Johann Nepomuk Went, composer, dies at 56.
in 1802 - Joseph Labitzky, composer is born.
in 1809 - Joseph Quesne, composer, dies at 62.
in 1814 - Janis Cimze, composer is born.
in 1819 - Louis Theodore Gouvy, composer is born.
in 1846 - Achilles Alferaki, composer is born.
in 1850 - Alfredo Kiel, composer is born.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]in 1850 - Rafael Joseffy, eminent Hungarian-American pianist and teacher, is born at Hunfalu. At the age of eight he began to study piano with a local teacher at Miskolcz, and later at Budapest. In 1866 he entered the Leipzig Conservatory, where his principal teacher was E. Wenzel, although he also had some lessons with Moscheles. From 1868 to 1870 he studied with Tausig in Berlin, and the summers of 1870 and 1871 he spent with Liszt in Weimar. He made his debut at Berlin in 1870; his excellent technique and tonal variety elicited much praise; his career was then securely launched. He made his American debut in 1879, playing at a symphony concert of Leopold Damrosch in N.Y., where he settled; he taught at the National Conservatory (1888-1906). He gained appreciation in the U.S. both as a virtuoso and as a musician of fine interpretative qualities; his programs featured many works of Brahms at a time when Brahms was not yet recognized in America as a great master. As a pedagogue, Joseffy was eminently successful; many American concert pianists were his pupils. He edited a major edition of Chopin's works in 15 vols., and also published a School of Advanced Piano Playing (1902). He composed a number of piano pieces and made arrangements of works by Schumann, Bach, Boccherini, Gluck, and Delibes. - Dies at N.Y., June 25, 1915.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]in 1854 - Leos Janacek, significant Czech, composer, musical theorist, folklorist (Foster Suite) is born at Hukvaldy, Moravia. At the age of 11, he was sent to Bmo to serve as a chorister at the Augustinian Queen's Monastery, where he was schooled under its choirmaster, Kfizkovsky. After studies at the German College, he was a scholarship student at the teacher's training college (1869-72). He then began his teaching career while serving as choirmaster at the monastery; he also served as choirmaster of the men's chorus, Svatopluk (1873-77), taking an opportunity to study organ with Skuhersky at the Prague Organ School (1874-75). [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]He conducted the Beseda Choral Society in Bmo (1876-88), and also pursued studies at the Leipzig Conservatory, where he took music history courses with Oskar Paul and composition courses with Leo Grill (1879-80). He continued his composition studies with Franz Krenn at the Vienna Conservatory (1880). Returning to Bmo, he was appointed the first director of the new organ school (1881). His social position in Bmo was enhanced by his marriage to Zdenka Schulzova, the daughter of the director of the teachers' training college. He also engaged in scholarly activities; from 1884 to 1886 he was editor of the music journal Hudebnf Listy (Music Bulletins); he further became associated with Frantisek Bartos in collecting Moravian folk songs. From 1886 to 1902 he taught music at the Bmo Gymnasium. In 1919 he retired from his directorship of the Bmo Organ School, and then taught master classes in Bmo (1920-25). Throughout all these busy years, he worked diligently on his compositions, showing particular preference for operas. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]Janacek's style of composition underwent numerous transformations, from Romantic techniques of established formulas to bold dissonant combinations. He was greatly influenced by the Russian musical nationalism exemplified by the "realistic" speech inflections in vocal writing. He visited St. Petersburg and Moscow in 1896 and 1902, and published his impressions of the tour in the Bmo press. From 1894 to 1903 he worked assiduously on his most important opera, Jejf pastorkyiia (Her Foster Daughter), to a highly dramatic libretto set in Moravia in the mid- 19th century, involving a jealous contest between two brothers for the hand of JeniHa (the innocent heroine), and infanticide at the hands of a foster mother, with an amazing outcome absolving JeniHa and her suitors. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]The opera encountered great difficulty in securing production in Prague because of its grisly subject, but was eventually produced on various European stages, mostly in the German text, and under the title Jenufa. Another opera by Janacek that attracted attention was Vylet pana Broucka do XV stoleti (Mr. Broucek's Excursion to the 15th Century), depicting the imaginary travel of a Czech patriot to the time of the religious struggle mounted by the followers of the nationalist leader Hus against the established church. There followed an operatic fairy tale, Pffhody Lisky Bystrousky (The Adventures of the Vixen Bystrouska, or The Cunning Little Vixen), and a mystery play, We Makropulos (The Makropulos Affair). [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]Janacek's great interest in Russian literature was reflected in his opera Kat'aKabanova, after the drama The Storm by the Russian playwright Ostrovsky, and one after Dostoyevsky, Z mrtveho domu (From the House of the Dead). He further composed a symphonic poem, Taras Bulba (the fictional name of a Ukrainian patriot, after a story by Gogol). In 1917 Janacek became enamored of Kamila Sttisslova, the 26 year-old wife of an antique dealer. His unconsummated love for her proved an inspiration and led to the composition of several major works by an aging composer. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]Like most artists, writers, and composers of Slavic origin in the old Austro-Hungarian Empire, Janacek had a natural interest in the Pan-Slavic movement, with an emphasis on the common origins of Russian, Czech, Slovak, and other kindred cultures; his Glagolitie Mass, to a Latin text translated into the Czech language, is an example. Janacek lived to witness the fall of the old Austrian regime and the national rise of the Slavic populations. He also showed great interest in the emerging Soviet school of composition, even though he refrained from any attempt to join that movement. Inevitably, he followed the striking innovations of the modem school of composition as set forth in the works of Stravinsky and Schoenberg, but he was never tempted to experiment along those revolutionary lines. He remained faithful to his own well-defined style, and it was as the foremost composer of modem Czech music that he secured for himself his unique place in history. - Died at Moravska Ostrava, Aug. 12, 1928.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]in 1855 - Piotr Maszynski, composer is born.
in 1860 - William Wallace, composer is born.
in 1862 - Friedrich Ernst Koch, composer is born.
in 1871 - Vicente Arregui Garay, composer is born.
in 1873 - Josef Michal Ksawery Jan Poniatowski, composer, dies at 57.[/FONT]
in 1878 - George Michael Cohan unabashedly patriotic and theatrical American composer, playwright, and actor; is born at Providence, R.I, probably July 4,1878 (his birth certificate lists July 3, but biographer John McCabe makes a reasonable case that he was actually born on July 4, as he claimed). Among the 87 Broadway shows in which Cohan participated between 1901 and 1940, 23 were musicals that he composed and that in many cases he also produced, directed, and starred in. They featured such standards as "Give My Regards to Broadway" and "You're a Grand Old Flag/' while his best-known song, "Over There," was written in response to the U.S. entry into World War I. His contribution to popular music and to theater was a brash, vernacular style that broke show music free from European- influenced operetta and forged a new theatrical form: the musical comedy. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]Cohan was born into the theater. He was a second generation descendant of Irish immigrants whose original family name was O'Caomhan, simplified to Keohane and then to Cohan when his grandparents arrived in the U.S. His father, Jeremiah Joseph (Jerry) Cohan, became a minstrel-show entertainer, dancing, playing harp and violin, and writing his own music. His mother, Helen Frances (Nellie) Costigan, joined his father in a vaudeville act after their marriage in 1874. He was brought out onstage for the first time when he was four months old. He showed early musical talent and took violin lessons briefly when he was seven. At that same age he and his eight-year-old sister Josephine (Josie) joined the family act, eventually dubbed "the Four Cohans." [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]Cohan had no formal education. At the age of ten he began writing songs. In 1891 he made his N.Y debut with his family in the title role of Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa. His first published song was "Why Did Nellie Leave Her Home?" (1893); another early effort, "Hot Tamale Alley" (1894), was introduced by vaudeville star May Irwin. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]By 1896 the Four Cohans had become one of the top acts in vaudeville, and he began to write sketches as well as songs for them and for other performers. Ethel Levey (whose real name was Ethelia Fowler, 1881-1955) first popularized his song "I Guess I'll Have to Telegraph My Baby" (1898), which was then successfully recorded by Arthur Collins, Len Spencer, George J. Gaskin, and Silas Leachman. He married Levey in July 1899, and she appeared in several of his early shows. (Her performance of his song "I Was Born in Virginia" in George Washington Jr., became so closely identified with her that it was popularly known as "Ethel Levey's Virginia Song.") Their daughter, Georgette, was born in 1900. They were divorced in February 1907, and he married dancer and singer Agnes Mary Nolan on June 29, 1907. They had three children: Mary, Helen, and George M. Jr. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]Cohan's first full-length theatrical work, the "musical farce" The Governor's Son, was an expanded version of a Four Cohans vaudeville sketch that ran for only 32 performances in N.Y., although, like many Cohan shows, its relatively brief stay on Broadway was augmented by an extensive national tour. Running for Office was another vaudeville sketch padded out to full length. Cohan contributed several songs to Mother Goose (N.Y., Dec. 2,1903), among them "Always Leave Them Laughing When You Say Goodbye," which became a hit recording for Billy Murray four years later. By then, Murray, whose chipper style matched the composer's, had become the preeminent interpreter of Cohan's songs on record. (The composer himself made only a handful of recordings.) [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]Cohan's breakthrough musical, and the show that helped to establish the musical comedy form in the theater, was Little Johnny Jones, in which he played the part of an American jockey in England. Although it had an initial run of only 52 performances in N.Y., he toured it around the country and brought it back to Broadway twice during 1905. From the score, Murray had his first major hit with a Cohan song early in that year with "Yankee Doodle Boy," a characteristic Cohan march song that drew upon "Yankee Doodle Dandy," "Dixie," and even "The Star-Spangled Banner" in its patriotic fervor. Murray also scored a major hit from the show with "Give My Regards to Broadway," which has become an anthem of the entertainment business. Cohan himself recorded a third song from the show, "Life's a Funny Proposition, After All," when he finally took up recording in 1911, and had one of his only record hits with it. Little Johnny Jones was made into film twice in the 1920s. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]With Forty-Five Minutes from Broadway, Cohan proved he could write and direct a hit show without appearing in it. The musical, set in New Rochelle, N.Y., starred Fay Templeton and Victor Moore. Murray found another hit in its title song, and both Corrine Morgan and Ada Jones made a hit out of "So Long, Mary." Cohan returned to the stage with George Washington, Jr. Seven months before it opened in N.Y., Murray had a major hit (reportedly the biggest selling disc Victor Records issued in the decade) with a song written for the show that was then called "The Grand Old Rag." Cohan had found inspiration for the patriotic march from an encounter with a Civil War veteran who used the phrase affectionately to describe the American flag. When the term "rag" was criticized, Cohan changed the lyric and the title to "You're a Grand Old Flag." It was the first song to sell a million copies of sheet music. Following the massive success of three consecutive musicals in 15 months, Cohan expanded into other areas, forming a producing partnership with Sam H. Harris and starting to write straight plays. His first nonmusical effort, Popularity, was a failure. (He revised it successfully as a musical, The Man Who Owns Broadway.) But he could still do well with musicals: The Talk of New York, starring Moore, was a sequel to Forty-Five Minutes from Broadway and featured the songs "When We Are M-A-Double-R-I-E-D," a hit for the duo of Jones and Murray; "I Want You," a hit for Henry Burr; and "When a Fellow's on the Level with a Girl That's on the Square," which Murray scored with alone. Although he was clearly repeating himself, Cohan also succeeded with Fifty Miles from Boston, which featured the jaunty, Irish-flavored "Harrigan," another song in which a word with two r's is spelled out in the chorus. It was a tribute to the vaudeville comedian Ned Harrigan and became another big record seller for Murray, who recorded it well before the N.Y. opening. Cohan later had a hit record with "A Small Time Girl" (released as "The Small-Time Gal") from the show. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]After 1908, Cohan began to spend most of his time producing and writing straight plays. He and Harris produced Winchell Smith's The Fortune Hunter (N.Y., Sept. 4, 1909), starring John Barrymore, which ran for 345 performances. Cohan's first significant success with a play from his own pen came with an adaptation of George Randolph Chester's Wallingford stories, Get- Rich-Quick Wallingford, starring Hale Hamilton and Edward Ellis, which ran for 424 performances. He returned to writing and starring in his own musicals with The Little Millionaire, which enjoyed a healthy run, but his biggest song hit of the period came with "That Haunting Melody," an interpolation into Vera Violetta (N.Y, Nov. 20,1911), in which it was sung by emerging star Al Jolson. Jolson recorded the song at his first recording session for Victor on Dec. 22, 1911, and it became his first hit record. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]Cohan's next big success came with his mystery play Seven Keys to Baldpate, which ran 320 performances in N.Y. In 1917 it was made into a silent film in which he starred (he also made silent versions of his plays Broadway Jones and Hit-the-Trail Holliday at the same time), and it was remade four times: in 1925,1929,1935, and 1947. He turned from book musicals to musical revues with Hello, Broadway! and The Cohan Revues of 1916 and 1918. His greatest musical success of the 1910s came with the one-off song "Over There," which he wrote the day after the U.S. entered World War I in April 1917. The stirring song was popularized by vaudeville star Nora Bayes, who recorded a popular version. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]Cohan's biggest hit recording was performed by the American Quartet, and there were also hit versions by Murray, who was the quartet's leader, and by the Peerless Quartet in the fall of 1917. Prince's Orch. released successful records of both "You're a Grand Old Flag" and "Over There." Enrico Caruso's version of "Over There," sung partly in French, was a major hit just before the end of the war in November 1918. By then the song had sold over a million records and two million copies of sheet music. Cohan was awarded a medal of honor by Congress in 1936 for writing "You're a Grand Old Flag" and "Over There." His sequel to "Over There," "When You Come Back (and You Will Come Back)," was a hit for John McCormack and for the Orpheus Quartet in early 1919. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]Cohan and Harris broke up their production company in the wake of the Actors Equity strike of 1919, which Cohan had opposed. (They later reconciled and returned to producing together in 1936.) On his own, Cohan produced such musical hits as Otto Harbach, Frank Mandel, and Louis Hirsch's Mary (N.Y., Oct. 18, 1920) and The O'Brien Girl (N.Y., Oct. 3, 1921). Little Nellie Kelly, the first musical Cohan had written in nearly four years, was another hit, featuring "Nellie Kelly, I Love You," successfully recorded by the American Quartet and by Prince's Orch., and "You Remind Me of My Mother," a hit for Burr. The show was made into a 1940 movie starring Judy Garland, with a score largely written by Roger Edens. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]Cohan's greatest successes of the 1920s were his plays, most prominent among them the farce The Tavern and The Song and Dance Man. His last musical was Billie, a musicalized version of Broadway Jones. In the 1930s he began to work more frequently as an actor in other people's projects. He appeared in the film The Phantom President (1932), which had a score by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, although he got to sing "You're a Grand Old Flag," and in a movie version of his play Gambling (1934), in which he sang his song "My Little Girl." Onstage he starred in Eugene O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness! (N.Y., Oct. 2, 1933), and he portrayed Pres. Franklin Roosevelt in Rodgers and Hart's musical I'd Rather Be Right (N.Y. Nov. 2, 1937). His final Broadway appearance came with the brief run of his sequel to The Tavern, The Return of the Vagabond. At the time of his death he was working on a new musical, The Musical Comedy Man. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]Shortly before he died, Cohan saw and approved his film biography, Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), which starred James Cagney, who won the Academy Award for Best Actor. (Cagney reprised his Cohan portrayal in the Eddie Foy film biography The Seven Little Foys in 1955.) The success of the movie and the onset of World War II brought Cohan's music back into fashion, and in 1943 Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians had a hit version of "The Yankee Doodle Boy," while Bing Crosby revived "Mary's a Grand Old Name" from Forty-Five Minutes from Broadway. During the next several years, "Over There" and "Give My Regards to Broadway" turned up in half a dozen films. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]Cohan's songs formed the basis for Mr. Broadway, a TV musical directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Mickey Rooney, which was broadcast May 11, 1957. Forty-Five Minutes from Broadway was revived on TV in 1959, the year that a statue of Cohan was erected in Duffy Square in the middle of the Broadway theater district. George M! (N.Y, April 10, 1968), a musical biography of Cohan starring Joel Grey, was a Broadway hit, running more than a year. Cohan's songs were also used in the Broadway revues A Musical Jubilee (N.Y, Nov. 13, 1975), Dancin' (N.Y, March 27, 1978), and Tintypes (N.Y, Oct. 23, 1980). A revival of Little Johnny Jones was mounted by the Goodspeed Opera House in 1980 with Tom Hulce in the title role. A touring version of the production featuring David Cassidy and then Donny Osmond arrived on Broadway on March 21, 1982, but played only one night. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]Cohan's enormous importance to 20th-century American theater as an actor, director, and producer is beyond the scope of this consideration. In musical terms, he was critically important as a theater composer steeped in vaudeville who caught the exuberant mood of turn-of-the-century America and brought a powerful sense of entertainment to show music. His tunes were simple, catchy, and irresistible, and they influenced the course of Broadway musicals and popular music in general. - Died at N.Y, Nov. 5,1942.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]in 1879 - Philippe Gaubert, composer is born.
in 1880 - Carl Schuricht (German conductor) is born.
in 1891 - Stefano Golinelli, composer, dies at 72
in 1892 - Wilhelm Rettich, composer is born.[/FONT]
in 1893 - Mississippi John Hurt, folkster is born.
Raised in Avalon, Mississippi, Hurt taught himself how to play the guitar around age nine. Singing in a loud whisper, to a melodious finger-picked accompaniment, he began to play local dances and parties while working as a sharecropper. He first recorded for Okeh Records in 1928, but these were commercial failures, and Hurt drifted out of the recording scene, where he continued his work as a farmer. After a man discovered a copy of one of his recordings, "Avalon Blues", which gave the location of his hometown, there became increased interest in his whereabouts. Tom Hoskins, a blues enthusiast, would be the first to locate Hurt in 1963. He convinced Hurt to relocate to Washington, D.C., where he was recorded by the Library of Congress in 1964. This rediscovery helped further the American folk music revival, which had led to the rediscovery of many other bluesmen of Hurt's era. Hurt entered the same university and coffeehouse concert circuit as his contemporaries, as well as other Delta blues musicians brought out of retirement. As well as playing concerts, he recorded several studio albums for Vanguard Records.

He died in Grenada, Mississippi. Material recorded by Hurt has been re-released by many record labels over the years and his influence has extended over many generations of guitarists. Songs recorded by Hurt have been covered by Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, Beck, Doc Watson, John McCutcheon, Taj Mahal, Bruce Cockburn, David Johansen, Bill Morrissey and Guthrie Thomas.

Born John Smith Hurt in Teoc, Carroll County, Mississippi and raised in Avalon, Mississippi, he learned to play guitar at age nine. He was completely self-taught, playing his mother's boyfriend's guitar whenever he stayed over at her house. His style was not reminiscent of any other style being played at the time; it was the way Hurt "thought the guitar should sound". He spent much of his youth playing old time music for friends and dances, earning a living as a farmhand into the 1920s. His fast, highly syncopated style of playing made his music adept for dancing. On occasion, a medicine show would come through the area; Hurt recalls being wanted by one of them. "One of them wanted me, but I said no because I just never wanted to get away from home." In 1923 he partnered with the fiddle player Willie Narmour as a substitute for his regular partner Shell Smith.

When Narmour got a chance to record for Okeh Records as a prize for winning first place in a 1928 fiddle contest, he recommended Hurt to Okeh Records producer Tommy Rockwell. After auditioning "Monday Morning Blues" at his home, he took part in two recording sessions, in Memphis and New York City (see Discography below). While in Memphis, Hurt recalled seeing "many, many blues singers ... Lonnie Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Bessie Smith, and lots, lots more." Hurt described his first recording session as such:

... a great big hall with only the three of us in it: me, the man [Rockwell], and the engineer. It was really something. I sat on a chair, and they pushed the microphone right up to my mouth and told me that I couldn't move after they had found the right position. I had to keep my head absolutely still. Oh, I was nervous, and my neck was sore for days after.

Hurt attempted further negotiations with OKeh to record again, but after the commercial failure of the resulting records, and Okeh Records going out of business during the Great Depression, Hurt returned to Avalon and obscurity, working as a sharecropper and playing local parties and dances.

After Hurt's renditions of "Frankie" and "Spike Driver Blues" were included in The Anthology of American Folk Music in 1952, and an Australian man discovered a copy of "Avalon Blues", there became increased interest in finding Hurt himself. In 1963, a folk musicologist, Tom Hoskins, supervised by Richard Spottswood, was able to locate Hurt near Avalon, Mississippi using the lyrics of "Avalon Blues":

Avalon, my home town, always on my mind/Avalon, my home town.

While in Avalon, Hoskins convinced an apprehensive Hurt to perform several songs for him, to ensure that he was genuine. Hoskins was convinced, and seeing that Hurt's guitar playing skills were still intact, Hoskins encouraged him to move to Washington, D.C., and begin performing on a wider stage. His performance at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival saw his star rise amongst the new folk revival audience. Before his death he played extensively in colleges, concert halls, coffee houses and also on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, as well as recording three further albums for Vanguard Records. Much of his repertoire was recorded for the Library of Congress, also. His fans particularly liked the ragtime songs "Salty Dog" and "Candy Man", and the blues ballads "Spike Driver Blues" (a variant of "John Henry") and "Frankie".

Hurt's influence spanned several music genres including blues, country, bluegrass, folk and contemporary rock and roll. A soft-spoken man, his nature was reflected in the work, which consisted of a mellow mix of country, blues and old time music.

Hurt died of a heart attack in Grenada, Mississippi.

Hurt incorporated a fast, pick-less, syncopated fingerpicking style that he taught himself. He was influenced by very few people; but does recall an elderly, unrecorded, blues singer from that area, Rufus Hanks, who played twelve-string guitar and harmonica.[6] He also recalls listening to the country singer Jimmie Rodgers. Many of his songs were in very basic keys (C, G, D, F, etc.), his fingers picking notes within the chords. On occasion, Hurt would use an open tuning and a slide, as he did in his arrangement of "The Ballad of Casey Jones".

There is now a memorial in Avalon, Mississippi for Mississippi John Hurt. It is parallel to RR2, the rural road on which he grew up.

American singer-songwriter Tom Paxton, who met Hurt and played on the same bill as him at the Gaslight in Greenwich Village around 1963, wrote and recorded a song about him in 1977 entitled "Did You Hear John Hurt?" Paxton still frequently plays this song at his live performances.

The first track of John Fahey's 1968 solo acoustic guitar album Requia is entitled "Requiem For John Hurt". Fahey's posthumous live album The Great Santa Barbara Oil Slick also features a version of the piece, there entitled "Requiem For Mississippi John Hurt".

British folk/blues artist Wizz Jones recorded a tribute song called "Mississippi John" for his 1977 album Magical Flight.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]in 1895 - Oles' Semyonovich Chishko, composer is born.
in 1899 - Klimenty Arkad'yevich Korchmaryov, composer is born.
in 1899 - Otto Reinhold, composer is born.
in 1907 - Gene Gutche, composer is born.
in 1920 - John Ayers Lessard, composer is born.
in 1924 - Ángel Tavira Maldonado (Mexican composer, musician and violinist) is born.[/FONT]
in 1926 - Johnny Coles, trumpeter, flugelhornist, is born at Trenton N.J. He was mainly self-taught, although he had some training while playing in a military band in 1941. He was an important part of the Philadelphia scene, working there since at least 1946 with John Coltrane, Jimmy Heath, Ray Bryant and many others. He and Coltrane toured with Eddie Vinson (1948^9); Coles worked with Earl Bostic in the mid-1950s, as well as with James Moody (1956-58) and Oscar Pettiford (in Greenwich Village; 1958). He worked with arranger/composer Gil Evans's band from 1958-64, and then played on and off with Charles Mingus through most of the 1960s. In the late 1960s-early 1970s, he worked with the Herbie Hancock Sextet (1968-69), briefly with the Ray Charles Orchestra (1969-70), and then with Duke Ellington's Orchestra (1970-74). He rejoined Charles for two more years after Ellington died, then played with Art Blakey (1976), and Dameronia and Mingus Dynasty through the early 1980s. He moved to Los Angeles in 1985 and worked for a year with Count Basie. However, his health had already begun to fail, and he moved back to Philadelphia in 1990. He was sporadically active until his death, although he suffered from long periods of illness in 1995 and shortly before his death. - Died at Philadelphia, Pa., Dec. 21, 1997.[/FONT]
in 1929 - David Lynch (US tenor vocalist; The Platters) is born. Founding member of the popular Fifties vocal group The Platters, David Lynch was born and raised in St. Louis. Moving to Los Angeles in the mid Forties, Lynch, a tenor, joined several high school friends in forming an all-male vocal quartet. After entering numerous local talent shows, in 1953 the Tony Williams-fronted group came under the guidance of manager Buck Ram. Tutored by Ram, The Platters fared poorly with their début recordings at King-Federal Records; at the label, the group would record a raw version of their future hit ‘Only You’. Then with another Buck Ram-managed group, The Penguins, signing with Mercury Records, Ram arranged a deal with the label to also take on The Platters. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]But while The Penguins faded from the charts, The Platters hit the Top 10 with a re-recording of ‘Only You’ (1955). The most successful R&B group of the decade, The Platters notched a strong run of elegant ballad hits, including ‘The Great Pretender’, ‘(You’ve Got) The Magic Touch’, ‘My Prayer’, and ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes’. But The Platters were irrevocably harmed in a scandal when on August 10, 1959, the four male members were arrested in a Cincinnati motel for having sex with women who were under 21. Although Lynch and the others were acquitted of the charges, the group never recovered. The Platters would score their final Top 10 hit in 1960 with a cover of the standard, ‘Harbor Lights’. Waiting several years for another hit, The Platters landed at Musicor Records, taking a pop turn with ‘I Love You A Thousand Times’ (1966) and ‘With This Ring’ (1967). Lynch would leave the group in 1976. Lynch had been fighting cancer for four years. He died in a Veteran’s Administration hospital in Long Beach, California. - Died January 2, 1981.[/FONT]
in 1930 - Pete Fountain, New Orleans, jazz clarinetist (Lawrence Welk 1957-59) is born at New Orleans, La. He identifies strongly with New Orleans; he was born there, learned to play there, and continues to perform there in a nightclub in the Hilton hotel, complete with red velvet on the walls, that bears his iconic name. Although he borrowed a great deal from Benny Goodman, his most enduring influence on clarinet was his teacher and early mentor, Irving Fazola. By 1950, after playing with various New Orleans-based Dixieland combos, Fountain made his recording debut with Phil Zito's International Dixieland band. In the 1950s, he led his own combo, and toured Chicago with the Dukes of Dixieland. From 1957 to 1959, he achieved widespread popularity during a stint with The Lawrence Welk Show, on which he played Dixieland numbers. After leaving Welk, he returned to New Orleans, purchased his first nightclub, and began a productive association with the Decca subsidiary Coral Records. Little else has changed since then-Fountain is still a New Orleans monument, he still plays with the same warm tone and Dixieland style, and he still wanders into the studio every now and then. Today he celebrates his 83 birthday.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]in 1930 - Ron(ald William) Collier, Canadian composer, arranger, conductor, trombonist, and teacher, is born at Coleman, near Lethridge, Alberta, July 3, 1930. He studied in Vancouver (1943-50), where he played trombone in the Kitsilano Boys' Band. Following composition training with Gordon Delamont in Toronto (1951-54), he became the first jazz composer to receive a Canada Council grant, which allowed him to pursue studies with George Russell and Hall Overton in N.Y. (1961-62). He played trombone in dance bands and orchestras, and eventually led his own jazz groups and big band. In 1972 he became composer-in-residence at Humber College in Toronto, where he taught composition and arranging from 1974. Collier was a principal figure in the Third Stream movement in Canada. [/FONT]
in 1930 - Thomas J. Tedesco (American master session guitarist) is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Tommy Tedesco Born July 3, 1930 A prolific session guitarist, Tommy Tedesco performed on sessions behind acts such as The Beach Boys, The Monkees, and Frank Sinatra. A native of Niagara Falls, New York, Tedesco quit music for three years at age 13 when an instructor called him his worst student ever. After completing an army stint in the early Fifties, Tedesco joined Ralph Marterie’s Orchestra, appearing with the group on Hoagy Carmichael’s West Coast-based television programme in 1953. Leaving Marterie and remaining in Los Angeles, Tedesco was hired as a session musician for The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet, a gig that would lead to countless TV and film assignments, including The Godfather, Green Acres, Batman, M*A*S*H, Charlie’s Angels, Happy Days, and Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid. Much respected by his fellow musicians, Tedesco played guitar on dozens of hits, including ‘Strangers In The Night’ (Frank Sinatra), ‘Viva Las Vegas’ (Elvis Presley), ‘Little Old Lady From Pasadena’ (Jan & Dean), several Beach Boys classics including ‘Good Vibrations’, and countless Phil Spector “wall of sound” sessions at Philles Records behind girl groups such as The Crystals and The Ronettes. Also a member of various studio groups, Tedesco recorded with The Routers and The Marketts. Pursuing a solo career in 1978, he recorded several instrumental albums, and began to perform regularly in public. Tedesco also wrote a column for Guitar Player magazine, and wrote several guitar instruction books. He died at his home in Northridge, California,November 10, 1997. (Lung cancer and a brain tumour).[/FONT]
in 1930 - Carlos Kleiber (Austrian conductor) is born.
in 1934 - Roger Christian (US radio personality, lyricist) is born.. not the radio DJ from Buffalo.
in 1936 - Frederick Tupper Saussy III (US keyboardist, composer; Neon Philharmonic) is born.
in 1939 - Brigitte Fassbaender (German mezzo-soprano) is born.
in 1940 - Maureen Kennedy (Canadian jazz vocalist) is born.
in 1940 - Fontella Bass (US female singer, pianist) is born.
in 1940 - Bernadette Greevy (Irish mezzo-soprano) is born.[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NVmVzfLCwE"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪G.F. Handel. 'Lascia ch'io pianga' from 'Rinaldo'. Bernadette Greevy.‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪G.F. Handel. [/FONT][FONT=&quot]'Lascia ch'io pianga' from 'Rinaldo'. Bernadette Greevy.‬‏[/FONT][/ame][FONT=&quot] [/FONT]​

[FONT=&quot]in 1941 - Donald McPherson (US soul singer; Main Ingredient) is born.
in 1942 - Eddy Mitchell (French singer, actor) is born.
in 1943 - Judith Durham (vocals, Seekers) is born.
in 1944 - Michel Polnareff (French singer-songwriter) is born.
in 1945 - Mike Corby, London, guitarist (Babys-Back on My Feet Again) is born.
in 1946 - Victor Unitt (UK guitar, harmonica; Pretty Things/Edgar Broughton Band) is born.
in 1946 - John Klemmer (tenor sax, electrified sax, composer) is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1946 – Chet Atkins marries singer [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Leona Johnson.[/FONT][FONT=&quot]
in 1946 - Johnny Lee (US country-n-western singer) is born.
in 1947 - Anthony "Top" Topham (UK blues guitarist) is born.
in 1947 - Grethe Kausland (Norwegian singer and performer) is born.
in 1947 - Betty Buckley (musical theatre actress, music critic, "Voice of Broadway") is born.
in 1948 - Peter Ruzicka, composer is born.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]in 1948 - Józef Skrzek (Polish multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer; Slezanie/Ametysty/Breakout) is born.
in 1948 - Paul Barrere (guitar; Little Feat) is born.
in 1949 - Johnnie Wilder (US lead singer and co-founder of Heatwave) is born.
in 1950 - Damon Harris, Balt Md, rocker (Temptations-My Girl) is born.
in 1951 - Mike Corby (keyboard, guitar, The Babys) is born.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]in 1951 - Ken Johnson (KENNARD JOHNSON) is born. A member of The Steve Miller Band in the mid Seventies, blues-trained drummer Ken Johnson appeared on Miller’s hit albums Fly Like An Eagle (1976) and Book Of Dreams (1977). A native of St. Louis, Johnson was still in his teens when he worked with Ike & Tina Turner, and in the early Seventies, Johnson began a long stint with bluesman James Cotton. After working with The Chi-Lites and Steve Miller, Johnson moved to New Orleans where he worked with Louisiana Red before joining The Kenny Neal Band for a 13-year run. Suffering from diabetes complications, he died at his home in Jonesboro, Georgia. Died March 19, 2005.[/FONT]
in 1952 - Daniel Zamudio, composer, dies at 64.
in 1952 - Henriette Bosmans, composer, dies.
in 1952 - Amit Kumar (Indian singer) is born.
in 1953 - Jackson Kaujeua (Namibian musician, composer, gospel singer) is born.
in 1955 - Neil Clark (guitarist, songwriters; Commotions) is born.
in 1955 - Mike Corby, rocker is born.
in 1957 - Laura Branigan, Brewster NY, vocalist (Gloria) is born.
in 1957 - Richard Mohaupt, German composer (Bucolica), dies at 52.
in 1957 - Poly Styrene /Marianne Joan Elliott-Said (UK singer-songwriter; X-Ray Spex) is born.
in 1958 - Aaron Tippin, Pensacola Fl, singer (You've Got to Stand for Something) is born.[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_s-Qk07KxA"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Aaron Tippin - You've Got To Stand For Something‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Aaron Tippin - You've Got To Stand For Something‬‏[/FONT][/ame][FONT=&quot] [/FONT]​

[FONT=&quot]in 1959 - Stephen Pearcy, LA Calif, heavy metal vocalist (RATT-Round and Round) is born.
in 1960 - Vernon Presley (father of Elvis) weds Dee Alliot.
in 1960 - Alfred Henry Ackley, composer, dies at 73.
in 1960 - Vince Clarke (UK keyboard, songwriter; Depeche Mode/Yazoo/Erasure) is born.
in 1961 - Tim Smith (UK singer-songwriter, composer; Cardiacs) is born.
in 1962 - Taylor Dayne, [Lesley Wunderman], NY, vocalist (Tell it to My Heart) is born.
in 1964 - Gary Ryan, rocker (Blackhearts) is born .
in 1965 - Clarence Loomis, composer, dies at 75.

in 1965 - The Beatles played the final night of a two week European tour at the Plaza de Toros Monumental in Barcelona, Spain.

in 1966 - Joseph Deems Taylor, composer, dies at 80.
in 1966 - Andre Gailhard, composer, dies at 81.

in 1967 - A private party was held at the Speakeasy Club in London, England for the Monkees. Guests included: John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Dusty Springfield, Eric Clapton, Lulu and all the members from Manfred Mann, The Who and Procol Harum.

in 1967 - The Doors appeared at Santa Monica Civic Center, Santa Monica, California, with Iron Butterfly and Rubber Maze.

in 1968 - The Equals were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Baby Come Back'. The group's only UK No.1. The song was first released in 1966 but did not chart.

in 1968 - At an impromptu gathering at Joni Mitchell’s house in Lookout Mountain, Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash played together for the very first time.

in 1968 - Martyn Walsh (bassist, Inspiral Carpets) is born.
in 1969 - 78,000 attend Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, RI.
in 1969 - Hermann Grabner, composer, dies at 83.
in 1969 - Kevin Hearn (rhythm, sometimes lead guitar, Barenaked Ladies) is born.

[FONT=&quot]In 1969 - Brian Jones (LEWIS BRIAN HOPKIN-JONES) dies. Founder and original lead guitarist of The Rolling Stones, Brian Jones craved fame like a junkie craves heroin, but when he found it he was unable to cope and his early death (like those of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison) became a metaphor for the end of the Sixties’ dream. “Brian died a little every day,” was one comment from a fellow Sixties rock star, an indication that few who knew him were terribly surprised when his body was fished out of the swimming pool at his country home. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]Brian Jones was born in Cheltenham, England, to middle-class parents. His mother was a piano teacher and Jones inherited natural musical talent, although his tastes ran more to American jazz and blues than popular songs, and as a teenager he taught himself to play both the saxophone and guitar. He dropped out of school after impregnating a local girl, a scandal that embarrassed his family, and played briefly with a local group called The Ramrods while working in labouring jobs and as a bus conductor. Moving to London, he took a day job in a department store, and eventually worked his way up to an occasional gig in Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated. By age 20, Jones had sired another illegitimate child; by the time of his death he would have fathered five children and possibly six. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]In 1962 Jones placed an advertisement in Jazz News seeking fellow R&B enthusiasts to form a blues group, hiring first pianist Ian Stewart; eventually, singer Mick Jagger, guitarist Keith Richard, saxophonist Dick Taylor, and future Kinks’ drummer Mick Avory would also join his band. Taking their name from a Muddy Waters’ song, The Rolling Stones, with Charlie Watts now on drums and Bill Wyman on bass, were performing regularly around the Richmond (West London) area in 1963 and drawing big crowds at London’s Marquee. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]A blues fanatic, Jones was musically more skilled than the rest of the group and in these early days he, at least, considered himself their leader. Making a splash in the British press with their long hair, scruffy clothes and all-round contemptuous behaviour, Jones and the group signed with Decca Records and quickly gained a huge following in Britain, second only to The Beatles. Meanwhile, to Jones’ chagrin, Jagger was slowly emerging as the group’s leader, a situation that was compounded when he and Keith Richards began writing the group’s material after their initial success with Chuck Berry’s ‘Come On’ (1963) and the Lennon-McCartney composition, ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’. In the summer of 1964, the Stones scored their first US Top 40 hit with ‘Tell Me (You’re Coming Back)’ and later in the year they created a stir with their Ed Sullivan Show début. By the end of 1964, The Rolling Stones were at the forefront of the British Invasion alongside The Beatles, but fame sat uneasily within Jones’ fragile psyche and it wasn’t long before he experienced the first of several drug overdoses. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]At first it all helped to nurture their bad boy image while the group enjoyed a dazzling string of hits, including ‘It’s All Over Now’, ‘The Last Time’, the polemic ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’, ‘Get Off Of My Cloud’, ‘Paint It Black’, ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together’ and more. By this time Jones was contributing a variety of unusual stylistic influences to the Stones’ music, sitars, harpsichords and flutes amongst them, and there is no doubt this helped to keep the group fresh and interesting in an era when the competition – from both sides of the Atlantic – was at its zenith. By 1966 Jones had entered into a stormy relationship with Anita Pallenberg, a beautiful but tempestuous German actress. For a while they were among pop’s golden couples, their blond fringes and dandified clothes making them look so similar as to appear almost interchangeable, but there was a dark undercurrent to their relationship which manifested itself in violent fights. Behind the facade Jones was struggling to cope with fame and his diminishing role in the Stones, and turning increasingly to drugs of all kinds. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]In May, 1967, he was busted for marijuana possession, an incident that received much press coverage, not least because Jagger and Richards were remanded in court for drug offences on the same day. There were calls from the establishment for jail sentences to be handed down – to teach them all a sharp lesson – but Jones was fortunate to find himself up before a lenient judge who concurred with psychiatrists’ evaluations, and he got off with a fine and three years probation. Within a week, however, Jones would require hospitalisation for his condition, euphemistically described in the press as “exhaustion,” though “acute paranoia” would be a more accurate description. When the group recorded the drug-oriented, psychedelic-themed album Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967), Jones was disappointed by its relative failure and from this point on his actions served only to alienate him further and further from the rest of the band. Busted for drugs a second time in May 1968, Jones was again found guilty, but he eluded jail by promising to rehabilitate himself. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]By this time Pallenberg had left him for Keith Richards after a dramatic episode in Morocco, and her desertion in favour of a fellow Stone further upset inter-band relations. His new girlfriend was the high-profile model Suki Poitier, but thereafter Jones’ behaviour became more and more erratic as he found himself pushed to the sidelines by Jagger and Richards. Beggar’s Banquet (1968) was a return to form for the Stones, though it is generally believed that Jones’ contribution to the album was minimal. Indeed, there was a telling dialogue in the studio when Jones asked Jagger, “What can I play?” “Good question. What can you play, Brian?” retorted Mick. The announcement – on June 9, 1969 – that Jones had left the group came as no surprise to insiders. He was replaced by Mick Taylor, a fine young blues guitarist who had cut his teeth with John Mayall. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]When he left, the now seriously unstable Jones claimed he was unhappy with the Stones’ pop turn, but it is more likely that Jagger had forced him out since Jones’ drug convictions, mental problems and inability to perform prevented the group from touring the US. Obviously, he’d become a liability. Announcing his intention to form a new band, Jones first asked to join Alexis Korner’s band, New Church, but was turned down. He then approached John Lennon, The Beatles having all but called it a day, but Lennon was in no mood to humour Jones either. During the last few months of his life, Jones visited Morocco and his recordings of local pipe music were posthumously released. CAUSE: What is known for certain is that Jones drowned after a midnight dip in the pool of his 16th century home, Cotchford Farm, in Hartford, Sussex, once the residence of Winnie The Pooh creator, A.A. Milne. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]After inviting friends over for the evening, Jones had decided to take a swim. Jones suffered from asthma and had placed his inhaler by the side of the pool. Joining Jones for a swim were his 21-year-old live-in girlfriend Anna Wohlin and building contractor Frank Thorogood, who was living in the garage while working on various projects throughout the estate, and Thorogood’s friend Janet Lawson. Jones was later discovered in the deep end of the pool by Wohlin and pulled from the water. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]Both Wohlin and Lawson, who was a nurse, began performing CPR but were unable to revive him. Jones had consumed both drugs and alcohol that day, and the coroner’s ruling was “death by misadventure”. By all accounts, Jones was an excellent swimmer. Two days after Jones’ death, a quarter of a million spectators assembled for a free Rolling Stones concert at London’s Hyde Park (the show had already been planned and acted as a tribute). In remembrance of Jones, Mick Jagger recited poetry by Shelley and released 3,500 white butterflies. Alexis Korner’s band, New Church, also performed. Less than a week after Jones’ death, Jagger’s girlfriend, Marianne Faithfull, was clinging to life in an Australian hospital after a drug overdose. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]The mystery of Jones’ death intensified after the alleged deathbed confession of Frank Thorogood that he had murdered Jones, presumably by holding his head underwater, only hours after Jones had reprimanded him for poor workmanship. Thorogood resented the rich young musician and frequently insulted him. The alleged murder was explored in British director Stephen Woolley’s 2005 documentary, Stoned. In the unreleased Rolling Stones film Charlie Is My Darling (1965), Jones said that he didn’t expect to live past the age of 27. Tiles from the swimming pool were offered for sale to the public by a Brian Jones Appreciation Society in 2000. - Born February 28, 1942.[/FONT]
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[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i824gQnYOkY&feature=related"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Brian Jones. Complete Solo Works. Vol 1‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Brian Jones. [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Complete Solo Works. Vol 1‬‏[/FONT][/ame][FONT=&quot] [/FONT]​
[FONT=&quot]in 1969 - James Brown, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, Sly and the Family Stone, Jeff Beck, Savoy Brown, Johnny Winter, Jethro Tull, Buddy Guy Blues Band, Mothers Of Invention and Ten Years After all appeared at the four day US Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island.

in 1970 - The three day Atlanta Pop Festival took place, featuring The Allman Brothers, Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull, Johnny Winter, Mountain, Procol Harum and Rare Earth. Over 200,000 music fans attended the festival.

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[FONT=&quot]in 1971 - Jim Morrison (JAMES DOUGLAS MORRISON) died at age 27. The charismatic, rebellious singer with the Sixties rock group The Doors, Jim Morrison emerged as a cult figure immediately after his death and has remained one ever since. Born in Melbourne, Florida, the son of a Naval officer, Morrison moved frequently in his youth before graduating from a Virginia high school. After studying at Florida State University, Morrison transferred to the UCLA film school where among his classmates was keyboard player Ray Manzarek. Dabbling in poetry and metaphysical philosophies, Morrison was drawn to the arty Venice Beach district where the like-minded Manzarek suggested they form a musical group after Morrison impressed him with a poem that would ultimately form the basis of the song ‘Moonlight Drive’. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]Adding drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger, The Doors became regulars at the famed Whisky A-Go-Go in Hollywood; but the group was fired by the club after performing the oedipally themed ‘The End’. Signing with a former folk label Elektra Records, and releasing a self-titled album, The Doors topped the charts with an edited version of the Krieger-composed ‘Light My Fire’ (1967); featuring Manzarek’s intricate keyboard, the song became the group’s signature piece and an album-rock staple. Constantly challenging authority figures, the well-read and hedonistic Morrison enjoyed shocking people with his outlandish behaviour. His drinking was legendary, he experimented with just about every drug he came across and he lived life constantly on the edge. His dark curls framing a face of unusual handsomeness, Morrison soon found himself on the cover of magazines that exploited his sexuality but he was a willing subject, at least in the early years of the group’s fame. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]Frequently involved in controversy, Morrison reneged on a promise to change the lyrics of ‘Light My Fire’ for a 1967 Ed Sullivan Show appearance; in New Haven, Connecticut, Morrison was arrested for taunting police after he was maced backstage. Flirting with many influences including blues and Spanish flamenco music, The Doors remained in the charts with the albums, Strange Days, which spawned the pop hits, ‘People Are Strange’ and ‘Love Me Two Times’; and Waiting For The Sun, which was highlighted by ‘Hello I Love You’ and ‘Touch Me’. The self-described Lizard King, Morrison irrevocably damaged his career on March 1, 1969, at a concert at Miami’s Dinner Key Auditorium when, during a chaotic performance of ‘Touch Me’, he allegedly flashed his genitals. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]With Morrison arrested and charged with “lewd and lascivious behavior,” Doors’ concerts were cancelled around the country. Now heavily abusing alcohol and drugs, Morrison joined the group in recording the bluesy Morrison Hotel, the album highlighted by the rollicking ‘Roadhouse Blues’. (Morrison would also publish a book of poetry in 1970, The Lords, And The New Creatures.) Found guilty of profanity and indecent exposure by a Miami court, Morrison was fined and sentenced to eight months of hard labour; appealing the verdict, he was freed on bail. Morrison then recorded tracks of his own introspective poetry, and worked on what would be his final Doors album, L.A. Woman (1971); while the pop-flavoured ‘Love Her Madly’ landed in the Top 10, the album’s title track featured Morrison’s off-key vocals and became a rock classic. Obsessed with the deaths of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix – both at age 27 – Morrison would often utter phrases such as “you’re drinking with number three”. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]Disillusioned with the music industry and the image it had bequeathed him, Morrison and his common-law wife Pamela Courson moved to Paris together in March 1971 to escape his problems, rest and plan his future; he also hoped that the artistic and literary community in the city would accept him as a poet. By this time he had put on a great deal of weight and was down-playing his image by growing an unkempt beard. After his sudden and somewhat unusual death, Morrison became a cult figure almost instantly, not least because of the manner of his passing. The remaining Doors members attempted to carry on, but they disbanded after recording two dispirited albums. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]Their music never fading from radio, The Doors achieved renewed interest when Francis Coppola featured ‘The End’ during a chilling scene in the Vietnam War film Apocalypse Now. The best-selling biography No One Here Gets Out Alive helped seal Morrison’s legend and, with The Doors selling more albums a decade after Morrison’s death than in the group’s heyday, Rolling Stone featured a young, virile Morrison on its cover and proclaimed: “He’s Hot, He’s Sexy and He’s Dead.” In 1983, a collection of live Doors tracks Alive, She Cried spawned an unlikely MTV hit with ‘Gloria’. Morrison’s life was chronicled on the big screen in the 1991 feature film The Doors, with Val Kilmer in the lead role. In 2005, Doors drummer John Densmore, joined by the estate of Jim Morrison, successfully sued former bandmates Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger, who had teamed with singer Ian Astbury, for touring as “The Doors Of The 21st Century”.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]Morrison was found dead in the bath tub of their Paris apartment by his common-law wife Pamela Courson. Although there were rumours that Morrison died from a heroin overdose, the French authorities ruled the cause of death was heart failure due to acute respiratory distress. Doctors had been called twice to treat his asthma while in Paris, but he refused to allow a doctor to be called on his final evening. Arguments surrounding his demise were fuelled by erroneous suggestions that beside Courson and the doctor who signed the death certificate, few people actually saw the body. In reality the body was seen by French police, ambulancemen, undertakers and various emergency personnel. The delay in the news of Morrison’s death being circulated caused further questions to be asked and the debate took on a whole new dimension when the book No One Here Gets Out Alive propagated the theory that Morrison might have falsified his death and taken on a new identity, with Courson as his accomplice and the impending prison term as his motive.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]Either way, a coffin that everyone of sane mind now assumes contained Morrison’s body was buried at the famous Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris alongside many other notables, including Chopin, Edith Plath and Oscar Wilde. The site of Morrison’s grave has become a tourist attraction, second only in Paris to the Eiffel Tower, and the scene of several disturbances over the years, usually on the anniversary of Morrison’s death. Pamela Courson died from a heroin overdose, probably suicide, in 1974, also aged 27. - Born on December 8, 1943.[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6O6x_m4zvFs"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪The Doors - Light My Fire ( From "Live In Europe 1968" DVD)‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪The Doors - Light My Fire ( From "Live In Europe 1968" DVD)‬‏[/FONT][/ame][FONT=&quot] [/FONT]​

[FONT=&quot]in 1971 - Donald McPherson dies at age 30. American R&B singer; a native of Indianapolis, he was the original lead singer of the group, 'The Main Ingredient'. The group formed in Harlem, New York, in 1964, the members included Donald, Luther Simmons, Jr. and Tony Silvester. They first called themselves, 'Trio' and joined the writing team of Leiber & Stoller, changing their name to, 'The Insiders,' and then finally to, 'The Main Ingredient'. In 1970 they released there first Top 30 hit, 'You've Been My Inspirartion', and the hits continued with the Top 20 hit, 'I'm So Proud,' and the Top Ten hit, 'Spinning Around (I Must Be Falling In Love).' This was soon followed by the black power anthem, 'Black Seeds Keep On Growing,' before Donald's untimely death (leukaemia).

in 1972 - Fred "Mississippi" McDowell dies at age 68. American blues singer, guitarist player in the North Mississippi style. Born in Rossville, Tennessee, he actually may be considered the first of the bluesmen from the 'North Mississippi' region - parallel to, but somewhat east of the Delta region - to achieve widespread recognition for his work. He started playing guitar at the age of 14 and played at dances around Rossville. He moved to Memphis in 1926 where he worked in a number of jobs and played music for tips. He settled in Como in 1940 or 1941, continuing to perform music at dances and picnics. Initially he played slide guitar using a pocket knife and then a slide made from a beef rib bone, later switching to a glass slide for its clearer sound. He played with the slide on his ring finger. The 1950s brought a rising interest in blues music and folk music in the US and Fred was brought to wider public attention, beginning when he was discovered and recorded in 1959 by Alan Lomax and Shirley Collins. His records were popular, and he performed often at festivals and club and he continued to perform blues in the North Mississippi blues style much as he had for decades, but he sometimes performed on electric guitar rather than acoustic guitar. Fred's 1969 album 'I Do Not Play No Rock 'N' Roll' was his first featuring electric guitar. It features parts of an interview in which he discusses the origins of the blues and the nature of love. [/FONT][FONT=&quot](cancer).[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TyzAAwJnIw"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Mississippi Fred McDowell - Goin Down to the River‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Mississippi Fred McDowell - Goin Down to the River‬‏[/FONT][/ame][FONT=&quot] [/FONT]​

[FONT=&quot]in 1973 - Laurens Hammond dies at age 78. American engineer and inventor in Evanston, Illinois, his inventions include, most famously, the Hammond organ and the Hammond clock. He studied mechanical engineering at Cornell University and graduated with an honors degree in 1916. At this time most thoughts were concentrated on the ongoing World War I, and Laurens made his contribution to the war effort serving his time with the American Expeditionary Force in France. Following this, he moved to Detroit, where he was fortunate to occupy the post of chief engineer of the Gray Motor Company, a manufacturer of marine engines. In 1919, he invented a silent spring-driven clock. This invention brought him enough money to leave Gray Motor Company and rent his own space in New York. At the time of his retirement in 1960, he held 90 patents, he was granted another 20 before his death.

in 1973 - On the last night of a 60 date tour David Bowie announced he was about to retire from live performing, although it eventually transpires that 'Ziggy Stardust' the stage persona is being retired and not Bowie himself.

in 1975 - Javier Weyler aka Capitan Melao (Argentina drummer; Stereophonics/Claroscuro/solo) is born.

in 1975, Lead singer from Three Dog Night Chuck Negron was arrested at his Louisville hotel room on the opening night of the bands tour and charged with possession of cocaine.

in 1976 - Brian Wilson played his first live show with The Beach Boys in seven years when they appeared at the Anaheim Stadium, California.

in 1976 - When rain stopped play during the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships, Cliff Richard launched into a spontaneous concert, where he led spectators through some of his old hits. It was later learned that Sir Cliff had planned the moment as a publicity stunt.

in 1976 - Shane Lynch, Dublin Ireland, Irish singer (Boyzone) is born

in 1977 - Hot Chocolate were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'So You Win Again'. Their only UK chart topper they went on to score over 20 other UK Top 40 hits.

in 1979 - Louis Durey dies at age 91. French composer born in Paris, as a composer he was primarily self-taught, from the beginning, choral music was of great importance in his productivity. His first work to gain recognition in the music world was for a piano duet titled Carillons. At a 1918 concert this work attracted the interest of Maurice Ravel, who recommended him to his publisher. Sadly though he is probably the least remembered of Les six. After the Les six period, Louis continued with his career. During the years of the Nazi occupation of World War II, he worked with the French Resistance as a prominent member of the Front National des Musiciens and wrote anti-Fascist songs. After the war he embraced hard-line communism, he voiced his growing left-wing ideals that put him in an artistic isolation that lasted for the rest of his life.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]in 1980 - Melisa Young (US rapper; Kid Sister) is born.
in 1980 – Trae /Frazier Thompson III (US rapper) is born.

in 1982 - After a record breaking jump from No.33 on the UK singles charts, The Damned's guitarist Captain Sensible started a two week run at No.1 with his version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein song 'Happy Talk' from the 1949 musical South Pacific.

in 1982 - The Human League started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles charts with 'Don't You Want Me', also a UK No.1.

in 1983 - Steph Jones (US singer, model) is born.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]in 1983 - Larry Darnell (LEO EDWARD DONALD) died. A popular balladeer who merged jump-blues with the passion of the gospel music of his youth, Larry Darnell left home at age 15 to join the backing band of a travelling burlesque troupe, The Brownskin Models. Relocating to New Orleans, he found work at the Dew Drop Inn and scored a series of R&B ballad hits including ‘For You, My Love’ (1949) and ‘I Love You Baby’ (1950). Retiring from music in the late Sixties, he returned to his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, where he sang in church choirs. He died of lung cancer in Columbus, Ohio. He was diagnosed with the disease in 1979 during an operation for injuries sustained in a beating by three men in Akron, Ohio. - Born December 21, 1928.[/FONT]
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in 1985 - Minami Keisuke (Japanese singer, actor) is born.

in 1985 - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the first of three sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, London, England.

in 1986 - U2 crew member Greg Carroll was killed in a motorcycle accident in Dublin while running an errand for Bono. The song 'One Tree Hill' on the bands Joshua Tree album is dedicated to Carroll.

[FONT=&quot]in 1986 - Monk Higgins (MILTON BLAND) died. Classically trained R&B/soul performer, session pianist and saxophone player, Arkansas-born Monk Higgins recorded on several labels including MCA, Chess, and his own label, Almon, scoring a pair of hits with ‘Who-Dun-It?’ (1966) and ‘Gotta Be Funky’ (1972). Hired as a music director at Onderful Records in the early Sixties, he later took a similar position at Chess Records. In the Eighties, Higgins led the West Coast-based outfit, The Whodunit Blues Band. For a time, Higgins worked as a social worker and a music teacher in Chicago. Respiratory disease. He died at Centinela Hospital in Englewood, California. - Born October 3, 1930.[/FONT]
in 1986 - Rudy Vallee /Hubert Prior Vallée dies at age 84. American singer, actor, multi-musician, bandleader, entertainer in Island Pond, Vermont. Having played drums in his high school band, he played clarinet and saxophone in various bands around New England in his youth before joining the US Navy. From 1924 through 1925, he played with the Savoy Havana Band at the Savoy Hotel in London. He returned to the States to obtain a degree in Philosophy from Yale and to form his own band, "Rudy Vallée and the Connecticut Yankees" and given a recording contract and in 1928. It was in 1929 that he did his first film "Vagabond Lover". It was also in 1929 that he was picked up for the Fleishchman’s Radio Music Hour and later the Sealtest Hour. Rudy's last hit song was the 1943 reissue of the melancholy ballad "As Time Goes By", popularized in the feature film Casablanca. In 1941 he enlisted in the Coast Guard to help direct the 11th district band as a Chief Petty Officer. Eventually he was promoted to Lieutenant and lead the 40 piece band to great success. Later he concerntrated more on his acting career, besides his early films, he appeared in "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and "Won Ton Ton, The Dog That Saved Hollywood", "Gentlemen Marry Brunettes", "The Helen Morgan Story", "Why Was I Born?", "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying", "Live a Little, Love a Little", "The Night They Raided Minsky's" among others. Also on TV he appeared in Alias Smith and Jones, Ellery Queen, CHiPs, Santa Barbara to mention a few and he played Lord Marmaduke Fogg on the Batman TV series.[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ES41SDelh3s"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Rudy Vallee - Brother Can You Spare a Dime?‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Rudy Vallee - Brother Can You Spare a Dime?‬‏[/FONT][/ame]​

[FONT=&quot]in 1986 - Greg Carroll dies at age 26. New Zealand Maori crew member with U2. Greg met U2 in Auckland in 1984, during The Unforgettable Fire tour and worked for the promoter of U2's shows in Auckland. He joined the U2 team and was responsible for "ensuring" for Bono. His death was tremendous for U2 and after returning from Gregs funeral Bono wrote a song specially dedicated to him: One Tree Hill, and devoted the U2 album The Joshua Tree to Greg (died in a motorcycle accident in Dublin when a drunk driver collided into him).

in 1989 - Prince had the UK No.1 album with 'Batman'.[/FONT]
in 1991 - Irina Nijinska, Russian/US dancer, dies at 77.
in 1992 - Nathalia Ramos (Spanish actress, singer) is born.
in 1995 - Brad Lee Sexton, bass guitarist, dies at 47.
in 1996 - AC/DC played the second of two nights at Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain on their Ballbreaker world tour.[/FONT]
in 1998 - Billie Hughes (WILLIAM KEITH JONES) died. The songwriter and leader of Seventies group Lazarus, Texan Bill Hughes studied the violin as a child. Befriended by Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary), Lazarus relocated to Woodstock, New York and signed with Albert Grossman’s Bearsville Records, recording a pair of albums, produced by Yarrow and Phil Ramone. Pursuing a solo career in 1978, Hughes signed with Epic Records, scoring a European hit with ‘Martin Eden’. Entering into a partnership with Roxanne Seeman in 1983, Hughes composed, produced, and recorded music for television and film. Reprising his solo career, Hughes earned an Emmy nomination for the title track of his album, Welcome To The Edge (1991), after the song was featured on the television soap opera Santa Barbara. He died in Los Angeles. (Heart attack). - Born 1948.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1998 - Gil Lopez (GILBERT LOPEZ) Died. A member of The Tune Weavers, tenor vocalist Gil Lopez backed his sister, lead vocalist Margo J. Sylvia, in the pop/R&B group. Originally a duo, Gil and Margo had competed in talent shows around Boston. After the completion of a military stint in 1956, Lopez re-formed the duo, which was soon expanded to a quartet called The Tone Weavers, but after a deejay at a dance mispronounced their name as The Tune Weavers, the group adopted the new moniker. Rooted in the light jazz/torch standards tradition, the group was discovered by Frank Paul who became their manager. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]For their début release, the group recorded a song Lopez had co-written with Margo, the lamenting ‘Happy, Happy Birthday Baby’. Released on Paul’s tiny Casa Grande label, the single became a smash hit when picked up by the larger Chess/Checker label in 1957. Unhappy with the rigours of touring in caravan packages, Lopez left the group in 1959 and was replaced by his cousin’s husband, William “Bunky” Morris. Lopez rejoined the following year just as the group was becoming a fixture on Boston’s dinner club circuit until their disbandment in 1962. In 1986, Ronnie Milsap topped the country charts with ‘Happy, Happy Birthday Baby’, and in 1988, Lopez teamed with Margo to record a yuletide version of their hit, reworked as ‘Merry, Merry Christmas Baby’. Lopez last performed on stage with The Tune Weavers in 1990, at a Richard Nader-promoted doo-wop extravaganza at the Meadowlands stadium in New Jersey. - Born July 4, 1934.[/FONT]
in 1999 - Mark Sandman dies at age 46. American multi-instrumentalist and musical instrument inventor; born in Newton, Massachusetts and graduated from the University of Massachusetts. An indie rock icon and longtime fixture on the Boston/Cambridge music scene, he was best known as the lead singer and slide bass player of the band Morphine releasing five albums . He was also known as a prominent member of the Boston blues-rock band Treat Her Right and the founder of Hi-n-Dry, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based recording studio and independent record label. His instruments were extensively altered and sometimes built by hand to create unique sounds. In Morphine, he played primarily a two-string slide bass guitar usually tuned to a fifth, but he also was known to play a unitar, named after the one-stringed instrument in American blues tradition, and three-string slide bass with one bass string and two unison strings tuned an octave higher, usually A (Mark tragically collapsed on stage at the Giardini del Principe in Palestrina, Latium, Ital, near Rome while performing with Morphine, he was pronounced dead of a heart attack).[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1wr7imHEcg"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Mark Sandman - Cocoon‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Mark Sandman - Cocoon‬‏[/FONT][/ame]​

[FONT=&quot]in 2000 - Harvard professor Ronald Ferguson accused the culture of hip-hop and rap music of stalling academic progress among young American blacks. He claimed time spent learning intricate rhyming lyrics detracted from reading.

in 2001 - Delia Ann Derbyshire dies at age 64. English musician and composer of electronic music and musique concrète. Born in Coventry, she is best known for her electronic realisation of Ron Grainer's theme music to the British science fiction television series Doctor Who and for her work with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. In 1959 she applied for a position at Decca Records only to be told that the company did not employ women in their recording studios, so instead she took a position at the UN in Geneva for the next year. Besides the Doctor Who theme, Delia also composed and produced scores, incidental pieces and themes for nearly 200 BBC Radio and BBC TV programmes. In 1973, she left the BBC and after a brief stint working at Hodgson's Electrophon studio during which time she contributed to the soundtrack to the film The Legend of Hell House, Delia stopped composing music. She returned to music in the late nineties after having her interest renewed by fellow electronic musician Peter Kember and was working on an album when she died of renal failure while recovering from breast cancer.

in 2001 - Johnny Russell dies at age 61. American country singer, songwriter and comedian born in Mississippi, but he moved with his family at age 11 to Fresno, California. Johnny is famed for his song 'Act Naturally', which was made famous by Buck Owens, who recorded it in 1963, and The Beatles in 1965. He is also known for being the first one to record 'He Stopped Loving Her Today', in some surveys named as the greatest country song of all time and the biggest hit for George Jones in 1980. George Strait topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with Johnny's song 'Let's Fall To Pieces Together'. His songs have been recorded by Burl Ives, Jim Reeves, Jerry Garcia, Tamra Rosanes, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt among others (diabetes-related complications).

in 2002 - A session violinist serenaded a High Court judge during a copyright battle worth an estimated £100,000. The case was over the rights to The Bluebells version of 'Young At Heart.' Bobby Valentino won his case as joint owner of the song.

in 2002 - Sir Elton John became the first person to be made an honorary doctorate from the Royal Academy Of Music.

in 2002 - The wife of Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne underwent an emergency operation after being diagnosed with cancer. The family had become cult heroes after the success of the MTV 'The Osbournes Show'.

in 2002 - Three diners at a newly opened Britney Spears owned restaurant suffered food poisoning. The three students who had eaten wild striped bass at the New York restaurant made official complaints and vowed never to eat they're again.

in 2003 - Libertines singer Pete Doherty was arrested after breaking into band member Carl Barat’s flat and stealing a laptop computer and a guitar.

[FONT=&quot]in 2003 - Skip Scarborough (CLARENCE ALEXANDER SCARBOROUGH) Died. An R&B songwriter, keyboardist and producer, Skip Scarborough worked with scores of acts during his prolific career. His compositions include: ‘Love Ballad’ (LTD), ‘Can’t Hide Love’ (Earth, Wind & Fire), ‘Lovely Day’ (Bill Withers), ‘Don’t Ask My Neighbors’ (The Emotions) and ‘Love Me Or Let Me Be Lonely’ (The Friends Of Distinction). The co-writer of Anita Baker’s ‘Giving You The Best That I’ve Got’, Scarborough earned a Grammy Award in 1988, and as a keyboard player and producer he worked with Creative Source, Blue Magic, Phyllis Hyman, Nancy Wilson, Bobbi Humphrey and Con Funk Shun. In the Nineties, Scarborough turned his attention to gospel music. He died in Los Angeles. (Cancer). - Born November 26, 1944.[/FONT]
in 2004 - David Crosby was fined $5,000 (£2,745) by a US court after admitting attempted criminal possession of a weapon. It followed his arrest in New York in March when a gun, knife and marijuana were found in his luggage.

in 2006 - Jack "Smilin" Smith dies at age 92. American crooner, actor and former host of 'You Asked for It'; He began his musical career at the age of 15, singing with "The Three Ambassadors". He became a solo baritone crooner in 1939. Jack established a radio show in 1945, he went on to host such guests as Dinah Shore, Margaret Whiting, John Serry, Sr. and Ginny Simms. With the television's arrival, radio saw a decline in audiences, but he soon became the host of You Asked For It in 1958, staying with it in various roles until 1991. Following a guest appearance in the musical film Make Believe Ballroom in 1949, Jack was offered the second lead in Warner Bros.' [/FONT][FONT=&quot]On Moonlight Bay in 1951 opposite Doris Day (leukemia).[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]in 2007 - Pete Doherty escaped jail after a judge decided to defer sentencing him for drugs offences on condition he went into rehab. Doherty pleaded guilty to possessing crack cocaine and heroin at West London Magistrates' Court. He was warned by Judge Davinder Lachhar that he would go into custody if he failed to take up a place he was offered on a detox programme.

in 2007 - Boots Randolph /Homer Louis Randolph III dies at age 80. American saxophonist; he was the first ever sax player to record with Elvis, and the only one to ever play solo with him, and he also recorded on the soundtracks for 8 of his movies. Boots is also the saxophone player responsible for penning and playing the 1961 multi-million seller of "Yakety Sax" which was the closing theme to the Benny Hill TV Specials. Boots can be heard on Roy Orbison's 1964 hit, "Oh, Pretty Woman". "Little Queenie" by REO Speedwagon, "Java" by Al Hirt, "Turn On Your Lovelight" by Jerry Lee Lewis, and "Rockin' 'Round The Christmas Tree" by Brenda Lee, others out of dozens include Chet Atkins, Buddy Holly, Floyd Cramer, Alabama, Johnny Cash, Richie Cole, Pete Fountain, Tommy Newsom and Doc Severinsen. For over 40 years Boots Randolph has toured Europe, spent 15 years touring with The Master's Festival of Music, played for eight years on the Hee Haw Show, guested on numerous TV shows, and headlined almost every fair, jazz festival and convention in US (he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on June 25 and fell into a in coma from which he never regained consciousness).[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Plxginu6z4Y"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Boots Randolph - Smoke Gets in Your Eyes‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Boots Randolph - Smoke Gets in Your Eyes‬‏[/FONT][/ame]​

[FONT=&quot]in 2008 - Colin Cooper dies at age 69. English frontman, vocalist, saxophonist and founder member of the Climax Blues Band, formed in Stafford, England, he also played harp, flute and guitars. They released 18 albums, and their hit singles include "Couldn't Get It Right", "I Love You", "Couldn't Get It Right" and "I Love You". They performed at major concerts and festivals around the world, including Glastonbury and a 25-date German tour with the Godfather of British Blues, John Mayall. (Colin sadly lost his battle with cancer).

in 2008 - Noel Sayre dies at age 37. American violinist and co-founder of Pretty Mighty Mighty and the Black Swans (he nearly drowned at a community pool after suffering an apparent heart attack, and had been on life support for several days before he passed away).

in 2008 - Oliver Schroer dies at age 53. Canadian fiddle player; Oliver grew up in Vandeleur, Ontario, a small crossroads near Markdale in rural Grey County. He attended Grey Highlands Secondary School in Flesherton, where he played French horn in the school band and also took private violin lessons. He started as a busker in the Toronto system subway with his guitar. He went on to become a prolific composer, recording ten CDs in 14 years. He performed in Europe and North America in clubs, cathedrals, and New York's Lincoln Centre. Altogether, he produced or performed on over 100 albums of new traditional, acoustic, and popular music, and wrote more than 1,000 pieces of music. [/FONT][FONT=&quot](leukemia).[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-_sjz6Iazo"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Oliver Schroer - Silence at the Heart of Things -- Camino‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Oliver Schroer - Silence at the Heart of Things -- Camino‬‏[/FONT][/ame]​

[FONT=&quot]in 2012 - 50 Cent Injured in Car Accident.Rapper 50 Cent was hospitalized briefly Tuesday morning after a truck hit his car from behind on the Long Island Expressway, according to his Web site. His publicist said that the 36-year-old rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, had been treated for minor injuries to his neck and back at New York Hospital Queens and then released. According to Mr. Jackson’s Web site, the accident occurred when the driver of a Mack truck lost control after the load he was carrying shifted, causing the truck to hit the rear of the SUV with Mr. Jackson and his driver.


[FONT=&quot]in 2013 - Bernard Vitet, French trumpetist, multi-instrumentist and composer, dies at 85. He was the co-founder of the first free jazz band in France (1964) together with François Tusques, Michel Portal Unit (1972) and Un Drame Musical Instantané with Jean-Jacques Birgé and Francis Gorgé in 1976.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Born in Paris, France, Vitet was involved in the early fusion of jazz and contemporary music with Bernard Parmegiani and Jean-Louis Chautemps. In the 1960s, he accompanied singers such as Serge Gainsbourg, Barbara, Yves Montand, Claude François, Brigitte Bardot, Marianne Faithfull, Colette Magny, and Brigitte Fontaine. He played with jazz musicians such as Lester Young, Archie Shepp, Anthony Braxton, Don Cherry, Chet Baker, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Steve Lacy, Gato Barbieri, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Martial Solal. In his early years, he performed with Django Reinhardt, Gus Viseur, Eric Dolphy, and Albert Ayler.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Under his own name he recorded Surprise-partie avec Bernard Vitet (on trombone!), La Guêpe on texts by Francis Ponge, Mehr Licht!, and about 200 other records with the aforementioned, plus Jean-Claude Fohrenbach, Georges Arvanitas, Sunny Murray, Michel Pascal, Alan Silva, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Hubert Rostaing, Alix Combelle, Ivan Jullien, Christian Chevalier, Jef Gilson, Jack Diéval, Jac Berrocal, Hélène Sageand 17 albums with Un drame musical instantané. In 1995, he co-signs the songs of Carton with Birgé, with whom he collaborates on music for films, exhibitions, and CD-Roms.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Vitet invented instruments such as a reed trumpet, a multiphonic French horn, a variable tension double-bass, the dragoon which is a giant balafon with frying pans and flower pots keyboard, a clever system of modal clocks, and astonishing musical objects for Georges Aperghis, Tamia, and Françoise Achard. Besides trumpet, he sang and played flugelhorn, piano and violin.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]He composed theatre music for Jean-Marie Serrault, and for the films (Les coeurs verts by Édouard Luntz, L'ombre de la pomme by Robert Lapoujade with Jean-Louis Chautemps, Bof by Claude Faraldo in collaboration with Jean Guérin, and La femme-bourreau by Jean-Denis Bonan.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]From 1976 to 2008, he devoted himself primarily to Un Drame Musical Instantané with Jean-Jacques Birgé, improvising and composing hundreds of pieces together, experimental essays as well as symphonic pieces, songs as well as music for films. Un D.M.I., as a trio or with their 15-piece orchestra, presented multimedia shows involving cinema, video, literature, dance and new technologies.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2015 - [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Annik Honoré,[/FONT][FONT=&quot] journalist and music promoter[/FONT][FONT=&quot] dies of cancer age 57.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The Belgian journalist and music promoter Annik Honoré was one of the main catalysts and protagonists of the “cold wave” scene of the early 1980s, as it was known throughout the Francophone parts of continental Europe, while the British preferred to use the post-punk tag.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Her relationship with the troubled [FONT=&quot]Joy Division[/FONT] frontman Ian Curtis inspired “Love Will Tear Us Apart’’, the haunting track that made the UK charts a few weeks after the singer committed suicide in May 1980, and went on to become a much-cherished indie classic.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Honoré always maintained that her friendship with Curtis was platonic, yet the vocalist’s widow Deborah portrayed her very much as “the other woman” in her 2005 memoir [FONT=&quot]Touching From A Distance: Ian Curtis and Joy Division[/FONT]. The Dutch photographer-turned-director Anton Corbijn adopted the same stance in his award-winning biopic [FONT=&quot]Control[/FONT], based on the book, which starred Sam Riley as Curtis, Samantha Morton as his wife and Alexandra Maria Lara as Honoré. Honoré disputed the accuracy of her portrayal. In fact, she considered some of the film “pure fiction”, according to the only interview she gave, to the Belgian weekly news magazine [FONT=&quot]Le Vif[/FONT] in 2010.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]However, Honoré was a lot more than the crux in the Curtis love triangle. With Michel Duval she co-founded [FONT=&quot]Factory[/FONT] Benelux, an offshoot of the legendary Manchester independent label which issued exclusive singles by Factory acts such as [FONT=&quot]A Certain Ratio[/FONT], [FONT=&quot]The Durutti Column[/FONT] and [FONT=&quot]Section 25[/FONT], and then the influential imprint [FONT=&quot]Les Disques du Crépuscule[/FONT]. Honoré suggested the [FONT=&quot]Crépuscule[/FONT] name – “twilight” in English – so evocative and fitting for a catalogue whose stylish debut release was a cassette and booklet housed in a clear PVC pouch and entitled [FONT=&quot]From Brussels With Love[/FONT]. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The package contained recordings by contemporary composers Gavin Bryars, Harold Budd, and Michael Nyman as well as tracks by British synth-pop pioneers Thomas Dolby, John Foxx and Bill Nelson and an interview with the French actress Jeanne Moreau. This was indicative of Honoré’s breadth of interests and the cultural ambition at [FONT=&quot]Crépuscule[/FONT], whose exquisite sleeves, overseen by designer Benoît Hennebert, equalled Peter Saville’s artwork for [FONT=&quot]Factory[/FONT]. The eclectic and cosmopolitan label went on to champion cult acts at the crossroads of pop and the avant-garde, like Paul Haig of Josef K, Alan Rankine of the [FONT=&quot]Associates[/FONT], [FONT=&quot]Tuxedomoon[/FONT] and the [FONT=&quot]Pale Fountains[/FONT], and Belgian groups such as [FONT=&quot]Antena[/FONT], [FONT=&quot]Digital Dance[/FONT], [FONT=&quot]Front 242[/FONT] and the [FONT=&quot]Names[/FONT].

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Born into a middle class Mons family in 1957, she was the bookish daughter of a police inspector and a civil servant. “I was a nice girl who worked hard at school and always got good grades,” she said. A music fan and rabid Anglophile, she saw the Rolling Stones at the Forest National Arena in Brussels in 1973, and in 1976 spent several weeks in the UK to improve her English. This sojourn coincided with epochal London concerts by David Bowie at Wembley Arena and Patti Smith at the Roundhouse, both of which she attended.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Following a few months in a dead-end job at the Brussels pension office she landed a bilingual secretary position at the Belgian Embassy in London in the summer of 1979. While in the capital she attended gigs every night and began freelancing for the Belgian cultural magazine En Attendant. In August she caught [FONT=&quot]Joy Division[/FONT] at the Nashville Rooms. “I had found [the band’s debut album] [FONT=&quot]Unknown Pleasures[/FONT] incredibly intense but live I was completely blown away,” she recalled.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]She blagged her way backstage, wound up interviewing the group and staying up all night listening to Bowie’s Low while all those around her and Curtis fell asleep. “That scene in Corbijn’s film is accurate,” she reflected. “Ian was sweet, polite, fragile and very kind to me. It was my first love story. My life had revolved around music until that time.”

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]In October 1979 Honoré arranged for Joy Division to appear at [FONT=&quot]Plan K[/FONT], a Brussels sugar refinery transformed into a cultural space on [FONT=&quot]Rue de Manchester[/FONT] – their first gig outside the UK – and a return performance the following January. She grew close to Curtis, and helped him through his epileptic fits and the medication he took to cope. “We had a very chaste relationship. Not an affair,” insisted Honoré, who had arranged to see off Curtis at Heathrow on the eve of the band’s first US tour, only to be told he had committed suicide.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]After seeing his body in state at a Macclesfield chapel she didn’t attend the funeral but spent a week with the Factory boss Tony Wilson and his then-wife Lindsay Reade before returning to Belgium and holing up at her grandparents’ house for three months. Honoré experienced survivor’s guilt and lost her Embassy job. She threw herself into the organisation of further concerts at [FONT=&quot]Plan K[/FONT], including dates by [FONT=&quot]Orange Juice[/FONT], [FONT=&quot]Echo and the Bunnymen[/FONT] and the [FONT=&quot]Birthday Party[/FONT], and running [FONT=&quot]Crépuscule[/FONT].

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]In the mid-1980s she started work at the European Union in Brussels. Whenever she was asked about [FONT=&quot]Joy Division[/FONT], Honoré said it was a private matter and sent people back to the records.

[FONT=&quot]in 2015 - [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Electronic music pioneer Charanjit Singh, dies at 74. The cult figure, who was noted by some as the creator of the first ever acid house record, died at his home in Mumbai.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Although he had forged a career as a session musician playing on numerous Bollywood film soundtracks throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the producer’s proto-acid music had a revival in 2010, when his 1982 album, Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat, was reissued by record label Bombay Connection. Although Singh was reluctant to claim his part in the evolution of the genre, the album was one of the earliest records to use the Roland TR-808 drum machine and the Roland TB 303 bass synth – a machine that built much of the acid house sound.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]“There was lots of disco music in films back in 1982,” Singh said, in a 2011 interview with the Guardian. “So I thought, why not do something different using disco music only. I got an idea to play all the Indian ragas and give the beat a disco beat – and turn off the tabla. And I did it. And it turned out good.”[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]in 1477 – Johannes Aventinus (real name, Turmair), German historian and music theorist, is born at Abensberg, July 4,1477. He was educated at the university of Ingolstadt, Krakow, and Paris. In 1517 he was made Bavarian court historiographer. His treatise Annales ducum boiariae (1554) contains considerable but not always trustworthy information about music. The Musicae rudimenta (Augsburg, 1516), which is also attributed to Nicolaus Faber, has been edited by T. Keahey (N.Y., 1971). - Died at Regensburg, Jan. 9,1534.[/FONT]
in 1603 - Philippus the Monte, priest/bandmaster/composer, dies at 82.
in 1623 - William Byrd, English composer (Ave verum corpus), dies at 80.
in 1672 - Ambrosius Reiner, composer, dies at 67.
in 1694 - Louis-Claude Daquin, [d'Acquin], French organist/composer (La Rose) is born.
in 1757 - Jean-Joseph Vade, composer, dies at 38.
in 1762 - Marco Santucci, composer is born.
in 1769 - Louis-Luc Loiseau de Persuis, composer is born.
in 1793 - Franz Xaver Pechacek, composer is born.

[FONT=&quot]in 1826 - Stephen Collins Foster premier American songwriter, is born at Lawrenceville, Pa. Foster is the best- remembered and most influential American songwriter of the 19th century, composing both minstrel songs (including "Oh! Susanna," "Old Folks at Home," "My Old Kentucky Home," and "De Camptown Races") and romantic ballads ("I Dream of Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" and "Beautiful Dreamer"). During his lifetime, his songs were among the most popular in the world. Long after Foster's death his songs have maintained their popularity, achieving the status of folk songs: everyone knows them, though only some people know who wrote them. His mix of European melodic styles with AfricanAmerican rhythms into a peculiarly American form has proven to be the dominant characteristic of American popular music from his time forward. As such, his influence is incalculable. Foster was the ninth of ten children of William Barclay Foster (b. Berkeley County, Va., Sept. 7, 1779; d. Allegheny, Pa., July 27, 1855), a businessman and minor political figure who established the town in which his son was born, and Eliza Clayland Tomlinson (b. Wilmington, Del., Jan. 21, 1788; d. Pittsburgh, Jan. 18, 1855), whom he had married Nov. 14, 1807. His paternal ancestors were Irish; his great-grandfather, Alexander Foster, emigrated from Londonderry about 1728, and his grandfather, James Foster, fought in the Revolutionary War. His mother's family had come to Md. from England in the 17th century. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Foster showed an early interest in music, picking out harmonies on a guitar at the age of two, playing the drum at five, and playing the flageolet (a kind of flute) at seven. In January 1840 he left home to attend Athens Academy at Tioga Point, where he wrote his first musical composition, "Tioga Waltz." He also briefly attended the Towanda Academy. On July 20, 1841, he began to attend Jefferson ColI. in Canonsburg, Pa., but stayed only a week before dropping out and returning home. In addition, he may have studied music privately with a German-born teacher named Henry Kleber. Though an indifferent student and largely selftaught, Foster showed what his father called "a strange talent" for music. One of the strange elements of that talent, revealed as early as the age of nine, was an affinity for "Ethiopian" songs, i.e., the songs of AfricanAmericans and similar material performed by blackface minstrels. (Elements of Irish melodies, German songs, and Italian operas also have been identified in his music.) His first published song was "Open Thy Lattice, Love" (December 1844), with lyrics from a poem by journalist George P. Morris (also lyricist of "Woodman, Spare That Tree") that had appeared in a supplement to the New York Mirror and previously set to music by Joseph Philip Knight. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In 1845, Foster became a member of an informal men's club for which he began to write songs in the style of those he had heard in minstrel shows. Enormously popular at the time, the minstrel shows can be viewed as having a double-edged impact on race relations: On the one hand, by portraying African- Americans in a sympathetic light they helped promote abolitionist sentiment in the North; on the other, by portraying them as inferior they tended to reinforce established prejudices. For his part Foster was genuinely engaged by the black- based music, and though he wrote songs in Southern Negro dialect at first, his later minstrel songs eliminated such demeaning elements. The minstrel songs he composed for the men's club may have included "Lou'siana Belle," "Old Uncle Ned," and "Oh! Susanna." He also tried to interest traveling minstrel groups in performing his songs when they appeared locally. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Foster moved to Cincinnati in late 1846 or early 1847 and took a job as a bookkeeper for his brother Dunning. Meanwhile, a few minstrel performers began featuring Foster's work and often submitted his songs under their own names for copyright (a common practice of the day); this created some confusion in chronicling his early songwriting efforts, particularly "Oh! Susanna," which was copyrighted and published more than 20 times between Feb. 25, 1848, and Feb. 14, 1851. During that time the song, with its jaunty melody and clever, contradictory nonsense lyrics ("It rained all night the day I left/The weather it was dry/The sun so hot I froze to death/Susanna, don't you cry"), became a substantial success and was adopted by the forty-niners as the unofficial anthem of the 1849 Calif. Gold Rush. The popularity of "Oh! Susanna" and other songs led publishers Firth, Pond & Co. of N.Y. in 1849 to offer Foster royalty payments of two cents per copy of sheet music for his future compositions, which at the time was an unusually generous form of compensation. Foster may have made a similar arrangement with F.D. Benteen publishers of Baltimore, which also began to issue his copyrights in 1850. As a result, he gave up his bookkeeping job in early 1850 and returned home to his family (now living in Allegheny, Pa.) to pursue a career as a full-time songwriter. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Many of Foster's songs were popularized by the most successful minstrel group of the day, the Christy Minstrels, founded by Edwin P. Christy. On Feb. 23, 1850, Foster sent Christy the nonsense song "De Camptown Races" (which had been published four days earlier by Benteen), and when the group began to perform it, it became an enormous popular success. By 1851, Foster was giving Christy first look at all his newly written minstrel songs, and Christy was paying $10 for the right to premiere each of them. On July 22, 1850, Foster married Jane Denny MeDowell; the union produced a daughter on April 18, 1851. But the marriage proved tumultuous, marked by separations and reconciliations. What part Foster's economic situation may have played in the couple's difficulties cannot easily be said. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In 1851, Foster sent Christy the sentimental minstrel song "Old Folks at Home," also known as "Swanee River" (deliberately truncated; it referred to the Suwanee River in Pla., which Foster's brother Morrison found listed in an atlas). Christy introduced the song and initially claimed authorship of it with Foster's permission, in exchange for a financial consideration (probably $5). Foster had decided to remove his name from his minstrel songs and to associate himself with more socially acceptable romantic ballads. Within a year, however, he tried, unsuccessfully, to reclaim title to "Old Folks at Home," which had become an overwhelming success. By November 1854 it was reported to have sold more than 130,000 copies of sheet music. It eventually topped 20 million, making it Foster's most popular composition and arguably the most successful song ever published. Despite lacking the songwriting credit, Foster was paid his usual royalty. When the copyright was renewed in 1879, his name was restored to the song. In 1935, "Old Folks at Home" became the official state song of Fla. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Christy also introduced Foster's "Massa's in de Cold Ground" (1852), reported to have sold 74,000 copies by November 1854, and "My Old Kentucky Home" (1853), which sold almost 90,000 copies by the same time. In 1928, "My Old Kentucky Home" was named the official state song of Ky. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]By July 1853, Foster, separated from his wife, was living in N.Y. to be closer to Firth, Pond & Co., by then his exclusive publisher. On Jan. 26, 1854, the company published The Social Orchestra, a music book compiled by Foster containing arrangements of previously published songs, new instrumental pieces, and works by others. Foster and his wife reconciled in the spring of 1854 and lived in Hoboken, N.J. "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair," the best known of the songs he wrote for his wife, was composed there and published in June. By October the Fosters had returned to Allegheny. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In the late 1850s, Foster's songwriting output diminished. As his finances became precarious, he sold his earlier songs to his publishers outright and drew advances on yet-to-be-written ones. In 1860 he moved back to N.Y. and concentrated on sentimental ballads rather than minstrel songs. He spent his last years as a penniless alcoholic in the city's skid-row district, the Bowery, selling his songs cheaply. He was unusually prolific during this period but produced little of lasting value. Of his posthumously published songs, the most successful was "Beautiful Dreamer," composed at least six months before his death. In poor health, he died after falling down and suffering a severe cut to his neck. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Foster's songs maintained their popularity into the age of recording. "Old Folks at Home" and "My Old Kentucky Home" repeatedly became pop hits for recording artists from the 1890s through the 1930s. As late as 1957, Ray Charles hit the Top 40 with "Swanee River Rock (Talkin' 'Bout That River)," and the Osborne Brothers and Johnny Cash reached the country charts with versions of "My Old Kentucky Home" in the 1970s. Several of Foster's other songs also became perennial hits. In 1911, Billy Murray successfully recorded what he called "The Camptown Races (G’wine to Run All Night)." In 1922, Lambert Murphy scored with "I Dream of Jeannie [sic] with the Light Brown Hair." In 1924, Wendell Hall and the Shannon Four had a hit with "Oh! Susanna," and there was even a novelty version by the Singing Dogs (a recording of dogs barking) that made the Top 40 in 1955. George Gershwin and Irving Caesar's "Swanee," a 1920 hit for Al Jolson, who interpolated it into the Broadway show Sinbad, was, of course, inspired by "Old Folks at Home." [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]In 1939, 20th Century-Fox released Swanee River, a film biography of Foster starring Don Ameche, with Jolson portraying Christy and Andrea Leeds as Mrs. Foster. In 1940, Foster became the first popular composer to be elected to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans at N.Y.V. In 1941, when all ASCAP songs were banned from airplay in a dispute between the song licensing organization and radio stations, Foster's songs, by then in the public domain, were played frequently. A second film biography, I Dream of Jeanie, starring Ray Middleton and Muriel Lawrence, was released by Republic Pictures in 1952. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Various institutions have been established to honor and memorialize Foster, including the Stephen Foster Memorial at the University of Pittsburgh, Federal Hill in Bardstown, Ky, an exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich., and the Stephen Foster Museum in White Springs, Fla. [/FONT][FONT=&quot]- Died at N.Y., Jan. 13, 1864.[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKdq249uOGs"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair‬‏[/FONT][/ame]​

[FONT=&quot]in 1829 - Hermann Kotzchmar, composer is born.
in 1840 - James McGranahan, composer is born.
in 1842 - Gyula Erkel, composer is born.
in 1850 - Ole Olsen, composer is born.
in 1851 - Martin-Joseph Mengal, composer, dies at 67.
in 1854 - Heinrich Zollner, composer is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1862 - Joseph Adamowski, (actually, Josef), PolishAmerican cellist, brother of Timothee Adamowski, is born at Warsaw. He studied with Goebelt at the Warsaw Conservatory (1873-77) and with Fitzenhagen and Tchaikovsky at the Moscow Conservatory. From 1889 to 1907 he played in the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In 1896 he married the pianist Antoinette Szumowska, with whom he and his brother formed the Adamowski Trio. - Died at Cambridge, Mass., May 8, 1930.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1867 - Patrick Conway, American bandmaster, conductor, and music educator, is born near Troy, N.Y. He received training in cornet from Charles Bates. As a youth, he played in the Homer Band, becoming its director while still in his teens. After attending the Ithaca Conservatory of Music and Cornell University, he conducted the latter's Cadet Band (1895-1908). He also founded his own band, which took the name Patrick Conway and his Band in 1908. From 1914 to 1916 he was conductor of the Syracuse (N.Y.) Symphony Orchestra. In 1916 he became a captain in the U.S. Army Air Service, where he supervised its music program and founded its band. In 1922 he founded the Conway Military Band School of the Ithaca Conservatory of Music. Conway was highly regarded as one of America's leading bandmasters. - Died at Ithaca, N.Y., June 10, 1929.[/FONT]
in 1883 - Maximilian Oseyevich Shteynberg, composer is born.
in 1886 - Heinrich Kaminski, composer is born.
in 1889 - Auguste Mermet, composer, dies at 79.
in 1891 - Frederic Louis Ritter, composer, dies at 67.
in 1895 - Irving Caesar/Isidor Keiser (US lyricist, musical theatre composer) is born.
in 1896 - Adolf Hallis, composer is born.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]in 1902 - George Murphy, New Haven Ct, (Sen-R-Calif)/actor/dancer (MGM Parade) is born.
in 1903 - Flor Peeters, Antwerp Belgium, organist/composer (Lied Symphony) is born.
in 1904 - Seger Pillot Ellis, pianist/vocalist is born.
in 1904 - Artur Malawski, composer is born.
in 1905 - Dante Fiorillo, composer is born.
in 1907 - Howard Taubman (US music and theatre critic) is born.
in 1909 - Alec Templeton, Cardiff Wales, pianist/composer (Concertino Lirico) is born.

in 1910 - Champion Jack Dupree (New Orleans blues & boogie pianist) is born. NOTE: His birth date is disputed, given as July 4, 10, and 23, in the years 1908, 1909, or 1910. Legendary New Orleans jazz and barrelhouse piano player whose long recording career was kicked off at OKeh Records in 1940, “Champion” Jack Dupree was emotionally scarred in his childhood when both of his parents were killed in a Ku Klux Klan attack. Raised in a New Orleans orphanage, he became a pounding barrelhouse player. Moving to Indianapolis in the Twenties, he came under the tutelage of pianist Leroy Carr. After a stint in professional boxing in the Thirties, Dupree signed with OKeh Records in 1940, recording the blues standards, ‘All Alone Blues’ and ‘Gamblin’ Man Blues’. Serving in World War II, he was captured and imprisoned in a Japanese camp. Settling in New York City in the late Forties, he recorded for a series of labels before signing with King Records where he recorded his only chart hit in 1955, ‘Walking The Blues’. Taking a folk blues turn in the mid Fifties, Dupree frequently teamed with folk blues guitarist Brownie McGhee. Moving to Europe in 1959, he found plenty of club work, even playing alongside The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton. Recording and touring heavily late in life, he rarely returned to the US. He died in Hanover, Germany, January 21, 1992. (Cancer).[/FONT]
in 1910 - Louis Bourgault-Ducoudray, composer, dies at 70.
in 1911 - Mitch Miller (US musician, singer, conductor, record producer, A&R man) is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1914 - Dave Patillo is born. Tenor and occasional bass player in the Forties/Fifties doo-wop vocal group, The Red Caps, Dave Patillo had initially sung second tenor in the predecessor of the Los Angeles-based outfit, The Four Blackbirds. Formed at Jefferson High School, the group recorded in the late Thirties on Vocalion and Melotone Records. Signing with Beacon Records in the early Forties, the group landed on the pop charts with ‘I’ve Learned A Lesson I’ll Never Forget’ (1943) and ‘No One Else Will Do’. Moving to Mercury Records in 1946, the renamed Steve Gibson and The Red Caps secured a hit with ‘Wedding Bells Are Breaking Up That Old Gang Of Mine’ (1948). Moving to RCA, The Redcaps scored their final hit in a duet with songstress Damita Jo, ‘I Went To Your Wedding’ (1952). Patillo left the group in 1956. He died in Los Angeles, September 1967.[/FONT]
in 1915 - Jimmie Rogers, Detroit Mich, singer (Sugar Hill Time) is born.
in 1921- Tibor Varga (Hungarian violinist) is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1925- Cathy Berberian, (actually, Catherine), versatile American mezzo-soprano, is born at Attleboro, Mass. She studied singing, dancing, and the art of pantomime; took courses at Columbia University and N.Y. University; then studied voice in Milan with Giorgina del Vigo. In 1957 she made her debut in a concert in Naples; attracted wide attention in 1958, when she performed John Cage's Fontana Mix, which demanded a fantastic variety of sound effects. Her vocal range extended to three octaves, causing one bewildered music critic to remark that she could sing both Tristan and Isolde. Thanks to her uncanny ability to produce ultrahuman (and subhuman) tones, and her willingness to incorporate into her professional vocalization a variety of animal noises, guttural sounds, grunts and growls, squeals, squeaks and squawks, clicks and clucks, shrieks and screeches, hisses, hoots, and hollers, she instantly became the darling of inventive composers of the avant-garde, who eagerly dedicated to her their otherwise unperformable works. She married one of them, Luciano Berio, in 1950, but their marriage was dissolved in 1964. She could also intone classical music. Shortly before her death, she sang her own version of the Internationale for an Italian television program commemorating the centennial of the death of Karl Marx (1983). She was an avant-garde composer in her own right; she wrote multimedia works, such as Stripsody, an arresting soliloquy of labial and laryngeal sounds, and an eponymously titled piano piece, Morsicat(h)y. Her integrity as a performer is reflected in her life-long insistance that her objective was always to meet the challenge of the new art of her time. - Died at Rome, March 6, 1983.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1929 - Otto Taubmann, composer, dies at 70
in 1928 - Cathy Berberian, Armenia, US singer is born.
in 1928 - Lloyd Lambert, bassist is born.

in 1931 - Buddie Petit /Joseph Crawford dies at age 40/41. American jazz cornettist regarded as one of the best in New Orleans, in his early teens. By the early 1910s he was one of the top horn players in the new style of music not yet generally known as "jazz". He took Freddie Keppard's place in the Eagle Band. He was known as a hard-drinking, fun loving man who played cornet with great virtuosity and inventiveness. He was briefly lured to Los Angeles, California by Jelly Roll Morton and Bill Johnson in 1917, but objected to being told to dress and behave differently than he was accustomed to back home, and promptly returned to New Orleans. He spent the rest of his career in the area around greater New Orleans and the towns north of Lake Pontchartrain like Mandeville, Louisiana, not venturing further from home than Baton Rouge and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

[FONT=&quot]in 1931 - Harold Johnson is born. Backing tenor vocalist of the Fifties, Bronx-based doo-wop group, The Crickets (not Buddy Holly’s group), Harold Johnson was a member of its first line-up in 1951. Originally a quartet, the group was completed with the addition of lead singer Grover Barlow. Johnson and the group recorded for MGM, and then their manager’s label, Jay-Dee, landing their only national hit with ‘You’re Mine’ (1953). Barlow disbanded the original Crickets in mid-1953 and quickly assembled a new backing band. - Died May 8, 1985.[/FONT]
in 1932 - Cal Smith (US country singer) is born.[/FONT]
in 1933 - Baker Knight (Thomas Baker Knight, Jr.) (US songwriter, guitarist) is born. A prolific songwriter, Baker Knight is best known for his association with Ricky Nelson. Teaching himself to play guitar while in the Air Force, Knight was drawn to rock’n’roll after his discharge. Forming Baker Knight & The Knightmares in the mid Fifties, he opened for acts such as Carl Perkins and Conway Twitty. Relocating to Los Angeles in 1958 after faring poorly as a solo act with Decca Records, Knight abandoned his goal of landing film roles and was instead drawn back into the music community. Writing ‘Lonesome Town’, Knight had hoped to submit the song to The Everly Brothers. Instead, Knight offered the song to teen idol Ricky Nelson, who took it into the Top 10. In all, Nelson would record 21 of Knight’s compositions. Although he continued to record throughout the Sixties, Knight had far more success as a songwriter, including ‘Somewhere There’s A Someone’ (Dean Martin) and ‘The Wonder Of You’ (Elvis Presley). Suffering from agoraphobia, Knight returned to his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, in the mid Eighties. He died of natural causes at his home in Birmingham, Alabama. - Died October 12, 2005.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1933 - Doug Wray (DOUGLAS LEON WRAY) is born. A member of Link Wray’s backing band The Ray Men, drummer Doug Wray had performed with his brother for a decade before achieving success in the late Fifties. Joined by a third brother, Vernon, Doug and Link Wray originally formed The Lazy Pine Wranglers, renamed The Palomino Ranch Hands and then Link Wray & His Ray Men, who had two instrumental hits on the pop charts, ‘Rumble’ and ‘Raw-Hide’. Before forming The Ray Men, Doug had been a member of Jimmy Dean’s group and, in later years, operated a barber shop, occasionally rejoining brother Link in the studio and on stage. (Heart attack). - Died April 1984.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1933 - Gil Lopez (GILBERT LOPEZ) is born. Died July 3 - (see yesterdays entry under 1998)
in 1938 - Bill Withers, Slab Fork WV, rhythm and blues singer (Lean on Me) is born
in 1938 - Mike Mainieri (US vibraphonist, Xylophone, Marimba; Steps Ahead/Two Kings & a Queen/freelance) is born.[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLfJZEVxEn4"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Mike Mainieri - Wanderlust‬‏[/FONT][/ame]​

[FONT=&quot]in 1940 - Dave Rowberry, (DAVID ERIC ROWBERRY) , rocker (Animals-House of the Rising Sun) is born. A member of British Invasion R&B band The Animals, keyboardist Dave Rowberry was added during the height of the group’s popularity. A jazz-trained musician, Rowberry had joined The Mike Cotton Jazzmen in 1962 but, with the arrival of the British beat boom, the group quickly veered towards popular music. Renamed The Mike Cotton Sound, the group released a self-titled album for Columbia and often backed visiting American singers such as Gene Pitney and Solomon Burke. With the departure of Alan Price from The Animals in May 1965, Rowberry was hired as his replacement, and within weeks found himself touring America. After parting with their producer Mickie Most, the group enjoyed more freedom in the studio, and Rowberry appeared on two of the group’s albums – Animalisms (confusingly released as two different albums under that title in the UK and US) – and the hits, ‘Inside – Looking Out’, ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’ and ‘See See Rider’. After The Animals split in mid 1966 Rowberry turned to session work, playing with a variety of artists over the ensuing decades. He also performed with ex-Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Noel Redding and ex-Kinks’ drummer Mick Avory in a pub rock outfit, Shut Up Frank. In 1994, Rowberry was excluded from The Animals’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but joined two former bandmates, Hilton Valentine and John Steele, in The Animals II, and, in 2000, as The Animals & Friends. Suffering from heart problems, he was found dead in his apartment in Hackney, London, on June 6. It was undetermined how long he had been dead.

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in 1943 - Alan "Blind Owl" Wilson is born.
Wilson was the leader, singer, and primary composer in the American blues band Canned Heat. He played guitar and harmonica, and wrote most of the songs for the band.

Wilson was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in the Boston suburb of Arlington. He majored in music at Boston University and often played the Cambridge coffeehouse folk-blues circuit. He acquired the nickname "Blind Owl" owing to his extreme nearsightedness; in one instance when he was playing at a wedding, he laid his guitar on the wedding cake because he did not see it. As Canned Heat's drummer, Fito de la Parra, wrote in his book: "Without the glasses, Alan literally could not recognize the[/FONT][FONT=&quot][/FONT][FONT=&quot] people [/FONT][FONT=&quot]he played with at two feet, that's how blind the 'Blind Owl' was."

With Canned Heat, Wilson performed at two prominent concerts of the 1960s era, the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and Woodstock in 1969. Canned Heat appeared in the film Woodstock, and the band's "Going Up the Country," which Wilson sang, has been referred to as the festival's unofficial theme song. Wilson also wrote "On the Road Again," arguably Canned Heat's second-most familiar song.

Wilson was a passionate conservationist who loved reading books on botany and ecology. He often slept outdoors to be closer to nature. In 1969, he wrote and recorded a song, "Poor Moon", which expressed concern over potential pollution of the moon. He wrote an essay called 'Grim Harvest', about the coastal redwood forests of California, which was printed as the liner notes to the Future Blues album by Canned Heat.

After Eddie 'Son' House's 'rediscovery' in 1964, Wilson taught him how to play again the songs House had recorded in 1930 and 1942 (which he had forgotten over a long absence from music); House recorded for Columbia in 1965 and two of three selections featuring Wilson on harmonica and guitar appeared on the set. On the double album Hooker 'N Heat (1970), John Lee Hooker is heard wondering how Wilson is capable of following Hooker's guitar playing so well. Hooker was known to be a difficult performer to accompany, partly because of his disregard of song form. Yet Wilson seemed to have no trouble at all following him on this album. Hooker concludes that "you [Wilson] musta been listenin' to my records all your life". Hooker is also known to have stated "Wilson is the greatest harmonica player ever"

Stephen Stills' song "Blues Man" from the album Manassas is dedicated to Wilson, along with Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman.

Wilson died in Topanga Canyon, California of a drug overdose at age 27. Although Wilson had reportedly attempted suicide twice before and his death is sometimes reported as a suicide, this is not clearly established and he left no note.

In July 2007, Wilson's biography, Blind Owl Blues, by music journalist Rebecca Davis, was published. In May 2010, Wilson fans from around the United States gathered in Colorado to discuss his music; this event was called the First Annual Alanological Conference.

On December 21, 2010, the website AlanWilsonCannedHeat.com was launched by some of Wilson's family members. Pages include Wilson's biography, information on instruments, interviews, videos, merchandise, and information on saving the redwood trees.

Wilson was interested in preserving the natural world, particularly the redwood trees. When he died so too did the Music Mountain organization he had initiated dedicated to this purpose. In order to support his dream, Wilson’s family has purchased a “grove naming” in his memory through the Save the Redwood League of California. The money gifted to create this memorial will be used by the League to support redwood reforestation, research, education, and land acquisition of both new and old growth redwoods. [/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mOVlNdAgw4"][FONT=&quot]Blind Owl Wilson - Sloppy Drunk - YouTube[/FONT][/ame]​

in 1943 - Konrad "Conny" Bauer (German free jazz trombonist) is born.
in 1945 - David McWilliams (Irish singer, songwriter, guitarist) is born.
in 1947 - Jacques Morali (French music producer; Village People/others) is born.
in 1948 - Jeremy Spencer (UK guitar, Fleetwood Mac/Children of God) is born.
in 1948 - Tommy Körberg (Swedish singer, actor) is born.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1948 - Clamma Dale, black American soprano, is born at Chester, Pa., July 4, 1948. She studied at the Philadelphia Settlement Music School, and later with Hans Heinz, Alice Howland, and Cornelius Reed at the Juilliard School of Music in N.Y. (B.Mus., 1970; M.S., 1975). On Feb. 20, 1973, she appeared as St. Teresa I in 4 Saints in 3 Acts in the Mini-Met staging at N.Y.'s Manhattan Forum. On Sept. 30, 1975, she made her N.Y.C. Opera debut as Antonia in Les Conies d'Hoffmann, and subsequently appeared with opera companies throughout North America and abroad; she also toured extensively as a concert artist. In 1988 she sang Gershwin's Bess at the Theater des Westens in Berlin, and in 1989 she sang Puccini's Liu at the Deutsche Oper there. Among her other principal roles were Pamina, Countess Almaviva, Nedda, and Musetta. [/FONT]
in 1950 - David 'Kid' Jensen (Canadian born-British radio DJ) is born.
in 1950 - Tonio K /Steven M. Krikorian (US singer, songwriter) is born.
in 1951 - Ralph Johnson, rock drummer (Earth Wind and Fire-Shining Star) is born.
in 1955 - John Waite, vocalist (Babies/Bad English-Forget Me Not, Missing You) is born.
in 1958 - Kirk Pengilly, Sydney Australia, rocker (Inxs-Kiss the Dirt) is born.[/FONT]
in 1958 - The Everly Brothers held the UK No.1 position with 'All I Have To Do Is Dream.' The Duo's first No.1 single.[/FONT]
in 1958 - Buddy Holly played three shows at the Buck Lake Ranch, Angola, Indiana Frankie Avalon was also on the bill.[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMezwtB1oCU"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Buddy Holly - Everyday‬‏[/FONT][/ame]​

[FONT=&quot]in 1959 - Bill McCorvey, Montgomery Ala, singer (Pirates of Miss-Fred Jake) is born.
in 1963 - Fritz Reuter, composer, dies at 66.
in 1963 - Matt Malley (US bassist; Counting Crows) is born.
in 1964 - Mark Allen Slaughter, Las Vegas, guitarist (Slaughter-Stick it Live) is born.[/FONT]
in 1964 - The Beach Boys started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Get Around', the group's first No.1, a No.7 hit in the UK.[/FONT]
in 1964 - The Rolling Stones appearance on 'Juke Box Dury' was aired on UK TV, the only time the show had five panellists rather than four.[/FONT]
in 1965 - Jo Whiley (English radio DJ) is born.
in 1966 - Beatles attacked in Philippines after insulting Imelda Marcos.

in 1966 - The Beatles played two shows at Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, Manila, in the Philippines to over 80,000 fans. The Beatles failed to appear at a palace reception hosted by President Marcos' family, who were not informed that the Beatles had declined their invitation. The Philippine media misrepresent this as a deliberate snub and when Brian Epstein tries to make a televised statement, his comments are disrupted by static. The next day, as The Beatles make their way to the airport they were greeted by angry mobs, the Philippine government had retaliated by refusing police protection for The Beatles.

in 1968 - Jack Frost /Jack Dempsey (US guitarist; Seven Withes/Bronx Casket Company) is born.
in 1968 - Elvis Presley donated a Rolls Royce to a Hollywood women's charity, which raised $35,000.

in 1969 - Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Winter, Delaney and Bonnie, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, Blood Sweat & Tears, Chuck Berry, Spirit, Chicago and Paul Butterfield all appeared at the two-day Atlanta Pop Festival, Byron, Georgia.

in 1969 - The Doors appeared at the Willingdon Juvenile Detention Home For Girls in Vancouver, Canada.
in 1969 - "Give Peace a Chance" by Plastic Ono Band is released in UK.
in 1970 - Casey Kasem's "American Top 40" debuts on LA radio.
in 1970 - Andy McClure (drums; Sleeper) is born.
in 1970 - Christian Giesler (US bassist; Kreator) is born.
in 1970 - Cliff Richard released his 50th single 'Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha.' The song peaked at No.6 on the UK chart.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1970 - Louis Armstrong, seminal American jazz trumpeter and singer, dies at N.Y. As the first prominent jazz soloist, Armstrong is the most influential musician in the history of the genre. His virtuosic playing, notably in the Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings of the mid-1920s, helped to define jazz as a music of improvisatory complexity. His gravelly voice and exuberant personality led him to a broader fame as a popular singer and motion picture performer that his jazz fans sometimes viewed with dismay. Nevertheless, he did more to popularize jazz than any other individual, and his major pop hits, including "All of Me" (1932), "Hello, Dolly!" (1964), and "What a Wonderful World" (1968), were just as much expressions of his musical talent as his astounding trumpet playing. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Armstrong was born into poverty. His father, William Armstrong, was a factory worker who left the family shortly after Louis was born. Louis was raised by his mother, Mary Albert Armstrong, and by his maternal grandmother. While attending grade school, he worked for a junk dealer who encouraged his interest in music and helped him buy a cornet, which he taught himself to play. At 11 he dropped out of school in the fifth grade and joined a street-corner quartet. Convicted of firing a gun in a public place on New Year's Eve, 1912, he was sentenced to a reform school; there he studied with music teacher Peter Davis, joining the school band in which he played the bugle and the cornet and of which he was appointed leader. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Armstrong was released on June 16,1914. He became a manual laborer over the next few years while gradually finding work as a musician. He became the protege of cornetist Joe "King" Oliver, from whom he took lessons. When Oliver left New Orleans for Chicago in June 1918, Armstrong took his place in Kid Ory's band. Around this time he married Daisy Parker, a prostitute. (They were divorced on Dec. 23, 1923.) In the spring of 1919 he joined the orchestra of Fate Marable, which played on a Miss, riverboat. He stayed with Marable until the fall of 1921. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Armstrong left New Orleans in August 1922 to join King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band at the Lincoln Gardens Cafe in Chicago. He made his first recordings with Oliver in the spring of 1923. On Feb. 5,1924, he married the band's pianist, Lillian Harden, and his wife encouraged him to leave Oliver. He moved to N.Y. in the fall to join the orchestra of Fletcher Henderson; at this time he began to play the trumpet as well as the cornet. He was with Henderson for more than a year, returning to Chicago in November 1925 to play in his wife's band, the Dreamland Syncopators. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Armstrong made his first recording as a leader, "My Heart," on Nov. 12,1925. From then through December 1928 he recorded frequently in small studio ensembles dubbed the Hot Five or the Hot Seven, and these recordings established him as a star. Meanwhile, in 1926 he played with Erskine Tate's orchestra at the Vendome Theatre and with Carroll Dickerson's orchestra at the Sunset Cafe. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Armstrong scored his first record hit in July 1926 with the Hot Five recording of "Muskrat Ramble" (music credited to Kid Ory, though it was based on a tune by New Orleans jazz legend Buddy Bolden). In February 1927 he began fronting the group at the Sunset Cafe, which was called Louis Armstrong and His Stompers. (As a star soloist, Armstrong fronted bands rather than leading them in the conventional sense.) His first vocal hit came in April with "Big Butter and Egg Man" (music and lyrics by Percy Venable and Armstrong), on which he duetted with May Alix. He continued to score hits during 1927 and 1928, notably "West End Blues" in September 1928; the recording became one of the first to be admitted into the NARAS Hall of Fame in 1974. Meanwhile, he again played in an orchestra nominally under the leadership of Carroll Dickerson at the Savoy Ballroom starting in March 1928. Armstrong took the band to N.Y. in May 1929, where they appeared at Connie's Inn, a nightclub in Harlem, while he also played in the orchestra of the Broadway revue Hot Chocolates (N.Y., June 20, 1929), performing "Ain't Misbehavin'" (music by Fats Waller, lyrics by Andy Razaf), which he recorded for a hit in September. This marked the beginning of his transition from a jazz instrumentalist to a popular entertainer. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Starting in February 1930, Armstrong fronted Luis Russell's band on a tour of the South. In May he went to Los Angeles, where he took over the band at Sebastian's Cotton Club until March 1931. He also found time to make his first film appearance in Ex-Flame, released at the end of the year. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Returning to Chicago, Armstrong fronted an orchestra led by Zilner Randolph, with which he toured nationally. Now recording more pop-oriented material for Columbia Records, a major label, he began to have bigger record hits in 1932, including "Chinatown, My Chinatown" (music by William Jerome and Jean Schwartz, lyrics by Jerome), "You Can Depend on Me" (music and lyrics by Charles Carpenter, Louis Dunlap, and Earl Hines), "All of Me" (music by Gerald Marks, lyrics by Seymour Simons; a best-seller in March), "Love, You Funny Thing" (music by Fred Ahlert, lyrics by Roy Turk), "Sweethearts on Parade" (music by Carmen Lombardo, lyrics by Charles Newman), and "Body and Soul" (music and lyrics by Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton, and John Green). [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Armstrong arrived in England for a tour in July 1932, and he spent much of the next several years in Europe. Returning to the U.S. in 1935, he took several important steps in his career. He hired Joe Glaser as his manager (they would stay together until Glaser's death 34 years later); he organized a new band, which he premiered in Indianapolis on July 1; and he signed a contract with Decca Records. During the late 1930s he toured the U.S. regularly, made a diverse set of recordings, and appeared in small roles in a series of films starting with the Bing Crosby vehicle Pennies from Heaven in December 1936. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Armstrong divorced his second wife on Sept. 30, 1938; on Oct. 11 he married his long-time companion Alpha Smith. They, in turn, divorced on Oct. 2, 1942. Five days later he married chorus girl Lucille Wilson, to whom he remained married for the rest of his life. Armstrong briefly returned to Broadway in Swingiri the Dream (N.Y, Nov. 29, 1939), a musical version of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream that ran only 13 performances. During the early 1940s he continued to tour, record, and make the occasional film appearance, notably in the all-black musical Cabin in the Sky in May 1943. He scored an R&B Top Ten hit with "I Wonder" (music and lyrics by Cecil Grant and Raymond Leveen) in March 1945 and reached the Top Ten of the pop charts with "You Won't Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart)" (music and lyrics by Freddy James and Larry Stork) and the Top Ten of the R&B charts with 'The Frim Fram Sauce" (music and lyrics by Joe Ricardel and Redd Evans), both duets with Ella Fitzgerald, in April 1946. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Armstrong disbanded in the summer of 1947, reorganizing a smaller unit he called the All Stars, which made its debut Aug. 13,1947, at Billy Berg's Club in Los Angeles. With the end of World War II and the recovery of Europe, he embarked on his first European tour in 13 years in February 1948; from then until his death, much of his time would be taken up by international touring. Armstrong's first Top Ten LP came with Satchmo at Symphony Hall in June 1951 ("Satchmo," a corruption of "Satchelmouth," was a nickname he had acquired in 1932); in September he reached the Top Ten on the singles chart with "(When We Are Dancing) I Get Ideas" (music by Julio Sanders, English lyrics by Dorcas Cochran). Another notable recording of this period was "A Kiss to Build a Dream On" (music by Harry Ruby, lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Oscar Hammerstein II), which Armstrong sang in the movie The Strip and which he recorded for a hit in early 1952. Forty-one years later the recording was used prominently in the hit film Sleepless in Seattle and featured on its chart-topping, tripleplatinum soundtrack album. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Leaving Decca Records in 1954, Armstrong freelanced for various labels instead of signing an exclusive deal. This allowed him to record his Top Ten tribute to Fats Waller, Satch Plays Fats, for Columbia in 1955, as well as a treatment of "Mack the Knife" (music by Kurt Weill, English lyrics by Marc Blitzstein) that made the Top 40 in February 1956, while moving to Verve Records for a popular duet album with Ella Fitzgerald, Ella and Louis, on the charts in December 1956. Meanwhile, "Now You Has Jazz" (music and lyrics by Cole Porter), a duet with Bing Crosby that charted in October 1956 and was drawn from Armstrong's appearance in the film High Society, was released on Capitol Records, and Decca, capitalizing on his popularity on records (and on the revival of the song by Fats Domino), scored a Top 40 hit with Armstrong's 1949 recording of "Blueberry Hill" in November. Armstrong spent most of his time touring, barely slowed down by a heart attack in June 1959. His hit recording of the title song from the musical Hello, Dolly! (music and lyrics by Jerry Herman), was a surprise; it topped the charts in May 1964, followed by an LP of the same name that also went to #1 in June and was gold by August. Nominated for two Grammy Awards, Armstrong won one for Best Vocal Performance, Male. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]During the last four years of his life, Armstrong was plagued by heart and kidney troubles that put him in the hospital frequently. He scored an international hit in the spring of 1968 with "What a Wonderful World" (music and lyrics by George David Weiss and Robert Thiele), which topped the charts in the U.K. It did not hit in the U.S. at the time, but 20 years later made the Top 40 after being featured in the film Good Morning, Vietnam. Armstrong made a triumphant appearance in the film version of Hello, Dolly! in 1969. He died two years later at the age of 69. - Born New Orleans, Aug. 4,1901.[/FONT]
[/FONT][ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRU7FhUPQs0"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World.avi‬‏[/FONT][/ame]

[FONT=&quot]in 1971 - Donald McPherson lead singer of US soul group Main Ingredient died aged 30. Had the 1972 hit song, ‘Everybody Plays the Fool’. The original lead singer of soul trio The Main Ingredient, Indianapolis-native Don McPherson formed the group as a quartet in Harlem in 1964. Originally called The Poets, the group recorded their début single at Red Bird Records in 1965, ‘Merry Christmas Baby’. Pared down to a trio by 1966, the renamed Insiders signed with RCA and continued to falter with their releases. Now known as The Main Ingredient, the group began a long, R&B chart run beginning in 1970 with ‘You’ve Been My Inspiration’ (1970) and ‘I’m So Proud’ (1970). But with ‘Black Seeds Keep On Growing’ (his last album with the group was Black Seeds) moving up the charts, McPherson fell ill and original member Cuba Gooding returned to the group, initially as temporary substitute. The group’s biggest pop hit ‘Everybody Plays The Fool’, came a year after McPherson’s death. (Leukaemia). - Born July 9, 1941.[/FONT]
in 1972 - William Goldsmith (US drummer; Sunny Day Real Estate, Foo Fighters) is born.
in 1972 - Nina Badric (Croatian singer) is born.
in 1973 - Slade drummer Don Powell was badly injured in a car crash in which his girlfriend was killed.
in 1974 - Barry White married Glodean James, a member of his backing group Love Unlimited.
in 1975 - Tania Davis (Australian violist) is born.[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brbE_E4CUdo"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Haylie Ecker, Eos Chater, Tania Davis, Gay-Yee Westerhoff - Fuego [Caliente Mix]‬‏[/FONT][/ame]​

[FONT=&quot]in 1976 - The Ramones, The Stranglers and The Flamin Groovies appeared at London's Roundhouse, tickets £1.60.
in 1976 - The Clash made their live debut supporting The Sex Pistols at the Black Swan, Sheffield, England.
in 1977 - Bass player Gary Valentine quit Blondie, citing 'artistic integrity', as the cause of his departure.
in 1977 - Nigel Harrison replaces Gary Valentine as bassist of Blondie.
in 1977 - Jonas Kjellgren (Swedish singer, guitar; Scar Symmetry) is born.
in 1978 - Stephen McNally (UK electric guitar, vocals; BBMak) is born.

in 1982 - After being divorced by his first wife, Thelma Mayfair last year, Ozzy Osbourne married Sharon Arden, the daughter of music business manager Don Arden.

in 1983 - Claus Adam, composer, dies at 65.
in 1983 - Ben Jorgensen (US singer, guitarist) is born.
in 1983 - Andy Mrotek (US drummer, vocalist, The Academy Is..) is born.
in 1983 - Miguel Ángel Muñoz (Spanish actor, singer) is born.
in 1984 - Akanishi Jin (Japanese singer) is born.
in 1984 - Gina Glocksen (US singer; American Idol finalist) is born.

in 1984 - Jimmie Spheeris dies at age 34. American singer-songwriter, guitarist , pianoist, keyboards; born in Phenix City, Alabama, after his father was murdered his mother moved the family to Venice, California. Jimmie again relocated to New York in the late 1960s to pursue his songwriting career. His 1971 debut album, Isle of View, created a following and FM radio airplay, most notably for the song 'I am the Mercury'. His 1973 album, The Original Tap Dancing Kid, was followed by a period of extensive concert touring. He returned to the recording studio in 1975 with The Dragon is Dancing and released Ports of the Heart in 1976. Just hours before his death, Jimmie finished the self-titled album, Spheeris. This final album was not publicly released for 16 years, it was released in 2000 on Rain Records (at 2am, Jimmie died in Santa Monica, California, when his motorcycle collided with a van; the van driver had been drinking)[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCLl9rofnEM"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪I am the Mercury‬‏[/FONT][/ame]​

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[FONT=&quot]in 1985 - Dire Straits played the first of ten consecutive nights at London's Wembley Arena.
in 1986 - Flor Peeters, Flemish baron/organist/composer, dies at 83.
in 1986 - Takahisa Masuda (Japanese singer) is born.

in 1986 - Flor Peeters dies at age 83. Flemish composer, organist and teacher, born in the village of Tielen; he began his studies at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven, he later collaborate with Jules van Nuffel and the Institute's other professors, to produce the Nova Organi Harmonia. In 1923 he became an organ teacher at the Institute; simultaneously he acquired the position of chief organist at the St. Rumbold's Cathedral in Mechelen, which he held for most of the rest of his life. He collaborated with the cantor at the cathedral Jules Van Nuffel. As an organist and pedagogue, Peeters enjoyed great renown, giving concerts and liturgical masterclasses all over the world. He also made recordings of sixteenth-, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century organ music; some of these have been reissued in recent years on compact disc. Most of his own pieces, he wrote well over 100, were for his own instrument, for choir, or for both.[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jeLH178JDE"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Aria, Op 51 - Flor Peeters‬‏[/FONT][/ame]​

[FONT=&quot]in 1987 - Pet Shop Boys were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'It's A Sin', the duo's second UK No.1 and lead single from the duo's second album 'Actually'.

[FONT=&quot]in 1988 - Steve Walsh died. A veteran soul deejay who got his broadcasting start at UK pirate station Radio Invicta, Steve Walsh scored a cover hit with Fatback’s ‘I Found Lovin’’; upon its release in 1987, the original version also re-charted. Walsh just missed the UK Top 40 with a cover of ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’. Also a club deejay, he hosted Soul Night Out for Radio London. Suffering injuries in a car accident in the resort of Ibiza, he returned to London for surgery. While recuperating, he suffered a massive heart attack. - Born 1959.[/FONT]
in 1990 - Paul Stanley from Kiss sustained neck and back injuries when he was involved in a car crash in New Jersey.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 1990 - “Lightning Bug” Rhodes (WALTER RHOADES) is born. A guitarist who played with B.B. King, Otis Redding, and for much of his career, Wilson Pickett, “Lightning Bug” Rhodes also recorded a solo blues classic, ‘Pickin’ Daddy’. Based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, during the Eighties, he led The Lightning Bug Blues Band. He suffered a heart attack at a motel swimming pool in Rockingham, North Carolina. - Died July 4, 1990.[/FONT]
in 1992 - John Phillips ex of Mamas And The Papas received a liver transplant at the Los Angeles Medical Centre.[/FONT]
in 1992 - Sir Mix-A- Lot started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Baby Got Back', a No.56 hit in the UK.

in 1992 - Joe Newman dies at age 69. American jazz trumpeter, composer, and educator; born in New Orleans, Louisiana to a musical family, he attended Alabama State College, where he joined the college band, the Bama State Collegians, became its leader, and took it on tour. In 1941 he joined Lionel Hampton for two years, before signing with Count Basie. He was also first with saxophonist Illinois Jacquet and then drummer J. C. Heard, between 1947 and 1952. During his second period with Basie, which lasted for about nine years, he made a number of small-group recordings as leader. He also played on Benny Goodman's 1962 tour of the Soviet Union. In 1961 Joe left the Basie and helped to found Jazz Interactions, of which he became president in 1967. Jazz Interactions was a charitable organisation which provided an information service, took jazz master classes into schools and colleges, and later maintained its own Jazz Interaction Orchestra, for which Joe wrote. In the 1970s and 80s Joe toured internationally, and recorded for various major record labels. He suffered a stroke in 1991, which seriously disabled him (heart problems)[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8xUFIcaLi0"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Joe Williams and Joe Newman - Hamburg 1981‬‏[/FONT][/ame]​

[FONT=&quot]1992 - Astor Pantaleón Piazzolla dies at age 71. Argentine tango composer and bandoneón player born in Mar del Plata. Maybe the single most important figure in the history of tango, his oeuvre revolutionized the traditional tango into a new style termed nuevo tango, incorporating elements from jazz and classical music. Also an excellent bandoneonist, he regularly performed his own compositions with different ensembles (In 1990 he suffered thrombosis while in Paris, and died two years later in Buenos Aires.)

[FONT=&quot]in 1993 - The Smashing Pumpkins played an acoustic show at the strip club Raymond's Revue Bar, London.

in 1999 - Victoria 'Posh Spice' Adams married footballer David Beckham at Luttrellstown Castle, Ireland. The couple had signed a deal worth £1million for OK magazine to have the exclusive picture rights.

in 2000 - A man fell 80 feet to his death during a Metallica concert at Raven Stadium, Baltimore.[/FONT]
in 2001 - Madonna played the first of six sold out nights at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London, England as part of her Drowned World Tour.

in 2002 - George Michael took part in a live phone interview on US news channel CNN, defending his new single 'Shoot The Dog'. Americans were upset by the controversial video, which had President Bush in bed with Tony Blair.

in 2002 - Tony Bennett had to abandon a show at London's Royal Albert Hall after a fire broke out in the building. The audience was evacuated after smoke began to fill the hall.

[FONT=&quot]in 2003 - Barry White /Barry Eugene Carter dies at age 58. A sultry, deep-voiced R&B crooner, Barry White had a long and varied career as a singer, songwriter and producer. Born in Galveston, Texas, but raised in Los Angeles, White began his musical schooling in a Baptist church choir, where he was quickly promoted to the role of director. Aged 11, he played piano on the Jesse Belvin classic ‘Goodnight My Love’, and from the age of 14, White suddenly possessed his trademark deep and booming voice. After quitting school a year later, White joined a soul band, The Upfronts, as the bass singer, recording one single and, when caught stealing expensive tires he was briefly jailed. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]White found employment in a production capacity for a succession of Los Angeles labels, and provided the arrangement for the 1963 Bob & Earl hit ‘Harlem Shuffle’. By 1965, he had recorded his first solo single, ‘Man Ain’t Nothin’’ under the name Lee Barry. Turning to production work, White collaborated with Danny Wagner, Viola Wills and Felice Taylor, and was hired as an A&R man by Mustang/Bronco Records. By the early Seventies White had organised an all-girl, R&B group, Love Unlimited, producing and composing the group’s début single ‘Walkin’ In The Rain With The One You Love’ (1972), on which White also provided the spoken dialogue. After Love Unlimited’s backing group, the 40-piece Love Unlimited Orchestra, scored a surprise hit with the instrumental ‘Love’s Theme’, he began recording the act as a separate entity. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]White simultaneously concentrated on a solo career and became a staple on R&B radio with lushly orchestrated hits beginning with ‘I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby’, continuing with ‘Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up’, ‘Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe’, ‘You’re The First, The Last, My Everything’ and the sensual ‘It’s Ecstacy When You Lay Down Next To Me’. After an impressive decade, White launched his own Unlimited Gold label but, entering into a rocky distribution deal with CBS, White fared poorly. Signing with A&M Records in 1987, White began a new phase of his career characterised by a string of R&B hits. In 2000 White earned two Grammys for the track ‘Staying Power’. Ironically he had shunned the ceremony for several years after losing the Grammy for Best New Artist in 1974. At the time of his death, White was completing a duets album. Kidney failure. His kidneys were damaged by chronic high blood pressure. He had been hospitalised for nearly 10 months after suffering a stroke in September 2002. He died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. - Born September 12, 1944.[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0I6mhZ5wMw"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Barry White - Can't Get Enough Of Your Love Baby.‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Barry White - Can't Get Enough Of Your Love Baby.‬‏[/FONT][/ame]​

[FONT=&quot]in 2003 - André Claveau dies at age 91. French singer born in Paris, very popular in France from the 1940s-1960s. He won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1958 singing "Dors, mon amour"/ Sleep my love with music composed by Pierre Delanoë and lyrics by Hubert Giraud. He has also appeared in over a dozen films.

in 2004 - New York band Scissor Sisters went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their self-titled album.[/FONT]
in 2004 - Usher started a two week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Burn', his third UK No.1. Also a No.1 in the US.

in 2004 - Ja Rule was arrested for driving while his licence was suspended and being in possession of marijuana. Rule, 28, was stopped by police after changing lanes without signalling, he later pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended licence but the possession charge was dropped.

in 2005 - U2 won their court fight for the return of items of memorabilia, including a Stetson hat which they accused a former stylist of stealing. Judge Matthew Deery at Dublin's Circuit Court ordered Lola Cashman to return the items, which also include earrings, within seven days. Ms Cashman, had worked as U2's stylist during the 1980s and wrote an unauthorised book called ‘Inside the Zoo’. Judge Deery said he found Ms Cashman's version of how she had been given the items at the end of a US tour doubtful, particularly her description of Bono running around in his underpants backstage.[/FONT]
in 2005 – “Big” Al Downing dies at age 65. American entertainer, singer, songwriter, and pianist. In 1978, Al's "Mr. Jones" reached the Top 20, followed by "Touch Me (I'll Be Your Fool Once More)" "Midnight Lace," and "I Ain't No Fool,". He received the Billboard's New Artist of the Year and the Single of the Year Award in 1979. In 1980, the "Story Behind The Story" reached the Top 40 and "Bring It On Home" reached the Top Twenty . He was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and was a frequent performer at the Grand Ole Opry. Al was nominated as Best New Artist by the Academy of Country Music and appeared on Hee Haw, Nashville Now, and Dick Clark's American Bandstand television programs. He continued to perform on more than 75 occasions per year in the remaining years of his life, and appeared at Ontario's prestigious Havelock Country Jamboree with Kenny Rogers and Roy Clark. But in 2005, Al had to postpone his plans for a European tour due to his ill health. He died at a hospital in Worcester, Massac husetts. (lymphoblastic leukemia).[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXYNnYDc4vs"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Big Al Downing - Mr. Jones (audio)‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Big Al Downing - Mr. Jones (audio)‬‏[/FONT][/ame]​

[FONT=&quot]in 2007 - Former laboratory worker Devon Townsend admitted to a court in Albuquerque, New Mexico of stalking Chester Bennington lead singer with Linkin Park. Townsend used US government computers to obtain his personal information, accessing Bennington's e-mail account and mobile phone voicemail. The court was told how she travelled to Arizona solely for the purpose of trying to see the singer and monitored Chester Bennington's voicemails as a means of trying to locate where he might be eating.

in 2010 - George Michael was arrested after he crashed his car into the front of a Snappy Snaps store in Hampstead, North London. The singer was returning home from a Gay Pride parade when the incident was was spotted on CCTV. He was arrested on suspicion of being unfit to drive and charged with possession of cannabis and with driving while unfit through drink or drugs.

in 2007 - Johnny Frigo dies at age 90. American jazz violinist and bassist born in Chicago, Illinois, and studied violin for only three years beginning at age 7. While in high school he started to play double bass in dance orchestras. In 1942 he played with Chico Marx's orchestra after which he toured with Jimmy Dorsey's band from 1945 to 1947, later forming the Soft Winds trio with Dorsey's guitarist Herb Ellis and pianist Lou Carter. During this time he wrote the music and words of the standard "Detour Ahead", which has been recorded by Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Evans, and Carola among others. In 1951 Frigo returned to Chicago, primarily working as a studio bassist and arranger. He also led the band at Mr. Kelly's, a popular Rush Street nightspot. Between 1951 and 1960 he played fiddle hoedowns and novelties with the Sage Riders, the house band for WLS's long-running National Barn Dance. He continued playing with the Sage Riders for another four years after WGN revived the show in 1961. He continued performing at festivals worldwide, including the Umbria Jazz Festival and North Sea Jazz Festival. Frigo also was a published poet and artist. (He had been battling cancer, but died of complications from a fall).

in 2007 - Bill Pinkney dies at age 81. American singer; born in Dalzell, South Carolina, he grew up singing gospel in his church choir. He was also a pitcher for the Negro league baseball's New York Blue Sox team, before serving in the US Army in World War II. He earned a Presidential Citation with four Bronze Stars (for battles including Normandy and Bastogne under General Patton). Returning from the war, Bill began to sing again in various gospel choirs. It was there that he would meet the members of the original Drifters. On their first record in 1953, "Money Honey", Bill actually sang first tenor, changing to bass after Ferbie left. In 1958 the manager fired all of the individual Drifters and hired all new singers, The Crowns (formally known as the Five Crowns), signing them under the Drifters' name. Bill was forced to leave. He quickly created a group called the Original Drifters, made up of key members of the first (1953-58) association. "Pinkney's" Original Drifters was consistently popular throughout the southeastern United States. For decades their music was a staple of the "beach music" scene. Bill has been recognized for his contributions by leaders such as President Bill Clinton and President Nelson Mandela of South Africa. He has recieved many musical awards, including the Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award, as well as induction into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, United Group Harmony Association, and the Beach Music Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the South Carolina Black Hall of Fame and holds the key to the state of South Carolina (he died the evening of July 4th in Florida from a heart attack, while staying at the Daytona Beach Hilton. He was to perform with The Drifters at the annual Daytona Beach 4th of July celebration, Red, White & Boom).[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiI3UbFI85c"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Bill Pinkney's Last Song He Ever Sang‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Bill Pinkney's Last Song He Ever Sang‬‏[/FONT][/ame]​

[FONT=&quot]in 2007 - Baris Akarsu dies at age 28. Turkish rock singer; he started out as an entertainer in beach resorts in Antalya. Later he moved to Karadeniz Eregli, singing in bars, the local television and radio shows before joining the TV show Academy Turkey. Shortly after winning the show, he moved to Istanbul to pursue a career in music. Baris released his first album “Islak Islak” followed by his second “Dusmeden Bulutlarda Kosmam Gerek” released in August 2006. He appeared on music videos for his songs “Islak Islak”, “Kimdir O”, “Mavi” and “Amasra” from his first and “Vurdum En Dibe Kadar” and “Yaz Demedim” from his second album. He composed and wrote the lyrics for “Ben” and “Yeter Be” from his second album. At the time of his death, he was working on his unreleased third album (died due to complications arising from a motor the accident).

in 2009 - Drake Levin /Drake Maxwell Levinshefski dies at age 62. American musician, best known as the guitarist for Paul Revere & the Raiders. He started with Paul Revere & the Raiders in 1963, even while he was in the National Guard he would come to record with them in the studio. They had hits such as "Louie Louie", "Steppin' Out", "Just Like Me", "Kicks" which ranked No. 400 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 1966, "Hungry" "The Great Airplane Strike", "Good Thing" and "Him or Me - What's It Gonna Be?". Drake, Phil Volk and Mike “Smitty” Smith left the Raiders in 1967 to form the trio, The Brotherhood. Over the years Drake has worked with Ananda Shankar, Emitt Rhodesand Lee Michaels among other artists as well as participating in reunions with ex-members of the Raiders (cancer).

in 2009 - Robert Mitchell dies at age 96. American organist and one of the last original silent film accompanists; born in Sierra Madre, California, he started his career at the age of 12 when he worked at The Strand Theatre in Pasadena, CA playing Christmas carols between showings. Once the silent film started, his career as an accompanist began, which he continued until the arrival of talkies which made accompanists irrelevant. In 1932 he won a scholarship to the Eastman School of music where he studied piano. He stayed in New York performing gigs of many genre that varied from church accompaniment to speakeasies to radio. During the 1930s, he organized the Robert Mitchell Boys Choir, who were cast in many films from the 1930s through to the 1960s. From 1962s he played the organ for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 70s and 80s saw him as musical director for several churches: St. Ann, St. Brendan, St. Kevin and St. Peter in Los Angeles, and The Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills. From 1992 until his death Robert accompanied several silent films in revival houses particularly in California, performing weekly at both The Orpheum and The Silent Movie Theatre, playing some of the original scores he had from the 1920s. This gallant trooper performed until May 2009, when he suffered from pneumonia and his health began to decline. In his 84 year career Robert received many awards including the Silver Medal awarded at the Royal Palace in Monte Carlo by Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace of Monaco. A Silver Beaver Medal, the highest honor awarded scoutmasters by the Boy Scouts of America. An acclamation as a Knight of Malta with a medal from the American Melkite Archimandrate. An Honorary Plaque in the Amphitheater of Temple Ahavat Shalom, Northridge, California. And the "Pro Papa et Ecclesia" Certificate from Pope John-Paul the Second. [/FONT][FONT=&quot](pneumonia).[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNGXoMsf-9g"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Robert Mitchell 3io plays 4Hero's Third Stream @ jazz re:freshed 12/03/09‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Robert Mitchell 3io plays 4Hero's Third Stream @ jazz re:freshed 12/03/09‬‏[/FONT][/ame]​

[FONT=&quot]in 2009 - Allen Klein dies at age 77. American businessman, agent, record label executive, admired and feared for his reputation as a fierce negotiator. Born in New Jersey, he spent much of his childhood in an orphanage and graduated from college with a degree in accounting, after which, while working with friend, Don Kirshner, he soon gained a reputation as an effective sleuth who could root through record companies' books on behalf of artists and find thousands of dollars in unpaid royalties. In 1961 he founded his company Abkco and he quickly worked his magic for Bobby Darin and Sam Cooke as well as becoming Sam's manager. With the "British Invasion" of the US, he was soon representing many UK artists including The Animals, Herman's Hermits and The Rolling Stones. (Later when The Verve's hit "Bittersweet Symphony" sampled an orchestration from The Rolling Stones' "The Last Time," the rights to which are owned by Allen's ABKCO Industries was nominated for a Grammy Award, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones were named as the nominees, rather then The Verve.) In 1969, Allen began to work with the Beatles, and in 1971 he was a producer of the concerts for Bangladesh, with Harrison, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and others. In the 80's he bought the rights to music produced by Phil Spector, such as the Philles Records and Phil Spector International catalogs. His company ABKCO Music & Records, Inc. owns and/or administers the rights to music by Sam Cooke, The Rolling Stones, The Animals, Herman's Hermits, Marianne Faithfull, The Kinks, as well as the Cameo Parkway label, which includes recordings by such artists as Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, The Orlons, The Dovells, Question Mark & The Mysterians, The Tymes and Dee Dee Sharp. ABKCO also administers Philles Records and its master recordings, including hits by The Righteous Brothers, The Ronettes, The Crystals and others. Allen also worked as a producer on the films The Holy Mountain in 1973 and The Greek Tycoon in 1978, as well as on several Italian spaghetti westerns (Alzheimer's disease).

in 2009 - Jonas Brothers went to No.1 on the US album charts with ‘Lines, Vines and Trying Times’, the group’s fourth album.

in 2010 - Huang You-di dies at age 98. Taiwanese musician and composer. He was responsible for around 2000 compositions, his most popular being Azaleas, written during the Second Sino-Japanese War (multiple organ failure)

in 2011 - Jane Scott dies at age 92. American rock music critic, in Cleveland, Ohio in 1919, a 1937 graduate of Lakewood High School and a 1941 graduate of the University of Michigan, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in English, Speech and Drama. Jane was influential rock critic for the newspaper The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, during her career she covered every major rock concert in Cleveland and was on a first name basis with many stars. Until her retirement from the paper in April 2002 she was known as "The World’s Oldest Rock Critic." She was also influential in bringing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Cleveland .

in 2011 - Gerhard Unger dies at age 95. German light tenor opera singer born in Bad Salzungen. He had his debut as an opera singer in 1947 in Weimar. From 1949 to 1961 he sang with the Berlin State Opera. After 1951 he sang regularly at the Bayreuth Festival. One of his signature roles was David from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, which is confirmed by the number of times he recorded the role. Equally known was his Pedrillo in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail, notably in the legendary 1965 Salzburg Festival production, which was conducted by Zubin Mehta, and was kept in the festival's repertory for 10 years and was also shown at Milan's La Scala. His other Salzburg Festival roles included Monostatos in two different stagings of The Magic Flute. He occasionally played Mime, for example in La Scala's 1975 production.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]in 2013 – [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Actress and singer Bernie Nolan dies at the age of 52, following a long battle with breast cancer.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The former lead singer of The Nolans was first diagnosed in 2010, and had chemotherapy and a mastectomy, receiving an all-clear in 2012.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]However, months later the disease returned and spread to her brain, bones, lungs and liver. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]In recent years she was best known for her acting roles in The Bill and Channel 4 soap Brookside.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]"Bernie passed away peacefully with all of her family around her," said a spokesperson for the family.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]"The entire family are devastated to have lost beloved Bernie, a wonderful wife, adoring mother and loving sister, she is irreplaceable."[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Born on 17 October 1960, she grew up in Ireland, performing as a family troupe with her five sisters and two brothers. Her father Tommy would go on to be the Nolans' manager - but after his death, eldest sister Anne revealed he had sexually abused her from the age of 11.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Nolan turned to acting following 20 years fronting the Irish all-girl group and a string of hits including 1979's I'm in the Mood for Dancing and Don't Make Waves.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]She left the group in 1994, and took to the stage, performing in productions including Blood Brothers in London's West End, Flashdance and a UK tour of Chicago the Musical.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]She moved into television playing hairdresser Diane Murray in Brookside from 2000-02 and joining ITV's police drama The Bill in 2003, as Sergeant Sheelagh Murphy.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]"So sad to hear Bernie Nolan has passed away," tweeted Nolan's Brookside co-star Jennifer Ellison, after hearing the news of her death. "Such an amazing lady, had the honour of working with her twice will cherish the memories."[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Bill co-star Gary Lucy tweeted: "RIP Bernie Nolan - our thoughts are with her family."[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Image caption Nolan wrote about her battle with cancer in her autobiography, released in May[/FONT][FONT=&quot] Nolan also took part in ITV's talent show Popstar to Operastar in 2010, reaching the final but losing to Pop Idol's Darius.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]In 2008, Bernie, Maureen, Linda and Coleen agreed to a multi-million pound reunion tour of The Nolans with Universal Records, prompting a feud between the two remaining sisters, Denise and Anne.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Anne, who was in the original line-up but left the group for two years at the height of their mainstream success, was not included by the tour's producers and it caused a bitter rift. Denise had left the group before any of the group's chart hits.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]"Despite all the drama around it, doing the show was one of the best things I've ever done. It gave us all something to remember for ever," Bernie said in her autobiography Now & Forever, which was published in May this year.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]In the book, she claimed she had made her peace with all five of her sisters over the last few years - and urged her sisters to do the same. Two of her five sisters, Anne and Linda, were previously diagnosed with breast cancer but overcame the disease.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Presenter Lorraine Kelly paid tribute on Thursday, tweeting: "Bernie Nolan was a very special woman. Brave, funny and hugely talented. She will be sorely missed. Thoughts with her family and friends."[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Image caption Some of the sisters fell out amid plans for a reunion tour in 2008
[FONT=&quot]Sherrie Hewson, who works with Bernie's sister Coleen on Loose Women, tweeted: "RIP the wonderfully talented Bernie Nolan. A beautiful person that brightened up this sometimes dark world of ours! Sing forever Bernie."[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]"Very sad to hear of the passing of Bernie Nolan," added commentator Gary Lineker on Twitter. "A fabulous and fabulously talented lady. Thoughts are with the family."[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Bernie married Steve Doneathy in 1996 and leaves one daughter, Erin.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Speaking to BBC Breakfast in May this year, Mr Doneathy said she had stopped chemotherapy and entered palliative care.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]"But she's still being as positive as you can be under those circumstances. You get up every day, face the day, and make that day the best it can be."[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2014 – [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Arpad Joo[/FONT][FONT=&quot], the Hungarian-born pianist who was the conductor of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s between 1977 and 1984, dies in Singapore. He was 65.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Joo was a controversial figure during his tenure as the conductor of the CPO, but was also a gifted interpreter, particularly of Hungarian composers such as Bartok, says the CPO’s Michael Hope.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]“He was a pretty talented guy,” says Hope, who was hired by Joo in 1982.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Back then, Joo was backed by Calgary oilman Joseph Stefel, a Hungarian expat who bankrolled several recordings by Joo that attracted rave reviews from the international media, including a 1984 review in the New York Times by Alex Kozinn. That one was of a series of recordings Joo made with the Budapest Philharmonic, featuring Bartok and Zoltan Kodaly, a prominent composer who also taught Joo when he was a boy growing up in Budapest.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]“His recording is one of the finest in the catalogue, and certainly one of the most carefully shaped and crisply recorded,” wrote Kozinn. “Where many conductors set the score in a hazy light, Mr. Joo sharpens the edges of both Bartok’s phrases and the individual instrumental lines within his sometimes thick textures.”[/FONT][FONT=&quot]
[FONT=&quot]Joo came to Calgary as a young conductor — he was in his late twenties when he was hired — but had already spent five years as the conductor of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, where he beat out over a hundred applicants and was hired as a 24-year-old.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]“He was a bit young to be a music director, I think,” Hope says. “I remember he had all dark hair, which was a rarity for a conductor.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]“(But) he was a raw talent — and a piano virtuoso.”[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]The conductor, who won several prestigious awards growing up in Budapest, before earning a scholarship to Juilliard, took over the CPO at a significant moment in its growth, says, Hope.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]“Every music director we’ve had,” he says, “has contributed something towards where we’re at today, and what he did was started to build the professional base of players, which was part of the transition from a community regional orchestra to the orchestra of national prominence that we are today — a fully professional group.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]“His tenure,” he says, “was part of that transition.”[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]By all accounts — and there aren’t many, owing to the CPO’s bankruptcy in the late 1990s — it was also a stormy tenure.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]The board attempted to remove Joo from his job several times, and eventually, in 1984, he left.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]“You asked about controversy,” says Hope. “There was a lot — but it was before I got here. He left against his will, which is about as much as I know.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]“However,” adds Hope. “I found that he was a good friend to the organization and was a pretty good musician.”[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 201[/FONT][FONT=&quot]4[/FONT][FONT=&quot] – Myer Fredman British-Australian conductor dies at age 82 in Hobart.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]He studied at Dartington Hall and in London with Peter Gellhorn, Vilém Tauský, Sir Adrian Boult, and was assistant conductor to Otto Klemperer, Vittorio Gui, Sir John Pritchard and Sir Charles Mackerras.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]He was conductor at the Glyndebourne Festival 1963–74. He was involved in the creation of Glyndebourne Touring Opera, of which he was musical director for seven years 1968-74. After moving to Australia he became musical director of the State Opera of South Australia 1974–80, and conductor and artistic associate with Opera Australia 1983–98.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Myer Fredman conducted the Australian premieres of Sir Michael Tippett's opera The Midsummer Marriage (in the presence of the composer), and Benjamin Britten's opera Death in Venice, at consecutive Adelaide Festivals.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]His world-premiere recordings include Arnold Bax's 1st and 2nd symphonies and Havergal Brian's 6th symphony, all with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Brian's 16th symphony with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; and Peter Sculthorpe's Piano Concerto and a television opera, Quiros. His other recordings included the music of Britten, Delius, Vaughan Williams, Respighi, Rubbra, Sir Eugene Goossens, Arthur Benjamin, Richard Meale, Robert Still, and Ross Edwards.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]He also conducted the premieres of some other of Havergal Brian's symphonies, and he was a Vice-President of the Havergal Brian Society.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Myer Fredman orchestrated and arranged instrumental and operatic music by J. S. Bach, John Dowland, Mozart, Donizetti, Tchaikovsky, Puccini and Elgar.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]He was the first person to write extensively of the role of the conductor in the operas of Mozart.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]The Italian Government awarded Myer Fredman the medal Per Servizio della Musica e Cultura Italiana.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Fredman has been a teacher to many musicians, including Kim Sutherland.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]He moved to Hobart, Tasmania where he conducted and taught as Adjunct Professor at the University of Tasmania's Conservatorium of Music. He was also involved in creating The Tasmanian Discovery Orchestra. [/FONT]

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in 1546 - Johann Steuerlein, composer is born.
in 1654 - Antonio Maria Pacchioni, composer is born.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]in 1654 - Jakob Adlung, distinguished German music scholar and organist, is born at Bindersleben, near Erfurt. He began his music studies with his father, the teacher and organist David Adlung. While matriculating at the Erfurt Gymnasium (1713), he stayed with Christian Reichardt, who taught him organ. He then studied theology, philosophy, philology, and other subjects at the University of Jena (graduated, 1726), and concurrently received further training in organ from Johann Nikolaus Bach. From 1727 until his death he was organist of Erfurt's Prediger church. He also was a professpr of languages at the Erfurt Gymnasium, a teacher of organ, and builder of keyboard instruments. Adlung was an important writer on music theory and aesthetics. His valuable books are Anleitung zu der musikalischen Gelahrtheit (Erfurt, 1758; 2nd ed., rev, 1783, by J. Killer), Musica mechanica organoedi (ed. by J. Albrecht; Berlin, 1768), and Musikalisches Siebengestirn. Das ist: Sieben zu der edlen Tonkunst gehorige Fragen (ed. by J. Albrecht; Berlin, 1768). - Died at Erfurt, July 5,1762.[/FONT]
in 1764 - Janos Lavotta, composer is born.[/FONT]
in 1775 - William Crotch, eminent English organist, teacher, and composer, is born at Norwich. His extraordinary precocity may be measured by the well-authenticated statement (C. Burney, "Account of an Infant Musician," Philosophical Transactions, 1779) that when two and a half years old he played on a small organ built by his father, a master carpenter. In Nov. 1778 he began to tour under his mother's guidance. On Jan. I, 1779, he played before the king and queen at Buckingham Palace. In 1786 he became assistant to Randall, organist of Trinity and King's colleges at Cambridge; at 14, he composed an oratorio, The Captivity of Judah (Cambridge, June 4, 1789); he then studied for the ministry (1788-90). Returning to music, he was made organist of Christ Church, Oxford, in 1790. He graduated from Oxford with a Mus.Bac. in 1794, and received a Mus.Doc. in 1799. In 1797 he succeeded Hayes as professor of music at Oxford and as organist of St. John's College. Crotch lectured in the Music School (1800-04), and in the Royal Institution in London (1804, 1805, 1807, and again from 1820). He was principal of the new Royal Academy of Music from 1822 to 1832. Crotch was most successful as a composer of oratorios and organ concertos. His finest work was the oratorio Palestine (London, April 21, 1812). His third oratorio, The Captivity of Judah (Oxford, June 10, 1834) should not be confused with his juvenile effort of the same title of 1789. Among his other works were five sonatas for Piano or Harpsichord; anthems: ten (1797-1803), ten (1798), and two (1825); odes; chants; Psalm tunes; hymn tunes; songs. He also brought out Specimens of Various Styles of Music (c. 1808-15) and various manuals, including Elements of Musical Composition (London, 1812; second ed., 1856). In addition, Crotch revealed talent as a painter. - Died at Taunton, Dec. 29, 1847.[/FONT]
in 1803 - William Jackson, composer, dies at 73.
in 1847 - Agnes Marie Jacobina Zimmermann, composer is born.
in 1852 - Stefano Gobatti, composer is born.
in 1852 - Johann Baptist Weigl, composer, dies at 69.
in 1874 - Gerhard von Keussler, composer is born.
in 1878 - Joseph Holbrooke, English pianist/conductor/composer is born.[/FONT]
in 1879 - Volkmar Andreae, is born, distinguished Swiss conductor, pedagogue, and composer, grandfather of Marc (Edouard) Andreae. He studied with Munzinger in Bern and with Wiillner at the Cologne Conservatory (1897-1900). After serving as repetiteur at the Munich Court Opera (1900-02), he settled in Zurich and was conductor of its mixed chorus (1902-49) and men's chorus (1904-19); was chief conductor of the Tonhalle Orchestra (1906-49) and director of the Zurich Conservatpru (1914-41). He championed the works of Bruckner, Strauss, Reger, Mahler, and Debussy. In his own compositions, he reflected post-Romantic tendencies. - Died at Zurich, June 18, 1962.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]in 1879 - Wanda (Alexandra) Landowska, celebrated Polish-born French harpsichordist, pianist, and pedagogue; is born at Warsaw. She was only 4 when she began to play the pia. Following lessons with KleczyI1ski, she continued her piano studies at the Warsaw Cons. with Michalowski. In 1896 she went to Berlin and completed her formal training with Moszkowski (piano) and Urban (composition). In 1900 she went to Paris, where she married Henri Lew, an authority on Hebrew folklore. He encouraged her to pursue her interest in the study and performance of 17h-and 18th-century music. While she continued to appear as a pianist, from 1903 she gave increasing attention to playing the harpsichord in public and making it once again an accepted concert instrument. Her tours as a harpsichordist took her all over Europe. In 1913 she went to Berlin to teach harpsichord at the Hochschule fur Musik. At the outbreak of World War I in 1914, she and her husband were declared as civil prisoners on parole on account of their French citizenship. After the Armistice in 1918, Landowska went to Basel to give master classes in harpsichord at the Cons. in 1919. She then returned to Paris to teach at the Sorbonne and at the Ecole Normale de Musique. In 1923 she made her first appearances in the U.s. In 1925 she settled in St.-Leu-la-Foret, near Paris, where she founded the Ecole de Musique Ancienne for the study, teaching, and performance of early music. She also continued to tour abroad. With the Nazi occupation of Paris in 1940, Landowska fled France and eventually arrived in N.Y. in 1941. In 1947 she settled in Lakeville, Conn. She continued to be active as a performer and teacher during these years. In 1952 she celebrated her 75th birthday in a N.Y. recital. Landowska was the foremost champion of the 20th _ century movement to restore the harpsichord to concert settings. Her performance style was an assertive one highlighted by legato playing and variety of articulation. While she was best known for her interpretations of Bach, she also commissioned works from Falla (Harpsichord Concerto, Barcelona, Nov. 5, 1926), Poulenc (Concert champetre for Harpsichord and Small Orch., Paris, May 3,1929), and other composers. D. Restout and R. Hawkins ed. a collection of her articles as Landowska on Music (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., 1964). - Died at Lakeville, Conn., Aug. 16, 1959.[/FONT]
in 1880 - Jan Kubelik, composer is born.
in 1883 - Frederick Scotson Clark, composer, dies at 42.

in 1884 - Victor Massé dies at age 62. French composer; he studied at the Paris Conservatoire, winning the Prix de Rome in 1844 for his cantata Le rénégat de Tanger before turning his attention to opera. While at the Conservatoire, Massé studied with Jaques Halévy. He wrote some twenty operas, including La chanteuse voilée-1850, followed by the more ambitious Galathée-1852 and Paul et Virginie. His best-known and most successful work was the opéra comique Les noces de Jeannette in 1853. Victor's last work, Une Nuit de Cléopâtre, was performed posthumously in April 1885.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]in 1895 - Gordon Jacob (English composer) is born.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]in 1897 - Ben-Haim (real name, Paul Frankenburger), eminent German-born Israeli composer and teacher, is born at Munich. He studied piano, composition (with Klose), and conducting at the Munich Academy of Arts (1915-20). He was asst. conductor to Walter and Knappertsbursch (1920-24) before serving as conductor n Augsburg (1924-31). With the advent of the Nazi regime in 1933, he emigrated to Tel Aviv and changed his surname to the Hebrew Ben-Haim. He was director of the Jerusalem Academy of Music (1949-54). In 1957 he was awarded the Israel State Prize. An automobile accident in 1972 brought a premature end to his creative work. Although his output followed generally along late Romantic lines, he also was influenced by the indigenous music of the Middle East, particularly of his adopted homeland. He was especially successful as a composer of vocal works. - Died at Tel Aviv, Jan. 14,1984.[/FONT]
in 1899 - Domingo Santa Cruz Wilson, composer is born.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]in 1899 - Suzanne Demarquez, French composer and writer on music, is born at Paris. She studied at the Paris Cons. She composed chamber music, including a sprightly Flute Sonatine (1953). She publ, Andre Jolivet (Paris, 1958), Manuel de Falla (Paris, 1963; Eng. tr., 1968), and Hector Berlioz (Paris, 1969). - Died at Paris Oct. 23, 1965.[/FONT]
in 1903 - Irwin Fischer, composer is born.
in 1904 - Franz Adolf Syberg, composer is born.
in 1909 - Emil Bohn, composer, dies at 70.

[FONT=&quot]in 1912 - Mack David (US lyricist, songwriter) is born. The older brother of prolific songwriter Hal David, Mack David scored his first collaborative hit composition in 1939 with ‘Moon Love’, a hit for Glenn Miller. A talented lyricist, he often teamed with Burt Bacharach beginning with The Shirelles’ hit ‘Baby It’s You’. Frequently working on film scores in the Sixties, David’s credits included The Hanging Tree and It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. David’s other pop hits included ‘It Must Be Him’ (Vikki Carr) and ‘Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White’ (Perez Prado). He also penned the lyrics to several television themes including Surfside 6, Caspar The Ghost and 77 Sunset Strip. He died in Rancho Mirage, California. (Natural causes). - Died December 30, 1993.[/FONT]
in 1913 - Smiley Lewis, (OVERTON AMOS LEMONS) Louisiana, vocalist (I Hear You Knockin') is born. A gritty-voiced R&B singer who emerged in the mid Forties, Smiley Lewis had a distinctive, melodic, shouting delivery. Born in DeQuincy, Louisiana, Lewis ran away from home in his teens to work as a musician in New Orleans. There he joined The Thomas Jefferson Dixieland Band, a talented outfit that featured pianist Tuts Washington. A member of the band off and on for a decade, Lewis then formed a trio in 1945 with Tuts Washington and Herman Seale. A great stage performer but only an average guitarist, Lewis blended blues and R&B balladry, his vocals reminiscent of a rougher version of Louis Armstrong. Recording briefly at DeLuxe Records in 1947 as “Smiling” Lewis, he released just one single. [/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]Then signed as a solo artist with Imperial Records in 1950, Lewis was teamed with talented producer Dave Bartholomew. Determined to land on the national charts, Lewis finally broke through in 1952 with ‘The Bells Are Ringing’; his hit run continued with: featuring Huey Smith on piano, ‘I Hear You Knockin’’ (1955); ‘One Night (Of Sin)’ (1956); and ‘Please Listen To Me’ (1956). Lewis was often compared to Imperial-labelmate Fats Domino and was said to have filled in for the popular singer on several recordings. Although ‘I Hear You Knockin’’ was an R&B hit for Lewis, the cover version by Gale Storm (1955) fared well on the pop charts; then in 1958 Elvis Presley recorded a sanitised version of Lewis’ ‘One Night (Of Sin)’. Leaving Imperial in 1960, Lewis recorded for several different labels in the Sixties, but never had another hit; at Loma Records, Lewis was produced by Allen Toussaint. ‘I Hear You Knockin’’ was reprised as a UK chart topping hit for Dave Edmunds in 1970. (Stomach cancer). He died at his New Orleans home a few days after undergoing an operation. - Died October 6, 1966.[/FONT]
in 1918 - George Rochberg (US composer of contemporary classical music) is born.
Rochberg was born in Paterson, New Jersey. He attended the Mannes College of Music, where his teachers included George Szell and Hans Weisse, and the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Rosario Scalero and Gian Carlo Menotti. He served in the United States Army in the infantry during World War II.

He was the chairman of the music department at the University of Pennsylvania until 1968, and continued to teach there until 1983. In 1978, he was named the first Annenberg Professor of the Humanities. His notable students include Stephen Albert, Gaston Allaire, Maria Bachmann, William Bolcom, Uri Caine, Robert Carl, Daniel Dorff, Stephen Jaffe, Cynthia Cozette Lee, Yen Lu, Vincent McDermott, Michael Alec Rose, Robert Suderburg, and Maryanne Amacher.

He married Gene Rosenfeld in 1941, and had two children, Paul and Francesca. In 1964, his son died of a brain tumor.

He died in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania in 2005, aged 86. Most of his works are held in the archive of the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel, Switzerland. Some can also be found in the Music Division of the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, New York, the University of Pennsylvania, Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, and the City University of New York.

After a long period of composition using the technique of serialism, Rochberg finally abandoned it upon the death of his teenage son in 1964, saying that serialism was empty of expressive emotion and was inadequate to express his grief and rage. By the seventies he had become controversial for the use of tonal passages in his music. His use of tonality first became widely known through the String Quartet No. 3 (1972), which includes an entire set of variations that are in the style of late Beethoven. Another movement of the quartet contains passages reminiscent of the music of Gustav Mahler. This use of tonality caused critics to classify him as a neoromantic composer. He compared atonality to abstract art and tonality to concrete art and compared his artistic evolution with Philip Guston's, saying "the tension between concreteness and abstraction" is a fundamental issue for both of them (Rochberg, 1992). His music has also been described as neoconservative postmodernism (Brackett 2008, xviii).

Of the works composed early in his career, the Symphony No. 2 (1955–56) stands out as an accomplished serial composition by an American composer. Rochberg is perhaps best known for his String Quartets Nos. 3-6 (1972–78). Rochberg conceived Nos. 4-6 as a set and named them the "Concord Quartets" after the Concord String Quartet, which premiered and recorded the works. The String Quartet No. 6 includes a set of variations on the Pachelbel Canon in D.

A few of his works were musical collages of quotations from other composers. "Contra Mortem et Tempus", for example, contains passages from Pierre Boulez, Luciano Berio, Edgard Varèse and Charles Ives.

Symphonies Nos. 1, 2, and 5, and the Violin Concerto were recorded in 2001–2002 by the Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Christopher Lyndon Gee and released on the Naxos label.

Marc-Antonio Barone said of Rochberg, "He brought the same rigor, the same intensity, the same craftsmanship to his work in the most conservative sounding tonal idioms as he did to his most ultramodern, 12-tone composing. It was all about what in the human condition he was trying to express.". James Freeman, musician and teacher at Swarthmore College, said this about Rochberg and Serialism, "If George Rochberg can do something like that, there's nothing that I can't do and get away with it. I don't have to write 12-tone music; I can if I want to. I can write stuff that sounds like Brahms. I can do anything I want. I'm free. And that was an extraordinary feeling in the late '60s for young composers, I think, many of whom felt really constrained to write serial music."

Rochberg's collected essays were published by the University of Michigan Press in 1984 as The Aesthetics of Survival. A revised and expanded edition (Rochberg, 2005), published shortly before his death, was awarded an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award in 2006. Selections from his correspondence with Canadian composer István Anhalt were published in 2007 by Wilfrid Laurier University Press (Gillmor, 2007). His memoirs, Five Lines, Four Spaces, were published by the University of Illinois Press in May 2009 (Rochberg, 2009).[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]in 1920 - Issachar Miron, composer is born.
in 1924 - Janos Starker, Budapest Hungary, cellist (Chic Symph 1953-58) is born.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]in 1924 - Oskar Czerwenka, Austrian bass, is born at Vocklabruck bei Linz. He was a student of O. Iro in Vienna. In 1947 he made his operatic debut as the Hermit in Der Freischiitz in Graz. He joined the Vienna State Opera in 1951,where he became successful in such roles as Baron Ochs, Osmin, and Kecal in The Bartered Bride, and in operas by Lortzing; in 1961 he was made an Austrian Kammersanger, From 1953 he also appeared at the Salzburg Festival. In 1959 he sang Baron Ochs at the Glyndebourne Festival and, on Dec. 26 of that year, made his Metropolitan Opera debut in N.Y.in the same role. He also appeared in Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt am Main, Cologne, and Stuttgart. He also appeared widely as a concert artist. He published the book Lebenszeiten-Ungebetene Briefe (Vienna, 1987). [/FONT]
in 1925 - Hjalmar Borgstrom, composer, dies at 61.
in 1926 - Kenneth Gaburo, composer is born.
in 1930 - Yutaka Makino, composer is born.

in 1930 - Mitch Jayne (US vocals, bass, lyricist, radio host; Dillards/Darlin' Family) is born.

in 1938 - Ronnie Self (US rock singer, songwriter) is born. A songwriter and obscure rockabilly artist, Ronnie Self scored a minor hit on Sun Records with ‘Bop-A-Lena’. Nicknamed “Mr. Frantic,” Self recorded the original version of the garage classic ‘I Fought The Law’ in 1961. Also a songwriter, he penned the Brenda Lee hits, ‘Sweet Nothings’, ‘Everybody Loves Me But You’, ‘Anybody But Me’, ‘I’m Sorry’, and with fellow Springfield, Illinois-native Wayne Carson Thompson, The Box Top hits, ‘The Letter’, ‘Soul Deep’, and ‘Neon Rainbow’. Long-term effects of alcoholism contributed to his death on August 28, 1981.[/FONT]
in 1938 - Stanley Joel Silverman, composer is born.
in 1940 - Donald Shanks AO OBE (Australian operatic bass-baritone) is born.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]in 1941 - Oskar Fried, composer, dies at 69.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]in 1942 - Darron Stankey , A founding member of pop vocal group The Innocents, Darron Stankey sang on a pair of Top 40 hits. Originally formed in Los Angeles in 1958 as The Emeralds, the group replaced a number of its members in 1959 before becoming The Echoes; initially being hired by Herb Albert to provide backing vocals at Andex Records. Signing with Indigo Records, the renamed Innocents scored their first hit with ‘Honest I Do’ followed by, after appearing on American Bandstand, ‘Gee Whiz’. Meanwhile, 1958 14-year-old vocalist Kathy Young had scheduled a session at the same studio used by The Innocents. When the producer was unimpressed with her remake of The Rivileers’ ‘A Thousand Stars’, he asked The Innocents to provide backing vocals. The resulting session produced a million-selling single, which was followed by the stylistically similar ‘Happy Birthday Blues’, but their hits dried up after The Innocents moved to Warner-Reprise Records. In the spring of 1966, Stankey and two former members of The Innocents launched their own label, Sugar Beats Records. (Cancer). - Died May 11, 2005.[/FONT]
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[FONT=&quot]in 1942 - Matthias Bamert, Swiss conductor and composer, is born at Ersigen. He studied in Bern, Zurich, Darmstadt, Salzburg, and Paris, his principal composition teachers being Rivier and Boulez. He was first oboist of the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra (1965-69), and then was asst. conductor to Stokowski with the American Symphony Orchestra of N.Y. (1970-71). He received the first George Szell Memorial Award, joining the conducting staff of the Cleveland Orchestra in 1971. From 1977 to 1983 he was music director of the Swiss Radio Orchestra in Basel, and then was principal guest conductor of the Scottish National Orchestra in Glasgow (1985-90). From 1992 to 1998 he was artistic director of the Lucerne Music Festival, and from 1993 to 2000 he was music director of the London Mozart Players. [/FONT]
in 1943 - Robbie Robertson (Canadian guitar, vocals; The Band) is born.
in 1944 - William Gillies Whittaker, composer, dies at 67.
in 1945 - Dick Scoppettone (US vocals, guitar, bass; Harpers Bizarre) is born.
in 1946 - Andy Ellison (UK lead singer, John's Children/Jet/Radio Stars) is born.

in 1950 - Huey Lewis/Hugh Anthony Cregg (US vocals, harmonica; Huey Lewis & the News) is born.

in 1950 - Michael Monarch (US guitarist, songwriter; Steppenwolf) is born.
in 1951 - Geert Jan Hessing, Dutch rock drummer (Catapult) is born.

in 1951 - Huey Lewis [Hugh Cregg], NYC, vocalist (and the News-Need a New Drug) is born.

in 1951 - Keiko Fuji (Japanese enka singer) is born.

in 1951 - Egbert Anson Van Alstyne dies at age 73. American songwriter, pianist, and composer of a number of popular and ragtime tunes from the early 20th century. Born in Marengo, Illinois, he moved to New York City after some time touring in Vaudeville. He worked as a Tin Pan Alley song-plugger until he was able to make his living as a songwriter. He teamed with lyricist Harry H. Williams, their first success was "Navajo" which was introduced in the Broadway musical Nancy Brown in 1903 and became one of the first records by Billy Murray early in 1904. Their best remembered song is ''In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree'' from 1905. Other of his hits included "Won't You Come Over to My House?", "I'm Afraid to Come Home in the Dark", and "Memories". He shares credit with Tony Jackson on the hit "Pretty Baby".

[FONT=&quot]in 1952 - Kristine Ciesinski, American soprano, sister of Katherine Ciesinski, is born at Wilmington, Del. She studied at Temple University (1970-71), the University of Del. (1971-72), and Boston University (1973-74; B.A., 1974); in 1977 she won the Gold Medal in the Geneva International Competition and first prize in the Salzburg International Competition. She made her N.Y. concert debut as a soloist in Handel's Messiah (1977) and her European operatic debut as Baroness Freimann in Lortzing's Der Wildschiitz at the Salzburg Landestheater (1979), remaining on its roster until 1981; was subsequently a member of the Bremen State Opera (1985-88). She made guest appearances with the Cleveland Opera (1985), Glasgow's Scottish National Opera (1985), Toronto's Canadian Opera Co. (1986), Leeds's Opera North (1986), the Augsburg Opera (1986), Cardiff's Welsh National Opera (1986), Munich's Bavarian State Opera (1989), London's English National Opera (1989-93), and Milan's La Scala (1992). In 1996 she appeared as Salome at the English National Opera. She also sang extensively in concerts, often appearing with her sister. Her finest roles include Iphigenie, Medea, Beethoven's Leonora, Cassandra, La Wally, Eva, Elisabeth in Tannhauser, Chrysothemis, Ariadne, Salome, and Tosca. She married Norman Bailey in 1985. [/FONT]
in 1952 - Michael Don McNabb, composer is born.

in 1954 - Working together for the first time in a recording studio with Scotty Moore and Bill Black, Elvis Presley fools around during a break with an up-tempo version of 'That's All Right.' Producer Sam Phillips has them repeat the jam and records it. It became Presley's first release on Sun Records.

in 1954 - Jimmy Crespo (US guitarist; Aerosmith) is born.
in 1955 - Michael Gismondi, rock saxophonist (Michael Stanley Band) is born.
in 1955 - Terry Chimes (UK drummer; The Clash/Hanoi Rocks/others) is born.
in 1958 - Paul Daniel (UK opera and symphony conductor) is born.
in 1959 - Marc Cohn, singer (Walking in Memphis) is born.
in 1961 - Isabelle Poulenard (French soprano) is born.
in 1963 - 1st Beatle tune to hit US charts, Del Shannon "From Me to You" at #87
in 1963 - Daniel Ruyneman, composer, dies at 76.

in 1963 - The Beatles played at the Plaza Ballroom in Dudley in the West Midlands. Appearing with The Beatles - Denny and the Diplomats, led by Denny Laine, who went on to join the Moody Blues and eventually, Paul McCartney's group Wings.

in 1963 - Russ Lorenson (US singer, actor) is born.
in 1964 - Jimmy Demers (US singer, writer) is born.
in 1965 - Eyran Katsenelenbogen (Israeli jazz pianist) is born.[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZmq_pUXMfY"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Bouncing With Bud - Eyran Katsenelenbogen, Piano‬‏[/FONT][/ame][FONT=&quot] [/FONT]​

[FONT=&quot]in 1966- On the recommendation of Rolling Stone Keith Richards' girlfriend, Chas Chandler from The Animals went to see Jimi Hendrix play at The Cafe Wha in New York City. Chandler suggests that Hendrix should come to England, which he does and Chandler became his manager.

in 1968 - John Lennon sells his psychedelic painted Rolls-Royce.
in 1968 - Kenji Ito (Japanese composer) is born.

in 1969 - The Rolling Stones gave a free concert in London's Hyde Park before an audience of 250,000, as a tribute to Brian Jones who had died two days earlier. Mick Jagger read an extract from Percy Bysshe Shelley's 'Adonais' and released 3,500 butterflies; it was also guitarist's Mick Taylor's debut with the Stones, King Crimson, Family, The Third Ear Band, Screw and Alexis Korner's New Church also appeared on the day.

in 1969 - The Who, Mr Chuck Berry and Bodast all played two shows (5.30 and 8.30pm), on this Sunday night at The Royal Albert Hall. Tickets from 5 to 30 shillings.

in 1969 - Rolling Stones play a free concert in London's Hyde Park.
in 1969 - Aled Richards (drums; Catatonia) is born.
in 1969 – RZA /Robert Diggs (US rapper, music producer of Wu-Tang Clan) is born.

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in 1969 - Wilhelm Backhaus dies at age 85. German pianist; born in Leipzig, he studied at the conservatoire there with Alois Reckendorf until 1899. He made his first concert tour at the age of sixteen. In 1905 he won the Anton Rubinstein Competition and toured widely throughout his life. In 1921 he gave seventeen concerts in Buenos Aires in less than three weeks. He made his U.S. debut on January 5, 1912, as soloist in Beethoven's 5th Piano Concerto with Walter Damrosch and the New York Symphony Orchestra. In 1930 he moved to Lugano and became a citizen of Switzerland. He made his last recital in Ossiach, which was recorded, a few days before his death (Wilhelm died in Villach, Austria where he was due to play in a concert.)[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m1ykQ46tWrE"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Beethoven, Mondschein (Moonlight) 3 mov., Wilhelm Backhaus‬‏[/FONT][/ame]​

[FONT=&quot]in 1970 - Mac Dre /Andre Hicks (American gangsta rap artist) is born.
in 1970 - Clause Noreen (Danish singer, music producer; Aqua) is born.

in 1972 - Procol Harum and The Eagles appeared at the Golden Hall, San Diego, California.

in 1972 - Joe Lewis Thomas (7 time Grammy Award-nominated American R&B singer, record producer) is born.

in 1973 - Róisín Murphy (Irish singer-songwriter; Moloko) is born.
in 1973 - Bengt Lagerberg (Swedish drums; The Cardigans) is born.

in 1973 – Charizma /Charles Hicks (US hip-hop MC; duo with Peanut Butter Wolf) is born.

in 1975 - Pink Floyd, Captain Beefheart, Steve Miller and Roy Harper all appeared at The Knebworth Festival, England, tickets cost £3.50. Pink Floyd premiered their new album ‘Wish You Were Here’ with the help of Spitfires, pyrotechnics and an exploding plane which flies into the stage.

in 1975 - The Carpenters started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with the album 'Horizon'.

in 1975 - Gunnar H. Thomsen (Faroese bassist; Týr) is born.

in 1975 - Gilda Dalla Rizza dies at age 72. Italian prima donna soprano, born in Verona, she made her operatic debut in Bologna (the Teatro Verdi) in 1912, as Charlotte in Werther. Especially acclaimed in the verismo repertory, she was regarded as being Giacomo Puccini's favorite soprano, creating Magda in his La rondine (1917). She also gave the first European performances of his Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, at Rome in 1919. She also created roles in Pietro Mascagni's Il piccolo Marat and Riccardo Zandonai's Giulietta e Romeo. She was also an important interpreter of that composer's Francesca da Rimini. She also appeared at the Teatro Colón (including Manon Lescaut opposite Aureliano Pertile) and Covent Garden, and was a favorite at Monte Carlo and the Teatro alla Scala. One of Dalla Rizza's unexpected successes at the latter theatre was in La traviata, under the bâton of Arturo Toscanini. Gilda also taught formany years at Venice's Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello (sadly died at Milan's Casa Verdi.[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwhHjFJFVe0"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪La Traviatta - "Addio del passato" - Gilda Dalla Rizza‬‏[/FONT][/ame]​

[FONT=&quot]in 1976 - Mike DeWolf (US guitarist; Taproot) is born.
in 1976 – Bizarre /Rufus Johnson (US rapper; D12) is born.
in 1977 - Royce Da 5'9"/Ryan Montgomery (US rapper) is born.

in 1978 - The manufacturing of 'Some Girls' the new album by The Rolling Stones was halted at EMI's pressing plant after complaints from celebrities including Lucille Ball who were featured in mock advertisements on the album sleeve.

in 1979 - Shane Filan (Irish vocalist; Westlife) is born.
in 1980 - Archibald James Potter, composer, dies at 61.

in 1980 - The Rolling Stones scored their ninth UK No.1 album with 'Emotional Rescue'.

in 1980 - Jason Wade (UK lead vocalist, guitarist; Lifehouse) is born.
in 1981 - Jorge Urrutia Blondel, composer, dies at 75.

in 1982 - Sun records musical director Bill Justis died of cancer aged 55. He worked with Sam Phillips at Sun Records, also worked with Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich and Jerry Lee Lewis. Had the 1957 US No. 2 single 'Raunchy' (the first Rock and Roll instrumental hit). Also had a No.1 hit in Australia in 1963 with ‘Tamoure.’

in 1982 - Abe Tilmon dies at age 37. American vocalist with Detroit Emeralds; "The Emeralds" formed as a vocal harmony group in Little Rock, Arkansas, and originally composed of four brothers, Abrim/Abe, Ivory, Cleophus and Raymond Tilmon. After Cleophus and Raymond left, Abe and Ivory joined by childhood friend James Mitchell moved to Detroit, Michigan and expanded their name to the Detroit Emeralds. The trio had their first R&B chart success on Ric-Tic Records, with "Show Time" in 1968. Other hits included "If I Lose Your Love", "Do Me Right", "You Want It, You Got It" and "Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms)" and "Feel The Need In Me" (heart attack)

in 1983 - Harry James dies at age 67. American trumpet player and bandleader, born in Albany, Georgia; in February 1939 he debuted his own big band in Philadelphia. His hit "You Made Me Love You" was in the Top 10 during the week of December 7, 1941. He toured with the band into the 1980s. His was the first "name band" to employ vocalist Frank Sinatra, in 1939. He wanted to change Sinatra's name to 'Frankie Satin' but Sinatra refused. His later band included drummer Buddy Rich. He played trumpet in the 1950 film Young Man with a Horn, dubbing Kirk Douglas. Harry's recording of "I'm Beginning to See the Light" appears in the motion picture My Dog Skip-2000. His music is also featured in the Woody Allen film Hannah and Her Sisters and recorded many popular records and appeared in many Hollywood movies. Although diagnosed with lymphatic cancer, but he continued to work, playing his last professional job on June 26, 1983, in Los Angeles just 9 days before he died. [/FONT][FONT=&quot](cancer).[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTQVWtSvwUE"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Harry James - You Made Me Love You‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Harry James - You Made Me Love You‬‏[/FONT][/ame]​

[FONT=&quot]in 1983 - Vaclav Trojan, composer, dies at 76
in 1984 - Yu Yamada (Japanese Ryukyuan model, actress, singer) is born.
in 1985 - Stephanie McIntosh (Australian pop singer, actress) is born.
in 1985 - Nick O'Malley (UK bassist; Arctic Monkeys) is born.

in 1986 - Billy Ocean went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'There'll Be Sad Songs, (To Make You Cry)' a No.12 hit in the UK.

in 1986 - Janet Jackson started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Control'.

[FONT=&quot]in 1986 - Tracy Pew died. The outspoken, leather-clad, hard-drinking bassist of the Australian alternative rock band The Birthday Party, Tracy Pew joined several art school dropouts in Melbourne including Nick Cave in The Boys Next Door, a predecessor of the group in 1977. Relocating to London in 1980, The Birthday Party gained an underground cult following with their two album releases, Prayers On Fire and Junkyard. Imprisoned for drunk-driving in late 1981, Pew was temporarily replaced in the band. Moving to Berlin, The Birthday Party released a pair of unnoticed EPs, before disbanding in 1983. Pew subsequently joined The Saints. Cave later pursued a solo career before forming The Bad Seeds. Suffering an epileptic seizure while in a bathtub, he died from head injuries. - Born December 7, 1957.[/FONT]
in 1989 - Ernesto Halffter, composer, dies at 84.

in 1989 - Joseph King (US singer, songwriter, guitarist; Canvas, Deadbeat Darling) is born.

[FONT=&quot]in 1992 - Paul Hackman died. Guitarist for the Canadian heavy metal group Helix, Paul Hackman joined the three-year-old Kitchener/London, Ontario-based outfit in 1978. Featuring the lead vocal duties of Brian Vollmer, Helix enjoyed hits with ‘Rock You’ and ‘Runnin’ Wild In The 21st Century’. He was mortally wounded in a tour bus accident after the driver fell asleep at the wheel. Thrown from the vehicle, he later died at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, British Columbia. - Born 1953.[/FONT]
in 1993 - Whitney Houston played the first of three nights at the James L. Knight Center in Miami, Florida. This was the first date on Houston's 115 date world tour.

in 1993 - Maria Teresa de Noronha dies at age 74. Portuguese fado singer; her artistic career spanned over 30 years and is considered one of the most unique and beautiful fado voices. Born in Lisbon, and at the age of 20, Maria was invited by the Portuguese broadcasting company to perform at a regular biweekly fado program, which she did uninterruptly until 1961 (died of prolonged disease at her house of São Pedro de Sintra).[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlbZkzGFNCc"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Maria Teresa de Noronha - Fado das Horas‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Maria Teresa de Noronha - Fado das Horas‬‏[/FONT][/ame]​

[FONT=&quot]in 1997 - Mrs. Miller /Elva Ruby Connes Miller dies at age 89. American singer, born in Joplin, Missouri, she studied music, voice, and composition at Pomona College, and involved herself in church and community projects. She said singing was "a hobby", but produced several records, mainly of classical, gospel, and children's songs. She found fame in the '60s for her out-of-tune versions of songs such as "Moon River", "Monday, Monday", "Downtown", and "A Lover's Concerto". She sang in an untrained, Mermanesque, vibrato-laden voice.

[FONT=&quot]in 1997 - Johnny “Clyde” Copeland Died. Born in Louisiana but raised in Arkansas and Texas, guitarist Johnny “Clyde” Copeland apprenticed on stage under several local Houston blues artists including Big Mama Thorton and Sonny Boy Williamson. By 1954, Copeland had formed his first band, the Dukes of Rhythm. After touring in the Sixties with Otis Redding and then O.V. Wright, Copeland settled in New York City in 1975. Signing his first recording contract in 1981, he enjoyed fame with début album, Copeland Special. Riding the blues revival, he scored several hits including ‘Make My Home Where I Hang My Hat’ and his signature piece, ‘Houston’. Recording five albums for Rounder Records and three for Verve, Copeland won a Grammy in 1996 for Showdown!, a collaborative album with Albert Collins and Robert Cray. He died from complications from heart surgery to repair the valve of a transplanted organ which he had received in January. It was his eighth heart operation. He died at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. - Born March 27, 1937.[/FONT]
in 1998 - Five went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut album 'Five'.

in 1999 - The Eurythmics announced their first world tour for more than 10 years and that all profits would be given to charity. The duo made the announcement from the Greenpeace boat 'Rainbow Warrior' moored on the River Thames in London.

in 2000 - Cub Koda (Michael "Cub" Koda), founder member of Brownsville Station died of complications from kidney failure. Wrote the 2 million selling 1974 hit 'Smokin' In The Boys Room', (which Motley Crue covered). He took his nickname from Cubby on television's Mickey Mouse Club.

in 2001 - Ernie K Doe Jr dies at age 65. American R&B singer and drummer, born in New Orleans; he recorded as a member of the group the Blue Diamonds in 1954 before making his first solo recordings the following year, "Mother-in-Law", which reached No.1 on both the Billboard pop and R&B charts. Other hits include "Te-Ta-Te-Ta-Ta", and "Later For Tomorrow". In the 1980s he did radio shows on New Orleans community stations WWOZ and WTUL. In the 1990s he began billing himself as "The Emperor of the Universe" and wearing a cape and crown he became a famous local eccentric on the New Orleans scene (kidney and liver failure)[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KRf30jdag4"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Ernie K-Doe - A Certain Girl‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Ernie K-Doe - A Certain Girl‬‏[/FONT][/ame]​

[FONT=&quot]in 2001 - Shirley Goodman dies at age 69. American R&B singer, born in New Orleans, known as the female half of the teenage R&B duo Shirley & Lee, Shirley Goodman teamed with Leonard Lee on a series of gritty releases. Honing her singing while a member of a Baptist church in New Orleans, Goodman later recorded a Cosimo Matassa-produced demo with a group of teens. When Aladdin Records chief Eddie Messner heard the disc, he was impressed by Goodman’s unique vocal delivery and paired her with the mature sounding 15-year-old Leonard Lee. After notching their début hit in 1952 with the Dave Bartholomew-produced ‘I’m Gone’, the duo was billed as “The Sweethearts of the Blues,” in an attempt to promote a non-existent romance between the couple on songs such as ‘Shirley Come Back To Me’, ‘The Proposal’ and ‘Two Happy People’. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Backed by New Orleans’ finest session players on mostly Lee-composed material, Shirley & Lee hits included the million-selling ‘Let The Good Times Roll’ (1956) and the similar-sounding ‘I Feel Good’ (1957). Leaving Aladdin, Shirley & Lee then recorded for Warwick Records in 1961–62, before parting in 1963. Moving to Los Angeles, Goodman was teamed with Jessie Hill by producer Huey Meaux; their unsuccessful singles were compiled on the album, You’ll Lose A Good Thing, in 1970. Briefly reuniting with Lee in 1972, Goodman performed at a series of revival concerts. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]After providing session vocals for The Rolling Stones and Dr. John, she retired from music and took a clerical position at the offices of Playboy magazine. While answering the phones, Goodman spoke with former R&B singer Sylvia Robinson, the co-founder of All Platinum Records, and Robinson offered her the opportunity to provide lead vocal on the early disco hit single ‘Shame, Shame, Shame’, with the song credited to Shirley & Company. After returning to the stage for two years, Goodman retired. Suffering a stroke, she died at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. - Born June 19, 1936.[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uM9yYL6BD-4"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Let The Good Times Roll- Shirley & Lee‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Let The Good Times Roll- Shirley & Lee‬‏[/FONT][/ame]​

[FONT=&quot]in 2002 - It was reported that Dr Dre had become the richest music star after earning £62m in the last year, £37m from his own earnings plus £25m from his record label Aftermath.

[FONT=&quot]in 2002 - Ernie K-Doe (ERNEST KADOR) died. A New Orleans-based R&B singer, nicknamed “The Emperor,” Ernie K-Doe scored his biggest hit with the rollicking Allen Toussaint novelty composition ‘Mother-In-Law’ (1961). A veteran performer, K-Doe recorded several regional hits including ‘Popeye Joe’ and ‘Certain Girl’ (covered by UK R&B group The Yardbirds for their first single) for a series of labels beginning with the Chicago-based United Records. In 1994, he opened a nightclub in New Orleans, the Mother-In-Law Lounge. Suffering liver failure, he died at University Hospital in New Orleans. - Born February 22, 1936.[/FONT]
in 2003 - The Daily Star ran a front-page story claiming that the body of Manic Street Preachers guitarist Richey Edwards had been found. Fishermen in an angling contest discovered bones half buried in mud on the riverbank near Avonmouth. Edwards disappeared in Feb 1995, his car was found at a service station at the Seven Bridge a well-known suicide spot.

in 2005 - Pink Floyd's David Gilmour said artists who had seen album sales soar after the Live 8 concerts should donate their profits to charity, "This is money that should be used to save lives." UK sales figures released two days after the London concert showed Pink Floyd’s Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd had risen by 1343%, The Who’s-Then and Now by 863% and Annie Lennox-Eurythmics Greatest Hits by 500%.

in 2005 - Raymond "Ray" Davis dies at age 65. American original bass singer and a founding members of the bombastic soul-funk ensemble The Parliaments, Parliament, and Funkadelic. Born in Sumter, South Carolina. Aside from George Clinton, he was the only original member of the Parliaments not to leave the Parliament/Funkadelic conglomerate in 1977. He worked with Roger Troutman and Zapp in the early to mid '80's. His distinctive baritone can be heard on "I Can Make You Dance". He was also briefly in a late-period line-up of the The Temptations, after the death of bass singer Melvin Franklin and appearing on the 1995 album For Lovers Only. Ray left the group when diagnosed with throat cancer. In later years, he performed with former Temptation Glenn Leonard's group, The Temptations Experience and in 1998, with original Parliament-Funkadelic members Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins, Calvin Simon and Grady Thomas, formed the Original P. In 1997 Ray was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with 15 other members of Parliament-Funkadelic (respiratory problems). - March 29, 1940.

in 2005 - Régine Crespin dies at age 80. French soprano, later a mezzo-soprano, who had a major international career in opera and on the concert stage between 1950 and 1989. She excelled in both the French and German repertoire. She become a fixture at the Opéra National de Paris in the mid 1950s. Her international career was launched in 1958 with a critically acclaimed performance of Kundry in Richard Wagner's Parsifal at the Bayreuth Festival. She soon appeared at most of the major opera houses in the United States and Europe and made a number of appearances in South America as well. She had a long and fruitful association with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, making over 125 appearances at that house between 1962 and 1987. Regine retired from the stage in 1989, after which she taught singing for many years at her alma mater, the Conservatoire de Paris (liver cancer).[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wa-_EgluvI"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Regine Crespin‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Regine Crespin‬‏[/FONT][/ame]​

[FONT=&quot]in 2006 - Don Lusher dies at age 82. British jazz trombonist and band leader born in Peterborough, England; when World War II broke out he served as a gunner signaller in the Royal Artillery, after being demobbed he became a professional musician playing with the bands of Joe Daniels, Lou Preager, Maurice Winnick, The Squadronaires, Jack Parnell and lastly Ted Heath. Don spent nine years as lead trombone with the Ted Heath Jazz Band and toured the USA several times, taking over as leader in 1969 after Heath's death. He also led the trombone section on many of Frank Sinatra's European tours. He later formed his own band and also performed with the Manhattan Sound Big Band, with Alexis Korner and various session musicians in the big band-rock fusion group CCS .In 1993 he was awarded the status of Freeman of the City of London, in 2001 Don recorded an album featuring Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk, John Chilton and the Feetwarmers, John Dankworth, Humphrey Lyttelton and George Melly it was entitled British Jazz Legends Together.and in 2002 he received an OBE for services to the music industry.

in 2006 - Joe Weaver dies at age 71. American Detroit blues, electric blues and R&B pianist, singer and bandleader. His best known recording was "Baby I Love You So" - 1955, and he was a founding member of both The Blue Note Orchestra and The Motor City Rhythm & Blues Pioneers. Over his lengthy but staggered career, Joe worked with various musicians including The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, John Lee Hooker, Nathaniel Mayer, The Miracles, Martha Reeves, Nolan Strong & The Diablos, Andre Williams, Nancy Wilson, and Stevie Wonder. In addition, he was a session musician in the early days of Motown Records and played in the house band at Fortune Records. He was a key component in the 1950s Detroit R&B scene (stroke).[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXe_FW9ISJ0"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Joe Weaver with The Sean Carney Band "Sugarlove Baby" Funk Brothers‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Joe Weaver with The Sean Carney Band "Sugarlove Baby" Funk Brothers‬‏[/FONT][/ame]​

[FONT=&quot]in 2007 - English jazz and blues singer and film critic George Melly died at his London home at the age of 80 of lung cancer and vascular dementia. His final concert took place at the 100 Club in London on 10th June of this year in aid of Admiral Nurses, part of the charity for Dementia.

in 2007 - A rock festival headlined by the Manic Street Preachers, Keane and Placebo in Swansea, Wales was postponed due to bad weather. More than 50 bands were due to play The Fflam Festival (the Welsh word for flame) at Singleton Park from 13-15 July.

in 2007 - George Heywood Melly dies at age 80. English jazz and blues singer, writer, music critic; born in Liverpool, educated at Stowe School, where he discovered his interest in art, jazz and blues. He joined the Royal Navy near to the end of the World War 2, where he was almost court-martialled for distributing anarchist literature. After the war while working in an Surrealism art gallery he was offered the job as singer with the Mick Mulligan's Magnolia Jazz Band. The 60s saw George a film critic for The Observer, the writer on the Daily Mail's satirical newspaper strip Flook, illustrated by Trog, and scriptwriter on the 1967 satirical film Smashing Time. The 70's, it's back to jazz with John Chilton's (lung cancer).

in 2009 - Michael Jackson started a seven week run at No.1 on the UK album charts with ‘The Essential Michael Jackson’, and was one of eight Jackson albums in the top twenty after the singers death on 25th June.

in 2010 - Cesare Siepi dies at age 77. Italian opera singer, generally considered to have been one of the finest basses of the post-war period. His voice was characterised by a deep, warm timbre, and a ringing, vibrant upper register. On stage, his tall, striking presence and elegance of phrasing made him a natural Don Giovanni, among his many other worldwide roles. He can be seen in that role on video from Salzburg, under the baton of Wilhelm Furtwängler. Cesare's last studio recording was as the old King Archibaldo in RCA's 1976 taping of Italo Montemezzi's L'amore dei tre re, with Anna Moffo and Plácido Domingo in the cast, and his formal farewell to the operatic stage occurred at the Teatro Carani in Sassuolo on 21 April 1989 (Sadly, he died at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta after suffering a stroke more than a week earlier) b. February 10th 1923.[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GY-_3oCnqtY"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪Cesare Siepi in Don Giovanni‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪Cesare Siepi in Don Giovanni‬‏[/FONT][/ame]​

[FONT=&quot]in 2010 - David Fanshawe dies at age 68. English composer and ethnomusicologist; educated at St George's School, Windsor Castle and Stowe School he started his career as a musician and producer for documentary films. He studied composition under John Lambert at the Royal College of Music. His work is situated at the crossroads of traditional and modern music. David's best-known composition is the 1972 choral work African Sanctus (stroke)[/FONT]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lccMsoIWiU"][FONT=&quot]YouTube - ‪David Fanshawe African Sanctus Official Promo‬‏" target="_blank">YouTube - ‪David Fanshawe African Sanctus Official Promo‬‏[/FONT][/ame]​

[FONT=&quot]in 2011 - Alphonso 'Fonce' Mizell dies at age 68. American record producer, born in Englewood, Bergen County, New Jersey. In 1972 he moved to LA with the Motown company, along with Berry Gordy and Freddie Perren, he was one third of the production house, a member of "The Corporation", responsible for writing and producing The Jackson 5's early hits, including 'I Want You Back', 'ABC' and 'The Love You Save'. Fonce and his brother Larry also started their own company, Sky High Productions. They went on to produce albums for Blue Note Records that set the tone for jazz fusion, including: Donald Byrd's Black Byrd-1972, Street Lady-1973, Bobbi Humphrey's Blacks and Blues-1973, Stepping into Tomorrow-1974, Places and Spaces-1975 and Caricatures-1976, Satin Doll-1974 and Fancy Dancer-1975, Johnny "Hammond" Smith's Gambler's Life-1974, Gears-1975, A Taste Of Honey's platinum selling roller-rink anthem of '78 "Boogie Oogie Oogie", L.T.D.'s "Love Ballad", a number 1 R&B hit in 1976 and Mary Wells' dance funk 12-inch "Gigolo" in 1982. The Mizell Brothers often used the same musicians on their albums, including Harvey Mason on drums, Melvin "Wah Wah Watson" Ragin and David T. Walker on guitar, Chuck Rainey on bass and Jerry Peters on piano. In the 1980s, the Mizell brothers retired from full-time production in the 1980s but made reappearances in the 2000s.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2014 - Hore Wiremu "Gugi" Waaka, also known as Gugi Walker, a New Zealand musical entertainer, guitarist and singer, dies at age 76. Waaka was a founding member of the Quin Tikis and the Maori Volcanics Showband.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Of Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Pūkeko descent, Waaka grew up at Poroporo, near Whakatane.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]After serving in the air force in the late 1950s, Waaka began his show business career and was a founding member of the Quin Tikis. Moving to Australia, he formed in the Polynesian Trio with his brother and sister-in-law, Nuki and Mahora Waaka, in 1961. The trio then joined with Matti Kemp, John Clarke and Hector Epae, forming the Maori Volcanics Showband in 1964. Waaka left the band after a few months following a minor disagreement with Nuki.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Waaka was a member of a number of other show bands, including the Maori Premiers and the New Zealand Impacts Showband, and formed the eponymous Gugi Walker Quartet.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Between 2002 and 2007 Waaka performed at the annual Aotearoa Māori Sports Awards, providing post-awards entertainment.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]Following his death from heart problems, Waaka's body lay in state at Papakura Marae.[/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2014 – [/FONT][FONT=&quot]Kathy Stobart,[/FONT][FONT=&quot] dies aged 89, she was a tenor saxophonist whose long career in British jazz included prominent roles in leading bands, most notably that of Humphrey Lyttelton; she was also a distinguished teacher and a popular director of student bands.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Kathy Stobart played with a broad, forthright tone and clear, unfussy phrasing, characteristics which often led critics to remark that she played “like a man”. Although well-meant, this accolade did not please her. “It’s supposed to be the ultimate compliment, but I wouldn’t apply it to myself,” she said. “I’ve got a good pair of lungs on me and I’ve got well matured emotions. I play like me.”

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Florence Kathleen Stobart was born in South Shields on April 1 1925, into a musical family. Her mother was an accomplished pianist and two brothers played the saxophone, although “there was no jazz at all” in the house. She took up the saxophone aged 12 and, on leaving school at 14, joined Don Rico’s Ladies’ Band. As well as playing, she sang and did impressions. “My Gracie Fields was much admired,” she recalled.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]A year later she joined Peter Fielding’s dance band in Newcastle. This band often played at local air force stations and at one of these she met Keith Bird, a leading London saxophonist then serving in the RAF. He introduced her to jazz, coaching her in the art of improvisation and giving her a set of jazz records as a present on her 17th birthday. On returning to London in 1942, he wrote, offering her a resident job at a ballroom in Ealing.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Once established in London, Kathy Stobart was soon accepted into the small inner circle of British jazz. After finishing work at 10.30pm, she would hurry to the Jamboree Club in Wardour Street, Soho, to sit in with trumpeter Denis Rose’s band. “I played jazz morning, noon and night. I used to stay up 24 hours, just playing and listening to music,” she recalled. Despite wandering around Soho in the wartime blackout, and encountering the gamy atmosphere of some of its establishments, she claimed never to have felt threatened. The other musicians protected her from harassment and even from bad language: “They’d say, 'Not in front of Kath’, and that was that”.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]In 1943, aged 18, she married the Canadian pianist Art Thompson and worked with his band at the Embassy Club. BBC Television was relaunched in 1946, and the husband-and-wife duo were featured several times during its first year. The following year they travelled to Canada, and from there toured the US, including a season in Palm Springs. After returning to England, Kathy joined the Vic Lewis Orchestra, a big band playing in the “progressive” style of Stan Kenton. She appeared with it at the 1949 Paris Jazz Fair, Europe’s first real jazz festival.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Jazz was a fairly small element in early post-war British popular music, but Kathy Stobart was counted among its leading figures. She often played as a guest soloist in Ted Heath’s Sunday Night Swing Shop concerts at the London Palladium, and for a while led her own band, Kathy Stobart and her New Music. It was when trying to promote this that she claimed to have encountered the only serious example of anti-female prejudice in her career — from a BBC executive who turned her down.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Kathy Stobart and Art Thompson were divorced in 1951 and in October of that year she married the trumpeter Bert Courtley. Three sons were born in the early years of their marriage, which interrupted her career for a while, although she played until she was six months pregnant each time. “I never put the saxophone away with the idea of letting it stay in its case for long. I always knew I’d play it again.”

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]In 1957 she joined Humphrey Lyttelton’s band, filling in for Jimmy Skidmore, who was ill. She and Lyttelton also recorded an album together, entitled Kath Meets Humph. A strong mutual regard formed between them, and she was to return many times as either a guest or full-time band member. The association certainly helped keep her name before the jazz public while her family was growing up. Less conventionally, she appeared for a while as a member of the onstage ladies’ band in the first London production of Cabaret, at the Palace Theatre.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Bert Courtley died in 1969, and she was faced with the task of being the sole breadwinner for her growing family. She decided to add teaching to her musical activities and enrolled for a diploma course at the Guildhall School of Music, taking clarinet and flute as well as saxophone. When the journalist Les Tomkins came to interview her, there was a note pinned to the door: “When you come into the house, mind the dog, don’t fall over the kids and don’t let the cats into the kitchen. I’ll be practising the flute in the spare room.”

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]She proved to be a natural teacher and soon had a full diary of pupils. She also acted for some time as woodwind consultant at Bill Lewington’s, a large West End musical instrument dealer. All this was in addition to being a member of the Lyttelton band between 1969 and 1978.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]After leaving Lyttelton, she took over direction of the student band at the City Literary Institute in London. Here she was especially successful in tackling the gap which she had identified, “between becoming fairly proficient on one’s instrument and knowing how to put it into practical use in a band”. She held the post for 19 years. She also led several bands of her own, as well as appearing as a guest soloist at jazz clubs and festivals. [/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]In 1992 she rejoined Lyttelton for the third and last time, a stay which lasted for 12 years. Among her more unusual teaching jobs during this period was an engagement to impart the rudiments of the saxophone to Dame Judi Dench, for her part in the 2000 film, The Last of the Blonde Bombshells. The two were reported to get on like a house on fire.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Kathy Stobart retired in 2004. Her place in the Lyttelton band was taken by Karen Sharp. [/FONT]

[FONT=&quot]in 2014 –[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Biduanita Negara Datuk Sharifah Aini Syed Jaafar[/FONT][FONT=&quot] or also known as Sharifah Aini, famous singer in Malaysia known as Biduanita Negara or "National Songstress" after the late Salmah Ismail (Saloma) dies at age 61. She has won first place in the Radio Television Singapore (RTS) talentime contest "Bintang RTS" competition in the 1968 singing "Tiga Malam". She was famously known as Kak Pah.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]In Malaysia, she is one of the most enduring artistes with a recording of the EMI Malaysia. As a tribute, her name has been immortalised in the Malaysian Book of Records for her sense of giving back to a country that has been brought up to international standards.

[/FONT] [FONT=&quot]Sharifah Aini was born on 2 July 1953 at Hospital Sultanah Aminah, Johor Bahru, Johor, and grew up in the Kampung Melayu Majidee, Johor Bahru.[/FONT]
[FONT=&quot]Sharifah Aini died at Damansara Specialist Hospital, Damansara Utama, Selangor due to lung fibrosis. She was buried at the Bukit Kiara Muslim Cemetery, Kuala Lumpur.[/FONT]
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