• 1939 - American band leader Glenn
Miller recorded In the Mood which later became his theme
• 1942 ~ Jerry Garcia, American rock
guitarist, banjo, lyricist and singer with The Grateful Dead
• 1942 ~ Jimmy Dorsey and his orchestra
recorded Charleston Alley, on Decca Records.
• 1942 ~ The American Federation of Musicians went on strike. Union
president James C. Petrillo told musicians that phonograph records
were "a threat to members’ jobs." As a result, musicians refused to
perform in recording sessions over the next several months. Live,
musical radio broadcasts continued, however.
• 1947 ~ Rick Anderson, Musician, bass with The Tubes
• 1947 ~ Rick Coonce, Singer, drummer with The Grassroots
• 1953 ~ Robert Cray, Guitar
• 1960 ~ Chubby Checker'sThe Twist
was released. The song inspired the dance craze of the 1960s.
• 1926 ~ The first demonstration of the Vitaphone system, that
combined picture and sound for movies, was held at the Warner
Theatre in New York City. John Barrymore and Mary Astor starred in
the demonstration film for the new moving picture projector.
• 1935 ~ Hank Cochran, Pop Singer and songwriter
• 1937 ~ Garth Hudson, Musician, keyboard with The Band
• 1997 - Nigeria's musician Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, who popularized the
Afro-music beat globally, died of AIDS aged 58.
• 2000 ~ Helen Quinn, who for more than 30 years presided over the
Metropolitan Opera patrons who lined up to buy standing-room
tickets, died at the age of 76. Often called the Queen of Standees
by those who allowed her to take charge of the ticket queue, Quinn
was herself a veteran of standing-room lines at the Met, and
attended five or six performances a week, almost always as a
standee. In 1966, on her own initiative, she imposed a
system on the standee process that the throng of regulars was
apparently happy to abide by, and to which the Met gave tacit
• 2001 ~ Ron Townson, the portly
centerpiece singer for the Grammy-winning pop group The 5th
Dimension, died of renal failure after a four-year battle with
kidney disease. He was 68. Other members of the reconstituted
group - known for such 1960s hits as Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine
In,Wedding Bell Blues and
Stoned Soul Picnic - performed at the Capitol Fourth music and
fireworks show on July 4 in Washington, D.C. Declining
health had forced Townson to retire from The 5th Dimension in 1997,
bringing to an end a career that saw him tour with such music
Nat'King' Cole and Dorothy
Dandridge, appear in operas and direct choirs. He helped front The
5th Dimension when the group's smooth mixture of pop,
jazz, gospel, and rhythm and blues
won it four Grammys in 1968 for the Jimmy Webb song Up Up and
Other hits included One Less Bell to Answer and Sweet
As various members left The 5th Dimension in the 1970s to pursue
solo projects, Townson formed the group Ron Townson and Wild Honey.
Later, he reunited with McLemore and LaRue in a new version of The
5th Dimension that included Phyllis Battle and Greg Walker. He also
appeared on television and in films, including the 1992 movie The
• 2002 ~ Freidann Parker, co-founder of the Colorado Ballet, died at
the age of 77.Colorado Ballet co-founder Lillian Covillo met Parker
in the late 1940s in a dance class taught by Martha Wilcox. The two
began the Covillo-Parker School of Dance, and then a fledgling
ballet company.After an ambitious double bill in 1961, they created
Colorado Concert Ballet, which presented Denver's first Nutcracker
the following season. Every performance sold out. By 1978, the
board of directors more than doubled its budget to $100,000, and
Colorado Ballet was born. Today its budget has grown to $7 million
with a roster of 40 dancers. Parker's first dance
lessons were with Iris Potter. She later trained with
modern-dance pioneer Hanya Holm. 3 1778 ~ La Scala, one
of the world's great opera
houses, opened on
this day. They premiered
William Tell by Gioachino Rossini
• 1823 ~ Francisco Asenjo Babieri, Spanish composer
• 1884 ~ Louis Gruenberg, Polish-born American
• 1902 ~ Ray Bloch,
Conductor and orchestra leader
• 1917 ~ Charlie Shavers, Trumpeter with the John
Kirby Sextet and composer of Undecided
• 1918 ~ Les Elgart, Lead trumpet, bandleader for
Les and (brother) Larry Elgart
• 1921 ~ Richard Adler, Broadway Composer, lyricist
• 1949 ~ B.B. (Morris) Dickerson, Bass and singer
• 1951 ~ Johnny Graham, Guitarist with Earth, Wind
• 1963 ~ The
Beatles made their final appearance at the Cavern Club in
England. The group
was about to leave its hometown behind for unprecedented world-
wide fame and
• 1963 ~ The Beach Boys’ Surfer Girl, was
released on Capitol Records. It became one of
their biggest hits.
Surfer Girl made it to number seven on the hit music charts
on September 14,
• 1963 ~ Comedian Allan Sherman’s summer camp
parody, Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh! (A Letter from Camp) was released on Warner Brothers Records. The
melody was based
on the Dance of
the Hours from Ponchielli's
opera La Giaconda.
This dance was also
performed in the original Disney movie Fantasia.
• 1971 ~ Paul
McCartney formed a new band called Wings. Joining McCartney in
Denny Laine, formerly of The Moody Blues, Denny Seilwell and
• 1998 ~ Alfred
Schnittke, one of the most original and influential composers to
from the Soviet
Union, died. He was 63.
• 2001 ~ Jeanne Loriod, the leading performer of an
electronic instrument used
in film scores and
symphonic works to produce mysterious glassy tones,
died in southern
France. She was 73.
Loriod, who played the ondes
martenot - invented by the French musician
Maurice Martenot -
died of a stroke in Juan-les-Pins, Le Monde
She was the younger sister of
pianist Yvonne Loriod, who was married to
Olivier Messiaen. The three musicians often collaborated.
The ondes martenot - which
translates as "Martenot waves" - produces
from a system of transistors, a keyboard and a ribbon
attached to a ring
on the performer's forefinger.
Loriod's career took her all
over the world. She performed with the
Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin
Philharmonic, among others.
Composers such as Tristan
Murail, Jacques Charpentier and Michael Levinas
wrote works for
her, according to Le Monde. Loriod had also been
collaborate with the pop group Radiohead, the paper wrote.
• 2008 ~ Louis Teicher died at 83. He was half of the piano duo Ferrante & Teicher, which toured for four decades and released 150 albums, some as suitable for elevators as for concert halls.
• 1921 ~ Herb (Mitchell) Ellis, Guitarist,
singer with Soft Winds
• 1927 ~ Radio station 2XAG, later named WGY,
the General Electric station in
began experimental operations from a 100,000-watt transmitter.
Later, the FCC
regulated the power of AM radio stations to not exceed 50,000
watts on ‘clear
channels’ (where few, if any, stations would cause interference
with each other).
• 1927 ~ Singer Jimmie
Rodgers recorded his first sides for Victor Records in Bristol,
TN. He sang
Sleep Baby Sleep and Soldier’s Sweetheart.
• 2000 ~ Jerome Smith,
founding guitarist of KC & The Sunshine Band, died after being
crushed in a
construction accident. He was 47. KC & The Sunshine Band reached the
top of Billboard
Magazine's charts in 1975 with Get Down Tonight. Before
Smith left the
group, it had five No. 1 songs, including Boogie Shoes and
That's the Way (I Like It), and three
1397? ~ Guillaume Du Fay, French composer.
leading composer of the early Renaissance.
about Du Fay
• 1694 ~ Leonardo Leo, Italian composer and
• 1811 ~ Ambrose Thomas, French composer, primarily
• 1890 ~ Erich Kleiber, Austrian conductor
• 1924 ~ The comic strip Little Orphan Annie
debuted in the New York Daily News. Annie
and her little dog,
Sandy, were creations of cartoonist Harold Gray. His work
would come to life
in the Broadway and film adaptations of Annie a half-century
later, with great
• 1947 ~ Rick Derringer (Zehringer), Singer,
songwriter with The McCoys, record producer
• 1953 ~ Samantha Sang, Singer
• 1957 ~ Dick Clark's
American Bandstand caught the attention of network executives at
ABC-TV in New York,
who decided to put the show on its afternoon schedule. Many
artists, acts and
groups of the rock ’n’ roll era debuted on American Bandstand -
Garfunkel, Frankie Avalon,
Fabian, Bobby Rydell,
Chubby Checker -
into the spotlight as one of TV’s most prolific producers and
• 1975 ~ Singer
Stevie Wonder signed the recording industry’s largest contract:
million over a
seven-year period. Wonder stayed with his original label,
other major Motown artists, including
Diana Ross, GladysKnight and The Four Tops had left the
label over creative differences and
accounting disputes. 6 1834 ~ Hermann Mendel,
German music lexicographer
• 1909 ~ Karl Urlrich Schnabel, German pianist and
• 1912 ~ Marina Koshetz,
who followed her famous Russian diva mother Nina to the
opera and concert
stage and into the movies, was born.
Koshetz was born in Moscow,
trained in France and came to the United States as
a teen-ager. She
made her debut substituting for her mother Nina Koshetz on
Using her father's surname, she
began appearing in films in the early 1930s as
Among her early films were "Little Women," "All the King's
Marina concentrated more on her
voice in the 1940s. Adopting the professional
name Marina Koshetz,
she went on to sing with the New York Metropolitan
the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Koshetz made her Los Angeles
recital debut at the old Philharmonic Auditorium
• 1921 ~ Buddy (William) Collette, Musician. reeds,
piano and composer
• 1939 ~ After becoming a success with Ben Bernie
on network radio, Dinah Shore started
her own show on the
NBC Blue radio network. Dinah sang every Sunday evening.
Dinah also had a
successful TV career spanning over two decades.
• 1940 ~ Columbia Records cut the prices of its
12-inch classical records. The records
were priced to sell
at $1. Within two weeks, RCA Victor did the same and ended a
brought on by disinterested consumers.
• 1958 ~ Randy DeBarge, Musician, bass, vocals with
• 1973 ~ Stevie
Wonder came close to losing his life, following a freak auto
Wonder, one of
Motown’s most popular recording artists, was in a coma for 10
he recovered and was back in the recording studio in less
than eight weeks.
• 1981 ~ Stevie Nicks’
first solo album, Bella Donna, was released. The lead singer for
scored a top-three hit with Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around
album. Tom Petty
and The Heartbreakers were featured on the track. Nicks went on
to record a total
of 11 hits for the pop-rock charts through 1988. 7 1818 ~ Henry
Charles Litolff, French pianist, composer and music publisher
• 1921 ~ Karel Husa, Czech-born American composer
• 1921 ~ Warren Covington, Bandleader, trombone,
played with Horace Heidt and His
• 1925 ~ Felice Bryant, Songwriter with husband
• 1931 ~ Bix
Beiderbecke, U.S. Jazz
musician and composer, died. The first white
musician to make an
impact on jazz, he died from
pneumonia aged 28.
• 1936 ~ Rahsaan Roland Kirk, American
• 1937 ~ Bunny Berigan and his orchestra recorded
I Can’t Get Started for Victor
Records. The song
became Berigan’s longtime theme song.
• 1939 ~ Ron Holden, Singer
• 1942 ~ B.J. (Billy Joe) Thomas, Singer
• 1943 ~ Lana Cantrell, Entertainer and singer
• 1952 ~ Andy Fraser, Musician: bass with Free
• 1958 ~ Bruce Dickenson, Singer with Iron Maiden
• 1970 ~ Christine McVie
joined Fleetwood Mac as the group’s first female member. McVie
was married to bass
player John McVie. She quit touring with the group in 1991.
• 1975 ~ The Rolling Stones received a gold album
for Made in the Shade.
• 1987 ~ Back to the Beach opened at theatres
around the country. The film reunited
Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello,
who played middle-aged parents with
rebellious kids --
kids like Frankie and Annette had played in their Bikini Beach
movies in the
• 2001 ~ Larry Adler,
acknowledged as the king of the harmonica, died at the age of
87 at a London
hospital after a long illness.
Adler, born in Baltimore in
February 1914, was a musical prodigy whose career
decades during which he worked with a veritable who's who of
the 20th century's
George Gershwin to Elton John,
the classically trained Adler had worked
with and inspired
generations of musicians, touring as late as 1994 and even
planning an update
of his 1985 biography "It
Ain't Necessarily So."
"He was without doubt one of
the greatest musicians of the 20th century" said
"Larry was a man who believed
the show must always go on, even to the point of
playing from his
wheelchair," he added.
Adler learned to play the piano
and mouth organ by ear from listening to
records and could
not actually read music until 1941.
He won the Maryland Harmonica
Championship in 1927 after being expelled from a
and promptly ran away to New York and got a job playing
in film theaters
In 1936 he played harmonica on
George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue,
the composer to
exclaim that it sounded as though he had written the
specially for Adler.
During World War Two Adler
toured extensively in Africa and the Middle East,
troops, and insisting on a non-segregation policy between
whites and blacks
He also entertained in the
South Pacific with artists including comedian Jack
Benny, and worked
consistently for the war effort and the Allied forces.
In 1945 he went to Berlin where
he played The Battle Hymn of the Republic
harmonica on the
balcony of Adolf Hitler's ruined chancellery after Germany
He left the U.S. for Britain in
the early 1950s after being blacklisted during
communist witch hunt.
Adler's most familiar
composition is the music for the film comedy
"Genevieve," but he
composed the music for other films.
In 1967 and 1973, gave his
services to Israel in aid of those affected by the
Six Day and Yom
After Adler guested on
Sting's 1993 album "Ten
Summoner's Tales," the rock
singer returned the
compliment and appeared on Adler's 80th birthday
The Glory Of Gershwin.
They were joined by other stars
from the rock world such as Meat Loaf,
KateBush, Peter Gabriel and
A tennis fanatic, Adler once
played in a doubles match with Charlie Chaplin,
Greta Garbo and
• 2001 ~ Billy Byrd, who once played lead guitar
for Ernest Tubb's Texas Troubadours,
died at the age of
William Lewis Byrd was born in
Nashville, and taught himself guitar by copying the
Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt.
In the 1940s, Byrd backed the
Oak Ridge Quartet (predecessor of the Oak Ridge
Boys), Little Jimmy
Dickens, George Morgan and others.
In 1949, Byrd succeeded Tommy
"Butterball" Paige as lead guitarist in Ernest
On many of Tubb's hit records,
Tubb would introduce Byrd's tight melodic solos by
Billy Byrd now," or "Play it pretty, Billy Byrd." Byrd played on
scores of Tubb
hits, including Jealous Loving Heart,Two Glasses
Answer the Phone. Byrd also drove Tubb's bus
during his first tenure with the Texas Troubadours,
which lasted a
decade. He returned twice to the band, from 1969-70 and 1973-74.
Byrd released three solo
instrumental albums, and during a brief stint in
Tab Hunter and Tex Ritter. In
1950, Byrd and guitarist Hank
the popular Byrdland guitar for Gibson Guitars. 8
1886 ~ Pietro Yon, Italian
• 1939 ~ Philip Balsley, Singer with The Statler
• 1941 ~ Les Brown
and His Band of Renown paid tribute to baseball’s "Yankee Clipper",
Joe DiMaggio of the
New York Yankees, with the recording of Joltin’ Joe
on Okeh Records.
From that time on, DiMaggio adopted the nickname, Joltin’ Joe.
• 1949 ~ Keith Carradine, Actor and composer, whose
recording of I'm Easy reached No.
17 on the U.S.
charts in 1976.
• 1950 ~ Andy Fairweather-Low, Musician, guitar,
singer with Amen Corner
• 1958 ~ Harry (Harry Lillis III) Crosby, Singer
and actor, son of Bing Crosby and
• 1958 ~ Chris Foreman, Musician, guitar with
• 1960 ~ Tell Laura I Love Her, by
Ray Peterson, wasn’t a big hit in Great Britain.
Decca Records in
England said the song was "too tasteless and vulgar for the
sensibility." They destroyed 25,000 of the platters this day.
• 1961 ~ The Edge (David Evans), Musician, guitar
• 1974 ~ Roberta Flack
received a gold record for the single, Feel Like Makin’ Love.
Flack, born in
Asheville, NC and raised in Arlington, VA, was awarded a music
Howard University in Washington, DC at the age of 15. One of her
classmates became a
singing partner on several hit songs.
Donny Hathaway joined
Flack on You’ve
Got a Friend, Where is the Love and The Closer I Get
to You. She
had 10 hits on the
pop charts in the 1970s and 1980s.
• 1902 ~ Solomon Cutner, Classical pianist. A
virtuoso performer, he played
Concerto at the age of 10. His career was stopped after a
stroke in 1965.
• 1902 ~ Zino (Rene) Francescatti, French concert
violinist; passed away in 1991
• 1910 ~ A.J. Fisher of Chicago, IL received a
patent for an invention that moms,
grandmas and single
guys certainly came to appreciate: the electric washing
to Mr. Fisher’s invention, washing machines were cranked by
hand (not easily
done) - or you used a washboard (also sometimes used as a
• 1919 ~
Ruggiero Leoncavallo, Italian composer and librettist, died. He
is famous for
the single opera "Pagliacci"
but never repeated the success with his other works.
• 1932 ~ Helen Morgan
joined the Victor Young orchestra to record Bill, a popular
• 1963 ~ The TV program Ready, Set, Go! premiered
on the BBC in London, England. The
show gave exposure
to such music luminaries as Bob Dylan
and The Rolling Stones.
• 1964 ~ Joan Baez
and Bob Dylan shared the stage for
the first time when the singers
performed in a
concert in Forest Hills, NY.
• 1969 ~ Hot Fun in The Summertime, by
Sly and the Family Stone, and Easy to Be Hard,
from the Broadway
production Hair, were released on this day. Hot Fun made it
number two on the
music charts and Easy to Be Hard climbed to number four.
• 1975 ~
Dmitri Shostakovitch, Russian composer, died. He wrote 15
symphonies as well
as operas, ballets
and film and theater scores.
• 2003 ~ Chester Ludgin, a baritone in the New York
City Opera for more than 30
years, died at the
age of 78.
Ludgin sang a host of lead
baritone parts, but was most recognizable in
"The Ballad of Baby Doe," "The Devil and Daniel
"Susannah." He debuted at the City Opera in 1957 in
JohannStrauss II's "Fledermaus."
He also portrayed the part of
Sam for Leonard Bernstein's
"A Quiet Place"
at the Houston
Grand Opera in 1983. He also sang for the San Francisco
Opera and other
North American companies.
His last appearance at City
Opera was in 1991, but he remained on the stage,
singing in musical
comedies. His most recent lead was in "The Most Happy
• 1895 ~ The first Promenade concert under
conductor Henry Wood took place at Queen's
Hall in London. He
remained in sole charge of the "Proms", the annual British
festival, until 1940.
• 1928 ~ Jimmy Dean (Seth Ward),
Grammy Award-winning singer, TV host of The Jimmy Dean
Show, sausage mogul
• 1928 ~ Eddie Fisher, Singer, TV host of Coke Time
with Eddie Fisher, father of Carrie
Fisher and Tricia
• 1940 ~ Bobby Hatfield, Singer with The Righteous
• 1943 ~ Veronica ‘Ronnie’ Spector (Bennett),
Singer with The Ronettes
• 1947 ~ Ian Anderson, Musician: flute, singer with
• 1954 ~ Eliot Fisk, American guitarist
• 1954 ~ Elvis
Presley made one of his first professional appearances, at
in his hometown of
Memphis, TN. He used the occasion to debut his new record,
That’s All Right (Mama), and was a big crowd pleaser.
• 1961 ~ Jon Farriss, Musician, drums, singer with
• 1967 ~ Lorraine Pearson, Singer with Five Star
• 1968 ~ Michael Bivins, Singer with New Edition,
Bell Biv DeVoe
• 1985 ~ Madonna’s
album Like a Virgin became the first solo album by a female artist
be certified for
sales of five million copies.
• 1987 ~ A Chorus Line celebrated its 5,000th
performance. It was estimated that 25
goers had seen the musical since it opened in 1975. An estimated
16.7 million people
had seen the show on Broadway, with another 8.3 million
taking in the
touring production. A Chorus Line became the longest-running show
on The Great White
Way on September 29, 1983 and ended its Broadway run in 1990.
• 2003 ~
Gregory Hines, Tony Award winner tap-dancing actor who started
and in movies
including "White Nights" and "Running Scared," died at the age
The dancer, among the best in
his generation, won a 1993 Tony for the musical
"Jelly's Last Jam."
Hines became internationally
known as part of a jazz tap due with his brother,
Maurice, and the
two danced together in the musical revue "Eubie!" in 1978.
The brothers later
performed together in Broadway's "Sophisticated Ladies"
and on film in
1984's "The Cotton Club."
In "The Cotton Club," Hines
also had a lead acting role, which led to more
work in film. He
starred with Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1985's "White Nights"
and with Billy
Crystal in 1986's "Running Scared," and he appeared with
Whitney Houston and
Angela Bassett in 1995's "Waiting to Exhale," among
On television, he had his own
sitcom in 1997 called "The Gregory Hines Show,"
as well as a
recurring role on "Will and Grace." March 2003, he appeared in
television series "Lost at Home." 11 1862 ~
Carrie Jacobs Bond, American composer
• 1919 ~ Ginette Neveu, French violinist
• 1925 ~ Mike Douglas (Dowd), TV host of The Mike
Douglas Show; singer, The Music Show,
Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical
• 1927 ~ Raymond Leppard, British conductor and
• 1941 ~ Glenn
Miller and his Orchestra recorded Elmer’s Tune on
• 1942 ~ Mike Hugg, Musician, drums with Chapter
Three, Manfred Mann
• 1943 ~ Jim Kale, Musician, bass with The Guess
• 1943 ~ Guy Vallari, Singer with Regents
• 1949 ~ Eric Carmen, Musician, bass, keyboards,
songwriter, singer with The Raspberries
• 1950 ~ Erik Braunn, Musician, guitar, singer with
• 1955 ~ Joe Jackson, Singer
• 1958 ~ Elvis
Presley received a gold record for the hit, Hard Headed Woman.
was featured in the
movie King Creole.
• 1987 ~ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by
The Beatles was called "the best album
made during the
last 20 years" by the respected music publication, Rolling Stone
• 1996 ~ Rafael Kubelik, Czech conductor, died aged
82. He made his debut with the Czech
Orchestra in 1934 and went into exile in 1948 and made an emotional
return when he
conducted the opening concert of the 1990 Prague Spring music
festival. 12 1644 ~ Heinrich Biber,
Bohemian violinist and composer
• 1961 ~ Roy Hay, Musician, guitar with Culture
• 1966 ~ The last tour for
The Beatles began at the International Amphitheater in
John Lennon apologized for boasting that the Beatles were more
popular than Jesus
Christ. London’s Catholic Herald said Lennon’s comment was
"arrogant ... but
• 1967 ~ Fleetwood Mac made their stage debut at
the National Blues and Jazz
Great Britain. 13 1820 ~ Sir George Grove, British musicographer
Grove was editor of
the Dictionary of Music and Musicians, the latest revised
editions of which
still carry his name
• 1860 ~ Annie Oakley born as Phoebe Anne Oakley
Moses. She was a markswoman and
member of Buffalo
Bill Cody's "Wild West Show" which toured America. The
musical, Annie Get
Your Gun, was based on her life.
• 1919 ~ George Shearing, British-born American
jazz pianist and composer
• 1924 ~ The first country music record to sell one
million copies reached that point on
this day. It was
The Prisoner’s Song, recorded by Vernon Dalhart. He became a
Country Music Hall
of Famer in 1981.
• 1930 ~ Don Ho, Singer
• 1930 ~
Guy Lombardo and his orchestra recorded Go Home and Tell Your
• 1949 ~ Cliff Fish, Musician, bassist with Paper
• 1951 ~ Dan Fogelberg, Singer
• 1958 ~ Feargal Sharkey, Singer with The
• 2001 ~ Neil Cooper, the founder of the ROIR rock
and reggae record label, died
of cancer. He was
Cooper started Reach Out
International Records in 1979 and put out his first
release - on
cassette only - in 1981 by James Chance and the Contortions.
He then produced a catalog of
cassettes by rock groups such as Bad Brains,
Television, MC5, G.G. Allin, Johnny Thunders, and New York
reggae releases included Lee "Scratch" Perry, the Skatalites,
Prince Far I, and
Big Youth among others.
The cassette releases were a
way to sidestep the artists' exclusive contracts
with other record
labels. Vinyl album and compact disc versions were later
Cooper also worked as an agent
for MCA and Famous Artists before starting his
• 2003 ~ Ed Townsend, who wrote hit songs including
1958's "For Your Love" and
controversial "Let's Get It On," died at the age of 74.
written more than 200 songs.
Etta James were among the stars who recorded Townsend's
songs. One of his
first hits was "For Your Love" - which Townsend recorded
Townsend also wrote and
produced the Impressions' 1974 No. 1 R&B hit
"Finally Got Myself
Together (I'm A Changed Man)." 14 1778 ~ Augustus Toplady,
English hymn-writer who wrote Rock of Ages, died.
• 1868 ~ Leone Sinigaglia, Italian composer
• 1926 ~ Buddy (Armando) Greco, Singer and pianist
• 1937 ~ Brian Fennelly, American composer, pianist
• 1940 ~ Dash Crofts, Drums, mandolin and keyboard
with Champs; singer is a duo with
Seals and Crofts
• 1941 ~ David Crosby (Van Cortland), American rock
singer, guitarist and songwriter.
Performed with The
Byrds as well as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
• 1941 ~ Connie Smith (Meadows), Singer
• 1946 ~ Larry Graham, Bassist and singer with Sly
and the Family Stone as well as
• 1971 ~ Elton John
put the finishing touches to his Madman Across the Water LP at
London. Since the album’s release on Feb 2, 1972, it has sold
over two million
copies in the U.S. alone.
• 1981 ~ The BBC recording of the Royal Wedding of
Prince Charles and Lady Diana reached
number one on the
album charts in Britain.
• 2000 ~ Leonard Kwan, a master of slack key guitar
whose composition Opihi Moemoe
is considered a
classic of the genre, died at the age of 69.
Kwan began recording in 1957
and most recently recorded two albums for George
Cat Records. The second will be released in September.
Kwan also was the first slack
key guitarist to publicly share his instrument
tunings in an
Hawaiian slack key, or ki
ho`alu, is a unique musical style dating to the 1830s,
when Spanish and
Mexican cowboys arrived in the islands. Some of the guitar
strings are slacked
from the standard tuning and songs are played in a
style, with the thumb playing bass.
In 1960, he recorded, Slack
Key, the world's first all-instrumental slack key
• 2001 ~ Nicholas Orloff, a dancer and ballet
teacher, died at the age of 86.
Orloff was known for his
performance of the Drummer, a character he
originated in David
Lichine's 1940 "Graduation Ball."
He was a popular teacher with
the Ballet Theater and other schools. He
continued to teach
in Manhattan schools even after suffering from a
stroke three years
Orloff appeared in the 1950
French film "Dream Ballerina" and on
Broadway in the
musical "Pipe Dream."
He also was the ballet master
of the Denver Civic Ballet in the mid-
Born in Moscow, Orloff trained
in Paris. He performed with the Ballet
Russe de Monte
Carlo, the Original Ballet Russe, Ballet Theater, as
the American Ballet
Theater was known, and the Grand Ballet du Marquis
• 2001 ~ Daniel Adrian Carlin, an Emmy-winning
music editor who worked with soundtrack
Lalo Schifrin and Ennio Morricone, died of complications from
fibrosis. He was 73.
Carlin edited the music for
"Scorpio," "The Outlaw Josey Wales," "Ghost," "Gorillas in
the Mist," "Dead
Poets Society" and "Cliffhanger." He won a music-editing Emmy in
for his work on the
miniseries "Unnatural Causes."
He was founder in 1972 of La Da
Music. Now known as Segue Music, it is considered the
leading film and
television editing company. 15 1890 ~ Jacques Ibert, French
composer and educator
• 1965 ~ 55,600 people attended a
Beatles concert at Shea Stadium, New York, creating
and revenue records for a pop concert.
• 1969 ~ The first day of the most famous musical
event of 1969, Woodstock. It was
The Woodstock Music and Arts Fair and it began in Bethel,
• 1969 ~ Three Dog Night (Danny
Hutton, Cory Wells and
Chuck Negron) were awarded a
gold record for the
album, Three Dog Night. Where’d the name of the group come
from? In Australia,
the aborigine tribes of several regions slept outside all
year. As the
temperatures got colder, the tribesmen would sleep with a dog to
keep warm. In
colder weather, they would huddle with two dogs. It must have
been an extremely
cold night when the group was formed!
• 1981 ~ Lionel Richie
and Diana Ross hit number one on the
pop music charts with
duet, Endless Love. It was a huge success for the two
Endless Love was
number one for 9 weeks.
• 1989 ~ Many groups who had been to Woodstock had
a twentieth-anniversary celebration. 16 1795 ~ Heinrich Marschner,
German opera composer
• 1863 ~ Gabriel Pierné, French composer, conductor
• 1929 ~ Bill Evans, American
jazz pianist and composer
• 1939 ~ The famous vaudeville house, Hippodrome,
in New York City, was used for the
last time. There
were several places called the Hippodrome around the country.
generally, theatres, nor true nightclubs. Hippodromes were
designed for the
wide variety of vaudeville acts available at the time ...
comedy and skits.
• 1940 ~ Marching Along Together, by Frankie
Masters and his orchestra, was recorded
for Okeh Records.
• 1942 ~ Barbara George, Singer
• 1945 ~ Suzanne Farrell (Ficker), Ballerina
• 1953 ~ James ‘J.T.’ Taylor, Singer with Kool and
• 1958 ~ Madonna (Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone),
• 1962 ~ Brian Epstein,
manager of The Beatles,
handed drummer Pete Best his walking
papers. Best had
been with the group for 2-1/2 years. Ringo
Starkey) was picked
to take his place. One month later, the group recorded,
Love Me Do.
• 1977 ~ Elvis
Presley was rushed from Graceland to Baptist Memorial Hospital
Doctors’ efforts to revive him were fruitless and he was
(coronary arrhythmia) at 3:30 p.m. He was 42 years old.
• 1984 ~ Prince was
pictured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. He was shown
with his left
• 1984 ~ Though it didn’t make the pop music
charts, a new single by Elvis
was released by RCA
Victor Records. The song was originally recorded in 1956
at the Tupelo (MS)
Fairgrounds. It was called, Baby, Let’s Play House.
• 2000 ~ Sally Amato, who founded the Amato Opera
Theater with her husband, Anthony
Amato, in 1948,
died at the age of 82.
Amato, who performed under her
maiden name, Serafina Bellantone, was born in
Little Italy in
1917. As a child she appeared in vaudeville skits in local
She met her husband when they
were both appearing in an operetta at New Jersey's
Playhouse, and they founded the Amato Opera Theater to provide
young singers with
a chance to perform.
• 2000 ~ Alan Caddy
died 17 1686 ~ Nicola Porpora,
• 1838 ~ A total of 138 singing teachers traveled
to Boston, MA to attend the first
• 1903 ~ Abram Chasins, American pianist, composer,
writer and educator
• 1955 ~ Kevin Moulding, Songwriter, singer, bass
• 1958 ~ Belinda Carlisle, Guitarist, singer with
• 1965 ~ Steve Gorman, Drummer with The Black
• 1970 ~ Donnie Wahlberg, Singer with New Kids on
the Block and brother of Marky Mark
• 1983 ~ Ira Gershwin,
U.S. lyricist and elder brother of
George, died in Beverly
Hills at the age of
• 1984 ~ On this, the first night of his Breaking
Hearts Tour, Elton John announced
that he was
retiring from touring.
• 1990 ~ Pearl Mae
Bailey passed away. She had
generations with her stage and record performances. 18
1750 ~ Antonio Salieri, Italian composer and conductor
• 1873 ~ Leo Slezak, Austrian tenor
• 1907 ~ Howard Swanson, American composer
• 1937 ~ The first FM radio construction permit was
issued. It went to W1X0J (later
to become WGTR) in
Boston, MA. The station went on the air two years later.
• 1939 ~ Johnny Preston, Singer
• 1944 ~ Carl Wayne, Singer with The Move
• 1949 ~ Ralph Flanagan
and his orchestra recorded their first tune on wax, You’reBreaking My Heart.
• 1950 ~ Dennis Elliott, Drummer with Foreigner
• 1957 ~ Ron Strykert, Guitarist with Men at Work
• 1958 ~ Perez Prado, the ‘Mambo King’, received
one of the first gold records
awarded by the
Record Industry Association of America (RIAA). The single,
certified as having sold over one million copies.
• 1973 ~ Jazz
drummer Gene Krupa played for the
final time with members of the
Benny Goodman Quartet. Krupa, a
jazz and big band legend, died on
October 6, 1973.
• 1981 ~ Rex Harrison brought the award-winning
My Fair Lady back to Broadway as he
recreated the role
of Henry Higgins. The play had originally opened in 1956.
• 2001 ~ Jack Elliott, a composer and conductor who
worked on numerous hit
and movies, died of a brain tumor. He was 74.
Elliott came to Los Angeles in
the early 1960s to work as a musical
Judy Garland’s television show.
He gained a reputation as one
of the top composers and arrangers in
Hollywood. If a
television show was popular in the 1970s, it most
likely had the
music of Elliott and his frequent collaborator Allyn
worked on such shows as: "Police Story," "Barney
and Hutch," "Charlie's Angels" and "The Love Boat."
He also worked in films and
teamed with director Carl Reiner on several
including: "The Comic," "The Jerk" and "Oh God."
Elliott served as music
director for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los
the music for the opening and closing ceremonies as
well as conducting
• 2003 ~ Tony Jackson, bass player for The
Searchers, a Liverpool band best known for the
1964 song "Needles
and Pins," died at the age of 63.
Jackson sang and played bass
for The Searchers, a Liverpool band that briefly rivaled
The Beatles for popularity in the
early 1960s. "Needles and Pins" made the top 20
in the United
States after it was released in 1964.
Jackson was lead singer on the
band's first two British hits, "Sweets for My Sweet"
and "Sugar and
Spice," but played bass only on the enduring "Needles and Pins" and
"Don't Throw Your
Feeling sidelined, Jackson quit
the group in 1964. His follow-up band, Tony Jackson
and the Vibrations,
failed to score a hit and he drifted out of the music business. 19 1881 ~ Georges Enesco,
Rumanian composer, violinist and conductor
• 1918 ~ Sgt.
Irving Berlin’s musical about army life in World War I opened at
Century Theatre in
New York City. Yip Yip Yaphank included songs, such as
Mandy and Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning.
• 1939 ~ Ginger (Peter) Baker, Trumpeter, drummer
• 1939 ~ The Dick Jurgens Orchestra recorded Day
Dreams Come True at Night on Okeh
Howard was the vocalist on the piece. It became Jurgens’ theme
• 1940 ~ Johnny Nash, American pop-reggae singer,
songwriter and guitarist
• 1943 ~ Billy J. Kramer (William Ashton), Singer
with The Dakotas
• 1945 ~ Ian Gillan, Singer with Deep Purple
• 1947 ~ Gerard Schwarz, American trumpeter and
• 1951 ~ John Deacon, Bass with Queen, score of
• 1964 ~ The
Beatles began their first North American concert tour. They
• 1972 ~ NBC-TV presented The Midnight Special for
the first time. John Denver was
the host for the
first show. Wolfman Jack was the
show’s announcer. The
proved to be a ratings success.
• 2001 ~ Singer Betty Everett, whose recording of
The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In
His Kiss) made
Billboard's Top 10 in 1964, died Sunday. She was 61.
Everett is remembered primarily
for one huge hit song in the 1960s, but she
also recorded many
other songs and was recognized as one of the top soul
singers of her
Starting at age 9, Everett
played the piano and sang in church. She continued
to sing in gospel
choirs before moving to Chicago in 1957, where she
recorded a string
of hits on local record labels such as C.J. Cobra and
included I'll Be There and I've Got a Claim On You. Everett signed a contract in
the early 1960s with VeeJay, a record label that
was then issuing
recordings by The Beatles.
Everett recorded The Shoop
Shoop Song in the spring of 1964, and it
Billboard's Top 10.
The song was later recorded by
Cher in the soundtrack for the 1990 movie
Mermaids and more
recently by Vonda Shepard of the Fox television show Ally
1561 ~ Jacopo Peri, Italian composer
• 1952 ~ Doug Fieger, Musician, guitar, singer with
• 1952 ~ Rudy Gatlin, Singer with The Gatlin
• 1969 ~ Andy Williams
received a gold record for the album Happy Heart on Columbia
• 1977 ~ Best of My Love, by the Emotions,
topped the pop charts. It had a number one
run of four weeks.
• 2001 ~ Frank C. "Papa" Mangione, father of
jazzjazz musicians Chuck
and Gap Mangione,
died Monday at age
Mangione worked at Eastman
Kodak Co., ran a grocery store for about two
returned to the photography company until his retirement in
1975. For the next
15 years, he sold music and merchandise on worldwide
tours with his more
famous son, Chuck, a flugelhorn ace.
A son of Italian immigrants,
Mangione's childhood was chronicled by his
brother, Jerry, in
a best-selling 1942 memoir called "Mount Allegro: A
Memoir of Italian
Three of Chuck Mangione's songs,
60 Miles Young, 70 Miles Young and
Papa Mangione, were dedicated to his father. 21
1904 ~ (William Allen) Count Basie, Bandleader
about Count Basie
• 1928 ~ Art Farmer,
Trumpeter, flugelhorn, worked with Horace Henderson, Johnny
Hampton Band; recorded be-bop classic Farmer’s Market; developed
1933 ~ Dame Janet Baker, British mezzo-soprano
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• 1938 ~ Kenny (Kenneth Donald) Rogers,
Grammy and CMA Award-winning singer; groups:
The Kirby Stone
Four, The New Christy Minstrels, The First Edition
1862 ~ Claude Debussy, French composer
• 1906 ~ The Victor Talking Machine Company of
Camden, New Jersey began to
Victrola (record player). The hand-cranked unit, with horn
cabinet, sold for
$200. Records sold separately.
• 1917 ~ John Lee Hooker,
American blues guitarist and singer, born in Clarksdale,
Miss. He began his
career in Detroit in 1948 with the release of BoogieChillun, the biggest of his several hit records and a staple
of both the
blues and rock
repertoires. He toured continually, and among "deep blues"
artists, enjoyed an
unusually successful career, appearing in concerts and
on recordings with
many of the leading figures in rock. He was inducted into
the Rock 'n' Roll
Hall of Fame in 1991.
1928 ~ Karlheinz Stockhausen, German composer
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• 1926 ~ Bob Flanigan, Singer with The Four
• 1932 ~ The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
began its first experimental TV
• 1938 ~ Count
Basie recorded the classic swing tune, Jumpin’ at the
• 1942 ~ Joe Chambers, Musician: guitar, singer
with The Chambers Brothers
• 1950 ~ Sam Neely, Singer
• 1960 ~ Debbi Peterson, Drummer, singer with
• 1961 ~ Roland Orzabal, Singer, guitarist
• 2002 ~ Frederick Selch, an advertising executive
and magazine publisher who collected
hundreds of antique
musical instruments, died at the age of 72.
Selch began collecting almost
50 years ago and owned more than 300 musical instruments
In that year, he founded the
Federal Music Society, an organization dedicated to
from the Colonial-Federal period. The group's 26 players used
Selch's collection to perform in more than 70 concerts.
Selch was also the owner,
editor and publisher of Ovation, a monthly magazine about
from 1983 to 1989. He produced the Broadway musical "Play Me a
Country Song" in
1982, and in the past 10 years was involved in a series of American
Music Festivals at
Illinois Wesleyan University.
Selch, who received a master's
degree in radio-television production from Syracuse
at the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency from 1955 to 1974.
He is to be awarded a
posthumous doctorate from the American Studies program at New York
• 2002 ~ Richard Lippold, a sculptor whose abstract
works are featured at New York's Avery
Fisher Hall and at
Harvard University, died. He was 87.
giant metal abstractions, many of which are suspended by wires so
they appear to be
hovering or moving through space.
His piece World Tree, a
• 27-foot structure of straight and circular metal tubes that
resembles a radio
antenna, stands on the Harvard University campus.
He is also known for Ad
Astra, a double spire that rises 115 feet in front of the
National Air and
Space Museum in Washington, and Orpheous and Apollo, a
bronze bars connected by wires in the lobby of Avery Fisher Hall
in Lincoln Center.
Lippold studied industrial
design, piano and dance at the Art Institute of Chicago
and the University
of Chicago. He worked as a freelance industrial designer for
before teaching art at the University of Michigan.
He later taught at Goddard
College in Plainfield, Vt., and Hunter College in New
1854 ~ Moritz Moszkowski, Polish-born German pianist and composer
• 1900 ~ Ernst Krenek, Austrian-born American
composer, conductor and pianist
• 1905 ~ Constant Lambert, British composer,
conductor and writer
• 1912 ~ Gene (Eugene
Curran) Kelly, Dancer, actor:
Singin’ in the
Rain, An American in Paris, Anchors Aweigh, The Three
Marjorie Morningstar, Inherit the Wind, North and South Book I;
in the Rain, Hello, Dolly!, A Guide for the Married Man, The
• 1923 ~ Billy Jones and Ernie Hare, The Happiness
Boys, were heard on radio for the
first time. The two
were billed as radio’s first comedians and were also
creating and performing the first singing commercial.
• 1936 ~ Rudy Lewis, Singer with Drifters
• 1942 ~ Patricia McBride, Ballerina: New York City
Ballet. For many years she was
Mikhail Baryshnikov's only partner
• 1943 ~ LIFE magazine spotlighted a dance craze
that was sweeping the U.S.A., the
• 1947 ~ Keith Moon, Singer, drummer with The Who
• 1947 ~ Margaret Truman, daughter of U.S.
President Harry S Truman, presented her
concert. Margaret sang before 15,000 people at the Hollywood
Bowl. The concert
did not get great reviews. In fact, the critics didn’t like
at all. And Margaret’s dad didn’t like the critics, and
said so, from the
• 1949 ~ Rick Springfield, Singer
• 1951 ~ Mark Hudson, Singer with The Hudson
• 1966 ~ The U.S. premiere of the motion picture
Help!, starring The Beatles,
held for thousands
of moviegoers wanting to see the group’s first, color,
Their first film, A Hard Day’s Night, had been produced in
black and white.
• 2001 ~ Kathleen Freeman, a veteran character
actress whose face if not her name
was known to
audiences from television sitcoms, the film classic "Singin' in
the Rain" and
Broadway's "The Full Monty," died of lung cancer at the age of
Freeman gave her final
performance in "The Full Monty" last Saturday. She
played a sassy
piano player in the hit musical and earned a Tony nomination
in May 2001.
Big, brash and funny were
Freeman's trademarks in playing recalcitrant maids,
mouthy housekeepers, battle-ax mothers, irate landladies and
Starting in the Golden Age of
television, Freeman appeared in such shows as
Donna Reed Show," "The Beverly Hillbillies," "The Dick Van
"Hogan's Heroes," "The Lucy Show," "The Golden Girls," "Murphy
Brown" and "Married
... With Children."
"This will sound very corny and
I'm sorry," Freeman said last year in an
interview, "but I have always had the sense I was put here
to do this: I am
somebody who is around to help the world laugh. I have
always had that
sense. Corny but absolutely true."
In "Singin' in the Rain,"
considered by many to be the best movie musical ever
made, she played
Jean Hagen's frustrated voice teacher. Among Freeman's
other films were
the sci-fi thriller "The Fly," "The Rounders" with Henry
Country" with Jimmy Stewart, and "North to Alaska" starring John
recently she appeared in "Dragnet," "Gremlins II," "Nutty
Professor II: The
Klumps" and both "Blues Brothers" comedies.
Freeman was born in Chicago and
was propelled into show business at age 2. Her
parents had a
vaudeville act, Dixon and Freeman, in which their daughter did
a little dance.
Freeman attended the University
of California at Los Angeles, where she
majored in music
and was going to be a classical pianist. Then, she said, "A
happened. I got in a play and got a laugh. I just said a line
Freeman then worked in many
small theater groups, including the Circle
Players, acting for
such eminent directors - and actors - as Charles
Chaplin and Robert Morley.
At the same time, the early
1950s, the television explosion took over Los
Angeles. From her
first regular sitcom role, as the maid in "Topper,"
Freeman went on to
do just about every sitcom of the last 50 years.
For all her voluminous credits,
Freeman's stage credits were mostly on the
road - touring as
Miss Hannigan in "Annie" for 18 months, then in
later with Lauren Bacall in "Woman of the Year."
Her only other Broadway
appearance was for five months in the 1978 production
of "13 Rue de
l'Amore" starring Louis Jordan.
• 2001 ~ Frank Emilio Flynn, a blind pianist and
Latin jazzjazz pioneer
who performed with many great
jazz artists, died at the age of 80.
Flynn lost his sight at age 13
but continued to study and perform classical works, transcribed into
Braille, with the
Symphonic Orchestra of Havana.
Flynn's great passion was
jazz, and in the 1950s he developed his own
jazz-influenced ballad style,
known in Cuba as
"feeling." Performing with the Quinteto Cubana de Musica Moderno, or
Quintet of Modern
Music, he developed into one of the most important Cuban
jazz musicians of his
More recently, he played at New
York's Lincoln Center in 1998 with
trumpeters Alfredo Armenteros and
Wynton Marsalis. 24 1837 ~
Théodore Dubois, French organist and composer
• 1856 ~ Felix Mottl,
Austrian conductor, composer and arranger
• 1919 ~ Neils Viggo Bentzon, Danish composer
• 1924 ~ Louis Teicher, Pianist with the duo,
Ferrante and Teicher
• 1938 ~ David Freiberg, Bass guitar with Jefferson
• 1941 ~ Ernest Wright, Singer with Little Anthony
and the Imperials
• 1943 ~ John Cipollina, Guitarist with Quicksilver
• 1944 ~ Jim Brady, Singer with The Sandpipers
• 1945 ~ Ken Hensley, Musician, guitar, keyboard,
composer, with Uriah Heep
• 1955 ~ Jeffrey Daniel, Singer with Shalamar
• 1969 ~ Arlo Guthrie's
Alice’s Restaurant premiered in both New York and Los Angeles.
• 1979 ~ B.B. King
celebrated his 30th year in show business at a special celebration
held at the Roxy
Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.
• 1985 ~ Huey Lewis
and The News reached the top. The Power of Love was #1 on the
Billboard Hot 100
for two weeks. 25 1879 ~ New York’s Madison
Square Garden displayed a real
floating ship in a
gigantic water tank as Gilbert
and Sullivan's operetta,
• 1902 ~ Stefan Wolpe, German-born American
• 1982 ~ The group, Fleetwood Mac, received a gold
record for the album Mirage.
• 2001 ~ Aaliyah died at the age of 22. She was a
R&B singer and budding actress
who made her film
debut in "Romeo Must Die" and was killed in a plane crash
in the Bahamas.
• 2001 ~ Jazz
musician John Nelson, the father of pop star
Prince, died at the age of 85.
Nelson was the
model for a character in the 1984 Prince movie "Purple Rain." He
songs on several of
his son's hit albums.
In the 1950s, Nelson was a
pianist in the jazz group Prince
Rogers Trio featuring singer Mattie
Shaw. Shaw and
Nelson married, and they named their son Prince Roger Nelson.
Nelson left the household when
Prince was about 10 and his sister Tyka was 8. The father and son
Prince began his climb to fame.
Nelson co-wrote Computer
Blue on the Purple Rain album, The Ladder on
Around the World
in a Day;
Christopher Tracy's Parade and Under the Cherry Moon on
Scandalous on the Batman soundtrack. 26
1873 ~ Lee DeForest, Inventor
of the triode vacuum tube, possibly the most
invention that made radio possible.
• 1894 ~ Arthur Loesser, American pianist and
• 1915 ~ Humphrey Searle, British composer and
• 1970 ~ Jimi Hendrix
opened his recording studio in New York City. Because of its
36-track recording capability, it attracted many top rock
• 2000 ~ George Edmund Sandell, a noted violin and
viola player, teacher and
inventor died at
the age of 88.
Sandell studied in New York
under the viola virtuoso William Primrose and on
scholarship at the
Royal Swedish Conservatory in Stockholm.
Sandell moved to Los Angeles in
1938, where he played with the Los Angeles
the Pasadena and Santa Monica Symphonies.
Along with classical music, he
performed pop, swing and Latin music, and played
with the string
sections of big band luminaries Harry
James, Jimmy Dorsey and
Sandell also played on some of
Frank Sinatra's recordings and worked for most of
the big Hollywood
studios on orchestral sound tracks, including the sound
track for the movie
In 1947, he invented the
Gee-Bee, a kitchen sponge with a plastic handle for
washing dishes. He
sold the company to DuPont in 1953.
• 2001 ~ Alix Williamson, the classical music
publicist who suggested to Baroness Maria von Trapp that
she write a book
about her family's experiences, died at the age of 85.
resulted in the Rodgers and
Hammerstein musical "The
Sound of Music."
She represented artists such as
André Watts and Frederica von Stade
and helped the New York Grand
Opera get a
citation in the Guinness Book of World Records for its performances
of a complete
Verdi's operas in Central Park. Williamson also ghostwrote
1521 ~ Josquin Desprez, French/Franco-Flemish composer, died.
acknowledged as the greatest composer of the High Renaissance.
1886 ~ Eric Coates, British composer and violist
• 1889 ~ Charles G. Conn of Elkhart, IN patented
the metal clarinet. More than 100
years later the
name, Conn, still represents one of the most popular musical
especially for clarinets.
• 1909 ~ Lester Willis "Prez" Young, American
jazz tenor and saxophonist
• 1927 ~ Jimmy ‘Cajun’ Newman, Singer
• 1937 ~ Tommy (Adrian) Sands, Singer
• 1939 ~ Singer Allan
Jones recorded I’m Falling in Love with Someone on Victor
• 1942 ~ Daryl Dragon, Grammy Award-winning
musician, songwriter, duo in The Captain
• 1944 ~ Barry Conyngham, Australian composer
• 1944 ~ Tim Bogert, Bass with these groups:
Showmen, Cactus, Vanilla Fudge
• 1949 ~ Jeff Cook, Singer, guitar with Alabama
• 1953 ~ Alex Lifeson, Guitarist with Rush
• 1970 ~ The Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA was the
venue of singer Elton John's
in America and a record company executive for UNI records
(a division of MCA)
signed Elton to a recording contract.
• 1984 ~ The Menetta Lane Theatre in Greenwich
Village opened. It was the first new
theatre to be built in 50 years in New York City. The ribbon
cutting was done by
"America’s First Lady of the Stage", Helen Hayes.
• 1984 ~ The Jacksons’ Victory Tour broke the
record for concert ticket sales. The
group surpassed the
1.1 million mark in only two months.
• 2002 ~ Kay Gardner, whose last musical work with
the Bangor Symphony Orchestra
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, died of a heart attack. She was in her
On hearing of her death,
symphony officials scheduled Gardner's work, "Lament for
Thousand," for the
orchestra's season-opening concert Oct. 13 at the Maine Center
for the Arts in
Gardner was a pianist, flutist
and conductor who performed in 46 states and several
More than 20 years ago, she
sued the Bangor Symphony, unsuccessfully, for sex
after she had applied for a conducting position and learned that
had been asked how they felt about working with a female
In 2000, she was the guest
conductor for a 40-member orchestra of women from the
playing a repertoire written by women.
Gardner studied music at the
University of Michigan and at the State University of
New York at Stony
Brook. In 1972, she helped found a feminist and openly lesbian
By the 1990s she was serving as
music director at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bangor. 29
1920 ~ Charlie Parker, American jazz
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• 1942 ~ Sterling Morrison, Bass, guitar, singer
with The Velvet Underground
• 1943 ~ Paul Whiteman Presents, a summertime radio
replacement show, was heard for
the last time. The
hostess for the show was Dinah Shore.
listeners on the NBC radio network. Whiteman’s well~known
theme song was
Rhapsody in Blue, composed by
• 1946 ~ Ella Fitzgerald
and The Delta Rhythm Boys recorded It’s a Pity to SayGoodnight on Decca Records. The song turned out to be one of
Lady Ella’s most
• 1964 ~ Roy Orbison's
Oh, Pretty Woman was released. It hit number one (for 3 weeks)
on September 26th
and became the biggest of his career. Oh, Pretty Woman was
Orbison’s second #1
hit. The other was Running Scared on 6/05/61.
• 1966 ~ The
Beatles performed at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA. It
group’s last live
appearance before they disbanded in 1970.
• 1986 ~ The former American Bandstand studio, at
the original home of WFIL-TV in
was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The
studio is located
at 4548 Market Street. We expect that any day now, Bandstand
Dick Clark will also be placed on the National Register. 30 1853 ~ Percy Goetschius,
American music teacher and critic
• 1919 ~ Kitty Wells (Muriel Ellen Deason),‘The
Queen of Country Music’, Country
Music Hall of Fame,
married to Johnny Wright
• 1922 ~ Regina Resnik, American mezzo-soprano
• 1922 ~ The New Orleans Rhythm Kings recorded
Tiger Rag, one of the most familiar
jazzjazz tunes ever. It was released on the General
• 1935 ~ John Phillips,
Singer with The Mamas & The Papas, actress MacKenzie
• 1941 ~ John McNally, Singer, guitarist with The
• 1945 ~ Van Morrison, Irish blues-rock singer,
songwriter and instrumentalist
• 1968 ~ The
Beatles recorded their first songs for their own Apple label.
included the big hits Revolution and Hey Jude.
• 1968 ~ The stars came out for charity as
John and Yoko Lennon hosted
the One on One
concert in New
York’s Madison Square Garden. Among the music greats appearing
Stevie Wonder and Roberta Flack.
Over $250,000 was raised to aid mentally
• 1984 ~
Beatles fans paid $271,180 dollars for memorabilia
at an auction in
London, England. An unpublished manuscript by
brought the largest
amount - $23,056. A snare drum belonging to
brought $1,440. 31
1834 ~ Amilcare Ponchielli, Italian composer
• 1903 ~ Arthur (Morton)
Godfrey, Ukulele playing, TV/radio entertainer
1918 ~ Alan Jay Lerner, American lyricist for the musical theater
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• 1939 ~ Jerry Allison, Drummer with The Crickets
• 1939 ~ Frank Sinatra
recorded All or Nothing at All with the
Harry James Band. The
tune failed to
become a hit until four years later - after Ol’ Blue Eyes had
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.
• 1945 ~ Van Morrison, Songwriter, singer with Them
• 1955 ~ Anthony Thistlethwaite, Saxophone with The
• 1957 ~ Glenn Tilbrook, Guitar, singer, songwriter
• 1959 ~ Tony DeFranco, Singer with The DeFranco
• 1970 ~ Debbie Gibson, Singer
• 1976 ~ A judge ruled that
George Harrison was guilty of copying from the song He’sSo Fine (a 1963 Chiffons hit). The judge said that the chorus
to Harrison’s MySweet Lord was identical to He’s So Fine and it
eventually (appeals went on
for about five
years) cost the former Beatle
over half a million dollars.
• 1987 ~ This day saw the largest preorder of
albums in the history of CBS Records.
2.25 million copies
of Michael Jackson's Bad album
were shipped to record
stores. The LP
followed in the tracks of the Jackson album, Thriller, the
Jackson-seller of all time (35 million copies sold). The Bad album
sold only 13 million copies.