15 1890 ~ Premiere of The Sleeping Beauty, ballet by Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky.
After the less-than-promising 1877 debut of Swan Lake,
marred by a largely amateur production, over a decade lapsed before the
composer was commissioned by the Director of the Imperial Theatres in
St. Petersburg to supply music for a ballet on the Perrault fairy tale,
The Sleeping Beauty.
Tchaikovsky threw himself arms-deep into the project. Not only was the
composer again on happy turf, he was currently in a state of delight by
the occasional presence of a three-year old little girl; children seemed
to tap a joyful vein in Tchaikovsky. The little girl's proximity fed a
spirit of fantasy which transmitted to this most lighthearted of the
composer's scores. Most musicologists and historians concede that
Sleeping Beauty is the most perfectly wrought of Tchaikovsky's three
ballet scores, classic in its restraint, yet possessing the right amount
of color and panache to render it pure Tchaikovsky; its waltz remains a
. 1896 ~ Alexander Scriabin made his European debut as a pianist at the Salle Erard in Paris
. 1951 ~ Charo (Maria Rosario Pilar Martinez Molina Baeza), 'The Hootchy Cootchy
Girl', actress, singer, wife of Xavier Cugat
. 1951 ~ Martha Davis, Singer with The Motels
. 1959 ~ Peter Trewavas, Bass with Marillion
. 1964 ~ The soundtrack album of the musical, "The King and I", starring YulBrynner, earned a gold record.
. 1967 ~ Ed Sullivan told the Rolling Stones to change the lyrics and the title to
the song, Let's Spend the Night Together, so it became Let's Spend SomeTime Together.
. 1972 ~ Elvis Presley, who was also censored from the waist down by Ed Sullivan,
reportedly drew the largest audience for a single TV show to that time.
Elvis presented a live, worldwide concert from Honolulu on this day.
. 1987 ~ Ray Bolger died. He was an American entertainer of vaudeville, stage and actor, singer and dancer best known for his portrayal of the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz.
. 1993 ~ Sammy Cahn passed away. He was was an American lyricist, songwriter and musician. 16 1875 ~ First American performance of Johannes Brahms'"Hungarian Dances"
. 1905 ~ Ernesto Halffter, Spanish composer and conductor
. 1908 ~ Ethel Merman (Zimmerman), American singer of popular music,
Tony Award-winning actress (musical), Musical Theater Hall of Fame. She is most
famous for Call Me Madam in 1951, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, There's NoBusiness Like Show Business and Alexander's Ragtime Band
. 1934 ~ Bob Bogle (Robert Lenard Bogle), Guitarist, bass with The Ventures
. 1938 ~ Béla Bartók and his wife, Ditta performed their first public concert featuring his Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion
. 1938 ~ Benny Goodman and his band, plus a quartet, brought the sound of jazz to
Carnegie Hall in New York City. When asked how long an intermission he
wanted, he quipped, "I don't know. How much does Toscanini get?"
. 1942 ~ Bill Francis, Keyboard, singer with Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show
. 1942 ~ Kay Kyser and the band recorded A Zoot Suit for Columbia Records. The
tune is about the problems associated with wearing this garish, exaggerated
. 1946 ~ Katia Ricciarelli, Italian soprano
. 1946 ~ Ronnie Milsap, Grammy Award-winning singer in 1976, CMA Male Vocalist of the
Year (1974, 1976, 1977), CMA Entertainer of the Year (1977), blind since birth,
he learned to play several instruments by age 12
. 1957 ~ The Cavern Club opened for business in Liverpool, England. The rock club
was just a hangout for commoners. Then, things changed -- big time. It all
started in the early 1960s when four kids from the neighborhood popped in to
jam. They, of course, turned out to be The Beatles.
. 1962 ~ Paul Webb, Bass with Talk Talk
. 1964 ~ "Hello Dolly!" opened at the St. James Theatre in New York City. CarolChanning starred in the role of Mrs. Dolly Levi. The musical was an
adaptation of Thornton Wilder's play, "The Matchmaker". The show, with an
unforgettable title song, was hailed by critics as the "...possible hit of
the season." It was possible, all right. "Hello Dolly!" played for 2,844
performances. And, it returned to Broadway in the 1990s, again starring
. 1972 ~ David Seville died on this day in Beverly Hills, CA. Born Ross Bagdasarian,
the musician was the force, and artist, behind the Alvin and the Chipmunks
novelty songs of the 1950s, '60s and '70s.
. 1973 ~ Clara Ward passed away. Ward was an American gospel artist who achieved great artistic and commercial success in the 1940s and 1950s.
. 1976 ~ The album, "Frampton Comes Alive", was released by Herb Alpert's A&M
Records. The double LP soon reached the top spot of the album charts and
stayed perched there for 17 weeks. It sold 19 million copies in its first year.
. 1984 ~ Michael Jackson received eight awards at the 11th annual American Music
Awards this night.
. 2001 ~ Eleanor Lawrence, a flutist who played often in chamber music performances
and with several orchestras in New York City, died of brain cancer at the
age of 64.
She is credited with transforming a simple newsletter into an important source
Lawrence studied the flute at the New England Conservatory with the principal
flutist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, James Pappoutsakis. She later
studied with flutists from the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Metropolitan
She joined the American Symphony Orchestra and the Brooklyn Philharmonic after
moving to New York in the 1960s. She played periodically with the New York
Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera.
Besides performing, Lawrence taught at the Manhattan School of Music. She
served three times as the president of the New York Flute Club.
She edited The National Flute Association Newsletter, now The Flutist
Quarterly, from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s, expanding it from a brief
information sheet to a publication with regular interviews. 17
. 1922 ~ Betty White, Emmy Award-winning actress on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, singer
. 1926 ~ Moira Shearer, Ballerina
. 1927 ~ Eartha Kitt, Singer. Kitt's birth certificate listing her actual birthdate
as 1/17/27 was found in 1997. She has celebrated her birthday as Jan. 26
(1928) all of her life and says, "It's been the 26th of January since the
beginning of time and I'm not going to change it and confuse my fans."
. 1941 ~ Gene Krupa and his band recorded the standard, Drum Boogie, on Okeh
Records. The lady singing with the boys in the band during the song's chorus
was Irene Daye.
. 1944 ~ Chris Montez, Singer
. 1948 ~ Mick Taylor, Singer, rhythm guitar with The Rolling Stones
. 1955 ~ Steve Earle, Songwriter, singer, guitar
. 1956 ~ Paul Young, Singer
. 1959 ~ Susanna Hoffs, Singer, guitar with The Bangles
. 1960 ~ John Crawford, Singer, bass with Berlin
. 1969 ~ Lady Samantha, one of the very first recordings by Reginald Kenneth
Dwight (aka Elton John), was released in England on Philips records. The
song floundered, then bombed. The rock group, Three Dog Night, however,
recorded it for an album.
. 2001 ~ Pianist and singer Emma Kelly, the "Lady of 6,000 Songs" made famous by the
book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," died from a liver ailment at the
age of 82.
Kelly's nightclub act, in which she tapped her vast repertoire of American popular
standards five nights a week until she became ill a month ago, was a must-see
for Savannah tourists itching to meet a real-life character from author John
Berendt's Southern Gothic best seller.
Though the book helped her book performances from New York to Switzerland, Kelly
continued to crisscross south Georgia to play church socials and high school
graduations, Kiwanis luncheons and wedding receptions.
Berendt devoted an entire chapter to Kelly in the 1994 book, describing her as a
teetotaling Baptist who would play smoky cocktail lounges Saturday nights and
Sunday school classes the next morning.
Kelly performed at her own nightclub, Emma's, in Savannah, for five years in the
late 1980s. She then bounced between lounges near the downtown riverfront. She
also independently recorded three albums, the last of which were released
posthumously, her son said.
. 2001 ~ Jazz musician, composer and conductor Norris Turney, who played alto sax and
flute with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and led the Norris Turney Quartet, died
of kidney failure at the age of 79.
Turney recorded with a number of bands over the years, and toured with BillyEckstine, Ray Charles and others. He was an original member of the LincolnCenterJazz Orchestra directed by Wynton Marsalis.
Turney's lone CD as a band leader, "Big, Sweet 'N Blue," was warmly received by
. 2002 ~ Edouard Nies-Berger, the veteran organist and protege of AlbertSchweitzer, died at the age of 98.
Nies-Berger, who played with the New York Philharmonic, was a native of
Strasbourg in Alsace.
His father, a church organist, was an associate of Schweitzer. The doctor,
philosopher and Nobel laureate was pastor of a nearby church where the teen-
age Nies-Berger played occasionally.
Nies-Berger moved to New York in 1922 and for the next 15 years played the
organ in houses of worship across the country. By the mid-'30s he settled in
Los Angeles and performed in the soundtracks of several films, including
"The Bride of Frankenstein" and "San Francisco."
He returned to Europe in 1937 to study conducting with Bruno Walter in
Salzburg, Austria. After conducting for two years in Latvia and Belgium he
returned to the United States.
He was named organist of the New York Philharmonic, where he played under the
direction of such conductors as Walter, George Szell and Leonard Bernstein.
Nies-Berger was reunited with Schweitzer in 1949, when the humanitarian
visited the United States. For six years they collaborated on the completion
of Schweitzer's edition of the organ music of Johann Sebastian Bach.
After serving at St. Paul's in Richmond, Nies-Berger returned to Europe for
several years to perform as a recitalist and write several books, including
a memoir of Schweitzer.
In 1991 he was awarded the gold medal of the Art Institute of Alsace, and in 1993 was named a knight of the arts and letters by the French Ministry of
Education and Culture. 18 1835 ~ CÈsar Cui, Russian composer and music critic
. 1948 ~ Ted Mack came to television as "The Original Amateur Hour" debuted on the
DuMont network. The program continued on different networks for a 22-year
run on the tube. Teresa Brewer and Pat Boone got their start on this
. 1953 ~ Brett Hudson, Singer, comedian with Hudson Brothers
. 1958 ~ Leonard Bernstein began presenting his television series What does music mean? The series ran for 53 programs.
. 1968 ~ Singer Eartha Kitt made headlines, as she got into a now-famous
confrontation with Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson, wife of the President of the
United States, at a White House luncheon to discuss urban crime. Ms. Kitt
told Lady Bird (the First Lady) that American youth were rebelling against
the war in Vietnam, linking the crime rate with the war escalation. She had
a lot to say and it definitely was not "C'est Si Bon".
. 1986 ~ Dionne Warwick's single for AID's research, That's What Friends are For,
became her second #1 song on the music charts. Although Dionne had many hits
in the 1960s, singing Burt Bacharach tunes like I Say a Little Prayer and
Do You Know the Way to San Jose. 19 1908 ~ Merwyn Bogue, Comic singer, sang and played trumpet with
Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge, big bandleader
. 1939 ~ Phil Everly, American rock-and-roll singer
and guitarist, The Everly Brothers with his brother Don
. 1942 ~ Michael Crawford, Singer. Some of his best known roles have been in ThePhantom of the Opera, Condorman, Hello, Dolly!, A Funny Thing Happened onthe Way to the Forum, The Knack
. 1943 ~ Janis Joplin, American blues-rock singer and songwriter with Big Brother
and The Holding Company and formed Kozmic Blues Band
. 1946 ~ Dolly Parton, American country-music singer and songwriter, ACM Entertainer
of the Year in 1977 and CMA Entertainer of the year, 1978
. 1949 ~ Robert Palmer, Singer, guitarist
. 1952 ~ Dewey Bunnell, Singer, guitarist with America
. 1953 ~ Sixty-eight percent of all TV sets in the U.S. were tuned to CBS-TV this day,
as Lucy Ricardo of I Love Lucy gave birth to a baby boy, just as she actually
did in real life , following the script to the letter! The audience for the
program was greater than that watching the inauguration of President Dwight D.
Eisenhower the following day. The baby was Desi Arnaz, Jr., entertainer and
singer with Dino, Desi and Billy
. 1970 ~ The soundtrack of the film, "Easy Rider", the movie that made a star of
Peter Fonda, became a gold record. It was the first pop-culture, film
soundtrack to earn the gold award.
. 1971 ~ Ruby Keeler made her comeback in the play, "No, No Nanette", which opened
at the 46th Street Theatre in New York City. Keeler played the role of Sue
Smith in the revival of the 1925 hit musical. The show played for 861
. 1976 ~ The Beatles turned down an offer of $30 million to play
together again on the same stage. Rock promoter Bill Sargent still doesn't
understand why the group turned down his generous offer. 20. 1586 ~ Johann Hermann Schein, German composer
. 1942 ~ Harry Babbitt sang as Kay Kyser and his orchestra recorded, Who Wouldn'tLove You, on Columbia Records. The record went on to be a big hit for Kyser.
. 1947 ~ George Grantham, Drummer with Poco
. 1958 ~ The rock 'n' roll classic, Get a Job, by The Silhouettes, was released.
. 1958 ~ Elvis Presley got a little U.S. mail this day with greetings from Uncle
Sam. The draft board in Memphis, TN ordered the King to report for duty; but
allowed a 60-day deferment for him to finish the film, "King Creole".
. 1964, The Beatles, a British rock group, released its first
LP album, "Meet The Beatles", in the US record
stores. The album turned out to be a super hit and
reached #1 position on music charts by early February.
. 1965 ~ John Michael Montgomery, Country singer
. 1965 ~ Alan Freed, the 'Father of Rock 'n' Roll', died in Palm Springs, CA. Freed
was one of the first radio disc jockeys to program black music, or race
music, as it was termed, for white audiences. In the 1950s, Freed, at
WJW Radio in Cleveland, coined the phrase, "rock 'n' roll," before moving to
WABC in New York. He was fired by WABC for allegedly accepting payola (being
paid to play records by certain artists and record companies). The 1959-1960
congressional investigation into payola made Freed the scapegoat for what
was a wide spread practice. Freed, not so incidentally, died nearly
penniless after the scandal was exposed.
. 2002 ~ Actress, writer and musician Carrie Hamilton, daughter of actress CarolBurnett, died of cancer. She was 38.
Hamilton, whose father was the late producer Joe Hamilton, appeared in the
television series "Fame" and had guest roles on other shows, including
"Murder She Wrote," "Beverly Hills 90210" and "thirtysomething." She also
starred in television movies.
She and her mother collaborated on a stage version of Burnett's best-selling
memoir "One More Time." The resulting play, "Hollywood Arms," will have its
world premiere in Chicago in April, said Burnett's publicist, Deborah
Hamilton spoke publicly in the '80s about her struggles with addiction and her
decision to go drug-free.
She starred as Maureen in the first national touring version of the musical
"Rent" and wrote and directed short films through the profit-sharing
production company Namethkuf.
She won "The Women in Film Award" at the 2001 Latino Film Festival for her
short film "Lunchtime Thomas."
. 2002 ~ John Jackson, who went from gravedigger to one of the pre-eminent blues
musicians in the country, died from kidney failure. He was 77.
During his long career, Jackson played for presidents and in 68 countries.
Jackson earned a living as a cook, a butler, a chauffeur and a gravedigger
before his music career took off. He was playing guitar for some friends at
a gas station in Fairfax in 1964 when Charles L. Perdue, who teaches
folklore at the University of Virginia, pulled in to get some gas. He
listened as Jackson taught a song to a mailman he knew. He and Jackson
became friends, and Perdue eventually helped launch Jackson's career by
introducing him to people in the music business.
The seventh son of 14 children, Jackson had just three months' education at
the first-grade level. But he earned the admiration of fans from all walks
of life around the world.
B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt and Pete Seeger are among the
performers he has played with and befriended.
Among his numerous awards is the National Endowment for the Arts' Heritage
Fellowship Award, which he received in 1986.
. 2014 ~ Death of Italian conductor Claudio Abbado 21 1903 ~ First performance of "The Wizard of Oz" as a Broadway musical
. 1917 ~ Billy Maxted, Pianist, songwriter, arranger and bandleader
. 1927 ~ The first opera to be broadcast over a national radio network was
presented in Chicago, IL. Listeners heard selections from "Faust" by Charles Gounod.
. 1932 ~ Annunzio Paolo Mantovani gave a memorable concert at Queen's Hall in
England to 'glowing notices'. This was the beginning of the musician's
successful recording career that provided beautiful music to radio stations
for nearly five decades. Better known as just Mantovani, his music still
entertains us with hits like, Red Sails in the Sunset, Serenade in theNight, Song from Moulin Rouge and Charmaine.
. 1939 ~ Wolfman Jack (Robert Smith), Disc jockey, icon of '60s radio, broadcasting from
XERF, then XERB in Mexico and heard throughout a major part of the U.S.; TV
announcer: The Midnight Special; actor: American Graffiti; author: Have Mercy!
Confessions of the Original Rock 'n' Roll Animal
. 1942 ~ Mac (Scott) Davis, Singer, actor, host of The Mac Davis Show, songwriter, ACM
Entertainer of the Year in 1975
. 1942 ~ Nostalgia buffs will want to grab the greatest hits CD of Count Basie (on
Verve) and crank up One O'Clock Jump. Just one of the many signature
tunes by Bill Basie; the tune was originally recorded on Okeh Records this day.
. 1950 ~ Billy Ocean, Grammy Award-winning R&B Male Vocal in 1984
. 1957 ~ Singer Patsy Cline appeared on Arthur Godfrey's nighttime TV show. She
sang the classic, Walking After Midnight, which quickly launched her
. 1959 ~ The Kingston Trio (Bob Shane, Nick Reynolds and Dave Guard) received a
gold record for Tom Dooley. The Kingston Trio recorded many hits,
including: Greenback Dollar, M.T.A., Reverend Mr. Black, TijuanaJail, and the war protest song, Where Have All the Flowers Gone?.
. 1966 ~ George Harrison of The Beatles married Patricia (Patty) Anne Boyd
in Surrey, England. The two met on the set of the movie, "A Hard Day'sNight".
. 1970 ~ ABC-TV presented "The Johnny Cash Show" in prime time. Previously, the
show had been a summer replacement. The regular season series was a big
boost for country music. Johnny wore black in the all-color show, however,
like he still does today.
. 1978 ~ The soundtrack of "Saturday Night Fever" reached #1 on the album charts --
a position it held for the next six months.
. 1987 ~ Thirty years after its release, Jackie Wilson's single, Reet Petite
(written by Motown founder Berry Gordy), ended a month at the top of
England's music charts. Three years earlier, on this same date, Jackie
Wilson died after being in a coma (following a heart attack) for eight and a
. 2002 ~ Peggy Lee, the singer-composer whose smoky voice in such songs as Is
That All There Is? and Fever made her a jazz and pop legend, died
of a heart attack. She was 81.
Lee battled injury and ill health, including heart trouble, throughout a
spectacular career that brought her a Grammy, an Oscar nomination and sold-
out houses worldwide.
In more than 50 years in show business, which began during a troubled
childhood and endured through four broken marriages, Lee recorded hit songs
with the Benny Goodman band, wrote songs for a Disney movie and starred on
Broadway in a short-lived autobiographical show, Peg.
A string of hits, notably Why Don't You Do Right?, made her a star.
Then she fell in love with Goodman's guitarist, Dave Barbour, and withdrew
from the music world to be his wife and raise their daughter, Nicki. She
returned to singing when the marriage fell apart.
Lee's other notable recordings included Why Don't You Do Right?I'm
a Woman,Lover,Pass Me By,Where or When, The
Way You Look Tonight,I'm Gonna Go Fishin' and Big
The hit Is That All There Is? won her a Grammy for best contemporary
female vocal performance in 1969.
She collaborated with Sonny Burke on the songs for Disney's The Lady and
the Tramp, and was the voice for the wayward canine who sang He's a
Tramp (But I Love Him). 22 . 1886 ~ John J. Becker, American composer
. 1889 ~ The Columbia Phonograph Company was formed in Washington, DC.
. 1907 ~ The Richard Strauss opera, "Salome", was featured with the Dance of theSeven Veils. It was copied by vaudeville performers. Soon, performances of
the opera were banned at the Metropolitan Opera House.
. 1931 ~ Clyde McCoy and his orchestra recorded Sugar Blues. The tune became
McCoy's theme song, thanks to its popularity on Columbia Records, and later
on Decca, selling over a million copies.
. 1935 ~ Sam Cooke, American rhythm-and-blues singer
. 1949 ~ Steve Perry, Drummer with Radio Stars
. 2002 ~ Pete Bardens, a keyboardist who played alongside such pop stars as MickFleetwood, Ray Davies, Rod Stewart and Van Morrison, died of lung cancer. He
He was known for his progressive and New Age rock style on synthesizer,
electric piano and organ.
In the 1960s, the London-born Bardens played in the Blues Messengers with
Davies, who later went on to form The Kinks; Shotgun Express with Stewart;
Them with Morrison; and the group Cheynes with Fleetwood and Peter Green, who
went on to form Fleetwood Mac.
In 1972, Bardens formed the progressive rock band Camel and stayed with it
through the late 1970s.
In 1978, he began a successful solo career, releasing several well-received
records, including "Speed of Light", and also played on Morrison's album
"Wavelength" and accompanied him on a world tour.
Barden continued to compose, produce and perform music through the 1990s,
appearing in Europe with his group Mirage.
. 2004 ~ Milt Bernhart, a big band trombonist known for his solo on FrankSinatra'sI've Got You Under My Skin, died. He was 77.
During his three-decade career, Bernhart played in bands led by BennyGoodman, Henry Mancini and others.
He was performing in Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars when MarlonBrando arranged for the band to play in the 1954 film The WildOne.
Bernhart then became an in-studio musician for Columbia and other
film and television studios, and in 1956 added a memorable solo to
Sinatra's I've Got You Under My Skin.
Born in Valparaiso, Ind., Bernhart was drafted into the Army and was
to be sent overseas during World War II before he was transferred
to the service's band.
After his music career wound down in 1973, he bought Kelly Travel
Service in Los Angeles. He created the Big Band Academy of America
in 1986 and planned to retire as the organization's founding
president in March.
. 2004 ~ Ann Miller, a childhood dance prodigy who fast-tapped her way to movie
stardom that peaked in 1940s musicals like "On the Town", "EasterParade" and "Kiss Me Kate", died of lung cancer. She was 81.
Miller's film career peaked at MGM in the late 1940s and early '50s, but
she honed her chops into her 60s, earning millions for "Sugar Babies", a
razzmatazz tribute to the era of burlesque featuring Mickey Rooney.
Miller's legs, pretty face and fast tapping (she claimed the record of 500
taps a minute) earned her jobs in vaudeville and night clubs when she
first came to Hollywood. Her early film career included working as a child
extra in films and as a chorus girl in a minor musical, "The Devil onHorseback".
An appearance at the popular Bal Tabarin in San Francisco won a contract at
RKO studio, where her name was shortened to Ann.
Her first film at RKO, "New Faces of 1937", featured her dancing. She next
played an acting hopeful in "Stage Door", with Katharine Hepburn, GingerRogers, Lucille Ball and Eve Arden.
When Cyd Charisse broke a leg before starting "Easter Parade" at MGM with
Fred Astaire, Miller replaced her. That led to an MGM contract and her
most enduring work.
She was teamed with Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra in "On the Town", RedSkelton in "Watch the Birdie", and Bob Fosse in "Kiss Me Kate".
Other MGM films included: "Texas Carnival", "Lovely to Look At", "Small
Town Girl", "Deep in My Heart", "Hit the Deck" and "The Opposite Sex."
The popularity of musicals declined in the 1950s, and her film career ended
in 1956. Miller remained active in television and the theater, dancing and
belting songs on Broadway in "Hello, Dolly" and "Mame".
In later years, she astounded audiences in New York, Las Vegas and on the
road with her dynamic tapping in "Sugar Babies." The show opened on
Broadway in 1979 and toured for years. In 1990, she commented that "Sugar
Babies" had made her financially independent.
While her career in Hollywood prospered, Miller became a regular figure in
the town's night life, and she caught the eye of Louis B. Mayer, all-
powerful head of MGM. After dating, she declined to marry him because her
mother would not allow it. She later married and divorced steel heir Reese
Milner and oilmen William Moss and Arthur Cameron.
. 2004 ~ Dick Rodgers, an insurance salesman known as the "Polka King" when he
hosted a regional television show from the 1950s to the 1970s, died. He was
Rodgers' television show was on the air from 1955-78, starting on WMBV in
Marinette, which later moved to Green Bay and became WLUK-TV. The program
was shown on 17 Midwestern stations at its height.
Rodgers' accomplishments included membership in the International Polka MusicHall of Fame (1976) and in the World Concertina Congress Hall of Fame
(1996). He also was named Orchestra Leader of the Year by the Wisconsin
Orchestra Leaders Association in 1967. 23 1752 ~ Muzio Clementi, Italian pianist and composer
More information about Clementi
. 1837 ~ John Field died. Field was an Irish pianist, composer, and teacher.
. 2002 ~ Alfred Glasser, a former director of education for the Lyric Opera of
Chicago, died of cancer. He was 70.
Glasser held the education post for 30 years before his retirement in 1996.
Since 1997, Glasser served as chairman of the board and commentator for
Chicago's concert opera company, da Corneto Opera.
For the past decade, he served on the board of Alliance Francaise of Chicago,
a French cultural group.
Glasser also founded the Lyric Opera Lecture Corps, a community service
. 2003 ~ Nell Carter, actress-singer, died at the age of 54. She was best known for
her role as the housekeeper in the TV sitcom "Gimme a Break!".
Carter, who was born September 13, 1948, in Birmingham, Alabama, first rose to
stardom on the New York stage. After a series of roles on- and off-Broadway --
and a short-lived part in the soap opera "Ryan's Hope" -- in 1977 she starred
in the show "Ain't Misbehavin'!", a revue of the works of composer Fats Waller.
She was rewarded for her performance with an Obie Award, and later with a Tony
Award when the show moved to Broadway.
Several years later, she earned an Emmy for her performance on a television
presentation of the musical.
Despite her Broadway success, Carter would have preferred to sing opera. "When I
was growing up, it was not something you aspired to," she said in 1988. "I was
a weirdo to want to be in show business. Most kids wanted to be teachers or
"Gimme a Break!" ran from 1981 to 1987. Carter was nominated for two Emmys for
her role as housekeeper Nell Harper, who helped run the household of police
chief Carl Kanisky, played by Dolph Sweet. She also garnered two Golden Globe
nominations for the role.
. 2003 ~ For Sale: One of London's most famous music venues, which in its heyday in
the 1960s played host to The Who, David Bowie and the Rolling Stones, is
for sale, its administrators said.
The Marquee Club, which in the 1970s was the epicenter of the punk explosion, ran
into financial difficulties after its high-profile relaunch last fall, said a
spokeswoman for administrator BDO Stoy Hayward.
"We're looking for someone in the music business who can capitalize on the Marquee
brand and keep running it as a live venue," she said. The price tag is at
least $200 million.
The club opened in London's Soho district in 1958 and was so cramped and sweaty
that, according to legend, Bob Geldof of the Boomtown Rats blacked out on stage.
In 1988, it moved to a new location in nearby Charing Cross, but within eight
years it had closed down.
A high-profile relaunch at a new venue in Islington, north London September 2002
was headlined by the controversial electro-rockers Primal Scream, but according
to the club's administrators, huge start-up costs quickly led to its downfall. 24 1776 ~ Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann, composer
. 1913 ~ Norman Dello Joio, American composer
More information about Dello Joio
. 1919 ~ Leon Kirchner, American composer and pianist
. 1925 ~ Maria (Betty Marie) Tallchief, Prima ballerina: Ballet Russe de Monte
Carlo, New York City Ballet; formed ballet troupe and school (1974) which
became Chicago City Ballet in 1980, wife of choreographer George Balanchine
. 1936 ~ Jack Scott (Scafone), Singer
. 1936 ~ Benny Goodman and his orchestra recorded one of the all-time greats,
Stompin' at the Savoy, on Victor Records. The song became such a
standard, that, literally, hundreds of artists have recorded it, including a
vocal version by Barry Manilow. The 'King of Swing' recorded the song in a
session at the Congress Hotel in Chicago.
. 1941 ~ Neil Diamond, American pop-rock singer and songwriter
. 1941 ~ Ray Stevens, Singer and entertainer
. 1942 ~ Abie's Irish Rose was first heard on NBC radio this day as part of
"Knickerbocker Playhouse". The program was a takeoff on the smash play from
Broadway that ran for nearly 2,000 performances. Sydney Smith played the
part of Abie. Rosemary Murphy was played by Betty Winkler.
. 1973 ~ 'Little' Donny Osmond, of the famed Osmond Brothers/Family, received a
gold record for his album, "Too Young". When he played the gold-plated disc
on his Mickey Mouse phonograph, all he heard was Ben by 'little' MichaelJackson, a competitor in the 'Kids Who Sing Really High Awards' battle.
25 1858 ~ Felix Mendelssohn's overture to "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
was first used as a wedding march.
The bride was Queen Victoria's daughter, the groom was the Crown Prince of
. 1886 ~ Wilhelm Furtw‰ngler, German conductor and composer
1913 ~ Witold Lutoslawski, Polish composer
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. 1940 ~ Mary Martin recorded My Heart Belongs to Daddy -- for Decca Records. The
song was her signature song until she starred in "South Pacific" in 1949.
Then, Larry Hagman's mother had a new trademark: "I'm gonna wash that man
right out of my hair..."
More about Mary Martin
. 1945 ~ Richard Tucker debuted at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City in
the production of "La Gioconda".
. 1964 ~ The Beatles reached the #1 spot on the music charts,
as their hit single, I Want to Hold Your Hand, grabbed the top position in
"Cash Box" magazine, as well as on the list of hits on scores of radio
stations. It was the first #1 hit for The Beatles.
"Billboard" listed the song as #1 on February 1. The group's second #1 hit
song, She Loves You, was also released this day - but not on Capitol
Records. It was on Swan Records. Other songs by The Beatles were released on
Vee Jay (Please, Please Me), M-G-M (My Bonnie with Tony Sheridan),
Tollie (Twist and Shout), Atco (Ain't She Sweet) and the group's own
label, Apple Records, as well as Capitol.
. 1999 ~ Robert Shaw passed away. Shaw was an American conductor most famous for his work with his namesake Chorale, with the Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Shaw received 14 Grammy awards, four ASCAP awards for service to contemporary music, the first Guggenheim Fellowship ever awarded to a conductor, the Alice M. Ditson Conductor's Award for Service to American Music; the George Peabody Medal for outstanding contributions to music in America, the Gold Baton Award of the American Symphony Orchestra League for "distinguished service to music and the arts," the American National Medal of Arts, France's Officier des Arts et des Lettres, England's Gramophone Award, and was a 1991 recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors.
. 2004 ~ Ronald Fredianelli, a co-founder of the 1950s pop vocal
group the Gaylords, died in Las Vegas. He was 73.
Fredianelli, who performed as Ronnie Gaylord teamed with
Bonaldo Bonaldi and Don Rea in the early 1950s. Bonaldi
performed as Burt Holiday.
Their debut song, Tell Me You're Mine, was a Top 10 hit
in 1953. Other hits included From the Vine Came the
Grape and The Little Shoemaker.
Although the Gaylords formed in Detroit, Fredianelli and
Bonaldi became a staple in Nevada showrooms, where they
performed for decades as Gaylord and Holiday. Bonaldi and
Rea live in Reno.
One of Fredianelli's sons, Anthony, is guitarist for the
rock group Third Eye Blind.
. 2014 ~ Artemios "Demis" Ventouris Roussos (June 15 1946-January 25, 2015) was a Greek singer and performer who had international hit records as a solo performer in the 1970s after having been a member of Aphrodite's Child, a progressive rock group that also included Vangelis. He has sold over 60 million albums worldwide.
. 1908 ~ StÈphane Grappelli, French jazz violinist
. 1913 ~ Jimmy Van Heusen (Edward Chester Babcock), American songwriter and Academy
Award-winning composer. He wrote Swinging on a Star in 1944, All the Way
in 1957, High Hopes in 1959 and Call Me Irresponsible in 1963. He also
wrote the music to over 75 songs for Frank Sinatra with lyricists Johnny
Burke and Sammy Cahn... My Kind of Town and Second Time Around
. 1928 ~ Eartha Kitt, American singer of popular music. See January 17 for
Ms. Kitt's real birthday.
. 1934 ~ The Apollo Theatre opened in New York City as a 'Negro vaudeville
theatre'. It became the showplace for many of the great black entertainers,
singers, groups and instrumentalists in the country.
. 1945 ~ Jacqueline DuPrÈ, British cellist
. 1956 ~ Buddy Holly had his first of three 1956 recording sessions for Decca
Records and producer, Owen Bradley, in Nashville. Nothing much came out of
those sessions. He formed the group, The Three Tunes (changed later to The
Crickets), and went on to find fame and fortune when he hooked up with
producer Norman Petty in New Mexico. Holly died in a plane crash near Mason
City, IA, February 3, 1959 ("the day the music died"). He was 22. Holly was
inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
. 1979 ~ The Gizmo guitar synthesizer was first demonstrated.
. 1992 ~ Jose Ferrer, Puerto Rican actor, theater, and film director, died
. 1885 ~ Jerome Kern, American songwriter and composer of musical
comedies He was known as the father of the American musical, composing Show
Boat, Ol' Man River, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Lovely to Look At, The Way YouLook Tonight and The Last Time I Saw Paris
. 1895 ~ Harry Ruby (Rubinstein), Musician and composer
. 1905 ~ John Schaum, Pianist, composer and music educator. Schaum began his career as a piano teacher in the late 1920s. In 1933 he founded the Schaum Piano School in Milwaukee. About the same time he began to compose piano music for teaching purposes. He also founded the first company to produce award stickers specifically for music students. Always on the lookout for better materials for his students, Schaum eventually decided to create his own books, beginning in 1941 with Piano Fun for Boys and Girls, which he later revised as the first in a series of nine piano method books that became the Schaum Piano Course, completed in 1945. These books are still widely used today.
. 1961 ~ Leontyne Price made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York
City. She sang in the role of Leonora in "Il Trovatore". Price was only the
seventh black singer to make a debut at the Met. Marian Anderson was the
. 1968 ~ The Bee Gees played their first American concert, as a group. They earned
$50,000 to entertain at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. This is
identical to what The Beatles were paid to perform at
the Hollywood Bowl a few years earlier.
. 1968 ~ Otis Redding's(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay was released on this
day, seven weeks after the singer's death. It became #1 on March 16, 1968
and remained at the top spot for a month. Redding began his recording career
in 1960 with Johnny Jenkins and The Pinetoppers (on Confederate Records). He
sang duet with Carla Thomas and had 11 chart hits. Redding of Dawson, GA
was killed in a plane crash at Lake Monona near Madison, WI. Four members of
the Bar-Kays were also killed in the crash. The Dock of the Bay, his only
number one song, was recorded just three days before his death.
. 1984 ~ Michael Jackson's hair caught on fire during the filming of a Pepsi
commercial in Los Angeles. Pyrotechnics did not operate on cue, injuring the
singer. Jackson was hospitalized for a few days and fans from around the
world sent messages of concern. 28 1722 ~ Johann Ernst Bach, German composer of the Bach family
. 1927 ~ Twenty years before the famous record by Art Mooney was recorded, JeanGoldkette and his dancing orchestra recorded, I'm Looking Over a Four-LeafClover. Though the name of the bandleader may not be so famous, two of his
sidemen on this Victor recording session certainly were: Big band fans know
Bix Beiderbecke and Joe Venuti.
. 1940 ~ "Beat the Band" made its debut on NBC radio. The band was that of TedWeems and his 14-piece orchestra, who were joined by Elmo 'The WhistlingTroubadour' Tanner, Harry Soskind and Country Washington. One other star of
the show was a barber from Pittsburgh, PA (nearby Canonsburg, actually),
who would record many hits for RCA Victor from 1943 right through the dawn
of the 1970s. His name was Perry Como.
Beat the Band was a funky show where listeners' questions were selected in the
hopes of stumping the band. If a listener's question was chosen, he or she
The questions were posed as riddles: What song title tells you what Cinderella
might have said if she awoke one morning and found that her foot had grown
too large for her glass slipper? If the band played the correct musical
answer, Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?, the listener lost.
. 1943 ~ Dick Taylor, Bass, guitar with The Pretty Things
1944 ~ John Tavener, British avant-garde composer
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. 1944 ~ Brian Keenan, Drummer with groups Manfred Mann and The Chambers Brothers
. 1956 ~ Elvis Presley made his first appearance on national television. No, he
didn't appear on some teenage dance show; but rather, "The Dorsey BrothersShow", starring Tommy and Jimmy. Elvis sang Blue Suede Shoes and
Heartbreak Hotel. He was backed by the instruments of the Dorsey band.
. 1968 ~ Sarah McLauchlan, Singer
. 1985 ~ 45 of the world's top recording artists were invited to an all-night
recording session at the A&M studios in Los Angeles. As each of the artists
walked through the studio door, they were greeted by a hand-lettered sign --
put there by Lionel Richie. It simply said, "Check your ego at the door."
The session started at 10 p.m. with producer Quincy Jones conducting. At 8
o'clock the following morning, the project, "USA for Africa", spearheaded by
promoter, Ken Kragen, was recorded and mixed. The resulting song, We Arethe World, featuring Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton,
Sting, Harry Belafonte, Diana Ross, Paul Simon and many others
became the top song in the U.S. on April 13, 1985.
. 2002 ~ Michael Hammond, who became chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts
just a week earlier, died apparently of natural causes. He was 69.
A native of Kenosha, Wis., the conductor and composer had been dean of the
School of Music at Rice University in Houston when President Bush nominated
him to lead the federal agency that decides grants for the arts. After being
confirmed by the Senate on Dec. 20, 2001, Hammond had assumed the post Jan. 22, 2002, and was still in the process of moving to Washington.
A student of music and medicine, Hammond's interests included music from
Southeast Asia, the Renaissance and medieval times and the intersection
between music and neuroscience.
He received a Rhodes scholarship to study philosophy, psychology and physiology
at Oxford University. He also studied Indian philosophy and music at Dehli
University in India.
In 1968, he left his post as director of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in
Milwaukee to become the founding dean of music at the State University of New
York at Purchase. He later served as president of the school, until he left
for Rice's Shepherd School of Music in 1986.
All the while, he retained his interest in medicine, teaching neuroanatomy and
physiology at Marquette Medical School and at the University of Wisconsin.
Hammond also served as the founding rector of the Prague Mozart Academy in the
Czech Republic, now the European Mozart Academy, was on the board of the
Houston Symphony, and was vice chairman of the board of Interlochen Center
for the Arts in Michigan.
. 2002 ~ Steve Caldwell, who sang and played saxophone for the Swingin' Medallions at the time
of the band's 1966 hit Double Shot (of My Baby's Love), died of pancreatic cancer. He was
Caldwell was with the group from 1963 to 1969.
After getting his master's degree in chemistry at the University of South Carolina, he
returned to his native Atlanta and ran the Norell temporary staffing agency until
starting his own company in 1976.
His wife, Lynn Caldwell, said he raised $1 million for charity through
World Methodist Evangelism. 29 1715 ~ Georg Christoph Wagenseil, Austrian composer
. 1962 ~ Fritz Kreisler died. He was an Austrian-born violinist and composer
. 1966 ~ "Sweet Charity", with Gwen Verdon, opened at the Palace Theatre in New
York City. The musical, by Neil Simon, was an adaptation of the FedericoFellini film, "Notti di Cabiria". The play ran for 608 performances. In 1969, Hollywood produced a big-budget version of the Broadway musical
starring Shirley MacLaine.
. 1973 ~ Johnny Rivers received a gold record for the hit single, Rockin'Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu. As is tradition, Rivers removed the
fragile gold disk from the wooden frame and, as he was putting it on his
stereo, had a ferocious sneezing fit and never did find out how his song
sounded in solid gold.
. 1977 ~ From the One-Hit Wonder File, this note: Rose Royce earned the #1 spot on
the music charts with Car Wash, from the movie of the same name. The song
stayed at the peak of the pop charts for one week, then faded away.
. 2001 ~ Suzanne Bloch, a concert chamber musician and teacher at the Juilliard School, died
at her home. She was 94.
Bloch played and taught ancient instruments, in particular the lute, a guitar-
like instrument common in 18th-century Europe. Mostly self-taught, she also
played the recorder and the virginal, a tiny relative of the harpsichord.
Beginning in the late 1930s, she performed frequently in concert, often dressed
in Renaissance costume. She taught classes at Juilliard from 1942 to 1985.
After marrying Paul Smith, a mathematician who became chairman of Columbia
University's mathematics department, Bloch played chamber music with well-known
scientists, including Albert Einstein.
Born in Geneva, Bloch moved to New York with her family in 1916, when her
musician father, Ernest Bloch, began teaching and conducting in the United
Bloch promoted her father's music throughout her life, collecting clippings,
writing program notes and founding the Ernest Bloch Society in 1967. 30 1566 ~ Alessandro Piccinini born. He was an Italian lutenist and composer who died sometime in 1638
. 1969 ~ The Beatles made their last public
appearance. It was at a free concert at their Apple corporate headquarters
in London. The group recorded Get Back and also filmed the movie "Let It Be".
. 2004 ~ Jazz bassist Malachi Favors, who played with such bandleaders as
Dizzy Gillespie and Freddy Hubbard before beginning a 35-year
association with the Art Ensemble of Chicago, died.
After service in the Army during the Korean War, he studied with the
bassists Wilbur Ware and Israel Crosby, and worked with the pianists
Andrew Hill and King Fleming. After playing with Gillespie, Hubbard,
and other members of the bebop revolution, Favors joined the band of
Chicago saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell and played a major part on
Mitchell's influential free-jazz album, "Sound", in 1966.
Mitchell's band soon evolved into the Art Ensemble of Chicago, which
combined traditional elements of jazz and blues, West African music,
chanting, ritual, abstract sound and silence. Although founded in
Chicago, the group was based in Europe until 1971.
In addition to his distinctive bass sound, Favors also added vocals and
such folk instruments as banjo, zither and harmonica to group's
He also recorded a solo bass album, "Natural and the Spiritual". 31 1759 ~ Francois Devienne, French composer and professor of flute
1797 ~ Franz Peter Schubert, Austrian composer
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. 1921 ~ Mario Lanza, Opera singer. Some of his non-operatic songs were Be My Love,
The Loveliest Night of the Year and Because You're Mine
. 1923 ~ Carol Channing, Broadway entertainer and Tony Award-winning actress in
shows such as Hello, Dolly! (1964) and Thoroughly Modern Millie
. 1936 ~ "The Green Hornet" was introduced by its famous theme song, The Flight ofthe Bumble Bee, originally by Rachmaninoff.
The radio show was first heard on WXYZ radio in Detroit, MI
on this day. The show stayed on the air for 16 years. "The Green Hornet"
originated from the same radio station where "The Lone Ranger" was
1937 ~ Phillip Glass, American composer of minimalist music
More information about Glass
. 1976 ~ ABBA knocked Queen from the UK No.1 position on the UK singles chart with 'Mamma Mia.' Queen's single 'Bohemian Rhapsody' had enjoyed a nine week run at the top of the charts, by coincidence, Queen's single contains the famous "mamma mia, mamma mia, mamma mia let me go" line.
. 1981~ Justin Timberlake, singer with *NSYNC who had the 2000 US No.1 single 'It's Gonna Be Me' and the 1999 UK No.5 single 'I Want You Back'. As a solo artist scored the 2003 UK No.2 & US No.3 single 'Cry Me A River'. His second solo album 'FutureSex/LoveSounds' was released in 2006 with the US No.1 hit singles 'SexyBack', 'My Love' and 'What Goes Around... Comes Around.' With his first two albums, Timberlake has sold over fourteen million albums worldwide. Timberlake has his own record label called Tennman Records. He also has an acting career, having starred in films such as The Social Network, Bad Teacher and Friends with Benefits.
. 1982 ~ Sandy Duncan of Tyler, Texas gave her final performance as Peter Pan in
Los Angeles, CA. The actress completed 956 performances without missing a
show. She flew a total of 261.5 miles while on stage.
. 1985 ~ John Fogerty, former leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival, returned to
the A&M recording studios in Hollywood, CA to give his first 'live'
performance in 14 years. Actually, Fogerty performed in a video called Rock
and Roll Girls.
. 1987 ~ Madonna's record, Open Your Heart, moved to the #2 spot on the pop charts
(right behind At This Moment by Billy Vera and The Beaters). A week later,
Open Your Heart became Madonna's fifth #1 hit since 1983. She had 11
consecutive singles in the Top 10, the most for any female artist of the
. 2002 ~ Evelyn Scott, the city's first female disc jockey who later played a tough-
talking tavern keeper on the television soap opera "Peyton Place," died at the
age of 86.
Born in Brockton, Mass., Scott moved to Los Angeles and landed a job as a disc
jockey on radio station KMPC. She later was hired as a singing DJ on KHJ's
"Rise and Shine" morning show.
She began acting in theater companies and eventually landed small roles in films
such as "Wicked Woman," "The Green-Eyed Blonde" and "I Want to Live."
She may be best remembered as saloon keeper Ada Jacks in the soap "Peyton Place,"
which showed the extramarital affairs and other dark secrets of the residents
of a small New England town.
Scott played the role from 1965 to 1969, and then reprised the role on "Return to
Peyton Place" from 1972 to 1974. She also came back for the 1985 television
movie "Peyton Place: The Next Generation."
Scott appeared in episodes of other TV shows including "Bonanza," "Gunsmoke" and
After she retired from acting, she dedicated her time to helping the homeless and
served as a board member of Portals House Inc., a center for mentally ill
. 2004 ~ Roberto Ocasio, a versatile musician and band leader of Latin Jazz Project,
died in a car accident. He was 49.
Ocasio performed more than 250 times last year, mostly in Cleveland. He has
shared stages with such other Latino musicians as Eddie Palmieri and NestorTorres. His band played venues from street festivals to Cleveland's Severance
Ocasio played the piano and six other instruments. He earned a degree in
composition and arranging from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
He formed Latin Jazz Project in 1997. Ocasio composed and arranged the band's
music, a repertoire ranging from original pieces to rock tunes and American
standards with his own twist. He performed songs in Spanish and