• 1926 ~ Vasily Mikhaylovich Metallov, Composer, died at the age of 64
• 1929 ~ Yehudi Wyner, Composer
• 1934 ~ Pat (Charles Eugene) Boone, Singer, married to Red Foley’s daughter, Shirley
• 1935 ~ Alberto Cametti, Composer, died at the age of 64
• 1941 ~ Edo de Waart, Dutch conductor
• 1942 ~ Ernest Pingoud, Composer, died at the age of 53
• 1943 ~ Ely van Tongeren, Dutch guitarist and singer
• 1943 ~ Richard Goode, Concert pianist. In 1980 he won the Avery Fisher Award
• 1945 ~ Frederica Von Stade, American mezzo-soprano
• 1945 ~ Linda Scott, Singer
• 1946 ~ Carol Neblett, American soprano with the NYC Opera
• 1947 ~ Ron Wood, Guitar with Rolling Stones after 1975
• 1949 ~ Mike Levine, Rock keyboardist/bassist
• 1950 ~ Graham Russell, Singer with Air Supply
• 1955 ~ F Melius Christiansen, Composer, died at the age of 84
• 1959 ~ Celebrating a solid year at the top of the album charts was "Johnny’s Greatest
Hits" on Columbia Records. The LP stayed for several more years at or near the
top of the album charts. It became the all-time album leader at 490 weeks.
• 1960 ~ "Finian's Rainbow" closed at 46th St Theater NYC after 12 performances
• 1961 ~ There was a new sound in the air this day. FM multiplex stereo broadcasting was
enjoyed for the first time by listeners to FM radio in Schenectady, NY, Los
Angeles and Chicago. The FCC adopted the standard a year later.
• 1964 ~ Rutkowski Bronislaw, Composer, died at the age of 66
• 1967 ~ The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band" was released. One of the
first critically-acclaimed rock albums, "Sgt. Pepper’s" became the number one
album in the world and was at the top of the U.S. album list for 15 weeks.
• 1996 ~ Don Grolnick, Jazz musician, died at the age of 48 2 1577 ~ Giovanni Righi, Composer
• 1614 ~ Benjamin Rogers, Composer
• 1715 ~ Herman-François Delange, Composer
• 1750 ~ Johann Valentin Rathgeber, German Composer, died at the age of 68
• 1806 ~ Isaac Strauss, Composer
• 1807 ~ Robert Fuhrer, Composer
• 1830 ~ Olivier Metra, Composer
• 1831 ~ Jan G Palm Curaçao, Bandmaster/choir master/composer
• 1857 ~ Sir Edward Elgar, British composer
Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance, usually heard at
graduations, was featured in Disney's Fantasia 2000.
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• 1858 ~ Harry Rowe Shelley, Composer
• 1863 ~ Paul Felix Weingartner, German conductor
• 1873 ~ François Hainl, Composer, died at the age of 65
• 1941 ~ Charlie Watts, Drummer with Rolling Stones
• 1944 ~ Marvin Hamlisch, American pianist, composer and
arranger of popular music
More information about Hamlisch
• 1947 ~ Hermann Darewsky, Composer, died at the age of 64
• 1949 ~ Dynam-Victor Fumet, Composer, died at the age of 82
• 1949 ~ Ernest Ford, Composer, died at the age of 91
• 1960 ~ For the first time in 41 years, the entire Broadway theatre district in New
York City was forced to close. The Actors Equity Union and theatre owners came to
a showdown with a total blackout of theatres.
• 1964 ~ The original cast album of "Hello Dolly!" went gold -- having sold a million
copies. It was quite a feat for a Broadway musical.
• 1964 ~ "Follies Bergere" opened on Broadway for 191 performances
• 1972 ~ Franz Philipp, Composer, died at the age of 81
• 1977 ~ Henri D Gagnebin, Swiss organist and composer, died at the age of 91
• 1982 ~ "Blues in the Night" opened at Rialto Theater NYC for 53 performances
• 1983 ~ Stan Rogers, musician, died in aircraft fire
• 1985 ~ The Huck Finn-based musical "Big River" earned seven Tony Awards in New York
City at the 39th annual awards presentation.
• 1986 ~ Daniel Sternefeld, Belgian conductor and composer died at the age of 80
• 1987 ~ Andres Segovia, Spanish classical guitarist, died at the age of 94.
He established the guitar as a serious classical instrument through his numerous
concerts and by his transcriptions of many pieces of Bach and Handel.
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• 1987 ~ Sammy Kaye, Orchestra leader (Sammy Kaye Show), died at the age of 77
• 1994 ~ Prima Sellecchia Tesh, daughter of John Tesh and Connie Sellecca
• 2001 ~ Imogene Coca, the elfin actress and satiric comedienne who co-starred with
Sid Caesar on television's classic "Your Show of Shows" in the 1950s, died
at the age of 92.
Coca's saucer eyes, fluttering lashes, big smile and boundless energy lit up
the screen in television's "Golden Age" and brought her an Emmy as best
actress in 1951. Although she did some broad burlesque, her forte was subtle
A talented singer and dancer, her spoofs of opera divas and prima ballerinas
tiptoed a fine line between dignity and absurdity until she pushed them over
the edge at the end.
With Caesar she performed skits that satirized the everyday - marital spats,
takeoffs on films and TV programs, strangers meeting and speaking in cliches.
"The Hickenloopers" husband-and-wife skit became a staple. 3 1657 ~ Manuel de Egues, Composer
• 1660 ~ Johannes Schenck, Composer
• 1661 ~ Gottfried Scheidt, Composer, died at the age of 67
• 1736 ~ Johann Christoph Oley, Composer
• 1746 ~ James Hook, Composer
• 1750 ~ Frederic Thieme, Composer
• 1773 ~ Michael Gottard Fischer, Composer
• 1801 ~ Frantisek Jan Skroup, Composer
• 1804 ~ Jean-Engelbert Pauwels, Composer, died at the age of 35
• 1809 ~ John "Christmas" Beckwith, Composer, died at the age of 58
• 1829 ~ Alfonse Charles Renaud de Vilback, Composer
• 1832 ~ Alexander Charles Lecocq, Composer
• 1841 ~ Eduardo Caudella, Composer
• 1844 ~ Emile Paladilhe, Composer
• 1849 ~ Francois de Paule Jacques Raymond de Fossa, Composer, died at the age of 73
• 1858 ~ Julius Reubke, Composer, died at the age of 24
• 1867 ~ Bela Anton Szabados, Composer
• 1868 ~ Lvar Henning Mankell, Composer
• 1872 ~ Heinrich Esser, Composer, died at the age of 53
• 1875 ~ French composer Georges Bizet died at the age of 36,
the same year his "Carmen" was first produced. It caused a scandal at first but
went on to become one of opera's most popular works.
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• 1887 ~ Roland Hayes, American tenor
• 1887 ~ Emil Axman, Composer
• 1888 ~ Cark Reidel, Composer, died at the age of 60
• 1890 ~ Henryk Oskar Kolberg, Composer, died at the age of 76
• 1893 ~ Assen Karastoyanov, Composer
• 1898 ~ Nikolai Afanisev, Composer, died at the age of 77
• 1899 ~ Johann Strauss Jr., Viennese conductor and composer of waltzes including "The
Blue Danube", died at the age of 73.
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• 1906 ~ Josephine Baker, American-born French jazz singer and dancer
• 1907 ~ Antonio Emmanvilovich Spadavecchia, Composer
• 1911 ~ Come Josephine in My Flying Machine hit #1
• 1913 ~ Josef Richard Rozkosny, Composer, died at the age of 79
• 1922 ~ Ivan Patachich, Composer
• 1926 ~ Carlos Veerhoff, Composer
• 1926 ~ Janez Maticic, Composer
• 1927 ~ Boots Randolph, American saxophonist (Yakety Sax)
• 1931 ~ The Band Wagon, a Broadway musical, opened in New York City. The show ran for 260 performances.
• 1932 ~ Dakota Staton (Aliyah Rabia), Jazz singer
• 1939 ~ Beer Barrel Polka hit #1 on the pop singles chart by Will Glahe
• 1942 ~ Curtis Mayfield, American rhythm-and-blues singer, songwriter, producer and guitarist
Grammy Award-winner, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, March 15, 1999
• 1944 ~ Mike Clarke, Musician, drummer with The Byrds
• 1946 ~ Ian Hunter, Singer, songwriter with Mott the Hoople
• 1949 ~ Stephen Ruppenthal, Composer
• 1950 ~ Suzie Quatro (Quatrocchio), Singer
• 1951 ~ Deniece Williams, Singer
• 1952 ~ Frank Sinatra recorded the classic Birth of the Blues for Columbia Records
• 1959 ~ Ole Windingstad, Composer, died at the age of 73
• 1961 ~ Charles Hart, Lyricist: Phantom of the Opera
• 1961 ~ "Wildcat" closed at Alvin Theater NYC after 172 performances
• 1964 ~ The Hollywood Palace on ABC-TV hosted the first appearance of the first U.S.
concert tour of The Rolling Stones. Dean Martin emceed the show. One critic
called the Stones "dirtier and streakier and more disheveled than The Beatles."
• 1934 ~ The Dorsey Brothers, Tommy and Jimmy, recorded Annie’s Aunt Fanny on the
Brunswick label. The track featured trombonist Glenn Miller, who also vocalized
on the tune.
• 1937 ~ Freddie Fender, Guitarist
• 1940 ~ Dorothy Rudd Moore, Composer
• 1942 ~ Glenn Wallichs did what was called ‘promotion’ for Capitol Records in
Hollywood. He came up with the idea that he could send copies of Capitol’s new
records to influential radio announcers all around the U.S. and, maybe, add to
the chances that stations would play the records. The practice would soon become
common among most record labels.
• 1944 ~ Roger Ball, Musician, saxophonist and keyboards with Average White Band
• 1945 ~ Anthony Braxton, Jazz musician
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• 1945 ~ Michelle Phillips (Holly Michelle Gilliam), Singer with The Mamas and the Papas
• 1945 ~ Gordon Waller, Singer with Peter and Gordon
• 1951 ~ Conductor Serge Koussevitsky died. Born in Russia, he conducted the State
Symphony Orchestra in Petrograd before moving to the U.S. to conduct the Boston
Read more about Serge Koussevitsky
• 1956 ~ Max Kowalski, Composer, died at the age of 73
• 1961 ~ "Wildcat" closed at Alvin Theater NYC after 172 performances
• 1963 ~ First transmission of Pop Go The Beatles on BBC radio
• 1964 ~ The Beatles "World Tour" begins in Copenhagen Denmark
• 1972 ~ Godfried Devreese, Composer, died at the age of 79
• 1997 ~ Ronnie Lane, bassist (Faces), died at the age of 50 of multiple sclerosis
• 2001 ~ John Hartford, a versatile and wry performer who wrote the standard Gentle onMy Mind and turned his back on Hollywood to return to bluegrass music,
died Monday at at the age of 63.
He was a singer-songwriter, comedian, tap-clog dancer, television performer and
Gentle on My Mind has been broadcast on radio or television more than 6 million
times, according to Broadcast Music Incorporated, which collects song
royalties. It has been recorded more than 300 times, most prominently by Glen
Campbell in 1967.
Hartford's career rambled from Hollywood to Nashville, with stops writing and
performing on network television, thousands of shows at bluegrass clubs and
festivals, and stints as a licensed steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River.
At the height of his fame in the early 1970s, Hartford reconsidered his decision
to take an offer to star in a detective series on CBS. Instead, he returned to
Nashville and resumed his career as an innovative, relatively low-profile
"I knew that if I did it, I would never live it down," Hartford said of the
television series in a 2000 interview. "Because then when I went back to music,
people would start saying, `Oh, he didn't make it in acting so he's gone
Born in New York City and raised in St. Louis, Hartford was enthralled as a
youngster by riverboats and bluegrass music, in particular that of Lester Flatt
and Earl Scruggs. He moved to Nashville in 1965, and his first album "John
Hartford Looks at Life" was released the following year.
Hartford's version of Gentle on My Mind from second album "Earthwords & Music"
was a minor hit in 1967. The song is about a hobo whose mind is eased by the
thought of a former lover.
Hartford moved to California in 1968, landing a job writing and performing on
"The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour." His went on to the cast of "The Glen
Campbell Goodtime Hour."
Returning to Nashville in 1971, Hartford released the landmark acoustic album
"Aereo-Plain" and continued to record until his death.
He was one of the performers on the hit soundtrack to the film "O Brother, Where
Art Thou?" 5 1665 ~ Nicolas Bernier, Composer
• 1686 ~ Cristoph Raupach, Composer
• 1722 ~ Johann Kuhnau, Composer, died at the age of 62
• 1759 ~ Theodor Zwetler, Composer
• 1785 ~ Gottfried August Homilius, Composer, died at the age of 71
• 1798 ~ Alexey Fyodorovich L'vov, Composer
• 1813 ~ Prosper Philippe Catherine Sainton, Composer
• 1941 ~ Floyd Butler, Singer with Fifth Dimension and Friends of Distinction
• 1941 ~ Roy Eldridge was featured on trumpet and vocal as drummer Gene Krupa and his
band recorded After You’ve Gone for Okeh Records.
• 1942 ~ Sammy Kaye and his orchestra recorded the classic I Left My Heart at the Stage
Door Canteen for Victor Records.
• 1942 ~ Charles Dodge, Composer
• 1943 ~ Bill Hopkins, Composer
• 1944 ~ Riccardo Zandonai, Composer, died at the age of 61
• 1945 ~ Don Reid, Singer, Grammy Award-winning group: The Statler Brothers and CMA Vocal
Group of the Year from 1972 to 1980
• 1946 ~ Fred Stone, Singer with Sly and the Family Stone
• 1947 ~ Laurie Anderson, American composer and performance artist
• 1956 ~ Kenny G (Gorelick), Saxophonist
• 1956 ~ Elvis Presley made his second appearance on Milton Berle’s Texaco Star Theatre.
Presley sang Heartbreak Hotel, his number one hit. The TV critics were not kind
to Elvis’ appearance on the show. They panned him, saying his performance looked
"like the mating dance of an aborigine."
• 1959 ~ Bob Zimmerman graduated from high school in Hibbing, MN. Zimmerman was known as
a greaser to classmates in the remote rural community, because of his long
sideburns and leather jacket. Soon, Zimmerman would be performing at coffee
houses at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and later, in Greenwich
Village in New York City. He would also change his name to Bob Dylan (after poet
Dylan Thomas, so the story goes).
• 1964 ~ David Jones and The King Bees had their first record, Liza Jane, released by
Vocalion Records of Great Britain. Less than a decade later, we came to know
Jones better as David Bowie.
• 1965 ~ "Wooly Bully" by Sam the Sham and Pharaohs hit #2
• 1971 ~ Marky Mark (Mark Wahlberg), Guitarist, singer with Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch
• 1972 ~ Maureen McGovern quit her job as a full-time secretary for a new career as a
full-time singer. Maureen was part of a trio before recording as a solo artist
in July, 1973. Her first song, The Morning After, from the movie, The Poseidon
Adventure, was a million-seller. She also sang the theme, Different Worlds, from
ABC-TV’s Angie, and Can You Read My Mind from the movie, Superman. Ms. McGovern
starred in Pirates of Penzance for 14 months on Broadway.
• 1993 ~ Conway Twitty, Country star (Linda on My Mind), died at the age of 59 during
• 1994 ~ Ish Kabbible (Merwyn A Bogue), Cornetist with Kay Kyser, died at the age of 86
• 1955 ~ Bill Haley and Comets, Rock Around the Clock hit #1
• 1958 ~ Lily Theresa Strickland, Composer, died at the age of 71
• 1962 ~ The Beatles met their producer George Martin for first time.
After listening to a playback of the audition tapes, Martin said, "They’re
pretty awful." He changed his mind after meeting the group, however.
• 1971 ~ For the last time, we saw Polish dancing bears, a little mouse named Topo
Gigio, remembered The Beatles, The Dave Clark Five, the comedy of Jackie Mason,
John Byner, Rich Little, Richard Pryor and so many more, as The Ed Sullivan Show
left CBS-TV. Gladys Knight and The Pips and singer Jerry Vale appeared on the
final show. The Ed Sullivan Show had been a showcase for more than 20 years for
artists who ranged from Ethel Merman to Ella Fitzgerald, from Steve (Lawrence) and Eydie (Gorme) to
The Beatles. The Ed Sullivan Show was the longest running variety show on TV ~ a
"rillly big sheeeew."
• 1991 ~ Stan Getz, Jazz saxophonist (Girl from Impanima), died at the age of 64
• 1994 ~ Willie Humphrey, Jazz clarinetist, died at the age of 93
• 1995 ~ Imam Elissa, Singer, died at the age of 76 7 1571 ~ Pier Francesco Corteccia, Composer, died at the age of 68
• 1730 ~ Georg von Pasterwiz, Composer
• 1736 ~ Karl Frieberth, Composer
• 1778 ~ Johann Georg Zechner, Composer, died at the age of 62
• 1784 ~ Jean-Baptiste Canavas, Composer, died at the age of 71
• 1789 ~ Vaclav Jan Kopriva, Composer, died at the age of 81
• 1863 ~ Franz Xavier Gruber, Composer, died at the age of 75
• 1833 ~ Alexander Ritter, Composer
• 1846 ~ Wladyslaw Gorski, Composer
• 1865 ~ Guido Gasperini, Composer
• 1867 ~ Luigi Maurizio Tedeschi, Composer
• 1873 ~ Landon Ronald, Composer
• 1874 ~ Theodor Streicher, Composer
• 1885 ~ Percy Brier, Composer
• 1891 ~ Athos Palma, Composer
• 1893 ~ Johann Schrammel, Composer, died at the age of 43
• 1897 ~ George Szell, Hungarian-born American conductor
• 1909 ~ Actress Mary Pickford made her motion picture debut in "The Violin Maker of
• 1911 ~ Franz Reizenstein, Composer
• 1911 ~ Silas Roy Crain, Singer/arranger/songwriter
• 1915 ~ Benjamin Lambord, Composer, died at the age of 35
• 1941 ~ Jaime Laredo, Bolivian-born American violinist
Clarence White (1944) Guitarist with the Byrds
• 1945 ~ Ruben Marcos Campos, Composer, died at the age of 69
• 1945 ~ The opera "Peter Grimes" by Benjamin Britten, premiered in London,
at Sadler's Wells Theater.
• 1948 ~ Georges Adolphe Hue, Composer, died at the age of 90
• 1949 ~ Due to an impending lawsuit that stemmed from Milton Berle’s TV show,
comedienne Cathy Mastice held the first musical press conference. She sang her
way into announcing the court action. Due to the publicity she received, Ms.
Mastice became an overnight success.
• 1953 ~ Kukla, Fran (Allison) and Ollie, along with the Boston Pops Orchestra under the
direction of Arthur Fiedler, were featured on the first network telecast in
‘compatible color’. The program was broadcast from Boston, MA.
• 1958 ~ Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson), Singer
• 1963 ~ First Rolling Stones TV appearance (Thank Your Lucky Stars)
• 1965 ~ Pierre Cardevielle, French Composer/conductor, died at the age of 59
• 1993 ~ Prince celebrated his birthday by changing his name to a symbol and calling
himself The Artist Previously Known as Prince. He went back to "Prince" in 2000 8 1612 ~ Hans Leo Hassler, Composer, died at the age of 49
• 1722 ~ Jakob Friedrich Kleinknecht, Composer
• 1740 ~ Gabriele Mario Piozzi, Composer
• 1742 ~ Omobono Stradivari, Italian violmaker, son of Antonio, died at the age of 62
• 1753 ~ Nicolas-Marie Dalayrac, Composer
• 1783 ~ Joseph Lincke, Composer
• 1796 ~ Felice de Giardini, Composer, died at the age of 80
• 1805 ~ Luigi Ricci, Composer
• 1810 ~ Robert Schumann, German composer best known for his song cycles and piano music.
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• 1812 ~ Spyridon Xyndas, Composer
• 1814 ~ Friedrich Heinrich Himmel, Composer, died at the age of 48
• 1834 ~ George Garrett, Composer
• 1837 ~ Jan Kleczynski, Composer
• 1856 ~ Natalia Janotha, Composer
• 1858 ~ Antonio Nicolau, Spanish Composer and conductor
• 1876 ~ George Sand (Armandine-Aurore-Lucile Dupin), French author and romantic
companion of the composer of Chopin, died at the age of 71
• 1881 ~ Prospero Bisquertt, Composer
• 1884 ~ Henry Clay Work, Composer, died at the age of 51
• 1888 ~ Poul Julius Ouscher Schierbeck, Composer
• 1906 ~ Christian Frederik Emil Horneman, Composer, died at the age of 65
• 1908 ~ Johan Lindegren, Composer, died at the age of 66
• 1913 ~ Janos Jagamas, Composer
• 1919 ~ Jacob Fabricius, Composer, died at the age of 78
• 1923 ~ Karel Goeyvaerts, Flemish Composer of Summer Games
• 1926 ~ Anatol Vieru, Composer
• 1927 ~ Paul Whiteman and his orchestra recorded When Day is Done on Victor Records.
• 1928 ~ Jiri Dvoracek, Composer
• 1930 ~ Yannis Ioannidis, Composer
• 1932 ~ Hans Gunter Helms, Composer
• 1936 ~ James Darren (Ercolani), Singer
• 1940 ~ Frederick Shepherd Converse, American Composer, died at the age of 69
• 1940 ~ Sherman Garnes, Rock vocalist with Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers
• 1991 ~ Max van Praag, Dutch singer, died at the age of 77
• 1992 ~ Clarence Miller, Blues/jazz vocalist, died at the age of 69 of a heart attack
• 1993 ~ Arthur Alexander, Singer/songwriter, died at the age of 53
• 1995 ~ Frank Chacksfield, Conductor/arranger, died at the age of 81
• 2000 ~ Jazz bassist Burgher "Buddy" Jones, who played in big bands behind Peggy Lee
and Frank Sinatra and toured with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, died at the
age of 76.
A native of Hope, Ark., Jones was a childhood friend of the late Virginia
Kelley, mother of President Clinton. At 17, Jones went to the University of
Kansas City, where he met and befriended saxophonist Charlie Parker. Jones
later introduced Parker to his wife, Chan.
Jones played in the Elliot Lawrence band, when its arrangers included Al Cohn,
Tiny Kahn and Johnny Mandel. As a staff musician for CBS in New York in the 1950s and 1960s, Jones played for the Jack Sterling radio show and in bands
behind Lee and Sinatra.
In 1996, Jones was inducted into the Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame. 10 1781 ~ Giovanni Battista Polledro, Composer
• 1790 ~ Louis Joseph Daussoigne-Mehul, Composer
• 1800 ~ Johann Abraham Peter Schulz, German Composer, died at the age of 53
• 1818 ~ Pesaro opera theater opened with Rossini's "La gaza ladra"
• 1831 ~ W A Remy, Composer
• 1843 ~ Heinrich von Herzogenberg, Composer
• 1865 ~ Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde" first performance Münich, Germany
• 1883 ~ Carl Gradener, Composer, died at the age of 71
• 1964 ~ Rolling Stones recorded their 12x5 album at Chess Studios Chicago
• 1966 ~ The BeatlesPaperback Writer was released in England
• 1966 ~ The Beatles recorded Rain, first to use reverse tapes
• 1966 ~ Janis Joplin's first live concert in the Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco
• 1966 ~ The Mamas and The Papas won a gold record for Monday, Monday
• 1968 ~ Yury Sergeyevich Milyutin, Composer, died at the age of 65
• 1972 ~ Elvis Presley recorded a live album at NY's Madison Square Garden
• 1972 ~ Sammy Davis, Jr. earned his place at the top of the popular music charts for
the first time, after years in the entertainment business. His number one
song, The Candy Man, stayed at the top for three consecutive weeks. The Candy
Man was truly a song of fate for Sammy. He openly did not want to record the
song, but did so as a favor to MGM Records head Mike Curb, since it was to be
used in the film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Davis said he would
give the tune one take, "and that’s it!" Sure enough, in that one-time recording,
Sammy nailed it. The Candy Man stayed on the pop charts for 16 weeks. The best
the legendary performer had done before was 12 weeks for Love Me or Leave Me in
• 1955 and 11 weeks for I’ve Gotta Be Me (from Golden Rainbow) in 1969. After TheCandy Man became a hit, Davis included it in his stage shows and concerts -- and
collected huge royalties from it.
• 1976 ~ Paul McCartney and Wings set a record for an indoor concert crowd as 67,100
fans gathered in Seattle, WA to hear the former Beatle and his new group.
• 1982 ~ Addie "Micki" Harris, American singer with the Shirelles, died at the age of 42
• 1985 ~ Nineteenth Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers, BarbaraMandrell
• 1990 ~ "Meet Me St Louis" closed at Gershwin Theater NYC after 253 performances
• 1992 ~ Hachidal Nakamura, Composer, died at the age of 61 of heart failure
• 1996 ~ Thirtyth Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson
• 2001 ~ Pianist Yaltah Menuhin, last of three famous siblings whose musical talents
brought them fame at an early age, died at the age of 79.
Yaltah, the youngest, and her sister Hepzibah, also a pianist, did not achieve the
international renown of their brother, the violinist Yehudi Menuhin.
But they often appeared with him in concerts around the world, including the Bath
Festival in Britain, where Yehudi was artistic director in the 1960s.
Yaltah Menuhin was born in San Francisco, to Russian-Jewish parents. Like her
siblings, she began studying music as a child, and moved about the world
performing. Her brother was astonishing audiences with his virtuosity by the age
Yaltah Menuhin and her husband, pianist Joel Ryce, often performed together as a
duo in the United States, and she also performed with violist Michael Mann.
• 2001 ~ Harold S. Grossbardt, a founder of Colony Records, the famed record
collector's store in Manhattan, died at the age of 85.
Grossbardt founded the store in 1948 with his partner, Sidney Turk, and
the shop quickly became popular with music lovers. Hundreds of
musicians, including Frank Sinatra, John Lennon and Michael Jackson,
shopped at the store.
Grossbardt worked at Colony Records until his retirement in 1988. 11 1672 ~ Francesco Antonio Bonporti, Composer
• 1678 ~ Antonio Vivaldi, Italian composer
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• 1697 ~ Francesco A Vallotti, Italian organist, composer and theorist
• 1704 ~ Jose Antonio Carlos de Seixas, Composer
• 1740 ~ Luigi Gatti, Composer
• 1764 ~ Christoph Stoltzenberg, Composer, died at the age of 74
• 1775 ~ Egidio Romoaldo Duni, Italian Composer, died at the age of 67
• 1808 ~ Giovanni Battista Cirri, Composer, died at the age of 83
• 1864 ~ Richard Strauss, German composer and conductor
Strauss wrote in nearly every genre, but is best known for his tone poems and operas.
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• 1874 ~ Richard Stohr, Composer
• 1896 ~ Friedrich Gottlieb Schwencke, Composer, died at the age of 72
• 1899 ~ George Frederick McKay, Composer
• 1900 ~ Charles Swinnerton Heap, Composer, died at the age of 53
• 1904 ~ Emil Frantisek Burian, Composer
• 1904 ~ Clarence "Pinetop" Smith, Jazz pianist and singer of Boogie Woogie Piano
• 1924 ~ Théodore Dubois, French organist and composer,
died at the age of 86
• 1926 ~ Carlisle Floyd, American opera composer
• 1927 ~ Josef Anton Reidl, Composer
• 1928 ~ King Oliver and his band recorded Tin Roof Blues for Vocalion Records.
• 1939 ~ Wilma Burgess, Country singer
• 1940 ~ Joey Dee (Joseph DiNicola), Singer with Joey Dee and The Starliters
• 1940 ~ The Ink Spots recorded Maybe on Decca Records. By September, 1940, the song had
climbed to the number two position on the nation’s pop music charts.
• 1946 ~ John Lawton, Singer
• 1949 ~ Hank Williams sang a show-stopper on the stage of the
Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. He sang the classic LovesickBlues, one of his most beloved songs.
1951 ~ Bonnie Pointer, Grammy Award-winning singer (with sister Anita) in the Pointer
• 1955 ~ Marcel Louis Auguste Samuel-Rousseau, Composer, died at the age of 72
• 1961 ~ Roy Orbison was wrapping up a week at number one on the Billboard record chart
with Running Scared, his first number one hit. Orbison recorded 23 hits for the
pop charts, but only one other song made it to number one: Oh Pretty Woman in 1964. He came close with a number two effort, Crying, number four with Dream Baby
and number five with Mean Woman Blues. Orbison was inducted into the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame in 1987; but suffered a fatal heart attack just one year later.
• 1964 ~ The group, Manfred Mann, recorded Do Wah Diddy Diddy
• 1966 ~ Janis Joplin made her first onstage appearance -- at the Avalon ballroom in San
Francisco. She began her professional career at the age of 23 with Big Brother
and The Holding Company. The group was a sensation at the Monterey Pop Festival
in 1967. Piece of My Heart was the only hit to chart for the group in 1968. Big
Brother and The Holding Company disbanded in 1972, though Joplin continued in a
solo career with hits such as Down on Me and Me and Bobby McGee. Janis ‘Pearl’
Joplin died of a heroin overdose in Hollywood in October, 1970. The movie The
Rose, starring Bette Midler, was inspired by the life of the rock star.
• 1966 ~ (I'm A) Road Runner by Jr Walker & The All-Stars peaked at #20
• 1990 ~ Clyde McCoy, Jazz trumpeter, died at the age of 86
• 1995 ~ Lovelace Watkins, Singer, died at the age of 58
• 2001 ~ Amalia Mendoza, one of Mexico's most famous singers of mariachi and ranchera
music, died at the age of 78.
She was famous for songs such as Echame a mi la Culpa (Put the Blame onMe) and Amarga Navidad (Bitter Christmas).
Born in the Michoacan town of San Juan Huetamo in 1923, she was part of a family of
Ranchera music is a kind of Mexican country music that overlaps with Mariachi
• 2001 ~ Ponn Yinn, a flutist of traditional Cambodian music and dance who
survived the Khmer Rouge purge and helped preserve his country's
culture, died of a stroke at the age of 82.
Yinn was working under Prince Norodom Sihanouk, then Gen. Lon Nol, for
the Classical Symphony of the Army for the Royal Ballet, when the
Khmer Rouge overthrew Cambodia's government in 1975.
Khmer Rouge forces found Yinn during their campaign to uncover and
eliminate Cambodia's intellectuals and artists. He begged for his life
and claimed to be a steel worker who enjoyed playing the flute.
He was allowed to live, but was forced to play a makeshift flute nightly
into loudspeakers to drown out the screams of people being slaughtered
in fields nearby.
In 1979, Yinn crossed through minefields and escaped to Thailand. In a
border refugee camp, Yinn headed the Khmer Classical Dance Troupe.
At a time when Cambodian culture was believed to have been almost
eradicated - a result of the Khmer Rouge's genocide of 1 million to 2
million people, the troupe was discovered by Western visitors.
Yinn settled in Long Beach in 1984, where he taught music for more than 20
years and continued to perform.
• 2015 ~ Ornette Coleman died. He was an American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter and composer. He was one of the major innovators of the free jazz movement of the 1960s.
12 1468 ~ Juan del Encina, Composer
• 1526 ~ Marc-Antoine de Muret, Composer
• 1616 ~ Cornelis F Schuyt, Dutch organist/composer, died
• 1761 ~ Meinrad Spiess, Composer, died at the age of 77
• 1858 ~ William Horsley, Composer, died at the age of 83
• 1876 ~ Narciso Garay, Composer
• 1881 ~ Juan de Hernandez, Composer
• 1887 ~ Gustav Weber, Composer, died at the age of 41
• 1928 ~ Vic Damone (Vito Farinola), American singer of popular music
• 1930 ~ Jim Nabors, Singer
• 1935 ~ Ella Fitzgerald recorded her first sides for Brunswick Records. The tunes were
Love and Kisses and I’ll Chase the Blues Away. She was featured with Chick Webb
and his band. Ella was 17 at the time and conducted the Webb band for three years
following his death in 1939.
• 1938 ~ Ian Partridge, British tenor
• 1941 ~ "Chick" Corea, American Grammy Award-winning (4) Jazz musician and composer
• 1942 ~ Paul Whiteman and his orchestra recorded Travelin’ Light on Capitol Records of
Hollywood, California. On the track with Whiteman’s orchestra was the vocal
talent of ‘Lady Day’, Billie Holiday.
• 1944 ~ Reg Presley, Singer with Troggs
• 1947 ~ Jazeps Medins, Composer, died at the age of 70
• 1948 ~ William Tell Overture by Spike Jones (originally an opera by
Rossini) peaked at #6
• 1951 ~ Bun Carlos (Brad Carlson), Musician, drummer with Cheap Trick
• 1951 ~ Brad Delp, Musician, guitarist, singer with Boston
• 1962 ~ John N Ireland, English Composer/pianist, died at the age of 82
• 1965 ~ The Queen of England announced that The Beatles would receive the coveted MBE
Award. The Order of the British Empire recognition had previously been bestowed
only upon British military heroes, many of whom were so infuriated by the news,
they returned their medals to the Queen. In fact, John Lennon wasn’t terribly
impressed with receiving the honor. He returned it (for other reasons) four years
• 1965 ~ Rolling Stones released Satisfaction
• 1965 ~ Sonny and Cher made their first TV appearance, "American Bandstand"
• 1966 ~ Hermann Scherchen, German conductor and music publisher, died at the age of 74
• 1989 ~ Peter Conrad Baden, Composer, died at the age of 80
• 1992 ~ "Batman Returns", music by Danny Elfman, was released in America
• 1993 ~ Three Little Pigs by Green Jelly hit #17
• 1994 ~ Cab Calloway suffered massive stroke at his home White Plaines NY
• 1995 ~ Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Italian Pianist, died at the age of 75. He was
hailed as one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century.
• 1996 ~ MacKenzie John, Pipe major, died at the age of 83
• 2000 ~ Robert J. Lurtsema, a classical music show host with a sonorous voice and unique
delivery who became a fixture of the Boston radio scene over nearly three
decades, died of lung disease. He was 68.
Lurtsema, who worked at WGBH-FM for more than 28 years, is well-known to classical
music buffs as the host of "Morning pro musica", which could be heard throughout
the Northeast. 13 1550 ~ Johann Spangenberg, Composer, died at the age of 66
• 1962 ~ Eugene Goossens, British Composer (Perseus), died at the age of 69. A
member of a famed musical family, he spent his later years conducting in
Australia where he trained many musicians.
• 1970 ~ The Summertime by Mungo Jerry hit #1 in England
• 1970 ~ The Beatles' "Let It Be," album went #1 & stayed #1 for 4 weeks
• 1970 ~ The Beatles'Long & Winding Road, single went #1 & stayed #1 for 2 weeks
• 1970 ~ The song Make It with You, by David Gates and Bread, was released. It turned
out to be a number-one hit on August 22, 1970. Though Bread had a dozen hits,
including one other million-seller (Baby I’m-A Want You, 1971); Make It with You
was the soft-pop group’s only number one tune.
• 1971 ~ Singer Francis Albert Sinatra made an attempt to retire from show business
following a performance this night at the Music Center in Los Angeles, CA. ‘Ol’
Blue Eyes’ got a bit restless in retirement, however, and was back in Sinatra -
The Main Event at Madison Square Garden in November, 1973.
• 1972 ~ Clyde L Mcphatter, American singer with the Drifters, died at the age of 39
• 1973 ~ Alvin Derold Etler, Composer, died at the age of 60
• 1973 ~ Frantisek Suchy, Composer, died at the age of 82
• 1993 ~ "Someone Who'll Watch Over Me" closed at Booth NYC after 232 performances
• 2001 ~ Makanda McIntyre, a jazz musician and educator, died at the age of 69.
McIntyre's best-known album was "Looking Ahead" (1960). He taught music in
Manhattan schools and at Wesleyan University, Smith College, Fordham
University and the New School. He was the founder and chairman of the
American music, dance and theater program at the State University at Old
McIntyre was born in Boston. After serving in the Army, he studied at the
Boston Conservatory of Music and later earned a doctorate from the
University of Massachusetts.
Formerly Ken McIntyre, he changed his name to Makanda after a stranger in
Zimbabwe handed him a piece of paper on which was written, "Makanda," a
word in the Ndebele and Shona languages meaning "many skins." 14 Flag Day
• 1594 ~ Orlandus Lassus, Composer (Prophet sybillarum), died at about 61
• 1671 ~ Thomoso Albinoni, Italian composer and
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• 1691 ~ Jan Francisci, Composer
• 1709 ~ Gottfried Wegner, Composer, died at the age of 65
• 1884 ~ John McCormack, Irish/American singer of Irish folksongs
• 1891 ~ Nicolo Gabrielli, Composer, died at the age of 77
• 1895 ~ Cliff Edwards "Ukulele Ike", Singer of When You Wish Upon a Star
• 1904 ~ Benno Ammann, Composer
• 1909 ~ Burl Ives, American folk singer, banjo player, guitarist and Oscar-winning
actor. His gentle voice helped popularise American folk music. He played
powerful dramatic roles in movies including "The Big Country," for which he won
an Acadamy Award for best supporting actor, and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."
anniversary of his death
• 1910 ~ Nappy (Hilton Napoleon) Lamare, Musician with Bob Cats
• 1911 ~ Johan Severin Svendsen, Composer, died at the age of 70
• 1916 ~ Karl-Rudi Griesbach, Composer
• 1918 ~ Carter Harman, Composer
• 1920 ~ Helmer-Rayner Sinisalo, Composer
• 1923 ~ Theodore Bloomfield, Composer
• 1923 ~ It was the beginning of the country music recording industry. Ralph Peer of
Okeh Records recorded Fiddlin’ John Carson doing The Little Old Log Cabin in theLane -- and the first country music recording was in the can.
• 1929 ~ Cy Coleman (Seymour Kaufman), American composer of popular music and pianist
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• 1932 ~ Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Composer
• 1933 ~ Albert Ross Parsons, Composer, died at the age of 85
• 1940 ~ John Mizelle, Composer
• 1943 ~ Muff (Mervyn) Winwood, Singer, songwriter, bass with The Spencer Davis Group
• 1945 ~ Rod Argent, Keyboard
• 1948 ~ Ernst Henrik Ellberg, Composer, died at the age of 79
• 1948 ~ John Blackwood McEwen, Composer, died at the age of 80
• 1953 ~ Elvis Presley graduated from L.C. Humes High School in Memphis, TN. Within
three years, the truck driver-turned-singer had his first number-one record with
• 1960 ~ Vladimir Nikolayevich Kryukov, Composer, died at the age of 57
• 1962 ~ Boy George, Singer
• 1965 ~ Guido Guerrini, Composer, died at the age of 74
• 1969 ~ John & Yoko appeared on David Frost's British TV Show
• 1974 ~ Knud Christian Jeppesen, Composer, died at the age of 81
• 1975 ~ America reached the top spot on the Billboard pop music chart with SisterGolden Hair. The group had previously (March, 1972) taken A Horse With No Name to
the number one spot. The trio of Dan Peek, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell had
received the Best New Artist Grammy in 1972. America recorded a dozen hits that
made it to the popular music charts in the 1970s and 1980s. Though number one,
Sister Golden Hair did not qualify for gold record (million-seller) status.
• 1994 ~ Lionel Grigson, Professor of jazz, died at the age of 52
• 1994 ~ Harry "Little" Caesar, blues singer/actor (City Heat), died at the age of 66
• 1996 ~ Thomas Edward Montgomery, drummer, died at the age of 73
• 2002 ~ Marvin Paymer, Pianist, composer, musicologist and author, died of cancer. He was 81.
His son, actor David Paymer, told the Los Angeles Times that Paymer died in San Diego.
In 1977, he co-founded and, until his retirement in 1993, served as associate director of the
Pergolesi Research Center at City University of New York Graduate Center.
Pergolesi was 18th century Italian composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi.
Paymer authenticated 13 Pergolesi compositions among hundreds of fakes attributed to the
posthumously famous composer, who died at 26. 15 Father's Day
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• 1945 ~ Rod Argent, English keyboardist for the Zombies
• 1946 ~ Janet Lennon, Singer with the Lennon Sisters
. 1946 ~ 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.
• 1956 ~ Sixteen-year-old John Lennon of the music group, The Quarrymen, met 14-year-old
Paul McCartney and invited him to join the group. In a few years, the group
became The Beatles.
• 1957 ~ "Ziegfeld Follies of 1957" closed at Winter Garden NYC after 123 performances
• 1962 ~ Alfred Cortot, French pianist, died at the age of 84
• 1963 ~ Kyu Sakamoto from Kawasaki, Japan, reached the number one spot on the pop music
charts with Sukiyaki. The popular song captivated American music buyers and was
at the top of the Billboard pop chart for three weeks. In Japan, where Sakamoto
was enormously popular, Sukiyaki was known as Ue O Muite Aruko (I Look Up When IWalk). The entertainer met an untimely fate in 1985. Kyu (cue) Sakamoto was one
of 520 people who perished in the crash of a Japan Air Lines flight near Tokyo.
He was 43 years old.
• 1963 ~ "Sound of Music" closed at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 1443 performances
• 1837 ~ Valentino Fioravanti, Composer, died at the age of 72
• 1843 ~ David Popper, Composer
• 1843 ~ Jan Malat, Composer
• 1853 ~ Johan Gustaf Emil Sjogren, Composer
• 1858 ~ Eugene Ysaye, Composer
• 1863 ~ Paul Antonin Vidal, Composer
• 1879 ~ Gilbert and Sullivan's "HMS Pinafore" debuted at Bowery Theater New York City
• 1899 ~ Helen Traubel, Opera singer at the St. Louis Symphony and New York Metropolitan
Opera ("The Met’s premier Wagnerian soprano.")
• 1890 ~ A glittering program of music and ballet, featuring composer Edward Strause,
opened the first Madison Square Garden in New York City.
• 1901 ~ Conrad Beck, Composer
• 1903 ~ Huldreich Georg Fruh, Composer
• 1909 ~ Willi Boskovsky, Austrian violinist and conductor
• 1910 ~ Wendelin Weissheimer, Composer, died at the age of 72
• 1916 ~ Francis Lopez, Composer
• 1928 ~ Sergiu Comissiona, Rumanian-born American conductor
• 1929 ~ James Kirtland Randall, Composer
• 1931 ~ Ivo Petric, Composer
• 1934 ~ Lucia Dlugoszewski, Composer
• 1938 ~ Mickie Finn, TV hostess and banjo player
• 1939 ~ Billy ‘Crash’ Craddock, Country singer
• 1940 ~ Vitezslava Kapralova, Composer, died at the age of 25
• 1941 ~ Lamont Dozier, Songwriter
• 1942 ~ Eddie Levert, Singer
• 1945 ~ Ian Matthews (McDonald), Musician, guitarist and singer with Fairport Convention
• 1946 ~ Miloje Milojevic, Composer, died at the age of 61
• 1946 ~ "Annie Get Your Gun" opened at Imperial Theater NYC for 1147 performances
• 1950 ~ James Smith, American singer with the Stylistics
• 1952 ~ Gino Vannelli, Singer, songwriter
• 1956 ~ Be-Bop-A-Lula, by Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, was released on Capitol
Records. Vincent was called Capitol’s answer to Elvis Presley. The tune became
Vincent Eugene Craddock’s biggest hit of three (Lotta Lovin’, Dance to the Bop)
to make the pop music charts. Vincent died in 1971.
• 1958 ~ Jose Pablo Moncayo Garcia, Composer, died at the age of 45
• 1962 ~ Paula Abdul, Singer
• 1967 ~ The Monterey Pop Festival got underway at the Monterey Fairgrounds in Northern
California. Fifty thousand spectators migrated to the site that featured JimiHendrix, Janis Joplin, The Mamas and the Papas and The Who.
• 1969 ~ Karl Hubert Rudolf Schiske, Composer, died at the age of 53
• 1970 ~ Heino Eller, Composer, died at the age of 83
• 1972 ~ The only museum devoted exclusively to jazz music opened. The New York Jazz
Museum welcomed visitors for the first time.
• 1978 ~ The film adaptation of Grease, a success on the Broadway stage, premiered in
New York City. John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Several hit songs
came out of the motion picture: Grease, by Frankie Valli, You’re the One That IWant and Summer Nights (both sung by Travolta and Newton-John). The first two
songs were platinum 2,000,000+ sellers, while the third was a million-seller.
• 1979 ~ Ben Weber, American composer and winner of the Thorne Music Award in 1965, died
at the age of 62
• 1980 ~ The movie The Blues Brothers opened in Chicago, IL. John Belushi and Dan
Ackroyd, formerly of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, starred. The pair played Jake and
Elwood Blues. James Brown, Ray Charles, and Aretha Franklin performed. CabCalloway also appeared with a rendition of his classic Minnie the Moocher.
• 1990 ~ Eva Turner, British soprano, died
• 1991 ~ Vicky Brown, American singer (Power of Love), died
• 1991 ~ "Fiddler on the Roof" closed at Gershwin Theater NYC after 241 performances
• 1994 ~ Boris Alexandrov, Conductor of the Red Army Song/Dance Ensemble, died at the
age of 88
• 1997 ~ Thirtyfirst Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson & LeAnn Rimes
• 2000 ~ Richard Dufallo, a conductor known for his energetic performances of
contemporary music, died at age 67 of stomach cancer.
Dufallo, who lived in Denton, conducted more than 80 major orchestras and
festivals in the United States, Canada, and Europe, premiering numerous works
by American and European composers, including Karlheinz Stockhausen, JacobDruckman, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Krzystof Penderecki.
He was a former assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic, and worked
closely with Leonard Bernstein from 1965 to 1975. He also served as associate
conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic and as artistic director of contemporary
music at the Aspen Festival in Colorado.
He was married to pianist Pamela Mia Paul.
• 2001 ~ Joe Darion, the lyricist for "Man of La Mancha," died at the age of 90.
"Man of La Mancha" opened in New York in 1965 and ran for 2,328 performances. It
won Darion and his composing partner Mitch Leigh a Tony Award for best score.
Inspired by Cervantes's "Don Quixote," the musical went on to become the third-
longest-running Broadway musical of the 1960s. Its music included the popular
song The Impossible Dream.
In the early 1950s, Darion had three top 10 hits: the Patti Page ballad "Changing
Partners," the Teresa Brewer novelty song Ricochet and Red Buttons's comedy hit
The Ho Ho Song.
At the time of his death, Darion was working on a show titled "Oswego." 17 1672 ~ Orazio Benevoli, Italian Composer, died at the age of 67
• 1725 ~ Joseph Anton Bauer, Composer
• 1750 ~ Michel Woldemar, Composer
• 1818 ~ Charles Gounod, French composer, conductor
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• 1855 ~ Fritz Steinbach, Composer
• 1882 ~ Igor Stravinsky, Russian-born American
Stravinsky's Firebird is featured in
Fantasia 2000 and his
The Rite of Spring was featured in the original
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• 1978 ~ Shadow Dancing, by Andy Gibb, reached the number one spot on the pop music
charts for the first of seven weeks. Gibb had two other number one hits: I JustWant to Be Your Everything and (Love is) Thicker than Water. Gibb, the youngest
of the Gibb brothers who made up the Bee Gees, hosted TV’s Solid Gold in 1981-82.
Andy scored nine hits on the pop music charts in the 1970s and 1980s. He died of
an inflammatory heart virus in Oxford, England in 1988.
• 1977 ~ Fleetwood Mac worked Dreams to the number one spot on the pop music charts this
day. It would be the group’s only single to reach number one. Fleetwood Mac
placed 18 hits on the charts in the 1970s and 1980s. Nine were top-ten tunes. 19 1618 ~ Christian de Placker, Composer
• 1708 ~ Johann Gottlieb Janitsch, Composer
• 1717 ~ Johann Wenzel Anton Stamitz, Bohemian violist, conductor and composer
• 1730 ~ Jean-Baptiste Loeillet, Composer, died at the age of 49
• 1747 ~ Alessandro Marcello, Composer, died at the age of 77
• 1759 ~ Charles-Joseph-Balthazar Sohier, Composer, died at the age of 31
• 1762 ~ Johann Ernst Eberlin, Composer, died at the age of 60
• 1886 ~ Robert Herberigs, Flemish Composer and writer
• 1898 ~ Paul Muller-Zurich, Composer
• 1902 ~ Guy (Gaetano) Lombardo, Canadian-born American bandleader with The Royal
Canadians: "The most beautiful music this side of heaven."
• 1904 ~ Balis Dvarionas, Composer
• 1905 ~ Taneli Kuusisto, Composer
• 1910 ~ Edwin Gerschefski, Composer
• 1910 ~ Father's Day was observed for the first time at Spokane, Wash., at the
request of the the local YMCA and the Spokane Ministerial Association to
earmark a Sunday to "honor thy father." The idea originated in the mind of a
Ms. John Bruce Dodd, a local housewife who was inspired by her admiration for
the great job her father, William Smart, had done in raising his 6 children
after his wife's untimely and early death.
• 1912 ~ Jerry Jerome, American saxophonist
• 1913 ~ Sergey Ivanovich Taneyev, Russian Composer, died at the age of 58
• 1926 ~ DeFord Bailey was the first black to perform on Nashville's Grand Ole Opry
• 1927 ~ Karel Kupka, Composer
• 1930 ~ Jul Levi, Composer
• 1932 ~ First concert performed in San Francisco's Stern Grove
• 1936 ~ Tommy DeVito, Singer with The Four Seasons
• 1939 ~ Al Wilson, Musician, drummer, singer with Show and Tell
• 1940 ~ Maurice Jaubert, Composer, died at the age of 40
• 1942 ~ Spanky (Elaine) McFarlane, Singer with Spanky and Our Gang
• 1943 ~ Shiek Of Araby by Spike Jones & City Slickers peaked at #19
• 1951 ~ Ann Wilson, Singer with Heart
• 1953 ~ Larry Dunn, Musician, keyboards with Earth, Wind & Fire
• 1961 ~ Little Egypt (Ying-Yang) by Coasters peaked at #23
• 1962 ~ Paula Abdul, Singer
• 1965 ~ I Can’t Help Myself, by The Four Tops, topped the pop and R&B charts. The
Tops, who had no personnel changes in their more than 35 years together were
inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
• 1931 ~ Arne Nordheim, Norwegian conductor and composer
• 1934 ~ Cornel Taranu, Composer
• 1938 ~ Nikolay Avksentevich Martinov, Composer
• 1939 ~ first TV broadcast of an operetta, "The Pirates of Penzance"
by Gilbert and Sullivan
W2XBS (later WCBS-TV) in New York City televised Pirates of Penzance. It was
presented to a very small viewing audience since television was a new,
experimental medium at the time.
• 1936 ~ Billy Guy, Singer with The Coasters
• 1937 ~ Jerry Keller, Singer
• 1940 ~ Jehan Alain, French organist and composer, died in battle at 29
• 1942 ~ Brian Wilson, Bass player, singer with the The Beach Boys, inducted into Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988
• 1949 ~ Lionel Richie, Tenor sax, songwriter, singer with the Commodores
• 1951 ~ Peter Gordon, Composer
• 1953 ~ Cyndi Lauper, Singer
• 1953 ~ Alan Longmuir, Musician, bass with Bay City Rollers
• 1955 ~ Michael Anthony, Musician, bass with Van Halen
• 1955 ~ "Almost Crazy" opened at Longacre Theater New York City for 16 performances
• 1960 ~ John Taylor, Musician: guitar, bass with Duran Duran
• 1963 ~ The Beatles formed "Beatles Ltd" to handle their income
• 1969 ~ Guitarist Jimi Hendrix earned the biggest paycheck ever paid (to that time)
for a single concert appearance. Hendrix was paid $125,000 to appear for a
single set at the Newport Jazz Festival.
• 1970 ~ The Long and Winding Road, by The Beatles, started a second week in the
number one spot on the pop music charts. The tune was the last one to be
released by The Beatles.
• 1975 ~ Daniel Ayala Perez, Composer, died at the age of 68
• 1980 ~ Gustaf Allan Pettersson, Composer, died at the age of 68
• 1987 ~ Whitney Houston's album, Whitney, debuted on Billboard magazine’s album
chart at number one. Houston became the first female to have an LP debut at
the top. The singer, daughter of Cissy Houston and cousin of Dionne Warwick,
began her singing career at age 11 with the New Hope Baptist Junior Choir in
New Jersey. Houston first worked as a backup vocalist for Chaka Khan and
Lou Rawls; entered modeling in 1981, appearing in Glamour magazine and on the
cover of Seventeen. Whitney married soul singer, Bobby Brown, in the late 1980s.
• 1997 ~ Lawrence Payton, singer with the Four Tops, died at the age of 59 21 1577 ~ Giovanni Del Turco, Composer
• 1790 ~ Wilhelm Speyer, Composer
• 1805 ~ Karl Friedrich Curschmann, Composer
• 1846 ~ Adolphe Sax patented the saxophone he invented in 1840
• 1862 ~ Henry Holden Huss, Composer
• 1865 ~ Albert Herbert Brewer, Composer
• 1868 ~ Wagner's opera "Die Meistersinger von Nuernberg" premiered in Munich
• 1887 ~ Adolf Schimon, Composer, died at the age of 67
• 1892 ~ Hilding Rosenberg, Swedish composer
• 1893 ~ Alois Hába, Czech opera composer and writer
• 1900 ~ Gunnar Ek, Composer (he died on 81st birthday)
• 1900 ~ Polibo Fumagalli, Composer, died at the age of 69
• 1903 ~ Louis Krasner, violinist
• 1906 ~ Luis Maria Millet, Composer
• 1908 ~ Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian Composer, died at the age of 64
He was best known for his orchestral piece "Sheherezade" and the opera "The
Golden Cockerel" as well as his re-orchestration of Moussorgsky's opera "Boris Godunov."
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• 1941 ~ Wayne King and his orchestra recorded Time Was, with Buddy Clark providing
the vocal accompaniment, for Victor Records.
• 1944 ~ Ray Davies, Musician, guitar, singer, songwriter with The Kinks
• 1945 ~ Chris Britton, Guitarist with The Troggs
• 1946 ~ Brenda Holloway, American singer and songwriter
• 1946 ~ Heinrich Kaminski, Composer, died at the age of 59
• 1948 ~ Columbia Records announced that it was offering a new Vinylite long-playing
record that could hold 23 minutes of music on each side. One of the first LPs
produced was of the original cast of the Broadway show, South Pacific. Critics
quickly scoffed at the notion of LPs, since those heavy, breakable, 78 RPM, 10-
inch disks with one song on each side, were selling at an all-time high. It
didn’t take very long though, for the 33-1/3 RPM album -- and its 7-inch, 45
RPM cousin to revolutionize the music industry and the record buying habits of
• 1951 ~ Nils Lofgren, Musician, guitar, keyboards, singer, songwriter
• 1958 ~ Splish Splash was recorded by Bobby Darin. It was his first hit and it took
Darin only ten minutes to write the song.
• 1972 ~ Billy Preston received a gold record for the instrumental hit, Outa-Space.
Preston, who played for gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, back in 1956, was also
in the film St. Louis Blues as a piano player. He was a regular on the Shindig
TV show in the 1960s; and recorded with The Beatles on the hits Get Back and
Let It Be. Preston also performed at The Concert for Bangladesh in 1969. Many
well-known artists have utilized his keyboard talents, including Sly & The
Family Stone and the Rolling Stones.
• 1972 ~ Seth Bingham, Composer, died at the age of 90
• 1975 ~ Heinz Lau, Composer, died at the age of 49
• 1985 ~ Ron Howard directed his first music video. The TV star of The Andy Griffith
Show and Happy Days also directed the film Cocoon, which included Gravity, the
song used in the video. Michael Sembello, a guitarist who played on StevieWonder’s hits between 1974 and 1979 was responsible for Gravity.
• 1992 ~ Thomas Whitfield, Gospel vocalist, died of heart attack at 38
• 1993 ~ "Camelot" opened at the Gershwin Theater New York City for 56 performances
• 1997 ~ Art Prysock, Jazz musician, died at the age of 68
• 2000 ~ Alan Hovhaness, a prolific composer who melded Western and Asian musical
styles, died at the age of 89.
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• 2001 ~ Bluesman John Lee Hooker, whose foot stompin' and gravelly voice on songs
like Boom Boom and Boogie Chillen electrified audiences and inspired
generations of musicians, died of natural causes at the age of 83.
He recorded more than 100 albums over nearly seven decades. He won a Grammy Award
for a version of I'm In The Mood, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame in 1991 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award at last year's Grammys.
His distinctive sound influenced rhythm and blues musicians, as well as rock 'n'
rollers including Van Morrison, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, BruceSpringsteen, Bonnie Raitt and ZZ Top.
Hooker's 1990 album "The Healer", featured duets with Carlos Santana, Raitt and
Robert Cray. It sold 1.5 million copies and won him his first Grammy Award, for
a duet with Raitt on I'm in the Mood.
Born in Clarksdale, Miss., August 22, 1917, Hooker was one of 11 children born to
a Baptist minister and sharecropper who discouraged his son's musical bent. In
Detroit, he was discovered and recorded his first hit, Boogie Chillen,
• 2003 ~ William Leslie died at the age of 78. He was a jazz saxophonist
who toured the world with the Louis Jordan Band in the 1950s in
He played with the Jordan Band in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas and
Europe and on the television show "Your Hit Parade."
Mr. Leslie had played the saxophone since he was 12. After serving
in World War II, he attended the Landis School of Music in West
Philadelphia, Pa., on the GI Bill.
22 1611 ~ Pablo Bruna, Composer
• 1613 ~ Lambert Pietkin, Composer
• 1684 ~ Francesco Onofrio Manfredini, Composer
• 1735 ~ Pirro Conte d' Albergati Capacelli, Composer, died at the age of 71
• 1741 ~ Joseph-Hector Fiocco, Composer, died at the age of 38
• 1741 ~ Alois Luigi Tomasini, Composer
• 1742 ~ Heinrich Gottfried Reichard, Composer
• 1745 ~ Hubert Renotte, Composer, died at the age of 41
• 1754 ~ Nicholas Siret, Composer, died at the age of 91
• 1824 ~ Frederic Louis Ritter, Composer
• 1830 ~ Theodor Leschetizky, Polish pianist and one of the greatest piano teachers of
• 1843 ~ Gabriele Prota, Composer, died at the age of 88
• 1859 ~ Frank Heino Damrosch, Musician, teacher and author, founder of the Institute
• 1883 ~ Jose Rolon, Composer
• 1900 ~ Jennie Tourel, Russian-born American mezzo-soprano
Walter Leigh (1905) Composer
• 1910 ~ Sir Peter Pears, British tenor
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• 1921 ~ Gower Champion, Tony Award-winning choreographer: 42nd Street, 1981; The Happy
Time, 1968; Hello Dolly! in 1964; Bye-Bye Birdie, 1961; Lend an Ear, 1949
• 1959 ~ The Battle of New Orleans, by Johnny Horton, started week number four. The song
was number one for a total of six weeks. It was Horton’s only number one record
and million-seller. He had big hits, however, with movie music: Sink theBismarck
and North to Alaska (from the film by the same title, starring John Wayne) --
both in 1960. Horton, from Tyler, TX, married Billie Jean Jones, Hank Williams’
widow. Tragically, Johnny Horton was killed in a car crash on November 5, 1960.
• 1963 ~ "Little" Stevie Wonder, 13 years old, released Fingertips.
It became Wonder’s first number one single on August 10th. Wonder had 46 hits on
the pop and R&B music charts between 1963 and 1987. Eight of those hits made it
to number one.
• 1964 ~ Barbra Joan Streisand signed a 10-year contract with CBS-TV worth about
$200,000 a year. Both CBS and NBC had been bidding for Streisand’s talents.
• 1968 ~ Herb Alpert used his voice and his trumpet to run to the top of the pop music
charts. This Guy’s in Love with You became the most popular song in the nation
this day. It would rule the top of the pop music world for four weeks. It was the
only vocal by Alpert to make the charts, though his solo instrumentals with The
Tijuana Brass scored lots of hits. Alpert performed on 19 charted hits through 1987.
• 1968 ~ Here Come Da Judge by The Buena Vistas peaked at #88
• 1974 ~ Darius Milhaud, French Composer, died at the age of 81
He was best known for the wide variety of styles in which he composed. His ballet
La Creation du Monde" uses jazz themes.
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• 1976 ~ "Godspell" opened at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 527 performances
• 1928 ~ Thomas H Rollinson, Composer, died at the age of 84
• 1929 ~ June Carter Cash, Grammy Award-winning country singer with husband, JohnnyCash, and songwriter
• 1940 ~ Adam Faith (Terence Nelhams), Singer
• 1941 ~ Lena Horne recorded St. Louis Blues for Victor Records and launched an
illustrious singing career in the process. She was 23 years old at the time.
Horne continued performing well into her 60s.
• 1943 ~ James Levine, American conductor and pianist
• 1944 ~ Rosetta Hightower, Singer with The Orlons
• 1948 ~ Nigel Osborne, Composer
• 1951 ~ Armin Knab, German Composer (Wunderhorn), died at the age of 70
• 1955 ~ Harry Belafonte became a popular TV star following the program debut of
Three for Tonight, on CBS. Belafonte had been touring with the show before
bringing it to the tube.
• 1972 ~ I Am Woman, by Helen Reddy, was released by Capitol Records. The number one
tune (December 9, 1972) became an anthem for the feminist movement. Reddy,
from Australia, made her stage debut when she was only four years old. She had
her own TV program in the early 1960s. Reddy came to New York in 1966
and has appeared in the films Airport 1975, Pete’s Dragon and Sgt. Pepper’s
Lonely Hearts Club Band. Reddy also had four million-sellers: I Am Woman,
Delta Dawn, Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress) and Angie Baby. She had a total of 14 hits on the pop music charts.
• 1992 ~ Billy Joel, American pianist, singer-songwriter, and composer, received an honorary diploma from Hicksville HS at 43
• 2000 ~ British actor David Tomlinson, who starred as father George Banks in the
classic 1964 musical movie "Mary Poppins", died at the age of 83.
• 2002 ~ Dolores Gray, a Tony-winning actress and singer, died of a heart attack at her
Manhattan apartment. She was 78.
Gray began performing in Hollywood clubs when she was 14, and at 15 she was discovered
by Rudy Vallee and given a guest spot on his national radio show.
She landed her first major theater success in 1947 as Annie in "Annie Get Your Gun"
in London. In 1954, she won a Tony award for best musical actress in "Carnival in
After signing a contract with MGM in 1955, Gray began to star in musical movies,
including "Kismet," and "The Opposite Sex." She performed alongside Gene Kelly in
"It's Always Fair Weather" and with Gregory Peck and Lauren Bacall in "Designing
Gray continued to perform in clubs, on stage, and on television variety shows,
including the Bell Telephone Hour.
She returned to Broadway for several productions, including "Destry Rides Again,"
during which the stage curtain once caught fire as she sang "Anyone Would Love
As the theater's firefighters and stagehands battled the blaze backstage, Gray kept
singing, and was credited with keeping the audience calm until they could evacuate
the theater. The show resumed after a 40-minute intermission.
• 2002 ~ Joe Derise, a musician, cabaret artist and former big band vocalist, died.
He was 76.
Derise sang with Tommy Dorsey at the age of 21 and performed as a singer,
guitarist and arranger with the Claude Thornhill Orchestra. He went on to
form his own group, Four Jacks and a Jill, which performed around the
Derise made several records and composed some of his own songs with the
lyricist Marcia Hillman.
His last major performance was at the Algonquin Hotel in New York in 1999. 25 1522 ~ Franchinus Gaffurius, Composer, died at the age of 71
• 1940 ~ Clint Warwick (Eccles), Musician, bass with The Moody Blues
• 1945 ~ Carley Simon, American Grammy Award-winning singer - Best New
Artist in 1971; Academy Award-winning song, Let the River Run, 1988
• 1946 ~ Allen Lanier, Musician, guitarist, keyboards with Blue Oyster Cult
• 1946 ~ Ian McDonald, Musician, instrumentalist with Foreigner
• 1952 ~ "Wish You Were Here" opened at Imperial Theater New York City for 597 perfomances
• 1955 ~ "Can Can" closed at Shubert Theater New York City after 892 performances
• 1961 ~ Pat Boone spent this day at number one for one last time with Moody River.
Boone, a teen heart-throb in the 1950s, had previously walked his way up the
music charts, wearing white buck shoes, of course, with these other hits:
Ain’t That a Shame, I Almost Lost My Mind, Don’t Forbid Me, Love Letters inthe Sand and April Love.
• 1963 ~ George Michael (Yorgos Panayiotou), Singer
• 1966 ~ The Beatles'Paperback Writer, single went #1 & stayed #1 for 2 weeks
• 1967 ~ 400 million watched The Beatles "Our World" TV special
• 1969 ~ The Guess Who from Canada received a gold record for their hit single, TheseEyes.
• 2000 ~ Andrew Lloyd Webber'sCats, the longest-running production in
Broadway history, closed after 7,397 performances.
• 2000 ~ Arnold Black, a composer and violinist who started a beloved classical music
program in the rural Berkshires, died at the age of 77.
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• 2002 ~ Nellie Monk, wife and muse of the jazz musician Thelonious Monk, died of a cerebral
hemorrhage. She was 80.
Born Nellie Smith in St. Petersbrug, Fla., she moved to New York with her family and met
Thelonious Monk at the age of 16 at a neighborhood basketball court.
Throughout their nearly four-decade relationship, Thelonious Monk, who was known as an
eccentric absorbed in his work, depended on his wife for financial and emotional
Nellie Monk worked as a seamstress during World War II, and afterward occasionally made
clothes for her husband and others.
While she was never her husband's official manager, she paid musicians, collected money
from promoters, and made sure band members had plane tickets.
Thelonious Monk wrote a famed ballad, Crepuscule With Nellie, when she was
undergoing surgery for a thyroid problem in 1957.
The couple was together from about 1947 until Thelonious Monk died in 1982. 26 1284 ~ The Pied Piper exacted his revenge upon the German town
of Hamelin this day. The townspeople had promised to pay the piper a large fee
if he could rid their town the nasty rats running all over the place. He had
played his trusty pipe and the rats had followed him out of town and into the
But once the rodents were eliminated, the local folks decided not to pay after
all. The piper was not pleased and repaid the townspeople by playing his pipe
for the children of Hamelin, just like he had done for the rats. And just like
the rats, the children followed him out of town.
• 1933 ~ Claudio Abbado, Italian conductor
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• 1933 ~ The Kraft Music Hall debuted. It turned out to be one of radio’s longest-
running hits. The first program presented Paul Whiteman and his orchestra. Singer
Al Jolson became the host of the show shortly thereafter. Several years later,
crooner Bing Crosby was named the host. The Kraft Music Hall continued on NBC
radio until 1949 and then on TV for many more years; the first year as Milton
Berle Starring in the Kraft Music Hall, then Kraft Music Hall Presents: The
Dave King Show followed by Perry Como's Kraft Music
Hall for four seasons. From 1967 on, The Kraft Music Hall featured a different
• 1934 ~ Dave Grusin, Composer of film scores
• 1934 ~ Luis Felipe Pires, Composer
• 1940 ~ Billy Davis, Jr., Singer with The 5th Dimension
• 1942 ~ Larry Taylor, Musician, bass with Canned Heat
• 1943 ~ John Allen Strang, Composer
• 1943 ~ Georgie Fame (Clive Powell), Singer
• 1945 ~ Barry Schrader, Composer
• 1945 ~ Erno Rapee, Composer, died at the age of 54
• 1956 ~ Clifford Brown, American jazz trumpeter, died at the age of 25
• 1964 ~ A Hard Day’s Night was released by United Artists Records. The album featured
all original material by The Beatles and became the top album in the country by
July 25, 1964.
• 1965 ~ Mr. Tambourine Man, by The Byrds, reached the number one spot on the pop music
charts. The song was considered by many to be the first folk-rock hit. The tune
was written by Bob Dylan, as were two other hits for the group: All I Really Wantto Do and My Back Pages. The group of James Roger McGinn, David Crosby, Gene
Clark, Chris Hillman and Mike Clarke charted seven hits. The Byrds were
inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.
• 1966 ~ "Time for Singing" closed at Broadway Theater New York City after 41
• 1971 ~ Inia Te Wiata, opera singer, died
• 1971 ~ Juan Manen, Composer, died at the age of 88
• 1971 ~ "Man of La Mancha" closed at ANTA Washington Square Theater New York City
after 2329 performances
• 1972 ~ David Lichine (Lichtenstein), Russian/American choreographer, died at the age
• 1973 ~ Arnold Richardson, Composer, died at the age of 59
• 1973 ~ London production of "Grease" premiered
• 1977 ~ Lou Reizner, Rock vocalist/producer, died at the age of 43
• 1977 ~ Elvis Presley sang the last performance of his career, in Indianapolis. He died two months later.
• 1981 ~ Peter Kreuder, German composer, died
• 1982 ~ André Tchaikowsy, Pianist and composer, died
• 1983 ~ Walter O'Keefe, Songwriter and TV host, died at the age of 82
• 1983 ~ "Show Boat" closed at Uris Theater New York City after 73 performances
• 2001 ~ French soprano Gina Cigna, famed for singing Puccini's "Turandot", died
at the age of 101.
Born in Paris in 1900, Cigna made her stage debut at Milan's La Scala opera house
at age 27 under the name Ginette Sens. Her breakthrough came two years later
when she performed in Mozart's "Don Giovanni" at La Scala under her own name.
Arturo Toscanini, the conductor, was particularly fond of Cigna's expressive
voice, which received widespread acclaim.
An auto accident ended Cigna's performing career in 1947. Until 1965, she coached
opera singers in Milan, Siena and Canada. 27 1679 ~ Pablo Bruna, Composer, died at the age of 68
• 1829 ~ Louis-Sebastien Lebrun, Composer, died at the age of 64
• 1832 ~ Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisla, Composer, died at the age of 72
• 1933 ~ Vladislav Ivanovich Zaremba, Composer
• 1850 ~ Jacob Adolf Hagg, Composer
• 1859 ~ Mildred Hill, American organist, pianist and teacher, composed
Happy Birthday To You along with with Patty Smith Hill, her younger sister, who wrote the lyrics.
The first title was Good Morning to All.
• 1885 ~ Arthur Harmat, Composer
• 1885 ~ Chichester Bell and Charles S. Tainter applied for a patent for the
gramophone. The patent was granted on May 4, 1886.
• 1889 ~ Carlotta Patti, Italian soprano, died
• 1889 ~ Whitney Eugene Thayer, Composer, died at the age of 50
• 1898 ~ Tibor Harsanyi, Composer
• 1901 ~ Giuseppe Verdi died. He was an Italian operatic composer, the leading figure
of Italian music in the nineteenth century and made important contributions to
the development of opera.
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• 1908 ~ Hans de Jong, Musician and conductor
• 1909 ~ Gianandrea Gavazzeni, Composer
• 1910 ~ Karel Reiner, Czech composer and pianist
• 1911 ~ V K Narayana Menon, Composer
• 1915 ~ Hendrik W van Leeuwen, Musician
• 1916 ~ Hallvard Olav Johnsen, Composer
• 1917 ~ Ben Homer, Composer and songwriter
• 1922 ~ George Walker, American composer and pianist
• 1959 ~ West Side Story, with music by Leonard Bernstein, closed after 734 performances
on Broadway. The show remains one of the brightest highlights in Broadway history.
• 1962 ~ Two albums of melancholy music by Jackie Gleason received gold record honors.
Music, Martinis and Memories and Music for Lovers Only got the gold. Both were
issued by Capitol Records in Hollywood.
• 1963 ~ Brenda Lee inked a new recording contract with Decca Records. She was
guaranteed one million dollars over the next 20 years.
• 1964 ~ Daniel Lazarus, Composer, died at the age of 65
• 1964 ~ Jan & Dean released Little Old Lady From Pasadena
• 1964 ~ Ernest Borgnine and Ethel Merman were married. It did not turn out to be one of
Hollywood’s most enduring marriages. The couple broke up 38 days later.
• 1969 ~ Richard Vance Maxfield, Composer, died at the age of 42
• 1970 ~ Mariah Carey, Singer
• 1970 ~ The Jackson 5: Marlon, Tito, Jackie, Randy and Michael, jumped to number one on
the music charts with The Love You Save. The song stayed at the top of the charts
for two weeks. It was the third of four number one hits in a row for the group.
The other three were I Want You Back, ABC and I’ll Be There. In 15 years (from 1969 to 1984), The Jackson 5/Jacksons had 23 hits, scored two platinum singles
and one gold record.
• 1971 ~ "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" closed at Golden New York City after 31 performances
• 1971 ~ Promoter Bill Graham closed the Fillmore East in New York City. It was a spin-
off of San Francisco’s legendary rock ’n’ roll palace, Fillmore West. The New
York City landmark laid claim to having hosted every major rock group of the 1960s.
• 1975 ~ Robert Stolz, Austrian Composer, died at the age of 94
• 1976 ~ "Pacific Overtures" closed at Winter Garden New York City after 193 performances
• 1980 ~ Steve Peregrin Took, Percussionist, died at the age of 31
• 1981 ~ Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes returned to #1 slot
• 1982 ~ "Dancin'" closed at Broadhurst Theater New York City after 1,774 performances
• 1982 ~ "Play Me a Country Song" opened & closed at Virginia Theater New York City
• 1992 ~ Allan Jones, Vocalist and actor in Show Boat, died of lung cancer at the age of 84
• 1992 ~ Stefanie Ann Sargent, Guitarist, died at the age of 24
• 1993 ~ "Falsettos" closed at John Golden Theater New York City after 487 performances
• 1995 ~ Lionel Edmund "Sonny" Taylor, musician, died at the age of 70
• 1995 ~ Prez "Kidd" Kenneth, blues singer/guitarist, died at the age of 61
• 2001 ~ Chico O'Farrill, the Afro-Cuban jazz pioneer who composed ballads and
fiery, big band bebop for such greats as Benny Goodman, Stan Kenton
and Dizzy Gillespie, died at the age of 79.
Born Arturo O'Farrill in Havana, the trumpeter was most renowned as a
composer and arranger of extended jazz pieces. He became one of the
creators of Afro-Cuban jazz, dubbed Cubop, a melding of big-band Cuban
music with elements of modern jazz.
O'Farrill toiled largely in obscurity for more than 50 years. But like
the musicians of Cuba's Buena Vista Social Club, he had recently
enjoyed a renaissance. His comeback began in 1995, with the release of
his album "Pure Emotion," a Grammy nominee for best Latin jazz
He released two other acclaimed albums, "Heart of a Legend" in 1999 and
last year's "Carambola."
• 2002 ~ John Entwistle, the bass player for veteran British rock band The Who,
died in Las Vegas at age 57, just one day before the group was set to begin a North
American tour in the city, officials said.
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• 1586 ~ Paul Siefert, Composer
• 1641 ~ King Henry VIII, English monarch and occasional composer
• 1979 ~ Paul Dessau, German Composer and conducter, died at the age of 84
• 1980 ~ Joseé Iturbi, Spanish/American pianist, died at the age of 84
• 1980 ~ Yoshiro Irino, Composer, died at the age of 58
• 1981 ~ "Piaf" closed at Plymouth Theater New York City after 165 performances
• 1987 ~ "Dreamgirls" opened at Ambassador Theater New York City for 177 performances
• 1996 ~ Willard F. McMurry, Musician, died at the age of 89
• 1997 ~ "Master Class," closed at Golden Theater New York City after 601 performances
• 1997 ~ "Steel Peer," closed at Richard Rodgers Theater New York City after 76
• 2001 ~ Rene Villanueva, a social activist who co-founded a pioneering
Mexican folk music group, died at the age of 67.
Villanueva was a co-founder of the group Los Folkloristas in 1966 and
recorded more than 12 albums with the group, which helped spread and
popularize the music of Mexico's Indian and other traditional
He left the group last year as his illness advanced, but he made a final
recording last week with Indian musicians.
Born in Oaxaca in 1933, Villanueva earned a degree in chemical
engineering as well as studying painting and music.
Once a member of the Mexican Communist Party, he was an enthusiastic
supporter of the Zapatista National Liberation Army in Chiapas and
performed in concerts to support the rebel movement.
• 2001 ~ Scott Merrill, a Broadway star who also played Macheath in the 1954
production of "The Threepenny Opera", died at the age of 82.
Merrill received positive reviews for his performance in "The Threepenny Opera"
by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, and performed at the Theater de Lys in
Greenwich Village. His role as Macheath was his first nondancing part in New
York, where he also attracted notice in shows such as "Bloomer Girl," "Paint
Your Wagon" and a revival of "Pal Joey."
His first role in New York was in "Lady in the Dark," with Danny Kaye, Gertrude
Lawrence and Victure Mature.
Merrill was born in Baltimore, Md.
• 2002 ~ Author William F. Dufty, who co-wrote Billie Holiday's autobiography and became
Gloria Swanson's last husband, died from complications from cancer. He was 86.
Dufty was a playwright, musician, ghostwriter of about 40 books, head speechwriter to
Hubert Humphrey and reporter and editor at the New York Post.
Dufty, who became good friends with jazz singer Holiday, helped write her autobiography
"Lady Sings the Blues". In 1975, he also wrote "Sugar Blues", a popular nutrition book
about the dangers of sugar in the diet.
He became friends with Yoko Ono and former Beatle John Lennon after translating a
Japanese book that launched the macrobiotic food revolution, Georges Ohsawa's "You Are
Dufty married Swanson, a silent screen star, in 1976, and the marriage lasted until her
death in 1983. 29 1696 ~ Michel Lambert, Composer, died
• 1943 ~ Roger Ruskin Spear, English saxophonist, kazoo with The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
• 1945 ~ Little Eva (Boyd), Singer
• 1946 ~ "Are You with It?" closed at Century Theater New York City after 264 performances
• 1946 ~ "Billion Dollar Baby" closed at Alvin Theater New York City after 219 performances
• 1948 ~ Ian Paice, Musician, drums with Paice Ashton Lord
• 1953 ~ Jules van Nuffel, Composer, died at the age of 70
• 1955 ~ Bill Haley and His Comets reached the top of the pop music charts with RockAround the Clock. The smash hit stayed there for eight straight weeks. The song
was featured in the film Blackboard Jungle. Most consider the hit song the first
rock ’n’ roll single.
• 1963 ~ "Little Me" closed at Lunt-Fontanne Theater New York City after 257 performances
• 1963 ~ The Beatles' 1st song From Me to You hits UK charts
• 1969 ~ Shorty Long, Soul singer and pianist, died at the age of 29
• 1969 ~ Vesselin Stoyanov, Composer, died at the age of 67
• 1970 ~ NBC presented an evening of exciting and entertaining TV with the award-winning
Liza Minelli Special.
• 1980 ~ "Sweeney Todd" closed at Uris Theater New York City after 557 performances
• 1984 ~ Singer Bruce Springsteen kicked off his first U.S. tour in three years, before 17,700 fans at the Civic Center in St. Paul, MN. Music critics called the Boss,
"the most exciting performer in rock."
• 1992 ~ "Salome" opened at Circle in Sq Theater New York City for 9 performances
• 1994 ~ Kurt Eichhorn, Conductor, died at the age of 85
• 1994 ~ Ray Crane, Trumpeter, died at the age of 63
• 2001 ~ Kimo Wilder McVay, a veteran talent agent who promoted singer Don Ho
into an international star, died at the age of 73.
McVay introduced Ho, known for his song Tiny Bubbles, to tourist
audiences in the 1960s at his Duke Kahanamoku's nightclub in Waikiki.
He represented Hawaii's top talents in an up-and-down career that
spanned nearly five decades, but slowed his work when diagnosed with
prostate cancer two years ago.
McVay was the son of Navy Capt. Charles B. McVay III, who was found
guilty at a court martial trial of failing to steer a zigzag course to
evade a Japanese submarine that sank the USS Indianapolis in 1945.
The younger McVay's years of trying to clear his father's name resulted
in congressional action last year to exonerate the Indianapolis'
skipper, who committed suicide in 1968.
• 2002 ~ Rosemary Clooney, the mellow-voiced singer who co-starred with Bing Crosby in
"White Christmas" and staged a dramatic comeback after her career was nearly
destroyed by drugs and alcohol, died. She was 74.
Clooney soared to fame with her 1951 record of Come on-a My House, and became a
star in television and films. Her career was sidelined by her marriage to Oscar-
winning actor Jose Ferrer and the births of their five children. The pair divorced,
and her attempts to return to performing were sabotaged by her erratic behavior.
Having undergone a series of emotional upsets - she was devastated by Martin Luther
King's assassination, and was present in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles when
Robert F. Kennedy was shot - the blond singer had a breakdown during a 1968
engagement in Reno.
She underwent harrowing confinement in a psychotic ward, then began rebuilding her
life, gradually resuming her career and reaching new heights as a singer.
She performed a concert with Crosby in the Christmas of 1975 at the Los Angeles Music
Center, and the pair continued on to Chicago, New York and London. Clooney won a
new record contract, and singing dates poured in.
In 1995, she received an Emmy Award nomination for guest actress in a drama series
for her role on "ER" with her nephew, actor George Clooney. He is the son of her
brother, former television news anchor Nick Clooney.
In 1996, Clooney married Hollywood dancer Dante DiPaolo.
• 2002 ~ Edmund Anderson, a former stock broker and producer who was close friends
with musician Duke Ellington, died. He was 89.
Anderson and Ellington met in 1936 and remained friends until Ellington's death
in 1974. Anderson was said to have pressed Ellington to perform at Carnegie
Hall, which he did for the first time in 1943.
Anderson worked for his father's brokerage, Anderson & Company, but had a
strong interest in music and also produced broadcasts for radio, including a
program known as "The Edgar Bergen-Charlie McCarthy Show."
He also composed music, including the love song Flamingo, written in
collaboration with Ted Grouya and recorded by Ellington and his band. 30 1666 ~ Adam Krieger, German Composer, died at the age of 32
• 1669 ~ Mauritius Vogt, Composer
• 1722 ~ Jiri Antonin Benda, Composer
• 1723 ~ Christian Ernst Graf, Composer
• 1743 ~ Niels Schiorring, Composer
• 1792 ~ Francesco Antonio Rosetti, Composer, died
• 1818 ~ Edward John Hopkins, Composer
• 1819 ~ Ernst Ludwig Gerber, Composer, died at the age of 72
• 1846 ~ Ricardo Drigo, Composer
• 1889 ~ Eugenio Terziani, Composer, died at the age of 64
• 1890 ~ Samuel Parkman Tuckerman, Composer, died at the age of 71
• 1896 ~ Wilfred Pelletier, Canadian conductor for Voice of Firestone
• 1908 ~ Lucino Tinio Sacramento, Composer
• 1914 ~ Natko Devcic, Composer
• 1917 ~ Lena Horne, American singer of popular music
• 1917 ~ "Buddy" Rich, American jazz drummer and bandleader
• 1918 ~ Stuart Foster, American singer
• 1921 ~ Gordon Reynolds, Musician
• 1923 ~ Claude Antoine Terrasse, Composer, died at the age of 56
• 1925 ~ Will Gay Bottje, Composer
• 1929 ~ Alexander Kelly, Pianist and teacher
• 1930 ~ June Valli, American singer on Your Hit Parade
• 1931 ~ James Loughran, British conductor
• 1932 ~ Martin Mailman, American composer
• 1936 ~ Pauls Dambis, Composer
• 1939 ~ Chris Hinze, Dutch flutist
• 1939 ~ Lindembergue Cardoso, Composer
• 1939 ~ Frank Sinatra made his first appearance with Harry James' band. Sinatra was
center stage at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore, MD, where he sang My Lovefor You.
• 1953 ~ Gote Carlid, Composer, died at the age of 32
• 1956 ~ "Pipe Dream" closed at Shubert Theater New York City after 245 performances
• 1956 ~ "Shangri-La" closed at Winter Garden Theater New York City after 21
• 1959 ~ Lazare Saminsky, Composer, died at the age of 76
• 1960 ~ Clarence Cameron White, Composer, died at the age of 79
• 1969 ~ Jan Evangelista Zelinka, Composer, died at the age of 76
• 1982 ~ "Lena Horne: Lady, Music" closed at Nederlander New York City after 333
• 1983 ~ Bo Gentry, Songwriter and producer, died
• 1985 ~ Yul Brynner left his role as the King of Siam after 4,600 performances in
The King and I at the Broadway Theatre in New York City. The show had run,
on and off, for over 34 years and 191 performances.
• 1987 ~ Federico Mompou, Composer, died at the age of 94
• 1995 ~ Phyllis Hyman, Rhythm and Blues Jazz singer, died at 45
• 1996 ~ "State Fair," closed at Music Box Theater New York City after 118 performances
• 2001 ~ Chet Atkins, whose guitar style influenced a generation of rock
musicians even as he helped develop an easygoing country style to
compete with it, died at the age of 77.
Atkins recorded more than 75 albums of guitar instrumentals and sold more than 75 million albums. He played on hundreds of hit records,
including those of Elvis Presley (Heartbreak Hotel), Sr. (Your Cheatin' Heart, Jambalaya) and The Everly Brothers
(Wake Up Little Susie).
As an executive with RCA Records for nearly two decades beginning in 1957, Atkins played a part in the careers of Roy Orbison, Jim Reeves,
Charley Pride, Dolly Parton, Jerry Reed, Waylon Jennings, Eddy Arnold
and many others.
"It's impossible to capsulize his life - due to the profound impact he's
had as a wonderful human being and incredible member of our industry,"
said Joe Galante, chairman of the RCA Label Group in Nashville. "His
artistry and his influence as an industry leader have impacted so
"There is no way to replace him nor what he has meant to music and our
Atkins helped craft the lush Nashville Sound, using string sections and
lots of echo to make records that appealed to older listeners not
interested in rock music. Among his notable productions are The Endof the World by Skeeter Davis and He'll Have to Go by Reeves.
"I realized that what I liked, the public would like, too," Atkins said
in a 1996 interview with The Associated Press. '"Cause I'm kind of
Chester Burton Atkins was born June 20, 1924, on a farm near Luttrell,
Tenn., about 20 miles northeast of Knoxville. His elder brother Jim
Atkins also played guitar, and went on to perform with Les Paul. Chet
Atkins' first professional job was as a fiddler on WNOX in Knoxville,
where his boss was singer Bill Carlisle.
"He was horrible," Carlisle said at a tribute concert to Atkins in 1997.
"But I heard him during a break playing guitar and decided to feature
him on that."
Atkins' unusual fingerpicking style, a pseudoclassical variation
influenced by such diverse talents as Merle Travis and Django
Reinhardt, got him hired and fired from jobs at radio stations all
over the country. Atkins sometimes joked that early on his playing
sounded "like two guitarists playing badly."
During the 1940s he toured with many acts, including Red Foley, The
Carter Family and Kitty Wells. RCA executive Steve Sholes took Atkins
on as a protege in the 1950s, using him as the house guitarist on
RCA began issuing instrumental albums by Atkins in 1953. GeorgeHarrison, whose guitar work on early Beatles records is heavily
influenced by Atkins, wrote the liner notes for "Chet Atkins Picks on
Sholes put Atkins in charge of RCA Nashville when he was promoted in 1957. There, he helped Nashville survive the challenge of rock 'n'
roll with the Nashville Sound. The lavish sound has been criticized by
purists who prefer their country music raw and unadorned.
Atkins was unrepentant, saying that at the time his goal was simply "to
keep my job."
"And the way you do that is you make a hit record once in a while," he
said in 1993. "And the way you do that is you give the audience
Atkins quit his job as an executive in the 1970s and concentrated on
playing his guitar. He's collaborated with a wide range of artists on
solo albums, including Mark Knopfler, Paul McCartney, Eric Johnson,
George Benson, Susie Bogguss and Earl Klugh.
At the time he became ill, Atkins had just released a CD, "The Day
Finger Pickers took over the World." He also had begun regular Monday
night performances at a Nashville club.
"If I know I've got to go do a show, I practice quite a bit, because you
can't get out there and embarrass yourself." Atkins said in 1996.
"So I thought, if I play every week I won't be so rusty and I'll play a
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