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• 1786 ~ The Marriage of Figaro premier in Vienna
• 1904 ~ Czech composer Antonin Dvorák, noted for his ninth symphony,
"From the New World", died.
• 1909 ~ Kate Smith, American singer of popular music, God Bless America,
When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain
• 1928 ~ Sonny James (James Loden), The Southern Gentleman, singer
• 1931 ~ Singer Kate Smith began her long and illustrious radio career with CBS on
this, her birthday. The 22-year-old Smith started out with no sponsors and a
paycheck of just $10 a week for the nationally broadcast daily program.
However, within 30 days, her salary increased to a more respectable $1,500 a week!
• 1939 ~ Judy Collins, American guitarist, songwriter and singer of folk and popular music
• 1939 ~ The two-part Sy Oliver arrangement of Lonesome Road was recorded by the Tommy
Dorsey Orchestra. Listening carefully, one might note that the lead trombone is
not that of Tommy Dorsey, but of Dave Jacobs, instead.
• 1945 ~ Rita Coolidge, American rhythm-and-blues and country-music singer
• 1967 ~ Elvis Presley got hitched to a girl he had dated since his army days in West
Germany. Elvis and Priscilla Beaulieu married in Las Vegas, NV. The wedding
cake, incidentally, cost $3,500. The marriage lasted until 1973.
• 1970 ~ Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin combined for the first time on Elton’s
first American album simply titled, Elton John. The LP contained Elton’s first
hit, Your Song, which made it to the top ten on the music charts in December.
• 1978 ~ Aram (Ilyich) Khachaturyan passed away
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• 2001 ~ Fred Alley, a 38-year-old performer and playwright who was due to receive an
award this month from Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim, collapsed while
jogging and died.
Alley and Milwaukee native James Valcq co-wrote a stage musical version of the
film "The Spitfire Grill," which won the Academy of Arts and Letters 2001
Richard Rodgers Production Award in February.
The award, which was to be presented later this month in New York, included a
$100,000 grant that is being used to partially finance an off-Broadway
production of the show.
"The Spitfire Grill" had a successful run last fall at the George Street
Playhouse in New Jersey.
Alley also co-wrote with James Kaplan "The Bachelors" and "Guys on Ice," both
2 1660 ~ Alessandro Scarlatti, Italian composer
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• 1895 ~ Lorenz Hart, American lyricist and librettist
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• 1901 ~ Bing Crosby, American actor and singer of popular music
• 1924 ~ Theodore Bikel, Entertainer, singer, actor
• 1938 ~ Ella Fitzgerald recorded one of her biggest hits, A-Tisket, A-Tasket, with
Chick Webb’s band. Following Webb’s death, Fitzgerald took over the band for
some three years.
• 1939 ~ "Peter and the Wolf" first heard in Moscow.
• 1946 ~ Leslie Gore, Singer
• 1960 ~ Harry Belafonte presented his second Carnegie Hall
concert in New York City.
• 1965 ~ Ed Sullivan had said he would not have this British rock group on his CBS-
TV Sunday night show again. This night, however, Ed softened up -- and
allowed Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones to make a second appearance on
The Ed Sullivan Show.
• 1985 ~ Larry Clinton passed away
• 2001 ~ Robert McKinley "Uncle Bob" Douglas, a renowned mountain fiddler who debuted
at the Grand Ole Opry at age 100 last year, died of pneumonia. He was 101.
He was scheduled to receive the state's highest arts award, the Governor's
Folklife Heritage Award, on May 15 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.
Douglas, a retired steamfitter who never pursued a lucrative commercial career,
won the Smithsonian Institution's national fiddling contest in 1975 and
performed at the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville.
• 2003 ~ George Wyle, 87, who wrote the theme song to "Gilligan's Island," the
Christmas classic "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" and more than 400 other
"The Ballad of Gilligan's Island," which he wrote with the show's creator and
producer, Sherwood Schwartz, became one of the most popular television theme
songs. The show debuted on CBS in 1964 and ran until 1967, and its reruns have
The New York native moved to Los Angeles in 1946 to write and conduct music for
"The Alan Young Radio Show." He went on to work as choral director for
television shows including "The Dinah Shore Show," "The Jerry Lewis Show" and
"The Andy Williams Show." He also handled music for specials by magician David
Copperfield and Carol Channing and for the People's Choice Awards
3 1844 ~ Richard D'Oyly Carte, British impresario;
producer of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.
He also founded the Savoy Theater in London.
• 1912 ~ Virgil Fox, Organ virtuoso: credited for bringing the organ "to the
forefront among classical concert instruments"
• 1919 ~ Betty Comden, Composer
• 1919 ~ Pete Seeger, American folk singer, banjo player, guitarist and songwriter
• 1924 ~ Joe Ames, Singer with The Ames Brothers
• 1926 ~ Jimmy Cleveland, Composer, musician, trombone
• 1928 ~ Dave Dudley (Pedruska), Country singer
• 1933 ~ James Brown, American rhythm-and-blues singer songwriter, dancer and
instrumentalist, The Godfather of Soul, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986
• 1937 ~ Frankie Valli (Francis Castellucio), Falsetto singer with The Four Seasons
• 1939 ~ Beer Barrel Polka, one of the standards of American music, was recorded by
The Andrews Sisters for Decca Records. Patti, Maxine and LaVerne turned this
song into a giant hit.
• 1951 ~ In Britain, the King and Queen inaugurated the Festival of Britain on
London's South Bank and also opened the Festival Hall.
• 1956 ~ Most Happy Fella, a musical by Frank Loesser, opened at the Imperial
Theatre in New York City. The show, an adaptation of They Knew What They
Wanted by Sidney Howard, ran for 676 performances on Broadway.
• 1960 ~ The play, The Fantasticks, opened at the Sullivan Playhouse in New York
City. It would later become the longest-running off-Broadway play.
• 1971 ~ NPR, National Public Radio, the U.S. national, non-commercial radio
network, was born.
• 1997 ~ Narciso Yepes, famous Spanish classical guitarist, died.
• 2001 ~ Legendary jazz drummer Billy Higgins died at the age of 64.
Higgins was one of the most recorded figures in the history of jazz, performing
with John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Herbie Hancock, Milt Jackson, Charles Lloyd,
Pat Metheny, Lee Morgan, Art Pepper and Joshua Redman, among others.
He played with pianist Cedar Walton and was involved with the first edition of
bassist Charlie Haden's innovative Quartet West.
Higgins came to prominence in the 1950s with saxophonist Ornette Coleman's free
jazz group, which included Haden and trumpeter Don Cherry. Higgins' drumming
laid the foundation for the group's free jazz flights of fancy.
That group sparked a decade of innovation in jazz that was carried on by the
Coleman Quartet, Coltrane, George Russell, Charles Mingus and Albert Ayler,
Higgins' ability to adapt his sense of swing to any genre made him one of the
most in-demand drummers of the past four decades.
Higgins helped found World Stage, a storefront performance space and teaching
venue in Los Angeles' Leimert Park. He was also on the jazz faculty at the
University of California, Los Angeles.
Higgins was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master's Fellowship in 1997.
• 2002 ~ Yevgeny Svetlanov, a renowned Russian pianist, composer and former
chief conductor of the Bolshoi Theater, died. He was 73.
He was born in Moscow in 1928. He graduated from the Gnesinykh Musical-
Pedagogical Institute and from the Moscow Conservatory. For several
years he was conductor and chief conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre. From
• 1965 on he was artistic director and chief conductor of the State
Symphonic Orchestra of USSR. He composed several symphonies, symphonic
poems, chamber music works, and vocal-instrumental works.
Svetlanov was the chief conductor of the Bolshoi Theater from 1963 to
• 1965, when he was named artistic director and chief conductor of the
Soviet State Symphony.
He was named a People's Artist of the Soviet Union in 1968 and was
awarded the Lenin prize in 1972 and the Order of Lenin 1978. He was
given the Soviet State prize for creative achievement in 1983.
Svetlanov was born in the Soviet Union in 1928. In 1951, he graduated
from the Gnesin Institute of Music. Svetlanov graduated from the
Moscow Conservatory in 1955 as a pianist, composer and conductor.
4 1655 ~ Bartolommeo Cristofori, Italian instrument
maker, inventor of the piano. He was credited with designing the first
pianoforte, which he called "the harpsichord that plays soft and loud".
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• 1886 ~ The first practical phonograph, better known as the gramophone, was
• 1920 ~ The Symphony Society of New York presented a concert at the Paris Opera
House. It was the first American orchestra to make a European tour.
• 1928 ~ Maynard Ferguson, Canadian jazz trumpeter and bandleader
• 1930 ~ Roberta Peters (Peterman), American soprano, Metropolitan Opera, Jewish
Cultural Achievement Awards in Performing Arts in 1997.
• 1931 ~ Ed Cassidy, Drummer
• 1945 ~ June Christy sang with the Stan Kenton band on one of the most famous of
all big band hits, Tampico.
• 1951 ~ Jackie (Sigmund) Jackson, Singer with The Jackson Five
• 1955 ~ Danny Brubeck, Drummer, Dave Brubeck's son
• 1956 ~ Pia Zadora, Singer
• 1956 ~ Gene Vincent and his group, The Blue Caps, recorded Be-Bop-A Lula for
Capitol Records in Los Angeles. Interesting note: Vincent had written the
tune only three days before he auditioned in a record company talent search
that won him first place. The record was rush-released just two days later
and became a rock and roll classic.
• 1959 ~ Randy Travis (Traywick), Singer
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• 1891 ~ New York City was the site of the dedication of a building called the
Music Hall. It was quite a celebration. A festival was held for five days,
featuring guest conductor Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky. The structure is
not called the Music Hall anymore. It’s called Carnegie Hall, named in honor
of Andrew Carnegie.
• 1900 ~ The Billboard, a magazine for the music and entertainment industries,
began weekly publication after six years as a monthly. The name was later
shortened to Billboard.
• 1910 ~ Giulietta Simionato, Italian contralto
• 1927 ~ Charles Rosen, American pianist, musicologist, and writer
• 1934 ~ Ace Cannon, Saxophonist
• 1935 ~ The radio program, Rhythm at Eight, made its debut. The star of the show
was 24-year-old Ethel Merman. Though Merman would become a legend years
later, she didn’t fare so well on radio. Her show was taken off the air
after 13 weeks and Miss Merman returned to her first love, Broadway.
Tammy Wynette (1942) (Pugh) Grammy Award-winning country
singer and songwriter
• 1948 ~ Bill Ward, Musician, drummer
• 1955 ~ The musical, Damn Yankees, opened in New York City for a successful run of
• 1,019 performances. The show at the 42nd Street Theatre mixed both baseball
and ballet. It is an adaptation of the book, The Year the Yankees Lost the
Pennant. Gwen Verdon starred in the role of Lola. Whatever Lola wants Lola
gets including the Tony for Best Actress in a musical for her performance.
• 1973 ~ 56,800 fans paid $309,000 to see Led Zeppelin at Tampa Stadium. This was
the largest, paid crowd ever assembled in the U.S. to see a single musical
act. The concert topped The Beatles 55,000-person audience at Shea Stadium
in New York ($301,000) on August 15, 1965.
• 2000 ~ Hugh N. Pruett, the wardrobe director for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, died
at 68. Pruett worked with countless international opera singers, directors
and designers on 329 productions in his more than 40 years with the Lyric
• 2002 ~ Veteran movie director George Sidney, famed for such musicals as "Anchors Aweigh,"
"Kiss Me Kate" and "Annie Get Your Gun," died at his Las Vegas home.
Born into a show business family, the Long Island, New York, native shot 28 features in
• 27 years, and worked with such stars as Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Tony Curtis, Lana
Turner, Dick Van Dyke, Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret. He once defined a star as
"someone who attracts your attention even when he or she isn't doing anything."
After making his mark in short films, Sidney moved to features in 1941 with "Thousands
Cheer," a hit musical starring Kathryn Grayson and Gene Kelly.
"Anchors Aweigh" (1945), which starred Sinatra and Gene Kelly as sailors on liberty,
received five Oscar nominations including best picture. In 1950, Sidney took over the
troubled production of "Annie Get Your Gun," which was a major success -- as was his
• 1951 remake of "Show Boat" and his 1953 film version of Cole Porter's musical "Kiss
In 1963, he directed Presley and Ann-Margret in "Viva Las Vegas," considered one of the
better entries in the rock legend's woeful Hollywood career. Sidney's last film was
the 1968 British musical "Half a Sixpence," starring Tommy Steele.
Sidney served two stints as president of the Directors Guild of America, and helped
animators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera set up what would become a cartoon
6 1896 ~ Puccini's"opera La Bohème made it's world premiere in Venice
• 1913 ~ Carmen Cavallaro, Pianist: Chopin’s Polonaise, films:
The Eddy Duchin Story, Hollywood Canteen, Out of this World,
• 1915 ~ George Perle, American composer and theorist
• 1918 ~ Godfrey Ridout, Canadian composer
• 1926 ~ Marguerite Piazza (Luft), Soprano and regular on TV’s Your Show of Shows
• 1942 ~ Richard Stilwell, American baritone
• 1945 ~ Bob Seger, Singer
• 1963 ~ Ted Weems passed away
• 1983 ~ Kai Winding passed away
7 1833 ~ Johannes Brahms, German composer
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• 1840 ~ Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer
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• 1919 ~ Eva (Evita) Peron, Argentina’s spiritual leader and wife of Argentina’s
President, Juan Peron; actress on stage, film and radio; subject of the
Broadway musical and film Evita
• 1927 ~ Elisabeth Söderström, Swedish soprano
• 1931 ~ Teresa Brewer (Breuer), Singer
• 1941 ~ Glenn Miller and his Orchestra recorded one of the great American music
standards, Chattanooga Choo Choo
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• 1942 ~ Felix Weingartner, Austrian conductor and composer, died; best known for
his interpretations of Wagner and Beethoven.
• 1958 ~ Pianist Van Cliburn signed an artist’s contract with RCA Victor Records.
• 1966 ~ The Mamas & The Papas made the climb to the top of the Billboard pop music
chart with Monday, Monday.
• 1995 ~ Ray McKinley passed away
• 2002 ~ Buster Brown, a tap star and choreographer who danced on stage, in films and on television,
died. He was 88.
Brown was one of the last surviving members of the Copasetics, a legendary group of veteran
dancers who performed together. Known for his quick rhythms and charm, Brown was a mentor and
teacher for a younger generation of dancers.
Brown, who was born James Brown in Baltimore, began his dancing career with a trio called the
Three Aces and Speed Kings. He eventually began a solo career, appearing in the Hollywood
musical "Something to Shout About" in 1943.
Brown toured with the bands of Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Duke Ellington, and was a
featured dancer in Ellington's concerts in the 1960s.
He danced in the films "The Cotton Club" and "Tap" and on two public television specials. He
also performed with the original casts of the Broadway musicals "Bubbling Brown Sugar" and
"Black and Blue."
Brown toured South America with the Cab Calloway Orchestra and was commissioned by the State
Department to perform in several African counties. He also taught master classes throughout
Beginning in 1997, Brown was master of ceremonies at a weekly Sunday tap jam at the Manhattan
club Swing 46, where young and old dancers stopped by to perform. He recently received an
honorary doctorate from Oklahoma City University.
8 1829 ~ Louis Moreau Gottschalk, American
pianist and composer
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• 1948 ~ Oscar Hammerstein I, Playwright, producer
• 1910 ~ Mary Lou Williams, American jazz pianist, composer and arranger
• 1911 ~ Robert Johnson, Blues Hall of Fame, singer,
songwriter, guitarist, inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986
• 1941 ~ Anita O’Day recorded Let Me Off Uptown on Okeh Records with Gene Krupa and
• 1943 ~ Toni Tennille, Singer
• 1944 ~ Gary Glitter (Paul Gadd), Singer
• 1945 ~ Keith Jarrett, American jazz pianist and composer
9 1914 ~ Carlo Maria Guilini, Italian conductor
• 1914 ~ Hank Snow (Clarence Eugene), Canadian-born American country-music
singer, guitarist and songwriter, Country Music Hall of Fame
• 1937 ~ Sonny Curtis, Guitarist with Buddy Holly & The Crickets, songwriter
• 1939 ~ Nokie Edwards, Guitarist with The Ventures
• 1939 ~ Ray Eberle recorded Stairway to the Stars with the Glenn Miller Orchestra
for Bluebird records.
• 1941 ~ Pete Birrell, Guitarist with Freddie & The Dreamers
• 1942 ~ Tommy Roe, Singer, songwriter
• 1944 ~ Richie Furay, Musician with Poco and Buffalo Springfield
• 1945 ~ Steve Katz, Record producer; musician: guitar, harmonica, singer with
Blood, Sweat and Tears
• 1949 ~ Billy Joel, Grammy Award-winning
American rock singer, songwriter and pianist
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on 3/15/99
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• 1962 ~ The Beatles signed their first recording contract. George Martin was hired
to be the group’s producer and the band would record for EMI Parlophone.
• 1964 ~ Hello Dolly! became the nation’s top pop record. The milestone put
Louis Armstrong on the Billboard music chart in the top spot for the first
time in his 41-year music career. Later, ‘Satchmo’ was cast in the movie
version of Hello Dolly!.
• 1965 ~ Vladimir Horowitz played his first public concert in 12 years at
Carnegie Hall in New York City. The audience applauded the piano virtuoso
with a standing ovation that lasted for 30 minutes.
• 1991 ~ Rudolph Serkin passed away
• 2001 ~ James Myers, whose two-minute, eight-second tune Rock Around the Clock is
considered the granddaddy of all rock 'n' roll songs, died of leukemia. He
The song was No. 1 for eight weeks and went on to sell 22 million copies
worldwide. It has been recorded by more than 500 artists, from Mae West to
the Sex Pistols, and has been used in more than 40 movies.
Myers, who also wrote under the name Jimmy DeKnight, penned more than 300 songs
and had bit parts in movies and TV shows, but Rock Around the Clock remained
his most famous work.
10 1855 ~ Anatoli Liadov, Russian composer
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• 1876 ~ Richard Wagner’s Centennial Inaugural March was heard for the first time
at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, PA. Wagner did just fine for
creating the magnificent work. He received a paycheck of $5,000. In 1876
dollars, that was quite a lot of money.
• 1888 ~ Max Steiner, composer and conductor, born. Best known for his film
scores for such films as "The Informer" and "Now Voyager" for which he won
academy awards and Gone With The Wind.
• 1899 ~ Fred Astaire (Austerlitz), Dancer
• 1899 ~ Dmitri Tiomkin, Conductor, composer: film scores such
as "High Noon."
• 1909 ~ Mother Maybelle Carter (Addington), Played melody on
bass strings of guitar, rhythm on treble, singer with The Carter Family
• 1916 ~ Milton Byron Babbitt, American composer and
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• 1935 ~ Larry Williams, Singer
• 1940 ~ Jimmy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded the classic, Perfidia, for Decca
Records. The song would later be a hit for The Ventures (1960).
• 1936 ~ Gary Owens, DJ, TV and radio host
• 1938 ~ Henry Fambrough, Singer with The Spinners
• 1941 ~ Danny Rapp, Singer with Danny & The Juniors
• 1945 ~ Graham Gouldman, Musician: guitar, singer, songwriter
• 1946 ~ Donovan (Leitch), Scottish folk singer
• 1946 ~ Dave Mason, Songwriter, musician, singer
• 1951 ~ Frank Sinatra teamed with Axel Stordahl’s orchestra and on
• 1963 ~ The Rolling Stones produced their very first recordings this day. The
session included Come On and I Wanna Be Loved. The Stones would make it to
the American pop music charts in August, 1964.
• 1974 ~ Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely earned a gold record for the group, The Main
Ingredient. The trio began as the Poets in 1964. Cuba Gooding, Sr. is heard
• 2000 ~ Margaret Harris, a theater designer whose work helped modernize staid, gilt-
laden English theater in the 1930s, died at the age of 95.
Harris began attending theater as a teen-ager with her sister and a friend. They
sketched the actors they saw on stage, sending the drawings to each theater. One
sketch caught the eye of actor John Gielgud, who suggested the trio design the
costumes for a production of "Romeo and Juliet" he planned to direct.
Adopting the name Motley, the three went on to design several productions for
Gielgud, including 1932's landmark "Richard of Bordeaux," "The Merchant of
Venice" and "Hamlet."
Harris also worked on Broadway and in Hollywood, designing an American production
of "Romeo and Juliet" starring Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh and working on
the sets for the film version of the musical "Oklahoma!"
Queen Elizabeth II made Harris a member of the Order of the British Empire in 1975.
In 1997, she received a special Olivier award, Britain's equivalent of Broadway's
• 1885 ~ Joseph "King" Oliver, American
jazz cornetist and bandleader
• 1888 ~ Irving Berlin, Russian-born American songwriter
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• 1894 ~ Martha Graham, Modern dancer: Denishawn dance school and performing troupe,
Graham company, established school of modern dance at Bennington College;
• 1895 ~ William Grant Still, American composer
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• 1927 ~ The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded; although the
first Oscars were not presented for several years after its founding.
• 1931 ~ Dick Garcia, Guitarist
• 1941 ~ Eric Burdon, Singer with The Animals
• 1943 ~ Les (John) Chadwick, Bass with Gerry & The Pacemakers
• 1965 ~ Liza Minnelli opened in Flora the Red Menace.
The musical ran for only 87 performances at the Alvin Theatre.
• 1970 ~ The Chairmen of the Board received a gold record for the hit, Give Me Just
a Little More Time. The Detroit group recorded three other songs in 1970,
with moderate success.
• 1979 ~ Lester Flatt passed away
• 2000 ~ Zydeco trumpeter Warren Ceasar, who recorded three solo albums and performed
with the legendary Clifton Chenier, died of a brain aneurysm. He was 48.
Ceasar, who was born and raised in Basile, was the nephew of the late
internationally known fiddler, Canray Fontenot.
In addition to his role as frontman for Warren Ceasar and the Zydeco Snap Band,
Ceasar also played with Clifton Chenier, who is known as "The Grandfather of
Zydeco." Ceasar also performed with soul greats Isaac Hayes and Al Green.
12 1871 ~ Jules Emile Frédéric Massenet, French composer
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• 1845 ~ Gabriel Fauré, French composer and organist
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• 1871 ~ Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber, French opera composer, died. He was best known
for developing opera containing spoken as well as sung passages.
• 1884 ~ Czech composer Bedrich Smetana, composer of operas including "The Bartered
Bride" and "The Brandenburgers in Bohemia", died.
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• 1921 ~ (Otis W.) Joe Maphis, Country singer with wife, Rose Lee
• 1928 ~ Burt Bacharach, American pianist and Oscar-winning composer. With Hal David,
Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head, Tony award for score for Promises,
Promises; What the World Needs Now, Walk on By, Close to You, I Say a Little
Prayer, Do You Know the Way to San Jose? Oscar-winning team with his wife,
Carol Bayer Sager
• 1943 ~ David Walker, Keyboards with Gary Lewis & The Playboys
• 1946 ~ Ian McLagan, Keyboards
• 1955 ~ Gisele MacKenzie played a singer on the NBC-TV program, Justice. She
introduced her soon-to-be hit song, Hard to Get. The song went to number
four on the Billboard pop music chart by September.
• 1971 ~ The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger married Bianca Perez Morena de Macias.
• 1977 ~ The Eagles earned a gold record for the hit, Hotel California. The award
was the second of three gold record singles for the group. The other million
sellers were New Kid in Town and Heartache Tonight. Two number one songs by
The Eagles -- Best of My Love and One of These Nights -- didn’t quite make
the million-seller mark.
• 1985 ~ Lionel Richie received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Tuskegee
Institute in Alabama (his alma mater). Richie had put 14 hits on the pop
charts in the 1980s, including one platinum smash, Endless Love (with Diana
Ross) and four gold records (Truly, All Night Long, Hello and Say You, Say
Me). All but one song (Se La) of the 14 charted made it to the top ten.
• 2001 ~ Perry Como, the crooning baritone barber famous for his relaxed vocals,
cardigan sweaters and television Christmas specials, died after a lengthy
illness. He was 87.
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13 1842 ~ Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan, British composer,
best known for his comic operettas
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• 1868 ~ Composer Gioacchino Rossini died.
He was was very superstitious. He particularly feared Friday the thirteenth.
And here's an incredible fact: he died on Friday the thirteenth, 1868!
• 1911 ~ Maxine Sullivan (Marietta Williams), Singer
• 1912 ~ Gil Evans, Canadian jazz pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader
• 1914 ~ Johnny ‘Johnnie’ Wright, Country singer: duo: Johnnie and Jack, married to
singer Kitty Wells since 1937
• 1938 ~ Louis Armstrong and his orchestra recorded the New Orleans jazz standard,
When the Saints Go Marching In, on Decca Records.
• 1941 ~ Ritchie Valens (Richard Steven Valenzuela), Singer
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• 1943 ~ Mary Wells, Singer
• 1946 ~ Danny Klein, Musician, bass with The J. Geils Band
• 1950 ~ Stevie Wonder, American rock singer, songwriter and instrumentalist
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• 1954 - The Pajama Game made its debut on Broadway in New York City at the St.
James Theatre. Harold Prince produced The Pajama Game, his first Broadway
endeavor. The show ran for 1,063 performances. John Raitt and Janis Paige
starred in the leading roles. Carol Haney came to national fame for her
rendition of the song, Steam Heat. The movie version also starred Raitt --
along with Doris Day.
• 1971 ~ Aretha Franklin, the ‘Queen of Soul’, received a gold record for her
version of Bridge over Troubled Water, originally a Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel tune.
• 1984 ~ The Fantasticks, playing at the Sullivan Theatre in Greenwich Village in
New York City, became the longest-running musical in theatre history with
performance number 10,000 on this night. The Fantasticks opened on May 3, 1960.
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• 1885 ~ Otto Klemperer, German conductor, In his early career he championed modern works.
• 1916 ~ Skip (Lloyd) Martin, Bandleader, composer, arranger
• 1917 ~ Norman Luboff, Choral leader, The Norman Luboff Choir
• 1925 ~ Patrice Munsel, Soprano, Metropolitan Opera diva at age 17; actress in The Great
Waltz, Melba; radio performer: The Great Sopranos - Voices of Firestone Classic
Performances; radio host: The Patrice Munsel Show
• 1925 ~ Al Porcino, Jazz musician, trumpet
• 1936 ~ Bobby Darin (Cassotto), Grammy Award-winning singer, inducted
into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990
• 1937 ~ Duke Ellington and his band recorded the classic, Caravan, for Brunswick
• 1943 ~ Jack Bruce, Musician: bass with the group Cream
• 1943 ~ Derek Leckenby, Guitarist with Herman’s Hermits
• 1944 ~ Troy Shondell, Singer
• 1945 ~ Gene Cornish, Guitarist with The Young Rascals
• 1952 ~ David Byrne, American rock composer, singer, American rock composer, singer,
performance artist and movie director
• 1957 ~ The musical, New Girl in Town, opened at the 46th Street Theatre in New York
City. Thelma Ritter and Gwen Verdon starred in the Broadway adaptation of Eugene
O’Neill’s Anna Christie. New Girl in Town had a run of 431 performances.
• 1971 ~ The Honey Cone received a gold record for the single, Want Ads. The female soul
trio was formed in Los Angeles in 1969 and scored two million-sellers, Want Ads
and Stick Up. The trio had a total of four songs on the charts that were moderate
hits. Only Want Ads, however, made it to the number one position.
• 1971 ~ Danny Wood, Singer with New Kids on the Block
• 1998 ~ Frank Sinatra, one of the world's greatest popular singers, died.
• 2001 ~ Loften Mitchell, a Tony Award-nominated playwright and early leader of the
black theater movement, died at the age of 82.
Mitchell was nominated for a Tony Award in 1976 for his book for the musical
"Bubbling Brown Sugar," a performance of black music and dance.
He also wrote "A Land Beyond the River," "Star of the Morning," and the books
"Voices of the Black Theater" and "Black Drama."
For many years he taught at the State University of New York at Binghamton, and
he was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a grant from the
• 2003 ~ Otto Edelmann, whose dark bass-baritone propelled him to some of the
world's most renowned opera stages over a career spanning more than four
decades, died. He was 86.
Edelmann was often associated with masterful performances as Ochs in "Der
Rosenkavalier," and Hans Sachs in "Die Meistersinger von Nuernberg." With
his powerful voice, Edelmann was a favorite choice for Wagnerian roles.
Edelmann trained at the Vienna Music Academy, now the Vienna University for
Music and Performing Arts, under coaches including Gunnar Graarud.
After a 1937 debut as Figaro in Gera, Germany, he sang in Nuremberg until
• 1940, when he was drafted into Hitler's army. Captured by the Soviets, he
spent several years as a prisoner of war.
Edelmann's postwar debut at the Vienna State Opera, as the hermit in "Der
Freischuetz" in 1947, was the first of a 36-year engagement in the
Austrian capital that included 430 performances in 36 different roles. He
also was a regular for decades at the Salzburg Festival and other annual
music events across Europe.
Edelmann later turned increasingly to teaching, and in 1982 was appointed
singing professor at the Vienna Music Academy.
15 1567 ~ Claudio Monteverdi, Italian composer
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• 1808 ~ Michael William Balfe, Irish composer
• 1918 ~ Eddie Arnold, Singer
• 1908 ~ Lars-Erik Larsson, Swedish composer
• 1923 ~ Ellis Larkins, Pianist, a favorite accompanist of singers from Mildred Bailey to
• 1936 ~ Anna Maria Alberghetti, Singer
• 1937 ~ Trini Lopez, Folk Singer and guitarist
• 1938 ~ Lenny Welch, Singer
• 1938 ~ Guy Lombardo and his orchestra recorded Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride, the group’s
last side for Victor Records. Lombardo took disc number 25861 and moved the Royal
Canadians over to Decca Records to make "the sweetest sound this side of heaven."
• 1942 ~ Lainie Kazan, Singer
• 1947 ~ Graham Goble, Guitarist with Little River Band
• 1948 ~ Brian Eno, Musician, synthesizer, record producer, songwriter, co-founder of
• 1953 ~ Mike Oldfield, Composer, musician
• 1964 ~ The Smothers Brothers, Dick and Tom, gave their first concert in Carnegie Hall
in New York City.
• 1970 ~ Close to You, the Carpenter’s second album and the one that launched them to
meteoric fame, was released by A&M Records. The title song, (They Long to Be)
Close to You, became a pop music standard and the first of six million-sellers in
a row for Karen and Richard.
• 1972 ~ Glen Campbell earned a gold record for his Greatest Hits album on this day.
16 1892 ~ Richard Tauber (Ernst Seiffert), Austrian-born British
tenor. He sang a wide range of music and was as equally at home in opera, notably
Mozart, as in Austrian operetta.
• 1913 ~ Woody (Woodrow Charles) Herman, American jazz clarinetist, bandleader and composer
• 1922 ~ Eddie Bert, Jazz musician, trombone
• 1929 ~ The first Academy Awards were presented on this night, hosted by Douglas
Fairbanks and William C. de Mille. This first awards ceremony of the Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los
Angeles. It attracted an audience of 200 people.
• 1929 ~ Paul Whiteman and his orchestra backed Bing Crosby for the tune, Sposin’, which
‘Der Bingle’ recorded for Columbia Records.
Betty Carter (Lillie Mae Jones) (1930) Jazz singer: toured with Lionel Hampton & Miles Davis
• 1946 ~ The Irving Berlin musical, Annie Get Your Gun, at New York’s Imperial Theatre.
Once of the most successful shows presented on a Broadway stage, the show ran for 1,147 performances.
• 1947 ~ Barbara Lee, Singer with The Chiffons
• 1947 ~ Darrel Sweet, Drummer, singer
• 1953 ~ Bill Haley and His Comets made it to the Billboard music charts for the first
time with Crazy Man Crazy. The tune went to number six and became the first rock
’n’ roll record to make the pop music chart.
• 1965 ~ The Roar of the Greasepaint, The Smell of the Crowd, a Broadway musical
starring Anthony Newley, made its premiere at the Shubert Theatre in New York
City. Cyril Ritchard appeared in the production which entertained audiences for 231 performances.
• 1966 ~ Janet Jackson, Singer
• 1990 ~ Jim Henson, the famous creator who of the Muppets, a cast of puppets including
Kermit the Frog, Big Bird, Elmo, Ernie and Bert, died at the age of 54.
• 1990 ~ The entertainer who could do it all, Sammy Davis, Jr., died this day, in
Beverly Hills, California, USA. From vaudeville at age three (with his father and
uncle) to the star of Broadway’s "Mr. Wonderful", from Las Vegas nightclubs to
hit records, the actor, singer, dancer, impersonator, and musician performed his
way into the hearts of young and old everywhere. The world mourned the passing of
Sammy Davis, Jr. at age 64 of throat cancer.
• 1993 ~ Marv Johnson passed away
• 1995 ~ Lola Flores, fiery Spanish dancer and singer, died. She made many films but was
best known for her flamenco movements and passionate songs.
17 1866 ~ Erik Satie, French composer and pianist
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• 1890 ~ Pietro Mascagni's famous opera "Cavalleria Rusticana", set in Sicily, was first
performed in Rome.
• 1901 ~ Werner Egk, German composer and conductor
• 1918 ~ Birgit Nilsson, Swedish soprano. Famed for her singing of Wagner, she took part
in the first pioneering commercial recording of Wagner's Ring Cycle.
• 1921 ~ Bob Merrill, Songwriter
• 1924 ~ Dick Hixson, Trombonist, studio musician
• 1932 ~ Jackie (John) McLean, Jazz musician: alto sax; composer, playwright; educator:
University of Hartford, CT
• 1935 ~ French composer Paul Dukas, whose composition "Sorcerer's Apprentice" featured
in the Disney films "Fantasia" and "Fantasia 2000" died
• 1938 ~ Pervis Jackson, Singer with The Spinners
• 1939 ~ The Glen Island Casino in New Rochelle, NY was the scene of a memorable dual-
network radio broadcast of Glenn Miller and his orchestra. Both NBC and Mutual
carried the event, which was attended by 1,800 people in the casino ballroom.
• 1942 ~ Taj Mahal (Henry St. Claire Fredericks), Entertainer, songwriter, singer
• 1949 ~ Bill Bruford, Drummer
• 1971 ~ Jordan Knight, Singer with New Kids on the Block
• 1971 ~ The musical, Godspell, opened this night at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York
City. Godspell featured the song Day by Day (a top-15 hit in 1972). The rock
musical that featured Robin Lamont played for 2,124 performances and was the
third longest-running off-Broadway production at the time.
• 1975 ~ NBC-TV paid a whopping $5,000,000 for the rights to show Gone with the Wind
just one time. It was the top price paid for a single opportunity to show a film
• 1975 ~ Elton John’s Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy album was released and
certified a platinum record on the very same day. It was the first album to be
certified a million seller (in this case, a two-million seller) on the first day
• 2002 ~ John de Lancie, an oboist whose talent as a player and teacher helped create a new repertoire
for his instrument, died from leukemia. He was 80.
De Lancie's style became a signature of the Philadelphia Orchestra, which he joined in 1946 and
served as principal from 1954-77. He was then appointed director of the Curtis Institute of
Music, the Philadelphia conservatory whose graduates include Leonard Bernstein.
Students of Mr. de Lancie also occupy principal chairs in Boston, Montreal and Minneapolis.
As a 24-year-old soldier stationed in Germany during World War II, de Lancie approached Richard Strauss about writing a concerto for oboe. The 81-year-old Strauss said he had not considered
such a work, but went on to create a score that joined the standard repertoire.
De Lancie entered the Curtis Institute at 14 to study with the legendary French oboist Marcel Tabuteau. De Lancie entered the Army in 1942 and played in the Army Band.
While stationed in Paris, he met his wife, Andrea. They had two children; Christina, a playwright,
and John de Lancie, an actor who played the character Q on "Star Trek: The Next Generation."
18 1799 ~ Pierre Beaumarchais, French playwright, died. Famed for
his two comedies "The Marriage of Figaro" (Mozart used this for an opera)
and "The Barber of Seville" Rossini used this for an opera).
• 1876 ~ The first issue of the first music magazine in America,
Musical America, was published
• 1892 ~ Ezio Pinza, Italian bass and actor
• 1902 ~ Meredith Willson, American composer, flutist, arranger and orchestrator
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• 1911 ~ Gustav Mahler, Czech-born Austrian composer, died. He completed nine symphonies
and several song-cycles notably "Das Lied von der Erde."
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• 1911 ~ Big Joe (Joseph Vernon) Turner, Rhythm & blues singer
• 1913 ~ Perry (Pierino Roland) Como, Grammy Award-winning
American singer of popular music, 15 gold records
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• 1919 ~ Dame Margot Fonteyne, British prima ballerina. She started
her career with the London Sadler's Wells company in 1934 and in 1962 began a
legendary partnership with Rudolph Nureyev.
• 1922 ~ Kai Winding, Jazz musician: trombone
• 1948 ~ Joe Bonsall, Singer with The Oak Ridge Boys
• 1968 ~ Tiny Tim’s warbly Tiptoe Through the Tulips was released. An eventual top
twenty hit, Tiptoe was a remake of a number one hit for Nick Lucas in 1929.
• 1970 ~ Opening this night in New York City was The Me Nobody Knows at the Orpheum
Theatre. The musical had a run of 586 performances.
• 2002 ~ Wolfgang Schneiderhan, a violinist who began
performing as a child, became a concert master at 17 and played with
orchestras across Europe, died. He was 86.
A child prodigy, Schneiderhan quickly rose to international fame,
performing with leading ensembles, including the Vienna Symphonic
Orchestra and the Philharmonic.
A regular at Europe's most important music festivals, Schneiderhan
played with Wilhelm Backhaus and other well-known pianists and gave
violin concerts under such legendary conductors as Bruno
Walter and Wilhelm Furtwängler.
Later, Schneiderhan was a teacher at the Salzburg Mozarteum and at the
Vienna Academy of Music.
At age 11, Schneiderhan played in Copenhagen, Denmark - his first major
Already a distinguished interpreter of the music of Mozart and Beethoven, Schneiderhan became
concert master of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra at age 17, a job he
also held with the Vienna Philharmonic in 1937.
• 2003 ~ Broadway's 'Les Miserables' Ended After 16 Years. The pop opera
based on Victor Hugo's 1832 novel closed after 16 years, making
it the second longest-running show ever on the Great White Way.
The show played 6,680 performances since opening at the Broadway
Theater in 1987. Only "Cats" has played more performances on
Broadway with 7,485.
The last performance at the Imperial Theater included a finale
featuring 300 alumni of the Broadway run.
Although it is now gone from the New York stage, the show is
performed around the world by touring companies and is a fixture
in London's West End.
19 1861 ~ Dame Nellie Melba (Helen Porter Mitchell), Australian
coloratura soprano. She gave her name to Melba Toast, Peach Melba and
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• 1919 ~ Georgie Auld (John Altwerger), Musician: saxophones: bandleader; passed away in 1990
• 1921 ~ The first opera presented in its entirety over the radio was broadcast by 9ZAF
in Denver, CO. The opera, "Martha", aired from the Denver Auditorium.
• 1941 ~ The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra backed the popular singing duo of Bob Eberly and
Helen O’Connell as Decca record number 3859 turned out to be Time Was - a classic.
• 1945 ~ Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend, British rock guitarist
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• 1949 ~ Dusty Hill, Musician, bass, singer
• 1952 ~ Grace Jones, Jamaican new-wave singer and songwriter
• 1958 ~ Bobby Darin’s single, Splish Splash, was released as the first eight-track
master recording pressed to a plastic 45 RPM disc.
• 1965 ~ Roger Miller received a gold record for the hit, King of the Road. The song was
Miller’s biggest hit record. It got to number four (3/20/65) on the pop charts
and stayed on for 12 weeks.
• 1966 ~ Country music came to New York’s Carnegie Hall this night. Eddy Arnold debuted
with an array of popular country artists in the Big Apple.
• 1968 ~ Piano stylist and vocalist Bobby Short gained national attention as he presented
a concert with Mabel Mercer at New York’s Town Hall. He had been the featured
artist at the intimate Hotel Carlisle for years.
• 1973 ~ Stevie Wonder moved to the number one position on the Billboard pop music chart
with You are the Sunshine of My Life.
• 2001 ~ Joe Graydon, who left the FBI for show business and became a popular big band
singer, TV talk show host and concert promoter, died at the age of 82.
Graydon joined the FBI in 1940, spending the next six years investigating spy
cases and tracking down World War II military deserters.
But Graydon, who had worked his way through college singing in nightclubs and on
college campuses, decided to return to music after the war. He accepted a four-
month gig as a singer on the highly popular radio show, "Your Hit Parade."
A successful singing career followed, and in 1950 he was offered a job in
television as well. "The Joe Graydon Show" was broadcast on Los Angeles and San
Diego television stations for much of the first half of the 1950s.
He later switched to managing the careers of others, including Helen Forrest,
Dick Haymes, Ray Eberle and the Pied Pipers. When swing music saw a resurgence
in popularity in the 1970s, he began producing Big Band concerts and shows.
20 1547 ~ Melchior Bischoff, Composer
• 1554 ~ Paulo Bellasio, Composer
• 1650 ~ Francesco Sacrati, composer, died at the age of 44
• 1751 ~ Domingo Miguel Bernaube Terradellas, Composer, died at the age of 38
• 1754 ~ Hans Gram, Composer
• 1782 ~ Carlo Giovanni Testori, Composer, died at the age of 68
• 1782 ~ Christoph Gottlieb Schroter, Composer, died at the age of 82
• 1812 ~ Gustav Adolf Mankell, Composer
• 1850 ~ Eaton Faning, Composer
• 1876 ~ John Owen Jones, Composer
• 1889 ~ Felix Arndt, Composer
• 1890 ~ Beniamino Gigli, Italian tenor
• 1896 ~ Clara Josephine Wieck Schumann, Composer and pianist, died at the age of 76
• 1900 ~ Gustav Heinrich Graben-Hoffman, Composer, died at the age of 80
• 1903 ~ Jerzy Fitelberg, Polish composer
• 1910 ~ Jean-Baptiste Theodore Weckerlin, Composer, died at the age of 88
• 1913 ~ Ion Dumitrescu, Composer
• 1917 ~ Enyss Djemil, Composer
• 1920 ~ Hephzibah Menuhin, American pianist
• 1926 ~ Vic Ames (Urick), Singer with The Ames Brothers
• 1927 ~ David Frederick Barlow, Composer
• 1927 ~ Walter Aschaffenburg, Composer
• 1937 ~ Teddy Randazzo, Singer
• 1939 ~ Three Little Fishies, by Kay Kyser hits #1
• 1941 ~ Harry James and his orchestra recorded the classic You Made Me Love You for
• 1943 ~ Tison Street, Composer
• 1944 ~ Cipa Dichter, Brazilian pianist, wife of Misha Dichter
• 1944 ~ Joe (John Robert) Cocker, British rock-blues singer and songwriter
• 1946 ~ Cher (Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPierre), Entertainer
• 1952 ~ Warren Cann, Drummer
• 1960 ~ Sue Cowsill, Singer with The Cowsills
• 1961 ~ Hans Werner Henze's opera "Elegy for Young Lovers," premiered in Schwetzingen
• 1967 ~ The BBC banned The Beatles' "A Day in the Life" because of drug references
• 1970 ~ The Beatles' "Let it Be" movie premiered in the United Kingdom
• 1975 ~ Jacques Stehman, Composer, died at the age of 62
• 1979 ~ The first western pop star to tour USSR was Elton John
• 1984 ~ "On Your Toes" closed at Virginia Theater NYC after 505 performances
• 1986 ~ Bernard Naylor, Composer, died at the age of 78
• 1991 ~ Julian Orbon De Soto, Composer, died at the age of 65
• 2000 ~ Jean-Pierre Rampal, who popularized the flute as a solo instrument and became
one of classical music's brightest stars, died in Paris. He was 78. The cause
was a heart attack.
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• 2002 ~ Sandor Konya, a tenor who spent much of his career at the
Metropolitan Opera in New York, died. He was 78.
Born in Sarkad, Hungary, in 1923, Konya studied in Hungary, Italy and
Germany before making a name for himself as a Wagnerian tenor and
giving hundreds of performances at the Met in the late 1960s
and early 1970s.
He moved to Ibiza in the 1980s and started Pro Arte, a local foundation
to promote the operatic arts with productions throughout the season,
said Echarte, who is vice president.
21 1633 ~ Joseph de La Barre, Composer
• 1671 ~ Azzolino Bernardino Della Ciaia, Composer
• 1680 ~ Frederich Karl Erbach, Composer
• 1720 ~ Antonio Corbisiero, Composer
• 1722 ~ Wilhelm Gottfried Enderle, Composer
• 1841 ~ Joseph Parry, Composer
• 1867 ~ Marie Joseph Leon Desire Paque, Composer
• 1888 ~ May Aufderheide, Ragtime composer
• 1895 ~ Franz von Suppe, Austrian composer of light operas, notably "Poet and
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• 1898 ~ Karel Haba, Composer
• 1901 ~ Horace Heidt, Bandleader: Horace Heidt and His Musical Knights
• 1904 ~ "Fats" Waller, American jazz pianist, organist,
singer, bandleader and composer
Listen to Waller's music
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• 1905 ~ Edward Lockspeiser, Composer
• 1917 ~ Dennis Day (Eugene Denis McNulty), Singer
• 1924 ~ Robert Parris, Composer
• 1926 ~ Joseph Horovitz, Composer
• 1929 ~ Charles Wadsworth, Pianist
• 1930 ~ Tommy Bryant, Jazz/studio musician: bassist
• 1932 ~ Robert Sherlaw Johnson, Composer
• 1933 ~ Maurice André, French trumpeter
• 1935 ~ Terry Lightfoot, Clarinetist, bandleader with the New Orleans Jazzmen
• 1939 ~ Heinz Holliger, Swiss oboist, composer and conductor
• 1940 ~ Will Bradley and his orchestra recorded one of the best of the Big Band era.
Ray McKinley played drums and did the vocal for the boogie-woogie tune, Beat Me
Daddy, Eight to the Bar. The song, on Columbia Records, was so long it took up
both sides of the 78 rpm record.
• 1941 ~ Ronald Isley, Singer with The Isley Brothers
• 1944 ~ Marcie Blane, Singer
• 1948 ~ Leo (Gerard) Sayer, Pop-singer and songwriter. Some of his hits were You
Make Me Feel like Dancing and When I Need You
• 1959 ~ Gypsy opened. Ethel Merman played the lead role in the musical which
opened at the Broadway Theatre in New York City. The popular show ran for 702
performances. It was based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous burlesque
• 1973 ~ Vaughn Monroe passed away
• 1973 ~ The sensual Pillow Talk, by Sylvia (Sylvia Vanderpool), earned a gold record.
• 1985 ~ Marvin Gaye’s last album was released. Dream of a Lifetime featured songs that
critics considered too offensive, such as the controversial, pop version of The
Lord’s Prayer. Three of the songs from the album were completed after Gaye’s
death. Marvin Gaye was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
22 1722 ~ Johannes Schmidlin, Composer
• 1759 ~ Gervais-François Couperin, Composer
• 1780 ~ Jan Emmanuel Dulezalek, Composer
• 1783 ~ Thomas Forbes Walmisley, Composer
• 1813 ~ (Wilhelm) Richard Wagner, German composer
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• 1820 ~ Alexander Ernst Fesca, Composer
• 1850 ~ Johann Schrammel, Composer
• 1852 ~ Emile Sauret, Composer
• 1865 ~ Enrique Morera, Composer
• 1879 ~ Eastwood Lane, Composer
• 1879 ~ Jean Emile Paul Cras, Composer
• 1884 ~ Alceo Toni, Composer
• 1885 ~ Julio Fonseca, Composer
• 1900 ~ Edwin S. Votey of Detroit, MI patented his pianola, a pneumatic piano player.
The device could be attached to any piano. Batteries not included.
• 1914 ~ Sun Ra (Herman Blount), American jazz composer and keyboard player who
led a free jazz big band known for its innovative instrumentation and the
theatricality of its performances. He passed away in 1993.
• 1916 ~ Gordon Binkerd, Composer
• 1924 ~ Charles Aznavour, French chanteur and composer
• 1924 ~ Claude Andre Francois Ballif, French composer
• 1926 ~ Elaine Leighton, Drummer, played with Billie Holiday
• 1928 ~ Jackie (Jacqueline) Cain, Singer
• 1930 ~ Kenny Ball, Musician, trumpeter, bandleader
• 1933 ~ John Browning, American pianist
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• 1934 ~ Peter Nero (Nierow), Pianist
• 1950 ~ Bernie Taupin, Elton John’s lyricist
• 1966 ~ Iva Davies (1955) Guitarist, singer with Icehouse
• 1958 ~ Wedding vows were taken by rock ’n’ roll star, Jerry Lee Lewis and his thirteen-
year-old cousin, Myra.
• 1965 ~ The Beatles got their eighth consecutive number one hit as Ticket to Ride rode
to the top of the singles list. The song topped the charts for one week and
became their eighth consecutive number one hit.
• 1966 ~ Bruce Springsteen recorded his very first song at the age of 16, along with his
band, The Castilles. It was titled, That’s What You’ll Get. The song was never
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• 1644 ~ Thomas Eisenhut, Composer
• 1696 ~ Johann Caspar Vogler, Composer
• 1737 ~ Louis François Chambray, Composer
• 1741 ~ Andrea Lucchesi, Composer
• 1750 ~ Carlo Goldoni's "Il Bugiardo," premiered in Mantua
• 1753 ~ Giovanni Battista Viotti, Violonist and composer
• 1756 ~ Nicolas-Joseph Hullmandel, Composer
• 1759 ~ Antoinio da Silva Leite, Composer
• • 1794 ~ Isaak-Ignaz Moscheles, Czech pianist amd composer.
One of the outstanding piano virtuosi of his era.
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• 1834 ~ Charles Wesley, Composer, died at the age of 76
• 1875 ~ Johann Wilhelm Mangold, Composer, died at the age of 78
• 1887 ~ Ludwig Mathias Lindeman, Composer, died at the age of 74
• 1906 ~ Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian playwright notably of "Peer Gynt", died. Grieg
set Peer Gynt to music.
• 1910 ~ Artie Shaw (Arthur Arschawsky), American jazz clarinetist, bandleader,
composer and arranger
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• 1912 ~ Jean Françaix, French composer and pianist whose music in a light
neoclassical style displays the wit and clarity of the traditional Gallic
• 1918 ~ Abie "Boogaloo" Ames, Blues and jazz pianist, was born on Big Egypt
Plantation in Cruger, Miss. He began playing piano at the age of 5 and his
style earned him the nickname "Boogaloo" in the 1940's.
Read more about Abie "Boogaloo" Ames
• 1920 ~ Helen O’Connell, Singers, married to bandleader
• 1921 ~ Humphrey Lyttelton, English jazz musician, trumpeter and broadcaster
• 1921 ~ "Shuffle Along" first black musical comedy, opened in New York City.
• 1922 ~ Abie’s Irish Rose, opened at the the Fulton Theatre in New York City. The
play continued for 2,327 performances and numerous revivals as well. It is
estimated that some 50,000,000 people have seen the play performed somewhere in
• 1923 ~ Alicia de Larrocha, Spanish pianist
• 1926 ~ Hans Koessler, Composer, died at the age of 73
• 1928 ~ Rosemary Clooney, Singer, married to Jose Ferrer
• 1929 ~ Julian Euell, Jazz/studio musician, bass
• 1934 ~ Robert A. Moog, American electrical engineer;
inventor of the Moog synthesizer
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• 1935 ~ Jackson Hill, Composer
• 1938 ~ Singer Ray Eberle signed on as vocalist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra for
$35 a week. Eberle’s first session with Miller included, Don’t Wake Up My
Heart, for Brunswick Records.
• 1939 ~ Dmitri Shostakovitch was appointed professor at conservatory of Leningrad
• 1940 ~ Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, the Pied Pipers and featured soloist
Frank Sinatra recorded I'll Never Smile Again in New York for RCA.
The tune remains one of Sinatra’s best-remembered performances.
• 1952 ~ Georg Alfred Schumann, Composer, died at the age of 85
• 1959 ~ "Party with Comden & Green" closed at John Golden New York City after 44
• 1960 ~ Don and Phil, the Everly Brothers, enjoyed the day as their recording of
Cathy’s Clown made it to number one on the hit music charts. The song stayed at
number one for 5 weeks -- a big hit for the duo.
• 1960, "Finian's Rainbow" opened at 46th St Theater New York City for 12 performances
• 1960, Got A Girl by The Four Preps hit #24
• 1966 ~ Janet Jackson, Singer
• 1966 ~ The Beatles released "Paperback Writer"
• 1968 ~ Merle Kendrick, Orchestra leader, died at the age of 72
• 1968 ~ The Beatles opened the second Apple Boutique at
• 161 New Kings Road, London
• 1969 ~ Jimmy Francis McHugh, Composer, died at the age of 74
• 1975 ~ Singer B.J. Thomas received a gold record for the single with the extremely
long title, (Hey, Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song.
• 1987 ~ Karel Albert, Flemish Composer, died at the age of 86
• 1991 ~ William Sinnot, Scottish pop musician, died at the age of 30
• 1992 ~ Atahualpa Yupanqui, Argentinian singer, composer, poet and guitarist, died
• 1994 ~ Joe Pass, American jazz guitarist, died at the age of 65
24 1610 ~ Giovanni Battista Chinelli, Composer
• 1677 ~ Alexandre de Villenueve, Composer
• 1736 ~ Juan de Sesse y Balaguer, Composer
• 1754 ~ Giacomo Conti, Composer
• 1762 ~ Joseph Umstatt, Composer, died at the age of 51
• 1767 ~ Joseph Ignaz Schnabel, Composer
• 1773 ~ Jan Zach, Composer, died at the age of 73
• 1826 ~ Friedrich Fesca, Composer, died at the age of 37
• 1830 ~ "Mary Had A Little Lamb" was written
• 1831 ~ Richard Hoffman, Composer
• 1831 ~ Benjamin Carr, Composer, died at the age of 62
• 1841 ~ Tito Mattei, Pianist and Composer
• 1859 ~ Madame Caroline Miolan-Carvalho sang Charles Gounod’s
Ave Maria in its first public performance.
• 1871 ~ Francisco Salvador Daniel, Composer, died at the age of 40
• 1873 ~ Leo Delibes' opera "Le Roi l'a Dit" premiered in Paris
• 1886 ~ Paul Paray, French conductor and composer
• 1881 ~ Mikulas Schneider-Trvavsky, Composer
• 1894 ~ William Joseph Westbrook, Composer, died at the age of 63
• 1903 ~ Hilding Hallnas, Composer
• 1904 ~ George Formby (William Booth), British singer and comic
• 1905 ~ Zdenek Blazek, Composer
• 1908 ~ Kresimir Fribec, Composer
• 1910 ~ Margers Zarins, Composer
• 1910 ~ Nils-Eric Fougstedt, Composer
• 1912 ~ Joan Hammond, British operatic soprano
• 1922 ~ Sadao Bekku, Composer
• 1924 ~ Victor Herbert, Irish/US cellist, composer and conductor, died at the age
• 1930 ~ Hans-Martin Linde, Composer
• 1932 ~ Elaine Malbin, Opera singer
• 1933 ~ Dmitri Shostakovitch's Preludes premiered in Moscow
• 1936 ~ Harold Budd, Composer
• 1937 ~ Archie Shepp, African-American tenor saxophonist, one of the first
improvisers and composers in free jazz, and one of its most eloquent spokesmen.
• 1938 ~ Art Kassel’s orchestra recorded a song for Bluebird Records that may not have
been a smash hit, but had a great title: So You Left Me for the Leader of a
• 1941 ~ Bob Dylan, America folk and rock singer, songwriter and guitarist. He moved
from folk to rock music in the 1960s, infusing the lyrics of rock and roll,
previously concerned mostly with boy-girl romantic innuendo, with the
intellectualism of classic literature and poetry. Hailed as the Shakespeare of his
generation, Dylan sold more than 58 million albums.
• 1941 ~ Brian Dennis, Composer
• 1941 ~ Konrad Boehmer, Composer
• 1942 ~ Derek Quinn, Guitarist with Freddie and the Dreamers
• 1943 ~ James Levine, British conductor
• 1944 ~ Patti LaBelle (Holt), American soul-rock singer
• 1945 ~ Priscilla Presley, American actress and was wife of Elvis Presley
• 1948 ~ Benjamin Britten's "Beggar's Opera" premiered in Cambridge
• 1948 ~ Alfred Kastner, Composer, died at the age of 78
• 1955 ~ Roseanne Cash, Singer, daughter of Johnny Cash
• 1963 ~ Elmore James, Blues guitarist, died at the age of 45
• 1966 ~ "Mame" opened at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 1508 performances
• 1968 ~ Bernard Rogers, Composer, died
• 1969 ~ The Beatles hit number one with Get Back. The song stayed parked at the top
of the hit heap for five weeks.
• 1974 ~ Duke (Edward Kennedy) Ellington musician, composer, bandleader; passed away
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• 1986 ~ Whitney Houston's Greatest Love of All was starting week number two of a
three-week stay at number one.
• 1995 ~ Mike Pyne, Jazz Pianist, died
• 1996 ~ Jacob R Druckman, Composer, died at the age of 67
• 2002 ~ BBC News Online
Conductor Colin Davis and The London Symphony were recognized for their successful
partnership on the orchestra's new record label and popular tenor Russell Watson was
the big winner at the third Classical Brit awards Thursday, BBC News reports.
Davis won the award for Best Male Artist, his recording of Berlioz's Les Troyens
received the Critics' Choice award and the London Symphony Orchestra's recording of
Vaughan Williams' "London" Symphony under Richard Hickox was named Best
Ensemble/Orchestral Album at the ceremony, which took place in the Royal Albert Hall.
In the only award voted for by radio listeners, Best Album, Watson beat Italian opera
singer Cecilia Bartoli with his Encore disc. It was the second time Watson won Best
Album. He also picked up an award for the biggest selling classical album in the UK.
Bartoli won for Female Artist of the Year. The Contemporary Music award was won by
Tan Dun, composer of the score for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
The Best Male Artist award recognizes Davis' highly successful Berlioz CD series on the
LSO Live label. During 2001, his interpretations of Symphonie Fantastique, La
damnation de Faust and Les Troyens were released to excellent reviews. Les Troyens
won Grammys earlier this year for Best Opera and Best Overall Classical Recording.
The LSO's disc of Vaughan Williams's Symphony No. 2 "A London Symphony" on Chandos
was the first recording of the score in its original version.
25 1688 ~ Christian August Jacobi, Composer
• 1726 ~ Giuseppi Paolucci, Composer
• 1765 ~ Pierre-Joseph Le Blan, Composer, died at the age of 53
• 1767 ~ Ferdinand Franzl, Composer
• 1767 ~ Friedrich Johann Eck, Composer
• 1821 ~ Diederich Krug, Composer
• 1826 ~ Christian Friedrich Ruppe, Composer, died at the age of 72
• 1847 ~ Alphonse Goovaerts, Composer
• 1878 ~ Bill "Bojangles" (Luther) Robinson, Vaudeville
dancer, tap-dancing coach for Sammy Davis, Jr. and Shirley Temple
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• 1878 ~ Gilbert and Sullivan's opera "HMS Pinafore" premiered in London
• 1887 ~ Gas lamp at Paris Opera caught fire, 200 died
• 1889 ~ Hans Joachim Moser, German musicologist
• 1889 ~ Gilardo Gilardi, Composer
• 1889 ~ Sverre Jordan, Composer
• 1898 ~ Mischa Levitzki, Composer
• 1901 ~ Milenko Zivkovic, Composer
• 1902 ~ Helvi Lemmikke Leiviska, Composer
• 1904 ~ Kurt George Hugo Thomas, Composer
• 1912 ~ Eddie Maxwell, Singer
• 1914 ~ Paolo Giorza, Composer, died at the age of 81
• 1915 ~ Ginny Simms, Singer with Kay Kyser Band
• 1917 ~ Jimmy Hamilton, Saxophonist
• 1917 ~ Leon Felix Augustin Joseph Vasseur, Composer, died at the age of 72
• 1919 ~ Gino Negri, Composer
• 1921 ~ Hal David, Oscar-winning songwriter with Burt Bacharach
• 1924 ~ Theodore Morse, Composer, died at the age of 51
• 1925 ~ Aldo Clementi, Composer
• 1926 ~ Miles Davis III, American jazz trumpeter, bandleader,
and composer. He combined be-bop, modal chord progressions and rock
rhythms to create ‘cool jazz’. He was one of the major influences on the art
from the late 1940s.
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• 1926 ~ Kitty Kallen, Singer
• 1928 ~ Frigyes Hidas, Composer
• 1929 ~ Beverly Sills, American soprano and opera administrator, chairperson of
Lincoln Center; National Chair of March of Dimes’ Mothers’ March on Birth
• 1934 ~ Gustav Theodore Holst, English Composer, died at the age of 59
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• 1936 ~ Tom T. Hall, Singer
• 1936 ~ Jan Levoslav Bella, Composer, died at the age of 92
• 1943 ~ Leslie Uggams, Singer
• 1943 ~ John ‘Poli’ Palmer, Musician, sax, flute, keyboard with Family
• 1946 ~ Patty Smith Hill, Songwriter ("Happy Birthday To You") died at the age of 78
• 1947 ~ Jessi Colter (Mirian Johnson), Country singer
• 1947 ~ Mitch Margo, Singer with Cross Country and also The Tokens
• 1964 ~ Vasily Andreyevich Zolotaryov, Composer, died at the age of 92
• 1965 ~ Sonny Boy Williamson (Aleck Miller), Blues player, died at the age of 65
• 1971 ~ Mark Brunswick, Composer, died at the age of 69
• 1981 ~ Rosa Ponselle, US singer at the Metropolitan Opera, died at the age of 84
• 1984 ~ Piet Ketting, Dutch pianist,conductor and Composer, died at the age of 79
• 1986 ~ 30 million people worldwide joined in pop singer Bob Geldof's "Race
Against Time" to raise money for the starving in Africa.
26 1591 ~ Dirck Janszoon Sweelinck, Composer
• 1773 ~ Hans Georg Nageli, Composer
• 1782 ~ Joseph Drechsler, Composer
• 1832 ~ François-Louis Perne, Composer, died at the age of 59
• 1846 ~ Arthur Coquard, Composer
• 1853 ~ Monroe A Althouse, Composer
• 1856 ~ George Templeton Strong, Composer
• 1866 ~ Al Joplin, The first performer to sing
in a sound movie ( The Jazz Singer)
• 1871 ~ Aime Maillart, Composer, died at the age of 54
• 1873 ~ August Conradi, Composer, died at the age of 51
• 1880 ~ John Curwen, Composer, died at the age of 63
• 1891 ~ Frederick Bowen Jewson, Composer, died at the age of 67.
• 1898 ~ Ernst Bacon, Composer
• 1898 ~ Gerard Bertouille, Composer
• 1905 ~ Hans Holewa, Composer
• 1912 ~ Jan Blockx, Belgian opera composer, died at the age of 61
• 1920 ~ Peggy Lee, American singer of popular music
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• 1924 ~ Johann Heinrich Beck, Composer, died at the age of 67
• 1926 ~ Maria de Lourdes Martins, Composer
• 1933 ~ Jimmie (James Charles) Rodgers passed away
• 1937 ~ Yehuda Yannay, Composer
• 1937 ~ Lionel Hampton and his band recorded the classic, Flying Home, for Decca
• 1938 ~ William Bolcom, American pianist, composer
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• 1941 ~ Imants Kalnins, Composer
• 1942 ~ Lenny Kravitz, Musician
• 1942 ~ Ray Ennis, Musician, guitar, singer with The Swinging Blue Jeans
• 1943 ~ Levon Helm, Drummer
• 1944 ~ Verden Allen, Keyboards
• 1948 ~ Stevie Nicks, Singer and songwriter
• 1949 ~ Hank Williams, Jr, Singer
• 1949 ~ Teresa Stratas, Canadian soprano
• 1950 ~ Antonina Neshdanova, Russian soprano (Bolshoi Theater), died
• 1954 ~ Liberace presented a three-hour, one-man concert at Madison Square Garden in
New York City. 13,000 women and 3,000 men attended.
The performance nearly broke the box office mark of 18,000 set by pianist
Ignace Jan Paderewski.
• 1967 ~ "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band", by The Beatles, was released. It
took the Fab Four only 12 hours to record their first album, "Please, Please
Me". It took them 700 hours to complete "Sgt. Pepper’s".
• 1973 ~ Tippett's 3rd Piano sonata, premiered
• 1993 ~ Cor de Great, Pianist, conductor and composer, died at the age of 78
• 1994 ~ Michael Jackson (35) and Elvis and Pricilla Presley's daughter Lisa Marie (26)
• 1995 ~ Ron Weatherburn, Jazz pianist, died at the age of 61
• 1996 ~ Matima Kinuani Mpiosso, Musician, died at the age of 45
• 2002 ~ Oscar Florentino Tellez, one of San Antonio's best known bajo sexto players who was
a regular with the Grammy-winning Texas Tornados, died in a one-vehicle
traffic accident near Cotulla. He was 56.
Tellez, a native of Laredo, taught himself to play music as a small boy. By his teens,
he had learned to play the bass, drums, accordion, the keyboard and the bajo sexto, a
Mexican bass guitar that resembles a 12-string guitar.
In Europe, Tellez was affectionately called the 'Frito Bandito.'
• 2003 ~ Almir Chediak, a music producer who dedicated his life to preserving the memory
of Brazilian popular music, was shot to death. He was 52.
Chediak was best known for transcribing the music of Brazil's top musicians such as
Caetano Veloso and Antonio Carlos Jobim and publishing them in the form of song
He was also a music professor who taught some of Brazil's top stars, including Gal
Costa, Tim Maia, Cazuza and Morares Moreira, and in recent years he had gone on
teach a new generation of Brazilian musicians.
He also wrote two music text books that took harmonic theory out of the conservatory
and made it more accessible for popular musicians.
His publishing company, Lumiar, also produced CDs of important Brazilian musicians.
27 1638 ~ Nicolas Forme, Composer, died at the age of 71
• 1652 ~ Jacques Huyn, Composer, died at the age of 39
• 1690 ~ Giovanni Legrenzi, Italian Composer, died at the age of 63
• 1708 ~ Jacques Danican Philidor, Composer, died at the age of 51
• 1738 ~ Bonaventura Furlanetto, Composer
• 1796 ~ James S McLean patents his piano
• 1799 ~ Jacques-François-Fromental-Elie Halévy, French composer whose five-act
grand opera La Juive (1835) was, with Giacomo Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots, the
prototype of early French grand opera.
• 1806 ~ Charles-Joseph Tolbecque, Composer
• 1819 ~ Julia Ward Howe,
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• 1822 ~ Joseph Joachim Raff, German composer and teacher, greatly celebrated in his
lifetime but nearly forgotten in the late 20th century.
• 1822 ~ Henry Wylde, Composer
• 1840 ~ Niccolò Paganini Composer and violinist died at the age of 57. He
wrote six concertos for violin.
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• 1849 ~ "Blind" Tom Bethune, Pianist and composer
• 1878 ~ Isadora Duncan, Dancer
• 1878 ~ Carlo Marsili, Composer, died at the age of 49
• 1884 ~ Bax Brod, Composer
• 1888 ~ Louis Durey, Composer
• 1891 ~ Claude Adonai Champagne, Composer
• 1900 ~ Godowsky Leopold Jr., American musician and photographic technician
primarily known as a codeveloper of Kodachrome film (1935).
• 1902 ~ Celius Dougherty, Composer
• 1906 ~ First outlining of Gustav Mahler's 6th symphony
• 1907 ~ Felix de Nobel, Dutch orchestra leader
• 1908 ~ Harold Rome, Composer
• 1909 ~ Isador Goodman, Composer
• 1914 ~ Hugh Le Caine, Composer
• 1915 ~ Mario del Monaco, Italian opera singer famed for Verdi and Puccini
• 1928 ~ Thea Musgrave, Scottish composer, best known for her concertos operas
and choral and other vocal works.
• 1929 ~ Donald Howard Keats, Composer
• 1930 ~ Eino Tamberg, Composer
• 1931 ~ Veroslav Neumann, Composer
• 1932 ~ Jeffrey Bernard, Singer
• 1935 ~ Ramsey Lewis, American jazz pianist, composer and bandleader
• 1935 ~ Elias Gistelinck, Flemish Composer
• 1939 ~ Don Williams, Country singer
• 1940 ~ Rene Koering, Composer
• 1942 ~ Priscilla Anne McLean, Composer
• 1947 ~ Liana Alexandra, Composer
• 1950 ~ Frank Sinatra made his TV debut as he appeared on NBC’s "Star-Spangled
Review" with show biz legend, Bob Hope.
• 1957 ~ Siouxsie Sioux (Susan Dallion), Singer with Siouxsie and the Banshees
• 1957 ~ That’ll be the Day, by The Crickets and featuring Buddy Holly, was released
by Brunswick Records. On September 14th, the tune became the most popular
record in the U.S. It was the first hit for Holly and his group after two
previous releases went nowhere on Decca Records in 1956.
• 1961 ~ Singer Johnny Cash turned TV actor. He appeared on the NBC drama, "The
• 1972 ~ "Applause" closed at the Palace Theater in New York City after 900
• 1975 ~ Paul McCartney released Venus & Mars
• 1983 ~ Arnoldus Christian Vlok van Wyk, Composer, died at the age of 67
• 1988 ~ Melvin J "Cy" Oliver, American jazz composer and orchestra leader died at
the age of 77
• 1994 ~ Red Rodney, Bebop-trumpeter died at the age of 66
• 1995 ~ C W Stubblefield, Music Promoter died at the age of 64
• 1995 ~ Ulyses Simpson Kay, Composer, died at the age of 78
• 1996 ~ Albert "Pud" Brown, Clarinetist and saxophonist died at the age of 79
• 1996 ~ Ivan Sutton, Concert Promoter died at the age of 82
28 1608 ~ Claudio Monteverdi's "Arianna," premiered Mantua
• 1650 ~ Gilles Hayne, Composer, died at the age of 59
• 1765 ~ Jean Baptiste Cartier, Composer
• 1777 ~ Joseph-Henri-Ignace Mees, Composer
• 1778 ~ Friedrich Westenholz, Composer
• 1780 ~ Joseph Frohlich, Composer
• 1787 ~ (Johann Georg) Leopold Mozart, Austrian Composer, Wolfgang's father,
died at the age of 67, in Salzburg.
• 1791 ~ Joseph Schmitt, Composer, died at the age of 57
• 1798 ~ Josef Dessauer, Composer
• 1805 ~ (Ridolfo) Luigi Boccherini, Italian composer and cellist, died at the age of 62
• 1830 ~ Karoly Filtsch, Composer
• 1833 ~ Johann Christian Friedrich Haeffner, Composer, died at the age of 74
• 1836 ~ Anton Reicha, Composer, died at the age of 66
• 1838 ~ Thomas Busby, Composer, died
• 1841 ~ Giovanni Sgambati, Composer
• 1844 ~ Leon Felix August Joseph Vasseur, Composer
• 1883 ~ George Dyson, Composer
• 1883 ~ August Freyer, Composer, died at the age of 79
• 1883 ~ Luigi Perrachio, Composer
• 1889 ~ Jose Padilla, Composer
• 1890 ~ Viktor Ernst Nessler, Composer, died at the age of 49
• 1892 ~ Comedienne Marie Dressler made her New York City singing debut in the comic
opera, "The Robber of the Rhine".
• 1896 ~ Marius Monnikendam, Dutch choir composer
• 1898 ~ Andy Kirk, Jazz musician
• 1906 ~ Phil Regan, Singer, My Wild Irish Rose
• 1906 ~ Shields/Cobbs musical "His honor, the Mayor," premiered in New York City
• 1910 ~ T-Bone Walker, Legendary blues guitarist
• 1914 ~ Adolf Gustaw Sonnenfeld, Composer, died at the age of 76
• 1915 ~ Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Violinist
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• 1923 ~ György Ligeti, Hungarian-born Austrian
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• 1922 ~ Carl Tieke, Composer, died at the age of 58
• 1922 ~ Otto Krueger conducted the Detroit News Orchestra, the first known radio
orchestra, which was heard on WWJ Radio in Detroit, MI. The "Detroit News"
owned the radio station at the time.
• 1925 ~ Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, German baritone. Known for his performance of opera,
notably Mozart, Strauss and Wagner, he is also famed for his interpretation of
• 1927 ~ Bernhard Lewkovitch, Composer
• 1930 ~ Julian Penkivil Slade, Composer
• 1931 ~ Peter Talbot Westergaard, Composer
• 1932 ~ Henning Christiansen, Composer
• 1934 ~ Julian Slade, Composer
• 1934 ~ Rob du Bois, Composer
• 1936 ~ Maki Ishii, Composer
• 1940 ~ Hans Dulfer, Tenor saxophonist and director of Paradiso
• 1940 ~ Theodor Streicher, Composer, died at the age of 65
• 1940 ~ Irving Berlin's musical "Louisiana Purchase," premiered in New York City
• 1941 ~ Frank Sinatra joined Tommy Dorsey's orchestra in recording "This Love of
Mine" for Victor Records.
• 1943 ~ Dennis Riley, Composer
• 1944 ~ Gladys Knight, American rhythm-and-blues singer
• 1945 ~ John Fogerty, Songwriter, singer with Creedence Clearwater
• 1945 ~ Gary Stewart, Country singer
• 1954 ~ Achille Longo, Composer, died at the age of 54
• 1957 ~ The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) was established.
This is the organization that brings us the Grammy Awards for all forms of
musical entertainment each year.
• 1958 ~ Mikulas Schneider-Trvavsky, Composer, died at the age of 77
• 1959 ~ Johnson and Bart's musical "Lock up your daughters," premiered in London
• 1963 ~ Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebalin, Composer, died at the age of 60
• 1964 ~ John Finley Williamson, conductor of the Westminster Choir, died at the age of 76
• 1964 ~ Dmitri Shostakovitch completed his Ninth String quartet
• 1966 ~ Percy Sledge hit number one with his first, and what turned out to be his
biggest, hit. When a Man Loves a Woman would stay at the top of the pop music
charts for two weeks. It was the singer’s only hit to make the top ten and was
a million seller.
• 1966 ~ Dmitri Shostakovitch's Eleventh String quartet, premiered in Leningrad
• 1967 ~ Dmitri Shostakovitch completed his Second Violin Concerto
• 1973 ~ Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, German composer and conductor, died at the age of 73
• 1975 ~ The Doobie Brothers went gold with the album, "Stampede". The group, formed
in San Jose, CA, recorded 16 charted hits. Two made it to number one, becoming
million-selling, gold record winners: Black Water in March, 1975 and What a
Fool Believes in April, 1979.
• 1977 ~ Jiri Reinberger, Composer, died at the age of 63
• 1981 ~ Mary Lou Williams, Musician, died at the age of 71
29 1680 ~ Abraham Megerle, Composer, died at the age of 73
• 1730 ~ William Jackson, Composer
• 1731 ~ Orazio Mei, Composer
• 1741 ~ Johann Gottfried Krebs, Composer
• 1750 ~ Giuseppe Porsile, Composer, died at the age of 70
• 1753 ~ Joseph Haydn's "Krumme Teufel," premiered
• 1791 ~ Pietro Romani, Composer
• 1833 ~ William Marshall, Composer, died at the age of 84
• 1860 ~ Isaac Albéniz, Spanish composer
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• 1680 ~ Luca Fumagalli (1837) Composer
• 1889 ~ August Strindberg's "Hemsoborna," premiered in Copenhagen
• 1897 ~ Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Austrian-born American
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• 1843 ~ Emile Pessard, Composer
• 1862 ~ Franciszek Wincenty Mirecki, Composer, died at the age of 71
• 1881 ~ Frederik Septimus Kelly, Composer
• 1883 ~ William Beatton Moonie, Composer
• 1890 ~ Francis de Bourguignon, Composer
• 1897 ~ Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Austrian-born American
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• 1897 ~ Ignace Lilien, Composer
• 1899 ~ Frantz Jehin-Prume, Composer, died at the age of 60
• 1903 ~ Bob Hope, Entertainer
• 1905 ~ Fela Sowande, Composer
• 1905 ~ Leon Francis Victor Caron, Composer, died at the age of 55
• 1906 ~ Hans Joachim Schaeuble, Composer
• 1910 ~ Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev, Russian Composer, died at the age of 73
• 1911 ~ Sir William Gilbert, English librettist who together with the composer
Sir Arthur Sullivan collaborated on many operettas, died of a heart attack after
rescuing a woman from drowning. He was 74.
• 1911 ~ Carl M Story (1916) Fiddler
• 1912 ~ Fifteen women were dismissed from their jobs at the Curtis Publishing Company in
Philadelphia, PA -- for dancing the Turkey Trot while on the job!
• 1919 ~ (Walter) (Wladziu Valentino) Liberace, American concert pianist and showman
His trade mark was a candelabra on his piano.
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• 1922 ~ Iannis Xenakis, Rumanian-born
French theorist and composer
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• 1923 ~ Eugene Wright, Jazz musician, bass with Dukes of Swing, played with Brubeck
• 1935 ~ Josef Suk, Czech violinist and composer, died at the age of 61
• 1930 ~ Eleanor Fazan, Opera and show choreographer
• 1937 ~ Peter Kolman, Composer
• 1941 ~ Roy Crewsdon, Guitarist with Freddie and The Dreamers
• 1942 ~ The biggest selling record of all time was recorded. A little out of season,
perhaps, but White Christmas, the Irving Berlin classic, was recorded by Bing
Crosby for Decca Records. The song was written for the film "Holiday Inn". More
than 30-million copies of Crosby’s most famous hit song have been sold and a
total of nearly 70-million copies, including all versions of the standard, have
• 1943 ~ Hermann Hans Wetzler, Composer, died at the age of 72
• 1943 ~ "The Million Dollar Band" was heard for the first time on NBC radio. Charlie
Spivak was the first leader of the band that featured Barry Wood as vocalist.
The unusual feature of the show was the awarding each week of five diamond
• 1945 ~ Gary Brooker, Keyboard player, singer
• 1948 ~ Linda Esther Gray, opera singer
• 1948 ~ Michael Berkley, Composer and broadcaster
• 1949 ~ Francis Rossi, Guitarist
• 1949 ~ Gary Brooker, Rock keyboardist with Procol Harum
• 1950 ~ Rebbie (Maureen) Jackson, Singer, oldest member of the Jackson family
• 1951 ~ Dimitrios Levidis, Composer, died at the age of 66
• 1951 ~ Fanny Brice, Ziegfeld Girl (Baby Snooks Show), died at the age of 59
• 1951 ~ Josef Bohuslav Foerster, Composer, died at the age of 91
• 1951 ~ Robert Kahn, Composer, died at the age of 85
• 1951 ~ Danny Elfman (1953) Singer with Oingo Boingo;, composer of soundtracks to Batman,
Beetlejuice and The Simpsons
• 1956 ~ LaToya Jackson, Singer
• 1956 ~ Hermann Abendroth, German conductor (Gewandhausorkest), died at the age of 73
• 1956 ~ Arnold Schoenberg's "Modern Psalm," premiered
• 1960 ~ Everly Brothers Cathy's Clown hit #1
• 1961 ~ Melissa Etheridge, Singer
• 1961 ~ Uuno Kalervo Klami, Composer, died at the age of 60
• 1961 ~ Ricky Nelson reached the top spot on the "Billboard" singles chart with
Travelin’ Man. It was was Nelson’s second chart-topping hit. Poor Little
Fool made it to the top in August of 1958.
• 1962 ~ Barbra Streisand appeared on "Garry Moore Show"
• 1967 ~ Geronimo Baqueiro Foster, Composer, died at the age of 69
• 1971 ~ Max Trapp, Composer, died at the age of 83
• 1972 ~ The Osmonds received a gold record for the album, "Phase III".
• 1975 ~ Melanie "Scary Spice" Brown, Singer
• 1976 ~ One Piece At A Time by Johnny Cash hit #29
• 1977 ~ Goddard Lieberson, Composer, died at the age of 66
• 1989 ~ Danielle Riley Keough, grand daughter of Elvis Presley
• 1991 ~ "Les Miserables" opened at ACTEA Theatre, Auckland NZ
• 1992 ~ Peter John "Ollie" Halsall, Guitarist, died of a heart attack at 43
• 1994 ~ Oliver "Bops Junior" Jackson, drummer, died at the age of 61
• 1994 ~ "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" closed at Minskoff Theater NYC
after 223 performances
• 1996 ~ James George "Jimmy" Rowles, Jazz pianist, died at the age of 77
• 1997 ~ Jeff Buckley, Musician, drowned at age 30
• 2003 ~ Janet Collins, the first black prima ballerina to appear at
the Metropolitan Opera and one of a few black women to become
prominent in American classical ballet, died. She was 86.
In 1951, Collins performed lead roles in "Aida" and Bizet's Carmen and
danced in "La Gioconda" and "Samson and Delilah" at the Met in
New York City. That was four years before Marian Anderson made
her historic debut as the first black to sing a principal role at
Collins left the Met in 1954. During the 1950s, she toured with her
own dance group throughout the United States and Canada and
Collins also danced in films, including the 1943 musical "Stormy
Weather" and 1946's "The Thrill of Brazil."
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1974 paid homage to
Collins and Pearl Primus as pioneering black women in dance.
30 1578 ~ Valentin Dretzel, Composer
• 1746 ~ Giovanni Antonio Pollarolo, Composer, died at the age of 69
• 1778 ~ Voltaire, (François-Marie Arouet), French writer of Candide, died at the age of 42
Candide was later set to music by Leonard Bernstein
• 1791 ~ Ildephons Haas, Composer, died at the age of 56
• 1797 ~ Johann Christian Lobe, Composer
• 1797 ~ Carl Ludwig Junker, Composer, died at the age of 48
• 1794 ~ Ignaz Moschelles, Composer
• 1808 ~ Joaquim Casimiro Jr, Composer
• 1833 ~ Josef Slavik, Composer, died at the age of 27
• 1844 ~ Louis Varney, Composer
• 1853 ~ Karl Fritjof Valentin, Composer
• 1866 ~ Opera "Die Verkaufte Braut" premiered in Prague
• 1870 ~ Gustave Vogt, Composer, died at the age of 89
• 1883 ~ Riccardo Zandonai, Composer
• 1887 ~ Gino Tagliapietra, Composer
• 1906 ~ William Yeates Hurlstone, Composer, died at the age of 30
• 1909 ~ Benny Goodman, American jazz
clarinetist, composer and bandleader
He became a leading player with his own bands during the 1930's and also
commissioned works from classical composers including Bartok and Copland.
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• 1913 ~ Pee Wee (George) Erwin, Trumpet with Tommy Dorsey Band and Isham Jones Band
• 1913 ~ Cedric Thorpe Davie, Composer
• 1920 ~ George London, Baritone singer with Bel canto Trio (with Frances Yeend and
Mario Lanza); member: Vienna State Opera, Metropolitan Opera; Artistic Director
of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Director: National Opera
Institute; head of the Washington Opera and established the George London
Foundation for Singers in 1971.
• 1922 ~ ‘Smilin’ Ed McConnell debuted on radio, smiling and playing his banjo.
McConnell quickly became a legend in the medium.
• 1923 ~ Howard Hanson's 1st Symphony "Nordic," premiered
• 1923 ~ Camille Chevillard, Composer, died at the age of 63
• 1925 ~ Claude Prey, Composer
• 1928 ~ Gustav Leonhardt, Dutch organist and harpsichordist
• 1935 ~ Lothar Windsperger, Composer, died at the age of 49
• 1936 ~ Galina Shostakovitch, daughter of Russian Composer Shostakovitch
• 1940 ~ Olivia Stapp, American soprano
• 1944 ~ Lenny Davidson, Musician with The Dave Clark Five
• 1947 ~ Sidney Hugo Nicholson, Composer, died at the age of 72
• 1952 ~ Zoltan Kocsis, Composer
• 1952 ~ Darius Milhaud's "West Point Suite," premiered
• 1954 ~ Heitor Villa-Lobos' "Odisseia de Uma Raca," premiered
• 1959 ~ Thomas Carl Whitmer, Composer, died at the age of 85
• 1962 ~ Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem," premiered
• 1962 ~ The King of Swing, Benny Goodman, turned 53 and led the first American jazz
band to play in the Soviet Union. Goodman and his band played six concerts in
• 1964 ~ The Beatles 1961 record of Cry for a Shadow
was #1 in Australia
• 1964 ~ The Beatles' Love Me Do, single was #1
• 1968 ~ The Beatles begin work on their only double album "Beatles"
• 1969 ~ Gaston Brenta, Composer, died at the age of 66
• 1971 ~ Marcel Dupré, French organist and composer, died at the age of 85. He was
organist of St. Sulpice from 1934 until 1971.
• 1972 ~ Margaret Ruthven Lang, Composer, died at the age of 104
• 1973 ~ Hal Hastings, Orchestra leader for Chevrolet on Broadway, died at the age of 66
• 1975 ~ Wings released "Venus and Mars" album
• 1977 ~ Paul Desmond, American jazz saxophonist, died at the age of 52
• 1980 ~ Carl Radle, bassist with Derek and the Dominoes, died of a kidney ailment
• 1986 ~ Hank Mobley, American jazz saxophonist, died at the age of 55
• 1987 ~ Turk Murphy, Jazz trombonist, died at the age of 71
• 1989 ~ Zinka Milanov, Metropolitan Opera Diva, died at the age of a stroke at 83
• 1992 ~ Paul Simon married Edie Brickell
• 1993 ~ Sun Ra, Blues pianist/orchestra leader, died of a stroke at the age of 79
• 1996 ~ Bob Stroup, trombonist, died at the age of 57
• 1996 ~ John Kahn, bassist, died at the age of 47
31 1656 ~ Marin Marias, Composer
• 1674 ~ Friedrich Erhard Niedt, Composer
• 1696 ~ Heinrich Schwemmer, Composer, died at the age of 75
• 1802 ~ Cesare Pugni, Composer
• 1804 ~ Jeanne-Louise Farrenc, Composer
• 1809 ~ Franz Joseph Haydn passed away
• 1817 ~ Edouard Deldevez, Composer
• 1854 ~ Vatroslav Lisinski, Composer, died at the age of 34
• 1866 ~ Vladimir Ivanovich Rebikov, Composer
• 1875 ~ Italo Montemezzi, Composer
• 1879 ~ Mark Hambourg, Composer
• 1892 ~ Louis Fourestier, Composer
• 1892 ~ Willem Ravelli, baritone singer
• 1898 ~ Johan Brouwer, Dutch pianist, writer and resistance fighter
• 1902 ~ Billy Mayerl, Composer
• 1902 ~ Ralph Walter Wood, Composer
• 1912 ~ Alfred Deller, British countertenor
• 1914 ~ Akira Ifukube, Composer
• 1917 ~ First jazz record released (Dark Town Strutters Ball)
• 1919 ~ Chet Gierlach, Music publisher and composer
• 1919 ~ Emmanual Tettey Mensah, Musician
• 1923 ~ Wolfgang Lesser, Composer
• 1928 ~ Jacob Lateiner, Cuban pianist and professor at Juilliard
• 1929 ~ Aladar Zoltan, Composer
• 1933 ~ Shirley Verrett, American mezzo-soprano, New York Met
• 1934 ~ Karl-Erik Welin, Composer
• 1938 ~ Peter Yarrow, American folk singer and guitarist
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• 1939 ~ Charles Drain, singer
• 1940 ~ Augie Meyers, Keyboardist with Texas Tornados
• 1941 ~ Johnny Paycheck (Don Lytle), Country singer
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• 1944 ~ Mick Ralphs, Guitarist with Mott the Hoople
• 1947 ~ Henri G Casadesus, French alto violist (viola d'amour) and composer,
died at the age of 66
• 1948 ~ Jose Vianna da Motta, Composer, died at the age of 80
• 1955 ~ Raoul Gunsbourg, Composer, died at the age of 95
• 1961 ~ Rock ’n’ roll fans were ready for a good old-fashioned summertime as Chuck
Berry’s amusement park, Berryland, opened near St. Louis, MO.
• 1962 ~ Eduardo Toldra, Composer, died at the age of 67
• 1969 ~ Stevie Wonder’s My Cherie Amour was released by Tamla Records. The song
made it to number four on the pop music charts on July 26 and stayed on the
nation’s radios for eleven weeks.
• 1969 ~ John Lennon, Yoko Ono recorded Give Peace a Chance
• 1974 ~ William DeVaughn, a soul singer, songwriter and guitarist from Washington,
DC, received a gold record for his only hit, Be Thankful for What You Got.
• 1976 ~ Ear doctors didn’t have to drum up business this day. There were plenty of
walk-ins as The Who put out a total of 76,000 watts of power at 120 decibels.
They played the loudest concert anyone had ever heard, making it into "The
Guinness Book of World Records".
• 1977 ~ "Beatlemania" opened at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 920 performances
• 1979 ~ Radio City Music Hall (NYC) reopened
• 1989 ~ First presentation of rock n roll Elvis awards
• 1994 ~ Herva Nelli, Soprano, died at the age of 85
• 1997 ~ "Once Upon a Matress," closed at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 187 performances.
• 2002 ~ Mario Lago, an influential composer, actor and political dissident,
died of lung failure. He was 90.
Throughout a multifaceted career, Lago wrote more than 200 popular songs
and appeared in 20 films and more than 30 telenovelas, Brazil's
version of television soap operas.
He was also an active member of Brazil's Communist Party, and was
imprisoned six times during Brazil's 1964-86 military regime.
One of Lago's most successful songs, Amelia, sang the praises of a woman
happy with very little from her husband. The name came to signify a
submissive woman in Brazilian slang.
Lago continued acting until January, 2002 when he was hospitalized for a
month with emphysema.
Some Composer Birthdays excerpted from
"The Music-Lovers Birthday Book"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, 1987)
Others from various sources, including
Those were the Days
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