1944 ~ Keith Emerson, Keyboards with Emerson, Lake & Powell as well as Emerson, Lake &
1944 ~ Chris Morris, Guitarist with Paper Lace
1945 ~ Rick Grech, Bassist, violinist
1950 ~ Dan Peek, Guitarist, singer with America
1951 ~ Ronald Bell, Saxophone with Kool & The Gang
1957 ~ Lyle Lovett, Grammy Award-winning singer, Best Male Country Vocal in 1989
1959 ~ Eddie MacDonald, Bass with The Alarm
1962 ~ Rick Allen, Drummer with Def Leppard
1962 ~ Mags Furuholmen, Keyboards, singer with a-ha
1968 ~ George Harrison's soundtrack LP, "Wonderwall", was released. It was the first
solo album by one of The Beatles. The album was also the first on the new Apple
1969 ~ Warner Brothers Records added Faces, to its roster. They fared OK, but even
better when lead singer Rod Stewart stepped out to become a superstar on his own.
The group's former label, Mercury, capitalized on the fact by releasing Maggie
Mae and three other Faces tunes before Stewart went solo for Warner exclusively.
1969 ~ The last album of The Beatles reached #1 on the album chart. "Abbey Road" was the
top LP for eleven nonconsecutive weeks.
1975 ~ Elton John'sIsland Girl hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The
song parked itself at the top of the hit heap for 3 weeks. 2 1739 ~ Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf, Austrian composer and violinist
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1937 ~ Earl 'Speedoo' Carroll, Singer with these groups the Carnations, the Cadillacs
and the Coasters
1938 ~ Jay Black (David Blatt), Singer with Jay and The Americans
1941 ~ Brian Poole, Singer with Brian Poole & The Tremeloes
1941 ~ Bruce Welch (Cripps), Guitarist with The Shadows
1955 ~ The first pop song by Julie London appeared on the charts. London's smoky and
sultry rendition of Cry Me a River stayed on the pop chart for five months,
reaching as high as #9. Julie was Mrs. Jack Webb (Dragnet) and Mrs. Bobby Troup
1958 ~ Billboard magazine introduced a new chart. It ranked the top singles in order,
from number 1 to 100. Previously, only 30 records had been on the weekly hit
1963 ~ After giving benefit performances for years, singer Kate Smith presented her
first full concert performance to a paying crowd at Carnegie Hall in New York
1968 ~ Another biggie for Stevie Wonder went on sale. For Once in My Life reached #2
on the pop charts on December 28, 1968.
1974 ~ The first of the former Beatles to try a nationwide concert tour was in Los
Angeles, appearing at the Forum. Unfortunately, only half the house was filled to
see George Harrison. He stopped touring soon thereafter.
1985 ~ On this day, for only the second time, a TV soundtrack LP topped the album
charts. "Miami Vice" (title track by Jan Hammer) enjoyed a run of 11
(nonconsecutive) weeks. The only other TV soundtrack LP to chart at #1 was HenryMancini's "Peter Gunn" in 1959. 3 1587 ~ Samuel Scheidt, German organist and composer
1801 ~ Vincenzo Bellini, Italian composer
1911 ~ Vladimir Ussachevsky, Russian-born American composer
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1933 ~ John Barry, Academy Award~winning composer
1941 ~ The classic Jerry Gray arrangement of String of Pearls was recorded by the
Glenn Miller Orchestra on Bluebird 78s. The recording featured the trumpet of
1948 ~ Lulu (Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie), Singer. She changed her name to Lulu
(and The Luvvers) in Scotland, early in her career. Married to singer
1954 ~ Adam Ant (Stuart Goddard), Singer
1956 ~ The classic MGM film, The Wizard of Oz, was first seen on television. The film
cost CBS $250,000 to show. The movie was shown 18 times between 1956 and 1976,
and you can probably catch it again no matter what year it is.
1957 ~ Sam Phillips, owner of legendary Sun Records in Memphis, TN, released GreatBalls of Fire, by Jerry Lee Lewis. Looking carefully at the original label, one
will find credit to Lewis and "his pumping piano."
1960 ~ James Prime, Keyboards with Deacon Blue
1960 ~ "The Unsinkable Molly Brown", opened on Broadway. The play would become an
American theater standard and a smashing career launch for Shirley MacLaine.
1962 ~ Billboard magazine dropped the "Western" from its chart title. The list has
been known as Hot Country Singles ever since.
1972 ~ Singers Carly Simon and James Taylor were married in Carly's Manhattan
apartment. The couple was said to be the highest-paid couple in the world next to
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Carly and 'Sweet Baby' James would divorce
years later, but they are still good friends.
2000 ~ Mary Hunter Wolf, one of the first female directors on Broadway died at the age
Wolf made her Broadway debut directing the 1944 production of Horton Foote's "Only
the Heart." The following year, she directed the first black Broadway musical,
After directing a string of successful plays and musicals, Wolf was hired as an
associate director for Jerome Robbins' "Peter Pan," starring Mary Martin.
In 1947 Wolf was tapped to direct a new musical "High Button Shoes," but was
dismissed by the show's producers before rehearsals began. Wolf sued, charging
that her contract had been broken because she was a woman. Two years later the
New York Supreme Court ruled in her favor.
During her third year at Wellesley College, Wolf visited her aunt, author Mary
Austin, in Santa Fe, N.M. where she found herself introduced into the circle of
D.H Lawrence, Willa Cather and Sinclair Lewis. She soon abandoned her studies to
pursue a directing career. 4 Election Day
Karl Tausig (1841) Polish pianist
2000 ~ Vernel Fournier, who was a drummer for premier jazz acts such as CharlieParker and Dizzy Gillespie, passed away after suffering an aneurysm. He was 72.
Fournier, a New Orleans native, took lessons from a Bourbon Street drummer and as a
teen played in New Orleans. He performed with jazz singers including Nancy Wilson
and Billy Eckstine.
He moved from New York City, where he lived for more than 30 years, to Madison
County in 1998. 5 1895 ~ Walter Gieseking, German pianist
1929 ~ McKinney's Cotton Pickers picked and fiddled their way to the Victor studios to
record Plain Dirt. Among those pickin' and grinnin' were luminaries such as
Fats Waller (on piano), Benny Carter and Coleman Hawkins.
1931 ~ Ike Turner, American soul-rock singer, pianist and guitarist, duo with Ike and
Tina Turner Revue, owner of a recording studio
1936 ~ Billy Sherrill, Songwriter, musician: saxophone, record producer, VP/Executive
Producer of CBS Nashville
1941 ~ Art Garfunkel, American folk-rock singer, songwriter and actor, duo ~ Simon and
1942 ~ George M. Cohan passed away at the age of
64. Cohan was a legendary songwriter whose spirited and star~spangled tunes lit
up Broadway and will be a part of Americana forever.
More information about Cohan
1947 ~ Peter Noone (Peter Blair Denis Bernard Noone), Guitarist, piano, singer, Herman
of Herman's Hermits, actor
1955 ~ The Vienna State Opera House in Austria formally opened, celebrating the end of 17 years of foreign occupation.
1959 ~ Bryan Adams, Singer, songwriter
1963 ~ Andrea McArdle, Actress, singer in Annie
1977 ~ Guy Lombardo passed away at the age of 75. He
was a musical fixture for decades, especially on New Year's Eve. Guy
Lombardo, leader of the Royal Canadians, is fondly remembered for many songs he
made famous but his most popular remains Auld Lang Syne.
1986 ~ Dick Clark registered for an initial public stock offering for his TV
production company (DCP). On the registration form, he called his product 'mind
2000 ~ Frances Mercer, a leading model of the 1930s who went on to star in films,
radio, television and on Broadway, died at the age of 85.
Chosen as one of New York's most beautiful models while still in her teens, Mercer
made her film debut in 1938 playing Ginger Rogers' rival for James Stewart's
affections in "Vivacious Lady."
In the next two years Mercer made eight more movies, including "The Mad Miss
Manton" opposite Barbara Stanwyck.
In theater work, she had costarring roles in the Broadway musicals "All the Things
You Are" and "Something for the Boys."
Mercer also had her own New York-based radio show, "Sunday Night at Nine."
On TV, Mercer played a vituperative mother-in-law on the soap opera "For Better or
Worse" and surgical nurse Ann Talbot in the 1955-1957 syndicated series, "Dr.
Hudson's Secret Journal."
2000 ~ Jack O'Brian, a newspaper columnist and Associated Press critic who wrote about
television and Broadway gossip, died at the age of 86.
O'Brian chronicled soap opera plot twists and celebrities and the quiz show
scandals of the 1950s. The cultural figures who met with his approval included
Bert Lahr, Perry Como and Walter Cronkite.
He took a job as a cub reporter with a Buffalo newspaper and established a
reputation for cantankerousness when he skewered the local orchestra's young
He joined the AP as its drama and movie critic in 1943. Later, he wrote about
television and Broadway for a string of newspapers and a nationally syndicated
column. He also hosted a WOR-AM radio show. 6 1814 ~ Adolphe Sax, Belgian instrumentalist, inventor of the saxophone
More information about Sax
1854 ~ John Phillip Sousa, American bandmaster and composer;
"The March King"
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1860 ~ Ignace Jan Paderewski, Composer, pianist, Polish patriot, First Premier of
Poland (1919), brought white Zinfandel wine grapes to U.S. for the first time
More information about Ignace Jan Paderewski
1916 ~ Ray Conniff, American conductor, arranger and composer of popular music,
1932 ~ Stonewall Jackson, Singer
1936 ~ This was the day that big band icon Woody Herman played in his first recording
session. He recorded Wintertime Dreams on Decca disc #1056.
1937 ~ Eugene Pitt, Singer
1938 ~ P.J. Proby (James Smith), Singer
1940 ~ Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians recorded one of their lesser-known songs
for Decca. It was The Moon Fell in the River.
1941 ~ Doug Sahm, Singer, founded Sir Douglas Quintet
1943 ~ Mike Clifford, Singer
1947 ~ George Young, Guitarist with The Easybeats
1948 ~ Glenn Frey, Songwriter, singer with The Eagles
2001 ~ John Denman, a clarinetist who was most recently artistic adviser to
the Tucson Symphony Orchestra's pops division, died from complications
of esophageal cancer. He was 68.
Denman, a native of London, was a principal clarinetist for the orchestra
for more than 20 years.
Denman also played principal clarinet with the London Symphony Orchestra
and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He taught music at Trinity
College in England before coming to teach at the University of Arizona.
He joined the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in the late 1970s.
In 1984, Denman left the University of Arizona after failing to receive
tenure. For the rest of his life, he focused on his performing career.
He also designed a small clarinet, the Kinder-Klari, to make practicing
easier for young hands.
Denman performed and recorded with jazz icon Buddy DeFranco and was a
member of several jazz bands.
2002 ~ Maria Johansson, an organist who became a local legend for singing
religious songs and hymns in one of Stockholm's main squares every day
for nearly three decades, died at the age of 84.
The daughter of a preacher, Johansson often served homemade sandwiches to
the poor during breaks in her daily performance. At one point, she went
to work at a bakery to help pay for the sandwiches, her husband said. 7 1922 ~ Al Hirt, Trumpeter, Flight of the Bumble Bee as theme song for TV's The Green
Hornet, played in singer Don Gibson's band, regular on Make Your Own Kind of
1926 ~ Dame Joan Sutherland, Australian coloratura soprano
1930 ~ The Waltz You Save for Me, by 'The Waltz King' himself, Wayne King, was
recorded on Victor. It became King's theme.
1937 ~ Mary Travers, American folk singer, Mary of Peter, Paul and Mary
1943 ~ Joni Mitchell, Canadian folk-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist
1947 ~ Billboard magazine began listing the top 15 popular records. Only 10 songs had
been featured previously.
1956 ~ Elvis Presley hit the charts with Love Me. The song was the first
million-seller to make the charts without being released as a single. It was,
instead, an EP (extended play) 45 rpm, with three other songs on it: Rip It Up,
Paralyzed and When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again on RCA Victor.
1970 ~ Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? was released by Columbia. It became
the third tune by Chicago to hit the pop music charts. Make Me Smile and 25 or 6to 4 were previous hits. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? made it to #7
on the charts, January 7, 1971.
1976 ~ Gone With the Wind was aired (over two nights) on NBC-TV. The showing was the
highest-rated TV show in history. 65 percent of all viewers turned on their sets
to watch Scarlet O'Hara and Rhett Butler.
1978 ~ Nick Gilder, Singer
1979 ~ The Rose, starring Bette Midler, got star treatment with a world premiere in
Los Angeles. The movie was modeled after the life of Janis Joplin.
2000 ~ Doug Nelson, bassist in teen blues star Jonny Lang's band, was killed when he
was hit by a pickup truck on a rural highway in northern Minnesota. He was 46.
Nelson began playing professionally at age 15. He worked in Los Angeles for a time
and toured with Olivia Newton-John, before returning in the late 1980s to the
Twin Cities, where he played with local bands.
He joined Lang's group about three years ago.
2000 ~ Columbia Legacy and Verve released a five-CD box set companion titled
"Ken Burns Jazz: The Story of American Music" in addition to 22 individual
artist discs. Read the newsitem
2001 ~ Gene Wooten, a dobro player who backed Patty Loveless, the Osborne
Brothers, Wilma Lee Cooper and other country stars, died from complications
of lung cancer. He was 49.
"He was like a teacher for everyone," said mandolinist Roland White. "He was
like our guru. He just helped everybody in music. ... There was no ego ever -
ever - and that's hard to find."
Wooten, a native of Franklinton, N.C., attended Appalachian State University
in Boone, N.C., where he began his career in music. He moved to Nashville in
1977 and was hired by Cooper.
Wooten played on the Mountain Soul album by Loveless this year. He was
voted best dobro player three times by the Society for the Preservation of
Bluegrass in America. 8 8 1793 ~ The Louvre Museum opened in Paris.
1880 ~ Sarah Bernhardt made her American stage debut. Bernhardt appeared in Adrienne
Lecouvreur in New York City.
1949 ~ Alan Berger, Bass with Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
1949 ~ Bonnie Raitt, American blues-rock singer and guitarist, won the Grammy
Award in 1990, daughter of actor, John Raitt
1954 ~ Ricki Lee Jones, Singer
1958 ~ Terry Lee Miall, Drummer with Adam & The Ants
1964 ~ Judy Garland and her daughter, Liza Minnelli, appeared together at the London
Palladium. The program was shown on U.S. TV; and the LP, Live at the London
Palladium became a classic on Capitol Records.
1967 ~ The first solo movie by a Beatle opened in the U.S. It was John Lennon's How I
Won the War.
2003 ~ Henry Phace Roberts, a tap dancer who performed with the Copasetics, the
Five Blazers and the Three Rockets, died. He was 92.
Roberts performed on television on "The Tonight Show" and "The Ed Sullivan S
Show" and was in the films "Cabin in the Sky," "Stormy Weather" and "The
Born in Savannah, Ga., he was trained to tap dance on the streets as a child.
Roberts began dancing professionally at 14, and performed for the last time at
87 with the Copasetics on a European tour. 9Alice S.
1881 ~ Johannes Brahms gave the first performance of his Piano Concert No.2 in
1899 ~ "Mezz" Mezzrow, American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist
1929 ~ Piero Cappuccili, Italian baritone
1930 ~ Ivan Moravec, Czech pianist
1938 ~ 24-year-old Mary Martin made her Broadway stage debut in the musical comedy
"Leave It to Me". She brought down the house as she sang My HeartBelongs to Daddy.
And the critics raved about New York's bright new star.
The following year brought Martin a top-ten hit with the same song. Martin suddenly
found herself singing duets with Bing Crosby; starring on "Broadway in One Touch
of Venus" in 1943; "Lute Song" in 1946; touring in "Annie Get Your Gun"; and then
taking on what would become her immortal role, that of Nellie in "South Pacific".
South Pacific was one of Broadway's biggest hits and the cast album was one of the
first of its kind, also a big seller. Then came Mary's stage and TV performances
as Peter Pan. This would become her signature role, a memorable moment as the
petite actress flew through the air with Tinkerbell and fought the dangerous
Broadway called to Mary Martin again in 1959 for "The Sound of Music" and once more
in 1966 for "I Do, I Do".
Back in 1951, Mary Martin recorded a duet with a young man who was also destined
for instant and long-term stardom. The song they sang together was Get Out Those
Old Records. The twenty-year-old was her son, Larry Hagman, who later played J.R.
Ewing. This is one man that Mary Martin didn't want to wash out of her hair!
1955 ~ Harry Belafonte recorded Jamaica Farewell and Come Back Liza for RCA Victor.
The two tunes completed the Calypso album which led to Belafonte's nickname,
1967 ~ The first issue of Rolling Stone was published. John Lennon was on the cover.
The magazine said it was not simply a music magazine but was also about "...the
things and attitudes that music embraces."
2003 ~ Saxophonist Buddy Arnold, who performed with such jazz greats as
Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich and Tommy Dorsey and co-founded a program to
help musicians suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, died at the
age of age 77.
Born Arnold Buddy Grishaver, he began playing the saxophone at age 9.
And by the time he was 16, he was touring as a professional sideman
and performing at the Apollo Theater in Harlem with bandleader
George Auld. After serving in the Army during World War II, Arnold
joined the band of super-drummer Buddy Rich on a West Coast tour.
Arnold earned his first recording credits in 1949 on the Mercury
Records release of Gene Williams and the Junior Thornhill Band, and
he toured with clarinetist Buddy DeFranco's orchestra in 1951. But
he soon descended into a decades-long struggle with drug addiction.
Although he landed a recording contract with ABC Paramount in 1956
following an 18-month hospitalization, he was sentenced to prison in
1958 on an attempted burglary conviction. Pardoned two years later,
he played with the Dorsey Band and toured with Stan Kenton.
He later settled in Los Angeles and recorded four albums for Capitol
Arnold took a job in a drug treatment program after his early release
from prison and went on to establish the Musician's Assistance
Program with his wife, Carole Fields, in 1992. The organization,
dedicated to helping needy musicians obtain treatment for drug and
alcohol addiction, has served more than 1,500 individuals during the
past decade. 10 Ashleigh H.
1483 ~ Martin Luther, German religious reformer, composer of hymns and flutist
1668 ~ François Couperin, French composer and organist
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1888 ~ Fritz Kreisler, a 13-year-old violinist from Vienna, made his American debut in
New York City.
1900 ~ "Floradora" opened in New York City this day. The play was received by cheering
1939 ~ Muggsy Spanier and his band recorded Dipper Mouth Blues on Bluebird Records.
1944 ~ Tim Rice, British author and librettist
Read more about Rice
1956 ~ Billie Holiday returned to the New York City stage at Carnegie Hall after a
three-year absence. The concert was called a high point in jazz history.
1969 ~ "Can you tell me how to get ... how to get to Sesame Street?" The classic,
"Sesame Street" debuted on 170 Public Broadcasting stations and 20 commercial
outlets. Created by the Children's Television Workshop, the show starred
endearing characters including Gordon, Susan, Bob, Bert, Ernie, the Cookie
Monster, Oscar the Grouch and, of course, Big Bird!
1986 ~ "Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Live/1975-85", the long-anticipated
album by 'The Boss', hit record stores this day. Fans made the LP a one~day
sellout, buying over a million copies and generating more first-day dollars than
any record in 30 years. It's a five-disc, 40-song set.
1918 ~ This is Armistice Day or Remembrance Day or Veterans Day or Victory Day or
World War I Memorial Day. The name of this special day may be different in
different places throughout many nations; but its significance is the same. It
was on this day, at 11 a.m., that World War I ceased. The Allied and Central
Powers signed an armistice agreement at 5 a.m. in Marshal Foch's railway car in
the Forest of Compiegne, France. Even today, many still bow their heads in
remembrance at the 11th hour of this the 11th day of the 11th month.
1883 ~ Ernst Ansermet, Swiss conductor
1927 ~ Mose Allison, American jazz pianist, trumpeter and singer
1929 ~ Dick Clark, TV producer, host of American Bandstand, former Philadelphia DJ
1929 ~ Andy Kirk and his orchestra recorded "Froggy Bottom" in Kansas City.
1931 ~ Leslie Parnas, American cellist
1932 ~ The National Broadcasting Company opened its new studios at Radio City in New
York City. They celebrated with a gala program at Radio City Music Hall.
1938 ~ Kate Smith sang God Bless America for the very first time. It would later
become her signature song. Irving Berlin penned the tune in 1917 but never
released it until Miss Smith sang it for the first time on her radio broadcast.
Actually, the song was then 20 years old, but it had never been publicly
1944 ~ Frank Sinatra began a long and successful career with Columbia Records.
2000 ~ Isadore Granoff, a Ukrainian immigrant who started teaching violin lessons as a
teen-ager and built a famed music school in Philadelphia, died in his sleep at
the age of 99.
Granoff taught Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane and others during more than a half-
century at the Granoff School of Music.
Granoff taught amateurs and professionals. Some of his students went on to become
prominent players of classical music, jazzjazz, swing, big band and Latin sounds.
Granoff sold the school in 1970 and later stepped down from the board of directors,
renouncing the new owner's promotional tactics. 12 1833 ~ Alexander Borodin, Russian composer
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1920 ~ Jo Stafford, Singer
1925 ~ Louis Armstrong recorded "My Heart", starting a career that brought him
1939 ~ Lucia Popp, Czech soprano
1940 ~ Walt Disney released "Fantasia". One critic called the film "As terrific as
anything that has ever happened on the screen."
1941 ~ Hot Lips Page performed the vocal for Artie Shaw's very long and very slow
version of St. James Infirmary on RCA Victor.
1943 ~ Brian Hyland, Singer
1943 ~ John Maus, Bass, singer with the trio, The Walker Brothers
1944 ~ Booker T. Jones, Musician with Booker T and the MG's
1945 ~ Neil Young, Canadian folk-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, with Crosby,Stills, Nash & Young
1948 ~ Errol Brown, Songwriter with Tony Wilson singer with Hot Chocolate
1950 ~ Barbara Fairchild, Singer
1955 ~ Leslie McKeown, Singer with The Bay City Rollers
1967 ~ Pearl Bailey took over the lead in the Broadway musical, "Hello Dolly". 'Pearlie
Mae' was a smash hit in the role.
1970 ~ After a successful London run, Anthony Quayle starred in the Broadway opening
1980 ~ John Lennon's "Starting Over" was released. John and Yoko were seen kissing on
the record cover.
1983 ~ Lionel Richie began the first of four consecutive weeks at the top of the music
charts as All Night Long (All Night) became the most popular song in the U.S.
2001 ~ Broadway composer Albert Hague, who won a Tony for his work on Redhead and
who played the part of cranky music teacher Benjamin Shorofsky in the Fame
movie and television series, died of cancer. He was 81.
Hague composed the music for many Broadway shows, including The Fig Leaves Are
Falling, Plain and Fancy, Cafe Crown and Miss Moffat, which starred Bette
Davis. He won his Tony in 1959.
He also wrote the music for the animated TV classic How the Grinch Stole
Christmas and appeared in a number of movies, including the Michael Jordan-
Bugs Bunny comedy Space Jam, in which he played a psychiatrist.
It was his long-running role as white-bearded, German-accented teacher
Shorofsky that brought him to Los Angeles. He played the part for five years
Other TV acting credits included guest appearances on such shows as Hotel,
Beauty and the Beast and Tales From the Dark Side.
Born Albert Marcuse in Berlin, Hague fled his native Germany for Rome with his
mother in 1937 after the Nazis came to power. He eventually settled in the
United States, where he studied music at the University of Cincinnati and
was adopted by Dr. Elliott B. Hague, an eye surgeon.
In recent years, he and his late wife, actress Renee Orin Hague, had a
successful cabaret act, appearing at Carnegie Hall two years ago.
2003 ~ Guy Livingston, a theater maven and journalist who reviewed stage performances
for Variety, died. He was 92.
After serving in World War II, Livingston became a drama critic for Variety, traveling
between Boston and New York reviewing musicals. Later, he became a press agent for
many musicals, as well as for musical artists, among them Judy Garland, Nat 'King' Cole
and Ray Charles.
2003 ~ Tony Thompson, the driving force behind such groups as Chic and the Power
Station, and a drummer whose effortless ability to move from jazz to rock to funk
made him a prized session man, died of renal cell cancer. He was 48.
The drummer was noted not only for keeping perfect time but also for subtle cymbal
syncopation and raw power, talents that kept him in demand as a session player for
such stars as Madonnas, David Bowie, Diana Ross, Patti LaBelle and Sister Sledge.
By the late 1970s, Chic was one of the most popular groups of the disco era. The
group sold millions of records beginning with the hit single Dance, Dance,
Dance in 1977. Other hits included the singles Le Freak and Good
Times and the albums C'est Chic and Risque.
After the group disbanded in 1983, Thompson kept busy as a session player, appearing
on Sister Sledge's We Are Family album in 1979, Bowie's Let's Dance
in 1983 and Madonna's Like a Virgin in 1984. He also appeared on MickJagger's solo album She's The Boss in 1985.
That same year, Thompson and others formed Power Station. The group's hits included
Some Like it Hot. 13 1817 ~ Louis Lefébure-Wély, French organist and composer
1854 ~ George Whitefield Chadwick, American composer and conductor
1921 ~ Loonas Kokkonen, Finnish composer
1943 ~ Leonard Bernstein replaced an indisposed Bruno Walter as conductor of the NewYork Philharmonic Orchestra. Thus began a legendary career and worldwide
appreciation for Bernstein's many compositions with the orchestra.
2000 ~ Cecil Blackwood, a gospel singer who was a member of the Blackwood Brothers and
crooned with Elvis Presley, of cancer at the age of 66.
The Blackwood Brothers, who have won nine Grammys and 20 Dove awards, were a
favorite of Elvis Presley, who briefly sang with Cecil Blackwood in a group named
The Blackwood Brothers were formed in 1934, the same year Blackwood was born in
Ackerman, Miss. He became the group's baritone in 1954.
The Blackwood Brothers have recorded 300 albums, backed country stars PorterWagoner and Barbara Mandrell, and are members of the Southern Gospel Music Hall
2000 ~ Jimmy Payne Sr., a tap dancer whose rhythm and technique as well as a
mastery of precise steps attracted Bob Fosse, June Allyson, Gregory Hines,
Lena Horne and others to his Chicago studio, died Nov. 13 at the age of 95.
The son of a Cuban mother and Barbadian father, Payne grew up in the Panama
Canal Zone before moving to New York in 1917.
After traveling from New York to Chicago in 1947, Payne helped introduce African
and Afro-Cuban rhythms to the dance scene. He taught in a number of Chicago
dance studios from the 1950s into the 1970s.
He continued to teach some of the city's top dancers until his regimen was
slowed by a number of strokes in his early 90s.
2000 ~ New York entertainment lawyer and tax expert Joseph Taubman, who wrote how-
to books for people working in the business side of show business, died at the
age of 81. Taubman's clients included Lionel Richie, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez
and Arlo Guthrie. He also served as counsel to the National Film Board of
Taubman wrote "Financing a Theatrical Production," and his treatises on
various aspects of the entertainment business published in the 1970s remain in
2000 ~ The site, thebeatles.com, went live
and is the band's only official presence on the Internet among a flood of
unofficial fan sites.
2002 ~ Mieke van Hoek, a dance choreographer and teacher, died. She was 56.
The Dutch-born van Hoek taught modern-dance choreography and dance
improvisation at the Rotterdamse Dansacademie.
After emigrating to the United States in 1977, van Hoek worked as a teaching
assistant at the American Dance Festival in Durham, N.C., and studied at the
Laban/Bartenieff Institute in New York.
She founded a center for meditation, healing and the arts in Canones in 2000. 14 1778 ~ Johan Nepomuk Hummel, German pianist and composer
1900 ~ Aaron Copland, American composer and conductor
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1904 ~ Art Hodes, Russian-born American jazz pianist
1915 ~ Martha Tilton, Singer, actress in The Benny Goodman Story, Sunny
1921 ~ KYW radio, Chicago, IL broadcast the first opera by a professional company.
Listeners heard Samson Et Dilila as it was being performed at the Chicago
1940 ~ Freddie Garrity, Singer with Freddie and the Dreamers
1944 ~ An outstanding array of musicians gathered in Hollywood to record a classic.
Tommy Dorsey and orchestra made Opus No. 1, Victor record number 20-1608.
Buddy Rich was the drummer in the session, Al Klink and Buddy DeFranco blew sax
and Nelson Riddle played trombone on the Sy Oliver arrangement.
1948 ~ James Young, Guitarist with Styx
1951 ~ Stephen Bishop, Singer, guitarist, songwriter
1953 ~ Alexander O'Neal, Songwriter, singer
1954 ~ Yanni (Chrysomallis), Pianist, music used on broadcasts of: Tour de France,
Olympic Games, World Series; swimmer on the Greek National Swim Team
1955 ~ Frankie Banali, Musician with Quiet Riot
1956 ~ Alec Such, Bass with Bon Jovi
1967 ~ The Monkees received a gold record for Daydream Believer.
1975 ~ They Just Can't Stop It (The Games People Play) became a gold record for the
Spinners. Their other hits include Then Came You (with Dionne Warwick), Could ItBe I'm Falling in Love, The Rubberband Man, Working My Way Back to You, Cupid,
It's a Shame and I'll Be Around, for Motown.
1981 ~ For the second week in a row, Daryl Hall and John Oates owned the top spot on
the pop music charts with Private Eyes.
2000 ~ David Wilson, drummer and backup vocalist for The Cascades, died at the age of 63.
The Cascades were best known for their No. 1 1963 hit Rhythm of the Rain, as
well as Second Chance and Shy Girl.
Wilson was born in 1936 in Scotland and moved to the United States with his family
six years later.
After he joined the Navy, Wilson formed a band with songwriter John Gummoe and some
friends in San Diego. They first called themselves the Thunder Notes, but later
took the name The Cascades when they recorded Rhythm of the Rain. The single
earned the group a gold record. 15 1905 ~ Mantovani, Orchestra leader, (1953 UK No.1 single 'Moulin Rouge', 1957 US No. 12 single 'Around The World In Eighty Days') was born. He died on 30th March 1980.
11914 ~ Jorge Bolet, Cuban-born American pianist
1926 ~ NBC broadcast its first music program. It featured the New York SymphonyOrchestra and many distinguished soloists. 24 stations carried the first
broadcast. The program was a gala 40-hour broadcast from the Waldorf-Astoria
Hotel in New York City. Two remote pickups were also on the program. Opera star
Mary Garden sang from Chicago and Will Rogers presented a humorous monologue from
Independence, Kansas. Charles Lindbergh was among the luminaries who attended the
1967 ~ Mari Fernandez, Singer with Sweet Sensation
1969 ~ The first album featuring Karen and Richard Carpenter was released by A&M
Records. Offering would not be a big seller, but a single from the disc, a remake
of The Beatles'Ticket to Ride, would gain national attention. Their next album,
however, would establish them as major international stars (Close to You).
1974 ~ The most expensive 2-record album was released-on Casablanca Records. It was a
comedy disc titled, Here's Johnny - Magic Moments from the Tonight Show.
1974 ~ The group, Faces, released their tune with the longest title. You Can Make MeDance, Sing or Anything (Even Take the Dog for a Walk, Mend a Fuse, Fold Away theIroning Board, Or Any Other Domestic Shortcomings).
1980 ~ After years of success on the music charts with the New Christy Minstrels and
the First Edition, Kenny Rogers got his first #1 song. Lady, written by LionelRichie, stayed at the top for six weeks.
1986 ~ The first major operetta written by Gian Carlo Menotti in over 20 years was
presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Starring tenor PlacidoDomingo, Goya was said by critics to be only "intermittently good."
2003 ~ David Holt, a former child actor once touted by Paramount Pictures as its
answer to Shirley Temple, has died. He was 76.
Holt, who later became a successful jazz musician and songwriter, died
of congestive heart failure.
Although his career never rivaled Temple's, Holt had his share of success as a
child actor, playing Elizabeth Taylor's older brother in "Courage of
Lassie" in 1946 and appearing as bratty Sidney Sawyer in "The Adventures
of Tom Sawyer" in 1938.
He also played the crippled boy for whom New York Yankee great Lou Gehrig hit
a home run in "Pride of the Yankees" and appeared in "The Big Broadcast
Paramount signed Holt to a long-term contract after his 1934 role as a boy
whose mother dies in "You Belong To me."
Holt eventually segued into music. He co-wrote the song The ChristmasBlues with Sammy Cahn and wrote the music for numerous jazz albums. He
hosted the TV show "American Music Shop" in the 1990s.
16 1873 ~ W.C. Handy, American blues composer and bandleader
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1908 ~ Conductor Arturo Toscanini made his debut in the United States this day. He
appeared at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, conducting Aida.
1931 ~ Bob Gibson, Singer, songwriter, leader of folk music movement in late '50s,
duo of Gibson and (Bob) Camp
1932 ~ The Palace in New York City closed its doors. It was the most famous vaudeville
theatre in America. Later, it became a movie house with live performances
preceding the flicks; most notably: the team of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in
1935 ~ The Rodgers and Hart musical, Jumbo, opened in New York City for a run of 233
1937 ~ Bob Crosby and his orchestra recorded South Rampart Street Parade on Decca
1945 ~ Martine Van Hammel, Ballet, American Ballet Theatre
1955 ~ 'Tennessee' Ernie Ford drove to the top spot on the record charts on this day.
Sixteen Tons, where he owed his "soul to the company store...", became the
fastest-selling record in history, jumping to #1 in just 3 weeks. The tune, on
Capitol Records, stayed at #1 for eight weeks.
1970 ~ Anne Murray received a gold record for Snowbird. She was the first Canadian
recording artist to receive a gold record.
2000 ~ Russ Conway, a British pianist known as the "Prince Charming of Pop" who sold
More than 30 million records in the 1950s and '60s, died at age 75.
He had 17 consecutive hits in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and won a silver disc
when his record Roulette topped 250,000 sales - a total rapidly equaled by
three other hits, Sidesaddle, China Tea and Snow Coach.
Conway's formal piano education consisted of one lesson at age 4.
He left school at 14 and got work in a lawyer's office. But he was sent to juvenile
detention for three years for taking money he found in a package. In a detention
center, he found a piano to play.
While doing a stint as a pianist in a club, he was discovered by choreographer
Irving Davies. He went on to provide piano accompaniment to a string of singers.
Soon he was composing the songs that made him famous and won him the nicknames
"Prince Charming of Pop" and the "Sheik of the Keyboard."
2001 ~ Blue guitarist and singer Isaac Scott, a major figure in the city's music
scene for more than a quarter century, died of complications from diabetes.
He was 56.
A stream of musicians paid their respects to Scott, said his ex-wife, Eloise
DePoe. He was found in his apartment Nov. 4 and never regained
Scott recorded several albums, including "The Isaac Scott Band," "Big Time
Blues Man" and "High Class Woman." He also appeared on the compilation
albums "Live at the San Francisco Jazz Festival" and "Live at the
Primarily a "cover artist," Scott did not write his own songs, which hindered
national recognition. But he received several local honors, including the
Washington Blues Society's Hall of Fame (1991) and lifetime-achievement
(2000) awards. He also performed at last year's opening of the Experience
Scott taught himself piano and guitar, and started out playing gospel music,
once touring the West Coast with the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi.
In 1974, he turned his attention to blues, with a sound flavored by his love
of Seattle-born guitar legend Jimi Hendrix.
Like Albert Collins, an early influence, Scott played electric guitar with his
thumb instead of a pick, which contributed to his distinctive sound. He also
was known for his stamina, often playing two- and three-hour sets.
2001 ~ Tommy Flanagan, a jazz pianist who worked with such artists as EllaFitzgerald, died of an arterial aneurysm. He was 71.
Flanagan, part of his own classic jazz trio, accompanied Fitzgerald for 20
years, also acting as her musical director. He also worked for Tony Bennett.
He became a celebrated figure in jazz with such trio albums as "Jazz Poet"
(1989) and "Let's" (1993).
Flanagan's trio included bassists George Mraz and Peter Washington, and
drummers Kenny Washington, Lewis Nash and Albert Heath. Flanagan won the
distinguished Danish Jazzpar Prize in 1993.
Born in Detroit, Flanagan was the youngest of six children.
He recorded "Sunset and the Mockingbird: The Birthday Concert," live at the
Vanguard in 1998. He was to appear at Iridium this holiday season. 17
1569 ~ Birth of German organist and composer Paul Sartorius in Nuremberg. d-28 February 1609, Innsbruck.
1615 ~ Birth of French violinist and composer Guillaume Dumanoir, II. He composed dance music enjoyed by Louis XIV
1667 ~ Death of composer Nathaniel Schnittelbach, at 34. b-1633.
1715 ~ Birth of composer Girolamo Abos on the island of Malta. Italian opera and church music.
1720 ~ Birth of Italian composer Carlo Antonio Campioni.
1757 ~ Birth of American composer Daniel Read, of the First New England School, and one of the primary figures in early American classical music. d-4 DEC 1836.
1766 ~ Birth of French violinist, teacher and composer Rodolphe Kreutzer in Versailles. In 1810 broken arm ended virtuoso career. Beethoven dedicated sonata op 47 to him. d-Geneva, 6 JAN 1831.
1775 ~ Death of German composer Karl Marian Paradeiser, at 28.
1780 ~ Birth of English composer Robert Archibald Smith.
1829 ~ Birth of Russian pianist, conductor and composer Anton Rubenstein.
1840 ~ Birth of composer Frederick Scotson Clark.
1848 ~ Frederic Chopin played his final piano concert at a Polish benefit ball at Guildhall in London.
1850 ~ Giuseppe Verdi's opera StifellioĘwas first performed at the Teatro Grande in Trieste despite difficulties with the censors which resulted in cuts and changes.
1852 ~ Birth of American soprano Minnie Hauk in NYC. d-near Lucerne, 6 FEB 1929.
1854 ~ First Performance of Anton Rubinstein's Ocean Symphony in Leipzig.
1860 ~ Birth of Viennese harpist Edmund Scheucker.
1861 ~ Birth of composer Vaclav Suk.
1861 ~ First Performance of Johannes Brahms' Piano Quintet No. 1 in g, Op. 25, at a rehearsal in Hamburg, with pianist Clara Schumann.
1862 ~ The work noted above received its official premiere with members of the Hellmesberger Quartet; Brahms at the piano, in Vienna.
1870 ~ Birth of Australian composer Alfred Hill in Melbourne. d-Sydney, 30 OCT 1960.
1894 ~ Debut of opera star Enrico Caruso in Mario Morelli's L'Amico Francesco at Naples Teatro Nuovo. 1877 ~ The first production of Gilbert and Sullivan's opera, TheSorcerer, was presented, in London.
1891 ~ Poland's premier and premier ivory tickler, Ignace Jan Paderewski, made his
American debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In later years, Paderewski, who
suffered from arthritis, settled in Paso Robles, CA. The hot mineral baths
located there eased his pain. He played only Steinway grand pianos custom-built
to his specifications. In fact, five were made just for his use.
1925 ~ Sir Charles Mackerras, Australian conductor
1930 ~ David Amram, American composer and French-horn player
1938 ~ Gordon Lightfoot, Canadian folk singer, songwriter and guitarist
1938 ~ Orchestra leader Kay Kyser, speaking to an audience at the College of the City
of New York (CCNY) told of the "inner workings and artistic features of swing
music." It marked the first of a series of lectures on swing music presented by
Kyser, who went on to present The Kollege of Musical Knowledge on radio.
2001 ~ Jerry Jerome, a tenor sax player who was a featured soloist with the bands of
Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman, died of leukemia. He was 89.
One of the big names in the Big Band era, Jerome was a featured soloist with the
Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Red Norvo and Artie Shaw orchestras.
He then became a successful musical director and conductor on radio and
television. Jerome also established a music business, scoring and arranging
Three years ago, Arbors Records released Jerome's "Something Old, Something New."
The sequel recording, "Something Borrowed, Something Blue," will be released in
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Jerome started playing the sax while in high school. He
attended the University of Alabama and went on the medical school, playing gigs
at jazz clubs to earn tuition money.
He joined Goodman's orchestra at the height of its popularity in 1938.
When Goodman broke up his band in 1940, Jerome joined Shaw. While with Shaw, he
appeared in the film "Second Chorus," with Fred Astaire and Burgess Meredith.
2003 ~ Arthur Conley, a 1960s soul singer and protege of Otis Redding's, died at his
home in the town of Ruurlo, in the eastern Netherlands. He was 57.
Conley was born in Atlanta and started his recording career in 1959 as leader of
the group Arthur and the Corvets. He was best known for his 1967 hit, Sweet
Soul Music, which he co-wrote with Redding based on a number by Sam Cooke.
Conley had several minor hits in the following two years.
He moved to Europe in the early 1970s after several tours of the continent,
deciding that he was "fed up with the pressure" in the United States, said
In the Netherlands, Conley appeared on television and radio, and ran an independent
record label. In the last five years he was an adviser to The Original Sixties
R&B and Soul Show, which sought to reproduce the sound and look of the heyday of
soul. 18 1307 ~ The story of William Tell shooting the apple off of his young son's head is
said to have taken place on this day. Gioachino Rossini made this story into an
1680 ~ Birth of French-Belgian composer and flutist Jean Baptiste Loeillet in Gent. d-London, 19 JUL 1730.
1736 ~ Birth of German composer Carl Friedrich Christian Fasch in Zerbst. d-Berlin, 3 AUG 1800.
1741 Ę~ George Frideric Handel arrived in Dublin at the invitation of the country of Ireland to attend current concert season. He presented numerous concerts in the Irish capital, including the first performanceĘof his oratorio Messiah early in 1742.
1763 ~ Leopold Mozart and his two children, Wolfgang and Maria, arrive in Paris on their European concert tour.
1786 ~ Carl Maria von Weber, German composer, conductor and pianist, began the era of German romantic music
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1838 ~ Sir William Schwenck Gilbert, British playright and librettist, best known for his comic operettas with Arthur Sullivan
1950 ~ Graham Parker, Singer with Graham Parker and The Rumour
1953 ~ Herman Rarebell, Drummer with Scorpions
1960 ~ Kim Wilde, Singer
1967 ~ Lulu'sTo Sir with Love, from the movie of the same name, started its fifth and final week at number one.
1974 ~ Frank Sinatra emerged from retirement to do a TV special with dancer Gene Kelly. The show was a smash hit and revived Sinatra's career.
1975 ~ John Denver received a gold record for I'm Sorry.
1986 ~ The Roseland Ballroom reopened in New York City. The 67-year-old home for those wanting to dance cheek to cheek featured America's dean of society music, LesterLanin. He played for patrons who wanted to cut a rug on the 112-by-55-foot, maple wood dance floor.
2003 ~ First Performance of John Corigliano's Snapshot: Circa 1909. Elements String Quartet at Merkin Concert Hall, NYC.
2003 ~ Oscar-nominated composer, conductor and arranger Michael Kamen, one of Hollywood's most sought-after musicians, died at age 55 after suffering from multiple sclerosis for several years. The native New Yorker and Juilliard School of Music Graduate was one of Hollywood's most successful composers who worked on music for the "Lethal Weapon" series and scored "Die Hard" among many other films. In the late 1960s, he helped found the New York Rock 'n' Roll Ensemble, a critically acclaimed group that fused classical with pop and recorded five albums before dissolving. In the 1970s, Kamen scored ballets, served as musical director for David Bowie's "Diamond Dogs" tour and began writing scores for film. Although he began in Hollywood working on offbeat films like "Polyester" and "Brazil," he turned more mainstream in the 1980s, working on the "Lethal Weapon" series, "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," "Mr. Holland's Opus" and "X-Men," plus the HBO series "Band of Brothers." In 1991, Kamen earned his first Academy Award nomination for "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You," the Bryan Adams pop hit from the movie, "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves." Co-written with Adams and Robert John "Mutt" Lange, the song received two Grammys. The three united in 1993 for "All for Love." In 1999, Kamen conducted the orchestra which backed Metallica on their S&M project.
1724 ~ First Performance of J. S. Bach's Sacred Cantata No. 26 Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig performed on the 24th Sunday following Trinity. A portion of Bach's second annual Sacred Cantata cycle in Leipzig, 1724-25.
1736 ~ J. S. Bach named court composer by Poland's King Agustus III.
1739 ~ First Performance of Jean-Philippe Rameau's opera Dardanus in Paris.
1826 ~ Composer Felix Mendelssohn and his sister Fanny performed his overture to "A Midsummer Night's Dream" for the first time.
1828 ~ Death of Austrian composer Franz Schubert in Vienna, at the age of 31 from typhus. He is buried near Beethoven.
1859 ~ Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, Russian composer and conductor
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1874 ~ Birth of composer Karl Adrian Wohlfahrt.
1875 ~ First Performance of Tchaikovsky's Third Symphony, in Moscow.
1888 ~ Piano Debut in Boston of composer Edward MacDowell with the Kneisel Quartet.
1923 ~ First Performances of Béla Bartók'sFive Dances and Zoltán Kodály'sPsalums Hungaricus in Budapest, marking the 50th anniversary of the union of cities Buda and Pest.
1936 ~ Birth of classical music commentator (Detroit Symphony broadcasts) Dick Cavett, in Kearney, Nebraska. ABC-TV talk show host (Dick Cavett Show).
1936 ~ First concert recorded on magnetic tape with the London Philharmonic orchestra conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham at BASF's own concert hall in Ludwigshaven, Germany.
1937 ~ Ray Collins, Songwriter
1938 ~ Hank Medress, Singer with The Tokens, record producer
1943 ~ Fred Lipsius, Piano, sax with Blood Sweat & Tears
1943 ~ Stan Kenton and his orchestra recorded Artistry in Rhythm, the song that later become the Kenton theme. It was Capitol record number 159. The other side of the disk was titled, Eager Beaver.
1944 ~ Agnes Baltsa, Greek mezzo-soprano
1954 ~ Sammy Davis, Jr. was involved in a serious auto accident in San Bernardino, CA. Three days later, Davis lost the sight in his left eye. He later referred to the accident as the turning point of his career.
1957 ~ American conductor Leonard Bernstein named Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. First American-born and educated conductor named to head an important American Orchestra.
1961 ~ A year after Chubby Checker reached the #1 spot with The Twist, the singer appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show to sing the song again. The Twist became the first record to reach #1 a second time around, on January 13, 1962.
1962 ~ For the first time, a jazz concert was presented at the White House. Jazz had previously been served as background music only.
2000 ~ First Performance of Philip Glass' Double Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra, by the American Composers Orchestra. Lincoln Center in New York.
2004 ~ Composer Cy Coleman, who wrote the musical "Sweet Charity" and whose songs included such Frank Sinatra classics as Witchcraft, Big Spender and The Best is Yet to Come, died at the age 75
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1929 ~ Leo Reisman and his orchestra recorded Happy Days are HereAgain for Victor Records. The classic was recorded just three weeks after the
stock market crash that plunged the nation into the Great Depression.
1937 ~ Ruth Laredo, American pianist
1940 ~ Tony Butala, Singer with The Lettermen
1942 ~ Norman Greenbaum, Singer
1943 ~ Meredith Monk, American composer, dancer, choreographer and singer
1946 ~ Duane Allman, Guitarist with The Allman Brothers Band
1946 ~ Ray Stiles, Bass, singer with Mud
1947 ~ George Grantham, Drummer, singer with Poco
1947 ~ Joe Walsh, Guitarist, singer with he Eagles; James Gang
1948 ~ Barbara Hendricks, American soprano
1957 ~ Jimmy Brown, Drummer with UB40
1959 ~ One of America's great rock jocks was fired from WABC radio in New York. The
'Moondoggy' himself, Alan Freed, was axed in the midst of the payola music
1966 ~ Cabaret opened on Broadway for the first of 1,166 stellar performances. JoelGray starred in the hugely successful musical that is an adaptation of both the
play, "I Am a Camera", and the novel, "Goodbye to Berlin".
1971 ~ Isaac Hayes of Memphis, TN got his first #1 hit as the Theme from Shaft began a
two-week stay at the top of the charts.
1984 ~ The largest crowd to see the unveiling of a Hollywood Walk-of-Fame star turned
out as Michael Jackson got his piece of the sidewalk right in front of Mann's
Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. 'The Gloved One' became star number 1,793 on the
2003 ~ Katherine Bidwell, who supported performing arts programs and held positions at the
Metropolitan Opera Guild and Lincoln Center, died. She was 66.
A musician herself, Bidwell joined the St. Louis Municipal Opera when she was 18. She became a
trustee at Sarah Lawrence College, her alma mater, and sponsored performing arts programs there.
In 1966, Bidwell joined the board of the Metropolitan Opera Guild. She was its president and chief
executive from 1979 to 1986, and for the next 10 years, she was director of special projects for
Bidwell founded the Katherine Bidwell Foundation for Young Singers and the patrons' program of the
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
She was a trustee of several other organizations, including Westminster Choir College and the London
School of Music and Dramatic Arts. 21 1710 ~ Bernardo Pasquini
1877 ~ Thomas A. Edison, who really enjoyed the jazz he heard
coming from his newest invention, told those gathered that he just invented
the 'talking machine' (phonograph). On February 19, 1878, Edison received a
patent for the device.
1934 ~ Cole Porter's Anything Goes opened at the Alvin Theatre in New York City.
The show ran for 420 performances.
1936 ~ James DePreist, Orchestra leader with the Oregon Symphony
1937 ~ Following Carnegie Hall performances in both 1906 and 1919, Artur Rubinstein
presented another historic and highly acclaimed performance at the arts center
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1940 ~ Dr. John ('Mac' Malcolm John Rebennack), Organ, guitar, singer, songwriter
1940 ~ Natalia Makarova, Ballerina with the Kirov Ballet (now Saint Petersburg
Ballet) from 1959 until 1970
1944 ~ Happy trails to you, until we meet again....The Roy Rogers Show was first
heard on the Mutual Broadcasting System. Singing along with Roy ('The King of
the Cowboys'), were the Whippoorwills and The Sons of the Pioneers.
1944 ~ I'm Beginning to See the Light, the song that would become the theme song
for Harry James and his orchestra, was recorded this day. The song featured
the lovely voice of Kitty Kallen (Little Things Mean a Lot).
1948 ~ Lonnie (LeRoy) Jordan, Keyboards, singer
1950 ~ Livingston Taylor, American folk singer, songwriter and guitarist, brother
of singer James Taylor
1952 ~ Lorna Luft, Singer, actress, daughter of singer-actress Judy Garland and
producer Sid Luft; sister of singer-actress Liza Minnelli
1955 ~ The first lady of the American stage, Helen Hayes, was honored for her many
remarkable years in show business, as the Fulton Theatre in New York City was
renamed the Helen Hayes Theatre.
1959 ~ Following his firing from WABC Radio in New York the day before, Alan Freed
refused "on principle" to sign a statement that he never received money or
gifts (payola) for plugging records. Incidentally, few may remember, but Freed
left WABC while he was on the air. He was replaced in mid~record by Fred
Robbins, who later became a nationally~known entertainment reporter for Mutual
1981 ~ Olivia Newton-John started the first of 10 weeks at the top of the pop music
charts when Physical became the music world's top tune.
1990 ~ Instrument lovers have paid some pretty awesome prices for violins made by
Antonio Stradivari. But a red Strad owned by the
family of composer Felix Mendelssohn sold on this day
for an all-time high of $1,700,00.
2001 ~ Ralph Burns, who won Academy Awards, an Emmy and a Tony as a music
arranger after making a name for himself in jazz as a piano player in the
Woody Herman band, died at the age of 79.
Burns collected his first Academy Award for adapting the musical score of the
1972 movie "Cabaret." He won another Oscar for adapting the musical score
for "All That Jazz," an Emmy for television's "Baryshnikov on Broadway" and
a Tony in 1999 for the Broadway musical "Fosse."
His other film credits included "Lenny," "In The Mood," "Urban Cowboy,"
"Annie," "My Favorite Year" and "The Muppets Take Manhattan."
He also collaborated with Jule Styne on "Funny Girl" and Richard Rodgers on
The Massachusetts native, who took up piano as a child, was playing in dance
bands in Boston when he was 12, graduating to jazz orchestras by his teens.
He worked with Herman band's for 15 years as both a writer and piano player,
composing some of the group's biggest hits. Among them were "Apple Honey,"
"Bijou" and the three-part "Summer Sequence."
"Early Autumn," written later as a fourth movement for "Summer Sequence,"
became a hit with singers after Johnny Mercer supplied words for it.
Later, Burns worked in the studio with such popular singers as Tony Bennett,
Johnny Mathis, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Natalie Cole.
2003 ~ Teddy Randazzo, co-author of more than 600 songs for acts including TheTemptations and Frank Sinatra, died at the age of 68.
With co-author Bobby Weinstein and others, Randazzo wrote hits such as Goin' Out
of My Head,Hurt So Bad and It's Gonna Take a Miracle for acts
such as Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Lettermen, Linda Ronstadt, The
Temptations and Sinatra.
Randazzo began his career at age 15 as lead singer of the group The Three Chuckles.
The group's first hit, Runaround, rose to No. 20 on the Billboard charts and
sold more than 1 million copies.
Randazzo started a solo career in 1957 and found modest success over the next seven
years before meeting Weinstein.
The duo's songs have been recorded by more than 350 artists, including Gloria Gaynor,
Queen Latifah and Luther Vandross.
They parted ways in 1970 and Weinstein became an executive for Broadcast Music Inc.
and Randazzo became a producer for Motown Records. 22Sam F.
1925 ~ Gunther Schuller, American composer, conductor, French-horn player and
1938 ~ Bunny Berigan and his orchestra recorded Jelly Roll Blues on Victor Records.
The tune became a standard for the band.
1943 ~ Floyd Sneed, Drummer with Three Dog Night
1946 ~ Aston Barrett, Musician with 'Family Man', bass with Bob Marley & The Wailers
1949 ~ Steve 'Miami' Van Zandt, Singer, songwriter, guitar
1950 ~ Tina (Martina) Weymouth, Bass with Talking Heads
1953 ~ Craig Hundley, Pianist with the Craig Hundley Trio
1955 ~ RCA paid the unheard of sum of $25,000 to Sam Phillips of Memphis, TN for the
rights to the music of a truck driver from Tupelo, Mississippi: Elvis Presley.
Thanks to negotiations with Elvis' manager, Colonel Tom Parker, RCA tossed in a
$5,000 bonus as well,for a pink Cadillac for Elvis' mother.
1957 ~ The Miles Davis Quintet debuted with a jazz concert at Carnegie Hall in New
1965 ~ The production of Man of LaMancha, including the classic The Impossible Dream,
opened in New York City for the first of 2,328 performances.
1975 ~ Dr. Zhivago appeared on TV for the first time. The production, including
Somewhere My Love, had earned $93 million from theatre tickets over ten years.
NBC paid $4 million for the broadcast rights.
1977 ~ Tony Orlando returned to the concert stage after a self-imposed, three-month
retirement following the suicide death of his good friend, Freddie Prinze.
Orlando appeared in concert in San Carlos, California.
2001 ~ Norman Granz, the impresario who helped make jazz more accessible to the
public while making the music business fairer to black performers, died in
Geneva, Switzerland, of complications from cancer. He was 83.
Granz owned four labels - Clef, Norgran, Verve and Pablo - and at one time or
another recorded most of the major names in jazz, including Louis Armstrong,
Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, BillieHoliday, Charlie Parker and Oscar Peterson.
Many historians credit him with bringing top jazz performers in integrated
bands into venues across the country through a series called Jazz at the
Granz's efforts also helped end a system in which white performers generally
earned far more than blacks. He insisted on equality in pay, dining and
accommodations for his musicians. In 1947, he told Down Beat magazine that
he lost $100,000, then a sizable sum, by turning down bookings in segregated
concert halls. 23 1666 ~ Guiseppi Guarneri, Italian violin maker
1876 ~ Manuel de Falla, Spanish composer and conductor
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1889 ~ The first 'Nickel-in-the-Slot' (jukebox) was placed in service in the Palais
Royal Saloon in San Francisco, California. Juke, at the time, was a slang word
for a a disorderly house, or house of ill repute.
The unit, developed by Louis T. Glass, contained an Edison tinfoil phonograph with
four listening tubes. There was a coin slot for each tube. 5 cents bought a few
minutes of music. The contraption took in $1,000 in six months!
1903 ~ Enrico Caruso, famed Italian tenor, made his debut in the United States at the
Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. He sang in the role of the Duke in
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1924 ~ Vincent Lopez and some 40 jazz musicians presented a concert of upbeat music at
the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC.
1928 ~ Jerry Bock, American songwriter for the musical theater
1933 ~ Krzysztof Penderecki, Polish
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1935 ~ Ethel Leginska became the first woman to write an opera and conduct it. Her
original work, titled Gale, opened at the Chicago City Opera Company.
1938 ~ Bob Hope and Shirley Ross recorded a song for the film, The Big Broadcast of
1938. Thanks for the Memory became Decca record number 2219. It also became
Hope's theme song.
1974 ~ Billy Swan reached the #1 spot on the singles charts for the first and only
time. I Can Help was the most popular song in the U.S. for two weeks. 24 1848 ~ Lilli Lehmann, German soprano
1868 ~ Scott Joplin, American ragtime composer and pianist
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1958 ~ Harold Jenkins, who changed his name to Conway Twitty, got his first #1 hit on
this day. It's Only Make Believe was the most popular song in the U.S. for one
1972 ~ A Friday night show that would compete head-to-head with NBC's Midnight Special
premiered. In Concert featured Chuck Berry, Alice Cooper, Blood Sweat and Tears,
Seals and Crofts and Poco. Robert W. Morgan of KHJ, Los Angeles was the offstage
announcer for the ABC-TV show that was staged before a live audience. In Concert
was the creation of the guy who dreamed up the fictitious group The Archies and
brought fame to The Monkees: rock promoter, Don Kirshner.
1973 ~ Following over two years of retirement, Frank Sinatra went back to work again
with a TV special on NBC titled, "Ol' Blue Eyes is Back". Despite the fact that the
show finished third in the ratings (in a three-show race), at least one critic
called the program, “The best popular music special of the year.”
1976 ~ The Band, appearing at the Winterland in San Francisco, announced that this was
to be the group's last public performance.
2003 ~ Teddy Wilburn, half of the country music duo the Wilburn Brothers, died.
He was 71.
Wilburn and his brother, Doyle, had 30 songs on the country charts from 1955 to 1972,
including the hits Hurt Her Once for Me, Trouble's Back in Town and
Roll, Muddy River.
Doyle Wilburn died of cancer in 1982.
Teddy Wilburn was born in the Ozark Mountain community of Hardy, Ark. He and Doyle
first performed publicly at ages 6 and 5, with the Wilburn Family band.
After recording on Decca records as the Wilburn Brothers, Teddy and Doyle joined the
Grand Ole Oprycast.
Between 1963 and 1974, the Wilburn Brothers were hosts of one of country music's
first syndicated color TV shows. In 1972 they were nominated for the Country Music
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1896 ~ Virgil Thomson, American composer, conductor and music critic
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1925 ~ Derroll Adams, Country singer, played with Jack Elliott
1931 ~ Nat Adderley, Musician, cornet, mellophone, French horn, trumpet, brother
of Cannonball Adderley
1941 ~ Percy Sledge, Singer
1949 ~ Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, by Johnnie Marks, appeared on the music
charts and became THE musical hit of the Christmas season. Although GeneAutry's rendition is the most popular, 80 different versions of the song
have been recorded, with nearly 20,000,000 copies sold.
1955 ~ Following a summer at the top of the American pop charts, Rock Around theClock by Bill Haleyand His Comets became the #1 song in Great Britain.
1959 ~ Steve Rothery, Guitarist with Marillion
1960 ~ Amy Grant, Singer
1966 ~ Stacey Lattisaw, Singer 26 1789 ~ Thanksgiving was celebrated nationally for the first time in the
1980 ~ "Wings Over America" premiered in New York City. The movie is about the
first American tour of Paul McCartney and Wings.
2001 ~ Paul Hume, a music critic who once drew the ire of President Harry Truman
after he panned his daughter's recital, died of pneumonia at his home in
Baltimore. Hume was 85.
Hume worked for The Washington Post and built a reputation as one of the most
learned critics in the nation. Classical music legends Vladimir Horowitz,
Eugene Ormandy and Leonard Bernstein all held Hume in high esteem.
Hume will always be remembered for his review of a recital by Truman's
daughter, Margaret, in 1950, in which he criticized her singing as flat.
After reading the review, Truman wrote an angry, threatening letter to Hume.
Truman's remarks got him in hot water with the public, which felt he
shouldn't take time to joust with critics as the nation fought the Korean
A Chicago native, Hume taught music history at Georgetown University from 1950
to 1977 and was a visiting professor at Yale University from 1975 to 1983.
He wrote several books, including a study of Catholic church music and a
biography of Giuseppe Verdi.
2003 ~ Meyer Kupferman, a prolific composer whose work ranged from contemporary
classical music to opera, ballet and jazz, died. He was 77.
Kupferman, a virtuoso clarinetist, taught composition and music theory at
Sarah Lawrence College, where he was a staff member from 1951 to 1993.
During his tenure there, he also served as chair of the music department
and conducted the orchestra, chorus and chamber improvisation ensemble.
In 1948 Kupferman wrote both his first piano concerto and opera. In all, he
produced seven operas, 12 symphonies, nine ballets, seven string quartets,
10 concertos and hundreds of chamber works. His compositions have been
performed and recorded worldwide.
Kupferman also was commissioned by the Hudson Valley Philharmonic to write
'FDR' for the centennial of Franklin Roosevelt's birth. The manuscript of
the piece is now held by the Roosevelt Library.
William Anderson, a family friend and a guitarist who performed Kupferman's
music, told the New York Times that Kupferman died of heart failure. 27 1471 ~ Guillaume Du Fay, French composer, died.
Considered the leading composer of the early Renaissance.
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1867 ~ Charles (Louis Eug'ne) Koechlin, French composer. He studied under
Massenet and Fauré at the Paris Conservatoire. He excelled in colourful and
inventive orchestration in his symphonies, symphonic poems, choral-
orchestral works (including seven based on Kipling's Jungle Book), film
music, and works inspired by Hollywood, such as the Seven Stars Symphony.
He also wrote prolifically for a wide range of vocal and chamber
combinations. His writings included studies of recent French music and
treatises on music theory.
1900 ~ Leon Barzin, Belgian conductor (NY City Ballet 1948-58)
1904 ~ Sir Julius Benedict, German-born English conductor and composer
1912 ~ David Merrick (Margulois), Broadway producer of Gypsy, Hello, Dolly!,
Beckett, Oliver, Fanny, Stop the World: I Want to Get Off, 42nd Street
17 albums garnered 26 #1 country hits and 8 pop hits
1953 ~ Boris Grebenshikov, Russian rock musician
1959 ~ Charlie Burchill, Guitarist with Simple Minds
1967 ~ The Association, a California group, earned a gold record for the hit
Never My Love, on Warner Bros. Records. The group also earned worldwide
fame for other hits including Windy, Cherish and Along Comes Mary.
1982 ~ The #1 song in the U.S. was former Commodore Lionel Richie'sTruly. The
love song stayed at the top of the charts for two weeks. The song was his
first solo hit and followed Endless Love, a duet with Diana Ross in 1981.
2000 ~ Walter Bailes, a member of the popular 1940s-era Grand Ole Opry duo The
Bailes Brothers, died at the age of 80.
Walter Bailes, a West Virginia native, and his brother Johnny were the classic
Bailes Brothers duo. Brothers Kyle and Homer also performed with the group
over the years in varying combinations.
Walter wrote much of the group's material, including popular songs like Dust
on the Bible and I Want to be Loved. During their run on the Grand Ole
Opry from 1944 to 46, they were among the show's most popular acts.
Kitty Wells, Flatt & Scruggs, and The Everly Brothers all recorded songs
written by Walter Bailes.
The Bailes Brothers left the Opry in 1946 and moved to Shreveport, La., where
they helped launch the Louisiana Hayride radio show. They continued to
occasionally perform throughout the 1950s. 28 1632 ~ Jean-Baptiste Lully, Italian-born French composer
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1829 ~ Anton Rubinstein, Russian composer and pianist
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1895 ~ Joseé Iturbi, Musician, pianist, conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
1915 ~ Dick Vance, Trumpeter
1929 ~ Berry Gordy, Jr., Founder of Motown Records
1943 ~ Randy (Randall Stuart) Newman, American pop-rock songwriter, singer and pianist
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1945 ~ R.B. Greaves, Singer
1948 ~ Beeb Birtles, Guitarist with The Little River Band
1949 ~ Alexander Godunov, Ballet dancer, actor
1949 ~ Paul Shaffer, Band leader on Late Show with David Letterman, comedian
1956 ~ Holding the #1 spot on the music charts: Guy Mitchell singing Singing theBlues. The song remained at the top of the Hit Parade for 10 weeks. Here's a
bit of trivia: Ray Conniff whistled the intro to Singing the Blues.
1966 ~ The New Vaudeville Band received a gold record for Winchester Cathedral
1974 ~ John Lennon appeared in concert for the last time, at NYC's Madison Square
Garden. Lennon joined Elton John to sing Whatever Gets You Through the Night
as well as I Saw Her Standing There. 29 1770 ~ Peter Hansel, composer
1797 ~ Gaetano Donizetti, Italian composer
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1825 ~ Rossini's Barber of Seville was presented in New York City. It was the
first Italian opera to be presented in the United States.
1877 ~ Thomas Alva Edison demonstrated a hand-cranked sound recording phonograph
machine that was capable of recording human voice and other sounds.
1895 ~ Busby Berkeley (William Berkeley Enos), Director of Forty Second Street,
Gold Diggers of 1935, Footlight Parade, Hollywood Hotel, Stage Struck, GoldDiggers in Paris, Babes in Arms, Strike Up the Band, Girl Crazy, Take Me Outto the Ball Game, Babes on Broadway, For Me and My Gal
1915 ~ Billy Strayhorn, American jazz composer, lyricist and pianist
1932 ~ The Gay Divorcee opened in New York City. The Cole Porter musical featured
the classic, Night and Day.
1933 ~ John Mayall, Songwriter, bandleader
1938 ~ Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded Hawaiian War Chant for Victor
1939 ~ Meco (Monardo), Musician, music producer
1940 ~ Chuck Mangione, American jazz musician (flugelhorn) and Grammy Award-winning composer
1941 ~ Denny Doherty, Singer with Mamas and Papas, TV host
1944 ~ Felix Cavaliere, Singer with The (Young) Rascals
1947 ~ Louis Armstrong and his sextet lit up Carnegie Hall in New York City with
a night of jazz and more.
1948 ~ The first opera to be televised was broadcast from the Metropolitan OperaHouse in New York City. Othello, by Verdi, was presented over WJZ-TV.
1950 ~ I Fly Anything, starring singer Dick Haymes in the role of cargo pilot
Dockery Crane, premiered on ABC Radio. The show only lasted one season and
Haymes went back to singing.
1951 ~ Barry Goudreau, Guitarist with Orion the Hunter; Boston
1968 - Jonathan Rashleigh Knight, Singer, dancer with New Kids on the Block
1975 ~ Silver Convention had the #1 pop tune this day, called Fly, Robin, Fly.
1986 ~ The blockbuster five-record set, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Live/1975-85, debuted at #1 on the album charts this day. No five-record set
had made the top 25 until then. No five-record set had ever gone platinum
until then. The price tag? $25.
2001 ~ George Harrison, the "quiet Beatle" who added both rock 'n' roll flash and
a touch of the mystic to the band's timeless magic, died. He was 58.
Harrison died at 1:30 p.m. at a friend's Los Angeles home following a battle
with cancer, longtime friend Gavin De Becker told The Associated Press late
Thursday. Harrison's wife, Olivia Harrison, and son, Dhani, 24, were with
"He left this world as he lived in it, conscious of God, fearless of death,
and at peace, surrounded by family and friends," the Harrison family said in
a statement. "He often said, 'Everything else can wait but the search for
God cannot wait, and love one another."'
With the death of Harrison, the band's lead guitarist, there remain two
surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. John Lennon was shot to
death by a deranged fan in 1980.
"I am devastated and very, very sad," McCartney told reporters outside his
London home Friday. "He was a lovely guy and a very brave man and had a
wonderful sense of humor. He is really just my baby brother."
In a statement, Starr said: "George was a best friend of mine. I loved him
very much and I will miss him greatly. Both (wife) Barbara and I send our
love and light to Olivia and Dhani. We will miss George for his sense of
love, his sense of music and his sense of laughter."
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1954 ~ George McArdle, Bass guitarist with Little River Band
1954 ~ June Pointer, Singer with The Pointer Sisters
1955 ~ Billy Idol (Broad), Guitarist, singer, songwriter
1957 ~ John Aston, Guitarist with these groups: Photons, Psychedelic Furs
1957 ~ Richard Barbieri, Drummer with Japan, composer
1968 ~ Diana Ross and The Supremes hit the #1 spot on the music charts with Love
Child. The somewhat controversial tune (for the times) stayed at the top for
1971 ~ ABC-TV presented Brian's Song as the ABC Movie of the Week. The touching
story was about Chicago Bears running back Brian Piccolo and his friendship
with Gayle Sayers, who watched Brian die a tragic death. The theme song,
Brian's Song, was performed by Michel Legrand.
1974 ~ The Eagles hit, Best of My Love, was released. It would take until March 1, 1975 for it to reach the #1 spot on the top 40 charts.
1970 ~ Des'ree, Singer
1996 ~ Tiny Tim died performing Tiptoe Through the Tulips
to an audience at a benefit in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He cut the song short,
commenting to his wife, Miss Sue, that he felt ill.
As he was making his way with Sue to her table, amidst the applause of
his loyal fans, he collapsed, was taken to a Minneapolis hospital and
died without regaining consciousness.