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1830 ~ Frédéric Chopin left Warsaw for Paris, never to return.
He was presented a cup of Polish soil on this day.
• 1902 ~ Eugen Jochum, German conductor
• 1921 ~ Jan Tausinger, Rumanian-born Czech composer
• 1923 ~ Victoria de Los Angeles, Spanish soprano
• 1926 ~ Lou Donaldson, Alto saxophone, singer
• 1937 ~ ‘Whispering’ Bill (James) Anderson, Songwriter, singer
• 1940 ~ Barry Sadler, Songwriter, singer
• 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's Island 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
• 1944 ~ Keith Emerson, British rock keyboardist
• 1946 ~ Giuseppe Sinopoli, Italian conductor and composer
• 1952 ~ Maxine Nightingale, Singer
• 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 Henry
Mancini’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 Great
Balls 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.
• 1990 ~ Mary Martin died
• 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.
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Karl Tausig (1841) Polish pianist
• 1847 ~ Felix Mendelssohn died
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• 1922 ~ Paul Rovsing Olsen, Danish composer, ethnomusicologist and music critic
• 1922 ~ Anthony Vazzana, American composer
• 1938 ~ Harry Elston, Musician with Friends of Distinction
• 1938 ~ You’re a Sweet Little Headache, from the movie "Paris Honeymoon", was recorded by
Bing Crosby on Decca.
• 1940 ~ Delbert McClinton, Songwriter, singer
• 1947 ~ Mike Smith, Musician, saxophone
• 1954 ~ Florence Henderson, who was all of 20 years old, joined with Ezio Pinza and
Walter Slezak in "Fanny". The show lit up Broadway 888 times.
• 1962 ~ Bob Dylan gave his first major concert outside of Greenwich Village. The
Carnegie Hall solo appearance was not well attended.
• 1963 ~ The Beatles played a Royal Command Performance as part of an evening of
entertainment for Queen Elizabeth at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London. David
Frost was the emcee.
• 1984 ~ The Artist Formerly Known as Prince kicked off his fall tour in Detroit. He
broke the record for sold-out performances at the 20,000-seat Joe Louis Arena.
The previous record-holder was The Artist Still Known as Neil Diamond, in 1983.
• 2000 ~ Vernel Fournier, who was a drummer for premier jazz acts such as Charlie
Parker 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
• 1912 ~ Roy Rogers (Leonard Slye) ‘King of the Cowboys’, singer, married to Dale Evans
• 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.
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• 1946 ~ Gram Parsons (Cecil Ingram Connor), Singer with The Byrds,
• 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
• 1989 ~ Vladimir Horowitz passed away
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• 1989 ~ Barry Sadler passed away
• 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
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1854 ~ John Phillip Sousa, American bandmaster and composer;
"The March King"
Read quotes by and about Sousa
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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
• 1938 ~ Dee (Delectus) Clark, Singer
• 1942 ~ Johnny Rivers (John Ramistella), Singer
• 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 6
to 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.
• 1890 ~ Composer César Franck died in Paris
• 1921 ~ Jerome Hines, American bass
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• 1924 ~ Sergei Mikhailovich Liapunov
• 1927 ~ Patti Page, American singer of popular music
• 1927 ~ Chris Conner, Singer
• 1932 ~ The team of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II debuted with their show, Make
Mine Music. The Broadway production continued for 342 performances.
• 1939 ~ This day marked Frank Sinatra's last recording session with the Harry James
Band. Sides recorded were Every Day of My Life and Ciribiribin.
• 1939 ~ "Life With Father" premiered on Broadway in New York City. Eight years later, the
show broke the existing record for longest-running stage production.
• 1941 ~ Rodney Slater, Saxophone, trumpet with The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
• 1944 ~ Bonnie Bramlett, Songwriter, singer with Delaney and Bonnie and Friends
• 1946 ~ Roy Wood (Ulysses Adrian Wood), Singer, songwriter, formed Electric Light
• 1947 ~ Minnie (Julia) Riperton, Singer
• 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.
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• 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 Heart Belongs 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
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• 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
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• 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 ~ On this day, twenty years after the first release of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed
Reindeer", Gene Autry received a gold record for the single.
• 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.
• 1994 ~ Carmen McRae passed away
11 Veteran's Day
• 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.
• 1974 ~ Leonardo DiCaprio, American actor
• 1979 ~ Dimitri Tiomkin passed away
• 1992 ~ Erskine Hawkins passed away
• 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 Mick
Jagger'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 New
York Philharmonic Orchestra. Thus began a legendary career and worldwide
appreciation for Bernstein’s many compositions with the orchestra.
• 1951 ~ Nicolai Karlovich Medtner died
• 1965 ~ Julie Harris starred in "Skyscraper", which opened on Broadway in New York
City. The musical ran for seven months.
• 1968 ~ This was a good day for The Beatles. Their movie, "Yellow Submarine", premiered
in the U.S. and the single, Hey Jude, topped the pop music charts (it was in
its 7th of 9 weeks at #1).
• 1975 ~ Whoa Whoa Whoa, Feeeelings. One of the great lounge-lizard songs of all time,
Feelings by Morris Albert, went gold.
• 1999 ~ Donald Mills passed away
• 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 Porter
Wagoner 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
• 1920 ~ Johnny Desmond (Giovanni DeSimone), Singer with the Bob-O-Links, the Bob Crosby
Band, Glenn Miller AAF band, Don McNeill’s Breakfast Club, Your Hit Parade, Face
the Music and an actor
• 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 It
Be 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 1914 ~ Jorge Bolet, Cuban-born American pianist
• 1926 ~ NBC broadcast its first music program. It featured the New York Symphony
Orchestra and many distinguished soloists. 24 stations carried the first
broadcast. The program was a gala 4½-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
• 1928 ~ C.W. McCall (William Fries), Singer, songwriter
• 1932 ~ Petula Clark, British pop singer (Downtown, My Love)
• 1933 ~ Clyde (Lensley) McPhatter, Singer with the Dominoes
• 1937 ~ Little Willie John (William Edward John), Singer, convicted of manslaughter
1942 ~ Daniel Barenboim, Argentine-born Israeli pianist and conductor of English Chamber
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• 1945 ~ Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Singer with Abba
• 1946 ~ Janet Lennon, Singer with The Lennon Sisters
• 1954 ~ Tony Thompson, Drummer with Chic; played with Led Zeppelin, Live Aid, drummer
with Patti LaBelle
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• 1954 ~ Studio One on CBS-TV featured Joan Weber singing Let Me Go, Lover. The song had
enjoyed limited popularity before the TV show, but skyrocketed to fame
• 1956 ~ Love Me Tender, the first Elvis Presley film, premiered.
• 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 Me
Dance, Sing or Anything (Even Take the Dog for a Walk, Mend a Fuse, Fold Away the
Ironing 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 Lionel
Richie, 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 Placido
Domingo, 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 Christmas
Blues 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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• 1889 ~ George S. (Simon) Kaufman, Playwright: The Cocoanuts, A Night at the Opera,
with Moss Hart, The Man Who Came to Dinner, You Can’t Take It with You
1895 ~ Paul Hindemith, German-born American composer and conductor
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• 1896 ~ Lawrence Mervil Tibbett, American baritone
• 1905 ~ Eddie (Albert) Condon, Guitarist, bandleader, promoter of Dixieland Jazz
• 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 Ella
Fitzgerald, 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 1877 ~ The first production of Gilbert and Sullivan's opera, The
Sorcerer, 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.
• 1941 ~ Gene Clark, Singer, guitar with The Byrds
• 1942 ~ Bob Gaudio, Singer with The Royal Teens; The Four Seasons
• 1946 ~ Martin Barre, Guitarist with Jethro Tull
• 1950 ~ Roberta Peters filled in for the lead in Mozart's Don Giovanni, making her
debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. She would become one of the
Met’s most famous stars.
• 1962 ~ The 4 Seasons, with Frankie Valli as lead singer, began a five-week run at the
top of the tunedex with Big Girls Don’t Cry.
• 1967 ~ Ronald DeVoe, Singer with New Edition
• 1970 ~ Elton John recorded an album live, on what was WABC-FM in New York City. It
marked the first time that a concert was aired live and recorded for release as
aired. The LP was titled, 11/17/70.
• 1981 ~ Bob Eberly died
• 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
18 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
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
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• 1889 ~ Amelita Galli-Curci, Opera soprano, "If not the greatest coloratura soprano of
all time, she must surely be recognized as among the world’s finest examples of
true operatic artistry."
1899 ~ Eugene Ormandy (Jeno Blau), Hungarian-born American conductor of
The Philadelphia Orchestra
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• 1909 ~ Johnny (John Herndon) Mercer, Academy Award-winning composer,
lyricist, wrote or co-wrote over a thousand songs
• 1926 ~ Dorothy Collins (Marjorie Chandler), Singer on Your Hit Parade,
sang with Benny Goodman band
• 1936 ~ Hank Ballard, Singer, songwriter with The Midniters, wrote and recorded The Twist
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• 1950 ~ Graham Parker, Singer with Graham Parker and The Rumour
• 1953 ~ Herman Rarebell, Drummer with Scorpions
• 1960 ~ Kim Wilde, Singer
• 1967 ~ Lulu’s To 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, Lester
Lanin. He played for patrons who wanted to cut a rug on the 112-by-55-foot, maple
wood dance floor.
• 1999 ~ Doug Sahm passed away
• 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
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
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.
19 1826 ~ Composer Felix Mendelssohn and his sister Fanny
performed his overture to "A Midsummer Night's Dream" for the first time.
1859 ~ Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, Russian composer and conductor
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• 1905 ~ Tommy Dorsey, American trombonist and bandleader
• 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.
• 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 jazzjazz concert was presented at the White House. Jazz had
previously been served as background music only.
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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20 1894 ~ Anton Rubinstein, Russian composer and pianist, died
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• 1925 ~ June Christy (Shirley Luster), Singer, sang with Stan
• 1929 ~ Leo Reisman and his orchestra recorded Happy Days are Here
Again 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. Joel
Gray 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.
• 1904 ~ Coleman Hawkins, American jazz tenor saxophonist, solo with the Fletcher
Henderson band, jazz bandleader
• 1931 ~ Malcolm Williamson, Australian composer
• 1933 ~ Jean Shepard, Country singer
• 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 The
Temptations 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.
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• 1880 ~ Lillian Russell made her vaudeville debut, in New York City.
• 1899 ~ Hoagy (Hoagland Howard) Carmichael, American jazz pianist and songwriter,
singer, band leader, attorney
• 1909 ~ Helen Hayes appeared for the first time on the New York stage. She was a member
of the cast of In Old Dutch, which opened at the Herald Square Theatre.
1913 ~ Lord Benjamin Britten, British composer
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• 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, Billie
Holiday, 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
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
More information about Caruso
• 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
More information about Penderecki
• 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
More information about Joplin
• 1934 ~ Alfred Schnittke, Soviet composer
• 1937 ~ Music from the Raymor Ballroom in Boston, Massachusetts was beamed coast to
coast on NBC radio. The special guests during this broadcast were Glenn Miller
and his orchestra.
• 1937 ~ Three lovely ladies, known as The Andrews Sisters, recorded Decca record number
• 1562 this day. It became one of their biggest hits: Bei Mir Bist Du Schön.
• 1950 ~ The musical comedy, Guys and Dolls, from the pen of Frank Loesser, opened at
the 46th Street Theatre in New York City. The show ran for 1,200 performances.
• 1958 ~ Jackie Wilson’s Lonely Teardrops was released, as was a disk by Ritchie Valens
featuring Donna on one side and La Bamba on the other.
• 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.
• 1985 ~ Big Joe Turner passed away
• 1993 ~ Albert Collins, passed away
• 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
Association's Vocal Group of the Year award.
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1896 ~ Virgil Thomson, American composer, conductor and music critic
Read quotes by and about Thomson
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• 1924 ~ Paul Desmond, American jazz also saxophonist and composer
• 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 Gene
Autry’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 the
Clock by Bill Haley and 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
• 1925 ~ Eugene Istomin, American pianist
More about Istomin
• 1932 ~ Alan Stout, American composer
• 1933 ~ Robert Goulet (Stanley Applebaum), Singer, actor
• 1935 ~ Marian Mercer, Singer, actress
• 1938 ~ Ray Brown, Singer with The Four Freshmen
• 1938 ~ Tina Turner (Annie Bullock), American soul-rock singer, Grammy
Award-winning Pop Singer of the Year, 1985; Ike Turner's ex-wife
• 1940 ~ Xavier Cugat and his orchestra recorded Orchids in the Moonlight on the
• 1944 ~ Alan Henderson, Bass with Them
• 1946 ~ John McVie, Guitarist with Fleetwood Mac
• 1956 ~ Tommy Dorsey passed away at the age of 51.
His records sold more than 110,000,000 copies.
• 1963 ~ Amelita Galli-Curci passed away
• 1968 ~ Cream gave a farewell performance filmed by the BBC in London. The rock
group played before a capacity crowd at Royal Albert Hall.
• 1969 ~ The Band received a gold record for the album, The Band.
• 1978 ~ Frank Rosolino passed away
• 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.
More information about Du Fay
• 1750 ~ Anton Thadaus Johann Nepomuk Stamitz
• 1804 ~ Sir Julius Benedict, Musician, composer
• 1813 ~ Michele Puccini, Composer
• 1867 ~ Charles (Louis Eugène) 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
• 1926 ~ Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong recorded You Made Me Love You on Okeh Records.
• 1935 ~ Al Jackson, Jr., Dummer with Booker T. and the M.G.’s; Roy Milton Band
• 1935 ~ Eeny Meeny Miney Mo was recorded by Ginger Rogers and Johnny Mercer. The
tune was recorded at Decca Records in Los Angeles.
• 1942 ~ Jimi (James Marshall) Hendrix, American rock guitarist, singer and songwriter
• 1944 ~ Dozy (Trevor Davies), Bass with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich
• 1944 ~ Eddie Rabbitt, Songwriter, Kentucky Rain for Elvis Presley; singer, his
• 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’s Truly. 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
More information about Lully
1829 ~ Anton Rubinstein, Russian composer and pianist
More information about Rubinstein
• 1895 ~ Joseé Iturbi, Musician, pianist, conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
• 1915 ~ Dick Vance, Trumpeter
• 1929 ~ Berry Gordy, Jr., Founder of Motown Records
• 1934 ~ Ethel Ennis, Singer with Benny Goodman Orchestra
• 1939 ~ Gary Troxel, Singer with The Fleetwoods
• 1940 ~ Bruce Channel, Singer
1943 ~ Randy (Randall Stuart) Newman, American pop-rock songwriter, singer and pianist
More information about Newman
• 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 the
Blues. 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
More information about Donizetti
• 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, Gold
Diggers in Paris, Babes in Arms, Strike Up the Band, Girl Crazy, Take Me Out
to the Ball Game, Babes on Broadway, For Me and My Gal
• 1915 ~ Billy Strayhorn, American jazz composer, lyricist and pianist
• 1917 ~ Merle Travis, Songwriter, singer
• 1932 ~ John Gary (Strader), Singer, songwriter, diver, inventor. He holds
two patents on underwater propulsion devices - diving buddy and aqua-peller
• 1932 ~ Ed Bickert, Jazz guitarist with Paul Desmond Quartet
• 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 Opera
House 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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30 1634 ~ Andres de Sola
• 1813 ~ Charles-Henri Valentin Alkan, Composer
• 1859 ~ Sergei Mikhailovich Liapunov
• 1915 ~ "Brownie" McGee, American jazz singer and guitarist
• 1931 ~ Thurman ‘Teddy’ Wilburn, Singer with Wilburn Brothers, Grand Ole Opry
More about Wilburn
• 1932 ~ Bob Moore, Instrumentalist with Moby Grape
• 1935 ~ Jack Reno, Country singer
• 1937 ~ (Noel) Paul Stookey, American folk singer, songwriter and guitarist,
Peter, Paul and Mary
• 1939 ~ Harry James and his big band recorded Concerto for Trumpet on Columbia 78s.
• 1940 ~ Lucille Ball and Cuban musician Desi Arnaz were married. Lucy filed for
divorce the day after their final TV show was filmed in 1960.
• 1943 ~ Nat ‘King’ Cole and his trio recorded Straighten Up and Fly Right on
Capitol Records. It was the first recording for the King Cole trio.
• 1943 ~ Leo Lyons, Bass with the Jaybirds
• 1944 ~ Rob Grill, Singer with The Grass Roots
• 1944 ~ Luther Ingram, Singer
• 1945 ~ Radu Lupu, Rumanian pianist
• 1945 ~ Roger Glover, Bass with these groups: Episode Six, Rainbow, Deep Purple
• 1953 ~ Shuggie (Johnny) Otis, Jr., Guitarist, bass, harmonica and keyboards
• 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.
Some Composer Birthdays excerpted from
"The Music-Lovers Birthday Book"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, 1987)
Others from various sources, including
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