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• 1925 ~ Jürgen Jürgens, German conductor
• 1930 ~ The New York Philharmonic Orchestra was first heard on the air over CBS radio from Carnegie Hall. The Sunday afternoon concerts set CBS back $15,000. Not per week, but for the entire season!
• 1935 ~ Margie Singleton, Singer, TV performer on Louisiana Hayride
• 1938 ~ Johnny Duncan, Singer
• 1938 ~ Carlo Mastangelo, Singer with Dion and The Belmonts
• 1939 ~ As long as Ted Weems’ orchestra recorded on Decca Records, so did the featured vocalist in his band, the barber from Canonsburg, PA, Perry Como. Before becoming a star in his own right, and making the move to RCA Records and NBC, ‘Mr. C.’ recorded I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now with Weems on Decca.
• 1943 ~ Steve Miller, Singer, songwriter with The Steve Miller Band
• 1947 ~ A small Northern California company got a major boost from Bing Crosby. The first show recorded on tape was broadcast on ABC radio. ‘Der Bingle’ was so popular, that his taped show promoted wide distribution of the new magnetic tape recorders that would become broadcast classics - the venerable Ampex 200.
• 1949 ~ Brian Connolly, Singer with The Sweet
• 1949 ~ B.W. Stevenson, Singer, songwriter
• 1950 ~ Eddie Clarke, Guitarist with Motorhead
• 1951 ~ Bob Geldof, Singer, songwriter with Boomtown Rats, organized fund-raising group: Band Aid
• 1955 ~ Leo Barnes, Musician with Hothouse Flowers
• 1962 ~ The Beatles debut single 'Love Me Do' was released in the UK. It spent 26 week's on the chart peaking at No.17. Beatles producer George Martin has said when 'Love Me Do' was released, it was the day the world changed.
• 1962 ~ Ken Noda, American pianist and composer
• 1965 ~ Adding to his many credits, accolades and honors, Henry Mancini received a gold record for the soundtrack LP from the movie, The Pink Panther.
• 2000 ~ Singer, actor and composer Cuco Sanchez, whose six-decade career included the ranchera hits La cama de piedra and Anillo de compromiso, died of liver failure. He was 79.
Sanchez, whose full name was Jose del Refugio Sanchez Saldana, recorded his first song at 13. In 1940, he was signed by Mexico's largest media company, for which he acted in movies and television programs.
Sanchez's long career included about 200 songs, which were translated into 27 languages.
Among his hits were Mi chata, Anoche estuve llorando, No soy monedita de oro, Buenas noches mi amor, Con la misma moneda, Que manera de perder, Fallaste corazon, and Oigame compadre.
Sanchez also composed music for movies.
• 2003 ~ Clarence B. Cagle, a legendary pianist for the Texas Playboys, died at the age of 83.
Cagle began playing violin and banjo at house parties at age 9.
In 1938, Cagle moved to Coffeyville, Kan., where he played with Herb Goddard's Oklahoma Wanderers. By then, he'd switched to playing the piano.
Cagle auditioned for legendary Texas swing musician Bob Wills in 1943 in Tulsa. He got the job and performed with the Texas Playboys until Wills left for Hollywood to make Western films.
Cagle stayed in Tulsa with Wills' brother, Johnnie Lee Wills, developing his well-known "Boogie Woogie Highball." Cagle played with him for the next 17 years.
He was admitted to the Western Swing Hall of Fame in Sacramento, Calif., in 1988. 6 1820 ~ Jenny (Johanna) Lind, Swedish colatura soprano, "The Swedish Nightengale"
• 1917 ~ A new word cropped up in the American lexicon: Jazz. The Literary Digest described jazz as music that caused people to, "shake, jump and writhe in ways to suggest a return to the medieval jumping mania."
• 1927 ~ Paul Badura-Skoda, Austrian pianist and music editor
• 1927 ~ "Mammy, how I love you, how I love you, my dear old mammy!" It was Al Jolson in blackface, singing in the first full-length talking picture, The Jazz Singer, as it opened in New York City.
In reality, The Jazz Singer was not a true talkie. There were only 291 spoken words in the landmark film; however, it was the first to integrate sound and this small amount of dialogue into a story through the Vitaphone disk process; and the first to entertain a large audience. The talking part was mostly singing, and it was Al Jolson who made the flick a success, proving to the critics that an all-talking film could work. (Because he didn’t think the pioneer of talkies would be all the rage, George Jessel actually turned down the starring role; as did Eddie Cantor.) A silent version of the film was released to movie theaters who had not yet popped for the $20,000 or so that it cost to rewire their venue.
The audience was thrilled with Jolson’s sound performance as a cantor’s son, Jake Rabinowitz, rejecting the world he came from to become a singer of popular music, changing his name to Jack Robin in the process.
Although not jazz as we know it, the songs Jolson sang became part of American music culture: Toot Toot Tootsie (Goodbye), Blue Skies, Waiting for the RobertE. Lee and, of course, My Mammy.
For those truly with a need to know, Neil Diamond did not audition for Jolson’s part when finding out that Jessel had turned it down. Diamond performed in a remake of The Jazz Singer in 1980.
As Jolson said, "Wait a minute, wait a minute, you ain’t heard nothin’ yet!" Maybe, through the wonders of modern technology, we could hear Jolson and Diamond together, in concert. That would be the Mammy of all jazz singin’.
• 1941 ~ Claude Thornhill and his orchestra recorded Autumn Serenade on Columbia Records.
• 1946 ~ Millie Small (Smith), Singer, known as ‘The Blue Beat Girl’ in her native Jamaica
• 1949 ~ Bobby Farrell, Singer
• 1950 ~ Thomas McClary, Guitarist with The Commodores
• 1962 ~ Robert Goulet stepped out of the role of Sir Lancelot after singing/acting the part since 1960. The fabulously successful Broadway musical, Camelot, also starred Richard Burton as King Arthur and Julie Andrews as Queen Guenevere.
• 1964 ~ Matthew Sweet, Guitarist, singer, songwriter
• 1969 ~ George Harrison's song 'Something' was released as the "A" side of a Beatles' 45, a first for Harrison. Along with Lennon and McCartney's 'Come Together', the single went on reach No.1 on the US chart the following month. Both tracks were lifted from the Abbey Road album.
• 2001 ~ Blues singer Mamie "Galore" Davis died of a stroke. She was 61.
Davis was born Sept. 24, 1940, in Erwin, where she started singing the blues. She graduated from O'Bannon High School and joined a local band. She performed with such musicians as Little Johnny Burton, Buddy Hicks, Little Milton and the Ike and Tina Turner Revue.
Her first solo recording, Special Agent 34-24-38, was recorded on the St. Lawrence label in 1965. Under her first producer, Monk Higgins, she recorded two more singles for St. Lawrence, including her biggest hit, It Ain't Necessary, in 1966.
• 2003 ~ Victor Buelow, who made it into the record books as the longest-serving community band director, died os an apparent heart attack. He was 94.
Buelow directed the Jefferson American Legion Band for 72 years, from 1931 through the 2002 band season. Guinness World Records declared him the longest-serving director anywhere after he retired.
Buelow stayed with the band even in retirement, playing the alto horn this summer.
• 2007 ~ Queen's groundbreaking promo for their 1975 hit Bohemian Rhapsody was named the UK's best music video in a survey of music fans. Out of 1,051 adults polled by O2, 30% named the six-minute video, (which took only three hours to shoot and cost a mere £3,500 to make), their favorite. 7 1746 ~ William Billings, American composer
• 1898 ~ Alfred Wallenstein, American cellist and conductor
• 1942 ~ TIME magazine described Command Performance, which debuted this day, as "...the best wartime program in radio." The show was originally produced by the U.S. War Department in cooperation with Armed Forces Radio Services specifically for those in the military overseas. It continued until 1949 and was reprised for more than three decades in syndication. Command Performance was hosted by Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Don Wilson and Harry Von Zell and featured just about every major Hollywood and Broadway star.
• 1945 ~ Kevin Godley, Drummer, singer with 10cc
• 1949 ~ David Hope, Bass with Kansas
• 1950 ~ The Frank Sinatra Show debuted. It was the crooner’s first plunge into TV, the beginning of a $250,000 per year, five-year contract. Ben Blue, The Blue Family, the Whippoorwills and Axel Stordahl’s orchestra were regulars on the show.
• 1951 ~ John Cougar Mellencamp, Singer
• 1953 ~ Tico Torres, Drummer with Bon Jovi
• 1955 ~ Yo-Yo Ma, Chinese-born American cello virtuoso
• 1969 ~ Put on your headband, love beads, surfer’s cross and give the peace sign. It was on this day that The Youngbloods hit, Get Together, passed the million- selling mark to achieve gold record status.
• 1995 ~ Alanis Morissette went to No.1 on the US album chart with her third album Jagged Little Pill. The record produced six successful singles, including 'You Oughta Know', 'Ironic', 'You Learn', 'Hand in My Pocket', and 'Head over Feet' and went on to become the biggest selling album ever by a female artist with sales over 30m. Do you have a favorite track from the album?
• 2000 ~ Dennis Sandole, a jazz guitarist and mentor to John Coltrane, died at 87.
Beginning in the early 1940s, Sandole played with some of the major swing-era bands of the time, including those led by Charlie Barnet, Boyd Raeburn, Tommy Dorsey and Ray McKinley.
He also recorded film soundtracks and played at recording sessions for Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday.
Sandole was mentor to jazz giant John Coltrane from 1946 to the early 1950s, teaching him music theory and exposing him to music from other cultures.
He recorded some of his own music, including "Modern Music From Philadelphia" in 1956. In 1999 Cadence Jazz released "The Dennis Sandole Project," which contained parts of a jazz ballet/opera he wrote in the 1960s and 70s called "Evenin' Is Cryin'".
Sandole published a book, "Guitar Lore," in 1981.
• 2003 ~ Arthur Berger, a composer, critic and teacher who was an influential analyst of contemporary music, died of heart failure. He was 91.
In 1943, Berger began a decade as a music critic for the New York Herald Tribune. Later, he was one of the founders of the periodical Perspectives of New Music. In 1953, he published the first book-length study of composer Aaron Copland.
Berger's "Ideas of Order" premiered with the New York Philharmonic in 1952. His primary interest as a composer, however, was in chamber music and in music for the piano. His neoclassical Quartet for Winds is probably his most performed work.
Igor Stravinsky admired Berger's music, and Copland wrote of its distinction, craftsmanship, individuality and idiosyncrasy.
Over his career, Berger taught at Mills College in California, Brandeis University and the New England Conservatory of Music.
Berger celebrated his 90th birthday last year by publishing a collection of essays, "Reflections of an American Composer."
• 2003 ~ William Bennett, whose Manhattan music studio gave hope to those with aspirations of escaping the corporate world to become rock stars, Oct. 7 from injuries he received in a car accident. He was 49.
Bennett bought Off Wall Street Jam in 1997. The TriBeCa studio became a place where he mentored other musicians and helped to arrange music engagements at city clubs.
Bennett grew up on the Upper East Side in a show business family. He majored in music in college and played guitar in bands like the Immortal Primitives, which had opened for the Ramones. But he eventually wound up working at a photography agency and did not play guitar for years. A friend advised him to purchase the studio, which grew to more than 400 dues-paying members.
• 2003 ~ John Pagaard "Johnnie" Jessen, a former vaudeville saxophone player and University of Washington instructor who inspired pop musician Kenny G, died at the age of 94.
At Jessen's retirement from the university in 1989, Kenny Gorelick, who shortened his name to Kenny G for performing and recording, said 12 years of working with Jessen were crucial to his success.
"I made a breakthrough after I started studying with Johnnie," he said. "One morning I woke up and I could play twice as fast. He had this great tone on flute, and got me to the point where I was doubling on clarinet and flute."
The son of Danish immigrants, Jessen was playing the violin at parties by age 9 and soon afterward formed his first band, the Rinky Dinks.
He went on to play on cruise ships crisscrossing the Pacific Ocean in the 1920s and on the RKO vaudeville circuit behind stars such as Betty Grable, Judy Garland and Sammy Davis, Jr. in the 1930s. 8 1585 ~ Heinrich Schütz, German composer
• 1895 ~ The Berliner Gramophone Company was founded in Philadelphia. Record players were not too far off in the future.
• 1904 ~ "Little Johnny Jones" opened in Hartford, CT. The show became a hit several times, due in part to a little ditty which became quite popular. Give MyRegards to Broadway was penned, as was the entire musical, by the ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ himself, George M. Cohan.
• 1935 ~ Wedding bells pealed for a singer and a bandleader who tied the knot, making radio history together. The bandleader was Ozzie Nelson and the singer was Harriet Hilliard. They would make the history pages again on this very day in 1944.
• 1941 ~ The Benny Goodman Orchestra recorded Buckle Down Winsocki, with Tom Dix as featured vocalist, on the Columbia label.
• 1941 ~ George Bellamy, Guitarist with The Tornados
• 1942 ~ Buzz (Reese) Clifford, Singer
• 1944 ~ Susan Raye, Singer
• 1944 ~ The first broadcast of The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet was heard on the CBS radio network. The show would continue on radio until 1953 and on ABC~TV from 1952 to 1966. "Hi Mom, Hi Dad, Hi Dave, Hi Ricky."
• 1947 ~ Tony Wilson, Bass, singer with Hot Chocolate
• 1948 ~ Johnny Ramone (Cummings), Guitarist with The Ramones
• 1949 ~ Hamish Stuart, Guitarist, singer with Average White Band
• 1950 ~ Robert ‘Kool’ Bell, Bass guitar, singer with Kool and the Gang
• 1956 ~ Lawrence "a-one and a-two" Welk was doing so well with "da boys inta bant" on ABC-TV, that, after being on the tube for just one year with The Lawrence Welk Show, Welk originated another popular show called Lawrence Welk’s Top Tunes and New Talent.
• 1974 ~ Then Came You, by Dionne Warwicke and The Spinners, went solid gold this day. While the editors are poring over the proper spelling of her name, might we add that due to some superstitious feeling having to do with astrology, the former Ms. Warwick changed her name for good luck to Warwicke. It apparently worked. That is, until she went solo again upon meeting Barry Manilow in the early 1980s. Tunes like I’ll Never Love This Way Again, Deja Vu and hits with Johnny Mathis, Luther Vandross and some friends made it OK to be just Dionne Warwick again.
• 1979 ~ "Sugar Babies", opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre on Broadway. The star of the hit show was also making his debut on the Great White Way. Mickey Rooney, who had been acting since the 1930s, once again delighted one and all with his performance.
• 1984 ~ Anne Murray won the Country Music Association’s Album of the Year Award this day for A Little Good News. Murray was the first woman to win this award. 9 1813 ~ Giuseppe Verdi, Italian composer Read quotes by and about Verdi More information about Verdi
1835 ~ Camille Saint-Saëns, French composer, organist and conductor Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals is featured in Disney's Fantasia and Fantasia 2000. Read quotes by and about Saint-Saëns More information about Saint-Saëns
• 1931 ~ Russ Columbo’s Prisoner of Love was recorded on Victor Records.
1940 ~ John Lennon, British rock singer, songwriter and guitarist More information about Lennon
• 1935 ~ Cavalcade of America was first broadcast on radio this very day. The CBS show featured some of Hollywood and Broadway’s most famous stars in leading roles in the half hour radio dramas. Thomas Chalmers narrated the stories about obscure incidents and people in American history. The orchestra (yes, radio shows had live orchestras back then) was led by Donald Voorhees. The show aired from 1935 to 1953, changing from CBS to NBC in 1939; with one sponsor for its entire duration. The DuPont Company introduced its slogan on Cavalcade of America ..."Better things for better living through chemistry..."
• 1947 ~ "High Button Shoes", opened on Broadway in New York City with an entertainer named Phil Silvers in the lead. The popular show ran for 727 performances.
• 1948 ~ Jackson Browne, Songwriter, singer
• 1967 ~ "And now...heeeeeeeeerrrree’s the Doctor!" Coming out of the NBC Tonight Show Orchestra to become musical director of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Doc Severinsen replaced Skitch Henderson on this night. Doc became famous for an eccentric wardrobe, quick wit, great trumpet solos and fabulous charts. Tommy Newsome became Doc’s backup arranger for many of the tunes the band played. Later, Doc and the band would move to solo albums, group CDs and incredibly successful concert tours. Doc went on to play with various symphony orchestras and even became the owner of a custom trumpet company in the San Francisco Bay Area.
• 1973 ~ Priscilla Presley, was divorced from Elvis in Santa Monica, CA. Ms. Presley got $1.5 million in cash, $4,200 per month in alimony, half interest in a $750,000 home plus about 5% interest in two of Elvis’ publishing companies.
• 1973 ~ Paul Simon got a gold record this day for his hit, Loves Me like a Rock.
• 1975 ~ John Lennon turned 35. To celebrate, Yoko Ono Ono presented John with a newborn
son, Sean Ono Lennon.
• 1976 ~ Ludwig van Beethoven's "Symphony number 5 in c minor" landed for a twenty-two-week stop in the first spot on the Top 5. Beethoven is dead and this isn't a ghost story. It's simply a case of Beethoven being updated with a disco rock beat and a catchy new title: A Fifth of Beethoven.
• 1985 ~ A 2½ acre garden memorial was dedicated to John Lennon by his widow, Yoko Ono, this day. The memorial in New York City’s Central Park is named Strawberry Fields.
• 2001 ~ Herbert Ross died at the age of 76. He was a director and choreographer whose credits include the hit movies "The Goodbye Girl," "The Sunshine Boys" and "The Turning Point."
• 2003 ~ Don Lanphere, a saxophone player who came on strong at the dawn of bebop, nearly succumbed to drugs and drinking, then recovered to become the city's jazz "grandpop," died of hepatitis C. He was 75.
As lead tenor in the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and in smaller groups, Lanphere's versatility and virtuosity ranged from blazing riffs on the tenor to a solo jazz rendition of the Lord's Prayer on the soprano sax.
Many who were born long after Lanphere's boyhood gigs with such legends as Charlie Parker, Fats Navarro and Max Roach hailed him as a jazz patriarch or, as his Web site proclaimed, "Seattle jazz grandpop."
Born in the apple country of central Washington about 95 miles east of Seattle, Lanphere played as a teenager with touring bands in Seattle, then studied music briefly at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
By the time he got to New York, captivated by the post-World War II bebop revolution, he was hooked on heroin.
By his early 20s he had recorded with Navarro and Roach and played gigs with Parker, Woody Herman and top big bands, including one led by Artie Shaw.
He could write a chart, the chord arrangement on which jazz improvisation is based, from the sound of water dripping in a tub.
Battling alcohol and narcotics addictions that resulted in at least one arrest, he was back at his father's store in Wenatchee - "from the Big Apple to the little apple," he once said - by 1960.
Only after he and his wife Midge became born-again Christians in 1969 did he dust off his horn. In an interview in 1998, he said that without the conversion, "I would be dead by now." 10
• 1902 ~ The Gibson Mandolin guitar company was formed. Gibson's first electric guitar the ES-150 was produced in 1936, and in 1946 Gibson introduced the P-90 single coil pickup, which was eventually used on the first Les Paul model made in 1952.
• 1906 ~ Paul Creston, American composer and organist
• 1908 ~ Johnny Green, Songwriter of Coquette, Body and Soul, I’m Yours, (You Came Along From) Out of Nowhere, I Cover the Waterfront, Easy Come, Easy Go; won five Oscars for work on MGM films: "Easter Parade", "West Side Story", "Oliver", "An American in Paris", "Bye Bye Birdie", "High Society", "Raintree County", T"he Great Caruso", "Summer Stock" and "Brigadoon"
• 1928 ~ You’re the Cream in My Coffee ... comes from "Hold Everything", which opened on Broadway this day and ran for 413 performances.
• 1937 ~ The Mutual Broadcasting System debuted Thirty Minutes in Hollywood. 48 sponsors shared the cost of the program that aired in 72 cities nationwide. It was the first Mutual co-op radio show. George Jessel and Norma Talmadge starred. Music was provided by the Tommy Tucker Orchestra.
• 1940 ~ Moonlight and Roses, by Lanny Ross, was recorded on the Victor label.
• 1942 ~ The anniversary of the first production of Verdi's opera Aida by an all African-American cast
• 1946 ~ Ben Vereen, American dancer and singer of popular music, Tony Award-winning actor, TV host of You Write the Songs
• 1953 ~ Midge (James) Ure, Singer, songwriter
• 1955 ~ David Lee Roth, Singer with Van Halen
• 1958 ~ Tanya Tucker, Singer
• 1961 ~ Martin Kemp, Bass with Spandau Ballet, brother of musician Gary Kemp
• 1970 ~ Neil Diamond reached the #1 spot on the pop music charts for the first time with Cracklin’ Rosie. In 1972, Diamond would reach a similar pinnacle with Song Sung Blue.
• 1979 ~ Not just Rumours, but fact, that Fleetwood Mac got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
• 2001 ~ Patricia Anne McKinnon, whose singing career began on Canadian television's "Singalong Jubilee", died of lymphatic cancer. She was 53.
McKinnon was born in Shilo, Manitoba. Beginning her singing career at the age of 13, McKinnon sang for the Halifax-produced "Singalong Jubilee," a show on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
She also starred in television programs, including "Juliette," "Show of the Week," and "A Go Go '66."
For more than 28 years McKinnon fought Hodgkins disease, which put her career on hold at times.
• 2003 ~ Eugene Istomin, one of the first great classical pianists born in America, died after battling liver cancer. He was 77.
At 17, Istomin won both the prestigious Leventritt and Philadelphia Youth Orchestra awards. In 1943, he made sensational debuts in the same week with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy and the New York Philharmonic under Artur Rodzinski, playing Johannes Brahms' Second Piano Concerto.
At 25, he began a long association with cellist Pablo Casals. A year and a half after Casals' death in 1973, Istomin married his widow, Marta, now president of the Manhattan School of Music.
In a career that carried him throughout the world, Istomin gave more than 4,000 concerts with leading conductors - including Bruno Walter, Fritz Reiner, George Szell, Leopold Stokowski and Leonard Bernstein. 11 Sukkot begins. Hebrew Date: Tishri 15, 5764
• 1894 ~ Albert Stoessel, American conductor and composer
• 1918 ~ Jerome Robbins (Rabinowitz), Academy Award-winning director of "West Side Story" in 1961, Tony Award-winning choreographer of "Fiddler on the Roof" in 1965, West Side Story in 1958, "High Button Shoes" in 1948, Tony Award-winning director of "Fiddler on the Roof" in 1965, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway in 1989.
• 1939 ~ One of the classics was recorded this day. Body and Soul, by jazz great Coleman Hawkins, was waxed on Bluebird Records. It’s still around on CD compilations.
• 1940 ~ Glenn Miller recorded Make Believe Ballroom Time for Bluebird Records at the Victor studios in New York City. It would become the theme song for Make Believe Ballroom on WNEW, New York, with host Martin Block. Block created the aura of doing a ‘live’ radio program, complete with performers (on records) like Harry James or Frank Sinatra, from the ‘Crystal Studios’ at WNEW. His daily program was known to everyone who grew up in the NYC/NJ/Philadelphia area in the 1940s and 1950s. Miller had been so taken with the show’s concept that he actually paid for the Make Believe Ballroom Time recording session himself and hired the Modernaires to join in.
• 1943 ~ Gene Watson, Singer
• 1946 ~ Viktor Tretyakov, Russian violinist
• 1948 ~ Starting this night and for 792 performances, the musical, "Where’s Charley?", played on Broadway. It included the show-stopping hit song: Once in Love with Amy.
• 1949 ~ Daryl Hall (Hohl), Singer
• 1950 ~ Andre Woolfolk, Reeds with Earth, Wind and Fire
• 1955 ~ Lindy (Linda) Boone, Singer with The Boone Family, singer Pat Boone’s daughter
• 1967 ~ The Doors appeared at Danbury High School, Danbury, Connecticut. Before the group came on stage an announcer told the audience not to leave their seats during the performance or they would be escorted out of the venue. There was also a beauty pageant just prior to The Doors coming on stage.
• 1969 ~ One hit wonders Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Je t'aime... Moi non plus.' Banned by many radio stations for its sexual content and sounds and for first time in the history of the show, the BBCÕs Top Of The Pops producers refused to air the No. 1 song.
• 2001 ~ Beni Montresor, a Tony award-winning set and costume designer who was also known for his plays and children's books, died at age 75.
Montresor worked as a set designer at Rome's Cinecitta Studios. In 1960, he moved to New York, where he designed sets and costumes for both Italian and New York theatrical and operatic productions and began to write and illustrate children's books.
In 1986, he won a Tony, Broadway's highest award, for scenic design in The Marriage of Figaro. 12 1855 ~ Arthur Nikisch, Hungarian conductor
1872 ~ Ralph Vaughan Williams, British composer More information on Vaughan Williams
• 1935 ~ Luciano Pavarotti, Italian tenor, Emmy Award-winning opera star
• 1935 ~ Samuel Moore, Singer with Sam & Dave
• 1944 ~ Who could forget the picture of a huge crowd of swooning bobbysoxers stopping traffic in New York’s Times Square as Frank Sinatra made his triumphant return to the famed Paramount Theatre (he had played there for eight weeks starting on December 30, 1942). In what was called the ‘Columbus Day Riot’, 25,000 teenagers, mostly young women, blocked the streets, screaming and swooning for Frankie. Sinatra later explained, "It was the war years, and there was a great loneliness. And I was the boy in every corner drug store ... who’d gone off, drafted to the war. That was all."
• 1948 ~ Rick Parfitt, Singer, guitarist with Status Quo
• 1950 ~ Susan Anton, Singer
• 1956 ~ Dave Vanian (Letts), Singer
• 1968 ~ Big Brother And The Holding Company went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Cheap Thrills'. The cover, drawn by underground cartoonist Robert Crumb, replaced the band's original idea, a picture of the group naked in bed together. Crumb had originally intended his art to be the LP's back cover, but Joplin demanded that Columbia Records use it for the front cover. Initially the album title was to have been Sex, Dope and Cheap Thrills, but this didn't go down too well at Columbia Records.
• 1971 ~ Some folks weren’t pleased when "Jesus Christ Superstar" premiered on Broadway because of the controversial content of the musical. Before the show opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre, some 2.5 million copies of the album were sold to the curious. The Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Webber collaboration would become a big hit. "Jesus Christ Superstar would run on Broadway" for 720 shows, and spawn several hit songs, including I Don’t Know How to Love Him (Helen Reddy) and the title song, Jesus Christ Superstar (Murray Head).
• 1981 ~ Barbara Mandrell walked away with the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year honor for the second year in a row.
• 1989 ~ Carmen Cavallaro passed away. He was an American pianist. He established himself as one of the most accomplished and admired light music pianists of his generation.
• 1994 ~ Pink Floyd played the first of a 15-night run at Earls Court, London, England. Less than a minute after the band had started playing 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond', a scaffolding stand holding 1200 fans, collapsed, throwing hundreds of people 20 feet to the ground. It took over an hour to free everyone from the twisted wreckage, ninety-six people were injured, with 36 needing hospital treatment. Six were detained overnight with back, neck and rib injuries. Pink Floyd sent a free T-shirt and a note of apology to all the fans who had been seated in the stand that collapsed. The show was immediately cancelled and re-scheduled.
• 1939 ~ Harry James and his band recorded On a Little Street in Singapore for Columbia Records. A kid singer named Frank Sinatra was the featured vocalist on what was his seventh recording.
• 1941 ~ Paul Simon, American folk-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist, duo called Simon and Garfunkel, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer
• 1944 ~ Robert Lamm, Singer, keyboards, songwriter with The Big Thing; Chicago Transit Authority; Chicago
• 1945 ~ Karen Akers, Singer
• 1947 ~ Sammy Hagar, Singer, guitarist with Van Halen
• 1948 ~ Leona Mitchell, American soprano
• 1948 ~ Lacy J. Dalton (Jill Byrem), Songwriter, singer
• 1957 ~ Two superstars introduced a new car on ABC-TV. Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra joined forces in an hourlong special that turned out to be a big ratings hit. Too bad the Edsel, the car that Ford Motor Company was introducing, didn’t fare as well.
• 1958 ~ This day was musically memorable as Warren Covington conducted the TommyDorsey Orchestra for what would be the last big band tune to climb the pop charts. Tea for Two Cha Cha, made it into the Top 10, peaking at #7. And that was the end of the Big Band Era. Rock ’n’ roll was here to stay.
• 1959 ~ Marie (Olive) Osmond, Singer, TV host on Donny and Marie
• 1963 ~ Beatlemania hit the London Palladium. The Beatles made their first appearance on a major TV show for the BBC. Thousands of delirious fans jammed the streets outside the theatre to voice their support of the Fab Four. A few months later, Beatlemania would sweep the U.S. as well.
• 1965 ~The Who recorded 'My Generation' at Pye studios, London. When released as a single it reached No.2 on the UK chart, held off the No.1 position by The Seekers 'The Carnival Is Over'. Roger Daltrey would later say that he stuttered the lyrics to try to fit them to the music. The BBC initially refused to play the song because it did not want to offend people who stutter.
• 1971 ~ ‘Little’ Donny Osmond received a shiny gold record for his rendition of the Steve Lawrence hit, Go Away Little Girl. He went on to garner million-seller success with Hey Girl and Puppy Love too. Donny was quite popular with the bubblegum set, as well he should have been. Donny was only 13 years old.
• 1979 ~ Michael Jackson went to #1 ... 1 ... 1 for the second time with Don’t Stop’Til You Get Enough. His first number one (Oct. 14, 1972 at age 14) was a ratty little number about Ben.
• 1979 ~'Reggatta De Blanc' the second album from The Police started a four-week run at No.1 in the UK. The album which features the band's first two No.1 hits, 'Message in a Bottle' and 'Walking on the Moon', cost only £6,000 to record. Do you have a favorite track from this album?
• 2000 ~ Britt Woodman, a versatile jazz musician best known for his work as a trombonist with Duke Ellington’s Orchestra in the 1950s, died. He was 80 and had been suffering from respiratory problems.
Woodman was featured in Ellington numbers including Sonnet To Hank V (from "Such Sweet Thunder") and Red Garter (from "Toot Suite").
He worked with greats including Miles Davis, Charles Mingus and John Coltrane, and played in many big bands, including the Lincoln CenterJazz Orchestra.
Piano was Woodman's first instrument, but soon he was playing trombone, saxophone and clarinet as well. By the time he was 15, he was playing professionally with his older brothers, William Jr. and Coney, in the Woodman Brothers Biggest Little Band in the World.
The band became known in Los Angeles' flourishing jazz scene of the 1930s because Britt and William - who played saxophone, clarinet and trumpet - often traded instruments in the middle of a set. William would go on to a professional career as a saxophonist.
Britt Woodman played in such swing-oriented ensembles as the Les Hite Band in the late 1930s, and later played with the iconoclastic Boyd Raeburn Band.
• 2001 ~ Raoul Kraushaar, who scored or supplied music for classic television series like Lassie and Bonanza, and films including Cabaret and Invaders From Mars, died at the age of 93.
Kraushaar's contributions spanned film, cartoons and television dating back to the 1930s.
Kraushaar is credited with composing hundreds of music cues - the bits of background music used to augment the action and emotion in a scene on film - during his 55-year career, according to The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
Born in Paris, Kraushaar stowed away as a teen-ager aboard a ship bound for New York, where he went on to study at Columbia University.
He moved to Los Angeles in the 1930s, and got his first music credit on the 1937 film, Round-Up Time In Texas, with Gene Autry.
Kraushaar scored music for Hopalong Cassidy films, among other Westerns, musicals like "Cabaret", and the 1953 film "Blue Gardenia".
Over the years, he supplied or scored music for such television shows as My Three Sons, The Donna Reed Show, Dennis The Menace and Father Knows Best. 14 1871 ~ Alexander Zemlinsky, Austrian composer and conductor More information on Zemlinsky
• 1930 ~ I Got Rhythm, by George Gershwin, sung by Ethel Merman, was a show-stopper in the production of "Girl Crazy" on Broadway. It was Merman’s debut on the Great White Way as she captivated audiences and launched her stellar career. "Girl Crazy" went on for 272 performances.
• 1931 ~ Rafael Puyana, Colombian harpsichordist
• 1938 ~ Melba Montgomery, Singer
• 1938 ~ One of the great songs of the big band era was recorded by Bob Crosby (Bing’s brother) and The Bob Cats. Big Noise from Winnetka on Decca Records featured Bob Haggart and Ray Bauduc. Haggart whistled and played bass, while Bauduc played the skins.
• 1939 ~ Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) was organized on this day to compete with ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers). The two music licensing organizations’ goal is to ensure that composers, artists and publishers are properly paid for the use of their works.
• 1940 ~ Cliff Richard (Harry Webb), Singer
• 1946 ~ Justin Hayward, Guitarist, singer with The Moody Blues
• 1961 ~ The Broadway production "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying" opened.
• 1971 ~ It was John and Yoko Day on The Dick Cavett Show on ABC. The couple promoted Lennon’s new LP (Imagine) and film (Imagine) and Yoko’s book, two films and a fine arts show.
• 1996 ~ Eighteen years after its creation, The Rolling Stones' Rock & Roll Circus was finally released. The 1968 event put together by The Stones comprised two concerts on a circus stage and included performances by The Who, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull and Jethro Tull. John Lennon and Yoko Ono performed as part of a supergroup called The Dirty Mac, along with Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell and Keith Richards. It was originally planned to be aired on BBC TV.
• 2001 ~ Willam Farr Christensen, a Utah dancer who started on the vaudeville stage and went on to become one of the most important figures in American ballet, died at the age of 99.
Founder of the San Francisco Ballet and Utah's Ballet West, Christensen was the first person in the United States to choreograph full-length versions of several ballet classics, including "The Nutcracker", "Coppelia" and "SwanLake".
With his brothers Lew and Harold, he toured the famous Orpheum vaudeville circuit in the 1920s, performing a ballet act at a time when few Americans were familiar with the art.
By 1934, Christensen had quit the circuit to found the first ballet company in Portland, Ore., then left three years later to join the San Francisco Opera Ballet as a principal soloist. Within a year he was named ballet master of the company.
In 1941 he founded the San Francisco Ballet, the first major ballet company in the West.
Christensen choreographed the country's first full-length production of "The Nutcracker" in 1944, and today it is a Christmas tradition for nearly every ballet company in the nation. 15 1818 ~ Alexander Dreyschock, Bohemian pianist
• 1844 ~ Friedrich Niedzsche, German philosopher and composer
• 1942 ~ Don Stevenson, Drummer, singer with Moby Grape
• 1946 ~ Richard Carpenter, Composer, singer, Grammy Award-winning group, the Carpenters
• 1948 ~ Chris De Burgh (Davidson), Singer, songwriter
• 1951 ~ I Love Lucy debuted on CBS-TV. For the next 20 years, Lucille Ball would be
a TV regular. She did take 1956 off. Why? No, having little Ricky had nothing to
do with it. She starred in "Damn Yankees" on Broadway that year.
• 1964 ~ An American treasure passed away. Cole Porter, renowned lyricist and composer, died at age 73. I’ve Got You Under My Skin and hundreds of other classics crossed all musical style and format boundaries throughout his long and rich career. More information about Porter
• 2001 ~ Etta James, the prolific jazz vocalist whose soulful, blues-influenced recordings over more than a half century won her acclaim and two Grammy nominations, died of complications from a bout with cancer. She was 72.
Jones' style was described as a cross between Billie Holiday, her idol, and Dinah Washington. She died the same day her last recording, Etta Jones SingsLady Day, hit music stores.
Born in Aiken, S.C., Jones was a teen-ager when she was discovered while competing in a contest at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem.
Jones collaborated with such greats as Oliver Nelson, Earl "Fatha" Hines, Kenny Burrell and Cedar Walton, both in concert and on recordings. She recorded prolifically for RCA, Prestige, Muse and more recently Highnote Records.
Jones earned a gold record for her 1960 recording Don't Go to Strangers, and received a Grammy nomination in 1981 for Save Your Love For Me. She got a second Grammy nomination in 1999 for a collection of songs: My Buddy - Etta Jones Sings the Songs of Buddy Johnson.
Jones was the recipient of many awards, including the prestigious Eubie Blake Jazz Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Women in Jazz Foundation. 16 1855 ~ William Barclay Squire, British musicologist
• 1941 ~ Fry Me Cookie, with a Can of Lard was recorded by the Will Bradley Orchestra on Columbia. Ray McKinley was featured.
• 1942 ~ Dave Lovelady, Drummer with The Fourmost
• 1943 ~ C.F. (Fred) Turner, Musician with Bachman~Turner Overdrive
• 1947 ~ Bob Weir (Hall), American rock guitarist and singer with The Grateful Dead
• 1953 ~ Tony Carey, Keyboards with Rainbow
• 1959 ~ Gary Kemp, Guitarist with Spandau Ballet, brother of musician Martin Kemp
• 1969 ~ Wendy Wilson, Singer with Wilson Phillips, daughter of Beach Boys singer, Brian Wilson
• 1972 ~ John C. Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival called it a career ... and the group disbanded. Fogerty continued in a solo career with big hits including, Centerfield and The Old Man Down the Road.
• 1976 ~ Memphis, TN disc jockey Rick Dees and his ‘Cast of Idiots’ made it all the way to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 with the immortal Disco Duck(Part 1). Dees is still around, but not as a recording artist. He’s a DJ in Los Angeles and is hosting several varieties of the Weekly Top 40 show, syndicated around the world.
• 1983 ~ George Liberace passed away. He was an American musician and television performer. Born in Menasha, Wisconsin, he was the elder brother and business partner of famed U.S. pianist Liberace.
• 1990 ~ Art Blakey passed away. He was an American jazz drummer and bandleader.
• 2000 ~ David Golub, American pianist and chamber music conductor, passed away at the age of 50.
Born in Chicago, Golub grew up in Dallas, where he began learning the piano. In 1969 he moved to New York and spent his student years honing his technique at New York's Juilliard School of Music. He also began conducting during summer breaks at Vermont's Marlboro festival.
In 1979, he accompanied violinist Isaac Stern on a tour of China. A film about the tour, "From Mao to Mozart," won the 1980 Academy Award for Best Documentary.
As a performer, Golub was perhaps best known for his work with violinist MarkKaplan and cellist Colin Carr in the trio they formed in 1982.
In the late 1990s, Golub began cultivating his interest in opera. Under his leadership, the Padua Chamber Orchestra recorded some of Haydn's least-known work for opera.
An acclaimed chamber ensemble performer - most notably with the Golub-Kaplan-Carr Trio - Golub led the Padua Chamber Orchestra during the 1994-95 season and took it on tour in the United States in 1999.
He is survived by his wife, Maria Majno.
• 2001 ~ Oscar-winning composer and lyricist Jay Livingston, whose collaboration with Ray Evans led to such hits as Silver Bells, Que Sera, Sera and MonaLisa, died of pneumonia. He was 86.
Livingston's songwriting partnership with Evans spanned 64 years. Often called the last of the great songwriters, Livingston and Evans had seven Academy Award nominations and won three - in 1948 for Buttons and Bows in the film The Paleface, in 1950 for Mona Lisa in Captain Carey, USA, and in 1956 for Que Sera, Sera in The Man Who Knew Too Much.
They wrote the television theme songs for Bonanza and Mr. Ed, and were honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers for the most performed music for film and TV for 1996.
Livingston was born on March 28, 1915, in the Pittsburgh suburb of McDonald. He met Evans in 1937 at the University of Pennsylvania, where they were both students.
The team's final project was the recording, Michael Feinstein Sings the Livingston and Evans Song Book, due for 2002 release. 17 1810 ~ Giovanni Matteo Mario, Italian tenor
• 1938 ~ This was a big day in Tinseltown. NBC moved to the corner of Sunset and Vine, the ‘Crossroads of the World’. The new Hollywood Radio City drew thousands of visitors ready to fill studio-audience seats for popular radio programs.
• 1940 ~ James Seals, Singer, guitar, saxophone, fiddle with Seals and Crofts
• 1940 ~ One year before recording that memorable song, Fry Me Cookie, with a Can ofLard, Will Bradley’s orchestra recorded Five O’Clock Whistle, also on Columbia Records.
• 1941 ~ Alan Howard, Bass with Brian Poole & The Tremeloes
• 1942 ~ Gary Puckett, Singer with The Union Gap
• 1945 ~ Actress Ava Gardner made news. She married bandleader Artie Shaw.
• 1946 ~ Jim Tucker, Guitarist with The Turtles until 1965
• 1949 ~ Bill Hudson, Comedian, singer with The Hudson Brothers, was married to actress Goldie Hawn
• 1953 ~ The first concert of contemporary Canadian music presented in the U.S. was performed by conductor Leopold Stokowski at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
• 1955 ~ Jose Ferrer and Claire Bloom starred on NBC’s Producer’s Showcase. They performed in "Cyrano De Bergerac". Ferrer also won an Oscar for his performance in the film version.
• 1958 ~ Alan Jackson, Singer
• 1962 ~ Though the ‘Fab Four’ would appear on both radio and television, on what they would call ‘Auntie Beeb’ (the BBC), The Beatles made their first appearance this day on Great Britain’s Grenada TV Network.
• 1967 ~ A controversial rock musical "Hair", opened on this day at the Anspacher Theatre in New York City. It ran for 1,742 performances and then became a movie.
• 1983 ~ Actor Anthony Quinn lit up the Great White Way in the revival of the 1968 musical, "Zorba", that reunited Quinn with Lila Kedrova, who played Madame Hortense. They both had appeared in the film portrayal, "Zorba the Greek", which won Quinn a nomination for Best Actor, and an Oscar for Kedrova as Best Supporting Actress. This was one of the few films that came before the Broadway show, rather than the reverse.
• 2003 ~ Bernard Schwartz, who produced "Coal Miner's Daughter," the Academy Award-nominated biopic of country singer Loretta Lynn, died of complications following a stroke. He was 85.
Schwartz was a one-time Broadway child actor who got into television and film production in the 1950s, working on the popular paranormal suspense show "Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond" and the hit science fiction film "Journey to the Center of the Earth."
Schwartz' best known and most lauded production was "Coal Miner's Daughter," the 1980 film inspired by Lynn's song of the same name.
Sissy Spacek won an Oscar for her portrayal of Lynn and the film won the Golden Globe award for best musical or comedy. It also was nominated for an Oscar for best picture.
In 1985, Schwartz featured Patsy Cline's life in "Sweet Dreams," which was named for one of her songs and starred Jessica Lange as the music legend killed in a plane crash.
He also produced country singer Amy Grant's 1986 TV special "Headin' Home for the Holidays" and worked with Priscilla Presley on the 1988 miniseries "Elvis and Me."
Another of his best known productions was 1983's "Psycho II," the darkly humorous but far bloodier sequel to Hitchcock's 1960 thriller about troubled motel operator Norman Bates.
Other feature films included "The Wackiest Ship in the Army," "Global Affair," which starred Bob Hope, and "Rage," which starred Glenn Ford.
Schwartz also produced "That Man Bolt" and "Bucktown," both vehicles for former football star Fred Williamson, and the thriller "Roadgames" starring Stacey Keach and Jamie Lee Curtis. 18 18 1898 ~ Lotte Lenya (Karoline Blamauer), Austrian actress and Tony Award-winning singer
1898 ~ Shin'ichi Suzuki, Japanese educator and violin teacher More information about Suzuki
• 1979 ~ Following extensive renovation to return Radio City Music Hall to the look and feel of its 1931 art deco glory, the venerable New York City theatre reopened. "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" was the first live presentation.
• 1938 ~ The Bob Crosby Orchestra recorded I’m Free for Decca. Billy Butterfield was featured on trumpet. A few years later, the song would be retitled, What’s New.
• 1939 ~ Benita Valiente, American soprano
• 1944 ~ Peter Tosh (Winston McIntosh), Singer, baritone and musician. He uses homemade instruments and performed reggae with Bob Marley
• 1944 ~ An actor who would become legend in scores of tough guy roles made his stage debut in New York. Marlon Brando appeared in the Broadway hit, "I Remember Mama".
• 1945 ~ Jeannie C. Riley (Stephenson), Grammy Award-winning singer
• 1953 ~ Julius LaRosa, popular singer of the time, was unceremoniously fired on the air by Arthur Godfrey. "Julie lacks humility," Godfrey told the stunned audience, while putting his arm around LaRosa. He said, "So, Julie, to teach you a lesson, you’re fired!"
• 1956 ~ Nino DeFranco, Singer with The DeFranco Family
• 1957 ~ Karl Wallinger, Musician, keyboards, guitarist with World Party
• 1959 ~ Twelve-year-old Patty Duke made her first Broadway appearance, in "The Miracle Worker". The play would last for 700 performances and become a classic motion picture, launching Patty to fame and fortune.
• 1923 ~ Robert Craft, American conductor and writer
• 1935 ~ Jerry Orbach, American singer and actor for the musical theater
• 1937 ~ Wanda Jackson, Singer, songwriter
• 1939 ~ Jay Siegel, Singer with The Tokens
• 1939 ~ All the Things You Are was recorded by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra on the Victor label. Jack Leonard was the featured vocalist.
• 1945 ~ Ric Lee, Drummer with Ten Years After
• 1950 ~ Tom Petty, Singer with The Traveling Wilburys
• 1951 ~ Al Greenwood, Keyboards with Foreigner
• 1955 ~ "Day-O. Day-ay-ay-ay-o!" One of the most popular of the Harry Belafonte hits was recorded for RCA Victor. Day-O didn’t make it to the pop charts for over a year, until January of 1957, after its name had been changed to The BananaBoat Song (Day-O).
• 1958 ~ Mark King, Bass, singer with Level 42
• 1962 ~ With Halloween just around the corner, we remember that Bobby "Boris"Picketand the Crypt Kickers reached the top of the charts this day (for two weeks) with The Monster Mash. And someone, somewhere, has resurrected it every Halloween since.
• 1962 ~ The musical, Mr. President, written by Irving Berlin, opened on Broadway. Mr. President ran for 265 performances.
• 1965 ~ The Beatles received a gold record for the single, Yesterday. This song marked the first time a cello was used in a pop hit.
• 2000 ~ Li Yundi, an 18-year-old virtuoso from China, has won Poland's Frederic Chopin piano competition, becoming one of the youngest players to capture the prestigious international prize. Read the whole story
21 1885 ~ Egon Wellesz, Austrian composer and musicologist
• 1907 ~ The "Merry Widow" opened in New York. The play starred Ethel Jackson and Donald Brian. The operetta had been introduced in Europe two years before.
• 1908 ~ A Saturday Evening Post advertisement offered a chance to buy, for the first time, a two-sided record. It was on Columbia.
1917 ~ Dizzy (John Birks) Gillespie, American jazz trumpeter and bandleader Read quotes by and about "Dizzy" Gillespie More information about Gillespie
• 1921 ~ Sir Malcolm Arnold, Composer of screen scores: "David Copperfield", "The Chalk "Garden", "Suddenly, Last Summer", "Solomon and Sheba", "Island in the Sun", "The Bridge on the River Kwai", "Trapeze", "I Am a Camera", "The Belles of St. Trinian’s" "the Eye Witness series"
• 1924 ~ It was a big night for a big band in New York’s Cinderella Ballroom. The crowd loved the Wolverine Orchestra from Chicago and the guy on the cornet, Bix Beiderbecke, the ‘young man with a horn’.
• 1938 ~ Quaker City Jazz was recorded on the Bluebird label by Jan Savitt’s orchestra. The tune would become the theme of the band. It was not, however, recorded in the Quaker City of Philadelphia. The song was waxed in New York City.
• 1940 ~ Manfred Mann (Michael Lubowitz), Singer with Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers
• 1941 ~ Steve Cropper, Guitarist with the groups: Blues Brothers as well as Booker T and The MG’s
• 1943 ~ Ron Elliott, Guitarist with Beau Brummels
• 1946 ~ Lee Loughnane, Brass with Chicago
• 1953 ~ Charlotte Caffey, Guitar, singer with The Go-Gos
• 1955 ~ Eric Faulkner, Guitarist with Bay City Rollers
• 1957 ~ Julian Cope, Bass, guitar, singer
• 1957 ~ Steve Lukather, Guitarist with Toto
• 1958 ~ Orchestral strings were used for the first time in a rock and roll tune. Buddy Holly recorded It Doesn’t Matter Anymore, written by Paul Anka. Sadly, it would be Holly’s last studio session. The song wasn’t released until after his death in February of 1959.
• 2001 ~ George Feyer, a pianist and entertainer who played at some of New York's top hotels, died at the age of 92.
Feyer, who was known for setting pop lyrics to classical music, entertained the sophisticated Manhattan cafe society for three decades. He played for decades at the Carlyle, the Stanhope and the Waldorf-Astoria.
He made many recordings, including his Echoes album series, which featured Echoes of Paris and Echoes of Broadway.
Born in Budapest on Oct. 27, 1908, Feyer attended the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, where he studied with composer Sir Georg Solti. One of his first jobs was playing for silent movies.
During World War II, the Nazis put Feyer on forced labor details, then imprisoned him in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp for the final year of the war.
Feyer and his family moved to New York in 1951. He stopped working full time in 1982. 22 1811 ~ Franz Liszt, Hungarian composer and pianist Read quotes by and about Franz Liszt More information about Liszt
• 2001 ~ Tom Baker, one of Australia's most respected jazz musicians, died of a heart attack while touring in the Netherlands. He was 49.
Baker, a native of California, took up residence in Australia 30 years ago. He was a regular at Sydney's famous jazz club, The Basement.
Willie Qua, drummer and co-founder of one of Australia's best-known jazz bands, Galapagos Duck, said Baker had often played as "a part-time member" of the band and was an icon of the Sydney jazz scene.
Baker formed his first band, Tom Baker's San Francisco Jazz Band, in 1975, earning himself a reputation as one of Australia's very best jazz musicians.
Recently he toured extensively through Europe and America. 23 1878 ~ The opera Carmen, by Bizet, had it's first American performance but it was sung in Italian. It took another fifteen years before audiences could hear it in French, the language in which it was written.
• 1891 ~ Albert Lortzing, German composer
• 1906 ~ Miriam Gideon, American composer
1923 ~ Ned Rorem, American composer and writer Ned Rorem More information about Rorem
• 1978 ~ CBS Records hiked prices of many vinyl albums by one dollar to $8.98. Other labels soon joined in.
• 2001 ~ Russell "Rusty" Kershaw, a guitarist and recording artist, died of a heart attack at the age of 63.
Over the course of a long career, Kershaw, the younger brother of Cajun recording star Doug Kershaw, performed with Neil Young, Chet Atkins, J.J. Cale and Charlie Daniels.
Kershaw's musical career began with a small family band, Pee Wee Kershaw and the Continental Playboys. The band joined the Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport in 1955 and moved on the following year to the Wheeling Jamboree on a West Virginia radio station.
Doug and Rusty Kershaw went on to perform as a duo and joined the Grand OleOpry in 1957. In 1964, Rusty Kershaw started performing on his own, and worked on numerous albums with other artists.
Kershaw had lived in New Orleans since 1980 when then-Gov. Edwin Edwards asked him to join the Louisiana Music Commission.
• 2003 ~ Nico Snel, conductor of the Port Angeles Symphony for 18 years, died after a battle with cancer. He was 69.
Port Angeles, with a population of about 19,000, is one of the smallest cities in the nation to support a full orchestra. A search committee will spend the next two seasons looking for a new permanent conductor to succeed him.
Born in Alkmaar, Holland, Snel began studying music with his father, an accomplished musician and conductor. He started with piano and then moved on to violin, and began performing when he was about 8.
The family immigrated to the United States after World War II, when Snel was 15. An accomplished violinist, he went to Germany as a young man and served with the Seventh Army Symphony, becoming the organization's conductor in 1958.
In the 1960s and early '70s, he worked as a conductor for the Oakland, Calif., Light Opera and the Diablo Light Opera and as director of the Oakland Temple Pageant chorus and orchestra.
He moved to the Northwest in the late 1970s and conducted the Everett Youth Symphony for three years. He was named conductor of the Seattle Philharmonic in 1980, a position he held until 1995. He became conductor of the Port Angeles Symphony in 1985, for a time serving both orchestras. 24 1788 ~ Sarah Hale, Poet, magazine editor, wrote Mary Had a Little Lamb
• 1904 ~ Moss Hart, Tony Award-winning director of My Fair Lady (1957), playwright, married to actress Kitty Carlisle
1925 ~ Luciano Berio, Italian composer More information about Berio
• 1929 ~ George Crumb, American composer and teacher
• 1929 ~ The Rudy Vallee Show was broadcast for the first time over NBC radio. Actually, the Rudy Vallee show had several different titles over the years, all of which were referred to by the public as The Rudy Vallee Show. Megaphone-toting Rudy and his Connecticut Yankees band were mainstays on radio into the late 1940s.
• 1936 ~ David Nelson, Actor, son of entertainers Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, brother of singer Ricky Nelson
• 1936 ~ Bill Wyman, Musician with The Rolling Stones, songwriter, London restaurant owner of Sticky Fingers
• 1937 ~ Santo Farina, Steel guitar with Santo & Johnny
• 1939 ~ F. Murray Abraham, Academy Award-winning actor for his portrayal of Salieri in "Amadeus" (about Mozart), 1984.
• 1939 ~ Let’s Dance was recorded on Columbia Records. It became the theme song for the band that recorded it, the Benny Goodman Band.
• 1946 ~ Jerry Edmonton, Drummer with Steppenwolf
• 1960 ~ Brenda Lee hit #1 for the second time in the year with I Want to Be Wanted. 1960 was a very good year for the young (age 15) songstress. In addition to her first #1 smash, I’m Sorry (July 18), Lee had two other songs on the charts: SweetNothin’s (#4, April 18) and That’s All You Gotta Do (#6, July 4).
• 1975 ~ Looking to name your own greatest hits album something other than Greatest Hits? Do what former BeatleJohn Lennon did, with his package of the best. Lennon called it, "Shaved Fish".
• 1977 ~ Gary Busey began filming The Buddy Holly Story. The star was a ringer for the rock idol.
• 2001 ~ Kim Gardner, a bassist who played with several bands, including the British rock group Ashton, Gardner & Dyke, died. He was 53.
Gardner, born in London, joined fellow teen-age musicians Ron Wood, AliMcKenzie, Tony Munroe and Pete McDaniels to form the Thunderbirds. Shortening their name to the Birds, the band released four singles, including LeavingHere and No Good Without You Baby, both in 1965.
Gardner's next group was Ashton, Gardner & Dyke with Tony Ashton and Roy Dyke in 1968. The trio, whose albums featured a light, jazz-rock style, scored a top-three hit in Britain with Resurrection Shuffle in 1971. The group broke up a year later.
Gardner also toured with Pacific Gas and Electric and other bands in the 1970s. He played bass with everyone from Eric Clapton to Bo Didley, and worked on 27 albums.
Gardner also was a successful pub master and restaurateur.
Gardner toured the United States regularly before settling in Los Angeles in 1973. In 1982, he started the original, 50-seat Cat & Fiddle Restaurant and Pub.
Over the years, Cat & Fiddle has been a favorite destination for British rockers such as Keith Moon, Robert Plant and Rod Stewart, as well as Hollywood celebrities. 25 1825 ~ Johann Strauss, Jr. (1825) Austrian composer, "The Waltz King"
1838 ~ Georges Bizet, French composer More information about Bizet
• 1926 ~ Jimmy Heath, Musician, reeds with the Heath Brothers, band leader
• 1927 ~ Barbara Cook, Tony Award-winning actress, singer in
"The Music Man" in 1957, "Flahooley", "Oklahoma", "Carousel", "Plain and Fancy", "Candide", "The Gay Life", "She Loves Me", "Any Wednesday", "Funny Girl", "The Gershwin Years"
• 1937 ~ Jeanne (Gloria) Black, Singer
• 1940 ~ "Cabin in the Sky" opened for the first of 256 shows. Taking a Chance on Love is the one big hit that came from the musical.
• 1941 ~ Helen Reddy, Singer
• 1943 ~ Benny Carter and his orchestra recorded Poinciana on the Capitol label. The real title, incidentally, is Poinciana (Song of the Tree).
• 1944 ~ Jon Anderson, Singer, solo and duo called Jon and Vangelis
• 1944 ~ Taffy Danoff (Nivert), Singer with Starland Vocal Band
• 1948 ~ Glenn Tipton, Guitarist with Judas Priest
• 1951 ~ Ransom Wilson, American flutist and conductor
• 1956 ~ Mathias Jabs, Guitarist with Scorpions
• 1964 ~ "And now, rrrrright here on this stage...." The Rolling Stones were introduced to American audiences on The Ed Sullivan Show on CBS-TV.
• 1969 ~ Canada’s The Guess Who got a gold record for the single, Laughing.
1971 ~ Midori (Goto), Japanese violinist More information on Midori
• 1974 ~ The single, Skin Tight, by The Ohio Players, went gold on this day.
• 1984 ~ Country group Alabama went to the three-million-dollar mark with two albums this day with Feels So Right and Mountain Music.
• 2000 ~ Don Brooks, a studio musician who played the harmonica with Harry Belafonte, Ringo Starr, the Bee Gees and Yoko Ono's band, died of leukemia at the age of 53.
Brooks, who was raised in Texas, first picked up the harmonica after hearing an album by bluesman Sonny Terry. He played in Dallas coffee shops in the 1960s and moved to New York in 1967, joining a Greenwich Village folk scene that included David Bromberg and John Hammond Jr.
In 1973, he joined singer Waylon Jennings's band and helped create the sound known as outlaw country music.
Brooks recorded with Belafonte, Starr, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Carly Simon, Diana Ross and Bette Midler, among others. He also played with groups such as the Bee Gees, the Talking Heads and Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band.
He was a musician on Broadway in "Big River" (1985) and "The Gospel at Colonus" (1988), and he worked on the soundtrack for the television documentary "The Civil War." 26 1685 ~ Domenico Scarlatti, Italian composer and harpsichordist More information about Scarlatti
• 1934 ~ Cole Porter recorded his own composition titled, You’re the Top, from the show "Anything Goes", on Victor.
• 1935 ~ A talented twelve-year-old sang on Wallace Beery’s NBC radio show on NBC. JudyGarland delighted the appreciative audience. The young girl would soon be in pictures and at the top of stardom. It would be only four years before Ms. Garland (George Jessel gave her the name, thinking it would be better than her own, Frances Gumm) captured the hearts of moviegoers everywhere with her performance as Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz".
• 1944 ~ Michael Piano, Singer with The Sandpipers
• 1946 ~ Keith Hopwood, Singer, guitarist with Herman’s Hermits
• 1952 ~ NBC~TV premiered Victory at Sea. The show was the first documentary film series to gain wide acceptance. Richard Rodgers wrote the score and Robert RussellBennett orchestrated it. No Other Love, adapted from one of the songs in the score, became a hit for Perry Como in the summer of 1953.
• 1953 ~ Keith Strickland, Drummer with The B-52s
• 1965 ~ The Beatles received MBE medals from the Queen of England, as they became Members of the British Empire. Ceremonies were held at Buckingham Palace. JohnLennon returned his medal four years later in protest of Britain’s involvement in the Nigerian Civil War.
• 1971 ~ Memphis minister Al Green received a gold record for his single, Tired of BeingAlone.
• 1984 ~ Barbra Streisand won multiplatinum certification for three albums that reached the four-million-dollar sales mark. "Greatest Hits, Vol. II", "Guilty", and "A Star is Born" (with Kris Kristofferson) were honored.
• 2001 ~ Laszlo Halasz, the first music director of the New York City Opera, died at the age of 96.
Halasz became the opera's first director in 1943. During his eight-year tenure, the New York City Opera became an important training ground for young singers.
The company also became an important venue for new works.
Born in Hungary, Halasz studied at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, where his teachers included Béla Bartók, Ernst von Dohnanyi, Leo Weiner and ZoltánKodály.
He made his professional debut as a pianist in 1928, but in 1931 decided to focus on conducting.
He came to New York in 1936, and when the New York City Opera was formed in the fall of 1943, Halasz was appointed its music director.
The company's first season included productions of Puccini's "Tosca," Flotow's "Martha" and Bizet's "Carmen."
Halasz conducted the company's first American premiere, Strauss' "Ariadne auf Naxos," in 1946, and the opera's first world premiere, of William GrantStill's "Troubled Island," with a libretto by Langston Hughes. But the opera's board was uneasy with Halasz's ventures into modern opera.
When the board insisted in 1951 that Halasz submit his repertory plans for approval, he resigned. The board ultimately relented, but when Halasz became involved in union disputes later that year, the board fired him.
After leaving City Opera, Halasz began a second career as a record producer. He also conducted opera at houses in Frankfurt, Barcelona, Budapest, London and South America. As a teacher, he was on the conducting faculty at the Peabody Conservatory, in Baltimore, and the Eastman School of Music, in Rochester, N.Y.
• 2001 ~ Herbert Weissenstein, a consultant who specialized in classical music, died at the age of 56.
Weissenstein began his career in 1970 as public relations director for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He moved on to the New York Philharmonic and in 1979 became director of development and strategic planning at Carnegie Hall.
In 1984, he founded H.F. Weissenstein & Co., which specialized in consulting, directing seminars, and publishing articles in the fields of management and development.
His clients included the Electronic Media Forum, the Folksbiene Yiddish Theater, the Manhattan Theater Club, the International Organization for the Transition of Professional dancers and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. 27 1782 ~ Niccolò Paganini, Italian violin virtuoso and composer Read quotes by and about Paganini More information about Paganini
• 1941 ~ Everything I Love, by Buddy Clark, was recorded this day, number 6469 on the Okeh label.
• 1943 ~ Lee (Melvin) Greenwood, CMA Male Vocalist of the Year, 1983 and 1984, sax, piano, band leader
• 1957 ~ The Crickets started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'That'll Be The Day'. It was also a No.3 hit in the US where it went on to sell over a million. The song was inspired by a trip to the movies by Holly, Jerry Allison and Sonny Curtis in June 1956. The John Wayne film The Searchers was playing and Wayne's frequently-used, world-weary catchphrase, "that'll be the day" inspired the young musicians.
• 1958 ~ Simon LeBon, Singer with Duran Duran
• 1962 ~ The Rolling Stones consisting of Keith Richard, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, pianist Ian Stewart and drummer Tony Chapman recorded their first demo tape at Curly Clayton Studios in Highbury, London. They recorded three songs, Jimmy Reed's 'Close Together', Bo Diddley's 'You Cant Judge A Book By The Cover' and Muddy Waters' 'Soon Forgotten.'
• 1975 ~ Rocker Bruce Springsteen appeared on the cover of both TIME and Newsweek. Things were certainly going well for ‘The Boss’ that week.
• 2000 ~ Walter Berry, a bass baritone who won acclaim for his interpretations of Mozart and Strauss and was beloved by Austrians for his renditions of Schubert, died of a heart attack at the age of 71.
Known for the powerful timbre of his voice, Berry was a prolific performer who sang 100 different roles in more than 1,280 appearances at the Vienna State Opera.
His U.S. debut was a 1963 performance with the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
His interpretations of classical lieder by fellow Austrian Franz Schubert won him his most loyal following. Austrians who rarely went to the opera loved Berry for his renditions of popular Viennese songs performed as they believed only a native- born son could.
In 1989, he became a professor at the Vienna University for Music and Performing Arts.
• 2001 ~ John Roberts, a promoter of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in 1969, died of cancer. He was 56.
Roberts produced the festival concert with three others, almost by accident. The idea originally was a pitch for a television comedy show about two young venture capitalists with money but no business plans.
Roberts and his partners funded the festival with Roberts' inheritance and ticket sales. They lost $2.3 million but recovered their loss with royalties from film and album spinoffs, and held on to the profitable name and trademark symbol of a dove on the neck of a guitar.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Roberts later invested in other companies, avoiding the music business. Roberts also was a championship bridge player.
• 2006 ~ Amy Winehouse released her second and final studio album Back to Black. The album spawned five singles: 'Rehab', 'You Know I'm No Good', 'Back to Black', 'Tears Dry on Their Own' and 'Love Is a Losing Game' and won Best Pop Vocal Album at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards. Back to Black sold 3.58 million copies in the UK alone, becoming the UK's second best-selling album of the 21st century. Worldwide, the album has sold over 20 million copies. 28 1813 ~ Franz Schubert, age 12, finished his first symphony, The Symphony in D Major More information about Schubert
1896 ~ Howard Hanson, American composer, educator and conductor More information about Hanson
• 1909 ~ Josef Gingold, Russian-born American violinist
• 1936 ~ Charlie Daniels, American CMA Award-winning musician (1979), guitar, fiddle, singer with Charlie Daniels Band
• 1941 ~ Curtis Lee, Singer
• 1941 ~ Hank Marvin (Brian Rankin), Guitarist with The Shadows
• 1945 ~ Wayne Fontana (Glyn Ellis), Singer with The Mindbenders
• 1948 ~ Telma Hopkins, Singer with Dawn
• 1955 ~ A local kid from Lubbock, TX opened a concert for Marty Robbins and Elvis Presley. In the audience was a youngster by the name of Scott Davis. He would later become a superstar. We know him as Mac Davis. The kid who opened the concert was Buddy Holly.
• 1957 ~ After a show at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles, local police told Elvis Presley that he was not allowed to wiggle his hips onstage, the local press also ran headlines saying Elvis would have to clean up his act. The next night, the Los Angeles Vice Squad filmed his entire concert, to study his performance.
• 1961 ~ Brian Epstein, a record store owner in London, was asked by a customer for a copy of the record, My Bonnie, by a group known as The Silver Beatles. He didn’t have it in stock so he went to the Cavern Club to check out the group. He signed to manage them in a matter of days and renamed them The Beatles.
• 1965 ~ Earl Bostic, American jazz alto saxophonist and a pioneer of the post-war American rhythm and blues style, passed away
• 1980 ~ Annette Funicello, Cubby O’Brien, Tommy Cole, Sherry Alberoni and Dickie Dodd joined other Mouseketeers wearing black ears and white shirts on a sound stage in Burbank, CA. They were celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Mickey Mouse Club. The five special events each week were:
Fun with Music Day on Monday
Guest Star Day on Tuesday
Anything Can Happen Day on Wednesday
Circus Day on Thursday
Talent Roundup Day on Friday
• 2003 ~ Oliver Sain, a saxophonist whose work was later recorded by artists from Loretta Lynn to Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, died of bone cancer. He was 71.
Sain was a musician, songwriter and producer, known for his performances on songs like Bus Stop and Feel Like Dancing in the 1970s.
He performed as recently as the previous night, his wife said.
Sain's work was sampled by Combs on his "No Way Out" CD and recorded by artists including the Allman Brothers Band, Chaka Khan and Ry Cooder.
Sain grew up in Dundee, Miss., where he became known for his saxophone playing. He moved to St. Louis in 1959, and opened a recording studio in the city in the next decade.
• 2008 ~ A statue honouring AC/DC's Bon Scott was unveiled at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour in Western Australia. Although born in Scotland, Scott grew up in Fremantle after his family emigrated to Australia in 1952. Bon started out his newfound Australian life in Melbourne, his family lived in the suburb of Sunshine for 4 years before moving to Fremantle. Scott was born in 1946 died on 20th February 1980. He is buried in Fremantle cemetery. 29 1815 ~ Daniel Decatur Emmett, Composer of Dixie, originally titled Dixie’s Land
• 1961 ~ The top, pop song on the charts belonged to Dion (DiMucci). Runaround Sue was in its second week at the tiptop of the top~tune tabulation (it was in the top 40 for three months).
• 1970 ~ Neil Diamond received a gold record for the hit, Cracklin’ Rosie.
• 1981 ~ Loretta Lynn received a gold record for her album, "Greatest Hits, Vol. 2".
• 1983 ~ After four weeks at #1 on the pop music charts, Bonnie Tyler’sTotal Eclipse ofthe Heart slipped to #2. It was replaced by Islands in the Stream by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.
• 1987 ~ Woody Herman, American jazz clarinetist, alto and soprano saxophonist, singer, and big band leader, passed away
• 2001 ~ Henry Berthold "Spike" Robinson, a Britain-based American saxophonist admired for his liquid tone and lyrical verve, died at the age of 71.
Robinson was born in Wisconsin and came to Britain as a U.S. Navy bandsman after World War II. In his spare, he time played with British bebop pioneers such as Ronnie Scott, John Dankworth and Victor Feldman, making a series of recordings for the Esquire label.
He returned to the United States and completed an engineering degree, continuing to play in jazz clubs while working for Honeywell Corp.
He returned to music full-time in 1981 after recording an album of HarryWarren compositions featuring Feldman and bassist Ray Brown.
In 1989 Robinson moved to England. Despite poor health, he played steadily throughout Europe and the United States. He also recorded for the Edinburgh- based Hep label. 30 1894 ~ Peter Warlock, British composer and writer
• 1939 ~ Grace Slick (Wing), American rock singer and songwriter with Jefferson Airplane
• 1939 ~ Eddie Holland, Songwriter in the writing team of Holland-Dozier-Holland. They were inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, singer
• 1941 ~ Otis Williams, Singer with The Temptations
• 1941 ~ The song that would become the theme of bandleader Tony Pastor was recorded. It was Blossoms on the Bluebird label. If you don’t remember Blossoms, maybe you remember this one by Pastor: Dance with a Dolly (With a Hole in Her Stocking).
• 1947 ~ Timothy B. Schmit, Bass guitarist, singer with Poco
• 1964 ~ Roy Orbison went gold with his hit single, Oh, Pretty Woman.
• 1971 ~ Pink Floyd released their sixth studio album Meddle in the US. The album features 'One Of These Days' and the 23-minute track 'Echoes' which took up all of side 2 on the vinyl record. The cover image was photographed by Bob Dowling. The image represents an ear, underwater, collecting waves of sound, represented by ripples in the water.
• 1972 ~ A command performance was given for the Queen of England by Elton John.
• 1976 ~ The group, Chicago, started its second (and final) week at number one on the pop singles charts with If You Leave Me Now. The hottest LP was Stevie Wonder’s "Songs in the Key of Life". The album was number one for a total of 14 weeks.
• 1984 ~ Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi, aka The Blues Brothers (Jake and Elwood), hit the two-million-dollar sales mark with their LP, Briefcase Full of Blues.
• 2000 ~ Steve Allen, the bespectacled, droll comedian who pioneered late night television with the original "Tonight Show" and wrote more than 4,000 songs and 40 books, passed away. He died at the age of 78 of an apparent heart attack.
In addition to starting the "Tonight Show," Allen starred as the King of Swing in the 1956 movie "The Benny Goodman Story." He appeared in Broadway shows, on soap operas, wrote newspaper columns, commented on wrestling broadcasts, made 40 record albums, and wrote plays and a television series that featured "guest appearances" by Sigmund Freud, Clarence Darrow and Aristotle.
"I've known him for almost 60 years. ... He is one of the great renaissance figures of today," comic Art Linkletter said.
Said entertainer Dick Clark: "He had a magnificent mind. He was a kind, gentle, warm man. He would be embarrassed for me now, because I can't put into words the way I felt about this man. I loved him."
His ad libbing skills became apparent in his early career as a disc jockey. He once interrupted the music to announce: "Sports fans, I have the final score for you on the big game between Harvard and William & Mary. It is: Harvard 14, William 12, Mary 6."
Allen's most enduring achievement came with the introduction of "The Tonight Show" in 1953. The show began as "Tonight" on the New York NBC station WNBT, then moved to the network on Sept. 27, 1954.
Amid the formality of early TV, "Tonight" was a breath of fresh air. The show began with Allen noodling at the piano, playing some of his compositions and commenting wittily on events of the day.
"It was tremendous fun to sit there night after night reading questions from the audience and trying to think up funny answers to them; reading angry letters to the editor; introducing the greats of comedy, jazz, Broadway and Hollywood; welcoming new comedians like Shelley Berman, Jonathan Winters, Mort Sahl and Don Adams," he once said.
Allen's popularity led NBC in 1956 to schedule "The Steve Allen Show" on Sunday evenings opposite "The Ed Sullivan Show" on CBS.
A variation of "Tonight," the prime-time show was notable for its "Man in the Street Interview" featuring new comics Louis Nye ("Hi-ho, Steverino"), Don Knotts, Tom Poston, Pat Harrington and Bill Dana. The show lasted through 1961, the last year was on ABC.
Among his TV routines: parodying juvenile rock 'n' roll lyrics by reading them as if they were sublime poetry, and "The Question Man," in which someone would give him an answer and he would guess the question - forerunner to Johnny Carson's "Karnac."
He wrote great quantities of songs, and several were recorded by pop vocalists. His most popular song was This May Be the Start of Something Big. His books ranged from autobiography ("Hi-Ho, Steverino: My Adventures in the Wonderful Wacky World of TV"), to philosophy ("Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion and Morality," to murder mystery ("Die Laughing.")
Steve Allen came by his humor naturally; both his parents, Billy Allen and Belle Montrose, were vaudeville comedians. Steve was 18 months old when his father died, and his mother continued touring the circuits as a single.
• 2003 ~ Franco Corelli, a dashing Italian tenor who once starred alongside Maria Callas, died at the age of 82.
Corelli rose to operatic stardom in the 1950s and remained there well into the 1970.
"He was the most viscerally thrilling and handsome tenor of the post Second World War generation," the late Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan once said of Corelli.
Born in 1921, Corelli grew up a keen singer but his opera career did not really take off until 1951. He made his debut that year singing Don Jose in Bizet's "Carmen."
Three years later he appeared alongside Maria Callas in Gaspare Spontini's "La Vestale" in Milan.
The Italian's fame spread and before long his career took him to Paris, Vienna, London and New York. His versatile voice and good looks made him a popular choice for romantic lead roles. 31Happy HalloweenHalloween Music, Costumes, Masks & Accessories, Party Supplies & Decorations
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Halloween (All Hallow’s Eve) is an ancient celebration dating back to the sixth or seventh centuries. This holiday combines the Druid autumn festival and the Christian celebration of Hallowtide, long associated with witches, ghosts, devils, spirits, magic ... and all scary things that go bump in the night.
• 1896 ~ Ethel Waters, American blues and jazz singer
• 1906 ~ Louise Talma, American composer
• 1912 ~ Dale Evans (Frances Butts), Singer, songwriter of Happy Trails to You, actress, wife of ‘King of the Cowboys’ Roy Rogers
• 1927 ~ Anita Kerr, Pianist, singer, record producer, The Anita Kerr Singers, composer
• 1930 ~ In a rare recording, William ‘Count’ Basie sang with Bennie Moten’s orchestra, Somebody Stole My Gal, on Victor.
• 1934 ~ Tom Paxton, American folk singer, guitarist and songwriter
• 1947 ~ Russ Ballard, Singer, songwriter, guitar with Argent
• 1952 ~ Bernard Edwards, Bass with Chic
• 1953 ~ NBC televised "Carmen" on Opera Theatre in living color. It was the first major opera televised in anything other than black and white.
• 1956 ~ Tony Bowers, Bass with Simply Red
• 1961 ~ Larry Mullen, Grammy Award-winning drummer, with U2
• 1963 ~ Johnny Marr, Guitarist with The Smiths
• 1972 ~ Curtis Mayfield received a gold record for Freddie’s Dead from the movie, Superfly.
• 1984 ~ Caribbean Queen became a gold record for Billy Ocean. It was Ocean’s second hit song and the only one of his 11 hits to become a million-seller. He would have two other #1 songs and a pair of #2 hits, but none as big as Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run). Billy’s from Trinidad, and his real name is Leslie Sebastian Charles.