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1653 ~ Johann Pachelbel, German composer and organist
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• 1887 ~ Emile Berliner filed for a patent for his invention of the lateral-cut, flat-disk gramophone. We know it better as the record player. Emile got the patent, but Thomas Edison got the notoriety for making it work and making music with his invention.
1854 ~ Engelbert Humperdinck, German opera composer
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• 1933 ~ Conway Twitty (Harold Lloyd Jenkins), Songwriter, CMA Male Vocalist of the
Year in 1975, Grammy Award-winner with Loretta Lynn, owns booking agency, music publishing company, Twitty Burgers, Twitty City theme park
1935 ~ Seiji Ozawa, Japanese conductor
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• 1940 ~ Dave White (Tricker), Singer, songwriter with Danny & The Juniors
• 1944 ~ Leonard Slatkin, Grammy Award-winning orchestra director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra
• 1946 ~ Barry Gibb, Musician, rhythm guitar, songwriter, singer with The Bee Gees
• 1946 ~ Greg Errico, Drummer with Sly and The Family Stone
• 1955 ~ Bruce Foxton, Guitar with 100 Men and The Jam
• 1957 ~ Gloria Estefan (Gloria Maria Milagrosa Fajardo), ‘Queen of Latin Pop’, Grammy Award-winning singer
• 1960 ~ When Oscar Hammerstein II died, the musical theater lost an outstanding composer. To honor the man and his music, every New York theater turned off its lights on this night in 1960.
• 1972 ~ The O’Jays received a gold record for Back Stabbers. It was the first hit for the group from Canton, OH. The O’Jays would place nine more hits on the pop and R&B charts. Five of them were gold record winners: Love Train, I Love Music, Use ta Be My Girl, For the Love of Money and Put Your Hands Together.
• 1977 ~ Singer Debbie Harry (of Blondie) signed a recording deal with Chrysalis Records. Chrysalis bought the group’s private stock label for $500,000. With the high visibility of the former Playboy Bunny, it was difficult to think of Blondie as a band, and not just Debbie Harry.
• 2001 ~ Sil Austin, a jazz artist who recorded more than 30 albums and the Top 40 hits Slow Walk, My Mother's Eyes, and his signature song, Danny Boy, died of prostate cancer. He was 71. Austin taught himself how to play the tenor saxophone when he was 12. Four years later, he played Danny Boy on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour, a performance that caught the attention of Mercury Records. Austin performed all over Europe and Asia, usually traveling with his wife, the Rev. Vernice Austin. 2 1863 ~ Isador Philipp, French pianist
• 1888 ~ Friedrich Schorr, Hungarian bass-baritone
• 1919 ~ Marge Champion (Marjorie Belcher), Dancer, actress, choreographer with Gower Champion, model for animated Snow White
• 1924 ~ Theatregoers heard the song Indian Love Call for the first time in the operetta Rose Marie, which opened in New York City.
• 1927 ~ Sophie Tucker recorded her signature song, Some of These Days, for Columbia Records.
• 1931 ~ The radio show 15 Minutes with Bing Crosby debuted on CBS. The singer became a super-hot property after the debut.
• 1936 ~ David Blaki, British composer
• 1939 ~ Sam Gooden, Singer with Roosters
• 1940 ~ Jimmy Clanton, Singer, songwriter, toured with Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars
• 1943 ~ Rosalind Ashford, Singer with Martha and the Vandellas
• 1946 ~ Marty Grebb, Musician, keyboards with The Buckinghams
• 1957 ~ Steve Porcaro, Keyboards, singer with Toto
• 1958 ~ Fritz McIntyre, Keyboards with Simply Red
• 1965 ~ The Beatles received a gold record for their single Help!, from the movie of the same name.
• 1997 ~ Sir Rudolf Bing died. He was an Austrian-born opera impresario who worked in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, most notably being General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City from 1950 to 1972.
• 2000 ~ Elvera Sanchez Davis, a tap dancer and the mother of Sammy Davis, Jr., died at the age of 95. Known as Baby Sanchez, Davis began performing at 16 in the chorus line at the Lafayette Theater in Harlem. She continued her career into the early 1940s, dancing for six years in the chorus line at the Apollo Theatre. In 1923, performing in a touring show called "Holiday in Dixie", she met and married Sammy Davis Sr., also a dancer in the show. Their son was born in 1925. He became a tap-dance prodigy by age 10, trained and brought up by his father after his parents separated. Mrs. Davis retired when the Apollo disbanded its dance chorus, though she danced informally into her 90s. She also performed in touring revues and in films including Carl Micheaux's 1936 "Swing". Davis continued to be involved with tap dance until her death, serving from 1989 as an adviser to the New York Committee to Celebrate National Tap Dance Day.
Sammy Davis, Jr. died in 1990 at the age of 64.
• 2001 ~ Troy Donahue died at the age of 65. He was a matinee idol who climbed to stardom in the 1950s with his role in "A Summer Place."
• 2001 ~ Jazz saxophonist Jay Migliori, who worked with musicians and singers ranging from
Frank Zappa to Frank Sinatra, died of colon cancer. He was 70.
Migliori, who was also a founding member of the Grammy-winning jazz group Supersax, played on some 4,000 recordings during his career. Although he described his own style as "modern acoustic jazz with roots in bebop," he was equally comfortable working with country stars like Glen Campbell, a wide variety of rock musicians including Zappa and the Four Seasons and pop stars as varied as Dean Martin and Celine Dion. He performed with more than two dozen bands over the years, including those led by Miles Davis, Stan Kenton, Terry Gibbs and Maynard Ferguson. In 1971, he joined Supersax, an ensemble built around a five-saxophone section that specialized in orchestrated Charlie Parker solos. He also recorded several albums of his own, including "Jazz in Transition" and "Smile." 3
• 1928 ~ Wingy Manone recorded Downright Disgusted for Vocalion Records. Playing drums for Wingy was a young sideman named Gene Krupa.
• 1930 ~ Mitzi Gaynor (Franchesca Mitzi Marlene de Charney von Gerber), Singer, dancer, actress
• 1942 ~ Merald ‘Bubba’ Knight, Singer with Gladys Night and the Pips
• 1944 ~ Gene Parsons, Drummer with The Byrds
• 1946 ~ Gary Duncan (Grubb), Musician, guitar with Quicksilver Messenger Service
• 1946 ~ Greg Elmore, Musician, drums with Quicksilver Messenger Service
• 1950 ~ Ronald LaPread, Bass with Commodores
• 1951 ~ Martin Chambers, Drummer with The Pretenders
• 1959 ~ Mack the Knife was banned from radio - at least from WCBS Radio in New York
City. Teenage stabbings in the city had people pretty uptight; therefore, the ban.
• 1971 ~ The Lawrence Welk Show was seen for the last time on ABC~TV. ABC felt the
show attracted "too old an audience ... not good for attracting advertisers."
Syndication allowed the champagne music to continue until 1982 as a weekly
favorite for millions of people. Welk charted a half-dozen tunes on the pop
music charts between 1956 and 1961, including the number one song, Calcutta,
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• 1982 ~ After six weeks, Eye of the Tiger, by Survivor, dropped out of the top spot
on the music charts. The song, from the movie, Rocky III, dropped all the way
to number 2 (for two weeks), then to number 3 for one week and to number 4 for
two weeks before starting to fade. That’s what we call a hit, folks! It was
the group’s biggest, earning them a platinum record.
• 2001 ~ Robert Pagent, a dancer and choreographer who appeared in the original productions of
Oklahoma! and Carousel died at the age of 87.
Born Robert Weisser in Pittsburgh, Pagent began his career in European classical ballet
troupes in the 1930s.
In 1942 he adopted the stage name Robert Pagent and was square-dance caller in the premier of
Agnes de Mille's cowboy-themed ballet, Rodeo. It was the start of a long friendship and
collaboration with DeMille and choreographer Jerome Robbins.
The following year he replaced an injured dancer in the original cast of Oklahoma! a
night after its opening. Two years later he appeared in the premiere of Carousel.
Pagent was a choreographer for television in the 1950s and 60s, including the Miss America
Pageant. He staged Rudolph Nureyev's first U.S. television appearance.
• 2003 ~ Susan Chilcott, one of Britain's leading opera singers, died. She was 40. Chilcott, a soprano, had performed across Europe and with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Chilcott made her Royal Opera House debut in Covent Garden June 2003 to glowing reviews, playing Lisa in Tchaikovsky's "Queen Of Spades" opposite Placido Domingo.
• 2003 ~ Tibor Varga, a conductor and violinist known for his teaching and for his
performances of Béla Bartók and other modern masters, died. He was 82.
Varga was born in Hungary and made his public debut with Mendelssohn's E minor
concerto when he was 10. He began touring in Europe while a teenager and studied in
Budapest and in Berlin. After World War II he performed widely as a violin
In 1947 he moved to England, where he obtained British citizenship. He founded the
Tibor Varga Chamber Orchestra in Detmold, Germany, in 1954, then moved to
Switzerland, where he was based the rest of his life. He continued to conduct the
Detmold-based orchestra until 1988.
His repertoire covered baroque, classical and romantic works, but he was best known
for his performances of modern composers including Stravinsky, Schoenberg and
Berg. 5 1735 ~ Johann Christian Bach, German composer
J.C. Bach was one of Johann Sebastian Bach's sons. After he moved to London, he became known as the London Bach.
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1791 ~ Giacomo Meyerbeer, German Composer
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1912 ~ John Cage, American avant-guarde composer, pianist and writer
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• 1934 ~ Carol Lawrence (Laraia), Singer, actress
• 1939 ~ John Stewart, Singer with The Kingston Trio; songwriter
• 1945 ~ Al Stewart, Singer, guitarist with Time Passages
• 1946 ~ Freddie Mercury (Bulsara), singer, Queen, (1975 UK No.1 single 'Bohemian Rhapsody' also UK No.1 in 1991, plus over 40 other UK Top 40 singles. 1980 US No.1 single 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love'). Solo, (1987 UK No. 4 single 'The Great Pretender'). Mercury died of bronchio-pneumonia on November 24th 1991 aged 45, just one day after he publicly announced he was HIV positive.
• 1946 ~ Loudon Wainwright III, Songwriter, singer
• 1956 ~ Johnny Cash hit the record running with I Walk the Line. Cash’s debut hit song climbed to #17 on the pop music charts.
• 1969 ~ Dweezil Zappa, Musician: guitar: MTV; son of musician Frank Zappa, brother of singer Moon Unit Zappa
• 1972 ~ Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway won a gold record for their duet, Where is
the Love. The song got to number five on the pop music charts and was one of
two songs that earned gold for the duo. The other was The Closer I Get To You in 1978.
• 2002 ~ Florence Lessing, a dancer who performed in films, nightclubs and Broadway musicals died. She
Lessing worked with the famous jazz-dance choreographer Jack Cole, who spotted her as a teenager
in an East Indian dance class. Lessing, Cole, and the teacher of the class, Anna Austin, formed
a trio that performed at the Rainbow Room in 1938 and in the musical "Moon Over Miami" in 1939.
Lessing went on to perform in many Broadway shows, including "Windy City," choreographed by
Katherine Dunham, and "Sailor Beware" and "Kismet," both choreographed by Cole.
She appeared in the 1952 film musical "Just for You," which was choreographed by Helen Tamiris and
starred Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman.
Lessing, who studied a wide variety of dance forms, choreographed two of her own nightclub acts in
the mid-1940s and taught dance at several schools.
• 2003 ~ Gisele MacKenzie, a singer-actress who became one of early television's biggest
stars through her appearances on "Your Hit Parade," died. She was 76.
Once known as Canada's first lady of song, MacKenzie moved to Los Angeles with her
family in 1951.
In 1952 and 1953 she toured with Jack Benny, who recommended her for a spot on "Your
In 1957, she left the show to headline her own musical variety program, "The Gisele
MacKenzie Show." It lasted half a year.
She returned to weekly television in 1963 as a regular on "The Sid Caesar Show."
She also appeared on radio in Los Angeles with Edgar Bergen and Morton Downey. She
was a regular on Bob Crosby's Club 15 show and a featured performer on radio's "The
Mario Lanza Show."
She continued to appear regularly on television into the 1990s, on such shows as
"Studio One," "The Hollywood Squares," "Murder, She Wrote," "MacGyver" and "Boy
Meets World." 6 1781 ~ Vincent Novello, English music publisher, organist and composer
• 1937 ~ Benny Goodman and his orchestra recorded "Sugar Foot Stomp" on Victor Records. The tune was a Fletcher Henderson arrangement.
• 1944 ~ Roger Waters, Musician: bass, songwriter with Pink Floyd
• 1948 ~ Claydes (Charles) Smith, Guitarist with Kool & The Gang
• 1954 ~ Banner Thomas, Bass with Molly Hatchet
• 1958 ~ Georgia Gibbs sang "The Hula-Hoop Song" on "The Ed Sullivan Show".
It was the first national exposure for the Hula-Hoop craze. Many people
recorded the song to capitalize on the fad, including Teresa Brewer
and Betty Johnson. Like sometimes happens with fads, these songs didn’t become
very popular. The Hula-Hoop craze lasted a bit longer...
• 1961 ~ Paul Waaktaar, Guitarist, singer with a-ha
• 1975 ~ Glen Campbell hit #1 on the "Billboard" pop music chart with "Rhinestone Cowboy". It had reached the top position on the country chart on August 23rd.
• 1976 ~ Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis were reunited by Frank Sinatra -
after 20 years of going their separate ways.
The former comedy team warmly met each other again during a surprise visit by
Martin to Lewis’s annual "Labor Day Telethon" for Muscular Dystrophy.
• 1984 ~ Country-music star Ernest Tubb died this day, at the age of 70. Tubb was
from Crisp, Texas and was known as the ‘Texas Troubadour’. He patterned his
unique style after Jimmie Rodgers. Tubb recorded "I’m Walking the Floor Over
You" and sold more than three million copies of the tune. "Blue Christmas", "I
Love You Because", "Missing In Action" and "Thanks a Lot" were also classics
made famous by Tubb. Other recording artists as diverse as The Andrews Sisters,
Loretta Lynn and Red Foley recorded with Tubb.
His 1979 album, "The Legend and the Legacy", was a top-ten hit. Tubb was a
member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1943 and was elected to the Country Music
Hall of Fame in 1965.
• 1984 ~ Ginger Rogers was in Buffalo, NY for a homecoming at Shea’s Theatre.
The star of so many great motion pictures, Rogers had played the Shea 55 years
• 1986 ~ Bananarama hit the top spot on the pop music charts with "Venus". The tune
had also been a number one hit for the Dutch group, The Shocking Blue
• 1997 ~ The Westminster Abbey funeral for Diana, Princess of Wales, was an
extraordinary event, marked by numerous poignant moments: The people sobbing
and throwing flowers at the funeral cortege winding through the streets
of London. Her sons, walking behind her casket with their heads bowed. And
Diana’s brother, who during his funeral oration took aim at the media, who he
said made the princess "the most hunted person of the modern age."
Elton John sang a rewritten version of
"Candle in the Wind" to "England’s rose". The song was originally a tribute to
film legend Marilyn Monroe, whose own tragic life, like Diana’s, ended at the
age of just 36.
• 2002 ~ Rafael Druian, a violinist and conductor who served as concertmaster of four
American orchestras, died at the age of 80.
Druian's lengthy career spanned many roles - performer, conductor and teacher. He was
the concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Cleveland
Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.
Born in Vologda, Russia, Druian grew up in Havana, Cuba and began his musical training
at an early age. He came to Philadelphia when he was 10 to audition for Leopold Stokowski, who recommended him for a scholarship at the Curtis School of Music.
He graduated from Curtis in 1942 and served in the United States Army for four years
and played in the army band.
During his career, Druian appeared on some groundbreaking recordings of lesser-known
violin works. In the 1950s he made recordings of Block, Janácek and Enesco.
After working with orchestras around the country, his final concertmaster position was
at the Philharmonic from 1971 to 1974. When he finished there he taught at Boston
University and the Curtis Institute of Music. 7 1920 ~ Al Caiola, Musician, guitarist
• 1921 ~ Arthur Ferrante, Pianist, duo: Ferrante and Teicher
• 1924 ~ Hugh Aitkin, American composer
• 1929 ~ "Sonny" (Theodore) Rollins, American jazz tenor saxophonist, composer,
awarded Guggenheim Fellowship in 1972
• 1940 ~ Artie Shaw and his orchestra recorded
Temptation on the Victor label.
• 1951 ~ Chrissie Hynde, Guitarist, singer, songwriter with The Pretenders
• 1972 ~ Curtis Mayfield earned a gold record for his
Superfly album, from the movie of the same name. The LP contained the hits,
Freddie’s Dead and Superfly. Both songs were also million sellers.
• 1975 ~ Steve Anderson set a record for picking a guitar. Anderson, 22, picked for
114 hours, 7 minutes, breaking the old record by over four hours.
• 2001 ~ Igor Buketoff, an American conductor who specialized in Russian music and contemporary
opera, died at the age of 87.
Buketoff was best known for his orchestration of the first act of Rachmaninoff's unfinished
opera, Monna Vanna. Buketoff led the Philadelphia Orchestra in the world premiere in 1984.
Buketoff also was recognized for restoring folk texts to Tchaikovsky's1812 Overture.
Buketoff earned bachelor's and master's degrees at the Juilliard School, and later directed
the choral departments there and at Adelphi College and Columbia University.
He won the first Alice Ditson Award for outstanding American conductors in 1941. He won it
again in 1967.
In 1959, Buketoff established the World Music Bank - now called the International
Contemporary Music Exchange - to promote modern orchestral music.
• 2001 ~ Stelios Kazantzidis, a legendary Greek folk singer with a career spanning more than half
a century, died at the age of 70.
His popularity crossed generations and his music reflected the joys, sorrows and battles of
Greece, according to MBI, his recording company.
Kazantzidis' popularity was carried beyond Greek borders by immigrants to such countries as
the United States, Canada and Australia, which he often visited.
He abandoned the night club scene in 1965 and would only have contact with the public through
recordings after that.
During his prolific career, he released more than 120 albums.
In a letter to the singer shortly before his death, Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos said
Kazantzidis occupied an "unrivaled" chapter in the history of Greek music. 8 1841 ~ Antonin Dvorák, Czech composer
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• 1849 ~ Richard Strauss, German composer and conductor, died.
Strauss wrote in nearly every genre, but is best known for his tone poems and operas.
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• 1947 ~ Freddy Weller, Musician, guitar with Paul Revere and The Raiders (1969),
• 1952 ~ David Stewart, Guitarist, keyboard with Eurythmics
• 1956 ~ On this Sunday night, 54,000,000 viewers (82.6 percent of the U.S.
television audience) turned their TV dials to CBS as Ed Sullivan introduced
21-year-old singer Elvis ‘The Pelvis’ Presley.
Elvis sang Hound Dog and Love Me Tender. Ed Sullivan, watching out for the
moral safety of the viewing public (plus a live audience of screaming Elvis
fans in the show’s New York theatre) demanded that the CBS cameras not
venture lower than Elvis’ waist! Sullivan felt that Presley’s wild gyrations
of his pelvis would lead the nation’s females into a frenzy of untold
proportions. One female Elvis fan described him as, "One big hunk of
forbidden fruit." Elvis got the largest fee to that date for appearing on Ed
Sullivan’s Toast of the Town: $50,000.
• 1993 ~ Helen O’Connell passed away. She was an American singer, actress, and hostess, sometimes described as "the quintessential big band singer of the 1940s"
• 1996 ~ Bill Monroe passed away. He was an American mandolinist, singer, and songwriter who created the style of music known as bluegrass. The genre takes its name from his band, the Blue Grass Boys, named for Monroe's home state of Kentucky.
• 2003 ~ Warren Zevon, who wrote and sang the rock hit "Werewolves of London" and was
among the wittiest and most original of a broad circle of singer-songwriters to
emerge from Los Angeles in the 1970s, died at the age of 56.
Zevon moved to Los Angeles in the 1960s, making a living writing jingles for
television commercials. He also composed the song "She Quit Me Man" for the movie
"Midnight Cowboy." He was just out of his teens when he went to work for the Everly
Brothers, first as a pianist and later as their band leader. 10 1714 ~ Niccolò Jommelli, Italian composer
• 1914 ~ Robert Wise, Academy Award-winning director of The Sound of Music ,
West Side Story ; Two for the Seesaw, The Andromeda Strain, Star Trek:
The Motion Picture
• 1927 ~ Yma Sumac (Zoila Emperatriz Chavarri del Castillo), Peruvian singer, of Inca
descent, with a 4-octave range
• 1935 ~ "I’m Popeye the sailor man..." toot! toot! Popeye was heard for the first
time on NBC radio. The show was based on the Elzie Crisler Segar comic strip,
which featured Popeye, Olive Oyl, Brutas, Wimpy and Sweepea.
Now, eat your spinach in celebration!
• 1937 ~ Tommy Overstreet, Singer
• 1941 ~ Christopher Hogwood, British harpsichordist, musicologist and conductor
• 1942 ~ Danny Hutton, Singer with Three Dog Night
• 1945 ~ Jose Feliciano, Grammy Award-winning singer, Best
New Artist in 1968, guitar, songwriter of the theme for Chico and the Man
• 1950 ~ Joe Perry, Guitarist with Joe Perry Project; Aerosmith
• 1950 ~ Don Powell, Drummer with Slade
• 1950 ~ Eddie Cantor moved from radio to TV, as he
hosted the Colgate Comedy Hour on NBC.
• 1955 ~ Pat Mostelotto, Drummer with Mr. Mister
• 1955 ~ Bert Parks began a 25-year career as host of the Miss America Pageant on
NBC. The show became a TV tradition as Parks sang to the newly~crowned beauty
queen, "There She is ... Miss America". The song was composed by Bernie Wayne
and was sung for the first time on this day. Sharon Kay Ritchie was the first
Miss America to be honored with the song. When she married singer Don Cherry
(Band of Gold), There She Is was part of the wedding ceremony.
• 1956 ~ Johnnie Fingers (Moylett), Keyboards, singer with The Boomtown Rats
• 2000 ~ In a flourish of fur and song, whiskers and many tears, "Cats", the longest
running show in Broadway history, closed after 18 years, 7,485 performances
and a box office gross of more than $400 million.
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1786 ~ Friedrich Kuhlau, German-born Danish composer and pianist
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• 1847 ~ This night an audience at the Eagle Saloon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania enjoyed Foster's
rendition of his minstrel song, Oh! Susanna. Stephen got a bottle of whiskey
for his performance.
• 1850 ~ Jenny Lind sang at the Castle Garden Theatre in New York City. It was her first
performance in America. Lind’s voice was so sweet that she was nicknamed ‘The
• 1911 ~ Alice Tully, American mezzo-soprano and music patron
1956 ~ Arvo Pärt (1935) Estonian composer
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• 1942 ~ Lola Falana, Singer, actress
• 1944 ~ Mickey Hart, Drummer, songwriter with Grateful Dead
• 1944 ~ Phil May, Singer with The Pretty Things; Fallen Angels
• 1945 ~ Ernest Tubb recorded It Just Doesn’t Matter Now and Love Turns to Hate on
the Decca label. Tubb became the second recording artist to have made a
commercial record in Nashville, TN.
• 1946 ~ Dennis Tufano, Guitarist, singer with The Buckinghams
• 1952 ~ Tommy Shaw, Guitarist with Styx
• 1959 ~ On this day in 1959 a statue to honor songwriter George M. Cohan
was unveiled in New york City's Duffy Square. Ten thousand
people watched and sang his "Give My Regards to Broadway."
Today crowds gather near the statue daily to buy half-priced
• 1962 ~ Ringo Starr joined John, Paul and George for his first recording session as a Beatle,
replacing bounced drummer Pete Best. Love Me Do was the result and it took 17
takes to complete ... to everyone’s satisfaction.
• 1984 ~ Bruce Springsteen broke the attendance record at the Spectrum in Philadelphia.
The Boss entertained 16,800 fans for the first of six sold-out shows.
Springsteen broke his own record; one he set during a visit to Philly in 1981.
• 2001 ~ Larry Kegan, a singer-songwriter who performed in concert with Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne
and others, died of cardiac arrest. He was 59.
Kegan sang at Gov. Jesse Ventura's inaugural celebration in 1999, at American Indian
functions and at Stillwater prison.
A paraplegic since a diving accident when he was 15, and a quadriplegic after a car accident
a decade later, Kegan was nonetheless very active.
Kegan ran a resort for disabled veterans in Mexico and managed orange groves in Florida
before returning to Minnesota in the mid-1970s.
He met Dylan when they were teen-agers at a summer camp. Decades later, in 1978, Dylan
dedicated his album Street Legal to Kegan. 12 1789 ~ Franz Xaver Richter died. He was an Austro-Moravian singer, violinist, composer, conductor and music theoretician who spent most of his life first in Austria and later in Mannheim and in Strasbourg, where he was music director of the cathedral.
• 1966 ~ "Hey, hey we’re the Monkees -- and we don’t monkey around..." The theme song
from the NBC-TV show, The Monkees, kicked off a fun-filled weekly series on
this day in 1966.
Some 400 aspiring actors had auditioned for the Columbia television series by
producer Don Kirschner. Davy Jones, a former English horse racing jockey;
Michael Nesmith, a session guitarist; Peter Tork of the Phoenix Singers; and
Micky Dolenz, who had appeared in the TV series Circus Boy were picked to be
America’s answer to The Beatles. The four were picked to
become the fabricated music group - not because they could sing, act or play
musical instruments - but because they looked the parts. Dolenz and Jones were
actors, Tork and Nesmith had some musical experience.
The Monkees were the first made-for-TV rock group. Ironically - or maybe not -
The Monkees TV show won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series of 1967.
• 1966 ~ The Beatles received a gold record this day for Yellow Submarine.
• 1970 ~ James Taylor’s first single, Fire and Rain, was released. Taylor scored 14
hits on the music charts in the 1970s and 1980s.
• 1980 ~ An in-depth report on the death of Elvis Presley aired on ABC-TV’s 20/20. It
raised so many unanswered questions that the official case concerning Elvis’
death was reopened.
• 2000 ~ Stanley Turrentine, a jazz saxophonist whose hit "Sugar"
established him in the popular mainstream and influenced musicians in many
other genres, died after suffering a stroke. He was 66.
Turrentine played tenor saxophone, and mixed jazz with blues, rock, pop and
rhythm and blues. He lived in Fort Washington, Md., outside Washington, D.C.
"His impact on jazz was just astonishing," said his agent, Robin Burgess. "He
had a large impact on fusion, electric jazz and organ trio music."
Turrentine grew up in Pittsburgh, surrounded by music. His brother Tommy played
trumpet, and the two played together in Pittsburgh while they were still in
Turrentine started his professional career playing with Ray Charles and Max Roach. He went solo in the 1960s and scored his biggest hit in 1970 with
"Sugar," which became something of a jazz standard.
His blues-influenced riffs brought him commercial success with albums including
"Stan 'The Man' Turrentine," "Up at Minton's," and "Never Let Me Go."
2003 ~ Johnny Cash, "The Man in Black", died at the age of 71.
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1874 ~ Arnold Schoenberg, Austrian-born American composer
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• 1894 ~ Alexis-Emmanuel Chabrier, Composer, died
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• 1911 ~ Bill Monroe, ‘Father of Bluegrass Music’, Country Music Hall of Fame,
singer with The Bluegrass Band, songwriter
• 1931 ~ Vaudeville star Eddie Cantor was heard for the first time - on NBC radio.
The Chase and Sanborn Hour became one of the most popular radio shows of the 1930s.
• 1941 ~ David Clayton-Thomas, Singer with Blood Sweat and Tears
• 1944 ~ Peter Cetera, Bass guitar, singer with Chicago
• 1952 ~ Randy Jones, Singer with The Village People
• 1954 ~ The cover of LIFE magazine was adorned with Judy Garland’s picture, with the
caption, "Judy Garland takes off after an Oscar." Garland had been nominated
for her role in A Star is Born.
• 1956 ~ Joni Sledge, Singer with Sister Sledge
• 1968 ~ Clarence Carter received a gold record for his million-selling hit Slip
Away. Carter earned two other gold records for Too Weak to Fight and Patches.
The singer from Montgomery, Alabama had been blind since age one and taught
himself to play guitar by age 11.
• 1969 ~ John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, presented the Plastic Ono Band in
concert for the first time. The appearance at the Toronto Peace Festival was
Lennon’s first in four years. The first hit by the new group, Give Peace a
Chance, made it to number 14 on the charts.
• 1986 ~ Captain EO, a 17-minute, three-dimensional, musical, science-fiction flick
starring Michael Jackson, made its gala premiere at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA
and at Disney’s Epcot Center in Orlando, FL this day. The innovative movie
cost approximately $1,000,000 a minute to produce.
• 2001 ~ Barbara Matera, who made costumes for Broadway shows, the New York City
ballet and the Metropolitan Opera, died of a cerebral hemorrhage. She was
With her husband, Matera founded Barbara Matera Ltd. in 1968, which produced
costumes seen in the current Broadway productions of The Lion King, Beauty
and the Beast, Aida, Kiss Me, Kate and 42nd Street.
As the costumer for the American Ballet Theater, Matera outfitted performers
in productions including Swan Lake and Othello.
Her film credits include The Great Gatsby, The Addams Family, Moonstruck,
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Age of Innocence and Death on the
Matera also created the purple crystal-encrusted gown that Hillary Rodham
Clinton wore at her husband's first presidential inauguration. 14 1741 ~ George Frederick Handel completed his The Messiah. It took the composer just
23 days to complete the timeless musical treasure which is still very popular
during the Christmas holiday season.
• 1888 ~ Michael Haydn (1737) Austrian composer
1760 ~ Luigi Cherubini, Italian composer
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• 1814 ~ Frances Scott Key, an attorney in Washington, DC, was aboard a warship that
was bombarding Fort McHenry (an outpost protecting the city of Baltimore, MD).
Key wrote some famous words to express his feelings. Those words became The
Star-Spangled Banner, which officially became the U.S. national anthem by an
act of Congress in 1931.
• 1910 ~ Lehman Engel, American composer, conductor and writer
• 1927 ~ Gene Austin waxed one of the first million sellers. He recorded his
composition, My Blue Heaven, for Victor Records.
• 1941 ~ Priscilla Mitchell, Singer
• 1946 ~ Pete Agnew, Bass, singer with Nazareth
• 1947 ~ Jon ‘Bowzer’ Bauman, Singer with Sha Na Na
• 1950 ~ Paul Kossoff, Guitarist with Free
• 1954 ~ Barry Cowsill, Singer with The Cowsills
• 1959 ~ Morten Harket, Singer with a-ha
• 1973 ~ Donny Osmond received a gold record for his hit single, The Twelfth of
Never. The song, released in March of 1973, was one of five which
turned gold for the young Osmond. His other solo successes were Sweet &
Innocent, Go Away Little Girl, Hey Girl and Puppy Love.
• 1985 ~ The first MTV Video Music Awards were presented at Radio City Music Hall in
New York City. The Cars won Best Video honors for You Might Think and MichaelJackson won Best Overall Performance and Choreography for his Thriller video.
• 2002 ~ Jazz saxophonist and band leader Paul Williams, whose 1949 Rhythm and Blues hit,
The Huckle-Buck, was covered by Frank Sinatra, died, at the age of 87.
Williams scored one of the first big hits of the R&B era in 1949 with The Huckle-
Buck, based on Charlie Parker's "Now's the Time."
It was the biggest-selling record in the Savoy label's 60-year history, topping the
R&B charts for 14 weeks, and spawned vocal versions by Sinatra and others.
The Huckle-Buck was one of three Top 10 and five Top 20 R&B hits Williams scored
for Savoy in 1948 and 1949. Other Top 10 hits were 35-30 in 1948 and Walkin'
Around in 1949.
Williams was later part of Atlantic Records' house band in the '60s and directed the
Lloyd Price and James Brown orchestras until 1964.
After leaving the music business temporarily, he opened a booking agency in New York
Born July 13, 1915, in Birmingham, Alabama, Williams played with Clarence Dorsey in
1946, and then made his recording debut with King Porter in 1947 for Paradise
before forming his own band later that year.
Saxophonists Noble "Thin Man" Watts and Wild Bill Moore, trumpeter Phil Guilbeau,
and vocalists Danny Cobb, Jimmy Brown, Joan Shaw, and Connie Allen were among
Williams' band members. 15 1876 ~ Bruno Walter, German-born American conductor
• 1903 ~ Roy Acuff, ‘The King of Country Music’, Country Music Hall of Famer,
with the Smoky Mountain Boys, publisher with Acuff-Rose Publishing
• 1924 ~ Bobby Short, American pianist, singer of popular music, regular on first
Playboy TV series.
His autobiography is Black & White Baby
• 1930 ~ Hoagy Carmichael recorded Georgia on My Mind on the Victor label. Georgia on
My Mind has been the official state song of Georgia since 1922. The song has
been recorded by many artists over the years.
• 1934 ~ NBC radio presented The Gibson Family to American audiences. The program was
the first musical comedy to be broadcast. The show originated from the studios
of WEAF in New York City.
• 1940 ~ Jimmy Gilmer, Singer with Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs
• 1941 ~ Les (William) Braid, Bass, organ with The Swinging Blue Jeans
• 1945 ~ Jessye Norman, American soprano
• 1955 ~ Betty Robbins (Mrs. Sheldon Robbins) became the first woman cantor at
services held at Temple Avodah in Oceanside, Long Island, New York.
• 1980 ~ The Elephant Man made its debut on Broadway with rock singer David Bowie in
his acting debut.
• 2001 ~ Billy Hilfiger, a musician and younger brother of fashion mogul Tommy
Hilfiger, died after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 45.
Hilfiger worked as a landscape architect in New York City but was best known
as an avid guitarist. He played with former members of the rock band Blue
Oyster Cult and with another brother, Andy Hilfiger, among others. 16 1685 ~ John Gay, English librettist
1887 ~ Nadia Boulanger, French composition teacher
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• 1920 ~ Enrico Caruso made his last recording for Victor Records in Camden, NJ.
• 1925 ~ "B. B." (Riley B.) King, American blues singer and guitarist, Grammy
Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987
• 1934 ~ George Chakiris, Academy Award-winning actor, dancer in West Side Story (1961)
• 1938 ~ Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded the swing classic Boogie Woogie for
• 1941 ~ CBS radio debuted The Arkansas Traveler. The program was later renamed The
Bob Burns Show. Burns played a very strange musical instrument called the
‘bazooka’. The U.S. Army chose the name to identify its rocket launcher,
because it looked so much like Burns’ bazooka.
• 1943 ~ Bernie Calvert, Bass with The Hollies and also The Dolphins
• 1944 ~ Betty Kelly, Singer with Martha and the Vandellas
• 1948 ~ Kenny Jones, Drummer with Small Faces, Faces and also The Who
• 1950 ~ David Bellamy, Singer with a duo called The Bellamy Brothers, songwriter
• 1963 - Richard Marx, Singer, songwriter
• 1963 ~ She Loves You was recorded by The Beatles the Swan label. It was the first
record recorded by The Beatles; but the second single by the ‘Fab Four’ to hit
#1. I Want to Hold Your Hand, was the group’s first #1 song and million seller
(on Capitol). It beat She Loves You to the top spot by just a few weeks. Other
Beatles hits were also recorded on Capitol (Capitol had rejected She Loves
You) and Swan labels; but the Beatles liked variety, so add these record
companies to the Beatles list of recording labels: Vee-Jay, MGM, Tollie,
United Artists, Atco, E.M.I., Parlaphone and Apple.
• 1964 ~ Shindig premiered on ABC-TV. The program had go-go girls and the biggest
rock bands of the day in a dance party environment. Regulars were Jimmie
O’Neill and the Shindig Dancers. The first show featured Sam Cooke, The EverlyBrothers, The Righteous Brothers, The Wellingtons, Bobby Sherman and comic
• 1965 ~ San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral became the site of the first concert of
sacred music presented by Duke Ellington.
• 1965 ~ The Dean Martin Show debuted on NBC~TV. It was a weekly variety show that
continued on the network for nine years. Regulars over the years were The
Goldiggers, Ken Lane, The Ding-a-Ling Sisters, Tom Bosley, Dom DeLuise, Nipsey
Russell, Rodney Dangerfield and Les Brown and His Band. The theme song?
Everybody Loves Somebody.
• 2000 ~ Israeli conductor David Shallon died in Tokyo after suffering an asthma
attack at the age of 49. Shallon was born in Tel Aviv and studied violin,
viola and horn.
• 2000 ~ Valeriu Stelian, a folk singer who inspired anti-communist protesters a
decade ago, died of cancer at the age of 47.
Shortly after the 1989 anti-communist uprising, Stelian began singing at
University Square in downtown Bucharest for students who protesting the
presence of former communists in government.
Six weeks after the uprising, coal miners descended on Bucharest at the behest
of the government and beat up the students. Six people died in the melee and
the protest harmed Romania's image to such a degree that many young Romanians
emigrated, believing democracy would never come to the Balkan country.
"Oh God, come here to see what has become of people", went the lyrics of one of
Stelian's songs composed in 1973 and played to film footage of people who had
died during the uprising.
During his career, Stelian toured the former Soviet Union, Norway, Poland,
Bulgaria, Hungary, France, England and the United States. He also set up some
recording studios in Romania. 17 1878 ~ Vincenzo Tommasini, Italian composer
• 1884 ~ Charles Tomlinson Griffes, American composer
• 1923 ~ Hank (Hiram) Williams, Sr., American country-western singer and songwriter.
He was the first country musician whose music crossed over into pop and he
wrote 125 compositions
• 1931 ~ RCA Victor began demonstrating a very early version of the long-playing
(LP), 33~1/3 RPM phonograph record. It would be another 17 years before RCA
rival Columbia would begin mass production of the LP.
• 1940 ~ LaMont McLemore, Singer with The 5th Dimension
• 1950 ~ Fee Waybill (John Waldo), Singe with The Tubes
• 1955 ~ The Perry Como Show moved to Saturday nights on NBC~TV. Soon, U.S.A.
audiences would "Sing along with me ... I’m on my way to the stars..." with
the incomparable Mr. C. Como’s hourlong variety show replaced his
three-times-per-week, 15-minute show, which had been on the air since 1948.
The new version of The Perry Como Show soon became Saturday’s highest-rated TV
program, beating CBS competitor Jackie Gleason.
• 1955 ~ Capitol Records released Magic Melody, Part Two. The tune consists only of
the last two notes of the musical phrase, "Shave and a haircut, two bits,"
making it the shortest tune ever to be released.
• 1973 ~ Hugo Winterhalter passed away. He was an American easy listening arranger and composer.
• 2002 ~ Michael "Dodo" Marmarosa, a jazz pianist who played with luminaries like DizzyGillespie, Tommy Dorsey and Buddy Rich in the 1940s before a military stint
derailed his music career, died of a heart attack. He was 76.
Marmarosa died at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Pittsburgh, where he
lived the past few years, playing the piano and organ for other residents and
Marmarosa joined the Johnny "Scat" Davis Orchestra at age 15 in 1941. He then played
with Gene Krupa's band, Charlie Barnet's big band, where he recorded "The Moose"
and "Strollin", and played with the great Gillespie.
He played in Dorsey's band in 1944, which included Buddy DeFranco, Sidney Block and
Buddy Rich. And later that same year, Marmarosa joined Artie Shaw's band.
In 1947 Marmarosa was selected by Esquire magazine as one of the nation's top jazz
Marmarosa disappeared from public view in the early 1950s after a series of personal
tragedies and a stint in the Army. 18 1763 ~ An instrument named the spinet was mentioned in The
Boston Gazette newspaper on this day. John Harris made the spinet, a small
upright piano with a three to four octave range. There is no verifiable
evidence to support the rumor that a man named Spinetti made the first spinet.
• 1809 ~ The Theatre Royal at Covent Garden re-opened after being destroyed by fire the year
The Theatre Royal at Covent Garden began in Bow Street in 1732. It was designed by E.M.
Barry in classical style. He also built for the theatre's management the Floral Hall
next door in glass and iron, meant to be a straightforward rival to the Bedford's
flower market. Both of Barry's buildings are now part of the rebuilt Royal Opera House
at Covent Garden complex.
• 1838 ~ Emil Scaria, Austrian bass-baritone
• 1910 ~ Josef Tal, Polish-born Israeli composer and pianist
• 1917 ~ The Honolulu Ad Club registered a patent for the ukulele.
• 1927 ~ The Columbia Broadcasting System was born on this day, although its rival,
NBC, had been on the air for some time. The Tiffany Network, as CBS was
called, broadcast an opera, The King’s Henchman, as its first program.
William S. Paley put the network together, purchasing a chain of 16 failing
radio stations. The controlling interest cost between $250,000 and $450,000.
The following year, the 27-year-old Paley became President of CBS. It only
took one more year for him to profit 2.35 million dollars as the network grew
to over 70 stations.
In 1978 Paley received the First Annual ATAS (Academy of Television Arts and
Sciences) Governor’s Award as Chairman of the Board of CBS.
• 1939 ~ Frankie (Frances) Avalon (Avellone), American rock-and-roll singer
• 1947 ~ Country singers Ernest Tubb and Roy Acuff performed at Carnegie Hall in New
York City. It was the first country show for the NYC venue.
• 1948 ~ The Original Amateur Hour returned to radio on ABC, two years after the
passing of the program’s originator and host, Major Bowes. Bowes brought new
star talent into living rooms for 13 years. Ted Mack, the new host, had also
started a TV run with The Original Amateur Hour on the DuMont network in
January of 1948.
• 1949 ~ Kerry Livgren, Guitar, keyboards with Kansas
• 1952 ~ Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Colvin), Drummer with The Ramones
• 1955 ~ What had been The Toast of the Town on CBS Television (since 1948) became
The Ed Sullivan Show. This "rilly big shew" remained a mainstay of Sunday
night television until June 6, 1971. Sullivan was a newspaper columnist/critic
before and during the early years of this pioneering TV show.
• 1957 ~ The Big Record, hosted by ‘the singing rage’, Miss Patti Page, debuted on
CBS-TV. The Big Record was a live musical showcase featuring established
artists singing their big songs. The Big Record lasted one big season.
• 1962 ~ Joanne Catherall, Singer with Human League
• 1967 ~ Ricky Bell, Singer with New Edition
• 1969 ~ Tiptoeing through late night TV, Tiny Tim announced his engagement to Miss
Vicki Budinger. Johnny Carson, host of The Tonight Show, was so enthralled
with the falsetto voiced singer that he invited the couple to get married on
the show. They did on December 17, 1969 and TV history was made.
• 1970 ~ Rock radio mourned the loss of rock music legend, Jimi Hendrix. He died at
age 27 of an overdose of sleeping pills. His Purple Haze and Foxy Lady became
anthems for a generation at war in Vietnam.
• 1997 ~ Jimmy Witherspoon passed away 19 1829 ~ Gustav Schirmer, German music publisher. He founded G. Schirmer Inc., a classical music publishing company based in New York City, founded in 1861.
• 1818 ~ Blanche Thebom, American mezzo-soprano
• 1921 ~ Billy Ward, Singer, musician: piano with Billy Ward and the Dominoes
• 1953 ~ Gisele MacKenzie took over as host on NBC-TV’s Your Hit Parade. Her biggest
hit during that stint, 1953 to 1957, was Hard to Get in June of 1955.
Ironically, the song was first sung by Gisele in an episode of the NBC-TV
show, Justice. It became a hit and she performed it again on Your Hit Parade.
• 1955 ~ Eva Marie Saint, Frank Sinatra and Paul Newman starred in the Producer’s
Showcase presentation of Our Town on NBC~TV.
• 1974 ~ Eric Clapton received a gold record for I Shot the Sheriff. The song reached
#1 on the pop charts on September 14th.
• 1981 ~ For their first concert in years, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel reunited for
a free concert to benefit New York City parks. The concert attracted a crowd
of 500,000 people in Central Park and was broadcast to a TV audience in the
millions. 20 1880 ~ Ildebrando Pizzetti, Italian composer and educator
1885 ~ "Jelly Roll" Morton, American jazz pianist and composer
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• 1924 ~ Gogi Grant (Audrey Brown), Singer, dubbed vocals for Ann Blythe in The Helen Morgan Story
• 1927 ~ Johnny Dankworth, Alto sax, band leader, composer
• 1945 ~ Laurie Spiegel, American composer
• 1946 ~ WNBT~TV, New York became the first station to promote a motion picture. It
showed scenes from The (Al) Jolson Story.
• 1948 ~ One of the most popular singing groups of the 1950s got their professional
start on this day. The Four Freshmen did their first gig in Fort Wayne,
Indiana and went on to major success with Capitol Records. Hits included It’s
a Blue World, Charmaine and Love is Just Around the Corner.
• 1969 ~ Sugar, Sugar, by the the Archies, hit number one in Billboard. The Archies
sat at the top of the hit heap for four weeks.
• 1973 ~ The in place for radio and record types to see, and be seen, opened in Los
Angeles, to a sold-out crowd. On the opening bill at the Roxy Theatre:
Elton John, Carole King and Jackson Browne.
• 1973 ~ Singer Jim Croce, his lead guitarist, Maury Muehleisen, and four others died
when their plane crashed into a tree while taking off for a concert in
21 1737 ~ Francis Hopkinson, American statesman, signer of the
Declaration of Independence, first native-born American composer and writer
1874 ~ Gustav (Theodore) Holst, British composer and conductor
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• 1934 ~ Leonard Cohen, Canadian folk singer, songwriter and poet
• 1941 ~ Dickey Lee (Lipscomb), Singer, songwriter
• 1947 ~ Donald Felder, Guitarist, singer with The Eagles
• 1956 ~ Debby Boone, Grammy Award-winning singer: Best New Artist in 1977, sang
with The Boone Family; daughter of singers Pat and Shirley Boone
• 1962 ~ It was a hootenanny of a good time in, of all places, New York’s famed
Carnegie Hall. The cast included newcomer Bob Dylan making his first
appearance at Carnegie Hall.
• 1964 ~ In the tradition of the Broadway stage, the lights lowered, the curtain rose
and Zero Mostel stepped into the spotlight as the fiddler played. "Tra-a--a-
dition", he sang, as he began the first of 3,242 performances of Fiddler on
the Roof. The musical opened on Broadway this day.
The story of Tevye (brilliantly played by Mostel), a poor Jewish milkman with
five daughters, takes place in a small Russian village in the late 1890s. He
sings and dances his way through the tragedies and comedies of a father
fighting for tradition in a changing world.
"To life", he sang, as the music of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick made the
stories by Sholem Aleichem come alive. And he brought tears to audiences eyes
with the poignant, Sunrise, Sunset, and laughter, too, with the memorable, If
I were a Rich Man -- which surely made Zero Mostel a wealthy man.
• 1980 ~ John Lennon signed with Geffen Records. The Lennon LP, Double Fantasy, was
released on Geffen. (Lennon was assassinated on December 8, 1980.)
• 1985 ~ The poor of America’s Heartland ... the financially troubled farmers of
Middle America ... got help from their friends in the music biz. Singing
stars Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Cougar Mellencamp held a benefit
concert to raise funds. The stars came out and so did the money. The Farm Aid
concert raised ten million dollars.
• 2001 ~ Isaac Stern, the master violinist who saved Carnegie Hall from the
wrecking ball, died at the age of 81.
Stern, one of the last great violinists of his generation, helped advance the
careers of a new generation, including Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman and
He played well over 175 performances at Carnegie Hall, America's musical
temple renown for its acoustics.
The hall opened in 1891. As the city was planning Lincoln Center in the 1950s,
a builder proposed an office building to replace Carnegie Hall.
Using his prestige and his contacts among fellow artists and benefactors,
Stern rallied the opposition, eventually securing legislation that enabled
the city to acquire the building in 1960 for $5 million.
On Jan. 8, 1943, he made his Carnegie Hall debut in a recital produced by the
impresario Sol Hurok. Performing with pianist Alexander Zakin, who became
his longtime accompanist, Stern played Mozart, Bach, Szymanowski, Johannes Brahms and
The performance attracted the attention of composer-critic Virgil Thomson.
Writing in the New York Herald Tribune, Thomson proclaimed him "one of the
world's master fiddle players."
At his peak, Stern would perform more than 200 concerts a year. Stern
boycotted Germany for years because of the Holocaust, but taught a nine-day
seminar there in 1999.
23 1870 ~ John Lomax, American folk-song collector and founder
of the American Folklore Society at the Library of Congress
• 1923 ~ Jan Savitt and his orchestra recorded 720 in the Books on Decca Records.
1930 ~ Ray Charles, American soul singer, pianist and songwriter
More information about Charles
• 1935 ~ Les McCann, Singer
• 1940 ~ Paul Williams, Academy Award-winning songwriter
• 1943 ~ Steve Boone, Bass, singer with The Lovin’ Spoonful
• 1943 ~ Julio Iglesias, Singer, Guinness Book of Records for sales of more than 100
million copies of 60 LPs in five languages
• 1945 ~ Ronald Bushy, Drummer with Iron Butterfly
• 1949 ~ Bruce Springsteen ‘The Boss’, American rock singer and songwriter, inducted
into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 15, 1999
• 1959 ~ Lita Ford, Guitarist with The Runaways
• 1967 ~ The Box Tops from Memphis hit #1 with The Letter. Though the song was #1 for
four weeks and remained on the charts for 13 weeks. The Box Tops reorganized
right after that first hit and never made it to #1 again.
• 1969 ~ The London Daily Mirror became a rumormonger. It printed a story saying that
BeatlePaul McCartney was dead. It was the first, but not the last, time that
rumor would make the rounds.
• 1971 ~ The Honey Cone scored their second gold record with Stick-Up on the Hot Wax
label. It was a follow~up to their #1 smash, Want Ads on June 12, 1971.
• 1987 ~ Bob Fosse passed away. He was an American dancer, musical theatre choreographer, director, screenwriter, film director and actor.
• 2003 ~ Rex Robbins, a Broadway actor who traveled nationally with "Gypsy," "Hello
Dolly!" and "Into the Woods," died of a subdural aneurysm while visiting
relatives. He was 68.
Robbins, who lived in Manhattan, had roles in 18 Broadway shows between 1963 and
2000, including Herbie in the 1974 revival of "Gypsy" with Angela Lansbury and
Buckingham in "Richard II" with Al Pacino in 1979.
He also appeared in films including the original "Shaft," "The Royal Tenenbaums"
and "1776," and was in more than 300 television commercials. 24 1922 ~ Cornell MacNeil, American baritone
• 1927 ~ Alfredo Kraus, Spanish tenor
• 1936 ~ Jim (James Maury) Henson,
Creator of vocalist, Kermit the Frog
There’s a fictional neighborhood where some of the residents are named Kermit, Big
Bird, Bert & Ernie, Miss Piggy, and Oscar the Grouch. It’s called Sesame Street.
The creator of the lifelike characters, Jim Henson, was born on this day. The
puppeteer first named his puppets, Muppets, in 1954 when he was working as a
producer of the Washington, D.C. TV show, Sam and Friends.
Henson moved his Muppets to network TV in 1969. Children of all ages were able to
enjoy the Muppets’ antics on the educational, yet entertaining Sesame Street. The
Muppets then got their own show, The Muppet Show; which generated The Muppet Movie
and other films, like The Muppets Take Manhattan and The Great Muppet Caper.
And Jim Henson got the awards: 18 Emmys, 17 Grammys, 4 Peabody Awards and 5 Ace Awards
(National Cable Television Association).
The premier muppeteer, and voice of Kermit the Frog, died suddenly in May of 1990. Jim
Henson lives on through his Muppets.
• 1942 ~ Gerry Marsden, Singer with Gerry & The Pacemakers
• 1942 ~ Glenn Miller ended his CBS radio broadcasts for Chesterfield Cigarettes. It was time for
Miller to go to war. The show had aired three times a week for three years.
• 1955 ~ Millions of Americans tuned in to watch Judy Garland make her TV debut on the Ford Star
Jubilee. The CBS show received the highest television ratings to that time.
• 1968 ~ The Vogues received a gold record for Turn Around Look at Me on the Reprise label.
• 2002 ~ Tim Rose, a raw-voiced folk-rocker who recorded memorable versions of Hey Joe
and Morning Dew, died shortly after surgery for bowel cancer. He was 62.
Rose started his music career in his home town of Washington, D.C., in a duo billed
as Michael & Timothy.
Rose then worked with Cass Elliot, a future member of the Mamas and the Papas, in a
group called The Triumvirate. When James Hendricks - who later married Elliot -
joined the group, it was renamed The Big Three.
Rose signed a recording contract with Columbia in 1966, and his album, "Tim Rose,"
debuted a year later. In 1968, Rose toured in Britain with a band including John
Bonham, the drummer for Led Zeppelin.
Rose's musical career stalled in the 1980s. In 1996, he returned to live performing
in London with a show that featured reminiscences of his career's ups and downs. 25 1683 ~ Jean-Philippe Rameau, French composer, theorist and organist
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• 1932 ~ Glenn (Herbert) Gould, Canadian pianist, composer, wrote piano essay about Petula Clark Read quotes by and about Gould Read news items about Gould
• 1933 ~ Erik Darling, Folk singer with The Weavers and also The Tarriers
• 1934 ~ Hot Lips was recorded by Henry Busse and his orchestra in Chicago, IL.
• 1943 ~ Gary Alexander, Guitar, singer with The Association
• 1945 ~ Onnie McIntyre, Guitar with Average White Band
• 1950 ~ NBC~TV introduced a new concept in daytime programming. Kate Smith debuted an hourlong
show. Her theme song for the show was When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain. Kate’s
daytime show ran for four years. God Bless America.
• 1953 ~ John Locke, Keyboards with Spirit
• 1953 ~ Following in the footlights of musical greats like Ignace Jan Paderewski and
Victor Borge, a piano player named Liberace made his debut at Carnegie Hall.
Liberace performed before a sellout audience. His candelabra and concert grand piano
were instant trademarks that lasted throughout his career.
• 1955 ~ Steve Severin (Bailey), Bass with Siouxsie & The Banshees
• 1979 ~ The third musical resulting from the collaboration of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber lit up the Great White Way. Evita opened on Broadway to rave reviews.
• 2002 ~ Bob Radonich, who for 47 years owned a local landmark cafe shaped like a coffee pot, died
after suffering a series of strokes. He was 83.
His cafe, Bob's Java Jive, evokes a largely forgotten era of architecture. The street where it
sits once featured toy factories shaped like castles, a gas station resembling a colossal
neon gas pump and a yellow, lemon-shaped restaurant called the Lemon Lunch.
Those other buildings vanished, but the Java Jive survived.
Java Jive was originally known as the Coffee Pot Restaurant, built in 1927 by local
veterinarian Otis G. Button and designed by an artist, inventor and promoter named Bert
Radonich bought the cafe in 1955. His wife Lylabell renamed the business for an Ink Spots' song
whose lyrics included I love coffee, I love tea, I love java jive, it loves me.
The Java Jive, which was used for a scene in the 1990 movie "I Love You to Death," was
renowned for a pair of chimpanzees, Java and Jive, who played drums while Bobby Floyd, who
was Bob and Lylabell's son, entertained on the organ.
Radonich's daughter now owns and runs Bob's Java Jive. 26 1887 ~ Emile Berliner patented a disk recording device that
made it possible to mass produce phonograph records.
• 1892 ~ The ‘King of Marches’was introduced to the general public. John Philip Sousa and
his band played the Liberty Bell March in Plainfield, New Jersey.
• 1957 ~ West Side Story opened in New York. The musical ran for 734 performances. The
loose adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet produced several hit
songs, including Maria and Tonight. Leonard Bernstein was the composer.
• 1962 ~ Tracey Thorn, Singer
• 1962 ~ "Come and listen to the story ’bout a man named Jed..." The Beverly Hillbillies
aired on CBS-TV. U.S. audiences were enchanted with Jed, Ellie Mae, Granny, Jethro,
Miss Jane and that banker feller. Enchanted, as in a trance, in fact, for 216 shows.
Bluegrass stars Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs had the honor of composing and
recording the theme song and hit record, The Ballad of Jed Clampett.
• 1969 ~ The Beatles walked the road toward a hit LP for the last time, as Abbey Road was
released in London. The 13th and last album for the ‘fab four’ zoomed quickly to the
#1 spot on the charts and stayed there for 11 weeks.
1984 ~ History was made at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. Neil Shicoff,
lead tenor in the The Tales of Hoffmann, was unable to perform due to illness. His
understudy, a chap named William Lewis, was a bit under the weather as well, and his
voice began to falter during the performance. So, Kenneth Riegel was called in to
sing the part from the orchestra pit while Mr. Lewis lip-synced the part on stage.
• 2003 ~ Yi Sung-chun, one of the most outstanding musicians of contemporary Korean classics,
died at the age of 67.
Born in what is now North Korea, Yi moved south during the 1950-53 Korean War and became a pioneer
of Korean classics, called Gukak, or national music.
Yi first entered a medical college but switched to study Korean classics two years later at the
Seoul National University. He earned his doctorate and served his alma mater as a professor for 30
Students called him "a real model of Seonbi," or the disciplined and well-mannered intellectual
class of the old royal Korean Joseon Dynasty.
Yi produced about 300 pieces of music, and helped reshape the "gayageum," a traditional Korean
instrument with nine strings, into the one with 21 strings to broaden its tones.
His name was put on record in 2001 along with 30 other Korean musicians in the New Grove Dictionary
of Music, an encyclopedia named after British musician Sir George Grove that lists 3,000 important
music figures worldwide. 27 • 1898 ~ Vincent Youmans, Songwriters’ Hall of Famer, musician, composer, worked with Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein II
• 1924 ~ Bud Powell, American jazz pianist and composer
• 1930 ~ Igor Kipnis, American harpsichordist
1933 ~ NBC radio debuted Waltz Time, featuring the orchestra of Abe Lymon. The program
continued on the network until 1948.
• 1938 ~ Clarinet virtuoso Artie Shaw recorded the song that would become his theme song.
Nightmare was waxed on the Bluebird Jazz label.
1938 ~ Thanks for the Memory was heard for the first time on The Bob Hope Show on the
NBC Red radio network. Who was the bandleader? If you said Les Brown, you’d be ...
wrong. It was Skinnay Ennis accompanying Hope at the time.
• 1941 ~ Don Nix, Baritone sax with The Mar-Keys, Booker T and the M.G.’s, composer
• 1942 ~ Just after leaving CBS radio, Glenn Miller led his civilian band for the last time
at the Central Theatre in beautiful Passaic, NJ. Miller had volunteered for wartime
• 1943 ~ Randy Bachman, Guitarist, singer with Bachman-Turner Overdrive
• 1945 ~ Misha Dichter, American pianist, married to Cipa Dichter
• 1951 ~ Meat Loaf (Marvin Lee Aday),Singer, actor
• 1953 ~ Greg Ham, Saxophone, flute, keyboards with Men at Work
• 1954 ~ The Tonight show debuted on NBC-TV. Steve Allen hosted the late-night program
which began as a local New York show on WNBT-TV in June 1953. Tonight became a
launching pad for Steve and hundreds of guests, including Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme. Skitch Henderson and orchestra provided the music. Ernie Kovacs was the host
from 1956 until 1957.
• 1962 ~ Detroit secretary Martha Reeves cut a side with a group called The Vandellas and
the result was I’ll Have to Let Him Go. Soon thereafter, the hits of Martha and The
Vandellas just kept on comin’.
• 1962 ~ After a concert that featured folk music at Carnegie Hall, The New York Times gave
a glowing review in a story about "Bob Dylan: A Distinctive Folk Song Stylist."
• 1970 ~ "Round and round and round it goes and where it stops, nobody knows." Ted Mack
said, "Good night from Geritol" for the last time. After 22 years on television, the
curtain closed on The Original Amateur Hour on CBS. The show had been on ABC, NBC,
CBS and originated on the Dumont Television Network.
• 1979 ~ Gracie Fields died 28 1598 ~ The first patent to print songbooks was issued
on this day to Thomas Morley,
a composer of madrigal songs.
1902 ~ Donald Jay Grout, American musicologist
A History of Western Music. An older version of this book is available for loan in the O'Connor Music Studio
More information about Grout
• 1928 ~ Glen Gray’s orchestra recorded Under a Blanket of Blue, with Kenny Sargeant on
• 1930 ~ Tommy Collins (Leonard Sipes), Singer, songwriter
• 1938 ~ Ben E. King (Benjamin Earl Nelson), Singer, songwriter
• 1946 ~ Helen Shapiro, Singer, actress
• 1968 ~ The Beatles rode the nearly seven-minute-long Hey Jude to the top of the charts
for a nine week-run starting this day. Talk about your microgroove recording! Copies
of this Apple release were shipped by the dozen to radio stations because the
platters wore out after just a few plays.
• 1984 ~ Saluting his 34 years in television, Bob "If There’s an Honor I’ll Be There" Hope
showed outtakes of his years in television on (where else?) NBC. When he began in
television’s infancy, back in 1950, Hope said he got into the new medium "...because
the contract was so delicious, I couldn’t turn it down."
• 1991 ~ Miles Davis III passed away 29 1907 ~ (Orvon) Gene Autry, ‘The Singing Cowboy’, actor in over 100 cowboy westerns,
singer, CMA Hall of Fame and the only person to have 5 Hollywood Walk of Fame stars.
They were for film, radio, TV, stage and records.
• 1930 ~ Richard Bonynge, Australian conductor
• 1930 ~ "Ba, ba, ba, boo. I will, ba ba ba boo ... marry you!" ‘Der Bingle’, better known
as Bing Crosby, America’s premier crooner for decades, married Dixie Lee.
1935 ~ Jerry Lee Lewis, American rock-and-roll singer and pianist
More information about Lewis
• 1947 ~ Dizzy Gillespie presented his first Carnegie Hall concert in New York, adding a
sophisticated jazz touch to the famous concert emporium. Diz would become one of the
jazz greats of all time. His trademark: Two cheeks pushed out until it looked like
his face would explode. But, as the hepcats said, "Man, that guy can blow!"
• 1948 ~ Mark Farner, Guitar: singer with Grand Funk Railroad
• 1953 ~ Danny Thomas, who many now remember as Marlo’s dad and Phil Donahue’s
father-in-law, is also remembered for many things that influenced television. At the
suggestion of his friend, Desi Arnaz, Thomas negotiated a deal that would allow him
to retain ownership rights to his programs, like Make Room for Daddy, which debuted
this day on ABC-TV. Later, in 1957, the show would move to CBS under the
Desilu/Danny Thomas Productions banner. The rest is, literally, TV history. His
success allowed him to give something back to the world, in the form of his
philanthropic efforts to build St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis. "All I
prayed for was a break," he once told an interviewer, "and I said I would do
anything, anything, to pay back the prayer if it could be answered. All I needed was
a sign of what to do and I would do it." And so it was.
• 1962 ~ My Fair Lady closed on this day after a run of 6½ years. At the time, the show
held the Broadway record for longest-running musical of all time. 3,750,000 people
watched the wonderful show and heard tunes like Wouldn’t it Be Loverly, Show Me, Get
Me to the Church on Time, I’m an Ordinary Man, I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face and
the Vic Damone/Robert Goulet standard, On the Street Where You Live.
The team of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe turned George Bernard Shaw’s play,
Pygmalion, into a colorful, musical production. They gave a new life to the rough-
around-the-edges, cockney, flower girl; the subject of a bet between Professor
Higgins (Just You Wait, ’Enry ’Iggins) and a colleague. The Professor bet that he
could turn Eliza Doolittle into a proper lady (The Rain in Spain). With a Little Bit
of Luck he did it. Eliza, looking and acting very much like a princess, sang ICould Have Danced All Night.
After its Broadway success, My Fair Lady was made into a motion picture (1964) and won
seven Academy Awards including Best Picture.
• 1983 ~ On the Great White Way, A Chorus Line became the longest-running show on Broadway,
with performance number 3,389. Grease, the rock ’n’ roll production, had been the
previous box-office champ since 1980.
• 2001 ~ Dan Cushman, a prolific fiction writer whose 1953 novel "Stay Away, Joe"
was made into a movie starring Elvis Presley, died of heart failure. He was
The former New York Times book critic wrote dozens of books and was best known
for "Stay Away, Joe."
The book's portrayal of American Indians stirred controversy in Montana, and
Indian novelist James Welch vetoed an excerpt for inclusion in "The Last
Best Place," a Montana anthology.
In 1998 Cushman received the H.G. Merriam Award for Distinguished
Contributions to Montana Literature, joining such notables as Richard Hugo,
A.B. Guthrie Jr. and Norman Maclean.
Cushman was first paid for his writing when he received $5 a week for
reporting news for a newspaper in Big Sandy, Mont.
"It was in Big Sandy where I learned all the trouble you can cause by printing
all the news of a small town," Cushman said.
He wrote books set in the South Pacific, the Congo and the Yukon, and drew on
his colorful life for much of his fiction. Cushman worked as a cowboy,
printer, prospector, geologist's assistant, advertising writer and radio
• 2015 ~ Frankie Ford, rock and roll and rhythm and blues singer whose 1959 hit Sea Cruise brought him international fame, died at the age of 76. 30 1852 ~ Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, Irish composer and organist
• 1933 ~ The theme song was Hail, Hail, the Gang’s All Here and it opened the
National Barn Dance. The half-hour country music and comedy show, originally
heard on WLS, Chicago since 1924, moved to the NBC Blue network this night.
National Barn Dance was broadcast from the Eighth Street Theater in Chicago,
where the stage was transformed into a hayloft every Saturday night. The host
was Joe Kelly. Uncle Ezra was played by Pat Barrett who was known to say,
"Give me a toot on the tooter, Tommy," as he started dancing. A few of the
other Barn Dance characters were Arkie, the Arkansas Woodchopper; Pokey
Martin; the Hoosier Hotshots; the Prairie Ramblers; cowgirl, Patsy Montana;
Pat Buttram; Lulu Belle and the Cumberland Road Runners.
Gene Autry and Red Foley were heard early in
their careers on National Barn Dance.
Although there were plenty of sponsors (Alka Seltzer, One-A-Day vitamins,
Phillips Milk of Magnesia), the National Barn Dance was one of the few radio
shows to charge admission!
• 1935 ~ Jill Corey (Norma Jean Speranza), Singer
• 1935 ~ Johnny Mathis, American singer of popular music
• 1935 ~ "Summertime ... and the livin’ is easy." Porgy and Bess was presented for
the first time, at the Colonial Theatre in Boston. It was a flop! It was
revived in 1942. It wasn’t a flop that time. It ran longer than any revival in
the history of U.S. musical theater.
• 1941 ~ The Larry Clinton Orchestra recorded their version of That Solid Old Man, on
• 1942 ~ Dewey Martin, Drummer, singer with Buffalo Springfield
• 1943 ~ Marilyn McCoo (Davis), Singer with The Fifth Dimension, TV hostess of Solid
Gold from 1981 to 1984 and 1986 to 1988, TV music reporter
• 1946 ~ Sylvia Peterson, Singer with The Chiffons
• 1953 ~ Deborah Allen (Thurmond), Singer
• 1954 ~ Julie Andrews, who would later become a household name in movies, TV and on
records, opened on Broadway for the first time. The future star of The Sound
of Music appeared in The Boy Friend this night.
• 1977 ~ President Jimmy Carter designated October as the official country music
• 2003 ~ Ronnie Dawson, the rock singer known as the "Blonde Bomber," died. He was 64.
Dawson was diagnosed in 2002 with throat cancer but continued to perform. One of
his last gigs was an emotional performance at the Rockabilly Rave festival in
England in February.
He enthralled fans at the Big D Jamboree in the 1950s and at Carnegie Hall in the
Among Dawson's songs as a teenager in the 1950s were Action Packed and I Make
He was famous for live performances where he would jump from the stage, run
through the audience and play his guitar while standing on a table.
In the late 1950s, Dawson recast himself as an R&B artist named Snake Monroe,
signed briefly with Columbia Records, and then joined the local Western swing
pioneers the Light Crust Doughboys.
In the 1960s, he packed the Levee Club with the Levee Singers, a folk act that
appeared nationally on "The Danny Kaye Show" and "The Jimmy Dean Show."
After the Levee Singers broke up, he formed a country band, Steel Rail, and later
sang television and radio jingles.
• 2003 ~ Robert LaMarchina, conductor of the Honolulu Symphony from 1967 to 1978, died.
He was 75.
Born in New York City, Robert LaMarchina began studying the cello at the age of 7.
At 8, he made his first appearance as a solo cellist with the St. Louis
LaMarchina was 15 when famed conductor Arturo Toscanini hired him to perform with
the NBC Symphony Orchestra.
LaMarchina made is first appearance as a conductor in 1951 in Japan in the
Fujiwara Opera's production of "Madame Butterfly".
He later taught music at Indiana University, traveled with the Ambassadors of
Opera and conducted operas on the West Coast.