• 1610 ~ Giovanni Battista Chinelli, Composer
• 1677 ~ Alexandre de Villenueve, Composer
• 1736 ~ Juan de Sesse y Balaguer, Composer
• 1754 ~ Giacomo Conti, Composer
• 1762 ~ Joseph Umstatt, Composer, died at the age of 51
• 1767 ~ Joseph Ignaz Schnabel, Composer
• 1773 ~ Jan Zach, Composer, died at the age of 73
• 1781 ~ Louis-Francois Dauprat, Composer
• 1826 ~ Friedrich Fesca, Composer, died at the age of 37
• 1830 ~ “Mary Had A Little Lamb” was written
• 1831 ~ Richard Hoffman, Composer
• 1831 ~ Benjamin Carr, Composer, died at the age of 62
• 1841 ~ Tito Mattei, Pianist and Composer
• 1859 ~ Madame Caroline Miolan-Carvalho sang Charles Gounod’s Ave Maria in its first public performance.
• 1871 ~ Francisco Salvador Daniel, Composer, died at the age of 40
• 1873 ~ Leo Delibes’ opera “Le Roi l’a Dit” premiered in Paris
• 1886 ~ Paul Paray, French conductor and composer
• 1881 ~ Mikulas Schneider-Trvavsky, Composer
• 1894 ~ William Joseph Westbrook, Composer, died at the age of 63
• 1903 ~ Hilding Hallnas, Composer
• 1904 ~ George Formby (William Booth), British singer and comic
• 1905 ~ Zdenek Blazek, Composer
• 1908 ~ Kresimir Fribec, Composer
• 1910 ~ Margers Zarins, Composer
• 1910 ~ Nils-Eric Fougstedt, Composer
• 1912 ~ Joan Hammond, British operatic soprano
• 1922 ~ Sadao Bekku, Composer
• 1924 ~ Victor Herbert, Irish/US cellist, composer and conductor, died at the age of 65
• 1930 ~ Hans-Martin Linde, Composer
• 1932 ~ Elaine Malbin, Opera singer
• 1933 ~ Dmitri Shostakovitch’s Preludes premiered in Moscow
• 1936 ~ Harold Budd, Composer
• 1937 ~ Archie Shepp, African-American tenor saxophonist, one of the first improvisers and composers in free jazz, and one of its most eloquent spokesmen.
• 1938 ~ Art Kassel’s orchestra recorded a song for Bluebird Records that may not have been a smash hit, but had a great title: So You Left Me for the Leader of a Swing Band.
• 1941 ~ Bob Dylan, America folk and rock singer, songwriter and guitarist. He moved from folk to rock music in the 1960s, infusing the lyrics of rock and roll, previously concerned mostly with boy-girl romantic innuendo, with the intellectualism of classic literature and poetry. Hailed as the Shakespeare of his generation, Dylan sold more than 58 million albums.
• 1941 ~ Brian Dennis, Composer
• 1941 ~ Konrad Boehmer, Composer
• 1942 ~ Derek Quinn, Guitarist with Freddie and the Dreamers
• 1943 ~ James Levine, British conductor
• 1944 ~ Patti LaBelle (Holt), American soul-rock singer
• 1945 ~ Priscilla Presley, American actress and was wife of Elvis Presley
• 1948 ~ Benjamin Britten’s “Beggar’s Opera” premiered in Cambridge
• 1948 ~ Alfred Kastner, Composer, died at the age of 78
• 1955 ~ Roseanne Cash, Singer, daughter of Johnny Cash
• 1963 ~ Elmore James, Blues guitarist, died at the age of 45
• 1966 ~ “Mame” opened at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 1508 performances
• 1968 ~ Bernard Rogers, Composer, died
• 1969 ~ The Beatles hit number one with Get Back. The song stayed parked at the top of the hit heap for five weeks.
• 1974 ~ Duke (Edward Kennedy) Ellington musician, composer, bandleader; passed away
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• 1986 ~ Whitney Houston’s Greatest Love of All was starting week number two of a three-week stay at number one.
• 1995 ~ Mike Pyne, Jazz Pianist, died
• 1996 ~ Jacob R Druckman, Composer, died at the age of 67
• 2002 ~ BBC News Online Conductor Colin Davis and The London Symphony were recognized for their successful partnership on the orchestra’s new record label and popular tenor Russell Watson was the big winner at the third Classical Brit awards Thursday, BBC News reports. Davis won the award for Best Male Artist, his recording of Berlioz’s Les Troyens received the Critics’ Choice award and the London Symphony Orchestra’s recording of Vaughan Williams’ “London” Symphony under Richard Hickox was named Best Ensemble/Orchestral Album at the ceremony, which took place in the Royal Albert Hall. In the only award voted for by radio listeners, Best Album, Watson beat Italian opera singer Cecilia Bartoli with his Encore disc. It was the second time Watson won Best Album. He also picked up an award for the biggest selling classical album in the UK. Bartoli won for Female Artist of the Year. The Contemporary Music award was won by Tan Dun, composer of the score for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The Best Male Artist award recognizes Davis’ highly successful Berlioz CD series on the LSO Live label. During 2001, his interpretations of Symphonie Fantastique, La damnation de Faust and Les Troyenswere released to excellent reviews. Les Troyens won Grammys earlier this year for Best Opera and Best Overall Classical Recording. The LSO’s disc of Vaughan Williams’s Symphony No. 2 “A London Symphony” on Chandos was the first recording of the score in its original version.
• 2015 ~ Marcus Belgrave, jazz trumpeter, died. He recorded with a variety of famous musicians, bandleaders, and record labels since the 1950s.
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