1632 ~ Jean-Baptiste Lully, Italian-born French composer
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1829 ~ Anton Rubinstein, Russian composer and pianist. He founded the Saint Petersburg Conservatory.
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. 1895 ~ Joseé Iturbi, Musician, pianist, conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
. 1915 ~ Dick Vance, Trumpeter
. 1929 ~ Berry Gordy, Jr., Founder of Motown Records
. 1934 ~ Ethel Ennis, Singer with Benny Goodman Orchestra
. 1939 ~ Gary Troxel, Singer with The Fleetwoods
. 1940 ~ Bruce Channel, Singer
1943 ~ Randy (Randall Stuart) Newman, American pop-rock songwriter, singer and pianist
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. 1945 ~ R.B. Greaves, Singer
. 1948 ~ Beeb Birtles, Guitarist with The Little River Band
. 1949 ~ Alexander Godunov, Ballet dancer, actor
. 1949 ~ Paul Shaffer, Bandleader on Late Show with David Letterman, comedian
. 1956 ~ Holding the #1 spot on the music charts: Guy Mitchell singing Singing the Blues. The song remained at the top of the Hit Parade for 10 weeks. Here’s a bit of trivia: Ray Conniff whistled the intro to Singing the Blues.
. 1966 ~ The New Vaudeville Band received a gold record for Winchester Cathedral this day.
. 1974 ~ John Lennon appeared in concert for the last time, at NYC’s Madison Square Garden. Lennon joined Elton John to sing Whatever Gets You Through the Night as well as I Saw Her Standing There.