April 11: Today’s Music History

Read some of my experiences with Barbershop

. 1682 ~ Jean-Joseph Mouret, French composer

. 1819 ~ Sir Charles Halle, German-born British pianist and conductor He settled in Manchester after being driven to England by the 1848 Revolution and in 1858 founded the famous Halle Orchestra.

. 1889 ~ Nick LaRocca, American jazz cornetist and composer (Tiger Rag)

. 1916 ~ Alberto Ginastera, Argentinian composer

. 1932 ~ Joel Grey, Entertainer

. 1938 ~ Kurt Moll, German bass

. 1938 ~ O.C. Cash founded SPEBSQS (The Society for the Preservation of Barbershop-Quartet Singing)

. 1956 ~ Elvis Presley reached the top spot on the Billboard music chart with his first double-sided hit. The disk featured Heartbreak Hotel and I Was the One. The RCA Victor record stayed at number one for eight weeks. Elvis also made the country and R&B charts, as well.

. 1961 ~ Bob Dylan made his professional singing debut in Greenwich Village’s Gerde’s Folk City. He sang Blowin’ in the Wind.

. 1970 ~ Beatles’ “Let It Be” single went #1 & stayed #1 for 2 weeks

.1987 ~ Joss Stone is a British born Soul, R&B and blues singer, she gained her big break following her win on the British Talent Show “Star for a Night” ( 2001 ). Following her win at 14 years old, she was signed to S-Curve Records and moved to America to begin recording her first album “The Soul Sessions” released in 2003 which gained success on the British Charts, the following year she released her second album “Mind, Body & Soul” which made the top 20 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and number 1 on the UK Albums Charts. She has since began an acting career making her film debut as the witch Angela in the fantasy adventure film Eragon.

. 2006 ~ June Pointer, American singer (Pointer Sisters) died at the age of 52

. 2017 ~ J. Geils [John Warren Geils Jr], American rock guitarist (J. Geils Band), died at the age of 71