• 1834 ~ Hermann Mendel, German music lexicographer
• 1909 ~ Karl Ulrich Schnabel, German pianist and composer
• 1912 ~ Marina Koshetz, who followed her famous Russian diva mother Nina to the opera and concert stage and into the movies, was born. Koshetz was born in Moscow, trained in France and came to the United States as a teenager. She made her debut substituting for her mother Nina Koshetz on radio’s “Kraft Music Hall.” Using her father’s surname, she began appearing in films in the early 1930s as Marina Schubert. Among her early films were “Little Women,” “All the King’s Horses” and “British Agent.”
Marina concentrated more on her voice in the 1940s. Adopting the professional name Marina Koshetz, she went on to sing with the New York Metropolitan Opera and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Koshetz made her Los Angeles recital debut at the old Philharmonic Auditorium in 1947.
• 1921 ~ Buddy (William) Collette, Musician. reeds, piano and composer
• 1939 ~ After becoming a success with Ben Bernie on network radio, Dinah Shore started her own show on the NBC Blue radio network. Dinah sang every Sunday evening. Dinah also had a successful TV career spanning over two decades.
• 1940 ~ Columbia Records cut the prices of its 12-inch classical records. The records were priced to sell at $1. Within two weeks, RCA Victor did the same and ended a record-buying slump brought on by disinterested consumers.
• 1958 ~ Randy DeBarge, Musician, bass, vocals with DeBarge
• 1973 ~ Stevie Wonder came close to losing his life, following a freak auto accident. Wonder, one of Motown’s most popular recording artists, was in a coma for 10 days. Miraculously, he recovered and was back in the recording studio in less than eight weeks.
• 1981 ~ Stevie Nicks’ first solo album, Bella Donna, was released. The lead singer for Fleetwood Mac scored a top-three hit with Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around from the album. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers were featured on the track. Nicks went on to record a total of 11 hits for the pop-rock charts through 1988.
• 2012 ~ Marvin Hamlisch, American composer and conductor, died at the age of 68
• 2016 ~ Pete Fountain, the famed New Orleans jazz clarinetist whose 60-year career was marked by performances for presidents and a pope, making him an international ambassador for the music and culture of his hometown, died at the age of 86.
• 1789 ~Bastille Day (France) This was the day the French Revolution began — at the fall of the Bastille. It is still celebrated in many countries throughout the world and is a public holiday in France; generally called Bastille Day or Fete National. It is considered the day freedom was born in France.
• 1788 ~ Johann Gottfried Muthel, Composer, died at the age of 60
• 1803 ~ Esteban Salas y Castro, Composer, died
• 1839 ~ Edward Sydney Smith, Composer
• 1844 ~ Oscar Beringer, Pianist
• 1854 ~ Alexander Alexandrovich Kopilov, Composer
• 1855 ~ Richard Samuel Hughes, Composer
• 1873 ~ Ferdinand David, Dutch violinist and composer, died at the age of 63
• 1883 ~ Alexandru Zirra, Composer
• 1895 ~ Alexander Ewing, Composer, died at the age of 65
• 1901 ~ Gerald Raphael Finzi, British composer
• 1906 ~ Arthur James Bramwell Hutchings, Composer
• 1908 ~ William Mason, Composer, died at the age of 79
• 1910 ~ Peter Stadlen, Pianist, critic
• 1912 ~ Woody (Woodrow Wilson) Guthrie born. He was the ‘father of modern American folk music’, American folk singer, songwriter of more than 1,000 original songs and author and father of folk singer Arlo Guthrie
• 1917 ~ Arthur Leavins, Violinist
• 1922 ~ Peter Andrew Tranchell, Composer
• 1923 ~ Louis Ganne, Composer, died at the age of 61
• 1925 ~ Luis Antonio Escobar, Composer
• 1926 ~ Jan Krenz, Composer
• 1927 ~ Alexander Popov, Bulgarian composer
• 1928 ~ Ole Schmidt, Composer
• 1929 ~ George Alan Dawson, Jazz drummer, teacher
• 1930 ~ Eric Norman Stokes, Composer
• 1930 ~ Polly Bergen, Pop Singer
• 1933 ~ Del (Franklin Delano) Reeves, Singer, guitarist
• 1942 ~ Helen O’Connell and Bob Eberly sang their last duet together as they recorded the famous Brazil with the Jimmy Dorsey band.
• 1945 ~ Peter James Leonard Klatzow, Composer
• 1951 ~ “Courtin’ Time” closed at National Theater New York City after 37 performances
• 1951 ~ “Make a Wish” closed at Winter Garden Theater New York City after 102 performances
• 1952 ~ George Louis Francis Lewis, Composer
• 1956 ~ Jaroslav Ridky, Composer, died at the age of 58
• 1962 ~ Bobby Vinton’s Roses are Red became the top song in the U.S. The song stayed at the top for four weeks and was the first of four #1 hits for Vinton. The others were: Blue Velvet, There! I’ve Said It Again and Mr. Lonely. Roses are Red was also Vinton’s first million-seller. He had two others: I Love How You Love Me (#9 in 1968) and My Melody of Love (#3 in 1974.)
• 1973 ~ Clarence White, Guitarist with the Byrds, killed by a car
• 1973 ~ Phil Everly stormed off stage declaring an end to Everly Brothers
• 1975 ~ Tameka Cottle, Rock Singer
• 1975 ~ Zutty Singleton, American jazz drummer, died at the age of 77
• 1982 ~ George Amadee Tremblay, Composer, died at the age of 71
• 1984 ~ Philippe Wynne, American soul singer, died at the age of 43
• 1996 ~ “How To Succeed Business…” closed at Richard Rodgers New York City after 548 performances
• 1996 ~ “Thousand Clowns” opened at Criterion Theater New York City for 32 performances
• 2001 ~ Norman Singer, a teacher and director of several music organizations in New York City, died at the age of 80. Singer began his career in the arts in 1948 as a psychology and sociology teacher at the Juilliard School. Dance played a major role in programming when Singer served as executive director of the City Center of Music and Drama from 1968 to 1975. He was the executive director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center from 1975 until his retirement in 1981.
• 1895 ~ Carl Orff, German composer
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• 1900 ~ Elsie Evelyn Laye, English singer and actress
• 1900 ~ One of the most famous trademarks in the world, ‘His Master’s Voice’, was registered with the U.S. Patent Office. The logo of the Victor Recording Company, and later, RCA Victor, shows the dog, Nipper, looking into the horn of a gramophone machine.
• 1980 ~ Jessica Simpson, Pop singer who released her debut hit album “Sweet Kisses” in 1999 in Texas.
• 1982 ~ Maria Jeritza (Jedlicka) Austrian and American singer at the Metropolitan Opera, died
• 1983 ~ Werner Egk, German composer, died at the age of 82
• 2001 ~ James “Chuck” Cuminale, a musician whose quirky rock band Colorblind James Experience won acclaim in England in the late 1980s, was died at the age of 49. Although Cuminale’s band never achieved commercial success, it picked up a cult following in parts of Europe after John Peel, an influential radio personality in London, began playing its music in 1987.
• 2002 ~ Alan Shulman, a professional cellist who composed scores for orchestras and chamber groups, died at the age of 86. Shulman composed A Laurentian Overture, which premiered with the New York Philharmonic in 1952, as well as Cello Concerto and Neo-Classical Theme and Variations for Viola and Piano. Born in Baltimore, Shulman studied at the Peabody Conservatory and trained at the Juilliard School with cellist Felix Salmond and composer Bernard Wagenaar. He was a founding member of the NBC Symphony Orchestra, which was formed in 1937. Shulman performed with the orchestra until 1942, when he joined the United States Maritime Service. He returned to the NBC Symphony in 1948, and continued to perform with the orchestra and its successor until 1957. Shulman formed the Stuyvesant String Quartet with his brother, violist Slyvan Shulman, in 1938, and played with several other chamber ensembles.
Humoresques Op. 101 (B. 187), is a piano cycle by the Czech composer Antonín Dvořák, written during the summer of 1894. One writer says “the seventh Humoresque is probably the most famous small piano work ever written after Beethoven’s Für Elise.
Yo Yo Ma (cello) and Itzhak Perlman (violin)
Jazz with Wynton Marsalis on trumpet
Zez Confrey gave this a makeover and included Way Down Upon the Swanee River:
Find the original Humoresque on IMSLP. The O’Connor Music Studio Lending Library has versions of Humoresque available at several levels and Confey’s Humorestless played in the video above.
• 1651 ~ Marsilio Casentini, Composer, died at the age of 74
• 1637 ~ Giovanni Paulo Colonna, Composer
• 1752 ~ Meingosus Gaelle, Composer
• 1804 ~ Johann Adam Hiller, Composer, died at the age of 75
• 1808 ~ Georg Wenzel Ritter, Composer, died at the age of 60
• 1813 ~ Otto Jahn, German philologist and musicographer
• 1831 ~ Joseph Ignaz Schnabel, Composer, died at the age of 64
• 1837 ~ Valentino Fioravanti, Composer, died at the age of 72
• 1843 ~ David Popper, Composer
• 1843 ~ Jan Malat, Composer
• 1853 ~ Johan Gustaf Emil Sjogren, Composer
• 1858 ~ Eugene Ysaye, Composer
• 1863 ~ Paul Antonin Vidal, Composer
• 1879 ~ Gilbert and Sullivan’s “HMS Pinafore” debuted at Bowery Theater New York City
And from StarTrek: Picard and Worf sing HMS Pinafore in an effort to control a renegade Data.
• 1899 ~ Helen Traubel, Opera singer at the St. Louis Symphony and New York Metropolitan Opera (“The Met’s premier Wagnerian soprano.”)
• 1890 ~ A glittering program of music and ballet, featuring composer Edward Strause, opened the first Madison Square Garden in New York City.
• 1901 ~ Conrad Beck, Composer
• 1903 ~ Huldreich Georg Fruh, Composer
• 1909 ~ Willi Boskovsky, Austrian violinist and conductor
• 1910 ~ Wendelin Weissheimer, Composer, died at the age of 72
• 1916 ~ Francis Lopez, Composer
• 1928 ~ Sergiu Comissiona, Rumanian-born American conductor
• 1929 ~ James Kirtland Randall, Composer
• 1931 ~ Ivo Petric, Composer
• 1934 ~ Lucia Dlugoszewski, Composer
• 1938 ~ Mickie Finn, TV hostess and banjo player
• 1939 ~ Billy ‘Crash’ Craddock, Country singer
• 1940 ~ Vitezslava Kapralova, Composer, died at the age of 25
• 1941 ~ Lamont Dozier, Songwriter
• 1942 ~ Eddie Levert, Singer
• 1945 ~ Ian Matthews (McDonald), Musician, guitarist and singer with Fairport Convention
• 1946 ~ Miloje Milojevic, Composer, died at the age of 61
• 1946 ~ “Annie Get Your Gun” opened at Imperial Theater NYC for 1147 performances
• 1950 ~ James Smith, American singer with the Stylistics
• 1952 ~ Gino Vannelli, Singer, songwriter
• 1956 ~ Be-Bop-A-Lula, by Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, was released on Capitol Records. Vincent was called Capitol’s answer to Elvis Presley. The tune became Vincent Eugene Craddock’s biggest hit of three (Lotta Lovin’, Dance to the Bop) to make the pop music charts. Vincent died in 1971.
• 1958 ~ Jose Pablo Moncayo Garcia, Composer, died at the age of 45
• 1962 ~ Paula Abdul, Singer
• 1967 ~ The Monterey Pop Festival got underway at the Monterey Fairgrounds in Northern California. Fifty thousand spectators migrated to the site that featured Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Mamas and the Papas and The Who.
• 1969 ~ Karl Hubert Rudolf Schiske, Composer, died at the age of 53
• 1970 ~ Heino Eller, Composer, died at the age of 83
• 1972 ~ The only museum devoted exclusively to jazz music opened. The New York Jazz Museum welcomed visitors for the first time.
• 1978 ~ The film adaptation of Grease, a success on the Broadway stage, premiered in New York City. John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Several hit songs came out of the motion picture: Grease, by Frankie Valli, You’re the One That I Want and Summer Nights (both sung by Travolta and Newton-John). The first two songs were platinum 2,000,000+ sellers, while the third was a million-seller.
• 1979 ~ Ben Weber, American composer and winner of the Thorne Music Award in 1965, died at the age of 62
• 1980 ~ The movie The Blues Brothers opened in Chicago, IL. John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd, formerly of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, starred. The pair played Jake and Elwood Blues. James Brown, Ray Charles, and Aretha Franklin performed. Cab Calloway also appeared with a rendition of his classic Minnie the Moocher.
• 1990 ~ Eva Turner, British soprano, died
• 1991 ~ Vicky Brown, American singer (Power of Love), died
• 1991 ~ “Fiddler on the Roof” closed at Gershwin Theater NYC after 241 performances
• 1994 ~ Boris Alexandrov, Conductor of the Red Army Song/Dance Ensemble, died at the age of 88
• 1997 ~ Thirtyfirst Music City News Country Awards: Alan Jackson & LeAnn Rimes
• 2000 ~ Richard Dufallo, a conductor known for his energetic performances of contemporary music, died at age 67 of stomach cancer. Dufallo, who lived in Denton, conducted more than 80 major orchestras and festivals in the United States, Canada, and Europe, premiering numerous works by American and European composers, including Karlheinz Stockhausen, Jacob Druckman, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Krzystof Penderecki. He was a former assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic and worked closely with Leonard Bernstein from 1965 to 1975. He also served as associate conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic and as artistic director of contemporary music at the Aspen Festival in Colorado. He was married to pianist Pamela Mia Paul.
• 2001 ~ Joe Darion, the lyricist for “Man of La Mancha,” died at the age of 90. “Man of La Mancha” opened in New York in 1965 and ran for 2,328 performances. It won Darion and his composing partner Mitch Leigh a Tony Award for best score. Inspired by Cervantes’s “Don Quixote,” the musical went on to become the third-longest-running Broadway musical of the 1960s. Its music included the popular song The Impossible Dream. In the early 1950s, Darion had three top 10 hits: the Patti Page ballad “Changing Partners,” the Teresa Brewer novelty song Ricochet and Red Buttons’s comedy hit The Ho Ho Song. At the time of his death, Darion was working on a show titled “Oswego.”
• 2017 ~ Jacques Charpentier, French composer, died at the age of 83
• 2019 ~ Franco Zeffirelli, Italian film and opera director (Romeo & Juliet), died at the age of 96
• 1920 ~ Michel-Gaston Carraud, Composer, died at the age of 55
• 1936 ~ Erroll Garner (1921) ASCAP Award-winning American jazz pianist
• 1922 ~ John Veale, Composer
• 1926 ~ Jan Carlstedt, Composer
• 1929 ~ Geoffrey Penwill Parsons, Piano accompaniest
• 1929 ~ Nigel Pickering, Guitarist
• 1934 ~ Alfred Bruneau, Composer, died at the age of 77
• 1936 ~ Al Jolson and Ruby Keeler starred in Burlesque on the Lux Radio Theatre.
• 1937 ~ Rolf Riehm, Composer
• 1937 ~ Waylon Jennings, American country music singer, songwriter and guitarist, won the Country Music Association Award in 1974
• 1938 ~ Jean-Claude Eloy, French Composer
• 1940 ~ Willem Frederik Bon, Dutch Composer
• 1941 ~ Harry (Edward) Nilsson III, Singer
• 1944 ~ Terri Gibbs, Singer
• 1945 ~ Rod Argent, English keyboardist for the Zombies
• 1946 ~ Janet Lennon, Singer with the Lennon Sisters
. 1946 ~ Artemios “Demis” Ventouris Roussos (June 15 1946-January 25, 2015) was a Greek singer and performer who had international hit records as a solo performer in the 1970s after having been a member of Aphrodite’s Child, a progressive rock group that also included Vangelis. He has sold over 60 million albums worldwide.
• 1956 ~ Sixteen-year-old John Lennon of the music group, The Quarrymen, met 14-year-old Paul McCartney and invited him to join the group. In a few years, the group became The Beatles.
• 1957 ~ “Ziegfeld Follies of 1957″ closed at Winter Garden NYC after 123 performances
• 1962 ~ Alfred Cortot, French pianist, died at the age of 84
• 1963 ~ Kyu Sakamoto from Kawasaki, Japan, reached the number one spot on the pop music charts with Sukiyaki. The popular song captivated American music buyers and was at the top of the Billboard pop chart for three weeks. In Japan, where Sakamoto was enormously popular, Sukiyaki was known as Ue O Muite Aruko (I Look Up When I Walk). The entertainer met an untimely fate in 1985. Kyu (cue) Sakamoto was one of 520 people who perished in the crash of a Japan Air Lines flight near Tokyo. He was 43 years old.
• 1963 ~ “Sound of Music” closed at Lunt Fontanne Theater NYC after 1443 performances
• 1965 ~ Bob Dylan recorded Like a Rolling Stone
• 1968 ~ Wes Montgomery, Jazz guitarist, died of a heart attack at 48
• 1982 ~ Art (Arthur E) Pepper, American alto saxophonist, died at the age of 56
• 1661 ~ Gottfried Scheidt, Composer, died at the age of 67
• 1736 ~ Johann Christoph Oley, Composer
• 1746 ~ James Hook, Composer
• 1750 ~ Frederic Thieme, Composer
• 1773 ~ Michael Gottard Fischer, Composer
• 1801 ~ Frantisek Jan Skroup, Composer
• 1804 ~ Jean-Engelbert Pauwels, Composer, died at the age of 35
• 1809 ~ John “Christmas” Beckwith, Composer, died at the age of 58
• 1828 ~ Jean Alexander Ferdinand Poise, Composer
• 1828 ~ Jose Inzenga y Castellanos, Composer
• 1829 ~ Alfonse Charles Renaud de Vilback, Composer
• 1832 ~ Alexander Charles Lecocq, Composer
• 1841 ~ Eduardo Caudella, Composer
• 1844 ~ Emile Paladilhe, Composer
• 1849 ~ Francois de Paule Jacques Raymond de Fossa, Composer, died at the age of 73
• 1858 ~ Julius Reubke, Composer, died at the age of 24
• 1867 ~ Bela Anton Szabados, Composer
• 1868 ~ Lvar Henning Mankell, Composer
• 1872 ~ Heinrich Esser, Composer, died at the age of 53
• 1875 ~ French composer Georges Bizet died at the age of 36, the same year his “Carmen” was first produced. It caused a scandal at first but went on to become one of opera’s most popular works.
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• 1887 ~ Roland Hayes, American tenor
• 1887 ~ Emil Axman, Composer
• 1888 ~ Cark Reidel, Composer, died at the age of 60
• 1890 ~ Henryk Oskar Kolberg, Composer, died at the age of 76
• 1893 ~ Assen Karastoyanov, Composer
• 1898 ~ Nikolai Afanisev, Composer, died at the age of 77
• 1899 ~ Johann Strauss Jr., Viennese conductor and composer of waltzes including “The Blue Danube”, died at the age of 73.
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• 1904 ~ Jan Peerce (Jacob Pincus Perlemuth), Opera singer, tenor
• 1906 ~ Josephine Baker, American-born French jazz singer and dancer
• 1907 ~ Antonio Emmanvilovich Spadavecchia, Composer
• 1911 ~ Come Josephine in My Flying Machine hit #1
• 1913 ~ Josef Richard Rozkosny, Composer, died at the age of 79
• 1922 ~ Ivan Patachich, Composer
• 1926 ~ Carlos Veerhoff, Composer
• 1926 ~ Janez Maticic, Composer
• 1927 ~ Boots Randolph, American saxophonist (Yakety Sax)
• 1931 ~ The Band Wagon, a Broadway musical, opened in New York City. The show ran for 260 performances.
• 1932 ~ Dakota Staton (Aliyah Rabia), Jazz singer
• 1939 ~ Beer Barrel Polka hit #1 on the pop singles chart by Will Glahe
• 1942 ~ Curtis Mayfield, American rhythm-and-blues singer, songwriter, producer and guitarist Grammy Award-winner, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, March 15, 1999
• 1944 ~ Mike Clarke, Musician, drummer with The Byrds
• 1946 ~ Ian Hunter, Singer, songwriter with Mott the Hoople
• 1949 ~ Stephen Ruppenthal, Composer
• 1950 ~ Suzie Quatro (Quatrocchio), Singer
• 1951 ~ Deniece Williams, Singer
• 1952 ~ Frank Sinatra recorded the classic Birth of the Blues for Columbia Records
• 1959 ~ Ole Windingstad, Composer, died at the age of 73
• 1961 ~ Charles Hart, Lyricist: Phantom of the Opera
• 1961 ~ “Wildcat” closed at Alvin Theater NYC after 172 performances
• 1964 ~ The Hollywood Palace on ABC-TV hosted the first appearance of the first U.S. concert tour of The Rolling Stones. Dean Martin emceed the show. One critic called the Stones “dirtier and streakier and more disheveled than The Beatles.”
. 1931 ~ Little Orphan Annie, the comic strip character developed by Harold Gray, came to life on the NBC Blue network. About 5 decades later, the comic strip inspired a Broadway play and a movie, both titled, Annie.
. 1937 ~ Merle Haggard, American country music singer, songwriter, fiddler and guitarist, CMA Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year (1970)
. 1944 ~ Michelle Phillips (Holly Michelle Gilliam), Singer with The Mamas and the Papas
. 1956 ~ Capitol Tower, the home of Capitol Records in Hollywood, CA, was dedicated. The building was the first circular office tower designed in America. It is 13 stories tall and 92 feet in diameter. At night, a light at the tip of the tower blinks the letters “H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D” in Morse Code.
. 1971 ~ Igor Stravinsky, Russian-born composer, died in New York. One of the 20th Century’s leading musical figures and most famous for his ballets “The Rite of Spring” and “Petrushka.”
. 1971 ~ Rolling Stone Records was formed to promote the hits of The Rolling Stones. The famous Stones trademark, the lips logo, became widely used. Brown Sugar was the first hit by the Rolling Stones on the new label, followed by Wild Horses, Tumbling Dice and Start Me Up.
. 1973 ~ The Stylistics received a gold record for their ballad hit, Break Up to Make Up. The Philadelphia soul group placed 10 hits on the pop charts in the 1970s. More of their gold record winners include: You Are Everything, Betcha By Golly Wow, I’m Stone in Love With You and You Make Me Feel Brand New.
. 1974 ~ The first concert film featuring a soundtrack in quadraphonic sound opened at the Ziegfeld Theatre.
. 1974 ~ ABBA for Sweden won the 19th Eurovision Song Contest singing “Waterloo”
. 1985 ~ The country group, Alabama, went five-for-five as the album 40 Hour Week grabbed the top spot on the Billboard country chart. The group had a number one album for each of the previous five years. The popularity of the quartet (three are cousins from Fort Payne, AL) continues today.
. 1994 ~ Dick Cary passed away. He was an American jazz pianist, trumpet and alto horn player, and prolific arranger and composer.
. 1998 ~ Tammy Wynette, known as “The First Lady of Country Music” and world-renowned for her hit Stand by Your Man, died aged 55.
. 2001 ~ Daniel J. “Danny” Gaither, the original tenor voice of the former Bill Gaither Trio, died after a five-year battle with lymphoma. He was 62. He joined the Bill Gaither trio when he turned 18. His brother, Bill, led the group, and his younger sister, Mary Ann, was the group’s original female singer. Danny Gaither traveled with the family trio for about 10 years until the early 1980s, when he started doing solo work. Problems with his vocal chords forced him to give up his solo career about 10 years later. Danny Gaither won several Grammy and Dove awards for his work. He was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in April 1999.
. 2016 ~ Merle Ronald Haggard died. He was an American country music singer, songwriter, guitarist, fiddler, and instrumentalist
. 1724 ~ Giovanni Jacopo Casanova de Seingalt, Italian violinist During his life he was also a seminarian, a secretary to a cardinal, a Venetian ensign, an abbe, a gambler, an alchemist, a spy, a lover, adventurer, and a librarian.
. 1784 ~ Ludwig Spohr, German violinist, composer and conductor
. 1839 ~ Stanislaw Pilinski, French pianist and composer
. 1869 ~ Albert Roussel, French composer
. 1908 ~ Herbert von Karajan, Austrian conductor
. 1922 ~ Gale Storm (Josephine Cottle), Singer
. 1925 ~ Stan Levey, Musician, composer, drummer in a band with Charlie Parker
. 1928 ~ Tony Williams, Singer with The Platters
. 1932 ~ Billy Bland, Singer
. 1934 ~ Stanley Turrentine, Jazz musician – tenor sax
. 1946 ~ Vincent Youmans passed away. He was an American Broadway composer and Broadway producer.
. 1958 ~ Johnny Mathis’ album, Johnny’s Greatest Hits, on Columbia Records, made it to the pop music charts for the first time. The LP remained on the charts for a record 490 weeks (nearly 9~1/2 years!) The record began its stay at number one (three weeks) on June 9, 1958. Mathis studied opera from age 13 and earned a track and field scholarship at San Francisco State College. He was invited to Olympic try-outs and chose a singing career instead. He was originally a jazz-style singer when Columbia switched Mathis to singing pop ballads. Johnny would chart over 60 albums in 30 years.
. 1982 ~ After eight years of publication to the radio and recording industry, Record World magazine ceased publication and filed for bankruptcy protection.
. 1985 ~ Broadcasters banded together to play the single, We Are the World, at 10:50 a.m. E.S.T. Stations in the United States were joined by hundreds of others around the world in a sign of unification for the African relief cause. Even Muzak made the song only the second vocal selection it has ever played in elevators and offices since its inception.
. 1771 ~ A review of a concert in Venice given today by 15 year old Mozart read: “He worked out (a fugue theme) for more than an hour with such science, dexterity, harmony and proper attention to rhythm that even the greatest connoisseurs were astounded.”
. 1851 ~ (Paul-Marie-Theodore) Vincent d’Indy, French composer and conductor
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. 1868 ~ Patty Smith Hill, songwriter, with Mildred Hill, composers of Happy Birthday To You. It’s first title was Good Morning to All
. 1892 ~ Ferde Grofe, Composer
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. 1914 ~ Snooky Lanson (Roy Landman), Singer, vocalist on Your Hit Parade on radio and TV
. 1920 ~ Richard Hayman, Musician, house conductor for Mercury Records, harmonica player
. 1921 ~ Harold Nicholas, American dancer known as one of the world’s greatest dancers (Nicholas Brothers)
Children: don’t try this at home – never, ever dance on a piano!
. 1927 ~ Mstislav Rostropovich, Soviet cellist and conductor
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. 1931 ~ Burt Collins, Jazz musician, trumpet, flugel horn, played with Jess Roden Band, Lalo Schifrin, T. Rex
. 1945 ~ Ella Fitzgerald and the Delta Rhythm Boys recorded the classic, It’s Only a Paper Moon for Decca Records.
. 1947 ~ Tom Sullivan, Singer, composer
. 1950 ~ Tony Banks, Keyboards with Genesis
. 1950 ~ Jazz pianist Erroll Garner became one of the first jazz instrumentalists to give a solo concert. He played the Music Hall in Cleveland, OH. In 1954, Garner would gain international applause for writing and recording a standard that has been presented many times since: Misty. Johnny Mathis and Sarah Vaughan are but two of many recording artists to offer vocal renditions of this renowned Garner composition. Play Misty for me.
. 1951 ~ Frank Sinatra recorded I’m a Fool to Want You for Columbia.
. 1952 ~ “Singin’ in the Rain”, a musical comedy directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York City
. 1958 ~ CBS Laboratories announced a new stereophonic record that was playable on ordinary LP phonographs, meaning, monaural. In stereo, on the proper equipment, a new rich and fuller sound was heard. It eventually became a standard for record and equipment buyers.
. 1959 ~ Andrew Farriss, Keyboards with INXS
. 1967 ~ Pop hit Happy Together by The Turtles became the No. 1 song in America.
. 1970 ~ Mariah Carey. Grammy Award-winning singer. She has sold more than 120 million albums and singles since her debut in 1990, only artist with a #1 single in every year of the 1990s. She has spent more weeks at #1 than any other artist
. 1971 ~ Janis Joplin started her second (and final) week at the top of the pop music charts with the hit, Me and Bobby McGee, written by Kris Kristofferson.
. 1975 ~ Sir Arthur Bliss, English composer and Master of the Queen’s Music, died. Master of the Queen’s Music (or Master of the King’s Music) is a post in the Royal Household of the Sovereign of the United Kingdom. The holder of the post originally served the monarch of England.
The post is roughly comparable to that of Poet Laureate. It is given to people eminent in the field of classical music; they have almost always been composers (George Frederick Anderson was one exception; he was a violinist who is not known to have ever composed any music). Duties are not clearly stated, though it is generally expected the holder of the post will write music to commemorate important royal events, such as coronations, birthdays, anniversaries, marriages and deaths, and to accompany other ceremonial occasions. The individual may also act as the Sovereign’s adviser in musical matters.
. 2015 ~ Tomas Tranströmer, winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature, died at the age of 83.
His poems, translated into 60 languages, have been set to music by some of Sweden’s foremost composers.
A passionate pianist, Tomas Tranströmer had to relearn how to play after a stroke in 1990 left him paralyzed down his right side. He said that playing the piano every day was the key to saving his life.
. 2017 ~ Arthur Blythe, American jazz saxophonist, died at the age of 76