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This Day In The History Of Music.

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Elvis Presley made his first public appearance as a singer on this day. It did not go well: he came fifth in a local talent show. But he was only ten years old. October 3, 1945; Chopin: The Day the Music Died The brief life of Chopin, one of music’s earliest superstars, ended on this day when the sickly composer fell victim to tuberculosis.  Source- | This Day In Music. For those who may not know. Elvis Presley was known as the King of Rock-n-Roll. 

P.S I am thinking about posting each day. If anyone in the Pandora community would like to add or suggest this post, then please do. I welcome all who are interested. Thank you. Take care everyone, and please stay safe as well.

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P.S. I will be using two sources of information for "This Day In The History Of Music". The first source is This Day In Music and the second source is On This Day in Music History. And for the faithful readers of this post, you probably have also noticed I use a third source when the two sources that I do use are not in agreement with the facts, the third source will always be listed. When the third source has to be used I will always list it as a (Side Note:) and it will always be highlighted in bold red just as you see it now. When I have to use a third source it will normally agree with one of the other two sources, that is when I will agree with that information, in the case where the third source also differs from the other two I will just go with the first date and information given. When this happens I will leave it up to the reader to look into the fact and or facts for that blog, and please feel free to leave a reply about any additional information you may have found, and please list the source and or sources that you used for that additional information. I try my very best to add nothing but true facts to this post, and I will always give the source that I took those facts from. When I add my own personal opinion I will do so as a side note as well, but that will be highlighted in bold blue. I do hope you enjoy reading this post, history has always been my favorite subject throughout my whole life, from grade school through college, and even to this day. 

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Good Saturday Afternoon. I do hope your weekend has started out well for you. This Day In The History Of Music. 


1825: Gioachino Rossini's "Il Viaggio a Reims" premieres.

1932: 1st concert given in San Francisco's Stern Grove. 1960: Loretta Lynn records "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl".

1961: "Little Egypt (Ying-Yang)" by Coasters peaks at #23.

1961: Pat Boone went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Moody River', the single reached No.18 in the UK. A tongue-in-cheek, heavy metal "comeback" was attempted by Boone in 1997 with an album called 'In a Metal Mood (No More Mr. Nice Guy)'.

1964: Bob Dylan completes a UK tour.

1964: Martha and the Vandellas recorded one of Motown's signature songs 'Dancing in the Street' at Hitsville U.S.A. in Detroit, Michigan. Written by Marvin Gaye, William "Mickey" Stevenson, and Ivy Jo Hunter the song reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and No.4 in the UK. Many artists have covered the song including, the Mamas & the Papas, David Bowie and Mick Jagger, The Kinks, Grateful Dead, and Little Richard.

1965: Marianne Faithfull, The Who, Solomon Burke, Zoot Money, Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Spencer Davis Group, Marianne Faithful, Long John Baldry, The Birds, (featuring a young Ronnie Wood), Dave Witting and the Ray Martin Group all appeared at Uxbridge Blues Festival, England. Tickets cost from 7/6 to 10/6.

1965: The Four Tops went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Can't Help Myself. Lead singer Levi Stubbs had not been satisfied with the recording session and was promised that he could do it again the following day, but no other session ever took place. The track that became a hit was just the second take of the song.

1967: Paul McCartney had admitted to taking LSD four times during an interview with Life Magazine, Beatle Paul McCartney told The Daily Mirror that he didn't regret that he'd spoken out and hoped that his fans would understand.

1968: The Rolling Stones scored their seventh UK No.1 single when 'Jumpin Jack Flash' hit the top of the charts. Keith Richards has stated that he and Jagger wrote the lyrics while staying at Richards' country house, where they were awoken one morning by the sound of gardener Jack Dyer walking past the window. When Jagger asked what the noise was, Richards responded: "Oh, that's Jack – that's jumpin' Jack."

1971: Carole King started a five-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'It's Too Late / I Feel The Earth Move'. Both songs were from her million-selling Tapestry album.

1973: Edgar Winter's US No.1 hit 'Frankenstein' was awarded a Gold record. Winter named the song because of how many cuts and patches were contained in the original studio tape.

1974: The Delinquents a band featuring Mick Jones (later of The Clash) made their debut at the Students Union bar, Queen Elizabeth College, Kensington.

1976: Future Smiths singer Steve Morrissey had a letter published in this week's music magazine Record Mirror and Disc asking the editor why the paper had not included any stories on The Sex Pistols.

1977: Six men wielding knives and iron bars outside Shepherd's Bush underground station beat up Paul Cook from the Sex Pistols. Cook required 15 stitches to a head wound.

1978: "Best Little Whorehouse..." opens at 46th St NYC for 1577 performances. 

1984: Weird Al Yankovic gives a free live performance at Del Mar Fair.

1987: Guns N' Roses made their UK live debut at a sold-out The Marquee Club in London.

1990: Prince played the first of 12 sold-out nights at Wembley Arena in London, England on his current Nude European tour.

1994: "Sally Marr and Her Escorts" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 50 performances.

1994: "She Loves Me" closes at Atkinson Theater NYC after 294 performances.

1994: "Twilight - Los Angeles 1992" closes at Cort NYC after 72 performances.

1997: "Forever Tango!" opens at Walter Kerr Theater NYC.

2003: G-Man from So Solid Crew was jailed for four years for possessing a loaded handgun. The 24-year-old dumped a loaded gun during a police chase in London last November. He'd always denied it, as well as denying knowing anything about 11 other bullets that were found in a flat in south London. The jury in London's Southwark Crown Court heard evidence that DNA found on the weapon matched his, and found him guilty.

2006: Taylor Swift released her debut single 'Tim McGraw' as the lead single from her self-titled debut album. The track peaked at No.40 on the Billboard Hot 100.

2007: Lawyers for Britney Spears demanded a Florida radio station remove "offensive" advertisements, which featured her with a shaved head. The WFLZ billboards included the slogans "Total nut jobs", "Shock Therapy" and "Certifiable", which ran across pictures of bald Spears. The law firm Lavely and Singer demanded the "immediate removal" of the banners in a letter to the station. Spears was photographed shaving her own head in a Californian hair salon earlier this year.

2011: Amy Winehouse was booed by crowds in Serbia's capital Belgrade after appearing to be too drunk to perform. The concert - the first on the singer's 12-day European tour, saw Winehouse mumble her way through parts of songs, leave the stage altogether and at one point she threw her microphone to the floor. She was frequently booed by the crowd, who had paid up to £45 to see her in a country in which wages are some of the lowest in Europe.

2012: The former chief financial officer for Pearl Jam was charged with 33 counts of theft for allegedly stealing at least $380,000 from the Seattle band's management company. According to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Rickey Goodrich allegedly stole hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of several years, spending the money on lavish family vacations, spa treatments, life insurance, and pricey California wines.

2013: Slim Whitman the American country music and western music singer/songwriter and instrumentalist died aged 90. Known for his yodeling abilities and his smooth high octave falsetto, he sold in excess of 120 million records during his career. Michael Jackson cited Whitman as one of his ten favorite vocalists and Beatle George Harrison cited Whitman as an early influence. Paul McCartney credited a poster of Whitman with giving him the idea of playing his guitar left-handed with his guitar strung the opposite way to a right-handed player's.

2014: Gerry Goffin, who penned chart-topping songs with his then-wife Carole King died at the age of 75 in Los Angeles. He wrote dozens of hits over two decades, including 'The Loco-Motion', 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow' and '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman. After their divorce in 1968, Goffin continued writing songs, including a hit for Whitney Houston's Saving All My Love for You' in 1985.

2015: Blues musician Wendell Holmes died aged 71. He released 12 albums as part of The Holmes Brothers, a family band that included his siblings Sherman and Willie. During their career, the brothers played with many artists including Van Morrison, Peter Gabriel, Rosanne Cash, Levon Helm, and Willie Nelson.  

2016: Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Artists including Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Pearl Jam, U2, and Sir Paul McCartney called for online copyright laws to be reformed. More than 180 artists signed an open letter criticizing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). They claimed the law benefits companies that "exploit music for their financial enrichment", but not artists.  

2020: Bob Dylan released his 39th studio album Rough and Rowdy Ways. It became Dylan's highest-charting album on the Billboard 200 in more than a decade and it marked his seventh consecutive decade of charting top 40 albums, making him the only artist to date to accomplish this feat. 

Born On This Day In The Music World:  

1613: Christiaan de Placker, Flemish poet and composer, born in Poperinge (d. 1691)  

1708: Johann Gottlieb Janitsch, German Baroque composer, born in Schweidnitz, Silesia (d. 1763)  

1766: Edmund Weber, German composer, born in Hildesheim, Germany (d. 1828)  

1782: John Bray, English-born American actor and composer (The Indian Princess) (d. 1822)  

1810: Ferdinand David, German violinist and composer (Hohe Schule des Violinspiels), born in Hamburg (d. 1873)  

1815: John William Glover, Irish composer, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1899)  

1842: Carl Johann Adam Zeller, Austrian composer, born in Sankt Peter in der Au, Austria (d. 1898)  

1843: Charles-Édouard Lefebvre, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1917)  

1854: Alfredo Catalani, Italian operatic composer, born in Lucca, Italy (d. 1893)  

1868: Heinrich Schenker, Austrian musicologist (Urlinie) know for his Schenkerian analysis of music, born in Wisniowczyki, Austrian Galicia (d. 1935)  

1885: Stevan Hristić, Serbian composer, born in Belgrade, Serbia (d. 1958)  

1886: Robert Herberigs, Flemish composer and writer (Hiawatha's Song), born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1974)  

1898: Paul Muller-Zurich, Swiss composer, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1993)  

1902: Guy Lombardo, Canadian-American orchestra leader (Auld Lang Syne), born in London, Ontario, Canada (d. 1977)  

1904: Balys Dvarionas, Lithuanian pianist, composer and educator, born in Liepāja, Russian Empire (now Latvia) (d. 1972)  

1905: Taneli Kuusisto, Finnish composer, born in Helsinki (d. 1988)  

1909: Edwin Gerschefski, American pianist, composer, and teacher (Saugatuck Suite), born in Meriden, Connecticut (d. 1992)

1912: Jerry Jerome, American saxophonist (Words & Music), born in Brooklyn, New York

1912: Virginia MacWatters, American soprano (d. 2005)

1914: Lester Raymond Flatt, American bluegrass guitarist (Flatt & Scruggs - Ballad of Jed Clampett; Foggy Mountain Breakdown), born in Duncan's Chapel, Tennessee (d. 1979)

1927: Karel Kupka, Czech composer, born in Rychvald.

1928: Tommy Devito, from American rock and pop band The Four Seasons who had the 1960s hits 'Sherry', 'Big Girls Don't Cry', 'Walk Like a Man', and the 1976 UK & US No.1 single 'December 1963, (Oh What A Night'). They are one of the best-selling musical groups of all time, having sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide. Devito died on 20 Sept 2020 age 92 after contracting COVID-19. (Side Note: According To Wikipedia Tommy Devito was born on this day in 1928, according to the other two sources that I use daily for all of the info I use for this post, the one states 1930, while the other source states 1935. Use this information however way you wish. But I do try to be accurate with all of the information I post, any corrections you will always see as a Side Note.)   

1932: Ernest Ranglin, Jamaican guitarist (Studio One, Jimmy Cliff), born in Manchester, Jamaica.  

1936: Shirley Goodman, US R&B singers (Shirley & Lee-Feels so Good)  

1936: Marisa Galvany, American soprano.   

1939: American soul singer Al Wilson had the 1974 US No.1 single 'Show And Tell' and the Northern soul anthem, 'The Snake'. Wilson died on April 21, 2008, of kidney failure, at the age of 68.  

1942: Elaine (Spanky) McFarlane, from American 1960s sunshine pop band Spanky And Our Gang, who had the 1967 US No.9 single 'Sunday Will Never Be The Same Again'. She joined the re-formed Mama and the Papas in 1982.  

1944: English keyboardist Peter Bardens a founder member of the British progressive rock group Camel. During his career, Bardens worked alongside Rod Stewart, Mick Fleetwood, and Van Morrison, and recorded solo albums. Bardens died aged 57 on 22 January 2002.  

1944: Chico Buarque, Brazilian musician.  

1945: Peter Bardens, English musician (Camel), born in London (d. 2002)  

1945: Robert Franklin Palmer Jr., American writer, musicologist, and musician (Deep Blues), born in Little Rock, Arkansas.  

1947: Paula Koivuniemi, Finnish singer.  

1948: English singer-songwriter and musician, Nick Drake. He signed to Island Records when he was 20 years old and released his debut album, Five Leaves Left, in 1969. By 1972, he had recorded two more albums, Bryter Layter and Pink Moon. Drake committed suicide on November 25th, 1974 aged 26 from an overdose of amitriptyline, a type of antidepressant.  

1948: Phylicia Rashad, American actress and singer (The Cosby Show, One Life to Live), born in Houston, Texas.  

1950: Ann Wilson, from American rock band Heart who scored the 1987 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Alone'. the music group Heart has sold over 35 million records worldwide.  

1953: Larry Dunn [Dunhill], US keyboardist (Earth Wind & Fire)  

1956: An American singer, Doug Stone is an American country music singer and actor. He debuted in 1990 with the single "I'd Be Better Off", the first release from his 1990 self-titled debut album for Epic Records.  

1957: Maxi Jazz (Maxwell Fraser), rapper, from British electronica band Faithless who had the 1996 UK No.3 album Insomnia.  

1959: Mark Debarge singer from American family group DeBarge who had the 1983 US No.17 single 'All This Love', and the 1985 UK No.4 single 'Rhythm Of The Night'.  

1960: Dennis Fuller, from German-based English dance-pop duo The London Boys who had the UK No.2 single 'London Nights'. He was killed in a car crash with London Boy partner Edem Ephraim on January 21st, 1996.  

1960: Luke Morley, British rock guitarist (Thunder), born in Camberwell, London.  

1962: Paula Abdul, American singer-songwriter, choreographer (Straight Up), and TV personality (American Idol), born in San Fernando, California.  

1963: Simon Wright, the drummer, AC/DC, joined in 1983. Joined Dio in 1989.  

1966: Brian Vander Ark, American singer-songwriter (The Verve Pipe), born in Holland, Michigan.  

1966: Silje Nergaard, Norwegian jazz singer (Tell Me Where You're Going), born in Steinkjer, Norway. 

1970: Brian Welch, guitarist from American nu metal band Korn who scored the 1998 US No.1 album, Follow The Leader. Twelve of the band's official releases have peaked in the top ten of the Billboard Chart.  

1970: Antonis Remos, Greek singer.  

1972: Dennis Lyxzén, Swedish musician.  

1976: Scott Avett, lead singer and founding member of the folk-rock band The Avett Brothers. Had the 2013 US No.5 album 'Magpie And The Dandelion'.

1983: American rapper, Ben Haggerty, known by his stage name Macklemore. The Macklemore's and Lewis single 'Thrift Shop' reached No.1 on the US singles chart in 2013 and their second single, 'Can't Hold Us' also peaked at No.1, making Macklemore and Lewis the first duo in the chart's history to have their first two singles both reach the top of the US charts.

1993: KSI [Olajide Olatunji] British YouTuber, comedian, and rapper, born in London, England.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 


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This Day In The History Of Music for this Sunday. Have a great week.


1955: "Almost Crazy" opens at Longacre Theater NYC for 16 performances.

1963: Beatles form "Beatles Ltd" to handle their financial income.

1965: The Beatles began a 14-day European tour with two performances at the Palais Des Sports in Paris, France. The Beatles' setlist for this tour: ‘Twist and Shout, ‘She's a Woman’, ‘I'm a Loser’, ‘Can't Buy Me Love’, ‘Baby's In Black’, ‘I Wanna Be Your Man, ‘A Hard Day's Night’, ‘Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby’, ‘Rock and Roll Music, ‘I Feel Fine, ‘Ticket to Ride’, and ‘Long Tall Sally’.

1969: David Bowie recorded 'Space Oddity at Trident Studios London. The track went on to become a UK No.1 when re-released in 1975. Written about the launch of Major Tom, a fictional astronaut; Bowie would later revisit his Major Tom character in the songs 'Ashes to Ashes, 'Hallo Spaceboy' and 'Blackstar'.  

1969: The first of a three-day Festival in Newport, California, featuring: Ike And Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Byrds, The Rascals, Steppenwolf, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Janis Joplin, Johnny Winter, Eric Burdon, and Love. A three-day ticket cost $15 (£8.80). Hendrix received $125,000 for his appearance, at the time it was the highest fee ever paid to a rock act for a single appearance.  

1974: Van Morrison, The Allman Brothers Band, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Tim Buckley, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, and The Doobie Brothers all appeared at Knebworth Park, Stevenage, England. A special PA system was used for the event, claiming to be the best ever for an outside show, weighing 12 tons and needing five technicians.  

1981: Stars on 45 went to No.1 on the US singles chart, a medley of Beatles songs set to a disco beat. It was the start of a flood of 'Stars On' hits including Stars on Stevie Wonder, punk songs, Status Quo, and Chas & Dave.  

1981: Guitarist Gerry Cott quits Boomtown Rats.  

1987: Aerosmith appeared in Dallas, Texas, the first night on their Permanent Vacation 147 date world tour. Over the years the venue has been the home to the Texas Jam, which has featured Deep Purple, Boston, Journey, Ted Nugent, Scorpions, Cheap Trick, Van Halen, Blue Öyster Cult, Sammy Hagar, Rush, Nazareth, Styx, Foghat, Santana, and the Eagles. Eric Clapton notably held his first massive 3-day Crossroads Guitar Festival here in 2004.  

1992: Mariah Carey scored her sixth US No.1 single with 'I'll Be There', a No.2 hit in the UK. The song was also a US No.1 for The Jackson Five in 1970. 

1997: Lawrence Payton of The Four Tops died from liver cancer aged 59. (1965 US No.1 single 'I Can't Help Myself, 1967 UK No.6 single 'Standing In The Shadows of Love').  

1999: Jamiroquai went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Synkronized', the group's second No.1 album.  

2000: The Ronettes were awarded $2.6 million (£1.5 million) in back earnings from Phil Spector. New York judge Paula Omansky ruled that the legendary producer had cheated them out of royalties.  

2004: Organizers at a Paul McCartney gig hired three jets to spray dry ice into the clouds so it wouldn't rain during the concert. The gig in Petersburg, Russia, was McCartney's 3,000 concert appearance. He had performed 2,535 gigs with the Quarrymen and The Beatles, 140 gigs with Wings, and 325 solo shows.  

2006: Claydes Charles Smith, co-founder and lead guitarist of Kool & the Gang died aged 57 after a long illness. They had the 1981 US No.1 & UK No.7 single 'Celebration' and 15 other Top 40 hits.  

2008: American singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett announced that his Margaritaville Holdings has partnered with New York gambling company Coastal Marina to buy the Trump Marina Hotel Casino for $316 million. His vast business empire also included tequila, beer, frozen food, footwear, restaurants, a resort, a record label, and a recording studio. In 2006, Rolling Stone magazine estimated Buffett's earnings at $44 million.  

2014: Music & Memory Songs by Elvis Presley, ABBA, and the Spice Girls were among those being used in research that hoped to unlock the secret of how our memory works. Researchers from the University of Amsterdam had created an online game in an attempt to shed light on why some tunes get stuck in your head. Fans were asked to identify song clips and compare them by their catchiness.  

2016: Lawyers for Led Zeppelin asked a judge to throw out a case accusing the band of stealing the riff for 'Stairway To Heaven'. Singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, and Warner Music argued that the claimants had failed to make their case after three days of testimony. The band was accused of basing Stairway on the 1968 Spirit song, 'Taurus'.  

2019: David Gilmour’s guitar collection set several auction records when nearly 130 instruments went up for bid at Christie’s in New York. The former Pink Floyd frontman’s most iconic instrument, the so-called Black Strat, fetched $3,975,000. Other items sold included a 1954 Fender Stratocaster with the serial number 0001, which was used on the recording of 'Another Brick in the Wall Part 2' went for over $1.8 million, a 1958 Gretsch White Penguin went for $447,000, and a 1955 Gibson Goldtop Les Paul, also used on 'Another Brick' sold for $447,000. Christie’s declared all to be world auction records.  

Born On This Day In The Music World:  

1585: Lazaro Valvasensi, Italian organist and composer, born in Valvasone, Italy (d. 1661)  

1615: Salvatore Rosa, Italian baroque painter, poet, musician, and actor, born in Arenella, Italy (d. 1673)  

1730: Nonnosus Madlseder, German composer, born in Merano (d. 1797)  

1743: Anna Laetitia Barbauld, English poet and writer of hymns (Life! I Know Not What Thou Art), born in Kibworth Harcourt, Leicestershire, England (d. 1825)  

1756: Joseph Martin Kraus, German composer, born in Miltenberg am Main, Bavaria (d. 1792)  

1819: Jacques Offenbach, German-French composer (Tales of Hoffmann), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1880)  

1861: Arthur Battelle Whiting, American composer, and teacher, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1936)  

1883: Giannotto Bastianelli, Italian musician and composer, born in Fiesole, Italy (d. 1927)  

1896: Wilfred Pelletier, Canadian conductor (Voice of Firestone), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1982)  

1897: Elisabeth Hauptmann, German writer (co-author of The Threepenny Opera), born in Peckelsheim, Westphalia, German Empire (d. 1973)  

1899: Anthon van der Horst, Dutch organist and composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1965)  

1906: Bob Howard, American singer, and pianist (Sing it Again), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1986)  

1907: Jimmy Driftwood, American folk songwriter and musician, born in Mountain View, Arkansas (d. 1998)  

1914: Friedrich Zipp, German composer, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1997)  

1920: Danny Cedrone American guitarist and bandleader, best known for his work with Bill Haley & His Comets. Cedrone played the lead guitar break on 'Rock Around the Clock' with Bill Haley and His Comets. He died on 17th June 1954, ten days after the session, of a broken neck after falling down a staircase.  

1924: Chet Atkins, guitarist, 1960 UK No.46 single 'Teensville'. Recorded over 100 albums during his career, a major influence on George Harrison and Mark Knopfler. Atkins died on June 30th, 2001, aged 77.  

1927: John M Dengler, American jazz multi-instrumentalist - bass sax/trumpet/trombone (The Intensely Vigorous Jazz Band), born in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.  

1928: Eric Dolphy, jazz musician, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1964)  

1929: Ingrid Haebler, Austrian pianist (Haydn/Mozart/Schubert), born in Vienna, Austria  

1931: Arne Nordheim, Larvik Norway, conductor/composer (Aftonland)  

1934: Cornel Țăranu, Romanian composer (Garlands), born in Cluj. Romania.  

1934: Alain Bancquart, French contemporary classical composer, born in Dieppe, France.  

1936: Billy Guy, The Coasters. The American rhythm and blues/rock and roll vocal group scored the 1958 US No.1 single 'Yakety Yak', the 1959 US No.2 and UK No.6 single 'Charlie Brown', as well as 'Young Blood' and 'Poison Ivy'.  

1936: Mickie Most, record producer. Member of The Most Brothers during the late 50s. Produced hits for The Animals, Hermans Hermits, Lulu, and Jeff Beck. Ran his own label, RAK during the 1970s hits with Hot Chocolate, Suzi Quatro, and Mud. Most died on May 30th, 2003, aged 67.  

1937: American pop singer and songwriter Jerry Keller, who scored the 1959 UK No.1 and the US No. 14 single 'Here Comes Summer). A-One Hit Wonder in the UK. Keller went on to be a number-one-call vocalist for television jingles throughout the 1970s and 1980s.  

1938: Nikolay Avksentevich Martinov, composer.  

1942: Brian Wilson American singer, songwriter with The Beach Boys who scored the 1966 UK & US No.1 single 'Good Vibrations', plus over 25 other UK Top 40 singles. The 1966 classic album Pet Sounds are widely considered to be one of the most influential albums in music history. Wilson released and toured the 'lost' Beach Boys Smile album in 2004.  

1945: [Morna] Anne Murray, Canadian pop singer (Snow Bird; You Needed Me), born in Springhill, Nova Scotia Canada.  

1946: André Watts, American-Hungarian concert pianist, and educator, born in Nuremberg, Germany.  

1947: Dolores Brooks, American singer (the Crystals)  

1948: Alan Longmuir, Scottish pop-rock musician (Bay City Rollers), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 2018)  

1949: Bob Andrews, English rock keyboardist and producer (Brinsley Schwarz; The Rumour), born in Leeds Yorkshire, England.  

1949: American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer Lionel Richie, who with The Commodores had the 1978 UK & US No.1 single 'Three Times A Lady'. Solo hits include the 1984 UK & US No.1 single 'Hello'. He co-wrote the 1985 charity single 'We Are the World' with Michael Jackson.  

1951: Peter Gordon, composer.  

1953: Alan Longmuir, from Scottish pop band Bay City Rollers who had the 1975 UK No.1 single 'Bye Bye Baby', plus 11 other UK Top 20 singles, and the 1976 US No.1 single 'Saturday Night'. Longmuir died on 2 July 2018 aged 70 after contracting an illness while on holiday in Mexico.  

1954: Michael Anthony, an American bassist who has worked with Van Halen and other acts. Anthony markets a line of hot sauces and related products named Mad Anthony. He has a number of custom-made bass guitars, including a Jack Daniel's model shaped like a whiskey bottle.  

1954: Singer Chris Francfort who was a member of The Gibson Brothers had success during the disco boom of the late 1970s. Their best-known hit singles included 'Cuba' and 'Que Sera Mi Vida'...

1958: Kelly Johnson, from British rock band Girlschool who had the 1981 UK No.5 single with Motorhead, 'St Valentines Massacre EP'.  

1958: Simon Underwood, from British post-punk band Pigbag who had the 1982 UK No.3 single 'Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag'.  

1960: John Taylor, bass and co-founder of Duran Duran who scored the 1983 UK No.1 single 'Is There Something I Should Know, plus 25 other UK Top 40 singles, and the 1984 US No.1 single 'The Reflex'. Also, a member of The Power Station who had the 1985 UK No.14 single 'Some Like It Hot.  

1962: American musician Amir Derakh who has worked with Julien-k, Dead By Sunrise and Rough Cutt.  

1963: Amir Derakh, American musician (Orgy)  

1967: Joseph William Cathcart, rock guitarist (Nelson-Love & Affection)  

1967: Murphy Karges, from American rock band Sugar Ray who had the 1999 UK No. 10 single 'Every Morning'.  

1971: Twiggy Ramirez American musician Jeordie Osborne White (Twiggy), bassist with American rock band Marilyn Manson who had the 1998 US No.1 album, Mechanical Animals. Also a member of Goon Moon and A Perfect Circle.  

1971: Ian Matthews, drummer with Kasabian. Their 2014 release 48:13 became their fourth UK No.1 album. Kasabian won a Brit Award in 2010 for Best British Group.  

1973: Chino Moreno, American musician (Deftones)  

1976: Jerome Fontamillas, Filipino=American rock keyboardist (Switchfoot), born in Pasay, Philippines.  

1979: Charlotte Hatherley, guitar, vocals, from Northern Irish alternative rock band Ash who scored the 1995 UK No.11 single 'Girl From Mars' and the 1996 UK No.1 album 1977. Also worked with Client, KT Tunstall and Bat for Lashes.

1982: Elliot Gleave, better known by his stage name Example, English singer, songwriter, rapper and record producer. His second studio album, Won't Go Quietly, peaked at No.4 on the UK Albums Chart.

1988: Adam Hann, lead guitarist for the English indie rock band 1975. The Manchester band has seen their first three albums all debut at No.1 on the UK album charts.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 


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Good Monday afternoon, This Day In The History Of Music. 


1868: Wagner's opera "Meistersinger von Nürnberg" premieres in Munich.

1948: Columbia Records launched a new vinyl disc that played at thirty-three and one-third RPM in New York City, sparking a music-industry standard so strong that the digital age has yet to kill it.

1951: "17" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 180 performances.  

1955: Johnny Cash debuts the Top 10 country song "Cry! Cry! Cry!".  

1963: The Rolling Stones played at Ricky Tick Club, Star and Garter Hotel, Windsor, Berks. The influential 1960s rhythm & blues club in Windsor, Berkshire, was the host to many important acts such as The Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, and Cream.  

1966: Reg Calvert the manager of The Fortunes, Screaming Lord Sutch, and the owner of the offshore pirate radio station Radio City was shot dead by business rival William Smedley during a confrontation. Smedley was the owner of pirate station Radio Caroline and was later cleared of the murder.  

1966: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded from start to finish, a new John Lennon song ‘She Said She Said’. The song was reportedly based on a bizarre conversation that Lennon had with Peter Fonda while John and George Harrison were tripping on LSD.  

1966: Jimmy Page made his live debut with The Yardbirds at The Marquee Club London.  

1966: After a North American tour The Rolling Stones sued 14 hotels over a booking ban in New York, claiming that the ban was violating civil rights laws.  

1966: Tom Jones needed 14 stitches in his forehead after his Jaguar was involved in a car crash in Marble Arch, London.  

1968: Pink Floyd played two shows in one day: the first at the Commemoration Ball, Balliol College, Oxford, and then at Middle Earth Club, Covent Garden, London. The club was notable for several drug raids by the police, during which underage revelers were arrested; on one occasion a machine called the 'Trip Machine' was dismantled and taken away by the police.  

1969: Dmitri Shostakovich's 14th Symphony premieres in Moscow.  

1969: Zager & Evans release "In the Year 2525".  

1971: 50,000 attend Celebration of Life, rock concert, McCrea Louisiana.  

1972: The first Stonehenge Free Festival was held at Stonehenge, England culminating on the summer solstice. Staged between 1972 and 1984, acts who have appeared include Hawkwind, Gong, Doctor, and the Medics, Flux of Pink Indians, Buster Blood Vessel, Crass, Selector, Dexys Midnight Runners, Thompson Twins, The Raincoats, Amazulu, Wishbone Ash, Man, Benjamin Zephaniah, The Enid, Roy Harper, Jimmy Page, Ted Chippington, Zorch and Ozric Tentacles.  

1975: Captain and Tennille started a four-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the Neil Sedaka song 'Love Will Keep Us Together. The duo of husband and wife "Captain" Daryl Dragon and Cathryn Antoinette "Toni" Tennille had worked as backup musicians for Elton John and Neil Sedaka.  

1975: Elton John, The Eagles, and The Beach Boys play in London together.   

1975: Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore quit Deep Purple to form his own group Rainbow. The group went through many line-up changes with, Ronnie James Dio, Graham Bonnet, Cozy Powell, Roger Glover, and Doogie White all being members.  

1977: Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten was attacked in a brawl outside the live music venue Dingwalls in Camden, London, England.  

1978: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical "Evita", starring Elaine Page, premiere at the Prince Edward Theatre, London.  

1979: Angus MacLise, Velvet Underground's first drummer died of tuberculosis aged 34. He quit the band in 1965.  

1980: French police arrested all members of The Stranglers after a concert at Nice University for allegedly starting a riot.  

1980: German orchestra leader and songwriter Bert Kaempfert died aged 56. Both Frank Sinatra (Strangers In The Night) and Elvis Presley (Wooden Heart) covered his songs. Kaempfert released over 50 albums. In 1961, he hired The Beatles to back Tony Sheridan on recording sessions for Polydor, (these were the Beatles' first commercial recordings).  

1981: Donald **ahem**en and Walter Becker disband their rock group, Steely Dan.  

1982: Paul McCartney releases his single "Take It Away".  

1986: "Living on Video" by Trans-X peaks at #61.  

1986: "Vienna Calling" by Falco peaks at #18.  

1986: Genesis scored their fourth UK No.1 album with their 13th studio album 'Invisible Touch'. It remained in the charts for 96 weeks, making it the most commercially successful album of their career, eventually selling over 15 million copies worldwide and produced five US Top 5 singles, including the title track.  

1988: American rock band The Rascals begin their 1st tour in 20 years.  

1990: Little Richard [Penniman] gets a star on Hollywood's Walk Of Fame.  

1992: The Orb released 'Blue Room' the single had a duration of 39 minutes and 58 seconds, two seconds shorter than the maximum permitted for a single under UK chart rules. The single peaked at No.8.  

1993: "Camelot" opens at Gershwin Theater NYC for 56 performances.  

1994: George Michael lost his lawsuit against Sony Records. Michael claimed that his 15-year contract with Sony was unfair because the company could refuse to release albums it thought wouldn't be commercially successful. Michael vowed he would never record for Sony again. He re-signed with the company in 2003.  

1997: "Defending the Caveman" closes at Helen Hayes NYC after 671 performances.  

1998: "Don't Be Cruel" 2nd studio album by Bobby Brown is released (Grammy Award Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, 1990)  

2000: 39-year-old Karen McNeil who claimed she was the wife of Axl Rose and that she communicated with him telepathically was jailed for one year for stalking the singer.  

2001: John Lee Hooker, American blues singer, and guitarist died in his sleep aged 83. Had hits with 'Boom Boom', 'Dimples', and 'I'm In The Mood'. His songs have been covered by many artists including Cream, AC/DC, ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Van Morrison, The Yardbirds, The Doors, and The White Stripes. He appeared and sang in the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers.  

2005: Billy Corgan releases "TheFutureEmbrace", his first solo album.  

2011: People magazine reported that 75-year-old Glen Campbell had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. "I still love making music," said Campbell. "And I still love performing for my fans. I'd like to thank them for sticking with me through thick and thin."  

2011: American band Maroon 5 released 'Moves Like Jagger, featuring Christina Aguilera. Its lyrics refer to a male's ability to impress a female with his dance moves, which he compares to those of Mick Jagger. The video featured old video footage of Jagger and his iconic dance moves. 'Moves Like Jagger' was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 54th Grammy Awards. The single peaked at No.1 on the US chart.

2015: Apple Music reversed its payment policy, a day after Taylor Swift said she was refusing to allow the company to stream her latest album 1989. In an open letter to Apple, Swift said she was withholding the record as she was unhappy with the three-month free trial offered to subscribers, saying "We don't ask you for free iPhones. Please don't ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation." Apple now said it would pay artists for music streamed during trial periods.  

2016: Trumpeter Wayne Jackson, who formed the Memphis Horns duo with saxophonist Andrew Love, died of congestive heart failure at the age of 74. Jackson and Love played together on 52 No.1 songs, supporting the likes of Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Otis Redding, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Peter Gabriel, and the Doobie Brothers.  

2019: A report showed that The Spice Girls company funds had dwindled to just £86,000 before their recent concerts of this year. At their Nineties peak, the band’s firm was turning over more than £40million a year, latest accounts showed that Spice Girls Ltd had assets of just £135,450 with around £50,000 of debts yet to be paid. Geri’s Wonderful Productions made just £3,400, while Mel B’s Moneyspider Productions Limited gained only £13,300 in the year to August 2018. Melanie Chisholm – Mel C – also agreed to the reunion after her firm Red Girl Records went £850,000 into debt. But Emma Bunton’s Monsta Productions bucked the trend, with reserves doubling to just under £1m in the same year.  

2019: American music manager and record executive Elliot Roberts died aged 76. He is best known for helping to start and develop the careers of singer-songwriters from the late 1960s and 1970s, including those of Neil Young – whom he managed for over fifty years – and Joni Mitchell.  

2020: Kurt Cobain's guitar during Nirvana's MTV Unplugged show sells for a record $6 million.  

Born On This Day In The Music World:  

1577: Giovanni Del Turco, Italian composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1647)

1668: Cajetan Kolberer, composer, born in Salzburg, Austria (d. 1732)

1732: Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, composer and 5th son of Johann Sebastian Bach, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1795)

1790: Wilhelm Speyer, German violinist and composer, born in Offenbach, Hesse, Germany (d. 1878)

1805: Karl Friedrich Curschmann, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1841)

1818: Ernst II, Duke of Saxon-Coburg-Gotha (1844-93) and composer, born in Ehrenburg Palace, Coburg, Germany (d. 1893)

1862: Henry Holden Huss, American composer, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1953)

1865: Herbert Brewer, English composer, born in Gloucester, England (d. 1928)

1891: Hermann Scherchen, German conductor (Nature of Music), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1966)

1893: Alois Hába, Czech composer, born in Vizovice, Zlín Region, Czech Republic (d. 1973)

1899: Pavel Haas, Czech Jewish composer killed during the Holocaust, born in Brno, Czech Republic (d. 1944)

1900: Gunnar Ek, Swedish composer and musician, born in Asarum Blekinge (d. 1981)

1902: Wilhelm Maler, German composer, born in Heidelberg, Germany (d. 1976)

1903: Louis Krasner, Ukrainian-American violinist, born in Cherkasy, Ukraine (d. 1995)

1906: Helene Costello, American dancer and actress (Love Toy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1957)

1906: Lluís Maria Millet, Catalan composer, born in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1990)

1906: Harold Spina, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)

1909: Kurt Schwaen, German composer, born in Katowice, Poland (d. 2007)

1910: Bela Tardos, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest (d. 1966)

1910: Charles Jones, the composer, born in Tamworth, Ontario, Canada (d. 1997)

1914: Jan Decadt, Flemish composer, born in Ypres (d. 1995)

1914: Booker Collins, American jazz bassist, valve trombone, and tuba player (Mary Lou Williams and Her Kansas City Seven), born in Roswell, New Mexico

1921: Frank Scott, American pianist (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Fargo, North Dakota (d. 1995)

1924: Wally Fawkes, British-Canadian cartoonist and jazz clarinetist, born in Vancouver, British Columbia.

1928: Judith Raskin, American soprano (Susanna-Le Nozze di Figaro), born in NYC, New York (d. 1984)

1929: Alexandre Lagoya, Greek-Italian classical guitarist and composer, born in Alexandria, Egypt (d. 1999)

1932: Jamil Nasser [George Joyner], American jazz double and electric bassist, and tuba player, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2010)  

1932: Argentine-born American pianist, composer, arranger Lalo Schifrin, film soundtracks, including, Theme from Mission: Impossible, Enter the Dragon, the Dirty Harry films, and Jaws.

1932: O. C Smith, American jazz singer (Little Green Apples), born in Mansfield, Louisiana (d. 2001)

1937: Raphaël Sommer, Czech cellist, and educator, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2001)

1939: Charles Boone, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio.

1941: Mitty Collier, American church pastor, gospel and R&B singer ("I Had A Talk With My Man"), and church pastor, born in Birmingham, Alabama.

1943: Salomé [Maria Rosa Marco Poquet], Spanish singer, born in Barcelona.

1944: English musician Ray Davies, singer, songwriter with The Kinks, who had the 1964 UK No.1 & US No.7 'You Really Got Me', and the 1967 UK No.2 single 'Waterloo Sunset' and the 1983 US No.6 single 'Come Dancing'. The Kinks have sold over 50 million records worldwide and among numerous honors, they received the Ivor Novello Award for "Outstanding Service to British Music".  

1944: Jon Hiseman, British drummer (Arthur Brown; Colosseum), born in London, England (d. 2018)  

1944: Miguel Vicens, Spanish rock bass player (Los Bravos - "Black Is Black"), born in Ferrol, Galicia, Spain.  

1945: Chris Britton, guitarist with English garage rock band The Troggs, who had the 1966 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Wild Thing' and the hits 'With a Girl Like You' and 'Love Is All Around'.  

1946: American singer and songwriter Brenda Holloway, recording artist for Motown Records during the 1960s. Her best-known recordings are the soul hits, 'Every Little Bit Hurts', 'When I'm Gone"', and 'You've Made Me So Very Happy.' The latter, which she co-wrote became a 1969 Top Ten hit for Blood, Sweat & Tears.  

1947: Joey Molland, British rock guitarist (Badfinger - "Come And Get It"; "Day After Day"), born in Liverpool, England.  

1947: Chuck Anderson, American jazz and session guitarist, and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois.  

1949: Greg Munford, from psychedelic rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock who scored the 1967 US No.1 single 'Incense And Peppermints'.  

1950: Joey Kramer, drummer with Aerosmith who scored the 1989 UK No.13 single 'Love In An Elevator, and their 1989 album Pump spent 53 weeks on the US charts They had the 1993 US No.1 & UK No.2 album Get A Grip and the 1998 US No.1 & UK No.4 single 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing'. Aerosmith is the best-selling American hard rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide.  

1951: Alan Silson, from English rock band Smokie who had the 1975 UK No.3 single 'If You Think You Know How To Love Me. Their most popular hit single was 'Living Next Door to Alice'.  

1951: Nils Lofgren, American guitarist, singer and songwriter, accordionist (Neil Young; Grin; E Street Band, since 1984), and tap dancer, born in Chicago, Illinois.  

1952: Marcella Detroit [Levy], American rock vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter ("Lay Down Sally"), born in Detroit, Michigan.  

1952: Judith Bingham, British mezzo-soprano, and contemporary classical composer, born in Nottingham, England.  

1953: Augustus Pablo, Jamaican musician (King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown), born in St. Andrew, Jamaica (d. 1999)  

1957: Mark Brzezicki, drummer with Scottish rock band Big Country, who had the 1983 UK No.10 single 'Fields Of Fire' plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles.  

1959: American soprano vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Marcella Detroit who with Shakespeare's Sister had the 1992 UK No.1 single 'Stay'. She co-wrote the 1977 Eric Clapton hit 'Lay Down Sally' and released her debut album, Marcella, in 1982.  

1959: Kathy Mattea, American country and bluegrass singer ("Love At The Five and Dime"; "Eighteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses"), born in South Charleston, West Virginia.  

1961: Kip Winger, American rocker (Winger), born in Denver, Colorado.  

1961: Manu Chao, Spanish musician, born in Paris, France.  

1961: Sascha Konietzko, German musician ( KMFDM), born in Hamburg, Germany.  

1962: Viktor Tsoi, Russian musician (Kino), born in Leningrad, Soviet Union (d. 1990)  

1965: Saša Britvić, Croatian conductor (Croatian Baroque Ensemble, 1999-2015), and pedagogue, born in Zagreb, Yugoslavia (now Croatia) (d. 2015)  

1968: British singer, musician, and DJ Sonia Clarke, (Sonique), who scored the 2000 UK No.1 & US No.5 single 'It Feels So Good. She was the lead vocalist on two S'Express singles.  

1969: Pat Sansone, a multi-instrumentalist, from the American alternative rock band Wilco who released the albums Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, A Ghost Is Born, Sky Blue Sky, and Wilco (The Album).  

1970: Pete Rock, an American rapper/producer, born in The Bronx, New York.  

1971: Anette Olzon, Swedish singer, born in Katrineholm, Sweden.  

1974: Neely Jenkins, American indie rocker (Tilley and the Wall), born in Omaha, Nebraska.  

1975: Lee Gaze, lead guitarist, from Welsh rock band Lostprophets, scored the 2006 UK No.1 album Liberation Transmission.  

1976: Michael Einziger, from American rock band Incubus, who had the 2001 US No.9 & UK No.40 single, 'Drive', and the 2004 US No.2 and UK No.6 album A Crow Left of the Murder’, and the 2006 US No.1 album Light Grenades. Worldwide, Incubus has sold over 23 million albums.  

1981: American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Brandon Flowers from The Killers, who scored the 2005 UK No.1 with their debut album Hot Fuss. Their 2017 album Wonderful Wonderful peaked at No.1 on the US & UK charts. In 2010, Flowers released a solo album, entitled Flamingo which peaked at No.1 on the UK charts.  

1982: Jussie Smollett, American actor and singer (Empire), born in Santa Rosa, California.  

1985: American singer-songwriter, Lana Del Rey, (born Elizabeth Woolridge Grant). In 2011 a music video for her debut single 'Video Games' created by Del Rey was posted on YouTube and became a viral internet hit with over 20 million views. Her third studio album, Ultraviolence (2014), became her first album to reach No.1 in the United States.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 


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Good Tuesday afternoon, This Day In The History Of Music. Have a great Tuesday (at least try)


1849: Stephen C Massett opens a concert at the San Francisco courthouse using the only piano in California at that time. 

1942: European broadcast première of Dmitri Shostakovich's 7th Symphony in London conducted by Sir Henry J. Wood and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

1956: Elvis Presley started a three-day run playing 10 shows at the Paramount Theater in Atlanta, Georgia. The stage manager was told; "Pull all white lights. Presley works all in color, Presley act has no encore. When he leaves the stage, immediately close curtains."

1959: "Along Came Jones" by Coasters peaks at #9.

1959: "Class" the first hit by Chubby Checker peaks at #38 in the US.

1961: Beatles record Aint She Sweet, Cry for a Shadow, When the Saints Go Marching In, Why, Nobody's Child & My Bonnie, in Hamburg.

1963: 13-year old Stevie Wonder first entered the US singles chart as Little Stevie Wonder with 'Fingertips Parts One and Two.' 'Fingertips' which featured a young Marvin Gaye on drums was the first live, non-studio recording to reach No.1 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in the United States since Johnny Standley's 1952 comic monologue 'It's in the Book'.  

1964: The Beatles played their first-ever show in New Zealand at Wellington Town Hall. The local Chief Constable refused a police escort for The Beatles leaving just two policemen to control over 5,000 fans.  

1968: Herb Alpert started a four-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'This Guys In Love With You'. His first No.1 plus first No.1 for the A&M label and the writer's Bacharach and David's first chart-topper. A No.3 hit in the UK.  

1968: The Jeff Beck Group featuring Rod Stewart made their US debut at the Fillmore East, New York. 

1968: "Here Come Da Judge" by The Buena Vistas peaks at #88.  

1968: The Otis Redding album Dock Of The Bay went to No.1 in the UK. The posthumously released album and his sixth studio album contained a number of singles and B-sides dating back to 1965 and one of his best-known songs, the posthumous hit (Sittin' On The Dock) Of The Bay.  

1969: Aretha Franklin arrested in Detroit for creating a disturbance.  

1969: American singer, actress, Judy Garland, died of a barbiturate overdose aged 47, she was found on the floor of her rented Chelsea home, in London, UK. Made more than two dozen films, played Dorothy in the 1939 film 'Wizard Of Oz', sang 'Over The Rainbow' in the film, (voted the 'Song Of The Century' in a 2001 poll published in America). 1961 US No.1 comeback album 'Judy At Carnegie Hall'.  

1970: Led Zeppelin appeared at Laugardalsholl Hall, Reykjavik, Iceland on the group's one and only visit Iceland. It is suggested that Robert Plant was inspired to write the lyrics to 'Immigrant Song' during this trip."  

1971: The second Glastonbury Festival in England took place. Held over 5 days to coincide with the summer solstice, (the weather was, for a British 'summer' very good). Acts who appeared included: Melanie, Quintessence, David Bowie, The Edgar Broughton Band, Pink Fairies, Terry Reid - with David Lyndley and Linda Lewis, Gong, Hawkwind, Arthur Brown, Brinsley Schwarz, Fairport Convention, Family, and Traffic. Over 7,000 fans attended the event.  

1971: Joni Mitchell released her fourth studio album Blue. The album is now generally regarded by music critics as one of the greatest albums of all time. In July 2017, Blue was chosen by NPR as the greatest album of all time made by a woman.  

1971: Reprise Records releases "Blue", Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 4th studio album.  

1972: "Man of La Mancha" opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 140 performances.  

1973: George Harrison releases his album "Living in the Material World".  

1976: "Godspell" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 527 performances.  

1979: Little Richard quits rock & roll for religious pursuit.  

1980: Don McLean had his second UK No.1 single with the Roy Orbison song 'Crying'. The song had been a No.2 US hit for Orbison in July 1961. In 1987, Orbison re-recorded the song as a duet with k.d. lang as part of the soundtrack for the motion picture, Hiding Out. Their collaboration won the Grammy Award.  

1981: Mark Chapman pleaded guilty to the charge of murdering John Lennon in 1980. He was later sentenced to 20 years to life.  

1985: "Grind" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 79 performances.  

1985: Bryan Adams started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Heaven', his first No.1 single, which made No.35 in the UK. The song had been featured in the film 'Night In Heaven'.  

1985: "Smuggler's Blues" by Glenn Frey peaks at #12.  

1988: American session guitarist Jesse Ed Davis died of a heroin overdose after collapsing in a laundry room in Venice, California, aged 43. Worked with Conway Twitty, The Monkees, John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Leonard Cohen, Keith Moon, Jackson Browne, Steve Miller, Harry Nilsson, and Taj Mahal.  

1990: Ry Cooder and David Lindley, The Cure, Happy Mondays, Sinead O’Connor, Deacon Blue, De La Soul, Adamski, Blue Aeroplanes, Julian Cope, Del Amitri, Jesus Jones, James, and The Pale Saints all appeared on the first day of this years Glastonbury Festival. A three-day ticket cost £38.  

1992: Nirvana's Kurt Cobain was rushed to hospital after a gig in Belfast, Northern Ireland suffering from acute stomach pains brought on by ulcers.  

1992: Three members of M.C. Hammer's tour crew were wounded in a drive-by shooting incident, three days later Joseph Mack, a dancer in Hammer's entourage was shot on stage during a concert in Nevada.  

1993: Wilson Pickett pleads guilty to auto assault due to drunk driving.  

1996: The brother of singer Diana Ross, Arthur Ross, and his wife were murdered by suffocation in the basement of their rented Detroit home. The badly decomposed bodies were discovered after neighbors complained of a foul odor coming from the house. Two men were later charged with murder and robbery. Arthur Ross had written songs for Marvin Gaye, The Miracles, and Madonna.  

2002: U2 guitarist 'The Edge' married his girlfriend of ten years Morleigh Steinberg in Eze in the south of France. The couple first met when she was a belly dancer on the band's Zoo TV tour. Guest's included Bono, Eurythmics Dave Stewart, and Lenny Kravitz.  

2003: Clay Aiken, runner-up in the 2003 US American Idol went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'This Is The Night.' Luther Vandross was at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Dance With My Father'.  

2008: Coldplay went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Viva La Vida', their first UK No.1. History was made by this single, as it had no physical CD single released in the UK, is available by internet download only. The song won a Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 2009.  

2011: It was reported in the Irish press that Bono's wandering peahen was causing havoc for some south Dublin residents. The peahen the less spectacular-colored female partner to a male peacock had arrived in the Ard Mhuire housing estate in Killiney near to where the singer lived. One newspaper ran the headline: "Bono's **ahem** drives me nuts". Local woman Susan McKeon said she first noticed the bird at night. "It had a tiny head and a huge body. It was actually quite ugly but I don't think it's fully grown."  

2011: Glastonbury Festival 2011 in Pilton, England opens U2, Coldplay, and Beyoncé headline; other performers include B.B. King, Paul Simon, Mumford and Sons, Morrissey, and Wu-Tang Clan.  

2012: Isle of Wight Festival MP Andrew Turner called for a review of procedures after thousands of rock fans were delayed for hours heading to the Isle of Wight Festival. After heavy rain cars were unable to park on waterlogged fields - leading to gridlock as about 55,000 people headed to the site. Some fans were stuck in traffic for up to 16 hours on the way to the festival. Elbow, Lana Del Rey, Tom Petty, and the Heartbreakers, Bruce Springsteen, and Pearl Jam all appeared at this year's festival.  

2013: 'Blurred Lines' by Robin Thicke started a 13 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart. Featuring American rapper T.I. and American singer and producer Pharrell Williams, the video was made in two versions; the first video features models Emily Ratajkowski, Jessi M'Bengue, and Elle Evans being topless, the second features them covered. The topless version of the video was removed from YouTube for violating the site's terms of service regarding nudity, though it was later restored, but flagged as inappropriate. 'Blurred Lines" peaked at No.1 in 14 countries.

2016: Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant told a court hearing the 'Stairway To Heaven' copyright dispute that he had a dim memory of the time the song was written. Robert Plant also said he could not remember meeting the band Spirit, who claimed the band stole their guitar riff for Stairway to Heaven in the 1970s. "I don't have a recollection of almost anyone I've hung out with," Plant said, causing roars of laughter in the court. The case was brought on behalf of Spirit's late guitarist, Randy Wolfe. His estate claimed the opening riff of the 1968 song Taurus is fundamentally the same as the iconic opening bars of Stairway to Heaven.  

2016: Glastonbury Festival 2016 in Pilton, England opens Coldplay, and Adele headline; other performers include Tame Impala, Squeeze, Frightened Rabbit; ZZ Top, ELO, and Cyndi Lauper.  

2019: Sir Elton John was awarded France's highest civilian award, the Legion d'Honneur. The British musician was presented with the award by President Emmanuel Macron during a ceremony at the Élysée Palace.   

2019: American drummer and record producer Jerry Carrigan died at age 75. He first achieved widespread recognition by being part of the first wave of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and later as a first-call session musician in Nashville for over three decades. He recorded with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Charlie Rich, Kenny Rogers Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Stevens, and Dolly Parton.  

Born On This Day In The Music World:    

1611: Pablo Bruna, Spanish blind composer, born in Daroca, Spain (d. 1679)  

1613: Lambert Pietkin, Flemish baroque composer, born in Liege (d. 1696)

1684: Francesco Manfredini, Italian Baroque composer, violinist, and maestro di cappella (St. Phillip's Cathedral, 1727-65), born in Pistoia, Grand Duchy of Tuscany (now Italy) (d. 1762) 

1741: Luigi Tomasini, Italian composer (head of Prince Esterházy's court orchestra), born in Pesaro, Italy (d. 1808)  

1742: Heinrich Gottfried Reichard, German composer, born in Schleiz (d. 1801)  

1824: Frédéric Louis Ritter, French composer, and conductor, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1891)  

1830: Theodor Leschetizky, Polish pianist, composer, and teacher (Contes de Jeunesse), born in Łańcut, Austrian Poland (d. 1915)  

1859: Frank Damrosch, German-born American author, and music teacher (founded NY Musical Institute of Musical Art later Julliard), born in Breslau, Silesia (d. 1937)  

1883: José Rolón, Mexican composer, born in Ciudad Guzmán, Jalisco (d. 1945)  

1893: Osvald Chlubna, Czech composer, born in Brno (d. 1971)  

1900: Jennie Tourel, mezzo-soprano (Met Opera 1943-47), born in St Petersburg, Russia.  

1901: Jack Whiting, American actor and singer (Marge & Gower Champion Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1961)  

1905: Walter Leigh, British composer, born in Wimbledon, London, England (d. 1942)  

1909: Katherine Dunham, American dancer (Casbah; Stormy Weather), choreographer (Metropolitan opera, 1963; Joplin's Treemonisha, 1972), and social activist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2006)  

1910: Wilhelm Demian, Romanian composer, and conductor, born in Braşov.  

1910: Peter Pears, English tenor (Death in Venice), born in Farnham, England (d. 1986)  

1911: Guus Jansen, Dutch jazz organist, pianist, composer (Net as Toen), born in Heiloo, the Netherlands (d. 1990)

1912: Vit Nejedly, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1945)

1915: Randolph Hokanson, American concert pianist, and teacher (the University of Washington, 1949-84), born in Bellingham, Washington (d. 2018)

1919: Gower Champion, American stage dancer, choreographer, and actor (42nd Street, Showboat), born in Geneva, Illinois (d. 1980)

1926: Ruth Zechlin, German organist and composer, born in Grosshartmannsdorf (d. 2007)

1932: Michael Horvit, American composer, born in New York City.

1933: Libor Pešek, Czech conductor (Czech Philharmonic; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

1936: Kris Kristofferson, musician, actor, and writer, known for such hits as 'Me and Bobby McGee', 'For the Good Times', 'Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down', and 'Help Me Make It Through the Night'. In 1985, Kristofferson joined fellow country artists Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Johnny Cash in forming the country music supergroup The Highwaymen. In 2004, Kristofferson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.  

1936: Verne Allison, American singer (Dells-Open Up My Heart), born in Chicago, Illinois.  

1936: Hermeto Pascoal, Brazilian jazz musician and composer, born in Lagoa da Canoa, Alagoas, Brazil.  

1937: Christopher Percy Gordon Blackwell, the English businessman and record producer (Island Records), born in Westminster, London, England.  

1939: Bobby Harrison, English rock drummer (Procol Harum-Conquistador)  

1942: Murphy Dunne, American actor, and musician, born in Chicago, Illinois.  

1943: Ralph Molina, American drummer (Crazy Horse, Neil Young's backing band), born in Puerto Rico.  

1944: Peter Asher, Peter &Gordon, who had the 1964 UK & US No.1 single 'World Without Love', written by Lennon & McCartney. Asher was a producer and Head of Apple Records in the late 60s and went on to become James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt's manager.  

1944: Steve Weber, American folk guitarist, (Rounders-Holy "**ahem**" Modal), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)  

1946: Eliades Ochoa, Cuban guitarist (Buena Vista Social Club)  

1947: Howard Kaylan, from The Turtles who had the US 1967 No.1 single 'Happy Together and the 1967 hit 'She'd Rather Be with Me'. He later worked with Frank Zappa, alongside his friend and partner Mark Volman who used the stage names of Flo & Eddie.  

1948: American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and record producer Todd Rundgren. Member of Nazz and Utopia. Had the solo 1972 US No.16 & 1973 UK No.36 single 'I Saw The Light'. Rundgren engineered/produced many notable albums for other acts, including The Band's Stage Fright (1970), Badfinger's Straight Up (1971), Grand Funk Railroad's We're An American Band (1973), the New York Dolls's New York Dolls (1973), Hall & Oates's War Babies (1974), Bat Out Of Hell's Bat Out of Hell (1977).  

1949: Alan Osmond from the American family group The Osmonds. They had the 1971 US No.1 single 'One Bad Apple', 1974 hit 'Crazy Horses' and the 1974 UK No.1 single 'Love Me For A Reason'. They had their own 1972–1973 Saturday morning cartoon series, The Osmonds, on ABC-TV. The Osmonds have sold over 75 million records worldwide.  

1949: Larry Junstrom, a founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd and longstanding bassist with the band .38 Special. Junstrom played bass with Lynyrd Skynyrd from its formation in 1964 until he was replaced by Leon Wilkeson in 1971. He then joined .38 Special in 1976 with Donnie Van Zant, the younger brother of the Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Ronnie Van Zant. He died on 6 October 2019 at the age of 70.  

1949: Gary Moffet, rock guitarist (April Wine), born in Montreal, Quebec.  

1953: American singer, songwriter Cyndi Lauper, who had the 1984 US No.1 single 'Time After Time', and the UK & US No.2 single 'Girls Just Want To Have Fun, (first recorded in 1979 by American musician Robert Hazard). The song received Grammy Award nominations for Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.  

1953: British songwriter, producer, and DJ Ian Levine. During the 80s and 90s, he co-wrote and mixed a number of dance-pop hits for a variety of artists, including Pet Shop Boys, Bucks Fizz, Erasure, Kim Wilde, Bronski Beat, and Bananarama. He is known as a modernizer of Northern soul music in the UK. 

1954: Bobby Valentino, rocker (Fabulous Poodles)  

1955: Jeffrey Mumford, American contemporary classical composer, and educator, born in Washington, D.C.  

1956: Derek Forbes, bassist with a Scottish rock band, Simple Minds, who had the 1985 US No.1 single 'Don't You, Forget About Me', and the 1989 UK No.1 single 'Belfast Child', plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles.  

1956: Green Gartside, singer, songwriter from British band Scritti Politti, who had the 1984 UK No.10 single 'Wood Beez, Pray Like Aretha Franklin', and then hit 'The Word Girl, as well as a US Top 20 hit 'Perfect Way'.  

1957: Gary Beers, bassist from Australian rock band INXS, who had the 1988 UK No.2 & US No.1 single 'Need You Tonight'. Their 1987 album Kick has sold over 10m copies in the US alone and features four Top 10 singles; 'Need You Tonight,' 'Devil Inside', 'New Sensation,' and 'Never Tear Us Apart.' INXS has sold over 55 million records worldwide.  

1957: John Ryder, rock bassist (Face To Face)  

1958: Ruby Turner, Jamacaian-British rock singer (Nowhere to Run), born in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  

1959: Alan Anton, bassist with Canadian alternative country/blues/folk-rock band, Cowboy Junkies.  

1960: Arturo O’Farrill, Mexican Latin jazz musician (Four Questions), born in Mexico City, Mexico.  

1961: Bobby Gillespie, rocker (Primal Scream)  

1961: Jimmy Somerville, UK singer, with Bronski Beat, had the 1984 UK No.3 single 'Smalltown Boy. With a British pop duo, The Communards had the 1986 UK No.1 single with a cover version of the Thelma Houston hit 'Don't Leave Me This Way.  

1962: British Jamaican R&B and soul singer, Ruby Turner, who scored the 1987 UK hit single 'I'd Rather Go Blind'. As a session backing vocalist, she has worked with Bryan Ferry, UB40, Steel Pulse, Steve Winwood, Jools Holland, and Mick Jagger...

1963: Anne-Marie Ruddock, rocker (Amazulu-Excitable)  

1964: Kevin Sargeant, rocker (Thrashing Doves-Reprobate's Hymn)  

1964: Mike Edwards, vocals with English group Jesus Jones who had the 1990 US No.2 hit with 'Right Here Right Now and the 1991 UK No.7 single 'International Bright Young Thing'.  

1964: Tom Cunningham, drummer with Scottish band Wet Wet Wet who formed in 1982. They are best known for their 1994 cover of The Troggs' the 1960s hit 'Love Is All Around', which spent 15 weeks at No.1 on the UK charts.  

1970: Steven Page, guitar, vocals, with Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies who scored the 1998 US No.1 & UK No.5 single 'One Week'. The group has sold over 15 million records including albums and singles and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in March of 2018.  

1974: [C. Joseph] Vijay, Indian actor and singer (Poove Unakkaga), born in Madras (now Chennai), India.  

1976: Sally Polihronas, Australian singer from Bardot, winners of the Australian Popstars reality show, who had the 2000 Australian No.1 single ‘Poison, and 2000 Australian No.1 self-titled album.  

1976: Gordon Moakes, English musician (Bloc Party)  

1981: Chris Urbanowicz, guitarist, with English rock band The Editors, who had the 2007 UK No.1 album An End Has a Start and earned the band a Brit Awards nomination for best British Band.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 


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Good Thursday afternoon. I do apologize for not posting yesterday, I had run into technical problems with my personal computer, I will post Sunday to make up for yesterday. This Day In The History Of Music.Have a great Thursday.


1374: Sudden outbreak of St. John's Dance causes people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion.

1880: First performance of "O Canada," the song that would become the national anthem of Canada, at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français.

1954: "John Murray Anderson's Almanac" closes at Imperial NYC after 229 performances.

1958: Nina Simone releases her debut jazz album "Little Girl Blue"

1961: "Happiest Girl in the World" closes at Martin Beck NYC after 97 performances.

1961: Beatles record "If You Love Me Baby"

1965: John Lennon's second book of poetry and drawings, 'A Spaniard In The Works, was published. The book consisted of nonsensical stories and drawings similar to the style of his 1964 book 'In His Own Write'

1965: The Hollies were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I'm Alive', the group's first of two UK No.1's and over 25 other Top 40 singles. The Hollies originally passed the song over to another Manchester band, the Toggery Five, before changing their mind and recording the song, which was written for them by the US songwriter Clint Ballard, Jr.

1966: After holding a press conference aboard a yacht in New York City, The Rolling Stones kicked off their fifth North American tour in Lynn, Massachusetts, with support acts The McCoys and The Standells.

1967: Procol Harum's ’A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ entered the Billboard chart, where it would peak at No 5. The song was written by the band around a melody composed by the group's organist, Matthew Fisher, who was inspired by the chord progression of Johann Sebastian Bach's 'Orchestral Suite in D', composed between 1725 and 1739.

1969: Led Zeppelin recorded 'Whole Lotta Love', 'What Is And What Should Never Be, 'Travelling Riverside Blues' and 'Communication Breakdown' for BBC Radio 1 at Maida Vale Studios, London. The session was broadcast on 29th June 1969.

1971: "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" film by Robert Altman, starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie with songs by Leonard Cohen is released.

1972: "Troglodyte (Cave Man)" by Jimmy Castor Bunch peaks at #6.

1977: The Jacksons were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Show You The Way To Go.' The Jacksons were four members of the Jackson Five, including Michael.

1988: UB40 bass player Earl Falconer was sent to prison for six months, with a further 12 suspended, after admitting to causing his brother's death in a car accident.

1989: Paul McCartney scored his seventh UK No.1 solo album with 'Flowers In The Dirt', featuring the single 'My Brave Face'.

1989: Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Back To Life'. Their only UK No.1 peaked at No.4 on the US chart.

1990: New Kids On The Block's Donnie Wahlberg spent two days in hospital after falling through an unlocked trapdoor mid-concert in Saratoga Springs, New York.

1991: Frank Zappa took part at the concert 'Adieu Soviet Army', organized in Prague, as the farewell to the last soldiers of the Soviet Red Army, leaving free Czechoslovakia (the Red Army had occupied Czechoslovakia since the Prague Spring). This was probably Zappa's last rock appearance on the stage and it is recorded on the album Adieu C. A. (Soviet Army).

1992: Billy Joel gets an honorary diploma from Hicksville High School at 43.

1999: Eric Clapton put 100 of his guitars up for auction at Christie's in New York City to raise money for his drug rehab clinic, the Crossroads Centre in Antigua. His 1956 Fender Stratocaster named Brownie, which was used to record the electric version of ‘Layla’, sold for a record $497,500. The auction helped raise nearly $5 million for the clinic.

2003: A man who had been deported from Sweden for stalking ABBA singer Agnetha Faeltskog was arrested near the singer's island retreat. Gert van der Graaf, 37, had been the singer's boyfriend from 1997 to 1999 but had been issued a restraining order barring him from seeing or talking to her in 2000.

2004: A Fender Stratocaster that Eric Clapton nicknamed 'Blackie' sold at a Christie's auction for $959,500 (£564,412) in New York, making it the most expensive guitar in the world. The proceeds of the sale went towards Clapton's Crossroads addiction clinic, which he founded in 1998.

2005: Glastonbury Festival 2005 in Pilton, England opens The White Stripes, and Coldplay headline; other performers include The Kaiser Chiefs, Taj Mahal, Brian Wilson, Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, and Primal Scream.

2007: The White Stripes went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Icky Thump' the duo's sixth and final studio album. 'Icky Thump' won a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 2008.

2009: Glastonbury Festival 2009 in Pilton, England opens: Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, and Blur headline; other performers include Fleet Foxes, Tom Jones, Spinal Tap, Lady Gaga, and The Script.

2010: A rare oversized two-part poster featuring Led Zeppelin, The New Barbarians, and others at Knebworth Park on August 4th & 11th August 1971, sold for £5,000 ($7,480) at a Christie’s Rock & Roll auction held in South Kensington, London. At the same auction, a print of Led Zeppelin backstage in front of a blackboard taken June 3rd, 1977 sold for £1,500, ($2,244).

2012: The crypt in which Elvis Presley was first buried was withdrawn from a Los Angeles auction after protests it should be kept as a shrine. More than 10,000 fans signed a petition against the sale of the tomb at Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee. Julien's Auctions said it would not sell the crypt until the cemetery "finds a plan that best suits the interests of the fans while respecting and preserving the memory of Elvis".

2012: named Olivia Newton-John's 1982 hit, 'Physical' as The Sexiest Song Of All Time. Other classic Rock songs that made the top ten were Rod Stewart's 'Tonight's The Night', Marvin Gaye's 'Let's Get It On, Donna Summer's 'Hot Stuff', and another Rod Stewart contribution, 'Da Ya Think I'm Sexy.

2013: Former Devo drummer Alan Myers died aged 58 in Los Angeles, California, following a long bout with cancer. Myers drummed for Devo between 1976 and 1986.

2014: A working draft of Bob Dylan's 'Like a Rolling Stone', set a record at auction after selling for $2m (£1.2m) at Sotheby's. The manuscript, said to be the only known draft of the final lyrics, was written in pencil in 1965 by 24-year-old Dylan.

2015: Glastonbury Festival 2015 in Pilton, England opens Kanye West, and The Who headline; other performers include Lionel Richie, Motörhead, Burt Bacharach, The Libertines, and Pharrell Williams.

2016: Drake has achieved a notable feat by having the longest-running UK number-one single since legal music downloads began counting towards chart positions. The rapper topped the singles chart for an 11th straight week with One Dance, his collaboration with Wizkid and Kyla.

2016: A US jury concluded that Led Zeppelin did not copy the opening chords of 'Stairway To Heaven' from the US band Spirit, saying the riff Led Zeppelin was accused of taking from Spirit's 1967 song 'Taurus' "was not intrinsically similar" to Stairway's opening. During the trial, defense lawyers argued the chord progression in question was very common and had been in use for more than 300 years.

Born On This Day In The Music World:

1746: Jean-Baptiste Rochefort, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1819)

1747: Johann Melchior Dreyer, German composer, born in Röttingen, Württemberg (d. 1824)

1762: Johann Paul Wessely, Czech composer, born in Frauenberg, Germany (d. 1810)

1803: George James Webb, English-American composer, born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England (d. 1887)

1808: Anna Caroline Oury, German pianist, and composer, born in Landshut, Bavaria, Germany (d. 1880)

1840: Louis Brassin, Belgian composer and pianist, born in Aix-la-Chapelle (d. 1884)

1847: Gaston Salvayre, French composer, born in Toulouse, France (d. 1916)

1873: Thomas Carl Whitmer, American composer, born in Altoona, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)

1879: Agrippina J Vaganova, Russian ballet dancer, and pedagogue (Fundamentals of the Classical Dance), born in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1951)

1901: Harry Partch, American composer (Revelations in the Courthouse Park; Delusion Of The Fury), born in Oakland, California (d. 1974)

1904: Phil Harris [Wonga Philip], American actor and singer (Anything Goes, Robin Hood), born in Linton, Indiana (d. 1995)

1906: Pierre Fournier, French cellist, and teacher (Paris Conservatoire, 1937-49), born in Paris, France

1907: José de Lima Siquiera, Brazilian conductor, and composer, born in Conceição, State of Paraíba, Brazil (d. 1985)

1908: Hugo Distler, German organist, choral conductor, and composer, born in Nuremberg (d. 1942)

1908: Guru Gopinath, Indian classical dancer, born in Champakulam, Kuttanad (now Kerala), British India (d. 1987)

1909: Milton Katims, American conductor/violist (WOR-NYC), born in NYC, New York

1910: Denis Dowling, New Zealand-born British operatic baritone, born in Ranfurly, South Island (d. 1996)

1913: Max van Praag, Dutch singer.

1920: Bernhard Krol, German hornist and composer (Figaro Metamorphoses), born in Berlin, Gemany (d. 2013)

1922: Roy Elihu Travis, American composer (Passion of Oedipus), born in NYC, New York

1922: Tata Giacobetti, Italian singer (Quartetto Cetra)

1935: Terry Riley, American minimalist composer (In C, A Rainbow In Curved Air), born in Colfax, California

1935: Jiří Teml, Czech composer (People and Sources Symphony), born in Vimperk, Czechoslovakia

1938: Lowell Cross, American electronic music composer, instrument maker, and laser light show inventor, born in Kingsville, Texas.

1942: Michele Lee, American stage and screen actress, and singer (Knots Landing - "Karen; Seesaw; The Love Bug), born in Los Angeles, California.

1942: Arthur Brown, British rock singer and songwriter (The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - "Fire"), born in Whitby, Yorkshire.

1944: Charlie Whitney, guitarist and a founder member of the rock bands Family, Streetwalkers, and Axis Point. Family scored the 1971 UK No.4 single 'In My Own Time' and 1973 single 'My Friend The Sun'.

1944: Chris Wood, English musician, most known as a founding member of the English rock band Traffic who had the 1967 UK No.2 single 'Hole In My Shoe'. He also worked with Jimi Hendrix in 1968, appearing on Electric Ladyland, Free and Small Faces. Wood died of pneumonia on 12th July 1983.

1944: English rock guitarist Jeff Beck. He replaced Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds. As a solo artist, he released 1967 single 'Hi-Ho Silver Lining', before forming The Jeff Beck Group, which featured Rod Stewart. His 1975 album Blow By Blow was produced by George Martin and set a new standard of jazz-rock fusion music. Beck had previously formed Beck, Bogart, and Appice with Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice, and later recorded with The Honeydrippers, (alongside Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and Nile Rodgers), who had the 1984 US No.3 single Sea Of Love.

1945: English singer, songwriter Colin Blunstone who with The Zombies had four US hits, 'She's Not There', 'Tell Her No', 'She's Coming Home, and 'Time of the Season'. His solo hits include 'Say You Don't Mind', 'I Don't Believe in Miracles', and 'What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted'.

1947: Mick Fleetwood, drummer and co-founder of the rock band Fleetwood Mac who had the 1968 UK No.1 hit 'Albatross' and the hits 'Man of the World' and 'Oh Well. In 1977 they scored the US No.1 single 'Dreams' taken from their worldwide No.1 album Rumours which spent 31 weeks on the US chart.

1947: Marianne Delgorge, Dutch singer and actress (Ice Cream Soda), born in Bloemendaal, The Netherlands. 1948: Patrick Moraz, Swiss progressive rock keyboard player (Yes, The Moody Blues), born in Morges, Switzerland.

1949: John Illsley, English musician, best known as the bass guitarist of the rock band Dire Straits who had the 1985 US No.1 single 'Money For Nothing' the 1986 UK No.2 single 'Walk Of Life' and the 1985 worldwide No.1 album Brothers In Arms. Illsley owns a local pub, the 'East End Arms', between Lymington and Beaulieu, which has been listed by critics as one of the "Fifty Best Pubs Around Britain".

1950: Derrick "Duckie" Simpson, rocker (Black Uhuru), born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1957: American musician Jeff Cease, guitarist with The Black Crowes who had the 1991 hit single 'Hard To Handle' and the 1992 US No.1 & UK No.2 album The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion. The band has sold more than 30 million albums.

1957: Terence Wilson, (Astro), vocals, with UB40, who had the 1983 UK No.1 & 1988 US No.1 single 'Red Red Wine' and over 30 other top 40 hits.

1959: Andy McCluskey, from English electronic music band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. OMD released their debut single, 'Electricity, in 1979, and gained popularity throughout Europe with the 1980 anti-war song 'Enola Gay'. They have scored over 15 other UK Top 40 singles. In 1998, McCluskey founded the UK pop group, Atomic Kitten. Their song 'Whole Again', co-written by McCluskey, was his first UK No.1.

1961:English musician Curt Smith, from Tears For Fears, who scored the 1985 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Everybody Wants To Rule The World', plus over 12 other UK top 40 singles. Their second album, Songs from the Big Chair, released in 1985, reached No.1 on the US Billboard 200.

1967: Richard Zven Kruspe, lead guitarist for the German rock band Rammstein who formed in Berlin in 1994 Five of their albums reached No.1 on the German album charts.

1970: American singer and songwriter Glenn Medeiros, who scored the 1988 UK No.1 single 'Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You', and the 1990 US No.1 single 'She Ain't Worth It'.

1973: Mario Calire, from American rock band The Wallflowers who had the 1997 US No.3 album Bringing Down The Horse.

1978: Ariel Pink [Rosenberg], American hypnagogic pop and chillwave musician and songwriter (Before Today), born in Los Angeles, California.

1978: Erno "Emppu" Vuorinen, Finnish guitarist (Nightwish)

1986: American singer, songwriter, Solange Knowles (and younger sister of singer Beyonce). She had the 2016 US No.1 album A Seat at the Table.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe.


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This Day In The History Of Music for this Saturday.


1870: Richard Wagner's opera "Valkyrie", second in his Ring Cycle premieres in Munich, featuring "Ride of the Valkyries"

1912: Gustav Mahler's 9th Symphony premieres in Vienna.

1924: "Ziegfeld Follies of 1924", featuring Billie Burke and W.C. Fields, opens at the New Amsterdam Theatre, NYC.  

1955: Elvis Presley (with Scotty Moore and Bill Black) played the first of three nights at the Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. The local paper ran a preview which read; ‘A good looking youngster who has become a juke-box favorite with his That's Alright, Mama, and Blue Moon of Kentucky. Presley is expected to repeat some of his hit tunes at the Airmen's Club show in addition to mixing up a few country tunes with some "bop" and novelty numbers.’  

1961: Gary U.S. Bonds started a two-week run at No.1 on the US charts with 'Quarter To Three', a No.7 hit in the UK. Before Bonds recorded this, it was an instrumental by The Church Street Five called 'A Night With Daddy G.' Bond's manager added lyrics to it and had him record it. This is often covered by Bruce Springsteen who is a big fan. In 1981, Springsteen produced a successful comeback album for Bonds.  

1964: During a world tour, The Beatles played two shows at Town Hall, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand. The flight from Auckland to Dunedin was tense due to the receipt of an anonymous threat that a "germ bomb" had been placed on board the aircraft.  

1965: The Byrds went to No.1 on the US singles chart with their version of Bob Dylan's 'Mr. Tambourine Man'. Only Roger McGuinn from the band played on the song, the drummer Hal Blaine who played on the track also played on 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'.  

1966: "Time for Singing" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 41 performances.  

1966: During a North American tour, The Rolling Stones played two shows, a matinee show at The Coliseum in Washington DC and an evening show at The Baltimore Civic Centre in Maryland. The McCoys and The Standells were the support acts.   

1971: "Man of La Mancha" closes at ANTA Wash Sq Theater NYC after 2329 performances.  

1972: During sessions at Olympic Studios, London, England, David Bowie recorded 'John, I'm Only Dancing', with Mick Ronson on lead guitar and Lou Reed on rhythm guitar. The track which was released and became a hit single in the UK in September of this year was not released in America, being judged too risqué by RCA Records. The original video directed by Mick Rock, featuring androgynous dancers from Lindsay Kemp's mime troupe, was banned by the British music show Top Of The Pops.  

1973: Rolling Stone Keith Richards and his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg were arrested at their home in Chelsea, London on drugs and gun charges.  

1973: London production of musical "Grease" premieres.  

1974: Cher divorced Sonny Bono after 10 years of marriage. Four days later, Cher married guitarist Gregg Allman, the couple split 10 days after that, got back together, and split again. They did stay married for three years, producing Elijah Blue Allman.  

1976: TV talent show winners from Liverpool The Real Thing were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'You To Me Are Everything, the group's only No.1 hit. It was the first single by a Black British band to top the UK charts.  

1977: Elvis Presley sings in Indianapolis, this would be the last performance of his career.  

1979: Rocker Nigel Olsson runs a stop sign, accidentally crashes & kills a driver.  

1982: American singer and One Hit Wonder Charlene was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I've Never Been To Me. The song was recorded in 1976 and was reissued by Motown records in 1982 by which time Charlene had moved to England and was working in a sweet shop in Ilford, east London.  

1983: "Show Boat" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 73 performances.  

1984: Barbra Streisand records "Here We Are at Last"  

1988: Bros were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I Owe You Nothing. It was the only No.1 for the Boy band comprising of twins Luke & Matt Goss and Craig Logan.  

1991: "Getting Married" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 70 performances.  

1993: Gabrielle started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Dreams'. The single entered the British charts at No.2 which was the highest chart entry for a debut act. Jamiroquai started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Emergency On Planet Earth'.  

1994: "Broken Glass" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 73 performances.  

1994: "Medea" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 82 performances.  

2000: Britney Spears's hometown of Kentwood, Louisiana announced that a new museum, due to open early next year, would include a section including fan mail, platinum records, and genuine items of the singer's clothing.  

2001: The Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey caused an uproar among theologians after rejecting an application from a rock star for a degree course on religious grounds. Former Cockney Rebel member Andrew Brown who was now a minister of the Unitarian church wanted to complete a MA in theology but Carey had rejected his application because Brown did not belong to a mainstream church.  

2008: Total Guitar magazine voted Celine Dion’s rendition of the AC/DC track ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ as the world's worst cover version ever. In the best cover versions list, Jimi Hendrix was voted into first place with his version of the Bob Dylan song ‘All Along the Watchtower,’ The Beatles rendition of ‘Twist and Shout, (first recorded by the Top Notes), was in second place, followed by the Guns N' Roses version of the Wings song ‘Live and Let Die.    

2012: Hundreds of fans were set to miss The Stone Roses' reunion concerts in Manchester this weekend, after websites took their money, but failed to deliver tickets. Two sites, and, which had sold tickets had since disappeared. Several major tours had been targeted by ticket fraudsters in recent years, with fans of Take That, Bruce Springsteen, Rihanna, and Michael Buble among those who found themselves out of pocket.  

2013: Peter Ustinov's "The Moment of Truth" opens at Southwark Playhouse in London starring Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley)  

2013: Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens Arctic Monkeys, The Rolling Stones, and Mumford and Sons headline; other performers include Elvis Costello, Vampire Weekend, The Lumineers, Billy Bragg, Kenny Rogers, and Rufus Wainwright.  

2016: An electric guitar owned by Prince and a lock of David Bowie's hair sold at auction in the US for a total of more than $150,000 (£110,000). The Yellow Cloud guitar, said to be one of Prince's favorites, was bought for $137,500. Bowie's hair, which sold for $18,750, came from a former employee of Madame Tussauds in London who had used it to recreate the music icon's 1983 hairdo.  

2017: Former N-Dubz rapper Dappy was given a suspended jail sentence for arming himself with a butcher's knife during a row with his partner. The star, whose real name is Costas Contostavlos, admitted having the knife outside the home he shared with Imani Campbell. He was given nine months in jail suspended for two years.  

2019: Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: American rock band The Killers headline; Kylie Minogue plays the Pyramid stage 14 years after cancer forced her to cancel; other performers include Bastille, Hozier, and Mavis Staples.  

2020: American soul singer Tami Lynn died. She scored a Top Ten hit on the UK Singles Chart in 1971 with "I'm Gonna Run Away From You”. She sang on all Dr. John's albums as well-performing backing vocals on the Rolling Stones album Exile on Main St and worked with Wilson Pickett, Sonny & Cher, and Miles Davis.  

Born On This Day In The Music World:   

1582: Johannes Schultz, German composer, born in Lüneburg, Germany (d. 1653)  

1747: Leopold Koželuch, Czech composer, born in Velvary, Czech Republic (d. 1818)  

1749: Louis Joseph Claude Saint-Amans, French composer, born in Marseille, France (d. 1820)  

1823: Frederick Bowen Jewson, Scottish composer, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1891)  

1824: Moritz Fürstenau, German composer, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1889)  

1875: Camille Zeckwer, American composer, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1924)  

1878: Albert Siklós, Hungarian composer, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1942)  

1891: Heinrich Lemacher, German composer, born in Solingen, Dusseldorf, Germany (d. 1966)  

1893: "Big" Bill Broonzy, American blues singer and guitarist (Blues by Broonzy), born in Scott, Mississippi (d. 1958)  

1894: Bill Wirges, American orchestra leader (Growing Paynes), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1971)  

1901: William Busch, British composer, born in London (d. 1945)  

1902: Antonia Brico, Dutch-American conductor, and pianist, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1989) 

1902: Hugues Cuénod, Swiss tenor and musical educator, born in Corseaux-sur-Vevey, Switzerland (d. 2010)  

1910: Dutch-born American manager Colonel Tom Parker, who became Elvis Presley's manager. Before working in the music business Parker ran a troupe of dancing chickens. His exceptionally high earnings have led some to question whether it came to the detriment of his client. He died on January 21st, 1997 age 87 after he suffered a stroke.  

1914: Richard Maltby Sr., American musician and orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1991)  

1914: Wolfgang Windgassen, German operatic tenor (Stuttgart Opera), born in Annemasse, France (d. 1974) 

1920: June Preisser, American acrobatic dancer and actress (Babes in Arms, Strike Up the Band), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1984)  

1922: Frances Rafferty, American WWII pin-up girl, dancer, and actress (Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 2004)  

1924: Syd Lawrence, British bandleader (Syd Lawrence Orchestra), born in Wilmslow, Cheshire, England (d. 1998)  

1930: Peter Feuchtwanger, German piano teacher, musicologist, and composer (Studies in Eastern Idiom; Introduction and Ragas for 8 Violas and cello), born in Munich, Germany (d. 2016)  

1931: Lucien Goethals, Belgian composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 2006)  

1933: Claudio Abbado, Italian conductor (La Scala, 1969-86; London Symphony, 1979-87; Berlin Philharmonic, 1989-2002), born in Milan, Italy (d. 2014)  

1934: Luís Filipe Pires, Portuguese composer, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 2015)  

1934: Dave Grusin, American jazz pianist and Academy, and Grammy Award-winning composer specializing in film scores (The Milagro Beanfield War; Ishtar), born in Littleton, Colorado.  

1938: Billy Davis Jr, American pop singer (5th Dimension - "Up, Up And Away"), born in St Louis, Missouri.  

1940: American musician Billy Davis Jr, who had the 1977 US No.1 & UK No.7 single 'You Don't Have To Be A Star'. He is best known as a member of the 5th Dimension along with his wife, Marilyn McCoo.  

1942: Larry "The Mole" Taylor, American session (The Monkees) and touring rock and blues bass player (Canned Heat - "On the Road Again"; John Mayall; Tom Waits), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2019)  

1942: Gilberto Gil, Brazilian tropicália singer-songwriter, activist, and politician (Minister of Culture, 2003-08), born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.  

1943: Georgie Fame, UK singer, keyboards, (1965 UK No.1 single 'Yeh Yeh'. 1968 UK No.1 single 'The Ballad Of Bonnie and Clyde').  

1943: Allen Strange, an American composer (Electronic Music: Systems, Techniques, and Controls), born in Calexico, California.  

1945: Barry Schrader, American electronic music composer, born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  

1948: Richard McCracken, bassist from Irish rock and blues band Taste who had the 1970 UK No.18 album 'On The Boards'. Its founder was songwriter and musician Rory Gallagher.  

1950: Junior Daye, from British soul group Sweet Sensation who scored the 1974 UK No.1 and US No.14 single 'Sad Sweet Dreamer.  

1951: Rindy Ross, American rock vocalist and saxophonist (Quarterflash), born in Portland, Oregon.  

1951: Tony Currenti, Italian-Australian drummer (AC/DC), born in Fiumefreddo di Sicilia, Catania, Italy.  

1953: Ralph Ezell, American singer (Shenandoah - "Sunday in the South"), born in Union, Mississippi. 

1953: Robert Davi, American actor (Die Hard; License to Kill), director (The Dukes), and singer ("Davi Sings Sinatra"), born in Queens, New York.  

1955: Mick Jones, guitarist, singer with The Clash, who had the 1979 UK No. 11 single London Calling and the 1982 US No. 8 single 'Rock The Casbah. Their 1991 UK No.1 single 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go', was first released in 1982. And with Big Audio Dynamite had the 1986 UK No.11 single 'e=mc2'. Jones plays with Carbon/Silicon and also toured the world as part of the Gorillaz live band.  

1955: Ivan Julian, from American punk rock band Richard Hell And The Voidoids. Their 1977 album Blank Generation features the track 'Love Comes In Spurts'.  

1956: American rock musician and occasional actor Chris Isaak, who scored the 1990 UK No.10 & 1991 US No.6 single 'Wicked Game'. Film director David Lynch has used his music in numerous films and gave him a large role in the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.  

1957: Patty Smyth, American rock vocalist (Scandal - "Warrior"), born in NYC, New York.  

1960: Zachary Breaux, American jazz guitarist, born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 1997)  

1961: Terri Nunn, singer from American new wave band Berlin, scored the 1986 UK & US No.1 single 'Take My Breath Away which was featured in the 1986 film Top Gun.  

1963: Harriet Wheeler, singer, songwriter with English alternative rock band The Sundays. Their first album, Reading, Writing and Arithmetic, was released in 1990 and was a UK Top 5 hit along with the single 'Here's Where the Story Ends.  

1966: Par Wiksten, guitar, vocals, with alternative Swedish rock band The Wannadies who had the 1996 UK No. 18 single, 'You And Me Song'.  

1969: Colin Greenwood, bass, Radiohead. Their 1993 debut single 'Creep' was initially unsuccessful, but it became a worldwide hit several months after the release of their debut album, 'Pablo Honey'. Their 1997 album OK Computer appeared in many 1997 critics' lists and listener polls for best album of the year.  

1969: Mark Decloedt drummer from British dance music/rock band EMF who had the 1990 UK No.3 & US No.1 single 'Unbelievable'. Their debut album, Schubert Dip, went to No.3 on the UK albums chart.  

1970: Irv Gotti [Irving Domingo Lorenzo, Jr.], American record producer, born in Queens, New York.  

1972: Garou [Pierre Garand], Canadian singer (La Rivière de notre enfance), born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.  

1973: Female US country singer, Gretchen Wilson, who had the 2004 US country No.1 album 'Here For The Party', and the 2005 US No.1 album 'All Jacked Up'.  

1973: Paweł Małaszyński, Polish actor and band leader (Cochise), born in Szczecinek, Poland.  

1973: Amen [Jussi Antero Sydänmaa], Finnish musician (Lordi), born in Espoo, Finland.  

1974: Jeff Frankenstein, American musician (Newsboys), born in Detroit, Michigan.  

1974: Nicole Saba, Lebanese singer (The 4 Cats), born in Beirut, Lebanon.  

1978: Alex Dana, French singer (L5's singer), born in Marseille, France.  

1979: Ryan Tedder, US singer, songwriter with OneRepublic who had the 2013 UK No.1 hit 'Counting Stars. As a songwriter and producer Tedder has worked with Madonna, U2, Adele, Beyoncé, Maroon 5, Ellie Goulding, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Lopez, Leona Lewis, One Direction, James Blunt, Taylor Swift, Gwen Stefani, and many others.  

1979: Nathan Followill, the drummer from American rock band Kings of Leon who had the 2007 UK No.1 album Because Of The Times, and the 2008 UK No.1 single ‘Sex on Fire’. The band has sold over 21 million albums worldwide and 38 million singles.  

1980: Sinik [Thomas Idir], French singer and rapper (Six o Nine (6-0-9)), born in Paris.  

1986: Casey Desmond, American pop singer, born in Boston, Massachusetts.  

1993: Ariana Grande, American singer, songwriter, and actress. Grande's second studio album, My Everything (2014), reached No.1 in the US, and contained the hit singles 'Problem' and 'Break Free.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe


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This Day In The History Of Music for this Sunday. 


1947: Jim Fuller, American "Godfather of the surf guitar" and songwriter (The Safaris - "Wipe Out"), born in California (d. 2017)

1950: "Liar" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 12 performances.

1959: "West Side Story" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 734 performances.

1964: "Sie Liebt Dich (She Loves You)" by Die Beatles peaks at #97.

1964: Peter Asher and Gordon went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the John Lennon and Paul McCartney song 'A World Without Love', also a No.1 in the UK. Peter Asher went on to become James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt's manager.

1964: The Rolling Stones appeared as the entire panel on the UK TV show 'Juke Box Dury'. The music panel show ran on the BBC between 1 June 1959 and December 1967 attracting 12 million viewers weekly on Saturday nights.  

1966: The Mothers of Invention released their debut studio album Freak Out! on Verve Records. Often cited as one of rock music's first concept albums, the album is a satirical expression of frontman Frank Zappa's perception of American pop culture and the nascent freak scene of Los Angeles. It was also one of the earliest double albums in rock music.  

1967: Mick Jagger was found guilty of illegal possession of two drugs found in his jacket at a party given by Keith Richards. He was remanded overnight at Lewes jail, England (prison number 7856). Jagger requested books on Tibet and modern art and two packs of Benson & Hedges cigarettes.  

1968: Elvis Presley appeared on an NBC TV show that was billed as his "comeback special". The show featured the king performing on a small, square stage, surrounded by a mostly female audience. Presley was outfitted in black leather and performed many of his early hits.  

1969: Denver Pop Festival opens; 50,000 attend; Frank Zappa, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Jimi Hendrix headline; other performers include Three Dog Night, Tim Buckley, Big Mama Thornton, Johnny Winter, Joe Cocker, and Poco.  

1970: The newly formed Queen featuring Freddie Mercury (possibly still known as Freddie Bulsara) on vocals, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and Mike Grose on bass played their first gig at Truro City Hall, Cornwall, England. They were billed as Smile, Brian and Roger's previous band, for whom the booking had been made originally. Original material at this time included an early version of 'Stone Cold Crazy.  

1970: Led Zeppelin The 3-day Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music in Bath, England took place. The line-up included, Santana, The Flock, Led Zeppelin (headlining act), Hot Tuna, Country Joe McDonald, Colosseum, Jefferson Airplane (set aborted), The Byrds (acoustic set), Dr. John, Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention, Canned Heat, It's a Beautiful Day, Steppenwolf, Johnny Winter, John Mayall with Peter Green, Pink Floyd, (who premiered their new suite, "Atom Heart Mother", which at that time was announced as the "Amazing Pudding"), Pentangle, Fairport Convention, and Keef Hartley.  

1970: The 3-day Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music in Bath, England took place. The line-up included, Santana, The Flock, Led Zeppelin (headlining act), Hot Tuna, Country Joe McDonald, Colosseum, Jefferson Airplane (set aborted), The Byrds (acoustic set), Dr. John, Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention, Canned Heat, It's a Beautiful Day, Steppenwolf, Johnny Winter, John Mayall with Peter Green, Pink Floyd, (who premiered their new suite, "Atom Heart Mother", which at that time was announced as the "Amazing Pudding"), Pentangle, Fairport Convention, and Keef Hartley.  

1970: The Jackson Five started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'The Love You Save', the group's third No.1 of the year, it made No.7 in the UK.  

1970: The Trans-Continental Pop Festival (better known as The Festival Express) set off. The tour was unique in that rather than flying to each city, most of the acts traveled on a chartered CN train. Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers, and Buddy Guy Blues Band all traveled together on the train playing shows in Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, and Calgary.  

1971: "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" closes at Golden NYC after 31 performances.  

1976: "Pacific Overtures" closes at Winter Garden NYC after 193 performances.  

1980: Led Zeppelin appeared at Messehalle, Nuremberg, Germany during their last ever tour. After the group had played just three songs, drummer John Bonham collapsed on stage, causing the remainder of the show to be canceled.  

1981: Michael Jackson had his first solo UK No.1 with 'One Day In Your Life' a song recorded by Jackson for his 1975 album, Forever, Michael.  

1981: Motorhead scored their only UK No.1 album with 'No Sleep Til Hammersmith. The live album was recorded at Leeds and Newcastle shows during their Short, Sharp Pain In The Neck tour in 1981. The name of the tour was a reference to the injury sustained by Phil Taylor when he was dropped on his head during some after-show horseplay. Despite the title of the album, the London venue the Hammersmith Odeon was not played on the tour.  

1982: "Dancin'" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 1,774 performances.  

1987: Whitney Houston became the first woman in US history to enter the album chart at No.1 with 'Whitney' she also became the first woman to top the singles chart with four consecutive releases when 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody' hit No.1.  

1988: The Fat Boys filed a $5 million (£2.94 million) lawsuit against The Miller Beer Company following a TV commercial featuring three overweight rappers clad in Fat Boys-style Davy Crockett hats.  

1992: Michael Jackson played the first night on his Dangerous World Tour in Munich, Germany. The tour consisted of 69 concerts to approximately 3.9 million fans across three continents. All profits made from the tour were donated to various charities including the Heal the World Foundation, Jackson's main reason for conducting the tour.  

1992: "57 Channels (And Nothin' On)" by Bruce Springsteen peaks at #68.  

1993: "Falsettos" closes at John Golden Theater NYC after 487 performances.  

1994: Spalding Gray's one-man show "Gray's Anatomy" closes at Beaumont Theater, NYC, after 8 performances.  

1994: Aerosmith became the first major band to let fans download a full new track free from the internet.  

1997: Sheryl Crow, Radiohead, Cast, The Bluetones, Manson, The Chemical Brothers, Ash, The Seahorses, Smashing Pumpkins, The Prodigy, Beck, Sheryl Crow, Sting, Dodgy, Travis, Ray Davies, Kula Shaker, Steve Winwood all appeared at the 3-day Glastonbury Festival.  

1997: Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: The Prodigy and Radiohead headline; other performers include Smashing Pumpkins, Ray Davies, Van Morrison, Sting, Beck, Phish, and Nancy Griffiths.  

1998: Walk of Fame, Anne Murray, Gordon Lightfoot, and Bryan Adams each officially received a granite star on Canada's Walk of Fame, on King Street in Toronto. They were the first three pop artists to be honored by the newly recognized group of Canadian stars.  

1999: Brian O'Hara, singer, and guitarist with The Fourmost hung himself aged 56. The Liverpool group who was managed by Brian Epstein had the 1964 UK No.6 single 'A Little Loving'.  

2002: One day before the scheduled first show of The Who's 2002 US tour, bass player John Entwistle, died aged 57 in his hotel room at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Entwistle had gone to bed that night with a stripper, who woke at 10 am to find Entwistle cold and unresponsive. The Las Vegas medical examiner determined that death was due to a heart attack induced by an undetermined amount of cocaine.  

2003: Rapper Mystikal pleaded guilty to charges that he forced his hairstylist to perform sex acts on him and two bodyguards. Mystikal, (real name Michael Tyler), had been charged with aggravated rape. He agreed to plead guilty and was sentenced to five years' probation.  

2003: Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Radiohead, Moby, and R.E.M. headline; other performers include David Gray, The Polyphonic Spree; Jimmy Cliff, Sigur Rós, Los Lobos, and Yes.  

2004: Beastie Boys were at No.1 on the US album chart with 'To The 5 Boroughs' the rappers fourth US No.1. Mike Skinner scored his first UK No.1 album when The Streets album 'A Grand Don't Come For Free' went to the top of the charts.  

2005: "Bad Day" single is released by Daniel Powter, 1st song to sell 2 million digital copies in the US (Billboard Song of the Year 2006)  

2009: Black Eyed Peas went to No.1 on the US album charts with ‘The E.N.D.’ the group’s fifth studio album. The album's lead single, 'Boom Boom Pow' topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 consecutive weeks, the second single, 'I Gotta Feeling' replaced 'Boom' and spent 14 weeks at No.1. giving the group 26 consecutive weeks at the top of the charts.  

2012: The chief medical officer of Russia said that The Beatles were to blame for the country's drug problem. Yevgeny Bryan, the nation's medical chief, said that the country's youth first got introduced to the idea of drug-taking when The Beatles traveled to India to "expand their minds". Bryan added that it was after this news entered public consciousness that people in Russia realized they could make money from the sale of drugs. When business then realized it was possible to make money from this, goods associated with pleasure, that was when the growth in the demand for drugs started."  

2015: Chris Squire, the bass guitarist, and co-founder of 1970s British progressive rock band Yes, died at the age of 67 after battling leukemia. He was the only member to appear on each of their 21 studio albums, released from 1969 to 2014.

2016: Mack Rice, the composer who wrote 'Mustang Sally' died in Detroit at the age of 82. Rice originally recorded 'Mustang Sally himself in 1965, but the song was not initially a hit. It became a chart success two years later, after Rice's former Falcons bandmate Wilson Pickett asked if he could record it. Rice was also known for co-writing one of the Staple Singers' biggest hits, 'Respect Yourself'. 

2020: American guitarist Pete Carr died at age 70. He was the lead guitarist for the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and recorded extensively at FAME Recording Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama. He recorded with Joan Baez, Bob Seger, Joe Cocker, Boz Scaggs, Paul Simon, The Staple Singers, Rod Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Wilson Pickett, Hank Williams, Jr., among many others.  

Born On This Day In The Music World:  

1718: Wenzel Raimund Pirck, composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1763)

1745: Johann Nepomuk Went, Bohemian composer, born in Vinařice, Czech Republic (d. 1801)  

1789: Philipp Friedrich Silcher, German composer, born in Weinstadt, Germany (d. 1860)  

1805: Stephen Elvey, English composer, born in Canterbury, Kent, England (d. 1860)  

1806: Napoléon Coste, French guitarist and composer, born in Besançon, France (d. 1883)  

1812: John Pike Hullah, English composer, born in Worcester (d. 1884)  

1819: Carl Albert Löschhorn, German composer, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1905)  

1821: August Conradi, German organist, and composer, born in Berlin (d. 1873)  

1833: Władysław Zaremba, Ukrainian composer, born in Dunajowce, Ukraine (d. 1902)  

1850: Jacob Adolf Hägg, Swedish composer, born in Östergarn, Sweden (d. 1928)  

1859: Mildred J. Hill, American composer and musician ("Happy Birthday To You"), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1916)  

1862: May Irwin, Canadian comedienne and singer ("Hot Time in the Old Town"), born in Whitby, Ontario, Canada (d. 1938)  

1885: Artúr Harmat, Hungarian composer, born in Bojná, Hungary (d. 1962)  

1898: Tibor Harsányi, Hungarian composer, born in Magyarkanizsa, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1954)  

1908: Hans de Jong, musician and conductor (De Damrakkertjes) (d. 1994)  

1910: Karel Reiner, Czech composer, born in Žatec, Bohemia (d. 1979)  

1910: Lester "Shad" Collins, American jazz trumpet player, composer, and arranger (Chick Webb; Lester Young: Cab Calloway), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1978)

1911: V. K. Narayana Menon, Indian classical dance scholar, born in Kerala, India (d. 1997)

1915: Hendrik W van Leeuwen, Dutch musician (d. 1995)

1916: Hallvard Olav Johnsen, Norwegian composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 2003)

1916: Robert Normann, Norwegian jazz guitar pioneer, accordionist, and composer, born in Borge, Østfold, Norway (d. 1998)

1922: George Theophilus Walker, African-American pianist, composer, and teacher (Lilacs; In Praise Of Folly), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2018)

1923: Elmo Hope, American bebop jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, born in New York City (d. 1967)

1925: Doc Pomus [Jerome Solon Felder], American blues singer and songwriter ("Save the Last Dance For Me"; "His Latest Flame"; "Viva Las Vegas"), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1991)

1927: Johnny "Big Moose" Walker, American electric and Chicago blues pianist, organist, and bass guitar player Muddy Waters; Junior Wells; Elmore James), born in Stoneville, Mississippi (d. 1999)

1931: Alojz Srebotnjak, Slovenian composer, born in Postojna, Slovenia (d. 2010)

1931: Ryszard Kwiatkowski, Polish composer (Polyphonic Music), born in Jaranów, Włocławek, Poland (d. 1993)

1932: Hugh Wood, British composer, born in Parbold, Lancashire.

1932: Anna Moffo, American soprano (Adventurers), born in Wayne, Pennsylvania (d. 2006)

1932: Magali Noël [Guiffray], French actress and singer, born in Izmir, Turkey (d. 2015)

1935: American songwriter and Blues singer Doc Pomus. He is best known as the lyricist of many rock and roll hits with Mort Shuman including, ‘A Teenager in Love’, ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’, ‘Sweets For My Sweet’, ‘Can't Get Used to Losing You’, ‘Little Sister’, ‘Suspicion’, ‘Surrender’ and ‘Viva Las Vegas.’He died from lung cancer aged 65 on March 14th, 1991.  

1938: Tommy Cannon [Derbyshire], English comedian and singer ("Cannon and Ball"), born in Oldham, Lancashire, England.  

1939: R. D. Burman, Indian film score composer (1942: A Love Story), born in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 1994)  

1942: Bruce Johnston [Benjamin Baldwin], American singer (The Beach Boys), songwriter ("I Write The Songs"), and record producer, born in Peoria, Illinois.  

1942: Frank Mills, Canadian pianist, composer, and arranger (Music Box Dancer), born in Montreal, Quebec.    

1942: John Howard McGuire, American composer, born in Artesia, California.  

1945: American drummer Joey Covington, best known for his involvement with Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, and Jefferson Starship. Covington died in an automobile accident in Palm Springs, California, on June 4, 2013.   

1945: Joel Revzen, an American opera conductor and pianist, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2020)  

1946: Daria Semegen, American composer, born in Bamberg, Germany.  

1946: Janice Giteck, American composer (Thunder; Like a White Bear Dancing), born in New York.  

1947: American guitarist Jim Fuller from The Surfaris who had the 1963 US No.2 & UK No.3 single 'Wipe Out'. Fuller was known as the "Godfather" of surf music, Californian instrumental music and with his Fender guitar contributed to the popularity of Leo Fender's instruments. Fuller died on 3 March 2017 aged 69.  

1948: Camile Baudoin, American musician, born in New Orleans, Louisiana.  

1951:English drummer Gilson Lavis has worked with Chuck Berry, Jools Holland, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Dolly Parton. He was working in a brickyard when he noticed the advertisement in Melody Maker for Squeeze who he joined in the seventies.  

1955: Sam Tshabalala, South African guitarist, and composer (The Malopoets; Sabeka), born in South Africa.  

1958: Lisa Germano, American singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, 1994 album ‘Geek the Girl.’ Also worked with John Mellencamp, Simple Minds, David Bowie, Neil Finn, Sheryl Crow, Iggy Pop, Jewel, and Eels. 

1958: Jeffrey Lee Pierce, American singer, songwriter, and guitarist and founding member, and guitarist with The Gun Club. Pierce died from a blood clot on his brain on 31st March 1996 aged 37.  

1959: Lorrie Morgan, American country singer (Out of Your Shoes), born in Nashville, Tennessee.  

1959: Khadja Nin, Burundian singer (Sambolera), born in Burundi.  

1962: Michael Ball, UK singer, radio presenter, actor. He had the 1989 UK No.2 single 'Love Changes Everything'. In April 2020, Ball & Captain Tom Moore scored a UK No.1 with their version of "You'll Never Walk Alone" raising money for charity during the COVID-19 pandemic. This made Moore – six days short of his one-hundredth birthday – the oldest person to achieve a No.1 (he was at the top of the charts on his 100th birthday), beating the previous record-holder Tom Jones.  

1964: James Sanders, American classical, and jazz violinist, and educator, born in Chicago, Illinois.  

1964: Michel Bénébig, New Caledonian jazz Hammond B3 organ, and accordion player, born in Nouméa City, New Calédonia.  

1970: Laurence Colbert, drums, Ride, (1992 UK No.9 single 'Leave Them All Behind').  

1976: Leigh Nash, singer, Sixpence None The Richer, (1999 UK No.4 single, 'Kiss Me, 1999 US No.8 single 'There She Goes').  

1978: Lolly [Anna Shantha Kumble], British singer (Viva la Radio), born in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, England  

1979: John Warne, American musician (Relient K; Ace Troubleshooter), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  

1979: Benjamin Speed, Australian musician and film composer (52 Tuesdays), born in Adelaide, Australia.  

1983: Evan David Taubenfeld, guitarist and singer with Avril Lavigne and The Black List Club.  

1983: Alsou, Russian singer (Solo), born in Bugulma, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union.  

1985: Coby Linder, American pop-punk drummer (Say Anything), born in Santa Monica, California.

1986: Drake Bell, American actor (Drake and Josh), musician ("Terrific"), and convict, born in Newport. Beach, California 1990: Aselin Debison, Canadian pop, country, and Celtic singer (Bigger Than Me), born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 


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Welcome to another Monday, and another This Day In The History Of Music. Have a great Monday.


1846: Saxophone is patented by Antoine-Joseph "Adolphe" Sax.

1928: Louis Armstrong makes 78 recordings of "West End Blues".

1947: "Temptation" (Tim-Tayshaun) by Red Ingle with Jo Stafford hits #1.

1950: "Michael Todd's Peep Show" opens at Winter Garden NYC for 278 performances.

1959: Bobby Darin was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Dream Lover'. The American singers first UK No.1 which featured Neil Sedaka on piano also reached No.2 on the US chart. 1967 George Harrison: is fined £6 for speeding.

1968: Pink Floyd released their second album A Saucerful Of Secrets in the UK. It is both the last Pink Floyd album on which Syd Barrett would appear and the only studio album to which all five band members contributed. The album sleeve was designed by Hipgnosis, a new company formed by the band's friends Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey 'Po' Powell, who was paid £110 for their efforts.  

1968: Working at Abbey Road studios The Beatles recorded ‘Good Night’, John Lennon’s lullaby for his 5-year-old son Julian with Ringo singing the lead vocal. The track appeared on The White Album.  

1969: Henry Mancini started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Love Theme from Romeo And Juliet'. The film's love theme was used as the backing for "Our Tune" by DJ Simon Bates on his BBC Radio 1 show.  

1969: Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, The Nice, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Ten Years After, Taste, The Liverpool Scene, and Chicken Shack all appeared at The Bath Festival of Blues in England, with DJ John Peel. Tickets cost 18/6. The festival proved very popular, selling out all 30,000 tickets in the first week, surprising both the townsfolk and the promoters. The only major problem occurred when Nice's use of bagpipers caused the stage to collapse.  

1975: The Eagles started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with their fourth studio album 'One Of These Nights. The album which became their breakthrough album released three US Top 10 singles, 'Lyin' Eyes', (which won a Grammy), 'Take It To The Limit', and the title track.  

1975: Wings went to No.1 on the UK chart with their fourth album 'Venus And Mars'. The follow-up to Band On The Run featured the US No.1 single 'Listen What The Man Said'.  

1975: American singer-songwriter Tim Buckley completed the last show of a tour in Dallas, Texas, playing to a sold-out crowd of 1,800 people. This was Buckley's last ever show, he died the following day of a heroin and morphine overdose aged 28.  

1978: UNICEF chooses rock group Kansas as ambassadors of goodwill.  

1980: Paul McCartney single 'Coming Up' became one of the few 'live' recordings to reach the top of Billboard's Hot 100. American disc jockeys preferred it to the studio version on the flip side of the record.  

1981: "Piaf" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 165 performances.  

1985: Sister Sledge was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Frankie', the sisters only UK No.1. Nile Rodgers from Chic produced the hit for the soul trio from Philadelphia.  

1986: Wham! was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their fourth and final UK No.1 'The Edge Of Heaven'. Also on this day Wham! played their farewell concert in front of 80,000 in London.  

1987: "Dreamgirls" opens at Ambassador Theater NYC for 177 performances.  

1992: "Chinese Coffee" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 18 performances.  

1997: "Master Class" closes at Golden Theater NYC after 601 performances.  

1997: Kandor and Ebb's musical "Steel Pier" closes at Richard Rodgers Theater, NYC after 76 performances.  

1997: Pink Floyd album The Dark Side Of The Moon spent its 1056th week on the US album chart. It was rumored at the time that if the album was played while watching The Wizard of Oz movie, and started exactly when the MGM lion roared the third time during the movie's intro, very interesting connections could be made between the two.  

1997: Puff Daddy and Faith Evans started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I'll Be Missing You'. Released in memory of fellow Bad Boy Records artist Notorious B.I.G. who was murdered on March 9, 1997. The song sampled the melody of The Police hit 'Every Breath You Take'.  

1997: Radiohead went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their third album OK Computer. The British group's first self-produced album later appeared in many critics' lists and listener polls for best album of the year and also won a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Performance.  

2002: Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Coldplay, and Rod Stewart headline; other performers include Roger Waters, Isaac Hayes, Ani DiFranco, The Charleston, and The White Stripes.  

2007: The Spice Girls confirmed they would reform for a world tour to take place in December 2007 and January 2008 with the original line-up who had not performed on stage since Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell quit in May 1998. The 11 dates announced included a London show on 15 December, eight days after the first date in Los Angeles. Other dates included Cologne, Madrid Beijing, Hong Kong, Sydney, and Cape Town. The tour was being put together by Simon Fuller, whose 19 companies masterminded the group's global success more than a decade ago.  

2007: Benno Goldewijk, from Holland, and Spaniard Alfredo Pecina Matias were killed and two other men were injured during an accident dismantling the stage after a Rolling Stones concert in Madrid. Three of the workers fell 10m (33ft) from a metal structure and landed on a fourth. The Stones were currently on the European leg of their A Bigger Bang world tour.  

2012: Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe was arrested before the band's scheduled show at Prague's Hard Rock Cage and charged with manslaughter. The incident from which Blythe was charged reportedly took place in 2010 at the band's show at Club Abaton, in Prague. According to reports, a fan jumped up on the stage where a tussle ensued in which the fan was injured. The fan later died, reportedly as a result of those injuries.  

2013: Coldplay's 2011 headline appearance on the Glastonbury Pyramid Stage was voted the top Glastonbury moment by BBC Radio listeners. Radiohead and Blur's 2009 Pyramid Stage appearances polled second and third respectively, with Bruce Springsteen's performance of Thunder Road in 2009 coming forth.  

2016: Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley's longtime guitarist died at his home in Nashville, aged 84. Moore had been in poor health in recent months. He formed the Starlite Wranglers with bassist Bill Black and in 1954, Sun Records impresario Sam Phillips paired Moore with a teenaged Elvis Presley. Together, along with Black, they recorded Presley's first single, 'That's All Right (Mama).' The recording session was only meant to be an audition; instead, the trio made music history.  

2019: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne ordered Donald Trump not to use the star’s music for his political campaign. The US president, who was running for re-election in 2020, used Ozzy's 1980 hit Crazy Train in a video mocking his Democratic rivals. Sharon Osbourne suggested Mr. Trump could ask some of his prominent supporters such as Kanye West, Kid Rock, and Ted Nugent to supply him with music for his campaign.  

Born On This Day In The Music World:  

1547: Cristofano Malvezzi, Italian composer, born in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy (d. 1599)  

1586: Paul Siefert, German composer and organist, born in Danzig (d. 1666)  

1734: Jean-Jacques Beauvarlet-Charpentier, French composer, born in Abbeville, Hauts-de-France, France (d. 1794)  

1831: Joseph Joachim, German violinist (Hungarian Concerto), born in Köpcsény, Mason County, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1907)  

1847: Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsson, Icelandic composer (Lofsöngur - National Anthem of Iceland), born in Seltjarnarnes, Iceland (d. 1927)  

1852: Hans Huber, Swiss composer, born in Eppenberg-Wöschnau (d. 1921)  

1853: Edwin Arthur Jones, American composer (Song of our Saviour), born in Stoughton, Massachusetts (d. 1911)  

1874: Oley Speaks, American composer (On the Road to Mandalay), born in Canal Winchester, Ohio (d. 1948) 

1879: Sigurd von Koch, Swedish composer, born in Ägnö, Stockholm archipelago, Sweden (d. 1919)  

1885: Giuseppe Mulè, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1951) 

1887: Boleslav Vomáček, Czech composer, born in Mladá Boleslav Austria-Hungary (d. 1965)  

1893: Luciano Gallet, Brazilian composer, born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 1931)  

1893: Nils Björkander, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1972)  

1895: Kazimierz Sikorski, Polish composer, born in Zurich, Switzerland (d. 1986)  

1902: Richard Rodgers, American composer (Rodgers & Hammerstein), born in NYC, New York (d. 1979)  

1904: Włodzimierz Poźniak, Polish composer, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1967)  

1906: Safford Cape, American-Belgian conductor, composer, and music historian, born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1973)  

1909: Arnold Shaw, American writer on popular music and composer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1989)  

1912: Sergiu Celibidache, Romanian conductor, composer, educator (Munich Philharmonic 1979-1996), born in Roman, Moldavia, Romania (d. 1996)  

1913: George Walter Selwyn Lloyd, English composer (The Serf, John Socman), born in St. Ives, Cornwall, England (d. 1998)  

1915: David "Honeyboy" Edwards, American delta blues guitarist, born in Shaw, Mississippi (d. 2011)  

1917: Willem "Wim" Sonneveld, Dutch singer considered one of the 'Great Three' of Dutch cabaret (My Fair Lady), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1974)  

1926: Robert Shelton [Shapiro], music and film critic, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1995)  

1928: Andrew Gordon Speedie-Pask, English cybernetician stage producer and lyricist, born in Derby (d. 1996)  

1929: Helena van Heerden, South African pianist.  

1930: Nikolai Nikolayevich Karetnikov, Russian composer, born in Moscow (d. 1994)  

1933: Gunnar Reynir Sveinsson, composer, born in Reykjavík, Iceland.  

1936: Peter Hall, British folklorist and musician, born in London (d. 1996)  

1943: Bobby Harrison, drummer with Procol Harum, who had the 1967 UK No.1 & US No.5 single 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' (one of the few singles to have sold over 10 million copies) and scored the hits 'Homburg', 'Conquistador'.  

1945: David Knights, bassist, Procol Harum, 1967 UK No.1 & US No.5 single 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' (one of the few singles to have sold over 10 million copies) and scored the hits 'Homburg', 'Conquistador'. He played on Procol Harum's first three albums.  

1946: Robert Xavier Rodriguez, American classical composer, born in San Antonio, Texas.  

1951: David “Frankie” Toler, American drummer and percussionist (Allman Brothers), born in Connersville, Indiana, USA), (d. 2011)  

1952: American pianist Alan Pasqua was a founding member of the 1980s hard rock band, Giant. As a session musician, he has toured and recorded with Bob Dylan, Cher, Michael Bublé, Eddie Money, Allan Holdsworth, Joe Walsh, Pat Benatar, Rick Springfield, Juice Newton, Prism, and Santana.  

1954: Ava Barber, American country singer (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Knoxville, Tennessee.  

1955: Thomas Hampson, American lyric baritone, born in Elkhart, Indiana.  

1959: Clint Boon, keyboards, from English alternative rock band Inspiral Carpets who had the 1990 UK No.14 single 'This Is How It Feels'. Formed The Clint Boon Experience and also works as a radio and TV presenter.  

1963: Charles Clouser, keyboards, drums, and engineer. Once a member of Nine Inch Nails (1994-2000) Worked with Deftones, White Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Killing Joke, and Type O Negative.  

1963: Andy Cousin, bassist from All About Eve who had the 1988 UK No.10 single 'Martha's Harbour'. Cousin has also worked with The Mission and The Lucy Nation and now works as a radio presenter.  

1965: Saul Davies, guitar, violin, from English rock band James who scored the 1991 UK No.2 single 'Sit Down' and the hits 'Laid' and 'Come Home.  

1966: Bobby Bare Jr. American singer-songwriter, (the son of country musician Bobby Bare, Sr.). In 1974, when Bobby was only eight, he and his father were both nominated for a Grammy for the song 'Daddy What If', which was written by Shel Silverstein.  

1968: Chayanne [Elmer Figueroa Arce], Puerto Rican singer, born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico.  

1971: Ray Slijngaard, vocals, 2 Unlimited, (1993 UK No.1 single 'No Limit').  

1974: Siphiwo Ntshebe, South African operatic tenor, born Port Elizabeth, South Africa (d. 2010)  

1975: Jon Nödtveidt, Swedish musician (Dissection), born in Strömstad, Sweden (d. 2006)  

1977: Harun Tekin, Turkish musician (Mor ve Ötesi), born in Ankara, Turkey.  

1977: American musician and songwriter Mark Stoermer, bassist from The Killers, scored the 2005 UK No.1 with their debut album Hot Fuss. Their 2017 album Wonderful Wonderful peaked at No.1 on the US & UK charts.  

1981: Michael Crafter, Australian musician (I Killed The Prom Queen), born in Perth, Australia.  

1986: Kellie Pickler, American country music artist, and television personality. Her debut album, Small Town Girl, has sold over 900,000 copies.  

1988: Lacey Schwimmer, American dancer (So You Think You Can Dance), born in Redland, California.  

1989: Lucy Rose, English singer-songwriter. Her debut album, Like I Used To peak at No.13 on the UK album chart.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 


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This Day In The History Of Music for this Tuesday. Have a great Tuesday.


1888: First (known) recording of classical music made, Handel's Israel in Egypt on wax cylinder.

1936: George M. Cohan is the first artist to be presented with a US Congressional Gold Medal, by Franklin D. Roosevelt (for raising war morale)

1946: "Are You with It?" closes at Century Theater NYC after 264 performances.

1946: "Billion Dollar Baby" closes at Alvin Theater NYC after 219 performances.

1961: Del Shannon was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Runaway.' His only UK No.1 and the first of 14 UK Top 40 hits.

1963: "Little Me" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 257 performances.

1963: Beatles' 1st song "From Me to You" hits UK charts.

1964: Touring Australia The Beatles played two shows at the Festival Hall, Brisbane. Over 8,000 fans had waited until after midnight to greet the group as they landed at Brisbane Airport.

1967: Rolling Stone Keith Richards was found guilty of allowing his house to be used for the illegal smoking of cannabis. He was sentenced to one year in jail and a £500 ($850) fine, (prison number 5855). Mick Jagger was also fined £100 ($170) and given three months in jail on drug charges. Jagger and Richards were both released and granted bail of £7,000 the following day.

1968: "Tip-Toe Thru The Tulips With Me" by Tiny Tim peaks at #17.

1968: The Small Faces started a six-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with Ogden's Nut Gone Flake. A concept album with a round cover designed to look like a tobacco tin. The album featured the hit 'Lazy Sunday.'

1969: American soul singer Shorty Long drowned aged 29 after his boat capsized on the Detroit River in Michigan. Had the 1968 US No.8 single 'Here Comes The Judge.' He acted as an MC for many of the Motown Revue shows and tours.

1971: Rolling Stones Mick Jagger & Keith Richards sentenced on a drug offense.

1975: American singer-songwriter Tim Buckley died of an overdose of heroin and morphine aged 28. Released nine albums including the 1972 release 'Greetings from L.A.' Buckley is the father of singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley.

1979: American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, Lowell George died of a heart attack. The Little Feat frontman was found dead at the Key Bridge Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. George joined Zappa's Mothers of Invention as a rhythm guitarist in 1968, played guitar on John Cale's 1973 album Paris 1919, Harry Nilsson's Son of Schmilsson album, and Jackson Browne's The Pretender.

1980: "Sweeney Todd" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 557 performances.

1984: Bruce Springsteen kicked off the first leg of his Born in the USA Tour with a three-night run at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Springsteen would play a total of 156 shows ending on October 2, 1985, in Los Angeles.

1985: David Bowie and Mick Jagger recorded a version of the Martha Reeves and the Vandellas 1964 hit 'Dancing In The Street' for the forthcoming Live Aid fundraising event. The single went on to become a No.1 UK hit. The original plan was to perform a track together live, with Bowie performing in London, and Jagger in New York, until it was realized that the satellite link-up would cause a half-second delay that would make this impossible unless either Bowie or Jagger mimed their contribution, something neither artist was willing to do.

1985: John Lennon's 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V limousine, with psychedelic paintwork, sold for a record sum of $3,006,385, (£1,768,462) at a Sotheby's auction in New York.

1988: Brenda Richie, the wife of Lionel Richie was arrested in Beverly Hills, California after allegedly hitting the singer and a young woman after she found them in bed together. She was released on $5,000 bail and charges against her were eventually dropped.

1991: "Jackie Mason - Brand New" closes at Neil Simon NYC after 216 performances.

1991: Jason Donovan had his third UK No.1 single with 'Any Dream Will Do' a song written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice for the 1968 musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Donovan was playing the lead role in a new London production of the musical.

1992: "Salome" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 9 performances.

1994: Oasis made their debut on BBC TV's Top Of The Pops performing their new single 'Shakermaker'.

1997: "American Daughter" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 88 performances.

1997: "London Assurance" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 72 performances.

2000: Eminem's mother goes to court claiming defamation of character in a $10 million civil suit, after taking exception to the line "My mother smokes more dope than I do" from her son's single 'My Name Is'

2002: American singer and actress Rosemary Clooney died of lung cancer. Had the 1954 UK No.1 single 'This Ole House' appeared in the 1954 movie White Christmas with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. Her nephew, George Clooney was a pallbearer at her funeral.

2003: Destiny's Child singer Beyonce started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Dangerously In Love', also a US No.1.

2004: Courtney Love was reprimanded by Los Angeles Judge Melissa Jackson for turning up five hours late to a hearing. Love pleaded guilty to a single charge of disorderly conduct and was given a discharge, on condition she paid the victim's medical bills, joins a drug program, and stayed out of trouble.

2004: Diana DeGarmo releases her single, "Dreams".

2007: Lily Allen was questioned by police over an alleged assault on a photographer outside a nightclub in London. She was freed on police bail after she was quizzed about an alleged assault on a male photographer in his 40s near the Wardour club in London's Soho in March.

2007: Irish singer and songwriter Enya receives an honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

2008: Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England; Leonard Cohen the highlight singing "Hallelujah"

2012: Stone Roses Photographers were planning to boycott the forthcoming Stone Roses reunion concerts in Manchester in a dispute over the use of their images. They claimed a contract issued by the band was unfair as it expected them to surrender all rights to their pictures. The National Union of Journalists was also supporting the boycott.

2016: Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie filed for divorce from her fourth husband, Michael Lockwood, just months after the couple celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary last January. Lisa Marie had previously been wed to Danny Keough from 1988 until 1994, Michael Jackson from 1994 to 1999, and to actor Nicolas Cage from 2002 to 2004.

2018: Drake releases his fifth studio album "Scorpion", a double album with 25 tracks.

2019: Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler was taken to hospital after stabbing himself. The musician, who was sacked from the rock group in 1990 over drink and drug issues, was taken to a Los Angeles hospital after paramedics were called to his home for what was reported to be a self-inflicted injury.

2020:  American singer and songwriter Benny Mardones died at age 73. He scored the hit single 'Into the Night,' which hit the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart twice, in 1980 and again in 1989.

Born On This Day In the Music World:

1738: Constantin Reindl, German composer, born in Jettenhofen, Oberpfalz, Germany (d. 1799)

1783: August Alexander Klengel, German pianist and composer, born in Dresden, Germany (d. 1852)

1842: Josef Labor, Austrian composer, born in Hořovice, Bohemia (d. 1924)

1850: Joseph Paul Skelly, Irish-American composer (I Should Say So!), born in Ireland (d. 1895)

1864: Anton Beer-Walbrun, German composer, born in Kohlberg, Germany (d. 1929)

1870: Joseph Carl Breil, American composer (Les amours de la Reine Élisabeth), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1926)

1874: Georg Göhler, German composer (Rückert), born in Zwickau, Germany (d. 1954)

1881: Curt Sachs, German musicologist, born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1959)

1885: André Gailhard, French classical music composer, born in Paris (d. 1966)

1886: George Frederick Boyle, Australian-American composer, born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1948)

1893: Aarre Merikanto, Finnish composer (Lemminkäinen; Juha; Schott Concerto), born in Helsinki, Grand Duchy of Finland (d. 1958)

1897: Ottmar Gerster, German composer (rector of the Liszt Music Academy in Weimar), born in Braunfels, Germany (d. 1969)

1901: Hendrik Diels, Flemish conductor, born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1974)

1901: Nelson Eddy, American baritone (duets with Jeanette MacDonald), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1967)

1908: Rene Gerber, Swiss composer, born in Travers (d. 2006)

1908: Leroy Anderson, American composer (Syncopated Clock), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1975)

1910: Frank Loesser, American songwriter and composer (Guys And Dolls, "Baby, It's Cold Outside"), born in NYC, New York (d. 1969)

1911: Bernard Herrmann, American film score composer (Citizen Kane; Psycho; Taxi Driver), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)

1912: José Pablo Moncayo, Mexican composer (Huapango), born in Guadalajara, Mexico (d. 1958)

1914: Rafael Kubelik, Czech conductor (Cornelia Farooli), born in Býchory, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary (d. 1996)

1916: Ruth Warrick, American actress and singer (Citizen Kane, All My Children), born in Saint Joseph, Missouri (d. 2005)

1923: Chou Wen-Chung, Chinese-American composer (Mode of Shang), born in Yantai, Shandong, China (d. 2019)

1924: Ezra Laderman, American composer (Jacob & the Indians), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)

1924: Flo Sandon's, Italian singer (won Sanremo Music Festival-Viale d'autunno), born in Vicenza, Italy (d. 2006)

1925: Hale Smith, American composer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2009)

1929: Mamiya Michio, Japanese composer, born in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan.

1929: Alexandre Lagoya, Greek-Italian-French classical guitarist and composer, born in Alexandria, Egypt (d. 1999)

1934: Henning Kronstam, Danish dancer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1995)

1935: Johnnie Richardson, American R&B musician (Johnnie & Joe), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1988)

1936: Leonard Lee, American vocalist (Shirley & Lee - "Let The Good Times Roll"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1976)

1938: Billy Storm [Spicer], American singer (Valiants - "This Is The Night"), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2000)

1940: Vyacheslav Artyomov, a Russian composer, born in Moscow.

1943: Roger Spear, multi-instrumentalist with the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. He wrote some of their wittiest songs such as ‘Shirt’, ‘Tubas in the Moonlight’ and ‘Trouser Press’. The Bonzos came to the public attention through a 1968 ITV comedy show, Do Not Adjust Your Set.

1943: Little Eva [Boyd], American pop singer ("The Loco-motion"; "Keep Your Hands Off My Baby"), born in Belhaven, North Carolina (d. 2003)

1947: Eric Wrixon, a musician with the Northern Irish band Them who had the 1965 UK hits 'Baby, Please Don't Go' and 'Here Comes The Night' with Van Morrison on lead vocals. Morrison quit the band in 1966 and went on to a successful career as a solo artist. He was also a founding member of Thin Lizzy. He died on 13 July 2015 aged 68.

1948: Bill Kirchen, American singer and guitarist (Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen - "Hot Rod Lincoln"), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

1948: Derv and Lincoln Gordon from the British pop, R&B, and rock group The Equals who had the 1968 UK No.1 & US No.32 single 'Baby Come Back' written by Eddy Grant.

1948: Ian Paice, English musician, best known as the drummer of Deep Purple. He has been the band's only constant member since its foundation. They scored the 1970 UK No.2 single 'Black Night' and the 1973 US No. 4 single 'Smoke On The Water'. Paice has also worked with Whitesnake and Gary Moore.

1953: Billy Hinsche, American musician (Dino, Desi & Billy), born in Manila, the Philippines.

1953: Don Dokken, American heavy metal rocker (Dokken - "Alone Again"), born in Los Angeles, California.

1953: Colin Hay, Scottish Australian musician with Men At Work, (1983 UK and US No.1 single 'Down Under').

1957: Australian singer-songwriter Robert Forster co-founded The Go-Betweens who had the 1988 hit 'Streets of Your Town'. Now a solo artist and author.

1958: Leslie Browne, American ballerina (Turning Point), born in NYC, New York.

1960: "The Caveman" Kevin Shirley, South African music producer and mixer (Journey, Iron Maiden, Europe, Led Zeppelin), born in Johannesburg, South Africa.

1961: Greg Hetson American guitarist Greg Hetson best known as the guitarist for the influential hardcore punk bands Redd Kross, Circle Jerks, and Bad Religion.

1963: Anne-Sophie Mutter, German violinist (Berlin Phil), born in Rheinfelden, West Germany.

1964: Stedman Pearson, singer, from British pop/R&B group 5 Star who had the 1986 UK No.3 single 'System Addict', plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles. They won the 1987 Brit Award for Best British Group.

1965: Tripp Eisen [Tod Salvador], American musician (Static-X), born in Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania

1967: Murray Foster, Canadian musician (Moxy Früvous, Great Big Sea), born in Thorn Hill, Ontario

1970: Mike Vallely, American skateboarder and singer (Black Flag), born in Edison, New Jersey

1971: Matthew Good, a Canadian musician (Matthew Good Band), born in Burnaby, British Columbia

1972: Nawal Al Zoghbi, Lebanese singer, born in Jal el Dib, Lebanon

1976: Bret McKenzie, New Zealand musician and comedian (Flight of the Conchords - "Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That)"), born in Wellington, New Zealand.  

1977: Sam Bailey, a singer, known for winning the tenth series of The X Factor in 2013. Her 2013 single ‘Skyscraper’ was Christmas No.1 on the UK Chart.  

1978: Nicole Scherzinger, singer, Eden's Crush, who had the 2001 US No.8 single 'Get Over Yourself'. The Pussycat Dolls, who scored 2005, US No.2 & UK No.1 with their debut single ‘Don't Cha’ featuring Busta Rhymes. The Pussycat Dolls became only the fourth ever girl band to enter the UK charts at No.1 with their debut single. (The others being the Spice Girls, B*Witched, and Girls Aloud).  

1978: Sam Farrar, Australian-American bassist (Phantom Planet), born in Los Angeles, California. 

1979: Richard Breen, with English boy band Five who had the 1998 UK No.2 single 'Everybody Get Up' and the 1999 UK No.1 single 'Keep On Movin'.  

1979: Abs Love [Richard Abidin Breen], English singer (Five), born in London.  

1979: Barış Akarsu, Turkish rock musician and actor, born in Amasra, Turkey (d. 2007)  

1980: Katherine Jenkins, Welsh soprano singer, and songwriter, born in Neath, Wales.  

1983: Aundrea Fimbres, American singer with Danity Kane. They became the first female group in Billboard history to have their first two albums open at the top of the charts.

1986: Austin Drage, English singer (The X Factor), born in London, England.

1993: George Sampson, English dancer and official ambassador of the United Dance Organisation, born in Warrington, Cheshire, England.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe.   


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Good Wednesday morning, This Day In The History Of Music. Have a great Wednesday.


1956: "Pipe Dream" closes at Shubert Theater NYC after 245 performances.

1956: "Shangri-La" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 21 performances.

1958: "No Chemise, Please" by Gerry Granahan peaks at #24.  

1966: The Beatles played the first of three concerts at the Nippon Budokan Hall, Japan. The concert was filmed with The Beatles wearing black suits. The following day's first performance was also filmed; with The Beatles wearing white suits. There was a strict police presence with 3,000 police observing each concert played in front of 10,000 fans.  

1973: George Harrison knocked Paul McCartney from the top of the US singles chart with 'Give Me Love, Give Me Peace On Earth'. His second US No.1, a No.8 hit in the UK was the opening track on his 1973 album Living in the Material World.  

1973: Slade was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Skweeze Me Pleeze Me', the group's fifth UK No.1 and second single to enter the chart at No.1.  

1975: The Jackson Five announced that they were leaving Motown Records for Epic Records. The brothers were forced to change their name to The Jacksons since Motown owned the other name.  

1975: Cher married Greg Allman four days after her divorcing Sonny Bono, the couple split after ten days, followed by a three-year on and off marriage.  

1976: Police raided the home of Neil Diamond searching for drugs, they found less than one ounce of marijuana.  

1976: Stuart Goddard, (Adam Ant), placed the following ad in the classified section of the Melody Maker, 'Beat on a bass, with the B-Sides.' Andy Warren answered the ad and the pair went on to form Adam and The Ants.  

1977: Marvel Comics launched a comic book based on the rock group Kiss.  Blood from each band member was drawn by a registered nurse, witnessed by a notary public, and poured into the vats of red ink used for printing the comic at Marvel's Borden Ink plant in Depew, New York.  

1978: United Artists released The Buzzcocks single 'Love You More', at 1 minute 29 seconds it was the second shortest single ever released. Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs 1960 hit 'Stay' was the shortest hit at one minute 28 seconds.  

1979: Tubeway Army started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Are 'Friends' Electric'. The song by Gary Numan was the first electronic/synthesizer-based record to become a hit in the post-punk era.  

1979: One Hit Wonder Anita Ward started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Ring My Bell', also a UK No.1.  

1979: "Got To Go Disco" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 8 performances.  

1979: "Good Times" single released by Chic (Billboard Song of the Year 1979)  

1982: "Lena Horne: Lady, Music" closes at Nederlander NYC after 333 performances.  

1984: Bruce Springsteen's 'Dancing In The Dark' peaked at No.2 on the US chart, the first of six singles from his seventh studio album Born In The U.S.A. which all hit the US Top 10. The video was shot at the Saint Paul Civic Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and shows Springsteen pulling a young Courteney Cox from the audience to dance along with him on the stage.  

1985: "The King & I" closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 191 performances.  

1989: "Les Miserables" opens at Theatre Muzyczyny in Gdynia, Poland.  

1989: Police were called in to control over 4,000 Bobby Brown fans trying to see him at the HMV Record store in London's Oxford Street, six fans were hospitalized and one had to be given the kiss of life.  

1990: New Kids On The Block started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Step By Step'. The group's third US No.1, a No.2 hit in the UK. Their album 'Step By Step' also went to No.1 on the UK album chart today.  

1992: "End of the Road" single released by Boyz II Men (Grammy Award Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best R&B Song 1993, Billboard Song of the Year 1992)  

1993: "Les Miserables" opens at Point Theatre, Dublin.  

1995: American soul singer Phyllis Hyman committed suicide by overdosing on pentobarbital and secobarbital in her New York City apartment aged 45. She was found hours before she was scheduled to perform at the Apollo Theatre, in New York.  

1996: "Buried Child" closes at Brook Atkinson Theater NYC after 77 performances.  

1996: "Moon Over Buffalo" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 308 performances.  

1996: "State Fair" closes at Music Box Theater NYC after 118 performances.  

2000: Eight men were trampled to death during Pearl Jam's performance at The Roskilde festival, near Copenhagen. Police said the victims had all slipped or fallen in the mud in front of the stage.  

2001: Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, and Pink were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Lady Marmalade.' A hit for LaBelle in 1975; then it was at No 1 in 1998 for All Saints. This version was from the Baz Luhrmann film Moulin Rouge.  

2001: Beach Boys member Al Jardine went to court in a bid to sue his former bandmates, claiming he had been frozen out of the Beach Boys. The $4 million (£2.35 million) suit was filed against Mike Love, Brian Wilson, the Carl Wilson Trust, and Brother Records Incorporated in a New York Superior Court. In 1998 a US judge temporarily barred Jardine from performing under the name Beach Boys Family And Friends after representations from Mike Love and Brother Records. Jardine lost the case in 2003.  

2001: American guitarist and producer Chet Atkins died in Nashville aged 77. Recorded over 100 albums during his career, produced records for Perry Como, Elvis Presley, Don Gibson, Jim Reeves, and Waylon Jennings. He was a major influence on George Harrison and Mark Knopfler.  

2004: Kinks founder member Dave Davies was left paralyzed on the right-hand side of his body after suffering a stroke. The 57-year-old guitarist and brother of fellow Kinks star Ray Davies had been promoting his solo material when he collapsed.  

2005: Nick Carter from The Backstreet Boys was fined $1,200 (£664) after admitting to drink-driving in California. The 25-year-old singer was also put on probation for three years, ordered to attend an alcohol education course, and banned from driving for 90 days.  

2007: R.E.M. played a five-night series of shows at Dublin's Olympia Theatre. Dubbed ‘working rehearsals’ by the band, many songs from their forthcoming album ‘Accelerate’ were debuted, with many of them still as works in progress.  

2014: Ed Sheeran's second album X became the fastest-selling UK album of the year so far after selling 182,000 copies in its first week, 14,000 more than Coldplay managed with Ghost Stories which was released in May.  

2015: Misty Copeland becomes the 1st African American principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre.  

2019: Taylor Swift's former label, Big Machine, was sold to Scooter Braun's company for an estimated $300 million, giving him control of her back catalog, including the master recordings. In response, Swift accused Braun of bullying her and said she would re-record all her old albums to devalue his purchase.  

Born On This Day In The Music World:  

1669: Mauritius Vogt, German composer, born in Königshofen, Bavaria (d. 1730)  

1685: John Gay, English poet and dramatist (The Beggar's Opera), born in Barnstaple, England (d. 1732)  

1722: Jiří Antonín Benda, Czech composer, and violinist, born in Benátky nad Jizerou, Bohemia (d. 1795)  

1723: Christian Ernst Graf, Dutch composer, born in Rudolstadt, Germany (d. 1804)  

1743: Niels Schiørring, Danish musician and composer, born in Favrskov Municipality, Denmark (d. 1798)  

1818: Edward John Hopkins, English organist, and composer, born in London (d. 1901)  

1846: Ricardo Drigo, Italian composer, born in Padua, Italy (d. 1930)  

1892: László Lajtha, Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist, and conductor, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1963)  

1908: Lucino Tinio Sacramento, Filipino composer, born in Licab, Nueva Ecija, Philippines (d. 1984)  

1912: Tibor de Machula, Hungarian-Dutch cellist, born in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (d. 1982)  

1914: Natko Devčić, Croatian composer, born in Glina, Croatia (d. 1997)  

1917: Lena Horne, American actress and singer (Stormy Weather, Wiz), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2010)  

1918: Stuart Foster, American singer (Galen Drake Show), born in Binghamton, New York (d. 1968)  

1921: Gordon Reynolds, English organist and master of the Choristers at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, born in Hull, England (d. 1995)  

1925: Will Gay Bottje, American composer, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 2018)  

1926: Peter Alexander [Ferdinand Maximilian Neumayer], Austrian actor and singer (Who Wants to Sleep?), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2011)  

1929: Alexander Kelly, British pianist, and composer, born in Edinburgh (d. 1996)  

1929: Micki Grant [Minnie Perkins], American theater singer, actress, and composer (Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope; Your Arms Are Too Short To Box With God), born in Chicago, Illinois.  

1930: Doyle Holly, American comedian and musician (Buckaroos), born in Perkins, Oklahoma (d. 2007)  

1930: June Valli, American singer (Your Hit Parade), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1993)  

1931: James Loughran, British conductor, born in Glasgow.  

1932: Martin Mailman, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2000)  

1936: Born on this day, American folk singer Dave Van Ronk who was an important figure in the American folk music revival and New York City's Greenwich Village scene in the Sixties, was nicknamed the "Mayor of MacDougal Street". Bob Dylan recorded Van Ronk's arrangement of the traditional song ‘House of the Rising Sun’ on his first album, which The Animals turned into a No.1 UK single in 1964, helping inaugurate the folk-rock movement. He died on 10 February 2002 aged 65.  

1936: Pauls Dambis, Latvian composer, born in Riga, Latvia.  

1938: Chris Hinze, Dutch flutist (Vivat Vivaldi), born in Hilversum, North Holland, Netherlands.  

1938: Apostolos Nikolaidis, Greek singer (first Greek artist to record or re-record the authentic, "prohibited" rebetika songs in the early 1970s with their original lyrics), born in Drama, Greece(d. 1999)  

1939: Lindembergue Cardoso, Brazilian composer, born in Livramento de Nossa Senhora, State of Bahia, Brazil (d. 1989)  

1940: Mark Spoelstra, American folk singer, and songwriter, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2007)  

1941: Larry Hall, American rocker (Sandy), born in Hamlet, Ohio (d. 1997)  

1941: Mike Leander, English songwriter, and record producer, born in Walthamstow, Essex (d. 1996)  

1943: American vocalist Florence Ballard, The Supremes (1964 US & UK No.1 single 'Baby Love' plus 11 other US No.1 singles). Ballard sang on 16 top forty singles with the group, including ten No.1 hits. She died on February 21st, 1976.  

1944: Glenn Shorrock, from Australian group, Little River Band who scored the 1978 US No.3 single 'Reminiscing' plus 12 other US Top 40 singles selling more than 30 million records.  

1946: American singer Billy Brown from The Moments who had the 1970 US No. 3 single ' 'Love on a Two-Way Street'. For contractual reasons they changed their name to Ray, Goodman & Brown and had further hits, including 'Special Lady'.  

1947: Jasper van 't Hof, Dutch jazz pianist (Live in Montreux), born in Enschede, Overijssel, Netherlands.  

1949: Andy Scott, guitarist with English group Sweet, who had the 1973 UK No.1 single 'Blockbuster', plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles. Sweet scored four top-ten hits in the US: 'Little Willy', 'Ballroom Blitz', 'Fox On The Run', and 'Love Is Like Oxygen'.  

1950: Leonard Whiting, English actor and singer (Romeo and Juliet), born in London, England.  

1951: Andre Hazes, Dutch barkeeper and singer (We Love Orange), born in Amsterdam (d. 2004)  

1951: Stanley Clarke, a jazz bassist who has worked with Chick Corea, Santana, Keith Richards, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, and the fusion band Return to Forever.  

1953: Hal Lindes, American-English rock guitarist (Dire Straits, 1980-85), and film score composer, born in Monterey, California.  

1954: Bryn Burrows, British rock drummer (Fabulous Poodles - "Mirror Star"), born in England.  

1956: Adrian Wright, The Human League. Formed in Sheffield, England in 1977 the group attained widespread commercial success with their third album Dare in 1981. The album contained four hit singles, including the UK/US No.1 hit 'Don't You Want Me.  

1956: Ronald Winans, American gospel singer (Winans), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2005)  

1958: Esa-Pekka Salonen, Finnish orchestral conductor (Giro), born in Helsinki, Finland.  

1960: Murray Cook, Australian children's singer (The Wiggles), born in Cowra, New South Wales, Australia.  

1960: Brendan O'Brien, American Grammy Award-winning sound engineer and record producer (Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against the Machine, Chris Cornell, and Bruce Springsteen), born in Atlanta, Georgia.  

1962: Julianne Regan, singer, songwriter from the English group All About Eve, had the 1988 UK No.10 single 'Martha's Harbour'.  

1967: Peter James Camell, guitarist with Liverpool group La's, who scored the 1990 UK No.13 single 'There She Goes'.  

1968: Philip Anselmo, from American heavy metal band, Pantera, who had the 1994 UK hit single 'I'm Broken'. Pantera released four albums during the 1980s. Anselmo is the frontman for the Louisiana-based heavy metal supergroup Down and is also the owner of Housecore Records.  

1979: Matisyahu [Matthew Miller], Hasidic Jewish Reggae singer and rapper ("One Day"), born in West Chester, Pennsylvania.  

1979: Andrew Burrows, drummer, with English indie rock band Razorlight who had 2006, UK No.1 single ‘America’ and their 2006 UK No.1 self-titled album.  

1982: Dan Jacobs, American heavy metal guitarist (Atreyu)  

1982: Andy Knowles, British musician (Franz Ferdinand), born in Bolton, England.  

1983: Anton Gordon, from British boy band One True Voice, created on the ITV television series Popstars: The Rivals who had the 2002 UK No.2 single 'Sacred Trust / After You're Gone.  

1983: Cheryl Cole, from the English-Irish pop girl group Girls Aloud, was created through the ITV talent show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002. They scored the 2002 UK No.1 single 'Sound Of The Underground' and over 20 UK Top 20 singles. They hold the record for "Most Consecutive Top Ten Entries in the UK by a Female Group. Became a judge on the UK version of The X Factor in 2008. Scored the 2009 UK No.1 solo single 'Fight For This Love.'  

1983: Brendon James, British drummer (Thirteen Senses)  

1983: Patrick Wolf, English musician, born in London, England.  

1983: Cheryl [Tweedy], British singer (Girls Aloud), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  

1984: Fantasia Barrino, singer, American Idol winner, (2004 US No.1 single ‘I Believe’). For the first time in US history, a debut single has topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

1985: T-Pain, (Faheem Najm), American hip-hop and R&B singer, who scored the 2007 US No.1 ‘Buy U a Drank, Shawty Snappin'.

1985: Rafal Blechacz, Polish classical pianist, born in Nakło nad Notecią, Poland.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 


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This Day In The History Of Music for this Thursday. Have a great Thursday.


1933: Strauss & von Hofmannsthal's opera "Arabella," premieres at the Semperoper Opera House in Dresden, Germany.

1950: Maxwell Anderson and Kurt Weill's "Lost in the Stars", based on Alan Paton's novel "Cry the Beloved Country", closes at Music Box Theater, NYC, after 281 performances.

1956: Elvis Presley appeared on NBC- TV's 'The Steve Allen Show' and performed 'Hound Dog', to a live Hound Dog. US TV critic John Crosby panned Elvis' performance, calling him an 'unspeakable, untalented and vulgar young entertainer.' 1960: Benjamin Britten's cantate "Carmen Baseliense" premieres in Basel.

1963: The Beatles recorded their next single ‘She Loves You’ / ‘I'll Get You’, at EMI Studios, London, completing the two songs in less than four hours. Released in August this year, ‘She Loves You went on to become The Beatles' first million-selling single.

1967: "Funny Girl" closes at Winter Garden Theater, NYC, after 1348 performances.

1967: The Beatles started a 15 week run at No.1 on the US album chart with Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the group's 10th US No.1 album. Recorded over a 129-day period beginning in December 1966, the album widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time includes songs such as 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' and 'A Day in the Life.

1968: John Lennon's 1st full-art exhibition (You Are Here) opens at Robert Fraser Gallery in London.

1968: The Band released their debut album Music From Big Pink. The album, which features their first hit single 'The Weight', was recorded in studios in New York and Los Angeles in 1968 and followed the group's backing of Bob Dylan on his 1966 tour (as The Hawks).  

1969: John Lennon & Yoko Ono and their family were involved in a car accident in Golspie, Scotland. Both John and Yoko needed hospital treatment. Lennon later had the car crushed into a cube and exhibited it on his lawn at Tittenhurst Park.  

1972: Neil Diamond went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Song Sung Blue', his second US No.1. A No.14 hit in the UK.  

1972: Slade was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Take Me Bak 'Ome', the group's second No.1. The song was produced by the band's manager Chas Chandler.  

1972: Stephen Sondheim's "Follies" closes at Winter Garden Theater, NYC, after 524 performances.  

1972: "Hair" closes at Biltmore Theater, NYC, after 1750 performances. 

1973: Slade and The Sensational Alex Harvey Band appeared at Earl's Court London, tickets cost £1.00-£2.00. Special 'Slade' trains were running from Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham, and Manchester to take fans to the show. 

1975: 10cc was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I'm Not In Love'. Known for its innovative and distinctive backing track, composed mostly of the band's multitracked vocals, it became the second of the group's three No.1 singles in the UK and reached No.2 on the US chart.  

1978: "Act" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 233 performances.  

1980: 'O Canada' officially becomes the national anthem of Canada. 

1981: Rushton Moreve bassist with Steppenwolf, was killed in a motorcycle accident in Santa Barbara, California, aged 32. He co-wrote their hit 'Magic Carpet Ride' with lead singer John Kay; Steppenwolf also had the 1968 US No.2 single 'Born To Be Wild'. Moreve left the band in late 1968 when he refused to fly back to California at that time, fearing it would sink into the Pacific Ocean after an imminent earthquake.  

1982: ABC national music radio network scheduled premiere (never happened)  

1983: A New Jersey-based quintet calling themselves Bon Jovi signed to Phonogram's Mercury records, although they had also been considering the name Johnny Electric. The group has since sold over 130 million records worldwide and performed more than 2,600 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 34 million fans.  

1984: "Baby" closes at Barrymore Theater NYC after 241 performances.  

1987: WHN-AM in NY City changes call letters to WFAN (now WEVD) replacing WHN's country music, WYNY-FM adopts country music format. 

1995: DJ Wolfman Jack died of a heart attack. He was the master of ceremonies for the rock 'n' roll generation of the '60s on radio, and later on television during the '70s.  

1995: "Kiss of the Spider Woman" closes at Broadhurst Theater, NYC, after 906 performances.  

1996: Placido Domingo becomes artistic director of Washington Opera.  

1999: American singer Guy Mitchell, (born Albert George Cernik) died aged 72 at Desert Springs Hospital in Las Vegas. He had the 1957 UK & US No.1 single 'Singing The Blues' plus over 10 other UK Top 40 singles. Mitchell also appeared as George Romack in the 1961 NBC western detective series Whispering Smith.  

1999: Jamaican reggae singer Dennis Brown died aged 42, the official cause of his death was a collapsed lung. During his career, he recorded more than 75 albums and had the 1979 UK No.14 single 'Money In My Pocket.' Bob Marley cited Brown as his favorite singer, naming him ‘The Crown Prince of Reggae."  

2000: Kylie Minogue was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Spinning Around', the singer's fifth No.1 was co-written by Paula Abdul, (it was originally intended for Abdul's "comeback" album). 'Spinning Around' gave Minogue the honor of being one of three artists (the others being Madonna and U2) to have a No.1 in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s.  

2001: Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood was commissioned to paint a group portrait of diners who are regulars at the West End London restaurant The Ivy. Elton John and Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant were two pop stars to be included in the portrait.  

2002: Six postage stamps designed by Paul McCartney went on sale in The Isle Of Man. With proceeds from their sale going to the Adopt-A-Minefield charity.  

2004: Glen Campbell began serving 10 nights in jail along with two years of probation for a November 2003 drink-driving, hit-and-run collision. The 68-year-old entertainer was also sentenced to 75 hours of community service and fined $900.  

2005: Four Tops singer Renaldo "Obie" Benson died aged 69 in a Detroit hospital from lung cancer. He was diagnosed after having a leg amputated due to circulation problems. The Four Tops sold over 50 million records and had hits including 'Reach Out (I'll be There)' and 'I Can't Help Myself.' Benson also co-wrote 'What's Going On' which became a No.2 hit for Marvin Gaye.  

2005: American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, record producer Luther Vandross died at the age of 54 at the JFK Medical Centre in New Jersey, two years after suffering a major stroke. His 'Never Too Much', was a No.1 R&B hit, worked with Diana Ross, Carly Simon, Chaka Khan, Donna Summer, Barbra Streisand, Mariah Carey, and David Bowie. Vandross had won four Grammys for his final album ‘Dance With My Father.’  

2008: Whitesnake guitarist Mel Galley, died at the age of 60 from cancer of the esophagus. Galley also played with Trapeze, Glenn Hughes, Cozy Powell, and the Blue Jays.  

2009: The week after Michael Jackson's death, the singer dominated the Top Ten of Billboard's album chart. Leading the pack was Number Ones, followed by The Essential Michael Jackson at No.2, Thriller was No.3 and Off The Wall was No.4. The Jackson 5's Ultimate Collection held the No.5 spot, Bad was No.6, Dangerous was No.7, Greatest Hits - HIStory - Vol. 1 came in at No.8 and Michael's Ultimate Collection occupied the No.9 position. Collectively, Jackson's solo albums sold 415,000 copies for the week, 58% of which were digital downloads. The week before his death, his titles sold a combined 10,000 units.  

2009: Sir Cliff Richard was ordered to demolish a £30,000 conservatory at his home in Surrey after the local council ruled that the conservatory should never have been built. The planning committee said the building contravened policy on green belt areas because it added more than 30% extra floor space.  

2013: Boston guitarist Tom Scholz was ordered to pay $132,000 in court fees to the Boston Herald after he unsuccessfully sued the newspaper. The Herald had suggested that Scholz was responsible for the 2007 suicide of Boston lead singer Brad Delp, but a Superior Court judge ruled that the paper could not be held liable for defaming Scholz because it's impossible to know what caused Delp to kill himself.  

2017: Ed Sheeran returned to No.1 for the fourth time with his third studio album ÷ (pronounced ‘divide’). The album also topped the charts in 14 other countries and won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.  

2020: American musician Max Crook died at age 83. A pioneer of electronic music he was the featured soloist on Del Shannon’s 1961 hit 'Runaway', which he co-wrote and on which he played his own invention, the Positron. Crook also recorded a series of instrumentals, credited as Maximilian.  

Born On This Day In The Music World:  

1586: Claudio Saracini, Italian composer, born in Siena, Italy (d. 1630)  

1663: Franz Xaver Murschhauser, German composer and theorist, born in Saverne, Alsace, France (d. 1738)  

1688: Johann Ludwig Steiner, Swiss composer, born in Zürich (d. 1761)  

1735: James Lyon, American composer, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1794)  

1764: Georg Christoph Grosheim, German composer, born in Kasel, Germany (d. 1841)  

1899: Cavan O'Connor, British singer (I'm Only a Strolling Vagabond), born in Nottingham, England (d. 1997)

1899: "Georgia" Tom [Dorsey], American blues and gospel pianist, songwriter ("Peace In The Valley"), and evangelist, born in Villa Rica, Georgia (d. 1993)  

1908: Peter Anders, German opera singer, born in Essen, Germany (d. 1954)  

1909: Vera Brodsky Lawrence, an American concert pianist (CBS Symphony) and musicologist (Joplin; Gottschalk), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1996)  

1911: Alvino Rey, American orchestra leader (King Family), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2004)  

1914: Earle Warren, American alto sax player, born in Springfield, Ohio (d. 1994)  

1915: Willie Dixon, blues singer, guitarist, 'the poet laureate of the blues'. Credited with writing more than 500 songs by the end of his life. Wrote classic songs: 'Hoochie Coochie Man', 'I'm Ready', 'You Shook Me', 'I Can't Quit You Baby', 'Little Red Rooster.' A major influence on The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. Dixon died on 29th January 1992.  

1926: Hans Werner Henze, German composer, born in Gütersloh, Westphalia, Germany) (d. 2012)  

1927: Hans Eklund, Swedish composer, born in Sandviken (d. 1999)  

1928: Volker Wangenheim, a German conductor and composer (Sinfonia Notturna), born in Berlin (d. 2014)  

1930: Bobby Day, a US singer, had the 1958 hit ‘Rockin Robin’, one half of the duo, Bob And Earl (recorded ‘Harlem Shuffle’ in 1963). Day died on July 27, 1990.  (Side Note: According to Wikipedia Bobby Day was born in 1930, the two sources I use one says 1928  while the other has his birth in 1932, I will go with 1930, you know the old saying "It's The One In The Middle).   

1935: American blues harmonica player, singer, and songwriter James Cotton. He worked in Howlin' Wolf's band in the early 1950s. In 1955, he was recruited by Muddy Waters to come to Chicago and join his band. In 2006, Cotton was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. He died from pneumonia aged 81 on 16 March 2017.  

1939: Delaney Bramlett, Delaney & Bonnie, (1971 US No.13 single 'Never Ending Song Of Love', worked with Eric Clapton during the early 70s). Died on 27th Dec 2008.  

1941: John Gould, British composer, and musical comedy.  

1941: Twyla Tharp, American dancer and choreographer (Twyla Tharp Dance Troupe), born in Portland, Indiana.  

1942: Andraé Crouch, American gospel singer (The Color Purple; The Lion King), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2015)  

1943: Jeff Wayne, American-British musician and composer, born in Forest Hills, Queens, New York.  

1945: Deborah Harry, American singer, songwriter, and actress with Blondie who scored five UK No.1 singles including the 1979 UK & US No.1 single 'Heart Of Glass' and the 1978 worldwide No.1 album Parallel Lines. As a solo artist she scored the 1986 UK No. 8 single 'French Kissing In The USA'. A former Playboy Bunny, her acting career spans over thirty film roles and numerous television appearances.  

1946: June Montiero, singer, The Toys, 1965 US No. 2 & UK No.5 single 'A Lover's Concerto').  

1947: Marc Benno, American guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter ("Rock 'n' Roll Me Again"; Asylum Choir), born in Dallas, Texas.  

1948: John Ford, with English folk-rock group The Strawbs who scored the 1973 UK No.2 single with 'Part Of The Union. Formed Hudson Ford who had the 1973 UK No.8 single 'Pick Up The Pieces.  

1949: John Farnham, Australian singer, songwriter, (1987 UK No.6 single 'You're The Voice').  

1951: Fred Schneider, singer with the American new wave band The B-52's. Best known for their 1978 debut single 'Rock Lobster and the 1990 UK No.2 & US No.3 single 'Love Shack'.  

1951: Anne Feeney, American political activist, and singer, born in Charleroi, Pennsylvania.  

1951: Terrence Mann, American actor, and dancer, born in Ashland, Kentucky.  

1952: Timothy J. Tobias, American composer and musician, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2006)  

1952: Leon Chancler, drummer, percussionist. Worked with Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Michael Jackson's ('Billie Jean'), Donna Summer, Carlos Santana, The Crusaders, Frank Sinatra, Weather Report, Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, and John Lee Hooker. Chancler died in Los Angeles, California on February 3, 2018, of prostate cancer, at the age of 65.  

1952: Dan Aykroyd, actor, 'Elwood Blues, The Blues Brothers, (1990 UK No.12 single 'Everybody Needs Somebody To Love').  

1954: Randall Hall, American rock guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1987-94), born in Jacksonville, Florida.  

1955: Keith Whitley, American country music singer ("Don't Close Your Eyes"), born in Ashland, Kentucky (d. 1989)  

1956: Phil Solem, singer, songwriter, from the American pop-rock duo The Rembrandts, had the 1990 US Top 20 hit ‘Just the Way It Is, Baby’, and 1995, UK No. 3 single ‘I’ll Be There For You’, Theme from Friends.  

1959: Edem Ephraim, singer, from German-based English dance-pop duo The London Boys who had the UK No.2 single 'London Nights'. He was killed in a car crash with London Boy partner Dennis Fuller on 21st January 1989.  

1960: Evelyn Champagne King, US soul singer, (1982 UK No.7 single 'Love Come Down').  

1960: Ted Key from English alternative rock band The Housemartins. The group's a cappella cover version of 'Caravan of Love' (originally by Isley-Jasper-Isley) was a UK No.1 single in December 1986. 

1960: Erik Friedlander, American classical and avant-garde jazz cellist and composer (John Zorn; Masada String Trio), born in New York City.  

1960: Tony Miceli, American jazz vibraphonist and educator (Monkadelphia), born in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

1962: Marti[n] Frederiksen, American songwriter, record producer, and musician, born in Hawthorne, California.  

1963: Roddy Bottum, keyboards, from an American rock band, Faith No More who had the 1993 UK No.3 and US No.4 hit single with their version of The Commodores 'I'm Easy'. They had the best-selling albums The Real Thing (1989) and Angel Dust (1992).  

1964: Pol Burton, drummer with English group Transvision Vamp who had the 1989 UK No.3 single 'Baby I Don't Care'.  

1971: Missy Elliott, singer, (1998 UK No.1 single with Melanie B, 'I Want You Back).  

1971: Adam MacDougall, keyboardist with The Black Crowes. Previously, he was a member of The Ben Taylor Band and Furslide, and he has also toured with Macy Gray and Patti Rothberg.  

1972: Alex Machacek, Austrian jazz fusion musician (Featuring Ourselves), born in Tulln a der Donau, Austria.  

1975: Sufjan Stevens, an American musician ("Illinois"), born in Detroit, Michigan.  

1976: Aleah [Julia Stanbridge], South African metal musician (Trees of Eternity), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2016)

1977: Keigo Hayashi, a Japanese music artist (Flow), born in Tokyo, Japan.

1977: Birgit Schuurman, Dutch singer, and actress, born in Utrecht, Netherlands.

1983: Marit Larsen, Norwegian musician (M2M)

1983: Leeteuk [Park Jeong-su], Korean singer (Super Junior), born in Soul, South Korea.

1983: Brandee Younger, American session and touring classical, jazz, soul, and funk harpist, born in Hempstead, Long Island, New York.

1998: Chloe Bailey, American R&B singer (Chloe X Halle - "Ungodly Hour"), born in Atlanta, Georgia.

1998: Pa Salieu, Gambian British rapper (Frontline), born in Slough, England.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 


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This Day In The History Of Music for this Saturday. Have a great weekend and a great 4th of July.  


1954: "Wonderful Town" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 559 performances.

1967: A private party was held at the Speakeasy Club in London, England for The Monkees. Guests included: John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Dusty Springfield, Eric Clapton, Lulu, and all the members from Manfred Mann, The Who, and Procol Harum.  

1968: The Equals were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Baby Come Back. The group's only UK No.1. The song was first released in 1966 but did not chart. The song was covered by and became a No.1 hit for Pato Banton in 1994, (with Robin and Ali Campbell of UB40).  

1969: 78,000 attend Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island.  

1969: Brian Jones drowned while under the influence of drugs and alcohol after taking a midnight swim in his pool, aged 27. His body was found at the bottom of the pool by his Swedish girlfriend Anna Wohlin. The coroner's report stated "Death by misadventure", and noted his liver and heart were heavily enlarged by drug and alcohol abuse. Jones was one of the founding members of The Rolling Stones and in the early 60’s used the name "Elmo Lewis."  

1970: 200,000 music fans attend Atlanta Pop Festival.  

1971: American singer, songwriter, and poet, Jim Morrison of The Doors was found dead in a bathtub in Paris, France, the cause of death was given as a heart attack. He co-wrote some of the group's biggest hits, including ‘Light My Fire’, ‘Love Me Two Times’, and ‘Love Her Madly.’ On the 25th anniversary of his death, an estimated 15,000 fans gathered at Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France to pay their respects.  

1972: Blues singer, guitarist Mississippi Fred McDowell died of cancer aged 68. The Rolling Stones covered him 'You Got To Move' on their Sticky Fingers album. He coached Bonnie Raitt on slide guitar technique.  

1973: After 182 Ziggy Stardust concert performances, David Bowie announced he was about to retire from live performing, although it eventually transpires that the stage persona is being retired and not Bowie himself. Only his guitarist Mick Ronson knew about the announcement, which came as a complete shock not only to the audience but the rest of Bowie's band and crew.  

1973: Laurens Hammond the inventor of the Hammond organ died aged 73. Many rock artists including Procol Harum, Keith Emerson, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, The Allman Brothers Band, and The Faces featured the sound of the Hammond. He also invented a silent spring-driven clock and during the second world war, he helped design guided missile systems.  

1975: The lead singer from Three Dog Night Chuck Negron was arrested at his Louisville hotel room on the opening night of the bands' tour and charged with possession of cocaine.  

1976: Brian Wilson performs with the Beach Boys after 12 years apart. 

1982: A Riot at building Stopera Amsterdam (damages Ÿ1 million)  

1982: After a record-breaking jump from No.33 on the UK singles charts, The Damned's guitarist Captain Sensible started a two-week run at No.1 with his version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein song 'Happy Talk' from the 1949 musical South Pacific.  

1986: U2 crew member Greg Carroll was killed in a motorcycle accident in Dublin while running an errand for Bono. The song 'One Tree Hill' on the band's Joshua Tree album is dedicated to Carroll.  

2000: Harvard professor Ronald Ferguson accused the culture of hip-hop and rap music of stalling academic progress among young American blacks. He claimed time spent learning intricate rhyming lyrics detracted from reading.  

2001: American singer, songwriter Johnny Russell died aged 61. Wrote 'Act Naturally' covered by The Beatles and Buck Owens. Jim Reeves, Jerry Garcia, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt all covered his songs.  

2002: A session violinist serenaded a High Court judge during a copyright battle worth an estimated £100,000. The case was over the rights to The Bluebells version of 'Young At Heart.' Bobby Valentino won his case as joint owner of the song.  

2002: Three diners at a newly opened Britney Spears-owned restaurant suffered food poisoning. The three students who had eaten wild striped bass at the New York restaurant made official complaints and vowed never to eat there again.  

2004: David Crosby was fined $5,000 (£2,745) by a US court after admitting attempted criminal possession of a weapon. It followed his arrest in New York in March when a gun, knife, and marijuana were found in his luggage.  

2007: Pete Doherty escaped jail after a judge decided to defer sentencing him for drugs offenses on the condition he went into rehab. Doherty pleaded guilty to possessing crack cocaine and heroin at West London Magistrates' Court. He was warned by Judge Davinder Lachhar that he would go into custody if he failed to take up a place he was offered on a detox program.  

2007: "Just Got Started Lovin' You" single released by James Otto (Billboard Song of the Year 2008)  

2008: Kylie Minogue received an OBE for services to music from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace, England. Earlier this year, she was also presented with the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government for her "contribution to the enrichment of French culture".  

2012: Kiss announced that they were set to release a guitar size book containing unseen photographs from their 40-year career. The limited-edition called Monster would have a $4,299 price tag and at 3 feet tall, 2.5 feet wide, was reported to be the largest music book ever published.  

2017: Singer Tony Hadley said he had left 1980s group Spandau Ballet, and "will not be performing" with them in the future. In an oddly-worded statement, the star said: "I am required to state that I am no longer a member of the band". He did not indicate why he was leaving, but blamed "circumstances beyond my control".

2018: Cardi B becomes the first female rapper to get two number one US Billboard hits, with "I Like It" with Bad Bunny and J Balvin.  

Born On This Day In The Music World:  

1643: Alessandro Stradella, Italian violinist and composer, born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1682)  

1802: Joseph Labitzky, Bohemian composer, born in Krásno, Czech Republic (d. 1881)  

1814: Janis Cimze, Latvian composer, Father of Latvian choir music, born in Rauna parish, Russian Empire (d. 1881)  

1819: Louis Théodore Gouvy, French-German composer, born in Sarre (d. 1898)  

1846: Achilles Alferaki, Russian composer, born in Kharkiv, Russian Empire (d. 1919)  

1850: Alfredo Keil, Portuguese composer, born in Lisbon, Kingdom of Portugal (d. 1907)  

1854: Leoš Janáček, Czech composer, born in Hukvaldy, Moravia, Austrian Empire (d. 1928)  

1855: Piotr Maszyński, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1934)  

1860: William Wallace, Scottish composer, born in Greenock, Scotland (d. 1940)  

1862: Friedrich Ernst Koch, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1927)  

1871: Vicente Arregui Garay, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1925)  

1878: George M. Cohan, American father of musical comedy (Phantom President, Give My Regards to Broadway), born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1942)  

1879: Philippe Gaubert, French musician, and composer, born in Cahors, France (d. 1941)  

1880: Carl Schuricht, German conductor and composer, born in Gdańsk, Poland (d. 1967)  

1892: Wilhelm Rettich, German composer, born in Leipzig, Germany (d. 1988)  

1895: Oles' Semyonovich Chishko, Russian-Ukrainian composer, born in Dvorichnyi Kut, Ukraine (d. 1976)  

1899: Klimenty Arkad'yevich Korchmaryov, Ukrainian composer, born in Verkhnodniprovsk, Ukraine (d. 1958)  

1899: Otto Reinhold, German composer, born in Erzgebirge (d. 1965)  

1907: Gene Gutsche, German-born composer, born in Berlin (d. 2000)  

1920: John Lessard, American composer, born in San Francisco, California (d. 2003)  

1923: Johnny Hartman, American jazz ballad singer (John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman -"My One And Only Love"), born in Houma, Louisiana (d. 1983)  

1926: Johnny Coles, American jazz trumpeter (Little Johnny C), born in Trenton, New Jersey (d. 1997) 

1929: David Lynch, from American vocal group The Platters who had the 1959 UK & US No.1 single 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes. The group had 40 charting singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart between 1955 and 1967. Lynch died of cancer on 2nd January 1981.  

1930: Carlos Kleiber, Austrian conductor (Bavarian State Orchestra 1968-97), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 2004)  

1930: Pete Fountain, American jazz clarinetist (Lawrence Welk, 1957-59), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2016)  

1930: Tommy Tedesco, American session guitarist. Described by Guitar Player magazine as the most recorded guitarist in history recording with The Beach Boys, Everly Brothers, The Supremes, The Monkees, The Association, Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Zappa, Sam Cooke, Cher, and Nancy and Frank Sinatra. He died on 10th Nov 1997.  

1940: Fontella Bass, US female singer, pianist, who had the 1965 US No.4 and UK No.11 single 'Rescue Me. Bass died on 26th Dec 2012 of complications following a heart attack aged 72.  

1940: Jerry "The Geator" Blavat, American disc jockey and music promoter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  

1942: "Dr." Lonnie Smith, American jazz Hammond B3 organist (George Benson Quartet; Lou Donaldson), born in Lackawanna, New York.  

1943: Judith Durham, singer from Australian folk-influenced pop quartet The Seekers who scored the 1965 UK No.1 single 'I'll Never Find Another You. They were the first Australian group to achieve major chart and sales success in the UK and the US.  

1946: John Klemmer, American composer, and saxophonist, born in Chicago, Illinois.  

1946: Johnny Lee [John Lee Ham], American country music singer ("Lookin' For Love"), born in Texas City, Texas.  

1946: Victor Unitt, from English psychedelic rock group Edgar Broughton Band who had the 1970 UK hit single 'Out Demons Out.  

1947: English musician Top Topham best known as a blues guitarist and also for being the first lead guitarist of The Yardbirds. Topham left the band before they achieved mainstream popularity and was replaced by Eric Clapton.  

1947: Betty Buckley, American Tony Award-winning stage and screen actress (Cats - "Memory"; Eight Is Enough - "Abby"; 1776), born in Big Spring, Texas.  

1948: Peter Ruzicka, German composer, and conductor, born in Dusseldorf, Germany.  

1948: Paul Barrere, guitar, Little Feat, who scored two Top 40 albums during the 70s, best-known songs, 'Dixie Chicken' and 'Sailin Shoes'. Barrere later played with Phil Lesh and Friends and also toured with Bob Dylan. He died on 26 October 2019 age 71.  

1949: Johnnie Wilder, singer from funk, disco band Heatwave who scored the 1977 UK No.2 single 'Boogie Nights' and the hits 'The Groove Line', and 'Always and Forever.  

1950: Damon Harris, African-American soul singer (The Temptations - "My Girl"), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2013)  

1951: Mike Corby, British guitarist and keyboardist (The Babys- "Every Time I Think Of You"), born in Windsor, Berkshire, England.  

1952: Andy Fraser, bass player with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. Joined Free when he was aged 16. (1970 UK No.2 & US No.4 single ‘All Right Now). Ted Nugent, Robert Palmer, and Joe Cocker have all covered songs written by Fraser. He died on 16 March 2015 at his home in California.  

1952: Laura Ann Branigan was an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Her signature song, the platinum-certified 1982 single "Gloria", stayed on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for 36 weeks, then a record for a female artist, peaking at No. 2. It also reached number one in Australia and Canada. In 1984, she reached number one in Canada and Germany with the U.S. No. 4 hits "Self Control". She also had success in the United Kingdom with both "Gloria" and "Self Control" making the Top 10 in the UK Singles Chart. (d. 2004)  

1955: British guitarist and keyboardist Mike Corby, The Babys who had two hits on the US chart, 'Isn't It Time' (1977) and 'Every time I Think of You' (1979).  

1955: Neil Clark, guitarist from British pop band Lloyd Cole And The Commotions who had the 1985 UK hit single 'Brand New Friend'. Between 1984 and 1989, the band scored four Top 20 albums and five Top 40 singles in the UK.  

1955: Marc Bonilla, American guitarist (Keith Emerson Band), born in Contra Costa, California.  

1958: Aaron Tippin, American country singer ("You've Got to Stand for Something"), born in Pensacola, Florida.  

1959: Stephen Pearcy, American heavy metal vocalist (RATT - "Round & Round"), born in Los Angeles, California.  

1960: English synthpop musician and songwriter Vince Clarke, who with Depeche Mode had the 1981 UK No.8 single 'Just Can't Get Enough. With Yazoo the 1982 UK No.2 single 'Only You', and with Erasure, the 1992 UK No.1 single 'Abba-Esque EP'. Clarke was also a member of The Assembly. (Side Note: This Day In Music, and Wikipedia agree Vince Clarke was born in 1960, On This Day has him born in 61', so I will go with 1960).  

1961: Pedro Romeiras, Portuguese dancer, born in Lisbon, Portugal.   1961: Tim Smith, English musician (Cardiacs), born in Carshalton, Surrey, England.  

1964: Gary Ryan [Moss], American rock bassist (Joan Jett & The Blackhearts), born in California.  

1968: Martyn Walsh, bassist from English alternative rock band Inspiral Carpets who had the 1990 UK No.14 single 'This Is How It Feels'.  

1968: Chien-lien Wu [Jacklyn Wu], Taiwanese actress and singer, born in Taipei, Taiwan.  

1969: Kevin Hearn, keyboards, guitar, accordion, with Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies who scored the 1998 US No.1 & UK No.5 single 'One Week'. The group has sold over 15 million records including albums and singles and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in March of 2018.  

1970: Audra McDonald, American actress (Private Practice) and singer (6x Tony award winner), born in West Berlin.  

1975: Javier Weyler, a drummer from the Welsh rock band, Stereophonics, replaced Richard Cable in 2003. Their 1999 UK No.1 album, Performance, and Cocktails spent 97 weeks on the UK chart.

1976: Shane Lynch, vocals, Boyzone, who have had 21 UK hit singles, including 6 UK No.1 singles. Their breakthrough hit was their second single and a cover version of the classic Osmonds hit, 'Love Me for a Reason', which peaked at No.2 on the UK Singles Chart.

1985: Minami Keisuke, Japanese singer, and actor, born in Yokohama, Japan.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 


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Happy 4th of July fellow Pandorians, fellow Americans. Since this post is dedicated to historical music facts, I thought it would also be a nice touch to add some 4th of July facts as well, after all, it is the day we Americans celebrate our free liberties that were earned back in the 1770s from Great Britain. Have a great as well as a safe 4th of July.


What is the origin of the 4th of July?

The Fourth of July origin of Independence Day can, of course, be traced back to July, 1776. A month earlier, a resolution of independence had been proposed by Richard Henry Lee (Virginia).

What are some interesting facts about the Fourth of July?

Interesting Facts About the Fourth of July On the very first 4th of July in 1776, America was home to only 2.5 million citizens. Today, it is home to over 326 million. Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe all died on July Fourth.

What is the history behind the 4th of July?

The Fourth of July – also known as Independence Day or July 4th – has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution.

What does the Fourth of July symbolize in the US?

The 4th of July represents the birth of a nation, the United States of America, that got its independence from the British empire and is, therefore, a day to celebrate the creation of this country.

What was the most populated state in 1776?

Virginia had the largest population of the 13 colonies in 1776 at 747,610. It was followed by Pennsylvania at 434,373, and Massachusetts at 378,787. The smallest colony by population was Delaware at 59,094, barely bigger than Rhode Island's 68,825.  

Why was the declaration of independence so revolutionary?

The revolutionary idea was "unalienable rights endowed by the Creator". The Declaration of Independence announced American sovereignty by challenging the divine right of kings. The divine-right theory stated kings derived their authority from God and could not be held accountable by parliament or any other earthly authority.  

What were the names of the US 13 Colonies in 1776?

Between 1776 and 1789 thirteen British colonies emerged as a newly independent nation, the United States of America. Fighting in the American Revolutionary War started between colonial militias and the British Army in 1775. The Second Continental Congress issued the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.  The 13 colonies were the group of colonies that rebelled against Great Britain, fought in the Revolutionary War, and founded the United States of America.

Here's the 13 colonies list:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts Bay
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia    

The British Empire settled its first permanent colony in the Americas at Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607. This was the first of 13 colonies in North America.

The 13 Original U.S. Colonies The 13 colonies can be divided into three regions: 

New England, Middle, and Southern colonies. The chart below provides additional information including the years of settlement and founders of each.

The New England Colonies

The New England colonies included Connecticut, Massachusetts Bay, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Plymouth Colony was founded in 1620 (when the Mayflower arrived in Plymouth) but was incorporated into Massachusetts Bay in 1691. The group that left England for America in the Mayflower was called the Puritans; they believed in a strict interpretation of the writings of John Calvin, who dismissed the beliefs of both the Catholics and the Anglicans. The Mayflower first landed in Provincetown on Cape Cod, where they signed the Mayflower Compact while docked in Provincetown Harbor. After five weeks, they crossed Cape Cod Bay to Plymouth.

The Middle Colonies

The Middle Colonies were located in the area now described as the Mid-Atlantic and included Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. While the New England colonies were made up largely of British Puritans, the Middle Colonies were very mixed. Settlers in these colonies included English, Swedes, Dutch, Germans, Scots-Irish, and French, along with Indigenous peoples and some enslaved (and freed) Africans. Members of these groups included Quakers, Mennonites, Lutherans, Dutch Calvinists, and Presbyterians.

The Southern Colonies

The first "official" American colony was formed in Jamestown, Virginia in 1607. In 1587, a group of 115 English settlers arrived in Virginia. They arrived safely on Roanoke Island, off the coast of North Carolina. By the middle of the year, the group realized they needed more supplies, and so they sent John White, governor of the colony, back to England. White arrived in the midst of a war between Spain and England, and his return was delayed. When he finally made it back to Roanoke, there was no trace of the colony, his wife, his daughter, or his granddaughter. Instead, all he found was the word "Croatoan" carved into a post, which was the name of a small group of Indigenous people in the area. No one knew what had happened to the colony until 2015 when archaeologists discovered clues such as British-style pottery among Croatoan remains. This suggests that the people of the Roanoke colony may have become part of the Croatoan community. By 1752, the colonies included North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. The Southern Colonies focused most of their efforts on cash crops including tobacco and cotton. 

Here is some 4th of July patriotic music. I will not add it to the GSOTD playlist so if you want to listen to it you can just click on the link below. 

00028947871460_500W_500H.jpg  America, The Beautiful this album has 15 patriotic songs. Enjoy the music.

Have a great 4th of July. Take care and stay safe. 




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Good Tuesday afternoon, This Day In The History Of Music. 

1946: "St Louis Woman" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 113 performances.

1957: John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time at The Woolton Church Parish Fete where The Quarry Men were appearing. As The Quarry Men were setting up for their evening performance, McCartney eager to impress Lennon picked up a guitar and played ‘Twenty Flight Rock (Eddie Cochran) and ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’ (Gene Vincent). Lennon was impressed, and even more so when McCartney showed Lennon and Eric Griffiths how to tune their guitars, something they'd been paying someone else to do for them.

1963: James Brown went to No.2 on the US album chart with 'Live At The Apollo'. Recorded on the night of October 24, 1962, at Brown's own expense, it spent 66 weeks on the Billboard Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked No.24 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.  

1964: The Beatles film A Hard Day's Night premiered at The Pavilion in London. Filmed during the height of Beatlemania, and written by Alun Owen, the film was made in the style of a mockumentary, describing a couple of days in the lives of the group.  

1965: Rock group "Jefferson Airplane" comes into existence.   

1967: Pink Floyd made their first appearance on BBC TV music show Top Of The Pops to promote their new single 'See Emily Play. A badly damaged home video recording recovered by the British Film Institute of this show was given a public screening in London on 9th January 2010 at an event called "Missing Believed Wiped" devoted to recovered TV shows. It was the first time any footage was seen of the performance since its original broadcast.  

1968: The Rolling Stones scored their fifth US No.1 single when 'Jumpin Jack Flash' hit the top of the charts. Keith Richards has stated that he and Jagger wrote the lyrics while staying at Richards' country house, where they were awoken one morning by the sound of gardener Jack Dyer walking past the window. When Jagger asked what the noise was, Richards responded: "Oh, that's Jack – that's jumpin' Jack."  

1968: Woburn Music Festival, Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire took place. A two-day affair featuring Donovan, Fleetwood Mac, Pentangle, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Alexis Korner, Family, Caste, Tim Rose, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Duster Bennett, and Tyrannosaurus Rex, two-day tickets were priced at £2.  

1971: American jazz trumpeter, singer and bandleader, Louis Armstrong died. Had many hits including the 1964 US No.1 'Hello Dolly!', 1968 UK No.1 'What A Wonderful World’ plus ‘When The Saints Go Marching In’, ‘Ain't Misbehavin’, and ‘We Have All the Time in the World.’ He made frequent use of laxatives as a means of controlling his weight, resulting in Armstrong appearing in humorous, advertisements for laxative product Swiss Kriss; the ads bore a picture of him sitting on a toilet, as viewed through a keyhole, with the slogan "Satch says, 'Leave it all behind ya!"  

1972: David Bowie appeared on the UK music show Top Of The Pops playing his new single 'Starman', his first hit since 1969's 'Space Oddity three years before. The single peaked at No.10 and stayed on the charts for 11 weeks.  

1973: Queen released their debut single 'Keep Yourself Alive' in the UK. The track didn't make the charts.  

1975: Dmitri Shostakovich completes Sonate for alto opus 147.  

1979: American singer, producer-songwriter, Van McCoy died from a heart attack in Englewood, New Jersey. Van McCoy and the Soul City had the US No.1 single 'The Hustle'. Worked with Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Stylistics, Aretha Franklin, and David Ruffin.  

1984: The Jacksons kicked off their North American Victory tour at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City. Over 2 million people attended the 55 concerts which grossed over $75 million. Michael Jackson donated $5 million to various charities.  

1985: Phil Collins went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Sussudio', his third US No.1, it made No.12 in the UK. The track was taken from his third solo studio album, No Jacket Required.  

1992: David Gates from Gateshead, Northumberland was given one year's probation after being convicted of stealing guitars from the back of a van belonging to The Bay City Rollers.  

1997: "Dream-Johnny Mercer Musical" closes at Royale NYC after 109 performances.  

1999: East 17 were dropped by their record company after the band's last album had sold less than 20,000 copies.  

2001: A pair of Sir Elton John's sandals was set to become the most expensive shoes in history when they went under the hammer for charity. Offers over £20,000 were invited for the Salvatore Ferragamo sandals to raise funds for Elton's Aid Trust. 

2002: George Harrison's widow Olivia put the couple's home up for sale for £20m saying she couldn't bear to live with the memories of the attack by schizophrenic Michael Abram who broke into the house in 1999.  

2003: Skip Battin bassist and songwriter with The Byrds died of complications from Alzheimer's disease. (1965 US & UK No.1 single 'Mr. Tambourine Man'). Also played with New Riders Of The Purple Sage and The Flying Burrito Brothers.  

2003: The Dixie Chicks performed a concert at Dallas' American Airlines Center despite an anonymous threat that group member Natalie Maines would be shot on stage, (after the controversy regarding her comments about President George W. Bush, and Iraq war). Maines had a police escort to and from the show and then directly to the airport.  

2003: Beyonce featuring Jay-Z started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Crazy In Love.' The track features a sample from The Chi-Lites' 1970 'Are You My Woman (Tell Me So)'. Also 8 weeks at No.1 on the US chart.  

2004: On the 40th anniversary of the world premiere of The Beatles film A Hard Day's Night, a private reunion of the cast and crew was hosted in London by DVD producer Martin Lewis. The screening was attended by Paul McCartney actors Victor Spinetti (the television director), John Junkin (the band's road manager), David Janson (the small boy met by Ringo on his "walkabout") and many of the crew members.  

2004: American R&B, soul singer-songwriter Syreeta Wright died after a two-year battle with bone cancer aged 58. Teamed up with Billy Preston on 1980, No.1 US hit ‘With You, I'm Born Again.’ Once worked as a secretary at Motown Records and married Stevie Wonder in 1970.  

2005: Grammy award-winning Rap star Lil' Kim who was convicted of perjury and conspiracy in March 2005, was sentenced to a year in jail for lying to a grand jury to protect friends. Kim told the court "I testified falsely to the grand jury and during the trial. At the time I thought it was the right thing to do. Now I know it was wrong." Lil' Kim, (real name Kimberley Jones), was also fined $50,000 (£28,000). Charges were brought against her after a gunfight erupted outside a New York radio station in 2001 as a rival rap group was arriving.  

2005: Live 8 concert in Edinburgh, Scotland; performers include Wet Wet Wet, Annie Lennox, James Brown, the Corrs, and The Proclaimers.  

2007: Avril Lavigne was facing legal action by members of 1970s rock band The Rubinoos, who claimed she had copied one of their songs. Songwriters Tommy Dunbar and James Gangwer alleged Lavigne's hit ‘Girlfriend’ was lifted from their 1979 song ‘I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend.’  

2007: Britney Spears apologized for attacking a photographer's car with an umbrella earlier this year. Pictures of the 25-year-old lashing out appeared in several newspapers shortly after photos emerged of her shaving her head in a hair salon. In a message on her website, she said: "I apologize to the pap for a stunt that was done four months ago." She said she got "carried away" preparing for a film part but added that she did not get the role.  

2008: Dizzee Rascal with Calvin Harris and Chrome started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Dance Wiv Me.  

2010: Brandon Boyd announces the release of his debut solo album, "The Wild Trapeze"  

2011: Pete Doherty was facing another prison sentence after allegedly breaking into a shop in Regensburg, Germany earlier that year. The owners of the music shop, from which The Libertines singer allegedly stole a guitar and record, were said to be pressing charges against him. The Sun Newspaper reported that Doherty admitted to smashing the shop window, but says he didn't remember stealing anything, as he was drunk at the time. Doherty was currently serving 6 months in a UK jail for cocaine possession.  

2012: Carol Hawkins, the former personal assistant of U2 bassist Adam Clayton was jailed for seven years for embezzling 2.8m euros (£2.2m) of his money to fund a lavish lifestyle. Hawkins was convicted on 181 counts of theft from the bassist's bank accounts over a four-year period. The judge said Hawkins' crimes were "rooted in greed and nothing else".  

2016: Drake equaled Michael Jackson's 1983 US chart record after he had the No.1 album and song in the American charts for seven consecutive weeks. 'Views' and 'One Dance' remained unbeaten on the Billboard charts respectively. In the UK 'One Dance' scored its twelfth week atop the UK charts, overtaking the Rihanna song 'Umbrella' which was the millennium's previous longest-running No.1.  

2017: Jay-Z's digital-only album 4:44 went platinum within five days - despite limits on who could access it. The music was only available on Tidal, the star's own streaming service, and to customers of US mobile firm Sprint. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) platinum certification, which requires more than one million sales, is rare for digital-only albums. The RIAA only started counting digital streams last year, with 1,500 plays considered equal to one album sale.  

2020: American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Charlie Daniels died age 83 of a hemorrhagic stroke. He is best known for his contributions to Southern rock, country, and bluegrass music and scored the 1979 number-one country hit 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia' He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.  

Born On This Day In The Music World:  

1580: Johann Stobäus, a North German composer, born in Graudenz, Poland (d. 1646)  

1632: Albert Schop, a German composer, was born in Hamburg (d. 1667)  

1632: Pietro Reggio, Italian composer, and musician, born in Genoa (d. 1685)  

1678: Nicola Francesco Haym, Italian composer, born in Rome (d. 1729)  

1702: Franz Anton Maichelbeck, German composer, born in Reichenau, Germany (d. 1750)  

1739: Friedrich Wilhelm Rust, German violinist, and composer, born in Wörlitz, Holy Roman Empire (d.1796)  

1747: Coelestin Jungbauer, German composer, born in Grattersdorf, Bavaria (d. 1823)  

1773: Wenzel Thomas Matiegka, Czech composer, born in Choceň, Czech Republic (d. 1830)  

1837: Władysław Żeleński, Polish organist and composer, born in Grodkowice (d. 1921)  

1845: Ángela Peralta, Mexican operatic soprano, harpist, pianist, and composer, born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1883)  

1852: John Albert Delany, Australian composer, born in Ratcliff, London (d. 1907)  

1864: Alberto Nepomuceno, Brazilian composer and conductor (Artemis), born in Fortaleza, State of Ceará, Brazil (d. 1920)  

1865: Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, Swiss musician, composer, and pedagogue (Dalcroze Eurythmics), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1950)  

1877: David Stanley Smith, American composer (Merrymount), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1949)  

1898: Hanns Eisler, Austrian composer (East German National Anthem), born in Leipzig, German Empire (d. 1962)  

1904: Robert Whitney, American conductor (Sospiro do Roma), born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (d. 1986)  

1906: Elisabeth Lutyens, English composer, born in London (d. 1983)  

1908: Léonce Grass, Flemish singer and conductor, born in Borgerhout, Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1993)  

1910: Dorothy Kirsten, American operatic soprano (Time to Sing, Chevy Show), born in Montclair, New Jersey (d. 1992)  

1911: Laverne Andrews, American singer (Andrews Sisters), born in Mound, Minnesota (d. 1967)  

1915: Marcel Quinet, Belgian pianist and composer (Vague et Sillon), born in Binche, Belgium (d. 1986)  

1917: Hugo Cole, composer, and music critic, born in London (d. 1995)  

1918: Eugene List, American concert pianist, and teacher (Eastman School of Music), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  

1922: Francisco Moncion, American dancer, born in La Vega, Dominican Republic (d. 1995)  

1923: Marie McDonald, American singer, and actress is known as "The Body Beautiful" (Promises Promises), born in Burgin, Kentucky (d. 1965)  

1924: Louie Bellson, American jazz drummer and orchestra leader (Pearl Bailey Show), born in Rock Falls, Illinois (d. 2009)  

1925: Bill Haley, American rock vocalist known as the father of Rock 'n' Roll (Rock Around the Clock), born in Highland Park, Michigan (d. 1981)  

1927: Charles Whittenberg, American composer, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1984)  

1927: Nilo Soruco, Bolivian singer and songwriter, born in Tarija, Bolivia (d. 2004)  

1929: Gerd Zacher, German composer, born in Meppen (d. 2014)  

1931: Danny White, American singer, and bandleader, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1996)  

1932: Della Reese [Delloreese Patricia Early], American singer and actress (Della Reese Show, Royal Family), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2017)  

1937: American soul singer, Gene Chandler, (Eugene Dixon) who had the 1962 US No.1 single 'Duke Of Earl', and the 1979 UK No.11 single 'Get Down'.    

1937: Vladimir Ashkenazy, Russian pianist and conductor (Tchaikovsky-1962), born in Gorky, Russia  

1938: Franco Luambo, Congolese composer, guitarist and bandleader (Masumbuku), born in Sona Bata, Belgian Congo (d. 1989)  

1939: Jet Harris, the bass guitarist of the Shadows until April 1962, and had subsequent success as a soloist and as a duo with the drummer Tony Meehan who topped the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in early 1963 with 'Diamonds'.  

1940: Jeannie Seely, American country music singer (Don't Touch Me), was born in Titusville, Pennsylvania.  

1945: Rik Elswit, guitarist, with American rock band Dr. Hook who had the 1970s hits 'The Cover of Rolling Stone', 'A Little Bit More', 'When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman' and 'Sylvia's Mother'.  

1949: American drummer and, percussionist Michael Shrieve best known as the drummer of Santana. He played on all albums from 1969 to 1974. When he was 20, Shrieve was one of the youngest musicians to perform at Woodstock in 1969.  

1950: Phyllis Hyman, American jazz singer (Prime of My Life), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1995)  

1952: Jesse Harms, American musician and songwriter (The Waboritas), born in Massachusetts.  

1952: Greg Ladanyi, Hungarian-American record producer and recording engineer was born in Elkhart, Indiana (d. 2009)  

1952: David Smith, from British soul group The Real Thing, who had the 1976 UK No.1 single 'You To Me Are Everything.  

1952: Graham Oliver, from English heavy metal band Saxon. As one of the leaders of the new wave of British heavy metal, they had eight UK Top 40 albums in the 1980s.  

1953: Nanci Griffith, American singer, and songwriter (Poet in My Window) were born in Seguin, Texas. (Side Note: On This Day and Wikipedia have this music artist born in 1953, This Day has her born in 1954)  

1956: John Jorgenson, American singer (Desert Rose Band-Love Reunited), was born in Madison, Wisconsin.  

1959: An English pop and rock drummer John Keeble with Spandau Ballet who became one of the most successful groups to emerge during the New Romantic era and have produced a number of international hits during the 80s including 'True', 'Gold' and 'Through the Barricades.'  

1961: Robert Heaton, drummer in the English rock band New Model Army. Heaton died of pancreatic cancer on 4 November 2004, aged 43.  

1963: Tim Bicheno, guitar, All About Eve who had the 1988 UK No.10 single 'Martha's Harbour' and with English gothic rock band, The Sisters Of Mercy the 1992 UK No.3 single 'Temple Of Love'.  

1965: Eddie Campbell, keyboards, from Scottish pop-rock band Texas who had the 1997 UK No.3 single 'Say What You Want, and the 1997 UK No.1 album White On Blonde which has been certified six-times platinum in the UK.  

1967: Heather Nova, Bermudian singer, and songwriter (Oyster) were born in Bermuda.  

1969: Michael Grant, Musical Youth, best remembered for their successful 1982 single 'Pass the Dutchie', which became a No.1 hit around the world. It was a cover version of two songs: 'Gimme the Music' by U Brown, and 'Pass the Kouchie' by Mighty Diamonds, which deals with the recreational use of cannabis (kouchie being slang for a cannabis pipe).  

1970: Inspectah Deck [Jason Hunter], American rapper and producer (Wu-Tang Clan, Czarface), was born in Brooklyn, New York.  

1970: Frank Salvato II, Italian-American sound Engineer, and composer, born in Camden, New Jersey.  

1970: Martin Smith, English singer (Delirious?), was born in London, England.  

1972: Isabelle Boulay, French-Canadian singer (Parle-moi), born in Sainte-Félicité, Quebec, Canada.  

1972: Mark Gasser, British concert pianist, born in Sheffield, Yorkshire.  

1975: 50 Cent, (Curtis Jackson), US rapper. 2003 US No.1 single 'In Da Club', debut album, 'Get Rich Or Die Tryin' was named the biggest selling US album in 2003 going platinum six times over.

1979: Nic Cester, a singer, from the Australian rock band Jet, had the 2003 Australian No.1 & UK No.14 album Get Born. The group sold over 6.5 million albums.  

1982: Tay Zonday, American singer and keyboardist.

1984: Lauren Harris, a British rock singer, was born in Essex, England.

1985: D. Woods, singer with American girl group Danity Kane, (formed on the MTV reality show Making the Band 3). became the first female group in Billboard history to debut their first two albums at the top of the charts.

1987: Kate Nash, UK singer, songwriter, had the 2007 UK No.1 album Made Of Bricks and the 2007 UK No.2 single ‘Foundations’. 

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 



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1713: 1st performance of George Frideric Handel's "Te Deum" & "Jubilate"

1949: "Cabatgata (A Night in Spain)" opens at Broadway NYC for 76 performances.

1956: Douglas Moore/John Latouche's opera "Ballad of Baby Doe," premieres.

1957: Elvis Presley scored his first UK No.1 with 'All Shook Up', (his tenth UK single release). It stayed at No.1 for seven weeks.

1962: The Beatles played at Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight, in Birkenhead.  the capacity of the hall was 450, but 500 people squeezed in to hear and see The Beatles.

1963: The Rolling Stones made their UK TV debut when they appeared on 'Thank Your Lucky Stars.' Also appearing on the show was, Mickie Most, The Cadets, Helen Shapiro, and Gordon Mills. The group made a total of 13 appearances on the show between 1963 and 1966.

1965: Otis Redding records "Respect".

1966: The Kinks were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Sunny Afternoon', the group's third and last UK No.1.

1967: The Beatles' "All You Need is Love" is released

1967: The Doors' "Light My Fire" hits #1, the song that has become one of the most famous songs.

1968: Rock group "Yardbirds" split as a Rock group. 

1969: George Harrison recorded his new song 'Here Comes the Sun' with just two other Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr at Abbey Road in London. John Lennon was absent recovering from a car crash in Scotland.

1971: 26-year-old pop star Bjorn Ulvaeus and 21-year-old Agnetha Faltskog married in Verum, Sweden. 3000 ABBA fans arrived and in the chaos a police horse stepped on the bride's foot, causing her slight injury.

1973: Billy Preston started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Will It Go Round In Circles', his first of two US chart-toppers.

1978: Talking Heads released their second studio album More Songs About Buildings And Food. The first of three Talking Heads LPs produced by collaborator Brian Eno featured the group’s first Top 30 single, a cover of Al Green's 'Take Me to the River.'

1980: Led Zeppelin played their last-ever concert with drummer John Bonham when they appeared at Eissporthalle, West Berlin at the end of a European tour. The set included: 'Black Dog', 'The Rain Song', 'Hot Dog', 'All My Love', 'Trampled Under Foot', 'Since I’ve Been Loving You, 'Kashmir', 'Stairway To Heaven' and 'Rock And Roll'. They finished the show with a 17-minute version of 'Whole Lotta Love'.

1984: Bruce Springsteen went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Born In The USA'. The album went on to spend a total of 139 weeks on the US chart. It's also one of three albums (Michael Jackson's Thriller and Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814) to produce seven Top-ten US singles.

1984: Prince started a five-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'When Doves Cry', his first US No.1 which went on to sell over 2 million copies, it made No. 4 in the UK.

1986: It was reported that Boy George was being treated for heroin addiction.

1989: It was announced that for the first time compact discs were outselling vinyl albums.

1990: 1st 'Three Tenors' concert featuring Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, and Luciano Pavarotti at Baths of Caracalla in Rome; recording becomes world's best-selling classical record.

1999: It was reported that to attract young people to their mobile vans UK ice-cream sellers would start to play pop hits as music instead of the traditional chimes. Spice Girls and Oasis hits would be the first to be played.

2000: Eminem's wife, Kimberly Mathers, was hospitalized after she slit her wrists following her husband's show as part of the Up in Smoke Tour in Detroit. Also on this day, Eminem scored his first UK No. single with 'The Real Slim Shady', taken from his second album The Marshall Mathers LP the song was a No.4 hit in the US.

2003: It was reported that Britney Spears had made $500,000 profit after selling her 5 bedroom home in Los Angeles. The singer had paid £1.8m for the house 2 years ago and sold it for £2.3m.

2003: Darkness released their debut studio album Permission To Land which topped the UK chart for four weeks. Five singles were released from the album including ‘I Believe in a Thing Called Love’, the most successful, reaching No.2 on the UK Singles Chart. The band won three BRIT Awards in 2004 in response to the album, Best Group, Best Rock Group, and Best Album. They also won two Kerrang! awards in 2004 for Best Live Act and Best British Band.

2005: Members of The Hollies asked High Court judge to jail one of their founder members claiming bass player Eric Haydock had flouted a court order made in 1998 not to play under their name. Haydock formed the group in Manchester, England in the early 1960s with Allan Clarke and Graham Nash (who left in 1966). Haydock was working in a group calling itself Eric Haydock's Hollies.

2006: Syd Barrett died from complications arising from diabetes aged 60. The singer, songwriter, the guitarist was one of the founding members of Pink Floyd, active as a rock musician for only about seven years before he went into seclusion. He joined Pink Floyd in 1965 but left three years later after one album. Barrett released two solo albums before going into self-imposed seclusion lasting more than thirty years, with his mental deterioration blamed on drugs.

2007: Ozzy Osbourne became the first artist to be honored on Birmingham's own Hollywood-style Walk of Fame. The singer, from Aston, told more than 1,000 fans on Broad Street that the brass paving star meant more to him that than any Hollywood accolade. Organizers named other local pop stars who could be joining Ozzy for the walk included Duran Duran, Jamelia, Robert Plant, and UB40.

2007: The Live Earth concerts took place around the world with The Police closing the days' events in New Jersey. The concerts were organized by former US Vice-President Al Gore, as part of his campaign to "heal the planet". Rock stars from around the world performed to hundreds of thousands of fans to highlight climate change. Concerts were held in Washington, Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, London, Hamburg, Tokyo, Shanghai, and Sydney. Madonna brought London's Live Earth concert to a close, playing a song she had written for the event. Other major acts who appeared included; Snow Patrol, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Genesis, The Beastie Boys, James Blunt, Foo Fighters, Duran Duran, UB40, Snoop Dogg, Enrique Iglesias, Crowded House & Joss Stone.

2007: Snow Patrol Keyboard player Tom Simpson was arrested in connection with a failed court appearance in Glasgow. He was later released and the band went on to headline the T in the Park festival in Scotland. Amy Winehouse pulled out of her slot from the event suffering from "exhaustion".

2009: Michael Jackson's family and fans said farewell to the pop superstar at an emotional memorial service. The singer's coffin was placed in front of the stage during the event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles after an earlier private funeral. Jackson's daughter Paris, 11, fought back tears to describe him as "the best father you could ever imagine". Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, and Mariah Carey paid tribute before the family joined a somber finale on stage. Motown boss Berry Gordy, who signed the Jackson Five, ended his tribute with the words: "Michael, thank you for the joy, thank you for the love. You will live in my heart forever."

2010: Paul McCartney joined Ringo Starr onstage at a concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall to help celebrate the former Beatle drummer's 70th birthday. With Ringo's All Starr Band joined by Yoko Ono, Joe Walsh, Angus Young, and Steven Van Zandt, Paul belted out "Birthday" and Ringo delivered "With A Little Help From My Friends".

2015: Climate scientists from five leading universities found that 163 of Bob Dylan's 542 songs reference the climate – almost a third – making him the musician most likely to mention the weather in his lyrics. The Beatles came in at number two, mentioning the weather in 48 of the 308 songs they wrote.

2017: The Official Charts Company overhauled the way it compiles the UK Top 40 in an effort to stop A-list artists elbowing newer acts out of the way. The move was prompted by Ed Sheeran, whose new album ÷ [Divide] proved so popular that it propelled 16 tracks into the top 20 in March.

Born On This Day In The Music World:

1690: Johann Tobias Krebs, composer.

1710: Arvid Niclas Hopkin, composer1746 Ludwig Wenzel Lachnith, composer.

1778: Antonio Francesco Gaetano S Pacini, composer.

1851: Charles Tindley, American gospel music composer (d. 1933)

1860: Gustav Mahler, Austrian composer (Symphony No. 2 - "Resurrection"), and conductor (New York Philharmonic, 1909-11), born in Kalischat, Bohemia (now Austria) (d. 1911)

1872: Juan Lamonte de Grignon, composer.

1879: Jacob Weinberg, Russian-born Jewish composer, born in Odesa, Ukraine (d. 1956)

1882: Zdzislaw Jachimecki, composer.

1883: Toivo Kuula, Finnish composer, born in Vehkakoski (d. 1918)

1885: Ernest Bristow Farrar, composer.

1902: James McCartney, father of Beatle Paul McCartney.

1905: Marcel Rubin, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1995)

1906: Anton Karas, Viennese musician (d. 1985)

1911: Gian-Carlo Menotti, Italian pianist, librettist, and composer (Amahl & Night Visitors), and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, born in Conegliano, Italy (d. 2007)

1911: Joan Perry [Elizabeth Rosiland Miller], American film actress, model, and singer (Hands of a Stranger), born in Pensacola, Florida (d. 1996)

1912: Tiny Alma [Catharina E J Stam], operetta singer (Vienna Blood)

1914: Cor de Groot, pianist/conductor/composer (Old-Dutch Suite)

1914: Serafim Sergeyevich Tulikov, composer.

1916: Robert Stevens Baker, composer.

1916: Lloyd "Tiny" Grimes, American jazz and R&B guitarist (Art Tatum), born in Newport News, Virginia (d. 1989)

1917: Elton Britt {Baker], American country singer-songwriter ("There's a Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere"; Saturday Night Jamboree), born in Zack, Arkansas (d. 1972)

1917: (Woodrow Wilson) "Red" Sovine, American country music singer ("Phantom 309"; "Teddy Bear"), born in Charleston, West Virginia (d. 1980)

1921: Stanislaw Wislocki, Polish conductor, born in Rzeszów, Poland (d. 1998)

1922: Artie Malvin, American vocalist (Glenn Miller; Jimmy Dorsey), arranger and music director (Julie LaRosa; Pat Boone; Carol Burnett), born in New York City (d. 2006)

1923: Roberto Caamaño, Argentine composer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1993)

1924: Dieter Nowka, German composer, conductor, and musicologist, born in Madlow, Germany (d. 1998)

1924: Mary Ford [Iris Colleen Summers], American vocalist (with Les Paul - "How High The Moon"), born in El Monte, California (d. 1977)

1927: Charlie Louvin, American country singer-songwriter (Louvin Brothers - "The Only Way Out (Is To Walk Over Me)"), born in Section, Alabama (d. 2011)

1927: (Carl) "Doc" Severinson, American trumpeter and bandleader (The Tonight Show, 1962-92), born in Arlington, Oregon.

1928: American singer Mary Ford who with half of the husband-and-wife musical team Les Paul and Mary Ford had the 1953 US No.1 single 'Vaya Con Dios' and 16 top-ten hits. Ford died from cancer on 30th September 1977.

1930: Hank Mobley, American jazz saxophonist.

1932: Joe Zawinul, pianist, Miles Davis band and American jazz fusion band of the 1970s and early 1980s Weather Report who had the 1976 single 'Birdland' and the 1977 album Heavy Weather. He died on September 11th, 2007.

1933: J.J. Barrie, US singer, One Hit Wonder with 1976 UK No.1 single 'No Charge'.

1934: Vinko Globokar, composer.

1936: Friedhelm Dohl, composer.

1936: Stuart Ross Dempster, composer.

1936: Nikos Xilouris, Greek singer (d. 1980)

1940: Richard Starkey, ( Ringo Starr, ) drums, vocals, Rory Storm, The Beatles. He sang lead vocals on one track on most Beatles albums, The Beatles scored 21 US No.1 & 17 UK No.1 singles. Starr had the solo 1974 US No.1 & UK No.4 single 'You're Sixteen' plus 9 other US Top 40 hits. Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band have made many tours and have featured; Joe Walsh, Howard Jones, Ian Hunter, Peter Frampton, Todd Rundgren, Edgar Winter Greg Lake along with other guests.

1941: Jim Rodford, British rock bassist (The Kinks; Argent; Zombies), born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England (d. 2018)

1942: Christopher "Chris" Stamp, British music producer, psychodrama therapist, and manager (The Who, Jimi Hendrix), born in London, England (d. 2012)

1943: Toto Cutugno, an Italian singer.

1944: Warren Entner, who with Grass Roots had the 1968 US No.5 single 'Midnight Confessions', plus 13 other US Top 40 singles.

1945: English musician Jim Rodford. He was a founding member of Argent who had the 1972 UK No.5 single 'Hold Your Head Up'. He was the bass guitarist for The Kinks from 1978 until they disbanded in 1996 and in 2004, he joined the reunited Zombies and was also a member of The Swinging Blue Jeans. Rodford died after a fall on 20 January 2018, aged 76.

1945: Matti Salminen, a Finnish bass player (King Philipp - "Don Carlos"), was born in Turku, Finland.

1947: English rock and blues drummer Rob Townsend who with Family, had the 1971 UK No.4 single 'In My Own Time'), and later became a member of The Blues Band.

1948: American rock guitarist Larry Reinhardt played with Iron Butterfly and Captain Beyond. At one time Reinhardt was known by the nicknames "El Rhino" and "Ryno". Reinhardt died aged 63 of cirrhosis of the liver.

1950: David Hodo, from American disco group The Village People. They had the hit singles 'Macho Man', 'In the Navy', 'Go West and the 1978 US No.2 hit 'YMCA'. The group was originally conceived by Jacques Morali and Henri Belolo to target the disco's gay audience.

1953: Lynval Golding, rocker (Fun Boy Three)

1957: Berry Sakharov, Turkish-born Israeli guitarist (Minimal Compact), born in İzmir, Turkey.

1961: Michael Kieran Harvey, Australian classical and contemporary music pianist and composer (GRETA - Concerto in No Need of an Orchestra) was born in Sydney, Australia.

1962: Singer Clive Jackson who with Doctor And The Medics had the 1986 UK No.1 single with their version of the Norman Greenbaum 1969 hit 'Spirit In The Sky'.

1962: Mark White, bassist with American rock band The Spin Doctors who had the 1993 UK No.3 & US No.7 single 'Two Princess' and the hit 'Little Miss Can't Be Wrong.

1963: Perry Richardson, American bassist (Firehouse - "Love of a Lifetime"), was born in Conway, South Carolina.

1963: Vonda Shepard, an American pop singer, was born in New York.

1966: Gundula Krause, German folk violinist, born in Göttingen, Germany.

1967: Jackie Neal, American singer, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (d. 2005)

1969: Nathalie Simard, French-Canadian singer, born in Île d'Orléans, Canada.

1970: Robia LaMorte, an American actress and dancer, was born in Queens, New York City.

1978: Misia [Misaki Itō], Japanese singer (Mother Father Brother Sister), born in Omura, Japan.

1980: Kaisa Jouhki, Finnish vocalist (Battlelore), was born in Sumatra, Indonesia.

1980: Dan Whitesides, American drummer (The Used, 2006-)

1981: Synyster Gates (Brian Elwin Haner, Jr.), American guitarist, songwriter of Avenged Sevenfold, who had the 2010 US No.1 album Nightmare and the 2013 US No.1 album Hail to the King.

1982: Mike Glita, American bassist (Senses Fail), was born in Livingston, New Jersey.

1982: Cassidy [Barry Adrian Reese], an American rapper, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1983: D. Woods, an American singer (Danity Kane), was born in Anaheim, California.

1984: Marie-Mai, Canadian singer, born in Varennes, Canada.

1988: Ilan Rubin, drummer, from Welsh rock band Lostprophets, who scored the 2006 UK No.1 album Liberation Transmission.

1988: Kaci Brown, an American singer, was born in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

1994: Ashton Irwin, drummer with 5 Seconds Of Summer who had a No.1 UK hit with 'She Looks So Perfect', their debut album was a US No.1 and UK No.2. 5 Seconds of Summer were also the first Australian act to achieve a US No.1 album with their debut album.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe.