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Jan

1

  • Sandy Bull born (New York, NY) American folk and avant-garde guitarist, banjo player, multi-instrumentalist, composer. Died 2001

2

  • Kazuyoshi Akiyama born (Tokyo) Japanese conductor.

3

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances premiered in Philadelphia

4

  • Paul Graener’s opera Schwanhild, lib. Otto Anthes, premiered in Cologne

5

  • Grady Thomas born (Newark, NJ) American soul and funk singer. Member of the Parliaments and Parliament – Funkadelic.
  • Benjamin Britten’s Introduction and Rondo alla burlesca for two pianos premiered in New York

7

  • Iona Brown born (Salisbury) English violinist, conductor. Died 2004
  • Henry Cowell’s Reel no.2 for small orchestra premiered in Minneapolis

8

  • Annette Peacock born (Brooklyn, NY) American composer, producer, singer, keyboard player, bassist.

9

  • Joan Baez born (Staten Island, NY) American folk singer, songwriter, activist. Sister of Mimi Farina (1945-2001).
  • Henry Cowell’s Music Lovers’ Set of Five for flute, violin, cello and piano premiered in San Francisco

10

  • Frank Bridge (61) dies in Eastbourne, Sussex following a heart attack

11

  • Gian Francesco Malipiero’s opera Ecuba premiered in Rome. Lib. Malipiero after Euripides

12

  • Long John Baldry born (East Haddon, Northants) English blues and rock singer, voice actor. Died 2005
  • Olu Dara Jones aka Charles Jones III born (Natches, MS) American jazz cornetist, guitarist, singer. Worked with David Murray, James Blood Ulmer and others. Father of Nas (b. 1973).
  • Henry Cowell’s Ancient Desert Drone for orchestra premiered in South Bend, IN

15

  • Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart born (Glendale, CA) American rock, blues and avant-garde singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, painter. Died 2010
  • Olivier Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps [Quartet for the End of Time] for clarinet, violin, cello and piano premiered in Stalag VIII-A prison camp in Zgorzelec, Poland

16

  • Mike Waterson born (Hull) English folk singer, songwriter, writer. Member of the Watersons. Brother of Norma (b.1939) and Lal (1943-98) Waterson. Died 2011

17

  • Gillian Weir born (Marlborough, New Zealand) New Zealand organist.

18

  • Bobby Goldsboro born (Marianna, FL) American pop and country singer, songwriter.
  • David Ruffin born (Whynot, MS) American soul singer. Member of the Temptations and solo artist. Brother of Jimmy Ruffin (b. 1939). Died 1991

20

  • Bela Bartók’s String Quartet No. 6 premiered in New York

21

  • Plácido Domingo born (Madrid) Spanish tenor singer, conductor.
  • Richie Havens born (Brooklyn, NY) American folk singer, guitarist, songwriter, environmentalist.

22

  • Sergio Calligaris born (Rosario, Argentina) Argentinian composer, pianist, teacher.

23

  • Kurt Weill, Moss Hart and Ira Gershwin’s musical Lady in the Dark opens on Broadway (467 performances)
  • Artie Shaw & his Orchestra record a session for Victor in Los Angeles. George Wendt, Clyde Hurley, Billy Butterfield (tp) Jack Jenney, Vernon Brown, Ray Conniff (tb) Artie Shaw (cl) Les Robinson, Neely Plumb (as) Jerry Jerome, Bus Bassey (ts) Truman Boardman, Ted Klages, Bill Brower, Bob Morrow, Alex Beller, Eugene Lamas (vln) Allan Harshman, Keith Collins (vla) Fred Goerner (cel) Johnny Guarnieri (p) Al Hendrickson (g) Jud DeNaut (b) Nick Fatool (d). Tracks cut include Moon Glow

24

  • Aaron Neville born (New Orleans, LA) American R&B and soul singer. Member of the Neville Brothers and solo artist. Brother of Cyril (b.1948), Charles (b.1938), and Art (b.1937) Neville.
  • Neil Diamond born (New York, NY) American pop singer, songwriter, guitarist.

27

  • Bobby Hutcherson born (Los Angeles, CA) American jazz vibraphonist, marimba player, bandleader.
  • Iver Holter (90) dies in Oslo

28

  • King Tubby aka Osbourne Ruddock born (Kingston, Jamaica) Jamaican reggae and dub record producer, engineer. Died 1989
  • Aaron Copland’s Quiet City for trumpet, English horn and string orchestra premiered in New York

releases

  • Andrews Sisters – Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy / Bounce Me Brother (Decca)
  • Artie Shaw and his Orchestra – Concerto for Clarinet parts 1 and 2 (Victor)
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Olivier Messiaen 1908-1992

Feb

2

  • Serge Tcherepnin born (Issy-les-Moulineaux, France) American composer, electronic instrument builder. Son of Alexander Tcherepnin (1899-1977), brother of Ivan Tcherepnin (1943-98).

4

  • John Steel born (Gateshead) English rock drummer. Member of the Animals.
  • Bela Bartók’s Contrasts for clarinet, violin and piano premiered in New York

5

  • Rick Laird born (Dublin) Irish jazz bassist, photographer. Worked with Brian Auger and the Mahavishnu Orchestra.
  • Barrett Strong born (West Point, MS) American soul singer, songwriter.
  • Boris Blacher’s opera Fürstin Tarakanowa [Princess Tarakanova], lib. Karl O. Koch, premiered in Wuppertal

6

  • Stephen Albert born (New York, NY) American composer. Died 1992
  • Zoltan Kodály’s Concerto for Orchestra premiered in Chicago

7

  • Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto premiered in Philadelphia
  • Paul Hindemith’s Cello Concerto premiered in Boston

8

  • Tom Rush born (Portsmouth, NH) American folk and blues singer, songwriter.

11

  • Louis Banks aka Dambar Bahadur Budaprithi born (Darjeeling, West Bengal) Indian jazz and film composer, keyboard player, record producer, singer.
  • Sergio Mendes born (Niteroi, Brazil) Brazilian jazz and bossa nova pianist, composer, bandleader.
  • Gian Carlo Menotti’s radio opera The Old Maid and the Thief premiered in Philadelphia, lib. Menotti (staged version)

13

  • Blind Boy Fuller (33) dies in Durham, NC of pyaemia & kidney failure

15

  • Brian Holland born (Detroit, MI) American soul and R&B songwriter, record producer. Co-founder of Invictus Records. Brother of Eddie Holland (b.1939).
  • Guido Adler (85) dies in Vienna
  • Duke Ellington and his Orchestra record a session for RCA Victor in Los Angeles. Wallace Jones, Rex Stewart (tp) Ray Nance (tp, vln, vo) Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol (tb) Barney Bigard (cl, ts) Johnny Hodges (as, ss) Otto Hardwicke (as, cl) Ben Webster (ts) Harry Carney (as, cl, bars) Duke Ellington (p) Fred Guy (g) Jimmy Blanton (b) Sonny Greer (d). Tracks cut include Jumpin’ Punkins; Blue Serge; After All; John Hardy’s Wife & Take The “A” Train

16

  • William Walton’s Music for Children for orchestra premiered in London

17

  • Herbie Lewis born (Pasadena, CA) American jazz bassist. Worked with Cannonball Adderley, Bobby Hutcherson, McCoy Tyner and others. Died 2007
  • Gene Pitney born (Hartford, CT) American pop singer, songwriter. Died 2006

18

  • David Blue born (Providence, RI) American folk singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 1982
  • Irma Thomas born (Ponchatoula, LA) American soul & R&B singer.

19

  • Herbert Hamilton Harty (61) dies in Hove, Sussex

20

  • Buffy Sainte-Marie born (Qu’Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan) Canadian folk singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, activist.
  • Mary Rose-Anna Travers aka La Bolduc (46) dies in Montreal of cancer

22

  • Paul Creston’s Symphony No.1 premiered in New York

24

  • Joanie Sommers aka Joan Drost born (Buffalo, NY) American pop singer, actress, television personality.
  • (& 25 Feb) Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys record 2 sessions for Okeh in Dallas. Bob Wills, Louis Tierney (vln) Tommy Duncan (vo) Eldon Shamblin (g) Leon McAuliffe (steel g) Son Lansford (b) Al Stricklin (p) Don Harlan (cl) Wayne Johnson, Zeb McNally (sax) Tubby Lewis, Jamie McIntosh (tp) Gene Tomlin (d). Tracks cut include Take Me Back to Tulsa; New Worried Mind; Maiden’s Prayer; Takin’ It Home; Lyla Lou & Twin Guitar Special

27

  • Leigh Harline, Paul J. Smith and Ned Washington’s music for The Disney film Pinocchio wins the best score Oscar at the 13th Academy Awards

unk

  • The Almanac Singers play an American Youth Congress meeting in Washington, DC – the group’s first formal gig.

releases

  • Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra – Flamingo / The Girl in My Dreams Tries to Look Like You (Victor)
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The Almanac Singers. L-R: Sis Cunningham, Cisco Houston, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bess Hawes

Mar

1

  • W47NV begins operations in Nashville, TN, becoming the first FM radio station

3

  • David Darling born (Elkhart, IN) American jazz cellist, composer, teacher. Worked with Ketil Bjørnstad, Terje Rypdal and solo.

5

  • Darius Milhaud’s suite La Cheminée du roi René [The fireplace of King René] op.205 for wind quintet premiered in Oakland

6

  • Peter Brötzmann born (Remscheid, Germany) German jazz and avant-garde saxophonist, clarinetist. Father of Caspar Brötzmann (b. 1962).
  • Palle Mikkelborg born (Copenhagen) Danish jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, record producer.

8

  • Franco D’Andrea born (Merano, Italy) Italian jazz pianist, composer.
  • Ivana Loudová born (Chlumec nad Cidlinou, Czech Rep) Czech composer.

9

  • Aaron Copland’s Episode for organ premiered in New York
  • Henry Cowell’s Symphony no.2 “Anthropos” premiered in New York

11

  • Walford Davies (71) dies in Bristol
  • Melanie Kurt (61) dies in New York

15

  • Hughie Flint born (Manchester) English blues and rock drummer. Worked with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, McGuinness Flint and the Blues Band.
  • Mike Love born (Baldwin Hills, CA) Pop singer, songwriter. Member of the Beach Boys.

17

  • Paul Kantner born (San Francisco, CA) American rock singer, guitarist, songwriter. Member of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship.
  • Henry Cowell’s Hanya Holm Music for piano premiered in New York
  • Alex North’s ballet Golden Fleece premiered in Mansfield, CT

18

  • Wilson Pickett born (Prattville, AL) American soul singer. Died 2006
  • David Diamond’s Aria and Hymn for orchestra premiered in New York

21

  • Bohuslav Martinů sails from Lisbon on the SS Exeter bound for New York

22

  • Hugo Rasmussen born (Bagsværd, Denmark) Danish jazz bassist, session player.

24

  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s incidental music for Shakespeare’s play Korol′ Lir [King Lear] premiered in St Petersburg

27

  • Alfredo Casella’s Symphony no.3 premiered in Chiicago

28

  • Rebecca Clarke’s Passacaglia (on an old English Tune) for viola and piano premiered in New York

29

  • Benjamin Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem for orchestra premiered in New York

30

  • Graeme Edge born (Rocester, Staffs) English rock drummer, songwriter. Member of the Moody Blues.

releases

  • Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra [feat. Frank Sinatra] – Without a Song / Deep River (Victor)  
  • Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra – Blue Serge / Jumpin’ Punkins (Victor)
  • Woody Herman & His Woodchoppers – Blue Flame / Fur Trapper’s Ball (Decca)
  • Josh White – Southern Exposure: An Album Of Jim Crow Blues (Keynote)
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Josh White – Southern Exposure (Keynote)

Apr

2

  • Kent Morrill born (Tacoma, WA) American rock singer, songwriter, keyboard player. Member of the Wailers [US band]. Died 2011

3

  • Jan Berry born (Los Angeles, CA) American pop singer. Worked with Dean Torrance as Jan & Dean. Died 2004
  • Joel Krosnick born (New Haven, CT) American cellist, teacher.
  • Philippe Wynne born (Detroit, MI) American soul singer. Member of the Spinners. Died 1984
  • William Walton’s overture Scapino premiered in Chicago

5

  • Dave Swarbrick born (London) English folk violinist, singer. Worked with the Ian Campbell Folk Group, Martin Carthy and Fairport Convention.
  • Richard Strauss’ ballet Verklungene Feste [Verklungene festivals] premiered in Munich

6

  • Gheorghe Zamfir born (Gaiesti, Romania) Romanian Pan flute player.
  • Henry Burr (59) dies in Chicago of throat cancer

7

  • The Staatsoper Unter den Linden, home of the Berlin State Opera is severely damaged during an air raid

9

  • Howlin’ Wolf is conscripted into the US Army

17

  • Al Bowlly (42) killed in an air raid in London
  • John Alden Carpenter’s A Song for Illinois for orchestra premiered in Chicago

18

  • Sidney Bechet records an experimental version of The Sheikh of Araby at the RCA-Victor studios in New York, overdubbing himself playing six instruments – clarinet, soprano and tenor sax, piano, bass, and drums

19

  • Roberto Carlos born (Cachoeiro de Itapemirim, Brazil) Brazilian pop singer, songwriter, actor.
  • Alan Price born (Fatfield, Durham) English pop and rock singer, songwriter, keyboard player. Member of the Animals and the Alan Price Set.

20

  • Tim Drummond born (Canton, IL) American rock bassist, session musician. Worked with Bob Dylan, James Brown, Neil Young, Miles Davis etc. (some sources give year of birth as 1940 and place of birth as Bloomington, IL)
  • Henry Cowell’s Trickster (Coyote) for chorus and percussion premiered in New York

21

  • Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis born (Bradenton, FL) American jazz, funk and soul saxophonist, flautist, keyboard player, composer, arranger. Worked with Van Morrison, James Brown and Maceo Parker.

22

  • Dieter Kaufmann born (Vienna) Austrian composer, teacher.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier’s operetta Vaucochard et fils 1er [Vaucochard and first son] premiered in Paris, lib. P. Verlaine and L. Viotti

23

  • Gillian Whitehead born (Hamilton, New Zealand) New Zealand composer, teacher.

23

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Fantasia de movimentos mixtos [Fantasy of mixed movements] for violin and orchestra premiered in Rio de Janeiro

24

  • John Williams born (Melbourne) Australian classical and rock guitarist, composer, arranger. Member of Sky and solo artist.

26

  • Fritz Kreisler is hit by a truck while crossing a New York street and spends more than a week in a coma
  • Ernest Tubb records a session for Decca in Dallas, TX. Tracks cut include Walking The Floor Over You; Our Baby’s Book; When The World Has Turned You Down; I’ll Always Be Glad To Take You Back & Mean Mama Blues

27

  • Friedrich Goldmann born (Chemnitz) German composer, conductor, teacher. Died 2009
  • Hilding Rosenberg’s oratorio Prometheus och Ahasverus [Prometheus and the Wandering Jew] premiered on Swedish radio, Stockholm, lib. V. Rydberg

28

  • Ann-Margret Olsson born (Stockholm) Swedish-American actress, singer, dancer.

30

  • Jay McShann And His Orchestra record a session for Decca in Dallas. These are Charlie Parker’s first studio recordings. Jay McShann (p) Buddy Anderson, Orville Minor, Harold Bruce (tp) Joe Taswell Baird (tb) John Jackson, Charlie Parker (as) Harold Ferguson, Bob Mabane (ts) Gene Ramey (b) Gus Johnson (d) Walter Brown (vo). Tracks cut include Swingmatism; Hootie Blues & Dexter Blues

unk

  • Arthur Bliss’s String Quartet No.1 premiered in Berkeley, CA

releases

  • Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra – Take the “A” Train / The Sidewalks of New York (Victor)
  • Benny Goodman Sextet – Good Enough to Keep (Air Mail Special) / A Smo-o-o-oth One (Columbia)
  • Sons of the Pioneers – Cool Water / So Long to the Red River Valley (Decca)
  • Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys – Take Me Back to Tulsa / New Worried Mind (Okeh)

Al Bowlly 1898-1941

May

1

  • Jenny Deutsch (48) hangs herself at her apartment in New York

2

  • William Grant Still’s ballet Miss Sally’s Party premiered in Rochester, NY

3

  • Selma Ek (84) dies in Stockholm
  • Bertolt Brecht moves to the United States

4

  • Nickolas Ashford born (Fairfield, SC) American soul singer, songwriter, record producer. Husband and writing partner of Valerie Simpson (b.1946). Died 2011
  • David LaFlamme born (New Britain, CT) American rock and classical violinist, songwriter. Member of It’s a Beautiful Day.
  • Samuel Barber’s Commemorative March for violin, cello and piano premiered in New York

5

  • Stanley Cowell born (Toledo, OH) American jazz pianist, bandleader, founder of Strata-East Records, teacher.
  • Benjamin Britten’s operetta Paul Bunyan op.17 premiered in New York, lib. W.H. Auden

7

  • Glenn Miller and His Orchestra record a session for Bluebird in Hollywood, CA. Tracks cut include Chattanooga Choo Choo & I Know Why. The former is the first record in the US to be given gold disc status

8

  • Cornel Chiriac born (Uspenkova, Moldova) Romanian journalist, radio and record producer, broadcaster, jazz drummer. Died 1975
  • Heinrich Zöllner (86) dies in Freiburg

10

  • Danny Rapp born (Philadelphia, PA) American pop singer. Led Danny & the Juniors. Died 1983
  • The Queen’s Hall, London, home of the promenade concerts, is destroyed by a Luftwaffe incendiary bomb

11

  • Eric Burdon born (Newcastle) English rock singer. Worked with the Animals, New Animals and War.
  • Henry Cowell’s Tales of the Countryside aka Four Irish Tales for piano and orchestra premiered in Atlantic City, NJ
  • Olivier Messiaen’s Choeurs pour une Jeanne d’Arc [Choruses for Joan of Arc] for chorus premiered in Lyon

12

  • Anthony Newman born (Los Angeles) American organist, composer, harpsichordist, pianist, writer, conductor, teacher.

13

  • Joe Brown born (Swarby, Lincs) English pop and rock singer, guitarist, songwriter, broadcaster.
  • Ritchie Valens born (Los Angeles, CA) American pop singer, songwriter. Died 1959

14

  • John Cage’s Third Construction for four percussionists premiered in San Francisco

15

  • Richard Edward Wilson born (Cleveland, OH) American composer, pianist, teacher.

17

  • David Cope born (San Francisco) American computer scentist, composer, writer, teacher. Leader in field of artificial intelligence and music.

18

  • Milka Ternina (77) dies in Zagreb

21

  • Martin Carthy born (Hatfield) English folk singer, guitarist, mandolinist, song collector. Worked with Steeleye Span, the Watersons, Albion Country Band, Brass Monkey and solo. Father of Eliza Carthy (b.1975), husband of Norma Waterson (b.1939).
  • Ronald Isley born (Cincinnati, OH) American soul and R&B singer. Member of the Isley Brothers. Brother of O’Kelly (1937-86), Rudolph (b.1939), Ernie (b.1952) and Marvin (1953-2010) Isley.

23

  • Slavko Osterc (45) dies in Ljubljana
  • Leonard Bernstein’s incidental music for Aristophanes’ play The Peace premiered in Cambridge, MA

24

  • Konrad Boehmer born (Berlin) Dutch composer, writer.
  • Bob Dylan born (Duluth, MN) American folk and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player, writer, broadcaster.
  • Charles Earland born (Philadelphia) American jazz composer, keyboard player, soprano saxophonist, bandleader. Died 1999

26

  • Imants Kalniņš born (Riga) Latvian composer, politician.

30

  • John Forsell (72) dies in Stockholm
  • Stan Kenton’s orchestra plays its first concert in Balboa, CA

31

  • Arthur Honegger’s oratorio Nicolas de flue premiered in Neuchâtel, Switzerland

unk

  • Olivier Messiaen appointed professor of harmony at the Paris Conservatoire, a post he holds until 1978
  • Woody Guthrie records The Columbia River Songs (not released until 1987)

releases

  • Lil Green – Why Don’t You Do Right? / Love Me (Bluebird)  
  • Ernest Tubb – Walking the Floor Over You / I’m Missing You (Decca)
  • Big Joe Williams – Crawlin’ King Snake / Meet Me Around the Corner (Bluebird)
  • Almanac Singers – Songs For John Doe (Almanac Records)

The Queens Hall, London May 11th 1941

Jun

1

  • Edo de Waart born (Amsterdam) Dutch conductor.

2

  • Charlie Watts born (London) English rock and jazz drummer. Member of Blues Incorporated and the Rolling Stones.

5

  • Martha Argerich born (Buenos Aires) Argentinian classical pianist.

8

  • Clarence ‘Fuzzy’ Haskins born (Elkhorn, WV) American soul and funk singer, guitarist, drummer. Member of the Parliaments and Parliament – Funkadelic.

9

  • Jon Lord born (Leicester) English rock keyboard player, composer. Member of the Artwoods and Deep Purple. Died 2012

10

  • Shirley Owens born (Henderson, NC) American pop and soul singer. Member of the Shirelles.

11

  • Charlie Christian makes his final recordings with the Benny Goodman orchestra for Columbia in New York. Jimmy Maxwell, Billy Butterfield, Cootie Williams (tp) Lou McGarity, Cutty Cutshall (tb) Benny Goodman (cl) Les Robinson, Gene Kinsey (as) Georgie Auld, Pete Mondello (ts) Skip Martin (bars) Mel Powell (p) Charlie Christian (g) Walter Yost (b) Sid Catlett (d)

12

  • Chick Corea born (Chelsea, MA) American jazz keyboard player, composer, bandleader. Worked with Miles Davis, Circle and Return to Forever.
  • Roy Harper born (Manchester) English folk and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Father of Nick Harper (b.1965).
  • Reg Presley born (Andover) English rock singer, songwriter. Member of the Troggs. Died 2013

13

  • Esther Ofarim née Zaied born (Safed, Israel) Israeli pop singer. Worked with then husband Abi Ofarim and solo.
  • Marv Tarplin born (Atlanta, GA) American R&B guitarist, songwriter, record producer. Member of the Miracles. Died 2011

15

  • Harry Nilsson born (Brooklyn, NY) American pop singer, songwriter. Died 1994

16

  • Dino Ciani born (Rijeka, Croatia) Italian concert pianist. Died 1974
  • Lamont Dozier born (Detroit, MI) American soul and R&B songwriter, record producer. Co-founder of Invictus Records.

17

  • Johan Wagenaar (78) dies in Den Haag, Netherlands

21

  • Arthur Honegger’s ballet Le mangeur de rêves [The eater of dreams] premiered in Paris

23

  • Robert Hunter born (San Luis Obispo, CA) American rock and folk singer, songwriter, lyricist. Worked with the Grateful Dead and solo.

24

  • Big Maceo Merriweather makes his first recordings for Bluebird in Chicago. Tracks cut include County Jail Blues; Ramblin’ Mind Blues; Worried Life Blues & Texas Blues

26

  • Duke Ellington and his Orchestra record a session for RCA Victor in Los Angeles. Wallace Jones, Rex Stewart (tp) Ray Nance (tp, vln, vo) Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, Juan Tizol (tb) Barney Bigard (cl, ts) Johnny Hodges (as, ss) Otto Hardwicke (as, cl) Ben Webster (ts) Harry Carney (as, cl, bars) Duke Ellington (p) Fred Guy (g) Jimmy Blanton (b) Sonny Greer (d) Ivie Anderson (vo). Tracks cut include I Got It Bad (and That Ain’t Good) & Chocolate Shake

27

  • Benjamin Britten’s Matinées musicales for orchestra premiered in Rio de Janeiro
  • The Lucky Millinder Orchestra make their first recordings for Decca in New York with Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Sister Rosetta Tharpe (g, vo) William Scott, Archie Johnson, Nelson Bryant (tp) George Stevenson, Donald Cole, Eli Robinson (tb) George James, Billy Bowen (as) Buster Bailey (cl, ts) Stafford Simon (ts) Ernest Purce (bars) Bill Doggett (p) Trevor Bacon (g) Abe Bolar (b) Panama Francis (d) Lucky Millinder (cond)

29

  • Ignacy Jan Paderewski (80) dies in New York of pneumonia

unk

  • Erwin Schulhoff deported to the Wülzburg concentration camp in Bavaria

releases

  • Big Bill [Broonzy] – Key to the Highway / Green Grass Blues (Okeh)
  • Billie Holiday and her Orchestra – All of Me / Romance in the Dark (Okeh)
  • Jay McShann – Confessin’ the Blues / Hootie Blues (Decca)

Lucky Millinder 1910-66

Jul

1

  • Paul Ambrose (72) dies in Hamilton, Ontario

2

  • Dinu Ghezzo born (Tuzla, Romania) Romanian conductor, teacher. Died 2011
  • William Guest born (Atlanta, GA) American soul singer. Member of Gladys Knight & the Pips.

5

  • Oskar Fried (69) dies in Moscow

7

  • Charlie Christian admitted to Seaview Sanatorium in New York suffering from tuberculosis

8

  • Philippe Gaubert (62) dies in Paris following a stroke

10

  • Jelly Roll Morton (55) dies in Los Angeles from the long term effects of asthma – probably exacerbated by injuries sustained in a knife attack in 1938
  • Duke Ellington’s musical Jump for Joy opens in Los Angeles (101 performances)

15

  • Geoffrey Burgon born (Hambledon, Hants) English composer. Died 2010

16

  • Desmond Dekker born (Kingston, Jamaica) Jamaican ska and reggae singer, songwriter. Died 2006

18

  • Lonnie Mack born (Dearborn Co, IN) American blues and rock guitarist, singer.
  • Martha Reeves born (Eufaula, AL) American soul singer, politician. Led Martha and the Vandellas.
  • Pete Yellin born (New York) American jazz saxophonist, flautist, clarinetist, teacher.

19

  • Vikki Carr aka Florencia Bisenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona born (El Paso, TX) American pop singer.
  • Édith Lejet born (Paris) French composer, teacher.
  • Phil Upchurch born (Chicago, IL) American jazz and R&B bassist, bandleader, session player.

20

  • Charles Tyler born (Cadiz, KY) American jazz baritone saxophonist. Worked with Albert Ayler, Cecil Taylor, Billy Bang and his own bands. Died 1992

22

  • George Clinton born (Kannapolis, NC) American soul and funk singer, songwriter, record producer, bandleader. Member of the Parliaments, Parliament – Funkadelic and solo artist.
  • Estelle Bennett born (New York, NY) American pop singer. Member of the Ronettes. Sister of Veronica Bennett aka Ronnie Spector (b.1943). Died 2009

24

  • Ernst Krenek’s The Holy Ghost’s Ark for mezzosoprano, oboe, clarinet, viola and cello premiered in Madison, WN

26

  • Darlene Love aka Darlene Wright born (Los Angeles, CA) American R&B and pop singer, actress. Member of the Blossoms and solo artist.

27

  • Johannes G. Fritsch born (Bensheim-Auerbach, Germany) German composer, viola player. Died 2010

28

  • Riccardo Muti born (Naples) Italian conductor, music director.

30

  • Paul Anka born (Ottawa) Canadian-American pop singer, songwriter.
  • Hugo Becker (78) dies in Munich
  • Robert Lockwood cuts his first sides for Bluebird in Chicago. Tracks cut include Little Boy Blue; Take a Little Walk With Me; Black Spider Blues & I’m Gonna Train My Baby

31

  • Henry Cowell’s Shipshape Overture for band premiered in Philadelphia

releases

  • Billie Holiday – God Bless the Child / Solitude (Okeh)
  • Memphis Minnie – Me and My Chauffeur Blues / Can’t Afford to Lose My Man (Okeh)
  • Claude Thornhill and his Orchestra – Snowfall / Where or When (Columbia)
  • Almanac Singers – Talking Union & Other Union Songs (Keynote) 3 x 78rpm records
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Big Bill Broonzy 1898-1958

Aug

2

  • Homer Banks born (Memphis, TN) American soul singer, songwriter, record producer. Died 2003
  • Doris Coley born (Henderson, NC) American pop and soul singer. Member of the Shirelles. Died 2000

3

  • Beverly Lee born (Passaic, NJ) American pop and soul singer. Member of the Shirelles.
  • Robert Russell Bennett’s Symphony in D for Dodgers premiered in New York

5

  • Airto Moreiera born (Itaiópolis, Brazil) Brazilian jazz drummer, percussionist, bandleader, composer. Husband of Flora Purim (b.1942).

7

  • Howard Johnson born (Montgomery, AL) American jazz tubist, baritone saxophonist. Worked with Gil Evans, Dexter Gordon, George Gruntz and others.
  • Rabindranath Tagore (80) dies in Calcutta

8

  • Andrey Labinsky (69) killed during the invading German army’s bombardment of Moscow

9

  • Viv Prince born (Loughborough, Leicestershire) English rock drummer. Member of the Pretty Things.

14

  • David Crosby born (Los Angeles, CA) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of the Byrds, Crosby, Stills & Nash and solo artist.

15

  • Peggy Lee makes her first recordings for Columbia in Chicago as a member of the Benny Goodman orchestra
  • José Pablo Moncayo’s Huapango for orchestra premiered in Mexico City

16

  • John Coates (76) dies in London of anaemia

18

  • More than 300 Swing jugend (swing kids) are rounded up and arrested in Germany during a crackdown on youths who listen to “anti-German” swing music. The leaders are sent to concentration camps

19

  • Alain Boublil born (Tunisia) French librettist.

20

  • Dave Brock born (Isleworth) English rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboard player. Member of Hawkwind.
  • Milford Graves born (Queens, NY) American jazz drummer, percussionist, bandleader. Worked with Paul Bley, Albert Ayler, New York Art Quartet and others.

21

  • Tom Coster born (Detroit) American rock and jazz keyboard player, accordionist, composer, session player, bandleader, record producer. Worked with Santana, Billy Cobham, Boz Scaggs and many others.

24

  • (& 31 Aug) Alan Lomax records a couple of sessions with Son House for the Library of Congress in Clarksdale, MS

28

  • Muddy Waters makes his first recordings for the Library of Congress on Stovall Plantation, Coahoma Co, MS recorded by Alan Lomax

30

  • John McNally born (Liverpool) English pop guitarist, singer. Member of the Searchers.

31

  • Emmanuel Nunes born (Lisbon) Portuguese composer. Died 2012
  • Muddy Waters records three more songs for Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress

releases

  • Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra – I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good / Chocolate Shake (Victor)
  • Billie Holiday – Love Me or Leave Me / Jim (Okeh)
  • Lonnie Johnson – Crowing Rooster / That’s Love (Bluebird)
  • Glenn Miller and his Orchestra – Chattanooga Choo Choo / I Know Why (Bluebird) 
  • Burl Ives – Okeh Presents the Wayfaring Stranger (Okeh) 4 x 78rpm records

Blue plaque marking Muddy Waterss cabin on Stovall Plantation, MS

Sep

1

  • Norman Z. McLeod’s film Lady Be Good opens, starring Eleanor Powell & Robert Young. Music by Roger Edens, Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II, George and Ira Gershwin

2

  • Artie Shaw & his Orchestra record a session for Victor in New York. Lee Castle, Max Kaminsky, Steve Lipkins (tp) Oran Page (tp, vo) Jack Jenney, Ray Conniff, Morey Samel (tb) Artie Shaw (cl) Les Robinson, Chuck DiMaggio (as) Georgie Auld, Mickey Folus (ts) Artie Baker (bars) Leo Persner, Bernie Tinterow, Raoul Poliakine, Leonard Posner, Max Berman, Irving Raymond, Bill Ehrenkranz, Alex Beller, Truman Boardman (vln) Morris Kohn, Sam Rosenblum, Lenny Atkins (vla) Fred Goerner, George Taliarkin, Ed Sodero (cel) Johnny Guarnieri (p) Mike Bryan (g) Eddie McKinney (b) Dave Tough (d). Tracks cut include Blues in the Night & This Time the Dream’s On Me

7

  • Eleazar de Carvalho’s opera Tiradentes premiered in Rio de Janeiro. Lib. de Carvalho

8

  • Phillip Wilson born (St Louis, MO) American jazz, rock and blues drummer. Member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, the Butterfield Blues Band, Lester Bowie and Anthony Braxton. Died 1992

9

  • Otis Redding born (Dawson, GA) American soul singer, songwriter. Died 1967

10

  • Christopher Hogwood born (Nottingham) English conductor, harpsichordist, writer, musicologist. Founder of the Academy of Ancient Music, Cambridge.

11

  • Edgar Bainton’s Symphony No. 2 premiered in Sydney
  • Arthur Crudup makes his first recordings for RCA-Victor in Chicago

13

  • David Clayton-Thomas born (Kingston upon Thames) Canadian rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer. Member of Blood, Sweat & Tears.

14

  • Alberto Naranjo born (Caracas) Venezuelan Latin jazz percussionist, bandleader, composer, arranger.

15

  • Signe Toly Anderson born (Seattle, WA) American rock singer. Member of Jefferson Airplane.

16

  • Joe Butler born (Long Island, NY) American rock drummer, singer. Member of the Lovin’ Spoonful.

19

  • Cass Elliott born (Baltimore, MD) American pop singer. Member of the Mamas and the Papas. Died 1974

21

  • Benjamin Britten’s String Quartet no.1 op.25 premiered in Los Angeles

23

  • Norma Winstone born (London) English jazz singer.

24

  • Black Stalin aka Leroy Calliste born (San Fernando, Trinidad) Trinidadian calypso singer, songwriter, dancer, activist.
  • Linda McCartney née Eastman born (Scarsdale, NY) American keyboard player, photographer, animal rights activist. Wife of Paul McCartney. Member of Wings. Died 1998

25

  • André Tanker born (Port of Spain) Trinidadian folk and jazz composer, guitarist, percussionist. Died 2003
  • Sidney Lanfield’s film You’ll Never Get Rich opens, starring Fred Astaire & Rita Hayworth. Music by Cole Porter, Morris W. Stoloff

26

  • Salvatore Accardo born (Turin) Italian classical violinist, conductor.
  • Dexter Gordon makes his first (live) recordings with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra at the Hotel Sherman in Chicago

27

  • Henry Cowell marries Sidney Robertson in New York

28

  • Mike Osborne born (Hereford) English jazz alto saxophonist, clarinetist, pianist, bandleader. Worked with Brotherhood of Breath, John Surman, Mike Westbrook and others. Died 2007

unk

  • William McKie appointed organist and choirmaster at Westminster Abbey, a post he holds until 1963

releases

  • Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra – Just A-Settin’ and A-Rockin’ / Moon Over Cuba (Victor)
  • Ink Spots – I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire / Hey Doc! (Decca)
  • Memphis Minnie – In My Girlish Days / My Gage Is Going Up (Okeh)
  • Big Maceo Merriweather – Worried Life Blues / Texas Blues (Bluebird)
  • Robert Petway – Catfish Blues / Ride ‘Em On Down (Bluebird)
  • Sonny Boy Williamson – You Got to Step Back / Sloppy Drunk Blues (Bluebird)
nevergetrich

Poster for Sidney Lanfields Youll Never Get Rich

Oct

1

  • LaMont Johnson born (New York, NY) American jazz pianist. Worked with Jackie McLean and others. Died 1999

2

  • Ron Meagher born (Oakland, CA) American pop guitarist. Member of the Beau Brummels from 1964 to 1967.

3

  • Chubby Checker aka Ernest Evans born (Spring Gulley, SC) American R&B and rock singer, songwriter.
  • Wilhelm Kienzl (84) dies in Vienna

4

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Household Music for string quartet premiered in London

6

  • Lord Shorty aka Ras Shorty I aka Garfield Blackman born (Barrackpore, Trinidad) Trinidadian soca singer, songwriter, musician. Died 2000

8

  • Gus Kahn (54) dies in Los Angeles
  • Michael Powell’s film 49th Parallel released with music by Ralph Vaughan Williams

9

  • Helen Morgan (41) dies in Chicago of cirrhosis

11

  • Lester Bowie born (Frederick, MD) American jazz trumpeter. Member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago and Brass Fantasy. Died 1999

13

  • Paul Simon born (Newark Heights, NJ) American rock, pop and folk singer, songwriter, guitarist. Worked with Art Garfunkel and solo.

14

  • The original trio line up of the Carter Family make their final recordings in New York after which AP Carter and Sara Carter retire from the music industry. Maybelle Carter continues with her daughters Helen, June and Anita

15

  • Don Stevenson born (Seattle, WA) American rock singer, songwriter, drummer. Founding member of Moby Grape.

16

  • Derek Bourgeois born (Kingston upon Thames) English composer.

17

  • William Schuman’s Symphony No.3 premiered in Boston

19

  • Ernest Bloch’s Baal Shem for violin and orchestra premiered in New York

21

  • Steve Cropper born (Willow Spring, MO) American soul, R&B and rock guitarist, songwriter, record producer, session musician. Member of the Mar-Keys and Booker T & the MGs.
  • Aaron Copland’s Piano Sonata premiered in Buenos Aires

23

  • William Grant Still’s Plain-chant for America for chorus and orchestra premiered in New York

25

  • Helen Reddy born (Melbourne) Australian-American pop singer, actress.

27

  • Georgette Leblanc (66) dies in Cannes, France

28

  • Hank Marvin aka Brian Rankin born (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) English pop guitarist, songwriter. Member of the Shadows.

29

  • Cole Porter, Herbert & Dorothy Fields’ musical Let’s Face It! opens on Broadway (541 performances)

30

  • Otis Williams born (Texarkana, TX) American soul singer, songwriter, record producer. Member of the Temptations.

31

  • Chu Berry (33) dies in Conneaut, OH of injuries sustained in a car crash

unk

  • Dmitri Shostakovich and his family are evacuated from Leningrad to Samara

releases

  • Big Bill [Broonzy] – All By Myself / Double Trouble (Okeh)
  • Cab Calloway and his Orchestra – Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol’ Me) / Says Who? Says You, Says I (Okeh)
  • Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra – Rocks in My Bed / Bli-Blip (Victor)

Chu Berry 1908-41

Nov

1

  • Bob Curnow born (Easton, PA) American jazz trombonist, composer, arranger, record producer, teacher. Worked with Stan Kenton and Pat Metheny.

2

  • Brian Poole born (Barking, Essex) English pop singer, songwriter. member of the Tremeloes.
  • Bruce Welch born (Bognor Regis) English pop guitarist, songwriter, record producer, singer. Member of the Shadows.

5

  • Art Garfunkel born (Queens, NY) American folk and pop singer, actor. Worked with Paul Simon and solo.

6

  • Guy Clark born (Rockport, TX) American country singer, songwriter, guitarist.

7

  • Arthur Lourié’s Symphony no.2 “Kormtchaya” premiered in Boston

8

  • Simon Standage born (High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire) English violinist, conductor.

9

  • Tom Fogerty born (Berkeley, CA) American rock guitarist. Member of Creedence Clearwater Revival. Brother of John Fogerty (b.1945). Died 1990

11

  • Alex North’s Rhapsody for piano and orchestra premiered in New York

12

  • Jenny McLeod born (Wellington, New Zealand) New Zealand composer, teacher.

14

  • Bohuslav Martinu’s Concerto grosso for orchestra premiered in Boston

15

  • Jim Dickinson born (Little Rock, AR) American record producer, pianist, singer. Died 2009

16

  • Angelo Gilardino born (Vercelli, Italy) Italian composer, guitarist, musicologist.

17

  • Virgil Thomson’s Symphony no.2 premiered in Seattle

21

  • İdil Biret born (Ankara) Turkish concert pianist.
  • David Porter born (Memphis, TN) American soul and R&B songwriter, record producer, pianist, singer.
  • Paul Hindemith’s Symphony in Eb premiered in Minneapolis
  • The radio program King Biscuit Time is broadcast for the first time on KFFA in Helena, AR

22

  • Ron McClure born (New Haven, CT) American jazz bassist. Worked with Wynton Kelly, Charles Lloyd, Carla Bley, Blood Sweat & Tears and others.

23

  • Paul Hindemith’s Sonata for english horn and piano premiered in New York

24

  • Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn born (Memphis, TN) American soul, R&B and rock bassist, record producer, session musician. Member of Booker T & the MGs. Died 2012
  • Pete Best born (Madras) English rock drummer. Founding member of the Beatles.

25

  • Percy Sledge born (Leighton, AL) American soul singer.
  • Henri Christiné (73) dies in Paris
  • The Stan Kenton Orchestra begins a six week residency at the Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles

27

  • Eddie Rabbitt born (Brooklyn, NY) American country singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 1998

28

  • Jesper Thilo born (Copenhagen) Danish jazz tenor and alto saxophonist, clarinetist, bandleader.
  • Benjamin Britten’s Scottish Ballad for 2 pianos and orchestra premiered in Cincinnati

29

  • The Glenn Miller orchestra’s Chattanooga Choo Choo is the Billboard number one single for the first in a total of 9 weeks

releases

  • Benny Goodman and his Orchestra – Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love) / The Earl (Okeh)
  • Billie Holiday and her Orchestra – Gloomy Sunday / I’m in a Low Down Groove (Okeh)

Arthur Lourié 1892-1966

Dec

2

  • Tom McGuinness born (London) English rock and blues bassist, songwriter, record producer. Member of Manfred Mann, McGuinness Flint and the Blues Band.

3

  • Christian Sinding (85) dies in Oslo

7

  • Cecil Forsyth (71) dies in New York

9

  • Dan Hicks born (Little Rock, AR) American country, folk and pop singer songwriter, guitarist, drummer. Worked with the Charlatans, Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks and solo.
  • Benjamin Britten’s Mazurka elegiaca for 2 pianos premiered on BBC radio

10

  • Kyu Sakamoto born (Kawasaki, Japan) Japanese popular singer, songwriter, musician, actor. Died 1985
  • Carlo Sigmund Taube and his family are deported to the Theresienstadt concentration camp in Czechoslovakia

11

  • Alberto Ginastera marries pianist Mercedes de Toro in Buenos Aires
  • Freddy Johnson arrested by the Nazi authorities in Amsterdam and sent to an internment camp in Bavaria

12

  • Tim Hauser born (Troy, NY) American jazz and pop singer. Founding member of Manhattan Transfer.
  • Joe Williams records a session for Bluebird in Chicago. Tracks cut include Baby Please Don’t Go; Break ‘Em On DownHighway 49 & Some Day Baby

15

  • Leon Jessel is arrested in Berlin and tortured by the Gestapo. He dies of his injuries on 4 Jan 1942

18

  • Sam Andrew (Taft, CA) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of Big Brother and the Holding Company.
  • Bobby Elliott born (Burnley) English rock and pop drummer. Member of the Hollies from 1963.
  • Wadada Leo Smith born (Leland, MS) American jazz trumpeter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader. Worked with Anthony Braxton, Henry Kaiser, John Zorn and others.

19

  • Maurice White (Memphis, TN) American soul, funk and jazz singer, songwriter, drummer, producer, session musician. Member of the Ramsey Lewis Trio and Earth, Wind & Fire and solo artist.
  • Darius Milhaud’s Piano Concerto no.2 op.225 premiered in Chicago
  • David Diamond’s Symphony no.1 premiered in New York

20

  • Michael Hurley born (Bucks Co, PA) American folk and country singer, songwriter, guitarist, banjo player, fiddler, pianist.

21

  • John Hicks born (Atlanta, GA) American jazz pianist, composer, bandleader. Worked with the Jazz Messengers, Betty Carter, David Murray and others. Died 2006
  • Peetie Wheatstraw (39) dies in a car crash in St Louis, MO when out celebrating his 39th birthday. He and some friends try to beat a train at a crossing but don’t make it. His death makes the front page of the 15 Jan 1942 issue of Downbeat magazine

22

  • Jurgis Karnavičius (57) dies in Kaunas, Lithuania

23

  • Tim Hardin born (Eugene, OR) American folk singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist. Died 1980

24

  • Siegfried Alkan (83) dies in Mainz, Germany

25

  • Don Pullen born (Roanoke, VA) American jazz pianist, organist, composer. Worked with Charles Mingus, George Adams, David Murray and others. Died 1995
  • Bing Crosby sings Irving Berlin’s White Christmas on his radio show, the song’s first public performance
  • Hilding Rosenberg’s cantata Julhymn av Romanus premiered on Swedish radio, Stockholm, lib. H. Gullberg

26

  • Robert Russell Bennett’s Violin Concerto premiered on NBC radio

27

  • Mike Pinder born (Birmingham) English rock singer, songwriter, keyboard player, guitarist. Member of the Moody Blues.

29

  • Ray Thomas born (Stourport, Worcs) English rock singer, songwriter, flautist. Member of the Moody Blues.
  • Robert Hood Bowers (64) dies in New York

releases

  • Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five – I’m Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town / Knock Me a Kiss (Decca)
  • Glenn Miller and his Orchestra – A String of Pearls / Day Dreaming (Bluebird)

date unknown

  • Arthur Benjamin appointed conductor of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Symphony Orchestra, a post he holds until 1946

publications

  • W. C. Handy’s autobiography Father of the Blues published by MacMillan in New York
  • John & Alan Lomax’s Our Singing Country published in New York

Songs published

  • Blues In The Night (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen); Five Guys Named Moe (Larry Wynn, Jerry Bresler); God Bless The Child (Arthur Herzog, Billie Holiday); I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good) (Paul Francis Webster, Duke Ellington); Take The “A” Train (Billy Strayhorn); The White Cliffs of Dover (Nat Burton, Walter Kent)

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