1944

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Jan

2

  • Péter Eötvös born (Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania) Hungarian composer, conductor.

3

  • David Atherton born (Blackpool) English conductor. Co-founder of the London Sinfonietta.

4

  • Bud Powell cuts his first sides for Hit in New York with the Cootie Williams Sextet. Cootie Williams (tp, vo) Eddie Vinson (as, vo) Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis (ts) Bud Powell (p) Norman Keenan (b) Sylvester Payne (d). Tracks cut include You Talk A Little Trash; Floogie Boo; I Don’t Know & Gotta Do Some War Work, Baby

5

  • William Grant Still’s orchestral work In memoriam: The Colored Soldiers Who Died for Democracy premiered in New York

6

  • Alan Stivell aka Alan Cochevelou born (Riom, France) French Celtic harp player, singer.

9

  • Jimmy Page born (Heston) English rock guitarist, songwriter. Member of the Yardbirds and founder member of Led Zeppelin.
  • Johanna Beyer (55) dies in New York of Lou Gehrig’s disease

11

  • York Höller born (Leverkusen, Germany) German composer, teacher.

12

  • Viktoria Postnikova born (Moscow) Russian concert pianist.

13

  • Igor Stravinsky’s Circus Polka & 4 Norwegian Moods for orchestra premiered in Cambridge, MA
  • Ernest Tubb records a session for Decca in Los Angeles. Ernest Tubb (vo, g) Jimmie Short, Melvin Leon Short (g) Tommy Paige (b) Johnny Sapp (vln). Tracks cut include Tomorrow Never Comes; Soldier’s Last Letter; Careless Darlin’ & Yesterday’s Tears

16

  • Katherine Anderson born (Ann Arbor, MI) American soul singer. member of the Marvelettes from 1960 to 1970.
  • Dieter Moebius born (Appenzell, Switzerland) Swiss-German electronic musician, composer. Member of Kluster, Cluster and Harmonia and solo artist.

17

  • Françoise Hardy born (Paris) French pop singer, songwriter, actress.
  • Aaron Copland’s Sonata for violin and piano premiered in New York

18

  • Al Foster born (Richmond, VA) American jazz drummer. Worked with Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner and others.
  • “Legs” Larry Smith born (Oxford) English jazz and rock drummer. Member of the Bonzo Dog Doodah Band.
  • The first ever jazz concert to be held at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York takes place featuring Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden

19

  • Harold Fraser-Simson (71) dies in Inverness, Scotland following a fall at his home

20

  • Paul Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes of Weber premiered in New York

21

  • Chris Britton born (Watford) English rock guitarist. Founder member of the Troggs.
  • Diodato “Uto” Ughi born (Busto Arsizio, Italy) Italian violinist, conductor.

23

  • Henry Cowell’s United Music for orchestra premiered in Detroit

24

  • Roberto Gerhard’s ballet Pandora premiered in Cambridge

27

  • Kevin Coyne born (Derby) English rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 2004
  • Nick Mason born (Birmingham) English rock drummer, record producer. Founder member of Pink Floyd.

28

  • Brian Keenan born (New York, NY) American funk and rock drummer. Member of the Chambers Brothers. Died 1985
  • John Tavener born (London) English composer.
  • Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony no.1 “Jeremiah” premiered in Pittsburgh
  • Cole Porter, Herbert & Dorothy Fields’ musical Mexican Hayride opens on Broadway (481 performances)

29

  • Randy Fuller born (Hobbs, NM) American rock bassist. Member of the Bobby Fuller Four. Brother of Bobby Fuller (1942-66).
  • Steve Reid born (New York, NY) American jazz drummer, session player. Worked with Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Fela Kuti, Sun Ra and others. Died 2010

30

  • Lynn Harrell born (New York) American classical cellist, teacher.

31

  • Charlie Musselwhite born (Kosciusko, MS) American blues singer, harmonica player, songwriter, guitarist.

unk

  • Józef Koffler (47) dies in Krosno, Poland. Date and cause of death unknown, but he was hiding out from Nazis after escaping the liquidation of the Ghetto at Wieliczka
  • György Ligeti is arrested and sent to a forced labour camp. His family is sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau where his mother is the only one to survive

releases

  • Benny Carter – Poinciana / Hurry Hurry (Capitol)

Billboard in Times Square, New York for Cole Porter, Herbert & Dorothy Fields musical Mexican Hayride

Feb

2

  • Andrew Davis born (Ashridge, Herts) English conductor.
  • Ursula Oppens born (New York) American concert pianist, teacher.

3

  • Yvette Guilbert (79) dies in Aix-en-Provence, France

5

  • Al Kooper born (Brooklyn, NY) American rock keyboard player, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, session musician, songwriter. Member of Blues Project and Blood, Sweat & Tears and solo artist.

6

  • Willie ‘Tee’ Turbinton born (New Orleans, LA) American soul and R&B singer, songwriter, keyboard player, record producer. Died 2007
  • Philip Michael Faraday (69) dies in London
  • Arnold Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto premiered in New York

7

  • Antoni Wit born (Krakow) Polish conductor, teacher.
  • Lina Cavalieri (69) killed during an allied bombing raid near Florence

10

  • Alfred Bachelet (79) dies in Nancy, France

13

  • George Antheil’s Symphony No.4 premiered on NBC Radio

15

  • Mick Avory born (East Molesey, Surrey) English rock drummer. Member of the Kinks from 1964 to 1984.
  • Henry Threadgill born (Chicago, IL) American jazz saxophonist, flautist, composer, bandleader. Worked with Air (jazz group), David Murray, Bill Laswell, his own groups and many others.
  • Paul Hindemith’s Ludus Tonalis [Tonal Game] for piano premiered in Chicago

16

  • Sigiswald Kuijken born (Dilbeek, Belgium) Belgian violinist, viola player, conductor.
  • Bob Zurke (32) dies a day after collapsing in a nightclub in Los Angeles
  • (& 22 Feb) Coleman Hawkins records two sessions for Apollo Records in New York. Vic Coulsen, Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Vanderveer (tp) Leonard Lowry, Leo Parker (as) Ray Abrams, Don Byas, Coleman Hawkins (ts) Budd Johnson (bars) Clyde Hart (p) Oscar Pettiford (b) Max Roach (d). Tracks cut include Woody’n You; Bu-Dee-Daht & Yesterdays. These are Dizzy Gillespie’s first official recordings

17

  • Karl Jenkins born (Penclawdd, Wales) Welsh composer, conductor, jazz saxophonist, keyboard player, oboist.

19

  • Ron Mathewson born (Lerwick, Shetland) Scottish jazz bassist. Worked with Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott, Gordon Beck and many others.

20

  • Lew Soloff born (New York, NY) American jazz trumpeter, flugelhorn player, composer, actor. Worked with Blood Sweat and Tears, Carla Bley, Manhattan Jazz Quintet and others.
  • Benjamin Britten’s The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard for choir and piano premiered in Eichstätt POW camp, Germany
  • The Gewandhaus, Leipzig (home to the Lepizig Gewandhaus Orchestra) is destroyed in an air raid.

22

  • Mick Green born (Matlock) English rock guitarist, session musician. Member of Johnny Kidd & the Pirates, Billy J Kramer & the Dakotas and the Pirates. Died 2010

23

  • Florian Fricke born (Lindau, Germany) German electronic musician, pianist, composer. Founder member of Popol Vuh. Died 2001
  • Johnny Winter born (Beaumont, TX) American blues guitarist, singer, record producer. Brother of Edgar Winter (b.1946).
  • Arnold Bax’s To Russia for baritone and orchestra premiered in London

24

  • Nicky Hopkins born (London) English rock pianist, session musician. Died 1994

29

  • Durward Lely (91) dies in Glasgow

releases

  • Ella Fitzgerald and the Ink Spots – Cow Cow Boogie / When My Sugar Walks Down the Street (Decca) 
  • Stan Kenton – Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me / Harlem Folk Dance (Capitol)

Bob Zurke 1912-44 (at the piano) and his band

Mar

1

  • Mike d’Abo born (Betchworth, Surrey) English rock and pop singer, songwriter. Member of Manfred Mann and A Band of Angels.
  • Roger Daltrey born (London) English rock singer, actor. Founder member of the Who.

2

  • Leif Segerstam born (Vaasa, Finland) Finnish conductor, composer.
  • Nikol Galanderian (62) dies in Yerevan, Armenia
  • Alfred Newman’s music for Henry King’s film The Song of Bernadette wins the best dramatic score Oscar at the 16th Academy Awards. Ray Heindorf’s music for Michael Curtiz’s film This Is the Army wins the award for best musical score

3

  • Samuel Barber’s Symphony no.2 premiered in Boston

4

  • Bobby Womack born (Cleveland, OH) American R&B and soul singer, songwriter, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist. Member of the Valentinos and solo artist.
  • Vivian Fine’s Suite in E Flat for piano premiered in New York
  • James P Johnson records a session for Blue Note in New York. Sidney DeParis (tp) Vic Dickenson (tb) Ben Webster (ts) James P. Johnson (p) Jimmy Shirley (g) John Simmons (b) Sidney Catlett (d). Tracks cut include After You’ve Gone & Joy Mentin’

5

  • Walter Piston’s Symphony No.2 premiered in New York

6

  • Kiri Te Kanawa born (Gisborne, New Zealand) New Zealand soprano singer.
  • Mary Wilson born (Greenville, MS) American soul and pop singer. Member of the Supremes from 1959 to 1977.
  • Dimitri Shostakovich’s Eight British and American Folk Songs premiered in Moscow

7

  • Townes Van Zandt born (Fort Worth, TX) American country and folk singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 1997

14

  • Boris Brott born (Montreal) Canadian conductor, founder of the Brott Music Festival (1988). Son of Alexander Brott (1915-2005), brother of Denis Brott (b.1950).
  • Pavel Chesnokov (66) dies in Moscow
  • William Grant Still’s Suite for violin and piano premiered in Boston

15

  • Joachim Kühn born (Leipzig) German jazz and classical pianist, composer.
  • Alexander Alexandrov and Sergey Mikhalkov’s Hymn adopted as the national anthem of the Soviet Union, replacing The Internationale. The lyrics mentioning Stalin were abandoned in 1953, and the anthem remained instrumental until 1977 when new words were written. In 2000, the tune was readopted as the Russian National Anthem with new lyrics by Mikhalkov

17

  • John Lill born (London) English concert pianist.
  • John Sebastian born (New York, NY) American rock and folk singer, songwriter, harmonica player, guitarist, autoharp player. Member of the Lovin’ Spoonful and solo artist.
  • William Grant Still’s Pages from Negro History for orchestra premiered in Westminster, MD

19

  • Myung-wha Chung born (Seoul) Korean cellist, teacher. Sister of Myung-whun Chung (b.1953) and Kyung-wha Chung (b.1948).
  • Tom Constanten born (Long Branch, NJ) Rock, classical and avant-garde keyboard player, teacher. Member of the Grateful Dead from 1968 to 1970.
  • Michael Tippett’s oratorio A Child of Our Time premiered in London

20

  • John Cameron born (Woodford, Essex) English composer, arranger, conductor, songwriter. Member of CCS.

22

  • John Fodi born (Nagytevel, Hungary) Hungaro-Canadian composer, music librarian. Died 2009

23

  • Michael Nyman born (London) English composer, pianist.
  • Henry Cowell’s Hymn and Fuguing Tune no.2 for strings premiered on WEAF radio, New York

24

  • Ernst Krenek’s Cantata for Wartime premiered in Minneapolis

26

  • Diana Ross born (Detroit, MI) American pop and soul singer, actress. Member of the Supremes from 1959 to 1970 and solo artist.

31

  • Mick Ralphs born (Stoke Lacy, Hereford) English rock guitarist, songwriter. Founding member of Mott the Hoople and Bad Company.

unk

  • Benny Goodman’s orchestra temporarily disbands

releases

  • Jimmie Lunceford – Back Door Stuff parts 1 and 2 (Decca)

Michael Tippett – A Child of Our Time (Chandos)

Apr

1

  • Vladimir Krainev born (Krasnoyarsk, Russia) Russian concert pianist, teacher. Died 2011

3

  • Tony Orlando aka Michael Anthony Orlando Cassaviti born (New York) American pop singer
  • Gottfried von Einem’s Concerto for Orchestra premiered in Berlin

4

  • Alma Rosé (37) dies in Auschwitz-Birkenau, probably of food poisoning
  • Karel Weis (82) dies in Prague

5

  • Evan Parker born (Bristol) English jazz saxophonist. Worked with Derek Bailey, the Globe Unity Orchestra, Anthony Braxton, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Cecil Taylor and many others as well as his own groups.
  • John Cage’s prepared piano works The Perilous Night; Tossed as it is Untroubled; Root of an Unfocus; Spontaneous Earth; The Unavailable Memory of & Triple-Paced No.2 premiered in New York

6

  • John Stax aka John Fullegar born (Crayford) English rock bassist. Member of the Pretty Things from 1963 to 1967.

7

  • Pat LaBarbera born (Mt Morris, NY) Canadian-American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, flautist. Worked with Buddy Rich, Elvin Jones, his own groups and others.

8

  • Keith “Keef” Hartley born (Preston) English rock drummer, bandleader. Worked with the Artwoods, John Mayall and led the Keef Hartley Band. Died 2011
  • Guy Bolton, Eddie Davis, Dan Shapiro, Milton Pascal & Phil Charig’s musical Follow the Girls opens on Broadway (888 performances)

9

  • Gene Parsons born (Los Angeles, CA) American rock singer, drummer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, recording engineer. Member of the Byrds from 1968 to 1972. Also worked with the Flying Burrito Brothers, Nashville West, Parsons Green and as a solo artist.

10

  • Arnold Schoenberg’s Variations on a Recitative op.40 for organ premiered in New York

12

  • John Kay aka Joachim Krauledat born (Sovetsk, Russia) German-Canadian rock singer, guitarist. Founder member of Steppenwolf.

13

  • Jack Casady born (Washington, DC) American rock bassist. Member of Jefferson Airplane from 1965 to 1972, founding member of Hot Tuna, and member of Jefferson Starship from 1992 to 2000.
  • Brian Pendleton born (Wolverhampton) Rock guitarist. Member of the Pretty Things from 1963 to 1966. Died 2001
  • Cécile Chaminade (86) dies in Monte Carlo

15

  • Dave Edmunds born (Cardiff) Welsh rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of Love Sculpture and solo artist.

16

  • Dennis Russell Davies born (Toledo, OH) American conductor, pianist.
  • Woody Guthrie makes his first commercial solo recordings for Asch Records. By the end of the month, more than 150 songs had been recorded
  • Paul Hindemith’s The Expiring Frog for bass voice and piano premiered in New Haven, CT
  • Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de estío for violin and orchestra premiered in Lisbon

17

  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s incidental music for the spectacle Russkaya reka [Russian River] premiered in Moscow

18

  • Leonard Bernstein’s ballet Fancy Free premiered in New York

19

  • Bernie Worrell born (Long Branch, NJ) American funk, jazz and rock keyboard player, session musician. Worked with Funkadelic – Parliament, Talking Heads, Praxis and others as well as solo.
  • Jimmie Noone (48) dies in Los Angeles following a heart attack

21

  • Peter Kowald born (Meiningen, Germany) German jazz and avant-garde bassist, session player. Worked with the Globe Unity Orchestra, London Jazz Composers’ Orchestra and others. Died 2002
  • Tony Macaulay aka Anthony Instone born (London) English popular songwriter, theatre composer, novelist.

22

  • Joshua Rifkin born (New York) American conductor, ragtime pianist, musicologist.
  • Harry Partch’s Barstow: Eight Hitchhiker Inscriptions from a Highway Railing at Barstow, California for voice and adapted guitar; San Francisco: a Setting of the Cries of Two Newsboys on a Foggy Night in the Twenties for voice, adapted viola, chromelodeon and kithara; US Highball: a Musical Account of a Transcontinental Hobo Trip for guitar, chromelodeon and kithara & YD Fantasy for soprano, tin flutes, tin oboe, flexatone and chromelodeon premiered in New York

23

  • Marion Harris (48) dies in New York in a hotel fire started when she fell asleep smoking in bed

24

  • Tony Visconti born (Brooklyn, NY) American record producer, bass guitarist. Worked with David Bowie, T Rex, Wings, Thin Lizzy and many others.

25

  • Mike Kogel born (Berlin) German rock and pop singer, songwriter. Member of Los Bravos from 1965 to 1968.

27

  • Elliott Carter’s Symphony no.1 premiered in Rochester, NY

29

  • Wynonie Harris joins the Lucky Millinder Orchestra replacing Trevor Bacon

unk

  • Béla Bartók diagnosed with leukaemia

releases

  • King Cole Trio – Straighten Up and Fly Right / I Can’t See For Lookin’ (Capitol)
  • Lionel Hampton Orchestra feat. Dinah Washington – Evil Gal Blues / Homeward Bound (Keynote)
  • Coleman Hawkins – Bu-Dee-Daht / Yesterdays (Apollo)
  • Coleman Hawkins – Disorder At The Border / Feeling Zero (Apollo)
  • Coleman Hawkins – Woody’n You / Rainbow Mist (Apollo)
  • Louis Jordan – Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby / GI Jive (Decca)
  • Ernest Tubb – Soldier’s Last Letter / Yesterday’s Tears (Decca)
  • Cootie Williams and his Orchestra feat. Eddie Vinson – Cherry Red Blues / Things Ain’t What They Used to Be (Hit)

Harry Partch 1901-74

May

3

  • Dmitri Pokrovsky born (Moscow) Russian Folklorist, folk music researcher, bandleader, composer, musician, teacher. Died 1996
  • Pete Staples born (Andover) English rock bassist. Founder member of the Troggs.

4

  • Peggy Santiglia born (Belleville, NJ) American pop singer, songwriter. Member of the Angels from 1962 to 1965.

6

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Symphony no.2 premiered in Rio de Janeiro

7

  • Alison Bauld born (Sydney) Australian writer, composer, teacher.

8

  • Ethel Smyth (86) dies in Woking, Surrey

9

  • Richie Furay born (Yellow Springs, OH) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of Buffalo Springfield, Poco and the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band and solo artist.

13

  • Carolyn Franklin born (Memphis, TN) American soul singer, songwriter. Sister of Aretha (b.1942) & Erma (1938-2002) Franklin. Died 1988

14

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s March op.99 for concert band premiered in Moscow

15

  • Leonard Bernstein’s Seven Anniversaries for piano premiered in Boston

16

  • Billy Cobham born (Panama) Panamanian-American jazz drummer, bandleader, composer. Worked with Miles Davis, the Mahavishnu Orchestra and his own groups.
  • Leone Sinigaglia (75) dies in Turin following a heart attack during an arrest. As a Jew, he was among those being rounded up by the Nazi occupation forces to be sent north to the extermination camps

17

  • Jesse Winchester born (Bossier City, LA) American pop, country and folk songwriter, singer, guitarist.

18

  • Albert Hammond born (London) English rock singer, songwriter, record producer. Father of Albert Hammond Jr. (b. 1980).

20

  • Joe Cocker born (Sheffield) English rock singer, actor.
  • Boudewijn de Groot born (Batavia, Indonesia in a Japanese concentration camp). Dutch pop singer, songwriter, guitarist.
  • Vincent Rose (63) dies in Rockville Centre, NY

23

  • Tiki Fulwood born (Philadelphia, PA) American funk drummer. Member of Funkadelic – Parliament. Died 1979

24

  • Patti Labelle born (Philadelphia, PA) American soul singer, actress. Led the Blue Belles and Labelle and worked solo.

25

  • Wynonie Harris makes his first recordings for Decca in New York with the Lucky Millinder Orchestra. Tracks cut include Who Threw the Whiskey In the Well

28

  • Gladys Knight born (Atlanta, GA) American soul singer. Led Gladys Knight & the Pips.
  • Billy Vera aka William McCord born (Riverside, CA) American soul and pop singer, songwriter, music historian.

30

  • Bruno Granichstaedten (64) dies in New York

releases

  • Billy Eckstein – Good Jelly Blues / I Stay In The Mood For You (DeLuxe)
  • Duke Ellington – My Little Brown Book / Someone (RCA Victor)
  • James P. Johnson – Victory Stride / Blue Mizz (Blue Note)
  • Lonnie Johnson – Lonesome Road / Baby Remember Me? (Bluebird)
  • Mills Brothers – You Always Hurt The One You Love / Till Then (Decca)
  • Count Basie – Blues by Basie (Columbia) 4 x 78rpm discs
Count Basie - Blues by Basie (Columbia)

Count Basie – Blues by Basie (Columbia)

Jun

2

  • Marvin Hamlisch born (New York, NY) American film and theatre composer. Died 2012

3

  • Michael Clarke aka Michael Dick born (Spokane, WA) American rock drummer. Member of the Byrds from 1964 to 1967. Died 1993

4

  • Michelle Phillips aka Holly Michelle Gilliam born (Long Beach, CA) American pop singer, actress. member of the Mamas and the Papas from 1965 to 1971.

5

  • Riccardo Zandonai (61) dies in Pesaro, Italy following a gallstone operation

6

  • Monty Alexander born (Kingston, Jamaica) Jamaican jazz pianist, bandleader.
  • Edgar Froese born (Sovetsk, Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia) German electronic musician, multi-instrumentalist, composer. Founding member of Tangerine Dream.

7

  • Clarence White born (Lewiston, ME) American rock and country guitarist. Member of the Kentucky Colonels from 1962 to 1965 and the Byrds from 1968 to 1973. Died 1973

8

  • William ‘Boz’ Scaggs born (Canton, OH) American rock and soul singer, songwriter, guitarist. Worked with the Steve Miller Band and as a solo artist.

10

  • Sylvio Lazzari (86) dies in Paris

14

  • Georges Barrère (67) dies in New York
  • Henry Cowell’s Hymn and Fuguing Tune for symphonic band premiered in New York

15

  • Eddie Hinton born (Jacksonville, FL) American blues and soul singer, guitarist, session musician. Died 1995

17

  • Chris Spedding aka Peter Robinson born (Staveley, Derbyshire) English rock guitarist, record producer, session musician.
  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata No. 2 premiered in Moscow

18

  • Paul Lansky born (New York) American composer, electronic and computer musician.

21

  • Miguel Vicens Danus born (Ferrol, Spain) Spanish rock and pop bass guitarist, songwriter. Member of Los Bravos from 1965 to 1968.
  • Ray Davies born (London) English rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of the Kinks. Brother of Dave Davies (b.1947).
  • Jon Hiseman born (London) English jazz and rock drummer, record producer, music publisher. Member of the Graham Bond Organisation, Bluesbreakers, Colosseum and Tempest.

22

  • Peter Asher born (London) English pop singer, band manager, record producer, record company executive. Worked with Gordon Waller as Peter & Gordon. Brother of actress Jane Asher (b.1946).

24

  • Jeff Beck born (Wallington) English rock guitarist, bandleader. Member of the Yardbirds, led the Jeff Beck Group and worked solo.
  • Arthur Brown born (Whitby) English rock singer, songwriter. Led the Crazy World of Arthur Brown.
  • John ‘Charlie’ Whitney born (Skipton) English rock guitarist, multi-instrumentalist. Worked with Family, Streetwalkers and other groups.
  • Chris Wood born (Birmingham) English rock saxophonist, flautist, songwriter. Member of Traffic from 1967 to 1974. Died 1983

25

  • Lucha Reyes (38) dies in Mexico City of an overdose of alcohol and pills

26

  • Arthur Doyle born (Birmingham, AL) American jazz tenor saxophonist, flautist, singer, bandleader.

27

  • Bill Caddick born (Wolverhampton) English folk singer, songwriter, guitarist, session musician. Worked with the Albion Band, Home Service and solo.

28

  • I-Roy aka Roy Samuel Reid born (St Thomas, Jamaica) Jamaican reggae DJ, songwriter. Died 1999

releases

  • Billie Holiday – I’ll Be Seeing You / I’ll Get By (Commodore)
  • Stan Kenton & His Orchestra – Artistry In Rhythm / Eager Beaver (Capitol)
  • Lucky Millinder – Hurry Hurry / I Can’t See for Lookin’ (Decca)
  • Benny Goodman Sextet (Columbia) 4 x 78rpm discs
Lucha Reyes 1906-44

Lucha Reyes 1906-44

Jul

2

  • The first Jazz at the Philharmonic concert is held in Los Angeles. The jam session series included a who’s who of jazz players and toured the US 18 times between 1945 and 1957, and Europe 8 times between 1952 and 1959

4

  • Harvey Brooks born (New York, NY) American jazz, rock and folk bass guitarist, session player. Worked with Bob Dylan, Electric Flag, the Doors, Miles Davis and many others.
  • Alice Burville (87) dies in Littlehampton, Sussex

6

  • Byron Berline born (Caldwell, KS) American country fiddler. Worked with Dillard & Clark, the Flying Burrito Brothers and others.

8

  • Jai Johanny Johanson born (Ocean Springs, MS) American rock and blues drummer. Founder member of the Allman Brothers Band.

13

  • Eda Kersey (40) dies in London of stomach cancer

14

  • Asmahan (25) dies in a car crash near Mansoura, Egypt

15

  • Iancu Dumitrescu born (Sibiu, Romania) Romanian composer.
  • Millie Jackson born (Thomson, GA) American soul singer, songwriter, radio broadcaster, comedian.

18

  • Ike Quebec records a session for Blue Note in New York. Ike Quebec (ts) Roger Ram Ramirez (p) Tiny Grimes (g) Milt Hinton (b) J.C. Heard (d). Tracks cut include Blue Harlem; Tiny’s Exercise; Indiana & She’s Funny That Way

19

  • Will Marion Cook (75) dies in Washington, DC

22

  • Rick Davies born (Swindon, Wiltshire) English rock singer, songwriter, keyboard player. Founding member of Supertramp.

24

  • O’Neill Spencer (34) dies in New York of tuberculosis

25

  • Hiroko Nakamura born (Yamanashi, Japan) Japanese concert pianist.

27

  • Bobbie Gentry aka Roberta Lee Streeter born (Chickasaw, MS) American country singer, songwriter.
  • Barbara Thompson born (Oxford) English jazz saxophonist, flautist, composer, session player. Worked with Colosseum and others.

28

  • Mike Bloomfield born (Chicago, IL) American blues, folk and rock guitarist. Member of the Butterfield Blues Band and Electric Flag. Died 1981
  • Henry Wood makes his final appearance as conductor at the Promenade Concerts in London

releases

  • Red Foley – Smoke on the Water / There’s a Blue Star Shining Bright (In a Window Tonight) (Decca)  
  • Lionel Hampton – Hamp’s Boogie Woogie / Chop Chop (Decca)
Ike Quebec 1918-63

Ike Quebec 1918-63

Aug

2

  • Jim Capaldi born (Evesham) English rock drummer, songwriter, singer. Member of  Traffic from 1967 to 1974 and solo artist. Died 2005
  • Albert Stinson born (Cleveland, OH) American jazz bassist. Worked with Chico Hamilton and Bobby Hutcherson. Died 1969
  • Naná Vasconcelos born (Recife, Brazil) Brazilian jazz percussionist, singer. Worked with Pat Metheny, Don Cherry, Gato Barbieri, Codona and others.
  • Joseph Bonnet (60) dies in St. Luce-sur-Mer, Quebec, Canada

3

  • Nino Bravo aka Luis Manuel Ferri Llopis born (Valencia) Spanish pop singer. Died 1973

4

  • Bobo Stenson born (Västerås, Sweden) Swedish jazz pianist, bandleader. Worked with Jan Garbarek, Charles Lloyd and Tomasz Stanko and led the Bobo Stenson Trio.

7

  • Agustín Barrios (59) dies in San Salvador
  • Billie Holiday signs to Decca Records

8

  • Michael Johnson born (Alamosa, CO) American country singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer.
  • John Renbourn born (London) English folk singer, guitarist, songwriter. Founder member of Pentangle and solo artist.
  • Aino Ackté (68) dies in Vihti, Finland of pancreatic cancer

15

  • Sylvie Vartan born (Sofia) French pop singer.

16

  • Kevin Ayers born (Herne Bay) English rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of Soft Machine from 1966 to 1969 and solo artist. Died 2013

18

  • Oscar Brashear born (Chicago, IL) American jazz trumpeter, session player. Worked with Horace Silver, Bobby Hutcherson, Earth, Wind and Fire and many others.

19

  • Henry Wood (75) dies in Hitchin, Hetrfordshire

21

  • Jackie DeShannon aka Sharon Lee Myers born (Hazel, KY) American pop singer, songwriter.
  • Robert Wright, George Forrest, Edvard Grieg & Milton Lazarus’ Song of Norway opens on Broadway (860 performances)

22

  • John Cage’s Four Walls for piano, singer and dancers premiered in Steamboat Springs, CO

23

  • Mykola Roslavets (63) dies in Moscow following a stroke

26

  • Maureen Tucker born (Levittown, NY) American rock drummer, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. Member of the Velvet Underground and solo artist.

27

  • Tim Bogert born (Ridgefield, NJ) American rock bass guitarist, singer, songwriter. Member of Vanilla Fudge and Beck, Bogert & Appice.
  • Barry Conyngham born (Sydney) Australian composer, writer, teacher, educationalist.

30

  • John Surman born (Tavistock) English jazz soprano and baritone saxophonist, clarinet player, bandleader, composer.

Scene from the 1944 Broadway production of Robert Wright, George Forrest, Edvard Grieg & Milton Lazarus Song of Norway

Sep

1

  • Archie Bell born (Henderson, TX) American soul singer. Led the Drells and worked as a solo artist.
  • Leonard Slatkin born (Los Angeles, CA) American conductor, composer.
  • José Pablo Moncayo’s Symphony premiered in Mexico City

3

  • František Drdla (75) dies in Bad Gastein, Austria
  • Paul Hindemith’s Theme and Variations: The Four Temperaments for piano and orchestra premiered in Boston

4

  • Nino Rota’s incidental music for R. Castellani, L. Longanesi, Steno and A.M. Milloss’s play Il suo cavallo [On his horse] premiered in Rome

5

  • Igor Stravinsky’s Scherzo à la Russe for jazz orchestra premiered in New York

8

  • Peter Bellamy born (Bournemouth) English folk singer, songwriter, concertina player. Member of the Young Tradition and solo artist. Died 1991
  • Jan van Gilse (64) dies in Oegstgeest, Netherlands of pneumonia while working with the Dutch resistance

12

  • Vladimir Spivakov born (Ufa, Russia) Russian conductor, violinist.
  • Barry White born (Galveston, TX) American soul singer, pianist, songwriter. Died 2003

13

  • Peter Cetera born (Chicago, IL) American rock singer, songwriter, bassist. Member of Chicago and solo artist.

15

  • The Tiny Grimes Quintette record a session for Savoy in New York. Charlie Parker (as) Clyde Hart (p) Tiny Grimes (g, vo) Jimmy Butts (b, vo) Doc West (d). Tracks cut include Tiny’s Tempo; I’ll Always Love You Just The Same; Romance Without Finance & Red Cross

16

  • Winston Grennan born (Duckenfield, Jamaica) Jamaican ska, reggae and rock drummer, session player, singer, songwriter. Died 2000
  • Betty Kelley born (Attala, AL) American pop and soul singer. Member of the Velvelettes from 1961 to 1964 and of Martha and the Vandellas from 1964 to 1967.

18

  • Rocío Jurado born (Chipiona, Andalucia, Spain) Spanish pop singer, actress. Died 2006

21

  • John Clark born (Brooklyn, NY) American jazz French Horn player, composer.

23

  • Eric Bogle born (Peebles) Scottish-Australian folk singer, songwriter, guitarist.
  • Ivan Martin Jirous born (Humpolec, Czech Rep) Czech poet, activist, artistic director. Worked with Plastic People of the Universe. Died 2011

29

  • Anne Briggs born (Nottingham) English folk singer, songwriter.
  • Mike Post aka Leland Michael Postil born (Berkeley, CA) American television composer.

30

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Concerto for oboe and strings premiered in Liverpool

releases

  • Nat Cole Trio – Gee Baby Ain’t I Good To You / I Realize Now (Capitol)
  • Harry the Hipster Gibson – Boogie-Woogie In Blue (Musicraft) 4 x 78rpm discs
  • Josh White Sings Easy (Asch) 3 x 78rpm discs
Tiny Grimes 1916-89

Tiny Grimes 1916-89

Oct

1

  • Carlo Sigmund Taube (44) murdered in Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp

2

  • Ton Koopman born (Zwolle, Netherlands) Dutch conductor, organist, harpsichordist.

4

  • Eddie Gomez born (Santurce, Puerto Rico) Puerto Rican jazz bassist. Worked with Bill Evans, Chick Corea and others.
  • Sig Herzig, Fred Saidy, Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg’s musical Bloomer Girl opens on Broadway (654 performances)

7

  • Judee Sill born (Oakland, CA) American folk singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 1979

8

  • Samuel Barber’s Capricorn Concerto op.21 for flute, oboe, trumpet and strings premiered in New York

9

  • John Entwistle born (London) English rock bassist, songwriter, record producer. Founder member of the Who. Died 2002
  • Nona Hendryx born (Trenton, NJ) American soul singer, songwriter, record producer, actress. Member of the Blue Belles, LaBelle and solo artist.
  • Gideon Klein completes his String Trio in Theresienstadt concentration camp, nine days before he is sent to Auschwitz

12

  • The ‘Columbus Day Riot’ occurs. Thousands of fans who fail to get into a sold out Frank Sinatra show at the Paramount Theatre in New York, take to the streets smashing shop windows
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ String Quartet in a minor premiered in London

13

  • Lyell Cresswell born (Wellington, New Zealand) New Zealand composer.
  • Robert Lamm born (Brooklyn, NY) American rock singer, songwriter, keyboard player, record producer. Founder member of Chicago.
  • David Diamond’s Symphony no.2 premiered in Boston

15

  • Karel Ančerl sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau. He survives but his wife and son are murdered.

16

  • Patsy Watchorn born (Dublin) Irish folk singer, banjo player, percussionist. Member of the Dubliners from 2005.
  • Viktor Ullmann deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau

17

  • Pavel Haas (45) murdered in the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau
  • Hans Krása (44) murdered in the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau
  • Aaron Copland’s Letter from Home for dance orchestra premiered in New York
  • Hilding Rosenberg’s Symphony no.5 ‘Hortulanus’ premiered on Swedish radio, Stockholm

18

  • Orville “Hoppy” Jones (42) dies after collapsing on stage in New York
  • Viktor Ullmann (46) murdered in the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau

19

  • George McCrae born (West Palm Beach, FL) American soul and disco singer.
  • Peter Tosh aka Winston McIntosh born (Westmoreland, Jamaica) Jamaican reggae singer, guitarist, songwriter. Member of the Wailers from 1963 to 1974 and solo artist. Died 1987
  • Thelonious Monk cuts his first sides for Joe Davis in New York as part of the Coleman Hawkins Quartet. Coleman Hawkins (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) Edward “Bass” Robinson (b) Denzil Best (d). Tracks cut include Flyin’ Hawk;  Drifting On A Reed; On The Bean & Recollections
  • Arnold Schoenberg’s Theme and Variations for orchestra op.43 premiered in Boston

20

  • William Albright born (Gary, IN) American composer, keyboard player. Died 1998
  • Felix Bernard (47) dies in Los Angeles
  • Gabriel Grovlez (65) dies in Paris

23

  • Mike Harding born (Manchester) English folk singer, comedian, songwriter, writer, broadcaster.

24

  • Bettye Swann aka Betty Champion born (Shreveport, LA) American soul singer.
  • Ted Templeman born (Santa Cruz, CA) American record producer, rock guitarist, singer, drummer. Member of Harper’s Bizarre. Produced Van Morrison, Captain Beefheart, the Doobie Brothers, Little Feat, Van Halen and others.

25

  • Jon Anderson born (Accrington, Lancs) English rock singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. Founder member of Yes. Worked with Vangelis and solo.
  • Florence Foster Jenkins plays Carnegie Hall in New York

26

  • Jim McCann born (Dublin) Irish folk singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of the Dubliners from 1974 to 1979 and solo artist.
  • Arthur Bliss’s ballet Miracle in the Gorbals premiered in London

28

  • Arnold Bax’s A Legend for Orchestra premiered on BBC Radio

29

  • Denny Laine aka Brian Hines born (Birmingham) English rock songwriter, guitarist, singer. Member of the Moody Blues from 1964 to 1976, the Electric String Band, Balls, Wings from 1971 to 1981 and worked as a solo artist.

30

  • Paul Ladmirault (66) dies in Moribhan, France
  • Aaron Copland’s ballet Appalachian Spring premiered in Washington, DC
  • Paul Hindemith’s opera Hérodiade premiered in Washington, DC, lib. S. Mallarmé
  • Ernst Krenek’s Sonatina for flute and clarinet premiered in Buenos Aires

31

  • Gian Carlo Menotti’s ballet Sebastian premiered in New York

unk

  • Karel Berman sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. He is transferred to Dachau and survives to liberation in May 1945

releases

  • Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup – My Mama Don’t Allow Me / Standing at My Window (Bluebird) 
  • Ella Fitzgerald & The Ink Spots – I’m Making Believe / Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall (Decca)
  • The King Cole Trio (Capitol) 4 x 78rpm discs

Pavel Haas 1899-1944

Viktor Ullmann 1898-1944

Hans Krása 1899-1944

Nov

1

  • Richard ‘Kinky’ Friedman born (Chicago) American country singer, songwriter, satirist, novelist, activist, politician.

2

  • Keith Emerson born (Todmorden) English rock composer, keyboard player. Member of the Nice and Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
  • The B-17 Flying Fortress that numbered pianist John Bunch among its crew is shot down on a bombing raid over Germany. Bunch is interned as a prisoner of war

4

  • Willem Breuker born (Amsterdam) Dutch jazz bandleader, composer, saxophonist. Co-founder of the Instant Composer’s Pool, founder of the BVHaast record label. Died 2010

8

  • Bonnie Bramlett née O’Farrell born (Alton, IL) American rock singer. Worked with husband Delaney Bramlett (1939-2008) as Delaney and Bonnie.

9

  • Phil May born (Dartford) English rock singer, songwriter. Founder member of the Pretty Things.

10

  • Tim Rice born (Amersham, Bucks) English popular lyricist, writer, broadcaster.

11

  • The dispute over recording sales royalties is resolved as Columbia and Victor become the last companies to sign a deal with the American Federation of Musicians enabling the recording ban to be lifted after 27 months

12

  • Booker T Jones born (Memphis, TN) American R&B and soul organist, songwriter, session musician. Led Booker T & the MGs.
  • Roy Agnew (53) dies in Sydney of septicaemia following a bout of tonsilitis
  • Edgar Stillman Kelley (87) dies in Oxford, OH

13

  • Paul Graener (72) dies in Salzburg

14

  • Dimitri Shostakovitch’s String Quartet No. 2 & Piano Trio No. 2 premiered in St Petersburg

15

  • Ernst Krenek’s String Quartet No. 7 premiered in Indianapolis

16

  • Chuck Berry and three accomplices are each sentenced to ten years in prison for armed robbery in Boone County, MO. He serves three

17

  • Gene Clark born (Tipton, MO) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of the New Christy Minstrels from 1963 to 1964, the Byrds from 1964 to 1966 and solo artist. Died 1991
  • Virgil Thomson’s orchestral suite Portraits premiered in Philadelphia

23

  • Arnold Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte op.41 for reciter, piano, 2 violins, viola and cello premiered in New York

24

  • David Diamond’s Rounds for String Orchestra premiered in Minneapolis
  • Igor Stravinsky’s Scènes de ballet for revue The Seven Lively Arts premiered in Philadelphia

26

  • Ronald Bertram ‘RB’ Greaves born (Georgetown, Guyana) American soul singer. Died 2012
  • Jean Terrell born (Belzoni, MS) American soul, pop and jazz singer. Member of the Supremes from 19701 to 1973.
  • Florence Foster Jenkins (76) dies in New York
  • Bela Bartók’s Sonata for solo violin premiered in New York

28

  • Vincente Minnelli’s musical film Meet Me in St Louis opens, starring Judy Garland. Some songs written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, others date from around 1900

29

  • John ‘Twink’ Alder born (Colchester) English rock drummer, singer, songwriter, actor. Member of  Tomorrow, the Pretty Things, the Pink Fairies and Stars.

30

  • Antoine Mariotte (68) dies in Izieux, France

unk

  • Blaž Arnič sent to Dachau concentration camp, Bavaria, Germany. He survives and is freed when the camp is liberated on 29/4/45

releases

  • Judy Garland – Meet Me in St. Louis (Decca) 3 x 78rpm discs

Poster for Vincente Minnellis film Meet Me in St Louis

Dec

1

  • Eric Bloom born (New York, NY) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboard player. Founder member of Blue Oyster Cult.
  • John Densmore born (Los Angeles, CA) American rock drummer. Member of the Doors.
  • Bela Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra premiered Boston
  • Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra record a session for RCA Victor in New York. Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, Cat Anderson (tp) Ray Nance (tp, vln, vo) Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, Claude Jones (tb) Jimmy Hamilton (cl, ts) Otto Hardwicke (cl, as) Johnny Hodges (as) Al Sears (ts) Harry Carney (cl, as, bars) Duke Ellington (p) Fred Guy (g) Junior Raglin (b) Sonny Greer (d) Al Hibbler, Joya Sherrill, Kay Davis (vo). Tracks cut include I Didn’t Know About You; I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But The Blues; I’m Beginning to See the Light & Don’t You Know I Care (Or Don’t You Care to Know)

2

  • Josef Lhévinne (69) dies in New York following a heart attack
  • Ella Fitzgerald and the Ink Spots have the Billboard number one single for one week with Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall

3

  • Ralph McTell aka Ralph May born (Farnborough, Kent) English folk and blues singer, songwriter, guitarist.

4

  • Chris Hillman born (Los Angeles, CA) American rock and country singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of the Byrds from 1964 to 1968, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, Desert Rose Band, the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band, McGuinn, Clark & Hillman and worked as a solo artist.
  • Anna McGarrigle born (Quebec City) Canadian folk singer, songwriter. Sister of Kate McGarrigle (1946-2010).
  • Dennis Wilson born (Inglewood, CA) American rock singer, songwriter, drummer. Founder member of the Beach Boys. Brother of Brian Wilson (b.1942) and Carl Wilson (1946-98). Died 1983
  • Eddy Arnold makes his first recordings for RCA-Victor in Nashville. Eddy Arnold (vo) Herbert (g) Little Roy Wiggins (steel g) Gabe Tucker (b, tp) James McNatt (vln). Tracks cut include Each Minute Seems A Million Years & The Cattle Call

5

  • Gene Ammons, Art Blakey and Sarah Vaughan all make their first recordings with the Billy Eckstine Orchestra in New York. Gail Brockman, Dizzy Gillespie, Marion Hazel, Shorty McConnell (tp) Joe Taswell Baird, Chippy Outcalt, Howard Scott (tb) Gerry Valentine (tb, arr) Bill Frazier, John Jackson (as) Gene Ammons, Dexter Gordon (ts) Leo Parker (bars) John Malachi (p, arr) Connie Wainwright (g) Tommy Potter (b) Art Blakey (d) Sarah Vaughan (vo) Billy Eckstine (vo, tb, cond) Tadd Dameron (arr). Tracks cut include If That’s The Way You Feel; Blowing The Blues Away; Opus X; The Real Thing Happened To Me; I Want To Talk About You & I’ll Wait And Pray

7

  • Daniel Chorzempa born (Minneapolis, MN) American composer, organist, conductor.
  • Cole Porter’s musical revue Seven Lively Arts opens in New York (183 performances)
  • William Schuman’s Circus Overture premiered in Pittsburgh
  • William Grant Still’s Poem for Orchestra premiered in Cleveland

9

  • Neil Innes born (Danbury, Essex) English pop, rock and jazz singer, songwriter, writer, actor, comedian. Member of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, the Rutles and solo artist. Worked with the Monty Python team.
  • Ella Fitzgerald and the Ink Spots have the Billboard number one single for one week with I’m Making Believe

11

  • Brenda Lee aka Brenda Tarpley born (Atlanta, GA) American pop and country singer.
  • (& 12 Dec) The Duke Ellington orchestra record the album Black, Brown and Beige for Victor in New York. Shelton Hemphill, Taft Jordan, Cat Anderson (tp) Ray Nance (tp, vln, vo) Lawrence Brown, Joe Nanton, Claude Jones (tb) Jimmy Hamilton (cl, ts) Otto Hardwicke (cl, as) Johnny Hodges (as) Al Sears (ts) Harry Carney (cl, as, bars) Duke Ellington (p) Fred Guy (g) Junior Raglin (b) Sonny Greer (d) Betty Roch (vo). Released Dec 1946

12

  • Alex Acuña born (Pativilca, Peru) Peruvian jazz and Latin drummer, percussionist. Worked with Weather Report and others.
  • Rob Tyner aka Derminer born (Berkley, MI) Rock singer, songwriter. Member of the MC5 from 1963 to 1972. Died 1991

13

  • Marti Webb born (London) English musical theatre actress, singer.

15

  • Dave Michaels aka David Miotke born (Chicago, IL) American rock keyboard player, singer, music producer. Founder member of H.P. Lovecraft and solo artist.
  • Glenn Miller (40) is presumed dead after his plane goes missing over the English Channel
  • Hank Williams marries Audrey Guy at a gas station near Andalusia, AL

16

  • John Abercrombie born (Portchester, NY) American jazz guitarist, composer, bandleader.

19

  • William Christie born (Buffalo, NY) Franco-American conductor, harpsichordist.
  • Alvin Lee born (Nottingham) English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter. Member of  Ten Years After from 1962 to 1973 and solo artist. Died 2013
  • Zal Yanovsky born (Toronto) Canadian folk and rock singer, guitarist. Member of the Lovin’ Spoonful from 1964 to 1967. Died 2002

20

  • Bobby Colomby born (New York, NY) American jazz and rock drummer, broadcaster, journalist, record producer. Member of Blood, Sweat & Tears from 1967 to 1977.

21

  • Michael Tilson Thomas born (Los Angeles, CA) American conductor, composer, pianist.

22

  • Barry Jenkins born (Leicester) English rock drummer. Member of the Nashville Teens from 1963 to 1966 and the Animals from 1966 to 1969.

24

  • Woody Shaw born (Laurinberg, NC) American jazz trumpeter, composer, bandleader. Worked with Horace Silver, Andrew Hill, Art Blakey and many others. Died 1989
  • Benjamin Britten’s A Shepherd’s Carol for choir & Chorale after an Old French Carol for choir premiered on BBC radio
  • Eric Coates’s suite The Three Elizabeths premiered in London

25

  • Henry Vestine born (Takoma Park, MD) American blues and rock guitarist. Member of Canned Heat from 1966 to 1969. Died 1997

27

  • Mick Jones born (Portsmouth) English rock guitarist, songwriter, record producer. Member of Nero & the Gladiators, Spooky Tooth and founder member of Foreigner.
  • Amy Beach (77) dies in New York of heart failure
  • Peggy Lee makes her first recordings as leader for Capitol in Los Angeles with Dave Barbour And His Orchestra. Tracks cut include What More Can A Woman Do & You Was Right, Baby

28

  • Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden & Adolph Green’s musical On the Town opens on Broadway (462 performances)

30

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 8 premiered in Moscow

31

  • Sarah Vaughan makes her first recordings as leader for Continental in New York. Sarah Vaughan (vo) Dizzy Gillespie (tp, p) Aron Sachs (cl) Georgie Auld (ts) Leonard Feather (p) Chuck Wayne (g) Jack Lesberg (b) Morey Feld (d). Tracks cut include Interlude; East of the Sun; Signing Off & No Smokes Blues.
  • Iannis Xenakis wounded in the face by shrapnel during anti-British street battles in Athens

releases

  • Andrews Sisters – Rum and Coca Cola / One Meat Ball (Decca) 
  • Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra – Opus No. 1 / I Dream of You (RCA Victor)
  • Duke Ellington – I’m Beginning To See the Light / Don’t You Know I Care (Victor)
  • Meade Lux Lewis – Chicago Flyer / Blues’ Whistle (Blue Note)
  • Ike Quebec – She’s Funny That Way / Indiana (Blue Note)
  • Ike Quebec – Tiny’s Exercise / Blue Harlem (Blue Note)

Eric Coates 1886-1957

Date unknown

  • Jalal Mansur Nuriddin aka Alafia Pudim aka Lightnin’ Rod born (Brooklyn, NY) Poet, rapper. Member of the Last Poets from 1969 to 1994.

publications

  • A.L. Lloyd’s The Singing Englishman: an Introduction to Folksong published in London

Songs published

  • It Could Happen to You (Johnny Burke, James Van Heusen); New York, New York (Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Leonard Bernstein); Saturday Night (Is the Loneliest Night of the Week) (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne); Sentimental Journey (Bud Green, Les Brown, Ben Homer); Stella by Starlight (Ned Washington, Victor Young); Twilight Time (Buck Ram, Mortie Nevins, Artie Dunn)

Miguel Vicens Danus born (Ferrol, Spain) Spanish rock and pop bass guitarist, songwriter. Member of Los Bravos from 1965 to 1968.

 

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