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Jan

1

  • ‘Blue’ Gene Tyranny aka Robert Nathan Sheff born (San Antonio, TX) American avant-garde composer, pianist, teacher, critic. Worked with Carla Bley, Laurie Anderson, John Cage, Iggy Pop, Robert Ashley and solo.
  • André Jolivet appointed director of the Comédie Française, a post he holds until 1959

2

  • Terje Bjørklund born (Narvik, Norway) Norwegian composer, jazz pianist.

3

  • Stephen Stills born (Dallas, TX) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist.  multi-instrumentalist. Member of Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Manassas, the Stills-Young Band and solo artist.
  • Fyodor Akimenko (68) dies in Paris

4

  • Clyde Hart’s All Stars record a session for Continental in New York. Dizzy Gillespie (tp) Trummy Young (tb, vo) Charlie Parker (as) Don Byas (ts) Clyde Hart (p) Mike Bryan (g) Al Hall (b) Specs Powell (d) Rubberlegs Williams (vo). It is Parker and Gillespie’s first recording session together. Tracks cut include Seventh Avenue; Sorta Kinda; What’s The Matter Now?; That’s The Blues; I Want Every Bit Of It; G.I. Blues; Dream Of You & Ooh Ooh, My My, Ooh Ooh

7

  • Alfred Hill’s tone poem The Lost Hunter completed

9

  • Samuel Barber’s Long Live Louise and Sidney Homer for 3 voices premiered in Winter Park, FL
  • John Cage’s Experiences I for two pianos premiered in New York
  • Dizzy Gillespie makes his first recordings as leader for Manor in New York with Trummy Young (tb) Don Byas (ts) Clyde Hart (p) Oscar Pettiford (b) Irv Kluger (d). Tracks cut include I Can’t Get Started; Good Bait; Salted Peanuts & Dizzy’s Fingers

10

  • Rod Stewart born (London) English rock and pop singer, songwriter. Member of Steampacket from 1965 to 1966, the Jeff Beck Group from 1967 to 1969, the Faces from 1969 to 1975 and solo artist.

12

  • Maggie Bell born (Glasgow) Scottish rock and blues singer, songwriter. Worked with Stone the Crows from 1968 to 1973 and solo.

13

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 premiered in Moscow

17

  • William Hart born (Washington, DC) American soul singer. Founder member of the Delfonics. Brother of Wilbert Hart (b.1947).
  • Ivan Karabyts born (Yalta) Ukrainian composer, conductor, teacher. Father of Kirill Karabits (b.1976). Died 2002
  • Malcolm McEachern (61) dies in London of cancer of the oesophagus
  • Red Foley becomes the first country performer to make recordings in Nashville, TN

19

  • Charles Amirkhanian born (Fresno, CA) American composer, percussionist, music director, radio producer.

20

  • Eric Stewart born (Droylsden, Lancashire) English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, record producer, engineer. Member of the Mindbenders from 1963 to 1966 and 10cc from 1972 to 1995.

21

  • John Cage’s A Book of Music for two prepared pianos premiered in New York

22

  • Isaiah Jackson born (Richmond, VA) American conductor, teacher.
  • Julian Egerton (96) dies in Bilsington, Kent

25

  • Mike Zwerin born (New York, NY) American jazz trombonist, trumpeter, session player, journalist, broadcaster. Died 2010
  • Django Reinhardt records a session in newly liberated Paris with Bernie Privin (tp), Peanuts Hucko (ts), Mel Powell (p), Josz Schulman (b) and Ray McKinley (d)

26

  • Jacqueline du Pré born (Oxford) English classical cellist. Died 1987
  • Ashley Hutchings born (London) English folk and rock bassist, singer, songwriter, record producer, writer. Member of Fairport Convention from 1967 to 1969, Steeleye Span from 1969 to 1971 and the Albion Country Band from 1971 to 2002.
  • Igor Stravinsky’s Elegy for viola or violin premiered in Washington, DC

27

  • Henri Texier born (Paris) French jazz bassist. Worked with Don Cherry and his own bands.
  • Gideon Klein (25) murdered in Fürstengrube death camp, Poland
  • Herbert and Dorothy Fields & Sigmund Romberg’s musical Up in Central Park opens on Broadway (504 performances)

28

  • Robert Wyatt born (Bristol) English rock and jazz singer, songwriter, drummer. Member of Soft Machine from 1966 to 1971, Matching Mole from 1971 to 1973 and solo artist.

30

  • Herbert L. Clarke (77) dies in Long Beach, CA

releases

  • Les Brown and his Orchestra [feat. Doris Day] – Sentimental Journey / Twilight Time (Columbia)
  • Duke Ellington – I Didn’t Know About You / I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But The Blues (Victor)
  • Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra – I’m Beginning to See the Light / Don’t You Know I Care (Or Don’t You Care to Know) (Victor)
  • Coleman Hawkins Quintet – Flamethrower / Night and Day (Keynote)
  • Coleman Hawkins Quintet – Imagination / Cattin’ at the Keynote (Keynote)
  • Louis Jordan – You Can’t Get That No More / Mop Mop (Decca)
  • Frank Sinatra – Saturday Night Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week / I Dream Of You (Columbia)
  • Art Tatum Trio – Topsy / Soft Winds (Asch)
  • Woody Guthrie Album (Asch) 3 x 78rpm discs

Sheet music for Sammy Cahn and Jule Stynes Saturday Night Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week


Feb

1

  • Hilding Rosenberg’s opera Lycksalighetens ö [The Isle of Felicity] premiered in Stockholm, lib. P.D.A. Atterbom

3

  • Bob Stewart born (Sioux Falls, SD) American jazz tuba player, teacher.
  • Jimmy McPartland marries Margaret Turner in Aachen
  • The Berlin Staatsoper is destroyed in an air raid

6

  • Bob Marley born (Saint Ann, Jamaica) Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, guitarist, activist. Led the Wailers. Died 1981

11

  • Al Dubin (53) dies in New York following an accidental overdose of prescription drugs
  • Zoltan Kodály’s Missa brevis for chorus and organ premiered in Budapest
  • Anita O’Day quits the Stan Kenton Orchestra

12

  • Pierre Boulez’s 12 Notations for piano premiered in Paris

13

  • Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys record their first session for Columbia in Chicago. Bill Monroe (vo, mand) David Akeman (bjo) Chubby Wise (vln) Tex Willis (g) Bill Westbrook (b) Sally Ann Forrester (vo, accdn). Tracks cut include Rocky Road Blues; Kentucky Waltz; Goodbye Old Pal; Footprints In The Snow; Blue Grass Special & Come Back To Me In My Dreams
  • The Saxon Staatstheater and the Kreuzkirche in Dresden are both destroyed during air raids that cost more than 20,000 lives

15

  • John Helliwell born (Todmorden, Yorkshire) English rock saxophonist, woodwind and keyboard player. Member of Supertramp from 1973.
  • Richie Ray aka Richard Maldonado Morales born (Brooklyn, NY) American salsa pianist, singer, composer, pastor. Worked with Bobby Cruz.
  • Edward Vesala born (Mäntyharju, Finland) Finnish jazz and rock drummer, composer, bandleader. Died 1999
  • Paul Creston’s Symphony no.2 premiered in New York

16

  • Pete Christlieb born (Los Angeles, CA) American jazz and rock tenor saxophonist, session musician. Worked with Ahmad Jamal, Gene Ammons, Tom Waits, Steely Dan and many others.
  • Huseyngulu Sarabski (65) dies in Baku, Azerbaijan of throat cancer

17

  • Ilka Pálmay (85) dies in Budapest

20

  • Alan Hull born (Newcastle upon Tyne) English folk and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founding member of Lindisfarne. Died 1995

22

  • Virgil Thomson’s Symphony on a Hymn Tune premiered in New York

23

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Choros no.12 for orchestra premiered in Boston

25

  • Elkie Brooks aka Elaine Bookbinder born (Broughton, Lancashire) English rock and pop singer. Member of Vinegar Joe from 1971 to 1974 and solo artist.
  • Elliott Carter’s The Harmony of Morning for chorus and orchestra premiered in New York, text Rabelais

26

  • Mitch Ryder born (Hamtramck, MI) American rock and soul singer, guitarist. Led the Detroit Wheels.

28

  • The Dizzy Gillespie Sextet record a session for Musicraft in New York. These are Charlie Parker’s first recordings as a member of the outfit. Dizzy Gillespie (tp) Charlie Parker (as) Clyde Hart (p) Remo Palmieri (g) Slam Stewart (b) Cozy Cole (d). Tracks cut include Dizzy Atmosphere; All The Things You Are & Groovin’ High

unk

  • Duke Jordan makes his first recordings as a member of the Floyd Horsecollar Williams Septet in Chicago. Jesse Drakes (tp) Joe Evans, Floyd Horsecollar Williams (as) Johnny Hartzfield (ts) Duke Jordan (p) Gene Ramey (b) J.C. Heard (d) Etta Jones (vo)

releases

  • Count Basie & His Orchestra – Red Bank Boogie / I Didn’t Know About You (Columbia)
  • Una Mae Carlisle – You’re Gonna Change Your Mind / The Rest of My Life (Joe Davis)
  • Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra – That Ole Devil Called Love / Lover Man (Decca)
  • Bob Wills – Smoke On The Water / Hang Your Head In Shame (Okeh)

Al Dubin 1891-1945 and Harry Warren (seated) 1893-1981

Mar

4

  • Dieter Meier born (Zürich) Swiss singer, songwriter, conceptual artist. Founder member of Yello.
  • William Walton’s Memorial Fanfare for Henry Wood for orchestra premiered in London

6

  • Hugh Grundy born (Winchester) English rock drummer. Member of the Zombies from 1962 to 1967.
  • Rudolf Karel (64) dies of dysentery in Theresienstadt  concentration camp, Terezin, Czech Rep.

7

  • Arthur Lee born (Memphis, TN) American rock singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. Founder member of Love. Died 2006
  • Ernest John Moeran’s Sinfonietta premiered on BBC Radio, London
  • Harry Partch’s Two Settings from Finnegans Wake for soprano, double flageolet and kithara premiered in Madison, WN

8

  • Mickey Dolenz born (Los Angeles, CA) American pop singer, drummer, actor, songwriter, television and theatre director. Member of the Monkees.

9

  • Robert Calvert born (Pretoria) Anglo-South African rock singer, songwriter, writer. Member of  Hawkwind from 1972 to 1979 and solo artist. Died 1988
  • Laura Lee born (Chicago, IL) American soul and Gospel singer, songwriter.
  • Robin Trower born (London) English rock guitarist, songwriter, bandleader. Member of Procol Harum from 1967 to 1971 and solo artist.
  • Ron Wilson born (Glendora, CA) American rock drummer. Member of the Surfaris. Died 1989

12

  • The Vienna State Opera is destroyed during an American bombardment of the city

14

  • Walter Parazaider born (Chicago, IL) American rock saxophonist, wind player. Member of Chicago.
  • Antônio Francisco Braga (76) dies in Rio de Janeiro

15

  • Max Steiner’s music for John Cromwell’s film Since You Went Away wins the best dramatic score Oscar at the 17th Academy Awards. Morris Stoloff and Carmen Dragon’s music for Charles Vidor’s film Cover Girl wins the award for best musical score
  • Virgil Thomson’s Pastorale for orchestra premiered in New York

17

  • Elis Regina (Costa) born (Porto Alegre, Brazil) Brazilian popular singer. Died 1982
  • Nikolai Myaskovsky’s Cello Concerto premiered in Moscow

19

  • Clyde Hart (35) dies in New York of tuberculosis

21

  • Rose Stone aka Rosemary Stewart born (Vallejo, CA) American R&B and rock singer, keyboard player. Member of Sly and the Family Stone. Sister of Sly (b.1943), Freddie (b.1947) and Vet (b.1950) Stone.

22

  • Kurt Weill’s operetta The Firebrand of Florence premiered on Broadway, lib. E.J. Mayer and Ira Gershwin (46 performances)

23

  • David Grisman born (Hackensack, NJ) American bluegrass and rock mandolin and banjo player, multi-instrumentalist, session player. Member of the Even Dozen Jug Band, Earth Opera and solo artist.
  • Aaron Copland’s Jubilee Variation on a Theme of Goossens for orchestra premiered in Cincinnati

24

  • Billboard magazine publishes its first album chart. The King Cole Trio have the first number one with The King Cole Trio

25

  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Twelve Russian Folk Songs op.104 for voice and piano premiered in Moscow

26

  • Olivier Messiaen’s Vingt regards sur l’enfant Jesus [Twenty looks on the child Jesus] for piano premiered in Paris

27

  • Peter Mennin’s Symphony No.2 premiered in New York

28

  • Boudewijn Buckinx born (Lommel, Belgium) Belgian composer, writer.

29

  • Don Craine aka Michael O’Donnell born (Hounslow) English rock singer, guitarist, songwriter. Member of Downliners Sect from 1963 to 1968.

30

  • Eric Clapton born (Ripley, Surrey) English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter. Member of the Yardbirds from 1963 to 1965, Bluesbreakers from 1965 to 1966, Cream from 1966 to 1969, Blind Faith in 1969, Derek & the Dominoes from 1970 to 1971 and solo.

releases

  • Charlie Barnet and his Orchestra – Skyliner / West End Blues (Decca)  
  • Don Byas All Star Quintet – Pennies from Heaven / Jamboree Jump (Jamboree)
  • Arthur Crudup – Rock Me Mama / Who’s Been Foolin’ You (Bluebird)
  • Duke Ellington – Carnegie Blues / My Heart Sings (Victor)
  • Ella Fitzgerald and the Ink Spots – I’m Beginning to See the Light / That’s the Way It Is (Decca)
  • Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra – Tippin’ In / Remember (RCA Victor)
  • Woody Herman and his Orchestra – Caldonia / Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe (Columbia)
  • Boyd Raeburn & His Orchestra – A Night In Tunisia / I Didn’t Know About You (Guild)
  • Frank Sinatra – When Your Lover Has Gone / I Should Care (Columbia)
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Strange Things Happening Every Day / Two Little Fishes and Five Loaves of Bread (Decca)
  • Joe Turner – SK Blues parts 1 & 2 (National)  
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Boyd Raeburn Orchestra – Experiments in Big Band Jazz 1945 (Musicraft)

Apr

1

  • Kenny Buttrey born (Nashville, TN) American rock and country drummer, session musician. Member of Barefoot Jerry and Area Code 615 and worked with Bob Dylan, Neil Young and many others. Died 2004

5

  • Muhtar Cem Karaca born (Antakya, Turkey) Turkish rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 2004

9

  • Steve Gadd born (Rochester, NY) American jazz, rock and R&B drummer, session musician. Worked with Chick Corea, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan and many others.

12

  • Peter Raabe (72) dies in Weimar

13

  • Lowell George born (Los Angeles, CA) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of the Factory from 1965 to 1966, the Mothers of Invention from 1968 to 1969, Little Feat from 1969 to 1979 and solo. Died 1979

14

  • Ritchie Blackmore born (Weston-Super-Mare) English rock guitarist, songwriter, session player. Member of Deep Purple from 1968 to 1975 and 1984 to 1993, Rainbow from 1975 to 1984 and Blackmore’s Night from 1995.

15

  • Raffaello Squarise (88) dies in Dunedin, New Zealand

16

  • Stefan Grossman born (Brooklyn, NY) American folk and blues singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer, teacher. Member of the Even Dozen Jug Band in 1964 and solo artist.

19

  • Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein’s musical Carousel opens on Broadway (890 performances)

21

  • Olivier Messiaen’s Trois petites liturgies de la Présence Divine [Three small liturgies for the Divine Presence] for female chorus, piano, ondes Martenot and orchestra premiered in Paris
  • Ivor Novello’s musical Perchance to Dream opens in London (1022 performances)

22

  • Darius Milhaud’s String Quartet no.12 premiered in Washington, DC

24

  • Doug Clifford born (Palo Alto, CA) American rock drummer. Member of Creedence Clearwater Revival from 1967 to 1972.
  • Robert Knight born (Franklin, TN) American soul singer.
  • Benjamin Britten’s Festival Te Deum op.32 for choir and organ premiered in Swindon
  • Miles Davis cuts his first sides in New York for Savoy with Henry ‘Rubberlegs’ Williams. Miles Davis (tp) Herbie Fields (cl, ts) Teddy Brannon (p) Al Casey (g) Leonard Gaskin (b) Eddie Nicholson (d) Rubberlegs Williams (vo). Track cut include That’s The Stuff You Gotta Watch & Pointless Mama Blues

25

  • Stu Cook born (Oakland, CA) American rock bassist. Member of Creedence Clearwater Revival from 1967 to 1972.
  • Bjorn Ulvaeus born (Goteborg, Sweden) Swedish pop songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, singer. Member of ABBA from 1972 to 1983.

29

  • Vashti Bunyan born (London) English folk singer, songwriter, guitarist.
  • Hugh Hopper born (Canterbury) English jazz and rock bassist, composer, session player. Member of Soft Machine from 1968 to 1973. Died 2009
  • Oleg Maisenberg born (Odessa) Russian-Austrian concert pianist, teacher.
  • Tammi Terrell born (Philadelphia, PA) American soul singer. Died 1970
  • Blaž Arnič freed from Dachau concentration camp when it is liberated by by the 42nd Infantry Division of the U.S. Seventh Army

30

  • Mimi Farina née Baez born (Stanford, CA) American folk singer, songwriter, activist. Worked with husband Richard Fariña (1937-66). Sister of Joan Baez (b.1941). Died 2001
  • Oscar Peterson makes his first recordings for RCA in Montreal with Bert Brown (b) & Frank Gariepy (d)

releases

  • Savannah Churchill – Daddy Daddy / All Alone (Manor)
  • Louis Jordan – Caldonia / Somebody Done Changed The Lock On My Door (Decca)
  • Peggy Lee – You Was Right Baby / What More Can a Woman Do? (Capitol)

Sheet music for Youll Never Walk Alone from Rodgers & Hammersteins musical Carousel

May

2

  • Randy Cain born (Philadelphia, PA) American soul singer. member of the Delfonics and Blue Magic. Died 2009
  • Goldy McJohn aka John Goadsby born (Toronto) Canadian rock keyboard player. Member of Steppenwolf.
  • The Billy Eckstine Orchestra make their first recordings for National in New York. Alumni of the band include Gene Ammons, Art Blakey, Tad Dameron, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Fats Navarro, Charlie Parker and Sarah Vaughan

3

  • Harry Partch’s ‘I’m very happy to be able to tell you about this … ’ for soprano, baritone, kithara and Indian drum & Dark Brother for baritone, adapted viola, chromelodeon, kithara and Indian drum premiered in Madison, WI

6

  • Victoria Bond born (Los Angeles) American conductor, composer.
  • Jimmie Dale Gilmore born (Amarillo, TX) American country singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer, actor.
  • Bob Seger born (Dearborn, MI) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist.

7

  • Christy Moore born (Newbridge, Ireland) Irish folk singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of Planxty, Moving Hearts and solo artist.
  • Woody Guthrie is inducted into the US Army

8

  • Keith Jarrett born (Allentown, PA) American jazz pianist, composer, bandleader. Worked with Charles Lloyd and solo.

9

  • Steve Katz born (Brooklyn, NY) American rock, blues and folk guitarist, songwriter, record producer, record executive. Member of the Even Dozen Jug Band in 1964, the Blues Project from 1965 to 1967, Blood Sweat & Tears from 1968 to 1972 and American Flyer from 1976 to 1978. VP of Mercury Records and founder of Green Linnet Records.

11

  • Leonard Bernstein’s Hashkiveinu for tenor, chorus and organ premiered in New York
  • Dizzy Gillespie And His All Stars record a session for Guild in New York. Dizzy Gillespie (tp, vo) Charlie Parker (as) Al Haig (p) Curly Russell (b) Sidney Catlett (d) Sarah Vaughan (vo). Tracks cut include Lover Man; Shaw ‘Nuff; Salt Peanuts & Hot House
  • Darius Milhaud’s Kaddish op.250 for cantor, chorus and organ premiered in New York

12

  • Ian McLagan born (London) English rock keyboard player, singer, songwriter. Member of the Small Faces from 1965 to 1969 and the Faces from 1969 to 1975.

13

  • Tubby Hall (49) dies in Chicago

15

  • Kenneth J. Alford (64) dies in Reigate, Surrey of cancer

16

  • Nicky Chinn born (London) English record producer, pop songwriter. Wrote with Mike Chapman (partnership known as “Chinnichap”).

17

  • Norman Bergen born (Brooklyn, NY) American songwriter, record producer, pianist, arranger, singer.
  • Kenny Dorham cuts his first sides in New York for Musicraft as a member of the Mercer Ellington orchestra

19

  • Pete Townshend born (London) English rock guitarist, songwriter, singer, keyboard player, writer. Founder member of the Who and solo artist.

21

  • Hugh Enes Blackmore (81) dies in London

24

  • Terry Callier born (Chicago, IL) American jazz, soul and folk singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist. Died 2012

25

  • Vilém Kurz (72) dies in Prague

27

  • Bruce Cockburn born (Ottawa, Ontario) Candian folk and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist.

28

  • John Fogerty born (Berkeley, CA) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of Creedence Clearwater Revival and solo artist. Brother of Tom Fogerty (1941-90).
  • Chayito Valdez aka María del Rosario Valdez Campos born (Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico) Mexican folk singer, actress.

29

  • Gary Brooker born (London) English rock singer, songwriter, keyboard player, session musician. Member of the Paramounts from 1962 to 1966, Procol Harum from 1966 to 1977 and solo artist.

30

  • Gladys Horton born (Gainseville, FL) American soul singer. Member of the Marvelettes from 1960 to 1967. Died 2011
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos’s String Quartet no.7 premiered in Rio de Janeiro

unk

  • Frederick Jacobi’s opera The Prodigal Son premiered in Chicago. Lib. Herman Voaden

releases

  • Billy Eckstine & His Orchestra – Blowing The Blues Away / If That’s The Way You Feel (DeLuxe)  
  • Dizzy Gillespie Sextet – Groovin’ High / Blue ‘n’ Boogie (Guild)
  • Coleman Hawkins – Drifting On A Reed / Flyin’ Hawk (Joe Davis)
  • Lucky Millinder Orchestra – Who Threw the Whiskey in the Well / Shipyard Social Function (Decca) featuring Wynonie Harris (vo)
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Dizzy Gillespie 1917-93

Jun

1

  • Linda Scott aka Linda Joy Sampson born (New York) American pop singer.
  • Frederica von Stade born (Somerville, NJ) American mezzo-soprano singer.

3

  • Bjørn Alterhaug born (Mo i Rana, Norway) Norwegian jazz bassist, composer, arranger, session player.

4

  • Anthony Braxton born (Chicago, IL) American jazz, avant-garde and classical saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, teacher.

5

  • Darius Milhaud’s Incantations op.201 for male chorus premiered in Oakland

7

  • Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes premiered at Sadler’s Wells, London, lib. M. Slater

10

  • Martin Wesley-Smith born (Adelaide) Australian composer.

12

  • (to 15 Jun) The first Cheltenham Festival, originally restricted to contemporary British music, takes place

13

  • Benjamin Britten’s Four Sea Interludes for orchestra premiered in Cheltenham
  • Darius Milhaud’s Suite française op.248 for wind band premiered in New York

14

  • Rod Argent born (St Albans) English rock keyboard player, songwriter, singer. Member of the Zombies from 1962 to 1967 and Argent from 1969 to 1976.

16

  • John Dawson born (Detroit, MI) American country-rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, schoolteacher . Member of New Riders of the Purple Sage from 1969 to 1997. Died 2009

17

  • Samuel Barber’s Horizon for orchestra premiered on NBC Radio

20

  • Anne Murray born (Springhill, Nova Scotia) Canadian pop and country singer.

22

  • Ian Cugley born (Melbourne) Australian composer, teacher, painter. Died 2010

24

  • Colin Blunstone born (Hatfield, Herts) English rock singer, songwriter. Member of the Zombies from 1962 to 1967 and solo artist.

25

  • Labi Siffre born (London) English singer, songwriter, poet, writer.
  • Carly Simon born (New York, NY) American pop singer, songwriter.
  • Wynonie Harris makes his first solo recordings for Philo in Los Angeles

26

  • Ernö Rapée (54) dies in New York following a heart attack

27

  • Ragnar Søderlind born (Oslo) Norwegian composer, teacher.

unk

  • Charles Mingus makes his first recordings as leader for Excelsior Records in Los Angeles. N.R. Bates (tp) Maxwell Davis, William Woodman Jr. (ts) Bob Mosley (p) Charles Mingus (b) Roy Porter (d) Oradell Mitchell, Everett Pettis (vo). Tracks cut include The Texas Hop; Baby, Takes A Chance With Me; Lonesome Woman Blues & Swingin’ An Echo

releases

  • Billie Holiday – I Cover the Waterfront / Lover Come Back to Me (Commodore)

Scene from the 2008 New York Metropolitan Opera production of Brittens Peter Grimes

Jul

1

  • Deborah Harry born (Miami, FL) American rock and pop singer, songwriter. Founder member of Blondie and solo artist.

9

  • Arthur Honegger’s ballet L’appel de la montagne [the call of the mountain] premiered in Paris

12

  • Butch Hancock born (Lubbock, TX) American country and folk singer, songwriter, guitarist.
  • Bjørn Talén (54) dies in Bergen of cancer

13

  • José Pablo Moncayo’s Sinfonietta premiered in Mexico City

14

  • George Sidney’s film Anchors Aweigh opens, starring Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly & Kathryn Grayson. Music by Georgie Stoll, Axel Stordahl and Calvin Jackson

15

  • Peter Lewis born (Los Angeles, CA) American rock guitarist. Member of Moby Grape from 1966 to 1971. Also worked with the Electric Prunes and solo. Son of actress Loretta Young (1913-2000).

18

  • Francisco Zumaque born (Cereté, Colombia) Colombian composer.
  • Emmerich Kálmán’s operetta Marinka, lib. George Marion, Jr. and Karl Farkas, opens on Broadway (165 performances)

20

  • Kim Carnes born (Hollywood, CA) American rock, pop and country singer, songwriter, musician.
  • John Lodge born (Birmingham) English rock singer, songwriter, bassist, record producer. Member of the Moody Blues from 1966.

22

  • William Grant Still’s Fanfare for the 99th Fighter Squadron for brass and percussion premiered in Los Angeles

23

  • Edward Gregson born (Sunderland) English composer, conductor, teacher.

26

  • Betty Davis née Mabry born (Durham, NC) American funk singer, songwriter, model. Second wife of Miles Davis (1926-91).
  • Nikolai Tcherepnin (72) dies in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France

29

  • Joe Beck born (Philadelphia, PA) American jazz and rock guitarist, session player. Died 2008
  • Mike Garson born (New York, NY) American rock pianist, session musician. Worked with David Bowie, Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails and solo.
  • BBC Radio’s Light Programme launched. It is replaced in 1967 by Radios One and Two

30

  • David Sanborn born (Tampa, FL) American jazz and pop saxophonist, composer, bandleader, session player.

releases

  • Billy Eckstine & His Orchestra – A Cottage For Sale / I Love the Rhythm In A Riff (National)
  • Ella Fitzgerald – It’s Only a Paper Moon / Cry You Out of My Heart (Decca)
  • Coleman Hawkins – It’s the Talk of the Town / Stuffy (Capitol)
  • Illinois Jacquet – Flying Home parts 1 and 2 (Philo)
  • Stan Kenton & His Orchestra – Tampico / Southern Scandal (Capitol)
  • Joe Liggins – The Honeydripper parts 1 and 2 (Exclusive)

Joe Liggins 1915-87

Aug

2

  • Pietro Mascagni (81) dies in Rome
  • Emil von Reznicek (85) dies in Berlin

4

  • Pietro Mascagni’s funeral takes place in Rome

13

  • Vânia Dantas Leite born (Rio de Janeiro) Brazilian pianist, conductor, teacher, composer.

15

  • Peter Leopold born (Berlin) German rock drummer, composer. Member of Amon Düül II. Brother of Ulrich Leopold of  Amon Düül. Died 2006
  • Charlemagne Palestine aka Charles Martin born (Brooklyn, NY) American composer, pianist, performance artist.

17

  • Gino Marinuzzi (63) dies in Milan

19

  • Ian Gillan born (London) English rock singer, songwriter. Member of Episode Six from 1965 to 1969, Deep Purple from 1969 to 1973, from 1984 to 1989 and from 1992, Ian Gillan Band (later just Gillan) from 1975 to 1982 and Black Sabbath from 1983 to 1984.

23

  • Leo Borchard (46) shot dead by mistake at an allied checkpoint in Berlin
  • Cecil Armstrong Gibbs’s Symphony No.3 premiered in Manchester

24

  • Ken Hensley born (London) English rock keyboard player, singer, songwriter. Member of the Gods from 1965 to 1969, Toefat in 1969, Uriah Heep from 1970 to 1980, Blackfoot from 1982 to 1985 and solo.

29

  • Benjamin Britten’s Passacaglia for orchestra premiered in London
  • Walter Lang’s film State Fair opens, starring Jeanne Crain & Dana Andrews, with original music by Rodgers & Hammerstein

31

  • Van Morrison born (Belfast) Irish rock and R&B singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. Member of Them from 1964 to 1966 and solo artist.
  • Itzhak Perlman born (Tel Aviv) Israeli violinist, conductor, teacher.

releases

  • Coleman Hawkins – Recollections / On The Bean (Joe Davis) 
  • Ike Quebec – Mad About You / Facin’ The Face (Blue Note)

Poster for Walter Langs film State Fair

Sep

3

  • RCA-Victor introduces the plastic vinyl record – limited at first to high price Red Seal issues

4

  • Bill Kenwright born (Liverpool) English film and theatre producer.
  • Knox aka Ian Carnochan born (London) English rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, painter. Founder member of the Vibrators.
  • Sir Charles Thompson And His All-Stars record a session for Apollo in New York. Buck Clayton (tp) Charlie Parker (as) Dexter Gordon (ts) Sir Charles Thompson (p) Danny Barker (g) Jimmy Butts (b) J.C. Heard (d). Tracks cut include Takin’ Off; If I Had You; 20th Century Blues & The Street Beat

5

  • Al Stewart born (Glasgow) Anglo-Scottish rock and folk singer, songwriter, guitarist.

8

  • Ronald C. McKernan aka Pigpen born (San Bruno, CA) American rock keyboard player. Member of the Grateful Dead from 1965 to 1972. Died 1973

9

  • Dee Dee Sharp aka Dione LaRue born (Philadelphia, PA) American soul singer.

10

  • José Feliciano born (Lares, Puerto Rico) Puerto Rican pop and Latin singer, songwriter, guitarist. Blind from birth.
  • Väinö Raitio (54) dies in Helsinki of cancer

11

  • Gianluigi Gelmetti born (Rome) Italian conductor, composer.
  • Leo Kottke born (Athens, GA) American folk and rock guitarist, singer, composer.

15

  • Jessye Norman born (Augusta, GA) American soprano singer.
  • Anton Webern (61) mistakenly shot dead by an American soldier in occupied Salzburg

16

  • John McCormack (61) dies in Dublin of emphysema

18

  • Blind Willie Johnson (48) dies in Beaumont, TX of pneumonia

19

  • David Bromberg born (Philadelphia, PA) American folk, country and blues singer, songwriter, guitarist, pedal steel player, mandolin player, violinist.

20

  • Laurie Spiegel born (Chicago) American composer, electronic musician, guitarist, lutenist.

24

  • John Rutter born (London) English composer, conductor, choral arranger, record producer.

26

  • Bryan Ferry born (Washington, Durham) English rock and pop singer, songwriter, keyboard player. Founder member of Roxy Music and solo artist.
  • Béla Bartók (64) dies in New York of leukaemia

27

  • Misha Dichter born (Shanghai) Polish-American concert pianist.

releases

  • Dizzy Gillespie Quintet – Salt Peanuts / Hot House (Guild)
  • Wynonie Harris – Around The Clock parts 1 and 2 (Philo)
  • The Rambler Trio feat. Arthur Smith – Guitar Boogie / The Tennessee Ramblers feat. Cecil Campbell – Beaty Steel Blues (Super Disc)
  • Hank Snow – Blue Ranger / How She Could Yodel (Bluebird Canada)
  • Art Tatum – Piano Solos (Asch) 4 x 78rpm discs
John McCormack 1884-1945

John McCormack 1884-1945

Oct

1

  • Donny Hathaway born (Chicago, IL) American soul singer, songwriter, keyboard player. Worked with Roberta Flack and solo. Died 1979

2

  • Christina ‘Licorice’ McKechnie born (Edinburgh) Scottish folk singer. Member of the Incredible String Band from 1968 to 1972.
  • Don McLean born (New Rochelle, NY) American pop and folk singer, songwriter, guitarist.

3

  • Jean-Jacques Kantorow born (Cannes, France) French violin virtuoso.
  • Antonio Martinez born (Madrid) Spanish rock and pop guitarist, songwriter. Member of Los Bravos from 1965 to 1968. Died 1990
  • Ten year old Elvis Presley comes second at a talent contest at the Mississippi-Alabama Dairy Show in Tupelo, MS singing Old Shep

4

  • Aaron Copland’s orchestral suite Appalachian Spring premiered in New York

5

  • Ray Charles expelled from the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine

7

  • Kevin Godley born (Prestwich, Lancs) English rock singer, drummer, keyboard player, songwriter, record producer, video director. Member of 10cc from 1972 to 1976 and Godley & Crème from 1977 to 1988.

8

  • John Betsch born (Jacksonville, FL) American jazz drummer. Worked with Steve Lacy, Billy Bang, Mal Waldron and others.

12

  • Maqbool Ahmed Sabri born (Karachi) Pakistani Qawwali singer, harmonium player. Member of the Sabri Brothers. Died 2011
  • Bohuslav Martinu’s Symphony no.3 premiered in Boston

14

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Chant for Psalm 67, Deus misereatur for chorus premiered in Dorking

16

  • James V. Monaco (60) dies in Los Angeles

19

  • Jeannie C. Riley aka Jeanne Carolyn Stephenson born (Stamford, TX) American country and Gospel singer.

21

  • Ernst Krenek’s Sonata for violin and piano op.99 premiered in St. Paul, MN
  • Darius Milhaud’s Cain et Abel op.241 for reciter and orchestra premiered in Los Angeles

22

  • Jerry McGeorge born (Cincinnati, OH) American rock and country guitarist, bassist, session musician. Member of the Shadows of Knight from 1965 to 1967 and HP Lovecraft from 1967 to 1968.
  • Leslie West born (New York, NY) American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter. Member of the Vagrants from 1965 to 1969 and Mountain intermittently from 1969.

23

  • Ernie Watts born (Norfolk, VA) American jazz saxophonist, flautist, bandleader (Charlie Haden, Bobby Hutcherson, Marvin Gaye and many others.

24

  • Igor Stravinsky’s Suite from ‘The Firebird’ for orchestra premiered in New York (third version)

26

  • Ernest Bloch’s Suite symphonique for orchestra premiered in Philadelphia

27

  • Arild Andersen born (Lillestrøm, Norway) Norwegian jazz bassist, bandleader, teacher. Worked with Jan Garbarek and his own groups.

28

  • Elton Dean born (Nottingham) English jazz alto saxophonist. Worked with Bluesology from 1966 to 1967, Keith Tippett fro 1968 to 1970, Soft Machine from 1969 to 1972 and his own groups. Died 2006
  • Wayne Fontana aka Glyn Geoffrey Ellis born (Manchester) English pop singer. Led the Mindbenders.

29

  • Mickey Gallagher born (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) English rock keyboard player, songwriter, session musician. Worked with the Animals, the Blockheads, the Clash and others.
  • Melba Moore aka Beatrice Melba Hill born (New York) American R&B and disco singer, actress. Daughter of Teddy Hill (1909-78) and Bonnie Davis (1920-76).

30

  • Xian Xinghai (40) dies in Moscow of tuberculosis
  • The Dexter Gordon Quartet record a session for Savoy in New York. Dexter Gordon (ts) Sadik Hakim (p) Gene Ramey (b) Eddie Nicholson (d). Tracks cut include Blow Mr. Dexter; Dexter’s Deck; Dexter’s Cuttin’ Out & Dexter’s Minor Mad
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos’s String Trio premiered in Washington, DC

31

  • Russ Ballard born (Waltham Cross, Herts) English rock songwriter, singer, guitarist. Member of Argent from 1969 to 1974 and solo artist.
  • Claire Gibault born (Le Mans, France) French conductor, politician.

unk

  • Mercury Records launched in Chicago

releases

  • Lionel Hampton – Beulah’s Boogie / Million Dollar Smile (Decca)
  • Wynonie Harris – Wynonie’s Blues / Somebody Changed the Lock On My Heart (Apollo)
  • Helen Humes – Be-Baba-Leba / Every Now And Then (Philo)
  • Peggy Lee – Waitin’ for the Train to Come In / I’m Glad I Waited for You (Capitol)
  • Jay McShann – Come On Over to My House / Trouble in Mind (Capitol Criterion)
  • Frank Sinatra – Nancy / Cradle Song (Columbia)
bloch-e

Ernest Bloch 1880-1959

Nov

2

  • Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Scherzo in D minor for orchestra & symphonic poem Prince Rostislav premiered in Moscow

3

  • Alessandro Longo (80) dies in Naples
  • Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony no.9 premiered in St Petersburg

6

  • Aram Khachaturian’s Russian Fantasy for orchestra premiered in Moscow

7

  • Gus Edwards (66) dies in Los Angeles

8

  • Darius Milhaud’s La sagesse op.141 [wisdom] for 4 voices, reciter, mixed chorus and orchestra premiered on Radio Belgium

10

  • Donna Fargo aka Yvonne Vaughan born (Mount Airy, NC) American country singer, songwriter, writer.
  • Michael Tippett’s Symphony no.1 premiered in Liverpool

11

  • Chris Dreja born (Surbiton) English rock bassist, guitarist, photographer. Member of the Yardbirds from 1963 to 1968.
  • Vince Martell born (New York, NY) American rock guitarist. Founding member of Vanilla Fudge.
  • Jerome Kern (60) dies in New York of cerebral haemorrhage

12

  • Neil Young born (Toronto, Ontario) Canadian rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, film director. Member of Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and solo artist.
  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Ode to the End of the War op.105 for winds, 8 harps, 4 pianos, brass, bass and percussion premiered in Moscow

15

  • Anni-Frid Synni-Lyngstad aka Frida Lyngstad born (Narvik, Norway) Norwegian pop singer. Member of ABBA from 1972 to 1983 and solo artist.
  • Helen Hopekirk (89) dies in Cambridge, MA of cerebral thrombosis
  • Eldridge R. Johnson (78) dies in Moorestown, NJ

16

  • Lillian Lopez born (Virgin Islands) Virgin Island soul and R&B singer. Member of Odyssey. Died 2012
  • Darius Milhaud’s Suite anglaise for violin and orchestra op.234 premiered in Philadelphia
  • Darius Milhaud’s Elégie op.251 for cello and piano premiered in New York

18

  • Igor Stravinsky’s cantata Babel premiered in Los Angeles

19

  • Arthur Honegger’s Sérénade à Angelique for orchestra premiered on Radio Zürich

21

  • Benjamin Britten’s String Quartet no.2 premiered in London
  • Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet Zolushka [Cinderella] premiered in Moscow

22

  • Benjamin Britten’s song suite The Holy Sonnets of John Donne premiered in London
  • Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe’s musical The Day Before Spring opens on Broadway (167 performances)

26

  • John McVie born (London) English rock  and blues bassist. Member of the Bluesbreakers from 1963 to 1967 and Fleetwood Mac from 1967.
  • Jim Mullen born (Glasgow) Scottish jazz guitarist. Worked with Brian Auger, Kokomo, Average White Band and Morrissey-Mullen.
  • Aaron Avshalomov’s opera The Great Wall premiered in Shanghai. Lib. Avshalomov
  • The Charlie Parker Rebeboppers record a session for Savoy in New York, Parker’s first as leader. Miles Davis (tp) Charlie Parker (as) Sadik Hakim (p) Dizzy Gillespie (p, tp) Curly Russell (b) Max Roach (d). Tracks cut include Billie’s Bounce; Now’s The Time; Thriving On A Riff & Ko-Ko

27

  • Randy Brecker born (Philadelphia, PA) American jazz trumpeter, flugelhorn player, bandleader, session player. Worked as the Brecker Brothers with brother Michael Brecker (1949-2007).
  • Virgil Thomson’s Ten etudes for piano premiered in New York

29

  • John Alden Carpenter’s symphonic suite The Seven Ages premiered in New York

30

  • Johnny Dyani born (East London, South Africa) South African jazz bassist, pianist, session player. Member of the Blue Notes. Died 1986
  • Roger Glover born (Brecon) Welsh rock bassist, keyboard player, songwriter, record producer. Member of Episode Six from 1964 to 1969, Deep Purple from 1969 to 1973 and from 1984 and Rainbow from 1979 to 1984.
  • Radu Lupu born (Galaţi, Romania) Romanian concert pianist.
  • Bohuslav Martinu’s Symphony no.4 premiered in Philadelphia

unk

  • Earl Bostic makes his first recordings as leader for Majestic

releases

  • Count Basie Orchestra – Jivin’ Joe Jackson / Queer Street (Columbia)
  • Big Bill (Broonzy) – Roll Them Bones / Humble Blues (Columbia)
  • Ivory Joe Hunter with Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers – Blues at Sunrise / You Taught Me To Love (Exclusive)
  • Louis Jordan – Buzz Me / Don’t Worry ‘Bout That Mule (Decca)
  • Vaughn Monroe – Let It Snow! Let it Snow! / The Sandman Rides the Trail (RCA Victor)
  • Ike Quebec – Hard Tack / If I Had You (Blue Note)
  • T-Bone Walker – Evening / T-Bone Boogie (Rhumboogie)
  • T-Bone Walker – Mean Old World / I Got a Break, Baby (Capitol)
tbonecapitol

T-Bone Walker 1910-1975

Dec

1

  • Bette Midler born (Honolulu, HA) American pop singer, actress
  • Johnny Griffin cuts his first sides in Los Angeles for Decca with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra. Wendell Culley, Joe Morris, Jimmy Nottingham, Dave Page, Lammar Wright (tp) Al Hayse, Andrew Penn, Michael Wood, Jimmy Wormick (tb) Ben Kynard, Bobby Plater (as) Arnett Cobb, Johnny Griffin (ts) Charlie Fowlkes (bars) Lionel Hampton (vib) Milt Buckner (p) Billy Mackel (g) Charlie Harris, Ted Sinclair (b) George Jenkins (d)

4

  • Bohuslav Martinu’s Piano Quintet no.2 premiered in Boston

8

  • Ramón Ayala born (Monterrey, Mexico) Mexican singer, songwriter, accordionist.
  • Bing Crosby is the first artist to top both the Billboard singles and albums charts with It’s Been a Long Long Time & Merry Christmas

9

  • Alexander Siloti (82) dies in New York

10

  • The Dizzy Gillespie Quintet play their first west coast shows at the start of a six week residency in Hollywood

12

  • Margaret Leng Tan born (Singapore) Singaporean pianist, toy piano player.
  • Tony Williams born (Chicago, IL) American jazz drummer, bandleader, composer. Worked with Miles Davis, Tony Williams Lifetime, Herbie Hancock and others) Died 1997
  • Darius Milhaud’s Deux marches op.260 for wind band premiered on CBS Radio

14

  • Stanley Crouch born (Los Angeles) American jazz critic, poet, novelist.

15

  • Tobias Matthay (87) dies in Haslemere, Sussex

17

  • Sam Dees born (Birmingham, AL) American soul singer, songwriter, record producer.
  • Bohuslav Martinu’s Violin Sonata no.3 premiered in New York

19

  • Bohuslav Martinu’s Thunderbolt P-47 for orchestra premiered in Washington, DC

20

  • Peter Criss aka George Peter John Criscuola born (Brooklyn, NY) American rock drummer, singer, songwriter. Member of Kiss from 1973 to 1980 and from 1996 to 2004 and solo artist.

21

  • Morton Gould, Betty Comden & Adolph Green’s musical Billion Dollar Baby opens on Broadway (220 performances)
  • Woody Guthrie is discharged from the US Army

23

  • Georges Aperghis born (Athens) Greek composer, writer for experimental theatre.

24

  • Lemmy aka Ian Kilminster born (Stoke) English rock singer, bassist, songwriter. Member of Hawkwind from 1971 to 1975 and Motorhead from 1975.
  • Luca Lombardi born (Rome) Italian composer.

25

  • Noel Redding born (Folkestone) English rock bassist. Member of the Jimi Hendrix Experience from 1966 to 1969. Died 2003

27

  • Clarence Barlow born (Calcutta) Anglo-Indian composer, teacher.

28

  • Daniel Reeves Carter born (Wilkinsburg, PA) American jazz flautist, saxophonist, trumpeter, clarinietist, session player.
  • Bohuslav Martinu’s Suite concertante for violin and orchestra premiered in New York
  • (& 29 Dec) Paul Robeson records the album Spirituals for Columbia in New York
  • Igor Stravinsky becomes a naturalised American citizen

29

  • Bobby Stark (39) dies in New York

30

  • Davy Jones born (Manchester) English pop singer, actor. Member of the Monkees from 1966 to 1971. Died 2012

31

  • Mary Lou Williams’s Zodiac Suite for piano and orchestra premiered at Town Hall, New York

unk

  • Roy Milton’s Solid Senders make their first recordings for Juke Box Records

releases

  • Dizzy Gillespie Quintet – Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be) / Shaw ‘Nuff (Guild) feat. Sarah Vaughan (vo)
  • Stan Kenton – Artistry Jumps / Just Sittin’ and a-Rockin’ (Capitol)
  • Johnny Moore’s 3 Blazers – Driftin’ Blues / Groovy (Philo)
  • Eddie Vinson – Juicehead Baby / Mr. Cleanhead Steps Out (Mercury)

Johnny Moores 3 Blazers. L-R: Eddie Williams, Johnny Moore, Charles Brown

date unknown

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos founds the Brazilian Academy of Music in Rio de Janeiro

publications

  • Uzeyir Hajibeyov’s The Basis of Folk Music in Azerbaijan published in Baku

Songs published

  • Caldonia (Fleecie Moore); For Sentimental Reasons (Deek Watson, William Best); Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry; Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (both Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne); Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? (Scott Wiseman); The Honeydripper (Joe Liggins); It Might As Well Be Spring, You’ll Never Walk Alone (both Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers); The More I See You (Mack Gordon, Harry Warren)

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