1948

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Jan

1

  • Edna May (69) dies in Lausanne
  • A strike is called by American Federation of Musicians in dispute over royalties that prevents recording by all musicians (singers are exempt)

3

  • Joseph “Kaiser” Marshall (45) dies in New York
  • Benjamin Britten’s song suite A Charm of Lullabies premiered in Den Haag

7

  • Kenny Loggins born (Everett, WA) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Worked with Jim Messina and solo.

8

  • Richard Tauber (56) dies of lung cancer

9

  • Violet Gordon-Woodhouse (75) dies in Thrupp, Gloucestershire

10

  • Donald Fagen born (Passaic, NJ) American rock and jazz singer, songwriter, keyboard player. Member of Steely Dan from 1971 and solo artist.
  • Mischa Maisky born (Riga) Latvian cellist.

12

  • Atlantic Records issues its first singles – four discs by Eddie Safranski, Melrose Colbert, Bob Howard and Tiny Grimes

14

  • Joseph “T-Bone” Burnett born (St Louis, MO) American rock and country singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer.

15

  • Juma Santos aka James P. Riley born (Boston, MA) American jazz drummer, percussionist, teacher, session player. Died 2007
  • Ronnie Van Zandt born (Jacksonville, FL) American rock singer, songwriter. Founder member of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Died 1977

16

  • John Carpenter born (Carthage, NY) American film director, producer, screenwriter, composer.

17

  • Anne Queffélec born (Paris) French concert pianist.
  • Peter Mennin’s Fantasia for String Orchestra premiered in New York

21

  • Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari (72) dies in Venice

22

  • Gilbert Levine born (Brooklyn, NY) American conductor

23

  • Anita Pointer born (Oakland, CA) American R&B and pop singer, songwriter. Member of the Pointer Sisters from 1969. Sister of June (1953-2006), Ruth (b.1946) and Bonnie (b.1950) Pointer.
  • David Diamond’s Symphony no.4 premiered in Boston
  • Hilding Rosenberg’s opera-oratorio Josef och hans bröder [Joseph and his Brothers] part 4 of 4 premiered on Swedish radio, Stockholm, lib. Rosenberg

26

  • Boris Belkin born (Sverdlovsk, Russia) Russian violinist, teacher.
  • Laurence Gordon “Corky” Laing born (Montreal) Canadian rock drummer. Member of Mountain from 1969
  • Ignaz Friedman (65) dies in Sydney
  • John Lomax (78) dies in Greenville, MS following a stroke

27

  • Mikhail Baryshnikov born (Riga, Latvia) Russian ballet dancer, choreographer, actor.
  • Jean-Philippe Collard born (Mareuil-sur-Ay, France) French concert pianist.
  • Kim Gardner born (London) English rock bassist, session player. Member of the Birds, the Creation, Ashton, Gardner & Dyke and Badger. Died 2001

releases

  • Lonnie Johnson – Tomorrow Night / What A Woman (King)
  • Julia Lee – King Size Papa / When You’re Smiling (Capitol)
  • Peggy Lee – Manana / All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart (Capitol)
  • Thelonious Monk – Suburban Eyes / Thelonious (Blue Note)
tauber

Richard Tauber 1891-1948

Feb

1

  • Rick James aka James Johnson born (Buffalo, NY) American funk and rock singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer. Member of the Mynah Birds, the Stone City band and solo artist. Died 2004

2

  • Al McKay born (New Orleans) American soul and funk guitarist, songwriter, record producer. Member of Earth, Wind & Fire from 1973 to 1981
  • Dizzy Gillespie’s orchestra plays the first of three UK shows – the first American band to do so in more than ten years

4

  • Alice Cooper aka Vincent Furnier born (Detroit, MI) American rock singer, songwriter, broadcaster.
  • Marge Ganser born (New York) American pop singer. Member of the Shangri-Las. Died 1996
  • Mary Ann Ganser born (New York) American pop singer. Member of the Shangri-Las. Died 1970

5

  • Christopher Guest born (New York) American actor, writer, film director. Member of Spinal Tap.

7

  • Red McKenzie (48) dies in New York of cirrhosis

8

  • Ron Tyson born (Philadelphia, PA) American soul singer. Member of the Temptations from 1983.

10

  • Conrad Cummings born (San Francisco) American composer, teacher.
  • George Antheil’s Symphony No.6 premiered in San Francisco
  • The Soviet Central Committee issues the Zhdanov Decree attacking the Composers’ Union and many prominent members such as Aram Khachaturian, Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich for making ‘formalist’ and ‘anti-democratic’ music

19

  • Mark Andes born (Philadelphia, PA) American rock bass guitarist, session player. Member of Spirit from 1967 to 1971, Jo Jo Gunne from 1971 to 1972, Firefall from 1975 to 1981 and others.
  • Tony Iommi born (Birmingham) English rock guitarist, songwriter. Founder member of Black Sabbath.

20

  • Billy Zoom aka Tyson Kindell born (Savanna, IL) American rock guitarist, session player. Founder member of X.
  • Charles Koechlin’s ballet L’âme heureuse [the happy soul] premiered in Paris
  • Lina Prokofieva, the first wife of Sergei Prokofiev, is arrested and sentenced to twenty years forced labour on spying charges after trying to send money to her mother in Spain. She is pardoned and released in 1956

21

  • Christian Vander born (Nogent-sur-Marne, France) French rock drummer, singer, songwriter, bandleader. Founder member of Magma.
  • Frederic Lamond (80) dies in Stirling, Scotland

22

  • Joe LaBarbera born (Mt Morris, NY) American jazz drummer, teacher. Worked with Bill Evans, Chuck Mangione and others.
  • Boris Blacher’s opera Die Nachtschwalbe [The Night Swallow], lib. Friedrich Wolf, premiered in Leipzig

24

  • Virgil Thomson’s The Seine at Night for orchestra (3 Pictures, No. 1) premiered in Kansas City

25

  • Abiodun Oyewole aka Charles Davis born (Cincinnati, OH) American poet, rapper. Founder member of the Last Poets.
  • The first annual Nice Jazz Festival takes place with Louis Armstrong headlining

26

  • Aki Takase born (Osaka) Japanese jazz pianist, composer. Worked with the Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Evan Parker, Han Bennink, David Murray and others.

29

  • David Diamond’s Violin Concerto no.2 premiered in Vancouver

unk

  • Wilhelm Furtwängler’s Symphony No.2 premiered in Berlin

releases

  • Big Three Trio – You Sure Look Good To Me / 88 Boogie (Columbia)
  • Dexter Gordon Quintet – Settin’ the Pace parts 1 & 2 (Savoy)
  • Tiny Grimes Quintet – Blue Harlem / Boogie Woogie Barbecue (Atlantic)
  • Bull Moose Jackson – All My Love Belongs to You / I Want a Bowlegged Woman (King)
  • Nellie Lutcher – Fine Brown Frame / The Pig-Latin Song (Capitol)
  • Les Paul – Lover / Brazil (Capitol) one of the first records to use multitracking
  • Sunny Land Slim with Muddy Waters – Johnson Machine Gun / Fly Right Little Girl (Aristocrat)
Sunnyland Slim 1906-95

Sunnyland Slim 1906-95

Mar

1

  • Winston Rodney aka Burning Spear born (St Ann, Jamaica) Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter.

2

  • Rory Gallagher born (Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal) Irish rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of Taste from 1966 to 1970 and solo artist. Died 1995

3

  • Jackie Mittoo born (St Ann’s, Jamaica) Jamaican reggae and ska organist, songwriter, arranger, session player. Member of the Skatalites from 1963 to 1965. Died 1990
  • Charles Ives’ Three Harvest Home Chorales for choir, brass and organ premiered in New York

4

  • Chris Squire born (London) English rock bassist, singer, songwriter. Founder member of Yes.
  • Shakin’ Stevens aka Michael Barratt born (Cardiff) Welsh pop singer, songwriter.

5

  • Eddy Grant born (Plaisance, Guyana) English pop and reggae singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of the Equals from 1965 to 1971 and solo artist.
  • Richard Hickox born (Stokenchurch, Bucks) English conductor, founder of the Wooburn Festival. Died 2008

12

  • James Taylor born (Boston, MA) American rock and pop singer, songwriter, guitarist.
  • Charles Ives’ Four Transcriptions from Emerson for piano premiered in New York

13

  • Dave Mattacks born (London) English rock and folk drummer, session player, record producer. Member of Fairport Convention from 1969 to 1972, from 1974 to 1975 and from 1985 to 1997.

15

  • Steve Nisbett born (Nevis) Anglo-Nevisian reggae drummer. Member of Steel Pulse from 1977 to 2001.
  • Zoltán Kodály’s opera Czinka Panna premiered in Budapest, lib. B. Balázs
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Sinfonietta no.2 premiered in Rome

17

  • Jessica Williams born (Baltimore, MD) American jazz pianist, composer.

18

  • Keith Hudson born (Trenchtown, Jamaica) Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, record producer. Died 1984

20

  • Marva Wright born (New Orleans, LA) American Gospel and blues singer. Died 2010
  • Miklós Rózsa’s music for George Cukor’s film A Double Life wins the best dramatic score Oscar at the 20th Academy Awards. Alfred Newman’s music for Walter Lang’s film Mother Wore Tights wins the award for best musical score
  • Arturo Toscanini makes his television debut, conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra in a program of works by Richard Wagner.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Partita for double string orchestra premiered on BBC Radio

21

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos’s O Papagaio do moleque [The Kite of the Guttersnipe] for orchestra premiered in Paris

22

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber born (London) English theatre composer, producer, broadcaster. Brother of Julian Lloyd Webber (b.1951).

24

  • Lee Oskar born (Copenhagen) Danish rock, funk and R&B harmonica player, harmonica manufacturer. Member of War from 1969 to 1994.

26

  • Kyung-wha Chung born (Seoul) Korean violinist. Sister of Myung-whun Chung (b.1953) and Myung-wha Chung (b.1944).
  • Steven Tyler aka Stephen Victor Tallarico born (New York, NY) American rock singer, songwriter. Founder member of Aerosmith.
  • Hanns Eisler is deported from the US following HUAC witch hunts

27

  • Billie Holiday plays a sell-out concert at Carnegie Hall, New York

28

  • John Evan born (Blackpool) English rock keyboard player. Member of Jethro Tull from 1970 to 1980.
  • Milan Williams born (Okolona, MS) American funk and soul keyboard player, songwriter. Member of the Commodores from 1967 to 1989. Died 2006

31

  • Thijs van Leer born (Amsterdam) Dutch rock singer, flautist, keyboard player, songwriter. Member of Focus from 1969 to 1978 and solo artist.

releases

  • Nat Cole Trio – Nature Boy / Lost April (Capitol)
  • Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup – Dirt Road Blues / Cry Your Blues Away (RCA Victor)
  • Ella Fitzgerald – How High the Moon / You Turned the Tables on Me (Decca)
  • Lightnin’ Hopkins – Down Now Baby / Play With Your Poodle (Aladdin)
  • Thelonious Monk – ‘Round About Midnight / Well, You Needn’t (Blue Note)
  • Muddy Waters with Sunnyland Slim – Gypsy Woman / Little Anna Mae (Aristocrat)
  • Hank Williams – Honky Tonkin’ / I’ll Be a Bachelor ’til I Die (MGM)
  • Rendezvous with Peggy Lee (Capitol) 3 x 78rpm discs
hank

Hank Williams 1923-1953

Apr

1

  • Jimmy Cliff born (St Catherine, Jamaica) Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, actor.

3

  • The Louisiana Hayride radio show makes its debut on KWKH in Shreveport, LA

4

  • Berry Oakley born (Chicago, IL) American rock bass guitarist. Founder member of the Allman Brothers Band. Died 1972

6

  • Witold Lutoslawski’s Symphony no.1 premiered in Katowice

7

  • Dallas Taylor born (Denver, CO) American rock drummer, session player. Worked with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Manassas.
  • Klaus Röder born (Stuttgart) German electronic musician, teacher. Member of Kraftwerk in 1974.

9

  • Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 for soprano and orchestra premiered in Boston

12

  • Lois Reeves born (Detroit) American soul singer. Member of the Vandellas from 1967 to 1977. Sister of Martha Reeves (b.1941).

14

  • Claude Vivier born (Montreal) Canadian composer. Died 1983

16

  • Robert Kirby born (Bishop’s Stortford) English arranger, conductor. Worked with Nick Drake, Richard & Linda Thompson and others. Died 2009

17

  • Jan Hammer born (Prague) Czech jazz keyboard player, composer, session player, bandleader. Worked with the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jeff Beck, Al Di Meola, solo and others.
  • Vivian Fine’s Capriccio for Oboe and String Trio premiered in New York

18

  • Tikhon Khrennikov appointed secretary of the Union of Soviet Composers, a post he holds until 1991

21

  • Carlos López Buchardo (66) dies in Buenos Aires
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 6 premiered in London

22

  • William Grant Still’s Wood Notes for orchestra premiered in Chicago

24

  • Manuel María Ponce (65) dies in Mexico City
  • Jāzeps Vītols (84) dies in Lübeck, Germany

26

  • Ronaldo Miranda born (Rio de Janeiro) Brazilian composer, teacher, critic.

27

  • Kate Pierson born (Weehawken, NJ) American rock singer, multi-instrumentalist. Founder member of the B-52s.

28

  • Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Orpheus premiered in New York

29

  • Leslie Howard born (Melbourne) Australian pianist, composer.
  • Michael Karoli born (Straubing, Germany) German rock guitarist, composer. Founder member of Can. Died 2001

30

  • Wayne Kramer born (Detroit, MI) American rock guitarist, songwriter, singer, record producer. Member of MC5, Gang War and solo artist.
  • The Orioles appear on the Arthur Godfrey radio talent show in New York

releases

  • Roy Brown – ‘Long About Midnight / Whose Hat Is That (De Luxe)
  • Wynonie Harris – Good Rockin’ Tonight / Good Morning Mr. Blues (King)
  • Camille Howard – X-Temporaneous Boogie / You Don’t Love Me (Speciality)
  • Charlie Parker – Cheers / Carving The Bird (Dial)
  • Les Paul – What Is This Thing Called Love / Hip-Billy Boogie (Capitol)
  • Frank Sinatra – All Of Me / I Went Down To Virginia (Columbia)

Wynonie Harris – Good Rockin Tonight (King 78)

May

1

  • Danny Taylor born (New York, NY) American rock and avant-garde drummer. Member of Silver Apples from 1967 to 1969. Died 2005
  • Folkways Records founded in New York by Moe Asch and Marian Distler

2

  • Larry Gatlin born (Seminole, TX) American country singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor.

5

  • Bill Ward born (Birmingham) English rock drummer. Founder member of Black Sabbath.

8

  • Nat King Cole has the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Nature Boy

9

  • Tania Maria born (São Luís, Maranhão, Brazil) Brazilian jazz and pop singer, pianist, composer, bandleader.

12

  • Steve Winwood born (Birmingham) English rock singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. Member of the Spencer Davis Group from 1963 to 1967, Traffic from 1967 to 1977, Blind Faith in 1969 and solo artist. Brother of Muff Winwood (b.1943).
  • Ivan Kral born (Prague) Czech-American rock guitarist, bassist, singer, film maker, session player. Membe of the Patti Smith Group from 1974 to 1979.
  • Isidor Achron (55) dies in New York following a heart attack

15

  • Brian Eno born (Woodbridge) English electronic musician, composer, singer, record producer, music theorist, visual artist. Member of Roxy Music from 1971 to 1973 and solo artist.
  • Marvin Camras of the Armour Research Foundation demonstrates a tape recorder that can record and reproduce stereophonic sound
  • Pierre Schaeffer coins the term ‘musique concrète’

17

  • Dick Gaughan born (Glasgow) Scottish folk singer, songwriter, guitarist.
  • David Evans (74) dies in Rhosllannerchrugog, Wales
  • Olga Samaroff (67) dies in New York following a heart attack

18

  • Mikko Heiniö born (Tampere, Finland) Finnish composer, musicologist, writer.

19

  • Grace Jones born (Spanish Town, Jamaica) Jamaican funk singer, actress, model.
  • Tom Scott born (Los Angeles, CA) American jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger, conductor, bandleader. Worked with LA Express, Oliver Nelson, Don Ellis and others.

20

  • Darius Milhaud’s Symphony no.4 “1848” premiered in Paris
  • Vincente Minnelli’s film The Pirate opens starring Gene Kelly & Judy Garland. Music by Lennie Hayton, Cole Porter.
  • The ten day Second International Congress of Composers and Music Critics opens in Prague

21

  • Gerard ‘Leo’ Sayer born (Shoreham) English pop singer, songwriter.
  • György Ligeti’s Magány [Solitude] for choir premiered in Budapest

22

  • György Ligeti’s Two Capriccios for piano & Invention for piano premiered in Budapest
  • Billboard magazine announces Columbia Records’ plans for ten and twelve inch 33rpm vinyl records

24

  • Benjamin Britten’s The Beggar’s Opera premiered in Cambridge. Lib. John Gay
  • Charles Ives’ Trio for violin, cello and piano premiered in Berea, OH

25

  • György Ligeti’s Három Weöres-dal [three Weöres songs] for soprano and piano premiered in Budapest

26

  • Stevie Nicks born (Phoenix, AZ) American rock singer, songwriter. Member of Fleetwood Mac from 1974 and solo artist.
  • Ali Rahbari born (Tehran) Iranian composer, conductor, violinist.

27

  • Marc Copland aka Marc Cohen born (Philadelphia, PA) American jazz pianist, composer.

28

  • The Royal Roost club on Broadway begins a weekly series of bebop concerts beginning with Thelonious Monk’s quintet

29

  • Michael Berkeley born (London) English composer, broadcaster. Son of Lennox Berkeley (1903-89).
  • Stan Kenton has the Billboard number one album for the first of 8 weeks with A Presentation of Progressive Jazz

31

  • John Bonham born (Redditch) English rock drummer. Member of Led Zeppelin from 1968. Died 1980
  • Paulinho da Costa born (Rio de Janeiro) Brazilian percussionist, session player.
  • Martin Hannett born (Manchester) English record producer, bass guitarist. Member of the Invisible Girls. Died 1991
  • Darius Milhaud’s ballet Adame miroir op.283 premiered in Paris

releases

  • Joe Morris & His Orchestra – Lowe Groovin’ / Jump With Me (Atlantic)
  • Stan Kenton – A Presentation of Progressive Jazz (Capitol) 4 x 78rpm discs
schaeffer

Pierre Schaeffer 1910-1995

Jun

1

  • José Vianna da Motta (80) dies in Lisbon
  • Sonny Boy Williamson (34) mugged and killed whilst walking home from a show in Chicago
  • Darius Milhaud’s Nine Preludes op.231 for organ premiered in Paris

3

  • Carlos Franzetti born (Buenos Aires) Argentinian composer, arranger.

5

  • The first Aldeburgh Festival opens with the premiere of Benjamin Britten’s Saint Nicolas for choir and orchestra

7

  • Dave Torbert born (San Francisco, CA) American rock bass guitarist. member of the New Riders of the Purple Sage, Kingfish. Died 1982
  • Georges Hüe (90) dies in Paris

8

  • Arpad Joó born (Budapest) Hungarian concert pianist, conductor.
  • Daniel Nazareth born (Mumbai) Indian conductor, composer.

9

  • Tibor Szász born (Cluj, Romania) Hungarian concert pianist, musicologist, writer.

12

  • John Lee Hooker makes his first demo recordings in Detroit

14

  • John Blackwood McEwen (80) dies in London

18

  • John Evans born (Memphis, TN) American rock guitarist, keyboard player. Member of the Box Tops from 1967 to 1968.
  • Columbia demonstrates the 33rpm LP at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York. The company had been secretly manufacturing the discs for more than two months with the result that 101 titles were ready for release almost immediately

19

  • Nick Drake born (Burma) English folk singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 1974

20

  • The Ed Sullivan Show begins broadcasting on CBS TV (as Toast of the Town)

21

  • Duke Ellington begins a two week residency at the London Palladium

22

  • Todd Rundgren born (Upper Darby, PA) American rock singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer. Member of Nazz, Utopia and solo artist.
  • Calypso artists Lord Kitchener and Lord Beginner are among the passengers who arrive in Britain from the Caribbean on the MV Empire Windrush

24

  • Patrick Moraz born (Morges, Switzerland) Swiss rock and jazz keyboard player, composer. Member of Yes from 1974 to 1976, the Moody Blues from 1978 to 1991 and solo artist.

25

  • Kenji Sawada born (Tottori, Japan) Japanese rock singer, songwriter, actor. Member of the Tigers from 1966 to 1971 and solo artist.

27

  • George Strong (92) dies in Geneva

29

  • Ian Paice born (Nottingham) English rock drummer. Member of Deep Purple from 1968 and Paice, Ashton, Lord from 1976 to 1977.

30

  • Charles Walters’ film Easter Parade opens starring Fred Astaire & Judy Garland. Music by Johnny Green, Roger Edens and Irving Berlin
  • David Lean’s film Oliver Twist opens with a soundtrack by Arnold Bax

unk

  • Wynton Kelly makes his first recordings for Savoy in New York with the Hal Singer Quintet. Milton Larkins (tb) Hal Singer (ts) Wynton Kelly (p) Franklin Skeete (b) Heywood Jackson (d)

releases

  • Wynonie Harris – Lollipop Mama / Blow Your Brains Out (King)
  • Bull Moose Jackson – I Can’t Go On Without You / Fare Thee Well Deacon Jones (King)
  • Peggy Lee – Why Don’t You Do Right? / Bubble-Loo, Bubble-Loo (Capitol)
  • Thelonious Monk – Evonce / Off Minor (Blue Note)
  • Hank Williams – I’m a Long Gone Daddy / The Blues Come Around (MGM)
fredjudy

Fred Astaire and Judy Garland in Charles Walters Easter Parade

Jul

1

  • Renate Knaup born (Germany) German rock singer, composer. Member of Amon Düül II.
  • Wes Montgomery is recorded for the first time in a radio broadcast with Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra in Geneva, NY

2

  • Sylvain Cambreling born (Amiens, France) French conductor.
  • Gene McFadden born (Philadelphia, PA) American R&B and soul singer, songwriter, producer. Worked with John Whitehead as McFadden & Whitehead. Died 2006
  • Billy Wilder’s film The Emperor Waltz opens starring Bing Crosby & Joan Fontaine. Music by Victor Young
  • The Thelonious Monk Quartet record a session for Blue Note in New York, Monk’s last as leader for three years. Milt Jackson (vib) Thelonious Monk (p) John Simmons (b) Shadow Wilson (d) Kenny Pancho Hagood (vo)

3

  • Paul Barrere born (Burbank, CA) American rock guitarist, singer. Member of Little Feat from 1972.
  • Peter Ruzicka born (Düsseldorf) German composer, conductor.

4

  • Jeremy Spencer born (Hartlepool) English blues and rock guitarist. Member of Fleetwood Mac from 1967 to 1971.

6

  • Arnaldo Baptista born (Sao Paulo) Brazilian rock singer, keyboard player, bassist, songwriter, producer. Member of Os Mutantes from 1966 to 1973 and solo artist.

11

  • Martin Rushent born (Enfield) English record producer. Died 2011
  • Hector Zazou born (Sidi Bel Abbès, Algeria) Franco-Algerian composer, producer, keyboard player. Died 2008

15

  • Kurt Weill’s opera Down in the Valley premiered in Bloomington, IN, lib. A. Sundgaard

16

  • Rubén Blades born (Panama City) Panamanian salsa singer, songwriter, actor, politician.

17

  • Ron Asheton born (Ann Arbor, MI) American rock guitarist, songwriter, bass guitarist. Founder member of the Stooges. Brother of Scott Asheton (b.1949). Died 2009

19

  • Keith Godchaux born (Seattle, WA) American rock keyboard player. Member of the Grateful Dead from 1971 to 1979. Died 1980

21

  • Yusuf Islam aka Cat Stevens aka Steven Georgiou born (London) English rock, pop and folk singer, songwriter, guitarist, philanthropist.

25

  • Steve Goodman born (Chicago, IL) American folk singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 1984

28

  • Gerald Casale born (Akron, OH) American rock singer, bassist, keyboard player, songwriter. Member of Devo from 1973. Brother of Bob Casale (b.1952).

30

  • Julia Tsenova born (Sofia) Bulgarian composer, pianist, teacher. Died 2010

unk

  • Arthur Benjamin’s Symphony No.1 premiered in Cheltenham

releases

  • Lead Belly – Irene / Backwater Blues (Capitol)  
  • Peggy Lee – Don’t Smoke in Bed / Everybody Loves Somebody (Capitol)
  • Wild Bill Moore – We’re Gonna Rock, We’re Gonna Roll / Harlem On Parade (Savoy)
  • Muddy Waters – I Can’t Be Satisfied / I Feel Like Goin’ Home (Aristocrat)
  • Hank Williams – I Don’t Care / Pan American (MGM)
Joan Fontaine in Billy Wilder's The Emperor Waltz

Joan Fontaine in Billy Wilder’s The Emperor Waltz

Aug

2

  • Andy Fairweather Low born (Ystrad Mynach, Glamorgan) Welsh rock and pop singer, songwriter, session player. Member of Amen Corner from 1966 to 1969 and solo artist.

10

  • Lucille Bogan (51) dies in Los Angeles of coronary sclerosis

13

  • Kathleen Battle born (Portsmouth, OH) American soprano singer.

14

  • Bruce Thomas born (Stockton-on-Tees) English rock bass guitarist, writer. Member of Elvis Costello & the Attractions.

15

  • Bohuslav Martinů’s ballet The Strangler premiered in New London, CT

20

  • Robert Plant born (West Bromwich) English rock singer, songwriter. Member of  Led Zeppelin from 1968 to 1980 and solo artist.
  • John Cage’s In a Landscape for piano; Orestes for piano & Suite for Toy Piano premiered in Black Mountain, NC

24

  • Jean-Michel Jarre born (Lyon) French keyboard player, composer, electronic musician. Son of Maurice Jarre (1924-2009).

25

  • Danny Smythe born (Memphis, TN) American rock drummer. Member of the Box Tops from 1967 to 1968.

27

  • Oscar Lorenzo Fernández (50) dies in Rio De Janeiro

28

  • Horacio Gutiérrez born (Havana) Cuban-American concert pianist.
  • Danny Seraphine born (Chicago) American rock drummer. Member of Chicago from 1967 to 1990.

29

  • Simon House born (Nottingham) English rock violinist, keyboard player, singer, composer. Member of Hawkwind from 1974 to 1978.

30

  • Brian Elias born (Mumbai) English composer.

31

  • Cyril Jordan born (San Francisco, CA) American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter. Member of the Flamin’ Groovies from 1965 to 1992.

releases

  • Dizzy Gillespie and his Orchestra – Manteca / Cool Breeze (RCA Victor)
  • Joe Morris & His Orchestra – Mad Moon / The Spider (Atlantic)
  • Orioles – It’s Too Soon To Know / Barbra Lee (It’s A Natural) reissued Nov 1948 on Jubilee when the company changed its name
  • Duke Ellington – Mood Ellington (Columbia) 4 x 78rpm discs
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The Orioles

Sep

1

  • Greg Errico born (San Francisco, CA) American rock and R&B drummer, session player, record producer. Member of Sly & the Family Stone from 1966 to 1971.

3

  • Mutt Carey (57) dies in Lake Elsinore, CA

6

  • Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s film The Red Shoes opens, starring Moira Shearer and Marius Goring

9

  • Luigi Dallapiccola’s ballet Marsia premiered in Venice
  • The Miles Davis Nonet play their first show at the Royal Roost in New York. Miles Davis (tp) Mike Zwerin (tb) Junior Collins (frh) John Barber (tu) Lee Konitz (as) Gerry Mulligan (bars) John Lewis (p) Al McKibbon (b) Max Roach (d) Kenny Hagood (vo)
  • Zoltán Kodály’s Missa brevis for chorus and orchestra premiered in Worcester

11

  • John Martyn born (New Malden, Surrey) Anglo-Scottish folk and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Died 2009

14

  • Vernon Dalhart (65) dies in Bridgeport, CT following a heart attack

15

  • Darius Milhaud’s L’apothéose de Molière [The Apotheosis of Molière] for small orchestra premiered in Capri

16

  • Kenney Jones born (London) English rock drummer. Member of the Small Faces from 1965 to 1969, the Faces from 1969 to 1975 and the Who from 1979 to 1988.

18

  • The Charlie Parker All Stars record the first of two sessions for Savoy in New York. Miles Davis (tp) Charlie Parker (as) John Lewis (p) Curly Russell (b) Max Roach (d). Tracks cut include Parker’s Mood; Barbados; Ah-Leu-Cha & Constellation

20

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos, Frederick Hazlitt Brennan, Homer Curran, Robert Wright and George Forrest’s musical Magdalena opens on Broadway (88 performances)

23

  • Don Grolnick born (Brooklyn, NY) American jazz and pop pianist, composer (Steps Ahead, Dreams). Died 1996

24

  • The Charlie Parker All Stars record the second of two sessions for Savoy in New York. Miles Davis (tp) Charlie Parker (as) John Lewis (p) Curly Russell (b) Max Roach (d). Tracks cut include Marmaduke; Perhaps; Steeplechase & Merry-Go-Round

26

  • Olivia Newton-John born (Cambridge) Anglo-Australian pop singer, actress.

30

  • Jonathan Lloyd born (London) English composer, musician.

unk

  • John Lee Hooker makes his first commercial recordings for Modern Records

releases

  • Amos Milburn – Chickenshack Boogie / It Took A Long Long Time (Aladdin)
  • Thelonious Monk – In Walked Bud / Epistrophy (Blue Note)
  • T-Bone Walker – West Side Baby / Lonesome Women Blues (Comet)
  • Hank Williams – I Saw the Light / Six More Miles to the Graveyard (MGM)
Moira Shearer in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's film The Red Shoes

Moira Shearer in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s film The Red Shoes

Oct

1

  • Leonard Bernstein’s Four Anniversaries for piano premiered in Cleveland

4

  • Georg Kulenkampff (50) dies in Schaffhausen, Switzerland of encephalitis

5

  • Lucius ‘Tawl’ Ross born (Wagram, NC) American funk guitarist. Member of Funkadelic from 1968 to 1971.
  • Delroy Wilson born (Kingston, Jamaica) Jamaican ska and reggae singer, songwriter. Died 1995
  • Pierre Schaeffer’s works for tape, Etude aux chemins de fer; Etude aux tourniquets; Etude violette; Etude noire & Etude pathétique premiered on Paris Radio

6

  • Glenn Branca born (Harrisburg, PA) American avant-garde guitarist, composer.

7

  • Kurt Weill & Alan Jay Lerner’s musical Love Life opens on Broadway (252 performances)

8

  • Johnny Ramone aka John Cummings born (Long Island, NY) American rock guitarist, songwriter. Founder member of the Ramones. Died 2004
  • Einar Englund’s Symphony no.2 premiered in Helsinki

9

  • Jackson Browne born (Heidelberg, Germany) American rock singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist.
  • Decca announces the launch of subsidiary Coral Records

10

  • Juan Falú born (Tucumán, Argentina) Argentinian classical guitarist, composer. Nephew of Eduardo Falú (b.1923).
  • Cyril Neville born (New Orleans, LA) American R&B singer, percussionist. Member of the Meters from 1975 to 1979 and the Neville Brothers from 1977). Brother of Art (b.1937), Aaron (b.1941) and Charles (b.1938) Neville.
  • Siegmund von Hausegger (76) dies in Munich

11

  • Frank Loesser & George Abbott’s musical Where’s Charley? opens on Broadway (792 performances)
  • The Howard McGhee – Fats Navarro Boptet record a session for Blue Note in New York. Fats Navarro (tp) Howard McGhee (tp, p) Ernie Henry (as) Milt Jackson (vib, p) Curly Russell (b) Kenny Clarke (d). Tracks cut include Double TalSkunk & Boperation

12

  • Rick Parfitt born (Woking, Surrey) English rock singer, guitarist, songwriter. Founder member of Status Quo.

13

  • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan born (Faisalabad, Pakistan) Pakistani Qawwali singer, tabla player, composer. Died 1997

15

  • Chris de Burgh aka Christopher Davison born (Venado Tuerto, Argentina) Irish pop singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist.

19

  • Grazyna Bacewicz’s Violin Concerto no.2 premiered in Warsaw
  • Howard Hawks’ film A Song Is Born opens starring Danny Kaye, Virginia Mayo & Benny Goodman. Music by Hugo Friedhofer, Emil Newman

24

  • Franz Lehár (78) dies in Bad Ischl, Austria
  • Francis Poulenc’s Sinfonietta premiered on BBC Radio

25

  • Diana Burrell born (Norwich) English composer, teacher.

27

  • Igor Stravinsky’s Mass for chorus and small orchestra premiered in Milan
  • The American Federation of Musicians’ record ban ends, but due to legal wrangles, no recordings take place until 14 Dec

30

  • Umar Bin Hassan born (Akron, OH) American poet, rapper. Member of the Last Poets from 1969.

releases

  • Lowell Fulson – Three O’Clock Blues / I’m Wild About You (Down Beat)
  • Dizzy Gillespie and his Orchestra – Cubana Be / Cubana Bop (RCA Victor)
  • Coleman Hawkins – April In Paris / How Strange (RCA Victor)
  • Lonnie Johnson – Pleasing You / I Feel So Lonesome (King)
  • Joe Morris & His Orchestra – Easy Riff / The Applejack (Atlantic)
  • Arthur Smith and His Cracker-Jacks – Guitar Boogie / Boomerang (MGM)
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Nobody’s Fault But Mine / Sit Down (Decca)
  • Muddy Waters – Train Fare Home / Sittin’ Here and Drinkin’ (Aristocrat)
  • Woody Guthrie – Ballads from the Dust Bowl (Folkways)

Danny Kaye 1913-87

Nov

1

  • Paul Hindemith’s Cello Sonata premiered on BBC Radio

3

  • Lulu aka Marie Lawrie born (Lennoxtown, Stirlingshire) Scottish pop singer, actress.

4

  • Arnold Schoenberg’s Ein Überlebender von Warschau [A Survivor from Warsaw] op.46 for reciter, choir and orchestra premiered in Albuquerque, NM

5

  • Peter Hammill born (London) English rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboard player. Founder member of Van Der Graaf Generator and solo artist.
  • Ernst Krenek’s Piano Sonata no.4 premiered in San Francisco

6

  • Glenn Frey born (Detroit, MI) American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor. Founder member of the Eagles and solo artist.
  • Rushton Moreve aka John Russell Morgan born (Los Angeles, CA) American rock bass guitarist. Member of  Steppenwolf from 1967 to 1968. Died 1981

7

  • Darius Milhaud’s Violin Concerto no.2 premiered in Paris

9

  • Joe Bouchard born (Watertown, NY) American rock bass guitarist, singer. Member of Blue Oyster Cult from 1970 to 1986. Brother of Albert Brouchard (b.1944).

10

  • Bernard Collins born (Kingston, Jamaica) Jamaican reggae singer, record producer. Founder member of the Abyssinians.

11

  • Marvin Peterson aka Hannibal Lokumbe born (Smithfield, TX) American jazz trumpeter, composer, bandleader. Worked with Gil Evans, Roy Haynes, Pharoah Sanders and others.

12

  • Errol Brown born (Kingston, Jamaica) Anglo-Jamaican pop singer, songwriter. Founder member of Hot Chocolate.
  • Umberto Giordano (81) dies in Milan

13

  • Jimmy McHugh, Harold Adamson & William Roos’ musical As the Girls Go opens on Broadway (420 performances)

15

  • Michael Tippett’s Suite in D for the Birthday of Prince Charles for orchestrapremiered on BBC Radio

16

  • Robert “Mutt” Lange born (Mufulira, Zambia) Anglo-South African record producer.
  • Chalía Herrera (83) dies in Havana

17

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas brasileiras no.9 for chorus or string orchestra premiered in Rio de Janeiro

20

  • Francis Poulenc’s Calligrammes for voice and piano premiered in New York

21

  • John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick born (Houston, TX) American rock keyboard player, session player. Worked with Free, the Who and many others.
  • Lonnie Jordan born (San Diego, CA) American funk and soul singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboard player. Member of War from 1969.
  • Alphonse Mouzon born (Charleston, SC) American jazz and funk drummer, percussionist, bandleader. Member of Weather Report from 1970 to 1971 and solo artist.
  • Virgil Thomson’s Meditation: A Portait Of Jere Abbott for piano premiered in Vancouver

23

  • Uzeyir Hajibeyov (63) dies in Baku, Azerbaijan of diabetes
  • Ernő Dohnányi’s Symphony no.2 premiered in London

24

  • Raoul Koczalski (64) dies in Poznan, Poland

29

  • Big Jay McNeely makes his first recordings for Savoy in New York

30

  • Franco Vittadini (64) dies in Pavia, Italy

publications

  • Ruth Crawford Seeger’s American Folk Songs for Children published

releases

  • Pee Wee Crayton – Blues After Hours / I’m Still in Love With You (Modern)
  • Miles Davis’ All Stars – Milestones / Sipping at Bell’s (Savoy)
  • Tiny Grimes Quintet – Annie Laurie / Midnight Special (Atlantic)
  • John Lee Hooker – Boogie Chillen / Sally May (Modern) 

Ruth Crawford Seegers book American Folk Songs for Children (Doubleday)

Dec

2

  • Chano Pozo (33) killed in a fight in a Harlem bar

3

  • Ozzy Osbourne born (Birmingham) English rock singer, songwriter. Founder member of Black Sabbath and Blizzard of Oz and solo artist.
  • Sergei Prokofiev’s opera Povest′ o nastoyashchem cheloveke [The Story of a Real Man] premiered in St Petersburg, lib. Prokofiev and M. Mendel′son (concert performance), but is condemned by Communist Party officials

4

  • Southside Johnny aka John Lyon born (Neptune Township, NJ) American rock singer, songwriter.

5

  • Kerry Mills (79) dies in Hawthorne, CA

7

  • Virgil Thomson’s Wheat Field at Noon for orchestra premiered in Louisville, KY

8

  • David Diamond’s Piano Sonata no.1 premiered in New York
  • Billboard magazine announces RCA Victor’s plans for the launch of new seven inch, 45 rpm vinyl records

9

  • Dave Tough (41) dies of a head injury after falling in a Newark street

12

  • Zoot Horn Rollo aka Bill Harkleroad born (Long Beach, CA) American rock guitarist. Member of Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band from 1966 to 1974 and Mallard from 1974 to 1976.

13

  • Jeff “Skunk” Baxter born (Washington, DC) American rock guitarist, session player, engineer, defence consultant. Worked with Ultimate Spinach, Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers.
  • Ted Nugent born (Redford, MI) American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, activist. Founder member of the Amboy Dukes and solo artist.
  • The recording ban caused by the strike by American Federation of Musicians finally ends after nearly a year (deals had been struck with most independents earlier)

14

  • Lester Bangs born (Escondido, CA) American journalist, writer, critic. Died 1982
  • R. O. Morris (62) dies in London

15

  • Toshinori Kondo born (Ehime. Japan) Japanese jazz trumpeter. Founder member of Praxis.

17

  • István Kertész makes his conducting debut in Budapest

18

  • Bill Nelson born (Wakefield) English rock and avant-garde singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of Be Bop Deluxe from 1972 to 1978, Red Noise from 1978 to 1979, Channel Light Vessel from 1993 to 1994 and solo artist.

19

  • Ernst Krenek’s Piano Sonata no.2 op.59 premiered in Washington, DC

20

  • Alan Parsons born (London) English record producer, studio engineer, multi-instrumentalist, composer. Led the Alan Parsons Project from 1975 to 1990.
  • Mitsuko Uchida born (Atami, Japan) Japanese concert pianist.

21

  • George Antheil’s Symphony No.5 premiered in Philadelphia

22

  • Samuel Barber’s Four Excursions op.20 for piano premiered in New York

23

  • Miles Davis and Max Roach quit the Charlie Parker Quintet

25

  • Barbara Mandrell born (Houston, TX) American country singer, songwriter, actress.

26

  • Aram Khachaturian’s Ode in Memory of Vladimir Illyich Lenin for orchestra premiered in Moscow

28

  • Joseph ‘Ziggy’ Modeliste born (New Orleans, LA) American funk and R&B drummer. Member of the Meters from 1965 to 1977.
  • Nikolai Myaskovsky’s Symphony No. 26 premiered in Moscow

29

  • Harry Farjeon (70) dies in London

30

  • Cole Porter’s musical Kiss Me, Kate opens on Broadway (1077 performances)
  • Paul Hindemith’s Wind Septet premiered in Milan

31

  • Donna Summer aka LaDonna Adrian Gaines born (Boston, MA) American soul and R&B singer. Died 2012
  • Wilton Crawley (48) dies in Maryland
  • Norman Taurog’s fictionalized biopic of Rodgers and Hart Words and Music opens starring Tom Drake, Mickey Rooney & Janet Leigh. Music by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart

releases

  • Louis Jordan – Pettin’ and Pokin’ / Why’d You Do It Baby (Decca)
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Up Above My Head, I Hear Music in the Air / My Journey to the Sky (Decca)
  • Hank Williams – Mansion On The Hill / I Can’t Get You Off Of My Mind (MGM)
  • Various – Bebop: An Album of Modern Jazz (RCA Victor) 4 x 78rpm discs. Two sides each by Kenny Clarke, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins and Lucky Thompson
khach

Aram Khachaturian 1903-1978

date unknown

  • Mihály Sipos born (Budapest) Hungarian folk violinist. Founder member of Muzsikás.
  • Jesse Stone joins Atlantic as a producer, arranger, songwriter and house musician

publications

  • Benjamin Britten’s Folk Song Arrangements, vol.III, British Isles published in London

Songs published

  •  Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Frank Loesser); Black Coffee (Paul Francis Webster, Sonny Burke); Tennessee Waltz (Redd Stewart, Pee Wee King)

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