1949

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Jan

4

  • Darius Milhaud’s Kentuckiana for orchestra premiered in Louisville, KY

5

  • Henry Cowell’s Symphony no.5 premiered in Washington, DC

6

  • Richard Horowitz born (New York) American film composer, arranger, keyboard player, percussionist.

7

  • Erland von Koch’s children’s opera Pelle Svanslös [Peter-No-Tail], lib. Gösta Knutsson, premiered in Gothenburg

12

  • John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano premiered in New York
  • Henry Cowell’s American Pipers for orchestra premiered in New Orleans

14

  • George Baquet (68) dies in Philadelphia
  • Joaquín Turina (66) dies in Madrid

17

  • Mick Taylor born (Welwyn Garden City) English rock guitarist. Member of the Bluesbreakers from 1966 to 1969, the Rolling Stones from 1969 to 1974 and solo artist.
  • Bernard Hilda’s Club Des Champs Elysees orchestra from Paris are the first foreign dance band in twelve years to be granted permission to play in Britain by the Musician’s Union

19

  • Robert Palmer born (Batley, Yorks) English pop and rock singer. Member of Vinegar Joe from 1971 to 1974 and solo artist. Died 2003
  • Eric Dolphy makes his first recordings with Roy Porter’s Boppers for Savoy in Los Angeles. Art Farmer, James Metlock, Eddie Preston, Bob Ross (tp) Danny Horton, Jimmy Knepper, William Willington (tb) Eric Dolphy, Leroy Robinson (as) Joe Howard, Clifford Solomon (ts) Clyde Dunn (bars) Joe Harrison (p) Ben White (g) Addison Farmer (b) Roy Porter (d) Alvy Kidd (cga) Paul Sparks (vo)

20

  • Sonny Rollins cuts his first sides in New York with Babs Gonzales And His Orchestra. Bennie Green, J.J. Johnson (tb) Julius Watkins (Frh) Jordan Fordin (as) Sonny Rollins (ts) Linton Garner (p) Art Phipps (b) Jack Parker (d) Babs Gonzales (vo)

21

  • The Miles Davis Nonet records the first Birth of the Cool session (also 22 Apr 1949 & 9 Mar 1950). Miles Davis (tp) Kai Winding (tb) Junior Collins (fh) Bill Barber (tu) Lee Konitz (as) Gerry Mulligan (bs) Al Haig (p) Joe Shulman (b) Max Roach (d). Tracks cut include Jeru; Godchild; Move & Budo

22

  • Joseph Hill born (St Catherine, Jamaica) Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter. Led Culture from 1976. Died 2006
  • Phil Miller born (Barnet) English rock and jazz guitarist. Worked with Matching Mole, Hatfield & the North, National Health and others.
  • Steve Perry born (Hanford, CA) American rock singer, songwriter, bass guitarist, keyboard player. Member of Journey from 1977 to 1998 and solo artist.

24

  • Wes Montgomery makes his first studio recordings with the Lionel Hampton Sextet in New York. Benny Bailey (tp) Lionel Hampton (vib) Samuel B. Price (p) Wes Montgomery (g) Roy Johnson (b) Earl Walker (d) Sonny Parker (vo)

25

  • John Cooper Clark born (Salford) English performance poet.
  • Emil Axman (61) dies in Prague

26

  • Edmund Rubbra’s Symphony No.5 premiered in London

27

  • Boris Asaf’yev (64) dies in Moscow

28

  • Osvald Chlubna’s opera Freje pana z Heslova [The flirtations of Mr. Heslov], lib. Chlubna, premiered in Brno

29

  • Greg Shaw born (San Francisco, CA) American writer, critic, publisher, founder of Bomp magazine. Died 2004
  • Leroy Sibbles born (Kingston, Jamaica) Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, record producer. Member of the Heptones from 1965 to 1976 and solo artist.

30

  • William King born (Birmingham, AL) American soul and R&B singer, trumpeter, guitarist, keyboard player, percussionist, choreographer. Founder member of the Commodores.

releases

  • The McGhee-Navarro Boptet – Double Talk parts 1 and 2 (Blue Note)
  • Big Jay McNeely – The Deacon’s Hop / Artie’s Jump (Savoy)
  • Charlie Parker – Dewey Square / This Is Always (Dial)
  • Hank Williams – Lovesick Blues / Never Again Will I Knock On Your Door (MGM)
  • Paul Williams – The Hucklebuck / Hoppin’ John (Savoy)

Edmund Rubbra 1901-86

Feb

1

  • Herbert Stothart (63) dies in Los Angeles

3

  • Arthur Kane born (New York, NY) American rock bassist. Member of the New York Dolls from 1971 to 1975. Died 2004

7

  • Alan Lancaster born (London) English rock bass guitarist, singer. Member of Status Quo from 1962 to 1985.

8

  • Franco Leoni (84) dies in London

9

  • Paul Hillier born (Dorchester) English conductor, music director, baritone singer. Member of the Hilliard Ensemble from 1973 to 1989 and Theatre of Voices from 1989.

10

  • Nigel Olsson born (Wallasey, Merseyside) English rock drummer, session player, singer. Worked with Elton John and others.
  • George Antheil’s Symphony No.6 premiered in San Francisco

11

  • George Botsford (74) dies in New York
  • Giovanni Zenatello (73) dies in New York

12

  • Joaquín Sabina born (Jaén, Spain) Spanish singer, songwriter, poet.

13

  • Judy Dyble born (London) English folk singer, songwriter. Member of Fairport Convention from 1967 to 1968.

15

  • Hans Graf born (Marchtrenk, Austria) Austrian conductor.

16

  • John Tams born (Derbyshire) English folk singer, songwriter, melodeon player, guitarist, music director, actor. Member of the Albion Band from 1977 to 1980, Home Service from 1980 to 1987 and solo artist.

17

  • Fred Frith born (Heathfield, Sussex) English avant-garde and rock guitarist, composer, singer. Member of Henry Cow from 1968 to 1978, Art Bears from 1978 to 1981 and solo artist.
  • Charles Ives’ First Piano Sonata premiered in New York

19

  • Simon Jeffes born (Crawley) English classical and avant-garde guitarist, composer, bandleader. Founder member of the Penguin Café Orchestra. Died 1997
  • Virgil Thomson’s At the Beach for trumpet and piano premiered in New York

21

  • Jerry Harrison born (Milwaukee, WI) American rock keyboard player, guitarist, songwriter, record producer. Member of the Modern Lovers from 1971 to 1974, Talking Heads from 1975 to 1991 and solo artist.
  • Ernest Walker (78) dies in Oxford
  • Louis Armstrong is the first jazz musician to feature on the cover of Time magazine
  • Elliott Carter’s Woodwind Quintet premiered in New York

23

  • Arthur Benjamin’s opera Prima donna premiered in London. Lib. Benjamin

25

  • Frank Sampedro born (Welch, WV) American rock guitarist, singer. Member of Crazy Horse from 1975.

26

  • Emma Kirkby born (Camberley, Surrey) English soprano singer.

27

  • William Schuman’s Symphony No.6 premiered in Dallas

unk

  • Ray Charles makes his first recordings for Down Beat in Seattle as a member of the Maxin Trio. Ray Charles (vo, p) Gosady McKee (g) Milton S. Garred (b)
  • Ravi Shankar appointed music director for All India Radio (AIR), a post he holds until January 1956

releases

  • Wynonie Harris – Grandma Plays the Numbers / I Feel That Old Age Coming On (King)
  • Lightnin’ Hopkins – Tom Moore’s Farm / You Don’t Know (Goldstar)
  • Julia Lee – I Didn’t Like It The First Time / Sit Down & Drink It Over (Capitol)
  • Thelonious Monk – Ruby My Dear / Evidence (Blue Note)
  • Muddy Waters – You’re Gonna Miss Me / Mean Red Spider (Aristocrat)
  • Jimmy Witherspoon – Ain’t Nobody’s Business parts 1 and 2 (Supreme)

Louis Armstrong on the cover of Time magazine

Mar

8

  • Barthold Kuijken born (Dilbeek, Belgium) Belgian flautist, recorder player, teacher.
  • Antonello Venditti born (Rome) Italian pop singer, songwriter.
  • Benjamin Frankel’s String Quartet no.4 premiered in London

9

  • Kalevi Aho born (Forssa, Finland) Finnish composer.
  • Trevor Burton born (Birmingham) English pop and rock guitarist. Member of the Move from 1966 to 1969. Also worked with Balls, the Pink Fairies and the Steve Gibbons Band.

12

  • Bill Payne born (Waco, TX) American rock pianist, organist. Member of Little Feat from 1969.

14

  • Dennis Báthory-Kitsz born (Plainfield, NJ) American composer, author, electronic musician, sound and performance artist.
  • Ollie Halsall born (Southport) English rock guitarist, vibraphone player. Member of Timebox, Patto and the Rutles. Died 1992

16

  • Jerry Goodman born (Chicago, IL) American jazz violinist, session player. Worked with the Mahavishnu Orchestra and others.
  • The Soviet ban on many works by Shostakovich, Prokofiev and others is lifted by personal decree of Josef Stalin

19

  • Valery Leontiev born (Ust-Usa, Komi, Russia) Russian pop singer, songwriter, actor.

20

  • Irving Fazola (36) dies in New Orleans following a heart attack

21

  • Åge Aleksandersen born (Namsos, Norway) Norwegian rock singer, songwriter, guitarist.
  • Erwin Lendvai (66) dies in Epsom, Surrey

23

  • Ric Ocasek aka Richard Otcasek born (Baltimore, MD) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer. Founder member of the Cars and solo artist.

24

  • Nick Lowe born (London) English rock singer, songwriter, record producer.
  • Brian Easdale’s music for Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s film The Red Shoes wins the best dramatic score Oscar at the 21st Academy Awards. Johnny Green and Roger Edens’s music for Charles Walters’s film Easter Parade wins the award for best musical score

27

  • Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Symphony no.7 premiered in London

28

  • Grigoraş Dinicu (59) dies in Bucharest of throat cancer

29

  • Michael Brecker born (Philadelphia, PA) American jazz tenor saxophonist, composer, session player. Brother of Randy Brecker (b.1945). Died 2007
  • Dave Greenfield born (Brighton) English rock keyboard player. Founder member of the Stranglers.

30

  • Lene Lovich aka Lili-Marlene Premilovich born (Detroit) American pop and rock singer, songwriter.
  • Mal Waldron records his first session in New York for Atlantic. It remains unissued.

31

  • William Grant Still’s opera Troubled Island premiered in New York. Lib. Langston Hughes and Verna Arvey
  • RCA Victor officially announces the launch of the 7 inch 45rpm single

unk

  • Prestige Records launched by Bob Weinstock in New York. The first records, by the Jimmy McPartland Sextet, appear in April 1949.

releases

  • Charles Brown – Trouble Blues / Honey Keep Your Mind On Me (Aladdin)
  • Frank Culley – Cole Slaw / Central Avenue Breakdown (Atlantic)
  • Miles Davis Orchestra – Move / Budo (Capitol)
  • Andy Kirk & His Orchestra – 47th Street Jive / Floyd’s Guitar Blues (Coral)
  • Maxin Trio – Confession Blues / I Love You, I Love You (Down Beat)
  • Stick McGhee – Drinkin’ Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee / Blues Mixture (Atlantic)

Irving Fazola 1912-49

Apr

1

  • Gil Scott-Heron born (Chicago, IL) American poet, R&B and funk singer, songwriter, keyboard player. Died 2011

2

  • David Robinson born (Woburn, MA) American rock drummer. Member of the Modern Lovers from 1970 to 1974 and the Cars from 1976.
  • Bohuslav Martinu’s ballet Spalicek premiered in Prague
  • Paul Whiteman’s TV Teen Club debuts on ABC TV. It runs until 1954

3

  • Richard Thompson born (London) English folk and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of Fairport Convention from 1967 to 1970 and solo artist.
  • Basil Harwood (89) dies in London

4

  • John Weinzierl born (Germany) German rock guitarist, composer. Member of Amon Düül II.
  • Ernst Krenek’s Trio for violin, viola and cello premiered in Los Angeles
  • Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concerto in modo galante for cello and orchestra premiered in Madrid

6

  • Seymour Hicks (78) dies in Hampshire

7

  • John Oates born (New York, NY) American pop and R&B singer, guitarist, record producer. Worked with Daryl Hall as Hall & Oates.
  • Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein & Joshua Logan’s musical South Pacific opens on Broadway (1925 performances)

8

  • Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2 ‘Age of Anxiety’ premiered in Boston, MA

13

  • Busby Berkeley’s film Take Me Out to the Ball Game opens starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra & Esther Williams. Music by Adolph Deutsch

18

  • Andrew Powell born (London) English composer, arranger, keyboard player, bass guitarist, drummer, conductor. Member of Henry Cow from 1968 to 1969.

19

  • Big Youth aka Manley Augustus Buchanan born (Kingston, Jamaica) Jamaican reggae DJ, toaster.

21

  • Patti LuPone born (Northport, NY) American musical theatre actress, singer.

22

  • The second Miles Davis Nonet Birth of the Cool session takes place in New York. Miles Davis (tp) J.J. Johnson (tb) Sandy Siegelstein (frh) Bill Barber (tu) Lee Konitz (as) Gerry Mulligan (bars, arr) John Lewis (p) Nelson Boyd (b) Kenny Clarke (d) John Carisi, Gil Evans (arr). Tracks cut include Boplicity; Israel; Rouge & Venus de Milo

23

  • David Cross born (Plymouth) English rock and jazz violinist, teacher. Member of King Crimson from 1972 to 1974 and leader of his own bands.

24

  • Elisabeth Lutyens’s opera The Pit premiered in Palermo, lib. W.R. Rodgers (staged performance)

25

  • Kid Rena (50) dies in New Orleans of alcohol-related causes
  • Charles Ives’ Three-Page Sonata for piano premiered in New York

28

  • Steve Jolliffe born (England) English rock multi-instrumentalist, singer. Member of Steamhammer from 1968 to 1969 and Tangerine Dream in 1969 and again in 1978.

30

  • Franco Alfano’s opera Il dottor Antonio [Doctor Antonio], lib. Mario Ghisalberti,  premiered in Rome

unk

  • Harry Belafonte makes his first recordings for Roost in New York

releases

  • Tadd Dameron – Sid’s Delight / Casbah (Capitol)
  • Miles Davis – Jeru / Godchild (Capitol)
  • John Lee Hooker – Hobo Blues / Hoogie Boogie (Modern)
  • Lightnin’ Hopkins – Baby Please Don’t Go / Death Bells (Goldstar)
  • The Howard McGhee Boptet – The Skunk / Boperation (Blue Note)
  • Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra – Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend) / Single Saddle (RCA Victor)
  • Charlie Parker – Mango Mangue / Okiedoke (Mercury)
  • Frank Sinatra – Some Enchanted Evening / Bali Ha’i (Columbia)

Poster for Busby Berkeleys film Take Me Out to the Ball Game

May

1

  • Tim Hodgkinson born (Salisbury) English rock and avant-garde clarinetist, saxophonist, keyboard player, composer. Member of Henry Cow from 1968 to 1978 and solo artist.

4

  • Alistair ‘Zal’ Cleminson born (Glasgow) Scottish rock guitarist, singer, songwriter. Member of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band from 1972 to 1978.
  • Ildebrando Pizzetti’s opera Vanna Lupa premiered in Florence. Lib. Pizzetti
  • Charles Walters’ film The Barkleys of Broadway opens starring Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers. Music by Harry Warren, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin

5

  • David Toop born (Waltham Cross) English composer, writer, critic.

6

  • Jean-Hervé Peron born (Casablanca) German rock and avant-garde singer, guitarist, composer. Founder member of Faust.
  • Kunihiko Hashimoto (44) dies in Kamakura, Japan of gastric cancer
  • Arthur Honegger’s Concerto da Camera for flute, English horn and string orchestra premiered in Zürich

7

  • Hans Werner Henze’s opera Das Wundertheater [The Miracle Theatre] premiered in Heidelberg, lib. A. Graf von Schack after M. de Cervantes

8

  • The 1949 Paris International Jazz Festival opens with a concert featuring Sydney Bechet, Pete Johnson, Hot Lips Page, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker

9

  • Billy Joel born (New York, NY) American pop and rock singer, songwriter, pianist.

13

  • Germaine Tailleferre’s ballet Paris-Magie premiered in Paris

14

  • Vaughn Monroe has the Billboard number one single for the first of eleven weeks with Riders in the Sky

15

  • Max Roach cuts his first sides as leader for Vogue in Paris. Kenny Dorham (tp) James Moody (ts) Al Haig (p) Tommy Potter (b) Max Roach (d). Tracks cut include Prince Albert parts 1 and 2; Baby Sis parts 1 and 2; Tomorrow parts 1 and 2; Maximum & Ham And Haig

16

  • The Lennie Tristano Sextette record a session for Capitol in New York. Lee Konitz (as) Warne Marsh (ts) Lennie Tristano (p) Billy Bauer (g) Arnold Fishkin (b) Denzil Best (d). Tracks cut include Intuition; Yesterdays; Sax Of A Kind & Marionette. Cited as the birth of free jazz, Intuition was one of the first fully improvised tracks in jazz history.

17

  • Bill Bruford born (Sevenoaks) English rock and jazz drummer, session player. Worked with Yes, King Crimson, Genesis, UK and others.
  • Constant Lambert’s Trois pièces nègres pour les touches blanches [Three black parts for the white keys] for piano premiered in London

18

  • Rick Wakeman born (London) English rock keyboard player, composer, broadcaster. Member of Yes from 1971 to 2004 with interruptions and solo artist.
  • Benjamin Britten’s Friday Afternoons for choir and piano premiered on BBC radio
  • Francis Poulenc’s Cello Sonata premiered in Paris

19

  • Joseph “Dusty” Hill born (Dallas, TX) American rock singer, songwriter, bass guitarist. Member of ZZ Top from 1968.

21

  • The General Instrument Company of Elisabeth, NJ announces the development of the first three-speed turntable that caters for 7, 10 and 12 inch records at speeds of 33, 45 and 78rpm

22

  • Hans Pfitzner (80) dies in Salzburg of pneumonia

25

  • Ruth Brown makes her first recordings for Atlantic in New York with Eddie Condon and his TV Dixieland Band.

26

  • Hank Williams Jr born (Shreveport, LA) American country singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. Son of Hank Williams (1923-53).

27

  • The Robins make their first recordings in Los Angeles for Aladdin. Bobby Nunn, Ty Terrell Leonard, Billy Richard, Roy Richard (vo)

29

  • Francis Rossi born (London) English rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of Status Quo.

30

  • Klaus Fluoride aka Geoffrey Lyall born (Detroit, MI) American rock bass guitarist, singer, songwriter. Member of the Dead Kennedys from 1978 to 1986 and solo artist.

releases

  • Billie Holiday – My Man / Porgy (Decca)
  • Louis Jordan & Ella Fitzgerald – Baby It’s Cold Outside / Don’t Cry, Cry Baby (Decca)
  • Sarah Vaughan – Black Coffee / As You Desire Me (Columbia)
  • Original Cast Recording – South Pacific (Columbia)
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Sarah Vaughan 1924-90

Jun

2

  • Dynam-Victor Fumet (82) dies in Paris

4

  • The original cast recording of South Pacific is the Billboard number one album for the first of a total of 69 weeks between 1949 and 1951

6

  • Paul Lovens born (Aachen) German jazz drummer, percussionist, session player. Worked with the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra and Alexander von Schlippenbach.

11

  • Frank Beard born (Frankston, TX) American rock drummer, songwriter. Member of  ZZ Top from 1969.
  • Hank Williams plays the Grand Ole Opry for the first time

12

  • John Wetton born (Willington, Derbyshire) English rock singer, songwriter, bassist, session player. Worked with King Crimson, UK, Asia and others.

14

  • Alan White born (Pelton, Durham) English rock drummer, session player. Member of Plastic Ono Band in 1969 and Yes from 1972.
  • Benjamin Britten’s opera The Little Sweep premiered in Aldeburgh, lib. E. Crozier

17

  • Snakefinger aka Philip Lithman born (London) English avant-garde and rock singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist. Died 1987
  • Virgil Thomson’s A Solemn Music for wind band premiered in New York

20

  • Bob Andrews born (Leeds) English rock keyboard player, saxophonist, session player. Worked with Brinsley Schwarz, The Rumour and others.
  • Lionel Richie born (Tuskegee, AL) American R&B singer, songwriter, saxophonist, keyboard player. Member of the Commodores from 1968 to 1982 and solo artist.

22

  • Jaroslav Filip born (Hontianske Moravce, Slovakia) Slovakian comedian, singer, songwriter, writer. Died 2000
  • Juliette Gréco makes her debut public performance at the opening of the Bœuf sur le Toit in Paris
  • Arthur Honegger’s ballet La naissance des couleurs [The birth of colours] premiered in Paris

24

  • John Illsley born (Leicester) English rock bass guitarist. Member of Dire Straits from 1977 to 1995.

25

  • Harry Belafonte signs to Capitol Records

30

  • Barrie Lee Hall Jr. born (Mansfield, LA) American jazz trumpeter, music director, bandleader. Worked with Duke Ellington and Mercer Ellington. Died 2011

releases

  • Thelonious Monk – Mysterioso / Humph (Blue Note)
  • Charlie Parker – Visa / Passport (Mercury)
  • Frank Sinatra – Frankly Sentimental (Columbia) orchestra conducted by Axel Stordahl

Frank Sinatra – Frankly Sentimental (Columbia)

Jul

2

  • Roy Bittan born (Rockaway Beach, NY) American rock keyboard player, accordionst. Member of the E Street Band from 1974.
  • Bud Scott (59) dies in Los Angeles
  • Radio Luxembourg announces it is to resume broadcasting for the first time since the war

7

  • Bunk Johnson (69) dies in New Iberia, LA, following a stroke

9

  • Fritz Hart (75) dies in Honolulu of heart failure

10

  • Muhai Tang born (Shanghai) Chinese conductor.
  • John Whitehead born (Philadelphia, PA) American soul singer, songwriter, record producer. Worked with Gene McFadden as McFadden & Whitehead. Died 2004

13

  • Eddie DeLange (45) dies in Los Angeles following a heart attack

14

  • Benjamin Britten’s Spring Symphony for choir and orchestra premiered in Amsterdam

15

  • John Casken born (Barnsley, Yorks) English composer, teacher.
  • Trevor Horn born (Houghton-Le-Spring, Tyne & Wear) English record producer, co-founder of ZTT record label, musician. Member of  Buggles from 1978 to 1981, Yes from 1980 to 1981 and Art of Noise from 1983 to 1985 and 1998 to 2000.
  • Irving Berlin & Robert E. Sherwood’s musical Miss Liberty opens on Broadway (308 performances)

16

  • Kevin Volans born (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa) South African composer, writer.

17

  • Terence ‘Geezer’ Butler born (Birmingham) English rock bass guitarist, songwriter. Member of Black Sabbath from 1969.
  • Chico Freeman born (Chicago, IL) American jazz tenor saxophonist, trumpeter, bandleader.

18

  • Vítezslav Novák (78) dies in Skuteč, Czech Rep

21

  • Henry Cowell’s A Curse and a Blessing for symphonic band premiered in New York

26

  • Roger Taylor born (Dersingham, Norfolk) English rock drummer, singer, songwriter. Member of Queen from 1970 and the Cross from 1987 to 1993.

27

  • Maureen McGovern born (Youngstown, OH) American popular singer, actress.

28

  • Simon Kirke born (London) English rock drummer. Member of Free from 1968 to 1973 and Bad Company from 1973.

releases

  • Ruth Brown – So Long / It’s Raining (Atlantic)
  • Tampa Red – When Things Go Wrong With You (It Hurts Me Too) / Come On If You’re Coming (RCA Victor)
  • Dinah Washington – Baby Get Lost / Long John Blues (Mercury)
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Dinah Washington 1924-63

Aug

3

  • Morris ‘B. B.’ Dickerson born (Torrance, CA) American funk bass guitarist, singer. Member of War from 1969 to 1979.

7

  • Tim Renwick born (Cambridge) English rock and folk guitarist, session musician.

8

  • Györgi Ligeti’s Cantata for a Youth Festival premiered in Budapest

9

  • Carl Orff’s opera Antigonae premiered in Salzburg, lib. Sophocles trans. F. Hölderlin
  • Bud Powell’s Modernists record a session for Blue Note in New York. Fats Navarro (tp) Sonny Rollins (ts) Bud Powell (p) Tommy Potter (b) Roy Haynes (d). Tracks cut include Wail; Bouncing With Bud; Dance Of The Infidels; 52nd Street Theme; Ornithology & You Go To My Head

10

  • Darius Milhaud’s String Quartet no.14; String Quartet no.15 & String Octet premiered in Oakland

11

  • Karl Weigl (68) dies in New York of bone marrow cancer

12

  • Mark Knopfler born (Glasgow) Anglo-Scottish guitarist, singer, songwriter, film composer, record producer. Member of Dire Straits from 1977 ot 1995 and solo artist.
  • William Alwyn’s Concerto for Oboe, Harp and String Orchestra premiered in London

16

  • Scott Asheton born (Ann Arbor, MI) American rock drummer. Member of the Stooges from 1967 to 1974 and from 2003. Brother of Ron Asheton (1948-2009).

18

  • Paul Mares (49) dies in Chicago of lung cancer

20

  • Phil Lynott born (West Bromwich) Irish rock singer, songwriter, bass guitarist. Founder member of Thin Lizzy. Died 1986
  • Louis Nelson Delisle (64) dies in New ORleans

21

  • Malachi Thompson born (Princeton, KY) American jazz trumpeter, composer, bandleader. Worked with Lester Bowie and others. Died 2006

22

  • Vicky Leandros aka Vassiliki Papathanasiou born (Corfu) Greek pop singer, politician.

23

  • Rick Springfield born (South Wentworthville, NSW) Australian rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor.

25

  • Salif Keita born (Djoliba, Mali) Malian singer, songwriter, musician.
  • Fariborz Lachini born (Tehran) Iranian film composer.
  • Gene Simmons aka Chaim Witz born (Haifa, Israel) Israeli-American rock singer, songwriter, bass guitarist. Founder member of Kiss.
  • William Grant Still’s Archaic Ritual for orchestra premiered in Los Angeles

26

  • Leon Redbone aka Dickran Gobalian born (Tornoto) Canadian jazz, blues and ragtime singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist.

28

  • Hugh Cornwell born (London) English rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of the Stranglers from 1974 ot 1990 and solo artist.
  • Martin Lamble born (London) English rock drummer. Founder member of Fairport Convention. Died 1969

30

  • Hans Kindler (57) dies in Watch Hill, RI
  • Ray Bryant makes his first recordings with Tiny Grimes’s Rockin’ Highlanders for Gotham in Philadelphia. He makes no more for six years

unk

  • Alan Rawsthorne’s Concerto for String Orchestra premiered in London

releases

  • Frank Culley – Floor Show / The Snap (Atlantic) 
  • Stan Getz Quartet – Long Island Sound / Mar-Cia (New Jazz)
  • Lightnin’ Hopkins – T-Model Blues / Jail House Blues (Goldstar)
  • Louis Jordan – Beans & Cornbread / Chicky-Mo Craney Crow (Decca)
  • Jimmy Preston – Rock the Joint / Drinking Woman (Gotham)

Alan Rawsthorne 1905-71

Sep

1

  • Skip McDonald aka Little Axe born (Dayton, OH) American blues, rock and funk guitarist, session player. Member of Wood, Brass and Steel from 1973 to 1979 and Tackhead from 1983 to 1992.

3

  • Ernest Bloch’s Concerto symphonique for piano and orchestra premiered in Edinburgh
  • Atlantic announce the launch of subsidiary Plaza Records

5

  • David “Clem” Clempson born (Tamworth) English rock guitarist, session player. Member of Colosseum, from 1969 to 1971 and from 1994 and Humble Pie from 1971 to 1975.
  • Eduard Hayrapetyan born (Yerevan, Armenia) Armenian composer.

7

  • Gloria Gaynor born (Newark, NJ) American R&B, pop and disco singer.

8

  • Richard Strauss (85) dies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

9

  • Jolyon Brettingham Smith born (Southampton) English composer, conductor, author, broadcaster, teacher. Died 2008
  • Ádám Fischer born (Budapest) Hungarian conductor.
  • David Harrington born (Portland, OR) American classical and avant-garde violinist, bandleader. Member of the Kronos Quartet from 1973.
  • Larry Stabbins born (Bristol) English jazz saxophonist, flautist, composer. Worked with Keith Tippett, Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Mike Westbrook, Weekend, Working Week and others.

10

  • Barrie “Barriemore” Barlow born (Birmingham) English rock drummer. Member of Jethro Tull from 1971 to 1980.

11

  • Henri Rabaud (75) dies in Paris
  • Michael Hayvoronsky (56) dies in New York

12

  • Richard Strauss’s funeral takes place in Munich

13

  • Arnold Schoenberg’s Phantasy for violin and piano premiered in Los Angeles

14

  • Steve Gaines born (Seneca, MO) American rock guitarist, songwriter. Member of Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1976 to 1977. Died 1977
  • Fred “Sonic” Smith born (Detroit, MI) American rock guitarist, songwriter. Member of the MC5 from 1963 to 1972. Husband of Patti Smith (b.1946). Died 1994

15

  • Ivor Novello & Christopher Hassall’s musical King’s Rhapsody opens in London (841 performances)

16

  • Jean-Josaphat Gagnier (63) dies in Montreal

19

  • Nikolaos Skalkottas (45) dies in Athens following the rupture of a hernia

22

  • Sonny Criss makes his first recordings as leader for Mercury in Los Angeles. Sonny Criss (as) Hampton Hawes (p) Iggy Shevack (b) Chuck Thompson (d). Tracks cut include Colidad; The First One; Tornade & Blues For The Boppers

23

  • Bruce Springsteen born (Long Branch, NJ) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist.

24

  • Bill Connors born (Los Angeles, CA) American jazz guitarist, composer. Worked with Return to Forever, Jan Garbarek and others.
  • Pierre de Bréville (88) dies in Paris

28

  • Nancy Dalberg (68) dies in Copenhagen
  • Hans Werner Henze’s ballet Ballet-Variationen premiered in Dusseldorf (concert performance)

29

  • Arthur Bliss’s opera The Olympians premiered in London. Lib. J. B. Priestley
  • Benjamin Britten’s A Wedding Anthem for choir and organ premiered in London

unk

  • Bertolt Brecht forms the theatre company the Berliner Ensemble in East Berlin

releases

  • Miles Davis – Boplicity / Israel (Capitol)
  • Wynonie Harris – All She Wants To Do Is Rock / I Want My Fanny Brown (King)
  • Eddie Vinson – Somebody Done Stole My Cherry Red / Mineola (King)
  • Hank Williams – Lost Highway / You’re Gonna Change (MGM)

Arthur Bliss 1891-1975

Oct

1

  • André Rieu born (Maastricht, Netherlands) Dutch conductor, violinist, composer. Founder of the Johann Strauss Orchestra.
  • Buddy Clark (37) dies in a light aircraft crash in Los Angeles

2

  • Richard Hell aka Richard Meyers born (Lexington, KY) American rock singer, songwriter, bassist, writer. Member of Television from 1974 to 1975, the Heartbreakers from 1975 to 1976 and the Voidoids from 1976 to 1979.

3

  • Lindsey Buckingham born (Palo Alto, CA) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Member of Fleetwood Mac from 1975 to 1987 and from 1997 and solo artist.
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Hommage a Chopin for piano premiered in Paris

4

  • Edmund Eysler (75) dies following a fall from a stage in Vienna

6

  • Thomas McClary born (Eustis, FL) American R&B and funk guitarist, singer, songwriter, record producer. Member of the Commodores from 1968 to 1982.

8

  • Dizzy Gillespie leaves RCA-Victor for Capitol Records
  • Galina Ustvolskaya’s cantata The Dream of Stepan Razin premiered in St Petersburg
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos’s String Quartet no.4 premiered in Rio de Janeiro

11

  • Marc Blitzstein’s opera Regina premiered in New York. Lib. Blitzstein after Lillian Hellman

12

  • James Moody records Moody’s Mood for Love for Metronome in Stockholm with a local septet. Leppe Sundevall (tp) Arne Domnerus, James Moody (as) Gosta Theselius (ts) Per-Arne Croona (bars) Thore Swanerud (p) Yngve Akerberg (b) Anders Burman (d)

16

  • Charles Gounod’s Inno e Marcia Pontificale is adopted as the new papal anthem by Pope Pius XII

17

  • Sonny Stitt makes his first recordings with J.J. Johnson’s Boppers for Prestige in New York. J.J. Johnson (tb) Sonny Stitt (ts) John Lewis (p) Nelson Boyd (b) Max Roach (d). Tracks cut include Teapot; Afternoon In Paris; Elora & Blue Mode

19

  • Darius Milhaud’s Les rêves de Jacob op.294 [Jacob’s Dreams] for oboe, violin, viola, cello and double bass  premiered in Jacob’s Pillow, MA

20

  • Cryin’ Sam Collins (62) dies in Chicago
  • David Diamond’s Chaconne for violin and piano premiered in New York

21

  • Loren Connors born (New Haven, CT) American guitarist, composer, founder of Family Vineyard records.
  • Shulamit Ran born (Tel Aviv) Israeli-American composer, teacher.
  • Einar Englund’s Concert suite from Max Frisch’s play “The Great Wall of China” premiered in Helsinki

22

  • Stiv Bators aka Steve Bator born (Cleveland, OH) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. member of the Dead Boys from 1976 to 1979 and Lords of the New Church from 1982 to 1989. Died 1990
  • Manfred Trojahn born (Cremlingen, Germany) German composer, conductor, flautist, writer.

23

  • Tristan Honsinger born (Burlington, VT) American jazz and experimental cellist.

24

  • Alberto Ginastera’s String Quartet No.1 op.20 premiered in Buenos Aires

27

  • Garry Tallent born (Detroit, MI) American rock bassist, record producer. Member of the E Street Band from 1972.

28

  • Ginette Neveu (30) and 47 others including her brother are killed in a plane crash in the Azores

29

  • James Williamson born (Castroville, TX) American rock guitarist, songwriter, record producer, electronics engineer. Member of the Stooges from 1970 to 1974 and from 2009.
  • Alberto Ginastera’s Ollantay, Tres movimientos sinfónicos [Ollantay, three symphonic pieces] premiered in Buenos Aires
  • Arnold Schoenberg’s Dreimal Tausend Jahre op.50 [Three times one thousand years] for chorus premiered in Fylkingen

30

  • James Judd born (Hertford) English conductor.
  • Kurt Weill & Maxwell Anderson’s musical Lost in the Stars opens on Broadway (273 performances)

unk

  • The Black Hawk jazz club opens in San Francisco (closes 1963)

releases

  • Louis Armstrong – That Lucky Old Sun / Blueberry Hill (Decca)  
  • Ruth Brown – I’ll Get Along Somehow / Rockin’ Blues (Atlantic)  
  • Bull Moose Jackson – Why Don’t You Haul Off and Love Me / Is That All I Mean to You (King)
  • Louis Jordan – Saturday Night Fish Fry parts 1 & 2 (Decca)
  • Frankie Laine – Mule Train / Carry Me Back to Old Virginney (Mercury)
  • Roy Acuff and His Smoky Mountain Boys – Songs of the Smoky Mountains (Columbia)
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Bull Moose Jackson 1919-89

Nov

3

  • David Diamond’s Overture to The Tempest premiered in New York
  • Pierre Schaeffer’s Variations sur une flûte mexicaine [Variations on a Mexican flute] for tape premiered on Radio Paris IV

4

  • Paul Hindemith’s Concerto for trumpet, bassoon and string orchestra premiered in New York
  • Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concerto in modo galante [Concerto in gallant mode] for cello and orchestra premiered in Madrid

6

  • Arturo Sandoval born (Artemisa, Cuba) Cuban jazz trumpeter, pianist, composer, bandleader. Worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Stan Getz, Johnny Mathis and many others.

7

  • Steven Stucky born (Hutchinson, KS) American composer, teacher.
  • David S Ware born (Plainfield, NJ) American jazz saxophonist, bandleader, composer.

8

  • Bonnie Raitt born (Burbank, CA) American pop, rock and country singer, songwriter, guitarist.Daughter of John Raitt (1917-2005).
  • Florence Maude Ewart (84) dies in Melbourne

9

  • Witold Lutoslawski’s Overture for Strings premiered in Prague

12

  • Damon Edge aka Thomas Wisse born (USA) American rock and avant-garde drummer, singer, songwriter. Member of Chrome from 1975 to 1995. Died 1995
  • Cândida Branca Flor aka Cândida Maria Coelho Soares born (Beringel, Beja, Portugal) Portyguese pop singer. Died 2001

13

  • Terry Reid born (Huntingdon) English rock singer, songwriter, guitarist.

14

  • Richard Mills born (Australia) Australian composer, conductor.

15

  • Dimitri Shostakovich’s oratorio The Song of the Forests op.81 premiered in Leningrad

19

  • David Diamond’s symphonic poem The Enormous Room premiered in Cincinnati

20

  • John Alden Carpenter’s Carmel Concerto for orchestra premiered in New York
  • Bohuslav Martinu’s Piano Concerto no.3 premiered in Dallas
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’ An Oxford Elegy for narrator, chorus and orchestra & Fantasia on the “Old 104th” Psalm Tune for piano, chorus and orchestra premiered in Dorking, Surrey

21

  • John Coltrane makes his first recordings with Dizzy Gillespie’s orchestra for Capitol in New York. Willie Cook, Don Slaughter, Elmon Wright (tp) Dizzy Gillespie (tp, vo) Matthew Gee, Charles Greenlee, Sam Hurt (tb) John Coltrane, Jimmy Heath (as) Paul Gonsalves, Jesse Powell (ts) Al Gibson (bars) John Acea (p) John Collins (g) Al McKibbon (b) Charles “Specs” Wright (d) Tiny Irvin (vo). Tracks cut include Say When; You Stole My Wife, You Horse Thief; Tally Ho & I Can’t Remember

23

  • Marcia Griffiths born (Kingston, Jamaica) Jamaican reggae singer. Worked with Bob Andy as Bob & Marcia from 1970 to 1974, member of the I-Threes from 1974 to 1981 and solo artist.
  • Alan Paul born (Newark, NJ) American jazz and pop singer, songwriter. Founding member of Manhattan Transfer from 1969.

25

  • Bill “Bojangles” Robinson (71) dies in New York of heart failure

26

  • Frankie Laine has the Billboard number one single for the first of six weeks with Mule Train

29

  • Tommy Ridgley makes his first recordings for Imperial in New Orleans

30

  • The Charlie Parker Quartet With Jimmy Carroll Orchestra record the album Charlie Parker With Strings for Clef in New York (original 6 song version). Mitch Miller (ob, ehr) Charlie Parker (as) Bronislaw Gimpel, Max Hollander, Milton Lomask (vln) Frank Brieff (vla) Frank Miller (cel) Meyer Rosen (hrp) Stan Freeman (p) Ray Brown (b) Buddy Rich (d) Jimmy Carroll (arr, cond)

unk

  • BB King makes his first recordings for Bullet Records in Memphis
  • Blind Willie McTell records a session for Atlantic in Atlanta, GA billed as Barrelhouse Sammy
  • Stefan Wolpe’s Violin Sonata premiered in New York

releases

  • Sonny Criss – Calidad / The First One (Mercury)
  • Billie Holiday – You’re My Thrill / Crazy, He Calls Me (Decca)
  • John Lee Hooker – Burnin’ Hell / Miss Sadie Mae (Sensation)
  • Bud Powell’s Modernists – You Go To My Head / Ornithology (Blue Note)
  • Muddy Waters – Little Geneva / Canary Bird (Aristocrat)
  • Hank Williams – My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It / I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (MGM)

Hank Williams – Im So Lonesome I Could Cry (MGM 78)

Dec

1

  • Hans Werner Henze’s Symphony no.2 premiered in Stuttgart

2

  • Albert Ammons (42) dies in Chicago, possibly of alcohol poisoning
  • Bela Bartók’s Viola Concerto premiered posthumously in Minneapolis
  • Olivier Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie premiered in Boston

3

  • Ferde Grofé’s Death Valley Suite for orchestra premiered in Desolation Canyon, Death Valley, CA

6

  • Lead Belly (61) dies in New York of Lou Gehrig’s disease

7

  • Tom Waits born (Pomona, CA) American rock singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor.

8

  • Joseph Fields, Anita Loos, Leo Robin & Jule Styne’s musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes opens on Broadway, starring Carol Channing (740 performances)
  • Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly’s film On the Town opens starring Gene Kelly & Frank Sinatra. Music by Leonard Bernstein, Roger Edens, Betty Comden, Adolph Green

9

  • Jairo Varela born (Quibdó, Colombia) Colombian salsa singer, songwriter, percussionist. Founder member of Grupo Niche. Died 2012
  • Samuel Barber’s Piano Sonata in eb minor op.26 premiered in Havana

10

  • Fats Domino makes his first recordings for Imperial Records in New Orleans. Fats Domino (vo) Dave Bartholomew (tp) Herb Hardesty, Clarence Hall, Alvin “Red” Tyler (ts) Joe Harris (as) Ernest McLean (g) Salvador Doucette (p) Earl Palmer (d). Eight tracks are cut including Detroit City Blues & The Fat Man
  • Aaron Copland’s Preamble for a Solemn Occasion for speaker and orchestra premiered in New York
  • Kenneth Leighton’s Symphony for Strings premiered in Newbury, Berks
  • Eugen Suchon’s opera Krútňava [The Whirlpool], lib. Suchon and Štefan Hoza, premiered in Bratislava

11

  • Fiddlin’ John Carson (81) dies in Atlanta, GA
  • Sonny Stitt makes his first recordings as leader for Prestige in New York. Sonny Stitt (ts) Bud Powell (p) Curly Russell (b) Max Roach (d). Tracks cut include All God’s Chillun Got Rhythm; Sunset; Sonny Side & Fine And Dandy

12

  • Harry Burleigh (83) dies in New York

13

  • Tom Verlaine aka Tom Miller born (Morristown, NJ) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist. Founder member of Television and solo artist.

14

  • Cliff Williams born (Romford) English rock bass guitarist. Member of AC/DC from 1977

15

  • Birdland jazz club opens on Broadway with a show by Charlie Parker

16

  • Billy Gibbons born (Houston, TX) American rock singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor. Member of the Moving Sidewalks from 1967 to 1969 and ZZ Top from 1969.
  • Sidney Olcott (76) dies in Los Angeles

17

  • Paul Rodgers born (Middlesbrough) English rock singer, songwriter. Member of Free from 1968 to 1973, Bad Company from 1973 to 1982 and from 1998 and solo artist.

18

  • Zélie de Lussan (87) dies in London
  • Bohuslav Martinu’s Sonata for flute and piano premiered in New York

19

  • Lenny White born (New York, NY) American jazz drummer, bandleader. Worked with Return to Forever and others.
  • Florence Perry (80) dies in Durban, South Africa

23

  • Adrian Belew born (Covington, KY) American rock guitarist, singer, session player. Worked with King Crimson, David Bowie eand others.

24

  • Charles Gounod’s Inno e Marcia Pontificale is adopted by the Vatican as the new papal anthem
  • The Charlie Parker Quintet play at Carnegie Hall, New York. Charlie Parker (as) Red Rodney (tp) Al Haig (p) Tommy Potter (b) Roy Haynes (d)

25

  • Joe Louis Walker born (San Francisco) American blues singer, guitarist, songwriter, record producer.
  • Reinhold Glière and Talib Sadykov’s opera Ghulsara premiered in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

27

  • Thelonious Sphere “TS” Monk born (New York, NY) American jazz drummer, composer, bandleader. Son of Thelonious Monk (1917-82).

28

  • Ivie Anderson (44) dies in Los Angeles, her death probably caused by her chronic asthma

29

  • Les Paul marries Mary Ford in Milwaukee, WN

31

  • Jean-Paul Penin born (Saint-Dizier, France) French conductor.

unk

  • Fantasy Records launched in San Francisco by Max and Sol Weiss. The first records, by the Dave Brubeck trio, appear in the spring of 1950.

releases

  • Roy Brown – Butcher Pete parts 1 and 2 (Deluxe) 
  • Ivory Joe Hunter – I Almost Lost My Mind / If I Give You My Love (MGM)
  • John Lee Hooker – Crawling King Snake / Drifting From Door to Door (Modern)
  • Charlie Parker – Cool Blues / Quasimodo (Dial)
  • Duke Ellington – Liberian Suite (Columbia)
  • Josh White – Strange Fruit (Mercury)
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Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Mishkin in Stanley Donen & Kellys film On The Town

Date unknown

  • Mark Boston aka Rockette Morton born (Salem, IL) American rock bass guitarist. Member of the Magic Band from 1969 to 1974 and Mallard from 1974 to 1976.
  • Eve Libertine aka Bronwyn Lloyd Jones born (Liverpool) English rock singer, artist, performance artist. Member of Crass from 1977 to 1984.
  • John French born (San Bernadino, CA) American rock drummer. Member of the Magic Band from 1969 to 1974, Mallard from 1974 to 1976 and French Frith Kaiser Thompson from 1987 to 1990.
  • Junior Murvin born (San Antonio, Jamaica) Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter.
  • King Solomon Hill (c. 52) dies in Sibley, LA
  • Columbia Records opens the 30th Street Studio in New York in a building originally built as the Adams-Parkhurst Memorial Presbyterian Church in 1875 (closes 1981)
  • The Gibson ES-175 electric guitar is introduced

publications

  • Harry Partch’s book Genesis of a Music published by the University of Wisconsin Press

releases

  • Édith Piaf – Les amants de Paris / T’as pas profité de ta chance (EMI Columbia France)

Songs published

  • Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later than You Think) (Herb Magidson, Carl Sigman); Happy Talk, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair; Some Enchanted Evening; Younger Than Springtime (all Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers); I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (Hank Williams); Mona Lisa (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston); The Old Master Painter; That Lucky Old Sun (both Haven Gillespie, Beasley Smith); (Ghost) Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend (Stan Jones)

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