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    1616: Composer Johann Jakob Froberger was born.

    1911: Joe Turner, (best known as Big Joe Turner), US blues songwriter. He wrote 'Shake Rattle and Roll', 'Sweet Sixteen'. Turner died on 23rd November 1985 at the age of 74 of heart failure, having suffered the earlier effects of arthritis, a stroke and diabetes and was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987

    1912: Perry Como, American singer and TV presenter, (1957 US No.1 single 'Round And Round' and 15 US & over 25 UK chart hits, 1958 UK No.1 single 'Magic Moments').

    1922: Kai Winding

    1942: Albert Hammond, Gibraltarian singer, songwriter, and record producer. In 1966 Hammond co-founded the British vocal group the Family Dogg, scoring a UK Top 10 hit with "A Way of Life" in 1969. As a solo artist he scored the 1972 US No.5 single 'It Never Rains In Southern California', and the 1973 UK No.19 single 'Free Electric Band'. Other hits Hammond has written with collaborator Mike Hazlewood include "Little Arrows" for Leapy Lee, "Gimme Dat Ding" for the Pipkins and "The Air That I Breathe" which was a hit for the Hollies.

    1949: Rick Wakeman, English keyboardist, songwriter, television and radio presenter. As a session musician his early sessions included playing on "Space Oddity", for David Bowie and songs by Junior's Eyes, T. Rex, Elton John, and Cat Stevens. Wakeman became a member of Strawbs and then the classic line-up in Yes. As a solo artist he scored the 1974 UK No.1 album 'Journey To The Centre Of The Earth'.

    1949: William Wallace, Guess Who, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.19 single 'American Woman').

    1952: George Strait, US country singer, songwriter, (1992 album 'Pure Country' spent 40 weeks on the US chart). He has the second most number one country hits among any artist in any musical genre in history, totalling 53 number one hit songs. Only Conway Twitty has more, with 55.

    Musical History, Charts, Releases and Events

    1963: At the first annual Monterey Folk Festival, Bob Dylan joins Joan Baez onstage to duet on his antiwar song "With God On Our Side."

    1966: The Castiles (with Bruce Springsteen on vocals), made their first recordings at Mr Music Inc in Brick Town, New Jersey. They cut two Springsteen songs, ‘Baby I’ and ‘That’s What You Get’. The songs were cut directly to disc, of which seven or eight test pressings of the studio takes were made.

    1966: During his 1966 world tour, Bob Dylan and Robbie Robertson from The Band were filmed singing several songs in a hotel room in Glasgow, Scotland, the footage turning up in the film Eat The Document. The film was originally commissioned for the ABC television series Stage '66, but after Dylan edited the film himself ABC rejected it as 'incomprehensible for a mainstream audience'.

    1967: John Lennon and Paul McCartney sang backing vocals on The Rolling Stones track 'We Love You' during a session at Olympic Studios, London

    1967: Pink Floyd started recording their forthcoming single 'See Emily Play' at Sound Techniques Studios, Chelsea, London. Syd Barrett was inspired to write See Emily Play, by the ‘looning about’ of the early Pink Floyd fan Emily Young, (who is now a renowned sculptor). Guitarist David Gilmour, playing gigs in France with his own band in that period, visited Floyd in the studio during a trip to London.

    1968: Tiny Tim's "Tiptoe through the Tulips" was released. It was originally a number one hit for Nick Lucas in 1929.

    1969: No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: The Beatles' Get Back

    1970: The Beatles, Let It Be released in US

    1978: "The Buddy Holly Story" had its world premiere in Dallas, TX.

    1981: After nearly 20 years with Motown Records, Diana Ross leaves the label and signs a record $20 million contract with RCA. Her hit duet Endless Love is released on Motown in August even though she has left the label.

    2005: Two years after the abdominal aneurysm which nearly killed him, Gordon Lightfoot returns to performing with a triumphant concert in Toronto's Massey Hall.

    2011: John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for the 1967 Beatles song 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' sold for $237,132 (£145,644) at an auction in the US. The sale of the sheet, which featured the song's third verse and the opening words to 'She's Leaving Home', took place at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Both songs feature on the 1967 album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was speculated the song was about the drug LSD, however, The Beatles denied this, with Lennon saying the inspiration had come from a picture his son Julian had drawn of a classmate named Lucy

    Sad Notes

    1909: Isaac Albéniz

    1911: Gustav Mahler died. His last word was "Mozart." He had conducted his last concert on February 21.

    1980: Battling epilepsy and depression, Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis hangs himself at his home in England.

    2004: Elvin Jones (The John Coltrane Quartet)

    2014: Jerry Vale

    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor,

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