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    1879: Wanda Landowska, Warsaw Poland, harpsichordist (Musique Ancienne)

    1918: Composer George Rochberg was born.

    1924: János Starker, Hungarian cellist, (d. 2013)

    1943: Robbie Robertson, guitar, vocals, The Band, (1969 US No.25 single 'Up On Cripple Creek', 1970 UK No.16 single 'Rag Mama Rag'). Solo, (1988 UK No.15 single 'Somewhere Down The Crazy River').

    1950: Huey Lewis, singer, actor, Huey Lewis and the News, (1985 UK No.11 & US No.1 single 'The Power Of Love').

    1954: Born on this day, Jimmy Crespo, American guitarist for Aerosmith from 1979 until 1984. He co-wrote 'Rock in a Hard Place' with Steven Tyler, and has also worked with Rod Stewart, Billy Squier, Meat Loaf and Stevie Nicks.

    Events, Releases, Recordings, Charts and News

    1943: Actress Betty Grable (26) weds big band leader Harry James (27)

    1946: Larry Doby signed with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first African American player in the American League.

    1954: Working together for the first time in a recording studio with Scotty Moore and Bill Black, Elvis Presley fools around during a break with an up-tempo version of 'That's All Right.' Producer Sam Phillips has them repeat the jam and records it. It became Presley's first release on Sun Records.

    1961: Ray Charles releases "Hit The Road Jack" and "Unchain My Heart"

    1964: Them (with Van Morrison) release "Gloria"

    1965: The Four Tops release "It's The Same Old Song"

    1965: Marty Balin and Paul Kantner formed a Folk-Rock group that would evolve into the Jefferson Airplane, the premier San Francisco psychedelic band of the late '60s. The Airplane made its debut the following month at a Haight-Ashbury club, and was signed to RCA later in the year.

    1966: On the recommendation of Rolling Stone Keith Richards' girlfriend, Chas Chandler from The Animals went to see Jimi Hendrix play at The Cafe Wha in New York City. Chandler suggests that Hendrix should come to England, which he does and Chandler became his manager.

    1968: Bill Graham opened The Fillmore West in San Francisco, CA.

    1969: The Rolling Stones gave a free concert in London's Hyde Park before an audience of 250,000, as a tribute to Brian Jones who had died two days earlier. Mick Jagger read an extract from Percy Bysshe Shelley's 'Adonais' and released 3,500 butterflies; it was also guitarist's Mick Taylor's debut with the Stones, King Crimson, Family, The Third Ear Band, Screw and Alexis Korner's New Church also appeared on the day.

    1975: Bad Company's "Feel Like Making Love" was released.

    1978: The EMI record pressing plant in Britain stopped printing the Rolling Stones album cover for "Some Girls" due to complaints from celebrities.

    1982 : Ozzy Osbourne and his manager, Sharon Arden get married. She is the daughter of music mogul Don Arden, and a keen businesswoman. The union results in an MTV reality show, Ozzfest, and three children: Aimee, Kelly and Jack.

    2003: Johnny Cash made his last ever live performance when he appeared at the Carter Ranch. Before singing "Ring of Fire", Cash read a statement about his late wife that he had written shortly before taking the stage: “The spirit of June Carter overshadows me tonight with the love she had for me and the love I have for her. We connect somewhere between here and heaven. She came down for a short visit, I guess, from heaven to visit with me tonight to give me courage and inspiration like she always has.” Cash died on Sept 12th of this year.

    Sad Notes

    1969: Wilhelm Backhaus, German pianist (Rubinstein-1905), dies at 85

    1983: Harry James, swing-era bandleader/trumpet player, dies at 67

    1989: Ernesto Halffter, composer, dies at 84

    2007: Régine Crespin, French operatic soprano (b. 1927)

    2007: English jazz and blues singer and film critic George Melly died at his London home at the age of 80 of lung cancer and vascular dementia. His final concert took place at the 100 Club in London on 10th June of this year in aid of Admiral Nurses, part of the charity for Dementia.
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