October 27- Today in Music History

1739

Franz Ignaz Kaa, German composer, born in Offenburg, Baden-Württemberg.

1746 

Georg Anton Kreusser, German composer, born in Triefenstein, Germany. He distinguished himself as a composer of both instrumental and vocal works, winning the admiration of Haydn. His best known work is the oratorio Der Tod Jesu (1783), but he also wrote many syms., a large output of chamber music, and several masses

1775 

Traugott Maximilian Eberwein, German composer, born in Weimar, Germany.

1782 

Niccolo Paganini, Italian composer and violin virtuoso (Princess Lucca), born in Genoa, Italy. A popular idol, he inspired the Romantic mystique of the virtuoso and revolutionized violin technique.

Between 1801 and 1807 he wrote the 24 Capricci for unaccompanied violin, displaying the novel features of his technique, and the two sets of six sonatas for violin and guitar. He reappeared in Italy as a violinist in 1805 and was appointed director of music at Piombino by Napoleon’s sister, Élisa Bonaparte Baciocchi. He later gave recitals of his own compositions in many towns in Italy and about 1824 formed his long attachment with the singer Antonia Bianchi.

1817 

Antoni de Kontski, Polish pianist and composer, born in Kraków, Poland

1868 

Annie Patterson, Irish organist, music educator, writer, composer, and arranger, born in Lurgan, Ireland

1907 

Helmut Walcha, a blind German organist (church music), born in Leipzig, Germany.

1907 

Helmut Walcha, a blind German organist (church music), born in Leipzig, Germany

1924 

Bonnie Lou [Mary Joan Okum] Rockabilly musician, born in Towanda, Illinois

1933 

Floyd Cramer, American Hall of Fame pianist (Last Date, On the Rebound), born in Shreveport, Louisiana

1942 

Phillip Catherine, Belgian jazz guitarist, born in London

1948 

Sherman Robertson, American blues musician (I’m the Man), born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.

1949

American musician and record producer Garry Tallent is the Bruce Springsteen E Street Band ‘s bass player. He started playing with Springsteen in 1971 and as of 2013, and not counting Springsteen himself, Tallent is the only original member of the E Street Band remaining in the band.

1952

Bass player Ken Filiano was born in Patchogue, New York.

1953

Thompson Twins’ guitar player, Peter Dodd was born today.

1956

Ain’t Got No Home” by New Orleans rhythm-and-blues artist Clarence (Frogman) Henry was released. The novelty rock ‘n roll number reached number 30 on the Billboard pop chart. Henry’s nickname came from the frog noises he made on the record.

1957

After a show at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles, local police told Elvis Presley that he was not allowed to wiggle his hips onstage, local press also ran headlines saying Elvis would have to clean up his act. The next night, the L.A. Vice Squad filmed his entire concert, to study his performance.

1958 

Simon Le Bon, English rock vocalist was born in Bushey, Hertfordshire, England. In the 1980’s Duran Duran and Simon Le Bon enjoyed a high streak in video streaming via MTv and they were the cover album for James Bond’s 1985 movie A View to Kill. Many of his band hits were: Hungry Like a Wolf, Rio, Wild Boys, Save a Prayer, The Reflex, among others.

1960

Former Drifters lead singer Ben E. King recorded “Spanish Harlem” and “Stand By Me” at Atlantic’s New York studios, his first solo recording date.  Songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller produced the session, assisted by Phil Spector. Both songs were top-10 hits in 1961, with “Stand By Me” enjoying a renaissance when it was used as the title song for the 1986 movie directed by Rob Reiner.

1964

Motown Records released “Come See About Me” by The Supremes. It proved to be the third of five Supreme singles in a row to go #1.

1970

Black Sabbath played their first ever-live show in North America when they kicked off a 16-date tour at Glassboro State College in New Jersey.

1973

Guitar Player Amanda Monaco she is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music where she teaches private instruction, labs and guitar ensembles. Amanda’s book, Jazz Guitar for the Absolute Beginner (Alfred Publishing), is available worldwide.

1982

Prince released his breakthrough album, his fifth and most successful LP to date, titled “1999.”

1987

No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit was “Bad” by Michael Jackson.

1988

Def Leppard played the final show of their 232-date Hysteria world tour at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington.

1992

Bo Diddley file in court a collection of money case against his former manager for misappropriation of $75,000.00.

1993

A group of 1960’s recording artists, led by Sam Moore of Sam and Dave, sued their former record companies, claiming they were cheated out of 750-million dollars in pension and health benefits. The suit claimed the benefits were cut because the record companies, including Motown and Capitol, consistently underreported the performers’ earnings to their union.

2003

At the Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers received a Legend Award from presenter Stevie Nicks.

2006

Amy Winehouse released her second and final studio album Back to Black.

2012

Chuck Berry accepted the American Music Masters honor presented by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, during a weeklong tribute to the rock pioneer in Cleveland.  Berry performed along with other tribute artists including John Fullbright, David Johansen, Joe Bonamassa, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Chuck Prophet.

2013

Velvet Underground frontmen, rocker/punker Lou Reed died. He had a liver transplant in Cleveland a few months before his passing away. One his most famous hits was Sweet Jane.

2014

The Who‘s 50th anniversary compilation, ‘The Who Hits 50!’ was released with the group’s first new song in eight years. “Be Lucky,” featured The Who’s Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, as well as touring members Zak Starkey and Pino Palladino.

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