November 3rd Today in Music History -Besides Election Day 2020

1587

Samuel Scheidt was born in Halle, Germany.  He died on March 24, 1654 in Halle, Germany. His main style is Early Baroque.

1656 

Georg Reutter, Austrian composer and organist, born in Vienna (d. 1738).  organist at St Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna, in 1686. In 1695 he spent some time in Italy. According to the patent of nobility for his son, he was ennobled in Rome on January 8, 1695 by Prince Sforza; unlike his son, he did not use his title. Between 1696 and 1703 Reutter was employed in the Viennese court chapel as continuo player on the theorbo.

As a composer Georg Reutter is best known for his collection of toccatas. They show that he was a capable organ composer who combined technical brilliance with skill in the use of counterpoint and florid melodic invention. He also composed a large number of so-called Versetteln or short organ preludes. 

1689 

Jan Josef Ignác Brentner, Bohemian composer, born in Dobřany, Bohemia (d. 1742).

While in Prague, from 1717 to about 1720, where he published at least three major volumes of music. Brentner’s opus 1 is a collection of 12 sacred arias for voice, strings, and continuo, Harmonica duodecatometria ecclesiastica seu (1717), popular enough to demand a second printing in the 1720s. In addition, Brentner published a collection of six offertories for chorus, strings, and continuo entitled Offertoria solenniora (1717) as his opus 2 and a collection of six church sonatas, Horae pomeridianae seu Concertus cammerales (1720) as his opus 4.

His music fuses a simple and direct melodic component, reminiscent of contemporary Moravian practices, with a complex and highly ornamented instrumental accompaniment more typical of Bohemian musicians. Although Brentner has never been a famous name, his music has proved enduring — it was still being performed in Prague in the mid-nineteenth century.

1753 

Friedrich Christoph Gebtewitz, German composer, born in Prieschka, Meissen (d. 1805).

1780 

Victor Dourlen, French composer, born in Dunkerque, France (d. 1864). He is known for his opera Le Frère Philippe.

1781 

Johann Ernst Friedrich Wollank, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1831).

1801

Vincenzo Bellini (1801 – 1835). He is well known for three of his eleven operas: Norma, La Sonnambula, I Puritani di Scozia.

1815 

Adrien Louis Boieldieu, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1883).

1863 

Eugène Samuel-Holeman, Belgian composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1942). After studying piano and theory at the Ghent Cons., he was active as a pianist and conductor, pursuing his career primarily in France. He wrote an opera, Un vendredi saint en Zélande, a monodrama, La jeune fille à la fenêtre (1904), Sym., Harp Concerto, chamber music, and songs.

He also wrote detailed and fascinating articles on the new musical aesthetics of his time, notably his two articles for L’Art Moderne in 1892 in which he question the validity of conservatories and criticized their teaching of harmony and counterpoint, insisting that they give free rein to the “inventiveness of the individual.”

1867 

Siegfried Garibaldi Kallenberg, German composer, born in Bad Schachen (d. 1944).

1875 

Emīls Dārziņš, Latvian composer, born in Jaunpiebalga, Russian Empire (d. 1910). Over the course of continual self-education, he was prepared for studies at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, in the organ class of Louis Homilius (1888). However, due to financial problems, Dārziņš was forced to leave the Conservatory in May 1901. The last nine years of his life Dārziņš spent in Riga. There the young musician, by means of his concert reviews, well-grounded criticism and idealistic philosophical essays, attempted to develop the society’s artistic taste. Working not only as a publicist, but also and as a private music teacher, he had little time left for composing. Only 17 a cappella choral songs and 19 solo songs, as well as one symphonic miniature – Melancholy Waltz, and an unfinished opera – The Rose Days, form his oeuvre.

1880 

Raffaele Casimiri, Italian musicologist and composer, born in Gualdo Tadino, Italy (d. 1943). He studied music with Bottazzo at the Nocera Umbra Seminary, Perugia, where he was ordained priest; at the age of 18 he was made director of the seminary schola cantorum. In 1901 he was invited to Rome to edit Rassegna gregoriana with Carlo Respighi and Angelo de Santi. He subsequently took up the position of maestro di cappella at Calvi and Teano (1903), Capua (1904), Perugia (1905–8), Vercelli (1909) and finally, for 30 years, at S Giovanni in Laterano, Rome (1911), where from 1912 he was professor of Gregorian chant at the seminary, and taught composition and polyphony at the Scuola Superiore di Musica Sacra (later the Pontificio Istituto di Musica Sacra), where he became professor of sacred polyphony.

1888 

William Denis Browne, British composer, born in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England (d. 1915).

1897 

Karel Salmon, Israeli composer, born in Heidelberg, Germany (d. 1974). He studied composition with Max Reger and in Richard Strauss’s “master class.” From 1919 to 1933 he was active in Germany as conductor and singer (bass), and in 1933 he settled in Palestine. With the establishment of the Palestine Broadcasting Service (later Kol Israel),he became its musical director and remained at this post until 1958. He then was director of Kol Israel’s transcription-exchange service for four years. Salmon also taught at the Academy of Music in Jerusalem and appeared as conductor and singer. Many of his works belong to the “Mediterranean style” period of Israel music and attempt a blending of his European heritage with Near Eastern and Jewish folklore material.

1900

On this day, The Tale of Tsar Saltan by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov was premiered.

1904 

Gideon Fagan, South African conductor and composer, born in Somerset West, Cape Province (d. 1980). He was trained in his own country and at the Royal College of Music in London. He spent 27 years in England before returning home to take up the position of assistant conductor of the Johannesburg City Orchestra, later becoming music director of the South African Broadcasting Corporation and lecturing at the University of Cape Town. Well known as a conductor, he also enjoyed a reputation as a composer.

Fagan made use, in his compositions, of material of African origin, heard in his 1941 tone poem Ilala and other works.

1904 

Jānis Kalniņš, Latvian-Canadian composer, born in Pärnu, Estonia (d. 2000).

1907 

Jim [James Geoffrey Cutcliffe] Hepburn, English tap-dancer and socialist, born in London (d. 1995).

Joe Turner, American jazz pianist, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1990). He is also known as Big Joe Turner. As a shouter,” whose music included jazz, rhythm and blues, and boogie-woogie. He has been credited as a progenitor of jump blues and of early rock and roll.

He began recording with top jazz musicians and touring the United States and Canada, sometimes with blues players or Count Basie’s orchestra. In 1951 he made a top-selling rhythm-and-blues record, “Chains of Love,” and followed it with “Sweet 16,” “Honey, Hush,” “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” and “Flip, Flop and Fly,” which were rerecorded by young white musicians, notably Bill Haley, using expurgated lyrics.

Turner appeared in several movies (including the documentary Last of the Blue Devils, 1979), at major jazz and folk festivals in the United States and Europe, on television, and in jazz clubs, recording continually into the 1980s. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1983 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

1911 

Vladimir Ussachevsky, Manchurian-American composer (Creation), born in Hulun, Manchuria [now Hailar, Inner Mongolia, China] (d. 1990).

1933

English composer and conductor John Barry was born today. He composed the scores for 11 of the James Bond films between 1963 and 1987. He wrote the Grammy- and Academy Award-winning scores to the films Dances with Wolves and Out of Africa, as well as the theme for the British television cult series The Persuaders! Barry died of a heart attack on 31st January 2011 aged 77.

After leaving the army, Barry took a jazz composing course and went on to work as an arranger for the Jack Parnell and Ted Heath Orchestras. He formed The John Barry Seven in 1957. They had a number of hit records including the theme tune Barry composed for TV’s Juke Box Jury.

1934 

Ruma Guha Thakurta, Singer, Actress, Dancer, Founder of Calcutta Youth Choir.

1937 

Paula Wayne, Hobart Oklahoma, vocalist (Everything’s Great).

1935

Bassist Henry Grimes born in Philadelphia, PA. He passed away on April 15, 2020 due to Parkinson and Covid 19. He was 84 years old and had been living in a Harlem nursing home, Northern Manhattan Rehabilitation and Nursing Care.

In the late ’50s and throughout the ’60s, after receiving his music education at the Mastbaum School in Philadelphia and the Juilliard School in New York City, Henry Grimes played acoustic bass with many master jazz musicians of that era, including Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Haynes, Steve Lacy, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Sunny Murray, Sonny Rollins, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor, and McCoy Tyner. 

1940

Also, in this day pianist Fats Waller recorded “Your Feets Too Big.

Dieter Acker, composer, was born today. The German composer and pedagogue, Dieter Acker, was born in Sibiu, Romania of German parents. He studied piano, organ, and theory with Franz Xaver Dressler in Sibiu (1950-1958), then composition with Sigismund Todutza at the Cluj Conservatory (1959-1964).

After finishing his studiesm Dieter Acker taught theory and composition at the Cluj Conservatory (1964-1969). He then settled in West Germany and taught at the Robert Schumann Conservatory in Düsseldorf (1969-1972); he joined the faculty at the Munich Hochschule für Musik in 1972, where he was a professor of composition from 1976.

Some of his works are: Bassoon Concerto (1979-1980); Violin Concerto (1981); Concerto for Strings (1984); Piano Concerto (1984); Musik for Strings and Harp (1987); Ballad for Violin and orchestra (1989); Musik for Oboe and Strings (1989); Musik for 2 Horns and Strings (1989).

1941 

Brian Poole, English musician (Brian Poole & The Tremeloes), born in Barking, England.

The classic Jerry Gray arrangement of String of Pearls was recorded by the Glenn Miller Orchestra – for Bluebird, an RCA Victor label. The recording featured the trumpet of Bobby Hackett (above).

1943

Bert Jansch, UK folk singer, songwriter, guitarist with Pentangle, John Renbourn and solo. He died on 5 October 2011.

1945

Also, Symphony No. 9 in E-flat Major, Op. 70 by Dmitri Shostakovich was premiered seventy-five years ago.

Nick Simper, English bass guitarist (Deep Purple, Warhorse), born in Norwood Green, England.

Robert “Bobby” LaKind, born in New York (d. 1992). He was a conga player, vocalist, songwriter and occasional live backup drummer with The Doobie Brothers. He was originally a lighting roadie for the band. After observing LaKind goofing around on the congas after a concert, the band took notice of his talent and asked him to join as a sideman for studio sessions. He sessioned with the band from 1976 and joined them onstage as well. He was finally invited to join the band as a full member three years before their 1982 dissolution, though he was not credited as such on record until the Farewell Tour album in 1983.

1947 

Joseph “Joe” Lala, American musician, actor and singer notable for co-founding the rock band “Blues Image”, born in Ybor City, Florida (d. 2014).

1948

Marie Lawrie, (Lulu), UK singer, Scottish singer (Together) and actress (To Sir, With Love), born in Glasgow, Scotland; (1964 UK No.7 single ‘Shout’ plus over 10 other UK Top 40 singles including 1993 UK No.1 ‘Relight My Fire’ with Take That and the 1967 US No.1 single ‘To Sir With Love’).

Hugh Moffatt, American country music singer and songwriter, born in Fort Worth, Texas.

1951

The song “Cold, Cold, Heart” by Tony Bennett topped the charts and stayed there for 6 weeks.

1953 

Helios Creed, American musician (Chrome)  was born today.

1954

English singer and musician Stuart Goddard, (Adam Ant), who had the 1981 UK No.1 single ‘Stand And Deliver’ with Adam and the Ants. He scored 10 UK top ten hits from 1980 to 1983, including three UK No.1 singles. He has also worked as an actor, appearing in over two dozen films and television episodes from 1985 to 2003.

1955

Eddie Fisher recorded his next hit for RCA Victor, “Dungaree Doll.”

Marty Robbins recorded his 2nd #1 Country single (and first crossover pop chart entry), “Singing The Blues” in Nashville, Tennessee.

1956

The Wizard of Oz is televised via CBS Network.

The title track from Elvis Presley’s first movie, “Love Me Tender,” was number 1 on Billboard’s singles chart. It replaced the two-sided hit “Don’t Be Cruel” & ”Hound Dog” to give Presley an unprecedented sixteen consecutive weeks at #1.

1957

Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins records “A Night at the Village Vanguard 1957” with drummer Elvin Jones and bassist Wilbur Ware.

Sun Records released ‘Great Balls Of Fire’, by Jerry Lee Lewis. The single went on to sell over five million copies worldwide, and was a No.1 hit in the UK and No.2 in the US.

1960

James Prime, with Deacon Blue who had the 1988 UK No.8 single ‘Real Gone Kid’, plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles was born today in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland.

1962 

Marilyn [Peter Robinson], Jamaican-British pop singer (You Don’t Love Me), born in Kingston, Jamaica.

The Crystals started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘He’s A Rebel’, it made No.19 on the UK chart.

Also it is Ian McNabb birthday guitar, vocals, Icicle Works, (1984 UK No.15 single ‘Love Is A Wonderful Colour’), solo, worked with Crazy Horse.

1964

RCA Victor released a new Elvis Presley single, “Blue Christmas” b/w the German folk tune, “Wooden Heart.”

1967 

Steven Wilson, English musician and producer (Porcupine Tree), born in Kingston upon Thames.

1969

Mark Roberts, guitarist with alternative rock band Catatonia who had the 1998 UK No.3 single ‘Mulder And Scully’. The song makes direct reference to fictional FBI special agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), the two main characters of the popular sci-fi TV series The X-Files.

Swiss-born Italian record producer, composer, musician and DJ Robert Miles, (1996 UK No.2 single ‘Children’). Miles died in Ibiza, Spain, on 9 May 2017 at the age of 47 after a 9-month battle with stage 4 metastatic cancer.

The No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit was “Wedding Bell Blues” by The 5th Dimension.

1973

Mick Thomson is his birthday. He is the lead guitarist in the metal band Slipknot, in which he is designated #7. Slipknot is well known for its attention-grabbing image, aggressive style of music, and energetic and chaotic live shows.

David Bowie scored his second UK No.1 album when ‘Pinups’ started a five-week run at the top of the charts. The set contained Bowie covering his favourite 60s songs; his version of The Mersey’s ‘Sorrow’ made No.3 on the UK singles chart, (first recorded by The McCoys in 1965).

Daryl Hall and John Oates released Abandoned Luncheonette. The most well-known track from the album ‘She’s Gone’ did not become a hit when first released but gained momentum from two later covers, one by Lou Rawls, and one by Tavares. After the latter cover topped the Billboard R&B chart in 1974, the original was re-released and became a top 10 pop hit in 1976, reaching No. 7 in the US.

1979

The Eagles had the number-one album in the U.S. ‘The Long Run’ started a nine-week run at the top. I just happened to have this album when I was around 13 years old.

1984

Paul McCartney went to No.1 on the UK album chart with the film soundtrack to ‘Give My Regards To Broad Street’, featuring the UK No.2 single ‘No More Lonely Nights.’

1990

Thirty years ago, Violin Concerto by György Ligeti was premiered.

1991

Toronto rocker Neil Young reunited with Crosby, Stills & Nash before 300,000 people in a free concert in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, in memory of rock promoter Bill Graham. Others on the playbill included the Grateful Dead; Joan Baez; Santana; and Journey (which reunited for the event).

1992

“I Will Always Love You” (Dolly Parton cover) single released by Whitney Houston (Billboard Song of the Year 1993)

 2004

Eric Clapton became a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE. The honor was conferred by Princess Anne in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

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