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Todays Date

Todays Date
12-18-2017

Birthday Wishes

Yearbirthday
1786Baron Karl von Weber, Opera Composer (231)
1897Fletcher Henderson, A pianist, bandleader, arranger and composer from Cuthbert, Georgia. He was recording director for the fledgling Black Swan label from 1921-1923. Thoughout the early and mid 1920s, Henderson provided solo piano accompanyment for many blues singers. He formed his own band in the 1920's and throughout it included Howard Scott, Coleman Hawkins, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Dixon, Kaiser Marshall, Buster Bailey, Elmer Chambers, Charlie Green, Ralph Escudero and Don Redman. He was important in the development of big band jazz and swing music. He passed away in 1952 at the age of 55. (120)
1908Jeanette Salvant Kimball, Traditional jazz pianist from Pass Christian, MS, but sonn made New Orleans, Louisiana her home. She spent most of her musical life with Papa Celestin and his various bands. She played with Celestin musicians after his death, with Bob French in the sixties. She also played with the 'New Camelia Jazz Band' in the eighties. Jeanette died in Charleston, SC on March 29, 2001 at the age of 94. (109)
1909Dave Winstein, Traditional jazz saxophonist from New Orleans, Louisiana. He was active in the twenties and thirties, and played with Sharkey Bonano, Leon Prima and Louis Prima. He also became president of the Local 174 of the American Federation of Musicians. (108)
1914Pee Wee Crayton (Connie Curtis Crayton), R&B and blues guitarist and singer from Rockdale, Texas. One of his first recordings was the instrumental, "Blues After Hours", which reached #1 in the Billboard R&B chart in 1948. He went on to record for many other record labels in the 1950s including Imperial in New Orleans, Louisiana. He died in 1985 in Los Angeles. (103)
1917Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson, Saxophonist and blues shouter from Houston, Texas. (100)
1922Robert (Buddy) Hagans, Saxophonist and Bogalusa, Louisiana native. He and Fats Domino started Domino's first band and he stayed with Fats for over 20 years. He died in June 1980. (95)
1928Harold Land, Saxophonist from Houston, TX. His first high profile gig was in 1954 with Clifford Brown and Max Roach. He also played with Curtis Counce and Blue Mitchell and freelanced around the Los Angeles area until his death in 2001. (89)
1933Lonnie Brooks (Lee Baker Jr.), A legendary blues singer and guitarist, and a native of Dubuisson, Louisiana. He adopted the name Guitar Junior and signed with Lake Charles's Goldband label. His singles for the label included regional hit "Family Rules", which remains a favorite of the swamp pop idiom in south Louisiana and southeast Texas. In 1969, he recorded his first album, Broke An’ Hungry, as Lonnie Brooks for the Capitol label. During his log career, he's played and toured with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells and Eric Johnson amongst many. (84)
1941Leo Smith, A trumpeter and composer from Leland, MS. He worked primarily in the fields of avant-garde jazz and free improvisation. He played in various R&B groups in the sixties. He taught at Cal-Arts, and has recorded sparingly. (76)
1941Sam Andrew, Guitarist for the group, Big Brother and the Holding Company. (76)
1943Keith Richards, Guitarist for The Rolling Stones. (74)
1948Bryan 'Chas' Chandler, Bassist for the Animals - "House of the Rising Sun". (69)

Todays_Events

YearMusical_Fact
1869 Louis Moreau Gottschalk, a composer and pianist and native of New Orleans, Louisiana passed away on this day at the age of 40. He was a virtuoso performer of his own romantic piano works. From an early age he was recognized as a wunderkind by the New Orleans bourgeois establishment. In 1840, he gave his informal public debut at the new St. Charles Hotel. His music was very popular during his lifetime, and his earliest compositions created a sensation in Europe. Early pieces like "Le Bananier" and "Bamboula" were based on Gottschalk's memories of the music he heard during his youth in Louisiana. Gottschalk chose to travel to South America, where he continued to give frequent concerts. During one of these concerts, in Rio de Janeiro on November 24, 1869, he collapsed from having contracted malaria.
1908 Claude Debussy's piano suite "Childrens Corner" was performed for the first time on this day. Although a classical composer for most of his life, Debussy did emulate Ragtime in "Golliwogs Cakewalk" from this piano suite.
1920 Victor Records made the first recordings of Arturo Toscanini, conductor, on this day in Camden, New Jersey.
1934 Jimmy Lunceford and his Orchestra recorded "Rhythm is our Business", with Willie Smith singing, for Decca Records.
1939New Orleans, Louisiana native, Jelly Roll Morton recorded for General Records in New York on this day. The song was "Michigan Water Blues".
1953Ray Charles played a 7th night of a two-week gig at The Pelican Club in New Orleans, Louisiana on this day. He was billed as 'The Fabulous Blind Singing Star'.
1961 "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" hit #1 and gave the Tokens their first hit.
1972 "I Am Woman" won Helen Reddy a gold record on this day.
1972 Rod Stewart left the group Faces, and announced the beginning of his long and successful solo career.
1982 'Maneater' by Hall & Oates climbed to #1 on the Billboard pop charts on this day.
2000 Frank Vicari, jazz drummer in many New Orleans big bands, passed away on this day at 81 years of age. He was a member of the 156th Infantry Band, and performed for World Leaders at the Potsdam Conference.