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1873Enrico Caruso, Italian tenor opera singer, and quite possibly the most famous one to ever grace opera houses. He sang at the major opera houses of Europe and the Americas, appearing in a wide variety of roles. He made approximately 290 commercially released recordings from 1902 to 1920. All of which span most of his stage career, are available today on CDs and as digital downloads. He died on Audust 2, 1921. (144)
1896Ida Cox (Ida Prather), Singer and vaudeville performer, best known for her blues performances and recordings. She was billed as "The Uncrowned Queen of the Blues". She died on November 10, 1967. (121)
1912Merwin 'Dutch' Andrus, Traditional jazz drummer and trumpeter from New Orleans, Louisiana. Andrus was a dance band leader on the riverboats and in the 1950's recorded for local record labels. He performed until he was shot in 1980. (105)
1927Rene Thomas, One of the finest European jazz guitarists to emerge during the 1950's, Rene Thomas appeared on many sessions with Americans during the next few decades. He died on January 3, 1975. (90)
1929Tommy Newsom, Best known as bandleader of "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson. He often filled in for Doc Severinsen or Ed McMahon when necessary. Tommy passed away on April 28, 2007. (88)
1932Ake Persson, A fine trombonist with an appealing tone, he worked steadily in Europe during his prime years and occasionally guested with American jazzmen who were on tour. He passed away in 1975. (85)
1932Faron Young, Country singer singer and songwriter from the early 1950s into the mid-1980s and a native of Shreveport, Louisiana. He had many top 100 singles and albums over the years including singles "Hello Walls" and "It's Four in the Morning". Young is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. He died in 1996 from suicide at the age of 64. (85)
1943George Harrison, The former Beatle and solo artist - "My Sweet Lord". He died of cancer in 2001. (74)
1949Holley Bendtsen, A singer who was born and raised in Louisiana. She founded, the female vocal group, The Pfister Sisters in 1979. She is also a songwriter and a cofounder of New Orleans Songwriters’ Workshop. She has written several musical revues, Rockin’ the Cradle of Jazz, A New Orleans Musical History and All’s Well that’s Boswell, the biographical story of the Boswell Sisters. (68)
1957Stuart Wood, Guitarist for The Bay City Rollers - "Saturday Night". (60)

Todays Musical Events

1936 Sam Morgan, traditional jazz trumpeter from Bertrandville, Louisiana passed away on this day. Sam was born in 1895, and he was the eldest brother of a New Orleans musical clan. He was a prime bandleader and recording artist in the twenties, but in 1925 his career was momentarily stopped by a stroke. He came back to perform the following year and performed until 1936. He died from the strain of traveling on Mardi Gras day. The 'Tulane Brass Band' and 'Kid Howard Brass Band' marched at his funeral in New Orleans.
1950 Clarence 'Bon Ton' Garlow from Welsh, Louisiana, hit the R&B charts on this day with his tune 'Bon Ton Rouler'.
1957 "That'll Be the Day" was recorded by Buddy Holly and the Crickets in New Mexico for Brunswick Records.
1960 John 'Bud' Loyacano, traditional jazz bassist from New Orleans, Louisiana passed away on this day at the age of 80. 'Bud' was the member of one of New Orleans musical families that included his brothers 'Hook' and 'Deacon' Loyacano. He was a prominent dixieland rhythm player for Dan Hughes, Reliance Brass Band and Dance Orchestra and Sal Magiotta. He played left-handed bass.
1963 The Beatles released the single "Please Please Me" in the US on this day.
1964 Playing both bass clarinet and flute, Eric Dolphy records "Out To Lunch". The lineup includes Freddie Hubbard and Tony Williams.
1966 "These Boots Are Made for Walkin" garnered gold record status for Nancy Sinatra on this day.
1974 Frank Assunto, traditional jazz trumpeter from New Orleans died on this day. Frank was the leader of the Internationally famous group, the 'Dukes Of Dixieland'. His father, Jac and his brother, Fred were also great traditional jazz musicians. The Dukes have sold millions of records and continue to be hot property to this day.
1981 Radio City Music Hall was the scene as Christopher Cross took home five Grammy Awards on this night. Included in the five awards was Album of the Year for "Christopher Cross".
1981 Matthew 'Fats' Houston, traditional jazz drummer from New Orleans, Louisiana died on this day. 'Fats' was well known as the grand marshal of the 'Eureka Brass Band'. He also was the co-leader of a dance band with Louis Dumaine in the thirties.
1984 Van Halen, the rock group, were on top of the world and the pop charts on this day with their tune called 'Jump'.
1985 Art Blakey visits London and plays at the famous club of Ronnie Scott on this day.
1986 Four Grammys were presented for the single "We Are the World" which featured about 40 music superstars.
1995 Madonna got back to her usual #1 chart topping position on this day with 'Take A Bow'.
1998 (Rockin) Sidney Simien, an R&B, zydeco, and soul musician nd a native of Lebeau, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana passed away on this day at the age of 59. "No Good Woman" became a small hit in Louisiana in 1962, while the flip side, "You Ain't Nothing But Fine" brought him his first national attention as a songwriter. His zydeco talents were immediately recognized and he had another hit with "Louisiana Creole Man." By the early 1980s, Sidney had recorded two successful albums for Maison de Soul, Give Me A Good Time Woman and Boogie, Blues 'N' Zydeco. His big moment came in 1984 when "My Toot Toot" made him internationally known.
2001 Ezall (Money) Quinn Jr., a trumpeter and native of New Orleans, Louisiana passed away on this day at the age of 21. He was a co-founder of the Lil Rascals Brass Band along with Corey Henry.