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🇺🇸365 Reasons To Cherish America!🇺🇸

Day/Reason #146: The music of John Denver

https://youtu.be/1vrEljMfXYo

Photo: John Denver performing during his 1975 TV special "An Evening With John Denver"
ABC Television • Public domain via Wikimedia Commons
On today's date April 30th, 1960: Fats Domino recorded his hit (written by Bobby Charles) "Walking to New Orleans" at Cosimo Matassa's studio.

https://www.last.fm/music/Fats+Domino/_/Walking+to+New+Orleans

http://www.nola.com/music/index.ssf/2010/09/cosimo_matassas_jm_recording_s.html

Photo: By Hugo van Gelderen / Anefo (Nationaal Archief) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
On today’s date March 28th, 1958 American rock and roll legend Eddie Cochran recorded the hit song “Summertime Blues”

https://youtu.be/Ti38LFY7x1Y

Image: Eddie Cochran in 1958 - Liberty Records, public domain via Wikimedia Commons
American jazz singer Billie Holiday was born on April 7th, 1915 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

https://youtu.be/1bq0iDDqsQQ

Image: Holiday at the Downbeat club, New York, c. 1947, William P. Gottlieb via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Jazz great Duke Ellington was born on April 29th, 1899 in Washington, D.C.

https://youtu.be/qDQpZT3GhDg

Image: Duke Ellington at the Hurricane Club in 1943 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
American rock and roll legend Buddy Holly was born on September 7th, 1936 in Lubbock, Texas.

https://youtu.be/kVGM86XIilw

Image: Buddy Holly & The Crickets publicity portrait for Coral Records c. 1957-1958 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
American jazz virtuosos Benny Goodman and Charlie Christian

- 1941

Charlie contracted TB and passed away at the age of 25, less than a year after this photo was taken.
 
via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
"John Philip Sousa leading bands, American League Park”

- June 7th, 1923

via Library of Congress, no known restrictions 
https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2016835117/
June Carter Cash was born on June 23rd, 1929 in 
Maces Spring, Virginia.

https://youtu.be/8rnpbyNyIyk

Image: Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash in 1971 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
American musician Bill Haley was born on July 6th, 1925 in Highland Park, Michigan.

Image: Bill Haley and his Comets in 1956 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
The Andrews Sisters

- 1943

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Elvis Presley in Germany when he served with the U.S. Army as a member of the 1st Medium Tank Battalion, 32nd Armor 

c. 1958

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
American composer Carrie Jacobs-Bond was born on August 11th, 1862 in Janesville, Wisconsin.

She wrote the song "I Love You Truly” which was sung in the movie It’s A Wonderful Life when Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed arrived at the drafty old house on the night of their wedding.

https://youtu.be/yoBvvtPNCwE

Image: Carrie Jacobs-Bond in 1913 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
A portrait of American artist and musician William Sidney Mount

- 1855

by Mathew Brady, public domain
Chuck Berry c. 1958 

https://youtu.be/23y2Cz40zs4

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
On January 13th, 1968 Johnny Cash recorded his album "Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison”

Image: Johnny Cash in 1964 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
American composer George Gershwin was born on September 26th, 1898 in Brooklyn, New York.

https://youtu.be/VAuTouBhN5k

Image: Gershwin in the 1920s via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Roy Orbison in 1965 

https://youtu.be/pra6ezRMejg

Image from Jac. de Nijs / Anefo CC BY SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Gene Autry 

- 1942

In addition to his career as a musician and entertainer he also had ownership of baseball teams, radio & TV stations and hotels 

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
American movie composer Louis Silvers was born on September 6th, 1889 in New York City, N.Y.

In the mid 1930’s Silvers won an Academy Award and was later nominated for three more in the musical category between the years of 1938-1940.

Image: Lou Silvers in 1921 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Hank and Audrey Williams 

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
American entertainer Andy Williams was born on December 3rd, 1927 in Wall Lake, Iowa.

One of his sons was named after Robert F. Kennedy because of Andy’s friendship with the late Senator.

Image of Andy Williams in 1969 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
A portrait of American composer Charles Ives...

It took Ives over one and half decades to complete A Symphony: New England Holidays which includes parts titled: Washington's Birthday, The Fourth of July and others.

He was born on October 20th, 1874 in Danbury, Connecticut.

Image: Charles Ives in 1889 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
American musician Hank Williams was born on September 17th, 1923 in Butler County, Alabama.

Image: Hank Williams strums the guitar in his home state c. 1938 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
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Day/Reasons #123: Bing Crosby who was born on today's date May 3rd, 1903.

http://bingcrosby.com/bing-bio

Photo: By CBS Radio (eBay front back) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
On today's date October 10th, 1966: The Beach Boys released their single "Good Vibrations."

https://youtu.be/apBWI6xrbLY

Photo: Capitol Records • Public domain
On today's date October 3rd, 1941: Ernest Evans - popularly known as Chubby Checker was born in Spring Gulley, South Carolina.

https://youtu.be/xbK0C9AYMd8

Photo by Jack T. Franklin, Philadelphia • Public domain
On today's date September 5th, 1867: Composer Amy Marcy Cheney Beach was born in Henniker, New Hampshire.

http://youtu.be/-9mOVRjH6WM

Photo: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress) - Public domain
A photo of American composers Victor Herbert, Irving Berlin and John Philip Sousa in 1924.

John Philip Sousa was born on November 6th, 1854 in Washington, D.C. 
During his lifetime, Sousa composed over 130 military marches but he also wrote over a dozen operettas.

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Italian-American musician and WWII Veteran Tony Bennett was born on August 3rd, 1926 in Astoria, Queens, New York City.

Image: Bennett performing in 1966 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
An Army barber takes a brief pause in cutting the King of Rock and Roll’s hair as Elvis blows clippings from his hand.

Fort Chaffee, Arkansas

c. 1958

via Alamy
John Philip Sousa

- March 7th, 1924

via Library of Congress, no known restrictions
Johnny Cash At San Quentin 

- 1969

by Johnnycash1950-2003 via Wikimedia Commons CC BY SA 3.0
An image titled "J.E. Boyd triplets”

- Dated 5/3/1924

Later these adorable sisters became known as The Del Rubio Triplets who performed as a musical trio until one of them (Eadie) passed away in 1996.

Image via Library of Congress, no known restrictions 
https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2016837551/
A view just beyond a sitting area in Elvis’ living room at Graceland showing the piano and vintage television set.
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Day/Reason #255: American composer and music teacher Benjamin Carr who was born on today's date September 12th, 1768.

One of his works was Federal Overture...you can listen to this American masterpiece here:
http://www.classicalmpr.org/story/2017/07/07/daily-download-benjamin-carr--federal-overture

Photo: Benjamin Carr by John Sartain Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons
Bobby Darin, March 1959

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain 

https://youtu.be/8ZTcgmzSRzI
John Philip Sousa

via Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts CC BY NC ND
Billie Holiday with Louis Armstrong for the 1947 movie "New Orleans."

via NYPL Digital Collections, no known restrictions
Ritchie Valens with his guitar 

via Alamy 

https://heartfelthistory.com/history-of-american-music/
Willie Nelson in 1965

https://youtu.be/GkOatVLUM9Q

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain 

https://heartfelthistory.com/history-of-american-music/
Paul Whiteman and musicians at Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City 

- 1920s

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain 

https://heartfelthistory.com/history-of-american-music/
WWI Veteran and American composer Irving Berlin was born on May 11th, 1888 in Russia. 

Image: Irving Berlin in 1906 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
An image of American female composer Laura Sedgwick Collins who wrote a march that was played during the dedication of The Statue of Liberty in 1886 and a work that was a tribute to Theodore Roosevelt in 1919. 

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
On June 7th, 1982 Graceland was opened to the public.

Image by Adam Jones P.h.D. via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY SA 3.0
Les Paul & Mary Ford in 1953 

On June 9th, 1915 musician and solid-body electric guitar innovator Les Paul was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin.  

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Waylon Jennings was born on June 15th, 1937 in Littlefield, Texas 

https://youtu.be/aIbf6Rqu1yM

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
On June 21st, 1975 “Love Will Keep Us Together” by Captain & Tennille became the #1 pop song in America 

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Old Van Rensselaer house, where it is believed that the lyrics to Yankee Doodle were written in Upstate New York 

Did you know that Yankee Doodle is the state song of Connecticut?
The Monkees 

- 1967

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
"The First Family of Country Music” Maybelle, Alvin and Sara Carter in 1927

Sara Carter was born on July 21st, 1898 in Copper Creek, Virginia.

https://youtu.be/RRUfbi8IfxI

Image via Alamy
On July 22nd, 1893 Katharine Lee Bates wrote the lyrics to America The Beautiful 

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
B. J. Thomas, advertisement for “I Just Can’t Help Believing” from 1970

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain 

https://youtu.be/ALkzjE5MZlc
On August 8th, 1960 Brian Hyland’s "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini” was #1 in the charts in the U.S.

Image of Brian Hyland in the late 60s via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
The Ames Brothers 

Ed Ames (top right) played the role of Mingo in the classic TV show Daniel Boone 

https://youtu.be/Kh-pqomAZhQ

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
America music group 

- 1976

https://youtu.be/tt4cR9szMS8

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
American musician Judy Collins was born on May 1st, 1939 in Seattle, Washington.

https://youtu.be/rQOuxByR5VI

Image: Judy Collins in 1975 by Elektra Records via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Walter Kittredge, at his home near Ruds Ferry, New Hampshire

- 1905 

Walter was a musician during the American Civil War and his popular song at the time “Tenting on the Old Campground” was sung by both the North and the South. 

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
W. W. Kimball Building in Chicago, producer of fine pianos and organs 

c. 1886

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
In 1965 “Tennessee Waltz” was adopted by the State of Tennessee as an official state song. 

The Tennessee Waltz was sung by Patti Page and recorded in 1950.

Image of Patti Page in 1955 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain 

https://youtu.be/dXXeVALoeXE
Stevie Wonder 

- 1973

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
On September 27th, 1912 W.C. Handy self-published “The Memphis Blues” an early blues tune that became commercially profitable.

8 years later, in 1920 W.C. Handy met Harry Pace and they formed the Pace and Handy Music Company.
Here is an image of the Pace and Handy Music Company in New York City from that same year. 

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Country musician Marty Robbins in 1966 

It was the same year that Marty competed in his first NASCAR race. He finished in 25th place at that Nashville 400 behind winning driver Richard Petty.  

https://youtu.be/czVopvpn-t4

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
On October 9th, 1855 American inventor Joshua Stoddard received a patent for his “Apparatus for producing music by steam or compressed air” otherwise known as the steam calliope.

Sketch of a calliope being played c. 1866 via Library of Congress, no known restrictions
A photo of Theodore Thomas at the age of fifteen
 
Theodore was the first conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

He was born in Germany on October 11th, 1835.

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Waylon Jennings 

- 1966

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
“It's not known where the Debonairs played but you just know they could belt it all out, from fast, jivin' swing to slow ballads perfect for swaying together in smoky nightclubs. What was your special song back in the day?"

From the collection of Roger Keehner 
Thanks again Roger!
American composer and music educator Howard Hanson was born on October 28th, 1896 in Wahoo, Nebraska.

He composed 7 symphonies and other musical works during his career. 

Image: Howard Hanson in 1941 via Alamy
Glenn Miller of the U.S. Army Air Force

-early 1940s

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Willie Nelson when he was a junior in high school 

- 1949

via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
American opera sensation Minnie Hauk was born in New York City on November 16th, 1851.

She made her singing debut as a teenager in November 1866, the year following the Civil War. 
Hauk sang throughout Europe and became an international success.

Image via NYPL Digital Collections, no known restrictions
On November 17th, 1962 Big Girls Don’t Cry by The Four Seasons became the #1 song in America. 

Image of The Four Seasons from the 1960s via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
“Dr. John, American musician known for his hit song 'Right Place Wrong Time' was born in New Orleans on November 20th, 1941.”

Caption from Roger Keehner 

Image via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY SA 3.0
"Guitarist Jimi Hendrix was born on November 27th, 1942. Here he's shown during basic training at Ft. Ord, California before he was assigned to the 101st Airborne." 

Image from a U.S. Army publication, public domain

Submitted by Roger Keehner
Grand Ole Opry performers at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 1947

On November 28th, 1925 the first “WSM Barn Dance” concert was sent out over the airwaves via AM radio. It became known as the Grand Ole Opry. 

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
"Bob Wills, the King of Western Swing is shown in front with two young ladies on tour with his band,
the Texas Playboys. Bob sang, fiddled, wrote music, and acted in 19 films. In 1957 he declared 'Rock and
roll? Why man, that's the same kind of music we've been playin' since 1928!'" 

- Submitted by Roger Keehner 

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain, no known copyright
Burl Ives not long after he served in the Army during WWII

Image via Alamy
"The California Surfin' Sound rides high just before the British Invasion when The Beach Boys first appear on the TV music show 'Shindig', December 23, 1963.”

- Submitted by Roger Keehner 

Image via Wikimedia Commons, no known copyright
Chuck Mangione at Miller Symphony Hall - Allentown, PA, 1976

A year before his hit single “Feels So Good” was recorded. 

https://youtu.be/FExBwfQHXlE
Ellas McDaniel was born on December 30, 1928 but he made his mark on the music world as Bo Diddley. Originally a carpenter who played blues on street corners with friends Bo's 60-year career produced two dozen albums. He's shown here with his "Twang Machine", a unique rectangular guitar. Wikimedia Commons public domain.
Elvis Presley with his mother Gladys at home, with teddy bears (and other stuffed animals), at 1034 Audubon Drive in Memphis, Tennessee.

- 1956

Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8th, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. 

Image via Alamy
"Crystal Gayle, considered by many as the first successful crossover artist in country music, was born on January 9, 1951. Her career began in the 1960's as a backup singer for her sister, Loretta Lynn and as of 2019 has a discography of 24 albums with “Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" as her biggest single.”

- Submitted by Roger Keehner 

Image of Crystal Gayle in the 1980s from Dayrow1974 via Wikimedia Commons CC BY SA 4.0
On January 11th, 1925 Symphony for Organ and Orchestra by American composer Aaron Copland premiered at New York’s Aeolian Hall.

Image: Aaron Copland in 1970 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Neil Diamond was born on January 24th, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York.

Image c. 1974 via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
African American violinist and composer Will Marion Cook was born on January 27, 1869 in Washington, D.C.

He took up the violin when he was 14, studied in Europe and later received instruction from Antonín Dvořák.

Image via NYPL Digital Collections, no known restrictions
Music boosts the morale of both the soldiers who play it and those who listen. Shown here are soldier-musicians of the 387th Engineers, a unit that served in Italy during WW2. Some of their instruments were shipped from home, others were acquired overseas. Notice the helmet liners used as trumpet mutes!

Image and caption from the collection of Roger Keehner 

Thanks Roger!
Glenn Miller with his orchestra c. 1940 

On March 1st, 1904 Glenn Miller was born in Clarinda, Iowa.

During his career he recorded popular tunes such as “At Last”, “In The Mood”, "Chattanooga Choo Choo", “Moonlight Serenade” and many others.

Miller served as a member of the U.S. Army Air Forces during WWII. In December of 1944, at the age of 40, his plane disappeared while flying over the English Channel. 

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Just look at her… 
Isn’t she magnificent?

Did you know that by the mid 1950s there were over 700,000 jukeboxes rockin’ and a rollin’ throughout the U.S.?

Image via Shutterstock
Photograph of Phil and Don Everly from 1958
When they were boys they sang with their mother Margaret and father Ike on radio programs. 

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
The Temptations in 1968 

Mega hits include: "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)", “Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" and “My Girl”

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Frankie Laine at the piano, Patti Page sitting on the piano and Richard Hayes on the far left. 

 c. 1950s 

On March 30th, 1913 Frankie Laine, who was known for performing songs from a wide variety of musical genres, was born in Chicago, Illinois. 

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
President Truman at the White House with two members of the U.S. Marine Corps band in 1952

Harry Truman learned to play the piano when he was a boy and his father sung in a church choir. 

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Born April 9, 1898 Paul Robeson was a lawyer, athlete, social activist, actor, and singer known for his rich bass. baritone voice. He's shown here in 1942 leading workers at an Oakland California shipyard in singing "The Star-Spangled Banner." 

- Submitted by Roger Keehner 

Image: NARA via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
in the US.
Westmoreland homesteader playing a mouth organ and a guitar, Pennsylvania

- 1937

via NYPL Digital Collection, no known restrictions
Fats Domino in 1962 

About 6 years after the release of his version of Blueberry Hill 

Image via Wikimedia Commons, public domain
Daguerreotype from about 1850 of a boy with a flute 

via The J. Paul Getty museum, no known restrictions
Born May 19, 1949, Dusty Hill's career as a bass player lasted over 50 years, most of them with ZZ Top. Hill explained his half-century in music by
saying "By the time I was 13 I was already playing in local bars so school kinda got in the way of that.”

- Submitted by Roger Keehner 

Image from Ralph Arvesen Wikimedia Commons via Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic
Bill Haley and Elvis Presley meeting for the first time in 1955

Image via Alamy