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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
Sonny and Cher in 1971

On February 16th, 1935 Sonny Bono was born in Detroit, Michigan.

Image 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
Samuel Gridley Howe who was the husband of "Battle Hymn of The Republic” lyricist Julia Ward Howe was born on November 10th, 1801 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Samuel was also a physician who treated the blind and an abolitionist who participated in the antislavery movement during the mid 1800s.

Image 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
Tex Ritter with his guitar 

In his early career Tex performed on Broadway 

Image via Alamy 

https://heartfelthistory.com/history-of-american-music/