On November 27, 1942, Jimi Hendrix was born. While his career was brief—less than four years of leading his own band—he made an extraordinary impact in that time and is generally considered to be one of the finest electric guitar players of all time.
On November 28, 1944, Rita Mae Brown was born. Brown began her literary career in the 1970s as one of the first lesbian authors to find mainstream success; more recently, she has distanced herself from the label “lesbian author” and become a popular writer of cozy mystery novels.
On November 13, 1854, George Whitefield Chadwick was born. Chadwick was one of a group of composers who came to be known as the “Second New England School.” Their principal members were the “Boston Six,” and they were among the first American composers to make significant contributions to classical music.
On November 10, 1960, Neil Gaiman was born. Gaiman is an author of comics and fantasy novels whose work draws on a wide range of historical styles, literary eras, and mythologies.
On November 7, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will hold its 2020 induction ceremony. Like most such events this year, it will be a virtual ceremony. Six acts are being inducted into the Hall this year.
On November 2, 1967, Kurt Elling was born. Elling is a jazz singer and lyricist who has become one of the best contemporary practitioners of vocalese, the art of writing lyrics to previously recorded instrumental solos.
On October 28, 1903, Evelyn Waugh was born. Waugh was an English novelist who wrote primarily satirical comedies in the 1920s and 1930s; his novels became more serious, and often focused on Catholic themes, after World War II.