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Howard Ashman in New York City
Keith Chaffee, May 15, 2020

On May 17, 1950, Howard Ashman was born. Ashman wrote song lyrics, most frequently working with composer Alan Menken. Together, Ashman and Menken were major figures in the renaissance of Disney animation in the late 1980s and early 1990s.


Keith Jarrett on The Köln Concert album
Keith Chaffee, May 08, 2020

On May 8, 1945, Keith Jarrett was born. Jarrett is best known as a jazz pianist, but he’s also recorded a significant amount of classical music.


Johannes Brahms is one of the great classical composers.
Keith Chaffee, May 01, 2020

Johannes Brahms was born on May 7, 1833. Brahms is one of the great classical composers, often ranked with Bach and Beethoven among the “three B’s” who are pillars of classical music.


Barbra Streisand is a singer, actress, and director
Keith Chaffee, April 24, 2020

Barbra Streisand was born on April 24, 1942. Streisand is a singer, actress, and director whose sixty-year recording career encompasses about 50 albums.


Bob Wills was an American Western swing musician, songwriter, and bandleader of The Texas Playboys.
Keith Chaffee, March 06, 2020

Bob Wills was born on March 6, 1905. In the 1930s and 1940s, Wills was one of the creators of western swing, a musical style that sat at the intersection of country and big-band swing music.


Pop duo The Carpenters, Karen and Richard
Keith Chaffee, February 28, 2020

Karen Carpenter was born on March 2, 1950; her brother Richard was born on October 15, 1946. Together, they were the pop duo The Carpenters.


Fat Domino, a legendary R&B and rock & roll artist
Keith Chaffee, February 21, 2020

Antoine “Fats” Domino was born on February 26, 1928. Domino was one of the creators of rock and roll. His New Orleans boogie-woogie piano playing, rich voice, and warm personality made him one of the biggest stars of the 1950s.


John Adams, American composer works on his composition.
Keith Chaffee, February 14, 2020

John Adams was born on February 15, 1947. Adams is one of America’s most popular classical composers, best known for his operas and orchestral music.


Jerry Goldsmith conducting his film score
Keith Chaffee, February 07, 2020

Jerry Goldsmith was born on February 10, 1929. Goldsmith was a film and television composer who scored almost 200 films in his 50-year career.


Warren Zevon, singer-songwriter
Keith Chaffee, January 24, 2020

Warren Zevon was born on January 24, 1947. Zevon was among the most respected singer-songwriters of his generation, though he only occasionally broke through to a mainstream audience with a few minor hits.


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