Category: Music

August 18th Birthday Love: Moura Lympany

British concert pianist Dame Moura Lympany was born Mary Gertrude Johnstone today, August 18, 1916, in Saltash, Cornwall. She later took the stage name “Moura” as a Russian version of the name “Mary,” and the last name from her mother’s maiden name, “Limpenny.” She played her first concert at the age of twelve, playing the only …

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July 11th Birthday Love: Suzanne Vega

Happy birthday, Suzanne Vega, born on this day July 11, 1959 in Santa Monica, California.

June 24th Birthday Love: Colin Blunstone

Singer and songwriter Colin Blunstone was born on June 24, 1945, in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England. In the 1960’s, Blunstone rose to fame as the lead singer for The Zombies, and has also had a successful solo career, making music for over 50 years now. The band formed in 1962 in St. Albans, England, with Colin …

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June 15th Birthday Love: Erroll Garner

“Every time he played piano, you could hear the smile in his touch, you could hear the smile in his rhythmic approach.” – Jazz Pianist George Shearing Jazz/swing pianist and composer Erroll Garner was born on this day, June 15, 1923, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Garner is well known for his excellent keyboard skills, being a mostly …

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June 9th Birthday Love: Cole Porter

Here is “All Through The Night” from Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Song Book.

May 24th Birthday Love: Harold Budd

Composer and poet Harold Budd was born on this day May 24, 1936 in Los Angeles, California, and raised in the Mojave Desert. Here is “Bismillahi ‘Rrahmani ‘Rrahim” from his 1978 album The Pavilion Of Dreams.

May 22nd Birthday Love: Sun Ra

Jazz composer, pianist, keyboardist, and poet Sun Ra was born on this day May 22, 1914 in Birmingham, Alabama. Here is the song “Springtime In Chicago” from the album Supersonic Jazz, released by Sun Ra in 1956.

May 20th Birthday Love: Zbigniew Preisner

Film score composer Zbigniew Preisner, best known for his music for the Krzysztof Kieślowski Three Colours trilogy, was born on this day May 20, 1955 in Bielsko-Biała, Poland. Here is his “Song for the Unification of Europe.”

May 1st Birthday Love: Sonny James

Country singer/songwriter Sonny James was born on this day May 1, 1928 in Hackleburg, Alabama, into a musical family, and by the young age of three, “Sonny Boy” was already singing and playing the mandolin. By his early 20’s, Sonny’s musical career was soaring and he was dubbed the “Southern Gentleman” for his polite manner. …

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April 29th Birthday Love: Willie Nelson

Happy birthday Willie Nelson, born on this day April 29, 1933 in Abbott, Texas. Here is “Highwayman” featuring Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and Willie Nelson.