29 October

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In Music History

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1945 Beatrice Melba Hill, better known as Melba Moore, is born in New York City to saxophonist Teddy Hill and R&B singer Bonnie Davis.

1944 Denny Laine is born Brian Hines on a boat off the Jersey coast. He becomes a founding member of both The Moody Blues and Wings.

1944 Rob Van Leeuwen (guitarist for Shocking Blue) is born in The Hague, Netherlands.

1937 Sonny Osborne (of The Osborne Brothers) is born in Roark, Kentucky.

1925 Israeli songwriter Haim Hefer is born Haim Feiner in Sosnowiec, Poland.

1925 Jazz saxophonist Zoot Sims, who came up under Woody Herman's big band, is born in Inglewood, California.

1922 Neal Hefti is born in Toluca Lake, California. A jazz trumpeter and arranger for Woody Herman, he also composed classic TV themes of the '60s, notably for Batman and The Odd Couple.

1903 Composer Vivian Ellis is born in Hampstead, London, England. Known for "Spread A Little Happiness" (1929) and "Coronation Scot," the theme for BBC Radio's Paul Temple.

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Country Duet Tops Hot 100


"Islands in the Stream," written by the Bee Gees and intended for Marvin Gaye, goes to #1 in the US as a duet by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.

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