MAY 7: The Daily Flashback
1824: Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony premiered in Vienna, Austria. Its final movement incorporates Friedrich Schiller “Ode to Joy” poem sung by four vocal soloists and a chorus, representing the first time a major composer has used voices in a symphony.
1941: Glenn Miller & His Orchestra recorded “Chattanooga Choo Choo.”
1958: Van Cliburn signed with RCA Victor Records.
1968: On a plane ride returning home from his last gig with the band Bluesology, keyboard player Reginald Dwight looked for a stage name he could use for his burgeoning solo career. In the cabin, he came across the band’s horn player Elton Dean and lead singer Long John Baldry, and asked them if he could appropriate their names to concoct a new one for himself. They agreed, and Elton John was born.
1971: The Rolling Stones released “Brown Sugar” in the U.S., the first record on their own label, Rolling Stones Records.
1992: John Frusciante quit the Red Hot Chili Peppers in the middle of a Japanese tour.
1998: Steve Perry officially left Journey, honoring an agreement made with Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain that they would reform the band without him if he was not able to tour. He is replaced with the similar-sounding Steve Augeri.
1833: Johannes Brahms
1840: Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky
1885: Gabby Hayes
1930: Totie Fields
1931: Teresa Brewer
1939: Jimmy Ruffin
1946: Bill Kreutzmann
1950: Prairie Prince
1969: Eagle-Eye Cherry
1998: Eddie Rabbit
2011: John Walker