In the mood for a good movie? Some toe-tapping music? A thrilling book? ON THIS DAY will lead you to new possibilities every day, tied to interesting moments from history and popular culture. Whether it’s streamable and downloadable music and film, e-books and e-audio, or physical books and DVDs, we hope you’ll find something to enjoy as you pick up a few bits of history each day.
|On this day in 1899, Duke Ellington was born. Ellington was one of the most influential composers and bandleaders in jazz history. He wrote more than 1,000 compositions, ranging from short pieces (designed for the 78rpm records of his early years) to multi-part suites that filled entire long-playing albums. He often wrote for, and in collaboration with, specific members of his orchestra. Ellington standards include "Mood Indigo," "Sophisticated Lady," "Caravan," and "In a Sentimental Mood." A variety of Ellington's music is available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|On this day in 1933, Willie Nelson was born. Nelson's first success in country music was as a songwriter; his songs became hits for Patsy Cline ("Crazy"), Faron Young ("Hello Walls," and Billy Walker ("Funny How Time Slips Away"). For a decade beginning in the mid-1970s, he was a regular on both the country and the pop charts with such songs as "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" and "On the Road Again." He continues to record critically acclaimed albums, several of which are available for streaming or download at Freegal.|
|And on this day in 1968, the musical Hair opened on Broadway, where it would run for four years. Hair was the first major rock musical, and several of its songs -- "Let the Sunshine In," "Good Morning Starshine," and the title song -- would become major pop hits. The show caused some controversy for its depiction of drug use, its nudity and profanity, and its anti-war message, but it was generally praised by the critics. The original Broadway cast recording of Hair is available for streaming or download at Freegal.|