Great moments in history and popular culture happen every day, and ON THIS DAY will share a few of them with you. We’ll also point you to related resources in our collection, helping you to discover classic films, musical favorites, and historical tidbits. The primary focus will be on our e-material – e-books, e-audio, and downloadable and streamable music and film – but physical books and DVDs will also be part of the fun.
|On this day in 1865, Carl Nielsen was born. Nielsen is generally acknowledged as the finest composer Denmark has yet produced, and he is considered a national hero; for many years, his picture was on the 100-kroner bill (about 15 $US). It was not until after World War II that his music began to receive international recognition, but much of his music -- his six symphonies, his three concertos, his wind quintet -- is now part of the standard repertoire. The concertos, for violin, clarinet, and flute, are available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|On this day in 1929, Johnny Ace was born. For two years, beginning in 1952, Ace was one of the country's most popular R&B singers, recording such hits as "My Song," "Cross My Heart," and "Never Let Me Go." He died on Christmas Day 1954 from a self-inflicted gunshot. Reports vary as to exactly what happened. Some say that Ace was playing Russian roulette; some say that it was an accident with a gun he mistakenly thought was unloaded. After his death, his final single, "Pledging My Love," would spend ten weeks at the top of the R&B charts. The highlights of Ace's tragically short career are collected in A Memorial to Johnny Ace, available for streaming or download at Freegal.|
|And on this day in 1951, James Newton Howard was born. Howard began his musical career as a pianist, and spent about ten years as part of Elton John's touring band. In the mid-1980s, he began composing film scores. Howard has now scored more than 100 movies; six of those scores have been Oscar nominees, among them The Fugitive, My Best Friend's Wedding, and Michael Clayton. Several of Howard's scores are available for streaming at Hoopla.|