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 1895, Ernesto Lecuona was born. Lecuona was a composer who worked in both popular and classical music. He wrote songs for movies and zarzuelas (a Spanish-language theatrical form that falls somewhere between operetta and the Broadway musical), and piano pieces that mixed Cuban folk music with classical forms. Lecuona was also a skilled pianist who toured much of the world as a concert performer. He can be heard performing a variety of his own music in Lecuona: The Ultimate Collection, which is available for streaming or download at Freegal.|
|On this day in 1917, Robert Mitchum was born. Mitchum rose to prominence as the star of several films noir in the late 1940s and early 1950s -- Out of the Past, Undercurrent, Blood Alley. He would continue to act until the mid-1990s, in a wide variety of films, including The Night of the Hunter, The Longest Day, Scrooged, Dead Man, and two versions of Cape Fear -- Mitchum was the villain in the 1962 original, and had a smaller role as a police detective in the 1991 remake. In David Lean's 1970 movie Ryan's Daughter, Mitchum is cast against type as a small-town schoolteacher who realizes that his wife is having an affair; Ryan's Daughter is available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|And on this day in 1930, Dorothy Ashby was born. Ashby was a jazz musician and composer whose chosen instrument -- the harp -- was not usually associated with jazz. She recorded several albums in the late 1950s and 1960s, then spent most of the 1970s working as a studio musician for a wide variety of jazz and pop artists. Ashby recorded two more albums as the head of her own ensemble in 1984. Ashby's 1968 album Afro-Harping is available for streaming at Hoopla.|