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 1912, Jean Françaix was born. Françaix's music was noted for its wit and his skillful orchestration. He wrote a great deal of chamber music, and concertos for almost every orchestral instrument. Françaix was fond of unusual combinations of instruments; in one oratorio, he depicted Hell with saxophones, accordion, guitar, and mandolin. Françaix's piano concertino and a selection of chamber music are available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|On this day in 1928, Rosemary Clooney was born. Clooney was a popular singer of the 1950s whose hits included "Come On-a My House," "Mambo Italiano," and "Hey There." She largely disappeared from view for many years due to medical problems, but her career was revived in the late 1970s; over the last 25 years of her life, Clooney recorded about 30 critically acclaimed albums of jazz and popular standards. Several of Clooney's albums are available for streaming at Hoopla.|
|And on this day in 1941, General Johnson -- that actually was his given name -- was born. Johnson was the writer of such 70s R&B songs "Patches," "Want Ads," and "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show." He was also the lead singer of Chairmen of the Board, best remembered for the distinctive hiccups of "Give Me Just a Little More Time." Beach Music Anthology collects the best of Johnson and Chairmen of the Board; it's available for streaming or download at Hoopla.|