Marvin Gaye was born on April 2, 1939, in Washington, DC. As a singer, songwriter, and producer, Gaye played a significant role in the early development of Motown.
Women's History Month provides an opportunity to highlight some of the new scores in our collection by women composers. Many of these scores are the first works by these composers in our music collection.
On March 27, 1924, Sarah Vaughan was born. Vaughan was a pop and jazz singer with a wide range, a powerful voice, and impeccable technical control. She continued to perform and record until shortly before her death in 1990, with very little change or loss of quality in her voice.
March is Women's History Month, so this week, we honor some of the female composers who have contributed to classical music. As in many fields, it has often been difficult for women to develop their talents to the fullest.
On March 25, 1911, 146 garment workers were killed in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, one of the deadliest industrial accidents in US history. The tragedy led to major reforms of labor law in New York City and New York State.
As a music lover and pop connoisseur, I was immediately intrigued when I ran across a fascinating article on National Public Radio (NPR) online, titled Turning the Tables: The 150 Greatest Albums Made by Women. The first paragraph especially caught my eye:
On March 12, 1946, Liza Minnelli was born. Minnelli is a singer and actress who has had great success in film, theater, and television.
The singles charts of 1993 saw more than their share of flash-in-the-pan acts who would never return to the charts after the year was over.
On March 2, 1931, Tom Wolfe was born. Wolfe is a journalist and novelist whose magazine articles in the 1960s and 1970s helped to change our ideas of how journalism should be written.
On February 26, 1932, Johnny Cash was born. For almost fifty years, Cash was a major figure in American popular music. He was best known as a country singer, but also frequently recorded gospel music, and had several early rockabilly hits.