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Welcome to this special edition of Happy Musical Birthday.  If it is also your birth date, best wishes.  In this edition, we will be focussing on composers obscure to all but musical afficianados.

Of course, this date is very important for another reason, which we will explore below the fold.

Gaspar Sanz:

Giuseppe Maria Orlandini:

Niccolo Antoni Zingarelli:

Stephen Storace:

Eugene Bozza:

Elmer Bernstein:

Chen Yi:


Now, for that important birthday and anniversary.  On this date in 1968, Muddy Waters held a birthday party for himself in Chicago.  The spirit was muted by the awful news that Martin Luther King had been assassinated that morning in Memphis.  Waters's friend and collaborator composed the following song on the spot:

Later that night, in Indianapolis, Robert Kennedy informed a crowd in Indianapolis of the news:

A couple of months later, Bobby was gone.  And this country has never been the same since.

Rest in Peace Martin.

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