Monday’s Music Moves Me: Happy Birthday!

I thought I’d celebrate the birthdays of a few people whose birthday is today. And if today is your birthday, happy birthday!

  1. Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, “Siegfried Funeral Music (from Götterdämmerung)” Sir Georg Solti (RIP 1997), who directed the VPO in this, was born on this day in 1912. For many years he was the conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
  2. Dizzy Gillespie, “A Night In Tunisia” Dizzy Gillespie (RIP 1993) was born on this day in 1917. A member of bebop’s royalty.
  3. Theme Song to The Honeymooners Joyce Randolph, who played Trixie Norton on The Honeymooners, was born on October 21, 1924.
  4. Terry Cashman, “Talkin’ Baseball (Yankees version)” Hall of Fame pitcher Whitey Ford, who played for the New York Yankees from 1950 to 1967, was born on this day in 1928.
  5. Derek Bell, “Carolan’s Favourite” Irish harpist Derek Bell (RIP 2002), who played with The Chieftains, was born 84 years ago today (1935).
  6. Manfred Mann, “The Mighty Quinn” Today is Manfred Mann’s birthday; he was born on this date in 1940.
  7. Booker T. & The M. G.’s, “Green Onions” Guitarist Steve Cropper has a birthday today; he was born in 1941.
  8. Elvin Bishop, “Hey Good Lookin'” Guitarist Elvin Bishop, who got his start with the Butterfield Blues Band in the ’60’s, celebrates birthday #77 today.
  9. Chicago, “Call On Me” Chicago’s trumpeter Lee Loughnane was born on this day in 1946. “Call On Me” was the first song he wrote for the band; it appeared on Chicago VII.
  10. John Williams, “Star Wars (Main Theme)” Carrie Fisher (RIP 2016), who played Princess Leia in the original Star Wars movies and in one of the later movies, was born the year I was and would have been 63 if she hadn’t died tragically several years ago. She was the daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, who died a day after her daughter did.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for October 21, 2019.

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19 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Happy Birthday!

  1. Enjoyed your set. I have to mention about growing up in the Bronx. Believe it or not, my Dad was not a baseball fan and I have never, ever been to Yankee Stadium! But I was a Yankee Fan in some of the Whitey Ford years and, in fact, he also played minor league ball with the Binghamton Triplets, not that far from where I live. The stadium is no longer there but he is fondly remembered here. Nice hearing some of these for the first time and others I haven’t listened to for a while – like the Theme from the Honeymooners.


  2. Whoa, not sure I understand your logic for that first one with regards to a Birthday??? Oh well, if you say so! Oh, wait guess I didn’t read the whole thing… now I gotcha! haha My bad! Dizzy Gillespie, “A Night In Tunisia” I haven’t heard anything he did in a very very long time. My mom use to play the Big Band era stuff all the time in the house. Haha And who doesn’t know the Honeymooners theme! Totally cool! I’ve got to play that baseball tune for my grandson. He’ll love it! Mighty Quinn, now who hasn’t sung along with that one? haha My friend you always do the coolest tunes! HAVE A GREAT WEEK! YOU HAVE ROCKED THE HOUSE!


    1. There are diferent versions of “Talkin’ Baseball,” the original being not as team-specific (I used the Yankee one because of Whitey Ford, and I remember hearing a Braves-specific one in the early ’90’s when they were doing so well).

      Glad you enjoyed it!


  3. John,

    What a great idea for a theme to celebrate entertainers with birthdays today! I remember when Carrie Fisher passed and then the next day her mother, Debbie Reynolds died. That was just so sad! Years ago, it seemed Reynolds talked about opening something in the Pigeon Forge but I don’t think she ever did but I think she loaned some of her gowns for a display at one of the attractions. I might be remembering wrong. I tend to do that. lol Thanks for sharing such interesting selections for ‘your choice song picks’ week. Have a boogietastic week, my friend!


  4. Quite a few musicians were born today. I always find it interesting when there are so many birthdays of certain field on one day. I love that first piece and that is a good rendition of it. Is Joyce Randolph still alive?. I have to look tha up


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