Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy Birthday: Earl "Fatha" Hines & Donna Summer

Earl "Fatha" Hines, (December 28, 1903 – April 22, 1983) was "one of a small number of pianists whose playing shaped the history of jazz". He got his professional start with Lois Deppe & his 'Symphonian Serenaders' in the "Liederhaus", a Pittsburgh nightclub. He has also played with Louis Armstrong's Hot Five, Duke Ellington and a string of the "who's who" of the Jazz world.

While touring the United States in the early 1940's with his own band, Hines and members of his band took time off to front Duke Ellington's band while Ellington was ill. Members of the Hines' band's late-night jam-sessions laid the seeds for the upcoming 'revolution' in jazz, Bebop. Duke Ellington later said that "the seeds of bop were in Earl Hines's piano style".


LaDonna Adrian Gaines (born December 31, 1948), known by her stage name, Donna Summer is a singer/songwriter who gained prominence and notoriety during the disco era of the 1970s with the majority of her early work produced by the team of Giorgio Moroder and Pete Belotte, earning the title "The Queen of Disco". She is a 5 time Grammy winner and has sold over 130 million records to date.

Summer was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the US Billboard chart and she had four number-one singles within a thirteen-month period.

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