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The almanac

Today is Friday, June 14, the 165th day of 2002 with 200 to follow.
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Today in Music: A look back at pop music

This is the Today in Music advance package, June 8 through June 14.
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Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(April 14) Today's birthdays include singer/songwriter Buddy Knox, who was born in 1933; country's Loretta Lynn in 1935 (age 66); Tony Burrows, lead singer with Edison Lighthouse as well as with White Plains, in 1942 (age 59); ...
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Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(April 13) Today's birthdays include Chambers Brothers percussionist Lester Chambers, who was born in 1940 (age 62); ...
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Country Music News

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY (Fri., April 12) Ernie Lee was born in 1916. WLS Radio in Chicago, home of the National Barn Dance, began broadcasting in 1924. Ned Miller was born in 1925.
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Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives (June 14, 1909 – April 14, 1995) was an American actor, writer and folk music singer. The prominent music critic John Rockwell has been quoted in the New York Times as saying that "Ives's voice... had the sheen and finesse of opera without its latter-day Puccinian vulgarities and without the pretensions of operatic ritual. It was genteel in expressive impact without being genteel in social conformity. And it moved people."

Born in 1909 near Hunt City, an unincorporated town in Jasper County, Illinois, Burl Ives was the son of Levi "Frank" Ives (1880 - 1947) and Cordelia "Dellie" White (1882 - 1954). He had six siblings: Audry, Artie, Clarence, Argola, Lillburn, and Norma. His father was at first a farmer and then a contractor who did work for the county and others. One day Ives was singing in the garden with his mother, and his uncle overheard them. He invited his nephew to sing at the old soldiers' reunion in Hunt City. The boy performed a rendition of the folk ballad "Barbara Allen" and impressed both his uncle and the audience.

From 1927 to 1929 Ives attended Eastern Illinois State Teachers College in Charleston (now Eastern Illinois University), where he played football. During his junior year, he was sitting in English class, listening to a lecture on Beowulf, when he suddenly realized that he was wasting his time. So he got up to leave. As he walked out the door the professor made a snide remark and Ives slammed the door behind him. Sixty years later, the school named a building after its most famous dropout.

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