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UPI Almanac for Friday, Dec. 9, 2011.
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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007.
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UPI almanac for Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006.
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The Almanac

Today is Friday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2005 with 22 to follow.
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Today is Thursday, Dec. 9, the 344th day of 2004 with 22 to follow.
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Today is Tuesday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2003 with 22 to follow.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for April 19-25.
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A Blast from the Past

On this date in 2002, Pope John Paul II apologized to victims of the sexual abuse scandal that had rocked the Roman Catholic church and said what had happened to them was a crime and "an appalling act in the eyes of God." The pope met with U.S. cardinals
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include child actress/singer-turned-diplomat Shirley Temple, who was born in 1928 (age 75); Roy Orbison in 1936; Ray Peterson, who had a hit single in 1960 with "Tell Laura I Love Her," in 1939 (age 64); Narada Michael Walden in 1952 (ag
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A Blast from the Past

The weekly UPI Blast from thePast package for April 21-27.
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Country Music News

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY (Tues., April 23) Roy Orbison was born in 1936. Roland White was born in 1938. Bluegrass bassist Mark Schatz was born in 1955.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

A Blast From The Past

Today is April 23. It was on this date in 1992 that jurors in the Rodney King beating trial in Simi Valley, Calif., began deliberating the fate of four Los Angeles police officers accused of brutality.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(April 23) Today's birthdays include child actress/singer-turned-diplomat Shirley Temple, who was born in 1928 (age 74); Roy Orbison in 1936; ...
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(April 20) Today's birthdays include country's Johnny Tillotson, who was born in 1939 (age 63); Jimmy Winston of Small Faces in 1945 (age 57); ...
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International
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Frederick Alfred (Freddy) Martin (December 9, 1906 – September 30, 1983) was an American bandleader and tenor saxophonist.

Martin was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Raised largely in an orphanage and with various relatives, Martin started out playing drums, then switched to C-melody saxophone and later tenor saxophone, the latter the one he would be identified with. Early on, he had intended to become a journalist. He had hoped that he would earn enough money from his musical work to enter Ohio State, but instead, he wound up becoming an accomplished musician. Martin led his own band while he was in high school, then played in various local bands. After working on a ship's band, Martin joined the Mason-Dixon band, then joined Arnold Johnson and Jack Albin. It was with Albin's "Hotel Pennsylvania Music" that he made his first recordings, for Columbia's Velvet Tone label in 1930.

After a couple of years, his skill began attracting other musicians. One such musician was Guy Lombardo, who would remain friends with Martin throughout his life. There is a story about Lombardo and Martin. After graduation from high school, Martin accepted a job at the H.N. White musical instrument company. When Lombardo was playing in Cleveland, Martin tried giving Lombardo some saxophones, which proved unsuccessful. Fortunately, Lombardo did get to hear Freddy’s band. One night, when Guy could not do a certain date, he suggested that Freddy’s band could fill in for him. The band did very well and that’s how Martin’s career really got started. But the band broke up and he did not form a permanent band until 1931 at the Bossert Hotel in Brooklyn.

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