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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for March 8-14.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include the late Jethro Burns, of Homer and Jethro fame, who was born in 1923; Dean Torrence, of Jan and Dean fame, in 1941 (age 62); Boston's Tom Scholz in 1947 (age 56); Swedish rap/pop singer Neneh Cherry in 1964 (age 39); and Edie Br
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TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY (June 19)
By United Press International

Today in Music: A look back at pop music

Today's musical birthdays include the late Guy Lombardo, who was born in 1902; the late Lester Flatt in 1914; Tommy DeVito of the Four Seasons in 1936 (age 66); Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane of the 1960s folk-pop group Spanky and Our Gang in 1942 (age 60); An
By United Press International

Today in Music: A look back at pop music

This is the Today in Music advance package, June 15 through June 21.
By United Press International

Today in Music: A look back at pop music

(May 11) Today's birthdays include Irving Berlin, who was born in 1888; Eric Burdon, formerly with the Animals, in 1941 (age 61); Gerry and the Pacemakers bassist Les Chadwick in 1943 (age 59); Butch Trucks, Allman Brothers Band drummer, in 1947 (age 5
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

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TODAY AND THIS WEEKEND IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
By United Press International

Today in Music: A look back at pop music

Today in Music advance package, May 11-17, 2002.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Country Music News

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY (Fri., April 5) Bill Clifton was born in 1931. "Cowboy" Jack Clement was born in 1931. June Stearns was born in 1939.
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Lester Raymond Flatt (June 19, 1914 – May 11, 1979) was a bluegrass musician and guitarist, best known for his membership in the Bluegrass duo The Foggy Mountain Boys, also known as "Flatt and Scruggs," with banjo picker Earl Scruggs. Flatt's career spanned multiple decades; besides his work with Scruggs, he released multiple solo and collaboration works. Flatt also served as a member of Bill Monroe's band during the 1940s.

Flatt was born in Duncan's Chapel, Overton County, Tennessee, to Nannie Mae Haney and Isaac Columbus Flatt. A singer and guitarist, he first came to prominence as a member of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys in 1945. In 1948 he started a band with fellow Monroe alumnus Earl Scruggs, and for the next twenty years Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys were one of the most successful bands in bluegrass. When they parted ways in 1969, Flatt formed a new group, the Nashville Grass, hiring most of the Foggy Mountain Boys. His role as lead singer and rhythm guitar player in each of these seminal ensembles helped define the sound of traditional bluegrass music. He created a role in the Bluegrass Boys later filled by the likes of Jimmy Martin, Mac Wiseman, Peter Rowan and Del McCoury. His rich lead voice is unmistakable in hundreds of bluegrass standards.

He is also remembered for his library of compositions. The Flatt songbook looms titanic for any student of American acoustic music. He continued to record and perform with that group until his death in 1979 of heart failure, after a prolonged period of ill health. Flatt was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1985 with Scruggs. He was posthumously made an inaugural inductee into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor in 1991. His hometown of Sparta, Tennessee, held a bluegrass festival in his honor for a number of years, before being discontinued a few years prior to the death of the traditional host, resident Everette Paul England; Lester Flatt Memorial Bluegrass Day is part of the annual Liberty Square Celebration held in Sparta.

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