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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, Aug. 27, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, Aug. 27, 2007.
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Today is Sunday, Aug. 27, the 239th day of 2006 with 126 to follow.
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Big band leader Del Courtney dead at 95

HONOLULU, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Big band leader Del Courtney, who performed at four U.S. presidential inaugural balls during his 70-year career, has died in Hawaii at age 95. Courtney was in a Honolulu hospital suffering from pneumonia when he died Feb. 11, Daily Variety reported.

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Today is Saturday, Aug. 27, the 239th day of 2005 with 126 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Friday, Aug. 27, the 240th day of 2004 with 126 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Aug. 27, the 239th day of 2003 with 126 to follow.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include guitarist Johnny Winter, older brother of Edgar, who was born in 1944 (age 59); Mike Maxfield, lead guitarist with Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, also in 1944 (age 59); Buffalo Springfield and Poco guitarist Rusty Young in 1946
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Feb. 22-28.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Sonny Bono who was born in 1935; R&B singer James Ingram in 1956 (age 47); actor-rapper Ice T (real name: Tracy Morrow) in 1959 (age 44); former Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor in 1961 (age 42); and the Blow Monkeys' Tony Kylie
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Today In Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Feb. 15-21.
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The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Aug. 27, the 239th day of 2002 with 126 to follow.
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Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(Feb. 23) Today's birthdays include guitarist Johnny Winter, older brother of Edgar, who was born in 1944 (age 58); Mike Maxfield, lead guitarist with Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, also in 1944 (age 58); ...
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International
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Martha Raye (August 27, 1916 – October 19, 1994) was an American comic actress and standards singer who performed in movies, and later on television. She was honored in 1969 with an Academy Award as the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient for her volunteer efforts and services to the troops.

Raye's life as a singer and comedy performer began very early in her childhood. She was born at St. James Hospital, in Butte, Montana as Margy Reed, where her Irish immigrant parents, Peter F. Reed and Maybelle Hooper, were performing at a local vaudeville theatre as "Reed and Hooper". Two days after Martha was born, her mother was already back on stage, and Martha first appeared in their act when she was three years old. She performed with her brother, Bud, and soon the two children became such a highlight that the act was renamed "Margie and Bud." Some show business insiders speculated that the Judy Garland song from A Star Is Born, "I was born in a trunk in the Princess Theater in Pocatello, Idaho" was inspired by Raye's beginnings.

Raye continued performing from that point on and even attended the Professional Children's School in New York City, but she received so little formal schooling, getting only as far as the fifth grade, that she often had to have scripts and other written documents read to her by others.

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