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UPI Almanac for Friday, Sept. 13, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008.
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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007.
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Today is Wednesday, Sept. 13, the 256th day of 2006 with 109 to follow.
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Charles' arranger Sid Feller dies at 89

ORANGE VILLAGE, Ohio, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Producer/arranger Sid Feller, who helped create the Ray Charles hits "Georgia on My Mind" and "I Can't Stop Loving You," has died in Ohio at age 89.

ASCAP reveals top 25 Christmas songs

NEW YORK, Calif., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells was the most performed holiday tune of the past five years.

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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 13, the 256th day of 2005 with 109 to follow.
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Composers list top holiday songs

NEW YORK, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- "The Christmas Song" tops this year's list of the Top 25 most-performed holiday songs, compiled by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

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Today is Monday, Sept. 13, the 257th day of 2004 with 109 to follow.
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Feature: singers helping singers

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The Society of Singers, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that helps professional singers cope with financial, medical, family or other crises, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the release of a benefit CD featuring performances by such top singers as
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Today is Saturday Sept. 13, the 256th day of 2003 with 109 to follow.
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Rock News Two: The week in pop

Terrapin will kick off its 2003 Summer Concert Series with Summit On the Hudson Festival, slated for May 31 and June 1 at the majestic Croton Point Park in Westchester County, N.Y.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

The "In-Laws" soundtrack, due out May 20, includes a rare, never-before released song by Sir Paul McCartney, "A Love For You," originally recorded in the early '70s.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for April 5-11.
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Melvin Howard Tormé (September 13, 1925 – June 5, 1999), nicknamed The Velvet Fog, was an American musician, known for his jazz singing. He was also a jazz composer and arranger, a drummer, an actor in radio, film, and television, and the author of five books. He composed the music for the classic holiday song "The Christmas Song" ("Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire") and co-wrote the lyrics with Bob Wells.

Melvin Howard Tormé was born in Chicago, Illinois, to immigrant Russian Jewish parents, whose surname had been Torma. However, the name was changed at Ellis Island to "Torme." A child prodigy, he first sang professionally at age 4 with the Coon-Sanders Orchestra, singing "You're Driving Me Crazy" at Chicago's Blackhawk restaurant.

Between 1933 and 1941, he acted in the network radio serials The Romance of Helen Trent and Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy. He wrote his first song at 13, and three years later, his first published song, "Lament to Love," became a hit recording for Harry James. He played drums in Chicago's Shakespeare Elementary School drum and bugle corps in his early teens. While a teenager, he sang, arranged, and played drums in a band led by Chico Marx of the Marx Brothers. His formal education ended in 1944 with his graduation from Chicago's Hyde Park High School.

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