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UPI Almanac for Monday, April 7, 2014.
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UPI Almanac for Sunday, April 7, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, April 7, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for April 7, 2009.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, April 7, 2008.
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UPI almanac for Saturday, April 7, 2007.
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Today is Wednesday, April 7, the 98th day of 2004 with 268 to follow.
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Today is Monday, April 7, the 97th day of 2003 with 268 to follow.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Percy Faith, who was born in 1908; jazz singer Billie Holiday in 1915; sitar player Ravi Shankar in 1920 (age 83); country's Bobby Bare in 1935 (age 68); Freddie Hubbard in 1938 (age 65); guitarist Mick Abrahams of Jethro Tull an
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Percy Faith, who was born in 1908; jazz singer Billie Holiday in 1915; sitar player Ravi Shankar in 1920 (age 83); country's Bobby Bare in 1935 (age 68); Freddie Hubbard in 1938 (age 65); guitarist Mick Abrahams of Jethro Tull an
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Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(April 7) Today's birthdays include Percy Faith, who was born in 1908; jazz singer Billie Holiday in 1915; sitar player Ravi Shankar in 1920 (age 82); ...
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The Almanac

Today is Sunday, April 7, the 97th day of 2002 with 268 to follow. Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m., local time, today. The moon is waning, moving toward its new phase.
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Today is April 5. Jazz saxophonist Stanley Turrentine was born in 1934. Frank Sinatra, Johnny Carson, Jerry Lewis, Mel Torme, Artie Shaw and Henry Mancini were among the mourners at the Los Angeles funeral of Buddy Rich in 1987.

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Percy Faith (April 7, 1908 – February 9, 1976) was a Canadian-born bandleader, orchestrator and composer, known for his lush arrangements of pop and Christmas standards. He is often credited with creating the "easy listening" or "mood music" format which became staples of American popular music in the 1950s and continued well into the 1960s. Though his professional orchestra-leading career began at the height of the swing era, Faith refined and rethought orchestration techniques, including use of large string sections, to soften and fill out the brass dominated popular music of the 1940s.

Faith was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He played violin and piano as a child, and played in theatres and at Massey Hall. After his hands were badly burned in a fire, he turned to conducting, and his live orchestras utilized the new medium of radio broadcasting. Beginning with defunct stations CKNC and CKCL, Faith was a staple of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's live-music broadcasting from 1933 to 1940, when he resettled in Chicago. In 1945, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States. He made many recordings for Voice of America. After working briefly for Decca Records, he worked for Mitch Miller at Columbia Records, where he turned out dozens of albums and provided arrangements for many of the pop singers of the 1950s, including Tony Bennett, Doris Day and Guy Mitchell (for whom Faith wrote Mitchell's number one single, "My Heart Cries for You").

His most famous and remembered recordings are "Delicado" (1952), "Song from the Moulin Rouge" (1953) and "Theme from A Summer Place" (1960), which won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1961. Faith remains the only artist to have the best selling single of the year during both the pop singer era ("Song from Moulin Rouge") and the rock era ("Theme from a Summer Place"). The flip side of "Song from the Moulin Rouge" was the also popular and lovely "Swedish Rhapsody" by composer Hugo Alfvén.

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