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UPI Almanac for Sunday, May 26, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, May 26, 2012.
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The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, May 26, 2009.
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The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, May 26, 2008.
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The Almanac

UPI almanac for Saturday, May 26, 2007.
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The Almanac

Today is Friday, May 26, the 146th day of 2006 with 219 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Thursday, May 26, the 146th day of 2005 with 219 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, May 26, the 147th day of 2004 with 219 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Monday, May 26, the 146th day of 2003 with 219 to follow.
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Today in Music: a look badck at pop music

Today's birthdays include Al Jolson, who was born in 1886; trumpeter Ziggy Elman in 1914; Peggy Lee in 1920; Miles Davis in 1926; Band drummer Levon Helm in 1943 (age 60); Verden "Phally" Allen, keyboardist for Mott the Hoople, in 1944 (age 59); the Guess
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Jazz Notes: Goings on in the jazz world

Miles Davis was born this day in 1926 in Alton, Ill., the son of a wealthy, middle-class dentist who gave him a trumpet for his 13th birthday. Many jazz reference books incorrectly list Davis's birthday as May 25th. Miles set things straight in his 1989 a
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Harry Aaron Finkelman (May 26, 1914 – June 26, 1968), better known by the stage name Ziggy Elman, was an American jazz trumpeter most associated with Benny Goodman, though he also led his own Ziggy Elman and His Orchestra.

He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but his family settled in Atlantic City when he was four. His father was a violinist who had hoped Harry would play violin as well. Although he did learn to play the violin, Harry preferred the brass instruments. He began playing for Jewish weddings and nightclubs at age 15, and in 1932 made his first recording where he played trombone. At some point in the decade he adopted the name Ziggy Elman. Elman is a shortening of Finkelman while "Ziggy" is believed to be a reference to Florenz Ziegfeld.

In 1936 Elman joined the Benny Goodman orchestra as a trumpet player. His 1939 composition "And the Angels Sing," with lyrics by Johnny Mercer, (originally recorded in December 1938 by his own band as an instrumental, "Frailach In Swing") became the number one song in the nation. In 1956 he was asked to recreate his famous frailach solo along with the original vocalist Martha Tilton for the movie, The Benny Goodman Story, but was unable to, his technique having since withered away. Elman appeared performing it in the film, but another trumpeter, Manny Klein, played the solo on the soundtrack. This song is arguably his longest-lasting musical legacy, since it has appeared in films up to 1997 and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1987.

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