Birthday of Russian composer, pianist, conductor Igor Stravinsky, one of the 20th century’s most influential composers.
He’s born in a Saint Petersburg suburb where his father is a bass singer at the Mariinsky Theatre, and begins piano lessons as a young boy. Underwhelmed by law school, in 1902 he begins studies under Rimsky-Korsakov in Heidelberg.
Nine months later, fifteen-year-old Janis Ian has her first heartbreaking (controversial, US#14) hit. (Conductor Leonard Bernstein featured the song in an April 25 CBS TV special titled Inside Pop: The Rock Revolution. Bernstein rock video
Society’s Child (*) is about interracial romance; is it coincidence that, five days earlier, the US Supremes decide a case called Loving v. Virginia which overturns laws forbidding interracial marriage??
Janis would have a top ten hit single 8 years later.
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