Birthday of Leonard Bernstein, famed US composer, conductor, pianist, teacher, in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Apart from his leadership of the New York Philharmonic, he’s perhaps best known for the music of West Side Story, and for a groundbreaking music TV series that includes 53 Young People’s Concerts beginning in 1962.
Oh yeah, and -like everything else- a classy website.
‘America’s greatest and best-loved homegrown fairytale’ brings color, and Judy Garland, into the mainstream. Oh … and Toto too! (Interesting: compare ‘Over the Rainbow’ to ‘Somewhere’.)
Singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen‘s third album Born to Run is released. Reaching US#3 it eventually sells 6M copies.