Classics Calendar for June 15

Promotional photo from the 1962 film version of
Meredith Willson's The Music Man

Here are today's milestones:

Born on this day:

Kobayashi Issa (1763; died January 5, 1828) Japanese priest and poet; poems and The Spring of My Life (autobiography) (one of the "Four Great Haiku Masters")

Lewis H. Garrard (1829; died July 7, 1887) American adventurer who wrote Wah-to-yah and the Taos Trail

Edvard Grieg (1843; died September 4, 1907) Norwegian composer known for the Peer Gynt Suite

Died on this day:

Meredith Willson (1984; born May 18, 1902) American composer; The Music Man

Ella Fitzgerald (1996; born April 25, 1917) American performer; "A-Tisket, A-Tasket"; (If You Can't Sing It) You'll Have to Swing It (Mr. Paganini)"; "How High the Moon"; "Cheek to Cheek"; "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)"; "Oh, Lady Be Good!"

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