Hector Berlioz *XII 11 1803 — The Life You Give

Hector Berlioz, born December 11, 1803, in La Côte-Saint-André, France, was a composer, critic, and conductor of the Romantic period, known largely for his Symphonie fantastique (1830), the choral symphony Roméo et Juliette (1839), and the dramatic piece La Damnation de Faust (1846). His last years were marked by fame abroad and hostility at home.The… Continue reading Hector Berlioz *XII 11 1803 — The Life You Give

Big Mama Thornton *XII 11 1926 — The Life You Give

Big Mama Thornton, born Willie Mae Thornton, Dec. 11, 1926, in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.A., is the singer and songwriter who performed in the tradition of classic blues singers such as Bessie Smith and Memphis Minnie. Her work inspired imitation by Elvis Presley and Janis Joplin, who recorded popular cover versions of Thornton’s “Hound Dog” and… Continue reading Big Mama Thornton *XII 11 1926 — The Life You Give

Carlos Gardel *XII 11 1890 — La Vida que Das

Carlos Gardel, December 11, 1890, in Toulouse, France, is the singer and actor, celebrated throughout Latin America for his espousal of tango music.Some uncertainty exists concerning Gardel’s early life. While most sources indicate that he was born in France, Gardel occasionally cited Tacuarembó, Uruguay, as his birthplace. However, he was certainly in Buenos Aires by… Continue reading Carlos Gardel *XII 11 1890 — La Vida que Das