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Without music, as the pun goes, the world would B-flat. Here are some of history’s musical occurrences and the people we can thank for them.

Freddie Mercury of Queen star
On September 5, 1946, the world received an incredible gift of music in the form of Freddie Mercury, lead singer of Queen.

Für Elise - A Classical Music Mystery star
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven on April 27, 1810, “Für Elise” is one of the world’s most recognizable pieces of classical music. The question is, who is Elise?

Gene Krupa - Father of the Drum Solo star
Gene Krupa pioneered the drums during a time when “soloists” had never been. His ingenuity helped create the hi-hat and tunable floor toms – something for which many a drummer is highly appreciative. He died on October 16, 1973.

Gershwin Debuts Rhapsody in Blue star
The Jazz Age had begun, but in 1924 the music was not considered a serious art form. Then, on February 12, an octave-surfing clarinet glided into Rhapsody in Blue, and it made musical history. And to think Gershwin almost didn’t write it …

Gloria Gaynor - Still Surviving star
September 7 is the birthday of Gloria Gaynor, whose talent was masked by a musical family. It was not until she sang her first solo that her confidence grew and she seriously began to think about a career in music.

Gunman Kills John Lennon star
Arriving home one night from a session at a recording studio, John Lennon was gunned down in cold blood. The world has been mourning his death since December 8, 1980. Here’s what happened.

Michael Jackson releases Thriller of a video star
The music. The moves. The whole blessed album. All are classic. The late King of Pop’s “Thriller” video made its debut on MTV on December 2, 1983. Here’s the fun story behind it.

Wedding Music Popularized star
Ever wonder when the Wedding March became the traditional wedding song? It all started on January 25, 1858 ...

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