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Today in Music History for May 30: In 1903, songwriter Alex Kramer was born in Montreal. With his wife, Joan Whitney, Kramer was among the first songwriters to join BMI when the ban on broadcasting the music of ASCAP composers began in 1941.


Today in Music History for May 17: In 1893, the Arion Male Voice Choir gave its first concert at Institution Hall in Victoria.


Celebrity Birthdays for May 17: Actor Peter Gerety is 84. Singer Taj Mahal is 82. Drummer Bill Bruford of Yes and King Crimson is 75. Singer-guitarist George Johnson of The Brothers Johnson is 71. TV personality Kathleen Sullivan is 71.


Today in History for May 17: In 1630, the belts of the planet Jupiter were first observed.


Celebrity Birthdays for May 16: Jazz drummer Billy Cobham is 80. Actor Danny Trejo is 80. Rock guitarist and composer Robert Fripp, founder of King Crimson, is 78. Actor Bill Smitrovich is 77. Rock singer-songwriter Jonathan Richman is 73.


Today in History for May 16: In 587, Irish monk St. Bredan died. He's known for setting out in the Atlantic with two other monks in a skin boat and possibly travelling as far as North America.


Today in Music History for May 16: In 1896, violinist Frantz Jehin-Prume, the first musician of international reputation to choose Canada as his home, gave his final concert in Montreal with pianist Victoria Cartier.


Celebrity Birthdays for May 15: Actress-singer Anna Maria Alberghetti is 88. Counterculture icon Wavy Gravy is 88. Actress-singer Lainie Kazan is 84. Actress Gunilla Hutton ("Petticoat Junction," ''Hee Haw") is 82.


Today in Music History for May 15: In 1918, country crooner Eddy Arnold was born at a farm near Henderson, Tenn.


Today in History for May 15: In 1248, Archbishop Konrad von Hochstaden laid the cornerstone for a cathedral in Cologne, Germany.