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December 14, 2015by emilylowe

Today we remember a movie opening and the birth of a jazz legend!

Music History Monday: December 14

Today we remember a movie opening and the birth of a jazz legend!

On this day in 1977, at the peak of the disco era, Saturday Night Fever opened in New York City. The soundtrack for the film featured five number one hits including, “Stayin’ Alive“, “You Should Be Dancing“, “How Deep is Your Love“, and “If I Can’t Have You“. All of these number one songs were written by the Bee Gees. However, they were not involved with the film until post-production and most of these songs were written in a weekend!

Also on this day, in 1920, trumpeter Clark Terry was born in St. Louis, MO. His career spanned more than 70 years and he is considered to be one of the most recorded jazz musicians. During his expansive career he played with Charlie Barnett (1947), Count Basie (1948-51), Duke Ellington (1951-59), Quincy Jones (1960) and the Tonight Show Band (1962-72). Leaving a lasting mark on music, Terry received over 250 awards, medals, and honors; including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award(2010), the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award (1991), Sixteen honorary doctorates, and a life-size wax figure in the Black World History Museum in St. Louis.

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