April 4 in Music

Today would have been…

Celebrity-04-04-1922…the 95th birthday of Elmer Bernstein [http://elmerbernstein.com/]. Born in New York City in 1922 to Ukrainian and Austro-Hungarian parents, he was an American composer and conductor best known for his many film scores. In a career which spanned fifty years, he composed music for hundreds of film and television productions. His most popular works include the scores to The Magnificent Seven, The Ten Commandments, The Great Escape, To Kill a Mockingbird, Ghostbusters, The Black Cauldron, Airplane!, Cape Fear, and Animal House.

Bernstein won an Oscar for his score to Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967) and was nominated for fourteen Oscars in total. He also won two Golden Globes, an Emmy, and was nominated for two Grammy Awards.

Bernstein died of cancer in his sleep on August 18, 2004.

…the 65th birthday of Northern Irish singer, songwriter, and virtuoso rock and blues Celebrity-04-04-1952aguitarist Gary Moore [http://www.gary-moore.com/].  Born Robert William Gary Moore in 1952, his career dates back to the 1960s, playing with musicians including Phil Lynott and Brian Downey during his teenage years, leading him to memberships of the Irish bands Skid Row and Thin Lizzy, and British band Colosseum II. Moore shared the stage with such blues and rock musicians as B.B. King, Albert King, John Mayall, Jack Bruce, Albert Collins, George Harrison, and Greg Lake, as well as having a successful solo career.

Moore died of a heart attack in his sleep at the age of 58 during the early hours of 6 February 2011. At the time, he was on holiday with his girlfriend at the Kempinski Hotel in Estepona, Spain. After a quiet dinner, they went for a walk on the beach before going up to their room. His girlfriend raised the alarm at 4:00 am, and tried to give him a heart massage.  According to The Daily Telegraph, Moore’s fatal heart attack was brought on by a massive amount of alcohol he had consumed the evening of his death. He had 380 mg of alcohol per decilitre (100 millilitres) of blood (0.38%) in his system, which meant he was five times the legal drink driving limit. Blood alcohol content from 0.40% to 0.50% is considered to be lethal.

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