Ole Larson's Folks

No close family anniversaries. Born near Busseto, Italy on this date in 1813: Opera composer Giuseppe Verdi. His operas have remained among the most popular in the modern repertoire.

Portrait by Giuseppe Baldini

Portrait by Giuseppe Baldini

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Also, born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, on this date in 1917: Jazz pianist and composer Theloniuos Monk. His angular melodies and spare harmonic style were very influential in the 1950s and 60s.

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