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Daniele Buccio

(Henry )

(b Canton, OH, Aug 18, 1905; d West Redding, CT, July 31, 1978). American composer, violinist, bandleader, recording engineer, and producer. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University, he performed as a light classical violinist in the United States and Europe. During the 1930s he studied conducting with Maurice Frigara in Paris. After a near-fatal car accident in 1940, he organized his own dance band, the Light Brigade, which recorded for RCA and Columbia. After he disbanded it at the turn of the decade, Light devoted himself to management, working for several record companies before becoming president of Waldorf Music Hall Records in 1954. He founded his own label, Grand Award, in 1956 and had success with Dixieland and honky-tonk piano albums. In 1959, he founded Command Records on which he released Persuasive Percussion, the first in a successful series of high-fidelity albums that used stereo technology to great advantage. Over the next two decades, he continued to produce hit albums drawing on the latest technological savvy and packaged with covers usually designed by Josef Albers. Musicians who appeared on Light’s albums include the Free Design, Doc Severinsen, Dick Hyman, Bobby Byrne, and Bobby Hackett. In ...

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Linda Pohly

(Joan )

(b Brooklyn, New York, April 24, 1942). American popular singer . Her career began in New York City night clubs in the 1960s. Her dramatic style and appealing voice brought engagements on local television and a role in the 1962 Broadway show I Can Get It for You Wholesale. Her appearances on the Ed Sullivan and Judy Garland television shows and in Las Vegas attracted a national audience. In 1964 and 1965 Streisand starred as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl on Broadway, a role that established her as a formidable singer, actress and comedian. Her first album, The Barbra Streisand Album, won a Grammy award, and her first television special, ‘My Name Is Barbra’, garnered several Emmy awards. In 1969 Streisand received an Academy Award as Best Actress for her first film, a version of Funny Girl (1968). Under the guidance of her manager, Martin Erlichman, Streisand secured additional artistic control over her films, recordings and television specials. In ...