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Death of Freddie Mercury and Ralph Bellamy

A news report announces the deaths of Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the British rock group Queen, who succumbed to AIDS on November 24, 1991, and veteran character actor Ralph Bellamy, who died on November 29 at the age of 87.

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  • Death of Freddie Mercury and Ralph Bellamy
    Death of Freddie Mercury and Ralph Bellamy

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    A news report announces the deaths of Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the British rock group Queen, who succumbed to AIDS on November 24, 1991, and veteran character actor Ralph Bellamy, who died on November 29 at the age of 87.

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  • Death of Leonard Bernstein
    Death of Leonard Bernstein

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    KNX News eulogizes Leonard Bernstein, a towering presence in American music, who died of a heart attack caused by lung failure on October 14, 1990, at the age of 72.

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    Bernstein's New York Philharmonic Debut

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    On November 14, 1943, an introduction to the New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra concert at Carnegie Hall announces that the young American-born assistant conductor, Leonard Bernstein, will be taking the place of Bruno Walter, who fell ill.

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    Aaron Copeland on Musical Ideas

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    Hailed as the finest composer that the United States has produced, Aaron Copland discusses his methods for writing music.

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    Alan Freed's Last Goodbye

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    In the wake of a payola scandal, Alan Freed, the disc jockey known as Moondog, bids farewell to his fans on his final broadcast from WABC on November 23, 1959.

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    Musicians Boycott South Africa

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    A news report describes the protest set off by British pop star Dusty Springfield when she refused to perform during a tour in South Africa unless she could sing to a non-segregated audience. Although her 1964 tour was cancelled, many other British rock stars joined her in condemning apartheid.

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    Lennon and McCartney on Life's Choices

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    On May 14, 1968, New York's public television station aired a "Newsfront" program featuring an interview with the Beatles' John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The songwriting duo discuss their role as superstars.

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    Paul McCartney on "Paul Is Dead" Rumor

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    The Beatles' Paul McCartney addresses the rumor that swept through the United States in the late 1960s that he had died and been replaced with a lookalike imposter.

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    Benjamin Britten on Composing

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    England's leading composer of the 20th century, Benjamin Britten, stresses his need to stay organized and adhere to a regular working schedule in order to accomplish his goals.

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