Today’s Music: Gustav Mahler, Joe Zawinul, Ringo Starr

Composer/conductor Gustav Mahler was born today in 1860 (d. 1911). A sampling of his compositions:

Jazz keyboardist and composer Joe Zawinul was born this day in 1932 (d. 2007). As well as composing the Cannonball Adderly pop hit “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” Joe was a major influence on jazz-rock fusion with his bands Weather Report and Syndicate.

Drummer, vocalist and sometime actor Ringo Starr (b. Richard Starkey) first arrived on this beat in 1940. Here’s a sampling of his work with and without The Beatles:

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