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click to enlarge What day is it? Greg Gillis a.k.a. Girl Talk surfaces.
What day is it? Greg Gillis a.k.a. Girl Talk surfaces.

Dec. 7, 2010: Greg Gillis Day, in honor of the performer known as Girl Talk, who worked "as a human tissue engineer during the week and [who would] perform at shows around the world, without his colleagues knowing."


May 20, 2010: Mary Lou Williams Day, recognizing the jazz pianist who spent her early years in Pittsburgh and, among other accomplishments, "became a devout Catholic [who] was commissioned by the Pontifical Commission on Justice and Peace at the Vatican to compose the Music for Peace." 


May 14, 2010: Charlie Wilson Day, which commends the R&B singer, who "designed his own signature Fedora hats," and honors him for "educating men about the importance of ... early screening for prostate cancer."


April 23, 2010: Beautiful Dreamer's Day, which recognizes local theater groups staging a play about Stephen Foster, who "sought to humanize the characters in his songs, to have them care for one another, and to convey a sense that all people, regardless of their ethnic identities or social and economic class, share the same longings."


Nov. 20, 2009: AcoustiCafe Day, to celebrate release of compilation CD for open-mic event that "connects artist, venues, organizations, media and fans with each other so that duplication of efforts by local musicians can be eliminated."


April 21, 2009: A date to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Billie Holiday, whose "bluesy vocal style brought a slow and rough quality to the jazz standards" and who "slow[ed] the tone with emotive vocals that reset the timing and rhythm."


March 24, 2009: Establishing Phyllis Hyman Day as "the last Saturday of March of every year," to recognize the Pittsburgh-born R&B/jazz singer who after "attending Robert Morris Business School to be a legal secretary ... [left] to pursue a career as a singer" with several hits.


Feb. 23, 2008: Roger Humphries Day, to recognize the local jazz drummer as a "noble citizen" and "superb musical artist" who "was only four years old when he was asked to perform with the Mary J. Cowley Band."


Sept. 23, 2006: Porky Chedwick Day, acknowledging the pivotal radio DJ who, while popularizing rock 'n' roll, sought to "actively crusade against juvenile delinquency and to promote a healthy lifestyle free of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco."


July 12, 2005: Barbershop Music Appreciation Day, honoring "an original American musical art form that lends itself to a variety of songs from any era" -- and recognizing a local women's barbershop group that "strives for musical excellence within a friendly atmosphere of mutual respect and trust." 

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