Daily Dose of Music History (August 21, 2015). On this day in 2005, Robert Moog, inventor of the synthesizer died at age 71, four months after being diagnosed with brain cancer. Dr Moog built his first electronic instrument, a theremin, at age 14 and made the MiniMoog, “the first compact, easy-to-use synthesizer” in 1970. He won the Polar prize, Sweden’s “music Nobel prize,” in 2001. Wendy Carlos’ 1968 Grammy award-winning album, Switched-On Bach, brought Dr Moog to prominence. Dr. Moog lived in Asheville, North Carolina and his company, Moog Music, still located in Asheville, carries on his legacy as one of the world’s most prominent music instrument manufacturers.
Happy Birthday: Kenny Rogers, Count Basie, Glenn Hughes, Joe Strummer, and Steve Smith.