5/28 Today in Weird Music History: 1737. American musician, music publisher, Revolutionary soldier and patriot, Josiah Flagg is born in Woburn, Mass. Though he made his living as a jeweler, he left a large legacy for early Colonial American music. He organized the first militia band, published music (engraved by Paul Revere), and organized concerts in Boston, the first public performances in America to present music of European composers such as Handel, J.C. Bach, and Stamitz. His son, Josiah Flagg, Jr. would also make a contribution we all “enjoy” today. He invented the first dentist’s chair!
Today in WMH: Early American Concert Promoter and Publisher