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Jascha Heifetz
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    (February 2, 1901-December 10, 1987)
    Born in Vilnius, Lithuania
    Recorded violin concertos by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky
    Composed the pop song 'When You Make Love To Me' using the pseudonym Jim Hoyle
    Appeared in the films 'They Shall Have Music' (1939) and 'Carnegie Hall' (1947)
    Posthumously awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammys (1989)
    Became a US citizen (1925)
    During his first tour of America, he demanded more money from the promoters and canceled several concerts until they gave in.
    He was married and divorced twice.
    He drove away many of his students with his refusal to accept any musical interpretations but his own.
    During a tour of Israel (1953), he controversially insisted on playing a sonata by accused Nazi sympathizer Richard Strauss.
    In an example of musical overkill, RCA released his complete works as a 65-CD box set (1994).
    His performance at age 12 was so stunning, he prompted Fritz Kreisler to declare, 'We may as well break our fiddles across our knees.'
    He headlined Carnegie Hall at age 17.
    He performed at US Army camps and hospitals across Europe during World War II.
    After experiencing the smog in Los Angeles, he had an electric car custom built, becoming the first owner of one on the West Coast.
    During his Israeli tour, he was attacked outside his hotel and struck with a crowbar.

Credit: C. Fishel

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