DAY IN HISTORY: World mourns deaths of musical giants

ONE was arguably the world's finest tenor.

The other helped inspire one of rock and roll's most iconic bands.

Italian virtuoso Luciano Pavarotti and Creedence Clearwater Revival guitarist Tom Fogerty may have occupied opposite sides of the musical landscape but fate would see them both leave the world on the same date - September 6.

Pavarotti was born into a poor family, but, after abandoning his dreams of becoming a goalkeeper, he quickly found he could lift his spirits through the power of his voice.

He first gained recognition performing in a male choir, which included his father, that won first prize at the International Eisteddfod in Wales.

The success inspired him to take up singing as a professional and the move proved a masterstroke!

Starting in the 1960s, Pavarotti performed across the globe to much acclaim, endearing himself to Australian audiences when he toured with Dame Joan Sutherland (who he credited with teaching him his famed breathing technique) in 1963.

But he gained popular recognition with the Three Tenors, a powerhouse group that included the Spaniards Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras.

His final performance was at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, where he sang a stirring rendition of "Nessun dorma".

Pavarotti died a year later from pancreatic cancer.

Tom Fogerty was still in high school when he envisioned a life in rock and roll and was quickly signed to a recording contract before the age of 20.

However, his career really didn't take off until he joined his brother John, Doug Clifford and Stu Cook in the trio's band, the renamed Creedence Clearwater Revival.

The group was an instant success with their first single "Susie Q" an instant classic and albums Green River (1969) and Cosmo's Factory (1970) both reaching No.1 in the US.

But John's domineering personality erupted into family warfare and Tom acrimoniously left the group in 1971.

After walking out of Creedence, Tom embarked on a solo career, recording six albums (one released posthumously).

However, he would never again reach the heights of Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Tom became infected with HIV after receiving an unscreened blood sample for back surgery and the virus was a factor in his death, officially of tuberculosis, in 1990.

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