Currently alive, at 66 years of age.
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1952 – John Tesh, born on the 9th of July in Long Island, New York. He went virtually unrecognized as a musician and composer, instead enjoying television success as the co-host of the nightly showbiz news magazine Entertainment Tonight.
1958 – Began playing piano at the age of six; as a teen, he also played organ and trombone with local rock bands.
1981 – He joined CBS Sports as a commentator, where he later won Emmy Awards for his Pan American Games theme and the theme to the Tour de France.
1986 – He left CBS to host the syndicated Entertainment Tonight with co-anchor Mary Hart; while television remained his primary focus, he continued writing and performing music.
1988 – Issued his first album, Tour de France. Critics panned his brand of melodramatic, orchestral new age music, but the success of further efforts including Garden City proved a growing audience existed for his work.
1991 – He won another pair of Emmys for his music for NBC Sports’ coverage of the World Track and Field Championships; a year later, he formed his own label, GTS, and issued Romantic Christmas, his biggest hit to date.
1993 – 1994 – Smashes including Monterey Nights and Sax by the Fire followed.
1995 – His PBS special and album Live at Red Rocks emerged as something of a phenomenon.
1996 – He soon left Entertainment Tonight to focus all of his energies on music, scoring successive hits with the likes of Sax on the Beach and its follow-up, Sax All Night.
1998 – Grand Passion followed, trailed a year later by One World and John Tesh & Friends.
2000 – Pure Hymns was issued in fall.
2001 – Pure Orchestra and Pure Gospel followed next.