1940-41: Famed blind jazz pianist Alec Templeton gives a concert on the bells two years in a row at the invitation of UC Berkeley chimesmaster John Noyes. The Welsh musician’s numbers include “Oh Johnny Oh,” “Body and Soul,” “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More” and “Sweet Sue.”

In 1938, Noyes had rejected student pleas for swing songs to be played on the bells, and he was quoted in the Daily Cal saying jazz was “no more suited to bells than to church organs.” At the time, the paper added that Noyes felt listeners preferred “melodies that strike some patriotic note.”