Entertainment Today in Music History - July 25

12:45  25 july  2021
12:45  25 july  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Today in Music History for July 25:

In 1874, "The Maple Leaf Forever," one of Canada's most famous patriotic songs, was said to have been performed for the first time during the laying of the foundation stone for the Christian Baptist Church in Newmarket, Ont. The song's composer, Alexander Muir, conducted a choir of schoolchildren.  But the song likely had its first public performance years earlier. An 1871 sheet music edition said it had been "sung with great applause by J.F. Hardy, Esquire, in his popular entertainments."

In 1899, Stuart Hine was born. While an English missionary to Ukraine, Hine penned the English words to an oft-sung Swedish hymn, known today as "How Great Thou Art. "

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In 1899, Theodore August Heintzman, the founder of Canada's most famous piano manufacturer, Heintzman and Co., died in Toronto at age 82.

In 1930, Maureen Forrester, one of the world's leading contraltos, was born in Montreal. In a career that began in church choirs and peaked on all the world's best stages, she was usually described in superlatives for roles that spanned the classics, opera, musicals, burlesque and even pop songs. She sang with nearly every major orchestra in North American and Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Along the way, she performed under the baton of conductors Eugene Ormandy, Herbert von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein, Andrew Davis and Seiji Ozawa. Her specialties were German lieder, oratorios and especially Mahler. In Canada, from 1965-74, she sang with soprano Lois Marshall in the Bach Aria Group. She did not make her opera debut in New York until 1966, but went on to sing at La Scala in Italy in 1990 just weeks before her 60th birthday. She was a member of the Canadian Hall of Fame and the Juno Hall of Fame. She was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1967, received the Molson Prize in 1971 and the Toronto Arts Award in 1988, and had 29 honorary university doctorates. She was also chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University from 1986-90. In 2000 she was awarded a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto, and Opera Canada's first 'Ruby' award in the creative artist category. She died on June 16, 2010.

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In 1943, "The Yardbirds" drummer Jim McCarty was born in Liverpool, England. They were one of the most important groups of the early to mid-'60s, laying the groundwork for many following guitar-oriented groups.

In 1965, Bob Dylan, backed by "The Paul Butterfield Blues Band," horrified the audience at the Newport Folk Festival with his new electric sound. He was booed off stage after three tunes but returned with his acoustic guitar to play two songs -- "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" and "Mr. Tambourine Man."

In 1966, guitarist Brian Jones played his last U.S. concert with "The Rolling Stones," in San Francisco. Jones died in 1969.

In 1967, Tommy Duncan, for many years the vocalist with Bob Wills, the King of Western Swing, died at age 56. His bluesy baritone was featured on Wills' 1940 million-seller "New San Antonio Rose."

In 1967, "The Beatles" and other British rock bands signed an ad in a London newspaper urging the legalization of marijuana.

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In 1969, John Sinclair, manager of the Detroit-based hard-rock band "MC5," was sentenced to nine-and-a-half to 10 years in jail on a marijuana possession charge. Sinclair was also head of the radical White Panther Party. Some record stores had refused to stock the band's 1968 debut album, "Kick Out the Jams," because of obscenities in the title cut.

In 1969, Toronto native Neil Young joined "Crosby, Stills and Nash" for the first time at a concert at the Fillmore East in New York. Young had worked with Stephen Stills in "Buffalo Springfield." "Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's" second appearance was at the Woodstock Festival a month later. The quartet broke up in 1971 but re-formed a number of times in later years.

In 1975, the musical "A Chorus Line" opened at the Shubert Theatre in New York after a two-month run at a small theatre in the New York Shakespeare Festival complex in the East Village. It became Broadway's longest-running show, finally closing on April 28, 1990, after 6,137 performances. More than 6.5 million people paid $150 million to see the show during its Broadway run. Productions of "A Chorus Line" were also mounted in more than 20 countries.

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In 1976, Canadian folk singers Kate and Anna McGarrigle made their London debut at the Victoria Palace. One British critic called their music "a holy marriage of strong sentiment and brilliant, pure singing" and said their voices were among the best to be heard in popular music.

In 1980, "AC/DC" released "Back in Black," their first album with singer Brian Johnson. It has sold over 45 million copies worldwide, second only to Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

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In 1980, "KISS" introduced its new drummer, Eric Carr, at a concert at the New York Palladium. Carr replaced Peter Criss, who began a solo career. Carr died of cancer in November 1991.

In 1984, blues singer Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton died in Los Angeles of a heart attack at age 57. She is best known for recording the original version of the Elvis Presley hit "Hound Dog" in 1953.

In 1992, actor Alfred Drake, who sang his way to stardom in the original Broadway production of "Oklahoma!" in 1943, died in New York at age 77. Drake won a 1954 Tony Award for his role as a poet who becomes Emir of Baghdad for a day in "Kismet."

In 1995, country singer Charlie "The Silver Fox" Rich died in Hammond, La., of a blood clot in the lungs. He was 62. Rich began as a rockabilly artist for Sun Records in Memphis in 1958, but didn't gain wide success until 1973 when his ballads "Behind Closed Doors" and "The Most Beautiful Girl" crossed over to the pop charts.

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In 1995, Jimi Hendrix's father regained the rights to his son's music. Under a court settlement, Al Hendrix paid an undisclosed amount to companies that had controlled the rights for 20 years. Hendrix died in 1970.

In 1996, a Montreal-staged telethon raised more than $3 million for flood victims in Quebec's Saguenay region. Sarah McLachlan, Robert Charlebois and Gilles Vigneault were among the artists who appeared live. There were also video performances from Celine Dion, Alanis Morissette and Bryan Adams.

In 1999, fires began burning out of control during the "Red Hot Chili Peppers" set at Woodstock '99. Fans began looting the vendors and pelting police with bottles and fruit.

In 2001, hundreds of Celine Dion fans gathered outside Montreal's Notre-Dame Basilica, where her six-month-old son was baptized.

In 2001, singer Mariah Carey checked herself into a hospital suffering from an emotional and physical breakdown.

In 2002, singer-actress Jennifer Lopez filed for divorce from her second husband, Cris Judd.

In 2003, Erik Braunn, the lead guitarist for the '60s rock band "Iron Butterfly," died of cardiac arrest in Los Angeles at age 52. Braunn was 16 when he joined the group. He was the lead guitarist on the band's 1968 anthem "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida."

In 2008, the three-day inaugural Pemberton Music Festival featuring international acts such as "Coldplay," Jay-Z, "Tom Petty and Heart Breakers," opened in Pemberton, B.C.

In 2009, singer Justin Timberlake opened his Mirimichi golf course in suburban Memphis after a $16 million renovation aimed at making it eco-friendly. He bought it in 2007 to save it from commercial development. It’s the first course in the world to hold both Gold Environment Organization and Certified Audubon International Classic Sanctuary designations.

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In 2009, Canadian singing legend Anne Murray was once again honoured in her hometown of Springhill, N.S. Murray was on hand to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Anne Murray Centre. Since it opened in 1989, more than 300,000 people have made the pilgrimage to Springhill.

In 2010, John Fogerty's classic 1985 song "Centerfield" was honoured at the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, the first time a musician or a song was celebrated as a part of the festivities. It was woven into the game's fabric ever since its debut, being played at ballparks at every level. He donated his baseball bat-shaped guitar, which he calls "Slugger," for display in the museum.

In 2011, Latin Grammy-winning singer Baca was named Peru's culture minister. He became the Andean nation's first black minister of government since independence from Spain in 1821.

In 2011, pianist Frederic Lacroix tickled the ivories of Canada's oldest working piano, a 1777 Frederick Beck Square Fortepiano, at Ottawa's Chamber Music Festival. It was the first public performance since a $10,000 restoration project led by music professors at Carleton University.

In 2019, Canada's arts community mourned the death of impresario Walter Homburger. An obituary on the Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre's website said Homburger died at Sunnybrook Veteran's Centre in Toronto. He was 95. As managing director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for 25 years, Homburger fostered the careers of acclaimed artists including Glenn Gould. He also presented esteemed international artists, including Louis Armstrong, and took the company on tours to such far-flung locales as China in 1978. In a tribute to Homburger on its website, the TSO described him as "one of the most revered artistic administrators in Canadian musical history."


(The Canadian Press)

The Canadian Press

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