Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in Music History - March 7: Today in Music History - March 7

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in Music History - March 7: Today in Music History - March 7

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Today is March 7:

In 1875, composer Maurice Ravel was born in Cibourne, France. Ravel became a leading exponent of impressionism, a style of music in which atmosphere and mood take the place of strong emotion. The French impressionists led music away from the heavy romanticism of Wagner. Among Ravel's most famous compositions are "Rhapsodie Espagnole," "Bolero" and the ballet "Daphne et Chloe." Maurice Ravel died in 1937.

In 1917, a record containing "Livery Stable Blues" and "Original Dixieland One-Step" by the "Original Dixieland Jazz Band" was released in the U.S. The disc was to become the first big-selling jazz record. The "Original Dixieland Jazz Band," headed by cornet player Nick La Rocca, is generally regarded as being the first jazz band to make a record. And through its recordings and live performances, the group did more than any other band or musician to spread the jazz word in North America and Europe.

In 1939, "Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians" recorded their signature tune, "Auld Lang Syne" for Decca Records in New York City.

In 1946, Peter Wolf, lead singer for the "J. Geils Band," was born in New York City. Although the band is named for guitarist Jerome Geils, Wolf is the group's songwriter and on-stage focus. Wolf was a disc jockey in Boston and played with a group called "The Hallucinations" before joining the "J. Geils Band" in 1967. The band's first hit was "Looking for a Love" in 1971, and two years later, their album "Bloodshot" was certified gold. Other hit albums by the "J. Geils Band" include "Sanctuary," "Love Stinks" and "Freeze-Frame."

In 1952, the British paper "New Musical Express" published its first issue.

In 1956, "Blue Suede Shoes" by Carl Perkins entered the R&B chart, the first time a country artist had done that.

In 1963, Jack Anglin of the country duo "Johnny and Jack" died in a car accident while en route to a memorial service for singer Patsy Cline, who along with Hawkshaw Hawkins and Cowboy Copas, had been killed in a plane crash two days earlier. Johnnie and Jack had such country hits in the 1950s as "Poison Love" and "Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight."

In 1969, "The Who's" "Pinball Wizard" was released in Britain. It was the first public airing of a selection from the rock opera "Tommy," which would be performed in its entirety later in the year.

In 1983, the Nashville Network, the cable TV country music service, went on the air.

In 1983, Willie Nelson received a lifetime achievement award at the Songwriters' Hall of Fame dinner in New York.

In 1987, "Licensed to Ill" by the "Beastie Boys" became the first rap album to hit No. 1.

In 1992, "The Cure" performed at a surprise 18th birthday party in Tustin, California for hemophiliac Martha Lopez. She was too ill to attend a concert by the British band. …

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