Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in Music History - March 30: Today in Music History - March 30

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in Music History - March 30: Today in Music History - March 30

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Today is March 30:

In 1913, Frankie Laine, whose jazz-influenced singing style produced dozens of hit records in the '40s and '50s, was born in Chicago. His work included "That's My Desire," "Mule Train," the "Rawhide" TV show theme and the title song from the Mel Brooks film "Blazing Saddles." He died Feb. 6, 2007.

In 1914, blues singer John Lee (Sonny Boy) Williamson was born in Jackson, Tenn. He was the first of two singers and blues harp players who called themselves Sonny Boy Williamson. The first recorded very little, but did produce a classic 1947 recording of "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl." John Lee Williamson was killed the next year during a robbery. He's known mainly for his influence on later harmonica players, such as Little Walter and Junior Wells.

In 1941, "Moody Blues" drummer Graeme Edge was born in Staffordshire, England. After first hitting the charts with the 1965 ballad, "Go Now," the group became known for its lush concept albums. "Days of Future Passed" included their top-selling single, "Nights in White Satin." Edge also recorded a 1974 solo album, "Kick Off Your Muddy Boots."

In 1945, Eric Clapton, the first guitar hero of the 1960's, was born in Ripley, England. His father was a Canadian soldier named Edward Fryer who was stationed in Britain. Clapton's blues-based guitar work first came to light after he joined "The Yardbirds" in late 1963. That was followed by stints with "John Mayall's Bluesbreakers," "Cream," "Blind Faith," and "Delaney and Bonnie." The '70's and '80's yielded such Clapton albums as "Layla" -- with a band he called "Derek and the Dominos" -- and "461 Ocean Boulevard," and the singles "I Shot the Sheriff" and "Lay Down Sally." His 1992 album, "Eric Clapton Unplugged," became his top-seller and won six Grammys. Eric Clapton is the only three-time member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame -- as a solo performer, and as a member of both "The Yardbirds" and "Cream."

In 1963, "He's So Fine" by "The Chiffons" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. George Harrison was later found to have unknowingly plagiarized the melody for his 1970 hit "My Sweet Lord."

In 1968, singer Celine Dion was born in Charlemagne, Que. -- the youngest of 14 children in a musical family. Dion's mother wrote the first song for Celine, which she recorded with a brother at the age of 12. With her career already being managed by her future husband, Rene Angelil, Celine recorded a series of French-language albums before her 1990 English language debut, "Unison," which produced four hit singles. Dion's international breakthrough followed with her duet with Peabo Bryson on the 1992 Oscar-winning title track from the Walt Disney movie, "Beauty and the Beast." Her subsequent hits included "Love Can Move Mountains," "When I Fall in Love" and "The Power of Love." "Because You Loved Me" became the best-selling adult contemporary single ever. …

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