Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in Music History - Sept. 24

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in Music History - Sept. 24

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Today in Music History - Sept. 24


Today in Music History for Sept. 24:

In 1941, Linda McCartney, wife of Paul McCartney, was born in Scarsdale, N.Y. They were married in 1969, soon after Paul broke up with Jane Asher. Linda's maiden name was Eastman and she was a photographer, but she was not, as reported at the time of her marriage, the heiress to the Eastman photographic fortune. Linda was heavily involved in Paul's 1971 album "Ram," and later that year became the keyboard player and backup vocalist with Paul's group, "Wings." She died of breast cancer on April 17, 1998, at a family-owned ranch near Tucson, Ariz.

In 1942, Gerry Marsden, lead singer of the Merseybeat group "Gerry and the Pacemakers," was born in Liverpool, England. They were signed by "Beatles" manager Brian Epstein in 1962, and their first three singles all reached No. 1 on the British charts. The band's American breakthrough came in 1964 with "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying." Among their other hits -- "How Do You Do It?" and "Ferry 'Cross the Mersey," the title of a 1965 film featuring the group. "Gerry and the Pacemakers" broke up in 1968, although there have been periodic revivals for the oldies circuit.

In 1957, the movie "Mr. Rock and Roll," starring disc jockey Alan Freed, premiered. It was a semi-autobiographical role for Freed, who played a DJ out to prove that rock 'n' roll didn't breed juvenile delinquents. Among the artists putting in appearances were Chuck Berry, Little Richard and "The Moonglows."

In 1973, the revue "An Evening With Noel Coward and Cole Porter," starring Dinah Christie and Tom Kneebone, premiered at Massey Hall in Toronto. The production toured Canada under the auspices of the Canada Council, appearing with symphony orchestras in Edmonton, Hamilton and London, Ontario.

In 1975, John Lennon was given a reprieve to remain in the United States for the birth of his baby by Yoko Ono. Sean Ono Lennon was born on Oct. 9, his father's 35th birthday. The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service was seeking John Lennon's deportation on grounds of an arrest for drugs and involvement with leftist radicals in the U.S. But Lennon won the battle and was granted permanent resident status in 1976, four years before he was murdered in New York.

In 1977, what is believed to be the first Elvis Presley convention was held in Cincinnati, only five weeks after the singer's death.

In 1984, Marcus Price, guitarist for the soul group "The Bar-Kays," was shot to death while leaving a rehearsal studio in Memphis.

In 1988, James Brown was arrested following a high-speed chase through Augusta, Ga., and North Augusta, S.C.. He was sentenced to six years in jail after being convicted of failing to stop for police. But he was acquitted of assault with intent to kill for trying to run down two officers. …

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