Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in Music History - Feb. 16

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in Music History - Feb. 16

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Today in Music History - Feb. 16

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Today in Music History for Feb. 16:

In 1865, English clergyman Sabine Baring-Gould first published the hymn, "Now the Day is Over." It was based on the text of Prov 3:24: "When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid...and thy sleep shall be sweet."

In 1880, an operetta called "HMS Parliament, or the Lady Who Loved a Government Clerk" premiered in Montreal. The work used composer Arthur Sullivan's music for the famous "HMS Pinafore" with a new libretto by William Henry Fuller, an Englishman who emigrated to Canada about 1870.

In 1935, singer Sonny Bono was born in Detroit. He first gained success as a songwriter, writing the 1963 hit "Needles and Pins" for "The Searchers." In 1964, Bono married his girlfriend Cher, and the couple began recording under the direction of Phil Spector. "Sonny and Cher" scored a million-seller in 1965 with "I Got You Babe." As the duo's string of hits continued, Cher became the main attraction. Following a two-year TV show in the early '70s, Sonny and Cher split, both professionally and personally. In 1988, Sonny became mayor of Palm Springs, Calif. Six years later, he was elected to the U.S. Congress. Bono died in a skiing accident in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., on Jan. 5, 1998.

In 1962, Bobby Vinton recorded the song "Roses Are Red." He was in danger of being dropped by Epic Records but still owed them two single sides.

In 1963, Ottawa-born singer Paul Anka married Marie Ann Dezogheb in Paris.

In 1963, "The Beatles" first big hit, "Please, Please Me," reached No. 1 on the British charts. It stayed at the top spot for only one week.

In 1965, the musical "Baker Street," based on the story of Sherlock Holmes, opened on Broadway after two weeks in Toronto. The songs were written by Canadians Marion Grudeff and Ray Jessel.

In 1968, composer and music educator Healey Willan, a dominant figure in Canadian musical life for five decades, died in Toronto at the age of 87. Willan influenced several generations of Canadian composers, organists, choir directors and singers through his teachings at the Toronto Conservatory and the University of Toronto. Willan composed more than 800 works, many of them religious in nature. It is his church music that is most frequently performed today.

In 1968, John Lennon, George Harrison and their wives travelled to India to study transcendental meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Joining them three days later were Ringo Starr and his wife and Paul McCartney and his then-fiancee, Jane Asher.

In 1969, country singers George Jones and Tammy Wynette were actually married in Ringgold, Ga. -- six months after they had announced they were wed secretly on Aug. 22, 1968. They later divorced.

In 1971, Allan Passaro, the Hell's Angel acquitted of stabbing 18-year-old Meredith Hunter to death at the Altamont Festival in California in 1969, sued the producers of "The Rolling Stones" documentary, "Gimme Shelter," which was shot at the festival. …

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