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Today in Music History - April 18

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in Music History - April 18

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Today in Music History - April 18


Today in Music History for April 18:

In 1839, violinist Frantz Jehin-Prume, the first musician of international reputation to choose Canada as his home, was born in Spa, Belgium. He made many successful concert tours of Europe and in 1863 was appointed "violinist of the king's own music" by Leopold I of Belgium. Jehin-Prume settled in Montreal in 1871 and along with his wife, singer Rosita del Vecchio, played an important role in the development of Montreal's musical life. In 1891, he formed Quebec's first professional chamber music society. He died in 1899.

In 1927, Canadian composer and pianist Marian Grudeff was born in Toronto. She and another Canadian, Ray Jessel, wrote songs for the musical "Baker Street," based on the story of Sherlock Holmes, which premiered in Boston in December, 1964 and moved to New York two months later. "Baker Street," based on the story of Sherlock Holmes, was called one of the best musicals of the '60s. She died Nov. 4, 2006.

In 1936, Gene Autry, the most successful of all the singing cowboys of the '30s and '40s, recorded "Back in the Saddle Again."

In 1952, Canadian composer, cellist and music teacher Leo Smith died in Toronto at age 70. Smith influenced many of Canada's future musical leaders through his teachings at the University of Toronto from 1927-50. Among his pupils were Louis Applebaum, John Beckwith and Margaret Sargent. Smith also wrote three widely used music texts, and was principal cellist with the Toronto Symphony for eight years. He made use of Quebec folk songs and West Coast aboriginal songs in his compositions.

In 1981, the progressive rock band "Yes" broke up after the release of the album "Drama." Steve Howe and Geoff Downes went on to form "Asia." "Yes" has since reunited.

In 1985, "Wham's" "Make It Big" album became the first western pop album released in China.

In 1992, authorities in Hobart, Australia, allowed killer Richard Dickinson out of prison to see his idol, Bob Dylan, perform. Dickinson had trampled his mother to death in 1987 while Dylan's "One More Cup of Coffee for the Road" played in the background. He then sprinkled instant coffee over the body. His mother had complained the music was too loud.

In 1994, the New York Times gave a mixed review to Disney's Broadway debut, a stage adaptation of the hit animated film "Beauty and the Beast." Critic David Richards said the musical was "hardly a triumph of art, but it'll probably be a whale of a tourist attraction."

In 1996, musician and record producer Bernard Edwards, a leading creative force behind the disco music of the 1970s, was found dead in a hotel room in Tokyo. He was 43. Edwards and Nile Rodgers formed the group "Chic," which had No. 1 hits with "Le Freak" in 1978 and "Good Times" the following year. They also produced albums for Diana Ross and Rod Stewart, and wrote and produced disco hits like "Sister Sledge's" "We Are Family."

In 1998, Oscar-winning film composer John Barry made his first concert appearance in 24 years at London's Royal Albert Hall. …

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