Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in Music History - Oct. 4

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in Music History - Oct. 4

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Today in Music History - Oct. 4

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Today in Music History for Oct. 4:

In 1929, Leroy Van Dyke, a former livestock auctioneer turned performer, was born in Spring Fork, Miss. He also was a correspondent for several midwestern farm newspapers, and he used his writing skills to pen songs. He sang one of them, "The Auctioneer," at a talent show and gained a recording contract. "The Auctioneer" sold 2.5 million copies when it was released in 1956. Van Dyke had another million-seller in 1961 with "Walk On By.'"

In 1970, Anne Murray made her debut on the CBS-TV show, "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour." She was a frequent guest on the program for the next couple of years.

In 1970, rock vocalist Janis Joplin died of an accidental heroin overdose at a hotel in Hollywood. She was 27. From her beginnings with "Big Brother and the Holding Company," she developed into one of the premier rock stars of the late 1960s. Her appearance with "Big Brother" at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival stopped the show, and Joplin soon overshadowed the band. In late 1968, she and "Big Brother" parted company. Drug and alcohol problems prevented Joplin from reaching her potential, and it was only after her death that a record of hers reached the top of the charts. "Me and Bobby McGee," from the album "Pearl," was a No. 1 record in 1971.

In 1982, Canadian pianist Glenn Gould died in Toronto at the age of 50, eight days after suffering a severe stroke. Gould was already one of Canada's leading musical performers by his early 20s. His first U.S. recording, Bach's "Goldberg Variations," in 1955 brought him international acclaim. Gould toured widely in North America and Europe, and was one of the first Canadian performers to visit the Soviet Union. Then, in 1964, at the height of his career, Gould retired from the concert stage because of what he called its sports-arena atmosphere. He devoted the rest of his life to exploring the possibilities of recording technology. Gould recorded virtually all the Bach and Beethoven keyboard works, as well as much of the music of Mozart and many 20th-century works.

In 1991, J. Frank Wilson, lead singer of "The Cavaliers" who took "Last Kiss" to No. …

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