Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in Music History - April 9

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in Music History - April 9

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Today in Music History - April 9

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Today in Music History for April 9:

In 1932, rock 'n' roll pioneer Carl Perkins was born in Jackson, Tenn. He wrote "Blue Suede Shoes," which went to No. 2 on the Billboard pop chart and No. 1 on the country chart in 1956. Perkins nearly died in a car accident in March of '56, and never had a similar hit. Perkins died in Nashville on Jan. 19, 1998, following three strokes.

In 1939, about 75,000 people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington to hear black contralto Marian Anderson perform after she was denied use of a Washington hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution. U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt quit the D.A.R. over the incident.

In 1963, the Canadian Record Manufacturers' Association was formed by 10 companies. It was renamed the Canadian Recording Industry Association in 1972, when membership was opened to other firms and to individuals in the industry. In 1975, the organization began certifying gold and platinum records according to sales.

In 1970, Paul McCartney issued a writ in the British High Court to dissolve the business partnership of "The Beatles."

In 1976, folk singer and songwriter Phil Ochs hanged himself in the bathroom of his sister's home in Far Rockaway, N.Y. His suicide came only two days after his last performance -- at a benefit show for victims of Chile's military junta.

In 1979, "Last Dance," from the soundtrack to the movie "Thank God It's Friday," won the Oscar for best original song award.

In 1982, conductor and music administrator Wilfrid Pelletier, a dominant force in the musical life of Quebec, died in New York at 85. Pelletier was a regular conductor at the Metropolitan Opera from 1929-50, and became the first artistic director of the (Societe des concerts symphoniques de Montreal) forerunner to the Montreal Symphony in 1934. He held a similar position with the Quebec Symphonic Orchestra from 1951-66. Pelletier was responsible for creating Quebec's first music conservatory (Conservatoire de musique du Quebec a Montreal) in 1943, serving as its director until 1961.

In 1984, "Flashdance" won the Oscar for best original song.

In 1988, Dave Prater, of the soul duo "Sam and Dave" died in a car crash in Georgia at the age of 50. Prater met partner Sam Moore in Miami in 1958. Their Memphis-style soul was popular throughout the '60s on such hits as "Hold On I'm Comin'" and the Grammy-winning "Soul Man." Never on the best of terms, the duo broke up in 1970 but reunited several times until finally calling it quits in 1981. One of their more successful reunions was instigated by the 1979 revival of "Soul Man" by "The Blues Brothers," John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd. "Sam and Dave" were elected to the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.

In 1988, singer Brook Benton, whose smooth baritone produced a string of hits in the '50s and '60s, died in New York of bacterial meningitis. …

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