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Today in Music History - June 22

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in Music History - June 22

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Today in Music History - June 22

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Today in Music History for June 22:

In 1846, Adolphe Sax patented his invention -- the saxophone. He had invented the instrument early in the decade, and by the time the patent was granted there were 14 different saxophones, seven designed for orchestras and seven for bands. The saxophones designed for bands are the ones in common use today.

In 1968, the "Jeff Beck Group," with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood, made its U.S. debut at the Fillmore East in New York City. Singer Rod Stewart was so shy he hid behind speakers for the first few songs. The band broke up after two LPs and several North American tours.

In 1969, the rock supergroup "Blind Faith" -- Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Rick Grech -- released their first and only album.

In 1969, singer and movie star Judy Garland died in London at age 47. Despite frequent reports of her ill health, drinking binges and drastic weight changes, the public was shocked at the news. Garland's movie hits included "The Wizard of Oz," containing the classic song "Over the Rainbow," and "A Star is Born," in which she sang "The Man That Got Away."

In 1969, 50,000 people showed up for Toronto's first rock festival, the Toronto Pop Festival, at Varsity Stadium. Headliners included "The Band," Chuck Berry, "Procul Harum" and "Blood, Sweat and Tears."

In 1981, Mark David Chapman, a 25-year-old drifter, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of former "Beatle" John Lennon. On Dec. 8, 1980, Chapman shot Lennon seven times in front of Lennon's New York apartment building just hours after Lennon had given him his autograph.

In 1984, the hard rock band "Aerosmith" launched its comeback effort with a tour beginning in New Hampshire.

In 1987, composer Joseph Meyer, who wrote the music for such standards as "Crazy Rhythm" and "If You Knew Susie (Like I Know Susie)," died in New York at age 93. Eddie Cantor made "Susie" a No. 1 hit in 1925. Meyer also co-wrote the words and music for "California, Here I Come" with Al Jolson and Buddy DeSylva. Jolson took that song to the top of the charts in 1924.

In 1987, Fred Astaire, America's greatest song and dance man, died in Los Angeles at age 88. Astaire's debonair style dominated movie musicals in the 1930s as he co-starred in 10 films with Ginger Rogers. His other partners included Cyd Charisse, Rita Hayworth, Judy Garland and Audrey Hepburn. Astaire was also a top recording artist in the '30s, with such No. 1 hits as "Night and Day" from "The Gay Divorcee," "Cheek to Cheek" from "Top Hat" and "The Way You Look Tonight" from "Swing Time." As well, his 1951 duet with Jane Powell, "The Liar's Song," is said to have sold a million copies over the years.

In 1990, Corinthian "Kripp" Johnson, a founding member of "The Dell-Vikings," died in Pontiac, Mich., of cancer. He was 57. One of the first racially-integrated rock 'n' roll groups, "The Dell-Vikings" had two top-10 hits in 1957 -- "Come Go With Me" and "Whispering Bells."

In 1990, Billy Joel became the first rock artist to perform at Yankee Stadium.

In 1992, rap star M.C. Hammer escaped injury in a shooting at a park in Albuquerque that wounded three members of his touring crew. Police initially said it was a drive-by shooting, then indicated it appeared to be an "internal thing." A Hammer spokesman claimed the wounded were "victims of an act of violence."

In 1993, the illegitimate daughter of Hank Williams reached an out-of-court settlement that ended her eight-year fight for a share of the country legend's songwriting royalties. …

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