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Today in Music History - June 24

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in Music History - June 24

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Today in Music History - June 24


Today in Music History for June 24:

In 1803, George Webb, American church organist, was born. He compiled several collections of sacred music during his lifetime, and also composed the melody to the hymn, "Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus."

In 1880, "O Canada," with music by Calixa Lavallee and French lyrics by Judge A.B. Routhier, was performed for the first time at the Skaters' Pavilion in Quebec City. Three bands, playing together, performed "O Canada" during a banquet at a St-Jean Baptiste Day banquet. Canada's future national anthem was reported to have been received enthusiastically. It finally became the national anthem in 1980.

In 1942, Mick Fleetwood, drummer with "Fleetwood Mac," was born in London. Originally a blues band when it was formed in 1965, "Fleetwood Mac" developed into a pop group that put out one of the world's best-selling albums, "Rumours," in 1977. It sold 15 million copies. In 1980, Mick Fleetwood recorded a solo album in Ghana with African musicians. "Fleetwood Mac" made a comeback in 1987 with the album "Tango in the Night" and again in the early '90s. The band -- Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks -- reunited again -- minus Christine McVie -- with a new album in 2003 called "Say You Will," their first project with all-new material since 1987.

In 1944, Jeff Beck, one of the great rock guitarists, was born in Surrey, England. Beck's first important band was "The Yardbirds," replacing Eric Clapton in 1964. In 1967, he formed the "Jeff Beck Group" with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood. The beginnings of heavy metal could be heard in the group's blues-based songs. The "Jeff Beck Group" broke up after only two albums, and Beck was then sidelined for 18 months with a fractured skull suffered in a car accident. After a short partnership with former "Vanilla Fudge" members Tim Bogert and Carmen Appice, Beck turned to fusion music, often in collaboration with keyboards player Jan Hammer. Beck, who continues to record and tour, won the 2002 Grammy Award for rock instrumental performance for "Dirty Mind."

In 1960, the second Newport Folk Festival, produced by George Wein and Albert Grossman, opened in Rhode Island. Performers included Mahalia Jackson, "Flatt and Scruggs" and Joan Baez. Author Studs Terkel was the emcee.

In 1965, John Lennon's second book, "A Spaniard in the Works," was published.

In 1967, "Jefferson Airplane's" "White Rabbit" and "Procol Harum's" "Whiter Shade of Pale" were released.

In 1972, Helen Reddy released the song "I Am Woman."

In 1973, keyboards player and singer Al Kooper reunited the original "Blues Project" for a one-shot concert in New York's Central Park. The event was documented on the LP "Reunion in Central Park." In the late '60s, the "Blues Project" had been one of the groups responsible for starting the blues revival.

In 1987, former "Culture Club" leader Boy George released his first solo album, "Sold."

In 1988, Earl Falconer, the bassist for the British reggae band "UB40," was sentenced to six months in jail for causing his brother's death in a car accident.

In 1989, Paul Simon brought his "Graceland" tour to Moscow, playing the first of two concerts before 5,000 people in Gorky Park. It was Simon's first appearance in the Soviet Union. …

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