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Today in Music History - July 21

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in Music History - July 21

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Today in Music History - July 21


Today in Music History for July 21:

In 1920, master violinist Isaac Stern was born. He's credited with saving Carnegie Hall in New York City from demolition. Stern, whose career spanned more than six decades, played with the New York Philharmonic more than any other violinist. He also was the soloist in the Oscar-winning soundtrack of the film "Fiddler on the Roof." He died of heart failure on Sept. 23, 2001, at age 81.

In 1971, Carole King received a gold LP for "Tapestry." The album, released four months earlier, was the No. 1 album in the U.S. for 15 weeks, and stayed on the charts for 292 weeks. King won four Grammy Awards for "Tapestry," and for the hit single from it, "It's Too Late." (It has since reached diamond status in the U.S., selling over 10 million copies, and 25 million copies worldwide.)

In 1975, Willie Nelson debuted on the album charts with "Red Headed Stranger." The album included the hit song "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain."

In 1986, country star Hank Snow made a triumphant return to his home province of Nova Scotia. More than 500 people attended a luncheon in Halifax in honour of the 72-year-old singer. Premier John Buchanan proclaimed it "Hank Snow Week" in Nova Scotia. Snow was born in Liverpool, N.S. but moved to Nashville in the mid-1940s and became a U.S. citizen. He released his best known song, "I'm Movin' On," in 1950 -- it topped the charts for 21 weeks. Other hits included "I Don't Hurt Anymore" and "I've Been Everywhere." Snow died in 1999.

In 1987, "Guns N' Roses" released their debut album, "Appetite for Destruction." (It has sold over 20 million copies worldwide).

In 1988, a judge in Aiken, S.C., ordered James Brown to hold a benefit concert for police and abused children as part of a sentence on drug and firearms charges. Brown called the sentence a back-door way of getting him to do a concert for free.

In 1989, Moxie Whitney, who led a dance band for more than 22 years at Toronto's Royal York Hotel, died in Brockville, Ont., at age 70. Whitney's orchestra performed almost continuously in the hotel's Imperial Room from 1948-71 -- one of the longest engagements in Canadian dance band history. Whitney was also music director for the Canadian Pacific hotel chain, and later led an orchestra at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa. His theme song was "I'll See You In My Dreams."

In 1990, about 200,000 people gathered at a site in East Berlin where the Berlin Wall once stood for a benefit concert that included an all-star cast performing "Pink Floyd's" "The Wall." Among the performers at the six-plus-hour event were Cyndi Lauper, Sinead O'Connor, Joni Mitchell and "Pink Floyd" founder Roger Waters, who organized the concert. The event ended with the crashing down of a mock Berlin Wall made of plastic foam. Concert proceeds went to an international fund for disaster relief.

In 1990, BBC's Radio One apologized to listeners after Madonna repeatedly cursed during a live concert broadcast from Wembley Stadium.

In 1994, singer Dorothy Collins of Windsor, Ont., who featured on television's "Your Hit Parade" in the 1950s, died of a heart attack in Watervliet, N. …

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