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Today in Music History - July 22

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in Music History - July 22

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Today in Music History - July 22


Today in Music History for July 22:

In 1944, Rick Davies, vocalist and keyboards player with "Supertramp," was born in England. "Supertramp's" breakthrough came with 1977's "Breakfast in America," a No. 1 album all over the world.

In 1947, Don Henley, vocalist and drummer with the "Eagles," was born in Gilmer, Texas. The "Eagles" were the undisputed kings of country rock in the 1970s with such songs as "Hotel California," "Lyin' Eyes," "Take It to the Limit" and "Best of My Love." The "Eagles" broke up in 1981, but re-formed in the mid-'90s.

In 1953, award-winning author, filmmaker, playwright and musician Paul Quarrington was born in Toronto. He gained national acclaim with his rock 'n' roll novel "Whale Music," for which he won the Governor General's Literary Award for English-language fiction in 1989. He also won the Stephen Leacock Award for humour and the Canada Reads competition for "King Leary," and has twice been a finalist for the Trillium Book Award. He died of lung cancer on Jan. 21, 2010.

In 1959, the first Canadian jazz festival opened in Toronto. The festival lasted four days and included performances by over 200 musicians, including Louis Armstrong, Oscar Peterson and Maynard Ferguson.


In 1965, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Bill Wyman of "The Rolling Stones" were fined five pounds each for insulting behaviour after urinating on the wall of a London gas station. The owner had refused to give them the key to the men's room.

In 1967, Jimi Hendrix either quit or was fired as the opening act for "The Monkees'" U.S. tour after only five days. His replacement was "Vanilla Fudge."

In 1969, singer Aretha Franklin was arrested for disorderly conduct after a disturbance in a Detroit parking lot. After posting $50 bail, she ran down a road sign on leaving the police station.

In 1972, the variety show "The Bobby Darin Amusement Company" premiered on CBS.

In 1977, Elvis Costello's first album, "My Aim is True," was released in Britain. The North American release would come three months later.

In 1979, Little Richard spoke to a revival meeting in San Francisco about the dangers of rock 'n' roll. "If God can save an old homosexual like me," Richard said, "he can save anybody."

In 1983, Diana Ross performed a concert in New York's Central Park. A show the night before had been rained out.

In 1985, Bruce Springsteen's fans disabled the phone system in Washington, D.C., by overloading the circuits with requests for tickets to the "Boss's" show at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium. The concert was sold out within 90 minutes.

In 1987, Hugh Bryant, a member of "The Delta Rhythm Boys," collapsed and died of a heart attack in Helsinki while singing at the funeral of the group's founder, Lee Gaines, who had died a week earlier of cancer. "The Delta Rhythm Boys" were popular in the 1940s, and recorded with such jazz greats as Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie. They continued to perform after moving to Europe in the mid-'50s.

In 1987, a jury in New York ruled that Morris Albert's 1975 composition "Feelings" was plagiarised from "Pour Toi," a song written in 1956 by French composer Lou Lou Geste. …

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