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Today in Music History - July 24

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Today in Music History - July 24

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Today in Music History - July 24


Today in Music History for July 24:

In 1725, John Newton, an English slave ship's captain, was born. He was converted to Christianity at age 22, and entered the Anglican ministry. Newton is remembered today as the author of several enduring hymns, including "Amazing Grace" and "Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken."

In 1964, "The Rolling Stones" had to run for safety after the audience at a concert in Blackpool, England, mobbed the stage. On this date in 1972, they played Madison Square Garden in New York City.

In 1976, Elton John had his first hit in Britain, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" with Kiki Dee.

In 1978, western singer Foy Willing died at age 63. He had a popular band in the 1940s, "The Riders of the Purple Sage." Willing scored three top-10 country hits -- "Texas Blues" in 1944 and "Detour" and "Have I Told You Lately (That I Love You)," both from 1946.

In 1978, one of the worst rock 'n' roll movies ever made, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," starring Peter Frampton and the "Bee Gees," was released.

In 1980, bass guitarist and singer Larry Graham, formerly of "Sly and the Family Stone" and "Graham Central Station," began his first solo tour by opening for "The Isley Brothers" in Baton Rouge, La. At the time, Graham's "One in a Million You" was heading up the charts.

In 1984, scores of people among a crowd of 18,000 collapsed from heat exhaustion during a concert by "Huey Lewis and the News" and Juice Newton at the North Dakota State Fair.

In 1987, the movie "La Bamba" opened. It was the biography of Richie Valens, a young rock n' roll singer who died in a plane crash at the age of 17. The film starred Lou Diamond Phillips in the lead role.

In 1990, a wrongful death trial involving the heavy metal band "Judas Priest" opened in Reno, Nev. …

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