Today in Music History - July 23

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Today in Music History - July 23


Today in Music History - July 23

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Today in Music History for July 23:

In 1846, William Featherstone, Canadian Methodist hymn writer, was born. He penned the words to "My Jesus, I Love Thee" before age 16.

In 1918, Joseph Gilmore, American Baptist clergyman, died at age 84. He is remembered today primarily for the hymn, "He Leadeth Me," which he wrote at age 28.

In 1929, Canadian record producer Jack Richardson was born in Toronto. Richardson was one of the co-founders in 1968 of Nimbus Nine Productions, the company that developed "The Guess Who" into international stars. Other artists who've recorded at Nimbus Nine include Peter Gabriel, Alice Cooper and "The Bay City Rollers." In 1969, Richardson received an award from Billboard magazine for his work in introducing Canadian artists to U.S. audiences. He died May 13, 2011.

In 1935, Cleveland Duncan, lead singer of the 1950s R&B group, "The Penguins," was born. The L.A.-based group were responsible for one of the great R&B songs of the decade, 1954's "Earth Angel," which by 1966 had sold four million copies. The record went to No. 8 on the Billboard pop chart, but a white Canadian group, "The Crew Cuts," had an even bigger pop hit when they covered "Earth Angel" in 1955. "Earth Angel" hit the Billboard Hot 100 again in 1986 in a revival by "New Edition." He died Nov. 7, 2012.

In 1945, Dino Danelli, drummer with "The Rascals," was born in New York City. The blue-eyed soul group was called "The Young Rascals" until all group members turned 20 -- in 1966. Their No. 1 hits included "Good Lovin'" in 1966, "Groovin'" in '67 and "People Got to Be Free" in 1968. They went their separate ways in the early '70s. In 1982, Dino Danelli joined Steve Van Zandt's "Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul."

In 1950, Blair Thornton, guitarist with the 1970s Canadian rock group "Bachman-Turner Overdrive," was born. Thornton joined the hard rock band in 1974, after "BTO's" first two albums. Although based in Vancouver, the group built its career mainly in the U.S., through such hit singles as "Taking Care of Business" and the million-selling "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet," both released in 1974. "BTO," which won seven Juno Awards from 1974-76, disbanded in 1979.

In 1950, Canadian rock singer Ian Thomas was born in Hamilton. His debut LP in 1973 contained "Painted Ladies," a hit in both Canada and the U.S. The following year, Thomas received a Juno Award as the most promising new male vocalist. Also popular in this country were his recordings of "Long, Long Way," "Liars," "Coming Home" and "Time is the Keeper."

In 1969, James Brown walked out of Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty's office when the mayor failed to show up on time to present him with a proclamation for James Brown Day.

In 1977, "Led Zeppelin" drummer John Bonham, the band's manager Peter Grant and two bodyguards were arrested for beating up three employees of promoter Bill Graham following a show in Oakland, Calif. The four pleaded guilty to misdemeanors and settled out of court for about $2 million in damages.

In 1980, Keith Godchaux, former keyboards player with the "Grateful Dead," was killed in a car accident in Marin County, Calif. Godchaux and his wife, Donna, a background vocalist, joined the "Dead" in 1971 and were asked to leave in '79. …

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