Today in mu­sic his­tory

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• In 1820, John H. Hop­kins, the author and com­poser of the Christ­mas hymn We Three Kings of Ori­ent Are, was born.

• In 1936, coun­try-rock musician and band­leader Char­lie Daniels was born in Wilm­ing­ton, N.C. He played gui­tar and fid­dle on many Nashville ses­sions in the late 1960s, in­clud­ing ap­pear­ances on Bob Dy­lan’s Nashville Sky­line and Ringo Starr’s Beau­coup of Blues. In 1971, he formed the Char­lie Daniels Band, pat­terned after the south­ern boo­gie of The All­man Brothers. Daniels’ com­mer­cial break­through came in 1979 with the multi-mil­lion-sell­ing LP Mil­lion Mile Re­flec­tions. From it came the top-10 pop and coun­try hit, The Devil Went Down to Ge­or­gia, which won the best coun­try vo­cal Grammy Award.

• In 1956, Elvis Pres­ley made his sec­ond ap­pear­ance on The Ed Sul­li­van Show. He per­formed three songs – Hound Dog, Don’t Be Cruel and Love Me Ten­der.

• In 1961, a cus­tomer walked into Brian Ep­stein’s record store in Liver­pool, Eng­land, and asked for a copy of My Bon­nie by Tony Sheri­dan and the Beat Brothers. The Beat Brothers were ac­tu­ally The Bea­tles, and had recorded the song with Sheri­dan in Ham­burg, West Ger­many. The re­quest prompted Ep­stein to check out the group for him­self, and he was sur­prised to dis­cover that The Bea­tles were not Ger­man but one of the most pop­u­lar bands in Liver­pool. Within a month, he be­came their man­ager.

• In 1964, The TAMI Show, which some con­sider to be the best rock doc­u­men­tary of the 1960s, was filmed in Los An­ge­les. Among the per­form­ers were Chuck Berry, James Brown, The Rolling Stones and The Supremes. TAMI was sup­posed to stand for Teenage Awards Mu­sic In­ter­na­tional but there’s no record of any awards be­ing pre­sented.

In 1995, for­mer Bea­tle Paul McCart­ney said in a Lon­don Daily Mail in­ter­view that he was bit­ter about liv­ing in the shadow of John Len­non.

• In 1972, the United States Coun­cil for World Af­fairs adopted The Who’s hit song, Join To­gether, as its theme.

• In 1977, Steve Perry joined Jour­ney for their first pub­lic con­cert to­gether, in San Fran­cisco.

• In 1977, the Sex Pis­tols re­leased their al­bum Never Mind the Bol­locks, Here’s the Sex Pis­tols in the U.S. It was re­leased in the U.K. four days later.

• In 1986, Marie Os­mond was mar­ried for a sec­ond time in a pri­vate Mor­mon Church cer­e­mony in West Jor­dan, Utah. The 27-year-old singer was wed to Brian Blosil, a 33-year-old record pro­ducer. They an­nounced their di­vorce in 2007. Os­mond’s first mar­riage, in 1982, was to for­mer Brigham Young Uni­ver­sity bas­ket­ball star Stephen Craig. The cou­ple sep­a­rated in 1984 and were later di­vorced. But 26 years later, they re­mar­ried in May 2011, with Os­mond wear­ing the same wed­ding dress she wore the first time around.

• In 1991, three mem­bers of Pink Floyd were in­jured in the Pan-Amer­i­can auto rally in Mex­ico. Gui­tarist Steve O’Rourke broke a leg, while gui­tarist Dave Gil­mour and drum­mer Nick Ma­son suf­fered mi­nor in­juries. O’Rourke and Gil­mour were taken to hospital but Ma­son con­tin­ued in the race.

• In 1992, Ir­ish singer Sinead O’Con­nor an­nounced she was quit­ting pop mu­sic to study opera. Her state­ment fol­lowed a clash with her record com­pany, Chrysalis, over whether her record­ing of Don’t Cry For Me, Ar­gentina should be ac­com­pa­nied by a video. O’Con­nor did not want to do a video – the record com­pany said the song would not be a hit with­out one.

• In 1994, Mo­town Records founder Berry Gordy told ABC in­ter­viewer Bar­bara Wal­ters that he loved his ma­jor star, Diana Ross, but never mar­ried her be­cause of the singer’s de­sire for star­dom. Gordy also said that he did not know for years that he was the fa­ther of a child by Ross.

• In 1995, for­mer Bea­tle Paul McCart­ney said in a Lon­don Daily Mail in­ter­view that he was bit­ter about liv­ing in the shadow of John Len­non. McCart­ney said he was more avant-garde and in­no­va­tive than Len­non, who was shot to death in 1980. Len­non has been re­garded as the most cre­ative Bea­tle but McCart­ney said he was the driv­ing force of the group.

• In 2009, Michael Jack­son’s doc­u­men­tary chron­i­cling his fi­nal days opened in Canada. This Is It was orig­i­nally sched­uled for a two week run, but after rak­ing in $100 mil­lion world­wide in its first five days, Sony ex­tended its run to at least four weeks. The film was built around footage of the King of Pop re­hears­ing for a planned se­ries of 50 con­certs at Lon­don’s O2 Arena. He died of car­diac ar­rest in Los An­ge­les on June 25, just weeks be­fore his first con­cert was to take place. His per­sonal physcian Con­rad Murray was found guilty on in­vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter. He served less than two years in jail.

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