Today in Music

June, 25

  • 2000 Country’s latest kid phenom, 12-year-old Billy Gilman, makes his Grand Ole Opry debut during the TNN-televised portion of the show. “This has been my dream ever since I started singing,” Gilman said.
  • 1998 Goth rock band Marilyn Manson is forced to miss its appearance at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark due to drummer Ginger Fish’s bout with mononucleosis.
  • 1995 Pearl Jam cancels their current tour, citing their ongoing war with Ticketmaster as the reason.
  • 1969 Guitarist Mick Taylor makes his performance debut with the Rolling Stones in Rome. He replaces Brian Jones, who later drowns on July 3. Taylor leaves the group in 1975 and is replaced by Ron Wood.
  • 1969 The Hollies record “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,” with Elton John playing piano. The song reaches No. 7 on Billboard’s singles chart.
  • 1967 The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love” is recorded live during a British TV broadcast. (Marianne Faithfull sings in the chorus.)
  • 1954 David Paich of Toto is born. He and his father, Marty, win an Emmy Award for writing the theme to the TV series “Ironside.” Toto’s biggest hits are “Africa,” a No. 1 song in 1983,” and “Rosanna,” which never tops Billboard’s Hot 100 but stays at No. 2 for five weeks in 1982.
  • 1946 Ian McDonald of Foreigner is born in London. The group’s biggest hits are the million sellers “I Want to Know What Love Is” (No. 1), “Waiting for a Girl Like You” (No. 2 for 10 weeks) and “Double Vision” (No. 2). He leaves the group in 1980.
  • 1945 Carly Simon is born in New York, daughter of the co-founder of Simon & Schuster publishing house. She wins the Best New Artist Grammy in 1971. Her biggest hit is the million-selling No. 1 single “You’re So Vain.”