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Today in Music History for June 25: In 1615, two Roman Catholic priests sang the mass in Quebec City. Samuel de Champlain, who founded the city in 1608, reported it was the first instance of sung mass in New France.


Today in Music History for June 24: In 1803, George Webb, American church organist, was born. He compiled several collections of sacred music during his lifetime, and also composed the melody to the hymn, "Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus.


Today in Music History for June 26: In 1909, Colonel Tom Parker, who managed Elvis Presley for much of his career, was born.


Today in Music History for June 27: In 1942, Canadian composer-arranger-pianist Frank Mills was born in Montreal.


Today in Music History for June 29: In 1888, the first musical recording in Britain was made at the Crystal Palace in London on the occasion of the Handel Festival. The recording was made using Thomas Edison's cylinder phonograph.


Today in Music History for June 28: In 1914, bluegrass musician and singer Lester Flatt was born in Overton County, Tenn.


Celebrity Birthdays for June 14: Actress Marla Gibbs is 93. Jazz trombonist and composer Ian McDougall is 86. Soul singer Garland Green is 82. Country-rock musician Spooner Oldham is 81. Singer Rod Argent of The Zombies and Argent is 79. Former U.S.


Today in History for June 14: On this date: In 1617, Canada's first farmer, Louis Hebert, arrived at Tadoussac with his wife and their three children.


Today in Music History for June 14: In 1594, Orlando di Lasso, one of the greatest composers of sacred music in his era, died in Munich, in present-day Germany. He is best known for his motets based on the seven Penitential Psalms.


Celebrity Birthdays for June 13: Actor Malcolm McDowell is 81. CFL Hall of Fame receiver Terry Evanshen is 80. Singer Dennis Locorriere of Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show is 75. Actor Stellan Skarsgard ("Mamma Mia") is 73. Actor Jonathan Hogan is 73.