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Today in Music History - Oct. 28

Today in Music History for Oct. 28: 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.

Today in Music History - Oct. 27

Today in Music History for Oct. 27: In 1782, Niccolo Paganini, the Italian violinist whose virtuosity became a legend, was born in Genoa. He died in 1840 of cancer of the larynx.

Today in Music History - Oct. 26

Today in Music History for Oct. 26: In 1813, English organist Henry Smart was born.

Today in Music History - Oct. 25

Today in Music History for Oct. 25: In 1918, Canadian trumpeter and songwriter Bobby Gimby was born in Cabri, Sask. Known as "The Pied Piper of Canada," he composed "Canada," the most popular song of the country's centennial celebration in 1967.

Today in Music History - Oct. 24

Today in Music History for Oct. 24: In 1911, blues singer and harmonica player Sonny Terry, best known for his more than 30-year partnership with Brownie McGhee, was born in Greensboro, N.C. He died in 1987.

Today in Music History - Oct. 23

Today in Music History for Oct. 23: In 1851, pioneer Canadian conductor and composer Guillaume Couture was born in Montreal.

Today in Music History - Oct. 22

Today in Music History for Oct. 22: In 1883, the original Metropolitan Opera House in New York opened with a production of Gounod's "Faust." The building was heavily damaged by fire in 1892, but was rebuilt.

Celebrity birthdays for Oct. 21

Celebrity Birthdays for Oct. 21: Actress Joyce Randolph ("The Honeymooners") is 93. Baseball Hall-of-Famer Whitey Ford is 89. Author Ursula K. Le Guin is 88. Keyboardist Manfred Mann is 77. Guitarist Steve Cropper of Booker T. and the MG's is 76.

Celebrity birthdays for Oct. 20

Celebrity Birthdays for Oct. 20: Japan's Empress Michiko is 83. Rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson is 80. Former actress Rev. Mother Dolores Hart is 79. Ric Lee, drummer with Ten Years After, is 72. Actor William "Rusty" Russ is 67.

Celebrity birthdays for Oct. 19

Celebrity Birthdays for Oct. 19: Author John le Carre is 86. Artist Peter Max is 80. Author and critic Renata Adler is 80. Singer-songwriter Tommy Ambrose is 78. Actor Michael Gambon ("Harry Potter" films) is 77.