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Today In Music: A look back at pop music

By PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International   |   Nov. 29, 2001 at 4:45 AM   |   Comments

(Nov. 29th)

Today's birthdays include John Mayall of the Bluesbreakers, who was born in 1933 (age 68); Chuck Mangione in 1940 (age 61); Dennis Doherty of the Mamas and the Papas, and Rascals keyboardist Felix Cavaliere, both in 1941 (age 60); guitarist Barry Goudreau of Boston in 1951 (age 50); and Jon Knight of NKOTB -- New Kids On The Block -- in 1969 (age 32).


Today's musical milestones:

In 1965, Colorado Gov. John Love declared this "Rolling Stones Day" after the band sold out a concert at the Denver Coliseum.

In 1975, The Who's "Squeeze Box" was released.

In 1979, Supertramp recorded its "Paris" live double album in Paris.

In 1985, following a long court battle, Elton John and Bernie Taupin lost their bid to recover the copyrights on 169 of their songs published by D.J.Music under an agreement signed in 1967. But the judge ordered Dick James to pay John and Taupin up to 5 million British pounds in unpaid royalties.

In 1986, "Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band Live 1975-1985" entered the Billboard Top-100 album chart at No. 1, marking the first time a boxed set ever entered the chart in the top position.

In 1995, Van Halen lead singer Sammy Hagar married model Kari Karte in Marin County, Calif.

Also in 1995, it was reported that someone stole the mailbox from outside the Palm Springs, Calif., house where Elvis Presley and Priscilla honeymooned.

In 1999, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, kicked off three days honoring Johnnie "Johnnie B. Goode" Johnson. He's the legendary piano player who inspired Chuck Berry but who remains almost an unknown.

Also in 1999, Elvis Presley topped the list of the "12 Greatest Entertainers of the Century," compiled by E! Online Entertainment's editors. Frank Sinatra came in second, followed by Judy Garland, James Brown, the Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, Fred Astaire, Michael Jackson, the Marx Brothers, Shirley Temple, Monty Python's Flying Circus and Liberace.

In 2000, Chuck Berry's former partner -- pianist/composer Johnnie Johnson, a.k.a. Johnnie B. Goode -- sued Berry in St. Louis federal court. Johnson was seeking his rightful share of monies realized from numerous Johnson/Berry composed songs, for which he never received proper credit or royalties.


Today's musical quiz:

Who wrote "Kentucky Rain," one of Elvis Presley's last hit singles? Answer: Country-pop artist Eddie Rabbitt.

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