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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International   |   July 8, 2002 at 3:20 AM   |   Comments

(July 8)

Today's musical birthdays include Jerry Vale, who was born in 1932 (age 70); Steve Lawrence in 1935 (age 67); Allman Brothers Band drummer Jaimoe "Johanny" Johanson in 1944 (age 58); children's singer/songwriter Raffi (Cavoukian) in 1948 (age 54); Andy Fletcher of Depeche Mode in 1961 (age 41); and Beck, whose last name is Hansen, in 1970 (age 32).


Today in music history:

In 1924, Uncle Dave Macon made his first recordings for Columbia Records.

In 1965, the Dave Clark Five movie "Catch Us If You Can" premiered in London. The film was retitled "Having A Wild Weekend" when it opened in the United States.

In 1978, Gerry Rafferty -- formerly with Stealer's Wheel -- topped the Billboard Top-200 albums chart with his "City to City" album.

In 1980, the Dead Kennedys' Jello Biafra ran for mayor of San Francisco. He lost.

In 1984, Van Morrison and U2's Bono joined Bob Dylan onstage in Dublin during the last concert of Dylan's tour. They sang "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue."

Also in 1984, Boy George appeared on CBS's "Face The Nation."

In 1985, Playboy and Penthouse raced to the newsstands -- each with nude photos of Madonna.

In 1986, Boy George's brother, Kevin O'Dowd, and his companion -- transvestite pop star Marylin -- were arrested in London on drug conspiracy charges.

In 1988, brothers Jonathan "Chico" DeBarge and Robert "Bobby" DeBarge were indicted in Grand Rapids, Mich., on charges of conspiracy to transport cocaine.

Also in 1988, Stevie Wonder repeated his statement that he'd probably run for mayor of Detroit in 1992. He didn't.

In 1991, Guns N' Roses played Dallas. It was the band's first concert since the July 2 riot in suburban St. Louis. Meanwhile, a fan filed a lawsuit against lead singer Axl Rose, saying the rocker assaulted him during the riot.

Also in 1991, the original members of the Fifth Dimension announced plans for their first concert since 1975.

Again in 1991, Sonny Bono's autobiography, "And The Beat Goes On," hit bookstores. It included the story of how Cher once asked Sonny to leave their Las Vegas hotel room so she could sleep with their guitarist. Sonny obliged by sleeping with the guitarist's girlfriend.

In 1992, rapper "Marky Mark" Wahlberg was charged with verbally assaulting a teenager in a Boston parking lot.

In 1996, rocker Meat Loaf and rapper LL Cool J took part in the first-ever All-Star Celebrity Softball Game in Philadelphia.

Also in 1996, a class-action lawsuit filed in Knoxville, Tenn., accused the nation's six largest makers of compact discs of conspiring to keep prices artificially high.

In 1998, rapper Foxy Brown and her mother were unhurt when two armed men burst into their Brooklyn, N.Y., home.

In 1999, famed Cleveland nightclub owner Leo Frank died, two weeks after the former site of his club, Leo's Casino, was designated a rock 'n' roll landmark. Frank is credited with helping to start the careers of such artists as Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder.


Topping the charts on this date: "The Stripper" by David Rose (1962), "The Love You Save" by The Jackson 5 (1970), "Shadow Dancing" by Andy Gibb (1978), "There'll Be Sad Songs" by Billy Ocean (1986).


Today's musical quiz:

Beck's mother once hung out where? Answer: Beck's mom, guitarist Bibbe Hansen, was a regular at Andy Warhol's Factory.

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