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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International   |   Aug. 10, 2002 at 3:10 AM
(Aug. 10)

Today's musical birthdays include the late guitar maker Leo Fender, who was born in 1909; country's Jimmy Dean and Eddie Fisher, both in 1928 (age 74); Bobby Hatfield of the Righteous Brothers in 1940 (age 62); Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson in 1947 (age 55); Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes -- the former Mrs. Phil Spector -- also in 1947 (age 55); Jon Farriss of INXS in 1961 (age 41); and Michael Bivins of the New Edition and Bell Biv DeVoe in 1968 (age 34).


Today in music history:

In 1970, Jim Morrison went on trial in Miami on indecent exposure charges stemming from a Doors concert a-year-and-a-half earlier.

In 1971, a summit meeting of past and present stars of country music took place at Woodland Studios in Nashville, when recording began on "Will The Circle Be Broken," a triple album released in 1972 by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Among the legends on the album -- "Mother" Maybelle Carter, Earl Scruggs, Roy Acuff and Merle Travis.

In 1974, Bob Dylan re-signed with Columbia after two albums for Asylum Records.

In 1982, "Southside" Johnny Lyon of the Asbury Jukes married Jill Glasner in Asbury Park, N.J. His pal, Bruce Springsteen, performed at the wedding reception.

In 1983, figures showed that U.S. cassette sales had surpassed album sales.

In 1993, Long Island, N.Y., songwriter Gary Zimmerman filed a $10 million lawsuit against Billy Joel, claiming Joel's hit song "River of Dreams" was a rip-off of one of his tunes.

Also in 1993, Al Hirt underwent gallbladder surgery in Metairie, La.

In 1994, Sting announced a world tour that would open in Jerusalem Sept. 18.

Also in 1994, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley returned to New York after spending three days in Budapest, Hungary. Once back, Jackson met with four terminally ill German kids in a visit arranged by the "Last Wish" organization.

In 1996, AT&T software problems caused Pearl Jam fans to get busy signals when they tried to buy tickets for a Sept. 22 concert at the University of Toledo in Ohio.


Topping the charts on this date:

Tossin' and Turnin' - Bobby Lewis (1961), In the Year 2525 - Zager and Evans (1969), I Just Want to be Your Everything - Andy Gibb (1977), Shout - Tears for Fears (1985).


Today's musical quiz:

As a child, what did Lisa Marie Presley reportedly get from the Tooth Fairy (her dad, Elvis) each time she lost a tooth? Answer: A $100 bill.

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