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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International   |   Aug. 30, 2002 at 3:08 AM   |   Comments

(Aug. 30)

Today's birthdays include the "Queen of Country Music" Kitty Wells in 1919 (age 83), John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas in 1935, John McNally of the Searchers in 1941 (age 61), American Breed bassist Charles Colbert in 1944 (age 58), and Whitesnake's Mick Moody in 1950 (age 52).


Today's musical milestones:

In 1968, the Beatles released "Hey Jude."

In 1969, the Texas International Pop Festival opened its three-day run at a racetrack near Dallas. It featured Janis Joplin, Santana, Chicago, Grand Funk Railroad, Sly and the Family Stone and B.B. King.

In 1972, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack and Sha Na Na performed a benefit concert at New York's Madison Square Garden that raised $2 million for retarded children.

In 1980, Cher made a surprise appearance as singer in the group Black Rose, whose guitarist, Les Dudek, was her beau at the time.

In 1988, John Denver, who wanted to ride on a Soviet spaceship, underwent an astronaut-style physical at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Also in 1988, actress Julianne Phillips filed for divorce from Bruce Springsteen.

And in 1988, Kenny Rogers' drummer, Bobby Daniels, was charged with killing his ex-wife two weeks earlier.

Also in 1988, Brenda Lee announced she was suing MCA Records for $20 million in unpaid royalties she said should've been paid to her under her 1962 contract with the label.

In 1993, the Jackson family announced a family reunion TV special was in the works. Family members also announced their support for Michael Jackson and denounced the molestation allegations against him. Meanwhile, the pop star abruptly postponed his Singapore concert due to a migraine headache.

Also in 1993, U2 guitarist Adam Clayton and model Naomi Campbell postponed their wedding for a year. A spokesman cited work commitments for the delay.

In 1994, rapper Dr. Dre -- a.k.a. Andre Young -- was sentenced to eight months in jail after he pleaded no contest to drunken driving charges. Young had been arrested in January following a high-speed chase through Beverly Hills, Calif.

Also in 1994, Virgin Records signed a distribution deal with Rap-A-Lot Records. The agreement was aimed at expanding the label into the rap market.

In 1996, the saxophone-and-trumpet duo Memphis Horns sued Al Green, claiming the singer used their name for some of the members of his own band.

In 1997, a record label promoter said he was beaten by members of the rap group Wu-Tang Clan in a dressing room at the New World Theater in Tinley Park, Ill., for giving wrong information about an after-show party during a live radio interview.

Also in 1997, an auction of Elvis Presley memorabilia held simultaneously in London and Berlin brought in about $324,000. But a locket of hair from Elvis' famous sideburns and his army uniform failed to find buyers. In 1999, Beatles fans gathered in Liverpool, England, to celebrate the reissue of "Yellow Submarine." A screening of the 1968 cartoon musical was the highlight of International Beatles Week.


Topping the charts on this date: Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley (1957), I Got You Babe - Sonny and Cher (1965), Brother Louie - Stories (1973), Endless Love - Diana Ross and The Supremes (1981).


Today's musical quiz: How many rock-era posthumous No.1 singles have there been on the Billboard Hot-100 pop chart? Answer: Only three -- Otis Redding, "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," 1968; Janis Joplin, "Me and Bobby McGee," 1971; and John Lennon, "(Just Like) Starting Over," 1980.

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