Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International   |   Sept. 11, 2002 at 3:08 AM   |   0 comments

(Sept. 11)

Today's birthdays include Monotones lead singer Charles Patrick, who was born in 1938 (age 64); drummer Bernie Dwyer of Freddie and the Dreamers in 1940 (age 62); former Grateful Dead drummer Micky Hart -- who now tours with the surviving Dead as The Other Ones -- and Pretty Things singer Phil May, both in 1944 (age 58); Leo Kottke in 1945 (age 57); Lola Falana in 1946 (age 56); Dennis Tufano of the Buckinghams in 1948 (age 54); Styx's Tommy Shaw in 1953 (age 49); John Moss, formerly with Culture Club, in 1957 (age 45); Style Council keyboardist Mick Talbot in 1958 (age 44); and Harry Connick Jr. in 1967 (age 35).


Today's musical milestones:

In 1847, "Oh! Susanna," Stephen Foster's first major hit, was performed for the first time during a concert in a Pittsburgh saloon. Foster went on to write several other classic pop songs including "Old Folks At Home" and "Beautiful Dreamer."

In 1960, teen idol Tommy Sands married Nancy Sinatra, daughter of Frank Sinatra. They were divorced five years later.

In 1962, Ringo Starr joined the other Beatles in a recording session for the first time, cutting "Love Me Do."

In 1963, Bob Dylan's "Great White Wonder" -- what may be the first significant rock bootleg album -- appeared in Los Angeles music stores.

In 1966, the Rolling Stones appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Brian Jones's right hand was in a cast after he'd injured it in Tangiers, Algeria.

In 1967, the Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" bus appeared for the first time on English highways -- shooting scenes, some of which eventually were included in a short film of the same name.

In 1979, The Who played in the United States for the first time since the death of Keith Moon. Kenney Jones -- formerly with Faces -- filled in on drums.

In 1982, John Cougar Mellencamp's "American Fool" topped Billboard's Top 200 albums chart, where it would sit for nine weeks.

In 1984, country singer Barbara Mandrell was seriously injured in a car accident in Hendersonville, Tenn. The driver of the other car was killed.

In 1986, inspectors at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, Calif., gave the LAWN a clean bill of health following a series of fires. The Whitney Houston concert was held as scheduled. The fires were blamed on methane generated by rotting garbage underground.

In 1987, guitarist Peter Tosh -- co-founder, along with Bunny Wailer and Bob Marley, of the seminal reggae group The Wailers -- was killed by burglars at his home in Jamaica. He was 42.

In 1992, LA Gear sued Michael Jackson, accusing him of violating his endorsement contract with the shoemaker.

Also in 1992, more than 100 people were arrested at a Guns N' Roses, Metallica and Faith No More concert in Foxboro, Mass.

And in 1992, a Los Angeles judge sentenced Billy Preston to 30 days in jail for violating his probation on a DUI conviction.

In 1993, John Mellencamp previewed his new "Human Wheels" album at special mini-concert in Chicago.

In 1994, retired Stockbridge, Mass., police chief William Obanhein -- the "Officer Obie" mentioned in Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant" -- died at age 69.

In 1997, Bob Dylan was among five artists announced as recipients of the 1997 Kennedy Centers Honors.

Also in 1997, veteran blues musician John Lee Hooker received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Today's musical quiz:

This is the birthday (born in 1940) of filmmaker Brian DePalma, who directed what Bruce Springsteen video? Answer: "Dancing in the Dark."

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