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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International   |   Sept. 19, 2002 at 3:08 AM   |   Comments

(Sept. 19)

Today's birthdays include Brian Epstein, the Beatles' manager, who was born in 1934; Nick Massi, formerly with the Four Seasons, in 1935 (age 66); Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers, singer/songwriter Paul Williams, and Sylvia Tyson of Ian and Sylvia, all in 1940 (age 62); "Mama" Cass Elliot of the Mamas and the Papas in 1943; David Bromberg and Freda Payne, both in 1945 (age 57); John Coghlan of Status Quo in 1946 (age 56); Chic guitarist and producer Nile Rodgers in 1952 (age 50); Rex Smith in 1956 (age 46); and country singer Trisha Yearwood in 1964 (age 38).


Today's musical milestones:

In 1958, Elvis Presley -- the world's most famous soldier -- left Brooklyn, N.Y., on a ship bound for Germany to join his army unit.

In 1960, Hank Ballard and The Midnighters became the first group with three singles in the U.S. Top 100 when "Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go" joined "Finger Poppin' Time" -- the band's first top-10 hit -- and "The Twist."

In 1973, Gram Parsons of the Flying Burrito Brothers and formerly the Byrds died from a drug overdose. He was 26.

In 1976, promoter Sid Bernstein publicly offered the Beatles $230 million to reunite in concert. He was ignored.

In 1979, MUSE -- Musicians United for Safe Energy -- launched a series of anti-nuclear concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden. The shows featured Bruce Springsteen, Crosby Stills and Nash, the Doobie Brothers and Jackson Browne -- and yielded the "No Nukes" album.

In 1981, Simon and Garfunkel reunited for their first show together in 11 years. The free concert drew half-a-million people to New York's Central Park.

In 1984, President Reagan -- on the re-election campaign trail in New Jersey -- quoted Bruce Springsteen.

In 1986, in response to reports that Michael Jackson was having a hyperbaric chamber built and that he planned to sleep in it to maintain his youth, the pop star's doctor said he'd advised Jackson against using the oxygen chamber for that purpose.

Also in 1986, drunken fans at a Los Angeles "Street Scene" festival pelted the stage with bottles and other debris after it was announced that the Ramones weren't going to perform.

In 1992, Paula Abdul and actor Emilio Estevez were married again at a country club in Thousand Oaks, Calif. They'd wed the first time in a judge's chambers five months earlier.

In 1993, Michelle Phillips -- formerly with the Mamas and the Papas -- was unhurt after being robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of a West Hollywood restaurant.

In 1994, country singer George Jones left the hospital one week after undergoing triple bypass surgery.

In 1995, Beach Boy founder Brian Wilson filed a $10 million lawsuit in Los Angeles against his former court-appointed conservator, Jerome Billet -- saying Billet misrepresented him in business dealings and cost him millions of dollars.

Also in 1995, Bryan Adams returned to his hometown of Vancouver, B.C., Canada, to break in a new stadium.

In 1997, David Bowie -- with the Chemical Brothers as his opening act -- was the "blind date" for 600 winners of a beer company's "blind date mystery concert" show in Chicago.

Also in 1997, Stephen Stills was enshrined on the Hollywood RockWalk.

In 1998, the Allman Brothers Band was named to the Georgia Hall of Fame.

In 2000, "Music," Madonna's eighth album of all-new material, reached stores.

Also in 2000, Sotheby's London auction house said the Hard Rock Cafe restaurant chain paid more than $49,000 for a psychedelic jacket once worn by legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix. The green silk jacket originally sold for $10.


Today's musical quiz:

Did Michelle Phillips ever guest-star on "Star Trek"? Answer: Yes. Phillips played an old flame of Capt. Picard's on a first-season episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

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