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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International   |   Sept. 23, 2002 at 3:08 AM   |   Comments

(Sept. 23)

Today's birthdays include Ray Charles, who was born in 1932 (age 70); Roy Buchanan in 1939 (age 63); Lovin' Spoonful's Steve Boone, and Spanish pop singer Julio Iglesias, both in 1943 (age 59); Iron Butterfly's Ron Bushy in 1945 (age 57); Neal Smith, with Alice Cooper's band, and Sugarloaf lead singer Jerry Corbetta, both in 1947 (age 55); Bruce Springsteen in 1949 (age 53); Lita Ford of the Runaways in 1959 (age 43); and Ani DiFranco in 1970 (age 32).


Today's musical milestones:

In 1966, officials of the Royal Albert Hall in London temporarily halted a Rolling Stones concert when screaming girls attacked Mick Jagger on stage. The incident led to pop concerts being banned at the hall,

In 1967, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention played their first British concert at London's Royal Albert Hall.

In 1969, Beatle fans in the United States were shaken by the widely broadcast rumor that Paul McCartney had died in a car accident three years earlier.

In 1974, Average White Band drummer Robbie McIntosh died from a heroin overdose. He was 24.

In 1984, Prince and his band, Revolution -- billed as Red, Hot and Blue -- played a semi-surprise concert at Bogart's nightclub in Cincinnati.

In 1986, a New York anti-drug benefit, organized by singer Melba Moore, raised $200,000.

In 1992, U2, R.E.M. and the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed on a "Rock the Vote" TV special that urged young people to vote.

In 1993, WalMart announced it wouldn't sell Nirvana's "In Utero" album, fearing it might offend customers' moral standards.

Also in 1993, Garth Brooks opened the first of his three sold-out concerts at Texas Stadium near Dallas.

In 1995, Grammy-winning gospel singer Andrae Crouch was installed as pastor of his late father's church in Los Angeles.

In 1997, the Record Industry Association of America said "Candle in the Wind 1997" -- Elton John's musical tribute to the late Princess Diana -- was the best-selling single of all time, with shipments of 8 million copies to U.S. retailers alone. The same day, Elton John's "The Big Picture" CD was released.

Also in 1997, the Rolling Stones kicked off its "Bridges to Babylon" concert tour in Chicago.

In 1998, Steve Wariner and newcomers the Dixie Chicks were the only multiple award-winners at the 1998 CMA Awards in Nashville, taking home two awards each. Garth Brooks was named entertainer of the year for the second year.

In 1999, U2's Bono, music producer Quincy Jones and rocker Bob Geldof were among those who met with Pope John Paul II to discuss Jubilee 2000 and its mission to cancel the foreign debts owed by the world's poorest countries by the Millennium.


Topping the charts on this date:

Tammy -- Debbie Reynolds (1957), Help! -- The Beatles (1965), Let's Get It On -- Marvin Gaye (1973), Endless Love -- Diana Ross and Lionel Ritchie (1981).


Today's musical quiz:

What was the name of the duet Julio Iglesias sang with Willie Nelson? Answer: "To All The Girls I've Loved Before."

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