Today's birthdays include Helen Reddy, who was born in 1942 (age 60); Nona Hendryx, of Patti LaBelle and the BlueBelles, and LaBelle, in 1944 (age 58); bassist James Fielder of Buffalo Springfield and, also, Blood Sweat and Tears in 1947 (age 55); and Pet Shop Boys' Chris Lowe in 1959 (age 43).
Today's musical milestones:
In 1956, Johnny Cash was jailed for one night for possession of pills.
In 1962, Bob Dylan played a showcase concert at New York's Carnegie Hall, attracting an audience of 53 people.
In 1969, Crosby Stills and Nash's "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" was released.
In 1970, Janis Joplin died from a heroin overdose in a Hollywood hotel. She was 27.
In 1973, Crosby Stills Nash and Young staged an impromptu reunion during a show by Stills' band Manassas at the Winterland in San Francisco.
In 1974, Thin Lizzy -- up to this point an Irish trio -- introduced its new international line-up, featuring Californian Scott Gorham and Scotland's Brian Robertson, in concert at Aberystwyth University in Wales.
In 1993, country star Garth Brooks' wife, Sandy, announced she was pregnant with the couple's second child.
In 1994, the Eagles postponed the remaining dates on the band's "Hell Freezes Over" reunion tour when Glenn Frey developed a serious gastrointestinal illness that required surgery.
Also in 1994, Crosby Stills and Nash cancelled the rest of their 25th anniversary tour when David Crosby fell ill and needed a liver transplant.
And in 1994, a Los Angeles judge fined Michael Jackson $925 when he failed to show up to give a deposition in a lawsuit against his family. The legal action stemmed from the ill-fated TV special "Jackson Family Honors."
In 1997, Farm Aid was held at the New World Music Theater in Tinley Park, Ill. It starred co-founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Other performers included the Dave Matthews Band, Beck, John Fogerty and the Allman Brothers Band.
Also in 1997, an auction of souvenirs in San Francisco from the "Summer of Love" was a disappointment. Such items as notes from John Lennon and Yoko Ono to Black Panther leader Huey Newton failed to bring in as much money as the organizers had hoped.
Topping the charts on this date:
You're Breaking My Heart -- Vic Damone (1949), Sleep Walk --Santo and Johnny (1959), Sugar, Sugar -- The Achies (1969), My Sharona -- The Knack (1979).
Today's musical quiz:
Where was Dave Matthews born? Answer: South Africa.
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