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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International   |   Nov. 7, 2002 at 2:30 AM   |   Comments

(Nov. 7)

Today's birthdays include jazz trumpeter Al Hirt, who was born in 1922; Mary Travers of Peter Paul and Mary in 1937 (age 65); Dee Clark in 1938; Johnny Rivers in 1942 (age 60); Joni Mitchell in 1943 (age 59); and Nick Gilder in 1951 (age 51).


Today's musical milestones:

In 1970, Chicago released "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?"

In 1979, "The Rose," starring Bette Midler, premiered in Los Angeles.

In 1986, Sly Stone was arrested in Los Angeles for allegedly failing to make child support payments.

In 1987, Tiffany, 16, topped the charts with a cover of "I Think We're Alone Now," which had been a top-five hit for Tommy James and the Shondells in 1967, four years before Tiffany was born.

In 1988, John Fogerty was cleared of plagiarism in a lawsuit brought by his former label, Fantasy Records. The company contended that a 1970 Creedence Clearwater Revival song was the same as a Fogerty solo top-10 single in 1985.

In 1991, the children of Frank Zappa confirmed their father had prostate cancer. The disease would kill the rocker two years later.

In 1992, jazz musician Duke "Daddy Duke" Groner died in Chicago at age 84.

In 1995, rapper Flavor Flav of Public Enemy was arrested in New York City on drug and weapons charges, only four months after being sentenced to three years' probation following an assault conviction.

In 1996, a Los Angeles judge denied bail for Death Row Records CEO Marion "Suge" Knight and sent him back to jail for probation violations stemming from a 1992 assault case.

Also in 1996, jury selection began in Orlando, Fla., in the trial of Bobby Brown. He was accused of injuring a man during a brawl at a Disney World nightclub in April 1995.

In 1999, Britney Spears was named Best Young Recording Artist at the 4th annual Youngstar Awards.


Topping the charts on this date:

Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean (1961), Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley (1969).

You Light Up My Life - Debbie Boone (1977). Part-Time Lover - Stevie Wonder (1985).


Today's musical quiz:

Who wrote the 1969 Peter Paul and Mary hit single "Leaving On A Jet Plane"? Answer: John Denver.

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