Today's birthdays include Phil Everly, one-half of the Everly Brothers, who was born in 1939 (age 64); Janis Joplin in 1943; Shelley Fabares in 1944 (age 59); Rod Evans of Deep Purple in 1945 (age 58); Dolly Parton in 1946 (age 57); Hot Chocolate guitarist Harvey Hinsley in 1948 (age 55); Robert Palmer in 1949 (age 54); Dewey Bunnell of America in 1951 (age 52); the Motels' Martha Davis, also in 1951 (age 52); singer/actor Desi Arnez, Jr., in 1953 (age 50); and UB40's Mickey Virtue in 1957 (age 46).
Today's musical milestones:
In 1957, Pat Boone sang at President Eisenhower's inaugural ball.
In 1967, singer Lesley Gore appeared on the "Batman" TV series as a villain named Pussycat.
In 1974, a Bob Dylan concert in Miami caused huge traffic jams.
In 1975, Paul McCartney and Wings arrived in New Orleans to begin recording the "Venus and Mars" album at Allen Toussaint's Sea-Saint Studio.
In 1976, promoter Bill Sargent offered the Beatles $30 million for a reunion show. The unanimous answer was no.
In 1977, Jimmy Carter's presidential inaugural festivities included a concert featuring Aretha Franklin, Linda Ronstadt and Loretta Lynn on stage -- and John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Paul Simon and Gregg Allman in the audience.
In 1980, Michael Jackson received his first gold record, for "Off the Wall."
In 1984, Ellie Greenwich's "Leader of the Pack" revue opened in New York.
In 1986, Bruce Springsteen made a surprise appearance at an Asbury Park, N.J., benefit concert. The show raised money for workers at a factory that was closing in "The Boss's" hometown of Freehold.
In 1988, Iceland's first rock group, the Sugarcubes, had to re-edit the music video of its second hit single "Cold Sweat" when a British TV show producer objected to a scene in which it appeared that a bandmember's throat was cut.
Also in 1993, R&B singer Anita Baker gave birth to her first child, a boy, in Detroit.
In 1994, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction dinner saw a possible end to the Paul McCartney-Yoko Ono feud when McCartney presented Ono with the statuette as John Lennon was inducted into the Hall of Fame. The other inducees included Elton John, Rod Stewart, Bob Marley, the late blues singer Willie Dixon, Johnny Otis, the Grateful Dead, the Band, and the Animals.
In 1994, former Door Robby Krieger jammed with his son's band Bloodline at a concert in New York.
In 1996, MCA reportedly was negotiating to buy half of Interscope Records, known for its roster of "gangsta" rap artists. Time Warner had sold its 50-percent interest in the label in September 1995.
In 1997, Madonna was named best actress in a musical or comedy for her role in "Evita" at the 54th annual Golden Globe Awards.
Also in 1997, Duran Duran's John Taylor announced at DuranCon in Los Angeles that he was leaving the group. The split was said to be amicable.
And in 1997, the auditorium at Passaic High School in New Jersey was renamed the Shirelle Auditorium, after the all-girl group which got its start at a student talent show at the school 40 years earlier.
In 1998, rockabilly pioneer Carl Perkins died of complications from three strokes he'd suffered in the previous two months. He was 65.
In 1999, Capitol Records announced that John Hiatt was canceling all February tour dates because he needed surgery to remove a cyst in his throat. The cyst was not life-threatening and doctors predicted Hiatt would recover within three months.
In 2000, Geffen Records filed suit against Hole band members Courtney Love and Eric Erlandson for breach of contract in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming the group still owed the label five albums under a 1992 agreement.
Also in 2000, former School Of Fish singer and guitarist Josh Clayton-Felt died of cancer less than a month after his illness was diagnosed. He was 32.
Today's musical quiz:
What reportedly is Dolly Parton's personal CB radio "handle"? Answer: "Booby Trap."
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