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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International   |   March 20, 2003 at 2:30 AM
(March 20)

Today's birthdays include country singer and actor Jerry Reed in 1937 (age 66); Carl Palmer of Emerson Lake and Palmer fame and also of Asia, in 1951 (age 52); Jimmy Vaughan of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and the older brother of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, also in 1951 (age 52); and former Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom in 1961 (age 42).


Today's musical milestones:

In 1935, "Your Hit Parade" debuted on the radio.

In 1968, Eric Clapton and Buffalo Springfield members Neil Young, Richie Furay and Jim Messina were arrested at a private home in Los Angeles. They were charged with "being in a place where it is suspected that marijuana is being used."

In 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono were married at the British Consulate in Gibraltar. Beatles assistant Peter Brown gave the bride away.

In 1970, David Bowie married Angela Barnett in Bromley, England.

In 1971, Janis Joplin posthumously topped the Billboard Hot-100 singles chart with "Me and Bobby McGee."

In 1987, Boy George pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana charges in a London court. He was released on a "conditional discharge."

Also in 1987, Kenneth Threadgill -- patriarch of the Austin, Texas, music scene who gave Janis Joplin her start -- died at age 78.

In 1991, Michael Jackson signed another contract with Sony in a deal estimated to be worth more than $1 billion.

Also in 1991, a Los Angeles jury awarded Peggy Lee $3.8 million in her lawsuit against Disney for not sharing with her the profits from the videotape sales of "Lady and the Tramp." Lee did four character voices and wrote six songs for the animated film, and was paid $3,500.

And in 1991, the four-year-old son of Eric Clapton was killed when he fell from the window of his mother's 53rd-floor New York City apartment.

In 1994, Madonna won the worst actress Razzie Award for the third time, for her film "Body of Evidence."

In 1996, the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences announced the 1997 Grammy Awards would be held at New York's Madison Square Garden -- marking the first time the show was being staged in an arena setting.

In 1998, a federal jury in Springfield, Mo., cleared Tony Orlando of sexual harassment and discrimination charges in a lawsuit filed by two of his former backing singers at the Yellow Ribbon Theater in Branson.


Today's musical quiz:

The 1973 Rolling Stones song "Angie" is about whom? Answer: David Bowie's wife at the time, Angela.

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