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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International   |   March 29, 2003 at 2:30 AM   |   Comments

(March 29)

Today's birthdays include the late Pearl Bailey, who was born in 1918; Vangelis in 1943 (age 60); and Toto's Bobby Kimball in 1947 (age 56).


Today's musical milestones:

In 1960, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge opened in Nashville.

In 1973, following its single "The Cover of the Rolling Stone," Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show actually made the cover of that particular magazine.

In 1975, all six Led Zeppelin albums released up to this time were on the U.S. album charts during the same week.

In 1980, the BeeGees were sued in Chicago by an amateur songwriter who claimed they plagiarized one of his tunes for their 1978 hit "How Deep Is Your Love?" The BeeGees won on appeal.

In 1985, Thompson Twin Tom Bailey was found collapsed on the floor of his hotel room, suffering from exhaustion.

In 1987, Prince won eight "Razzies" for worst achievement in movie making at the annual spoof of the Academy Awards.

On this day in 1990, recording companies agreed to put a warning label on music products that contain potentially offensive lyrics. Some companies already had started using labels to warn buyers of lyrics containing objectionable references to sex and violence.

In 1993, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear 2 Live Crew's appeal of a ruling that said the rap group broke federal copyright laws when it did a parody of Roy Orbison's "Oh Pretty Woman." The high court would reverse the decision.

Also in 1993, a judge in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., overturned the October 1990 conviction of a record store owner charged with obscenity for selling 2 Live Crew's "As Nasty As They Wanna Be" album.

In 1996, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee and his wife, "Baywatch" star Pamela Anderson Lee, sued Penthouse for $10 million in a failed bid to force the magazine not to market a stolen home video of the couple.


Today's musical quiz:

How many musical instruments can Prince play? Answer: Prince reportedly can play more than two dozen instruments.

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