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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International   |   April 22, 2003 at 2:30 AM   |   Comments

(April 22)

Today's birthdays include Glen Campbell, who was born in 1936 (age 67); and Peter Frampton in 1950 (age 53).


Today's musical milestones:

In 1961, the first annual Country Music Festival opened in Jacksonville, Fla. It featured Webb Pierce, Faron Young, Porter Wagoner, Flatt and Scruggs, Patsy Cline and Mel Tillis, among others.

In 1966, the Troggs' "Wild Thing" was released.

In 1968, a CBS-TV special broadcast on this date -- celebrating the release of the 10th album by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass -- featured Alpert singing "This Guy's in Love With You." The single was released two days later after a flood of calls to CBS asking about getting a recording of the song.

In 1969, The Who performed the complete "Tommy" for the first time in public in Dolton, England, two weeks before the rock opera's official premiere in London.

Also in 1969, John Lennon changed his middle name from Winston to Ono in a ceremony on the roof of the Apple Records headquarters in London.

In 1976, Johnnie Taylor's "Disco Lady" became the first single to be certified platinum -- meaning more than 2 million copies sold.

In 1977, the Jam's first single "In the City" was released.

In 1978, Bob Marley headlined the "One Love" peace concert in Kingston, Jamaica. The all-star reggae show, benefitting unemployed Jamaicans, drew 30,000 people.

In 1979, Keith Richards and friends performed two free shows for the blind in Toronto to fulfill the terms of Richards' sentence for a heroin conviction.

In 1981, Eric Clapton suffered minor injuries in a car accident in Seattle.

In 1987, country's Don Williams underwent back surgery in Nashville.

In 1988, Mick Jagger played tapes of his songs for a packed courtroom in White Plains, N.Y., as he defended himself against a copyright suit brought by a Bronx reggae artist. The judge would rule in Jagger's favor.

In 1990, three-quarters-of-a-million people gathered in New York's Central Park for "Earth Day," a concert starring Hall and Oates, Edie Bricknell, the B-52s and Ben E. King.

In 1991, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones Productions and CBS Records were sued for $5 million by the developer of the Holophonics 3D sound recording method. He said the Holophonics method was supposed to be used on Jackson's "Bad" album but was taken off later copies.

In 1994, the 25th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival began.

In 1996, Bobby Brown was arrested on drunken driving charges in suburban Atlanta. The woman who was with him -- not his wife, Whitney Houston -- was not charged.

In 1998, former Who frontman Roger Daltry kicked off a world tour with the British Rock Symphony in New York, performing the hits of classic British rock bands.

Also in 1998, a Harris poll found Barbra Streisand was the most popular singer among adult Americans. Country's Garth Brooks came in second, Whitney Houston and Frank Sinatra tied for third, and Alan Jackson was fifth. The Beatles and Alabama tied for sixth place, followed by George Strait, Reba McEntire and Boyz II Men.

In 1999, concert promoters in Denver cancelled Marilyn Manson's April 30 concert in the wake of the Columbine High School massacre in Littleton, Colo. Manson reportedly was a favorite band of the two teenagers who allegedly carried out the shootings.

In 2000, Santana's world concert tour kicked off in Tokyo.


Today's musical quiz:

Where was Peter Frampton's hugely successful album "Frampton Comes Alive" recorded? Answer: The 1975 album was recorded at San Francisco's Winterland.

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