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Today in Music:

By United Press International   |   May 12, 2003 at 2:30 AM   |   Comments

(May 12)

Today's birthdays include bandleader Gordon Jenkins and jazz trombonist Jack Jenney in 1910; Burt Bacharach, who was born in 1928 (age 75); Ian Dury and Billy Swan, both in 1942 (age 61); David Walker, keyboardist with Gary Lewis and the Playboys, in 1943 (age 60); Jayotis Washington of the Persuasions in 1945 (age 58); Faces keyboardist Ian McLagen in 1946 (age 57); Steve Winwood in 1948 (age 55); John "Jocko" Marcellino of Sha Na Na and Billy Squier, both in 1950 (age 53); and Billy Duffy, lead guitarist with The Cult, in 1961 (age 42).


Today's musical milestones:

In 1960, Elvis Presley made his TV comeback after two years in the Army on a "Welcome Back" special hosted by Frank Sinatra.

IIn 1964, Barbra Streisand won the Grammy Award for Best Female Vocalist for "The Barbra Streisand Album."

In 1965, the Rolling Stones laid down the basic tracks for "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" at the famed Chess Studios in Chicago. The song would be finished in Los Angeles.

In 1971, Mick Jagger married Bianca Perez Morena de Macia in a Roman Catholic ceremony in St. Tropez, France. The wedding guests included Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Steven Stills and the rest of the Rolling Stones.

In 1983, Meat Loaf -- whose real name is Marvin Lee Aday -- filed for bankruptcy.

In 1987, Frank Sinatra canceled a performance in Sweden after Stockholm levied a special tax on him because he broke the entertainment boycott and played in South Africa.

In 1991, the "Simple Truth Appeal" benefit concert was held in London and nine other cities around the world to raise money for the Kurdish refugees in northern Iraq. Participants included Hammer, Tom Jones, Rod Stewart, Whitney Houston, Paul Simon, Yes, Peter Gabriel, Sting, and INXS.

In 1992, Guns N' Roses and Metallica announced plans for a joint North American summer concert tour.

Also in 1992, Paul Simon and Billy Joel met with former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in New York.

In 1994, the Clintons attended Barbra Streisand's concert in Landover, Md., near Washington, D.C.

Also in 1994, country superstar Garth Brooks made a cameo appearance on the NBC sitcom "Mad About You."

In 1998, Ringo Starr and his All-Star Band performed at New York's Bottom Line nightclub to preview his new album, "Vertical Man."

In 2000, Gloria Estefan marked the release of her new album "Alma Caribena (Caribbean Soul)" with her first network television special. "Gloria Estefan, Caribbean Soul: The Atlantis Concert" aired on CBS and also featured Latin pop star Marc Anthony.


Today's musical quiz:

Marc Anthony has been quoted in People magazine saying he needs to call Tom Jones and ask his advice. About what? Answer: About how to remain cool while picking up the panties girls throw at him from the audience.

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