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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for April 26-May 2.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include "America's Top 40" host Casey Kasem in 1932 (age 71); drummer Jerry Mercer of April Wine in 1939 (age 64); Kate Pierson of the B-52's in 1948 (age 55); Kiss guitarist Paul "Ace" Frehley in 1951 (age 52); and Adam and the Ants gui
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include the late Terry Kath of Chicago, who was born in 1946; Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, also in 1946 (age 57); "K.C.," a.k.a. Harry Wayne Casey, leader of K.C. and the Sunshine Band, in 1951 (age 52); guitarist Phil Manzanera
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for January 25-31.
By United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(April 27) Today's birthdays include "America's Top 40" host Casey Kasem in 1932 (age 70); drummer Jerry Mercer of April Wine in 1939 (age 63); Kate Pierson of the B-52's in 1948 (age 54); ...
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(April 27) Today's birthdays include "America's Top 40" host Casey Kasem in 1932 (age 70); drummer Jerry Mercer of April Wine in 1939 (age 63); ...
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(Jan. 31) Today's birthdays include the late Terry Kath of Chicago, who was born in 1946; Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, also in 1946 (age 56); ?K.C.," a.k.a. Harry Wayne Casey, leader of K.C. and the Sunshine Band, in 1951 (age 51); guitarist Phil
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(Jan. 26) Today's birthdays include Eartha Kitt, who was born in 1928 (age 74); Huey "Piano" Smith in 1934 (age 68); Derek Holt of the Climax Blues Band in 1949 (age 53); former Little River Band member David Briggs in 1951 (age 51); Van Halen guitarist E
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International
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La Toya Jackson arrives for Macy's Passport Presents Glamorama at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on September 16, 2010. UPI/Jim Ruymen
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La Toya Yvonne Jackson (born May 29, 1956) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, author, television personality, actress, businesswoman, activist and former model . She is the fifth child of the Jackson family. She had a career as a singer throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and returned to music in 2004 with her Billboard charting songs "Just Wanna Dance" and "Free the World". A forthcoming album, Startin' Over, has yet to be released.

Born on her sister Rebbie's 6th birthday on May 29, 1956, in Gary, Indiana, La Toya Jackson is the fifth of ten children born to Joseph and Katherine Jackson and the middle female child between Rebbie and Janet. Growing up, La Toya was a shy homebody. After her mother became a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses in 1965, La Toya, along with the rest of her siblings followed. She would spend some of her time (alongside her mother) preaching door-to-door. "Every morning, Michael and I witnessed, knocking on doors around Los Angeles, spreading the word of Jehovah." By 1972, at sixteen, La Toya joined her brothers in the spotlight with a tap dancing routine when her father arranged for them to perform shows in Las Vegas, among other cities. Jackson aspired to be an attorney specializing in business law. She attended college for a short time before her father insisted that she pursue a career in show business like the rest of the family.

In 1976 and 1977, La Toya and her sisters Rebbie and Janet appeared in all twelve episodes of "The Jacksons", with their brothers Jackie, Tito, Marlon, Michael and Randy a variety program on CBS. Along with their brothers (minus Jermaine), La Toya and her sisters sang, danced and performed skits. In 1978 during the filming of The Wiz La Toya traveled with her brother to New York. Sharing an apartment, it was the first time either of them had lived elsewhere as adults. Close siblings Michael and La Toya would not move out of the family's Encino home until they were 30 and 31 respectively.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "La Toya Jackson."
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