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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include singer Maxine Sullivan, born in 1911; Ritchie Valens, who was born in 1941; Mary Wells in 1943; J. Geils Band harmonica player Magic Dick, aka Richard Salwitz, in 1945 (age 58); Pete "Overend" Watts, bassist with Mott the Hoople,
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for May 10-16.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include the late Cab Calloway, who was born in 1907; the late Chris Kenner was born in 1929; "Little Richard" Penniman, who uses Christmas Day as his birthdate, in 1932 (age 70); the late O'Kelly Isley of the Isley Brothers was born in 1
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Dec. 21-27.
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Today in music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include French singer Edith Piaf born in Paris in 1915; country singer "Little" Jimmy Dickens, who was born in 1920 (age 82); the late Phil Ochs was born in 1940; Maurice White, lead vocalist with Earth Wind and Fire, in 1941 (age 61); A
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Dec. 14-20.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include John Stewart of the Kingston Trio, who was born in 1939 (age 63); Joe "Speedo" Frazier of The Impalas in 1943 (age 59); Al Stewart in 1945 (age 57); the late Freddie Mercury of Queen was born in 1946; Buddy Miles and Loudon Wainw
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

A weekly package of This Week in Music for Aug. 31-Sept. 6.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

(July 26)
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The Almanac

Today is Friday, July 26, the 207th day of 2002 with 158 to follow.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

(July 20)
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The Almanac

Today is Monday, May 13, the 133rd day of 2002 with 232 to follow.
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Today in Music: A look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include the late Ritchie Valens, who was born in 1941; the late Mary Wells was born in 1943; J. Geils Band harmonica player Magic Dick, aka Richard Salwitz, in 1945 (age 57); Pete "Overend" Watts, bassist with Mott the Hoople, in 1949 (a
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today in Music: A look back at pop music

Today in Music advance package, May 11-17, 2002.
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Airline pioneer Harding Lawrence dies

DALLAS, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- A private family service is planned Sunday for Harding L. Lawrence, an airline pioneer who turned Braniff Airways into a leading world-class carrier. He died We
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Mary Wells
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Mary Esther Wells (May 13, 1943 – July 26, 1992) was an American singer who helped to define the emerging sound of Motown in the early 1960s. Along with The Miracles, The Temptations, The Supremes, and the Four Tops, Wells was said to have been part of the charge in black music onto radio stations and record shelves of mainstream America, "bridging the color lines in music at the time."

With a string of hit singles composed mainly by Smokey Robinson, including "Two Lovers" (1962), the Grammy-nominated "You Beat Me to the Punch" (1962) and her signature hit, "My Guy" (1964), she became recognized as "The Queen of Motown" until her departure from the company in 1964, at the height of her popularity. She was one of Motown's first singing superstars.

Mary Esther Wells was born near Detroit's Wayne State University on May 13, 1943, to a mother who worked as a domestic and an absentee father. One of three children, she contracted spinal meningitis at the age of two and struggled with partial blindness, deafness in one ear and temporary paralysis. During her early years, Wells lived in a poor residential Detroit district. By age 12, she was helping her mother with house cleaning work. She described the ordeal years later:

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