Today In Music: A look back at pop music

By PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International  |  Oct. 25, 2001 at 4:45 AM
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(Oct. 25)

Today's birthdays include the late country comedian Minnie Pearl, who was born in 1912; Helen Reddy in 1941 (age 60); Jon Anderson, a founding member of Yes, in 1944 (age 57); Judas Priest guitarist Glen Tipton in 1948 (age 53); and Matthias Jabs of the German heavy metal group the Scorpions in 1956 (age 45).

Today's musical milestones:

In 1961, Hayley Mills became the first British female vocalist to place a song in the U.S. Top 10 since 1952. The tune was "Let's Get Together," Mills's duet with herself from the film "The Parent Trap."

In 1964, the Rolling Stones appeared for the first time on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

Also in 1964, it was announced the Beatles had won five prestigious Ivor Novello Awards for their songwriting achievements.

In 1970, Pink Floyd's "Atomic Heart Mother" became the group's first No.1 album in Britain.

In 1973, John Lennon filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government, alleging his telephone was being tapped at a time he was fighting a deportation order.

In 1991, legendary rock promoter Bill Graham was killed when the helicopter in which he was riding crashed into a utility pole during a rainstorm near San Francisco.

Also in 1991, a newspaper in Atlantic City, N.J., refused to run ads for Cher's upcoming concerts showing her tattooed butt. The ad was modified with the word "censored" covering up her rear-end.

In 1992, singer Roger Miller died of lung cancer in Los Angeles. He was 56.

Also in 1992, Tiny Tim's ukelele was stolen from a Des Moines, Iowa, hotel lobby. It was found hours later in a trash bin.

In 1993, Elvis Presley fans unveiled a plaque at an airport near Glasgow, Scotland. The plaque commemorated the only visit Presley ever made to Great Britain -- a one-hour stopover in 1960 en route home from Germany.

In 1995, Blind Melon lead singer Shannon Hoon was buried in his hometown of Lafayette, Ind. Hoon had been found dead from an accidental drug overdose four days earlier in New Orleans.

Also in 1995, Queen Elizabeth knighted British pop singer Cliff Richard.

In 1996, Paula Abdul wed Brad Beckerman in Beverly Hills, Calif. It was Abdul's second marriage. The wedding guest list included Rod Stewart, talk show host Rosie O'Donnell, members of Boyz II Men and pop singer Brandy.

In 1997, after opening for the Rolling Stones on the "Bridges to Babylon" tour, Blues Traveler resumed touring in Utica, N.Y., in support of its latest CD "Straight On Til Morning."

Also in 1997, rapper-turned-actor Will Smith, Beck and Courtney Love were winners at the VH1 Fashion Awards.

In 2000, country's Billy Ray Cyrus performed at a benefit for Nashville's Second Harvest Food Bank.

Today's musical quiz:

This pop/Christian singer named her third child after this country legend. Who was the singer and for whom did she name her baby? Answer: The singer was Amy Grant and she and then-husband Gary Chapman named their daughter Sarah after Minnie Pearl, whose real name is Sarah.

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