Today's birthdays include Tremeloes founder Brian Poole, who was born in 1941 (age 60); Deep Purple bassist Nicholas Simper in 1946 (age 55); Lulu, whose real name is Marie Lawrie, in 1948 (age 53); Adam Ant, whose real name is Stuart Goddard, in 1954 (age 47); Deacon Blue keyboardist James Prime in 1960 (age 41); and Marilyn, Boy George's transvestite pop singer friend whose real name is Peter Robinson, in 1962 (age 39).
Today's musical milestones:
In 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis's "Great Balls of Fire" and Danny and the Juniors' "At the Hop" were released.
In 1961, Jimmie "The Singing Brakeman" Rodgers was unanimously voted the first member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
In 1967, Fleetwood Mac released its first single in England, "I Believe My Time Ain't Long."
In 1983, RCA signed Puerto Rican teeny-bopper group Menudo.
In 1984, Willie Nelson's recording of Steve Goodman's "City of New Orleans" topped the country music charts six weeks after Goodman's death.
In 1986, President Reagan quoted Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" while campaigning in California.
In 1990, Vanilla Ice became the first rap artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 when "Ice Ice Baby" knocked Janet Jackson's "Black Cat" off its perch.
Also in 1990, two teen idols of the 1970s -- David Cassidy and Donny Osmond -- returned to the top-40: Cassidy with "Lyin' To Myself" and Osmond with "My Love Is a Fire."
In 1991, a wake was held as San Francisco's Golden Gate Park for concert promoter Bill Graham, who had been killed a week earlier in a helicopter crash. The event featured performances by Bobby McFerrin, the Grateful Dead, Aaron Neville, Joan Baez, Carlos Santana and Kris Kristofferson -- as well as reunion sets by Crosby Stills Nash and Young, and Steve Perry and Journey. More than 300,000 people attended.
In 1993, Barry Manilow announced that his 1978 disco hit "Copacabana" was being turned into a musical.
In 1995, a couple won Pearl Jam concert tickets after standing in a San Jose, Calif., intersection during morning rush-hour -- with the man wearing only a G-string and the woman clad in bikini, pretending to whip him. The contest for the weirdest stunt was sponsored by a local radio station.
In 1997, Billy Preston was sentenced to three years in prison for violating his probation in an earlier cocaine possession case.
Also in 1997, an out-of-court settlement was announced in a lawsuit filed against Metallica and Jam Productions by an Iowa college student who'd been injured in a 1993 crowd-surfing accident. The amount of the settlement was not disclosed.
In 1998, Alanis Morissette's second album, "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie," was released. It was a follow-up to "Jagged Little Pill."
Also in 1998, "The John Lennon Anthology" -- a four-CD box set with more than 100 previously unreleased solo recordings -- was released by Capitol Records.
Today's musical quiz:
Lulu co-starred in and sang the title song for this 1960s motion picture. What was the name of the film? Answer: "To Sir, With Love."