Today In Music: A look back at pop music

By PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International  |  Nov. 6, 2001 at 4:45 AM
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(Nov. 6)

Today's birthdays include Stonewall Jackson, who had a hit song in 1959 with "Waterloo." He was born in 1932 (age 69). Eugene Pitt of the Jive Five was born in 1937 (age 64); Jim Pike of the Lettermen in 1938 (age 63); Doug Sahm of the Sir Douglas Quintet in 1941; guitarist George Young of the Easybeats in 1947 (age 54); and the Eagles' Glenn Frey in 1948 (age 53).

Today's musical milestones:

In 1965, "It's My Life" by the Animals was released.

Also in 1965, Bill Graham promoted his first rock show. It featured the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.

In 1972, New York Dolls drummer Billy Muncia died from accidental suffocation. He had nodded off at a woman's apartment following a night on the town in London and she poured coffee down his throat in an attempt to wake him up. Muncia was 21.

In 1973, Gram Parsons's body was stolen from its grave and cremated -- as he had wanted at the Joshua Tree National Monument in California -- by his friend and manager, Phil Kaufman.

In 1975, the Sex Pistols played the band's first show at St. Martin's School of Art in London. The set lasted about 10 minutes before organizers pulled the plug.

In 1982, Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" topped the R&B music chart. It was his 13th No. 1 single but the first since 1977.

In 1984, after pleading no contest to involuntary manslaughter charges, Marvin Gay Sr. was sentenced to five years' probation in the shooting death of his son, Marvin Gaye Jr.

In 1992, country singer Reba McEntire escaped injury when her twin-engine jet crash-landed in Nashville. No one else aboard was hurt either.

Also in 1992, Michael Jackson reportedly was planning to introduce a line of fragrances: "Legende de Michael Jackson" for men and "Mystique de Michael Jackson" for women.

In 1994, Jerry Lee Lewis was treated at a Nesbitt, Miss., hospital after choking on food and having trouble breathing.

In 1995, Newsweek reported Michael Jackson was strapped for cash -- due to his having paid off parents to drop child molestation charges against him and also because of his lavish lifestyle -- and was using as collateral his ATV Music catalog. Jackson later denied he needed money in a rare USA Today interview.

Also in 1995, a judge in Orlando, Fla., threw out battery charges against Hole lead singer Courtney Love. The charges stemmed from a nightclub show, during which Love allegedly jumped off the stage and punched two teenage boys.

In 1997, a Los Angeles judge denied a request by Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee and his wife, actress Pamela Anderson Lee, to block Internet Entertainment Group from offering free viewings of a steamy video showing the couple having sex.

Today's musical quiz:

Where did Gram Parsons express the desire to be cremated at California's Joshua Tree National Monument? Answer: On his album "G.P."

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