Today In Music: A look back at pop music

By PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International  |  Dec. 3, 2001 at 4:45 AM
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(Dec. 3)

Today's birthdays include Andy Williams, who was born in 1930 (age 71); John Cale of the Velvet Underground in 1940 (age 61); Ozzy Osbourne in 1948 (age 53); Mickey Thomas of the Elvin Bishop Band, and also Jefferson Starship, in 1949 (age 52); Nicky Stevens of the Brotherhood of Man in 1951 (age 50); and Molly Hatchet guitarist Duane Roland in 1952 (age 49).

Today's musical milestones:

In 1949, the legendary Chicago blues club Theresa's opened on the city's South Side.

In 1965, in Glasgow, Scotland, the Beatles launched what would be the band's last concert tour of Great Britain. Also on the bill: the Moody Blues and the Paramounts, who'd later turn into Procol Harum.

In 1968, the "Elvis TV Special" aired, proving Elvis Presley was not artistically bankrupt. The show drew the year's largest audience for a TV musical special.

In 1971, a concert by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention ended abruptly when fire broke out at the famed casino in Montreaux, Switzerland. The blaze forced Deep Purple out of the hotel where the band was recording. The incident yielded the Deep Purple classic "Smoke on the Water," written by vocalist Ian Gillan.

In 1976, the Sex Pistols' first single "Anarchy in the U.K." was released.

Also in 1976, an inflatable pink pig used for a Pink Floyd album cover broke its moorings and drifted across London.

And in 1976, Jackson Browne dropped his pants onstage in Oakland, Calif., when a fan urged him to "get loose."

In 1977, "Mull of Kintyre" became Paul McCartney's first post-Beatles No. 1 single in Britain. The song was a flop in the United States, where most radio stations played the B-side tune, "Girls' School."

In 1979, 11 people were killed and dozens more injured as fans rushed for the best "festival seating" sports at a Who concert in Cincinnati.

In 1991, Garth Brooks, Mariah Carey, C&C Music Factory and Whitney Houston were the big winners at the 1991 Billboard Music Awards.

In 1992, Chilean police searched the Guns N' Roses plane in response to reports that drugs were found in the band's laundry. No dope was found on the plane and it was allowed to leave.

In 1996, Michael Bolton and Gladys Knight helped with the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in New York City.

In 1998, the video for "I'm Losing You," a track from "The John Lennon Anthology" four-CD box set, premiered on VH1. It included Lennon's line drawings brought to life by animator David Spafford.

Also in 1998, B.B. King headlined a USO holiday gala aboard the USS Intrepid on New York's Hudson River. The black-tie event honored Walter Cronkite.

Today's musical quiz:

This former Beatle's daughter is now an up-and-coming fashion designer. Who? Answer: Stella McCartney, daughter of Paul McCartney.

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