Today In Music: A look back at pop music

By PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International  |  Dec. 13, 2001 at 4:45 AM
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(Dec. 13)

Today's birthdays include singer, actor and game show host John Davidson, who was born in 1941 (age 60); Andy Summers of the Police in 1942 (age 59); Ted Nugent, and also Jeff "Skunk" Baxter of Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers fame, both in 1948 (age 53); David O'List of Roxy Music also in 1948 (age 53); Alabama's Randy Owen in 1949 (age 52); and Berton Averre of the Knack in 1954 (age 47).

Today's musical milestones:

In 1961, the Beatles agreed to be managed by Brian Epstein.

In 1974, George Harrison met with President Ford at the White House and was given a "WIN" button -- "WIN" being an acronym for "Whip Inflation Now."

In 1975, David Bowie's "Golden Years" and Foghat's "Slow Ride" were released.

In 1985, Phil Collins made his U.S. television acting debut portraying a sleazy game show host/drug dealer on NBC's "Miami Vice."

In 1993, Michael Jackson's lawyer confirmed that the pop star -- hounded by child molestation accusations -- had slipped back into the United States three days earlier and was holed up at his Neverland Ranch in Santa Ynez, Calif.

In 1996, Madonna's first television interview since giving birth to her daughter on Oct. 14 aired on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

Today's musical quiz:

John Davidson narrowly escaped death when fire swept a Kentucky nightclub in 1977. True or false? Answer: True. Davidson's musical director and 163 other people were killed in the fire at the Beverly Hills Supper Club. Davidson helped in rescue efforts.

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