Today's birthdays include Animals drummer John Steel, who was born in 1941 (age 61); Florence LaRue of the 5th Dimension in 1944 (age 58); Alice Cooper, whose real name is Vincent Furnier, in 1948 (age 54); Kansas drummer Phil Ehart in 1950 (age 52); Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley in 1952 (age 50); country singer Clint Black in 1962 (age 40); and Natalie Imbruglia in 1975 (age 27).
Today's musical milestones:
In 1969, the Beatles appointed Eastman and Eastman -- the law firm of Paul McCartney's father-in-law -- as general counsel to Apple. This was McCartney's response to the hiring of Allen Klein the day before.
In 1971, the Osmonds received their first "gold" record, for "One Bad Apple.
In 1982, Alex Harvey of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band died at age 46.
In 1983, Karen Carpenter died from a heart attack apparently brought on by anorexia. She was 32.
In 1987, a 21-year-old man was stabbed in the chest and three teenagers robbed of their tickets at gunpoint outside a Bon Jovi concert in San Antonio, Texas.
Also in 1987, Liberace died of AIDS. He was 67.
In 1992, a disgruntled fan filed a $75 million class-action lawsuit in Chicago against the New Kids on the Block, claiming the group didn't do its own singing on its records or in concert. The lawsuit echoed charges made by group's former music producer a week earlier.
In 1997, the Los Angeles Times reported Las Vegas police had three suspects in the killing of rapper Tupac Shakur five months earlier, but said an arrest was not likely because the witnesses refused to cooperate.
In 1998, Ben Folds Five launched the final leg of the band's world tour in Portland, Ore.
In 1999, a court hearing in Malibu, Calif., on whether Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee had violated his probation by allegedly drinking at a Florida nightclub was rescheduled after the probation officer said he'd been unable to check out the report. Lee was on probation after pleading no-contest to charges that he hit his wife, actress Pamela Anderson.
Today's musical quiz:
Alice Cooper made a cameo appearance in what Mike Myers/Dana Carvey film? Answer: "Wayne's World."