Today In Music: A look back at pop music

By PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International  |  April 10, 2002 at 2:00 AM
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(April 10)

Today's birthdays include Shelby "Sheb" Wooley, who was born in 1921 (age 81); The Spinners' Bobbie Smith in 1936 (age 66); Bobby Hatfield of the Righteous Brothers in 1940 (age 62); Bunny Wailer -- whose real name is Neville O'Reilly Livingstone -- of the Wailers in 1947 (age 55); guitarist Eddie Hazel of P-Funk in 1950 (age 52); Terre Roche of the Roches in 1953 (age 49); singer/songwriter/producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds in 1957 (age 45); Brian Setzer, formerly with the Stray Cats and now leading The Brian Setzer Orchestra, in 1959 (age 43); and pop singer Mandy Moore in 1984 (age 18).

Today's musical milestones:

In 1956, Nat "King" Cole was attacked and beaten by a mob of racists while singing on stage at Municipal Hall in Birmingham, Ala.

In 1958, Chuck Willis was killed in a car crash in Atlanta. He was 30.

In 1962, Stu Sutcliffe -- the original bassist with the Beatles and the originator of the shaggy "Beatle" haircut -- died at age 21 from a brain hemorrhage.

In 1970, Paul McCartney announced he was leaving the Beatles, citing personal differences with John Lennon.

In 1981, Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott married model Peggy Sue Fender in London.

In 1982, the Paul McCartney-Stevie Wonder duet "Ebony and Ivory" entered the U.S. pop singles chart at No. 29. It would eventually hit No. 1 in both the United States and Britain.

In 1985, Wham! performed for 5,000 Chinese fans in Canton, China.

In 1991, a judge in Louisville, Ky., reduced the arson charge against New Kid on the Block Donnie Wahlberg in exchange for his recording of fire safety, drug abuse and drunk driving public service announcements. The charge stemmed from a March 27 hotel hallway fire that Wahlberg allegedly had set.

In 1992, Axl Rose skipped town ahead of Cook Co., Ill., Sheriff's deputies, who were going to arrest him on charges stemming from a riot that'd broken out July 2, 1991, at a suburban St. Louis concert. Rose's abrupt departure forced the cancellation of the Guns N' Roses concert in Chicago. Shows in suburban Detroit scheduled for April 13 and 14 were also cancelled.

In 1993, more than 100 people were hurt and 100 others arrested when rioting erupted outside a Metallica concert in suburban Jakarta, Indonesia.

In 1994, more than 10,000 people turned out for a memorial vigil in downtown Seattle for Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, who'd been found dead two days earlier from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

In 1995, Rod Stewart said a British newspaper reporter misunderstood him when the journalist quoted the rocker saying he'd retire after his upcoming concert tour.

In 1996, Rob Pilatus -- formerly of Milli Vanilli -- was arrested on outstanding warrants after being pulled over by Los Angeles police for running a stop sign.

In 1997, A&M Records confirmed that Soundgarden was breaking up after 12 years.

In 1999, the Smashing Pumpkins kicked off "The Arising" tour in Detroit. The first four songs of the show were cybercast via the Internet.

In 2000, Whitney Houston received a standing ovation following a 20-minute performance at a party celebrating the 25th anniversary of her record label, Arista -- even if she did trip once on stage, speak a few lyrics instead of singing them, and stop in the middle of a tune to ask for a drink of water.

Today's musical quiz:

"Sheb" Wooley wrote the theme song to this country music-oriented TV variety show. What? Answer: "Hee Haw."

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