Today's birthdays include the late Johnny Horton, who was born in 1927; country's Willie Nelson in 1933 (age 69); John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas in 1935; Bobby Vee in 1943 (age 59); Wayne Kramer of MC5 in 1948 (age 54); Merrill Osmond in 1953 (age 49); and rapper Turbo B, whose real name is Durron Maurice Butler, in 1967 (age 35).
Today's musical milestones:
In 1965, Herman's Hermits launched its first U.S. concert tour. The opening act was the Zombies.
In 1966, folk singer and novelist Richard Farina -- the husband of Joan Baez's sister -- was killed in a motorcycle accident. He was 29.
In 1983, blues great Muddy Waters -- whose real name was McKinley Morganfield -- died from a heart attack in his adopted city of Chicago. He was 68.
In 1987, Madonna's "La Isla Bonita" became her 11th consecutive top-five hit, a feat accomplished only by Elvis Presley and the Beatles.
Also in 1987, in a lawsuit going back 20 years, members of the former Jefferson Airplane asked a judge to release $2 million in royalties held by their record company.
And in 1987, Bobby McFerrin was among the headliners at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
In 1988, Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" dropped off the Billboard Top-200 album chart for the first time in 725 weeks -- three weeks shorts of 14 YEARS.
Also in 1988, Paul McCartney announced he'd signed a deal with the state-run Soviet record company Melodiya for an album of 13 rock hits.
In 1992, rioting in Los Angeles caused officials to cancel ticket sales to a July 13 Michael Bolton concert at the Hollywood Bowl. The sales were rescheduled.
In 1997, tornado warnings failed to stop a concert by Marilyn Manson in Kalamazoo, Mich.
In 2000, CBS aired the made-for-TV biopic "Take Me Home --- The John Denver Story." It starred Chad Lowe in the title role and was based on Denver's autobiography "Take Me Home." Denver was killed in October 1997 when his experimental plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean.
In 2001, Stabbing Westward launched a North American club tour in Orlando, Fla., in support of the band's first album in three years.
Today's musical quiz:
In February 1959, when he was 15, Bobby Vee was called upon to perform for a hometown crowd in Fargo, N.D., after what happened? Answer: The star of the show had been killed in a plane crash. That star was Buddy Holly. Vee knew all the lyrics to the songs and so was pressed into service.