Today in Music: A look back at pop music

By PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International  |  May 28, 2002 at 2:00 AM
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(May 28)

Today's birthdays include the late T-Bone Walker, who was born in 1910; the late Papa John Creach, who toured with Jefferson Starship, in 1917; Gladys Knight in 1944 (age 57); John Fogerty, co-founder of Creedence Clearwater Revival, in 1945 (age 56); Steve Strange, whose real name is Stephen Harrington, in 1959 (age 42); Fine Young Cannibals singer Roland Gift in 1962 (age 39); and Australian singer Kylie Minogue in 1968 (age 33).

On this day in music history:

In 1976, the Allman Brothers Band broke up following Gregg Allman's testimony against a band "roadie" in a drug case.

In 1984, "Love Language" -- Teddy Pendergrass' first album since the car accident that left him in a wheelchair -- was released.

In 1987, federal investigators announced that the 1985 New Year's Eve airplane fire that killed singer Rick Nelson, his fiance and the band apparently was caused by a malfunctioning heater -- not by the free-basing of cocaine.

In 1991, MCA countersued Motown in Los Angeles, accusing the record label and majority owner Boston Ventures of trying illegally to get out of a 1988 distribution agreement. Motown had sued MCA two weeks earlier, claiming MCA was not living up to the agreement.

In 1992, a Boston man said rapper Mark Wahlberg -- of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, and the younger brother of New Kid On The Block Donnie Wahlberg -- was among the group of four or five people who beat him up.

In 1996, Depeche Mode lead singer David Gahan was arrested in Los Angeles on drug possession charges after being hospitalized for a drug overdose.

Today's musical quiz:

Do you remember the name of "Marky" Mark Wahlberg's debut album? Answer: "Music for the People" (1991), which was produced by his older brother, New Kid On The Block's Donnie Wahlberg.

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