Today in Music: A look back at pop music

By United Press International  |  June 9, 2002 at 2:30 AM
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(June 9)

Today's musical birthdays include guitarist Les Paul, who was born in 1915 (age 87); the late Johnny Ace was born in 1929; the late Jackie Wilson was born in 1934; Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord in 1941 (age 61); Mitch Mitchell, drummer with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, in 1947 (age 55); and Uriah Heep bassist Trevor Bolder in 1950 (age 52).

On this day in music history:

In 1970, Bob Dylan received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Princeton University.

In 1972, legendary record executive John Hammond signed Bruce Springsteen to Columbia Records. He also had signed Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin.

In 1984, Cyndi Lauper notched her first No.1 single with "Time After Time."

In 1985, the British magazine New Music Express agreed to pay 1960s pop star Cliff Richard "appropriate damages" for defamatory remarks in a concert review. He gave the money to charity.

In 1987, Casey Kasem -- of "America's Top-40" pop music countdown fame -- was one of more than 100 anti-nuclear activists arrested during a protest in front of White House.

In 1990, a re-united Doobie Brothers played its first U.S. concert since getting back together.

Also in 1990, Michael Jackson was admitted to the hospital with a mysterious illness. He was later diagnosed with suffering from inflammed cartilage in his rib cage.

In 1991, Bruce Springsteen married girlfriend Patty Scialfa, the mother of his son.

In 1993, the U.S. Post Office unveiled its "Legends of American Music, Rock and Roll/Rhythm & Blues" stamp series. The stamps featured Otis Redding, Buddy Holly, Dinah Washington, Bill Haley, Ritchie Valens, Clyde McPhatter and Elvis Presley.

Also in 1993, Carly Simon said she was considering an offer to write an all-singing episode of CBS's quirky drama "Northern Exposure."

In 1997, Sinead O'Connor canceled an appearance at a peace concert in Jerusalem after she said a threat was made against her.

Also in 1997, rockabilly pioneer Carl Perkins, 65, underwent surgery in Memphis to clear a blockage in his neck arteries.

In 1998, the fifth annual Pavarotti and Friends charity concert featured the Spice Girls, minus Ginger Spice -- as well as Jon Bon Jovi and Vanessa Williams.

Also in 1998, John Fogerty released "Premonition," a live concert album and a home video.

In 2000, Mitch Ryder threw a free concert in his hometown of Detroit to celebrate the release, on J-Bird Records, of seven of his previously unavailable solo CDs.

Today's musical quiz:

Jon Bon Jovi's first solo album, 1990's "Blaze of Glory," was written for what film? Answer: "Young Guns II." Bon Jovi had a cameo in the movie.

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