Today in Music: A look back at pop music

By United Press International  |  June 10, 2002 at 2:30 AM
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(June 10)

Today's musical birthdays include the late Howlin' Wolf, whose real name was Chester Burnett, born in 1910; the late Judy Garland in 1922; Shirley Alston of the Shirelles in 1941 (age 61); Wizzard bassist Rick Price in 1944 (age 58); Procol Harum keyboardist Matthew Fisher in 1946 (age 56); Taste of Honey's Perry Kimble in 1949 (age 53); and the late Fat Boys rapper Darren "The Human Beat Box" Robinson in 1967.

On this day in music history:

In 1964, Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry visited as the Rolling Stones recorded at Chess Records in Chicago.

In 1967, Bob Dylan and The Band began recording "The Basement Tapes" album at their house in Woodstock, N.Y.

In 1969, the Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Byrds, Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick and others appeared at the Fantasy Faire and Magic Mountain Music Festival in California.

In 1971, police fired tear gas at fans climbing the barricades to get in free to a Jethro Tull show at Red Rocks Amphitheater near Denver. The band played on.

In 1972, Elvis Presley played his first-ever concert in New York. The shows were recorded for a live album, "Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden."

In 1977, the Clash's Joe Strummer and Topper Headon were arrested for painting the name of their band on a wall in London.

In 1981, Steve Howe and Geoff Downes of Yes; John Wetton of King Crimson, Roxy, and Uriah Heep; and Carl Palmer of Emerson Lake and Palmer formed the supergroup Asia.

In 1986, Queen Elizabeth awarded an honorary knighthood -- Knight of the British Empire -- to Boomtown Rat rocker Bob Geldof.

In 1991, David Ruffin of the Temptations was laid to rest in Detroit. Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder sang, and Michael Jackson paid for the funeral. At the service, fellow Temptation Eddie Kendricks was arrested for failing to pay child support.

In 1992, outraged Texas lawmen called for a ban on rapper Ice-T's song "Cop Killer." Warner Bros. Records reacted by saying it was committed to freedom of expression. Later in the year, it dropped the rapper from the label.

In 1993, Don Henley, Sting and Paul McCartney were among the 21 people to receive the first annual Earth Day International Awards.

In 1994, Paul Simon performed at an AIDS benefit concert in Dallas.

Also in 1994, TLC's Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez was arrested in Alpharetta, Ga., in connection with the fire that burned down the mansion of her boyfriend, Atlanta Falcon Andre Rison.

In 1996, a Los Angeles judge dismissed an arrest warrant against Rob Pilatus -- formerly one-half of the lip-synching duo Milli Vanilli -- after the musician turned up at a rehabilitation clinic. The warrant had been issued after Pilatus disappeared from the drug treatment center, where he'd been ordered to stay for six months for assaulting a woman.

In 1998, Ronnie Spector testified in a New York Supreme Court lawsuit against her ex-husband, Phil Spector. She and the other Ronettes were suing Spector for unpaid royalties they claimed they were owed.

In 1999, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and former Fugee Lauryn Hill was inducted into the alumni Hall of Fame at Columbia High School, her old high school, in Maplewood, N.J.

In 2000, Mary J. Blige launched "The Mary Show," her 44-city summer tour, with a two-day engagement at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.

Today's musical quiz:

How old was Steve Howe of Yes and Asia fame when he first began playing the guitar? Answer: 12.

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