Today's musical birthdays include Vic Damone, who was born in 1928 (age 74); Chick Corea and Roy Harper, both in 1941 (age 61); Reg Presley of the Troggs in 1943 (age 59); Atlantic Rhythm Section guitarist Barry Bailey in 1948 (age 54); bassist John Wetton, who has played with King Crimson, Roxy Music, Uriah Heep and Asia -- among others -- in 1949 (age 53); Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos -- real name, Brad Carlson -- and Boston's Brad Delp, both in 1951 (age 51); the late Pete Farndon of the Pretenders in 1952; and Rocky Burnette in 1953 (age 49).
On this day in music history:
In 1957, bandleader Jimmy Dorsey died. He was 53.
Also in 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis' "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" entered the charts.
In 1965, the Beatles learned they were going to be named Members of the Order of the British Empire. Previously, the honor had been reserved just for military heroes.
In 1972, John Lennon's and Yoko Ono's "Sometime In New York City" -- featuring Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention, the Plastic Ono Band and Elephant's Memory -- was released.
In 1982, Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt and Gary "U.S." Bonds appeared at a rally for nuclear disarmament in New York's Central Park. More than three-quarters-of-a-million people showed up for what was the biggest political rally in American history.
In 1987, U2 filled London's Wembly Stadium during the band's world tour promoting "The Joshua Tree." The album became the Irish group's first No.1 album in America, topping the Billboard Top-200 for nine weeks.
Also in 1987, the Los Angeles coroner announced that blues musician Paul Butterfield -- who'd been found dead a month earlier at his home -- had died from a lethal mixture of drugs and alcohol.
In 1992, a New York jury acquitted New Kids on the Block Jordan Knight and Danny Wood, and their friend Tommy Page, of copyright infringement charges. The trio had been accused of stealing the chorus on the song "I'll Be Your Everything" from Percy Sledge.
In 1994, Cab Calloway suffered a massive stroke at his home in White Plaines, N.Y.
In 1995, Pearl Jam canceled concerts near San Diego, Calif., after police raised concerns about security.
Also in 1995, Diana Ross performed at the opening ceremonies of Israel's Hapoel Games in Jerusalem. It was her first performance in Israel.
And in 1995, rapper Luther Campbell -- formerly with 2 Live Crew -- filed for bankruptcy in Miami.
In 1998, the first-ever U.S. tour of the Phil Collins Big Band began in Saratoga, Calif.
In 2000, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the National Music Publishers Association sued Napster, demanding the online music-trading company remove all major record label songs from its MP3 digital music-trading database.
Also in 2000, Bobby Brown pleaded guilty to two of three counts stemming from a 1996 drunken driving conviction and was sentenced to 75 days, less time served, in the Broward County (Fla.) Jail. Brown's wife, pop star Whitney Houston, did not attend the hearing in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Today's musical quiz:
Where did U2's Bono, whose real name is Paul Hewson, get his stage name? Answer: Bono took his professional name from a billboard advertising Bono Vox, a hearing aid retailer.