Today in Music: A look back at pop music

By United Press International  |  June 14, 2002 at 2:45 AM
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(June 15)

Today's musical birthdays include the late David Rose, who had a hit back in 1962 with "The Stripper," in 1910; the late Waylon Jennings in 1937; the late Harry Nilsson was born in 1941; Air Supply's Russell Hitchcock and Brownsville Station's Michael Lutz, both in 1949 (age 53); Noddy Holder of Slade in 1950 (age 52); Steve Walsh of Kansas in 1951 (age 51); Foxy's Richie Puente in 1953 (age 49); and Terri Gibbs in 1954 (age 48).

On this day in music history:

In 1963, "Sukiyaki" topped the Billboard Hot-100 singles chart, making Kyu Sakamoto the first Japanese artist to chart -- let alone reach No.1 -- in the United States.

Also in 1963, Jan and Dean's "Surf City," written by Beach Boy Brian Wilson, was released.

In 1965, Bob Dylan recorded "Like a Rolling Stone" in his first "electric session" at Columbia Studios in New York.

In 1967, guitarist Peter Green left John Mayall's Blues Breakers to form Fleetwood Mac.

In 1982, bassist Pete Farndon left the Pretenders. Less than a year later, he died from a drug overdose.

In 1985, all seven of Bruce Springsteen's albums were on the British album charts.

In 1986, the final show in a concert series to celebrate Amnesty International's 25th anniversary drew 55,000 fans to the Meadowlands in New Jersey. Performers include Sting, U2, Miles Davis, the Police, Yoko Ono and Joan Baez.

In 1992, k-d lang canceled a concert in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada, after ranchers threatened to protest her vegetarian views.

In 1993, Ella Fitzgerald, Redd Foxx, Billie Holliday and the Ink Spots were inducted into the Apollo Theatre Hall of Fame.

Also in 1993, Paul McCartney ended the American leg of his world tour with a concert broadcast live from Charlotte, N.C.

In 1994, TLC rapper Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes checked into a rehabilitation center following her arrest on charges she torched her football-player boyfriend's Atlanta area home earlier in the month.

Also in 1994, Geffen Records announced plans to release the Aerosmith single "Head First" exclusively on CompuServe.

In 1995, Sinead O'Connor attacked two Israeli photographers who'd been following her as she did some sightseeing in Jerusalem.

In 1999, EMI Music released "Synchronistic Wanderings: Recorded Anthology 1979-1999" to mark the 20th anniversary of Pat Benatar's debut album.

Also in 1999, the American Society of Young Musicians in Los Angeles named Latin pop star Ricky Martin its "artist for the new millennium." It also inducted Little Richard into its Hall of Fame.

And in 1999, the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) honored singer Jewel, songwriter Carole Bayer Sager, composer Jerry Goldsmith and producer Don Was with the prestigious Governors Awards for their "creative talents and community service."


In 2000, Don Henley and Eagles co-founder Glen Frey were inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in New York. Other inductees included James Brown, James Taylor, Brian Wilson and the late Curtis Mayfield. Neil Diamond and the writing team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller were given special awards.

Today's musical quiz:

Where did future Aerosmith members Steve Tyler, Joe Perry and Tom Hamilton first meet? Answer: At Lake Sunapee, N.H., where their families had summer homes.


(June 16)

Today's birthdays include Billy "Crash" Craddock, who was born in 1939 (age 63); Lamont Dozier, one-third of the sound-writing trio Holland-Dozier-Holland, in 1941 (age 61); Eddie Levert of the O'Jays in 1942 (age 60); singer/songwriter Gino Vanelli in 1952 (age 50); and Musical Youth's Patrick Waite in 1958 (age 44).

Today's musical milestones:

In 1939, the country group the Rouse Brothers recorded the first version of "Orange Blossom Special."

In 1967, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who, Otis Redding, the Mamas and the Papas, Buffalo Springfield and Hugh Masekela drew 50,000 people to the Monterey Fairgrounds in California for the Monterey Pop Fest, the first of the 1960s great rock fests.

In 1968, Janis Joplin, Steve Miller and Santana played a benefit at Bill Graham's Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco.

In 1977, "Beatlemania" opened on Broadway.

In 1980, "The Blues Brothers" -- starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd -- premiered in Chicago, where it was largely filmed.

In 1982, Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott died from a drug overdose in London. He was 25.

In 1984, Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Two Tribes" entered the British charts at No.1.

In 1987, lawyers for the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia and Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream negotiated an agreement to allow a new ice cream flavor to be marketed as "Cherry Garcia."

Also in 1987, a Beastie Boys/Run-DMC concert in Seattle went peacefully, despite predictions of teenage gang violence.

And in 1987, Michael Jackson's publicist announced they had increased their offer to a London hospital to buy the remains of the "Elephant Man."

In 1990, "Paint It Black" by the Rolling Stones topped the charts in the Netherlands for the second time. The first time had been 24 years earlier.

In 1992, a British court banned an anti-nuclear rally in northern England, at which U2 was scheduled to perform.

In 1993, the U.S. Postal Service issued commemorative stamps honoring Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Clyde McPhatter, Otis Redding, Dinah Washington, Ritchie Valens and Elvis Presley.

In 1995, Michael Jackson apologized for the anti-Semitic terms contained on a track, "They Don't Care About Us," on his new album "HIStory: Past, Present and Future Book 1."

In 1999, an anonymous bidder paid $1,700 for an autographed guitar and case from the rock band Chicago at the first-ever Starwood Preferred Guest Celebrity Suitcase Auction in New York City.

Today's musical quiz:

Where did Michael Jackson make his musical debut? Answer: Jackson performed in public for the first time with the Jackson 5 at a Gary, Ind., club called Mr. Lucky's in 1966.


(June 17)

Today's musical birthdays include the late Dean Martin, who was born in 1917. This is one of the many days James Brown has claimed as a birthday. His actual birthday is -- probably -- May 3, 1934. Dave Alfred of the 1950s vocal group Dickie Doo and the Don'ts was born in 1939 (age 63); Chris Spedding in 1944 (age 58); and Barry Manilow in 1946 (age 56).

On this day in music history:

In 1965, the Kinks launched the band's first U.S. tour in New York City.

In 1966, the Beatles' "Yesterday and Today" album -- featuring the controversial "butcher block" cover -- was released. The cover would later be changed.

Also in 1966, future Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green joined John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.

In 1968, Ohio Express received a gold record for "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy."

In 1977, UFO guitarist Michael Schenker vanished without a trace after a show in Leeds, England. He was located six months later in Germany, and said he just didn't know how to say "I quit" in English.

In 1986, Steve Wonder launched a 65-city tour in Seattle. It was his first tour in four years.

In 1993, Elton John performed in Tel Aviv, one day after canceling his show and fleeing Israel when mobbed by photographers at the hotel.

In 1994, Jon Secada suffered a dislocated shoulder when he fell through a hole in the stage during the World Cup opening ceremonies in Chicago. He later would complain that the stage was poorly built.

In 1996, the reunited Monkees -- Mickey Dolenz, Davy Jones and Peter Tork but not Mike Nesmith -- kicked off a 30th anniversary tour with an appearance at a Universal City, Calif., music store.

In 1997, several artists -- including the Fugees, Joan Osborne, Busta Rhymes, Amy Grant, Jimmy Cliff, Liza Minnelli, Carole King, Spin Doctors, A Tribe Called Quest and model Kate Moss -- got together at New York's Chelsea Piers complex to perform what was billed as an "all-star rendition" of John Lennon's famous ballad "Imagine." The occasion kicked off the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

Also in 1997, fans angered by the cancelled "Ozzfest" rioted in Columbus, Ohio.

And in 1997, Gladys Knight performed for the latest PBS series "In Concert" filmed on the White House South Lawn.

And in 1997, Megadeth released its eighth album, "Cryptic Writings."

And in 1997, Queensryche kicked off a U.S. tour in Rapid City, S.D.

In 1999, The Friends of Sheba Medical Center, located in Jerusalem, awarded Barry Manilow its Humanitarian Award at a Beverly Hills, Calif., benefit.

Today's musical quiz:

What musical instrument was Barry Manilow given as a gift for his bar mitzvah? Answer: A piano.


(June 18)

Today's musical birthdays include Don "Sugarcane" Harris, who was born in 1938 (age 64); Paul McCartney in 1942 (age 60); KC and the Sunshine Band guitarist Jerome Smith in 1953 (age 49); Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins in 1957 (age 45); and Alison Moyet in 1961 (age 41).

On this day in musical history:

In 1968, "In His Own Write" -- a play adapted by Adrienne Kennedy from John Lennon's two books -- opened at the National Theater in London.

In 1976, Phil May -- the only remaining original member of the Pretty Things -- left the band. When the band first formed in 1965, it was promoted as a "dirtier" version of the Rolling Stones.

In 1977, the Sex Pistols' Johnny Rotten was attacked in London by razor-wielding protesters offended by the band's song "God Save the Queen."

In 1984, Dolly Parton's third major movie "Rhinestone" opened.

Also in 1984, country's Moe Bandy and Joe Stampley released their Culture Club satire, titled "Where's the Dress?"

And in 1984, fans at a Judas Priest concert at New York's Madison Square Garden went wild, tearing up hundreds of seats.

In 1987, Willie Nelson announced that arrangements were almost complete for Farm Aid III, to be held in Lincoln, Neb.

In 1992, concertgoers rampaged through downtown Boston after officials cancelled a free rap concert. About 24 people were injured, and 24 arrested.

In 1996, Sting -- in Warsaw for a concert -- met with Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski.

In 1997, Lollapalooza '97 kicked off in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Also in 1997, Jon Bon Jovi made his New York solo club debut in support of his new CD "Destination Anywhere."

In 1998, Yes resumed its "Open Your Eyes World Tour," celebrating 30 years of the Yes experience, in Toronto.

Today's musical quiz:

In 1991, Paul McCartney topped the classical charts. What was the name of the record? Answer: "Liverpool Oratorio."


(June 19)

Today's musical birthdays include the late Guy Lombardo, who was born in 1902; the late Lester Flatt in 1914; Tommy DeVito of the Four Seasons in 1936 (age 66); Elaine "Spanky" McFarlane of the 1960s folk-pop group Spanky and Our Gang in 1942 (age 60); Ann Wilson of Heart in 1951 (age 51); Larry Dunn, keyboardist with Earth Wind and Fire, in 1953 (age 49); Mark DeBarge of DeBarge in 1959 (age 43); and Paula Abdul in 1962 (age 40).

On this day in music history:

In 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis reached the pop charts with "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On."

In 1960, Loretta Lynn's first single, "Honky Tonk Girl," entered the charts.

In 1967, Beatle Paul McCartney -- having admitted in Life magazine that he'd taken LSD -- repeated the admission on television.

In 1977, the Sex Pistols' Paul Cook was mugged outside a London subway station. He suffered head wounds.

In 1982, Asia's first album hit No.1.

In 1984, tickets for Bruce Springsteen's 10-day stand at New York's Meadowlands went on sale. 202,000 were sold in 24 hours.

In 1987, Whitney Houston became the first female artist to debut at No.1 on Billboard's album chart -- with "Whitney," her second album.

Also in 1987, the Recording Industry Association of America reported that for the first time, sales of CDs surpassed vinyl albums in 1986.

In 1991, Jordan "New Kids On The Block" Knight allegedly ordered a bodyguard to punch a heckler outside a Boston nightclub. Knight was charged with assault and battery for hire, but the charges were dropped the following March.

In 1999, U2's Bono and fellow Irish rocker Bob Geldolf were among the 35,000 or so people who formed a human chain around a building in Cologne, Germany, where the G7 summit was being held. They called on the world leaders to cancel all outstanding debts owed by the world's poorest countries.

In 2000, members of David Bowie's online community, UltraStar's BowieNet hosted a private concert for the musician at New York's Roseland Ballroom. The show was Bowie's first-ever for BowieNet members.

Today's musical quiz:

Paul McCartney is one of the more financially astute rock musicians. With the inheritance of his late wife Linda's fortune, how much is McCartney estimated to be worth today? Answer: About $1.1 billion.


(June 20)

Today's musical birthdays include the late Chet Atkins, who was born in 1924; Billy Guy of the Coasters in 1936 (age 66); Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys in 1942 (age 60); Anne Murray in 1946 (age 56); Bob Andrews, of Brinsley Schwarz as well as The Rumour, in 1949 (age 53); Lionel Richie in 1950 (age 52); Bay City Rollers bassist Alan Longmuir, and Cyndi Lauper, both in 1953 (age 49); Michael Anthony, bassist for Van Halen, in 1955 (age4 7); and former Duran Duran bandmate John Taylor in 1960 (age 42).

On this day in music history:

In 1973, Dick Clark's "American Bandstand" celebrated its 20th anniversary with a show featuring Little Richard, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Cheech and Chong, and 3 Dog Night.

In 1980, Bob Dylan released "Saved," an album of "born again" Christian songs.

In 1981, guitarist Gerry Colt left the Boomtown Rats.

In 1983, Duane Eddy launched his first U.S. tour in 15 years in San Francisco.

In 1986, The Prince's Trust concert at London's Wembly Stadium -- which raised funds for a charity trust headed by Prince Charles -- starred Paul McCartney, Elton John, Tina Turner and Phil Collins, among others.

Also in 1986, country humorist Whitey "Duke of Paducah" Ford died at age 85.

In 1987, Boston performed at the 10th annual Texas Jam at the Cotton Bowl, ending eight years of seclusion.

Also in 1987, Frank Sinatra lost his voice after singing "Singing in the Rain" -- in the rain -- in Verona, Italy. His Milan appearance the following Monday was cancelled.

In 1994, Aretha Franklin and Lou Rawls performed at a special White House concert in the Rose Garden.

Also in 1994, Barbra Streisand opened a series of shows in New York -- her first hometown concerts in 27 years.

Again in 1994, British newspapers reported the former Beatles had recorded new material for the first time in 24 years. The music was to be used for a 10-part documentary about them.

In 1996, Material Issue singer-songwriter Jim Ellison was found dead in his garage in Chicago, an apparent suicide. He was 32.

In 1997, the Spice Girls' debut CD "Spice" was knocked off the top of the Billboard Top-200 album chart by Christian singer Bob Carlisle's "Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace)." It was the first contemporary Christian album to hit No.1 on the Billboard 200.

Also in 1997, Lawrence Payton of the Motown R&B group The Four Tops died of liver cancer. He was 59.

In 1998, Pearl Jam opened its North American tour in Missoula, Mt.

In 2000, Bruce Springsteen helped police arrest some scalpers outside Madison Square Garden. The New York Post reported that, an hour before his show, Springsteen went outside with his tour manager and some security guards and walked through the crowd pointing out people who were selling tickets for as much as $500.

Also in 2000, legendary songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller -- marking their 50th anniversary together -- were honored at the PRS Awards in London. They were only the second and third non-British songwriters to receive the esteemed Ivor Novello Award.

Today's musical quiz:

What did Anne Murray do before turning to a professional music career? Answer: The Canadian-born Murray was a physical education teacher.


(June 21)

Today's musical birthdays include O.C. Smith, who had a hit in the 1960s with "Little Green Apples," was born in 1942 (age 60); Ray Davies of the Kinks in 1944 (age 58); Troggs guitarist Chris Britton in 1945 (age 57); Badfinger bassist Joey Molland in 1947 (age 55); drummer Joey Kramer of Aerosmith in 1950 (age 52); singer/songwriter Nils Lofgren in 1951 (age 51); and Big Country drummer Mark Brzezicki in 1957 (age 45).

On this day in music history:

In 1948, Columbia Records became the first to commit to mass production of the 33-1/3-rpm album.

In 1955, Johnny Cash's first single, "Hey Porter," was released.

In 1958, Sly Stone missed his first concert, according to Spin magazine.

In 1973, Bread played its last show, in Salt Lake City.

In 1975, Ritchie Blackmore quit Deep Purple to form his own group, Rainbow.

Also in 1975, Elton John, the Eagles, the Beach Boys, Rufus, and Joe Walsh played for 120,000 fans at Wembley Stadium in London.

And in 1975, bass player Lemmy -- real name Ian Kilmister -- left Hawkwind to form Motorhead.

In 1980, the punk rock group The Stranglers was charged with starting a riot at Nice University in France.

In 1981, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen announced they were splitting up as Steely Dan. They've since gotten back together.

In 1987, a parade in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, marked the 20th anniversary of the "Summer of Love."

In 1988, The Rascals began its first tour together in 20 years, in Columbus, Ohio.

In 1990, a concert featuring Tracy Chapman, Judy Collins and Ritchie Havens marked Nelson Mandela Day in the United States.

In 1993, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal by Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Foherty to recover lawyers' fees from a failed copyright infringement suit brought against him.

In 1994, a British court upheld George Michael's 15-year contract with Sony Records. Michael said he would appeal. Sony later released Michael from his contract and he signed with the Dreamworks SKG label.

In 1997, more than 380,000 fans attended Blockbuster RockFest '97 at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. The artists on the bill included Bush, Collective Soul, Counting Crows, Jewel, matchbox 20, No Doubt, Third Eye Blind and The Wallflowers.

Also in 1997, Sting accidentally left his favorite guitar on a luggage cart at the Frankfurt, Germany, airport. An airport worker delivered it to the rock star in the nick of time for his concert.

In 1999, Yoko Ono told Newsweek that George Harrison and Ringo Starr were not among the first people she thought to call the night John Lennon was killed. She said the first thing she did when she got back from the hospital was to ask her assistant to call Paul McCartney, Julian Lennon and John's Aunt Mimi.

Today's musical quiz:

What was the original name of Badfinger? Answer: The Iveys.

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