Today in Music: A look back at pop music

By United Press International  |  June 17, 2002 at 2:30 AM
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(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.

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