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Today in Music: A look back at pop music

By United Press International

(June 23)

Today's musical birthdays include country's June Carter Cash, Johnny's wife, in 1929 (age 73); country's Diana Trask and Adam Faith, both in 1940 (age 62); Paul Goddard, bassist with Atlanta Rhythm Section, in 1945 (age 57); and April Wine's Myles Goodwyn in 1948 (age 54).

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Today in music history:

In 1967, bassist John Entwistle of The Who married Alison Wise.

In 1970, Ringo Starr began recording sessions in Nashville for "Beaucoups of Blues."

In 1981, Robert Fripp announced re-establishment of King Crimson after a seven-year hiatus. The reincarnation was short-lived.

In 1984, Duran Duran had its first No.1 single in the United States with "The Reflex."

Also in 1984, a collection of John Lennon memorabilia was auctioned off at Sotheby's in London.

In 1990, American producer/songwriter Maurice Starr had seven artists with whom he had been or still was associated with on the Billboard Hot-100 singles chart -- Perfect Gentlemen, Ana, New Kids On The Block, Seiko and Donnie, Bell Biv Devoe, Johnny Gill, and Bobby Brown.

In 1992, the Los Angeles City Council passed a motion asking Time-Warner to pull Ice-T's latest album from store shelves. Critics argued that the lead song, "Cop Killer," was an open invitation to kill police officers.

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In 1993, Michael Jackson, Wynonna Judd, Clint Black, Kathy Bates and Ted Danson appeared on a two-hour syndicated special -- taped at UCLA -- about the importance of immunizing kids.

In 1997, Squirrel Nut Zippers kicked off Pepsi World and JAM TV's summer concert Web series with a show in Chicago.

In 1999, the Hard Rock RockFest, a six-city tour, kicked off in San Antonio, Texas. Headliners included Smashmouth and Marvelous 3.


Today's musical quiz:

Michael Jackson built a $500 million amusement park in Warsaw. True or false? Answer: False. Jackson WANTED to build an amusement park in the Polish capital but plans stalled after local residents protested the proposed site.

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