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).


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.


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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