Today in Music: A look back at pop music

United Press International

(June 25)

Today's musical birthdays include R&B singer Eddie Floyd, a member of the 1950s group The Falcons, in 1935 (age 67); Carly Simon in 1945 (age 57); guitarist Ian McDonald of King Crimson and, later, Foreigner, and Blue Oyster Cult keyboardist Allen Lanier, both in 1946 (both 56); Moody Blues bassist Clint Warwick in 1949 (age 53); Tim Finn of Split Enz and later, Crowded House, in 1952 (age 50); Toto keyboardist David Paich in 1954 (age 48); and George Michael in 1963 (age 39).


Today in music history:

In 1961, the Spinners debuted on the national singles charts with "That's What Girls Are Made For."

In 1967, the Beatles starred in a TV special, "Our World," which was beamed by satellite from Abby Road Studios in London to 26 countries and an estimated 400 million viewers.

In 1969, Mick Taylor made his concert debut as the Rolling Stones' lead guitarist in a show at the Coliseum in Rome.

In 1982, the Rolling Stones performed at Wembley Stadium in London. It was the band's first British show in six years.

In 1984, Prince's "Purple Rain" album was released.


In 1986, the 13-year-old daughter of country singer George Strait was killed in a car accident in Texas.

In 1987, Reba McEntire filed for divorce from husband and former rodeo performer Charlie Battles.

Also in 1987, composer Boudleaux Bryant died at age 67. Bryant wrote "Bye Bye Love," "All I Have to Do Is Dream" and "Wake Up Little Susie" -- all of which were recorded by the Everly Brothers.

In 1988, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played London's Wembley Stadium on the European leg of The Boss's "Tunnel of Love" tour.

In 1991, several female musicians -- including Debbie Harry, Lady Miss Kier of Deelite, M.C. Lyte, Queen Latifah, Tina Weymouth of the Talking Heads, Kate Pierson of the B52s, and Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon -- taped a public service announcement in support of legalized abortion.

In 1993, Bruce Springsteen was David Letterman's last guest on his final "Late Night" show for NBC. He sang "Glory Days."

In 1995, it was reported that George Michael was close to a deal with Virgin Records and Dreamworks SKG that would end his dispute with Sony.


In 1996, the Smashing Pumpkins kicked off the U.S. leg of the band's "Infinite Sadness" tour in Saginaw, Mich.

Also in 1996, Def Leppard -- with Tripping Daisy as its opening act -- launched its North American tour in Kalamazoo, Mich.

And in 1996, police in the Detroit suburb of Oak Park, Mich., identified a body found in the basement of an abandoned house as Arthur Ross, the 47-year-old younger brother of Diana Ross. A second body was later identified as his wife. Their deaths were ruled homicides.

In 1997, Bob Seger was charged with drunken driving after hitting a tree and wrecking his BMW near a Lake Superior town in Ontario, Canada.

Also in 1997, Motown singers gathered in Detroit for the funeral of Lawrence Payton of The Four Tops. He'd died the previous week of liver cancer.

In 1998, the "Rewind Tour" -- with Boy George and Culture Club -- began in Atlanta. Boy George was quoted by the Advocate, a gay magazine, saying he wasn't in it for the money.

Today's musical quiz:

How much did Chrysler chairman Lee Iaccoca offer Bruce Springsteen in 1986 for permission to use "Born in the U.S.A." in commercials for the automaker? Answer: $12 million. Springsteen turned him down.


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