Today's musical birthdays include Procol Harum bassist Dave Knights, who was born in 1945 (age 57); actress/singer Danielle Brisebois in 1970 (age 32), and Italian singer Anna Moffo in 1934 (68).
Today in music history:
In 1969, Crosby Stills and Nash's first album entered the U.S. album charts.
In 1973, British groups from the 1960s recreated the "British Invasion" when The Searchers, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Herman's Hermits and Wayne Fontana played a revival concert at New York's Madison Square Garden.
In 1978, UNICEF named Kansas "Deputy Ambassadors of Goodwill."
In 1989, The Pet Shop Boys launched a concert tour in Hong Kong.
In 1993, the New York Post reported Whitney Houston had been hospitalized in Miami after overdosing on diet pills. The newspaper later retracted the story, but not before Houston filed a $60 million libel suit.
Also in 1993, Wilson Pickett pleaded guilty to drunken driving charges in New Jersey.
In 1994, someone threw a homemade pipebomb into the front yard of 2 Live Crew rapper Luther Campbell's home in Miami Lakes, Fla. No one was injured.
Also in 1994, David Lee Roth kicked off the North American leg of his concert tour in Los Angeles.
In 1995, O.J. Simpson's lawyers threatened to sue a rock radio station (KRFX) in Denver after it put up billboards with pictures of O.J. and Charles Manson and the caption "Bad Company." The rock group Bad Company issued a statement in support of the radio station.
In 1996, Kiss began its "The Greatest Show Ever" reunion tour in Detroit. The concert marked the first time the band was on stage together in 15 years.
Also in 1996, The Who's Roger Daltry suffered a bruised left eye after rocker Gary Glitter accidentally whacked him with a microphone stand during rehearsals for a charity concert held two days later in London's Hyde Park.
Again in 1996, Tiny Tim was involved in a bizarre luggage cart accident at the Philadelphia International Airport that injured two people.
In 1998, former Beatle George Harrison revealed that he'd had a cancerous tumor removed from his throat in August 1997 and underwent radiation treatment. Harrison blamed smoking for his illness.
In 1999, Chicago (the band) was honored by Chicago (the city) as municipal officials put up a sign at Chicago Ave. that featured the street name scripted like the group's logo.
In 2001, Chico O'Farrill, a Cuban-born big band arranger and composer and one of the creators of Afro-Cuban jazz, died at the age of 79.
Today's musical quiz: Elton John has been charting hits since 1970, yet his very first Grammy didn't come until 1986. What was it for? Answer: John shared the Best Pop Performance, Duo or Group, Grammy for "That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne Warwick and Friends. John was among the "friends."