Today-in-Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International   |   July 12, 2002 at 3:10 AM
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(July 12)

Today's musical birthdays include classical pianist Van Cliburn, who was born in 1934 (age 68); Swamp Dogg in 1942 (age 60); Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac in 1943 (age 59); John Wetton of Asia in 1949 (age 53); and the late Eric Carr of Kiss in 1950.

Today in music history:

In 1943, Roy Rogers appeared on the cover of Life magazine.

In 1962, the Rolling Stones made its stage debut at London's Marquee Club. At the time, the band included Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones -- who was using the name Elmo Lewis. Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts joined later.

In 1968, Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees married Samantha Juste, the British woman he'd met on the set of a British TV show.

In 1969, Blind Faith played its first U.S. show at New York's Madison Square Garden.

In 1970, Janis Joplin -- having split from Big Brother and the Holding Company -- debuted with her new Full Tilt Boogie Band in Louisville, Ky.

In 1975, K.C. and the Sunshine Band debuted on the pop charts with "Get Down Tonight."

In 1977, Thin Lizzy headlined the Reading Rock Festival in England.

In 1979, Minnie Riperton died of cancer at age 31.

In 1986, as he was being treated for heroin use, Boy George was arrested by British narcotics agents and charged with possession of heroin.

In 1988, a Houston jury sided with country singer Mickey Gilley against his former manager. It ordered Sherwood Cryer to pay $17 million and remove Gilley's name from the famous Pasadena, Texas, nightclub.

In 1993, The Artist Formerly Known As Prince gave a concert at his Paisley Park Studios to benefit a Minneapolis community radio station.

Also in 1993, a man accused of stalking Janet Jackson was sentenced to two years in prison.

In 1994, the Rolling Stones released its "Voodoo Lounge" album. It was the band's first album in more than four years.

In 1996, Smashing Pumpkins backing musician Jonathan Melvoin died from a heroin overdose in a New York City hotel room. He was 34. Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin was arrested on drug possession charges.

In 1997, John Denver's drunken driving trial in Aspen, Colo., ended in a hung jury.

In 1999, Smash Mouth performed at Boston's Fenway Park as part of the Major League Baseball All-Star game festivities. The band performed its new single "All Star."

Also in 1999, Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst was arrested in St. Paul, Minn., after he allegedly kicked a security guard during a concert.

In 2000, the former 1970s pop singer once known as Cat Stevens was deported from Israel after Israeli authorities decided he was a threat to national security. Stevens -- now known as Yusef Islam -- had arrived in Jerusalem with a VH1 camera crew to film an episode of the "Behind the Music" series.

Topping the charts on this date: "Hard Headed Woman" by Elvis Presley (1958), "Paperback Writer" by The Beatles (1974), "Rock The Boat" by the Hues Corporation (1982), "Don't You Want Me" by The Human League (1982).

Today's musical quiz:

Did "Voodoo Lounge" win any Grammys? Answer: Yes. It was named Best Rock Album at the Feb. 1995 Grammy Awards.

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