Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International  |  July 21, 2002 at 3:07 AM
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(July 21)

Today's musical birthdays include producer Kim Fowley in 1942 (age 60); Herman's Hermits drummer Barry Whitham in 1946 (age 56); Cat Stevens, who now goes by the name Yusef Islam, in 1948 (age 54); Raydio's Larry Tolbert and rock/R&B singer Billy Ocean, both in 1950 (both age 52); and Faith No More guitarist Jim Martin in 1961 (age 41).

Today in music history:

In 1955, the popular Roy Rogers Show ended its 11-year run on radio.

In 1959, Bobby Vee and The Shadows released its first single, "Suzy Baby."

In 1973, "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" became Jim Croce's first U.S. No.1 single.

In 1977, Linda Ronstadt joined the Rolling Stones on stage in Tucson, Ariz., where they dueted on "Tumbling Dice," a 1972 hit for the Stones.

In 1980, Grateful Dead pianist Keith Godchaux was mortally injured in an auto accident in Marin Co., Calif. He died two days later.

In 1989, Weird Al Yankovic made his movie debut in "UHF."

In 1990, a concert by the Moody Blues closed the Goodwill Games in Seattle.

In 1992, John Mellencamp's longtime bassist Toby Myers lost part of a toe in a boating accident in Saratoga, N.Y.

In 1993, En Vogue, Pearl Jam, R.E.M. and Aerosmith led the nominees for the MTV Video Music Awards.

Also in 1993, 200 angry women walked out of a Houston meeting of black journalists after Geto Boys rapper Bushwick Bill insulted them by using crude street terms for women during a speech.

In 1995, the British rock group Elastica replaced Sinead O'Connor in the line-up of Lollapalooza '95.

Also in 1995, Bad Brains lead singer H.R. -- a.k.a. Paul Hudson -- was arrested in Lawrence, Kan., after whacking two fans on the head with a microphone stand.

In 1997, Whitney Houston was treated for a cut on her face on the Italian island of Capri. She said she cut herself on a rock while swimming, but local police investigated the incident amid allegations that Houston was injured when her husband, Bobby Brown, slapped her.

In 1998, reporters were given a preview tour of Paul McCartney's boyhood home in Liverpool, England. It had been restored to its 1950s condition by Britain's National Trust.

Topping the charts on this date:

Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley (1957), Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce (1973), Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes (1981).

Today's musical quiz:

What is Cat Stevens/Yusef Islam's real name? Answer: Islam was born Stephen Demetri Georgiou in London.

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