Today's musical birthdays include musician Cootie (Charles) Williams (played trumpet with Ellington, Goodman)) in 1908; Bob Eberly, (singer with Jimmy Dorsey orchestra) in 1915; Billy Taylor (jazz pianist, leader Billy Taylor Trio) in 1921; Barbara Jean Love (singer, group: Friends of Distinction) in 1941 (age 61); Heinz Burt of the British surf-rock instrumental quintet the Tornados in 1942 (age 60); Lynval Golding of the Specials in 1951 (age 51); and actress/singer Jennifer Lopez in 1970 (age 32).
Today in music history:
On this date in 1938, Artie Shaw recorded "Begin the Beguine," a still-popular rendition that skyrocketed the clarinetist-bandleader to international fame.
In 1965, the Animals entered the British pop music charts for the first time with "We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place."
Also in 1965, Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" was released.
In 1967, all of the Beatles, manager Brian Epstein and many others signed a petition that appeared in The Times in London, calling for the legalization of marijuana.
In 1972, Bobby Ramirez -- the drummer with Edgar Winter's White Trash band -- was killed in a bar brawl in Chicago. He was 23.
In 1976, Elton John topped the British pop singles chart for the first time with "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," a duet with Kiki Dee.
In 1990, an expert testified in a Reno, Nevada, courtroom on the behalf of the parents of two teenage boys that there were subliminal messages on a Judas Priest album, which the parents believed contributed to their sons' suicides.
In 1991, George Harrison announced plans for his first concert tour since 1974. His backing band for the tour of Japan was to be Eric Clapton, in his first outing since the March death of his four-year-old son in a fall from a New York high-rise window.
In 1992, Johnny Colt of the Black Crowes was arrested and charged with the obstruction of justice when he intervened in the arrest of a drunk and disoriented fan in Minneapolis. Colt got off with a fine.
In 1996, rapper Warren G was arrested on weapons charges after Los Angeles police found a loaded handgun in his truck outside a West Hollywood nightclub.
Also in 1996, Pearl Jam announced an abbreviated tour of mostly East Coast dates in support of the band's new album "No Code."
In 1997, a spokesman for Paul McCartney said the White House had requested a copy of a special audio program about the making of McCartney's latest album, "Flaming Pie," for President Clinton's listening pleasure aboard Air Force One.
In 1999, former Guns 'N Roses guitarist Slash (real name: Saul Hudson) was arrested and charged with beating his live-in girlfriend.
In 2000, David Bowie, Paul McCartney and Prince were among the top winners at the 3rd Annual Yahoo Internet Life Online Music Awards, held at New York's Studio 54.
Also in 2000, a Michigan judge ordered Kid Rock and Kelly Russell, the mother of his 7-year-old son, to work out custody and summer visitation rights for the child. Kid Rock has had custody of the boy since 1995 but Russell contends his touring schedule harms the child.
Topping the charts on this date:
Roses are Red - Bobby Vinton (1962), Mama Told Me (Not to Come) - Three Dog Night (1970), Shadow Dancing - Andy Gibb (1978), Invisible Touch -- Genesis (1986).
Today's musical quiz:
The title of Jennifer Lopez's debut album "On the 6" refers to what? Answer: That's the subway line Lopez would take to Manhattan while growing up.