Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International  |  July 29, 2002 at 3:30 AM
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(July 29)

Today's musical birthdays include REO Speedwagon keyboardist Neal Doughty, who was born in 1946 (age 56); Rush's Geddy Lee in 1953 (age 49); singer Patty Scialfa in 1956 (age 46); former Whitesnake guitarist John Sykes in 1959 (age 43); and country singer Martina McBride in 1966 (age 36).

Today in music history:

In 1962, Bob Dylan sang on the radio for the first time, on a 21-hour "hootenanny" broadcast by a New York radio station (WRVR-FM).

In 1965, Britain's Queen Elizabeth attended the London premiere of the Beatles' second film "Help!"

In 1966, Bob Dylan was severely injured in a motorcycle accident near his Woodstock, N.Y., home. He would disappear from the music scene until the 1968 release of his "John Wesley Hardin" album.

In 1968, the Byrds embarked on a tour of South Africa. However, Gram Parsons refused to play in an apartheid country and instead formed his own group, The Flying Burrito Brothers.

In 1973, Led Zeppelin lost more than $180,000 in cash from two Madison Square Garden shows to a thief at the New York Hilton.

In 1974, "Mama" Cass Elliot--formerly with the Mamas and the Papas--died from a heart attack at Harry Nilsson's London home. It was first thought she'd choked to death while eating a ham sandwich. Elliot was 30.

In 1978, Prince entered the black music charts for the first time with "Soft and Wet."

In 1980, David Bowie made his stage debut in a Denver production of "The Elephant Man." He portrayed the subject of the play, John Merrick.

In 1982, Duran Duran's Andy Taylor wed Tracie Wilson.

In 1984, Boy George sent fans into a frenzy when he was photographed in Jamaica with bleach blond hair and beard stubble.

In 1986, Boy George pleaded guilty to heroin possession charges. The London magistrate hearing the case said Boy George "faced up to the charge manfully" and let him off with a $375 fine.

Also in 1986, a would-be robber shot and wounded country singer/songwriter Paul Davis in the stomach outside a Nashville Music Row hotel.

In 1987, Ben and Jerry's announced an agreement with Jerry Garcia to market a new ice cream flavor--"Cherry Garcia."

In 1990, Stevie Wonder made a surprise appearance at a Hackensack, N.J., church. He sang "The Lord's Prayer."

In 1992, John Mellencamp canceled a concert in Toronto due to exhaustion.

In 1993, Elton John's personal record collection was auctioned off for $273,000. The money was donated to benefit AIDS research.

In 1994, rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg and two other men pleaded innocent to additional charges related to the shooting death of reputed Los Angeles gang member 11 months earlier. Snoop and his bodyguard were eventually acquitted.

In 1998, a Studio City, Calif., man filed a $250,000 lawsuit against Eddie Money, claiming the rocker was drunk when he hit the man with his car following a fight with the man's neighbor.

Also in 1998, Paul McCartney's boyhood home in Liverpool, England, opened for limited public tours.

In 2000, organizers said the 'N Sync Challenge for the Children II basketball game was a huge success, collecting $550,000 for various charitable organizations.

Topping the charts on this date:

Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley (1957), (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones (1965), Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce (1973), The One that You Love - Air Supply (1981)

Today's musical quiz:

Before he went into music fulltime, what did rocker Eddie Money do for a living? Answer: Money was a New York City police officer.

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