Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International  |  Aug. 1, 2002 at 3:08 AM
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(Aug. 1)

Today's musical birthdays include the late Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead in 1942; saxophonist Dennis Payton of the Dave Clark Five in 1943 (age 58); Raymond "Boz" Burrell, formerly with King Crimson and also Bad Company, in 1946 (age 56); Grass Roots drummer Rick Coonce and Tubes bassist Rick Anderson, both in 1947 (age 55); singer/songwriter Robert Cray in 1953 (age 49); Def Leppard's Joe Elliot in 1960 (age 42); rapper Coolio in 1963 (age 39); and the late Rob Pilatus, one-half of the lip-synching duo Milli Vanilli, in 1964.

Today in music history:

In 1927, the Carter Family recorded its first record, in Bristol, Tenn.

In 1960, Chubby Checker's "The Twist" was released.

Also in 1960, Aretha Franklin turned from gospel music to record her first pop songs during a New York City recording session.

And in 1960, Elvis Presley was named "Public Enemy No.1" by the East German newspaper Young World.

In 1964, Johnny Burnette was killed in a boating accident near San Francisco. He was 30.

In 1970, "Performance"--a movie starring Mick Jagger--opened.

In 1971, George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh at New York's Madison Square Garden featured Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and Leon Russell, among others. The show was recorded and released as a triple-album boxed set.

Also in 1971, the Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour made its television debut on this date.

In 1981, MTV premiered at 12:01 a.m. with "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles.

In 986, Jerry Garcia was released from the hospital on his birthday following a three-week stay. He'd been hospitalized in a diabetic coma.

In 1987, Bananarama's Siobhan Fahey married Eurythmics' Dave Stewart in France.

In 1993, more than $1 million was raised for Midwest flood relief during a four-hour fundraiser hosted by Wayne Newton and Jim Stafford in Branson, Mo.

In 1994, Lisa Marie Presley confirmed rumors that she and Michael Jackson had been married May 26 in the Dominican Republic.

Also in 1994, the Rolling Stones launched its "Voodoo Lounge" tour in Washington, D.C. It was the Stones' first tour in five years.

And in 1994, Paul Simon, Phoebe Snow and Jimmy Buffet performed at Simon's fifth annual "Back to the Ranch" benefit concert in Long Island, N.Y.

And in 1994, Bethel '94 -- the smaller of two planned concerts celebrating the 25th anniversary of Woodstock--was canceled.

In 1995, a survey of 1994's top earners in Britain found Phil Collins earned $34.9 million, with Elton John raking in $28.5 million and Eric Clapton getting $21.2 million.

In 1996, Aerosmith announced it had fired its longtime manager Tim Collins. Collins said the band didn't share his vision, including that of sobriety. The rockers called Collins' remarks "ludicrous."

Also in 1996, the Cranberries resumed its world tour in Salem, Ore. The road trip had been interrupted for eight weeks after lead singer Dolores O'Riordan hurt her knee.

In 1999, Whitney Houston cancelled her concert in Concord, Calif., only one hour before the show had been scheduled to begin. She cited illness as the reason. The concert marked the last stop on the U.S. leg of her world tour.

In 2000, Big Ticket Television announced it had signed a deal to develop a TV series for Sisqo, the former lead singer of the R&B group Dru Hill.

Topping the charts on this date:

Roses Are Red - Bobby Vinton (1962), (They Long to be) Close to You -- Carpenters (1970), Shadow Dancing -Andy Gibb (1978), Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel (1986).

Today's musical quiz:

How did Jerry Garcia come up with the name "Grateful Dead"? Answer: Reportedly, Garcia opened a Funk and Wagnalls dictionary and, with his eyes closed, pointed to a page. His finger rested on the phrase "greateful dead," which is a type of folk ballad about death and reincarnation.

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