Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Aug. 13, 2002 at 3:30 AM
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Today's musical birthdays include Don Ho, who was born in 1930 (age 72); Joel Scott Hill of Canned Heat as well as the Flying Burrito Brothers in 1939 (age 63); Sean James Stokes of the Bachelors in 1940 (age 62); Sha Na Na's Tony Santini in 1948 (age 54); Paper Lace bassist Cliff Fish in 1949 (age 53); Dan Fogelberg in 1951 (age 51); the Undertones' Feargal Sharkey in 1958 (age 44); and actor Danny Bonaduce of "The Partridge Family" in 1959 (age 43).

Today in music history:

In 1924, Vernon Dalhart recorded "The Prisoner's Song." It was country music's first million-selling record.

In 1952, "Big Mama" Thornton recorded the original version of "Hound Dog."

In 1965, Jefferson Airplane made its debut onstage at the Matrix Club in San Francisco.

In 1971, saxophonist King Curtis was stabbed to death in New York City. He was 37.

In 1976, the Clash debuted at a club in London.

In 1980, burglars broke into Todd Rundgren's home in Woodstock, N.Y. They tied up the musician and four guests and then stripped the home of its valuables. One of the thieves hummed Rundgren's hit "I Saw the Light" during the robbery.

In 1981, Echo and the Bunnymen's 32-minute-long film "Shine So Hard" premiered.

In 1982, Joe Tex died of a heart attack at age 49.

In 1986, Jerry Lee Lewis's estranged wife -- Kerry, age 23 -- added a twist to the couple's on-again-off-again divorce proceedings by announcing she was pregnant. The divorce was called off and Kerry later gave birth to a boy she and her husband named Jerry Lee Lewis III.

In 1987, Madonna's arrival at London's Heathrow Airport caused a fan mania not seen since the Beatles, the Osmonds and David Cassidy.

In 1990, Curtis Mayfield was left paralyzed from the neck down when he was hit by a wind-blown lighting rig on stage before an outdoor concert in Brooklyn, N.Y.

In 1993, the wife of 1960s British pop singer Georgie Fame was killed in a fall from a bridge in Bristol, England. British newspapers said it was suicide. Fame's 1968 top-10 song "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde" was inspired by -- but not included in -- the 1967 film "Bonnie and Clyde."

In 1994, the 25th anniversary Woodstock '94 began in Saugerties, N.Y. Artists performing at the two-day fest included Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Aerosmith, Blind Melon and Salt 'N' Pepper. 200,000 fans showed up -- and it rained most of the weekend.

In 1996, former Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin pleaded innocent to drug possession charges in a New York City courtroom. Chamberlin had been in the hotel room where Pumpkins touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin died of a drug overdose the month before.

Also in 1996, two Detroit men were ordered held without bond in connection with the drug-related slayings two months earlier of the brother and sister-in-law of Diana Ross. The suspects would later be acquitted.

In 1999, Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil filed a federal lawsuit in Los Angeles against the aerospace company Rocketdyne. He claimed his 4-year-old daughter, who died in Aug.1995, had died from a rare form of liver cancer after being exposed to toxic fuels dumped by the company on property next to Neil's.

Also in 1999, a Los Angeles judge ordered Stone Temple Pilot lead singer Scott Weiland - who was already on probation for a drug conviction -- jailed after he was treated for a heroin overdose.

Topping the charts on this date:

Poor Little Fool -Ricky Nelson (1958), Summer in the City - The Lovin' Spoonful (1966), Feel Like Making Love - Roberta Flack (1974), Eye of the Tiger - Survivor (1982).

Today's musical quiz:

"Big Mama" Thornton's recording of "Hound Dog" helped launch the careers of what songwriters? Answer: Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller.

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