Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International  |  Aug. 17, 2002 at 3:10 AM
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(Aug. 17)

Today's musical birthdays include bluesman Luther Allison, who was born in 1939;Gary Talley of the Box Tops in 1947 (age 55); Boston's Sib Hashian in 1949 (age53); Steve Price of Pablo Cruise in 1951 (age 51); Kevin Rowland of Dexy's Midnight Runners in 1953 (age 49); Colin Moulding of XTC in 1955 (age 47); the Go-Go's Belinda Carlisle in 1958 (age 44); Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman in 1965 (age 37); and Donnie Wahlberg of the New Kids On the Block, and De La Soul's Posdnuos, aka. Kelvin Mercer, both in 1969 (age 33).

Today in music history:

In 1955, Sun Records released "I Forgot To Remember To Forget" by Elvis Presley.

It topped the U.S. country charts but didn't make the pop charts.

In 1960, the Beatles opened a three-month stand at the Indra Club in Hamburg,West Germany.

In 1961, the Supremes' debut single "Buttered Popcorn" was released.

In 1964, the Kinks' "You Really Got Me" was released.

In 1969, Peter Townshend shoved Abbie Hoffman off the stage when Hoffman tried to make a political speech in the middle of The Who's set on the third day of Woodstock.

In 1971, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Brook Benton were among those who sang at the funeral of saxophone genius King Curtis, who'd been murdered outside his New York apartment.

In 1973, Paul Williams of the Temptations took his own life. He was 32.

In 1986, fights broke out among audience members before a Run-DMC concert in

Long Beach, Calif. The fights lasted two hours and 40 people were injured.

Run-DMC blamed promoters and the police for failing to heed their warnings about gang violence.

Also in 1986, the 7-year-old son of country's Ricky Skaggs was wounded by a

passing trucker in a bizarre highway shooting in Virginia.

In 1987, Colo. Gov. Roy Romer arrived late for a speaking engagement in Denver. He said he was so absorbed by a Bruce Springsteen tape playing on his car stereo that he went to the wrong hotel.

In 1990, Pearl Bailey died of a heart attack at age 72.

In 1993, a spokesman for Michael Jackson said talks were underway for the pop star to perform at least two concerts in Beijing, China.

Also in 1993, soul singer Johnny Sayles died from a heart attack at age 56.

And in 1993, a U.S. postal stamp honoring the late country singer Patsy Cline

was unveiled in Boston.

In 1995, Bobby Brown -- the husband of Whitney Houston -- was arrested at a West Hollywood hotel for allegedly kicking a hotel security guard.

Also in 1995, Depeche Mode's David Gahan was hospitalized in Los Angeles after slashing his wrists in a suicide bid.

In 1998, Carlos Santana was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Also in 1998, Sally Taylor -- the only daughter of James Taylor and Carly Simon -- played guitar and sang solo at her father's concert in Universal City, Calif.

In 1999, the Verve Pipe's self-titled follow-up to the band's debut album "Villains" was released.

Topping the charts on this date: Breaking Up is Hard to Do - Neil Sedaka(1962), (They Long to be) Close to You - Carpenters (1970), Three Times a Lady - Commodores (1978), Papa Don't Preach - Madonna (1986).

Today's musical quiz: When Donnie Wahlberg accidentally fell through a stage

trapdoor during a June 1990 concert in Saratoga, N.Y., he ended up in intensive care. Why? Answer: Although Wahlberg's injuries were minor, hospital officials felt putting him in ICU would make him less accessible to his many well-wishers.

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