Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International  |  Aug. 23, 2002 at 3:09 AM
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(Aug. 23)

Today's birthdays include Rex Allen Jr., who was born in 1947 (age 55); the late Keith Moon of The Who was also born in 1948; actor/singer Rick Springfield in 1949 (age 53); and Pebbles, whose real name is Perri McKissack, in 1964 (age 38).

Today's musical milestones:

In 1962, John Lennon married Cynthia Powell in Liverpool, England. Paul McCartney was his best man. George Harrison also attended the wedding.

In 1966, the Beatles' second movie, "Help!", opened nationwide.

In 1970, Lou Reed left the Velvet Underground, the band he'd formed in 1964 with John Cale.

In 1980, Talking Heads made its debut as a nine-piece band -- having played many gigs as a quartet -- at the Heatwave Festival in Toronto.

In 1987, Michael Jackson made a donation to the United Negro College Fund. The amount was not made public.

In 1990, composer David Rose -- who had a No.1 single in 1962 with "The Stripper" -- died at age 80.

In 1991, a judge in Reno, Nev., rejected a plea for a new trial in the Judas Priest subliminal message case. The parents of two teenage boys had sued unsuccessfully, claiming subliminal messages on the band's "Stained Class" album led their kids to make a suicide pact.

Also in 1991, Warner Bros. Records announced it had presented the first royalty check -- for half-a-million dollars -- to the organizers of the all-star "Nobody's Child" album. The album was recorded to raise money for Romanian orphans. Featured artists included Elton John, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Guns N' Roses, The Traveling Wilburys, Van Morrison and Ric Ocasek.

In 1993, news of the child molestation allegations against Michael Jackson first surfaced. A Los Angeles TV station reported a criminal investigation into claims the pop star had molested a 13-year-old boy he'd befriended.

Also in 1993, Duran Duran was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1994, a Los Angeles judge sentenced an obsessed fan of Madonna's to one year in jail after he pleaded no contest to charges stemming from his repeated attempts to get into the singer's Hollywood estate.

In 1995, Soundgarden launched the final leg of its European tour in Dublin, Ireland.

In 1999, the members of KISS -- Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley -- appeared in full costume and make-up on the World Championship Wrestling's "Monday Night Nitro Live." They introduced a new wrestler, described as a KISS "character."

Topping the charts on this date: My Prayer - The Platters (1958), Where Did Our Love Go - The Supremes (1964), Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O'Sullivan (1972), Magic - Olivia Newton-John (1980).

Today's musical quiz: What was the name of Rick Springfield's character on the TV soap opera "General Hospital"? Answer: Noah Drake.

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