Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International  |  Aug. 26, 2002 at 3:08 AM
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(Aug. 26)

Today's musical birthdays include singer Georgia Gibbs in 1920, Fred Milano of Dion & the Belmonts, who was born in 1940 (age 62); former Searchers drummer Chris Curtis in 1941 (age 61); Valerie Simpson, one-half of the pop duo Ashford and Simpson, in 1948 (age 54); Robert Cowsill of the Cowsills in 1950 (age 52); guitarist John O'Neill of the Undertones in 1957 (age 45); Stranglers drummer Jet Black, whose real name is Brian Duffy, in 1958 (age 44); and jazz musician Branford Marsalis in 1960 (age 42).

Today's musical milestones:

In 1967, Jimi Hendrix's "Are You Experienced?" entered the album charts. The single "Purple Haze" was released.

Also in 1967, the Beatles, Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull met the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Wales.

In 1970, Jimi Hendrix played what would be his last show -- at the Isle of Wight Pop Festival. The bill also included Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell.

Also in 1970, Hendrix opened the Electric Lady recording studio.

In 1973, 10cc made its live concert debut on England's Isle of Man.

In 1975, AWB, a.k.a the Average White Band, topped the R&B singles chart with "Cut the Cake." In 1986, WGBH-FM in Boston became the first radio station in the nation to broadcast in ultra-clear digital sound. In 1991, former KISS drummer Peter Criss sued the Star tabloid in Los Angeles for reporting he was a homeless drunk living on the streets of Santa Monica, Calif.

In 1993, the Hollywood Reporter reported that the father of a 13-year-old boy Michael Jackson was suspected of molesting wanted the pop star to foot the $20 million bill to start his own film production company. Jackson, meanwhile, postponed for a second time his concert in Bangkok, Thailand.

Also in 1993, Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose sued his ex-girlfriend in Los Angeles, accusing her of assault as well as mental and emotional abuse.

In 1995, Sheryl Crow was given the key to the city in her hometown of Kennett, Mo.

Also in 1995, Ronnie White, an original member of the Miracles, died at age 57.

In 1997, U2 performed in concert in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

In 1998, recurring throat problems forced Billy Joel to reschedule his September and October concerts for November and December.

Topping the charts on this date: Tossin' and Turnin' - Bobby Lewis (1961), Honky Tonk Women - The Rolling Stones (1969), Best of My Love - Emotions (1977), The Power of Love - Huey Lewis and the News (1985).

Today's musical quiz: For a couple of years, Branford Marsalis was the music director and sidekick on this late-night TV show. What? Answer: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."


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