Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International  |  Aug. 27, 2002 at 3:20 AM
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(Aug. 27)

Today's musical birthdays include Tommy Sands, who was born in 1937 (age 65); Daryl Dragon, the "Captain" of Captain and Tennille, in 1942 (age 60); bassist Tim Bogert, of Vanilla Fudge and also of Cactus, in 1944 (age 58); Jeff Cook of the country band Alabama in 1949 (age 53); Wishbone Ash's Laurie Wisefield in 1952 (age 50); Rush's Alex Lifeson in 1953 (age 49); and Sex Pistol Glenn Matlock in 1956 (age 46).

Today's musical milestones:

In 1965, the Beatles met Elvis Presley at his Beverly Hills, Calif., mansion. It was the first and only time they would meet. In later years, Presley would say he didn't remember the meeting.

Also in 1965, Bob Dylan released his classic "Highway 61 Revisited" album.

In 1967, Beatles manager Brian Epstein died from an accidental overdose of sleeping pills. He was 32.

In 1983, Barry Manilow played a sold-out concert at Buckingham Palace.

In 1986, John Lennon's leather jacket was auctioned off for $1,500 in London.

Also in 1986, John Fogerty launched his first tour since 1972.

And in 1986, it was ZZ Top Day in Texas.

And in 1986, Playboy was forced to remove a photograph of a semi-nude Wendy O. Williams from copies of its October issue after western Canadian customs officials declared it obscene.

In 1987, country's Randy Travis was hospitalized for complications from food poisoning in Wytheville, Va.

In 1988, Chinese officials reported Michael Jackson was negotiating to perform a live concert in China that would be broadcast to the world by satellite. The show was never held.

In 1990, Stevie Ray Vaughan and three members of Eric Clapton's entourage were killed when their helicopter crashed into a man-made ski slope in southeastern Wisconsin. The chopper pilot also died. Vaughan had just performed in a concert that included Clapton, Buddy Guy and Robert Cray.

In 1991, the leader of the rap group NWA -- Dr. Dre (dray), aka. Andre Young Jr. -- pleaded no contest to charges he beat up a woman at a West Hollywood nightclub. He was sentenced to 24 months' probation and ordered to make a public service announcement advocating non-violence against women.

Also in 1991, Alice Cooper was honored with the addition of his handprints and signature in cement at Hollywood's Rock Walk of Fame.

In 1993, Ugly Kid Joe lead singer William Crane was arrested in Columbus, Ohio, after he allegedly egged on the audience to attack security guards.

In 1994, Delores Jackson -- the ex-wife of Michael Jackson's brother, Tito -- was found dead in her boyfriend's swimming pool. A boyfriend was eventually charged with her murder.

In 1996, Oasis opened the eastern U.S. leg of its concert tour in Chicago, but lead singer Liam Gallagher wasn't there. He reportedly was suffering from "acute laryngitis."

Also in 1996, Smashing Pumpkins resumed the concert tour that'd been interrupted a month earlier by the alcohol-and-drug-overdose death of keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin and the arrest of drummer Jimmy Chamberlin on drug possession charges. Chamberlin was later fired. The same day, the Pumpkins' "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" was certified seven times platinum in the United States, making it the best-selling double-CD of all time.

In 1998, Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green kicked off a tour in Cleveland in support of "The Robert Johnson Songbook," his first studio CD in almost two decades.

In 1999, Bruce Springsteen made a surprise, unannounced visit to the New England Shelter for Homeless Vets in Boston.

Topping the charts on this date:1960 It's Now or Never - Elvis Presley (1960), People Got to be Free - The Rascals (1968), Don't Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John and Kiki Dee (1976), Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr. (1984).

Today's musical quiz: Who wrote "Love Will Keep Us Together," a 1975 hit for the Captain and Tenille? Answer: Neil Sedaka.

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