Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International   |   Sept. 16, 2002 at 3:08 AM
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(Sept. 16)

Today's birthdays include B.B. King, who was born in 1925 (age 76); Hollies bassist Bernie Calver in 1942 (age 59); drummer Joe Butler of the Lovin' Spoonful in 1943 (age 58); Betty Kelly of Martha and the Vandellas in 1944 (age 57); drummer Kenney Jones of Faces and the Who in 1949 (age 52); David Bellamy of the country-pop duo Bellamy Brothers in 1950 (age 51); Richard Marx in 1963 (age 38); and Marc Anthony in 1969 (age 32).

Today's musical milestones:

In 1946, Earl Scruggs first recorded with Bill Monroe.

In 1970, readers of the British publication Melody Makers voted Led Zeppelin the best group -- marking the first time in years that any other act had threatened the dominance of the Beatles.

In 1977, T-Rex lead singer Marc Bolan was killed in a car accident in London. He was 28.

In 1978, the Grateful Dead became the first western rock band to headline a concert in Cairo, Egypt. The show was held in front of the pyramids.

In 1986, Johnny Cash signed with Polygram after two decades with Columbia.

In 1992, Barbra Streisand performed a rare concert at a Beverly Hills, Calif., fund-raiser for Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton.

In 1993, Grace Slick's Marin County, Calif., home was destroyed by a brushfire that swept the neighborhood.

In 1994, Carly Simon denied rumors that she was selling her Martha Vineyard's home to Michael Jackson.

Also in 1994, Grace Slick donated the white-fringed dress she wore at the 1969 Woodstock festival to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

In 1995, Ringo Starr's 24-year-old daughter, Lee Starkey, underwent surgery in Boston to remove a brain tumor. Starr had canceled a tour of his All-Starr Band to be with her.

In 1996, Bruce Springsteen resumed his U.S. solo acoustic tour in Pittsburgh, Pa., in support of his new album "The Ghost of Tom Joad."

Also in 1996, Wilson Pickett was arrested and jailed after police said they caught him using drugs while on probation for a drunken driving accident.

In 1998, the managers for Brandy and Monica issued a joint statement, saying there was no truth to reports that the two teenage singers had feuded backstage during the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles six days earlier.

Also in 1998, Artis Ivey, a.k.a. rapper Coolio, was arrested in the Los Angeles suburb of Lawndale, Calif., after police spotted him driving on the wrong side of the street. In the car, officers allegedly found a gun, ammunition and a small bag of marijuana.

And in 1998, the Rolling Stones performed in Greece on the final leg of the band's "Bridges to Babylon" tour. The concert was in marked contrast to a Stones show in 1967, when Greek military police stopped the show and dragged Mick Jagger off-stage after he tried to toss red carnations into the audience.

And in 1998, Lou Reed entertained at a White House state dinner for visiting Czech President Vaclav Havel.

In 2000, R.E.M., the B-52's and country's Trisha Yearwood were inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

Today's musical quiz:

Latin pop singer Marc Anthony's real name is Antonio Marco Muniz. Why did he adopt a stage name? Answer: Anthony changed his name not only because his listeners are primarily English-speaking, but also because there's a known Mexican singer with the same name.

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