Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International  |  Sept. 21, 2002 at 3:08 AM
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(Sept. 21)

Today's birthdays include singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen, who was born in 1934 (age 68); Dickey Lee, whose hit songs include 1962's "Patches," in 1941 (age 61); American Breed's Kevin Murphy in 1943 (age 59); Eagles guitarist Don Felder in 1947 (age 55); Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor of Motorhead in 1954 (age 48); country singer Faith Hill in 1967 (age 35); and Trugoy the Dove, whose real name is David Jude Jolicoeur, of De La Soul in 1968 (age 34).

Today's musical milestones:

In 1957, "Wake Up Little Susie" by the Everly Brothers made its chart debut.

In 1966, Jimmy Hendrix changed the spelling of his name to J-I-M-I during a trans-Atlantic flight to London.

In 1968, Jimi Hendrix's "All Along the Watchtower" was released.

In 1974, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter joined the Doobie Brothers soon after leaving Steely Dan.

Also in 1974, Mott the Hoople lost its second lead guitarist in just over a year when Ariel Bender left the British rock band.

In 1984, Cyndi Lauper performed "She Bop" on "The Tonight Show," proving no one listens to lyrics. (The song is about female masturbation.)

Also in 1984, James Brown married Modell Rodriguez in South Carolina.

In 1986, Whitney Houston won an Emmy for best performance in a music or variety special for her appearance on that year's Grammy Awards show.

In 1991, Lena Horne was inducted into the Georgia Hall of Fame.

In 1993, the Country Music Association announced it would induct Willie Nelson into its Hall of Fame. The actual induction took place on Sept. 29.

Also in 1993, Soul Asylum performed at a White House bill-signing ceremony.

In 1994, prosecutors announced that Michael Jackson would not be charged with child molestation because his alleged victim refused to testify.

In 1998, KISS and Fox Television hosted a listening party at Mann's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles to celebrate the next day's release of the band's 31st album "Psycho Circus" (on Mercury Records).

In 2000, Paul McCartney, Eminem, Rage Against The Machine and Christina Aguilera were among the winners at the first annual Wammy Awards, which honor the best music sites on the Internet.

Topping the charts on this date:

Sleep Walk -- Santo & Jerry (1959), Ode to Billie Joe -- Bobbie Gentry (1967), Fame -- David Bowie (1975).

Today's musical quiz:

What's Faith Hill's real first name? Answer: Audrey. Faith is her middle name.

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