Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International  |  Sept. 22, 2002 at 3:08 AM
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(Sept. 22)

Today's birthdays include David Cloverdale of Deep Purple and also Whitesnake, who was born in 1951 (age 51); Debby Boone in 1956 (age 46); opera singer Andrea Bocelli in 1958 (age 44); and Joan Jett in 1960 (age 42).

Today's musical milestones:

In 1962, Bob Dylan performed for the first time at Carnegie Hall in New York. He took part in a hootenanny, playing five songs.

In 1983, the Everly Brothers performed together for the first time in 10 years -- at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

In 1984, Michael Jackson attended a dinner in Washington honoring youths who'd written winning essays as part of an anti-drunk-driving crusade.

In 1985, more than 50 rock and country music artists took part in the 14-hour Farm Aid concert for 78,000 rain-soaked fans in Champaign, Ill. The show raised money for debt-ridden U.S. farmers.

In 1989, Irving Berlin -- one of America's most prolific composers of popular songs -- died at age 101. Berlin composed more than 1,500 songs, including "God Bless America," "White Christmas" and "There's No Business Like Show Business," despite being unable to read or write music.

In 1991, "(Everything I Do) I Do For You" by Bryan Adams began its 12th straight week atop the British pop singles chart, breaking the record set back in 1955 by Slim Whitman's "Rose Marie."

In 1993, Michael Jackson fled an Israel army base after news photographers got too pushy during his visit with female soldiers.

Also in 1993, rapper "Marky Mark" Wahlberg made his TV movie debut in the USA cable network film "The Substitute." He played a high school troublemaker.

In 1994, officials at Graceland denied rumors that Lisa Marie Presley and her new husband, Michael Jackson, planned to perform at an upcoming pay-per-view salute to her father, Elvis.

Also in 1994, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee was sprayed in the face with pepper spray by police trying to end a fight in the parking lot of a Hollywood nightclub. Lee was detained but not arrested.

And in 1994, Visa/Mastercard announced plans to issue a Rolling Stones credit card.

In 1995, Mariah Carey's single "Fantasy" debuted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 -- becoming the first song by a female artist to do so.

Also in 1995, the Hollywood Reporter said Michael Jackson was in early negotiations with Sony Music Publishing in a deal that'd merge his ATV Music catalog with the Sony division.

In 1998, members of the Smashing Pumpkins announced their 15-city charity concert tour had raised $2.8 million for various groups in the United States and Canada.

Also in 1998, the Goo Goo Dolls released "Dizzy Up the Girl," the band's sixth album.

In 1999, Shania Twain was named entertainer of the year at the 33rd Annual CMA Awards at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. It was Twain's first CMA Award.

In 2000, a judge in Los Angeles sentenced rapper Flesh-N-Bone, of the Grammy-winning group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, to 10 years in prison for a variety of charges, including parole violations.

Topping the charts on this date:

Nel Blu Di Pinto De Blu (Volare) -- Domenico Modugno (1958), You Can't Hurry Love -- The Supremes (1966), Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe -- Barry White (1974), Hard To Say I'm Sorry -- Chicago (1982).

Today's musical quiz:

In the 1977 movie "You Light Up My Life," the title track was a love song but Debby Boone has been quoted saying when she recorded the tune, she had someone else in mind while singing. Who? Answer: Boone reported said she was singing to God.

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