Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International  |  Oct. 7, 2002 at 10:28 AM
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(Oct. 7)

Today's birthdays include Colin Cooper of the Climax Blues Band, who was born in 1936 (age 66); Main Ingredient's Tony Silvester in 1941 (age 61); Dino Valenti of Quicksilver Messenger Service in 1943 (age 59); 10cc's Kevin Godley and Sugarloaf's Robert Webber, both in 1945 (age 57); David Hope of Kansas in 1949 (age 53); John Mellencamp in 1951 (age 51); Bon Jovi's Tico Torres and Hot's Cathy Carsons, both in 1953 (age 49); classical cellist Yo Yo Ma in 1955 (age 47) and Toni Braxton in 1967 (age 35).

Today's musical milestones:

In 1975, John Lennon won his long battle with U.S. immigration officials when a federal judge ruled he could not be deported since his marijuana conviction in Britain was unjust by U.S. legal standards.

In 1977, guitarist Steve Hackett quit Genesis to go solo.

In 1986, tickets to Chuck Berry's Oct. 16 birthday concert in St. Louis sold out in 58 minutes.

In 1991, Disney announced that the "For Our Children" album had raised $2 million for the Pediatric AIDS Foundation. The album featured Little Richard, Debbie Gibson, Brian Wilson, Pat Benatar, Stephen Bishop, Paula Abdul, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen singing original and traditional kids' songs.

Also in 1991, the federal government nixed a request for $500,000 to build a Lawrence Welk Museum in Strasburg, N.D., hometown of the late entertainer.

In 1993, President Clinton presented the National Metals of Art to Ray Charles and Cab Calloway.

In 1994, rocker Carlos Santana performed a four-hour-long concert in Warsaw to promote his new album "Santana Brothers." He also announced plans to play in Cuba.

In 1997, Everclear's new album "So Much for the Afterglow" was released.

In 1999, Madonna was reported to have signed to star in the movie version of Noel Coward's play "Quadrille," playing the wife of a philandering English aristocrat who runs off with the young wife of an American industrialist.

Also in 1999, it was reported that Dave Matthews of the Dave Matthews Band would co-star with Dabney Coleman and Ned Beatty in the film version of Wilson Rawls' novel "Where the Red Fern Grows."

In 2000, Cypress Hill was joined by Limp Bizkit, 311, Redman, System of a Down and Pennywise --- among others -- at the Cypress Hill Smoke Out, held at the National Orange Show Fairgrounds in San Bernardino, Calif.

Also in 2000, Christina Aguilera, LeAnn Rimes and Seal headlined Tiger Jam III, the annual benefit concert hosted by golfing phenom Tiger Woods, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

And in 2000, country's Chris LeDoux underwent a liver transplant at the Nebraska Health System in Omaha, Neb.

Topping the charts on this date:

My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own - Connie Francis (1960), Hey Jude - The Beatles (1968), Play that Funky Music - Wild Cherry (1976), Let's Go Crazy - Prince and The Revolution (1984).

Today's musical quiz:

John Mellencamp still lives in the state in which he was born. Where? Answer: Indiana.

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