Today in Music: a look back at pop music

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Today's birthdays include Paul Simon, who was born in 1941 (age 61); keyboardist Robert Lamm of Chicago in 1944 (age 58); former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar in 1949 (age 53); Marie Osmond in 1959 (age 43); and Joey Belladonna of Anthrax in 1960 (age 42).


Today's musical milestones:

In 1963, the Beatles appeared for the first time on a major British TV show, "Sunday Night at the London Palladium." The resulting chaos led to the coining of the term "Beatlemania."

In 1971, it was announced that David Essex would play the part of Jesus in the London stage production of the neo-religious musical "Godspell."

In 1975, Neil Young underwent successful surgery for a growth on his vocal cords.

In 1977, Shirley Brickley -- a founding member of the Orlons -- died of gunshot wounds. She was 32. The Philadelphia-based R&B group had a number of top-40 hits in the early 1960s.

In 1983, Culture Club's second album, "Colour by Numbers," was released.


In 1986, a one-hour performance by Bruce Springsteen and the surprise reunion of Crosby Stills Nash and Young highlighted a Mountain View, Calif., benefit concert for disabled children. The show was the idea of Neil Young, whose son has cerebral palsy.

In 1992, Bruce Springsteen defied his image as a working man's rocker when he crossed picket lines at the Tacoma Dome in Washington state to perform.

Also in 1992, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the families of two teenage suicide victims could not sue Ozzy Osbourne for allegedly inspiring their sons to kill themselves through the song "Suicide Solution."

And in 1992, the San Francisco board of supervisors voted to rename the San Francisco Civic Auditorium after rock promoter Bill Graham, who'd been killed a year earlier in a helicopter crash.

In 1993, Paul Simon announced that he and Art Garfunkel would perform a United Way benefit concert the following month in Toronto.

In 1994, Yoko Ono donated items from her personal collection of John Lennon memorabilia to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.


Also in 1994, Glenn Frey was released from a Los Angeles hospital after undergoing surgery for diverticulitis. The operation had postponed the first Eagles tour in 14 years.

And in 1994, Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, the founders of A&M Records, announced the formation of a new label, Almo Sounds.

In 1995, rapper Tupac Shakur was freed from a New York state prison pending an appeal of his 1994 sexual assault conviction.

In 1997, NPR debuted Billy Joel's classical piano composition "Reverie."

Topping the charts on this date:

Sherry -- The 4 Seasons (1962), Cracklin' Rose -- Neil Diamond (1970), Kiss You All Over -- Exile, When I Think Of You -- Janet Jackson (1986).

Today's musical quiz:

What kind of art does Ozzy Osbourne collect? Answer: Osbourne is partial to Victorian nudes.

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