Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International  |  Jan. 3, 2003 at 2:30 AM
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(Jan. 3)

Today's birthdays include the late Victor Borge, who was born in 1909; Beatles producer George Martin in 1926 (age 77); Van Dyke Parks in 1941 (age 62); Stephen Stills in 1945 (age 58); John Paul Jones, bass player/keyboardist with the Yardbirds and, later, Led Zeppelin, in 1946 (age 57); and Ross the Boss, of the Dictators and also Manowar, in 1954 (age 49).

Today's musical milestones:

In 1967, Beach Boy Carl Wilson rejected his draft notice, opening a five-year court battle he'd eventually win.

In 1970, the Beatles recorded what would become their last song together as a group, "I Me Mine." This doesn't count the two "new" Beatle songs on "The Beatles Anthology, Volume 1."

Also in 1970, Davy Jones announced he was leaving the Monkees.

In 1974, Bob Dylan opened his first tour in eight years with The Band. The road trip kicked off in Chicago.

In 1987, Diahann Carroll and Vic Damone tied the knot in Atlantic City, N.J. It was the fourth marriage for both.

In 1994, Wilson Pickett reported to a New Jersey jail to begin serving a one-year sentence for hitting a man while driving drunk.

In 1996, Madonna testified at the Los Angeles trial of the man accused of stalking and threatening her. The man had been arrested after being shot and wounded by a security guard at the singer's Hollywood Hills estate in May of 1995.

In 1997, former E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons was arrested and charged with domestic abuse after his girlfriend said he beat her a month earlier at a friend's house in the Florida Keys.

In 2001, it was reported that the lead guitarist for 10,000 Maniacs, Rob Buck, had died of liver failure in Pittsburgh. He was 42 and had last performed with the band two months earlier at a rally for Senate candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Today's musical quiz:

What was so shocking about the cover of the John Lennon/Yoko Ono album "Two Virgins"? Answer: The cover photo featured Lennon and Ono in the nude.

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