Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International   |   Jan. 10, 2003 at 2:30 AM
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(Jan. 10)

Today's birthdays include Johnnie Ray, who was born in 1927; Ronnie Hawkins in 1935 (age 68); Sal Mineo was born in 1939; Jim Croce was born in 1942; Rod Stewart in 1945 (age 58); Cyril Neville of the Neville Brothers in 1948 (age 55); Steely Dan's Donald Fagen in 1950 (age 53); Pat Benatar in 1952 (age 51); Shawn Colvin in 1956 (age 47); and Daddy Mack (real name: Chris Smith) of the rap duo Kris Kross in 1979 (age 24).

Today's musical milestones:

In 1948, Loretta and Oliver "Mooney" Lynn were married.

In 1956, Elvis Presley's first RCA recording session yielded "I Got a Woman" and his first No. 1 single, "Heartbreak Hotel."

In 1963, the Cliff Richard movie "Summer Holiday" premiered.

In 1976, Howlin' Wolf, whose real name was Chester Burnett, died at age 66.

In 1981, the "Pirates of Penzance" -- starring Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith -- opened on Broadway for what would be a 772-performance run.

In 1984, Cyndi Lauper became the first female recording artist since 1967 to be nominated for five Grammy Awards, for her debut album, "She's So Unusual." Lauper won the Best New Artist award.

In 1991, Quincy Jones was nominated for five Grammys, bringing his total nominations to a record 74 -- more than anyone else in the history of the awards. The previous Grammy nominee frontrunner had been Henry Mancini.

Also in 1991, the governor of Ohio commuted the prison sentence of country singer Johnny Paycheck to time served. Paycheck had been imprisoned after being convicted in a 1985 barroom shooting that left one man wounded.

In 1996, Bruce Springsteen announced he'd donate proceeds from his Detroit concert to the newspaper workers on strike against the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News.

Also in 1996, Courtney Love and Melissa Etheridge made Mr. Blackwell's 36th annual "Worst Dressed Women" list. Madonna topped his "Best Dressed" list.

In 1997, the "Godfather of Soul," James Brown, was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He obliged fans by shrieking, "I feel good!"

In 1999, Garth Brooks was named Favorite Male Performer and Celine Dion Favorite Female Performer at the 25th Annual People's Choice Awards. Elton John was voted the all-time Favorite Musical Performer.

Today's musical quiz:

Did Rod Stewart ever play soccer professionally? Answer: Yes, when he was 16, Stewart turned “pro” but lasted only three weeks.

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