Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International  |  Feb. 9, 2003 at 2:30 AM
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(Feb. 9)

Today's birthdays include Carole King, who was born in 1942 (age 61); Wishbone Ash guitarist Ted Turner in 1950 (age 53); saxophonist Dennis "Dee Tee" Thomas of Kool and the Gang in 1951 (age 52); Holly Johnson, whose real first name is William, of Frankie Goes To Hollywood in 1960 (age 43); country singer Travis Tritt in 1963 (age 40); and rapper Master P, whose real name is Percy Miller, in 1969 (age 34).

Today's musical milestones:

In 1964, barely audible over the screams from the largely female audience, the Beatles made the group's first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

In 1966, blues singer Sophie Tucker -- known as the "Last of the Red Hot Mamas" -- died at age 82.

In 1972, Paul McCartney made his first live appearance since the Beatles' break-up, with his new band Wings at Nottingham University in London.

In 1981, rock 'n' roll pioneer Bill Haley died from a heart attack. He was 55.

In 1982, after 11 years of legal wrangling over the money generated by his Concert for BanglaDesh, George Harrison gave UNICEF a check for $8.8 million.

In 1987, the Riverside Co., Calif., coroner announced that Liberace had died from AIDS.

In 1991, Grammy-winning musician the Rev. James Cleveland -- often called the "King of Gospel" -- died at age 64.

In 1993, Annie Lennox gave birth to a girl in London. It was the second daughter for her and her filmmaker husband, Uri Fruchtman.

In 1994, a grand jury convened in Santa Barbara, Calif., to hear child molestation evidence against Michael Jackson. No criminal charges were ever filed against the pop star.

Also in 1994, Janet Jackson met with nine of the 19 neglected Chicago children found in a filthy apartment during a drug raid a month earlier. She invited them to attend one of her concerts later in the year.

In 1995, Johnny Rivers -- whose 1960s hits included "Memphis," "Secret Agent Man" and "Poor Side of Town" -- recorded a live album at the Hollywood House of Blues to mark the 30th anniversary of his first hit album.

In 1996, a Los Angeles jury began deliberations in the murder trial of rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg and his bodyguard, accused in the killing of a man in an L.A. park three years earlier. They would be acquitted.

Also in 1996, the Los Angeles coroner said the results of an autopsy showed that Adrienne Brown, wife of the "Godfather of Soul" James Brown, had died a month earlier from heart disease and as the result of taking the drug PCP.

In 1998, Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx pleaded innocent to assault charges stemming from a December concert in Phoenix. He and the band's drummer, Tommy Lee, were accused of attacking a security guard who'd tried to hold back fans rushing the stage at the invitation of the rockers.

Today's musical quiz:

Where did Frankie Goes To Hollywood get its name? Answer: The band took its name from a newspaper headline about Frank Sinatra's movie career.

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