Today in Music: a look back at pop music

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

Today's birthdays include Ventures guitarist Don Wilson, who was born in 1937 (age 66); Roberta Flack in 1939 (age 64); Jimmy Merchant of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers in 1940 (age 63); singer/songwriter Peter Allen was born in 1944; Donovan, whose full name is Donovan Phillip Leitch, in 1946 (age 57); Pablo Cruise keyboardist and singer Cory Lerios in 1951 (age 52); and Robbie Neville in 1961 (age 42).

Today's musical milestones:

In 1942, the first "gold" record was presented. The recipient was Glenn Miller, for sales of his "Chattanooga Choo Choo" single.

In 1958, Elvis Presley's ballad "Don't" became his ninth No. 1 single in two years -- since "Heartbreak Hotel" first topped the charts in 1956.

In 1971, British authorities banned a concert at London's Royal Albert Hall by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention after deeming obscene the album "200 Motels," a fictionalized account of the band's experiences on the road.

In 1974, producer Phil Spector was severely injured in auto accident.

In 1982, guitarist Mick Moody left Whitesnake. That same day, drummer Kenny Hyslop departed from Simple Minds.

In 1990, with her debut album "Forever Your Girl," Paula Abdul became the first female artist with an album in the top-10 of the Billboard Top-200 album chart for more than 50 weeks.

In 1991, more than 100 celebrities gathered at Warner Bros. Records in Burbank, Calif., to record "Voices That Care," a song and video to show support for U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf.

In 1992, a Grosse Pointe, Mich., moving company said the "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin had owed them $690 for seven months and had ignored a judgment from small claims court to pay up.

In 1993, in an exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jackson said he suffered from a hereditary skin disorder that had bleached his skin white.

In 1994, a Los Angeles jury convicted rapper Tupac Shakur in the beating of a music video director.

In 1995, a Los Angeles judge refused to dismiss murder charges against rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg and two other men in a 1993 shooting that left another man dead.

In 1997, Melissa Etheridge's lover, filmmaker Julie Cypher, gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl, in Los Angeles. Etheridge would later reveal that the biological father of their two children was veteran rocker David Crosby.

In 1998, Axl Rose was arrested at the Phoenix, Ariz., airport after cursing a security guard who wanted to inspect his bag. The Guns N' Roses frontman spent a couple of hours in jail before being released. Police called it a "non-incident."

In 2000, funeral services were held in Orlando, Fla., for Dave Peverett, founding member of the rock band Foghat, who died three days earlier at age of 56 from complications of cancer.

Today's musical quiz:

The Roberta Flack hit song "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" was in what movie? Answer: "Play Misty For Me."

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