Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International  |  Feb. 11, 2003 at 2:30 AM
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(Feb. 11)

Today's birthdays include the late Gene Vincent, who was born in 1935; Bobby "Boris" Pickett of "Monster Mash" fame in 1940 (age 63); Sergio Mendez in 1941 (age 62); trumpeter Alan Rubin of the Blues Brothers Band in 1953 (age 50); singer Sheryl Crow in 1962 (age 41); and Brandy (Norwood) in 1979 (age 24).

Today's musical milestones:

In 1963, the Beatles recorded the band's first album, "Please Please Me," during a 13-hour session.

In 1965, Ringo Starr married Maureen Cox in London. John Lennon and George Harrison attended -- but not Paul McCartney, who was vacationing in Tunisia. The marriage lasted 10 years.

In 1967, The Monkees set a record when the band's second album, "More of the Monkees," jumped from No.122 to No.1 on the Billboard Top-200 album chart, where it would remain for 18 weeks.

In 1969, Janis Joplin was interviewed by Mike Wallace for CBS's "60 Minutes" while in New York for a series of shows at the Fillmore East. Later, Joplin would say she didn't remember ever speaking with Wallace.

In 1973, jazz drummer Elvin Jones performed two benefit shows in Sacramento, Calif., to raise funds for a North Vietnamese hospital destroyed by U.S. bombers.

In 1984, a federal grand jury in Memphis indicted Jerry Lee Lewis on tax evasion charges. He would be acquitted the following October.

In 1985, Prince won best solo artist at the fourth annual BRIT Awards in London.

In 1986, Kenny Rogers had a benign growth removed from his vocal cords.

In 1988, British fans of the Butthole Surfers rioted when tickets for the Texas-based group's London concert sold out.

In 1993, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel announced they would reunite for a benefit concert in Los Angeles on March 1.

In 1997, Oasis lead singer Liam Gallagher and actress Patsy Kensit called off their wedding at the last minute, citing the "obsessive and intrusive" media attention as the reason. They later tied the knot but divorced in 2000.

Today's musical quiz:

Gene Vincent's 1956 hit single "Be-Bop-A-Lula" is about what comic strip character? Answer: Little Lulu.

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