Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International  |  Feb. 14, 2003 at 2:30 AM
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(Feb. 14)

Today's birthdays include McGuire Sister Phyllis McGuire, who was born in 1931 (age 72); Eric Andersen in 1943 (age 60); the late Tim Buckley was born in 1947; and former Heart guitarist Roger Fisher in 1950 (age 53).

Today's musical milestones:

In 1970, the Who performed in concert at Leeds University in England. The show produced the "Live at Leeds" album.

In 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono hosted "The Mike Douglas Show" while its host took a weeklong vacation. Among their guests -- Chuck Berry and Black Panther leader Bobby Seale.

Also in 1972, the original stage production of "Grease" opened in New York City.

In 1974, with Neil Young, Ringo Starr and Carole King in the audience, the bulk of Bob Dylan's "Before the Flood" live album was recorded with The Band at the Forum in Los Angeles. The concert was the final date of his first tour in eight years.

Also in 1974, the Captain, Daryl Dragon, married Toni Tennille in California.

In 1977, ABBA closed out their first British tour with a concert at London's Royal Albert Hall.

In 1980, Lou Reed married Sylvia Morales at his Greenwich Village apartment in New York.

In 1981, Billy Idol left his Generation X band for a solo career.

In 1984, Elton John married German-born studio engineer Renate Blauel in Sydney, Australia. They were later divorced.

Also in 1984, Stray Cat rocker Brian Setzer married Deanna Morgan.

In 1994, Barbra Streisand announced plans for her first international tour of Europe and the United States, scheduled for mid-April through July.

Also in 1994, Grateful Dead co-founder Jerry Garcia married independent filmmaker Deborah Koons.

In 1995, three Elton John/Tim Rice songs from "The Lion King" were nominated for the best song Oscar.

Also in 1995, Courtney Love's engagement ring from her late husband Kurt Cobain was stolen when it was sent to the wrong hotel room.

In 1996, The Artist Formerly Known As Prince married his longtime girlfriend, dancer Mayte Garcia, in a Valentine's Day ceremony in Minneapolis. They later separated.

Also in 1996, another new Beatles single "Real Love" was released in Britain.

In 1998, Madonna chose Valentine's Day night for her first live performance in four years, at the Roxy. She had performed at the New York nightclub 14 years earlier when she first arrived in town from Detroit.

Today's musical quiz:

In "At Seventeen," Janis Ian sings that she never gets any of these on this holiday. What? Answer: Valentine's Day cards.

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