Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International  |  Feb. 20, 2003 at 2:30 AM
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(Feb. 20)

Today's birthdays include David Ackles, who was born in 1937 (age 66); Nancy Wilson also was born in 1937 (age 66); Buffy Sainte-Marie in 1941 (age 62); former Blood Sweat and Tears trumpet player Lewis Soloff in 1944 (age 59); Randy California of Spirit and guitarist Jerome Geils of the J. Geils Band, both in 1946 (age 57); Walter Becker of Steely Dan in 1950 (age 53); Stone Roses singer Ian Brown in 1963 (age 40); the late Kurt Cobain of Nirvana in 1968; and Charlotte Church in 1986 (age 17).

Today's musical milestones:

In 1974, Cher filed for separation from Sonny Bono after 10 years of marriage.

In 1976, a New York court ruled that John Lennon's verbal contract with Roulette Records to release an album of the ex-Beatle singing rock 'n' roll hits from the 1950s was invalid, because Lennon was already under contract with Capitol/EMI Records and so unable to make such an agreement.

Also in 1976, members of KISS placed their footprints in concrete outside Grauman's Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles.

In 1982, Pat Benatar married her guitarist/producer, Neil Geraldo, on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

In 1991, producer/composer Quincy Jones became the all-time non-classical Grammy winner when he won six awards at the 33rd annual Grammy Awards. Bette Midler won Song of the Year for a second year in a row with the tune "From A Distance."

In 1992, singer Paula Abdul and actor Emilio Estevez announced their engagement.

In 1995, authorities in Westchester, N.Y., ordered singer Mariah Carey and her husband, Sony Music President Tommy Mottola, to apply for a dam permit after they built twin ponds on their Long Island estate much too big.

In 1996, almost 50 artists -- including Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine -- sued the Amway Corp. for using their work without permission on motivational tapes.

In 1997, "Evita," starring Madonna, opened in Argentina amid controversy -- with Peronists calling for a boycott of the film version of the musical about former first lady Eva Peron.

Also in 1997, the Trinity Broadcasting Network cancelled Pat Boone's weekly "Gospel America" program until he explained why he showed up at the American Music Awards dressed as a heavy metal rocker. The 62-year-old Boone said he was spoofing his squeaky-clean image and promoting his latest album -- a cover of heavy metal classics.

In 1998, the first of two concerts was held in Santa Monica, Calif., in memory of the late pop singer Nicolette Larson. Participating artists included Crosby Stills and Nash, Linda Rondstadt and Carole King.

Today's musical quiz:

Buffy Sainte-Marie co-wrote what 1982 No.1 single? Answer: "Up Where We Belong," recorded by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes.

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