Today's birthdays include Marty Sanders of Jay and the Americans and country singer Joe South, who were both born in 1940 (age 63); the late Brian Jones, co-founder and guitarist for the Rolling Stones before leaving the band, was born in 1942; Barbara Acklin in 1943 (age 60); Cindy Wilson of the B-52s, Tears for Fears keyboardist Ian Stanley, and Level 42 drummer Phil Gould, all in 1957 (age 46); and Breathe's Marcus Lillington in 1967 (age 36).
Today's musical milestones:
In 1968, Frankie Lymon died from a heroin overdose. He was 25. 12 years earlier, his group -- Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers -- had a top-10 hit with "Why Do Fools Fall In Love?"
In 1970, Led Zeppelin performed in Copenhagen as "The Nobs." That's because Eva von Zeppelin -- a descendant of the turn-of-the-century German count who designed the first rigid airship -- had threatened to sue if the band appeared using the family moniker in Denmark.
In 1974, pop singer Bobby Bloom killed himself at age 28. Four years earlier, his single "Montego Bay" made the top 10.
In 1984, Michael Jackson won seven Grammy Awards.
In 1994, Daily Variety reported that members of the Eagles were reuniting for a tour and possibly an album. The report was right on both counts.
In 1995, MTV and Rock The Vote honored Queen Latifah and Pearl Jam for their help in motivating young adults to register to vote.
In 1996, Alanis Morissette was a big winner at the 38th annual Grammy Awards, taking home four trophies. Seal won three awards.
Also in 1996, Brazilian newspapers reported that singer/model/actress Grace Jones, age 42, had married her 21-year-old Turkish bodyguard in Rio.
In 1997, a Los Angeles judge sentenced Death Row Records CEO Marion "Suge" Knight to nine years in prison for violating his probation by taking part in a Las Vegas hotel brawl the previous September. Knight had pleaded no contest in the 1992 assault on two rappers as part of deal that'd kept him out of jail.
In 2000, Bruce Springsteen kicked off another leg of his reunion tour with The E Street Band in State College, Penn. The road trip wrapped up with a five-night stand at New York's Madison Square Garden in June.
Today's musical quiz:
He sang that the "Lord have mercy on a boy from 'Down in the Boondocks'." Who? Answer: Singer/songwriter Joe South.