Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International  |  March 1, 2003 at 2:30 AM
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(March 1)

Today's birthdays include Harry Belafonte, who was born in 1927 (age 76); The Who's Roger Daltrey and Mike D'Abo of Manfred Mann, both in 1944 (age 59); Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers in 1955 (age 48); John Carroll of the Starland Vocal Band in 1957 (age 46); and Nik Kershaw in 1958 (age 45).

Today's musical milestones:

In 1952, Sun Records released its first single, "Drivin' Slow" by Johnny London. The alto sax duet went nowhere.

In 1957, Chess Records released Muddy Waters' "I Got My Mojo Working" and Chuck Berry's "School Day."

In 1968, Johnny Cash married June Carter.

In 1969, Jim Morrison of the Doors allegedly exposed himself on stage in Miami -- and would later be charged with indecent exposure and public drunkenness. He was convicted in September 1970 and was still appealing the eight-month prison sentence when he died in July 1971.

In 1972, then-California Gov. Ronald Reagan pardoned Merle Haggard. The country singer had served time in San Quentin Prison in the late 1950s for attempted burglary.

In 1974, George Harrison announced plans for a U.S. tour -- the first ex-Beatle to do so.

In 1977, after 12 years of marriage, Sara Dylan filed for divorce from Bob Dylan. Their youngest child is Wallflowers lead singer Jakob Dylan.

In 1980, Patti Smith married former MC-5 guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith in Detroit.

In 1984, Cyndi Lauper made her first appearance on "The Tonight Show."

Also in 1984, 20 years after the beginnings of "Beatlemania," seven Beatles albums re-entered the U.S. charts.

In 1993, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel reunited for the second time in a decade for a benefit concert for a Los Angeles children's charity.

In 1994, Whitney Houston and the soundtrack to Disney's "Aladdin" were the big winners at the 36th annual Grammy Awards. "The Bodyguard" soundtrack was named album of the year, while "I Will Always Love You" netted Houston the best female pop vocal performance and record of the year Grammys. The "Aladdin" soundtrack won five awards.

Also in 1994, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that John Fogerty, formerly of Creedence Clearwater Revival, could sue to recover attorney fees following a copyright infringement suit he said had been filed against him in bad faith. (He'd won that lawsuit.)

In 1995, Bruce Springsteen won four Grammys at the 37th annual awards in Los Angeles, while newcomer Sheryl Crow took home three. Tony Bennett's "MTV Unplugged" was named best album. The ceremony featured David Crosby's first public appearance since his liver transplant the previous November.

Also in 1995, REM drummer Bill Berry left the stage partway through the band's concert in Lausanne, Switzerland, with what turned out to be a brain hemorrhage. Doctors operated on him two days later.

In 1996, rapper/actress Queen Latifah pleaded no contest to charges -- stemming from an arrest a month earlier in Santa Monica, Calif. -- of carrying a loaded gun and driving without a license. She was fined $810 and placed on two years probation.

In 1997, Selena was posthumously honored with three Tejano Music Awards -- including female vocalist of the year -- at ceremonies in San Antonio, Texas.

Today's musical quiz:

In 1970, The Who became the first rock band to do this. What? Answer: Perform at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.

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