Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International   |   March 7, 2003 at 2:30 AM
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(March 7)

Today's birthdays include Zombies bassist Chris Taylor White, who was born in 1943 (age 60); J.Geils Band lead singer Peter Wolf and Matthew Fisher of Procol Harum, both in 1946 (age 57); Ernie Isley of the Isley Brothers in 1951 (age 52); Taylor Dayne in 1962 (age 41); and S Club 7's Paul Cattermole in 1977 (age 26).

Today's musical milestones:

In 1962, the Beatles made the band's broadcast debut on BBC Radio's "Light Programme."

In 1966, Brian Wilson's "Caroline No" was the first solo single by any member of the Beach Boys.

In 1973, Bruce Springsteen starred in a showcase at Max's Kansas City club in New York City. In the audience -- CBS Records talent scout John Hammond. The man who signed Billie Holiday and Bob Dylan would sign Springsteen to a long-term recording contract.

In 1976, Elton John's likeness was added to Madame Tussaud's waxworks in London.

In 1983, TNN, the Nashville Network (now known as The National Network), remiered.

In 1993, the Black Crowes cut short a concert in Louisville, Ky., after a member of the band's entourage was beaten and another arrested by narcotics detectives backstage. The police later admitted they found no drugs.

Also in 1993, Erik Schrodi -- "Everlast" of the rap group House of Pain -- was arrested at New York's JFK airport for carrying an unloaded pistol in his suitcase.

In 1994, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that 2 Live Crew did not break federal copyright laws by recording a parody of Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman."

Also in 1994, Erin Everly filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles against ex-husband Axl Rose, claiming the Guns N' Roses frontman beat her up and threatened her during their brief marriage.

In 1995, Daily Variety reported Bruce Springsteen had agreed to write and perform songs for Sean Penn's movie "The Crossing Guard."

In 1996, Michael Jackson was sued by Maureen Doherty, the former vice president and general counsel of MJJ Enterprises. Doherty contended she'd been fired the previous September because she's a woman.

In 1997, Los Angeles police arrested a man in connection with the August 1994 drowning death of the former sister-in-law of Michael Jackson, Delores Jackson, who was once married to Michael's brother, Tito. The suspected murderer was her boyfriend at the time of her death. He was later convicted in her murder.

Also in 1997, R&B singer Maxwell was the big winner at the 11th annual Soul Train Music Awards, winning three awards. Toni Braxton took home two awards.

Today's musical quiz:

Actress Faye Dunaway was once married to what rock singer? Answer J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf.

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