Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International  |  March 10, 2003 at 2:30 AM
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(March 10)

Today's birthdays include the late Jethro Burns, of Homer and Jethro fame, who was born in 1923; Dean Torrence, of Jan and Dean fame, in 1941 (age 62); Boston's Tom Scholz in 1947 (age 56); Swedish rap/pop singer Neneh Cherry in 1964 (age 39); and Edie Brickell of the New Bohemians, who's also Paul Simon's wife, in 1966 (age 37).

Today's musical milestones:

In 1956, Johnnie Ray was mobbed on his arrival in Australia for his first visit "down under."

In 1971, in the aftermath of the break-up of the Beatles, a London court appointed an independent receiver to handle the group's complex finances. It also barred manager Allen Klein from further participation in Beatle affairs.

In 1974, David Bowie recorded his "David Live" album at Philadelphia's Tower Theater.

In 1979, James Brown played at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

In 1984, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album marked its 37th week atop the Billboard Top-200 album chart. That was longer than any other contemporary rock or pop album. Only the cast album of "West Side Story" -- at 54 weeks -- had a longer run at the top.

Also in 1984, Ian Gillan left Black Sabbath.

In 1988, Andy Gibb died of heart inflammation. He was only 30.

In 1990, a survey of Russian teenagers found the Western rock acts they'd most like to see in concert were Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd and the Beatles.

In 1992, jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis was named the next music director of "The Tonight Show." He replaced Doc Severinsen when Jay Leno replaced Johnny Carson.

In 1993, a federal judge in Cleveland ordered former Temptations lead singer Dennis Edwards to pay his former management company for breaking his contract.

In 1994, rapper Tupac Shakur was sentenced to 15 days in jail for the 1993 attack on his ex-employer on the set of a music video production.

In 1996, Hootie and the Blowfish were named America's favorite rock group at the 22nd annual People's Choice Awards.

Also in 1996, Alanis Morissette won four awards at the 25th annual Juno Awards, Canada's equivalent to the Grammys.

In 1997, legendary R&B singer LaVern Baker died in New York. She was 67 and had suffered from diabetes that'd cost her both of her legs.

In 1998, Mariah Carey was named favorite female pop artist, Boyz II Men favorite R&B group, Janet Jackson, favorite female R&B artist, and Sugar Ray favorite modern rock group at the fourth annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards.

Today's musical quiz:

Who performed "The Ballad of Jeb Clampett," otherwise known as the theme song from "The Beverly Hillbillies"? Answer: Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs.

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