Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International

(March 27)

Today's birthdays include Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks, who was born in 1950 (age 53); Walt Stocker of the Babys in 1953 (age 50); Andrew Farris of INXS in 1959 (age 44); Brazilian singer/actress Xuxa in 1963 (age 40); and Mariah Carey in 1970 (age 33).


Today's musical milestones:

In 1965, the Yardbirds replaced departing lead guitarist Eric Clapton with Jeff Beck, who'd been recommended by the group's first choice, Jimmy Paige.

In 1972, Elvis Presley recorded what turned out to be his last major hit -- a powerful, driving cover of bluesman Arthur Alexander's "Burning Love."

Also in 1972, Grand Funk Railroad fired its manager.

In 1973, the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia was pulled over for speeding on the New Jersey Turnpike. But the $15 ticket for speeding was nothing compared to the substantial bail he had to raise when the police found various illegal substances in his car.

In 1982, Ronnie Lane of Faces was admitted to a Florida hospital for treatment of multiple sclerosis.

In 1987, a South River, N.J., high school student was suspended for wearing to school a t-shirt that said "To Hell with the Devil," promoting the Christian rock group Stryker.


In 1991, Donnie Wahlberg of the New Kids On The Block was arrested on arson charges in Louisville, Ky. He'd allegedly poured vodka on a hotel carpet and set it on fire.

In 1993, NBC repeated the "Saturday Night Live" show with musical guest Sinead O'Connor, first aired in Oct. 1992 -- but without the segment during which she ripped up a picture of Pope John Paul II.

In 1995, Elton John and Tim Rice won the best song Oscar for "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" from the Disney animated film "The Lion King."

In 2000, Ian Dury, lead singer of Ian Dury & The Blockheads, died of liver cancer. He was 57.

Today's musical quiz:

What's the title of Elton John's debut album? Answer: This is a trick question. John debuted in 1965 on Bluesology's "Come Back Baby." But you'd be equally correct if you answered with "Empty Sky," John's solo debut album released in Britain in 1969, or 1970's "Elton John," his U.S. debut album.

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