Today in Music: a look back at pop music

United Press International

(March 31)

Today's birthdays include Lefty Frizzell, who was born in 1928; Oscar-winning actress and "Partridge Family" mom Shirley Jones in 1934 (age 69); Herb Alpert, bandleader and co-founder of A&M Records, in 1935 (age 68); Rod Allen of the Fortunes in 1944 (age 59); Al Nichol of the Turtles in 1945 (age 58); guitarist Mick Ralphs of Mott the Hoople and also Bad Company, and Focus keyboardist and singer Thijs Van Leer, both in 1948 (age 55); Richard Hughes, who played drums for Johnny Winter, in 1950 (age 53); Huey Lewis and the News keyboardist Sean Hopper in 1953 (age 50); and AC-DC guitarist Angus Young in 1959 (age 44).


Today's musical milestones:

In 1967, Jimi Hendrix set fire to his guitar on stage for the first time.

In 1982, the Doobie Brothers confirmed they were breaking up.

In 1986, O'Kelly Isley -- founding member of the Isley Brothers -- died of a heart attack at age 48.

In 1991, Whitney Houston gave a free concert for Operation Desert Storm troops and their families at the Norfolk Naval Air Station in Virginia.

In 1992, country singer Jonie Mitchell, age 52, gave birth to a "test-tube" baby boy. She already had four grown kids and an adopted daughter with her second husband.

In 1993, hit lyricist Mitchell Parish died at age 92. He wrote the lyrics for "Stardust," "Deep Purple" and "Volare," among others.

In 1995, Tejano star Selena Quintanilla was shot to death in a hotel in Corpus Christi, Texas. She was 23. The former president of her fan club was later convicted of her murder and sentenced to life in prison.

In 1996, Phil Collins announced he was leaving Genesis after 21 years as the group's lead singer. He had replaced Peter Gabriel in 1975. Collins is probably better known for his solo hits than as Genesis' lead singer/drummer.

In 1998, Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland released his first solo album, "12 Bar Blues."

Today's musical quiz:

The day Jimi Hendrix first torched his guitar on stage -- at a concert in Finsbury Park, England -- who else was on the bill? The show also included performances by Cat Stevens and Engelbert Humperdinck.

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