Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International  |  April 14, 2003 at 2:30 AM
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(April 14)

Today's birthdays include singer/songwriter Buddy Knox, who was born in 1933; country's Loretta Lynn in 1935 (age 67); Tony Burrows, lead singer with Edison Lighthouse as well as with White Plains, in 1942 (age 61); Ritchie Blackmore, of Deep Purple and of Rainbow, in 1945 (age 57); Hot Chocolate keyboardist Larry Ferguson in 1948 (age 55); and Kenny Aaronson and Raydio's Jerry Knight, both in 1952 (age 51).

Today's musical milestones:

In 1965, the title of the Beatles' upcoming second movie was changed from "Eight Arms to Hold You" to "Help!"

In 1970, Steven Stills broke his wrist in a car accident in Los Angeles.

In 1972, "Starman" -- the first single from David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust" album -- was released.

In 1974, Pete Townshend made his solo performing debut at the Roundhouse in London, accompanied by tapes recorded in his home studio.

In 1980, "The Touring Principle" by Gary Numan was released. It was the first rock videocassette offered for sale to the general public.

In 1983, former Pretenders bassist Pete Farndon died from a heart attack at age 30. His death followed that in 1982 of bandmate James Honeyman-Scott, who'd died from a drug overdose.

Also in 1983, Stevie Wonder re-signed with Motown Records.

In 1984, Phil Ramone married singer Karen Kamon in New York. Quincy Jones was his best man.

In 1987, Whitney Houston broke the record for consecutive No. 1 singles with seven -- the seventh being "Where Do Broken Hearts Go."

Also in 1987, "Tango in the Night" was Fleetwood Mac's first album in five years.

And in 1987, Mickey Gilley sued to dissolve his ties with the Pasadena, Texas, nightclub bearing his name.

In 1992, a University of Massachusetts music professor retracted charges that the New Kids on the Block had pulled a "Milli Vanilli" -- lip-synching during concerts and on albums.

In 1993, Vanessa Williams gave birth to a boy, her third child and first son for her and her husband/manager Ramon Hervey.

In 1994, the King County, Wash., medical examiner said Kurt Cobain had been dead three days when his body was found. The doctor also said the Nirvana lead singer had taken heroin and Valium the day he shot himself.

Also in 1994, Los Angeles prosecutors said the child molestation investigation of Michael Jackson was nearing an end, and that a decision on whether to file charges would be announced by the end of the month. No charges were ever filed.

And in 1994, Billy Joel and model Christy Brinkley announced they were splitting up after nine years of marriage.

In 1995, the family and business associates of the late Eric "Eazy-E" Wright asked a judge to settle their fight over the ownership of Wright's Ruthless Records.

Also in 1995, Burl Ives died following a long battle with cancer. He was 85.

In 1996, actor Steven Seagal jammed onstage at a Beverly Hills, Calif., nightclub with Joe Walsh, Yes's Trevor Rabin and Chris Squire, CCR's John Fogerty and Brian Setzer -- among others.

In 1997, Ringo Starr made his debut as host of a five-nights-a-week series on VH1 titled "Classic Albums."

In 1998, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Gloria Estefan and country's Shania Twain performed at a special benefit concert for "VH1 Save The Music."

In 2000, Kid Rock, rapper Eminem and Motown legend Stevie Wonder were among the winners at the annual Detroit Music Awards, handed out at the State Theatre in downtown Detroit. The awards honor musicians based in or with strong Detroit ties.

In 2001, Rare Essence, Philly's Most Wanted, Iconz, Lil Romeo, Master P, Silk the Shocker and The Roots headlined the 4th Annual BET College Hip Hop Fest, held at Paramount's Kings Dominion amusement park outside Richmond, Va.

Today's musical quiz:

Kid Rock is said to have a contract rider for his concerts demanding this beverage in his dressing room. What? Answer: Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.

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