Today's birthdays include country singer Hank Snow in 1914; singer/songwriter Lloyd Price, who was born in 1933 (age 70); Crickets guitarist Sonny Curtis (age 70), and Dave Prater of Sam and Dave, both in 1938; Nokie Edwards, lead guitarist with the Ventures, in 1939 (age 64); Freddie and the Dreamers bassist Pete Birrell in 1941 (age 62); Tommy Roe in 1943 (age 60); Richie Furay of Buffalo Springfield and later with Poco, and Don Dannemann of the Cyrkle, both in 1944 (age 59); Blood Sweat and Tears guitarist Steve Katz in 1945 (age 58); Billy Joel in 1949 (age 54); Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson in 1950 (age 53); and Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode and Housemartins singer/guitarist Paul Heaton, both in 1962 (age 41).
Today's musical milestones:
In 1962, George Martin signed the Beatles to the band's first recording contract -- with EMI.
In 1964, Chuck Berry launched his first tour of the United Kingdom.
In 1978, Fee Waybill of the Tubes broke a leg when he fell off the stage during a concert in England.
In 1994, in a rare interview, Barbra Streisand complained in Time magazine that she was misunderstood by the critics and the news media.
Also in 1994, the wife of Billy Ray Cyrus gave birth to the couple's second child -- a boy -- in Nashville.
In 1995, Elton John and classical cellist/conductor Mstislav Rostropovich shared the 1995 Polar Music Prize in Stockholm, Sweden.
In 1996, Los Angeles prosecutors refiled spousal battery charges against Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen after the one-armed rocker failed to complete a substance abuse counseling program. The charges stemmed from his alleged attack on his wife in a bathroom at Los Angeles International Airport in July 1995.
Also in 1996, the New York Daily News reported that LaToya Jackson and her agent/husband Jack Gordon were splitting up -- she said he beat her again but he denied that.
In 1998, Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson played his first-ever solo concert in the Chicago suburb of St. Charles, Ill. Wilson was promoting his new "Imagination" album.
Also in 1998, Linda McCartney was posthumously awarded the Ellis Island, N.Y., Medal of Honor.
In 2000, the soundtrack album for "Mission: Impossible 2" included Metallica's "I Disappear," the first song the band had ever written for a film soundtrack.
Also in 2000, "This Time Around," Hanson's first album in three years, hit stores.
Today's musical quiz:
What's "Piano Man" about? Answer: "Piano Man" chronicles Billy Joel's experiences playing piano at the Executive Room, a sleezy lounge in Los Angeles.