Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International   |   May 16, 2003 at 2:30 AM
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(May 16)

Today's birthdays include clarinetist/bandleader Woody Herman in 1913; entertainer Liberace in 1919; Lainie Kazan, who was born in 1940 (age 63); Billy Cobham in 1944 (age 59); Robert Fripp of King Crimson and Foghat's Roger Earl, both in 1946 (age 57); Barbara Lee of the Chiffons and Nazareth drummer Derrell Sweet, both in 1947 (age 56); Jock Bartley of Firefall in 1950 (age 53); Jonathan Richman, of Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, in 1951 (age 52); Richard Page of Mr. Mister in 1953 (age 50); Heaven 17th's Glenn Gregory in 1958 (age 45); Janet Jackson in 1966 (age 37); and Ralph Tresvant of the New Edition in 1968 (age 35).

Today's musical milestones:

In 1966, the Beach Boys released the "Pet Sounds" album.

In 1969, The Who's Pete Townshend spent the night in jail after he kicked a man offstage at New York's Fillmore East. The man turned out to be a plainclothes police officer trying to warn the audience about a nearby fire.

In 1970, guitarist Randy Bachman quit The Guess Who.

In 1980, Brian May of Queen collapsed onstage. It turned out he was suffering from hepatitis.

Also in 1980, former Buggles members Geoff Downes and Trevor Horn joined Yes, replacing the departing Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman.

In 1981, the Pretenders' Martin Chambers married Tracy Atkinson in Los Angeles.

In 1984, Marvin Gaye, Sr., had brain surgery a month-and-a-half after killing his soul-singer son, Marvin Gaye, Jr., during an argument.

In 1986, country singer Johnny Paycheck was convicted of aggravated assault for shooting a man in a barrom fight in Hillsboro, Ohio, the previous December. Paycheck claimed the shooting was an accident.

Also in 1986, Willie Nelson underwent two hours of surgery to repair his left thumb, which he broke in a fall from a bicycle.

And in 1986, King Crimson's Robert Fripp married British actress Toyah Willcox.

In 1987, David Crosby married his longtime girlfriend Jan Dance in Los Angeles. Stephen Stills gave away the bride. Graham Nash and his wife, Susan, renewed their wedding vows during the ceremony.

Also in 1987, Johnny Cash left the stage in mid-performance in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He was hospitalized, suffering from exhaustion and an irregular heartbeat.

In 1988, Run-DMC released "Tougher Than Leather," the band's first album in two years.

In 1992, a reunited Procol Harum launched a concert tour in Washington, D.C.

In 1993, Motown singer Marv Johnson died two days after suffering a stroke backstage in South Carolina. He was 54.

Today's musical quiz:

Paula Abdul worked as this singer's choreographer before launching her own career. Who? Answer: Janet Jackson.

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