Today in Music: a look back at pop music

By United Press International  |  May 31, 2003 at 2:30 AM
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(May 31)

Today's birthdays include Peter Yarrow, of Peter Paul and Mary, who was born in 1938 (age 65); country singer Johnny Paycheck and Augie Meyers, keyboardist with the Sir Douglas Quintet as well as the Texas Tornados, both in 1941 (age 62); guitarist Mick Ralphs, who played with Mott the Hoople as well as Bad Company, in 1944 (age 59); and the late John "Bonzo" Bonham, Led Zeppelin's drummer, was born in 1947.

On this day in music history:

In 1961, Chuck Berry opened Berry Park, an amusement complex near St. Louis, Mo.

In 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono recorded "Give Peace A Chance" in a hotel suite in Montreal, Canada.

In 1976, The Who made the Guinness Book of World Records with the loudest concert in history -- a total output of 76,000 eardrum-splitting watts of power and 120 decibels. The record has since been broken.

In 1986, three of the four original Monkees -- minus Mike Nesmith -- launched a 20th anniversary reunion tour in Atlantic City, N.J.

In 1987, Phil Collins received an honorary doctor of fine arts degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in East Rutherford, N.J.

In 1993, it was reported that the Rolling Stones had worked out a deal for a world tour that would begin either in 1994 or '95. That tour -- the "Voodoo Lounge Tour" -- opened in Washington, D.C., in August 1994.

Also in 1993, a baby girl was born to rocker Jon Bon Jovi and his wife, Dorothea. She was the couple's first child.

In 1995, "Scream" -- a duet between Michael and Janet Jackson -- was released. It was Michael's first single in more than four years.

In 1997, Michael Jackson launched the second leg of his "HIStory" World Tour in Germany.

Also in 1997, Space kicked off its rescheduled North American tour in Camden, N.J. The road trip had been postponed two months earlier due to lead singer Tommy Scott's throat infection.

And in 1997, Bob Dylan was released from the hospital after a week of treatment for a fungal infection near his heart.

In 1998, a lawyer for Geri Halliwell -- Ginger Spice -- confirmed that she was leaving the Spice Girls. Her departure followed her missing three European concerts.

In 2000, Steely Dan hit the road in Spokane, Wash., for a 38-date North American tour in support of their critically acclaimed album "Two Against Nature." The CD was Donald Fagen and Walter Becker's first studio release in 20 years.

Also in 2000, the original line-up of the Guess Who launched a 23-city, 77-day tour of Canada in St. John's, Newfoundland.

Today's musical quiz:

Where did Bob Dylan -- born Robert Zimmerman -- come up with his stage name? Answer: Dylan took his stage name from Dylan Thomas.

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