19 October

Pick a Day


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2014 Raphael Ravenscroft, who played the famous saxophone solo on "Baker Street," dies at age 60.

2013 Noel Harrison, whose "Windmills Of Your Mind" won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the 1968 heist film The Thomas Crown Affair, dies of a heart attack at age 79.

2011 Blues guitarist John-Alex Mason, age 35, dies of complications after surgery to remove cancerous tissue.

2011 Texas-born blues pianist Earl Gilliam dies at age 81 of advanced lung disease.

2007 Trini Lopez is given the Lifetime Achievement honor at the Latinos of Distinction Awards in Ontario, California.

2005 Yusuf Islam, the singer/songwriter formerly know as Cat Stevens, is named songwriter of the year at the ASCAP Awards in London. Islam also receives the song of the year honor for "First Cut Is The Deepest," which was first released in 1967.

2004 Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart are the lead performers on the Alfie soundtrack. Jagger sings lead on about one-third of the songs, including the first single "Old Habits Die Hard." Another version with Jagger, Stewart and Sheryl Crow is included as a bonus track.

2001 Luciano Pavarotti is acquitted of tax evasion in a trial in his home town of Modena, Italy. The opera star, who was accused of owing the government $18 million for income earned from 1989-95, faced a nominal 18-month prison sentence.

1997 After a number of health scares related to a lifetime of drug and alcohol abuse, original Alice Cooper guitarist Glen Buxton dies of viral pneumonia at age 49.

1997 Vince Gill honors John Denver with a performance of "Take Me Home Country Roads" at the Grand Ole Opry. Denver died a week earlier in a plane crash.

1995 Don Cherry, acclaimed trumpet player and father of Neneh and Eagle-Eye Cherry, dies of liver cancer at age 58.

1993 Counterparts, Rush's 15th studio album, hits stores.

1988 Blues singer/guitarist Son House dies of cancer of the larynx at age 86.

1986 Record executive Moses Asch dies at age 80. Founder of Folkways Records, formerly Asch Records, his label was the home of many classic folk recordings, including Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" and Lead Belly's "Goodnight Irene."

1977 Judy Collins appears on The Muppet Show, where she sings Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns."

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