2017 Tom Petty, 66, goes into cardiac arrest at his Malibu home. He is taken to UCLA medical center, but cannot be revived. Later that night, after his friends and family gather, he is taken off life support.More
2002 Return of the King: 25 years after his death, Elvis Presley has a #1 album in 17 countries - including the United States - when Elv1s 30 No. 1 Hits makes its debut.
1995 (What's the Story?) Morning Glory is released and makes worldwide stars of the British rock band Oasis. The epic "Champagne Supernova" - exclusively released as a single in the US - reaches #1 on the Modern Rock chart.
1982 "Jack And Diane," a little ditty about two American kids growin' up in the heartland, hits #1 in America. It's the first and only #1 on the tally for John Cougar, who later reverts to his real name, John Mellencamp.
1954 Elvis Presley makes his one and only appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, where he sings "Blue Moon Of Kentucky." It doesn't go over well with the crowd, which does not approve of his take on traditional country music. The Opry's talent director, Jim Denny, reportedly tells Presley he should go back to driving a truck. Elvis swears never to return.
1951 Sting is born Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner in Wallsend, Northumberland, England. He earns his nickname when a fellow musician says he looks like a bee in his yellow-and-black striped sweater. He is working as a schoolteacher when his band The Police hit the big time.More
2019 Kim Shattuck of The Muffs dies at 56 after a battle with ALS. Her bandmates remember her as "a brilliant songwriter, rocking guitarist and singer/screamer extraordinaire."
2018 Geoff Emerick, the engineer on most Beatles' recordings, dies of a heart attack at 72.
2017 MTV revives TRL, the iconic music video countdown that ran from 1998 to 2008, with some pretty significant changes. First, there's no countdown. Second, there's no music. Well, there's some music, but it's part of a mixed bag of pop culture topics presented by five hosts, including Vine star DC Young Fly, dubbed the "TRL Squad." Where's Carson Daly when you need him?
2014 Rita Coolidge's sister Priscilla Coolidge is found dead in her Thousand Oaks, California, home. She is the victim of a murder-suicide perpetrated by her husband, Michael Seibert. Priscilla, who was once married to Booker T. of Booker T. & the MG's, performed with her daughter - Laura Satterfield - and Rita in the Native American music trio Walela.
2012 The Mumford & Sons single "Babel" becomes the highest-selling debut single of the year, officially, with 600,000 copies sold.
2010 On Season 7 of The X Factor (UK), One Direction perform as a group for the first time, singing a cover of "Torn" for judge Simon Cowell at his villa in Marbella, Spain. The guys had been eliminated as soloists and tried their luck as a group. They finish the competition in third place.
2004 55-year-old Billy Joel marries Katie Lee, his third wife. She becomes a writer and TV personality while married to Joel, a union that lasts five years.
2003 Despite trashing Radiohead's latest album Hail to the Thief, Q magazine gives them the award for Best Act In The World Today for the third consecutive year at their annual Q Awards in London. The band doesn't appear.
2003 The Del McCoury Band wins top honors at the 14th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards in Louisville, Kentucky. The group takes home the Entertainer of the Year award for the eighth time. Band members Mike Bub and Jason Carter win in the instrumentalist categories for Bassist and Fiddler of the Year, respectively.
2002 At the 2002 Jammy Awards, Trey Anastasio picks up two awards; his band Phish wins one.
2001 Jazz baritone saxophonist Manny Albam, also a composer, arranger and conductor, dies of cancer in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, at age 79.
2000 Coldplay embark on their first headline tour, kicking it off with a show at Cambridge Junction in England.
2000 Radiohead release Kid A, the highly anticipated follow-up to their acclaimed 1997 album OK Computer. Issued with no videos or singles, it baffles many listeners but still goes to #1 in many territories, including the US and UK.
2000 Paul Anka files to divorce his wife of 37 years: former fashion model Anne de Zogheb.
Singing cowboy Gene Autry dies of lymphoma at 91.
Autry, born in 1907, got his start singing on the radio in 1928. He appeared in over 90 films and starred in his own TV series, The Gene Autry Show, from 1950-1956. He also released over 600 songs, including the best-known rendition of "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer." Autry stopped performing in 1956 to focus on his business ventures, which were substantial. He owned the Gene Autry Hotel in Palm Springs, California, the TV station KTLA, and the California Angels baseball team. For many years he was ranked by Forbes as one of the 400 richest Americans. Autry outlived his rival, Roy Rogers, who died a few months earlier at 86.
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