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1996 Fiddler Jerry Rivers (of The Drifting Cowboys, backing group for Hank Williams) dies of cancer.
1996 Roger Miller is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
1995 Alan Jackson wins the prestigious Entertainer of the Year award at the annual Country Music Association's award ceremony. Alison Krauss sweeps Top Female vocalist. Vince Gill wins Top Male vocalist.
1994 Guitarist Danny Gatton commits suicide in Newburg, Maryland, at age 49.
1991 R&B singer J. Frank Wilson dies at age 49, after years of alcohol abuse takes its toll.
1988 Determined to finally clean his system of the alcohol and drugs he's been abusing for years, Ringo Starr, along with wife Barbara Bach, flies to Tucson, Arizona, to enter the Sierra Tucson Rehabilitation Clinic. He stays six weeks.
1984 Lena Katina (of t.A.T.u.) is born Elena Sergeevna Katina in Moscow, Russia.
1981 The music variety show All Time Greats launches on BBC Radio 2 with "Up-Up and Away" by The 5th Dimension starting things off. The show, which is later re-named Desmond Carrington: The Music Goes Round, lasts 36 years.
1980 Fleetwood Mac members Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks join the USC Trojan Marching Band, which performed on their hit "Tusk," during halftime of the football game between USC and Arizona State. Nicks twirls a baton, Fleetwood plays a bass drum, and Buckingham mock conducts as the band plays the song. The USC band is then presented with a platinum record for their contribution.
1980 On stage during a concert in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carly Simon collapses from nervous exhaustion. She keeps going, but cancels the rest of her tour when she can't go on the next night. She doesn't perform again until 1987.
1980 Queen's "Another One Bites The Dust" goes to #1 in America, where it holds the top spot for three weeks.
1978 Tammy Wynette claims that on this day she was kidnapped from a Nashville shopping mall and then beaten and dumped by the side of the road. Wynette struggled with an addiction to prescription pain killers, which contributed to her death in 1998. Her daughter claimed that she made up the story about the kidnapping, possibly to explain bruises inflicted by her husband.
1975 Pink Floyd's album Wish You Were Here hits #1 in America.
1974 At a concert in Wales, Thin Lizzy introduce their new lineup, with new additions Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson providing a twin-guitar attack.
1969 Creedence Clearwater Revival's LP Green River hits #1.
Janis Joplin is found dead at the Landmark Hotel in Los Angeles after a heroin overdose. She was just 27.Read more
2008 Darius Rucker, known as the frontman for the '90s pop band Hootie & the Blowfish, hits #1 on the Country chart with his first country single, "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," making him the first African American singer to top that tally since 1985, when Ray Charles hit the top with "Seven Spanish Angels," a duet with Willie Nelson.
2005 Little Big Town gets the last laugh when their second album, The Road to Here, is released and spawns four Top 20 hits on the country chart. It's humble pie for critics who shredded the group and their self-titled debut in 2002.More
2000 Dixie Chicks are the big winners at the CMA Awards, taking Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year (for Fly), Vocal Group of the Year and Video of the Year for "Goodbye Earl."
1996 That Thing You Do!, a musical film starring its writer/director Tom Hanks, who plays the manager of fictional '60s band The Wonders, is released to US cinemas. The title track to the film was written by Adam Schlesinger, bass player for Fountains of Wayne.More
1986 The popular newsman Dan Rather is attacked by a man who hits him from behind and repeats the phrase "Kenneth, what is the frequency," prompting REM to write the song "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?"
1979 Jimmy Buffett appears on the cover of Rolling Stone ahead of his forthcoming Volcano album. The article details his experience recording the Caribbean-flavored tracks near a dormant volcano at George Martin's AIR Studios in Montserrat.More
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