This Day in Music

2005 - Blues veteran R.L. Burnside, who experienced a late career renaissance after being rediscovered by Fat Possum Records in the 1990s, dies in a Memphis hospital. He is 78.

2005 - Blues veteran R.L. Burnside, who experienced a late career renaissance after being rediscovered by Fat Possum Records in the 1990s, dies in a Memphis hospital. He is 78.

2005 - Veteran performer Olivia Newton-releases a studio album specifically for sale as part of a Hallmark program in support of breast cancer awareness month. "Stronger Than Before" is to be available Sept. 1-Oct. 31 exclusively through Hallmark Gold Crown stores. The CD retails for $9.95 with two dollars from each sale benefiting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

2004 - Panamanian Singer/songwriter and actor Ruben Blades begins his tenure as Panama's Minister of Tourism. Blades is part of the cabinet of then-new president-elect Martin Torrijos Espino.

2001 - Australian rocker Ted Mulry dies in a Sydney hospital, following a yearlong battle with brain cancer. He is 49.

2000 - The Doobie Brothers make 15 newly recorded tracks available for free download at WindowsMedia.com as the kickoff of a multistage campaign for their newest album "Sibling Rivalry."

1999 - Van Morrison becomes the first inductee to the Hot Press Irish Music Hall of Fame (IMHF) at a ceremony in Dublin.

1998 - Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan is charged with assault and battery for allegedly hitting a security guard in the head with a microphone during a concert in August. The guard, Michael Kennedy, was trying to move an unruly fan from near the stage.

1997 - In Nashville for a concert, James Taylor spends three hours swapping stories and trading licks with Mr. Guitar, Chet Atkins. The special meeting takes place at Taylor's request.

1996 - Composer Vagn Holmboe dies at the age of 87.

1995 - Jazz trumpeter and vocalist Louis Armstrong is honored on a U.S. postage stamp. The sale is kicked off with a jazz festival in New Orleans featuring Wynton Marsalis, Al Hirt, Doc Cheatham and other jazz stars.

1992 - Gloria Estefan and her husband, Emilio, organize a relief project for the victims of Hurricane Andrew, which devastated Miami a week earlier.

1985 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion),'' John Parr. The week this song from the film ``St. Elmo's Fire'' hits No. 1 marks the first time that songs from motion pictures hold the top three positions on the Billboard Hot 100. Huey Lewis' ``The Power of Love'' from the film ``Back to the Future'' is No. 2 and Tina Turner's ``We Don't Need Another Hero'' from ``Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome'' is in the third slot.

1979 - INXS makes its performance debut in Sydney, Australia.

1975 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Rhinestone Cowboy,'' Glen Campbell.

1947 - Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees is born in Douglas, Isle of Man, U.K.

1933 - Conway Twitty is born Harold Lloyd Jenkins in Friars Point, Miss. He changes his name in 1957. His No. 1 country songs include ``Hello Darlin','' ``You've Never Been This Far Before'' and ``Slow Hand.''