This Day in Music
2003 - Australian singer Olivia Newton-John begins postponing her North American tour with a miss in Albuquerque, N.M., so that she can be by her ailing mother's side.2003 - Australian singer Olivia Newton-John begins postponing her North American tour with a miss in Albuquerque, N.M., so that she can be by her ailing mother's side.
2003 - Sting is named the 2003 recipient of the Century Award, Billboard's highest honor for creative achievement. The award is to be presented to the former Police frontman Dec. 10 at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.
2001 - Soul singer Betty Everett is found dead at her home in Beloit, Wis. She is 61. A onetime gospel singer, Everett is best known for her single "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)," which reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1964.
2000 - Reba McEntire makes her live performance debut in Brazil at the annual Barretos Rodeo. The Oklahoma native plays before a crowd estimated at 30-40,000.
1998 - Belgian impresario and concert promoter Freddy Cousaert dies of heart failure after a bicycle accident. He is 61. Cousaert plays a key role in the revival of the late Marvin Gaye's career in 1981-82 when the singer temporarily relocates to Belgium.
1998 - What some refer to as "Lilith Lite," the Suffragette Sessions Tour begins at the State Theater in Portland, Maine, with Indigo Girls, Gail Ann Dorsey, Lisa Germano, Lourdes Perez, Kate Schellenbach of Luscious Jackson, Jane Siberry, Jean Smith of Mecca Normal, Ann Wilson of Heart, Joshephine Wiggs of Breeders, Thalia Zedek of Come, and Shonen Knife among others.
1997 - The Fleetwood Mac live reunion album "The Dance" is released.
1973 - Kris Kristofferson marries Rita Coolidge in a ceremony presided over by his minister father.
1964 - The Beatles' first U.S. tour opens at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.
1943 - Vocalist Billy J. Kramer of the Dakotas is born in Bootle, England.
1940 - Drummer Ginger Baker (Peter Baker) is born in Lewisham, England. He is a member of the groups Cream and Blind Faith.
1940 - Johnny Nash is born in Houston. His biggest hit is the million-selling No. 1 hit ``I Can See Clearly Now'' in 1972.
1918 - Jazz Pianist James George "Jimmy" Rowles is born.