This Day in Music
2005 - E.Y. "Yip" Harburg _ writer of such well known songs as "Over the Rainbow" from "The Wizard of Oz" and (with Jay Gorney) "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" _ is immortalized on a U.S. postage sta2005 - E.Y. "Yip" Harburg _ writer of such well known songs as "Over the Rainbow" from "The Wizard of Oz" and (with Jay Gorney) "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" _ is immortalized on a U.S. postage stamp during a ceremony in New York.
2005 - Percy Heath, whose gentle swinging bass underpinned the Modern Jazz Quartet for more than 40 years, dies of bone cancer in Southampton, N.Y. He is 81. Heath was an original member of the group known around the world as the MJQ, along with pianist John Lewis, vibraharpist Milt Jackson and drummer Kenny Clarke.
2005 - Eddie Montgomery _ half of the country duo Montgomery Gentry _ suffers extensive damage to his left wrist during a show in Asheville, N.C., falling to the arena floor after a speaker cabinet on which he steps gives way during the third song in the group's set. Doctors later perform surgery, inserting titanium plates and rods to repair the damage.
2000 - A fire damages R&B legend James Brown's office in Augusta, Ga. It turns out to be no accident, as, a week later investigators find a fire accelerant in several locations in the building.
1999 - Shock rocker Marilyn Manson cuts short his concert in Des Moines, Iowa and abruptly walks off stage when he realizes someone stuck a large yellow "smiley face" on one of his stage props. The resulting rowdiness ends in 23 arrests.
1999 - Members of the British band the Verve release a statement which claims they "have mutually agreed to split."
1999 - The results of a study on the occurrence of drug references in movies and music are released by the Clinton Administration's top drug enforcement officials. The study finds that 27% of the most popular sound recordings from 1996 and 1997 "contained a clear reference to either alcohol or illicit drugs.
1983 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Beat It,'' Michael Jackson. Eddie Van Halen plays lead guitar on the tune.
1980 - Tommy Caldwell of the Marshall Tucker Band dies in an auto wreck at age 30.
1974 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Loco-Motion,'' Grand Funk. This marks the second time the song hits No. 1. The original 1962 dance version is performed by Little Eva. It is covered again in 1988 by Kylie Minogue, who takes it to No. 3.
1966 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Good Lovin''' The Young Rascals. This is the first of three No. 1 songs for group, which later records as just The Rascals.
1946 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Prisoner of Love,'' Perry Como.
1938 - Guitarist Duane Eddy is born in Corning, N.Y. He is the top rock instrumentalist in Billboard chart history. His biggest hit is the top five hit ``Because They're Young'' from the 1960 film of the same name.