2006 - Legendary percussionist and bandleader Ray Barretto, one of the leading figures of the Latin jazz movement that exploded in New York in the late 1940s, dies in Hackensack, N.J. He is 76.

2006 - Legendary percussionist and bandleader Ray Barretto, one of the leading figures of the Latin jazz movement that exploded in New York in the late 1940s, dies in Hackensack, N.J. He is 76.

2004 - The Darkness confirms its status as Britian's new favorite rock band at the Brit Awards at London's Earls Court, taking three major trophies. The band _ which led the nominations going into the awards, with four _ won for best British group, British rock act and British album for "Permission to Land" (Must Destroy/Warner). However, the Darkness does not take the British breakthrough award. That honor goes to Busted, which is also named best pop act.

2001 - Brad Paisley joins the cast of the Grand Ole Opry.

1999 - More than 9.1 million viewers tune in to the Brit Awards broadcast on the U.K.'s ITV commercial network.

1998 - Do-it-yourself singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco's label Righteous Babe Records ships 250,000 units of her latest album, "Little Plastic Castle," just to keep up with a greatly increased demand for the ever more popular anti-pop artist's material.

1990 - Emma Anderson admits in an interview that her band Lush is the "Most hated band in London."

1982 - Jazz pianist Thelonious Monk dies of a stroke at the age of 64.

1979 - The Clash opens its first U.S. tour at the Palladium in New York City.

1976 - Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatrical Society votes Bette Midler ``Woman of the Year.''

1969 - Johnny Cash records a session in Nashville, Tenn., with Bob Dylan. ``Girl from the North Country'' is the only duet released from the session.

1960 - The Everly Brothers sign with Warner Bros. Records in a 10-year contract worth $1 million.

1941 - Singer Gene Pitney is born in Hartford, Conn. Four of his songs make the top 10 on Billboard's singles chart. His biggest hit, ``Only Love Can Break a Heart,'' reaches No. 2 on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1962.

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