American Music Awards
This Day in Music
2002 - Jazz organist Big John Patton dies in Montclair, N.J., of complications from diabetes and kidney failure. He is 66.2002 - Jazz organist Big John Patton dies in Montclair, N.J., of complications from diabetes and kidney failure. He is 66.
2001 - Composer Monty Norman is awarded 30,000 pounds after a London High Court jury decides he had been libeled in a newspaper article that claimed he did not write the theme song to the James Bond films.
2000 - Clancy Can, a thoroughbred owned by Toby Keith, finishes first in the sixth race at the Oaklawn Jockey Club in Hot Springs, Ark. Considered a longshot, the three-year-old pays $32.70 to win in the six-furlong race featuring horses that had never won a race before.
1999 - Country singer George Jones walks out of the hospital 13 days after a near fatal traffic accident. Jones, 67, thanks Vanderbilt University Medical Center doctors and nurses before climbing aboard his tour bus for the ride home to a Nashville suburb.
1999 - Spanish rock act Dover plays its first U.S. concert.
1993 - Drummer Jeff Ward of the industrial rock band Low Pop Suicide is found dead at his home in Chicago. The 30-year-old drummer is believed to have committed suicide. Ward had also worked with the bands Lard, Revolting Cocks, Ministry and Nine Inch Nails.
1982 - Randy Rhoads, the lead guitarist for heavy metal star Ozzy Osbourne, is killed when the plane in which he is flying buzzes Osbourne's tour bus and crashes into a house in Leesburg, Fla. He is 25.
1974 - Jefferson Airplane is re-named Jefferson Starship.
1971 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Me and Bobby McGee,'' Janis Joplin. The song is the second posthumous No. 1 song of the rock era, reaching the top of the charts almost six months after Joplin's death.
1968 - Donovan (``Mellow Yellow'') travels to India to study transcendental meditation under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
1957 - Elvis Presley buys his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tenn.
1894 - Comedienne Moms Mabley is born in Brevard, N.C. Thirteen of her comedy albums make Billboard's pop album chart.