This Day in Music
2001 - Pianist John Lewis, leader of the elegant jazz institution the Modern Jazz Quartet, dies at the age of 80. Lewis, who also worked as a solo performer and recording artist, led the quartet from2001 - Pianist John Lewis, leader of the elegant jazz institution the Modern Jazz Quartet, dies at the age of 80. Lewis, who also worked as a solo performer and recording artist, led the quartet from the 1950s through the 1990s.
2000 - Teen pop-rock group Hanson follows in David Bowie's wired footsteps when it lends its name and other material to a subscriber-based Web network that includes Internet access, e-mail service and content offerings. The teen cyber trio are found at www.hanson.net.
1999 - Joe Williams, the Georgia-born blues singer who became a star with Count Basie in the 1950s and blossomed into a world famous balladeer in the following decades, dies in Las Vegas. He is 80. Williams dresses himself, and walks out of the hospital where he is being treated for a respiratory ailment. He walks nearly three miles on foot only to collapse on the street a few blocks from his home.
1998 - Shania Twain begins her first headlining tour, along with a nine-piece band in her Canadian homeland in Sudbury, Ontario.
1993 - ``A Whole New World'' from the Disney animated film ``Aladdin'' wins an Academy Award for best song. It is performed by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle. The previous year's winner was the theme from Disney's ``Beauty and the Beast,'' which was also performed by Bryson, this time in a duet with Celine Dion.
1987 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now,'' Starship. The song is the third No. 1 single for the group, which was previously known as Jefferson Airplane, then Jefferson Starship.
1980 - Mantovani (Annunzio Paulo Mantovani) dies. Age 74.
1976 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Disco Lady,'' Johnnie Taylor. The single is the first to be certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of more than 2 million copies. (The platinum standard is halved in 1989 to 1 million due to declining sales of singles.)
1973 - Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. The group's song ``The Cover of Rolling Stone'' reaches No. 6 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1957 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Party Doll,'' Buddy Knox & the Rhythm Orchids.
1947 - Singer Bobby Kimball of Toto is born in Vinton, La.