2005 - Country singer/songwriter Sammi Smith dies in Oklahoma City after an extended illness. She is 61. Smith took the Kris Kristofferson-penned "Help Me Make It Through The Night" to No. 1 on Billbo

2005 - Country singer/songwriter Sammi Smith dies in Oklahoma City after an extended illness. She is 61. Smith took the Kris Kristofferson-penned "Help Me Make It Through The Night" to No. 1 on Billboard's country singles chart in 1970, and it also became a crossover pop hit. The song earned her a 1971 Grammy Award for best country vocal performance, female.

2005 - Legendary rock group Led Zeppelin, jazz great Art Blakey and pioneering country music act the Carter Family are among the artists who receive the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement award at a Los Angeles ceremony one night prior to the 47th annual Grammy Awards.

1986 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``How Will I Know,'' Whitney Houston. The song displaces ``That's What Friends Are For,'' the No. 1 song by Houston's cousin, Dionne Warwick.

1983 - Pianist Eubie Blake dies at the age of 100.

1977 - The Police record their first single, ``Fall Out.''

1974 - New York rock club the Bottom Line opens.

1968 - Chynna Phillips of the group Wilson Phillips is born, the daughter of John and Michelle Phillips of the Mamas & the Papas.

1962 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Duke of Earl,'' Gene Chandler. The song is the first million-selling record for Vee Jay Records.

1957 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Too Much,'' Elvis Presley. The song is the first of four Presley songs to hit No. 1 in 1957, matching his 1956 record.

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