This Day in Music
2003 - Utterly unique, 6'5", 300-pound singer/songwriter Wesley Willis passes away at the age of 40 after a long battle with chronic myelogenous leukemia. The Chicago-based artist underwent eme2005 - Bob Moog, inventor of his namesake range of synthesizers and one of the most significant figures in the evolution of electronic music, dies at his home in Asheville, N.C. He is 71. A native of N.Y., Moog was diagnosed with brain cancer in late April and had since undergone radiation treatment and chemotherapy.
2005 - James Blunt's five-week run at the top of the U.K. singles chart with "You're Beautiful" ends when boy band McFly places at No. 1 with "I'll Be OK."
2005 Ñ During a strange turn of events during the bandís final Ozzfest set in San Bernardino, Calif., Iron Maiden is pelted by debris while playing and also endures periodic outages of the sound system. Afterward, Ozzfest organizer Sharon Osbourne comes on stage and calls Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson a "prick." She later admits to being behind the shenanigans.
2003 - Utterly unique, 6'5", 300-pound singer/songwriter Wesley Willis passes away at the age of 40 after a long battle with chronic myelogenous leukemia. The Chicago-based artist underwent emergency surgery to suppress internal bleeding on June 2 and remained in hospice care until his death.
2002 - U2 shoots a video for its new single, "Electrical Storm," in the French seaside tow of Eze. The clip, which stars actress Samantha Morton ("Minority Report") as a mermaid, films from 6 a.m. to 3 a.m. the following morning.
2000 - The two remaining members of multi-platinum British R&B act Eternal confirm that they are going their separate ways. Group members Easther and Vernie Bennett announce that they will embark on solo careers.
1999 - Alan Jackson headlines Brazil's largest rodeo, the Barreto Rodeo. The 10-day event draws almost 2 million people, and Jackson plays before a crowd of 50,000.
1999 - In her "LP Charts" show, German TV presenter Katja Giglinger calls German pop star Wolfgang Petry the "Moustache of Horror" and the "Charles Manson of German Schlager." Petry complains to TV broadcaster Viva and demands an apology.
1997 - At a press conference in the San Francisco Hard Rock Cafe, Carlos Santana unveils a limited edition T-shirt bearing his artwork. The guitarist autographs 500 of the shirts for distribution to foreign and domestic markets.
1995 - Seal's single "Kiss From A Rose" tops the Billboards Hot 100. The "Batman Forever" tune is the second Batman movie single to top the charts. Prince went all the way with "Batdance" from the film "Batman" in 1989.
1992 - Rock singer Sting marries his longtime girlfriend, Trudie Styler, in a civil ceremony in London. The two have been together 10 years and have three children.
1979 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "My Sharona," The Knack. Billboard ranks the song the No. 1 single of the year.
1969 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Honky Tonk Women," The Rolling Stones.
1966 - Jerry Lee Lewis signs to play Iago in the London stage production of the rock opera "Catch My Soul."
1938 - Kenny Rogers is born in Houston. Rogers is a member of the New Christy Minstrels and First Edition in the 1960s. He goes solo in 1973 and scores more than a dozen No. 1 country singles. His biggest pop hit is "Lady," a song written by Lionel Richie that tops the Hot 100 for six weeks in 1980.
1904 - Bandleader William "Count" Basie is born. He wins best performance by a Dance Band at the first Grammy Awards in 1959. He goes on to win eight more Grammys.