This Day in Music
2001 - Whitney Houston's publicist announces that, contrary to the flood of rumors, Houston has not died from a drug overdose. Houston performed in New York City Sept. 7, as part of Michael Jac2004 - Italian singer Giuni Russo dies after a long illness. She is 53. Russo, who was born in Palermo, Sicily, had been part of the national music scene since the 1970s
2004 - Country singer Carolyn Dawn Johnson is the top winner at the Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMA), held at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta. The artist takes home four awards, including top album for her latest Arista Nashville set "Dress Rehearsal." Johnson performs "Die of a Broken Heart," co-written by Johnson and Shaye Smith, which wins for top song. The album's debut track, "Simple Life," grabs the year's top single and video honors.
2001 - A radio promotion in Roanoke, Va., raises $75,000 for the American Red Cross. Announcers Chuck Marsh and Roynn Jaymes of WSLC invite listeners to bid on six tickets and a backstage pass to a Kenny Chesney concert.
2001 - Whitney Houston's publicist announces that, contrary to the flood of rumors, Houston has not died from a drug overdose. Houston performed in New York City Sept. 7, as part of Michael Jackson's 30th Anniversary Celebration, but reportedly did not show up for a performance the following day.
2000 - The Inaugural Latin Grammy Awards take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Carlos Santana and Mexican rock band Mana take home the prestigious record of the year award for "Corazon Espinado." Santana, Mana and Mexican artist Luis Miguel tie with three wins each.
1999 - Country music newcomers the Wilkinsons sweep the 1999 Canadian Country Music Awards by gathering five trophies. Close behind is Canadian-born country music sensation Shania Twain with four awards.
1999 - Beverly Hills police officer Marcelo Rodriguez files a multi-million dollar lawsuit against George Michael, alleging that the singer committed slander in his song and video for "Outside," as well as through numerous television interviews. Rodriguez arrested Michael on charges of lewd behavior in a public park in April, 1998.
1996 - Rapper Tupac Shakur dies while in intensive care. The Death Row Records star had been shot four times in a gangster-style drive-by shooting in Las Vegas six days earlier.
1996 - CMT (Country Music Television) is allowed to once again broadcast in Canada. The network had been booted off the air over a broadcasting rights dispute.
1985 - Sting begins his first solo tour in San Diego.
1979 - Abba's first North American tour opens in Edmonton, Alberta.
1969 - Toronto Rock `n' Roll Revival Festival.
1962 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Sherry," The Four Seasons.