This Day in Music
2004 - The L.A. recording studios of Ray Charles _ RPM International _ are designated as a historic landmark at a public ceremony. "Thank you all from my heart," Charles tells the audience gath2004 - The L.A. recording studios of Ray Charles _ RPM International _ are designated as a historic landmark at a public ceremony. "Thank you all from my heart," Charles tells the audience gathered at the studios.
1999 - Darrell Sweet, the drummer for Scottish rock group Nazareth, suffers a fatal heart attack as the band arrives at an amphitheater in New Albany, Ind., to begin the second leg of its U.S. tour. He is 51.
1999 - London's High Court rejects a claim by three former members of the pop group Spandau Ballet for hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties from the band's former songwriter. The judge says he finds it "unconscionable" for singer Tony Hadley, drummer John Keeble and sax player Steve Norman to claim large sums in royalties from Gary Kemp for songs he had written.
1998 - The Oak Ridge Boys perform in Washington, D.C., at ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the American Red Cross' blood services.
1998 - The late Luther Allison is honored at the W.C. Handy Awards, held at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, Tenn. Allison receives awards for blues entertainer, male artist, blues guitar instrumentalist, and contemporary blues album of the year ("Reckless").
1983 - The original Manfred Mann reunites for a London concert.
1980 - The film "McVicar," starring Roger Daltrey and Adam Faith, premieres.
1979 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Reunited," Peaches & Herb.
1965 - The Kinks begin their first U.K. tour.
1943 - Bobby Vee (Robert Velline) is born in Fargo, N.D. His biggest hit is the No. 1 song "Take Good Care of My Baby" in 1961.
1933 - Country singer Willie Nelson is born in Abbott, Texas. More than a dozen of his songs hit No. 1 on Billboard's country singles chart. Two reach No. 5 on the pop chart: "Always on My Mind" and "To All the Girls I've Love Before," a duet with Julio Iglesias.