This Day in Music

2003 - R&B and blues singer-guitarist Earl King dies of complications from diabetes in New Orleans. He is 69.

2003 - R&B and blues singer-guitarist Earl King dies of complications from diabetes in New Orleans. He is 69.

2002 - James Al Hendrix, who introduced his son, guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, to music, dies after a long battle with congestive heart failure. He is 82.

2001 - Appalachian group Hayseed Dixie releases its album "A Hillbilly Tribute To AC/DC." AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson describes the group's offbeat covers _ including such classics as "Highway To Hell," "You Shook Me All Night Long," and "Back In Black" _ as "hilarious."

2001 - A private funeral for Joey Ramone is held at Schartz Brothers Memorial Chapel in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens, where Ramone grew up.

2000 - Tracy Lawrence hosts the sixth annual Tracy Lawrence Celebrity Gold Classic at Houston's Tour 18 Golf Course. Lawrence and comedian Vic Henley performs the night before at a kick-off celebration in Westin Galleria's Grand Ballroom. Proceeds from the amateur-only tournament benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Gulf Coast Chapter.

1998 - Linda McCartney, the rock photographer wife of Sir Paul McCartney and onetime member of the band Wings, dies of breast cancer in Santa Barbara, Calif. She is 56. McCartney, a keen vegetarian who marketed her own range of meat-free dishes, had been battling the disease for three years.

1997 - Country singer Toby Keith and his wife Tricia welcome new arrival Stelen Keith Covel to the family. The new baby joins older sisters Shelley and Krystal.

1995 - Courtney Love and her band Hole perform for the sixth season premiere of MTV's "Unplugged."

1991 - Lyricist Jack Yellen dies in Springville, N.Y. Age 97. He wrote the words for about 130 songs, including "Happy Days Are Here Again," Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1932 campaign song.

1983 - Felix Pappalardi, producer for the group Cream, dies. Age 41.

1980 - Jamaican reggae star Bob Marley performs at the Independence Day celebration in Salisbury, Zimbabwe.

1979 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Knock on Wood," Amii Stewart. The single is a disco rendition of Eddie Floyd's song.

1970 - Johnny Cash performs at the White House. President Nixon requests "A Boy Named Sue."

1934 - Rock promoter Don Kirshner is born.