This Day in Music
2004 - Jazz guitarist, arranger, writer and producer Barney Kessel dies of brain cancer in San Diego, Calif. He is 80.2004 - Jazz guitarist, arranger, writer and producer Barney Kessel dies of brain cancer in San Diego, Calif. He is 80.
2004 - David Bowie cancels a scheduled concert in Miami after a local stagehand falls to his death at the James L. Knight Center prior to the performance.
2002 - Otis Blackwell, who wrote dozens of hit songs _ including "Don't Be Cruel," "Return To Sender" and "All Shook Up" for Elvis Presley _ dies of a heart attack. He is 70.
2002 - Microsoft announces that Lenny Kravitz is the inaugural recipient of Microsoft's Windows Media Innovation Award, a biannual award honoring achievements in digital media using its Windows Media technology.
2002 - R&B legend Ray Charles is presented with an honorary doctorate of philosophy degree during commencement at Albany State University in his hometown of Albany, Ga.
2001 - Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and his wife Skylar welcome a baby boy into their family.
2001 - R&B singer Jill Scott is admitted to a Philadelphia hospital for treatment of a lung infection. Though she is released the next day, the ailment forces her to miss the first few dates as the support act on Sting's current North American tour.
2000 - Hoosier native son John Mellencamp delivers the commencement address to the Indiana University senior class.
2000 - Teen sensation Charlotte Church takes the British artist of the year award at the inaugural Classical Brit Awards, presented at London's Royal Albert Hall.
1995 - Melissa Etheridge sets a record with back-to-back singles - "Come to My Window" and "I'm the Only One" - on Billboard's Hot 100 for at least 40 weeks.
1995 - James Taylor and Natalie Cole receive honorary degrees at Berklee College of Music's 50th anniversary commencement.
1984 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Hello," Lionel Richie.
1977 - Country star Dolly Parton makes her New York singing debut at the Bottom Line.
1973 - Paul Simon starts his first solo tour since breaking up with Art Garfunkel. The tour kicks off in Boston.
1967 - Mark Williams Ryan, guitarist for Hootie & The Blowfish, is born in Silver Spring, Md.
1958 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "All I Have to Do Is Dream," The Everly Brothers.
1945 - Bob Seger is born in Dearborn, Mich. He forms his backing group, the Silver Bullet Band, in 1976. The group's biggest hit is the No. 1 song "Shakedown," from the 1987 film "Beverly Hills Cop II."