This Day in Music
2004 - The Pixies releases its first new song in 13 years. "Bam Thwok" is available beginning at midnight for digital download exclusively via Apple's iTunes Music Store.2004 - The Pixies releases its first new song in 13 years. "Bam Thwok" is available beginning at midnight for digital download exclusively via Apple's iTunes Music Store.
2004 - A team of builders including pickup guru Seymour Duncan and luthier Matty Baratto make a 32-foot-long, fully functional electric guitar. The guitar is built for the Discovery Channel Network series "BIG!"
2003 - With Hurricane Claudette wreaking havoc in Southern Texas, hard rock act Staind is forced to postpone its scheduled concert in San Antonio.
2003 - Radiohead scores its fourth consecutive U.K. No. 1 album as "Hail to the Thief" goes straight to the top of the new U.K. album chart.
2003 - The 12,500-capacity London Arena ceases operation. Despite being considered one of London's least-popular music venues, the building has hosted Brit Awards galas in recent years, and performances by such artists as Eminem, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Robbie Williams.
2001 - Mark McGuinn and Jamie O'Neal make their Grand Ole Opry debuts.
2000 - At Lynn Anderson's annual Fan Fair fan club party at Spence Manor's guitar-shaped swimming pool, Tennessee Governor Don Sundquist announces that June 15 is to be Lunn Anderson Day in Tennessee.
2000 - Flesh-N-Bone (Stanley Howse) is convicted of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, and of being a convict in possession of a firearm. The Bone Thugs-N-Harmony rapper's conviction stems from a December 1999 incident during which he threatened friend Tarrance Vickers with an AK-47 assault rifle, pulled from a baby's crib.
1999 - "No Boundaries," a compilation album created for the benefit of the refugees of Kosovo, is released by Epic Records. The 16-track set features rare, live and previously unreleased special versions of songs by an array of musicians, including Pearl Jam, Alanis Morissette, Neil Young, Rage Against the Machine, Oasis, Korn, and others.
1998 - The Spice Girls embark on their first North American tour in Miami.
1998 - Billy Ray Cyrus crushes the competition in balloting for the TNN/Music City News Awards. Cyrus takes five awards including male artist of the year, album of the year ("Cover to Cover"), single of the year and song of the year ("It's All the Same to Me") and video of the year ("Three Little Words") at the awards show at the Nashville Arena.
1996 - Legendary singer Ella Fitzgerald dies at the age of 79.
1996 - Musician Helen Sinclair Glatz dies at the age of 88.
1992 - Singer Natalie Cole files for divorce from her husband, music producer and arranger Andre Fisher. The couple, which separated two weeks earlier, was married for less than 3 years. Cole won seven Grammy Awards in 1992 for her "Unforgettable" album. Fisher produced half the album's 22 songs.
1977 - Alice Cooper's boa constrictor, a mainstay of his stage act, dies after being bitten by a rat.
1965 - Elvis Presley film "Tickle Me" premieres.
1961 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Moody River," Pat Boone.
1949 - Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply is born in Melbourne, Australia. The group has three million-selling singles, including the No. 1 hit "The One That You Love."
1941 - Singer Nilsson (Harry Edward Nelson III) is born in Brooklyn, N.Y. His biggest hit is the million-selling No. 1 single "Without You." He scores the film "Skidoo" and the TV show "The Courtship of Eddie's Father."
1900 - Composer, Otto Luening is born.