This Day in Music
2003 - With three trophies, Avril Lavigne tops the fan-voted MTV Asia Awards at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Lavigne wins for favorite female artist and breakthrough artist, as well as the sty2003 - With three trophies, Avril Lavigne tops the fan-voted MTV Asia Awards at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Lavigne wins for favorite female artist and breakthrough artist, as well as the style award.
2003 - Led Zeppelin's 1971 rock anthem "Stairway to Heaven" and Peter, Paul and Mary's classic 1963 recording of "Blowin' in the Wind" are among 21 new additions to the Grammy Hall of Fame.
2002 - The London Court of Appeal, in a long-running dispute, rules that the Spice Girls must pay an Italian scooter maker an estimate $1.5 million in damages and legal costs for misrepresenting themselves in a deal to promote the company's vehicles.
2001 - Newcomer Nelly Furtado grabs five 2001 Juno Awards nominations for her debut album, "Whoa Nelly!"
1999 - Belgian producer Mike Dellanay is killed in a car accident while traveling to MIDEM. He is 40. Brussels-based Dellanay had a 15-year career as a bass player and producer, and ran his own company, Peanuts Productions. He was a former member of the group Kiwi.
1998 - Justin Tubb, son of late Country Music Hall of Fame member Ernest Tubb, dies early in the morning following surgery for an aortic aneurysm.
1994 - David Cole, who went from being a New York club DJ to superstar producer, dies of complications from spinal meningitis at age 32. Along with Robert Clivilles, Cole produced hits by Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin before bursting onto the pop music scene as the duo C+C Music Factory with the 1991 smash "Gonna Make You Sweat."
1992 - Greg McPherson, a music professor at the University of Massachusetts, files a $21 million lawsuit against New Kids on the Block manager Maurice Starr saying he wasn't paid for his work on the group's "Hangin' Tough Live" album. McPherson also charges that the New Kids only sang 20 percent of their own vocals and lip-synched in concert.
1992 - Composer Ken Darby dies of heart problems in Sherman Oaks, Calif., at age 82. He adapted music for such films a "The King and I" and "Camelot," winning three Academy Awards. He also wrote the Elvis Presley hit "Love Me Tender."
1974 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "You're Sixteen," Ringo Starr. Former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney sings a brief solo on the song.
1969 - Jethro Tull opens its first U.S. tour in New York.
1962 - Brian Epstein signs a management contract with the Beatles.
1949 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "A Little Bird Told Me," Evelyn Knight & the Stardusters.
1941 - Neil Diamond is born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He scores three No. 1 songs on Billboard's Hot 100, the biggest of which is the 1978 duet "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" with Barbra Streisand. He stars in and composes the music for "The Jazz Singer" in 1980. He writes the No. 1 songs "I'm a Believer," recorded by the Monkees, and "Red Red Wine," recorded by UB40.
1939 - Singer/songwriter Ray Stevens is born. Best known as a novelty singer, Stevens lands his first top 40 song in 1961 with "Jeremiah Peabody's Poly Unsaturated Quick Dissolving Fast Acting Pleasant Tasting Green and Purple Pills." His two No. 1 songs are "Everything Is Beautiful" in 1970 and "The Streak" in 1974.
1918 - Composer Gottfried von Einem is born.