American Music Awards
This Day in Music
2002 - Jazz pianist Ellis Larkins dies of pneumonia in Baltimore. He is 79. As a vocal accompanist, Larkins backed Ella Fitzgerald on two celebrated albums in the '50s; he also worked with Mild2002 - Jazz pianist Ellis Larkins dies of pneumonia in Baltimore. He is 79. As a vocal accompanist, Larkins backed Ella Fitzgerald on two celebrated albums in the '50s; he also worked with Mildred Bailey, Joe Williams, and Helen Humes.
1998 - The family of Frank Sinatra files suit against Newark, Calif.-based discount clothing company Ross Stores Inc. for copyright infringement. The suit alleges that an album of 75 songs, "The Sinatra Collection," which the chain sells at its 500 Ross Dress For Less stores nationwide, is unauthorized.
1997 - Blues Traveler bassist Bobby Sheehan is arrested for cocaine possession in Winnipeg. He is later released on $5,000 bond.
1997 - Epic's Sons of the Desert are caught in a hotel fire during the group's first trip to New York City. The group's bassist Doug Virden sees smoke and flames and reports the blaze at the front desk.
1996 - Alanis Morissette finishes her first U.S. tour in Houston, Texas.
1994 - The Pointer Sisters receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star on Hollywood Boulevard was originally set to be unveiled in January, but an earthquake struck Los Angeles three days before the scheduled ceremony. The Pointers are the first African-American female music group to receive the honor.
1987 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Didn't We Almost Have It All," Whitney Houston.
1977 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band," Meco. The 15-minute song is a disco version of several themes from the top movie of 1977.
1963 - The Rolling Stones open their first British tour supporting the Everly Brothers and Bo Diddley at the New Victoria Theatre in London.
1963 - Solo artist and singer/bassist for the groups Primus and Sausage, Les Claypool is born in Richmond, Calif.
1942 - Jean-Luc Ponty is born in Avranches, France.
1935 - Jerry Lee Lewis is born in Ferriday, La. His parents later mortgage their home to buy him his first piano.