This Day in Music
2002 - Cutting Crew guitarist Kevin Macmichael dies after a battle with lung cancer. He is 51. Macmichael formed Cutting Crew in 1985 with English vocalist Nick Van Eede, and the new group quic2002 - Cutting Crew guitarist Kevin Macmichael dies after a battle with lung cancer. He is 51. Macmichael formed Cutting Crew in 1985 with English vocalist Nick Van Eede, and the new group quickly scored a No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 entry with "(I Just) Died in Your Arms," from its 1986 album "Broadcast."
2002 - Welsh bass-baritone vocalist Bryn Terfel and conductor Jane Glover are appointed CBEs (Commanders of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's New Year Honours list. Folk singer/songwriter Norma Waterson and jazz trombonist Don Lusher become OBEs (Officers of the Order of the British Empire).
2000 - Eddy Shaver, a talented guitarist and son of Texas singer/songwriter Billy Joe Shaver, dies in his sleep while at home in Waco, Texas. Shaver, 38, played guitar with his father in the roots rock group Shaver. The duo had recently finished recording a new album, "The Earth Rolls On."
2000 - Country Music Hall of Fame member Kitty Wells, 81, and her husband, Johnny Wright, 86, perform their farewell show in Nashville. Appearing at the Nashville Night Life Club, they entertain a capacity crowd that includes Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, Ricky Skaggs and The Whites, among others.
1997 - Country music pianist Floyd Cramer dies after a six-month battle with cancer. He is 64. His biggest hit was "Last Date," which reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart in 1960.
1995 - Barbra Streisand's video of "Barbra - The Concert" is ranked the year's top-selling music video by Billboard.
1986 - Guests Gary Hart and Donna Rice meet each other at Eagles singer/songwriter Don Henley's birthday party.
1985 - Rick Nelson dies in an airplane crash near DeKalb, Texas.
1978 - Bauhaus gives its debut performance in Wellingborough, England.
1976 - The Cars give their debut performance at Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth, N.H.
1972 - Joe McIntyre of New Kids on the Block is born. He is the youngest member of the pop group from Boston.
1961 - The Beach Boys give their debut performance at a Richie Valens memorial concert in Long Beach, Calif. They earn $300.
1948 - Donna Summer is born in Boston. Her biggest-selling album is the 1979 million-selling release "Bad Girls" which tops the charts for seven weeks. It includes the No. 1 singles "Bad Girls" and "Hot Stuff."
1943 - John Denver is born John Henry Deutschendorf in Roswell, N.M. He has four No. 1 singles. His biggest album is the 1973 release "John Denver's Greatest Hits," which tops the Billboard chart for three weeks and stays on the chart a remarkable 175 weeks.
1942 - Guitarist Andy Summers of the Police is born in Blackpool, England.