This Day in Music
2001 - Animated versions of Nelly and his rap collective St. Lunatics make their online starring debut in "Rip Van Nelly," a Macromedia Flash Game. With a Rip Van Winkle-like premise, Nelly wak2001 - Animated versions of Nelly and his rap collective St. Lunatics make their online starring debut in "Rip Van Nelly," a Macromedia Flash Game. With a Rip Van Winkle-like premise, Nelly wakes up under the St. Louis arch after a 20-year nap, and users must navigate the rapper through a series of events in his hometown on his way to a concert.
1998 - Sunny skies and a mellow vibe accompany the launch in Portland, Ore., of the second annual Lilith Fair. Special guest Sinead O'Connor opens the day with a handful of songs, stirring up the crowd with her usual polemics and "Jesus Is Coming - Look Busy" T-shirt.
1998 - Loretta Lynn makes a special appearance on the Friday Night Opry, opening with her first No. 1 country hit, "Don't Come Home A-Drinkin'," from 1966, and follows with "We've Come a Long Way Baby" from 1978. To round out her night, Lynn performs "How Great Thou Art" without accompaniment, for which she receives a standing ovation and finishes with her signature tune "The Coal Miner's Daughter."
1996 - Composer Vivian Ellis dies at the age of 92.
1988 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Foolish Beat," Debbie Gibson.
1980 - Donna Summer is the first act signed by David Geffen to his new Geffen Records label.
1966 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Paperback Writer," The Beatles.
1962 - Singer Paula Abdul is born. She is a choreographer and member of the Los Angeles Lakers cheerleaders before becoming a successful singer. Her first big hit is the 1988 song "Straight Up," which sells more than 1 million copies and tops Billboard's Hot 100 for three weeks.
1947 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Peg O' My Heart," The Harmonicats.
1902 - Bandleader Guy Lombardo is born in London, Ontario. Lombardo and His Royal Canadians are the only dance band to sell more than 100 million records. He is most familiar to later audiences for his annual New Year's Eve broadcasts during which he played his theme, "Auld Lang Syne."