<b>2001 - </b>Travis Tritt performs at the Republican Texas Senators Ball in Washington, D.C., part of the festivities surrounding the inauguration of President-elect George W. Bush. Tritt supported B

2001 - Travis Tritt performs at the Republican Texas Senators Ball in Washington, D.C., part of the festivities surrounding the inauguration of President-elect George W. Bush. Tritt supported Bush during his campaign, appearing at multiple rallies.

2000 - Josh Clayton-Felt, former vocalist for Los Angeles-based band School Of Fish, dies of testicular cancer. He is 33.

1999 - Buckwheat Zydeco leader Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural undergoes surgery in Nashville to remove vocal-cord lesions.

1999 - Jean-Michel Jarre, the French rock composer and performer, delivers a petition to the European Parliament signed by hundreds of leading European recording artists calling for better legal protection against music piracy on the internet.

1999 - Bizzy Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, a Grammy Award-winning rapper goes on trial in Columbus, Ohio, on charges that he dragged a student barber down a flight of stairs.

1999 - The U.S. Supreme Court without comment refuses to hear a 1998 lawsuit brought by ticket buyers against Ticketmaster. The suit charges that the firm engaged in anticompetitive behavior and price-fixing with promoters.

1998 - Carl Perkins, the rockabilly pioneer whose song "Blue Suede Shoes" and lightning-quick guitar-playing influenced Elvis Presley, the Beatles and a slew of other performers, dies at the age of 65, from complications following a recent series of strokes.

1998 - The National Assn. of Chiefs of Police present Pat Boone with its first annual Michael the Archangel Award. The award recognizes the artist's efforts in support of families of officers killed in the line of duty.

1993 - A pre-inaugural gala in Landover, Md., toasting incoming president Bill Clinton features a reunion of Fleetwood Mac performing "Don't Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow)," the unofficial campaign song for Clinton and his running mate, Al Gore. Other performers included Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Little Richard and Chuck Berry.

1993 - The U.S. Supreme Court upholds a $2.5 million award to gravel-voiced singer Tom Waits over use of a "sound alike" artist to mimic his voice in a 1988 television commercial. The court rejects arguments by Frito-Lay and its advertising firm that federal copyright law bars such awards of damages.

1977 - Aretha Franklin performs "God Bless America" at Jimmy Carter's inaugural eve presidential gala in Washington.

1957 - Johnny Cash makes his first network TV appearance, on CBS' "Jackie Gleason Show."

1949 - Singer Robert Palmer is born in Batley, England. He hits No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1986 with the gold record "Addicted to Love," for which he earns his first Grammy Award.

1946 - Dolly Parton is born in Locust Ridge, Tenn. She becomes one of the biggest stars in country music, winning her first Grammy Award for her self-titled 1978 album. Two of her songs top Billboard's pop singles chart: the title song to the film "9 to 5" and "Islands in the Stream," a duet with Kenny Rogers.

1943 - Janis Joplin is born in Port Arthur, Texas. She dies of a heroin overdose on Oct. 4, 1970. Her biggest hit is "Me and Bobby McGee," which is a posthumous No. 1 hit for two weeks in 1971.

1939 - Phil Everly is born in Chicago. He is the younger half of the duo the Everly Brothers. The two score five No. 1 hits, the biggest of which is "All I Have to Do Is Dream."