This Day in Music
2001 - Pianist John Lewis, leader of the elegant jazz institution the Modern Jazz Quartet, dies at the age of 80. Lewis, who also worked as a solo performer and recording artist, led the quarte2001 - Pianist John Lewis, leader of the elegant jazz institution the Modern Jazz Quartet, dies at the age of 80. Lewis, who also worked as a solo performer and recording artist, led the quartet from the 1950s through the 1990s.
2000 - Teen pop-rock group Hanson follows in David Bowie's wired footsteps when it lends its name and other material to a subscriber-based Web network that includes Internet access, e-mail service and content offerings. The teen cyber trio are found at www.hanson.net.
1999 - Joe Williams, the Georgia-born blues singer who became a star with Count Basie in the 1950s and blossomed into a world famous balladeer in the following decades, dies in Las Vegas. He is 80. Williams dresses himself, and walks out of the hospital where he is being treated for a respiratory ailment. He walks nearly three miles on foot only to collapse on the street a few blocks from his home.
1998 - Shania Twain begins her first headlining tour, along with a nine-piece band in her Canadian homeland in Sudbury, Ontario.
1993 - "A Whole New World" from the Disney animated film "Aladdin" wins an Academy Award for best song. It is performed by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle. The previous year's winner was the theme from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," which was also performed by Bryson, this time in a duet with Celine Dion.
1987 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now," Starship. The song is the third No. 1 single for the group, which was previously known as Jefferson Airplane, then Jefferson Starship.
1980 - Mantovani (Annunzio Paulo Mantovani) dies. Age 74.
1976 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Disco Lady," Johnnie Taylor. The single is the first to be certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of more than 2 million copies. (The platinum standard is halved in 1989 to 1 million due to declining sales of singles.)
1973 - Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. The group's song "The Cover of Rolling Stone" reaches No. 6 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1957 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Party Doll," Buddy Knox & the Rhythm Orchids.
1947 - Singer Bobby Kimball of Toto is born in Vinton, La.