This Day in Music

1999 - John Mellencamp plays a surprise gig at the 350-person-capacity Mercury Lounge in New York.

1999 - John Mellencamp plays a surprise gig at the 350-person-capacity Mercury Lounge in New York.

1999 - A year after nearly dying from pneumonia, Johnny Cash finds himself battling the condition again. Cash is listed in serious condition at Baptist Hospital in Nashville.

1997 - Henry ""The Sunflower"" Vestine, original guitarist for Canned Heat, is found dead in his hotel room in France. The cause of death is undetermined.

1991 - Country music singer Clint Black and TV actress Lisa Hartman marry near Houston. The couple met when Hartman and her mother attended a New Year's concert Black gave in Houston.

1978 - The Police give their U.S. performance debut at CBGB's in New York.

1977 - Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines of Lynyrd Skynyrd are killed when their rented plane crashes in a swamp near Gillsburg, Miss.

1964 - James George ""Soni"" Sonefeld, drummer for the band Hootie & The Blowfish, is born in Lansing, Michigan.

1961 - Bob Dylan's self-titled debut album is recorded.

1960 - Elvis Presley film ""G.I. Blues"" premieres.

1953 - Tom Petty is born in Gainesville, Fla. He wins a Grammy Award as part of the Traveling Wilburys for the 1989 album ""Traveling Wilburys Volume One.