<b>2001 - </b>Phil Vassar is named songwriter-artist of the year at the 39th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards at Nashville's Opryland Hotel.

2001 - Phil Vassar is named songwriter-artist of the year at the 39th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards at Nashville's Opryland Hotel.

1998 - Music retailers around the U.S. are flooded with a monster shipment of high-profile releases. Among the most anticipated are Alanis Morissette's sophomore set ""Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie,"" Beck's ""Mutations,"" Celine Dion's ""These Are Special Times,"" U2's ""The Best of 1980-1990,"" and the John Lennon boxed set ""Anthology.""

1997 - John Denver's last recording, ""The Unplugged Collection,"" is released in the U.K. The album features versions of such well-known Denver compositions as ""Annie's Song,"" ""Rocky Mountain High,"" and ""Take Me Home, Country Roads.""

1996 - Blues harmonica player, William Clarke dies from a bleeding ulcer at the age of 45.

1991 - More than 300,000 people attend a free concert in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park in memory of rock promoter Bill Graham. Among the acts performing are the Grateful Dead; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Joan Baez; Santana; and Journey (which reunited for the event).

1972 - Carly Simon marries James Taylor in her Manhattan apartment. They separate in 1982 and later divorce.

1969 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ""Wedding Bell Blues,"" The 5th Dimension.

1954 - Adam Ant (Stuart Goddard) is born in London. He forms the group Adam & the Ants in 1976. His biggest hit is the 1982 song ""Goody Two Shoes,"" which hits No. 12 on Billboard's Hot 100.

1948 - Singer Lulu (Marie McDonald Lawrie) is born in Lennoxcastle, Scotland. Her biggest hit is ""To Sir with Love,"" a No. 1 song from the 1967 movie of the same name.

1941 - Brian Poole of the Tremeloes is born in Essex, England.