This Day in Music
2005 - Billy Joel announces his return to the road as a solo headlining artist for the first time in nearly eight years.2005 - Billy Joel announces his return to the road as a solo headlining artist for the first time in nearly eight years.
2003 - Van Morrison is ordered in London's High Court to pay 40,000 pounds ($67,000) in damages to a hotel owner over the cancellation of a scheduled gig. Gary Marlow, landlord of the Crown Hotel in Wiltshire, England, had sued the veteran singer and his production company Exile for up to 400,000 pounds ($670,000), claiming the hotel's business was ruined as a result of the cancellation in August the previous year.
1999 - Britney Spears is the big winner at the 1999 MTV Europe Music Awards, held at the Point in Dublin. The teen artist wins best female, best pop, best breakthrough artist and best song for "...Baby One More Time."
1998 - Madrid band Jarabe De Palo tops the 45th Premios Ondas in Barcelona, winning for best album ("Depende") and best video. Other winners include Alejandro Sanz for best song ("Corazon") and Ella Baila Sola, best group. The Ondas are organized by media group Prisa through Radio Barcelona.
1997 - Following in the footsteps of Garth Brooks, Metallica holds a free concert in Philadelphia to celebrate the release of its newest album "Re-Load."
1985 - After 18 years and several name changes, the group Starship scores its first No. 1 hit with "We Built This City," a song originally written by Martin Page for his band Q-Feel.
1972 - Bassist Berry Oakley of the Allman Brothers Band is killed in a motorcycle accident in Macon, Ga., three blocks from the site of Duane Allman's motorcycle death the previous year.
1965 - The Velvet Underground makes its performance debut at a high school dance in Summit, N.J.
1958 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Tom Dooley,'' The Kingston Trio. The song is a century-old Blue Ridge Mountains tune originally called ``Tom Dula.''
1945 - Guitarist Chris Dreja, a founding member of the Yardbirds, is born in Surbiton, Surrey, England.
1945 - Guitarist Vince Martell of Vanilla Fudge is born in New York City.