This Day in Music
2005 - Acclaimed fiddle virtuoso Vassar Clements dies at his daughter Midge Cranor's home outside Nashville following a battle with cancer. Born in 1928, Clements was referred to as the "Miles Davis o2005 - Acclaimed fiddle virtuoso Vassar Clements dies at his daughter Midge Cranor's home outside Nashville following a battle with cancer. Born in 1928, Clements was referred to as the "Miles Davis of bluegrass." He began performing with Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys when he was just 14 and became a regular member of the legendary group in 1949.
2002 - Ash drummer Rick McMurray is injured as the band's tour bus driver tries to avoid a shredded tire on Oregon's Interstate 5. The bus, which is carrying the Irish band between Area2 tour gigs in San Francisco and Seattle, tips over, flinging the band members from their bunks. Only McMurray sustains injuries during the accident.
2002 - The Rolling Stones perform a surprise club show in Toronto in preparation for their upcoming Licks world tour.
2000 - 'N Sync unveils a room dedicated in its honor at the Orlando, Fla., branch of the Ronald McDonald house. Orlando Mayor Glenda E. Hood presents 'N Sync with ceremonial keys to the city.
1999 - Thides Leasing Corp. files a lawsuit against the Artist Formerly Known as Prince, claiming that the Artist rented a tour bus between May and October 1998 but never paid for it. The Artist owes $42,109 for days he used the bus, the suit maintains, and $116,600 for seven months that he promised to use it but didn't.
1998 - Pete Townshend performs to a SRO crowd at the Chicago House of Blues in a benefit concert that raised about $300,000 in proceeds for Maryville Academy, a residential child-care facility for abused or neglected children.
1997 - Grand Ole Opry member Jerry Clower and wife Homerline celebrate their 50th anniversary at Percy Quinn State Park in McComb, Miss. The happy couple met as teenagers and never dated another person from that day forward.
1985 - Madonna marries actor Sean Penn. They divorce in 1989.
1983 - Paul Simon and actress Carrie Fisher marry in the singer's duplex overlooking New York's Central Park. The couple had been together for five years but split up less than a year after the marriage. They divorce in 1985.
1977 - Elvis Presley is found unconscious in his bathroom at Graceland Mansion. He is pronounced dead of heart failure.
1975 - Peter Gabriel announces his departure from Genesis.
1966 - The Monkees' first single, ``Last Train to Clarksville,'' is released. It sells more than 1 million copies and reaches No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1965 - Lead singer Mike Smith of the Dave Clark Five suffers two broken ribs when he's pulled off the stage by fans at a Chicago concert.
1958 - Madonna (Madonna Louise Ciccone) is born in Detroit. She is the top female pop artist of the 1980s with seven No. 1 hits, the biggest of which is ``Like a Virgin,'' a million selling record that tops Billboard's Hot 100 for six weeks.