This Day in Music
2002 - Italian singer Alex Baroni is declared dead at the Santo Spirito hospital in Rome. He is 36. Baroni had been in a coma since March 19, following a motorcycle accident in Rome.2002 - Italian singer Alex Baroni is declared dead at the Santo Spirito hospital in Rome. He is 36. Baroni had been in a coma since March 19, following a motorcycle accident in Rome.
2002 - British pop singer Elton John testifies before Congress, saying America has an obligation to use its vast resources to stop the spread of AIDS around the world.
2002 - Singer and actor Tyrese sustains cuts and injures his back in a motorcycle crash in a desert area of Riverside County in Southern California.
2002 - Rapper Nate Dogg (Nathaniel Dawayne Hale) is booked into Arizona's Mohave County Jail on felony charges of possession of marihuana, drug paraphernalia, and a stolen firearm. The artist is released the following day on $3,500 bail and is later sentenced to one year of probation.
2000 - Mavericks drummer Paul Deakin undergoes open-heart valve replacement surgery. The procedure repairs a faulty valve caused by a birth defect.
1999 - Boxcar Willie dies of leukemia in Branson, Mo. He is 67. The country singer, born Lecil Travis Martin, adopted the "Boxcar" persona due to his love of railroads.
1999 - Country music crossover queen Shania Twain becomes the only female artist in music history to reach 10 million units sold with back-to-back album releases. Twain's third Mercury Records release "Come On Over" is certified 10 times platinum and is granted a Diamond Award by the RIAA.
1998 - Music industry veteran James B. Conkling, who helped launch Warner Bros. Records and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, dies at Sutter Oaks Alzheimer's Hospital in Sacramento, Calif. He is 83.
1990 - Soul singer James Brown is transferred from prison to a South Carolina work release center after serving 15 months for aggravated assault.
1987 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me),'' Aretha Franklin & George Michael. The song is Michael's fourth No. 1 song and Franklin's first in almost 20 years.
1973 - The film ``That'll Be the Day,'' starring David Essex and Ringo Starr, premieres in London.
1966 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``(You're My) Soul and Inspiration,'' The Righteous Brothers.
1961 - Ray Charles wins four Grammys, including Best Male Vocal Performance for ``Georgia on My Mind.''
1954 - Bill Haley & His Comets' first session for Decca Records produces ``(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock.'' The success of this song is considered by many to mark the beginning of the rock era. It tops Billboard's singles chart for eight weeks and is inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1982.
1944 - John Kay (Joachim Krauledat) of Steppenwolf is born in Tilsit, Germany. The group's biggest hit is the 1968 No. 2 song ``Born to Be Wild.''
1940 - Jazz artist Herbie Hancock is born. He wins an Academy Award in 1987 for the score to ``Round Midnight.''