This Day in Music
2006 - Lou Rawls, the velvet-voiced singer and longtime community activist dies in Los Angeles. He is 72.2006 - Lou Rawls, the velvet-voiced singer and longtime community activist dies in Los Angeles. He is 72.
1999 - French Jazz piano virtuoso Michel Petrucciani dies in New York following a brief respiratory illness. He is 36. Petrucciani was the first French artist signed to EMI's Blue Note imprint, for which he released several albums from 1986-1994.
1996 - Renowned fiddle player Robert Russell ``Chubby'' Wise dies of heart failure following pneumonia in Bowie, Md. Age 80. Wise performed and recorded with Bill Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys during the group's classic period in the '40s. He also worked briefly with Hank Williams and was a member of Hank Snow's band, the Rainbow Ranch Boys, for 16 years.
1993 - Bass guitarist Bill Wyman announces that he has officially left the Rolling Stones. The group last toured together in 1990.
1993 - Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie dies in an Englewood, N.J., hospital after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 75. The jazz legend received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1989 from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.
1977 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``You Don't Have to Be a Star (to Be in My Show),'' Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.
1958 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``At the Hop,'' Danny & the Juniors. The four members of the group all grew up in Philadelphia and started singing together in high school as the Juvenairs.
1946 - Syd Barrett (Roger Barrett) of Pink Floyd is born. He names the group after bluesmen Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. Billboard ranks the group's 1973 album ``Dark Side of the Moon'' as the longest-charting album of all time. It stays on the magazine's pop album chart for more than 10 years and sells more than 10 million copies.