This Day in Music

2006 - Rapper/producer James Yancey aka J Dilla dies in Los Angeles at the age of 32.

2006 - Rapper/producer James Yancey aka J Dilla dies in Los Angeles at the age of 32.

2004 - Internet leaks of the new Janet Jackson track "Just a Little While" spur Virgin Records to digitally deliver the cut to U.S. radio outlets. The Dallas Austin-produced song, a mid-tempo number marked by a prominent electric guitar melody, was apparently not officially chosen by the label as the first single from Jackson's new album, "Damita Jo," due March 30.

2001 - Songwriter Hal Blair dies at his home in Biggs, Calif. He is 85. The Kansas City, Mo.-born Blair, also a musician and actor, wrote "I Was The One" for Elvis Presley, "Ringo" for Lorne Greene, and "Ninety Miles An Hour Down A Dead End Street" For Hank Snow.

1999 - David McComb, former leader of the Triffids and Black-Eyed Susans, dies in Melbourne. He is 37. McComb had been involved in a car accident three days earlier but was not thought to have been badly injured; he dies while recovering at home.

1993 - Willie Nelson and the IRS settle their longstanding tax feud. The government will keep $3.6 million in assets it already seized and Nelson will pay $5.4 million of the $13.1 million balance.

1992 - Musician Todd Rundgren and his wife, singer Michele Gray, have a son in San Francisco. They name the child Rebop.

1983 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Africa,'' Toto. The group dominates the 1983 Grammy Awards, winning in six categories including Record of the Year (``Rosanna'') and Album of the Year (``Toto IV'').

1979 - Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols dies of a heroin overdose less than four months after fatally stabbing his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, at New York's Chelsea Hotel.

1973 - Keith Emerson's hands are injured during a performance by Emerson, Lake & Palmer in San Francisco. His piano, rigged to explode as a stunt, detonates prematurely.

1966 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``My Love,'' Petula Clark. Clark is the first British woman to have two No. 1 hits in the United States - the first was ``Downtown'' in 1965.

1957 - Fats Domino appears on TV's ``Perry Como Show'' to sing his hit singles ``Blueberry Hill'' and ``Blue Monday.''

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