This Day in Music

2006 - Singer/songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gene Pitney dies in Wales at the age of 65.

2006 - Singer/songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Gene Pitney dies in Wales at the age of 65.

2005 - The Library of Congress announces the third annual selection of 50 U.S. sound recordings considered culturally, historically or aesthetically significant. The selections receive long-term preservation so that the public has access to them for future generations. The earliest pick is "Gypsy Love song" by Eugene Cowles from 1898.

2002 - R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck walks free from court after a London jury acquits him of going on a drunken rampage on a trans-Atlantic flight a year before.

2001 - David Bowie launches an online radio station, "BowieRadio," via his BowieNet Web community. Using RealNetworks software, the station streams Bowie favorites and live performance clips as well as non-Bowie material.

2000 - Trace Adkins seriously injures two fingers on his left hand while working on his property in Middle Tennessee. Moving some rocks to correct an erosion problem, Adkins dislodges a 400-pound boulder. The stone runs over his hand, crushing his middle and index fingers. Adkins drives himself to the emergency room.

2000 - Jose Feliciano and salsa musician Willie Colon are among 34 new inductees to the International Latin Music Hall Of Fame at a ceremony in New York. Harry Belafonte and guitarist Ry Cooder receive Special Recognition Awards.

1999 - Three of Tammy Wynette's daughters file a $50 million lawsuit blaming the country star's death on negligence by her husband and her doctor.

1999 - The online song-lyric auction Hits Under the Hammer comes to a close, with sales exceeding expectations. The British-organized auction, at, raises nearly $67,000 for the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and Norwood Ravenswood children's charities. The highest bid goes to the lyrics for "Please" by U2's Bono, at $3,600.

1998 - British rock drummer Colin "Cozy" Powell dies in a car crash near Bristol, England. He is 50. Powell, who emerged from the '60s beat scene, came to greater attention in 1971 in the Jeff Beck Group.

1995 - Tracy Byrd wins two Country Dance Music Awards for his "Watermelon Crawl."

1985 - An estimated 5,000 radio stations around the globe simultaneously play ``We Are the World.'' The song is recorded by a collection of recording artists, USA for Africa, to raise money to feed starving people in Africa and the United States.

1984 - Cyndi Lauper's ``Girls Just Want to Have Fun'' wins Best Female Video at the second annual American Video Awards.

1981 - Bob ``The Bear'' Hite of Canned Heat dies of a heart attack in Venice, Calif. at the age of 36.

1941 - Electric violinist David LaFlamme is born in Salt Lake City.

1928 - Tony Williams, lead singer of the Platters, is born.