This Day in Music
2005 - Keith Urban and Gretchen Wilson are the big winners at the Academy of Country Music Awards, held at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas. Wilson was the surprise winner in the female voca2005 - Keith Urban and Gretchen Wilson are the big winners at the Academy of Country Music Awards, held at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas. Wilson was the surprise winner in the female vocalist of the year category, and also won the award for top new artist. Urban was named top male vocalist and his album, "Be Here" (Capitol Nashville), won for album of the year.
2001 - Top Jimmy, an influential, hard-rocking bluesman on the L.A. club scene in the 1980s, dies of liver failure. He is 46. James "Top Jimmy" Paul Konceck found his greatest fame in a Van Halen song named after him.
2001 - Cast members of the Grand Ole Opry and members of the Country Music Hall of Fame converge for the grand opening of the new Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
2000 - They Might Be Giants begins offering its second MP3-only release, the EP "Working Undercover For The Man." Comprised of all new, previously unreleased studio recordings, the eight-song set is available via Emusic.com for $7.99, with single tracks available for 99 cents each.
1999 - Diane Warren has a big night at the 16th annual American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers Pop Music Awards. She is named songwriter of the year for an unprecedented fifth time, her second consecutive year. Also, her "How Do I Live," recorded by both LeAnn Rimes and Trisha Yearwood, is named song of the year.
1999 - Modern rock act No Doubt sues Carlsbad, Calif.-based clothing manufacturer No Fear, claiming that clothing items bearing the "No Doubt" name infringe on the group's copyrighted service mark, which the band uses on its own merchandise.
1992 - Bandleader Lawrence Welk dies in Santa Monica, Calif., of pneumonia at age 89. Known for his "champagne music" style, he hosted his own TV show, which ran on ABC for 16 years and continued in syndication for 11 more. His biggest pop hit came in 1961 when "Calcutta" topped Billboard's Hot 100 for two weeks.
1983 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Let's Dance," David Bowie.
1980 - Drummer Peter Criss leaves Kiss to start a solo career.
1974 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "The Streak," Ray Stevens.
1970 - Jordan Knight of New Kids on the Block is born. His older brother Jon is also a member of the pop group from Boston.
1963 - Joan Baez headlines the first Monterey Folk Festival in California.
1961 - New age vocalist Enya is born Eithne Ni Bhraonain in the Gweedore region of County Donegal in the northwest of the Republic of Ireland.
1948 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Nature Boy," Nat King Cole.