This Day in Music
2003 - Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Braunn dies in L.A. of apparent cardiac arrest. He is 52. Braunn had been suffering from a "debilitating physical ailment," according to a post on his official Web2003 - Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Braunn dies in L.A. of apparent cardiac arrest. He is 52. Braunn had been suffering from a "debilitating physical ailment," according to a post on his official Web site.
2003 - More than 450,000 fans turned out in Toronto for the Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto benefit at Downsview Park, aimed at boosting the city's sagging economy in the wake of the SARS virus. "I think it's the biggest crowd we've ever played to, so it is a fantastic buzz," Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger said.
2003 - French singer Bertrand Cantat, frontman of rock band Noir Desir, is named as a suspect following an injury to his partner, actress Marie Trintignant. Cantat, 36, is alleged to have assaulted Trintignant, 41, during an argument while he is under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs. During the dispute, Trintignant reportedly fell to the ground and hit her head, resulting in a brain hemorrhage that required two hours of surgery.
2003 - Iron Maiden drummer Michael "Nicko" McBrain is arrested and charged with assault after hitting a parking attendant with his car, according to reports. The incident occurs backstage at the Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, N.Y., where the band is performing that night.
2003 - The Backstreet Boys' Kevin Richardson reprises his role as Billy Flynn in the stage production of "Chicago" when he joins the show's U.S. touring company for its Aug. 5-24 stay at San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre. Richardson first played the part earlier this year as a member of the Broadway cast.
2003 - Pioneering producer and indie-label operator Sam Phillips dies in Memphis of respiratory failure. He is 80. In the early '50s, Phillips' Memphis Recording Service (later known as Sun Studio) cut and leased major blues and R&B recordings by Howlin' Wolf, B.B. King, Ike Turner and others.
2001 - Peter Buck, guitarist for R.E.M., pleads not guilty to a series of charges relating to an alleged "air rage" incident during a transatlantic flight in April. Buck, appearing at Isleworth Crown Court, is accused of assaulting two British Airways staffers, being drunk on board an aircraft, causing criminal damage and interfering with a control panel on an external door.
1997 - The Battlefield Benefit gets under way at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The concert - which features Kentucky HeadHunters, Highway 101, Rhett Akins, Ronna Reeves and Randall Franks - raises money for the preservation of sites remaining from the 1864 Battle of Nashville, which sealed the fate of the Confederacy.
1997 - '80s group Boys Don't Cry sues Paula Cole, Warner Bros. Records and Imago Records over Cole's pop song "Where Have All The Cowboys Gone." The $7 million suit claims that Cole's song sounds too much like the 1986 Boys Don't Cry hit, "I Wanna Be A Cowboy."
1996 - Tim Collins, manager of Aerosmith since 1984, is fired after a brief meeting with the band in Boston. The band claims that they are tired of being urged to represent Collins' many social causes.
1985 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Shout,'' Tears for Fears. The song is the second straight No. 1 song from the group's ``Songs from the Big Chair'' album.
1975 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``One of These Nights,'' Eagles. The song was written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey and is the band's second consecutive No. 1 hit.
1968 - The Beatles' Apple Boutique in London closes after heavy losses.
1966 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Wild Thing,'' The Troggs. Because of a legal dispute, the song is simultaneously released on two different labels, something unique for a No. 1 single.
1958 - Singer Kate Bush is born in Bexley, Kent, England. Her biggest pop hit is the top 40 song ``Running Up That Hill'' in 1985.
1956 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``My Prayer,'' The Platters. The five are the first black artists to have a No. 1 single on the pop charts.
1945 - Jazz sax player David Sanborn is born. He wins his first Grammy in 1982 as best R&B instrumental performance. He later wins Grammys in the jazz fusion and pop instrumental categories.
1941 - Singer/songwriter Paul Anka is born in Ottawa, Ontario. He has four No. 1 hits, including ``Lonely Boy'' from the film ``Girl's Town.'' He writes ``My Way'' for Frank Sinatra, ``She's a Lady'' for Tom Jones and the theme for NBC-TV's ``Tonight Show.''