This Day in Music
2006 - David Schnaufer, who brought dulcimer to recordings of artists ranging from Chet Atkins to Cyndi Lauper, dies in Nashville of cancer. He is 53. A native of Texas, Schnaufer lifted dulcimer play2006 - David Schnaufer, who brought dulcimer to recordings of artists ranging from Chet Atkins to Cyndi Lauper, dies in Nashville of cancer. He is 53. A native of Texas, Schnaufer lifted dulcimer playing to new prominence in Nashville.
2006 - Musicians like David Byrne and Sufjan Stevens share the stage with literary celebs like Sarah Vowell and Jon Stewart at the first Revenge of the Book Eaters charity event, held at New York's Beacon Theatre. Byrne, Stevens and John Roderick of the Long Winters all perform short sets at the event, which benefits the 826 Writing Centers, and tutoring workshops founded by author Dave Eggers.
1999 - Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson files a suit to dissolve a 1997 joint venture with Joe Thomas, who co-produced Wilson's last album, the 1998 Giant release "Imagination." The suit is filed by Wilson's wife and conservator Melinda.
1999 - Don Henley sues Paramount Pictures Corp., alleging the studio reneged on a deal to feature a song, "Taking You Home," he penned expressly for the hit film "Double Jeopardy."
1999 - In a move designed to simplify downloadable music for Internet users while profiting from the fast-growing rage, Yahoo! Inc. launches a new portal, Yahoo! Digital.
1995 - Natalie Merchant, one-time lead singer for 10,000 Maniacs becomes the first guest in a series of live chats on the Elektra Entertainment Group's World Wide Web site. Merchant says she won't make a habit of chatting on-line since it would hurt her eyes and make her feel lonely when the machine was off.
1993 - Country music singer Alan Jackson and his wife Denise have a child Alexandra Jane Jackson is the couple's second girl.
1993 - Duran Duran gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1972 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Brandy (You're a Fine Girl),'' Looking Glass.
1962 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``The Loco-Motion,'' Little Eva. Eva Boyd was a baby-sitter for songwriters Gerry Goffin and Carole King when they asked her to record the song as a demo. Grand Funk hits No. 1 with a 1974 remake and Kylie Minogue reaches No. 3 with a 1988 remake.
1962 - John Lennon marries Cynthia Powell. Paul McCartney is best man. The couple divorces on Nov. 8, 1968.
1960 - Oscar Hammerstein II dies of stomach cancer at the age of 65.
1956 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog,'' Elvis Presley. Presley causes an uproar with his pelvic undulations when he first performs ``Hound Dog'' on Milton Berle's TV show. The two-sided hit tops Billboard's single chart for 11 weeks, setting a record for the rock era that stands until 1992. A version of ``Don't Be Cruel'' by Bill Black's Combo reaches No. 11 in 1960 and a remake by Cheap Trick hits No. 4 in 1988.
1949 - Rick Springfield (Richard Springthorpe) is born in Sydney, Australia. His biggest hit is the million-selling No. 1 single ``Jessie's Girl'' in 1981. He wins a Grammy for the song as Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.
1947 - Keith Moon of the Who is born in Wembley, England. He dies on Sept. 7, 1978 at age 32, from an overdose of the sedative Heminevrin.