February 26, 2009

2003 - Otha Turner, one of the last exponents of North Mississippi's pre-blues fife-and-drum tradition, dies in Gravel Springs, Miss., of pneumonia. He is 94.

1998 - Rocker Tommy Lee of Motley Crue fame is formally charged with abusing his wife, actress Pamela Anderson Lee, and one of their sons, Dylan.

1998 - In his keynote address at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville, Garth Brooks says that he is planning a release for a DVD album that would be among the first to use the new format.

1997 - At the 39th annual Grammy Awards held in New York, surprising wins include The Beatles for Best Pop Performance by a Duo Or Group With Vocal for the song "Free As A Bird," Best Music Video, Short Form for the video to ``Free As A Bird,'' and Best Music Video, Long Form for ``The Beatles Anthology.'' A Grammy for Best Spoken Word or Nonmusical Album also goes to First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton for "It Takes A Village."

1996 - Quincy Jones is named MusiCares Man of the Year. Jones is the most-nominated artist in Grammy history with 76 nominations and 26 statues.

1995 - Former Led Zeppelin duo Jimmy Page and Robert Plant kick off a year-long world tour in Pensacola, Fla., supporting their live "No Quarter" reunion album.

1990 - Cornell Gunter, former lead tenor for the Coasters, is murdered in Las Vegas, Nev. He is 53. ``Yakety Yak,'' the group's only No. 1 hit, was released during Gunter's four years with the Coasters.

1985 - Tina Turner wins Grammys for ``What's Love Got to Do with It'' and ``Better Be Good to Me.''

1975 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Best of My Love,'' Eagles. The song is the group's first No. 1 hit.

1961 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Pony Time,'' Chubby Checker. A version of the song by the Goodtimers entered the chart the same week as Checker's version, but only reached No. 60.

1954 - Singer/songwriter Michael Bolton (Michael Bolotin) is born in New Haven, Conn.

1932 - Country star Johnny Cash is born in Kingsland, Ark. He writes his first song at age 12. Among his No. 1 country hits are ``I Walk the Line'' in 1956, ``Don't Take Your Guns to Town'' in 1959, ``Ring of Fire'' in 1963 and ``A Boy Named Sue'' in 1969. He is elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980.

1928 - Fats Domino (Antoine Domino) is born in New Orleans. His biggest hit on the pop charts is the 1956 song ``Blueberry Hill,'' which reaches No. 2 and receives a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1987. He has nine No. 1 singles on the R&B charts, including ``Ain't That a Shame.'