This Day in Music
1999 - Andy Simpkins, a top-ranked jazz bassist who toured for many years with singers Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae, dies of stomach cancer at Brotman Medical Center in Culver City. He is 67.2000 - Tim McGraw is named the National Fatherhood Institute's father of the year during the non-profit organizations annual summit in Washington, D.C. McGraw, married to country singer Faith Hill, is chosen by the NFI for his contributions to various children's organizations and charities, as well as for his commitment to his family.
2000 - Western swing pioneer Adolph Hofner dies at his home in San Antonio. He is 84. Hofner came to prominence in the '30s with Jimmie Revard and his Oklahoma Playboys.
1999 - Junior Braithwaite, one of the original members of Bob Marley's Wailers, is shot and killed in Kingston, Jamaica. He is 47. Braithwaite, who had recently returned to his Jamaican homeland after more than 20 years in Chicago, is one of two men shot by unidentified gunmen in the home of a local musician. Former bandmate Peter Tosh was killed in a similar manner in 1987.
1999 - Andy Simpkins, a top-ranked jazz bassist who toured for many years with singers Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae, dies of stomach cancer at Brotman Medical Center in Culver City. He is 67.
1999 - At the intermission of a concert of symphonic Beatles music in Jerusalem, someone pilfers Fab Four producer and guest conductor George Martin's music. The theft is not discovered until later in the week when Martin - who didn't have spare copies - threatens to call off a concert in Tel Aviv. Six out of seven of the stolen scores are returned in time for the Tel Aviv concert.
1998 - Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer Rod Stewart performs a series of one-hour shows along the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood to promote his current album "When We Were the New Boys." Leaving behind the arenas and amphitheaters that have been his usual haunts for a quarter-century, the 53-year-old singer begins his whirlwind minitour with a free concert in the Tower Records parking lot before playing at the Roxy then the Whisky.
1998 - A&M Records co-founders Jerry Moss and Herb Alpert file a $5 million-plus lawsuit against A&M Records Inc., PolyGram, and Philips Electronics for alleged underpayment of monies due them from the sale of A&M to PolyGram.
1997 - Legendary jazz trumpeter Adolphus "Doc" Cheatham dies of a cerebral hemorrhage while in intensive care. Cheatham is 92.
1995 - Country star Travis Tritt spends the night in a Nashville hospital after collapsing in a recording studio. He is treated for severe exhaustion and dehydration.
1992 - Freedom Williams quits C+C Music Factory. Williams also files a $10 million fraud and breach of contract suit in New York against the group and its leaders, David Cole and Robert Clivilles.
1987 - Classical guitarist Andres Segovia dies of a heart attack. Age 94. He receives a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1986. In the ceremony he is cited as the most brilliant and influential of all classical guitar players.
1985 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," Tears For Fears.
1975 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Thank God I'm a Country Boy," John Denver.
1972 - Former teen idol Dion performs in a reunion concert with The Belmonts at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1967 - The Beatles release the landmark album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." The album tops Billboard's album chart for 15 weeks and features songs like "With a Little Help from My Friends," "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and "When I'm Sixty-Four."
1964 - The Rolling Stones make their U.S. debut performance at the Manning Bowl in Lynn, Mass.
1954 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Little Things Mean a Lot," Kitty Kallen.