This Day in Music
2003 - Skip Battin, former bassist for the Byrds and other notable country-rock bands of the '70s and '80s, dies near Palm Springs, Calif., of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He is 69.2005 - A bus carrying performers bound for the Denver stop on the Eminem/50 Cent Anger Management tour crashes into two tractor-trailers on I-70 near Odessa, Miss. Among the injured are rapper Stat Quo, who was briefly hospitalized and then released, and Eminem's DJ, Alchemist, who recovers at a hospital in Kansas City, Mo.
2005 Ñ Jeannette Sliwinski, 23, a self-proclaimed suicidal woman, rams her vehicle into another car, killing the three musicians inside. Silkworm drummer Michael Dahlquist , 39, John Glick, 35, and Douglas Meis, 29, were on their lunch break when Sliwinski hits their stopped car at a red light.
2005 - Pioneering African-American country artist Big Al Downing dies at a hospital near his home in Leicester, Mass. Downing, 65, is felled by complications from Leukemia, with which he had been recently diagnosed.
2003 - Skip Battin, former bassist for the Byrds and other notable country-rock bands of the '70s and '80s, dies near Palm Springs, Calif., of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He is 69. Battin appeared on the Byrds' 1970-71 albums "Untitled," "Byrdmaniax" and "Farther Along."
2000 - Rapper Dr. Dre (Andre Young) files a federal lawsuit against the city of Detroit, two police department officials, and a top city aide for alleged violation of his First Amendment rights. Police earlier in the month stopped him from showing an eight-minute video, featuring partially nude women and a staged liquor store robbery during a concert at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena. The video is cut after authorities tell the rapper and tour promoters that they would be arrested if the show went ahead with the video's screening.
1998 - Arista Records president Clive Davis hosts a party in Central Park for Sarah McLachlan, whose album "Surfacing," has just gone triple platinum.
1998 - Mariah Carey uses her celebrity status to try to help police find a missing 13-year-old girl. The Grammy award-winning singer joins the family of Christina Williams at a Beverly Hills, Calif., hotel to tape a public service announcement about the girl who disappeared a month earlier while walking her dog. Carey volunteered her services after learning that the missing girl from Seaside, Calif., was a fan.
1993 - The U.S. Postal Service releases stamps honoring four Broadway musicals. The 29-cent stamps feature scenes from "My Fair Lady," "Porgy and Bess," "Show Boat" and "Oklahoma!" and are issued in first day ceremonies in New York's Times Square.
1992 - Australian-born singer and actress Olivia Newton-John announces she has breast cancer. Her publicist says doctors expect a full recovery.
1984 - Phillippe Wynne of the Spinners dies of a heart attack at the age of 43. The group's only No. 1 song was "Then Came You," a million-selling collaboration with Dionne Warwick. The group also had two million-selling No. 2 songs, "The Rubberband Man" and "Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me, Girl."
1973 - The Everly Brothers break up during mid-performance at a show at Knott's Berry Farm in Anaheim, Calif.
1967 - The Who begins its first U.S. tour, opening for Herman's Hermits.
1960 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "I'm Sorry," Brenda Lee.
1950 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Mona Lisa," Nat King Cole. The song, which tops Billboard's pop chart for eight weeks, is featured in the film "Capt. Carey, U.S.A.," sells more than 3 million copies. The song receives a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1992.
1941 - Guitarist Spencer Davis is born in Wales. He forms the R&B/rock quartet the Spencer Davis Group in 1963 with brothers Steve and Muff Winwood and Peter York. The group's two top 10 songs are "Gimme Some Lovin' " and "I'm a Man."
1912 - Folk singer Woody Guthrie (Woodrow Wilson Guthrie) is born. Guthrie's 1947 recording of "This Land Is Your Land" receives a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1990.