2019 American Music Awards

This Day in Music

1996 - Composer Evelyn Levine dies at the age of 84.

2004 - One of South Africa's most respected bass players and songwriters, Sipho Gumede, dies in a Durban hospital following his admission for internal bleeding. He is 47.

1999 - Clint Black provides entertainment for "A Night at the Net," a charity doubles tennis match that kicks off the eighth annual Mercedes-Benz Cup. The even benefits MusiCares, the charity foundation of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).

1998 - Sha Na Na member "Chico" Ryan dies at a nursing home in Beverly, Mass. He is 50. The singer/bassist, real name David-Allen Ryan, joined the already established Sha Na Na in 1973 and remained with the '50s revival group for nearly 25 years.

1996 - Composer Evelyn Levine dies at the age of 84.

1992 - Motown recording artist Mary Wells dies in Los Angeles after a long bout with cancer. The singer's biggest pop hit was the 1964 song "My Guy," which topped Billboard's Hot 100 for two weeks.

1992 - Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley marries actress-model Pamela Bowen in Los Angeles.

1990 - Grateful Dead keyboardist Brent Mydland dies of a drug overdose in Lafayette, Calif., at age 38. Mydland had replaced keyboardist Keith Godchaux - who died in 1979 - who in turn had replaced Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - who died in 1973.

1980 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me," Billy Joel. It is Joel's first No. 1 single.

1972 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Alone Again (Naturally)," Gilbert O'Sullivan.

1969 - Elvis Presley opens his first live engagement in nearly eight years. Las Vegas, Nev.

1968 - John Lennon and Paul McCartney complete "Hey Jude" during a writing session at Paul's home. The song hits No. 1 in the U.S. a month later.

1949 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Some Enchanted Evening," Perry Como.

1943 - Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger is born in Kent, England. The group, which takes its name from a Muddy Waters song, is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. The group does not receive a Grammy Award until 1986 when it is presented a Lifetime Achievement Grammy.

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