This Day in Music

2003 - Coldplay frontman Chris Martin brings a surprise element of glitz to an otherwise staid gathering of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Cancun, Mexico, when he delivers the so-called

2005 - U2, Alicia Keys, Garth Brooks, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart and the Dixie Chicks are among the artists that perform during a live telethon, "Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast."

2003 - Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel announce their first tour since 1994.

2003 - Dizzee Rascal is awarded the U.K.'s 2003 Mercury Music Prize at a ceremony in London. The 18-year-old MC/producer's debut, "Boy In Da Corner," was released in July by XL Recordings in the U.K.

2003 - Coldplay frontman Chris Martin brings a surprise element of glitz to an otherwise staid gathering of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Cancun, Mexico, when he delivers the so-called "Big Noise" petition calling for fairer trade policies.

2002 - Carolyn Dawn Johnson is again the big winner at the Canadian Country Music Awards, held in Calgary, Alberta. In addition to top female, Johnson takes home trophies for top single and top video for her hit "I Don't Want You to Go."

1999 - Nine Inch Nails makes their first-ever appearance at a televised honors show when they perform at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards.

1999 - Continuing her awards streak, multiplatinum recording artist Lauryn Hill nabs four trophies at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards - one short of her output at the Grammys earlier in the year.

1998 - Lucio Battisti, considered Italy's greatest contemporary singer/songwriter, dies in Milan. He is 55. A recluse since 1976, he is thought to have had a liver ailment.

1998 - German rapper/producer Moses Pelham apologizes for his alleged broadcast incitement to assault Viva TV host Stefan Raab. "I regret the consequences that this joke has had," says Pelham.

1998 - Pioneer synth-pop band Depeche Mode begins its first concert outing in five years in Helsinki. The week prior, the band plays several warm-up gigs in Estonia, Latvia, and Russia including a Sept. 5 show in Moscow's Red Square.

1998 - Bushwick Bill (Richard Shaw), a former member of Rap-A-Lot Records rap act the Geto Boys, sues the label, a division of Virgin Records' Noo Trybe, for an alleged assault by three employees. The suit alleges that Shaw was attacked August 28 after attending a performance at a Houston comedy cafe by label employees who told the rapper that he would not be allowed to break his recording contract, then pulled a gun and punched, hit, and kicked him. Shaw is a 3-foot, 8-inch dwarf.

1997 - Bluesman Junior Wells slips into a coma after suffering a heart attack four days earlier. The harmonica player and singer, 62, had been undergoing treatment in a Chicago Hospital for lymphoma.

1996 - After a career that spanned 56 years on the Grand Ole Opry and a tireless reputation for touring and guarding his bluegrass progeny all the way to New England and beyond, Bill Monroe, the "Father of Bluegrass," dies at the age of 84 in a nursing home in Springfield, Tenn., where he was being treated following a stroke earlier in the year.

1995 - Singer Chynna Phillips, the daughter of Mamas and Papas stars Michelle and John Phillips, marries actor William Baldwin. Phillips' former Wilson Phillips partners, Beach Boys' offspring Carnie and Wendy Wilson, are also there.

1982 - Al Green and Patti LaBelle open on Broadway in the gospel musical "Your Arms Too Short to Box with God."

1979 - Yusef Islam (Cat Stevens) marries Fouzia Ali at Kensington Mosque in London.

1956 - Elvis Presley appears on CBS-TV's "Toast of the Town." The show is watched by about one-third of the U.S. public. Host Ed Sullivan is ill and Charles Laughton fills in.

1946 - Doug Ingle of Iron Butterfly is born in Omaha, Neb.

1946 - Keyboardist Billy Preston ("Will It Go Round in Circles") is born in Houston.

1941 - Otis Redding is born in Dawson, Ga. His biggest hit, the No. 1 song "(Sitting on) The Dock of the Bay," is recorded three days before he is killed in a 1967 plane crash.

1922 - Pipe Major MacKenzie John is born.

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