This Day in Music

1997 - Patty Loveless releases her ninth album "Long Stretch of Lonesome."

2003 - Rockabilly singer/guitarist Ronnie Dawson dies at his East Dallas home after a yearlong fight with throat cancer. He is 64.

1998 - Blues guitar prodigy Jonny Lang, rock guitarist Slash, punk rocker Joey Ramone, and Cheap Trickster Rick Nelson are among the musicians who guest-star on "The Drew Carey Show." On the program, Carey's band is looking for a lead guitarist, and a string of axemen audition for the gig - including Ramone, even though he didn't play guitar in the Ramones.

1997 - U2 cause controversy during its show in Tel Aviv, Israel, with frontman Bono appealing for the release from imprisonment of nuclear secrets traitor Mordechai Vanunu.

1997 - Patty Loveless releases her ninth album "Long Stretch of Lonesome."

1997 - Randy Travis becomes the first artist to ink a deal with DreamWorks Records Nashville. His signing instantly raises the stock of the new country label.

1997 - Fleetwood Mac's reunion show at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J., grosses a house record of $1,094,520.

1993 - George Harrison and David Crosby make guest appearances on the fifth season premiere of the Fox animated comedy series "The Simpsons."

1992 - Songwriter Paul Jabara dies of AIDS-related causes in Los Angeles at age 44. He wrote disco-era classics like the Academy Award-winning "Last Dance" (performed by Donna Summer), "It's Raining Men" (by the Weather Girls) and "No More Tears" (a duet by Summer and Barbra Streisand).

1991 - Entertainer Liza Minnelli receives a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. Her mother, Judy Garland, has three stars on the famous boulevard.

1983 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Total Eclipse of the Heart," Bonnie Tyler.

1971 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Maggie May," Rod Stewart.

1965 - Donovan makes his U.S. television debut on the "Shindig" musical variety show.

1947 - Marc Bolan (Marc Feld) of T. Rex is born in London.

1943 - Marilyn McCoo of the 5th Dimension is born in Jersey City, N.J.

1935 - Singer Johnny Mathis is born in San Francisco. He gets a track scholarship to San Francisco State College and is invited to the Olympic try-outs, but chooses a singing career instead. His most successful song is "Chances Are" in 1957. He also has a No. 1 duet with Deniece Williams in 1978 with "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late."

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