2001 - Saxophonist Buddy Tate dies in a nursing home in Chandler, Ariz., after a battle with cancer. He is 85. Tate was one of the oldest surviving members of the Count Basie Orchestra. 2004 - Eminem is among the guests heard on the second season premiere episode of Comedy Central's "Crank Yankers." The rapper gives voice to "Bobby's Brother" opposite comedian Jim Florentine's "Bobby" in a prank phone call to a restaurant.
2003 - A Billboard.com poll finds that the nominations for the 45th annual Grammy Awards are not an accurate representation of the year's best music. A full 75% of the 4,490 voters express that view. The largest percentage, 42%, believe that the nominations are skewed unfairly toward artists who have enjoyed mainstream commercial success.
2002 - Folk singer Dave Van Ronk, who had been undergoing treatment for colon cancer, dies at New York University Medical Center. He is 65.
2001 - Saxophonist Buddy Tate dies in a nursing home in Chandler, Ariz., after a battle with cancer. He is 85. Tate was one of the oldest surviving members of the Count Basie Orchestra.
1999 - It is announced that BPI Communications is suspending publication of its Musician magazine after 21 years.
1990 - Guitarist Eric Clapton finishes an 18-show stand at London's Royal Albert Hall. The performances, which began Jan. 18, included three different bands, a 60-piece orchestra and blues jams with Robert Cray.
1987 - Exposè's debut album, "Exposure," is released.
1980 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Do That to Me One More Time," The Captain & Tennille.
1970 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)/Everybody Is a Star," Sly & the Family Stone.
1950 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Rag Mop," Ames Brothers.
1939 - Roberta Flack is born in Asheville, N.C. Her biggest hit is "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," which top Billboard's Hot 100 for six weeks in 1972. The song is featured in the Clint Eastwood film "Play Misty for Me."