This Day in Music
2004 - Ray Charles dies at his Beverly Hills, Calif., home from complications relating to liver disease. He is 73. The R&B legend is surrounded by family and friends at the time of his deat2004 - Ray Charles dies at his Beverly Hills, Calif., home from complications relating to liver disease. He is 73. The R&B legend is surrounded by family and friends at the time of his death, according to a spokesperson for the artist. Charles, who made his last public appearance April 30, when his recording studio was designated a historic landmark by the city of Los Angeles, had been sidelined from performing by a hip ailment since August 2003.
2004 - Graeme Kelling, founding guitarist with Scottish hitmakers Deacon Blue, dies after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He is 47.
2001 - Flooding in the Houston area forces the cancellation of a concert by Journey with Peter Frampton and John Waite.
1999 - Country singer John Berry finds himself in high cotton at President and Mrs. George Bush's "Milestones and Miracles" birthday celebration in Houston. Berry, Larry Gatlin and Michael W. Smith perform "O Sole Mio" together accompanied by a 52-piece orchestra.
1998 - Rapper DMX (Earl Simmons) is arrested in New York on charges of rape, sodomy, and unlawful imprisonment. Simmons denies the charges, which relate to an alleged incident earlier in the week with an exotic dancer.
1998 - Former Oak Ridge Boys member Steve Sanders is found dead early in the morning in Coral Gables, Fla., where he had been living. He is 45. Sanders dies from an apparently self-inflicted gun shot wound.
1998 - Record companies win a victory on the House floor as lawmakers agree to a measure that would prevent recording artists from filing for bankruptcy in order to void record contracts.
1992 - A Los Angeles judge throws out a $25 million palimony suit brought against British rock singer Rod Stewart by Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kelly Emberg, his longtime girlfriend. She had claimed the couple lived together as husband and wife from 1985 to 1990. They have a child.
1982 - Addie "Micky" Harris of the Shirelles dies of a heart attack at the age of 42.
1981 - Andy Gibb opens in the role of Frederic in a Los Angeles production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance."
1975 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Sister Golden Hair," America.
1941 - Shirley Owens Alston of the Shirelles is born in Passaic, N.J. The group's biggest hit is "Soldier Boy," which tops Billboard's Hot 100 for three weeks in 1962.
1910 - Bluesman Howlin' Wolf (Chester Arthur Burnett) is born in West Point, Miss. Four of his singles make the top 10 on Billboard's R&B chart. He dies of cancer in 1976.