2005 – Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes and Carrie Underwood perform a holiday show at the Palace at Auburn Hills (Mich.) to benefit Habitat for Humanity. The Country Cares concert is presented by Detroit country station WYCD and Chrysler Financial.
2004 – Damageplan/Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott is murdered on stage in Columbus, Ohio, in a shooting spree that also claims the life of the band’s head of security, Jeffrey “Mayhem” Thompson, a club employee and an audience member.
2004 – R&B/hip-hop artists reign supreme at the Billboard Music Awards, where Usher walks away the big winner with 11 trophies.
2000 – Aimee Mann headlines a Seattle “release party” for Sub Pop’s “Badlands: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska,” issued the month before. Mann is joined by fellow contributors Damien Jurado and Crooked Fingers at the University of Washington’s HUB Ballroom to celebrate the collection.
2000 – Sting receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The former Police frontman’s star (No. 2,168) is revealed in front of the El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in a ceremony attended by the artist and his wife, filmmaker Trudie Styler.
2000 – Metallica sues perfume manufacturer Guerlain Inc. and the Neiman-Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman department store chains, alleging that they have infringed on and diluted the rock band’s trademarked name by creating and marketing a “Metallica” perfume brand.
1999 – Teen acts prove their chart clout at the 10th annual Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears are top winners with four awards each.
1999 – R&B/soul legend James Brown makes his new MP3-only holiday album “James Brown Christmas For The Millennium & Forever” available exclusively through online retailer Emusic.com.
1998 – It is announced that for the first time in nearly a decade, Bruce Springsteen will again tour with the E Street Band.
1998 – The FBI releases nearly 1,300 pages of the secret files it kept on Frank Sinatra, detailing Old Blue Eyes’ ties to organized crime, allegations that he was a Communist Party sympathizer and that he dodged the draft.
1997 – Winners at Billboard’s 1997 Music Awards include teenage sensation LeAnn Rimes (artist of the year, country album of the year for “Blue” and country artist of the year), Elton John (single of the year for “Candle In the Wind, 1997”), and Brit brats the Spice Girls (album of the year for “Spice”).
1995 – Courtney Love puts on a suit for a TV interview with Barbara Walters for ABC’s “10 Most Fascinating People of 1995.” Love tearfully tells Walters she wishes she’d done “eight thousand million things” differently to prevent husband Kurt Cobain’s death.
1991 – Jazz trumpeter Buck Clayton dies of natural causes in Manhattan at age 80.
1990 – Stevie B’s “Because I Love You (The Postman Song)” reaches No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100, a position it holds for four weeks. Billboard ranks it the top song of 1990.
1982 – Country star Marty Robbins dies of heart failure at the age of 57.
1980 – John Lennon is shot to death outside of his New York City home by Mark David Chapman. His biggest hit is “(Just Like) Starting Over,” which was released the month before his death and becomes a million-selling No. 1 song. As part of the Beatles he is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. He is awarded a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 1991.
1968 – Graham Nash leaves the Hollies after a London concert.
1959 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Heartaches by the Number,” Guy Mitchell.
1943 – Jim Morrison of the Doors is born in Melbourne, Fla., the son of a U.S. Navy admiral.
1939 – Jerry Butler is born in Sunflower, Miss.
1925 – Singer Sammy Davis Jr. is born in New York City. His biggest hit is “Candy Man,” a million-selling No. 1 song that is featured in the 1972 film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”