2006 – Popular R&B singer Gerald Levert dies today of a heart attack in his hometown of Cleveland. The artist turned 40 years old in July.
2003 – The paperback edition of late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s “Journals,” bolstered with 14 pages of new material, including an extended narrative about a semi-fictional serial killer, is released with a front cover reproduction of Cobain’s red Mead notebook bearing his hand-written caveat, “if you read, you’ll judge.”
2003 – It is an evening of standing ovations at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, as performers from the worlds of country and rock gather to pay tribute to the late Johnny Cash. The evening features heartfelt renditions of Cash songs performed by friends and family of the entertainer, who passed away in September.
2002 – Funk Brothers keyboardist Johnny Griffith dies in Detroit. He is 66.
2001 – Country singer Chalee Tennison marries guitarist Mark Gillespie following a three-year courtship. The marriage is Tennison’s fourth and Gillespie’s first.
2000 – Billy Gilman’s “One Voice” video is the big winner for the 2000 Billboard Music Video Awards, presented at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Universal City, Calif. The clip sweeps all four categories in which it is nominated: best country new artist clip, best contemporary Christian clip, best contemporary Christian new artist clip, and best jazz/AC new artist clip.
2000 – Singer/songwriter Billy Yates makes his Grand Ole Opry debut. He performs his single “What Do You Want From Me Now.”
1998 – On their way to perform at the 1998 MTV Europe Music Awards at Milan’s Fila Forum, British girl group All Saints are held up for six hours in London by a walkout of Milan airport employees.
1998 – Alanis Morissette’s sophomore effort “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie” charges strongly from the gate, although the Canadian superstar’s follow-up to the 28 million-selling “Jagged Little Pill” does not go on to pull the record-breaking numbers many predict. The album moves 469,000 copies during its first week of sale.
1997 – Guitarist Tommy Tedesco, a legendary studio musician who lent his talents to records by Phil Spector, the Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as such TV themes as “Bonanza” and “M*A*S*H,” dies at his home in Northridge, Calif. He is 67.
1994 – Singer Carmen McRae dies of a stroke following complications from a respiratory illness in Beverly Hills, Calif. She was 72. She had been honored in January as a “master of jazz” by the National Endowment for the Arts.
1992 – Axl Rose is found guilty of property damage and assault at a 1991 Guns N’ Roses concert in Maryland Heights, Mo. He is given two years probation and ordered to pay $50,000 to community groups.
1988 – Steve Miller begins his first tour in six years in Burlington, Vt.
1974 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” Bachman-Turner Overdrive.
1965 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Get Off My Cloud,” The Rolling Stones. The song is the group’s second No. 1 single.
1958 – Sam Cooke and Lou Rawls are injured in an auto accident in Arkansas. Their chauffeur dies in the accident.
1956 – Billboard’s annual DJ’s Poll finds that Elvis Presley is the most-played male artist and country artist.
1948 – Greg Lake, singer and guitarist with Emerson, Lake & Palmer, is born in Bournemouth, England. EL&P’s most successful album was the 1974 release “Welcome Back, My Friend, to the Show That Never Ends – Ladies and Gentlemen,” which reaches No. 4.
1941 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Piano Concerto in B Flat,” Freddy Martin Orchestra.