2004 – Skeeter Davis, a veteran of the Grand Ole Opry, dies at Nashville’s St. Thomas Hospital. She is 73. The artist, born Mary Frances Penick in Dry Ridge, Ky., had battled breast cancer since 1988.
2003 – Australian country music icon Slim Dusty dies in Sydney at the age of 76, after a two-year battle with cancer. His signature tune, 1957’s “The Pub With No Beer,” was a top-10 hit in the U.K. and was the first gold record in Australia.
2003 – Tenor saxophonist Frank Lowe dies in a New York hospital of lung cancer. He is 60.
2003 – A week after his death at the age of 71, country legend Johnny Cash is bestowed with artist, song and album of the year awards at the Americana Music Awards ceremony in Nashville. Cash wins song of the year for his cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” and album of the Year for “American IV: The Man Comes Around,” the fourth in a series produced by Rick Rubin.
2003 – No one is injured when a chartered plane carrying the Dixie Chicks clips a building at Glasgow Airport. The group is en route from Dublin for a concert at Glasgow’s Exhibition and Conference Center. The show goes on as planned.
2003 – Charges of child endangerment and trespassing are dismissed against Phish bassist Mike Gordon, a spokesperson for the Nassau County (N.Y.) District Court says. Gordon was arrested Aug. 11 after he was found with a nine-year-old girl in a private boathouse backstage at Jones Beach’s Tommy Hilfiger Theater.
2000 – Kenny Chesney makes a hometown appearance in Luttrel, Tenn. During an assembly held in his honor at Gibbs High Scholl, the country singer is greeted by local dignitaries and faculty from his former school. Sept. 19 is declared “Kenny Chesney Day” in Knox County. A former basketball coach recalls making the singer run laps, and a math teacher laments that she had not kept his old papers to sell as autographs.
1997 – For the first time ever, the VH1 music series, “Storytellers” is aired live. The show, featuring Elton John, is a special 90-minute edition and is broadcast from the House of Blues in New Orleans.
1997 – Contemporary Christian artist Rich Mullins dies in a car accident in LaSalle County, Ill. He is 41. A 12-time Dove Award nominee with nine albums under his belt, Mullins is signed to Amy Grant’s Myrrh label at the time of his death.
1988 – The Erasure single “A Little Respect” is released.
1985 – A U.S. Senate committee hears testimony on labeling and rating of rock music, initiated by the Parents Music Resource Center, an organization headed by Tipper Gore.
1981 – Simon & Garfunkel reunite for a concert in New York’s Central Park.
1973 – Byrds guitarist/vocalist Gram Parsons is found dead in a hotel room in Joshua Tree, Calif.
1956 – Singer and actor Rex Smith is born.
1952 – Nile Rodgers of Chic is born in New York.
1951 – Singer-producer Daniel Lanois is born.
1945 – Soul singer Freda Payne is born in Detroit.
1945 – Folk musician David Bromberg is born in Philadelphia.
1941 – Cass Elliot of the Mamas & the Papas is born in Baltimore.
1940 – Singer Bill Medley of pop duo the Righteous Brothers is born in Santa Anna, Calif.
1940 – Singer-songwriter Paul Williams is born in Omaha, Neb.
1931 – Brook Benton (Ben Franklin Peay) is born in Camden, S.C.