2005 – Country singer/songwriter Sammi Smith dies in Oklahoma City after an extended illness. She is 61. Smith took the Kris Kristofferson-penned “Help Me Make It Through The Night” to No. 1 on Billboard’s country singles chart in 1970, and it also became a crossover pop hit. The song earned her a 1971 Grammy Award for best country vocal performance, female.
2005 – Legendary rock group Led Zeppelin, jazz great Art Blakey and pioneering country music act the Carter Family are among the artists who receive the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement award at a Los Angeles ceremony one night prior to the 47th annual Grammy Awards.
1986 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “How Will I Know,” Whitney Houston. The song displaces “That’s What Friends Are For,” the No. 1 song by Houston’s cousin, Dionne Warwick.
1983 – Pianist Eubie Blake dies at the age of 100.
1977 – The Police record their first single, “Fall Out.”
1974 – New York rock club the Bottom Line opens.
1968 – Chynna Phillips of the group Wilson Phillips is born, the daughter of John and Michelle Phillips of the Mamas & the Papas.
1962 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Duke of Earl,” Gene Chandler. The song is the first million-selling record for Vee Jay Records.
1957 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Too Much,” Elvis Presley. The song is the first of four Presley songs to hit No. 1 in 1957, matching his 1956 record.