2004 – Blues saxophonist A.C. Reed dies in Chicago of complications from cancer. He is 77. Born Aaron Corthen in Wardell, Mo., Reed moved to Chicago in 1942, where he took up the sax and studied at the Chicago Conservatory of Music.
2003 – Massive Attack principal 3-D (real name: Robert Del Naja) is arrested at his home in Bristol, England, in connection with downloading child pornography form the Internet. The 36-year-old musician is also questioned on an alleged discovery of class-A drugs _ believed to be ecstasy _ before being released.
2001 – The Fox Network’s hit animated series “The Simpsons” continues its tradition of featuring musical guests in an episode titled “New Kids On The Blecch,” in which the members of ‘N Sync add voices to their animated selves.
1999 – The Artist Formerly Known as Prince files a copyright and trademark infringement lawsuit against nine Web sites, with allegations that include selling bootlegged recordings and offering unauthorized song downloads.
1998 – Vince Gill performs at the Grammy Awards, replacing an ailing George Strait who is suffering from laryngitis.
1992 – Natalie Cole is the sentimental favorite at the Grammy Awards in New York City. “Unforgettable,” her tribute to her father, receives two awards, including album of the year. The single of the same name wins record of the year and traditional pop performance for Cole, plus two other honors, including song of the year for songwriter Irving Gordon.
1990 – Johnnie Ray, known as the “Prince of Wails” for his 1950s ballads, dies in Los Angeles of liver failure. Age 63. His biggest hit is “Just Walking in the Rain,” a No. 2 song in 1956.
1983 – Men at Work wins a Grammy, Best New Group.
1983 – Marvin Gaye wins two Grammys for “Sexual Healing,” Best Male Vocal R&B Performance and Best Instrumental R&B Performance.
1981 – The Manhattan Transfer wins a Grammy for “Birdland,” Best Vocal or Instrumental Jazz Fusion Performance.
1965 – Filming begins on the Beatles’ film “Help!” in the Bahamas.
1958 – Mike Peters, lead singer of the Alarm, is born.
1957 – Buddy Holly & the Crickets record “That’ll Be the Day” in Clovis, N.M. The single sells more than 1 million copies and tops Billboard’s pop chart.