2006 – The video for the hit Natasha Bedingfield single “Unwritten” premieres on Microsoft Xbox 360, kicking off a year-long partnership between the gaming company and Epic Records.
2004 – Steve Winwood receives a lifetime achievement award at the 2004 Jammys, held at New York’s Roseland Ballroom.
2004 – The legacy of Seattle rock act Alice In Chains is celebrated on a two-disc retrospective, “The Essential,” from Columbia/Legacy. The 29-track album features the most well-known hits from the Layne Staley-led group, a stalwart of rock radio in the 1990s and an undeniable influence on such acts as Staind and Godsmack, the latter of whom is named after an Alice In Chains song.
2002 – Liza Minnelli takes her fourth trip down the aisle when she marries her producer boyfriend David Gest.
1999 – Honoring a roster of music artists that range from the Beatles to the Backstreet Boys, the Recording Industry Association of America presents the first Diamond Awards, given in recognition of albums and singles that have sold a million copies or more.
1999 – Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and the late Roosevelt Sykes are inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame.
1991 – Seven members of country music singer Reba McEntire’s band and her road manager are killed when their private plane crashes in a mountain area near California’s border with Mexico. The singer takes a separate plane.
1991 – Eddie Van Halen and his wife, actress Valerie Bertinelli, have a son. The couple names the child Wolfgang Van Halen.
1975 – Aaron “T-Bone” Walker dies of pneumonia. Age 64.
1971 – Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” LP and single wins six Grammys including Record, Song and Album of the Year. Aretha Franklin wins the Best Female R&B Performance Grammy for “Don’t Play That Song.” B.B. King wins the Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Grammy for “The Thrill Is Gone.”
1970 – Tammi Terrell dies of a brain tumor at the age of 23.
1953 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “The Doggie in the Window,” Patti Page.
1945 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Rum and Coca-Cola,” Andrews Sisters.