2006 – Legendary songwriting and producing team Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, Kinks frontman Ray Davies, electro-rock outfit New Order and veteran pop siblings the Bee Gees are among the honorees at the 51st Ivor Novello Awards for songwriters.
2005 – The “country girl” prevails as Carrie Underwood is named the “American Idol” at the conclusion of the Fox show’s two-hour fourth season finale at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 22-year-old Oklahoma native beats out “rocker” Bo Bice, taking in the most votes cast by viewers.
2004 – In a surprising move, Vermont-based jam band Phish announces that it plans to split following the conclusion of its summer tour in August.
2002 – More than two dozen people are injured in a mosh pit stampede while rapper Eminem is performing at Washington, D.C.’s RFK Stadium. One man suffers a heart attack during the melee and is taken to a local hospital.
2001 – Modern rock acts Tantric, Powderfinger, Poe, and Ours inaugurate Atlanta’s On The Bricks free weekly concert series. As previously reported, the concerts are to take place each Friday through Aug. 10 in the city’s Centennial Park.
2000 – Paul McCartney wins the ultimate accolade from Britain’s music industry when he is awarded the first Fellowship of the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters Award during the annual Ivor Novello awards in London.
2000 – The 21st annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards are webcast live via the House Of Blues website.
2000 – Wilson Pickett collects three W.C. Handy Awards during the Blues Foundation’s ceremony at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis. The veteran R&B singer’s set “It’s Harder Now” is named soul/blues album of the year and comeback album of the year, and Pickett takes honors for soul/blues male artist of the year.
1999 – Nearly 70,000 readers of Country Weekly choose George Strait as favorite entertainer, favorite male artist and favorite video entertainer in voting for the publication’s annual Golden Pick Awards. Strait also takes honors for favorite album, favorite song and favorite line dance song.
1996 – Bradly Nowell, lead singer of the group Sublime, dies of a heroin overdose in a San Francisco hotel room.
1992 – Khalil Rountree, tour manager for Boyz II Men, is shot and killed at a Chicago hotel. He and the group were staying at the hotel while in Chicago on tour with rap star Hammer.
1983 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Flashdance … What a Feeling,” Irene Cara.
1975 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Before the Next Teardrop Falls,” Freddy Fender.
1962 – The Isley Brothers release “Twist and Shout.”
1926 – Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis is born in Alton, Ill. He begins his career with Billy Eckstine’s orchestra in a lineup that includes Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. He goes on to record more than two dozen albums and is considered the originator of more jazz styles than any other artist. He earns the first of six Grammys in 1960 and receives a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990.