2005 – Gretchen Wilson is among the winners at the 2005 CMT Music Awards, held at Nashville’s Gaylord Entertainment Center. Wilson takes home two of the evening’s nine fan-voted awards: breakthrough video of the year for her debut clip, “Redneck Woman,” and female video for “When I Think About Cheatin’.”
2002 – Former Mrs. Tommy Lee, Pamela Anderson says yes when bad-boy musician Kid Rock proposes to her in the desert outside Las Vegas.
2002 – Hard rocking acts Staind, Godsmack, and Aerosmith take home two prizes each at the 15th annual Boston Music Awards at Boston’s Orpheum Theatre.
2001 – Lonestar vocalist Ritchie McDonald takes a break from the band’s tour with the fourth George Strait Country Music Festival to return to Nashville and be with his wife Lorie, who gives birth to 6 pound, 19.5 inch Maisie Elizabeth McDonald.
2001 – Instrumentalist Sandy Bull dies in Nashville after a long illness. He is 60. Bull, a master of the accoustic guitar and such Eastern instruments as the oud and sarod, cut a series of albums during the ’60s that melded eclectic influences, from folk and country to jazz and psychedelia.
1998 – History’s great thumb picking guitarists have their day when Grandpa Jones, Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, Ike Everly, Kennedy Jones, Arnold Shultz, Lightnin’ Chance, Mose Rager and Laverda Rager are named charter inductees in the National Thumb Pickers Hall of Fame.
1995 – Peter, Paul and Mary release their 17th album, “LifeLines.”
1992 – Country music singer Lee Greenwood marries Kimberly Payne, who was Miss Tennessee of 1989. The 50-year-old Greenwood marries the 24-year-old former beauty queen in Nashville, Tenn. It is his fifth marriage and her first.
1981 – Musician Eddie Van Halen marries actress Valerie Bertinelli of TV’s “One Day at a Time.”
1970 – Paul McCartney announces he will not record with John Lennon again.
1966 – Final broadcast of TV’s “Hullabaloo” music series. Guests include Lesley Gore and Paul Anka.
1961 – Bob Dylan has his first live performance in New York at Gerde’s Folk City, where he opens for bluesman John Lee Hooker.
1957 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “All Shook Up,” Elvis Presley. Billboard ranks the single as the No. 1 song of 1957, the second year in a row that Elvis has the top single of the year.