2004 – Producer and label operator Clement “Coxsone” Dodd, one of the great architects of reggae music, dies of a heart attack at his studio in Kingston, Jamaica. He is 72. A jazz fan, Dodd originally was a DJ who operated one of Kingston’s first popular sound systems, Coxsone Downbeat.
2003 – Modern rock act Third Eye Blind portrays veteran U.K. rock act the Kinks on an episode of the NBC series “American Dreams.”
2000 – Billboard’s Latin Music Awards are webcast for the first time by StarMedia, which hosts the Billboard En Espanol and Billboard Brasil sites.
1992 – Musician Dudu Mntowaziwayo Ndlovu (Dudu Zulu) dies of a gunshot wound in Zululand, South Africa, at age 33. The percussionist, dancer and vocalist was a principal band member of Johnny Clegg & Savuka.
1991 – Phil Collins and Al Jarreau receive Honorary Doctor of Music Degrees from Berklee College of Music during commencement ceremonies in Boston. The principal speaker at the commencement is Atlantic Records founder and CEO Ahmet Ertegun.
1987 – Bluesman Paul Butterfield dies. He is 44.
1986 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “West End Girls,” Pet Shop Boys.
1977 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Hotel California,” The Eagles.
1964 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Hello Dolly,” Louis Armstrong.
1959 – The first Grammy Awards ceremony is held in Los Angeles with Mort Sahl as host. Domenico Modugno’s “Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu)” wins Record of the Year. “The Music from Peter Gunn” wins Album of the Year.
1951 – Jackie Jackson (Sigmund Jackson) of the Jackson 5 is born in Gary, Ind.