2005 – Chuck Brown, the “Godfather of Go-Go,” is awarded a National Heritage Fellowship, the country’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. The Fellowship, which comes with a $20,000 prize, is presented annually by the National Endowment of the Arts. Brown, 70, pioneered the funk-fusion R&B style called Go-Go, a percussion-driven, long-form approach that incorporates call-and-response chant vocals and horn riffs.
2003 – Jazz trombonist Jimmy Knepper dies in Triadelphia, W. Va., of Parkinson’s disease. He is 75. Knepper was best known for his association with bassist/composer Charles Mingus, for whom he appeared on such milestone ’50s albums as “Tijuana Moods” and “Mingus Ah Um.”
2003 – Billy Bob Thornton signs a recording contract with the Sanctuary Records Group.
2001 – Lee Ann Womack sings the national anthem, and a massive fireworks display lights up the Nashville sky in opening ceremonies for Country Music Fan Fair 2001.
2001 – Charlie Daniels opens the Charlie Daniels Museum in downtown Nashville. Visitors can see memorabilia and photos chronicling Daniel’s long career, including his Grammy, CMA and ACM awards.
1999 – At the TNN Music City News Country Awards, Faith Hill and Husband Tim McGraw cement their claim as the new queen and king of country music. Hill is the evening’s top winner, receiving five honors. McGraw receives the best male vocalist accolade.
1997 – At the City of Hope Softball Game at Greer Stadium in Nashville, Not all is fun and games. A peg from teammate Doug Supernaw catches singer Terri Clark square in the face, leaving her with extensive soft tissue injuries and a fracture in her left cheekbone.
1996 – Drummer, Thomas Edward Montgomery dies at the age of 74.
1995 – Michael Jackson appears on TV with wife Lisa Marie Presley in a live interview with newswoman Diane Sawyer. Jackson denies in the interview all allegations of child molestation. Presley denies rumors that she is pregnant.
1995 – Irish rock great Rory Gallagher dies at age 47 in London from complications following a liver transplant.
1994 – Composer Henry Mancini dies of complications from liver and pancreatic cancer in his Beverly Hills, Calif., home. He wrote “Moon River,” “Days of Wine and Roses” and “The Pink Panther Theme.” He won four Oscars and 20 Grammy Awards, including the first best album Grammy for the 1958 “The Music from Peter Gunn.” His biggest hit was the million-selling No. 1 single “Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet.”
1987 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Head to Toe,” Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam.
1982 – The Pretenders fire bass player Pete Farndon. Two days later the band’s guitar player, James Honeyman-Scott, dies. Farndon dies of a drug overdose in 1983.
1980 – The movie “Roadie,” starring Meat Loaf, debuts. The soundtrack also features Blondie’s Deborah Harry, Pat Benatar, Cheap Trick, Joe Ely, Alice Cooper, Styx, Teddy Pendergrass, Roy Orbison and Emmylou Harris, Jerry Lee Lewis and Asleep At the Wheel.
1974 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Billy, Don’t Be a Hero,” Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods.
1969 – Mick Taylor is introduced to the media as the new guitarist in the Rolling Stones during a photo call in London’s Hyde Park. He replaces Brian Jones.
1964 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Chapel of Love,” The Dixie Cups.
1956 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “The Wayward Wind,” Gogi Grant.