2005 – Canadian country manager, label owner and songwriter Don Grashey passes away at home in Thunder Bay, Ontario at the age of 79. His death coincides with the presentation of the 2005 Canadian Country Music Awards in Calgary, Alberta.
2005 – With four major wins, country singer George Canyon sweeps the 2005 Canadian Country Music Awards, held at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta. Canyon, who was the previous year’s rising star winner, wins the top male and the fans’ choice award.
2004 – Legendary studio drummer Kenneth Aaron (Kenny) Buttrey dies of cancer at his home in Nashville. He is 59 years old.
2003 – Country music icon Johnny Cash dies at 1 a.m. ET of heart failure at Nashville’s Baptist Hospital, stemming from complications from diabetes. He is 71, and had been in poor health for several years. His wife, vocalist June Carter Cash, died May 15 following heart surgery.
2000 – Jazz saxophonist Stanley Turrentine passes away at a New York hospital. The 66-year-old artist, perhaps best known for his 1970 hit “Sugar,” had suffered a stroke two days earlier while he was in the city for a performance at the Blue Note nightclub.
2000 – The soundtrack to Cameron Crowe’s “Almost Famous” hits stores with something on it that no other soundtrack has ever had before: the authorized use of a vintage Led Zeppelin song. Zeppelin principals Robert Plant and Jimmy Page are so taken by the film that they agree to let Crowe include four of their songs in it, including “That’s The Way,” which appears on the soundtrack.
2000 – To trumpet its entry into the New York metropolitan market with 15 stores, retail chain Best Buy presents a free Sting concert in the city’s Central Park.
1999 – A sold-out crowd of 23,000 people listen to Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews Band, Deana Carter, and Neil Young perform at Farm Aid ’99.
1998 – A concert by Shania Twain is televised live on DirecTV, in what the direct broadcast satellite service claims is the first such TV event for the country star.
1998 – Vince Gill makes his 100th appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.
1997 – Swedish music veteran Stig Anderson, the man who discovered Abba, dies suddenly of a heart attack in Stockholm. He is 66.
1995 – Luciano Pavarotti is joined by U2 members Bono and the Edge, as well as singer-producer Brian Eno, in a benefit concert in Modena, Italy for the children of war-ravaged Bosnia.
1966 – The Monkees’ television show premieres on NBC-TV.
1966 – ABC-TV’s musical variety series, “The Roger Miller Show,” premieres.
1948 – Elvis Presley, age 13, moves with his parents to Memphis, Tenn.
1944 – Barry White is born in Galveston, Texas.
1943 – Maria Muldaur is born Maria D’Amato in New York City. Her biggest pop hit is “Midnight at the Oasis,” a top 10 single in 1974. She later becomes an inspirational recording artist.