2004 – Grand Ole Opry star Roy Drusky dies following a lengthy illness. He is 74. Atlanta-born Drusky studied veterinary medicine at Emory University before embarking on a music career. He placed 42 songs on Billboard’s country singles chart between 1960 and 1977, including “Anymore,” “Three Hearts in a Tangle,” “Dixie Lily” and “Yes, Mr. Peters,” a duet with Pricilla Mitchell that spent two weeks at No. 1 in 1965.
2000 – Tim McGraw is featured on the cover of TV Guide, due to his various nominations for the 34th Annual CMA Awards.
1998 – The first ever Lilith Fair concert outside North America takes place at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Before the sold-out show, Lilith founder Sarah McLachlan tells a press conference that plans are underway to bring the Fair to Europe as a touring package the following year.
1998 – Nearly 36 million viewers tune in for the 32nd Annual CMA Awards live on CBS television.
1997 – Elton John’s record-setting Bernie Taupin-reworked single “Candle in the Wind 1997,” is released in America on Rocket Records/A&M. Profits from sale of the single go to the charity fund set up in the name of Diana, Princess of Wales, who died earlier in the year.
1997 – Elektra Entertainment releases “The Next Voice You Hear: The Best of Jackson Browne,” the first-ever anthology of the singer/songwriter’s work.
1997 – The Rolling Stones’ Bridges to Babylon Tour opens in Chicago. Opening acts for the North American tour, include Sheryl Crow, Dave Matthews Band, Smashing Pumpkins, Jamiroquai, Blues Traveler and Foo Fighters.
1997 – MCA Records reissues Average White Band’s label debut “Show Your Hand” as part of the band’s 25th anniversary.
1995 – Lawrence “Booker T.” Laury dies in Memphis at age 81. The boogie woogie/barrelhouse blues pianist performed regularly from the ’20s to the ’50s. His only U.S. album, “Nothin’ But The Blues,” was released when he was 80.
1986 – Freddie Jackson, James Brown and Melba Moore headline an anti-crack rally at New York’s Plaza Hotel.
1980 – David Bowie opens in the title role of “The Elephant Man” on Broadway.
1974 – Average White Band drummer Robbie McIntosh dies at a Los Angeles party of a heroin overdose.
1970 – Alt-Punk folk-rocker and self-made success story, Ani DiFranco is born is born in Buffalo, New York.
1956 – Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees begins his television career as a child actor with the premiere of NBC’s “Circus Boy” series.
1949 – Bruce Springsteen is born in Freehold, N.J. His album “Born in the U.S.A.” tops Billboard’s Top Pop Albums chart for seven weeks. He records with his backup group, the E Street Band, from 1973-1989. Covers of three of his songs reach the top five: Manfred Mann’s Earth Band hits No. 1 with “Blinded by the Light” in 1977, the Pointer Sisters hit No. 2 with “Fire” in 1979, and Natalie Cole hits No. 5 with “Pink Cadillac” in 1988.
1947 – Jazz musician, Don Grolnick is born.
1943 – Julio Iglesias is born in Madrid, Spain. His biggest pop hit is “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before,” a duet with country singer Willie Nelson that hits No. 5 in 1984.
1930 – Ray Charles (Ray Charles Robinson) is born in Albany, Ga. He goes blind after suffering glaucoma at age 7. His biggest hit is “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” which hits No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks in 1962. His 1954 song “I’ve Got a Woman” receives a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1990.
1926 – Jazz saxophonist John Coltrane is born. The jazz legend is presented a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992 for being “probably the most persuasive spokesman for, and influential figure in, the jazz avant garde.”