2005 – Shirley Horn, the Grammy-winning jazz vocalist and pianist known for her intimate, whispery vocals and top-drawer piano playing, dies at Gladys Spellman Nursing Home in Cheverly, Md., following an extended battle with diabetes. She is 71.
2003 – Radiohead makes it a hat-trick of wins when it wins the “best act in the world today” award for the third-year running at the Q Awards in London. However, the band sends a silent video message to accept the accolade, pouring scorn on award organizers Q Magazine, which called the band “miserable” in a review of its latest album, “Hail to the Thief.” The message ends, “Radiohead aren’t talking to Q.”
2003 – The Del McCoury Band wins top honors at the 14th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards in Louisville, Ky. The group takes home the entertainer of the year award for the eighth time. Band members Mike Bub and Jason Carter win in the instrumentalist categories for bassist and fiddler of the year, respectively.
2002 – At the 2002 Jammy Awards, Trey Anastasio picks up two awards, his band Phish wins one.
2001 – Jazz composer, arranger, conductor, and teacher Manny Albam dies of cancer at his home in Croton-On-Hudson, N.Y. He is 79. Albam’s career spanned decades in which he worked with such jazz luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Sarah Vaughan, and Count Basie.
1999 – David Bowie offers a virtual guided tour of the controversial art show “Sensation: Young British Artists From The Saatchi Collection,” at www.davidbowie.com.
1998 – Cowboy singing icon Gene Autry dies after a long illness. He is 91. Inspired by the music of country star Will Rogers, the Texas-born musician became a radio star during the ’30s on WLS Chicago’s “Barn Dance” and the first great “Sagebrush Troubadour” via a series of Republic Pictures Westerns.
1998 – Paul McCartney conducts an “incognito” live Internet Q&A session and “music remix” in the guise of the Fireman at www.fire-man.com.
1997 – Juanita L. Evans files suit against Wu-Tang members RZA and Method Man, rapper Redman, and a Pennsylvania university and its student government. Evans claims that she was distracted by Redman and therefore did not see Method Man when he leaped off stage and landed on her. Evans was knocked unconscious.
1995 – Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” reaches the top of the Billboard 200 in its 15th week giving the Maverick label, founded by Madonna, its first No. 1. She’s the third female artist to have a debut album reach No. 1 in the ’90s.
1985 – Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” tour ends with the last of four shows at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.
1976 – Joe Cocker appears on NBC-TV’s “Saturday Night Live.” He performs a duet of “Feelin’ Alright” with John Belushi in which Belushi does a memorable Cocker imitation.
1971 – Tiffany (Tiffany Renee Darwish) is born in Norwalk, Conn.
1951 – Sting (Gordon Sumner) is born in Wallsend, England. He becomes the lead singer and bass guitarist of the Police. He gets his nickname because of a yellow and black jersey he likes to wear.
1945 – Don McLean is born in New Rochelle, N.Y. His biggest hit is “American Pie,” which hits No. 1 for four weeks in 1972. The song is inspired by the death of Buddy Holly, “the day the music died.” Madonna eventually covers the song for the soundtrack of her film “The Next Best Thing.”