2003 – James Carter, an ex-convict whose 1959 field recording was a key track on the award-winning “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack, dies in Chicago of complications related to a stroke. He is 77. Carter was a member of a Mississippi chain gang when folklorist Alan Lomax recorded him leading other convicts on the holler “Po Lazarus.”
2002 – One of country music’s longest-running road shows comes to a close when the Statler Brothers play their last concert performance in the 10,000-seat Salem Civic Center in Salem, Va.
2001 – People magazine picks country singer Brad Paisley as one of its “Sexy Men 2001.”
2001 – Manuel Garcia, Many Chao, and U2 each win two awards at Spain’s fifth Premios Amigo ceremony in Madrid.
2001 – Vasco Rossi and Elisa take top honors at the second Italian Music Awards, at Milan’s Rolling Stone club.
1999 – 98 Degrees melds music and commerce in a novel way when the teen act performs several of its songs and sells some exclusive band merchandise on the Home Shopping Network.
1997 – One day after its release, Garth Brooks’ “Sevens” breaks a record by placing 12 of its 14 songs in the Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart in Billboard Magazine. The previous record holder? Garth Brooks’ “Fresh Horses” with eight tracks.
1994 – The Boyz II Men song “I’ll Make Love to You” logs its 14th and final week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart to tie Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” as the longest-running No. 1 song in the rock era. The Houston song bested Boyz II Men’s previous 13-week champ, “End of the Road.” The song that knocks “I’ll Make Love to You” from the No. 1 spot is “On Bended Knee,” also by Boyz II Men.
1982 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Truly,” Lionel Richie. The song is the first No. 1 hit for Richie since he left the Commodores.
1968 – Cream plays its farewell concert. The sellout performance is held at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
1962 – The Beatles record “Please Please Me.”
1950 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “The Thing,” Phil Harris.
1938 – Tina Turner is born Annie Bullock in Nutbush, Tenn. She is married to Ike Turner from 1958-76. The duo has a successful musical career and is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. Her biggest album is the million-selling 1984 release “Private Dancer,” which tops Billboard’s chart for five weeks and includes “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” which tops the singles chart for three weeks. The 1993 film “What’s Love Got to Do with It” is based on Turner’s life.
1933 – Robert Goulet is born in Lawrence, Mass. He is awarded a Grammy as the best new artist of 1962. His best-selling album is the million-selling 1964 release “My Love Forgive Me,” which reaches No. 5.