2002 – Country outfit Lonestar gives an acoustic performance at the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville. The performance marks the 10th year the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) has presented a concert at the facility. Jo Dee Messina and Brenda Lee also perform.
2001 – Doctors amputate country singer Waylon Jennings’ left foot because of infection related to diabetes.
2000 – Pops Staples, (born Roebuck Staples) patriarch of R&B group the Staple Singers, dies at the age of 84. He had suffered a concussion recently in a fall near his home in Dalton, Ill.
2000 – Jazz bassist and photographer Milt Hinton dies in Queens, N.Y., after a long hospitalization. He is 90.
2000 – Robert Buck, guitarist and songwriter for 10,000 Maniacs, dies in Pittsburgh of complications from liver failure. He is 42.
2000 – Martina McBride’s acoustic performance of “O Holy Night” from a Nov. 21 radio appearance generates some help for a needy Nashville family when 25 custom-made CD copies are auctioned. The money raised is used to aid the Matthews family, whose father, a truck driver, had his arm crushed in a work-related accident.
1999 – Goo Goo Dolls narrowly avoid serious injury when the military plane they are aboard skids off the runway at a U.S. Naval Air Station in Sicily, Italy. The group is on its way back from Bosnia, where they had just performed for soldiers at Tuzla army base. The plane attempts two landing approaches before touching down on the third attempt. The plane skids off the runway and then slides back on again, damaging the craft’s landing gear and wing. Passengers exit via emergency chutes onto the runway.
1997 – The founder of Sony Corp., Masaru Ibuka dies at the age of 89 from heart failure. Ibuka, one of the leading engineer-entrepreneurs of post-World War II Japan, helped transform modern culture with the world’s first pocket transistor radio.
1997 – Jimmy Rogers, blues guitarist for the original Muddy Waters band, and soloist with such hits as “Walking By Myself,” dies from colon cancer at the age of 73.
1997 – Singer and founding member Marty Raybon makes his last appearance with country group Shenandoah at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, Tenn.
1979 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Escape (Pina Colada Song),” Rupert Holmes. The song tops the pop singles chart for two weeks and is the last No. 1 song of the 1970s.
1958 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “The Chipmunk Song,” The Chipmunks with David Seville. The song is the second No. 1 for Chipmunks creator Ross Bagdasarian, alias David Seville. Before he created the Chipmunks, Seville hit in April 1958 with “Witch Doctor.”
1944 – Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire is born in Memphis, Tenn.
1944 – Alvin Lee of Ten Years After is born in Nottingham, England.