2004 – Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney each score two wins at the CMT Flame Worthy Video Music Awards, held at Nashville’s Gaylord Entertainment Center. Keith’s clip for “American Soldier” earns him the evening’s top prize, video of the year. The Keith/Willie Nelson collaboration “Beer for My Horses” also earns two awards. One goes to the artists in the collaborative video of the year category. The other goes to video director of the year Michael Salomon. Chesney’s “There Goes My Life” earns him the male video of the year award, while his “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” wins the hottest video of the year award, given to the fan-voted “sexiest” clip.
2003 – Nina Simone, one of the great defiant talents in jazz, dies at her home in Bouc-Bel-Air, France, after a long illness. She is 70.
2003 – British pop group S Club ends months of speculation with the announcement that it will officially call it a day at the end of the following month. The six remaining members of the band-Rachel Stevens, Bradley Macintosh, Tina Barret, Hannah Spearitt, Jon Lee, and Jo O’Meara-break the news during a performance at London’s Dockland Arena.
2002 – Modern rock act Remy Zero appears on the season finale of the WB series “Smallville.” The show, centered around the adventures of the teenaged Clark Kent/Superman, features the band’s “Save Me” as its theme.
2001 – R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck is arrested at London’s Heathrow Airport for allegedly assaulting two crew members on an overnight flight from Seattle to London. Buck is charged with two counts of common assault, a public order offense, criminal damage, disobeying an aircraft commander and being drunk on an aircraft.
2000 – Neal Matthews Jr., a member of the gospel-influenced harmony group the Jordanaires, dies of an apparent heart attack at his home near Nashville. He is 70.
1999 – Universal Denmark’s single to benefit Kosovar refugees, “Selv En Drabe” (Even A Drop), breaks the territory’s first-day sales record, moving 66,000 units, according to the label.
1999 – Elvis Crespo is the big winner at Billboard’s Latin Music Awards. The merengue star picks up four trophies, tying him with Selena for the most wins at one show. Crespo takes three awards in the tropical/salsa category – album of the year, male; album of the year, new artist; and hot Latin track of the year – as well as the prize for Latin dance maxi-single.
1999 – Brooks & Dunn debut their newest video, “South of Santa Fe,” while internet site country.com simultaneously streams the video using Microsoft Windows Media technology. It is the first time that a country video debuts simultaneously on TV and the Internet.
1995 – MTV Asia re-launches its Mandarin-language channel.
1975 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song,” B.J. Thomas. The song has the longest title of any No. 1 single.
1969 – Janis Joplin and the Kozmic Blues Band play London’s Royal Albert Hall.
1961 – The Beatles debut at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.
1959 – Robert Smith of the Cure is born in Sussex, England.
1947 – Punk rock pioneer Iggy Pop (James Jewel Osterburg) is born in Michigan.