2004 – Doris Troy, best known for the 1963 Atlantic R&B/pop crossover hit “Just One Look,” dies in Las Vegas. The 67-year-old singer/songwriter had suffered from emphysema. Born Doris Payne in Harlem, N.Y., Troy did not restrict herself to R&B. Her distinctive vocals graced the Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” and Dusty Springfield’s “In the Middle of Nowhere,” among other classics.
2004 – “American Idol” semi-finalist Donnie Williams is arrested in Danville, Calif. for DUI, forcing producers of the latest competition to pull him from the show.
2003 – Howie Epstein, 47, former bassist for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, dies at a hospital in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A female companion who transports Epstein to the hospital claims that he had been doing heroin and taking prescription antibiotics for an illness.
2003 – Norah Jones is the big winner at the 45 annual Grammy Awards ceremony in New York, taking home all five awards for which she is nominated. Jones wins the coveted best new artist award, as well as the awards for album of the year and best pop vocal album of the year for her debut “Come Away With Me.” Jones also wins record of the year and female pop vocal performance awards for the song “Don’t Know Why.”
2000 – A cover of the Led Zeppelin classic “What Is And What Should Never Be” by Jimmy Page and the Black Crowes becomes available for free download exclusively from e-tailer Musicmaker.com.
2000 – At the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Carlos Santana performs a record-tying sweep at the Grammy’s, winning eight of the ten awards for which he is nominated. Michael Jackson set the record back in 1984 when he won big for “Thriller.”
2000 – Sean “Puffy” Combs is indicted on charges of bribing a witness. According to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, Combs offered money and jewelry to his driver, asking him to claim ownership of a gun that police recovered from the rap mogul’s car following a Dec. 27, 1999, shooting at a New York nightclub.
2000 – Israeli singer Ofra Haza dies in Tel Aviv. She is 41. Haza had been hospitalized and on a respirator for a week, apparently due to pneumonia.
1999 – Garth Brooks attends spring training camp with baseball team the San Diego Padres as a non-roster player. In lieu of salary, the Padres Foundation agrees to contribute to the Touch ‘Em All Foundation, a charity Brooks co-founded in collaboration with Major League Baseball players, entertainers, and corporate partners.
1999 – At the 1999 Orville H. Gibson Awards, held at the Hard Rock Cafe in Los Angeles, Courtney Love, lead singer of Hole, walks away with the best rock guitarist (female) honor, while bandmate Melissa auf der Maur picks up the plaudit for best bassist (female).
1999 – Stanley Dance, the Grammy-winning jazz critic and confidant to jazz greats Duke Ellington and Earl Hines, dies of pneumonia at a rehab center near San Diego. He is 88.
1999 – Legendary Czech band the Plastic People Of The Universe embark on their first North American tour at Boston’s Middle East.
1998 – Luciano Pavarotti is honored as the 1998 MusiCares Person of the Year at a special tribute dinner and concert held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel’s Grand Ballroom in New York.
1998 – Nine music fans are killed and more than 40 injured when a truck on which leading Haitian band Ram is performing veers out of control during the annual carnival in Port-au-Prince. None of the band members are hurt. The driver flees the scene but is later arrested.
1995 – Melvin Franklin of the Temptations dies of heart failure in Los Angeles leaving Otis Williams the sole surviving member of the popular Motown group of five.
1979 – The first tour of the U.S. and Canada by Dire Straits opens at the Paradise Club in Boston. The group logs 51 sold-out shows in 38 days.
1978 – The Eagles win Grammys for the “Hotel California” album and “New Kid in Town” single.
1978 – Kenny Rogers’ “Lucille” wins a Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.
1969 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Everyday People,” Sly & the Family Stone.
1963 – Keyboard player Robert Collins is born.
1959 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Stagger Lee,” Lloyd Price. The song is based on an old folk song, “Stack-O-Lee,” about the tragic fate of two gamblers.