2002 – Doreen Waddell, a former vocalist with the group Soul II Soul, dies after fleeing from a store where she had been accused of shoplifting and being struck by cars on a highway outside in Shoreham in Southern England. Waddell is 36.
2001 – Collin Raye receives the Artist Humanitarian Award from Country Radio Broadcasters Inc. Presented to Raye by Clint Black during opening ceremonies for that years Country Radio Seminar, the honor recognizes Raye’s work on behalf of a number of different charitable organizations including Child help USA, USA Weekend’s Make a Difference Day and the Native American organization Hecel Oyakapi.
1999 – The original lineup of ’80s chart regulars Madness enter a London studio to start recording their first new album since 1984’s “Keep Moving.” Among the group’s more well-known singles from the ’80s are “One Step Beyond…,” “Our House,” and “It Must Be Love.”
1999 – Sony Music Distribution raises wholesale prices on audio CDs by 8 cents.
1995 – Bill Berry collapses in Lausanne, Switzerland due to a brain aneurysm. It’s the first of several medical mishaps for R.E.M.’s world tour.
1995 – Bruce Springsteen wins four Grammys for “Streets of Philadelphia” from the Tom Hanks film “Philadelphia.” Sheryl Crow wins three awards, including Record of the Year. Tony Bennet wins Album of the Year honors for “MTV Unplugged” and Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance.
1970 – Charles Manson’s album “Lie” is released on Awareness Records. Profits go to Manson’s defense.
1966 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “The Ballad of the Green Berets,” Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler. The single sells more than 1 million copies in its first two weeks and is the top song of 1966, according to Billboard.
1958 – Buddy Holly & the Crickets open their only British tour in London.
1945 – Roger Daltrey, lead singer of the Who, is born in London. He stars in the films “Tommy,” “Lisztomania,” “The Mania” and “McVicar.”
1927 – Harry Belafonte is born in Harlem, N.Y. His 1956 album “Calypso” tops Billboard’s pop album chart for 31 weeks. Only Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and the soundtrack to “West Side Story” have held the No. 1 position longer.
1904 – Big band leader Glenn Miller is born in Clarinda, Iowa. His orchestra has 23 No. 1 songs, including the million-sellers “In the Mood” and “Tuxedo Junction.” His plane is lost over the English Channel on Dec. 15, 1944.