2001 – The Court of Appeals of Rome finds Michael Jackson not guilty of plagiarism, reversing a decision made in 1999 by a lower court. Italian singer/songwriter Albano Carrisi had claimed that his song “I Cigni Di Balaka” was used in Jackson’s 1991 hit “Will You Be There.”
1998 – Michael Jackson arrives in Munich to provide moral support to concert promoter Marcel Avram, who is in April to start a 3 1/2-year term for tax evasion in the city’s Landsberg/Lech detention center. “As long as Marcel needs me, I will stay with him,” vows Jackson.
1998 – Ray Charles makes his first solo performance in 53 years on the television shopping network QVC to promote the first product from his merchandising and marketing company RCR Productions, a book-and-CD set called “Ray Charles – My Early Years 1930-1960.”
1998 – The “Nokia Presents The George Strait Chevy Truck Country Music Festival Brought To You By Wrangler” opens to a sell-out crowd of about 56,000 attendants in Phoenix, Ariz.
1998 – Grand Ole Opry president Bob Whittaker surprises Country Music Association group of the year Diamond Rio with an invitation to become members of the Grand Ole Opry.
1998 – Her mother, sister and brother are all on hand to see Massachusetts native Jo Dee Messina make her Grand Ole Opry debut.
1991 – Songwriter Doc Pomus dies in New York of lung cancer at age 65.
1989 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Lost in Your Eyes,” Debbie Gibson.
1979 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “I Will Survive,” Gloria Gaynor. The song is released as the B-side to the single “Substitute.”
1972 – Carole King’s “It’s Too Late” wins a Grammy as Record of the Year, King’s “Tapestry” wins a Grammy as Album of the Year and Carly Simon wins a Grammy as Best New Artist.
1958 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Tequila,” The Champs. Glen Campbell, Jim Seals and Dash Crofts all join the group after “Tequila” hits No. 1.
1949 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Cruising Down the River,” Blue Barron Orchestra.