2002 – Elvis Presley reappears on the U.K. singles chart for the first time since shortly after his death in 1977, thereby breaking a quarter-century-long stalemate with the Beatles for the most chart-topping singles in British history. The remix of his 1968 track “A Little Less Conversation,” credited to Elvis Vs. JXL and the first remix of any Presley recording sanctioned by his estate, hits the top with first week sales of nearly 250,000 copies.
1998 – Members of Live donate part of the proceeds from their show in Asbury Park, N.J., to a casualty of June 13, 1998’s Tibetan Freedom Concert in Washington, D.C. The rock band helps fund a skin graft operation for concertgoer Lysa Selfon, 25, who was critically injured by a lightning bolt. Like Live, law student Selfon hails from Lancaster County, Pa.
1998 – Recording Academy chief Michael Greene announces that after two turbulent years in New York, the Grammy Awards are to return to Los Angeles.
1998 – Online sheet music seller Sunhawk Corp. signs a multiyear agreement with Warner Bros. Publications to sell Warner-owned sheet music via the Internet. By logging onto the Sunhawk Web Site (www.sunhawk.com), customers are able to download the sheet music and a file that includes a synthesized version of the song, using Sunhawk’s Solero synthesizer software.
1998 – General Carl Mundy, president and CEO of the USO, presents the Spirit of Hope Award to the Country Music Association in recognition of the many country artists who have donated time and talent to American troops through the USO.
1998 – Longtime Nashville manager Jack McFadden dies at home of liver cirrhosis. He is 71. McFadden managed Buck Owens for 30 years and launched Billy Ray Cyrus’ career after every Nashville label turned Cyrus down.
1997 – Alan Jackson makes a little history by becoming the first artist ever to win six times as male vocalist of the year in the TNN/Music City News Country Awards.
1994 – Kristen Pfaff is found dead in her bathtub with syringes and other suspected drug paraphernalia nearby. The 26-year-old was the bass player for Hole, the band of Kurt Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love.
1993 – The U.S. Postal Service releases a set of seven stamps featuring rock and blues legends. The featured performers are Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Clyde McPhatter, Otis Redding, Ritchie Valens, Dinah Washington and Elvis Presley. A separate Presley stamp was also issued earlier in the year.
1990 – 10 weeks after it enters the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 67, Roxette’s “It Must Have Been Love” moves into the No. 1 slot. “It Must Have Been Love” is the third No. 1 single for the Swedish duo and remains on top for 2 weeks.
1985 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Heaven,” Bryan Adams.
1982 – Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott dies following a period of cocaine and heroin addiction.
1978 – The movie musical “Grease,” with Olivia Newton John and John Travolta, premieres. The soundtrack produces two No. 1 singles, “Grease” (by Frankie Valli) and “You’re the One That I Want” (by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John).
1976 – “The Jacksons,” a summer variety show, begins its network run on CBS-TV.
1967 – Canned Heat performs at the Monterey (Calif.) Pop Festival, leading to a contract with Liberty Records.
1952 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Here in My Heart,” Al Martino.