This Day in Music History
1968 : Detroit, Michigan, mayor Jerome P. Cavanagh declares today "Aretha Franklin Day".
1968 : Elvis Presley's album "How Great Thou Art" is certified gold.
1984 : Jerry Lee Lewis surrenders to federal authorities on charges of income tax evasion, charges of which he is eventually acquitted.
1990 : Ike Turner is sentenced to four years in prison on eleven separate charges, including possession and transport of cocaine. In prison when he and ex-wife Tina are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he is released after serving eighteen months.
1993 : The Faces reunite at the BRIT Awards, where Rod Stewart receives a lifetime achievement award. Bill Wyman replaces original Faces bass player Ronnie Lane, who has Multiple Sclerosis.
1998 : At the Brit Awards, Chumbawumba drummer Danbert Nobacon dumps a bucket of ice water on U.K. Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.
1999 : Rap star Ol' Dirty Bastard is arrested in Hollywood for allegedly wearing body armor - a forbidden garment because of his previous arrests. ODB is initially pulled over for driving erratically.
1999 : Written off by some quarters of the British music industry three years ago, Robbie Williams scoops up three trophies at the annual Brit Awards. The ex-Take That member picks up the coveted awards for best male British solo artist, best British single (Angels) and best British video (for the single Millenium).
1999 : Aretha Franklin issues a statement taking responsibility for a "handful of suits for a small fraction out of the 99.9% of people who (she has) paid responsibly and in a timely way". She attacks as "malicious and vicious" a story in the Detroit Free Press saying that 30 lawsuits have been filed against her since 1988 by creditors seeking payment.
1999 : At the 19th annual BRIT Awards, hosted by English broadcaster and journalist Johnny Vaughan, The Corrs grab the award for Best International Group. The awards are held at London Arena in London, England, where The Corrs also perform their songs "Runaway" and "Haste to the Wedding" live at the ceremony.
2001 : Country singer Andy Griggs is arrested just before 3 a.m. after taking a joy ride in an ambulance. Griggs and band member Kevin Weaver came upon the vehicle, with keys inside, in the parking lot of a Tallahassee, Florida area Days Inn, where they were on a tour stopover. The men took the ambulance for a short ride and returned to the lot, where police charged them with grand theft auto. Griggs and Weaver are released after posting $1,000 bail each.
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