This Day in Music History
1955 : In his Nashville hotel room, songwriter Mae Axton plays a demo of a song she's co-written called "Heartbreak Hotel" for Elvis Presley.
1958 : Sam Cooke and Lou Rawls, then a member of Cooke's backup band, are badly injured in a car crash in Marion, Arizona, while touring with the gospel group the Pilgrim Travellers. Rawls is hurt so badly he is actually pronounced dead at the scene; chauffeur Edward Cunningham, however, is the only actual casualty.
1969 : Gene Autry's "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" is certified gold.
1973 : John Lennon meets with legendary producer Phil Spector in New York to begin work on an album of oldies covers entitled Rock 'n' Roll.
1975 : The SS Edmund Fitzgerald sinks suddenly in Lake Superior during a storm, killing all 29 men aboard and inspiring Canadian folkie Gordon Lightfoot to write a song about the tragedy, "Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald".
1988 : Steve Miller begins his first tour in six years in Burlington, Vermont.
1998 : On their way to perform at the 1998 MTV Europe Music Awards at Milan's Fila Forum, British girl group All Saints are held up for six hours in London by a walkout of Milan airport employees.
2000 : Billy Gilman's "One Voice" video is the big winner for the 2000 Billboard Music Video Awards, presented at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Universal City, California. The clip sweeps all four categories in which it is nominated: best country new artist clip, best contemporary Christian clip, best contemporary Christian new artist clip, and best jazz/AC new artist clip.
2003 : An emotional tribute to the recently-deceased Johnny Cash is held at Nashville's famous Ryman Auditorium, featuring classic Cash songs performed by Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Kid Rock and Steve Earle, among others.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com