This Day in Music History
1961 : Ray Charles is arrested for possession of drugs in Indianapolis, Indiana, after local authorities discover marijuana and heroin in his hotel room.
1963 : The Beatles make their only visit to Ireland as a group, performing two shows in Dublin at the Adelphi Cinema.
1967 : Elton John, still going by his given name of Reg Dwight, and songwriting partner Bernie Taupin sign their first major publishing deal, with their parents there to witness the signing, as both are still minors.
1970 : Head of MCA Records Mike Curb announces a massive artist purge from his roster, claiming the move was to drop acts that "exploit and promote hard drugs through music". When labelmates such as Connie Stevens and The Coswills are also dropped, observers begin to suspect that Curb's motivation is in removing artists that aren't selling; when MCA artist Eric Burdon (ex of The Animals) goes public with his drug use and demands to be released from his contract, the ruse is exposed.
1974 : Hard rocker Ted Nugent of The Amboy Dukes becomes national squirrel shooting champion.
1998 : Little Jimmy Dickens celebrates a historic milestone when he appears on the Grand Ole Opry in a performance that marks 50 years as a member of the show's cast.
2001 : Tim McGraw is named entertainer of the year at the Country Music Association Awards held at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House. Tobey Keith wins male vocalist of the year and Lee Ann Womack nabs female vocalist of the year.
2001 : Singer Rod Lauren is accused of stabbing his actress wife Nida Blanca to death in their native Philippines, but flees the country before he can stand trial.
2003 : With tourism suffering because of the SARS outbreak, the Hong Kong government hires The Rolling Stones to perform a concert there to assure people it is safe. The rockers play to 13,000 people at the city's Harbourfest.
2011 : Dr. Conrad Murray is found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. Murray was accused of giving the singer a lethal dose of the sedative propofol on the day he died.
2011 : Adele, just 23, has laser surgery on her vocal chords at a hospital in Boston. The singer had to cancel many tour dates in 2011 because of her throat problems.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com