This Day in Music History
1956 : Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" is certified gold.
1961 : The Pendletones, later known as The Beach Boys, audition for the Stereo Masters publishing house, leading to the release of their first single, "Surfin'".
1988 : Dire Straits disbands.
1993 : Steamboat Springs, Colorado names their "James Brown Soul Center of the Universe Bridge" after the singer.
1994 : A recording of the Quarry Men playing at St. Peter's Parish Church garden party in 1957 Liverpool - the earliest known recording of John Lennon - fetches #125,000 at Sotheby's of London.
1997 : Elton John's new version of "Candle In The Wind", rewritten with lyrics paying tribute to the recently-deceased Princess Diana, sells a record 600,000 copies in one day in Britain alone. It would go on to become the biggest-selling single of all time.
1998 : Reba McEntire gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Johnny Grant Building.
1998 : At a time when Brandy and Monica were lighting up the chatrooms on AOL, there were rumors that the young divas had beef during the 1998 video music awards, where they performed their duet "The Boy Is Mine". Clearing things up, their managers issued a statement saying: "The fact is that Brandy and Monica did interviews together, had their picture taken together, had adjoining dressing rooms, sat together at the show, and held hands and prayed together prior to going on stage to perform."
1998 : Coolio is arrested in Lawndale, California and cited for driving on the wrong side of the road with an expired license. He was also charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of marijuana. His trouble with the law didn't hurt his TV career, as he made frequent appearances on shows like Fear Factor and Hollywood Squares.
2000 : For the first time since learning he has Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC), country singer Chris LeDoux returns to the stage while he awaits the necessary liver transplant.
2003 : Gerry Marsden (Gerry and the Pacemakers) has triple bypass heart surgery.
2004 : Usher and OutKast are the big winners at the 16th annual World Music Awards, taking 3 trophies each. Usher, who opens the show perrorming "Yeah!", takes the world's best male artist, best pop male artist and best R&B artist awards. OutKast is named the world's best group, best pop group and best rap/hip-hop artist honors.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com