Music History for Monday, 9/23/19
2014 - Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga released their collaborative album, Cheek to Cheek, featuring jazz standards. The number one album won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
2014 - Jennifer Hudson released her third album, JHUD. The single "It's Your World" featuring R. Kelly was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance.
2014 - John Mellencamp released his 20th album, Plain Spoken.
2014 - Country music artist Kenny Chesney released his 16th album, The Big Revival. It debuted atop the charts.
2011 - The Chi-Lites’ Clarence Johnson, who left the group in 1964 before they gained popularity, died. He was 69.
2010 - The Ray Charles Memorial Library, which was created to preserve Ray Charles’ musical history, opened in Los Angeles.
2007 - James Blunt hit No. 1 on the U.K. charts with his second studio album, All the Lost Souls.
2007 - Lionel Richie appeared on the season debut of Fox’s The Simpsons. He guest starred as himself on the "He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs" episode.
2006 - Beyoncé had the number one album in the country with her second solo effort, B’Day.
2006 - Vince Gill and Alison Krauss taped an episode of CMT Cross Country in Franklin, Tennessee.
2006 - Big & Rich made their Grand Ole Opry debut singing "8th of November" and a swing version of "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)".
2003 - Dave Matthews released his solo debut, Some Devil.
2002 - Reba performed "Does He Love You" with Kelly Clarkson during the two-hour Fox-TV special American Idol in Vegas.
2001 - Jay Z started a three-week run at the top of the album chart with The Blueprint.
2000 - Country star Tim McGraw was featured on the cover of TV Guide, thanks to his many nominations for the 34th Annual CMA Awards.
1999 – Shirley Manson of Garbage unveiled her own line of lip gloss.
1999 - Coolio appeared on TV's Judge Joe Brown to settle a financial dispute with his backing band, The Wyld Bunch. The judge ruled the band was due four thousand dollars in unpaid earnings.
1998 - The first-ever Lilith Fair concert outside North America was held at London's Royal Albert Hall.
1998 - Steve Wariner's "Holes in the Floor of Heaven" was named CMA Single and Song of the Year. TheDixie Chicks also won two trophies at the 32nd Annual CMA Awards that night.
1997 - Elton John released his new recording of "Candle in the Wind" in the U.S. All profits from the single went to the charity fund set up in the name of Princess Diana, who died earlier in the year.
1997 - The Rolling Stones opened their Bridges to Babylon tour in Chicago.
1997 - Elektra Entertainment released The Next Voice You Hear: The Best of Jackson Browne.
1997 - MCA Records reissued Average White Band’s label debut Show Your Hand as part of the band's 25th anniversary.
1991 - Izzy Stradlin left Guns N' Roses. Gilby Clarke replaced him.
1986 - Singers Freddie Jackson, James Brown and Melba Moore headlined an anti-crack rally at New York's Plaza Hotel.
1980 - Foreigner released Double Vision.
1974 - Average White Band drummer Robbie McIntosh died of a heroin overdose at a party in Los Angeles.
1972 - Conway Twitty went to number one with his version of "I Can't Stop Loving You".
1969 - It was reported by the London Daily Mirror that Paul McCartney was dead. It was the first time the rumor was printed.
1967 - "People Are Strange" was released by The Doors.
1956 - Future Monkee Mickey Dolenz got his start on television on the NBC-TV series Circus Boy.
1952 - Hank Williams recorded "Take These Chains from My Heart," "Kaw-Liga" and "Your Cheatin' Heart" in his final recording session at Nashville's Tulane Hotel.