This Day in Music History — September 19

1960 : Chubby Checker’s version of “The Twist” goes to #1 while the original version by Hank Ballard & The Midnighters reaches its peak chart position of #28. Checker’s version of the song would top the charts again in 1962.

2003 : A week after his death at the age of 71, country legend Johnny Cash is bestowed with artist, song and album of the year awards at the Americana Music Awards ceremony in Nashville. Cash wins song of the year for his cover of Nine Inch Nails’ Hurt and album of the Year for American IV: The Man Comes Around, the fourth in a series produced by Rick Rubin.

2003 : No one is injured when a chartered plane carrying Dixie Chicks clips a building at Glasgow Airport. The group is en route from Dublin for a concert at Glasgow’s Exhibition and Conference Center. The show goes on as planned.

2008 : Former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and DJ AM are seriously injured in a jet crash that killed four people. The plane hurtled off the end of a runway in South Carolina when a tire blew, engulfing the plane in flames. DJ AM died of an accidental drug overdose less than a year later.

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This Day in Music History — August 28

1960 : A 17-year-old Barry White completes his four-month prison term for stealing 300 tires from a Cadillac dealership. Having heard Elvis sing “It’s Now Or Never” in prison, he leaves determined to make music his life.

1963 : Martin Luther King delivers his famous “I Have A Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. The music connection: Peter, Paul and Mary play their hit version of Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ In The Wind before King speaks.

1986 : Tina Turner receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1986 : The anti-corporate-pollution benefit concert Get Tough On Toxics is held in Long Beach, CA, featuring members of Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, and Neil Young.

2009 : DJ AM (real name Adam Goldstein) is found dead in his New York city apartment. This came nearly a year after AM and friend Travis Barker survived a fatal plane crash that claimed the lives of 4 others.