This Day in Music History — September 15

1988 : Dire Straits disbands.

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 at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard.

2003 : Johnny Cash is buried in the Cash family cemetery in Hendersonville, Tennessee, next to his wife, June Carter Cash. Among the mourners at the private ceremony: Al Gore,Emmylou Harris, and Sheryl Crow.

2004 : Guitarist/songwriter Johnny Ramone (of The Ramones) dies of prostate cancer at his home in Los Angeles, California, at age 55.

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This Day in Music History — September 6

1976 : Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis reunite after 20 years on Lewis’ Labor Day Telethon to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Frank Sinatra surprised Lewis by bringing out Martin

1987 : Performing as the “Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Band,” members of the band who survived their 1977 plane crash perform the first of a series of shows to mark the 10 year anniversary of the crash. The enthusiastic response from fans leads the band to reform permanently and record new material.

1997 : Elton John sings a new version of Candle In The Wind at Princess Diana’s funeral. The new version, which replaces “Goodbye Norma Jean” with “Goodbye England’s Rose,” becomes the best-selling single of all time.

This Day in Music History — August 29

1958 : Michael Jackson; Born Michael Joseph Jackson on Aug. 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana.

1964 : In a clear case of rock and roll being saved by the British Invasion, Billboard magazine notes that guitar sales are the highest they’ve been since the advent of Elvis Presley.

1986 : The studio in Philadelphia where American Bandstand was shot is entered into the US National Register of Historic Places.

1990 : Elton John enters rehab in Chicago to combat his bulimia and his various drug and alcohol addictions.