2013 Sammy Johns, who wrote and recorded "Chevy Van," dies at age 66.
2013 Rob Caggiano, longtime lead guitarist for the band Anthrax, announces he's quitting the band. The split is affirmed by all members as amicable, with Caggiano hinting that he'd like to work on other projects.
2012 Bryan Ferry, 66, marries Amanda Sheppard, 29. Sheppard dated Ferry's son Isaac for a short time.
2011 Grady Chapman of The Robins dies at age 81.
1979 Due to renewed interest in The Beatles, the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany, reopens to the public. The club had been an important stepping stone for the band, as they played a residency there early on.
1973 The Allman Brothers Band publicly announce Lamar Williams as their replacement for recently deceased bassist Berry Oakley.
1968 Jimi Hendrix spends the night in a Swedish jail after trashing a hotel room, reportedly during a fight with his bandmate Noel Redding.
1966 Deana Carter is born in Nashville. Her dad is country guitarist Fred Carter, Jr.
1965 Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars to CBS for $13 million.
1965 David Glasper of Breathe is born in Wales.
1965 Portishead frontwoman Beth Gibbons is born in Devon, England.
1962 Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins is born in Grangemouth, Scotland.
1960 Marty Robbins' "El Paso" hits #1 in the US despite running a shocking 4:40.
1957 Louis Jordan records "Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out."
1991 Nirvana sign with Geffen Records. In September, their album Nevermind is released.
1986 After a long battle with addiction, Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott dies at age 36.
1970 The Who's Keith Moon accidentally runs over his chauffeur, Neil Boland, killing him. Apparently, Moon's car was under attack from some unruly teenagers, and when Boland jumped out to get them to move, Moon, in a panic, got behind the wheel to drive the car away himself. Unfortunately, the crowd had since pushed Boland under the car.
1960 R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe is born in Decatur, Georgia.