2007 After playing a show at the Beacon Theater in New York City, Lil Wayne is arrested when police search his tour bus and find a loaded gun. Gun laws are strict in New York, and the rapper serves eight months in Rikers Island prison. In 2016, he publishes a book about the ordeal called Gone 'Til November.
1996 The Smokin' Grooves tour, the first major hip-hop traveling festival, kicks off a 33-date trek with a show in Sacramento, California. Artists include A Tribe Called Quest, Fugees, Cypress Hill and Busta Rhymes.
2014 Weezer release "Back to the Shack," the lead single from Everything Will Be Alright in the End.
2010 Electric blues guitarist Phillip Walker, known for his 1959 hit single "Hello My Darling," dies of heart failure at age 73.
2009 At Trae Day, an event commemorating the second anniversary of the day Houston rapper Trae was presented with a proclamation by the city of Houston, and featuring performances by Rick Ross, Trae, Rich Boy, Rocko, GS Boyson, six people get shot on the campus of Texas Southern University as a gang-related shooting starts raining in the parking lot, leading to a stampede of people who are mostly running for safety.
2008 Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor foots the bill for the band's seventh studio album, The Slip, which is released digitally on their website for free with the tag, "This one's on me." Fans wanting a physical copy, however, will have to shell out their money for a limited-edition two months later. (NIN also did this four months earlier with the free digital release of Ghosts I-IV, an album made up of almost entirely instrumental, unnamed tracks).
2005 Eugene Record (lead singer of Chi-Lites) dies of cancer at age 64.
2002 Jazz singer Marion Montgomery dies of lung cancer at age 67. A non-smoker, the "Maybe the Morning" singer blamed her illness on the second-hand smoke she regularly ingested while working in nightclubs.
1996 Donovan has to cancel a North American tour when he is denied entry to the US because of a 1966 marijuana possession conviction.
1977 Shaken by the deaths of his sister Rhonda and good friend Freddie Prinze, Tony Orlando says on stage at a show in Cohasset, Massachusetts, "This is my last day as a performer." He spends some time recovering, and returns to the stage in November.
1973 Daniel Jones (instrumentalist of Savage Garden) is born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England, but will be raised in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
1973 Larry Finnegan dies of a brain tumor at age 34. Known for the 1962 hit "Dear One."
1972 The Who release "Join Together."
1971 The Doors' L.A. Woman album is certified Gold.
1969 Aretha Franklin, struggling with the breakup of her marriage, is arrested for causing a disturbance in an incident at a Detroit parking lot.
1969 Elvis Presley's NBC-TV Special soundtrack (a/k/a "The '68 Comeback Special") is certified gold.
Little Richard, who has been preaching of his salvation throughout the United States, makes his famous statement, "If God can save an old homosexual like me, he can save anybody."
The flamboyant singer, who was thrown out of his home as a teenager when his sexual orientation clashed with his family's Pentecostal faith, first renounced the "Devil's music" in 1957 while touring in Sydney, Australia. A blazing fireball in the sky - which turned out to be the launching of the Sputnik 1 satellite - warned of his eternal damnation and he boogied his way to Alabama to save his soul (and study theology). Hits like "Tutti Frutti," "Long Tall Sally" and "Good Golly Miss Molly" were relics of a sinful past for the newly ordained singer, who switched to gospel music and founded the Little Richard Evangelistic Team. The lure of rock 'n roll was too strong, however, and he returned to secular music just a few years later with a European tour and the televised special The Little Richard Spectacular, a ratings bonanza. But he couldn't replicate his success on the charts and soon fell into a spiral of drug and alcohol abuse. God came calling again in 1977 and Richard returned to evangelism, releasing the gospel album God's Beautiful City in 1979. That same year, Richard stands before a congregation in North Richmond, California, and utters his famous testament of faith, simultaneously confirming the long-argued topic of his sexual orientation: "If God can save an old homosexual like me, he can save anybody." Richard's stance against secular music - not to mention his controversial comments against homosexuality, which he later calls "unnatural" and "contagious" - does little to anger the rock gods of the time (perhaps they are too occupied with Bob Dylan's much-publicized conversion to Christianity). Now the Reverend Richard Pennimen, he begins presiding over weddings, starting with Stevie Van Zandt's in 1982.
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