1996 Jazz tenor saxophonist Eddie Harris, who was also credited for introducing the electrically amplified saxophone, dies of bone cancer and kidney disease at age 62.
1995 A charity performance of The Wizard of Oz in Concert is staged at New York's Lincoln Center, featuring Jewel (Dorothy), Jackson Browne (The Scarecrow), Roger Daltrey (The Tin Man), and Nathan Lane (The Cowardly Lion).
1994 The Notorious B.I.G.'s debut solo single, "Juicy," peaks at #27 on the pop charts.
1992 Tom Jones appears on The Simpsons in the episode "Marge Gets a Job."
1989 Ukrainian pianist and composer Vladimir Horowitz dies of a heart attack at age 86.
1989 The 44-year-old, thrice married and divorced Ritchie Blackmore meets the 18-year-old Candice Isralow on a football field in New York State. They form Blackmore's Night in 1997 and finally get married in 2008.
1987 Bobby Nunn (original bass vocalist for The Coasters) dies of heart failure at age 61.
1987 Kevin Jonas, the oldest of the Jonas Brothers, is born in Teaneck, New Jersey.
1979 Mick Jagger officially divorces his first wife, Bianca.
1977 Guy Lombardo (of Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians) dies of a heart attack at age 75.
1977 A record store manager in Nottingham, England, is arrested for displaying a poster promoting The Sex Pistols' album Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols.
1974 Ryan Adams is born David Ryan Adams in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He'll front the alt country band Whiskeytown before embarking on a solo career.
1974 The Eagles release "Best Of My Love."
The Beach Boys, who haven't had a #1 hit since "Good Vibrations" in 1966, top the charts with the Brian Wilson-less "Kokomo," used in the movie Cocktail. It's the longest gap between #1 hits for any artist.Read more
2021 Ten fans are killed and hundreds injured during Travis Scott's performance at his Astroworld Festival in Houston, Texas, when the crowd of 50,000 surges toward the stage, crushing the victims.More
2012 With one day to go until the United States presidential election, dozens of music stars take to the press to support incumbent Barack Obama over Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Those voicing support for Obama include Jay-Z, Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead, Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, and Stevie Wonder. This should come as no surprise, as music celebrities traditionally come out to support the progressive candidate in elections.
1999 Van Halen announce that lead singer Gary Cherone, who joined in 1996 and sang on the Van Halen III album, is leaving the band. All parties claim the split is amicable. The group later coaxes Sammy Hagar back into the fold, and reunites with original frontman David Lee Roth in 2007.
1971 After Elvis Presley's set at the Met Center in Bloomington, Minnesota, announcer Al Dvorin tells the crowd, "Elvis has left the building." The phrase soon enters the cultural lexicon, used to signal that an event is truly over.
1959 Bryan Adams is born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
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