This Day in Music
2006 - Tom Noonan, the father of The Billboard Hot 100, dies in Los Angeles at the age of 78. Noonan started at Billboard in 1949, and in the November 12, 1955 issue of the magazine introduced the Top2006 - Tom Noonan, the father of The Billboard Hot 100, dies in Los Angeles at the age of 78. Noonan started at Billboard in 1949, and in the November 12, 1955 issue of the magazine introduced the Top 100, a chart that merged sales and radio data.
2003 - Italian tenor Franco Corelli, one of opera's true superstars from the '50s until his retirement in 1976, dies at a Milan hospital. He is 82. Corelli had been hospitalized since August following a stroke, and reportedly suffered from heart problems as well.
2003 - Steve O'Rourke, manager of Pink Floyd since 1968, dies in England of a stroke. He is 63.
2001 - Musician/poet Gil Scott-Heron is sentenced to one to three years in state prison in a New York court, after he failed to appear at an Oct. 1 hearing regarding the mandatory drug rehabilitation required by his plea bargain on an earlier drug possession charge.
2001 - Henry Berthold "Spike" Robinson, a Britain-based American Saxophonist admired for his liquid tone and lyrical verve, dies at the age of 71.
2000 - The Spice Girls score their ninth U.K. No. 1 single as a group, as the double-sided "Holler"/"Let Love Lead The Way" hits the top with first-week sales of 140,000 copies.
1999 - David Lee Roth files suit against Edmund Anderson, the operator of a Web site that sells Roth collectibles, charging that Anderson breached his contract with the singer.
1998 - Singer/guitarist Brian Setzer files suit against Ken Kinnally, a former member of Setzer's pre-Stray Cats group the Bloodless Pharaohs. Setzer alleges that, without his knowledge or consent, Kinnally licensed 1978 studio tracks and 1979 live recordings to Collectibles Records, which issued an album titled "Brian Setzer & the Bloodless Pharaohs."
1998 - Three ex-members of the San Francisco punk band the Dead Kennedys sue former lead singer Jello Biafra (Eric Reed Boucher), claiming he diverted money owed to his bandmates for his own use. The action is filed by East Bay Ray (Ray Pepperell), Klaus Flouride (Geoffrey Lyall), and D.H. Peligro (Darren Henley). The suit goes to trial in April 2000.
1996 - A Pasadena judge drops drug possession charges against Stone Temple Pilots' singer Scott Weiland, saying that the singer had made definite progress in rehab.
1991 - Three members of the group Pink Floyd are injured during an auto race in Mexico when their car rolls 230 feet down an embankment near San Luis Potosi. Guitarist Steve O'Rourke breaks his leg and guitarist Dave Gilmour receives minor blows to the head. Drummer Nick Mason continues the race.
1987 - Influential big band conductor Woody Herman dies of cardiac arrest. He was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award earlier in the year.
1975 - Joan Baez joins Bob Dylan as a member of his Rolling Thunder Revue.
1971 - Allman Brothers guitarist Duane Allman is killed when he crashes his motorcycle to avoid a truck in Macon, Ga.
1963 - The Hollies begin recording sessions for their first album.
1930 - The Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson) is born in Sabine Pass, Texas. He later dies in the same 1959 plane crash that claims the lives of Buddy Holly and Richie Valens.
1904 - Composer Vivian Ellis is born.