<b>1999 - </b>George Martin, who produced most of the Beatles albums, lends his reputation and four decades of music business experience to a start-up Internet company catering to unsigned bands. Mart
1999 - George Martin, who produced most of the Beatles albums, lends his reputation and four decades of music business experience to a start-up Internet company catering to unsigned bands. Martin announces that he will serve as chairman of the advisory board for Garageband.com.
1998 - Rap star Coolio pleads not guilty to concealed weapon and marijuana possession charges in Torrance, Calif. Coolio (Artis Ivey) had been arrested on the charges the preceding month.
1998 - Kiss members Paul Stanley and Bruce Kulick are sued for copyright infringement over the song ""Dreamin',"" which the suit alleges sounds too similar to the Alice Cooper hit ""Eighteen.""
1996 - A former executive of EMI Records, Jay Barbieri, announces the official launch of the first Internet record label, J-Bird Records at www.j-birdrecords.com. The record label is the first of its kind, a label that operates almost exclusively on the World Wide Web.
1995 - Blind Melon singer Shannon Hoon is found dead on his tour bus from an accidental drug overdose. The band rose to fame in 1993 with the hit ""No Rain.""
1992 - ""Sex,"" a book of erotic photographs of Madonna, is released. The first run of 500,000 copies of the $50 book, which is wrapped in Mylar to prevent free peeks, sells out.
1992 - Hank Williams Jr. and his fourth wife, Mary Jane, have their first child. Katherine Diana is born in Nashville. Williams has three previous children.
1957 - The Elvis Presley film ""Jailhouse Rock"" premieres.
1941 - Guitarist Steve Cropper of Booker T & The MGs is born in Willow Springs, Mo. He is also a producer, having worked with Jeff Beck and Mitch Ryder, among others.
1940 - Manfred Mann (Michael Lubowitz) is born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He forms a rock group with the same name in England in 1964. The group has two No. 1 hits: ""Do Wah Diddy Diddy"" in 1964 and the million-selling cover of Bruce Springsteen's ""Blinded by the Light"" in 1977.
1917 - Jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie (John Birks Gillespie) is born. He is awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1989 for his major contributions to the development of bebop.