2006 – Award winning South African R&B singer TK (real name Tsakani Mhinga) is found dead at a hotel in Johannesburg’s Randburg suburb. The singer-songwriter is 27. An autopsy determines that a drug overdose is the cause of death.
2001 – Returning home after a 46-year absence, guitarist Carlos Santana unveils a plaque in Autlan De Navarro declaring him the “favorite son” of the west-central Mexican town. Mayor Armando Perez also gives Santana the keys to the town where he spent his early childhood and where his father was a well-known musician. The town’s main street is named for Santana, and a statue of his father, mariachi musician Jose Santana is unveiled.
1999 – Vince Gill pays tribute to an old friend. On stage on the Grand Ole Opry, Gill plays the Dobro while performing the old hymn “How Great Thou Art” in honor of 87-year-old Dobro player, Brother Oswald.
1998 – Motley Crue member Vince Neil, not to outdone by Tommy Lee, announces an agreement with Internet Entertainment Group and Vivid Video to distribute a 60-minute home video of him having sex with two adult film models while on vacation in Hawaii.
1998 – One day after being charged, rocker Tommy Lee is free on bail after pleading innocent to charges of abusing his wife, actress Pamela Anderson Lee, and their baby son. A judge reluctantly cuts Lee’s $1 million bail in half despite a plea relayed through an attorney who says that Mrs. Lee is fearful.
1998 – Country singer Jason Sellers gets some help entertaining a lunchtime crowd at the 29th Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. His former wife, Lee Ann Womack, makes a special appearance as Sellers’ duet partner. “Man, you look good,” Sellers says. “I want you back.” Womack has no patience for her ex’s plea. “Well,” she says, “maybe if you’da said that a little earlier…”
1995 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Take a Bow,” Madonna.
1991 – James Brown is released from a South Carolina prison after serving two years of a six-year sentence.
1984 – The Jacksons’ Pepsi commercial premieres on MTV.
1980 – Michael Jackson wins his first Grammy for “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” Best R&B Performance.
1980 – Donna Summer wins a Grammy for “Hot Stuff,” Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Earth, Wind & Fire wins a Grammy for “After the Love Has Gone,” Best R&B Group Vocal Performance.
1980 – The Doobie Brothers’ “What a Fool Believes,” wins Grammys for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
1970 – Jefferson Airplane is fined for using profanity during a show in Oklahoma City. The fine is $1,000.
1927 – Vocalist Guy Mitchell (Al Cernick) is born in Detroit. His biggest hit, “Singing the Blues,” stays at No. 1 for 10 weeks in 1956-57.