2002 – Former Lovin’ Spoonful guitarist Zal Yanovsky dies of a heart attack at his farm home outside Kingston, Ontario. He is 57.
2000 – Ex-Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft takes a nasty tumble off the stage at the Academy club in Birmingham, U.K., breaking two ribs and injuring his back. As a result, the final two shows of the artist’s U.K. tour, set for the next two days at London’s Brixton Academy, are postponed until early 2001.
1998 – Larry Troxel, a composer of children’s educational songs, dies in his Newport Beach home. He is 44. Troxel was co-founder with his wife, Kathy, of Audio Memory, which devised educational tools that help children learn subjects such as grammar, history, geography, and math, through songs.
1982 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Maneater,” Daryl Hall & John Oates.
1973 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “The Most Beautiful Girl,” Charlie Rich.
1961 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” The Tokens.
1954 – Singer/songwriter Steve Forbert is born in Meridian, Miss.
1948 – Ted Nugent is born in Detroit.