2006 – Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun dies at New York’s Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is 83. Ertegun was critically injured when he fell backstage at a Rolling Stones concert at New York’s Beacon Theatre on Oct. 29
2003 – As he recovers in a Berkshire, England, hospital from injuries sustained in an earlier ATV crash, Ozzy Osbourne has some cheering news when “Changes,” his duet with daughter Kelly, debuts at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart
2003 – Country stars George Strait and Alan Jackson cross over into the world of animation on an episode of the Fox series “King of the Hill.” Strait and Jackson voice truck drivers named Cornell and Walt. They encounter main characters Hank and Bobby Hill at a truck stop.
2002 – Modern rock act Local H performs at a bar/restaurant in Crystal Lake, Ill., for Kevin Krak, winner of a summer eBay auction for a concert by the band. “I have been a fan of Local H for several years but had not seen a show when I won the auction,” Krak says in a statement. Krak’s $9,701 bid is the winner among 75 placed through the site.
2001 – Jazz trumpeter Conte Candoli dies of cancer in Palm Desert, Calif. He is 74.
2000 – Rapper Eminem and his wife Kim Mathers claim that they have reconciled after filing for divorce. The couple, high school sweethearts who married in 1999, ask the judge to dismiss their divorce complaint, claiming that they want what is best for their 5-year-old daughter.
2000 – Loverboy lead singer Mike Reno issues a statement concerning Scott Smith, the band’s bassist who was swept off his sailboat Nov. 30: “We do not know what the future will bring as a band, but we remain together in everything we do. It hurts so very much right now, but our goal is to get through this together.”
2000 – The star-studded concert Jingle Ball 2000 concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden is hosted by Mandy Moore and Jessica Simpson and features performances by Ricky Martin, Third Eye Blind, Baha Men, 98 Degrees, Barenaked Ladies, Mya, Nine Days, Evan & Jaron, Son By Four and special guest Britney Spears.
1999 – Former Fab Four member Sir Paul McCartney plays a one-off gig at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where the Beatles formed three decades earlier. It is the first time since the 1963 that McCartney has played the Cavern.
1999 – It is announced that BMI has named “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” as the No. 1 composition on the performing rights group’s list of “Top 100 Songs Of The Century.”
1999 – A tribute song to late Morphine lead singer Mark Sandman is made available for download. The song “Gone Again Gone,” written by surviving Morphine members Billy Conway and Dana Colley, former Presidents Of The United States Of America vocalist Chris Ballew, and musician Billy Beard under the name Movable Bubble, is available from Morphine’s official web site, and several e-tailers.
1998 – Grammy-winning musician Billy Preston pleads guilty to insurance fraud and agrees to testify against other defendants in an insurance scam that netted about $1 million.
1996 – Alanis Morissette makes the final stop of her highly successful 1996 tour at Richardson Field in Honolulu. After her last song, the diminutive singer decides to celebrate the end of the tour by throwing whipped cream pies at her four band members.
1995 – White House classified documents are released revealing the FBI spied on John Lennon and his anti-war activities during the early ’70s in a possible attempt to have the former Beatle deported. One report criticized Yoko Ono’s singing ability.
1992 – Country music singer Merle Haggard and wife Theresa Lane have a baby, whom they name Binion Louis Haggard. The same day, Haggard files for bankruptcy protection.
1991 – Michael Jackson’s “Dangerous” debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s pop albums chart.
1980 – Yoko Ono calls for a 10-minute silent vigil around the world for her husband, John Lennon, who was shot to death six days earlier.
1970 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “The Tears of a Clown,” Smokey Robinson & the Miracles.
1966 – The Elvis Presley film “Spinout,” co-starring Shelley Fabares, premieres.
1963 – Dinah Washington dies of a drug overdose at the age of 39. The jazz and blues vocalist has 34 top 10 hits on Billboard’s R&B charts. Her biggest hit is “Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes),” a 1960 duet with Brook Benton that tops the R&B chart for 10 weeks.
1951 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Sin,” Eddy Howard.
1952 – Singer Tamara Daanz is born.
1932 – Country star Charlie Rich (“The Most Beautiful Girl”) is born in Colt, Ark.