2006 – U2’s Bono and the Edge team with Pearl Jam and join Aussie acts Jet, Paul Kelly, Eskimo Joe, Evermore and the John Butler Trio at a Make Poverty History concert in Melbourne. The event draws 14,000 to the Myer Music Bowl, and is broadcast to thousands more on giant screens through Melbourne, Brisbane and two major Victorian regional towns Geelong and Bendigo.
2006 – Ruth Brown, the vivacious R&B singer whose early hits established Atlantic Records, dies of complications following a stroke and a heart attack in Henderson, Nev. She was 78. Brown suffered a stroke in 2000 and had been in declining health ever since.
2006 – Icelandic rock act the Sugarcubes take the stage in Reykjavik for the first time in 14 years. The group, whose most famous alumnus is Bjork, reassembles to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its debut single, “Birthday.”
2003 – Arthur Conley, known for his 1967 hit “Sweet Soul Music,” dies in Ruurlo, The Netherlands, after a battle with cancer. He is 57.
2003 – Country songwriter/vocalist Don Gibson dies of natural causes in Nashville. He is 75. Gibson made his mark in 1956 on MGM with the hit self-penned ballad “Sweet Dreams,” which Faron Young and Patsy Cline also took into the top-10.
1998 – Tori Amos releases “Tori Amos: The Complete Collection: 1992-1998,” a compilation of her videos. The collection contains 16 clips from the artist’s four solo albums. Included are classics such as “Silent All These Years,” “God,” and “Caught A Lite Sneeze” as well as videos hitherto aired only in Europe, like the stark black-and-white “Cornflake Girl,” and the slyly inventive “Professional Widow.”
1998 – Retailers in the U.S. are hit with a wave of superstar releases on what the industry dubs “Super Tuesday.” Among the sets released are Garth Brooks’ “Garth Brooks: Double Live,” Whitney Houston’s “My Love is Your Love,” Mariah Carey’s “#1’s,” Jewel’s “Spirit,” and three soundtracks associated with the animated film “The Prince of Egypt.”
1984 – Ten weeks after its first appearance in the Hot 100 at number 80, Wham!’s single, “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” reaches the No. 1 spot. George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley hold their lead for three weeks.
1980 – John Lennon’s Grammy-winning “Double Fantasy” two-record set is released.
1975 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “That’s the Way (I Like It),” KC & the Sunshine Band.
1965 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “I Hear a Symphony,” The Supremes.
1953 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Rags to Riches,” Tony Bennett.
1938 – Gordon Lightfoot is born in Orillia, Ontario. His biggest hit is the million-selling No. 1 single “Sundown” in 1974.