2006 – With the aid of a private jet, Jay-Z plays seven 30-minute shots across the country in one day in advance of the release of his comeback album, “Kingdom Come.”
2004 – Broadway composer and jazz pianist Cy Coleman dis of a heart attack in Manhattan. He is 75. Coleman is best known for composing Broadway standards like “Witchcraft,” “Big Spender” and “The Best Is Yet to Come.”
2004 – No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani makes her solo television performance debut when she opens the American Music Awards broadcast on ABC. She joins performers Kenny Chesney, Josh Groban, Toby Keith, Jessica Simpson, Usher, Kanye West and Gretchen Wilson.
2004 – With three trophies, OutKast is the big winner at the 11th annual MTV Europe Music Awards, held in Rome. The Atlanta-based duo of Big Boi and Andre 3000 win for best group, while the No. 1 Hot 100 hit “Hey Ya!” (LaFace/Zomba) takes best video and best song.
2003 – Police and prosecutors raid Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch in Los Olivos on a $3 million arrest warrant for child molestation.
2003 – Tori Amos, having sifted through her Atlantic back catalog to pick the tracks that will comprise her first best-of compilation, releases the 20-track “Tales of a Librarian.” The set comes packaged as a two-disc with a bonus DVD.
2000 – Kenny Rogers kicks off his 2000 Christmas tour in Dalton, Ga.
1999 – Doug Sahm, the rock guitarist known as “Sir Doug,” dies in Taos, N.M. He is 58. Although he only had one big hit, “She’s About A Mover” in 1965, he followed it with a long recording career, appearing on albums by the Grateful Dead and Willie Nelson and bringing such stars as Bob Dylan and Dr. John to his own recording sessions.
1997 – An AC/DC five-CD boxed set, “Bonfire,” is released in the U.S. The set is intended as an honor to the band’s original singer Bon Scott. “Bonfire” comes as a bonus to hard-core fans because it is the first time any of the act’s work with Scott has been released since his death on Feb. 19, 1980.
1997 – John Denver’s last recording, “The Unplugged Collection,” is released in the U.S. The album features versions of such well-known Denver compositions as “Annie’s Song,” “Rocky Mountain High,” and “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”
1994 – Cab Calloway dies in a Delaware nursing home. He is 86. The big band leader never recovered from a stroke he suffered June 12 at his home. He is probably best known for his trademark “hi-de-ho” song “Minnie the Moocher.” He was also featured in the movie “The Blues Brothers.” In October he was honored at a White House ceremony by President Clinton for his contribution to the arts.
1990 – Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones marries model-actress Jerry Hall in Bali, Indonesia. The couple has two children and has been together for 12 years. In 1999, the couple’s union is dissolved after allegations that Jagger fathered a child by Brazilian model Luciana Morad.
1987 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Mony Mony,” Billy Idol. Idol’s version of the song reaches the top of the charts 13 years after Tommy James and the Shondells make it a hit.
1973 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Photograph,” Ringo Starr. The song is written by Starr and former Beatle mate George Harrison.
1963 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “I’m Leaving It Up to You,” Dale and Grace.
1960 – Kim Wilde is born in Chiswick, England, the daughter of singer Marty Wilde. Her biggest hit is “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” a No. 1 song in 1987.
1956 – Fats Domino sings “Blueberry Hill” on TV’s “Ed Sullivan Show.”
1936 – Doo-wop singer Hank Ballard is born in Detroit.