2005 – Former Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell sues his ex-wife and one-time manager Susan J. Silver, seeking more than $1 million in damages. Cornell claims, among other things, that Silver diverted monies owed to Cornell to the other Soundgarden band members.
2005 – Kinks vocalist/guitarist Ray Davies plays his first solo date in New York in years at the Supper Club, treating fans to six songs that are to appear on his first solo album.
2002 – Singer/guitarist Dave “Snaker” Ray dies of lung cancer at this Minneapolis home. He is 59.
2001 – Lyricist Kal Mann, who co-wrote classic hits like Elvis Presley’s “Teddy Bear” and Chubby Checker’s “Let’s Twist Again,” dies in Pompano Beach, Fla., of Alzheimer’s disease. He is 84.
2001 – Jazz arranger and big-band composer Ralph Burns dies in L.A. of pneumonia and complications from a stroke. He is 79.
2000 – Madonna takes her “Music” to London’s 3,500-capacity Brixton Academy for her first U.K. performance in seven years. Playing to an audience comprised of contest winners, guests, and celebrities including Sting and members of the Spice Girls, Madonna plays a half-hour set made up of five tracks from her new “Music” album and the vintage hit “Holiday.”
1974 – Elton John and John Lennon sing a duet of “I Saw Her Standing There” at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1964 – Willie Nelson makes his debut on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn.
1962 – Matt Cameron, drummer for Soundgarden, is born in San Diego, Calif.
1943 – Randy Newman is born in New Orleans, La.
1929 – Motown founder Berry Gordy is born in Detroit, Mich.