2003 – British singer Robert Palmer, best known for his dapper dressing style and his iconic videos in the 1980s for songs like “Addicted to Love,” dies. He is 54. Palmer, who had lived in Switzerland for the previous 16 years, dies in Paris after a quiet dinner and a movie.
2000 – Songwriter Carl Sigman dies of natural causes. He is 91. A member of the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, Sigman authored chestnuts such as “Love Story (Where Do I Begin),” “Ebb Tide,” “It’s All in The Game,” “What Now, My Love?,” and “Pennsylvania 6-5000.”
2000 – 98 Degrees’ new album, “Revelation,” receives a premiere in U.S. Wal-Mart stores via an exclusive satellite broadcast concert.
2000 – To launch Creed singer Scott Stapp’s With Arms Wide Open Foundation, the band and Wind-Up Records release a limited edition single of Creed’s hit song “With Arms Wide Open.” A donation of $3 from the sale of each single, which is limited to 65,000 copies, goes directly to With Arms Wide Open.
1998 – MTV Russia debuts at midnight with “Prodigy Live in Moscow,” a concert taped in spring 1997. The first Russian video on the network is Mummy Troll’s “Vladivostock 2000.”
1998 – BlackHawk member Dave Robbins loses his father, William Robbins Jr., when the elder Robbins suffers a massive heart attack. Robbins is buried in Forest Park, Ga. Fortunately, Robbins was able to spend time with his father the night before his death, following BlackHawk’s performance at the North Georgia State Fair in Marietta, Ga.
1998 – After sustaining a pulled ligament from a misplaced cable during his performance at the Trump Marina Theater in Atlantic City, N.J., Prince (who at the time is still going by The Artist Formerly Known As Prince) postpones his remaining tour dates.
1997 – The initial 300,000-unit shipment of Elton John’s “Candle In The Wind 1997” sells out in Japan on its first day of release. The single, retailing for 1,300 yen ($10.66) racks up unusually high sales for a foreign release.
1970 – Motown Records announces the Jackson 5 have sold 10 million records in nine months.
1966 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Cherish,” the Association. The group’s record company is afraid radio stations would think the song was too long, so the running time is listed as three minutes, which is 13 seconds short of the truth. David Cassidy of TV’s “The Partridge Family” takes the song to No. 9 in 1971.
1955 – Singer Eddie Fisher marries singer/actress Debbie Reynolds.
1948 – Olivia Newton-John is born in Cambridge, England.
1945 – Vocalist Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music is born in Durham, England.