2003 – Brazilian recording artist Gilberto Gil is honored as the 2003 Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Person of the Year.
2001 – E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons is forced to take an unexpected break during a concert in Asbury Park, N.J., when someone calls in a bomb threat. After two bomb sniffing dogs find no bomb in the legendary Stone Pony nightclub, the crowd is let back in and the show continues.
2000 – Destiny’s Child, Mary J. Blige, and Angie Stone each take home two trophies at the 2000 Soul Train Lady Of Soul Awards, held at the Santa Monica, Calif., Civic Auditorium and hosted by Sisqo, Pink, and actor Shemar Moore.
1997 – Sir Rudolph Bing, the autocratic impressario who propelled New York’s Metropolitan Opera to new heights in popularity and artistic achievement during 22 years as general manager, dies at the age of 95.
1997 – Pioneering Latin-rock act WAR releases its 20th album, “Coleccion Latina,” on Avenue Records.
1996 – Composer Otto Luening dies at the age of 96.
1996 – Violinist Cyril Reuben dies at the age of 70.
1995 – A seven-hour concert with dozens of stars, including Jerry Lee Lewis, Aretha Franklin and Bob Dylan, caps the opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.
1987 – The Amnesty International Tour starts in London, starring Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Peter Gabriel and Tracy Chapman.
1986 – While still in school, 16-year-old Debbie Gibson signs a contract with Atlantic Records and begins recording the album “Out of the Blue.”
1980 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Upside Down,” Diana Ross. The song stays at No. 1 for four weeks, the longest reign of any Ross song.
1976 – The first issue of Musician magazine is published.
1963 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “My Boyfriend’s Back,” The Angels. The group is the first white all-female group to have a No. 1 record.
1943 – Singer Rosalind Ashford of Martha & the Vandellas is born in Detroit.