2003 – Aftermath/Interscope artist 50 Cent dominates the Music of Black Origins (MOBO) Awards in London. The rapper is on hand to collect awards for best hip-hop artist, album (“Get Rich or Die Tryin'”) and single (“In Da Club”).
2001 – For the first time ever, the Recording Academy agrees to accept a downloadable single for Grammy consideration. Virgin Records releases two singles, “Dig In,” by Lenny Kravitz and “God Gave Me Everything” by Mick Jagger are released to digital retailers via Liquid Audio.
2001 – Rapper Erick Sermon sustains serious injuries when, according to his publicist, he is involved in an auto accident. It is announced by police one week later that the injuries are actually the result of a plunge out a third-story window.
2001 – The voice of Bob Marley ushers satellite radio onto the air, promising listeners greater variety on the dial _ for a price _ with the launch of XM Satellite Radio.
2001 – Modern rock act the Verve Pipe plays a benefit concert at Schuba’s in Chicago. All proceeds benefit the American Red Cross.
2000 – A collection of 1965 writings by Janis Joplin to then-fiance Peter DeBlanc go up for auction on eBay. The collection, which includes 57 letters, five cards, a telegram, a college essay and drawings, is sold by DeBlanc’s ex-wife, Mary Sullivan.
1998 – It is announced that Johnny Cash has suffered a recurrence of pneumonia, less than a year after nearly dying from the ailment. Cash, 66, receives treatment at a Nashville hospital.
1995 – Mariah Carey’s “Fantasy” becomes the second single ever to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The only other artist to accomplish that feat is Michael Jackson with “You Are Not Alone.”
1990 – Dave Grohl, former drummer of the Washington DC band Scream, joins Nirvana.
1980 – Drummer John Bonham of Led Zeppelin is found dead in his bed after a drinking binge.
1975 – R&B performer Jackie Wilson collapses from a stroke onstage at the Latin Casino in Camden, N.J. He spends the rest of his life in hospitals and dies in 1984.
1974 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Rock Me Gently,” Andy Kim. He wrote the 1969 No.1 song “Sugar, Sugar” with Jeff Barry for the Archies.
1968 – Rap/television/film star Will Smith (a.k.a. the Fresh Prince) is born.
1964 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Oh, Pretty Woman,” Roy Orbison.
1954 – Elvis Presley performs live on “Grand Ole Opry,” singing “Blue Moon Of Kentucky.”
1936 – Bluesman Roosevelt “Booba” Barnes is born.
1933 – Erik Darling of the Rooftop Singers (“Walk Right In”) is born in Baltimore.