2005 – Already battling an injured knee, Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme collapses after a show in Hamburg, forcing the cancellation of the next evening’s concert in Stuttgart. According to QOTSA’s Web site, Homme “was diagnosed with exhaustion and ordered to bed by a local doctor.
2002 – Rapper Cam’ron (Cameron Giles) is arrested on the outskirts of New York’s Times Square. Police pull the rapper’s Land Rover over on 42nd St. and 11th Avenue after the vehicle makes an illegal lane switch without signaling. Inside the car, officers discover a loaded .22 caliber pistol, a small amount of marijuana, and a forged New York City Fire Department parking permit.
2002 – With four awards, Eminem’s “Without Me” dominates as the big winner at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
2001 – Graeme “Shirley” Strachan, singer of ’70s Australian glam band Skyhooks, dies in a helicopter crash. He is 49.
1998 – Legendary rockabilly performer Charlie Feathers dies in a Memphis hospital, after suffering a massive stroke earlier in the week. He is 66. Feathers, who co-authored Elvis Presley’s early single “I Forgot to Remember to Forget,” cut such raw, countrified singles as “Defrost Your Heart,” “Get With It,” “Tongue Tied Kill,” and “One Hand Loose” for the Sun, Meteor, and King in the ’50s.
1998 – Roberto Augusto, managing director of Sony Music Brasil, is shot several times in a robbery attempt at a gas station. Augusto is rushed to a hospital in Rio de Janeiro where he recovers.
1998 – Detroit area police officials call for a ban on rap concerts following a series of fights at a weekend “No Limit” show headlined by Master P and Scarface. The call for a ban is later withdrawn.
1997 – Loud Records regional marketing and promotions director, Jessiah “Milk” Styles reports that he was beaten by a group of individuals associated with rap group Wu-Tang Clan. Named in the report are group members Raekwon, Method Man, GZA and Inspectah Deck; group manager John “Mook” Gibbons; a tour accountant identified as “Dexter”; and one identified member of the group’s entourage.
1995 – While shooting the music video for Meat Loaf’s “I’d Lie for You (And That’s The Truth,” a pilot and cameraman are killed in a helicopter crash in the Sequoia National Forest about 150 miles north of Los Angeles.
1982 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Abracadabra,” Steve Miller Band.
1971 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey,” Paul & Linda McCartney. McCartney had a real Uncle Albert, who he said would quote the Bible when he got drunk.
1966 – The Beatles give their final U.S. concert at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park.
1958 – Michael Jackson is born in Gary, Ind.
1924 – Dinah Washington (Ruth Lee Jones) is born in Tuscaloosa, Ala. She dies Dec. 14, 1963, of an overdose of alcohol and pills. The jazz and blues vocalist has 34 top 10 hits on Billboard’s R&B charts. Her biggest hit is “Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes),” a 1960 duet with Brook Benton that tops the R&B chart for 10 weeks.
1920 – Jazz great Charlie Parker is born. He is posthumously given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984.