2002 – Ray Brown, a legendary jazz bassist who played with giants Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Oscar Peterson, and his one-time wife Ella Fitzgerald in a career that spanned more than half a century, dies in his sleep at the age of 75.
2001 – Yoko Ono visits the Beatle’s hometown of Liverpool, England, to attend a ceremony announcing the renaming of the Liverpool Airport as the Liverpool John Lennon Airport in honor of her late husband.
1999 – Mark Sandman, lead singer of idiosyncratic rock band Morphine, dies from a heart attack onstage at the Diardini del Principe music festival in Palestrina, Italy. He is 47.
1999 – Latin pop star Enrique Iglesias gives a free public performance in front of the Lincoln Center Plaza in New York.
1998 – A bipartisan group of Michigan legislators is successful in defeating a restrictive live music performance bill. S.B. 1100, introduced earlier in the year, would have allowed Michigan community governments to determine whether a live performance at a music venue is harmful to minors and to restrict access to minors unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
1992 – Mick Jagger’s daughter Jade gives birth to a daughter. She is the first grandchild for the 48-year-old Rolling Stone.
1991 – Several people are injured at a Guns N’ Roses concert in Maryland Heights, Mo., a St. Louis suburb. Lead singer Axl Rose is charged with third-degree assault and property damage but doesn’t turn himself in for a year.
1984 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “When Doves Cry,” by the artist then known as Prince. The song is the first single released from Prince’s “Purple Rain” LP and his biggest hit, selling more than 2 million copies and topping the pop chart for five weeks.
1973 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Will It Go Round in Circles,” Billy Preston.
1963 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Easier Said Than Done,” The Essex. The members of the group are all U.S. Marines, including lead singer Anita Humes.
1956 – Elvis Presley records “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Hound Dog” and “Anyway You Want Me” in New York. It marks the first time he uses the Jordanaires as background singers. The two-sided hit “Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog” tops Billboard’s Hot 100 for 11 weeks, setting a record in the rock era that stands until 1992.
1943 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Comin’ in on a Wing and a Prayer,” The Song Spinners.