2004 – New York Dolls bassist Arthur Kane dies in Los Angeles due to complications from leukemia. He is 55.
1998 – It is announced that Marilyn Manson must cancel appearances at seven European rock festivals due to drummer Ginger Fish’s bout with mononucleosis.
1998 – RealNetworks Inc. rolls out a test version of RealSystem G2, its newest streaming video and audio delivery system using technology the company hopes will become the Internet standard.
1985 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “A View to a Kill,” Duran Duran. It is the first No. 1 hit from a James Bond movie. (Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let Die” and Carly Simon’s “Nobody Does It Better” each reached No. 2.)
1985 – George Michael sings lead vocals to Elton John’s performance of “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” at the Live Aid Concert. A Michael-John cover of the song tops Billboard’s Hot 100 and Music & Media’s Eurochart Hot 100 in 1992, selling more than 1.7 million copies worldwide.
1975 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Listen to What the Man Said,” Wings.
1964 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Rag Doll,” The 4 Seasons.
1964 – The Supremes make the studio recording of “Come See About Me.” The song tops Billboard’s Hot 100 for two weeks.
1954 – Country music singer Louise Mandrell is born in Corpus Christi, Texas. She performs with her older sister, Barbara Mandrell, and her husband, R.C. Bannon. She is featured in the TV show “Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters” from 1980-82. Her biggest hit is “I Wanna Say Yes,” which hits No. 5 on Billboard’s country singles chart in 1985.
1942 – Roger McGuinn of the Byrds is born in Chicago. The group have two No. 1 songs in 1965: “Mr. Tambourine Man” (one week) and “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)” (three weeks).
1942 – Drummer Stephen Jo Bladd of the J. Geils Band is born in Boston. The group’s biggest hit is “Centerfold,” which tops Billboard’s Hot 100 for six weeks in 1982.