2005 – Karl Mueller, bassist and founding member of the Minneapolis-based rock act Soul Asylum, dies at his home. He was 41. Diagnosed with throat cancer in May 2004, Mueller underwent radiation treatment and was said to have been in and out of the hospital in recent months.
2000 – The Grand Ole Opry, carried since 1925 on WSM radio in Nashville, begins webcasting at www.opry.com or www.wsmonline.com.
1999 – Geri Halliwell’s first official trip in her capacity as a United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) goodwill ambassador wraps up. Controversy trails Halliwell constantly during the three-day trip to the very Catholic Philippines where she puts the spotlight on the issue of contraception. Monsignor Pedro Quitorio, spokesman for the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, likens the UN’s sending of Halliwell to a Catholic country to “sending Salman Rushdie to a Muslim country as a goodwill ambassador.”
1998 – R&B vocalist Jody Watley says she was told “by the powers that be” at Atlantic Records that although they intend to release her album “Flowers” outside of the U.S., the label will not release the project in the U.S. Watley also says she receives no explanation when she is informed of the decision.
1995 – Rod Stewart sets an attendance record for Wembley Stadium with a concert crowd of 90,000. The 1985 Live Aid concert drew 72,000.
1984 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “The Reflex,” Duran Duran. It is the group’s first No. 1 hit in the United States.
1972 – Paul McCartney releases “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” The musical version of the nursery rhyme reaches No. 28 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and No. 9 in Great Britain.
1972 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “The Candy Man,” Sammy Davis Jr. The biggest pop hit of Davis’ career, the song is featured in the film “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”
1963 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Sukiyaki,” Kyu Sakamoto. This is the only Japanese-language tune to top Billboard’s pop chart.
1946 – Barry Manilow (Barry Alan Pinkus) is born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He studies at Julliard. Manilow becomes Bette Midler’s accompanist in 1972, later producing her first two albums. He writes and sings jingles for Dr Pepper, Pepsi and McDonalds before releasing his first single in 1974, “Mandy,” a million-selling No. 1 song.