2006 – A cover of Joseph Arthur’s “In the Sun” recorded by R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe as a digital EP becomes available via the iTunes Music Store. Proceeds from sales of the single benefit Mercy Corps’ efforts to rebuild New Orleans neighborhoods devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
2005 – Merle Kilgore, a legendary figure in country music, dies from congestive heart failure onset from complications related to his ongoing treatment for cancer. Kilgore, 70, had been undergoing some experimental treatments in a hospital in Mexico at the time of his death.
2001 – To commemorate the first anniversary of rapper Big Pun’s death, a mural is painted in the Bronx section of New York by graffiti artists Tats Crew. The mural replaces one painted the year before on 163rd Street and Intervale Boulevard. Members of the rapper’s family and fellow rappers Fat Joe and Cuban Link are on hand for the dedication.
2001 – Rapper Master P (Percy Miller) guest stars on FOX series “Dark Angel.”
1999 – The Japanese indie scene mourns former Super Junky Monkey lead vocalist Mutsumi Fukuhara (born Takahashi), after the singer apparently falls from the balcony of her apartment in Osaka. Fukuhara, 28, had recently left the band to devote time to her husband and their 1-year-old son.
1998 – Carl Wilson, one of the founding members of the Beach Boys, dies from complications of lung cancer. Wilson, 51, who had been battling the disease for nearly a year dies in Los Angeles with his family reportedly by his side.
1998 – Falco, the ’80s technopop artist best known for his “Rock Me Amadeus” song and video, dies in a traffic accident in the Dominican Republic. He is 40. The Austrian-born singer/songwriter, born Johann Holzel, suffers a severe head injury when his sport utility vehicle collides with a bus as he pulls onto the highway.
1995 – Bob Marley’s backup singers, the I-Threes, reunite for a 50th birthday concert for the late reggae pioneer at the Bob Marley museum in Jamaica. Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers also perform.
1994 – Nirvana embarks on their final tour of Europe.
1990 – Billy Idol breaks his arm and leg when his motorcycle crashes after he allegedly ran a stop sign in Hollywood. He had been coming from the recording studio, where he was working on the album “Charmed Life.”
1987 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Open Your Heart,” Madonna. Songwriters Gardner Cole and Peter Rafelson originally called the song “Follow Your Heart.”
1981 – Hugo Montenegro dies of emphysema. Age 55.
1977 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Torn Between Two Lovers,” Mary MacGregor. The artist says she hates the song and finds the situation in it “implausible.”
1950 – Singer Natalie Cole is born in Los Angeles, the second of singer Nat “King” Cole’s five children. “Unforgettable,” a tribute to her father, is her biggest album, reaching No. 1 in 1991.
1945 – Reggae star Bob Marley is born in St. Ann’s, Jamaica, the son of a British Army captain and a Jamaican. He records with his Jamaican band, the Wailers.
1943 – Teen idol Fabian (Fabiano Forte) is born in Philadelphia. He only releases two albums, both in 1959. He begins his acting career the same year with “Hound Dog Man.”