2005 – Chris Curtis, the original drummer and backing vocalist for influential 1960s Merseybeat combo the Searchers, dies in Liverpool, England, after a long illness. He is 63.
2005 – A 24-year-old Los Angeles man is hospitalized after being shot at radio station WQHT’s West Village facility during a live interview with 50 Cent. The victim is said to be a member of the rapper’s entourage.
2001 – Both R. Kelly and Jagged Edge are double winners at the 15th annual Soul Train Music Awards at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium.
2000 – Charging that he has been shortchanged millions in publishing royalties, Stan Penrige, the songwriter who penned “Beth,” sues the members of Kiss, the band’s publishing company, and Universal Music Group.
1991 – The Record Plant in Hollywood closes. Among the albums recorded at the recording studio and rock hangout were the Eagles’ “Hotel California,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” and Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life.”
1985 – David Byron of Uriah Heep dies. Age 38.
1984 – Michael Jackson wins eight Grammys, all connected to his album “Thriller.”
1974 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Seasons in the Sun,” Terry Jacks.
1967 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Ruby Tuesday,” The Rolling Stones. The song is released as the B side to the single “Let’s Spend the Night Together.” Most American radio stations play “Ruby Tuesday” because the other song is so blatantly sexual.
1940 – Songwriter/performer Joe South is born in Atlanta.