2006 – Pete Wells, slide guitarist and one of the founders of Australian power blues band Rose Tattoo, dies in a Sydney hospital. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2002 and had spent the previous five weeks in the hospital. He is 59.
2005 – Former Crowded House and Split Enz drummer Paul Hester is found dead of an apparent suicide Saturday in a park in Melbourne. He is 46.
2005 – Mexican tropical icon Rigo Tovar dies of a heart attack in Mexico City. He is 59. Tovar, who became wildly successful in the 1970s with his band Costa Azul, left behind a legacy of hit songs, including “Mi Matamoros Querido” and “La Sirenita.”
2005 – Middle-of-the-road crooner Tony Christie achieves an improbable double on the British charts, holding at No. 1 on the singles chart with the reissue of his 1971 hit “(Is This the Way To) Amarillo” while moving from 2 to 1 in his fifth week on the album chart with “The Definitive Collection.”
2002 – Actor/musician Dudley Moore-whose work as a jazz pianist was mainly overshadowed by his film roles-dies at his New Jersey home of pneumonia, a complication of progressive supranuclear palsy. He is 66.
2002 – Country singer Lyle Lovett suffers a compound fracture toi his lower right leg when he is trampled by a bull at his uncle’s farm near the Houston suburb of Klein.
2000 – Ian Dury, one of the best-loved individuals in recent U.K. music history, dies after a long battle with cancer. He is 57.
2000 – A recently taped N.W.A. reunion is aired on USA Network’s “Farmclub.com” TV show. The reunion features original members, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and MC Ren with Snoop Dogg stepping in for the late Eazy E.
1999 – The Bee Gees play the inaugural concert at Sydney’s new Olympic Stadium as the concluding event of their “One Night Only” tour.
1998 – Alice Cooper breaks ground for Cooper’s Town, the 50-year-old rocker’s sports- and rock’n’roll-themed restaurant and bar to be built three blocks from the Arizona Diamondbacks’ baseball stadium.
1995 – Tupac Shakur’s “Me Against the World” makes him the first rapper to debut at No. 1 on the charts while in jail for sexual assault.
1993 – Clifford Jordan dies of cancer in Manhattan at age 61. Jordan was a jazz saxophonist and big-band leader known for his improvisations and his light, floating approach. He recorded more than 35 albums.
1991 – Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block is charged with first-degree arson in connection with a fire at the historic Seelbach Hotel in Louisville, Ky. The singer performs later in the evening after posting $5,000 bail.
1987 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Lean on Me,” Club Nouveau. Bill Withers took the song to No. 1 for three weeks in 1972.
1984 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Footloose,” Kenny Loggins. The title song to the film starring Kevin Bacon is nominated for an Academy Award.
1974 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Sunshine on My Shoulders,” John Denver. The song is used as the title theme to an NBC-TV movie during the 1974-75 season.
1970 – Singer Mariah Carey, whose vocal range spans five octaves, is born in New York City.
1951 – Tony Banks of Genesis is born.
1948 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Manana (Is Enough for Me),” Peggy Lee. The singer performed with Benny Goodman from 1941-43 and appeared in the films “Mister Mister” (1950) “The Jazz Singer” (1953) and “Pete Kelly’s Blues” (1955).