2006 – New York rockers the Strokes earned their first No. 1 U.K. with their third Rough Trade set, “First Impressions of Earth.” The group reached No. 2 with their two previous studio sets: 2001’s “Is This It?” and 2003’s “Room on Fire.”
2005 – Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock” (RCA) enters the U.K. singles chart at No. 1, the day after the King would have turned 70 years old.
2000 – Venerable Chicago club Lounge Ax opens its last week of business with a bang, thanks to a surprise appearance by rock quartet Wilco. The group plays a two-and-a-half hour set before a capacity crowd, many of whom had lined up outside the club as early as seven hours before doors were to open.
1999 – Hip-hop icon Guru of Gang Starr is robbed by three masked gunmen outside a small recording studio in Woodhaven, Queens. The rapper, whose real name is Keith Elam is getting into his Mercedes when he is attacked and pistol-whipped by the perps. Guru is unharmed, but the robbers make off with gold and diamond jewelry valued in excess of $10,000.
1998 – Lynn Odrick sues Anthony “Ant” Banks for allegedly punching her, damaging her vision and breaking her nose with a pool cue on November 25. Banks is one of the West Coast’s most prolific producers. He is also a member of Too $hort’s Dangerous Crew.
1997 – David Bowie celebrates his 50th birthday with a benefit concert at Madison Square Garden, just one day after his actual birth date. The concert features special guests the Foo Fighters, Lou Reed, Frank Black, Robert Smith, Sonic Youth and Placebo.
1995 – “Rolling Stone” releases its annual music awards with the people voting Green Day as best new band, Pearl Jam as best band and Nirvana tapped as artists of the year. Among the magazine’s critics’ picks, Courtney Love is voted artist of the year, R.E.M. as best band and Green Day best new band.
1992 – Sting makes a guest appearance on the Fox animated TV comedy series “The Simpsons,” in the episode “Radio Bart.”
1976 – Graham Parker of Graham Parker & the Rumour signs his first recording contract.
1971 – The U.S. Jaycees present an award to Elvis Presley naming him one of 10 outstanding young men in America.
1963 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Go Away Little Girl,” Steve Lawrence. The song debuts at No. 100 on the Hot 100.
1957 – Gloria Estefan of Miami Sound Machine is born in Havana, Cuba.
1950 – Rock ‘n’ Roll singer Rio Reiser is born.
1944 – Guitarist Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin is born in Heston, England. All of the group’s albums are certified gold (500,000 copies sold) or platinum (1 million copies), and six reach No. 1.
1941 – Joan Baez is born in Staten Island, N.Y. She has three top 10 albums and six gold albums (500,000 copies sold).
1928 – Domenico Modugno is born in Polignano a Mare, Italy. He sings and co-writes “Volare (Nel Blu Diopinto),” which tops Billboard’s Hot 100 for six weeks in 1958.