2002 – Peggy Lee, the singer-composer whose smoky, insinuating voice in such songs as “Is That All There Is” and “Fever” made her a jazz and pop legend, dies of a heart attack in Los Angeles. She is 81.
2001 – Bob Dylan picks up the best original song _ motion picture honor at the 58th annual Golden Globes ceremony at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Dylan beats out tow-time nominee Bjork.
2001 – Rapper Jamal “Shyne” Barrow, a co-defendant in the gun-possession and bribery trial of Sean “Puffy” Combs, is arrested after being involved in a car accident in New York that leaves two people seriously injured. Barrow is accused of running a red light and hitting another vehicle while driving without a license.
1999 – R&B singer/pianist Charles Brown, 76, dies of congestive heart failure in Oakland, Calif. Brown scored his first hit, “Drifting Blues,” in 1946 with Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers.
1998 – James Brown is released from a hospital where he had been treated for an addiction to painkillers. Brown, 64, had been admitted to a Columbia, S.C., hospital Jan. 15.
1998 – Music industry veteran Dick Griffey files a $6 million lawsuit against producer/artist Dr. Dre for alleged breach of contract concerning a business deal in 1991 which would have seen Griffey earning a 25% cut of Dre’s income.
1997 – Music industry legend Col. Tom Parker, the master promoter who guided Elvis Presley to stardom, dies in Las Vegas from complications from a stroke. He is 87.
1997 – Irwin Jesse Levin, whose song “Tie a Yellow Ribbon `Round the Old Oak Tree” became an unofficial anthem of the nation during the Iran hostage crisis, dies of kidney failure at the age of 58.
1987 – Roy Orbison, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Jackie Wilson are among those inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1984 – Soul star Jackie Wilson dies of a heart attack at the age of 49. He had six No. 1 songs on Billboard’s R&B singles charts, including “Lonely Teardrops,” which stays at No. 1 for seven weeks in 1958.
1982 – B.B. King donates his collection of 20,000 records to the University of Mississippi.
1972 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “American Pie,” Don McLean. The song, at 8 minutes and 27 seconds, is too long to fit on one side of a single and is split into two parts for release as a 45.
1966 – George Harrison marries Patti Boyd. The couple later divorces and she marries Eric Clapton.
1950 – Billy Ocean (Leslie Sebastian Charles) is born in Trinidad. He has three No. 1 songs, including “Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run).”
1942 – Singer/songwriter Mac Davis (“Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me”) is born in Lubbock, Texas.
1941 – Richie Havens is born in Brooklyn, N.Y. The black singer/guitarist is an opening act at the 1969 Woodstock concert.
1937 – Tenor Placido Domingo is born.