2006 – The Sex Pistols opt not to attend their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. “We’re not coming. We’re not your monkeys,” reads a handwritten statement filled with spelling mistakes posted on the infamous punk band’s Web site.
2006 – Metallica inducts Black Sabbath into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Metallica also performs a short set of Sabbath songs during the event at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Other inductees include Blondie, Miles Davis, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sex Pistols and A&M Records co-founders Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss.
2003 – Blur plays a surprise show at the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. In addition to being one of the group’s first ever performances without guitarist Graham Coxon, who departed the previous year, the show is also pulled off without bassist Alex James who had visa difficulties and could not make the trip to the U.S.
2003 – A jury awards 5.3 million to concert promoter Marcel Avram in his suit against Michael Jackson over the cancellation of two planned 1999 concerts. Avram filed suit against Jackson in 2000.
2001 – Eric Clapton releases “Reptile,” his first solo album since 1998’s “Pilgrim.”
2000 – Pop/punksters Blink-182 cut short their current European tour in support of the hit MCA album “Enema Of The State,” after singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge and drummer Travis Barker succumb to strep throat.
1998 – The Smashing Pumpkins file suit against U.K.-based Sound And Media Ltd., alleging that the firm released a “book-with-CD” about the band without proper clearances. The suit seeks an injunction and damages of at least $1 million.
1995 – Diana Ross is honored with the Heritage Award for Career Achievement at the Soul Train Awards. Barry White picks up awards for song of the year (“The Icon is Love”) and best male album. Anita Baker wins best female album and best female single.
1988 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Never Gonna Give You Up,” Rick Astley. Astley’s first single is the top single of 1987 in the United Kingdom.
1978 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Night Fever,” The Bee Gees. The song is the third consecutive No. 1 single from the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack.
1967 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Penny Lane,” The Beatles. The group had planned to include the song on the album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” but released it as a single instead.
1950 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Music! Music! Music!” by Teresa Brewer.
1943 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “I’ve Heard That Song Before,” Harry James Orchestra.
1939 – Neil Sedaka is born in Brooklyn, N.Y. His biggest hit is “Bad Blood,” a million-selling song in 1975 that tops Billboard’s Hot 100 for three weeks. He also writes “Love Will Keep Us Together,” which Captain & Tennille take to No. 1.
1908 – Musician Helen Sinclair Glatz is born.