2005 – Jimmy Martin, one of the greatest vocalists in bluegrass, dies in a Nashville hospice where he has been battling bladder cancer. He is 77.
1999 – Controversial Web site MP3.com files with the Securities and Exchange Commission for its initial public offering.
1998 – Frank Sinatra, the premier American pop stylist and Chairman of the Board to his legions of fans, dies of a heart attack. He is 82. The singer, who had stayed out of public view since a heart attack the year before, is pronounced dead at 10:50 p.m. in the emergency room of Ceders-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
1998 – Recording artist George Michael pleads no contest in Beverly Hills Municipal Court to committing a lewd act in a park restroom. Michael, who does not appear in court for arraignment on the misdemeanor charge, is fined $810, given 80 hours of community service and ordered to undergo counseling.
1998 – Ticketmaster group reports it sold 522,926 tickets worth 19.5 million over its Internet site, Ticketmaster Online, during the first quarter of the year. This figure, the firm says, represents a 270% increase over the analog quarter the year before.
1988 – Jazz trumpeter and vocalist Chet Baker dies.
1981 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Bette Davis Eyes,” Kim Carnes. Bette Davis responds by sending roses to Carnes when the song wins a Grammy. The song is first recorded by Jackie DeShannon.
1976 – Keith Relf of the Yardbirds dies of electrocution at the age of 33.
1973 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” Stevie Wonder. It is his third chart-topping hit.
1969 – Danny Wood of New Kids on the Block is born.
1963 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “If You Wanna Be Happy,” Jimmy Soul.
1952 – David Byrne, lead singer of the Talking Heads, is born in Dumbarton, Scotland. The group’s biggest hit is “Burning Down the House,” a No. 9 song in 1983.
1936 – Bobby Darin (Walden Robert Cassotto) is born in New York City. His only No. 1 hit is “Mack the Knife.” He won two Grammys in 1959: Best New Artist and Best Vocal Performance (Male) for “Mack the Knife.”