2006 – A few hundred lucky fans pack into New York’s Avalon to witness Pearl Jam tape an episode of the VH1 series “Storytellers,” which premieres a month later on the music channel.
2004 – One of France’s most celebrated lyricists of the past four decades, Etienne Roda-Gil, dies of a stroke. He is 62.
2001 – The first live performance in three years by hip-hop Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott is Webcast live by AOL.
2001 – Conductor Sir Simon Rattle and tenor Russell Watson take top honors at the Classical Brit Awards at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Rattle’s recording with the Berliner Philharmoniker of Mahler’s Symphony No. 10 is named ensemble/orchestral album of the year and receives the critics’ award. Rattle also wins for outstanding contribution. Watson’s “The Voice” is named album of the year and best-selling classical debut.
2000 – Latin jazz legend Tito Puente dies on the operating table of a New York hospital as a result of complications following 12 hours of open-heart surgery. He is 77.
1999 – “Behind the Music,” VH1’s highest-rated original series, begins airing at 9 p.m. nightly. The broadcasts kick off with the premiere of “The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Behind the Music.”
1998 – Geri “Ginger Spice” Halliwell confirms her departure from the Virgin Girl Power group The Spice Girls, citing the split to differences between herself and her band mates. A statement read to the press by her lawyer ends with the phrase “P.S. I’ll be back.”
1997 – A very nervous Lee Ann Womack makes her Grand Ole Opry debut. The singer is so nervous that she barely moves from center stage during her performance. Of the jittery big night, Womack later said “If I’d moved, I would’ve peed in my pants.”
1996 – Singer Elsbeary Hobbs dies at the age of 60.
1995 – Bob Dole blasts Hollywood, singling out Time Warner for “the marketing of evil” in movies and music. He later admits he hasn’t seen or heard much of what he’s criticized.
1993 – Rocker Jon Bon Jovi and wife Dorothea Hurley have their first child in Red Bank, N.J. They name their daughter Stephanie Rose.
1987 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” Kim Wilde.
1972 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “I’ll Take You There,” The Staple Singers.
1964 – Dave Clark Five makes the first of 12 appearance on TV’s “Ed Sullivan Show.”
1957 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Love Letters in the Sand,” Pat Boone.
1944 – Guitarist Mick Ralphs is born in Heresford, England. He is a founding member of Mott the Hoople, but leaves the group in 1973 to form Bad Company. Bad Company has two top 10 singles: “Can’t Get Enough” and “Feel Like Makin’ Love.”
1930 – Actor, director Clint Eastwood is born in San Francisco, Calif. Eastwood is self-taught jazz musician and pianist. He plays three songs in the movie “In The Line of Fire,” and composed two Cajun-inspired instrumentals for the movie “A Perfect World.”
1919 – Musician Emmanual Tettey Mensah is born.