2006 – Billy Preston, the exuberant keyboardist who landed dream gigs with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and enjoyed his own series of hit singles, including “Outta Space” and “Nothing From Nothing,” dies at the age of 59.
2006 – Jazzman Hilton Ruiz has dies from complications following an accident in New Orleans. Ruiz had turned 54 barely a week earlier.
2002 – Founding Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby succumbs to AIDS after an eight-year battle with the disease. Crosby, who co-wrote many of the pop-metal band’s best-known songs, is 42.
2001 – Spiller takes top honors at the DanceStar 2001 Awards in London. The group wins best house act, best chart act, and worldwide record of the year for its cut “Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)” featuring vocals by Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
2000 – Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood checks himself into rehab in London. Wood, who is accompanied by his wife, is admitted to the Priory Clinic in an effort to overcome his addiction to alcohol before the Rolling Stones launch another world tour.
1995 – Pink Floyd releases its two-CD live album, “Pulse.”
1994 – A son, Evan Shane, is born in Los Angeles to Paul and Pamela Bowen Stanley. Paul Stanley is the lead singer and co-founder of the rock group Kiss.
1992 – David Bowie marries model and actress Iman in a church ceremony in Florence, Italy. The couple wed in a civil ceremony in May.
1991 – Jazz tenor saxophonist Stan Getz dies of liver cancer in Malibu, Calif., at age 64. His album “Jazz Samba” hit No. 1 on Billboard’s pop album chart in 1962. The song “The Girl from Ipanema” (with Astrud Gilberto) reached No. 5 on the singles chart in 1964.
1990 – U.S. District Judge Jose Gonzalez in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., rules that 2 Live Crew’s rap album “As Nasty as They Wanna Be” is obscene.
1987 – Michael Jackson severs his ties with the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
1971 – Gladys Knight & the Pips are musical guests on the final episode of CBS-TV’s “Ed Sullivan Show.”
1966 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Paint It Black,” The Rolling Stones.
1944 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “I’ll Get By (as Long as I Have You),” Harry James Orchestra/Dick Haynes.
1939 – Gary U.S. Bonds (Gary Anderson) is born in Jacksonville, Fla. His biggest hit is the No. 1 song “Quarter to Three.”