2002 – Guitarist Michael Houser, a founding member of the Georgia-based jam band Widespread Panic, dies at his home in Athens from complications related to pancreatic cancer. He is 40.
2001 – Martie Seidel of the Dixie Chicks is married to Ireland-based college professor Gareth Maguire while the two are on vacation in Kailua, Hawaii.
2001 – Cyndi Thomson makes her Grand Ole Opry debut. The country newcomer performs acoustic versions of her hit, “What I Really Meant To Say,” and “I Always Liked That Best,” both from her debut album, “My World.”
1999 – It is announced that Oasis founding member Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs has decided to leave the band. Less than three weeks later, Paul McGuigan, the Oasis bassist known as “Guigsy,” hands in his resignation as well.
1997 – The Buffalo Club, Thompson Brothers, Kim Richey, and James Bonamy lead a group of artists who perform at a Democratic Party hosted by Vice President Al Gore. The party is thrown to thank local supporters.
1993 – Edward Roberts dies of cancer at age 57 in Akron, Ohio. He was a member of the 1960s singing group Ruby & the Romantics, whose hits included “Our Day Will Come,” “Hey There Lonely Boy” and “My Summer Love.”
1986 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Papa Don’t Preach,” Madonna.
1975 – CBS-TV summer variety show “Manhattan Transfer” premieres.
1966 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Summer in the City,” The Lovin’ Spoonful. The song is based on a poem by Mark Sebastian, whose brother John is singer of the group.
1947 – Ian Anderson, lead singer of Jethro Tull, is born in Edinburgh, Scotland. The group has two No. 1 pop albums: “Thick as a Brick” in 1972 and “A Passion Play” in 1973. The group’s first 10 albums are certified gold for selling at least 500,000 copies. The 10th is also certified platinum for selling at least 1 million copies (it is released in 1976, the first year albums are able to earn the platinum designation).
1928 – Balladeer and sausage maker Jimmy Dean (Seth Ward) is born in Plainview, Texas.
1928 – Eddie Fisher is born in Philadelphia. He marries Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor and Connie Stevens. His biggest singles are the million-selling No. 1 songs “Oh! My Pa-Pa” and “I’m Walking Behind You.” He appears in the films “All About Eve,” “Bundle of Joy” and “Butterfield 8.”
1909 – Leo Fender, founder of Fender Guitars, is born.