2006 – Record executive Lou Wills, who helped Warner Bros. build a powerful lineup of acts, including Larry Graham, Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, George Benson, Richard Pryor, Dionne Warwick, Parliament Funkadelic, Prince, and the Time, dies.
2001 – R&B singer and actress Aaliyah dies when a small plane that was to carry her and eight others back to the United States crashes after takeoff in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas.
2000 – Jack Nitzsche, the noted musician, songwriter, producer, and arranger, dies of cardiac arrest in Hollywood, Calif., He is 63. Nitzsche rose to prominence during the ’60s as an arranger of produce Phil Spector’s hit singles.
1998 – A historic concert at the Miami Beach Convention Center is interrupted by a bomb threat during the opening performance by 90-year-old singer and Buena Vista Social Club member Compay Segundo. More than two dozen Cuban musicians are granted visas to perform Stateside at the show.
1997 – Mindy McCready, Kenny Chesney, Jason Sellers, Ray Vega, Sara Evans, Ricochet’s Heath Wright, Skip Ewing and Kippi Brannon join catalyst Randy Owen for a special “We Are the World”-style recording session aimed at helping the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The group records the song “Make a Miracle.”
1996 – Opera singer Sylvia Fisher dies at the age of 86.
1995 – Dwayne Goettel of the industrial rock group Skinny Puppy is found dead of an apparent heroin overdose at his parents’ home in Canada.
1993 – 22-year-old Philip Woldemariam is shot in Los Angeles and rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg is charged with first-degree murder as an accomplice. Dogg’s bodyguard, McKinley Lee, is charged with first-degree murder. Lee and Dogg say the shooting was in self-defense after Woldemariam pulled a gun on the performer.
1979 – Bandleader Stan Kenton dies of a heart attack at the age of 46.
1973 – Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks breaks a leg in a car crash in Macon, Ga.
1970 – Elton John makes his U.S. debut at the Troubador in Los Angeles.
1970 – Emerson, Lake & Palmer give their debut performance in Plymouth, England.
1967 – The Beatles go to Wales to study transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
1961 – Achy-Breaky singer Billy Ray Cyrus is born in Flatwoods, Ken.
1955 – Elvis Costello (Declan McManus) is born in London. His biggest hit is the top 20 song “Veronica” in 1989, which he writes with Paul McCartney.
1951 – Vocalist Rob Halford of Judas Priest is born in Birmingham, England.
1949 – Kiss bassist Gene Simmons is born Chaim Witz in Haifa, Israel.