2006 – For the first time in 30 years, Bob Dylan tops The Billboard 200 with “Modern Times.” Not only is it the legendary songwriter’s first album to reach the throne since “Desire” in 1976, it’s also his highest debuting album and his best sales week since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991.
2001 – Atari Teenage Riot co-founder Carl Crack dies at the age of 30. The cause of death is not announced, though Crack is understood to have undergone treatment for psychiatric problems in the past.
2000 – Rapper DMX goes one step too far. When he fails to show up for rehearsal for the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards for the second year in a row, the folks at the music cabler give him the boot as a performer. Chart-topping hip-hop star Nelly takes his place onstage the next night.
1998 – Brad Warren, of the Warren Brothers, interrupts touring to be present for the arrival of his new baby, Sage Warren, at Nashville hospital. Brad’s brother and bandmate Brett performs a scheduled appearance in Portland, Ore., as a solo act.
1997 – David Bowie launches a six-week tour of North America in Vancouver, British Columbia. The tour hits clubs, ballrooms, and theaters.
1997 – Roy Husky Jr., regarded as one of country music’s best upright bassists, dies of cancer at Columbia Centennial Medical Center in Nashville. Husky performed with such icons as Chet Atkins, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Vince Gill and George Jones. Husky is 41.
1990 – Guitarist Tom Fogerty dies of respiratory failure from tuberculosis. Along with his brother John, he was part of Creedence Clearwater Revival, whose two No. 1 albums were “Cosmo’s Factory” in 1970 and “Green River” in 1969.
1982 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Hard to Say I’m Sorry,” Chicago.
1971 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Go Away Little Girl,” Donny Osmond. Steve Lawrence hit No. 1 with the song in 1963, making this the first song in the rock era to be a No. 1 hit for two people.
1957 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Diana,” Paul Anka.
1944 – Roger Waters of Pink Floyd is born in Cambridge, England.
1925 – Jimmy Reed (Matthew James Reed Leland) is born in Dunleight, Miss.