2003 – Rising British singer/songwriter Matthew Jay dies after falling from a seventh-story window. He is 24.
2002 – Singer/songwriter Tim Rose dies in London of complications from surgery for intestinal cancer. Rose, 62, sang with Cass Elliott in folk trio the Big Three.
2002 – Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt switches gears to music as she releases her album “Bare Naked,” via Jive Records.
1999 – Hank Williams is the subject of the first-ever country music symposium at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. “A Tribute To Hank Williams” begins with Lucinda Williams, Kim Richey, Kathy Mattea, and Steve Earle performing the works of the late country music godfather.
1998 – Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler, 33, is sentenced to 150 days in jail for beating two women he dated and for violating his probation from an earlier domestic violence conviction.
1997 – In his second cross-genre appearance of the year, Sting performs “I’m So Happy I Can’t Stop Crying” with country singer, Toby Keith at the 31st annual Country Music Association Awards. Earlier in the year, Sting performed the song “I’ll Be Missing You” with rapper Puff Daddy at the MTV Video Music Awards.
1993 – Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler reaches a $2.5 million settlement in his lawsuit against the group and managers. Adler was thrown out of the band because he couldn’t kick his heroin habit. The agreement was reached shortly before the lawsuit would have gone to the Superior Court jury. Adler’s lawyer said the drummer sued to set aside a 1990 agreement he signed giving up his partnership interest in the band. During the trial, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash testified that Adler was “strung out” when he signed the agreement.
1991 – Nirvana’s breakthrough album “Nevermind” is released.
1988 – “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” by Bobby McFerrin, is the first a cappella song to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. McFerrin’s bubbly No. 1 hit gets former president George Bush in trouble when the hopeful Republican uses the song without permission as an election campaign song.
1988 – Graham Parker opens a solo acoustic tour at the University of Rhode Island.
1978 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Kiss You All Over,” Exile.
1968 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Hey Jude,” The Beatles. The song is the biggest for the best-selling rock group of all time. It stays at No. 1 for nine weeks.
1958 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “It’s All in the Game,” Tommy Edwards.
1942 – Gerry Marsden of Gerry & the Pacemakers is born in Liverpool, England.