2006 – Farm Aid co-founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young are joined by Dave Matthews, Steel Pulse, Gov’t Mule, Jerry Lee Lewis, Gov’t Mule, Steve Earle and Allison Moorer for the organization’s 21st anniversary concert at the Tweeter Center in Camden, N.J.
2003 – Rockabilly singer/guitarist Ronnie Dawson dies at his East Dallas home after a yearlong fight with throat cancer. He is 64.
1998 – Blues guitar prodigy Jonny Lang, rock guitarist Slash, punk rocker Joey Ramone, and Cheap Trickster Rick Nelson are among the musicians who guest-star on “The Drew Carey Show.” On the program, Carey’s band is looking for a lead guitarist, and a string of axemen audition for the gig – including Ramone, even though he didn’t play guitar in the Ramones.
1997 – U2 cause controversy during its show in Tel Aviv, Israel, with frontman Bono appealing for the release from imprisonment of nuclear secrets traitor Mordechai Vanunu.
1997 – Patty Loveless releases her ninth album “Long Stretch of Lonesome.”
1997 – Randy Travis becomes the first artist to ink a deal with DreamWorks Records Nashville. His signing instantly raises the stock of the new country label.
1997 – Fleetwood Mac’s reunion show at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J., grosses a house record of $1,094,520.
1993 – George Harrison and David Crosby make guest appearances on the fifth season premiere of the Fox animated comedy series “The Simpsons.”
1992 – Songwriter Paul Jabara dies of AIDS-related causes in Los Angeles at age 44. He wrote disco-era classics like the Academy Award-winning “Last Dance” (performed by Donna Summer), “It’s Raining Men” (by the Weather Girls) and “No More Tears” (a duet by Summer and Barbra Streisand).
1991 – Entertainer Liza Minnelli receives a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Her mother, Judy Garland, has three stars on the famous boulevard.
1983 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” Bonnie Tyler.
1971 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Maggie May,” Rod Stewart.
1965 – Donovan makes his U.S. television debut on the “Shindig” musical variety show.
1947 – Marc Bolan (Marc Feld) of T. Rex is born in London.
1943 – Marilyn McCoo of the 5th Dimension is born in Jersey City, N.J.
1935 – Singer Johnny Mathis is born in San Francisco. He gets a track scholarship to San Francisco State College and is invited to the Olympic try-outs, but chooses a singing career instead. His most successful song is “Chances Are” in 1957. He also has a No. 1 duet with Deniece Williams in 1978 with “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late.”