2004 – Edmund Sylvers, former lead singer of ’70s family group the Sylvers, dies after a battle with lung cancer. He is 47-years-old.
2003 – Thanks to its numeric moniker, funk-rock hybrid quintet 311 designates the day as its own personal holiday. The band celebrates its day by posting a bunch of stuff to it’s Website. In addition to a host of new photos and special deals on 311 merchandise, four previously unreleased mp3 songs are available to fans for free download
2002 – Country artist Pat Green is hospitalized in Brownsville, Texas with multiple facial fractures after being attacked by two men on South Padre Island.
1999 – Vocalist Kelle Bryan quits U.K. R&B/crossover act Eternal, leaving the band as the duo of sisters Easther and Vernie Bennet.
1998 – Stacey Guess of the Squirrel Nut Zippers dies of a drug overdose.
1997 – Former Fab Four member Paul McCartney is officially knighted by Queen Elizabeth II during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
1991 – Janet Jackson announces she is switching record labels, from A&M to Virgin. The deal is reportedly worth about $40 million.
1987 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Jacob’s Ladder,” Huey Lewis & the News. The song is written by brothers John and Bruce Hornsby.
1970 – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young win a Grammy, Best New Artists.
1970 – The 5th Dimension wins a Grammy for “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,” Record of the Year.
1962 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Hey! Baby,” Bruce Channel.
1955 – German singer Nina Hagen is born.
1947 – Vocalist/organist Mark Stein of Vanilla Fudge is born in Bayonne, N.J.