2005 – Oscar Brown Jr., singer, composer, lyricist, playwright and black culture activist, dies in Chicago from complications from a blood infection in the lower spine. He is 78.
2004 – Brenda Fassie is posthumously honored at the 10th annual South African Music Awards (SAMAs), held at Sun City, outside Johannesburg. Fassie _ who died May 9 _ is recognized with the prestigious awards for best-selling album and song of the decade, for “Memeza” and “Vuli’indlela,” respectively.
2004 – Canadian rock act Sum 41 is forced to evacuate the African nation of Congo while filming a documentary, “From the Front Lines” for aid agency War Child Canada.
1999 – The Rolling Stones launch the European leg of their Bridges to Babylon tour, performing in front of 80,000 enthusiastic fans in an open-air concert in Stuttgart, Germany.
1997 – Jeff Buckley drowns while swimming with a friend off Mud Island in Memphis.
1997 – Sharitha Knight, wife of Death Row Records owner Marion “Suge” Knight, files suit against Calvin Broadus (a.k.a. Snoop Doggy Dogg). The suit alleges failure to pay Knight 20% managerial fees due her for service between Aug. 3, 1993 and Aug. 3, 1996.
1996 – Jazz pianist James George “Jimmy” Rowles dies at the age of 78.
1995 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman,” Bryan Adams.
1979 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Hot Stuff,” Donna Summer.
1965 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Help Me, Rhonda,” The Beach Boys.
1962 – Henry Mancini’s “Moon River” wins a Grammy for Record of the Year, and Judy Garland’s “Judy at Carnegie Hall” wins a Grammy for Album of the Year.
1961 – Singer, songwriter and guitarist Melissa Etheridge is born in Leavenworth, Kan.
1945 – Gary Brooker, leader of Procul Harum, is born in Essex, England. The group’s biggest hit is “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” a No. 5 song in 1967. The group’s name means “beyond these things” in Latin.