2002 – A van driven by blues guitarist Popa Chubby (Ted Horowitz) overturns, injuring Horowitz and two band members, keyboard player Dave Keyes and drummer Rod Gross.
2001 – Country artist Clint Black hosts the third annual Family Television Awards ceremony at the Beverly (Hills, Calif.) Hilton Hotel.
2001 – Ron Townson, centerpiece singer for the Grammy-winning pop group the 5th dimension, dies at his home in Las Vegas. The 68-year-old singer suffers renal failure as a result of a four-year battle with kidney disease.
2000 – Gilles Thibault, who co-penned the hit “Comme D’Habitude,” which Paul Anka adapted to English as “My Way,” dies in Paris of unknown causes. He is 72.
1998 – The official “Hip-Hop World Series” kicks off at Randalls Island in New York. Big Daddy Kane, Cocoa Brovaz, Sunz of Man, Parrish Smith of EPMD, Das EFX, Daddy O, Heltah Skeltah, Buckshot, and staffers from Roc-A-Fella Records are among the artists and industry members who in the benefit softball tournament.
1997 – Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, critic of Nigeria’s military regime and a pop superstar who fused rock with African rhythms into a blend known as “Afrobeat” dies of AIDS. He is 58.
1991 – Rick James is arrested in Los Angeles and charged with the sex torture of a 24-year-old woman.
1981 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Jessie’s Girl,” Rick Springfield. The song wins Springfield a Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.
1972 – Brian Cole of the Association dies of a heroin overdose. The group’s biggest hit is the million-selling No. 1 single “Windy.”
1971 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart,” The Bee Gees. The song is the first of nine No. 1 singles for the Gibb brothers.
1960 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” Brian Hyland. The song is a true story inspired by songwriter Paul Vance’s two-year-old daughter.
1937 – The Band’s Garth Hudson is born in London, Ontario.