2005 – Cuban singer Ibrahim Ferrer, one of the stars of the 1990s Buena Vista Social Club CD series, dies in Havana at the age of 78. The artist had returned three days earlier from a one-month tour of Europe, and a week before dying he appeared in pain singing at a festival in Barcelona.
2004 – Funk legend Rick James is found dead at 9:45 a.m. PT at his Los Angeles home by a caretaker. He is 56.
2002 – Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher suffers from whiplash and shock after he is injured in a car accident in Indianapolis. The band is forced to postpone upcoming concerts in Philadelphia and Boston.
1998 – Nat Gonella, one of Britain’s most respected jazz trumpeters, dies in Gosport, Hampshire. He is 90. Gonella led one of the most popular dance bands of the ’30s and was regarded by some as the U.K.’s answer to Louis Armstrong.
1998 – Indian students stage a Peace Festival in Mumbai for the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing to protest their country’s recent nuclear weapons testing. Peace Together 98, on the campus lawns of St. Andrews College in the Mumbai suburb of Bandra, India features free performances from top Hindi pop artists such as Lucky Ali, Sagarika, Mehnaaz, Uday Benega, and Vikas Bhalla.
1998 – Ted Nugent, the singer/songwriter, guitarist, politician, self-proclaimed “outdoorsman,” and morning talk-show host embarks on a 15-city U.S. jaunt in Los Angeles. Bassist Johnny G. and drummer Tommy Aldridge accompany Nugent on the tour.
1998 – The last new episode of Magic Johnson’s talk show “The Magic Hour” airs. The show – which featured performances by a variety of music acts, including Boyz II Men, Simply Red, Mary J. Blige, and Hanson – consistently suffered poor reviews and low ratings.
1996 – Vince Neil, former singer of ’80’s metal band Motley Crue, attempts to play a show at an Indiana club. The show, starting more than four hours late, ends after only three songs. Neil claims that he isn’t feeling well, and that the audience of “rednecks” don’t appreciate his talent. No refunds are offered, and police, called to the scene shortly thereafter, barely stave off a riot of over 500 irate ticket-holders.
1996 – Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder videotapes the Ramones placing their hands in cement on the Hollywood Rock Walk prior to a Ramones show at The Palace. The Ramones claim this is their last show ever.
1995 – R&B singer Brandy receives four trophies at the first Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards. TLC took group honors for single and solo of the year.
1984 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Ghostbusters,” Ray Parker Jr. Huey Lewis sues Parker, saying the Academy Award-nominated song sounds too much like his “I Want a New Drug.”
1973 – Stevie Wonder is seriously injured in a car accident near Winston-Salem, N.C. He remains in a coma for four days.
1973 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “The Morning After,” Maureen McGovern. The song is the theme to the film “The Poseidon Adventure.”
1970 – An anti-war rock festival is held at Shea Stadium, New York, with Janis Joplin, Paul Simon, Steppenwolf, and Johnny Winter.
1964 – Rod Stewart makes his television debut on the British show “The Beat Room.”
1953 – Pat MacDonald of Timbuk 3 is born. MacDonald and his wife, Barbara, form the duo. Their biggest hit is “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades,” a top 20 hit in 1986.