2005 – Australian artists including Kasey Chambers, “Australian Idol” winners Guy Sebastian and Casey Donovan, Jet vocalist Nic Cester, the Living End guitarist Chris Cheney, You Am I guitarist Dave Lane, Spiderbait drummer Mark “Kram” Maher and Dallas Crane bassist Pat Bourke rally together to help victims of the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunami with an all-star concert and telethon.
1997 – Fruit Of The Loom announces that Vince Gill, Hank Williams Jr., Wynonna, Travis Tritt, Randy Travis, The Charlie Daniels Band, Bryan White and Jo Dee Messina will all join the 1997 Fruit of the Loom Country Comfort Music Series.
1995 – Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder hosts a national late-night radio show broadcast titled “Self Pollution Radio” from the band’s hometown of Seattle.
1993 – A 29-cent U.S. postage stamp bearing the likeness of a 1950s-era Elvis Presley is issued at a post office near the King’s Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tenn. The U.S. Postal Service held a vote in 1992 in which fans chose the ’50s Elvis 851,200 to 277,723 over an older Elvis.
1991 – Steve Clark of Def Leppard is found dead in the living room of his London home by his girlfriend. The coroner rules that the 30-year-old died of a lethal combination of alcohol and drugs after a night of heavy drinking.
1979 – The Canadian government names Rush “Official Ambassadors of Music.”
1974 – Kiss is signed to its first recording contract.
1973 – Elvis Presley sues Priscilla Presley for divorce.
1947 – David Bowie (David Robert Jones) is born in London. He first records with the King Bees, Lower Third and the Mannish Boys in 1963 before going solo. His two No. 1 songs are “Fame” and “Let’s Dance.”
1935 – Elvis Presley is born in Tupelo, Miss., one of a pair of twins. His brother Jessie is stillborn. Billboard ranks him as the top pop recording artist of all time with 17 No. 1 songs. The 1956 two-sided hit “Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog” stays at No. 1 for 11 weeks, a record for the rock era that stands until 1992.