2003 – Thomas D. Mottola, who spent 14 years at the helm of Sony Music Entertainment, resigns as chairman, CEO.
2001 – Bryan Gregory, guitarist in the original lineup of the Cramps, dies of unknown causes in Anaheim, Calif., at the age of 46.
2000 – Longtime Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman announces his departure from the veteran heavy medal group. Friedman will be replaced by Al Pitrelli, who has previously played with Asia, Alice Cooper, and Savatage.
2000 – Melissa Etheridge ends speculation about the paternity of the children the rock star shares with partner Julie Cypher, when she announces that David Crosby is the children’s father.
1985 – Ted Nugent appears on TV’s “Miami Vice.”
1978 – Bluesman Howlin’ Wolf dies in a hospital near Chicago following brain surgery. His biggest hit is the 1951 song “How Many More Years,” which featured Ike Turner on piano.
1956 – Elvis Presley starts his first recording session for RCA. The result includes “Heartbreak Hotel.”
1952 – Pat Benatar (Pat Andrzejewski) is born in Brooklyn, N.Y. Her first six albums all go platinum, selling more than 1 million copies. The 1981 album “Precious Time” tops Billboard’s pop chart for one week.
1948 – Donald Fagen of Steely Dan is born in Passaic, N.J. The pop/jazz group has three top 10 albums, including “Aja,” which goes to No. 3 on Billboard’s pop chart.
1945 – Roderick (Rod) Stewart is born in London. His biggest hit, “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright),” is No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for eight weeks.
1939 – Scott McKenzie (Philip Blondheim) is born in Jacksonville, Fla. His biggest hit is the 1967 song “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair),” which reaches No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100. He writes the Beach Boys’ 1988 No. 1 hit, “Kokomo.”