2001 – Country songwriter and Grand Ole Opry member Johnny Russell dies of complications relating to diabetes in a hospital outside Nashville. He is 61.
2000 – DirecTV broadcasts the 1939 film “The Wizard Of Oz,” with Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of The Moon” in sync on the alternate Second Audio Program (SAP). While no one involved with Pink Floyd has ever admitted to any link between the bands seminal 1973 album and the classic film, urban legend purports that the album was conceived as an alternate soundtrack to Dorothy’s adventures in Oz.
1999 – John Michael Montgomery provides pre-race entertainment for the NASCAR Winston Cup PEPSI 400 race at Daytona International Speedway.
1988 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “The Flame,” Cheap Trick.
1986 – Depression era singer and bandleader Rudy Vallee dies. His biggest hit is “Stein Song (University of Maine)” in 1930.
1977 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Undercover Angel,” Alan O’Day.
1971 – Jim Morrison of the Doors dies of a heart attack in Paris at the age of 27.
1970 – The Allman Brothers Band appears at the Atlanta Pop Festival.
1957 – Laura Branigan is born in Brewster, N.Y. Her biggest hit is “Gloria,” a million-selling record that stays at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 for three weeks in 1982.