2004 – Legendary Southern Rock figure Lacy Van Zant dies at his home in Jacksonville, Fla., due to chronic pulmonary illness. He is 89. The father of the late Ronnie Van Zant (founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd), current Skynyrd frontman Johnny Van Zant and 38 Special’s Donnie Van Zant, as well as daughters Darlene and Marlene, Lacy was known as the “Father of Southern Rock.”
2001 – Chart-topping rap outfit D12 carries out a brutal assault on Detroit rap rivals Esham and T.N.T. The incident occurs during a tour stop in Camden, N.J., and leaves T.N.T. with bruises and cuts, and Esham with a broken nose, a ruptured eyeball, a concussion, and hearing damage to his left eardrum. As a result of the attack, D12 is thrown off the Warped Tour.
1998 – Sony Music Entertainment squashes Best Buy’s Pearl Jam promotion in which the retailer had planned to give away an exclusive live CD by the band to customers who purchase the group’s Epic Video, “Single Video Theory.” Sony files suit, seeking an injunction barring the sale of the CD and damages.
1997 – At the request of NASA, Diamond Rio hosts a 30th anniversary bash for the Kennedy Space Center. The group performs in the Rocket Garden area of the Visitor Center.
1988 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Roll with It,” Steve Winwood. Billboard ranks this the top song of the year.
1975 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Jive Talkin’,” The Bee Gees.
1974 – Guitarist Jeff Baxter quits Steely Dan and joins the Doobie Brothers.
1969 – Beach Boy Carl Wilson is indicted in Los Angeles after failing to work as a hospital orderly in lieu of military draft.
1965 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “I’m Henry VIII, I Am,” Herman’s Hermits. The song was written in 1911 by Fred Murray and R.P. Weston and was popularized at the time by Cockney comedian Harry Champion.
1963 – Final Beatles’ performance at Liverpool’s Cavern Club.
1926 – Singer Tony Bennett is born Anthony Dominick Benedetto in Astoria, NY.