2003 – Drummer Tony Thompson dies in an Encino, Calif., hospital. Thompson is survived by his wife, Patrice Jennings, and her two children.
2001 – Singer Ronald Cheng, son of Universal Music Asia chairman Norman Cheng, is fined HK $5,000 ($641) and has his driver’s license suspended for six months after he pleads guilty to a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. Cheng was arrested Oct. 5 after his car collided with a taxi in Hong Kong. His blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.
1999 – British rock star Gary Glitter, born Paul Francis Gadd, 55, pleads guilty at Bristol Crown Court in England, to 54 counts of taking and possessing indecent photographs of underage children. Glitter is sentenced to four months in jail after admitting to the offenses that took place between January 1997 and November 1997.
1999 – Kid Rock and Lauryn Hill top the 1999 Billboard Music Video Awards, held at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.
1998 – Madonna draws the best female and the best album (“Ray of Light”) honors at the 1998 MTV Europe Music Awards in Milan.
1997 – Taiwanese singer, songwriter and producer Chang Yu-Sheng, best known for his hit Mandarin song “My Future Is Not A Dream,” dies three weeks after being injured in an auto accident. Cause of death is attributed to complications arising from a lung infection.
1997 – More than $2 million are raised at the Neil Bogart Memorial Fund’s 1997 Children’s Choice Award dinner honoring Grammy-winning producer/songwriter David Foster. Performers and guests include Az Yet, All-4-One, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman and Cindy Crawford.
1997 – Rainer Ptacek, the subject of the star-studded Atlantic tribute album “The Inner Flame,” dies after a two-year struggle with brain cancer. He is 46. Ptacek is best known for his work with Robert Plant.
1984 – Madonna releases her sophomore album, “Like A Virgin.” It becomes the Material Girl’s biggest album. The title track spends six weeks at No. 1 on Billboard singles chart and spawns the top 5 singles “Material Girl,” “Angel” and “Dress You Up.” It also launches an army of lingerie-clad pre-teen Madonna wannabes.
1970 – The Doors play their last concert with Jim Morrison in New Orleans.
1955 – Fats Domino is named the favorite Rhythm & Blues artist in Billboard’s annual DJ’s Poll.
1955 – Chuck Berry is named the most promising Rhythm & Blues artist in Billboard’s annual DJ’s Poll.
1945 – Neil Young is born in Toronto.
1939 – Ruby Nash Curtis of Ruby and the Romantics is born in Akron, Ohio. The group has a No. 1 hit in 1963 with “Our Day Will Come.”