2003 – Cuban-born conga player/percussionist Ramon “Mongo” Santamaria dies in a Miami hospital after suffering a stroke earlier in the week. He is 85.
2001 – Hit songwriter John Jarrad dies in Nashville of respiratory failure. He is 47. Jarrad wrote 11 No. 1 records. His hit songs include John Anderson’s “Money In The Bank,” BlackHawk’s “I Sure Can Smell The Rain,” Collin Raye’s “My Kind Of Girl,” Neal McCoy’s “They’re Playin’ Our Song,” and numerous hits for Alabama, including “We Can’t Love Like This Anymore.”
2001 – LeAnn Rimes takes to the Web to directly address her fans about her ongoing legal wrangling and to apologize for the recently released album “I Need You,” which she says she was “shocked” to find out Curb Records was issuing without her cooperation.
1999 – The Web site Lycos begins a new search service that offers easy access to a half-million high quality recordings. The search service finds titles that use MP3, an easy-download technology. Such files alarm the recording industry, since many of the songs are illegal copies made by those who sell or give them away online.
1992 – Nirvana’s album, “Nevermind” goes to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Album chart for the second time.
1986 – Diana Ross marries Norwegian millionaire Arne Naess in Geneva.
1977 – The film “Genesis in Concert” premieres in London, with Princess Anne in attendance.
1969 – Joni Mitchell makes her Carnegie Hall debut.
1964 – The governor of Indiana declares the Kingsmen’s hit “Louie Louie” to be pornographic and asks the state’s radio stations not to play it.
1952 – Rick James is born in Buffalo, N.Y. Among his R&B hits are “Cold Blooded,” which tops Billboard’s Black Singles chart for six weeks in 1983, and “Super Freak.”
1937 – Don Everly (Isaac Donald Everly) of the Everly Brothers is born in Brownie, Ky. The duo has four No. 1 hit singles.