2001 – Musician-actor Harry Conick Jr. performs at and serves as creative director for the 2001 NBA All-Star Game halftime show. He writes a song for the occasion and performs it with his 15-piece band.
1999 – Tornadoes earlier in the week force a CD manufacturing plant in Jacksonville, Ill., to shut down production of Steve Wariner’s single, “Two Teardrops.” But the Capitol Nashville promotion team comes through, persuading two manufacturing plants to press 400 copies of the single while promotions staff volunteers address and stuff envelopes. The single ships to radio stations on time.
1999 – Jaki Byard, a jazz pianist and music teacher who recorded with Charles Mingus and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, is found fatally shot at his home in New York. He is 76.
1992 – Megadeth guitarist Dave Mustaine and wife Pam have a baby in Burbank, Calif. They name the child Justis David.
1985 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Careless Whisper,” Wham! featuring George Michael. The song is released as a solo by Michael in the United Kingdom but is included on the group’s U.S. album.
1984 – The Michael Jackson single “Thriller” debuts at No. 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100. It is the highest debuting song of the 1980s, but fails to reach No. 1, topping out at No. 4.
1979 – Singer and actress Brandy (Brandy Norwood) is born in McComb, Miss. Brandy’s famous braids are redone every two weeks with fake hair extensions to add thickness in a process which takes eight hours per sitting.
1975 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “You’re No Good,” Linda Ronstadt.
1965 – Ringo Starr marries Maureen Cox. They have a son, Zak Starkey, seven months later. They also have a daughter, Lee. The couple divorces in 1975.
1963 – Sheryl Crow, one-time back-up singer for both Michael Jackson and Don Henley, is born in Kennett, Mo.
1963 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Hey Paula,” Paul & Paula.
1935 – Gene Vincent (Eugene Vincent Craddock) is born in Norfolk, Va. His biggest hit is the top 10 song “Be-Bop-a-Lula” in 1956.