2001 – Folk singer/songwriter Fred Neil is found dead at his home in Summerland Key, Fla., apparently of natural causes. He is 64. Neil was best known as the writer of “Everybody’s Talkin’,” which became the theme of the 1969 film “Midnight Cowboy.”
2000 – Metallica vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield aggravates a chronic back injury before a show at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome. The band plays its scheduled sets on the Summer Sanitorium tour in Atlanta, Sparta, Ky., and Irving, Texas, with bassist Jason Newstead handling vocal chores on several songs, and using members of several other bands on the bill to fill in on vocals and guitar. Among those who help out are Kid Rock and sidekick Joe C, Korn’s Jonathan Davis, and System of a Down’s Serj Tankian and Daron Malakian.
1999 – Rapper Coolio is sentenced to 10 days in jail, 40 hours of community service, and two years’ probation after he pleads guilty to a charge of illegal gun possession.
1998 – The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and his financial partner Don Barden announce intentions to build an entertainment Neverneverland in Detroit. The billion-dollar “Majestic Kingdom” would be a family-oriented center that would include a Michael Jackson Thriller Theme Park, hotel, casino, botanical gardens, and nightclubs, among other amenities.
1993 – Gits lead vocalist Mia Zapata is found strangled in Seattle. She was 27.
1971 – Guitarist Bjorn Ulvaeus and vocalist Agnetha Faltskog of the Swedish megagroup Abba marry in Verum, Sweden.
1967 – The Monkees open a national tour with little-known Jimi Hendrix as the opening act.
1956 – Johnny Cash makes his first appearance on “Grand Ole Opry.” He later becomes a regular member of the cast.
1940 – Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) is born in Liverpool, England. He replaces Pete Best as the Beatles drummer in August 1962. He has two million-selling No. 1 solo singles: “Photograph” and “You’re Sixteen.” He marries actress Barbara Bach in 1981 and appears in several films, including “That’ll Be the Day,” “Cave Man” and Paul McCartney’s “Give My Regards to Broad Street.”