2001 – Gravediggaz rapper Too Poetic (Anthony Berkeley) dies at a Los Angeles hospital after a long fight with colon cancer. He is 35. Poetic had been at work on a new Gravediggaz album “Nightmare in A-Minor.” The set includes one track, “Burn Baby Burn,” which deals specifically with the artist’s cancer struggles.
2001 – Police pull the plug on rap group Insane Clown Posse’s concert in Toledo, Ohio, after more than 100 fans rush onto the stage. Authorities say they stopped the show because of safety concerns. Much of the band’s equipment is destroyed during the disturbance.
2001 – Severe throat pain suffered by Deftones lead singer Chino Moreno scotches the band’s hometown appearance in Sacramento, Calif. Doctors order the singer _ who at one point is unable to speak _ not to use his voice for 24 to 48 hours.
1999 – Rock drummer Tommy Lee is congratulated by a judge for abstaining from drugs and alcohol while on probation for spousal abuse. As wife Pamela Anderson Lee looks on, the former Motley Crue drummer is told by the Malibu judge that he is “entitled to more confidence,” and that Lee will now be allowed to perform in places where alcohol is served.
1999 – Opening night of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s North American reunion tour.
1998 – Country music star Alan Jackson debuts his first video in over a year on Country Music Television (CMT). “I’ll Go On Loving You” is the first single from his current album, “High Mileage.”
1998 – Tori Amos kicks off a North American jaunt in support of her current album “from the choirgirl hotel” in Milwaukee, Wis.
1995 – Sinead O’Connor drops out of the Lollapalooza tour after just eight performances announcing she is pregnant and can’t tolerate the heat wave gripping the Midwest. She is replaced on the tour by Elastica.
1992 – Aretha Franklin sings the national anthem at the Democratic National Convention in New York City.
1990 – Singer and bandleader Bobby Day dies of cancer at the age of 60. His recordings included “Rockin’ Robin” and “Little Bitty Pretty One.”
1980 – Linda Ronstadt makes her theater debut in “Pirates of Penzance” in New York.
1970 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Mama Told Me Not to Come,” Three Dog Night. The song is written by Randy Newman.
1967 – Jazz saxophonist John Coltrane dies of liver disease at the age of 40. He is posthumously awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992.
1963 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Surf City,” Jan & Dean. The song is co-written by Jan Berry and Beach Boy Brian Wilson.
1946 – Linda Ronstadt is born in Tucson, Ariz., the daughter of German/Mexican parents. Her biggest hit is the No. 1 song “You’re No Good.” She goes on to win Grammys in the pop, country and Mexican/American categories.
1944 – Millie Jackson is born in Thompson, Ga. She works as a professional model in New York City and makes her singing debut at Club Zanzibar in Hoboken, N.J., in 1964. Her biggest hits are “Ask Me What You Want” and “Hurts So Good.” Both reach the top five on Billboard’s R&B singles chart.