2002 – The Who’s John Entwistle is found dead in his hotel room in Las Vegas. He has cocaine in his system, and the death is ruled accidental. He is 57.
2001 – Jazz tenor saxophonist Harold Land dies in Los Angeles after a stroke. He is 73. Land gained prominence in 1954 when he joined a quintet led by trumpeter Clifford Brown and drummer Max Roach.
2001 – Leon Wilkeson, bassist of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, dies in his sleep in his Jacksonville, Fla., home. He is 49. Wilkeson _ a member of the bluesy rock band since its early recordings _ stayed with the group after a 1977 plane crash killed vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, and his sister, backup singer Cassie.
2000 – The Rhyme & Reason Tour, featuring the Beastie Boys and Rage Against the Machine postponed due to a biking injury suffered by Beastie Boys principal Mike D.
1999 – Harry “Sweets” Edison, a soft-spoken trumpet star from the Count Basie band who elegantly backed singers such as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams, Jimmy Rushing and Frank Sinatra, dies in Columbus, Ohio. He is 83.
1998 – It is announced that Dancin’ in the District, Nashville’s weekly free downtown concert series held on summer Thursdays at Riverfront Park, will become a 21-and-over event to appease local politicians. The series came under fire after allegations of rampant underage drinking.
1991 – Warrant lead singer Jani Lane marries model Bobbie Brown in Los Angeles.
1986 – Queen becomes the first Western act since Louis Armstrong in 1964 to play in Budapest, Hungary.
1984 – The Prince film “Purple Rain” premieres.
1976 – John Lennon receives his “green card” from U.S. immigration authorities.
1949 – Singer Maureen McGovern is born in Youngstown, Ohio. Her biggest hit is the million-selling No. 1 song “The Morning After.”
1946 – Guitarist Al Ramsey of Gary Lewis & the Playboys is born in New Jersey. The group’s only No. 1 song is the million-selling “This Diamond Ring” in 1965.