2000 – Chris LeDoux gets his new liver. The cowboy singer, diagnosed two months earlier with primary sclerosing cholangitis, undergoes transplant surgery at the Nebraska Health System hospital in Omaha, Neb.
2000 – Howard Stern is named nationally syndicated personality of the year at the 2000 Billboard/Airplay Monitor Radio Awards, presented in New York at the close of the publication’s annual three-day seminar.
2000 – Phish, on the verge of an extended career hiatus, wraps its 2000 touring efforts with a sold out show in Mountain View, Calif. The band grossed $22.3 million in 2000.
1999 – For the first time since 1995, a Garth Brooks album fails to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Brooks’ ambitious but puzzling attempt to reinvent himself as an Australian rock star is overshadowed by a real rock band from Florida. Creed’s “Human Clay” beats out Brooks’ “Garth Brooks in… The Life of Chris Gaines,” for the top spot.
1999 – Don Henley and Eagles Ltd. file a federal suit against Lovearth, a Sarasota, Fla.-based Internet company, alleging that its registration of the domain names don-henley.net, don-henley.org, donhenley.org, theendoftheinnocence.com, and e-a-g-l-e-s.com constitutes copyright infringement.
1999 – Backstreet Boys and Korn are multiple winners at the inaugural ARTISTdirect Online Music Awards at the House of Blues in West Hollywood.
1997 – Continuing a verbal sparring match which started earlier in the month, Elton John replies to Keith Richards’ charge that John’s only claim to fame is “writing songs for dead blondes.” John shoots back, “He’s so pathetic, poor thing. It’s like a monkey with arthritis, trying to go onstage and look young.”
1996 – Bruce Springsteen, continuing his rash of amazing ticket sales for his solo acoustic tour, sells out at the 2,600 capacity Charlotte’s Ovens Auditorium in eight minutes flat.
1996 – Michael Jackson plays his first tour in Africa or the Arab world. Jackson performs at the El Menzah Stadium in Tunis where he plays to more than 60,000 spectators. No one under 14 years of age is allowed to attend the concert.
1996 – A number of the NFL’s top quarterbacks join the “Rock the Vote” roster of recording artists working to educate Americans about current political issues. Jeff Blake of the Cincinnati Bengals, Drew Bledsoe of the New England Patriots, Jim Kelly of the Buffalo Bills, Rick Mirer of the Seattle Seahawks, and Steve Young of the San Francisco 49ers participate in public announcements in which each player appears in his team jersey delivering voter registration information.
1995 – Peter Frampton kicks off a tour in Boston three days before the release of “Frampton Comes Alive II,” the sequel to his 1975 smash “Frampton Comes Alive” – the best-selling live album in history.
1986 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “When I Think of You,” Janet Jackson. With this song, Michael and Janet Jackson become the first siblings to both have solo No. 1 singles.
1976 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “A Fifth of Beethoven,” Walter Murphy & the Big Apple Band. The song is a disco-tinged instrumental version of “Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C Minor.”
1959 – Opera star Mario Lanza dies of a heart attack at the age of 38.
1951 – John Mellencamp is born in Seymour, Ind. He is given the name Johnny Cougar by David Bowie’s manager, Tony DeFries, and records under the name until 1982.
1941 – Martin Murray of the Honeycombs is born in London.