2002 – Run-DMC DJ Jam Master Jay (Jason Mizell) is shot dead in the Jamaica section of Queens, N.Y. Two suspects are reportedly buzzed into Mizell’s area recording studio where the rap pioneer is in a waiting room.
2001 – Songstress Barbra Streisand releases her first holiday album in 34 years, “Christmas Memories.” The album is the artists first studio release since 1999’s “A Love Like Ours.”
2001 – Tim Booth announces that James’ forthcoming U.K. tour is to be his last with the band. With 11 albums and 20 top-40 U.K. singles under its belt with Booth at the helm, the Manchester-based group’s remaining members plan to continue making music together following the singer’s departure.
1999 – Intel cybercasts the 13th annual Bridge School Benefit concert. The show features performances by the Who, Pearl Jam, and Brian Wilson, among others.
1997 – Former Zap Mama songstress Sally Nyolo embarks on her first U.S. tour in Glenside, Pa.
1997 – The Senate passes the music industry’s “La Cienega” bill by a voice vote. The bill closes a loophole in the 1909 copyright Act that put into peril most pre-1978 music copyrights.
1988 – Kurt Cobain, lead singer of Seattle megagroup Nirvana, smashes his very first guitar.
1984 – Linda Ronstadt makes her operatic debut in “La Boheme” in New York.
1978 – NBC-TV airs the animated TV movie, “Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park,” in which the band Kiss foils a mad scientist.
1964 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Baby Love,” The Supremes. The group is the first from Motown Records to have two No. 1 hits.
1951 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Cold, Cold Heart,” Tony Bennett.
1939 – Grace Slick (Grace Wing) of Jefferson Airplane/Starship is born in Chicago.