2002 – Two sons of the late reggae star Bob Marley are arrested in North Florida after officers find marijuana in their car. Julian and Stephen Marley, also reggae musicians are released on $500 bail each.
2002 – Country outlaw Waylon Jennings dies in his Arizona home after a long battle with diabetes-related health problems. He is 64.
2001 – Music critic George Simon, the original Glenn Miller Band drummer who swapped his sticks for a pen and eventually earned a Grammy for his acclaimed liner notes dies of pneumonia following a battle with Parkinson’s disease. He is 88.
2001 – Rock guitarist Peter Frampton receives the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award, considered the Oscar for the guitar industry. Frampton gets the award during ceremonies at L.A.’s Petersen Automotive Museum.
2000 – Pop singer and songwriter Richard Marx makes a surprise appearance at the 2000 edition of Joe Diffie’s annual “Country Steps in for First Steps,” concert at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Marx performs his hit “Don’t Mean Nothing.”
1998 – Country music industry veteran Buddy Lee dies of respiratory failure in Houston, where he had been undergoing treatment for lung cancer. He is 65.
1997 – All hail the Prince of Pop! Michael Jackson and wife Debbie become proud parents for the first time. The baby boy is born at Cedars-Sinai hospital.
1993 – Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” from the soundtrack to “The Bodyguard” tops Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart for the 13th week. That ties “End of the Road” from Boyz II Men as the longest-running No. 1 song of the rock era. The song holds the top spot one additional week before being displaced by “A Whole New World” from the movie “Aladdin.” In 1995, Boyz II Men ties Houston’s 14-week record with “I’ll Make Love to You.”
1992 – Motley Crue announces Vince Neil is leaving the heavy metal group.
1988 – “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” by the California Raisins peaks at No. 84 on Billboard’s Hot 100. The song is recorded by studio musicians based on Claymation characters featured in a TV ad.
1982 – A 300-pound marble slab marking the grave of Ronnie Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd is stolen.
1968 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Love Is Blue,” Paul Mauriat. The song is the only American No. 1 single to originate in France.
1958 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Don’t/I Beg of You,” Elvis Presley. The song is Presley’s last No. 1 song before being inducted into the Army.
1950 – Peter Gabriel is born in Surrey, England. He is the lead singer for Genesis from 1966-75. He hits No. 1 as a solo artist in 1986 with “Sledgehammer.”
1919 – Balladeer Tennessee Ernie Ford is born in Bristol, Tenn.