2001 – Complaining of tightness in his chest, and under the advice of his doctor, Merle Haggard cancels the balance of his U.S. touring plans through Nov. 3. Haggard has a history of coronary artery disease.
2000 – Carlos Santana is presented with the key to the city of Tijuana, Mexico. Santana, who grew up in the city, plays the Coors Amphitheater in nearby Chula Vista, Calif., later that night.
2000 – Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Ani DiFranco, Ben Harper, Patti Smith, and Company Flow are among the entertainers on hand at New York’s Madison Square Garden, adding some musical muscle to a rally for Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader. The event draws a sold-out crowd of 18,000 that include the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch, as well as a pair of U.K. musicians: Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Billy Bragg.
1999 – Internet music start up Myplay.com launches, joining a highly competitive online music industry.
1998 – The Frasier Fair – a definite male response to the ever-increasing popularity of the Lilith Fair – kicks off in San Diego with founder Steve Poltz, John Doe, ex-Toad the Wet Sprocket member Glen Phillips, and Pete Droge. The festival is named after the title character of the contemporary NBC Sitcom “Frasier” who, incidentally was at one time married to a frigid woman named Lilith.
1997 – Billy Joel fans in the U.S. get their first chance to hear one of the piano man’s classical works when National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” program debuts his piece “Reverie.”
1997 – Matchbox 20 (which in early 2000 changes its name to matchbox twenty) embarks on its first headlining tour in Las Vegas with opening act Lila Haydn & Her Band.
1974 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Nothing from Nothing,” Billy Preston.
1960 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Save the Last Dance for Me,” The Drifters.
1959 – Marie Osmond is born in Ogden, Utah. She co-hosts a variety show with her brother Donny from 1976-78. Her biggest solo hit is “Paper Roses,” a million-selling No. 1 country single that reaches No. 5 on the pop charts.
1941 – Paul Simon is born in Newark, N.J. He teams up with boyhood schoolmate Art Garfunkel to form one of pop music’s most successful duos. Simon & Garfunkel’s biggest hit is the million-selling “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” which tops Billboard’s Hot 100 for six weeks. Their first Grammy comes for the 1968 Record of the Year, “Mrs. Robinson.” The duo is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.