2001 – Following a battle with cancer that began in 1998, Beatles’ lead guitarist George Harrison dies from his ailment at the age of 58.
2001 – La Oreja De Van Gogh takes two of the 12 music awards at the 48th Premios Ondas ceremony in Barcelona, Spain. The pop act wins for best group and best album for “”El Viaje de Copperpot.””
2001 – Fei-Ping Hsu, a Chinese-born American concert pianist who built an acclaimed career after spending part of the 1960s banished to a rural rice farm, is killed in a car crash in northeastern China.
2000 – In the penultimate show of its storied 13-year career, the Smashing Pumpkins say a long and loud goodbye at Chicago’s United Center, where they rip through three hours of big hits, a few rarities, and several acoustic numbers.
2000 – SoundScan announces that Backstreet Boys’ “”Black & Blue”” moved 1.59 million units in its first week.
1998 – David H. “”Butch”” McDade, founder and drummer of country-rock group Amazing Rhythm Aces, dies at home in Maryville, Tenn. He is 52.
1995 – Then Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar weds model Kari Karte atop a San Francisco-area mountain. Bandmates Eddie and Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony and their wives are among the guests.
1987 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “”Heaven Is a Place on Earth,”” Belinda Carlisle. The song is the first No. 1 hit for the former lead singer of the Go-Go’s and comes from her second solo album.
1972 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “”Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,”” The Temptations. A version of the song by the Undisputed Truth was released four months before the Temptations single but only reaches No. 63 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
1968 – Jon Knight of New Kids on the Block is born. He is the oldest member of the pop group from Boston. His brother Jordan is also in the group.
1964 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “”Ringo,”” Lorne Greene. Greene, star of the NBC show “”Bonanza,”” is only the second Canadian to have a No. 1 hit in the United States.
1959 – Meredith Wilson hosts the Grammy Awards ceremonies. Bobby Darin’s “”Mack the Knife”” wins record of the year and Frank Sinatra’s “”Come Dance with Me”” wins album of the year.
1943 – British bluesman John Mayall is born in MacClesfield, England.
1943 – Keyboardist Felix Cavaliere of the Young Rascals is born.
1940 – Jazz trumpeter Chuck Mangione is born.