1993 - Albert Collins, electric blues guitarist and singer, dies of cancer in Las Vegas, Nevada, at age 61.
1991 - Eric Carr of KISS dies of heart cancer at age 41.
1991 - Freddie Mercury of Queen dies of AIDS-related bronchial pneumonia in Kensington, London, England, at age 45.
1974 - In the midst of his infamous "Lost Weekend," John Lennon rehearses with Elton John for Elton's upcoming Madison Square Garden performance, at which Lennon will make a surprise cameo.
1973 - Ringo Starr's "Photograph" hits #1.
1972 - TV series In Concert debuts on ABC as a competitor to NBC's Midnight Special with guests on the first episode include Chuck Berry, Alice Cooper, Blood, Sweat & Tears, The Allman Brothers Band, and Poco.
1964 - The Who performed their first gig under the new name at London's Marquee Club, promising what the posters famously call "Maximum R&B."
- Bass guitarist Donald "Duck" Dunn (of Booker T. & the MG's) is born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1941.
- Pete Best (original drummer for The Beatles) is born in Delhi, India in 1941.