2012William Balfour, the former brother-in-law of Jennifer Hudson, is convicted of murdering Hudson's mother, brother, and nephew "as an act of vengeance by a jilted husband," according to the jury. Balfour's trial, at which Hudson herself had to take to the witness stand, began in October of 2008.
2008Leonard Cohenkicks off his first tour in 15 years with a show in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He continues touring on and off for the next five years in a series of highly acclaimed performances.More
1988Still alive, the legendary songwriter Irving Berlin turns 100. A crowd sings some of his standards to him outside of his apartment in New York.
1975"Stand By Your Man," released for the fifth time in the UK, finally catches on, going to #1 for the first of three weeks. First released in the UK in 1969, the song leads a surge of British interest in Tammy Wynette, who begins a tour there when her song is still topping the charts.
2006Guitarist Dave Baksh announces he is leaving Sum 41 to pursue a career with his new band, Brown Brigade.
2004John Whitehead (of the R&B duo McFadden & Whitehead), age 55, is murdered outside of his Philadelphia home when he's shot while fixing his car. The crime, thought to be a tragic case of mistaken identity, remains unsolved.
2004Willie Nelson cancels ten upcoming concerts in order to get some much-needed carpal tunnel surgery.
2003Noel Redding (bassist for the Jimi Hendrix Experience), age 57, is found dead in his Ireland home from a hemorrhage related to cirrhosis of the liver.
2003Jackson Browne appears on the "Brake My Wife, Please" episode of The Simpsons.
1997Ernie Fields - trombonist, pianist, and arranger who had a hit R&B version of Glenn Miller's "In The Mood" in 1959 - dies at age 92 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
1997Country singer Trace Adkins marries Rhonda Forlaw in Nashville.
1996The wonderfully titled Fairweather Johnson, which is the second album by Hootie & the Blowfish, debuts at #1 on the charts.
1990The late Ritchie Valens is finally awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6733 Hollywood Blvd.
1989The late Roy Orbison is posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York, with Eric Clapton presenting the award to Orbison's widow. Orbison enjoyed a career resurgence in the '80s, but died on December 6, 1988.
Bob Marley dies at age 36 after a long battle with cancer.
Marley became the first international reggae superstar after blending elements of rock and R&B into his sound, making it appealing to a wider audience.
During his ascent, Marley is injured in a soccer game when another player's cleat punctures the big toe of his right foot. It gets infected, and in 1977 doctors tell him that he needs to have it amputated.
Marley ignores the advice on the basis of his Rastafarian religion, figuring his faith will heal him. He continues to deny treatment even as melanoma develops in the toe and spreads through his body, eventually killing him.