1973Bluegrass/country guitarist Clarence White (of The Byrds) dies after being hit by a drunk driver. He was loading equipment into his car after a gig in Palmdale, California, when he was struck. He was 29.
2008Rock Band 2 reveals that the new Guns N' Roses song "Shackler's Revenge" is to appear in the game.
2005Joe Harnell, a pianist and composer who worked as an accompanist and arranger for Peggy Lee and others, dies of heart failure at age 80.
1995At what was previously a forsaken patch of land to the north of Hartford, Connecticut, Michael Bolton plays the grand opening concert at the Meadows Music Theater. Bolton, who grew up in New Haven, is good friends with the venue's promoter Jim Koplik. 90 degree heat stifles the ceremony a bit, as soon-to-be disgraced governor John Rowland has to take off his tuxedo coat when greeting Bolton onstage.
1993The US Postal Service introduces four new stamps honoring classic Broadway musicals: My Fair Lady, Porgy and Bess, Show Boat, and Oklahoma!
1992Olivia Newton-John makes public her bout with breast cancer, which she will eventually beat.
Summer writes this sympathetic ode to the working girls after sending her secretary on an errand that takes her down Sunset Boulevard, a hotbed of illicit activity. Police mistake the secretary for a hooker and give her a hard time. When she returns to the office, she tells Summer the story, and she writes a song about it, adding in the famous "toot-toot," "beep-beep"s to simulate the johns trying to get the girls' attention.
The song spends a remarkable five weeks at #1, second only to "My Sharona," which stays for six.