2001 – Rappers Snoop Dogg and Ja Rule are charged with using indecent language during performances in the resort town of Montego Bay.
2001 – Graeme “Shirley” Strachan, singer of ’70s Australian glam band Skyhooks, dies in a helicopter crash. He is 49.
2001 – R&B singer and actress Aaliyah dies when a small plane that was to carry her and eight others back to the United States crashes after takeoff in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas.
2001 – Jazz musician John Nelson, the father of pop star Prince, dies at the age of 85. Nelson wrote several of his sons songs, including “Computer Blue,” “The Ladder,” Christopher Tracy’s Parade, “Under the Cherry Moon,” and “Scandalous.”
2001 – Country artist Travis Tritt receives the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW) 2001 Hall of Fame Award. The honor is given to individuals for distinguished service to the nation.
2001 – Foo Fighters cancel the remaining three dates of their U.K. and European tour after drummer Taylor Hawkins is hospitalized. Hawkins “apparently overindulged during festivities” following the Foo’s performance at the V2001 Festival in Chelmsford, England, according to a statement.
2001 – Soul singer Betty Everett is found dead at her home in Beloit, Wis. She is 61. A onetime gospel singer, Everett is best known for her single “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss),” which reached No. 6 on the Chart Toppers Hot 100 in 1964.
2001 – Dave Matthews and his wife Ashley welcome the birth of their twin daughters Stella Busina and Grace Anne.
2001 – The 17-year-old songwriter Michelle Branch releases her debut The Spirit Room. Helped by the hits “Everyday” and “All You Wanted,” the album peaks at No. 28 on the Billboard charts.
2001 – appearing at the Ozzfest at PNC Bank Arts Centre, New Jersey, Black Sabbath, Linkin Park, Slipknot and Marilyn Manson.
2001 – Martie Seidel of the Dixie Chicks is married to Ireland-based college professor Gareth Maguire while the two are on vacation in Kailua, Hawaii.
2001 – Cyndi Thomson makes her Grand Ole Opry debut. The country newcomer performs acoustic versions of her hit, “What I Really Meant To Say,” and “I Always Liked That Best,” both from her debut album, “My World.”