2002 – Paul Baloff singer with US thrash metal band Exodus died of a fatal stroke.
2002 – Spanish police admit they exchanged blows with Rodney Mack, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra’s lead trumpet player, who they mistakenly thought was a con man. Mack is a cousin of celebrated jazz musician Wynton Marsalis.
2002 – Music mogul Emilio Estefan Jr., the husband of singer Gloria Estefan, sues an aspiring Venezuelan actor, who is described as an unwanted trespasser who has harassed the Estefans.
2002 – “Queen of the Blues,” Koko Taylor is released from the hospital after undergoing angioplasty. She had fainted a week earlier during a private function at her South Side nightclub.
2002 – 64-year-old two-time Grammy Award winner Freddy Fender (Baldemar Huerta) is released from a San Antonio hospital following kidney transplant surgery a week earlier.
2002 – More than 30 years after the heyday of soul duo Sam & Dave, Sam Moore finally launches a solo career when he releases “Plenty Good Lovin’: The Lost Solo Album,” in England on Swing CafT.
2002 – Keyboardist Pete Bardens, a key figure in English blues-rock and progressive rock, dies of lung cancer at his home in Malibu, Calif. He is 57.
2002 – Enrique Iglesias scored his first UK No.1 single with ‘Hero’.
2002 – Beach Boy Brian Wilson played the first of four sold-out nights at The Royal Festival Hall, London.
2002 – The London Court of Appeal, in a long-running dispute, rules that the Spice Girls must pay an Italian scooter maker an estimate $1.5 million in damages and legal costs for misrepresenting themselves in a deal to promote the company’s vehicles.
2002 – Nine Inch Nails makes its first ever instore signing appearance at the Virgin Megastore in New York’s Times Square.
2002 – Peggy Lee, the singer-composer whose smoky, insinuating voice in such songs as Is That All There Is and “Fever” made her a jazz and pop legend, dies of a heart attack in Los Angeles. She is 81.