2008 – Heath Ledger dies from suspected drug use--read related article in next blog.
1953 – Steve Perry of Journey is born. His biggest solo hit is “Oh Sherry,” which reaches No. 3 in 1984.
1946 – Meat Loaf (Marvin Lee Aday) is born in Dallas. He receives what will be his professional name from his high school football coach.
1935 – Sam Cooke is born in Clarksdale, Miss., the son of a minister. His biggest hit is the No. 1 song “You Send Me.” He is posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.