In 1996, country singer Montana Slim died at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, two months after being diagnosed with a stomach tumor. He was 91.
In 2003, actress Gwyneth Paltrow married Coldplay singer Chris Martin in Santa Barbara County, California. They have since split.
In 2005, actress Valerie Bertinelli filed for divorce from Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen. They married in 1981.
In 2012, jazz pioneer Dave Brubeck died of heart failure on his way to a cardiology appointment in Hartford, Connecticut, one day short of his 92nd birthday.
In 2015, Ringo Starr’s copy of The Beatles’ “White Album,” bearing serial number 1, was sold at auction to an anonymous buyer for $790,000. It set a record for the highest price for a vinyl album.
Today’s birthdays: Singer Little Richard is 86. Actor Jeroen Krabbe (yeh-ROHN’ krah-BAY’) (“The Fugitive”) is 74. Opera singer Jose Carreras is 72. Singer Jim Messina (Loggins and Messina, Poco) is 71. Actress Morgan Brittany (“Dallas”) is 67. Actor Brian Backer (“Fast Times at Ridgemont High”) is 62. Country singer Ty England is 55. Singer-guitarist John Rzeznik (REZ’-nik) of The Goo Goo Dolls is 53. Country singer Gary Allan is 51. Comedian Margaret Cho is 50. Actress Alex Kapp Horner (“The New Adventures of Old Christine”) is 49. Bassist Regina Zernay of Cowboy Mouth is 46. Actress Paula Patton (“Precious”) is 43. Actress Amy Acker (“Person of Interest,” ”Angel”) is 42. Actor Adan Canto (“Designated Survivor”) is 37. Singer Keri Hilson is 36. Actor Frankie Muniz (“Malcolm in the Middle”) is 33. Actor Ross Bagley (“Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”) is 30.