In 1990, singer-dancer-actor Sammy Davis Jr. died in Los Angeles of throat cancer at 64. Among his hits were “I’ve Gotta Be Me” from 1969 and “The Candy Man,” a number-one hit in 1972.

In 2000, Prince announced he was dropping the Love Symbol as his name and was going back to being called Prince again, after his publishing contract with Warner expired. He had adopted the unpronounceable symbol during a legal battle over the artistic and financial control of his music.