June 2, 2009
2006 – Vince Welnick of the Grateful Dead commits suicide in Sonoma County, Calif. He is 55.
2000 – Western swing pioneer Adolph Hofner dies at his home in San Antonio. He is 84.
1999 – Junior Braithwaite, one of the original members of Bob Marley’s Wailers, is shot and killed in Kingston, Jamaica. He is 47.
1999 – Backstreet Boys surpass Garth Brooks’ first-week sales record of 1.08 million, when “Millennium” sells over 1.13 million in its first.
1997 – Jazz trumpeter Adolphus Doc Cheatham dies of a stroke in Washington, D.C. He is 91.
1992 – Freedom Williams quits C+C Music Factory. Williams also files a $10 million fraud and breach of contract suit in New York against the group.
1987 – Classical guitarist Andres Segovia dies of a heart attack. Age 94.
1985 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” Tears For Fears.
1976 – Tim Rice-Oxley of Keane is born in East Sussex, England.
1975 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” John Denver.
1972 – Former teen idol Dion performs in a reunion concert with The Belmonts at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1970 – B-Real (Louis Freese) of Cypress Hill is born in Los Angeles.
1964 – The Rolling Stones make their U.S. debut performance at the Manning Bowl in Lynn, Mass.
1960 – Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet is born in London.
1954 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Little Things Mean a Lot,” Kitty Kallen.
1944 – Composer Marvin Hamlisch is born in New York City.
1941 – William Guest of Gladys Knight and the Pips is born in Atlanta.
1941 – Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones is born in London.
1937 – Singer-songwriter Jimmy Jones is born in Birmingham, Ala.