May 19, 2009
2006 – Freddie Garrity of Freddie and the Dreamers dies of blood circulation problems in Gwynedd, Wales, at the age of 69.
2000 – Folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary celebrate their 40th year together with a U.S. tour that kicks off with a three night stand in Las Vegas.
2000 – The Allman Brothers announce that founding guitarist Dickey Betts will not be a part of their summer tour. Reason: “sadly, there are creative differences.”
1991 – Singer Odia Coates dies of breast cancer in Oakland, Calif., at the age of 49.
1990 – Five weeks after debuting at No. 39 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, Madonna’s “Vogue” moves into the No. 1 spot.
1979 – Eric Clapton marries George Harrison’s ex-wife, Patti Boyd. Harrison, Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney are among the musicians who perform at the wedding reception.
1972 – Jenny Berggren of Ace of Base is born in Gothenburg, Sweden.
1970 – Prince Be (Attrell Stephen Cordes) of P.M. Dawn is born in Jersey City, N.J.
1965 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Ticket to Ride,” the Beatles.
1954 – Phil Rudd (Phillip Hugh Norman Witschke Rudzevecuis) of AC/DC is born in Melbourne, Australia.
1952 – Barbara Joyce Lomas of B.T. Express is born in Bessemer, Ala.
1952 – Singer Grace Jones is born in Spanishtown, Jamaica.
1951 – Joey Ramone (Jeff Ross Hyman) of the Ramones is born in Queens, N.Y.
1949 – Dusty Hill (Joe Michael Hill) of Z.Z. Top is born in Dallas, Texas.
1947 – Steve Currie of T. Rex is born in Lincolnshire, England.
1947 – Jerry Hyman of Blood, Sweat & Tears is born in Brooklyn, N.Y.
1945 – Pete Townshend of the Who is born in London.
1940 – Country singer-songwriter Mickey Newbury (Milton Sim Newbury Jr.) is born in Houston, Texas.