May 14, 2009
2005 – Bluegrass vocalist Jimmy Martin dies of bladder cancer in Nashville at the age of 77.
2005 – No. 1 Billboard Album: “Devils & Dust,” Bruce Springsteen.
1998 – Frank Sinatra dies of a heart attack in Los Angeles at the age of 82.
1998 – Singer George Michael pleads no contest in Beverly Hills Municipal Court to committing a lewd act in a park restroom.
1988 – Jazz trumpeter and vocalist Chet Baker dies.
1988 – Led Zeppelin reunites, with drummer Jason Bonham (the late John Bonham’s son), to perform a few songs at Atlantic Records’ 40th anniversary concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
1981 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Bette Davis Eyes,” Kim Carnes.
1976 – Keith Relf of the Yardbirds dies at the age of 33 when he accidentally electrocutes himself while playing guitar in the basement of his London home.
1976 – Hunter Burgan of AFI is born in Long Beach, Calif.
1973 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” Stevie Wonder.
1973 – Natalie Appleton of All Saints is born in Ontario, Canada.
1973 – R&B singer Shanice is born in Pittsburgh.
1971 – Freaky Tah (Raymond Rogers) of Lost Boyz is born in Queens, N.Y.
1969 – Danny Wood of New Kids on the Block is born in Boston.
1966 – Singer-songwriter and record producer Raphael Saadiq (Charlie Ray Wiggins) of Tony! Toni! Toné! is born in Oakland, Calif.
1963 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “If You Wanna Be Happy,” Jimmy Soul.
1955 – Bo Diddley makes his U.S. R&B chart debut with “Bo Diddley.”
1952 – David Byrne of Talking Heads is born in Dumbarton, Scotland.
1945 – Guitarist Gene Cornish of the Rascals is born in Ottawa, Ontario.
1943 – Guitarist Derek Leckenby of Herman’s Hermits is born in Leeds, England.
1943 – Jack Bruce of Cream is born in Lanarkshire, Scotland.
1936 – Singer Bobby Darin (Walden Robert Cassotto) is born in the Bronx, N.Y.