May 13, 2009
2007 – Rock legend Bo Diddley is hospitalized after a concert in Council Bluffs, Iowa, during which he appears disoriented. He is placed in intensive care at Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., after suffering a stroke.
2006 – Johnnie Wilder Jr., frontman and co-founder of Heatwave, dies at his home in Clayton, Ohio. He is 56.
2006 – Ryan Vandeberghe announces that the Suicide Machines have broken up after 15 years.
1985 – Bruce Springsteen marries actress Julianne Phillips in Lake Oswego, Ore. They divorce in 1989.
1978 – Barry Gibb becomes the first songwriter in history to have written four consecutive No. 1 singles on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart.
1975 – Country & Western star Bob Wills of Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys dies of pneumonia at the age of 70 in Forth Worth, Texas.
1967 – Melanie Thornton of La Bouche is born in Charleston, S.C.
1967 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “The Happening,” the Supremes.
1966 – Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish is born in Charleston, S.C.
1955 – Elvis Presley’s live act causes an audience frenzy for first time. Most of his clothing is torn off by fans in Jacksonville, Fla.
1950 – Stevie Wonder (Stevland Hardaway Judkins) is born in Saginaw, Mich.
1950 – Danny Kirwan of Fleetwood Mac is born in London.
1949 – Pete “Overend” Watts of Mott the Hoople is born in Birmingham, England.
1946 – Danny Klein of the J. Geils Band is born in New York City.
1945 – Richard “Magic Dick” Salwitz of J. Geils Band is born in New London, Conn.
1943 – Mary Wells, the first artist to record on the Motown label, is born in Detroit.
1941 – Ritchie Valens (Richard Valenzuela) is born in Pacoima, Calif.