May 8, 2009
2008 – Country musician Eddy Arnold dies at a care facility near Nashville at the age of 89.
2001 – Clint Black and his wife Lisa Hartman Black become proud parents. Lily Pearl Black weighs in at 7 lbs., 14 ounces.
2001 – William B. Dial, road manager for Detroit rap act Insane Clown Posse is arrested in Omaha, Neb., for allegedly choking an audience member who was ejected from the group’s show for brandishing an Eminem T-shirt and tossing M&M candies on stage.
1999 – Jazz vocalist Leon Thomas, 61, dies of heart failure in the Bronx. He had been suffering from leukemia.
1993 – Aerosmith’s “Get a Grip” debuts on the Billboard 200 top pop album chart at No. 1, making it the group’s highest-debuting album and highest-charting album ever.
1992 – Rapper-actor Will Smith (the Fresh Prince) marries songwriter Sheree Zampino, who is pregnant with their first child, in Santa Barbara, Calif.
1991 – Pianist Rudolf Serkin dies at his home in Guilford, Vt., after a long struggle with cancer. Age 88.
1988 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Anything for You,” Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine.
1977 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “When I Need You,” Leo Sayer.
1975 – Singer Julio Iglesias and his wife, Isabel Preysler, welcome their third child, Enrique Iglesias, in Madrid.
1972 – Soul musician Billy Preston is the first rock performer to headline at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.
1969 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,” the 5th Dimension.
1967 – LaVerne Sophie Andrews of the Andrews Sisters dies of cancer in Hollywood, Calif., at the age of 56.
1953 – Guitarist Billy Burnette of Fleetwood Mac is born in Memphis, Tenn.
1953 – Drummer Alex Van Halen of Van Halen is born in Amsterdam.
1951 – Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind and Fire is born in Denver.
1949 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Riders in the Sky,” Vaughn Monroe.
1943 – Paul Samwell-Smith of the Yardbirds and Renaissance is born in Surrey, England.
1943 – Danny Whitten of Crazy Horse is born in Columbus, Ga.
1941 – John Fred Gourrier of John Fred and the Playboys is born in Baton Rouge, La.
1940 – Toni Tennille (Cathryn Antoinette Tennille) of the Captain & Tennille is born in Montgomery, Ala.
1940 – Singer Rick Nelson (Eric Hilliard Nelson) is born in Teaneck, N.J.
1911 – Blues musician Robert Johnson is born in Hazlehurst, Miss.