May 4, 2009
2004 – Reggae producer Clement “Coxsone” Dodd dies of a heart attack at his studio in Kingston, Jamaica. He is 72.
2000 – Letters to Cleo play their last concert in Boston; they disband the following month.
1992 – Dudu Mntowaziwayo Ndlovu of Johnny Clegg & Savuka dies of a gunshot wound in Zululand, South Africa, at age 33.
1987 – Paul Butterfield of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band dies of a heart attack in his home in Hollywood, Calif., at the age of 44.
1986 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “West End Girls,” Pet Shop Boys.
1979 – Lance Bass of ’N Sync is born in Laurel, Miss.
1977 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Hotel California,” the Eagles.
1972 – Bassist Mike Dirnt (Michael Ryan Pritchard) of Green Day is born in Rodeo, Calif.
1970 – Gregg Alexander of New Radicals is born in Grosse Pointe, Mich.
1964 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Hello Dolly,” Louis Armstrong.
1959 – The first Grammy Awards ceremony is held in Los Angeles. Domenico Modugno’s “Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu)” wins Record of the Year. “The Music from Peter Gunn” wins Album of the Year.
1959 – Country singer Randy Travis (Randy Bruce Traywick) is born in Marshville, N.C.
1951 – Jackie Jackson (Sigmund Jackson) of the Jackson Five is born in Gary, Ind.
1951 – Mick Mars (Robert Alan Deal) of Mötley Crüe is born in Terre Haute, Ind.
1945 – Georg Wadenius of Blood, Sweat & Tears is born in Stockholm, Sweden.
1944 – Peggy Santiglia of the Angels is born in Belleville, N.J.
1943 – Ricky West (Richard Westwood) of the Tremeloes is born in Dagenham, England.
1942 – Nick Ashford of Ashford & Simpson is born in Fairfield, S.C.
1941 – David LaFlamme of It’s a Beautiful Day is born in New Britain, Conn.
1934 – Surf rock guitarist Dick Dale (Richard Anthony Monsour) is born in Boston.
1931 – Ed Cassidy of Spirit is born in Chicago.