April 26, 2009

2006 – Country singer Kellie Pickler gets voted off Season Five of “American Idol.”

1999 – Sinead O’Connor is ordained as the first woman priest in the Latin Tridentine Church, a Roman Catholic splinter group.

1999 – Singer and guitarist Adrian Borland of the Sound and the Outsiders commits suicide at the age of 41 in London.

1994 – Jefferson Airplane/Starship singer Grace Slick pleads guilty to charges of pointing a shotgun at police at her Tiburon, Calif., home on March 5.

1987 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “(I Just) Died in Your Arms,” Cutting Crew.

1986 – No. 1 Billboard Album: “5150,” Van Halen. This is the group’s first No. 1 album.
1984 – Bandleader “Count” Basie dies of pancreatic cancer in Hollywood, Fla., at the age of 79.

1977 – New York’s Studio 54 opens.

1977 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Southern Nights,” Glen Campbell.

1976 – José Pasillas of Incubus is born in Calabasas, Calif.

1975 – Nathan “Joey” Jordison of Slipknot is born in Des Moines, Iowa.

1964 – The Rolling Stones release their self-titled debut album.

1943 – Gary Wright of Spooky Tooth is born in Cresskill, N.J.

1942 – Singer Bobby Rydell (Robert Ridarelli) is born in Philadelphia.

1938 – Guitarist Duane Eddy is born in Corning, N.Y.

1938 – Maurice Williams of the Zodiacs is born in Lancaster, S.C.

1915 – Guitarist Johnny Shines is born in Frayser, Tenn.