April 21, 2009
2008 – Soul singer Al Wilson dies of kidney failure in Fontana, Calif., at the age of 68.
2007 – Australian pub rocker Lobby Loyde dies of cancer in a Melbourne hospital. He is 66.
2004 – Future Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson gets voted off Season 3 of “American Idol.”
2003 – Soul singer Nina Simone dies of cancer at her home in Bouches-du-Rhône, France. She is 70.
2003 – British pop group S Club announces it is splitting up after five years.
2000 – Neal Matthews Jr. of the Jordanaires dies of a heart attack at his home near Nashville. He is 70.
1993 – Bassist Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones marries Suzanne Accosta.
1978 – Sandy Denny of Fairport Convention dies of a cerebral hemorrhage in London. She is 31.
1975 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song,” B.J. Thomas. The song has the longest title of any No. 1 single.
1970 – Blues musician Earl Hooker dies of tuberculosis in Chicago at the age of 41.
1969 – Janis Joplin and the Kozmic Blues Band play London’s Royal Albert Hall.
1961 – The Beatles debut at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.
1959 – Robert Smith of the Cure is born in Blackpool, England.
1958 – Mike Barson of Madness is born in London.
1948 – Country singer-songwriter Paul Davis is born in Meridian, Miss.
1947 – Iggy Pop (James Newell Österberg Jr.) is born in Muskegon, Mich.
1947 – John Weider of Family is born in London.
1945 – Singer Robert Knight is born in Franklin, Tenn.