April 13, 2009

2005 – Britney Spears and her husband, rapper and dancer Kevin Federline, confirm she is pregnant with her first child.

2004 – Songwriter and producer Ritchie Cordell dies in New York of pancreatic cancer. He is 61.

2004 – The Pixies unleash a 27-song set at Minneapolis’ Fine Line Music Cafe in their first show in 12 years.

1999 – Sir Elton John and Faith Hill appear as guest performers on “VH1 Divas Live.” Other “divas” include Whitney Houston, Tina Turner and Cher.

1986 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Kiss,” Prince & the Revolution.

1985 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “We Are the World,” USA for Africa.

1974 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Bennie and the Jets,” Elton John.

1967 – The Rolling Stones give their first performance behind the Iron Curtain, in Warsaw, Poland.

1966 – Guitarist Marc Ford of the Black Crowes is born in Los Angeles.

1965 – Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto’s “Girl from Ipanema” wins a Grammy for Record of the Year. The Beatles win a Grammy for Best New Artist.

1962 – Guitarist Hillel Slovak of Red Hot Chili Peppers is born in Haifa, Israel.

1955 – Bassist Louis Johnson of the Brothers Johnson is born in Los Angeles.

1954 – Keyboardist Jimmy Destri of Blondie is born in Brooklyn, N.Y.

1951 – R&B singer Peabo Bryson is born in Greenville, S.C.

1951 – Max Weinberg of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band is born in South Orange, N.J.

1946 – Soul singer Al Green is born in Forrest City, Ark.

1945 – Lowell George of Little Feat is born in Hollywood, Calif.

1944 – Jack Casady of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna is born in Washington, D.C.

1940 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “In the Mood,” Glenn Miller Orchestra.