April 9, 2009
1997 – Country singer-songwriter Mae Axton, 82, dies at home in Hendersonville, Tenn.
1988 – Singer-songwriter Brook Benton dies from complications of spinal meningitis in Queens, N.Y., at the age of 56.
1988 – Dave Prater of Sam & Dave dies in a car accident in Sycamore, Ga., at the age of 50.
1987 – Singer Jesse McCartney of Dream Street is born in Ardsley, N.Y.
1985 –Frankie Goes to Hollywood opens a European tour in Copenhagen and spends the rest of the year in tax exile from the United Kingdom.
1977 – Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance is born in Newark, N.J.
1976 – Singer-songwriter Phil Ochs commits suicide in Far Rockaway, N.Y. He is 35.
1973 – Queen makes its debut performance at the Marquee Theater in London.
1969 – King Crimson makes its debut performance at the Speakeasy in London.
1954 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Wanted,” Perry Como.
1948 – Dave “Chico” Ryan of the Happenings, Sha Na Na and Bill Haley & His Comets is born in Arlington, Mass.
1944 – Gene Parsons of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers is born in Los Angeles.
1943 – Producer and radio personality Terry Knight is born in Lapeer, Mich.
1941 – Country singer Kaye Adams is born in Knox City, Texas.
1932 – Rockabilly pioneer Carl Perkins is born in Tiptonville, Tenn.