May 21, 2009

2008 – Lou Pearlman, manager of the Backstreet Boys and ’N Sync, is sentenced to 25 years in prison on four federal charges: two counts of conspiracy, money laundering and using false statements in a bankruptcy proceeding.

2008 – David Cook wins Season Seven of “American Idol.” David Archuleta comes in second.

2003 – Ruben Studdard wins Season Two of “American Idol.” Clay Aiken comes in second.

2001 – U2 lead singer Bono and his wife Ali welcome a new baby boy.

2000 – Scott Weiland, lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots, and model Mary Forsberg, are wed in Los Angeles. Weiland’s bandmates are in attendance, as is Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis.

1992 – Singer-actress Bette Midler is Johnny Carson’s last guest on the NBC late-night program “The Tonight Show.” She sings several songs, including a short duet with Carson.

1981 – Reggae star Bob Marley is buried with state honors in St. Ann’s, Jamaica.

1980 – Joe Strummer of the Clash is arrested at a Hamburg, West Germany, show after smashing his guitar over the head of an unruly audience member.

1973 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Frankenstein,” the Edgar Winter Group.

1972 – The Notorious B.I.G. (Christopher George Latore Wallace) is born in Brooklyn, N.Y.

1961 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Mother-in-Law,” Ernie K-Doe.

1955 – Chuck Berry records his first single, “Maybelline,” in Chicago.

1955 – Stan Lynch of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers is born in Cincinnati.

1948 – Singer-songwriter Leo Sayer (Gerard Hugh Sayer) is born in Sussex, England.

1947 – Bill Champlin of Chicago is born in Oakland, Calif.

1944 – Pop singer Marcie Blane (Marcia Blank) is born in Brooklyn, N.Y.

1941 – Ronald Isley of the Isley Brothers is born in Cincinnati.

1904 – Thomas “Fats” Waller is born in New York City.