May 20, 2009
1981 – Alice Cooper and his wife, Sheryl, welcome their first child, daughter Calico Cooper.
1979 – Elton John plays Leningrad and becomes the first Western solo pop star to tour the Soviet Union.
1977 – The stage show “Beatlemania” opens at the Winter Garden Theater, New York.
1970 – The last Beatles film, “Let It Be,” premieres in London. Three songs from the album of the same name reach No. 1: “Get Back,” “The Long and Winding Road” and the title song.
1968 – Pete Townshend of the Who marries girlfriend Karen Astley.
1964 – Rudy Lewis of the Drifters dies in New York City, at the age of 27. The cause of death is unknown.
1962 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Stranger on the Shore,” Mr. Acker Bilk.
1959 – Susan Cowsill of the Cowsills and Continental Drifters is born in Canton, Ohio.
1955 – Keyboardist Steve George of Mr. Mister is born in Phoenix, Ariz.
1946 – Cher (Cherilyn Sarkisian) is born in El Centro, Calif.
1946 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “The Gypsy,” Ink Spots.
1944 – Joe Cocker (John Cocker) is born in Sheffield, England.
1942 – Paula (Jill Jackson) of Paul & Paula is born in McCamey, Texas.
1925 – Vic Ames (Victor Amory Urick) of the Ames Brothers is born in Malden, Mass.
1901 – Jazz pianist Jimmy Blythe is born in Louisville, Ky.