May 20, 2009

1998 – Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe is sentenced to six months in jail and three years’ probation for kicking his soon-to-be ex-wife, Pamela Anderson, as she holds their infant son.

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.

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