May 18, 2009

2006 – Andy Capps of Built to Spill dies at his home in Boise, Idaho, at the age of 37.

2004 – Jazz drummer Elvin Jones of the John Coltrane Quartet dies of heart failure in Englewood, N.J., at the age of 76.

1999 – The Backstreet Boys release their third album, “Millennium.”

1999 – Influential reggae producer Augusto Pablo dies in Kingston, Jamaica at the age of 46.

1992 – The Washington Post quotes rapper Sister Souljah as saying “If black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?” Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton denounces the comment several weeks later.

1991 – No. 1 Billboard Album: “Out of Time,” R.E.M. This is the group’s first of two No. 1 albums.

1982 – R&B singer Eric West (Eric Rosa) is born in New York City.

1980 – Ian Curtis of Joy Division commits suicide at his home in Macclesfield, England. He is 23.

1975 – Singer-songwriter Jack Johnson is born in Oahu, Hawaii.

1969 – Pop singer Martika (Marta Marrero) is born in Whittier, Calif.

1969 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Get Back,” the Beatles.

1960 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Cathy’s Clown,” the Everly Brothers.

1957 – The main creative force behind Enigma, producer Michael Cretu, is born in Bucharest, Romania.

1955 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White,” Perez Prado.

1950 – Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo is born in Akron, Ohio.

1949 – Rick Wakeman of Yes is born in London.

1945 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time,” Les Brown Orchestra/Doris Day.

1944 – Singer-songwriter Albert Hammond is born in London.

1912 – Singer Perry Como (Pierino Ronald Como) is born in Canonsburg, Penn.