May 12, 2009

2002 – Singer Dionne Warwick is arrested when baggage screeners at Miami International Airport claim to find 11 suspected marijuana cigarettes inside her lipstick container.

2001 – Singer Perry Como dies in his sleep at his home in Jupiter Inlet Colony, Fla., at the age of 88.

1973 – No. 1 Billboard Album: “Houses of the Holy,” Led Zeppelin.

1971 – Mick Jagger and Bianca Perez-Mora marry in St. Tropez, France.

1967 – Procol Harum releases its first single, “A Whiter Shade of Pale.”

1967 – Pink Floyd stages the first-ever rock concert with quadraphonic sound at Queen Elizabeth Hall in England.

1964 – Ray Charles’ “Busted” wins a Grammy as Best R&B Recording.

1963 – Bob Dylan is invited to appear on TV’s “Ed Sullivan Show” but refuses when he is forbidden to sing “Talking John Birch Society Blues.”

1962 – Brett Gurewitz of Bad Religion is born in Los Angeles.

1959 – Singer Eddie Fisher marries actress Elizabeth Taylor. They get divorced in 1964.

1959 – Ray Gillen of Black Sabbath and Badlands is born in New York City.

1955 – Kix Brooks (Leon Eric Brooks III) of Brooks & Dunn is born in Shreveport, La.

1950 – John “Jocko” Marcellino of Sha Na Na is born in Quincy, Mass.

1950 – Rock musician Billy Squier is born in Wellesley, Mass.

1948 – Steve Winwood is born in Birmingham, England. He is the lead singer of the Spencer Davis Group, Blind Faith and Traffic.

1945 – Ian McLagan of the Faces is born in Middlesex, England.

1944 – James Purify of James & Bobby Purify is born in Pensacola, Fla.

1942 – Ian Dury of Kilburn and the High-Roads and the Blockheads is born in Upminster, England.

1942 – Singer-songwriter Billy Swan is born in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

1940 – Motown producer/songwriter Norman Whitfield is born in New York City.

1928 – Songwriter Burt Bacharach is born in Kansas City, Mo.

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