May 12, 2009
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.