May 11, 2009

2008 – Drummer John Rutsey, formerly of Rush, dies from a diabetes-related heart attack in his sleep at the age of 55.

2006 – Guitarist Dave Baksh announces he is leaving Sum 41 to pursue his career with his second band, Brown Brigade.

2004 – R&B artist John Whitehead of McFadden & Whitehead dies of gunshot wounds in Philadelphia at the age of 55.

2003 – Bassist Noel Redding of the Jimi Hendrix Experience is found dead in his home in County Cork, Ireland, at the age of 57.

1997 – Country singer Trace Adkins marries former record company publicist Rhonda Forlaw in Nashville.

1995 – Jimmie Vaughan, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Robert Cray reunite for a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan in Austin, Texas, the late blues guitarist’s hometown. All five played with the guitarist at his last concert on Aug. 26, 1990, before his death in a helicopter crash.

1985 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Crazy for You,” Madonna.

1981 – Bob Marley dies of cancer in a Miami hospital at the age of 36.

1970 – Sammy Davis Jr. marries dancer Altovise Gore in a ceremony performed by Jesse Jackson. The marriage lasts until Davis’ death in 1990.

1967 – Cream (Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton) begins recording “Disraeli Gears” in New York City.

1964 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “My Guy,” Mary Wells.

1957 – The Everly Brothers make their debut on “Grand Ole Opry” in Nashville, Tenn.

1953 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “The Song from Moulin Rouge,” Percy Faith Orchestra/Felicia Sanders.

1947 – Butch Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band is born in Jacksonville, Fla.

1943 – Les Chadwick of Gerry and the Pacemakers is born in Liverpool, England.

1941 – Eric Burdon of the Animals and War is born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

1888 – Composer and lyricist Irving Berlin (Israel Isidore Baline, or Beilin) is born in Mohilev, Belarus.