May 10, 2009
2003 – No. 1 Billboard Album: “American Life,” Madonna.
1999 – Artist/author/songwriter Shel Silverstein, 66, is found dead in Key West, Fla.
1994 – Weezer releases its debut, the self-titled “blue” album.
1991 – Bushwick Bill (Richard Shaw) of the rap group the Geto Boys loses his right eye after being shot in the face by his girlfriend. The 4-foot, 6-inch rapper allegedly threatened the woman’s 3-month-old son, handed her a loaded gun and said he wanted to die.
1986 – Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe marries actress Heather Locklear. The couple divorces seven years later.
1985 – Ashley Poole of Dream is born in Blythe, Calif.
1985 – The Go-Go’s announce their breakup.
1968 – Jim Morrison of the Doors incites an audience riot during a Chicago concert, then escapes backstage as the crowd battles with police.
1965 – The Rolling Stones begin recording their “Out of Our Heads” album at Chess Studios in Chicago.
1965 – Bassist Krist Novoselic of Nirvana is born.
1960 – Bono (Paul Hewson) of U2 is born in Dublin.
1957 – Sid Vicious (John Simon Ritchie) is born in London.
1952 – Sly Dunbar of Sly & Robbie is born in Kingston, Jamaica.
1947 – Jay Ferguson of Spirit and Jo Jo Gunne is born in Burbank, Calif.
1946 – Dave Mason of Traffic is born in Worcester, England.
1946 – Folk singer-songwriter Donovan (Donovan Phillips Leitch) is born in Glasgow, Scotland.
1946 – Graham Gouldman of 10cc is born in Lancashire, England.
1941 – Danny Rapp of Danny and the Juniors is born in Philadelphia.
1938 – Henry Fambrough of the Spinners is born in Detroit.
1935 – Singer-songwriter Larry Williams is born in New Orleans.
1909 – Country musician Maybelle Carter (Addington), mother of June Carter, is born near Nickelsville, Va.
1899 – Dancer and singer Fred Astaire (Frederick Austerlitz) is born in Omaha, Neb.