May 5, 2009

2001 – Zydeco pioneer Boozoo Chavis dies in Austin, Texas, after suffering a heart attack and a stroke. He is 70.

1999 – At the 34th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, Garth Brooks is named artist of the decade.

1997 – Gracie Katherine McGraw is born to husband-and-wife country singers Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.

1989 – R&B singer Chris Brown is born in Tappahannock, Va.

1988 – Pop singer Brooke Hogan (Brooke Ellen Bollea) is born in Tampa, Fla.

1986 – Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun announces that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will be built in Cleveland, Ohio.

1984 – Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders marries Jim Kerr of Simple Minds. The couple divorces in 1990.

1982 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Chariots of Fire,” Vangelis.

1979 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Reunited,” Peaches and Herb.

1970 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “American Woman,” the Guess Who.

1968 – Buffalo Springfield performs for the last time – in Long Beach, Calif.

1962 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Soldier Boy,” the Shirelles.

1959 – Ian McCulloch of Echo & the Bunnymen is born in Liverpool, England.

1948 – Bill Ward of Black Sabbath is born in Birmingham, England.

1942 – Country singer Tammy Wynette (Virginia Wynette Pugh) is born in Itawamba County, Miss.

1937 – Singer Johnnie Taylor is born in Crawfordsville, Ark.

1898 – Blues singer Blind Willie McTell is born in Thomson, Ga.