May 2, 2009
2001 – Jazz drummer Billy Higgins dies in L.A. of liver failure. He is 65.
1998 – Former X-Japan lead guitarist Hide dies in Tokyo in an apparent suicide. He is 33.
1986 – Country musician Dolly Parton opens Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
1984 – Singer-songwriter Rose Falcon is born in New York City.
1979 – The Who performs its first concert following the death of drummer Keith Moon. The band performs with new drummer Kenny Jones.
1976 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Welcome Back,” John Sebastian.
1974 – Stevie Wonder wins four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for “Innervisions.”
1973 – Singer June Hutton of the Stardusters dies in Encino, Calif., at the age of 52.
1972 – Guitarist Les Harvey of Stone the Crows dies by electrocution in Swansea, Wales. He is 25.
1966 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Monday, Monday,” the Mamas & the Papas.
1960 – Ben E. King leaves the Drifters.
1950 – Lou Gramm of Foreigner is born in Rochester, N.Y.
1948 – Country music singer Larry Gatlin is born in Seminole, Texas.
1946 – Pop singer Lesley Gore (Lesley Sue Goldstein) is born in New York City.
1945 – Keyboardist Goldy McJohn (John Raymond Goadsby) of Steppenwolf, Sparrow and Humble Pie is born in Ontario, Canada.
1936 – Singer Engelbert Humperdinck (Arnold George Dorsey) is born in Madras, India.