May 1, 2009
2006 – Rapper Big Hawk (born John Edward Hawkins) of Screwed Up Click dies of gunshot wounds in Houston at the age of 36.
2001 – Huey Lewis and the News make a comeback with their first album of new material in a decade, “Plan B.”
2000 – Singer/actress Vanessa L. Williams gives birth to a daughter in New York. The child, Sasha, is the first for Williams and her husband, L.A. Lakers forward Rick Fox.
1995 – Live’s “Throwing Copper” hits the top slot on the Billboard album charts exactly one year after the day of its release.
1990 – Singer Sergio Franchi dies at his Connecticut estate after a bout with cancer.
1984 – Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac files for bankruptcy.
1984 – Tennessee senator Al Gore’s wife, Tipper, forms the Parents Music Resource Center in response to the “filth” she hears on Prince’s “Purple Rain” album.
1979 – Elton John becomes the first pop music artist to perform in Israel.
1976 – No. 1 Billboard Album: “Presence,” Led Zeppelin.
1970 – Diana Ross leaves the Supremes to focus on her solo career.
1968 – Bassist D’Arcy Wretzky of the Smashing Pumpkins is born in South Haven, Mich.
1967 – Elvis Presley marries Priscilla Beaulieu at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas.
1965 – Bandleader Spike Jones dies at age 53 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
1956 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Heartbreak Hotel,” Elvis Presley.
1954 – Singer-songwriter Ray Parker Jr. is born in Detroit.
1946 – Jerry Weiss of Blood, Sweat & Tears is born in New York City.
1945 – Singer Rita Coolidge is born in Lafayette, Tenn.
1939 – Singer-songwriter Judy Collins is born in Seattle.
1934 – Jazz singer Shirley Horn is born in Washington, D.C.
1930 – Blues musician Little Walter (Marion Walter Jacobs) is born in Marksville, La.
1929 – Country singer-songwriter Sonny James (James Loden) is born in Hackleburg, Ala.
1924 – R&B singer Big Maybelle (Mabel Louise Smith) is born in Jackson, Tenn.
1907 – Singer Kate Smith is born in Greenville, Va.
1891 – Blues musician Charley Patton is born in Hinds County, Miss.