April 30, 2009

2008 – Mariah Carey marries rapper-actor Nick Cannon in a secret ceremony at Carey’s house in Eleuthera, Bahamas.

2006 – Madonna makes her festival debut at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.

1999 – Darrell Sweet of Nazareth suffers a fatal heart attack as the band arrives at an amphitheater in New Albany, Ind., to begin the second leg of its U.S. tour. He is 51.

1993 – Elton John’s “Simple Life,” from his 1992 album “The One,” enters Billboard’s Top 40. With this charting single, John breaks Elvis Presley’s longstanding record with 24 consecutive years of Top 40 hits.

1983 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Beat It,” Michael Jackson.

1983 – Blues musician Muddy Waters (born McKinley Morganfield) dies in his sleep at his home in Westmont, Ill., at the age of 68.

1983 – The original Manfred Mann reunites for a London concert.

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

1965 – The Kinks begin their first U.K. tour.

1948 – Guitarist Wayne Kramer of MC5 is born in Detroit.

1943 – Singer Bobby Vee (Robert Velline) is born in Fargo, N.D.

1941 – Johnny Farina of Santo & Johnny is born in Brooklyn, N.Y.

1933 – Country singer-songwriter Willie Nelson is born in Abbott, Texas.

1931 – Folk singer-songwriter Peter La Farge (Oliver Albee La Farge) is born in Fountain, Colo.

1925 – Country singer Johnny Horton is born in Los Angeles.