April 20, 2009
2002 – Singer Alan Dale dies at the age of 75 in New York City.
2001 – Conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli dies of a heart attack while leading a performance of Verdi’s “Aida” in Berlin. He is 54.
2001 – Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard pleads guilty in a Queens, N.Y., courtroom to criminal possession of a controlled substance (crack cocaine).
1999 – Rapper Mase, 21, announces that he is retiring from music in order to “follow God.”
1992 – Guitarist Johnny Shines dies in Tuscaloosa, Ala., at the age of 77.
1991 – Steve Marriott of Small Faces and Humble Pie dies in a fire at his home in Essex, England, at the age of 44.
1991 – Credence Clearwater Revival founder John Fogerty marries Julie Lebiedzinksi in Bristol, Ind.
1988 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Where Do Broken Hearts Go,” Whitney Houston.
1981 – John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas is sentenced to five years in jail after pleading guilty to drug possession charges. His sentence is suspended after 30 days.
1971 – Mikey Welsh of Weezer is born in Syracuse, N.Y.
1970 – Rapper Phife Dawg (Malik Taylor) of A Tribe Called Quest is born in Queens, N.Y.
1970 – Paul McCartney’s first solo album, “McCartney” is released.
1969 – “Papa Zita” of the Funk Brothers dies of a stroke in Detroit at the age of 43.
1968 – Deep Purple makes its concert debut in Denmark.
1961 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Runaway,” Del Shannon.
1951 – R&B singer Luther Vandross is born in New York City.
1948 – Craig Frost of Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band and Grand Funk Railroad is born in Flint, Mich.
1939 – Singer-songwriter Johnny Tillotson is born in Jacksonville, Fla.