April 16, 2009

2007 – Ornette Coleman wins the Pulitzer Prize for music for his 2006 album, “Sound Grammar,” the first jazz work to receive the honor.

2003 – R&B singer Luther Vandross is hospitalized after suffering a stroke in his Manhattan home.

1999 – Skip Spence of Jefferson Airplane and Moby Grape dies of lung cancer in Santa Cruz, Calif., at the age of 52.

1996 – The four original members of KISS announce their reunion for a world tour at a press conference in New York City.

1994 – Singer and pianist Harry Connick Jr. marries model Jill Goodacre in New Orleans.

1972 – Electric Light Orchestra makes its debut at the Fox and Greyhound pub in Croydon, England.

1971 – Tejano singer Selena (Selena Quintanilla Perez) is born in Lake Jackson, Texas.

1964 – Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum is born in Green Bay, Wis.

1963 – Jimmy Osmond of the Osmond Brothers is born in Canoga Park, Calif. He is the youngest member of the Osmond family.

1962 – Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat and Fugazi is born in Washington, D.C.

1956 – Buddy Holly’s first single, “Blue Days, Black Nights,” is released.

1947 – Gerry Rafferty of Stealers Wheel is born in Paisley, Scotland.

1939 – Singer Dusty Springfield (Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien) is born in London.

1935 – Pop singer Bobby Vinton (Stanley Robert Vintula, Jr.) is born in Canonsburg, Penn.

1930 – Jazz musician Herbie Mann (Herbert Jay Solomon) is born in Brooklyn, N.Y.

1929 – Singer-songwriter Ed Townsend is born in Fayetteville, Tenn.

1924 – Rudy Pompilli of Bill Haley & His Comets is born in Chester, Penn.

1924 – Composer-conductor Henry Mancini is born in Cleveland.