April 12, 2009

2008 – Madonna breaks Elvis Presley’s 37-year record for the most Billboard Top 10 singles by an artist. “4 Minutes,” featuring Justin Timberlake, becomes her 37th Top 10 hit. She had tied Elvis’ record in 2005 with Top 10 hit No. 36, “Hung Up.”

1999 – Country singer Boxcar Willie dies of leukemia in Branson, Mo. He is 67.

1999 – Country music singer Shania Twain becomes the first female to sell 10 million copies each with back-to-back album releases: “The Woman in Me” and “Come On Over.”

1993 – Actress Lisa Bonet files for divorce from Lenny Kravitz.

1989 – Garth Brooks releases his self-titled debut album.

1987 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me),” Aretha Franklin & George Michael.

1986 – Belinda Carlisle of the Go-Go’s marries actor Morgan Mason.

1979 – Mickey Thomas replaces Marty Balin as lead singer of Jefferson Starship.

1975 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Philadelphia Freedom,” Elton John.

1973 – The film “That’ll Be the Day,” starring David Essex and Ringo Starr, premieres in London.

1970 – Nick Hexum of 311 is born in Madison, Wis.

1966 – Jan Berry of Jan and Dean crashes his car into a parked truck in Los Angeles. He suffers paralysis and extensive brain damage.

1966 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration,” the Righteous Brothers.

1964 – Amy Ray of Indigo Girls is born in Decatur, Ga.

1961 – Ray Charles wins four Grammys, including best male vocal performance, for “Georgia on My Mind.”

1957 – Country singer-songwriter Vince Gill is born in Norman, Okla.

1954 – Bill Haley and His Comets record “Rock Around the Clock” at their first session for Decca Records in New York City.

1951 – Alex Briley of the Village People is born in New York City.

1950 – Singer David Cassidy is born in New York City.

1944 – John Kay (Joachim Fritz Krauledat) of Steppenwolf is born in Tilsit, Germany.

1942 – Larry Ramos (Hilario Ramos Jr.) of the Association is born in Waimea, Hawaii.

1940 – Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock is born in Chicago.

1932 – Singer and ukulele player Tiny Tim (Herbert Khaury) is born in New York City.

1917 – Jazz singer Helen Forrest (Helen Fogel) is born in Atlantic City, N.J.