April 12, 2009
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.