April 9, 2009

1999 – Faith Hill’s “This Kiss” tour, the country singer’s first solo outing, kicks off in Minneapolis.

1997 – Country singer-songwriter Mae Axton, 82, dies at home in Hendersonville, Tenn.

1988 – Singer-songwriter Brook Benton dies from complications of spinal meningitis in Queens, N.Y., at the age of 56.

1988 – Dave Prater of Sam & Dave dies in a car accident in Sycamore, Ga., at the age of 50.

1987 – Singer Jesse McCartney of Dream Street is born in Ardsley, N.Y.

1985 –Frankie Goes to Hollywood opens a European tour in Copenhagen and spends the rest of the year in tax exile from the United Kingdom.

1977 – Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance is born in Newark, N.J.

1976 – Singer-songwriter Phil Ochs commits suicide in Far Rockaway, N.Y. He is 35.

1973 – Queen makes its debut performance at the Marquee Theater in London.

1969 – King Crimson makes its debut performance at the Speakeasy in London.

1954 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Wanted,” Perry Como.

1948 – Dave “Chico” Ryan of the Happenings, Sha Na Na and Bill Haley & His Comets is born in Arlington, Mass.

1944 – Gene Parsons of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers is born in Los Angeles.

1943 – Producer and radio personality Terry Knight is born in Lapeer, Mich.

1941 – Country singer Kaye Adams is born in Knox City, Texas.

1932 – Rockabilly pioneer Carl Perkins is born in Tiptonville, Tenn.