April 8, 2009
2001 – Pedro Depestre Gonzales, 55, of the Buena Vista Social Club dies after performing at a concert in Basel, Switzerland.
2001 – Van Stephenson, a former member of the country group BlackHawk, dies of melanoma at his Nashville-area home. He is 47.
1997 – Songwriter Laura Nyro dies of cancer in Danbury, Conn., at the age of 49.
1996 – Bluesman Roosevelt “Booba” Barnes dies of cancer in Chicago at the age of 59.
1994 – Kurt Cobain of Nirvana is found dead in his home in Seattle of an apparently self-inflicted shotgun wound. Cobain, 27, is estimated to have committed suicide three days earlier.
1985 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “We Are the World,” USA for Africa.
1972 – Bassist Paul Gray of Slipknot is born in Los Angeles.
1965 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “I’m Telling You Now,” Freddie & the Dreamers.
1963 – Julian Lennon (John Charles Julian Lennon) is born in Liverpool, England, the son of John Lennon and his wife, Cynthia. He is the first child born to a member of the Beatles.
1962 – Guitarist Izzy Stradlin (Jeffrey Dean Isbell) of Guns N’ Roses is born in Lafayette, Ind.
1947 – Guitarist Steve Howe of Yes and Asia is born in London.
1947 – Singer-songwriter Larry Norman is born in Corpus Christi, Texas.
1944 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Besame Mucho,” Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.
1942 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Moonlight Cocktail,” Glenn Miller Orchestra.
1942 – Roger “Chappo” Chapman of Family is born in Leicester, England.
1920 – Jazz singer and pianist Carmen McRae is born in New York City.