April 7, 2009
2008 – Bob Dylan becomes the first rock and roll musician to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize.
1998 – George Michael is arrested for disorderly conduct at a park restroom in Beverly Hills, Calif., after an undercover officer observes Michael performing a “lewd act.” Michael pleads no contest to the charge and is sentenced to community service.
1998 – Drummer Carlos Vega of James Taylor’s band dies of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound at home in Los Angeles.
1995 – Airport police seize a loaded pistol from Eddie Van Halen’s carry-on luggage. No charges are filed against the guitarist.
1987 – Blues and jazz singer Maxine Sullivan dies of heart failure in New York at the age of 75.
1974 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Bennie and the Jets,” Elton John.
1970 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Let It Be,” the Beatles.
1968 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Honey,” Bobby Goldsboro.
1962 – Future Rolling Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards meet Brian Jones at the Ealing Club in London.
1951 – Singer-songwriter Janis Ian (Janis Eddy Fink) is born in New York City.
1951 – Drummer Bruce Gary of the Knack is born in Burbank, Calif.
1949 – John Oates of Hall and Oates is born in New York City.
1947 – Patricia Bennett of the Chiffons is born in New York City.
1943 – Mick Abrahams of Jethro Tull and Blodwyn Pig is born in Bedfordshire, England.
1938 – Spencer Dryden of Jefferson Airplane and New Riders of the Purple Sage is born in New York City.
1935 – Country singer-songwriter Bobby Bare is born in Ironton, Ohio.
1920 – Sitarist Ravi Shankar is born.
1915 – Jazz singer Billie Holiday (Eleanora Fagan) is born in Baltimore.