2004 – Guitarist Robert Quine, one of punk rock’s most daring soloists, is found dead in his New York apartment. He is 61. According to close friend and guitar maker Rick Kelly, who discovers Quine’s body, the musician died of a heroin overdose Memorial Day weekend. He had been despondent over the recent death of his wife.
2004 – Noted conductor/violinist Iona Brown dies of cancer in her hometown of Salisbury, England. She is 63.
2002 – Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Glenn Colvin) is found dead in his Hollywood, Calif., home. He is 50.
2002 – Carlos Berlanga, a pop singer and composer who was a leading figure in Madrid’s cultural revival after the 1975 death of longtime dictator Gen. Francisco Franco, dies at the age of 42 after a long battle with liver disease.
2002 – Drug charges against R&B singer Dionne Warwick are dropped after a Miami-Dade County judge agrees to a plea bargain deal, which includes a drug treatment program. The singer was arrested a month earlier when Miami International Airport baggage screeners find what they suspect are marijuana cigarettes hidden in Warwick’s lipstick container.
2002 – R&B star R. Kelly is indicted on child pornography charges stemming from a videotape that officials say shows the artist having sex with an underage girl.
1999 – Mel Torme, the Russian-Jewish kid from the South Side of Chicago who became an international singing star with sidelines as an actor, a songwriter, an arranger, a drummer and a writer, dies from compilations of the stroke that halted his career in 1996. He is 73.
1999 – Ernie Wilkins, the jazz saxophonist and arranger whose charts helped revive the Count Basie band in the 1950s, dies of a stroke in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is 79.
1993 – Conway Twitty dies at age 59 of a ruptured stomach vessel after collapsing in his tour bus after a show in Branson, Mo. He scored 39 No. 1 Billboard country hits – including four duets with Loretta Lynn – among them “Hello Darlin’,” “You’ve Never Been This Far Before” and “Happy Birthday Darlin’.”
1992 – Accordionist Narciso Martinez dies of leukemia in San Benito, Texas, at age 80. The Mexico native was considered the father of what is now known as modern Tejano conjunto music. He earned a Grammy nomination in 1989.
1984 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Time After Time,” Cyndi Lauper.
1980 – The Grateful Dead celebrates its 15th anniversary with a concert in Phoenix, Ariz.
1971 – Grand Funk Railroad sells out New York’s Shea Stadium within 72 hours, breaking the Beatles’ box office record there.
1956 – Elvis Presley performs “Hound Dog” on TV’s “Milton Berle Show,” resulting in protests by some viewers.
1947 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Mam’selle,” Art Lund.