Music History: April 30
2015 Ben E. King, songwriter and singer of "Stand By Me," dies at age 76.
2014 Larry Ramos (guitarist, banjo player for The New Christy Minstrels, The Association) dies at age 72 from malignant melanoma.
2013 Actress and singer Deanna Durbin dies in Neauphle-le-Château, France, at age 91.
2011 Mariah Carey and her husband Nick Cannon welcome twins: daughter Monroe and son Moroccan.
2008 Mariah Carey marries rapper and TV personality Nick Cannon at a secret ceremony in the Bahamas.
2007 Zola Taylor (of The Platters) dies after suffering numerous strokes and contracting pneumonia at age 69 in Riverside, California.
2006 Madonna plays a festival for the first time when she appears at Coachella.
2004 Michael Jackson is arraigned on his child molestation charges, pleading not guilty to ten different criminal counts, also including extortion and false imprisonment.
2003 1960s soul icon Earl King is buried in his hometown of New Orleans with an authentic jazz funeral. Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton send their condolences.
2002 Roger Daltrey of The Who stars as a music teacher on the "That '70s Musical" episode of That 70's Show.
1999 Darrell Sweet (drummer for Nazareth) dies of a heart attack at age 51 while on tour promoting the band's Boogaloo album.
1994 Ireland wins the Eurovision Song Contest for the third time in a row. Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan's performance of song "Rock 'N' Roll Kids" at the Point Theatre in Dublin wows the international voting panels and gives the country a record sixth win. The show's interval features the first ever performance of Michael Flatley's Riverdance, which goes on to massive global success.
1988 An unknown Canadian singer named Celine Dion wins the Eurovision Song Contest for Switzerland. Her song "Ne partez pas sans moi" beats the United Kingdom's entry by a single point. The success encourages her to learn English, and two years later her fifteenth studio album, Unison (1990), reaches #4 in the US chart. She goes on to become one of the most successful singers in the world - her biggest hit, 1997's "My Heart Will Go On", selling over 15 million copies
1983 Blues musician Muddy Waters dies of heart failure at age 70 in his Westmont, Illinois home.
1983 To celebrate the 25th anniversary of London's legendary Marquee Club, Manfred Mann reforms in their original '60s incarnation to play the venue they (and so many others) started in.
1982 Renowned music critic Lester Bangs, who wrote for Creem and Rolling Stone, dies at age 33 from an accidental drug overdose.
1981 Justin Vernon (frontman for Bon Iver) is born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
1980 Roger Daltrey of The Who premieres his first major acting vehicle, the crime drama film McVicar.
1979 Bob Dylan records "Trouble In Mind."
1977 Led Zeppelin plays to 76,229 fans at the Pontiac Silverdome, which sets a new record for largest attendance for a single act concert.
1977 Glen Campbell's "Southern Nights," written by Allen Toussaint, hits #1 in the US.
1975 Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" marks the end of the Vietnam War as an American radio station plays the tune during the Fall of Saigon - a signal for American personnel to evacuate.
1975 The Vietnam War ends with the fall of Saigon. Many returning veterans suffer ill effects, which is the subject of the song "Still in Saigon" by The Charlie Daniels Band.
1973 Pop singer Jeff Timmons (98 Degrees) is born in Canton, Ohio.
1971 R&B singer Chris "Choc" Dalyrimple (Soul For Real) is born in Wheatley Heights, New York.
1970 Allman Brothers tour manager Twiggs Lyndon is arrested for stabbing a club manager to death over a contract dispute. Incredibly, Lyndon gets off by pleading temporary insanity caused by being the tour manager for The Allman Brothers Band.
1969 5th Dimension's "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" is certified gold.
1967 Rapper Turbo B (frontman for Snap!) is born Durron Maurice Butler in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.
1967 Alt rocker J.R. Richards (frontman Dishwalla) is born in Santa Barbara, California.
1966 Folk singer and novelist Richard Farina dies in a motorcycle accident in Carmel, California, at age 29.
1966 The Young Rascals' "Good Lovin'" hits #1.
1965 Bob Dylan begins the tour immortalized in the documentary Don't Look Back, performing at the City Hall in Sheffield, England.
1965 Herman's Hermits make their US stage debut, with The Zombies as opening act.
1962 The Orlons record "Wah Watusi."
1960 Fats Domino records "Walking To New Orleans."
1957 Elvis Presley records "Jailhouse Rock" and "Young And Beautiful."
1955 Perez Prado's "Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White" hits #1.
1953 Merrill Osmond (of The Osmonds) is born in Ogden, Utah.
1948 Wayne Kramer (guitarist for MC5) is born in Detroit, Michigan.
1945 Singer-songwriter Mimi Farina is born Margarita Mimi Baez in Palo Alto, California, to a family that includes older sister Joan Baez. She will marry fellow activist and folk singer Richard Farina at age 18.
1944 Folk rock singer Richard Shoff (The Sandpipers) is born in Seattle, Washington.
1943 Pop singer Bobby Vee is born Robert Thomas Velline in Fargo, North Dakota.
1941 Rock and roller Johnny Farina (Santo & Johnny) is born in Brooklyn, New York.
1940 Jimmy Dorsey records "Contrasts."
1931 Folk singer-songwriter Peter La Farge is born in New York City.
1925 Country/rockabilly singer Johnny Horton is born in Los Angeles, California.
1925 The musical On With The Dance opens at the London Pavilion.
1923 Jazz bassist Percy Heath is born in Wilmington, North Carolina.
1978The Clash are among the acts at a "Rock Against Racism" concert, playing to over 50,000 in London's Victoria Park to combat the National Front, a neo-Nazi group in the UK whose slogan is "Keep Britain White."
2008 At the Coachella festival, Roger Waters' giant inflatable pig escapes, roams the countryside and ultimately deflates.
2004 Ray Charles appears at his Los Angeles recording studio to attend a ceremony marking it as a national historic landmark. It is the last public appearance he ever makes.
1988 After hanging on at #198 the week before, Pink Floyd's album Dark Side Of The Moon drops out of the Billboard Albums chart for the first time in 11 years. The band is still on the chart though, with A Momentary Lapse Of Reason at #62.
1983 Michael Jackson's fight is funky and strong, as "Beat It" hits #1 in America for the first of three weeks.More
1976 Human rock stereotype Keith Moon of The Who adds to his legend when he pays nine New York cab drivers $100 each to block both ends of a street so he can throw furniture out of his hotel window.