Music History: April 16
2008 Barbra Streisand donates $5 million to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for a women's heart education and research program.
2003 Luther Vandross suffers a stroke that leaves him confined to a wheelchair. The singer, whose album Dance With My Father is released in June and goes to #1 in America, dies two years later.
2003 Jerry Lee Lewis files for divorce from his sixth wife, Kerrie McCarver, who was once the president of his fan club.
1999 Skip Spence of Jefferson Airplane and Moby Grape dies of lung cancer two days before his 53rd birthday.
1996 Judy Collins marries her second husband, designer Louis Nelson.
1995 Bob Seger has his second child: a daughter named Samantha Char.
1994 Harry Connick, Jr. marries Victoria's Secret model Jill Goodacre in New Orleans.
1993 Billy Burnette leaves Fleetwood Mac to pursue a country music career.
1992 David Milgaard is released from jail in Canada after serving 23 years for a crime he didn't commit. The Tragically Hip, who have helped in his fight for justice, write the song "Wheat Kings" about the ordeal.
1992 Nirvana appears on the cover of Rolling Stone with Kurt Cobain wearing a T-shirt that says, "Corporate Magazines Still Suck."
1990 The Nelson Mandela: An International Tribute for a Free South Africa concert is held in Wembley Stadium, London, to celebrate the release of Mandela, who had been imprisoned since 1964. Neil Young, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Tracy Chapman, Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt all perform.More
1980 Academy Award-winning composer Morris Stoloff - who worked with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Dinah Shore during his long tenure as music director at Columbia Pictures - dies at age 81.
1977 Stevie Wonder becomes a father for the second time when his son Kieta is born.
1977 David Soul's "Don't Give Up On Us," written by Tony MacAulay, hits #1 in the US.
1973 Paul McCartney's first television special, James Paul McCartney, airs on ABC, featuring a few Beatles songs, new Wings tracks, sketches, and a final performance of a song called "Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance," originally written for Twiggy.
1972 Electric Light Orchestra make their live debut at Croydon, England's Fox and Greyhound pub.
1971 Tejano singer Selena is born Selena Quintanilla in Lake Jackson, Texas.
1969 The Beatles record "Old Brown Shoe" and "Something."
1969 Elektra drops the MC5 after the retailer Hudson's pulls all Elektra albums in retaliation for an ad the MC5 put in an underground paper that said "F--k Hudson's." The band was upset because they refused to stock their Kick Out The Jams album. Here's the song that gave its name to the album.
1966 The Beatles record "Rain."
1965 The Hollies make their US stage debut at New York's Paramount Theatre.
1964 David Pirner (frontman of Soul Asylum) is born in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
1964 The Rolling Stones release their self-titled debut album in the UK.
1964 Dean Martin records "Everybody Loves Somebody."
1964 The Beatles record "A Hard Day's Night."
1963 Jimmy Osmond (of The Osmonds) is born in Canoga Park, California.
1962 Punk rocker Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi) is born in Washington, DC.
1957 77 Sunset Strip (with Edd Byrnes) debuts as an episode of ABC-TV's Conflict series.
1947 Rock singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty (Stealers Wheel) is born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland.
1947 Rock drummer Lee Kerslake (Uriah Heep, Blizzard of Ozz) is born in Winton, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.
1943 Blues rocker Dave Peverett (Foghat, Savoy Brown) is born in Dulwich, London, England.
1939 Pop singer Dusty Springfield is born Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien in West Hampstead, North London, England.
1936 Country entertainer Judy Lynn is born Judy Lynn Voiten in Boise, Idaho.
1935 Bobby Vinton is born Stanley Robert Vintula in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
1930 Jazz flautist Herbie Mann is born Herbert Jay Solomon in Brooklyn, New York.
1929 R&B singer Roy Hamilton ("Unchained Melody," "You'll Never Walk Alone") is born in Leesburg, Georgia.
1929 Singer-songwriter Ed Townsend, who co-wrote Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On," is born in Fayetteville, Tennessee.
1924 Film composer Henry Mancini ("Moon River") is born Enrico Nicola Mancini in Cleveland, Ohio.
1924 Rudy Pompilli (tenor saxophonist for Bill Haley & His Comets) is born in Chester, Pennsylvania.
1944On shore leave from the Merchant Marines, Woody Guthrie arrives at Folkway Records' studios in New York City, where he starts recording with the label's founder, Moses Asch in what becomes known as the "Asch recordings." Among the songs recorded during these sessions is "This Land Is Your Land," which becomes an iconic populist protest anthem, covered by countless artists including Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen.
2007 Ornette Coleman wins the Pulitzer Prize for music for his 2006 album, Sound Grammar, the first jazz work to receive the honor.
1996 Kiss perform at the Grammys in full makeup and glorious costumes. It's just the second time since 1980 (following their 1995 MTV Unplugged taping) that all four original members have been on stage together.
1976 Boz Scaggs goes to visit friend Bobby "Blue" Bland backstage at the famed Antone's in Austin, Texas, and is beaten unconscious by two bouncers.
1974 Queen make their US live debut at Regis College in Denver, Colorado.
1971 The Rolling Stones issue "Brown Sugar," the first release on their own label, Rolling Stones Records.
1955 Kool Herc is born in Kingston, Jamaica. Born Clive Campbell, his stage name is based on "Hercules," a nickname he earns for his strength. When he is 12, his family moves to the Bronx, where Herc becomes a DJ, throwing dance parties where MCs talk over extended breakbeats he creates with two turntables, one of the most important developments in hip-hop.