In 1944 Country singer/songwriter Jimmie Davis became governor of Louisiana.
In 1962 The Beatles signed a contract with EMI's Parlophone Records.
In 1964 "P.S. I Love You" by the Beatles and "A World Without Love" by Peter & Gordon entered the U.S. Top 40 chart.
In 1964 "Hello, Dolly!" by Louis Armstrong was #1 on the U.S. Top 40 chart.
In 1965 Bob Dylan met the Beatles and Donovan backstage after performing at London's Royal Albert Hall.
In 1970 "Ride Captain Ride" by the Blues Image entered the U.S. Top 40 chart.
In 1970 "American Woman" b/w "No Sugar Tonight" by Guess Who is #1 on the U.S. Top 40 chart.
In 1973 Mick Jagger donated $350,000 to help the victims of the Nicaragua earthquake.
In 1974 Bruce Springsteen played Boston's Harvard Square, inspiring critic Jon Landau to write, "I have seen rock 'n roll's future, and his name is Bruce Springsteen.
In 1975 John Denver's "Thank God I'm A Country Boy" was #1 on the Country chart.
In 1978 Fee Waybill of the Tubes broke his leg in a fall from the stage during a concert in England.
In 1980 Gladys Knight & the Pips, the Pretenders, Seal & Crofts, and Michael Jackson appeared on NBC-TV's "The Midnight Special."
In 1980 Bob Dylan's album "Slow Train Coming" went platinum.
In 1983 "Beat It" by Michael Jackson, featuring Eddie Van Halen on guitar, was certified gold.
In 1985 Portland, OR, newspapers broke the news that Bruce Springsteen would marry Julianne Phillips. They tie the knot on May 13.
In 1986 Former Go-Go Belinda Carlisle played her first solo concert in Cleveland.
In 1987 Paul Simon hired civil rights activist Julian Bond to boost black attendance at his "Graceland" tour concerts.
In 1987 "Only In My Dreams" by Debbie Gibson entered the U.S. Top 40 chart.
In 1988 Several Minnesota department stores refused to stock the newly released Prince album "Lovesexy" because it featured a nude photo of him on the cover.
In 1989 Country singer Keith Whitley was found dead in his Nashville home of alcohol poisoning.
In 1990 Sinead O'Conner refused to appear on "Saturday Night Live" when Andrew Dice Clay was named a replacement host.
In 1992 Bruce Springsteen performed three songs on "Saturday Night Live," marking his network TV debut.
In 1992 "Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus entered the U.S. Top 40 chart.
In 1994 In a rare interview (in Time magazine), Barbra Streisand complained that she was misunderstood by her critics and by the media.
In 1994 Billy Ray Cyrus and their wife had a second child, a boy, in Nashville.
In 1995 Elton John and Classical cellist-conductor Mstislav Rostropovich shared the 1995 Polar Music Prize in Stockholm, Sweden.
In 1995 The albums "Cracked Rear View" by Hootie & The Blowfish and "Crazysexycool" by TLC was certified triple platinum.
In 1996 Los Angeles prosecutors refiled spousal battery charges from 1995 against Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen after he failed to complete a substance abuse counseling program.
In 1998 Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson played his first-ever solo concert in the Chicago suburb of St. Charles, IL.
In 1998 Puff Daddy and Jimmy Page were musical guests on NBC-TV's "Saturday Night Live." The two perform their collaboration "Come To Me," which borrowed heavily from Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir."
In 1998 Linda McCartney was posthumously awarded the Ellis Island, NY, Medal of Honor.
In 2000 The Backstreet Boys won Favorite Pop Group, and Christina Aguilera was named Favorite New Female Artist at the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards in Los Angeles.
In 2000 Marc Anthony marries Dayanara Torres in Las Vegas.
In 2000 Hanson's first album in 3 years, "This Time Around," was released.
In 2000 Sisqo's album "Unleash The Dragon" went quadruple platinum.
In 2001 Kenny Rogers received a Career Achievement Award from the Academy of Country Music during its 36th Annual Awards Show.
In 2001 Songwriter James Myers, who wrote "Rock Around the Clock," died of leukemia at age 81.
In 2005 Actress Renee Zellweger and Kenny Chesney were married in a small ceremony on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
In 2010 Legendary jazz singer and actress Lena Horne died at age 92.