2006 – Jackson 5 drummer Johnny Jackson is found stabbed to death in his Gary, Indiana, home. The Jackson family cousin, who was part of the group’s live band, was 54.
2001 – Bluesman John Lee Hooker, believed to be 83, dies of natural causes at his home in Los Altos, Calif. The singer/guitarist began his career in 1949, when his Modern Records single “Boogie Chillen” became a No. 1 R&B hit. Lyrics: Boom boom boom boom I’m gonna shoot you right down, right offa your […]
1971 – Jerry Lee Lewis divorces his cousin Myra Gale Brown. They married in 1957 when she was 13 years old.
1967 – Jerry Lee Lewis kicks off his first English tour since he was hounded out of the country for being married to his 13-year-old cousin in May 1958.
1963 – Singer Whitney Houston is born in New Jersey, the daughter of singer Cissy Houston and cousin of Dionne Warwick. Her first seven solo singles go top five on Chart Toppers’s Hot 100. (She was featured earlier on a Teddy Pendergrass single that failed to reach the top 40.)
1958 – Jerry Lee Lewis gets a cold reception in New York. Although he plays the first of two club dates there today, the second show is canceled due to poor ticket sales. Lewis has become a national pariah after it was revealed he married his 14-year-old cousin.