Music History: March 14th:
2016 Sony pays $750 million to Michael Jackson's estate for the King of Pop's half of Sony/ATV Music, a publishing company that owns the rights to some 4,000 pop songs, including 250 Lennon-McCartney tunes from the Beatles catalog. Jackson bought ATV Music in 1985 for $47.5 million and merged with Sony a decade later. Jackson's estate retains the rights to songs written by Jackson.
2014 Gary Burger of The Monks dies of pancreatic cancer at age 71.
2011 Atlanta Rhythm Section lead singer Ronnie Hammond dies of heart failure at age 60.
2011 Electric blues musician Big Jack Johnson dies at age 70.
2009 French singer-songwriter Alain Bashung dies of lung cancer at age 61.
2008 In London, Ex-Foundations member Peter MacBeth is sentenced to six years on pedophilia and sexual assault charges.
2008 Stone Temple Pilots announce they are reuniting for one final tour.
2005 In New York City, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts Percy Sledge, The O'Jays, U2, Buddy Guy, and The Pretenders.
1998 The Backstreet Boys appear on Saturday Night Live for the first time, performing "As Long As You Love Me" and "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)."
1995 Grunge supergroup Mad Season release their only album, Above. The group includes Layne Staley of Alice in Chains, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam and Barrett Martin of Screaming Trees.
1991 Rock and roll lyricist Doc Pomus dies of lung cancer at age 65.
1983 Taylor Hanson (of Hanson) is born Jordan Taylor Hanson in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
1981 Eric Clapton has a brush with death as a severe ulcer sends him to the hospital. He's forced to cancel the remaining 47 dates on his tour and is out for seven months.
1980 On his 47th birthday, Quincy Jones is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1500 Vine Street.
1979 Jacques Brautbar (guitarist for Phantom Planet) is born in Los Angeles, California.
1972 California Governor Ronald Reagan grants a pardon to Merle Haggard, absolving him of his 1957 burglary that sent him to prison for three years.
1972 Carole King's Tapestry takes Album of The Year at the Grammy Awards. Carly Simon wins for Best New Artist.
1970 Kristian Bush of Sugarland is born in Knoxville, Tennessee.
1969 Michael Bland (drummer for Prince, Soul Asylum) is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
1968 The BBC-TV program Top Of The Pops broadcasts The Beatles new promotional video for "Lady Madonna," which, oddly enough, is made up entirely of clips from the band's recording of "Hey Bulldog."
1965 Petula Clark makes her American TV debut singing "Downtown" and "I Know a Place" on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1963 Mike Muir (lead vocalist for Suicidal Tendencies) is born in Venice, California, and raised in Santa Monica.
1963 Gerry Marsden of The Pacemakers sneaks a custom-made guitar purchased in Germany through British customs and is fined sixty pounds.
1963 Gerry & the Pacemakers release the single "How Do You Do It" in the UK.
1960 Sam Cooke begins an unprecedented tour of the West Indies with a concert in Jamaica's Montego Bay.
1955 Popular Country star Jimmy Dean interviews Elvis Presley on Dean's Washington, DC television show Town and Country Time. A nervous Elvis answers every question with "yep" and "nope."
1951 Spanish entertainer Charo is born with a much longer moniker: María del Rosario Mercedes Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza.
1950 Rick Dees is born in Jacksonville, Florida.
1945 Country singer/songwriter Michael Martin Murphey is born in Dallas, Texas.
1945 Walter Parazaider (of Chicago) is born in Maywood, Illinois.
1943 Jim Pons (bassist for The Turtles, Mothers Of Invention) is born in Santa Monica, California.
1934 Jazz organist Shirley Scott is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1933 Quincy Jones is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1926 Phil Phillips is born Philip Baptiste in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
1912 Les Brown, known for his Band of Renown during the big-band era, is born in Reinerton, Pennsylvania.
Weeks after Johnny Cash's Unchained wins the Grammy for Best Country Album, his producer Rick Rubin takes out a full-page ad in Billboard with a photo of the singer giving the middle finger along with the text, "American Recordings and Johnny Cash would like to acknowledge the Nashville music establishment and country radio for your support."
2011 Long-neglected Neil Diamond is finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, Dr. John, Darlene Love and Leon Russell.
1989 De La Soul release their debut album, 3 Feet High and Rising. The sample-heavy, paisley-powered LP becomes a hip-hop landmark, establishing a mellow, groovy new style.More
1987 "Jacob's Ladder" by Huey Lewis & the News climbs to #1 in the US. The song was written by Bruce Hornsby and his brother, John Hornsby.
1964 Billboard magazine reports that Beatles records make up 60% of all singles sold.
1958 The first ever Gold Record is awarded for sales of a million copies. It goes to Perry Como's "Catch A Falling Star."