Music History: March 25
2016 Two weeks after Major Lazer made history as the first US act to perform in Cuba since democratic relations eased between the two countries, The Rolling Stones play their first-ever Cuba gig, performing a free show for 1.2 million fans at Havana's Cuidad Deportiva. The Stones spend around $7 million to finance the trip, which follows President Obama's historic visit to the island.
2009 Dan Seals (England Dan & John Ford Coley)
2009 Prince opens his new $77 subscription website Lotusflow3r to the public. Unfortunately, eager fans are greeted by a host of problems including bandwith issues and confusion on how to even get to the site's subscription page.
2008 The Raconteurs, Consolers of the Lonely.
2007 Elton John sets the record for the most performances at New York’s Madison Square Garden when he performs there for the 60th time – on his 60th birthday.
2006 Buck Owens
2004 "Suspicion," the final ever episode of The Chris Isaak Show - an adult comedy starring Chris Isaak - airs on Showtime.
2001 At the Academy Awards, where she is nominated for Best Song from her movie Dancer In The Dark, Bjork wears a swan dress complete with a purse that looks like an egg, which she "lays" on the red carpet. Such bold fashion would not be seen again until Lady Gaga's emergence.
2001 Bob Dylan wins the Best Original Song Academy Award for Things Have Changed from the movie Wonder Boys.
2000 The Razzies aren't done with Madonna yet. After saddling her with three prizes for Worst Actress (Shanghai Surprise, Who's That Girl, Body of Evidence) and one for Worst Supporting Actress (Four Rooms) throughout her film career, the Golden Raspberry Awards names her Worst Actress of the Century. Will Smith is also a star of the evening at the 20th annual ceremony, where he wins Worst Original Song for "Wild Wild West." The movie of the same name (which he also starred in) is named Worst Picture.
1991 Michael Jackson escorts Madonna to the Academy Awards.
1990 Alabama: "Pass it on Down."
1988 DJ/producer Ryan Lewis (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) is born in Spokane, Washington.
1985 Prince wins an Oscar for best original score for the film Purple Rain.
1977 Bob Seger's Night Moves goes Platinum.
1976 Jackson Browne's first wife, Phyllis, commits suicide less than a year after they were married.
1975 Melanie Blatt (All Saints)
1973 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Roberta Flack's Killing Me Softly With His Song
1969 In Copenhagen, Denmark, Judy Garland plays her last concert; she dies three months later.
1969 Cathy Dennis
1969 Roy Orbison marries his second wife, Barbara, in Nashville.
1969 John & Yoko's week-long Bed-In for Peace begins, in The Netherlands.
1967 The Who play their first live gig in the U.S. - at RKO 58th Street Theater in New York City.
1966 Jeff Healey
1966 The Beatles show up for a photo shoot with photographer Robert Whitaker, who has butcher smocks, doll parts and raw meat waiting for them. The shoot results in their "butcher cover" photo uses on the Yesterday And Today album before it is recalled.
1963 Dion DiMucci marries his wife, Sue.
1961 Elvis Presley appears in concert for the last time in eight years (a benefit for the U.S.A. Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii).
1960 Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet)
1960 Roy Orbison, Only The Lonely
1958 Ray Charles, "Georgia On My Mind"
1957 Elvis Presley buys the Graceland Mansion in Memphis for $102,500.
1955 The movie Blackboard Jungle is released, giving new exposure to the song "Rock Around The Clock," which is featured in the film. A few months later, the song becomes the first ever #1 rock song.
1948 Michael Stanley
1947 Brinsley Schwarz is born in Suffolk, England. His self-titled band would include Nick Lowe.
1942 Aretha Franklin is born in Memphis, Tennessee.
1938 Hoyt Axton
1934 Johnny Burnette (of Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio) in Memphis, Tennessee.
1931 Nine young black males are arrested at Paint Rock, Alabama and accused of raping two white women. The ensuing years long legal case inspires a song by Leadbelly and a musical, The Scottsboro Boys.
1924 Bonnie Guitar
1918 Claude DeBussy
2015 One Direction fans freak out when Zayn Malik announces he is leaving the group.
1972 America's first single, "A Horse With No Name," rides to #1 on the Hot 100, and the group's self-titled debut album also takes the top spot on the Albums chart. The group becomes one of the most successful acts of the decade, with subsequent hits "Sister Golden Hair," "Ventura Highway" and "Tin Man."
1967 How is the weather? Bright and sunny for The Turtles, who hit #1 in the US with "Happy Together."
1947 Elton John is born Reginald Kenneth Dwight in Pinner, Middlesex, England. His stage name, taken at age 20, comes from two members of the band Bluesology: Elton Dean and Long John Baldry.
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