Music History: March 26
2012 Madonna's 12th studio album MDNA debuts, hitting #1 on the Billboard album charts and selling a hot 350,000 copies in two weeks.
2009 Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy hosts the MTV Australia Awards. His band wins Best Rock Video for "I Don't Care," while Pink's "So What" takes Best Video.
2008 Guitarist Clint Lowery returns to Sevendust to replace Sonny Mayo.
2006 Nikki Sudden (Swell Maps)
2005 Paul Newell Hester (Crowded House)
2004 Jan Barry (Jan & Dean)
2002 Drummer Randy Castillo, who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Motley Crue, dies of cancer at age 51.
1999 Ananda Shankar
1988 "Man In The Mirror" becomes the fourth of a record five #1 hits from Michael Jackson's Bad album.
1983 Thanks to heavy rotation on MTV, Duran Duran have their first American hit when "Hungry Like The Wolf" hits #3 on the Hot 100.More
1980 Jon Jon Poulos (The Buckinghams)
1976 David Keuning (The Killers)
1976 Duster Bennett
1975 The movie version of Tommy premieres in London.
1973 Noël Coward
1971 Emerson, Lake & Palmer play their adaptation of Mussorgsky's classical piece "Pictures At An Exhibition" at Newcastle City Hall in England. The performance is released as a live album later that year.
1971 Harold McNair (Ginger Baker's Airforce)
1970 The Woodstock movie premieres in Hollywood.
1970 Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary is arrested in Washington, DC for taking "immoral liberties" with a 14 year-old girl (he pleads guilty and spends three months in jail).
1969 Pat Boone guest stars on the TV show The Beverly Hillbillies.
1968 Kenny Chesney is born in Knoxville, Tennessee. Raised in Luttrell, Tennessee.
1968 James Iha (The Smashing Pumpkins)
1966 The Strangeurs, featuring future Aerosmith frontman Steven Tallarico (later Steven Tyler), open for The Byrds at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York. The Strangeurs arrange for girls to sit in the front row and scream for them, but it's hardly necessary as the crowd goes nuts during their set, where they play six songs instead of their allotted two.
1964 Barbra Streisand opens on Broadway in Funny Girl.
1964 Former Beatles drummer Pete Best appears on the game show I've Got A Secret.
1964 Chuck Berry records "No Particular Place To Go."
1958 Dee Clark, "Hey Little Girl"
1953 Billy Lyall (The Bay City Rollers)
1950 Teddy Pendergrass (Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes)
1949 Vicki Lawrence
1948 Steven Tyler is born Steven Tallarico in Yonkers, New York. He would become lead singer of Aerosmith and a judge on American Idol.
1948 Richard Tandy (Electric Light Orchestra)
1946 Johnny Crawford
1946 Fred Sheehan (Boston)
1944 Diana Ross
1936 Fred Parris (The Five Satins)
1934 Alan Arkin (The Tarriers)
1917 Rufus Thomas
1827 Ludwig van Beethoven dies at age 56.
Iconic Stones Logo Appears For First Time1971The Rolling Stones lips and tongue logo appears for the first time when it is used on VIP passes for their show at the Marquee Club in London.
2001 Gorillaz launch their debut self-titled album, which becomes a surprise chart success in the US. Although the band's vocalist Damon Albarn is well known in Europe through his band Blur, he is virtually unknown in the States, leading to low expectations for the release. The album eventually sells over a million copies, and peaks at #14 on the Albums chart.
1995 Eazy-E (Eric Wright) dies of AIDS-related complications at age 31.More
1994 Modern rock rules as Soundgarden's Superunknown is the #1 album in America, with Nine Inch Nails' The Downward Spiral at #2. Those looking for something less intense can find it at #3, with the Ace of Base album The Sign.
1990 Digital Underground, a rap collective that later includes Tupac Shakur, release their debut album Sex Packets. It's a concept album about a drug that simulates the experience of having sex.More
1987 Nike begins airing a commercial using the Beatles song "Revolution," marking the first time an original version of a Beatles song is used in an ad.More
1977 "Rich Girl" hits #1 in America, giving Hall & Oates their first of six chart-toppers on the Hot 100.
1977 The Clash release their first single, making an immediate political statement with "White Riot." It is only released in the UK, and not available in America until two years later.