Music History: April 25
2007 "Monster Mash" singer Bobby "Boris" Pickett at age 69 of complications from leukemia.
2004 Billy Joel, who is much better behind a piano than at the wheel of a car, gets in another car accident - his third in two years.
2003 The parents of the late Doors frontman Jim Morrison sue the remaining members for touring with a new singer as "The Doors 21st Century" using the band's image and logo.
2000 Papa Roach releases the album Infest, a nu-metal milestone with the hits "Last Resort" and "Broken Home."
2000 Eric Clapton is reunited with his former Derek and the Dominos keyboard player Bobby Whitlock for their first performance together in 29 years. The setting is the London-based BBC TV series Later With Jools Holland.
1999 Funk percussionist Larry Troutman (Zapp), age 54, fatally shoots his brother and bandmate Roger Troutman, age 47, outside a recording studio in Dayton, Ohio, before turning the gun on himself. With no known witnesses, the motive for the murder-suicide is unclear, but family members suggest conflict over finances.
1995 Ginger Rogers, Academy Award-winning actress and longtime dance partner of Fred Astaire, dies at age 83 of a heart attack.
1994 Eagles play the first of two identical shows at Burbank Studios for their appearance on MTV Unplugged, which will promote their upcoming reunion tour and album Hell Freezes Over.
1993 Legendary album artist Stanley "Mouse" Miller, designer of Grateful Dead's "skull and roses" logo, has his upcoming liver transplant financed by the band.
1990 A London auction house sells the Fender Stratocaster on which Jimi Hendrix played the US national anthem at Woodstock for $295,000.
1985 Exodus release their first studio album Bonded By Blood.
1985 The musical Big River, based on Mark Twain's work and featuring a score by Roger Miller, opens on Broadway. Miller would go on to win a Tony Award for the music.
1981 Denny Laine leaves the trio Wings, essentially leaving Paul McCartney a solo act once more.
1980 Pop singer Jacob Underwood (O-Town) is born in El Cajon, California.
1978 Bob Dylan records "Changing Of The Guards."
1978 Queen's "We Are The Champions" is certified Gold.
1977 Christian singer-songwriter Matthew West is born in Downers Grove, Illinois.
1975 A forebear to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video, the Alice Cooper horror/music special Alice Cooper: The Nightmare (featuring Vincent Price) airs on ABC.
1975 The original New York Dolls break up after Jerry Nolan and Johnny Thunders leave the band in the middle of a tour in Florida. They carry on with replacements into 1976, but disband that year, returning again in 2004.
1974 Pamela Courson, who was Jim Morrison's girlfriend and the one who found him dead in a bathtub, dies of a heroin overdose at age 27.
1974 The streaking fad hits its peak as Rolling Stone reports that Yes and Greg Allman concerts have been interrupted by naked people running around.
1973 Sweet's "Little Willy" is certified Gold.
1970 #1 Billboard Pop Hit: the Jackson 5's "ABC."
1967 The Beatles record "Magical Mystery Tour."
1965 Alt rock bassist Eric Avery (Jane's Addiction) is born in Los Angeles, California.
1964 Synthpop singer Andy Bell (Erasure) is born in Dogsthorpe, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England.
1961 Elvis Presley makes his last stage appearance for nearly eight years, at Bloch Arena in Hawaii.
1960 Thrash metal singer Paul Baloff (Exodus) is born in San Francisco, California.
1960 Elvis Presley scores his first #1 of the '60s (and 13th of his career) when "Stuck on You" hits the top spot.
1960 Eddie Cochran is laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cypress, California, six days after his untimely death in a car accident.
1955 David Sikes (bass player for Boston, Giuffria) is born near Cambridge, England, but will be raised in California.
1955 The UN's commission on narcotics releases a report stating "definite connection between increased marijuana smoking and that form of entertainment known as bebop and rebop."
1950 Steve Ferrone (drummer for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, The Average White Band) is born in Brighton, England.
1949 Baroque pop keyboardist Michael Brown (The Left Banke) is born Michael David Lookofsky in New York to jazz violinist Harry Lookofsky.
1946 Ronnie Gilbert (bass guitarist for Blues Magoos) is born.
1945 Bjorn Ulvaeus (ABBA) is born in Gothenburg, Sweden.
1945 Stu Cook (bass guitarist for Creedence Clearwater Revival) is born in Oakland, California.
1944 Michael Kogel (lead singer of Los Bravos) is born in Berlin, Germany.
1932 Jazz tenor saxophonist Willis "Gator" Jackson is born in Miami, Florida.
1923 Blues guitarist Albert King is born on a cotton plantation in Indianola, Mississippi.
1923 Lyricist Jerry Leiber, who will go on to pen several Elvis Presley hits with composing partner Mike Stoller, is born in Baltimore, Maryland.
1917 Jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald is born in Newport News, Virginia.
1994A jury rules that Michael Bolton's 1991 hit "Love Is a Wonderful Thing" plagiarizes The Isley Brothers 1966 song of the same name and award $5.4 million in damages, the largest ever in a music plagiarism case.
2006 Bruce Springsteen releases We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, a collection of songs popularized by Pete Seeger. The album brings Seeger into the spotlight, drawing attention to his work as a musicologist and scion of folk music. "I've managed to survive all these years by keeping a low profile," Seeger says. "Now my cover's blown."
2002 30-year-old Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes (TLC) dies in a car accident in La Ceiba, Honduras, after swerving to avoid an oncoming vehicle and losing control. The only passenger fatally injured, she's thrown from the car and dies instantly.
1999 It's Joe DiMaggio Day at Yankee Stadium, and Paul Simon performs "Mrs. Robinson," which contains the classic line, "Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?"
1992 "Jump" by Kris Kross hits #1 in the US, where it stays for eight weeks. Kris Kross is the rap duo of Chris Kelly and Chris Smith, who are both 13. The track is produced by Jermaine Dupri, who goes on to supply beats for another youngster: Lil Bow Wow.
1977 Elvis Presley makes his last-ever recordings at a session after a show in Saginaw, Michigan.