Music History: May 25
2014 Two members of the Japanese girl group AKB48, along with a staff member, are attacked by a saw-wielding maniac during a meet-the-fans event. The victims are treated for cuts and fractures while the suspect is arrested for attempted murder.
2013 Marshall Lytle (bassist for Bill Haley) dies of lung cancer at age 79.
2013 Clarence Burke Jr. (lead singer of The Five Stairsteps) dies at his home in Marietta, Georgia, from an undisclosed cause at age 64.
2012 At a concert in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson interrupts a performance of "Stupid Girl" to challenge a member of the crowd who was punching a woman.
2010 Nicole Scherzinger of The Pussycat Dolls wins season 10 of Dancing With The Stars.
2008 Jet releases a YouTube video featuring their song "Shine On" that honors the life and work of Australian ophthalmologist Fred Hallows. It is estimated that Hallow’s work in Australia and other developing nations has helped bring eyesight to over one million people. In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, lead singer Nic Chester said, "hopefully [the video] encourages people to make a donation to keep Fred's work going."
2006 Reggae singer-songwriter Desmond Dekker dies of a heart attack at age 64.
2005 Domenic Troiano (guitarist for The Guess Who, Bush) dies at age 59 after a ten-year battle with prostate cancer.
2005 Garth Brooks proposes to Trisha Yearwood in front of 7,000 fans during a show at Buck Owens's Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California. The pair marry in December.
2004 In a letter to fans, Phish frontman Trey Anastasio says that after 21 years together, the band is splitting up. "We all love and respect Phish and the Phish audience far too much to stand by and allow it to drag on beyond the point of vibrancy and health. We don't want to become caricatures of ourselves, or worse yet, a nostalgia act."
They wrap things up with a show in Coventry, Vermont in August, but it is not the final curtain: In 2009, the band reunites.
2002 The mosh pit goes horribly wrong at an Eminem concert in Washington, D.C.'s RFK Stadium, and at least 25 people are injured.
1998 "Ramsey Lewis Week" is declared in Chicago to honor the Grammy Award-winning jazz composer.
1996 The Fugees hit #1 in America with their album The Score.
1994 Jazz guitarist Eric Gale (of Stuff) dies of lung cancer at age 55.
1992 Boyz II Men is touring as the opening act for MC Hammer's 2 Legit 2 Quit tour when their manager, Khalil Rountree, is murdered by three gunmen at a Chicago hotel.
1978 A London concert by The Who turns out to be the last for drummer Keith Moon, who dies a few weeks later.
1978 Keith Moon performs for the last time with The Who at the Shepperton Film Studio in England for the movie, The Kid's Are Alright.
1973 Carole King, at the end of a 12-show tour, gives a free concert for 100,000 fans in New York's Central Park.
1970 Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green plays his last official show with the band, although he did fill in a few years later when they lost their lead guitarist.
1969 The Hollies record "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother."
1965 Dave Davies of The Kinks falls and injures himself onstage in Cardiff, Wales, forcing cancellation of the group's tour.
1962 The West Side Story soundtrack goes to #1 in the US, where it stays for a record 54 (non-consecutive) weeks.
1961 Ral Donner records "You Don't Know What You've Got."
1958 Paul Weller (singer, guitarist for The Jam, The Style Council) is born in Woking, Surrey, England.
1950 Robby Steinhardt (co-lead singer for Kansas) is born in Illinois, but will grow up in Lawrence, Kansas.
1948 Klaus Meine (lead singer of Scorpions) is born in Hanover, Germany.
1947 Doo-wop singer Mitch Margo (of The Tokens) is born.
1943 Country singer Jessi Colter is born Miriam Johnson in Phoenix, Arizona. Known for her collaborations with husband Waylon Jennings.
1942 Brian "Blinky" Davison (drummer for The Nice) is born in Leicester, Leicestershire, England.
1936 Country singer-songwriter Tom T. Hall, who penned the smash hit "Harper Valley P.T.A.," is born in Olive Hill, Kentucky.
1934 Gustav Holst
1927 Norman Petty
1922 Kitty Kallen
1921 Lyricist Hal David, frequent collaborator of Burt Bacharach, is born in New York City.
1986It's Hands Across America, as millions of Americans form a human chain from New York to Santa Monica to raise money for hunger relief. The project is organized by the same guy who put together "We Are The World," but the theme song is far less ambitious.
2005 Carrie Underwood wins Season 4 of American Idol and becomes their most successful alum: Her debut album goes on to sell over 7 million copies.
1996 Brad Nowell (frontman of Sublime) dies of a heroin overdose at age 28, just one week after marrying Troy Dendekker, the mother of his 11-month-old son, Jakob.More
1991 Billboard implements SoundScan technology on their Albums chart, replacing the decades-old system that relied on record stores to report sales figures. With SoundScan, the sales are tracked electronically, providing much more accurate data.More
1985 Wham!'s "Everything She Wants" hits #1 in the US, making them the first group since the Bee Gees to have three #1 hits from the same album.
1977 George Lucas' space opera Star Wars debuts in theaters, accompanied by an instantly iconic score from John Williams.