Sunday, March 25, 2018

Today in Music History...March 25, 2018 (Now with more info)

Music History: March 25th:

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 (of England Dan & John Ford Coley) dies of cancer at age 61.

2008 The Raconteurs release 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 Country musician Buck Owens dies of a heart attack at age 76, hours after giving his final performance at the Crystal Palace music hall in Bakersfield, California.

2004 "Suspicion," the final 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 Academy Award for Best Original Song 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.

1997 Kenny Moore, a songwriter who was Tina Turner's musical director, dies of apoplexy at age 45.

1991 Michael Jackson escorts Madonna to the Academy Awards.

1990 Alabama releases "Pass it on Down."

1988 DJ/producer Ryan Lewis (of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) is born in Spokane, Washington.

1985 Stevie Wonder accepts the Oscar for Best Original Song "in the name of Nelson Mandela."

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 (of All Saints) is born in Camden, London, England.

1975 Rapper Juvenile (of The Hot Boys) is born Terius Gray in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1969 In Copenhagen, Denmark, Judy Garland plays her last concert; she dies three months later.

1969 Pop singer-songwriter Cathy Dennis is born in Norwich, Norfolk, England.

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 US at RKO 58th Street Theater in New York City.

1966 Blues rocker Jeff Healey is born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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 used on the Yesterday And Today album before it is recalled.

1961 Elvis Presley appears in concert for the last time in eight years (a benefit for the USA Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii).

1960 Steve Norman (of Spandau Ballet) is born in Stepney, London, England.

1960 Roy Orbison records "Only The Lonely."

1958 Ray Charles records "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 Rocker Michael Stanley is born in Cleveland, Ohio.

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 Folk singer-songwriter Hoyt Axton is born in Duncan, Oklahoma.

1934 Johnny Burnette (of Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio) in Memphis, Tennessee.

1931 Nine young black males are arrested in 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.

1923 Bonnie Guitar, known for the 1957 country-pop hit "Dark Moon," is born Bonnie Buckingham in Seattle, Washington.

1918 French composer Claude Debussy dies from rectal cancer at his Paris home.

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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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