Music Almanac - March 25

Birthdays
  • 1904 - Pete Johnson (d. 1967)
  • 1909 - Jerry Livingston (composer) (d. 1987)
  • 1923 - Bonnie Guitar (born Bonnie Buckingham) (95)
  • 1934 - Johnny Burnette (d. 1964)
  • 1938 - Hoyt Axton (d. 1999)
  • 1940 - Anita Bryant
  • 1941 - Larry Weiss (songwriter)
  • 1942 - Aretha Frankin (d. 2018)
  • 1943 - Kevin Kelley (Byrds) (d. 2002)
  • 1947 - Elton John
  • 1947 - Brinsley Schwarz
  • 1947 - Jack Hall (Charlie Daniels Band, Wet Willie)
  • 1947 - Duncan Browne (d. 1993)
  • 1948 - Michael Stanley
  • 1949 - Neil Jones (Amen Corner)
  • 1950 - Ronnie McDowell
  • 1950 - Chuck Greenberg (Shadowfax) (d. 1995)
  • 1951 - Maizie Williams (Boney M)
  • 1951 - Bob Pelander (Michael Stanley Band)
  • 1960 - Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet)
  • 1963 - Robbie Fulks
  • 1966 - Jeff Healey (d. 2008)
  • 1969 - Cathy Dennis
  • 1969 - Jeffrey Walker (Carcas)
  • 1971 - Michael McKeegan (Therapy?)
  • 1973 - Anders Friden (In Flames)
  • 1974 - Finley Quaye
  • 1975 - Melanie Blatt (All Saints)
  • 1977 - Juvenile (born Terius Gray)
  • 1980 - Joe King (The Frey)
  • 1984 - Kathrine McPhee
  • 1988 - Ryan Lewis (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis)
  • 1988 - Big Sean (born Sean Anderson)
  • 1989 - Aly Michalka (Aly & AJ)

Deaths
  • 1949 - Jack Kapp (founder of Decca Records) - Cerebral hemorrhage (47)
  • 1976 - Phyllis Major (wife of Jackson Browne) - Suicide
  • 1984 - Tom Jans - Suspected drug overdose (36)
  • 2006 - Buck Owens - Heart attack (76)
  • 2009 - Dan Seals (England Dan & John Ford Coley) - Mantle cell lymphoma (61)
  • 2010 - Dean Townson (Pirates of the Mississippi) (50)

On This Day
  • 1955 - The move Blackboard Jungle was released featuring the song Rock Around the Clock.
  • 1958 - Buddy Holly closed his only tour of the U.K. in London.
  • 1961 - Elvis Presley performed his last live show, at Pearl Harbor, for eight years.
  • 1965 - Johnny Cash was in a minor car accident in Nashville.
  • 1966 - The Beatles shot their infamous butcher cover for the album Yesterday and Today.
  • 1967 - The Who and Cream made their U.S. concert debuts on the same bill in New York.
  • 1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their bed-in at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel.
  • 1969 - Judy Garland performed her last concert in Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 1970 - The Faces made their North American debut in Toronto.
  • 1976 - Jackson Browne's wife, Phyllis, comitted suicide.
  • 1979 - The Sons of the Pioneers were recognized as national treasures at the Smithsonian Institute.
  • 1979 - Jerry Lee Lewis wrecked his car in DeSoto County, Mississippi but leaves before police arive.
  • 1982 - Donny Osmond opened on Broadway in Little Johnny Jones.
  • 1983 - Motown held a concert in Pasadena, CA to celebrate 25 years that was eventually made into the Motown 25 special.
  • 1984 - Jerry Lee Lewis entered the hospital for a suspected overdose of muscle relaxers.
  • 1986 - Guns N' Roses signed with Geffen Records.
  • 1990 - Tommy Lee of Motley Crue was arrested for indecent exposure after mooning the audience at a show in Augusta, GA.
  • 1991 - Madonna and Michael Jackson attended the Oscars together.
  • 1993 - Highway 61 in DeSoto County became the Charley Pride Highway.
  • 1995 - Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam was almost killed when a riptide carried him off into the ocean in Australia.
  • 1999 - Ray Price was arrested in his home for possession of marijuana.
  • 2000 - Derek Longmuir of the Bay City Rollers only received 300 hours of community service after being found guilty of the possession of child pornography.
  • 2000 - N'Sync sold over one million tickets in a day for their upcoming tour.
  • 2001 - Bjork wore her infamous swan costume to the Academy Awards.
  • 2002 - Asher D of the British rap group So Solid Crew was sentenced to 18 months in prison for carrying a loaded gun.
  • 2002 - Chris Cornell walked out of one of the initial rehearsals for the new band Audioslave. He eventually returned.
  • 2003 - Tom Petty cancelled his first tour of Europe in ten years.
  • 2003 - Bill Anderson was arrested on charges of aggrivated assault after his girlfriend claimed he tried to hit her with a car.
  • 2007 - Elton John played Madison Square Garden for the 60th time (a record to that date) on his 60th birthday.
  • 2008 - Richie Sambora was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.
  • 2008 - Hugh Jarrett of the Jordanaires was in a serious car accident and hospitalized for the last two months of his life.
  • 2012 - Robin Gibb underwent emergency surgery in London.
  • 2012 - Bobby Womack was hospitalized with pneumonia and colon cancer.
  • 2013 - Charlie Daniels was hospitalized for pneumonia.
  • 2014 - Chase Rice made his Grand Ole Opry debut.
  • 2015 - Zayn Malik announced he was leaving One Direction.
  • 2016 - The Rolling Stones played Cuba.
  • 2016 - The movie I Saw the Light, based on the life of Hank Williams, debuted in theaters.
  • 2018 - Steven Page performed with his former band, the Barenaked Ladies, at their Juno Awards induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

Marriages
  • 1957 - Don Everly and Mary Sue Ingraham
  • 1963 - Dion DiMucci and Susan Butterfield
  • 1969 - Roy Orbison and Barbara Jakobs
  • 1995 - Jeff Huskins (Little Texas) and Leslie Buchanan

Divorces
  • 1961 - Margaret Whiting and John Richard Moore

Recorded
  • 1957 - I'm Walkin' - Ricky Nelson (first recording session)
  • 1960 - Only the Lonely - Roy Orbison
  • 1960 - Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles
  • 1963 - Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash

Released
  • 1940 - You Are My Sunshine - Jimmie Davis
  • 1963 - Surfin' U.S.A. - Beach Boys
  • 1977 - Less Than Zero - Elvis Costello (debut single)
  • 1987 - Forever and Ever, Amen - Randy Travis (single)
  • 1996 - Blue Clear Sky - George Strait

Awards
  • 1985 - Academy Awards
    • Best Original Song - I Just Called to Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder
    • Best Original Song Score - Purple Rain - Prince
  • 2000 - Razzie Awards
    • Worst Actress of the Century - Madonna
    • Worst Original Song - Wild Wild West - Will Smith
  • 2001 - Academy Awards
    • Best Original Song - Things Have Changed - Bob Dylan

Broadcasts
  • 1957 - I Love Lucy (NBC) - Shorty Long
  • 1964 - Top of the Pops (BBC) - Beatles (first appearance)
  • 1965 - The Jimmy Dean Show (ABC) - Eddy Arnold, Kay Starr
  • 1966 - The Jimmy Dean Show (ABC) - George Jones, Billy Grammer
  • 1968 - The Monkees (NBC) - Final original episode premiered
  • 1968 - Laugh-In (NBC) - Bee Gees
  • 1970 - Johnny Cash Show (ABC) - Waylon Jennings, Jackie DeShannon, Michael Parks
  • 1977 - Midnight Special (NBC) - Glen Campbell, Aretha Franklin, Babys
  • 1985 - The Barbara Walters Special (ABC) - Neil Diamond, Barbara Mandrell
  • 2001 - The Barbara Walters Special (ABC) - Faith Hill
  • 2003 - TRL (MTV) - Ringo Starr
  • 2004 - The Chris Isaak Show (final episode)

Number Ones - U.S. Singles
  • 1972 - A Horse With No Name - America (3 weeks)
  • 1989 - The Living Years - Mike + the Mechanics (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Albums
  • 1972 - America - America (5 weeks)
  • 2006 - Reality Check - Juvenile (1 week)
  • 2017 - Divide - Ed Sheeran (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.S. R&B Singles
  • 1944 - Cow-Cow Boogie (Cuma-Ti-Yi-Yi-Ay) - The Ink Spots and Ella Fitzgerald (1 week)
  • 1967 - I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You) - Aretha Franklin (7 weeks)
  • 1972 - In the Rain - Dramatics (4 weeks)
  • 1978 - Bootzilla - Bootsy's Rubber Band (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Country Singles
  • 1944 - So Long Pal - Al Dexter (1 week)
  • 1967 - I Won't Come In While He's There - Jim Reeves (1 week)
  • 1989 - New Fool at an Old Game - Reba McEntire (1 week)

Number Ones - U.S. Adult Contemporary Singles
  • 1972 - Rock and Roll Lullaby - B.J. Thomas (1 week)
  • 1978 - We'll Never Have to Say Goodbye Again - England Dan & John Ford Coley (1 week)
  • 1989 - You Got It - Roy Orbison (2 weeks)

Number Ones - U.K. Singles
  • 1989 - Like a Prayer - Madonna (3 weeks)
  • 1995 - Love Can Build a Bridge - Cher, Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry with Eric Clapton (1 week)
  • 2000 - Bag It Up - Geri Halliwell (1 week)
  • 2006 - No Tomorrow - Orson (1 week)

Number Ones - U.K. Albums
  • 1967 - The Sound of Music - Soundtrack (7 weeks (55 previous weeks))
  • 1972 - Fog on the Tyne - Lindisfarne (4 weeks)
  • 1978 - 20 Golden Greats - Buddy Holly & the Crickets (3 weeks)
  • 1989 - Anything For You - Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine (1 week)
  • 1995 - Elastica - Elastica (1 week)
  • 2006 - Corinne Bailey Rae - Corinne Bailey Rae (1 week)

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