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)

1 comment

John Neill said...

Hi Roger,

In the almanac for 25th March, Bonnie Guitar actually passed away on 12th January 2019, aged 95.

Keep up the great work.

Regards

John Neill
Australia.

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