March 26, 2009
2006 – Swell Maps front man Nikki Sudden dies after a show in New York. He is 49. The cause of death is an enlarged heart.
2005 – Paul Newell Hester of Crowded House commits suicide in Melbourne, Australia.
2004 – William Jan Berry of Jan and Dean dies of a stroke in Los Angeles at the age of 62.
2002 – Drummer Randy Castillo of Ozzy Osbourne and Mötley Crüe dies of cancer at the age of 51.
1999 – Indian musician and composer Ananda Shankar dies in Calcutta of cardiac arrest at the age of 50.
1995 – Eazy-E of N.W.A. dies of complications from AIDS in Los Angeles at the age of 31.
1988 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Man in the Mirror,” Michael Jackson.
1980 – Jon-Jon Poulos of the Buckinghams dies of a drug overdose. Age 32.
1979 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Tragedy,” Bee Gees.
1976 – Guitarist David Keuning of the Killers is born in Pella, Iowa.
1976 – Blues singer Duster Bennett dies in a car accident in Warwickshire, England, at the age of 32.
1970 – Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary pleads guilty to “taking immoral liberties” with a 14-year-old girl.
1969 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their “Bed-in” at the Amsterdam Hilton.
1968 – Guitarist James Iha of the Smashing Pumpkins is born in Chicago.
1968 – Country singer Kenny Chesney is born in Knoxville, Tenn.
1964 – Barbra Streisand opens on Broadway in “Funny Girl.”
1950 – Soul singer Teddy Pendergrass is born in Philadelphia.
1949 – Fran Sheehan of Boston is born in Boston.
1948 – Steven Tyler (Stephen Victor Tallarico) of Aerosmith is born in Yonkers, N.Y.
1948 – Richard Tandy of Electric Light Orchestra is born in Birmingham, England.
1944 – Singer Diana Ross of the Supremes is born in Detroit.
1917 – R&B singer Rufus Thomas is born in Cayce, Miss.
1886 – Jazz singer Al Jolson (Asa Yoelson) is born in St. Petersburg, Russia.