March 23, 2009

2004 – With “Confessions,” Usher becomes the first R&B artist to have an album sell 1.1 million copies in its first week.

2004 – Roy “Pop” Lewis of bluegrass gospel group the Lewis Family dies at a hospital in Washington, Ga. He is 98.

2002 – ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill and his girlfriend of about 10 years, actress Charleen “Chuck” McCrory, get married in Houston.

1985 – Billy Joel marries model Christie Brinkley on a yacht in New York’s Hudson River.

1983 – No. 1 Billboard hit: “Billie Jean,” Michael Jackson.

1981 – No. 1 Billboard hit: “Rapture,” Blondie.

1977 – No. 1 Billboard hit: “Rich Girl,” Daryl Hall & John Oates.

1968 – Singer-songwriter Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz is born in London.

1965 – Marti Pellow (Mark McLachlan) of Wet Wet Wet is born in Clydebank, Scotland.

1959 – Epic Soundtracks (Kevin Paul Godfrey) of Swell Maps, Crime and the City Solution and These Immortal Souls is born in London, England.

1953 – Chaka Khan (Yvette Marie Stevens) is born in Great Lakes, Ill.

1951 – Singer Phil Keaggy is born in Youngstown, Ohio.

1917 – Blues guitarist Granville “Stick” Henely McGhee is born in Kingsport, Tenn.