March 21, 2009

2008 – Klaus Dinger of Kraftwerk and Neu! dies of heart failure at the age of 61.

2000 – Soul Coughing disbands after eight years and three albums.

1994 – Bruce Springsteen wins a best original song Oscar for “Streets of Philadelphia” from the movie “Philadelphia.” The song is the first Springsteen has written for a film.

1991 –Leo Fender, inventor of the electric guitar, dies of complications from Parkinson’s disease at the age of 81 in Fullerton, Calif.

1989 – Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” music video attracts controversy with its use of Catholic iconography and cross-burning imagery.

1987 – Singer and actor Dean Paul Martin dies in a plane crash in California’s San Bernardino Mountains at the age of 35. He is the son of singer-actor Dean Martin.

1984 – No. 1 Billboard hit: “Jump,” Van Halen.

1980 – Deryck Whibley of Sum 41 is born in Ontario.

1975 – No. 1 Billboard hit: “My Eyes Adored You,” Frankie Valli.

1967 – Jonas Berggren of Ace of Base is born in Göteborg, Sweden.

1955 – No. 1 Billboard hit: “The Ballad of Davy Crockett,” Bill Hayes.

1952 – The Moondog Coronation Ball, the first rock ‘n’ roll stage show, is held at the Cleveland Arena. Acts include the Dominoes, Tiny Grimes and Paul Williams.

1951 – Russell Thompkins Jr. of the Stylistics is born in Philadelphia.

1951 – Bassist Conrad Lozano of Los Lobos is born in Los Angeles.

1950 – Roger Hodgson of Supertramp is born in Portsmouth, England.

1949 – Rocker Eddie Money (Edward Joseph Mahoney) is born in Brooklyn, N.Y.

1946 – Ray Dorset of Mungo Jerry is born in Middlesex, England.

1930 – Blues musician Otis Spann is born in Jackson, Miss.