March 18, 2009
2002 – Brenda Lee, Gene Pitney, Isaac Hayes, Ramones, Talking Heads and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
2001 – Four teenage girls are crushed to death in a shopping mall in Indonesia, when hundreds of fans panic while trying to catch a glimpse of British boy band a1. The four band members cancel the rest of their tour in Asia.
2001 – John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas dies of heart failure in Los Angeles at the age of 65.
1997 – Yanni becomes the first Westerner to play at India’s Taj Mahal. Yanni plays three shows to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of India’s independence.
1996 – The Sex Pistols announce that they are reuniting for a 20th anniversary tour.
1994 – Courtney Love calls the police fearing that her husband, Kurt Cobain, is suicidal. Police confiscate four guns and 25 boxes of ammo from his home.
1994 – Bassist Darryl Jones replaces Bill Wyman in the Rolling Stones.
1982 – Soul singer Teddy Pendergrass is partially paralyzed following an accident in Philadelphia, where his Rolls Royce skids off a road and crashes.
1978 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Night Fever,” the Bee Gees.
1977 – Devin Lima of LFO is born in New Bedford, Mass.
1975 – The Who’s “Tommy” film premieres in New York.
1972 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Heart of Gold,” Neil Young.
1970 – Rapper-actress Queen Latifah (Dana Elaine Owens) is born in Newark, N.J.
1966 – Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains is born in Tacoma, Wash.
1961 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Surrender,” Elvis Presley.
1959 – Irene Cara is born in the Bronx, N.Y.
1947 – Barrie James “B.J.” Wilson of Procol Harum is born in London.
1943 – Country singer-songwriter Dennis Linde is born in Abilene, Texas.
1941 – Soul singer Wilson Pickett is born in Prattville, Ala.
1938 – Country singer Charley Pride is born in Sledge, Miss.