March 16, 2009
2008 – Daniel MacMaster, former lead singer of Bonham, dies of pneumonia at a hospital in Ontario, Canada at the age of 39.
2008 – Former ABBA drummer Ola Brunkert, 62, is found dead with cuts to his neck in the garden of his house on the Spanish island of Mallorca. Police say his death was an accident and caused by a fall through a glass door.
2002 – Liza Minnelli takes her fourth trip down the aisle when she marries promoter David Gest in New York. Michael Jackson serves as best man and Elizabeth Taylor is matron of honor.
1996 – Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men end their 16th consecutive week at No. 1 on Billboard’s singles chart with “One Sweet Day.” It marks the longest continuous stay at No. 1 in Billboard Hot 100 history.
1991 – Seven members of country singer Reba McEntire’s band and her road manager are killed when their private plane crashes in a mountain area near California’s border with Mexico. McEntire had taken a separate plane.
1991 – Van Halen’s Eddie Van Halen and his wife, actress Valerie Bertinelli, welcome a son, Wolfgang Van Halen, in Santa Monica, Calif. He grows up to play bass in his father’s band.
1990 – Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone dies of a heroin overdose coupled with a cerebral hemorrhage in Seattle, Wash., at the age of 24.
1976 – Singer Blu Cantrell (Tiffany Cobb) is born in Providence, R.I.
1975 – Blues guitarist T-Bone Walker dies of pneumonia in Los Angeles. He is 64.
1970 – Soul singer Tammi Terrell dies of a brain tumor in Philadelphia at the age of 24.
1959 – Flavor Flav (William Jonathan Drayton Jr.) of Public Enemy is born in Roosevelt, N.Y.
1954 – Nancy Wilson of Heart is born in San Francisco.
1953 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “The Doggie in the Window,” Patti Page.
1945 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Rum and Coca-Cola,” Andrews Sisters.