March 4, 2009

2002 – Mark Vann, banjoist with Leftover Salmon, dies of cancer at his home near Longmont, Colo. He is 39.

2001 – Glenn Hughes, the biker in the Village People, dies of lung cancer at his apartment in New York City. He is 50.

1999 – Actor and country singer Eddie Dean dies in Los Angeles of emphysema. He is 91.

1996 – Country singer and comedian Minnie Pearl dies in Nashville of a stroke at the age of 83.

1996 – The Beatles’ last “reunion” song, “Real Love,” is released. It is based on a demo tape by the late John Lennon, with Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr adding their parts in the studio.

1993 – Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown welcome a baby girl, Bobbi Kristina.

1992 – Jazz guitarist Mary Osborne dies of cancer in Bakersfield, Calif., at age 70.

1986 – Richard Manuel of the Band commits suicide in Winter Park, Fla., at the age of 42.

1986 – Songwriter Howard Greenfield dies of AIDS in Los Angeles at the age of 49.

1986 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Kyrie,” Mr. Mister.

1984 – The Police play the final concert of their Synchronicity tour in Melbourne, Australia. It is their last show, except for a few special events together, until 2007.

1976 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Love Machine (Part 1),” the Miracles.

1971 – Feargal Lawler of the Cranberries is born in Parteen, Ireland.

1967 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Ruby Tuesday,” the Rolling Stones.

1967 – Evan Dando of Lemonheads is born in Boston.

1966 – John Lennon, in an interview in the London Evening Standard, creates international controversy with his remark that the Beatles “are probably bigger than Jesus right now.”

1963 – Jason Newsted of Metallica is born in Battle Creek, Mich.

1957 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Young Love,” Tab Hunter.

1951 – Singer-songwriter Chris Rea is born in Middlesbrough, England.

1948 – Guitarist Chris Squire of Yes is born in London.

1944 – Singer-songwriter Bobby Womack is born in Cleveland.