March 3, 2009

1995 – R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry undergoes successful brain surgery. Berry collapsed due to a brain aneurysm during a concert in Switzerland.

1994 – Kurt Cobain of Nirvana lapses into a coma in Rome after overdosing on Rohypnol and champagne.

1986 – Singer Stacie Orrico is born in Seattle.

1986 – Metallica releases “Master of Puppets.”

1979 – No. 1 Billboard Album: “Spirits Having Flown,” the Bee Gees. This is the group’s first and only No. 1 album.

1978 – Van Halen kicks off its first tour at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago as the opening act for Journey.

1976 – Alice Cooper marries his girlfriend, Sheryl Goddard.

1973 – “The Concert for Bangla Desh,” featuring George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton, among others, wins the Grammy for album of the year.

1973 – No. 1 Billboard Album: “Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player,” Elton John.

1966 – Rapper Tone-Lōc (Anthony Terrell Smith) is born in Los Angeles.

1966 – Buffalo Springfield is formed by Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay.

1965 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “My Girl,” the Temptations.

1953 – Singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock is born in London.

1947 – Singer-songwriter Jennifer Warnes is born in Seattle.

1942 – Mike Pender (Michael John Prendergast) of the Searchers is born in Liverpool, England.