March 29, 2009

2005 – The Bravery is named top band to watch for 2005.

2001 – Pianist John Lewis, leader of the Modern Jazz Quartet, dies of cancer in New York at the age of 80.

1999 – Jazz singer Joe Williams dies in Las Vegas. He is 80.

1993 – “A Whole New World” from the Disney animated film “Aladdin” wins an Academy Award for best song. It is performed by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle.

1987 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” Starship.

1985 – Madonna’s first film, “Desperately Seeking Susan,” debuts.

1985 – The Singing Nun commits suicide in Wavre, Belgium, at the age of 51.

1982 – Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney release “Ebony and Ivory.”

1980 – Conductor Mantovani dies at his home in Kent, England. He is 74.

1976 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Disco Lady,” Johnnie Taylor.

1975 – Led Zeppelin becomes the first band in history to have six albums on the Billboard chart at once: “Physical Graffiti” (No. 1), “Led Zeppelin IV,” “House of the Holy,” “Led Zeppelin II,” “Led Zeppelin” and “Led Zeppelin III.”

1973 – Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. The group’s song “The Cover of Rolling Stone” reaches No. 6 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

1967 – John Popper of Blues Traveler is born in Cleveland.

1947 – Bobby Kimball of Toto is born in Orange, Texas.

1944 – Singer-songwriter and producer Terry Jacks is born in Manitoba, Canada.