March 19, 2009
2002 – Jazz organist Big John Patton dies in Montclair, N.J., of complications from diabetes and kidney failure. He is 66.
2001 – Aerosmith, Michael Jackson, Paul Simon, Queen, Ritchie Valens, Solomon Burke, Steely Dan and the Flamingos are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
1993 – Jeff Ward of Low Pop Suicide commits suicide at his home in Chicago. The drummer, 30, also worked with Ministry and Nine Inch Nails.
1982 – Randy Rhoads, lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, is killed when the plane in which he is flying buzzes Osbourne’s tour bus and then crashes into a house in Leesburg, Fla. He is 25.
1976 – Paul Kossoff of Free and Back Street Crawler dies of a drug-induced heart attack while on a flight from Los Angeles to New York. He is 25.
1975 – KISS releases “Dressed to Kill,” which includes “Rock and Roll All Nite,” a soon-to-be the rock-anthem.
1974 – Jefferson Airplane is officially renamed Jefferson Starship.
1971 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Me and Bobby McGee,” Janis Joplin. The song is the second posthumous No. 1 song of the rock era, reaching the top almost six months after Joplin’s death.
1968 – Donovan travels to India to study transcendental meditation under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
1957 – Elvis Presley purchases a mansion in Memphis, Tenn., and calls it Graceland.
1953 – Ricky Wilson of the B-52’s is born in Athens, Ga.
1951 – Derek Longmuir of Bay City Rollers is born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1946 – Paul Atkinson of the Zombies is born in Hertfordshire, England.
1946 – Ruth Pointer of the Pointer Sisters is born in Oakland, Calif.