March 18, 2009

2002 – Brenda Lee, Gene Pitney, Isaac Hayes, Ramones, Talking Heads and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

2001 – Four teenage girls are crushed to death in a shopping mall in Indonesia, when hundreds of fans panic while trying to catch a glimpse of British boy band a1. The four band members cancel the rest of their tour in Asia.

2001 – John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas dies of heart failure in Los Angeles at the age of 65.

1997 – Yanni becomes the first Westerner to play at India’s Taj Mahal. Yanni plays three shows to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of India’s independence.

1996 – The Sex Pistols announce that they are reuniting for a 20th anniversary tour.

1994 – Courtney Love calls the police fearing that her husband, Kurt Cobain, is suicidal. Police confiscate four guns and 25 boxes of ammo from his home.

1994 – Bassist Darryl Jones replaces Bill Wyman in the Rolling Stones.

1982 – Soul singer Teddy Pendergrass is partially paralyzed following an accident in Philadelphia, where his Rolls Royce skids off a road and crashes.

1978 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Night Fever,” the Bee Gees.

1977 – Devin Lima of LFO is born in New Bedford, Mass.

1975 – The Who’s “Tommy” film premieres in New York.

1972 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Heart of Gold,” Neil Young.

1970 – Rapper-actress Queen Latifah (Dana Elaine Owens) is born in Newark, N.J.

1966 – Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains is born in Tacoma, Wash.

1961 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Surrender,” Elvis Presley.

1959 – Irene Cara is born in the Bronx, N.Y.

1947 – Barrie James “B.J.” Wilson of Procol Harum is born in London.

1943 – Country singer-songwriter Dennis Linde is born in Abilene, Texas.

1941 – Soul singer Wilson Pickett is born in Prattville, Ala.

1938 – Country singer Charley Pride is born in Sledge, Miss.


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