March 17, 2009
2006 – Rapper Lumumba Carson, aka Professor X, dies of spinal meningitis in New York at the age of 49.
2003 – Country singer-songwriter Bill Carlisle dies in his Nashville home of complications from a stroke. He is 94.
1990 – Whitney Houston headlines an AIDS benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The concert, dubbed “That’s What Friends Are For,” celebrates the 15th anniversary of Arista Records.
1990 – Ric Grech of Family, Traffic and Blind Faith dies of a brain hemorrhage at the age of 43.
1989 – Do-wop and R&B singer Bobby Mitchell dies in New Orleans after years of worsening illnesses, including diabetes, kidney failure, and two further heart attacks. He is 53.
1982 – Samuel George of the Capitols dies after being stabbed during a domestic dispute. He is 39.
1976 – Stephen Gately of Boyzone is born in Dublin.
1975 – Justin Hawkins of the Darkness is born in Surrey, England.
1973 – Caroline Corr of the Corrs is born in Dundalk, Ireland.
1972 – Melissa Auf der Maur of Hole and the Smashing Pumpkins is born in Montreal, Quebec.
1967 – Singer-songwriter Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins is born in Elk Grove Village, Ill.
1966 – Keith Moon of the Who marries his pregnant girlfriend, Kim Kerrigan, in secrecy.
1959 – Mike Lindup of Level 42 is born in London.
1951 – Scott Gorham of Thin Lizzy and Supertramp is born in Glendale, Calif.
1948 – Fran Byrne of Ace is born in Dublin, Ireland.
1946 – Harold Brown of War is born in Long Beach, Calif.
1944 – Singer-songwriter John Sebastian of the Lovin’ Spoonful is born in New York.
1944 – Pattie Boyd, ex-wife and muse of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, is born in Somerset, England.
1941 – Paul Kantner of Jefferson Starship and Jefferson Airplane is born in San Francisco.
1940 – Vito Picone of the Elegants is born in Staten Island, N.Y.
1937 – Singer and drummer Adam Wade is born in Pittsburgh.