14 March

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2021 At the Grammy Awards, Taylor Swift wins Album Of The Year for Folklore and Beyoncé takes four awards, making her the most-awarded woman in Grammy history, her 28 trophies surpassing Alison Krauss' 27.

2019 George Michael's art collection is auctioned at Christie's in London, raising about $12 million to continue his charity work.

2016 Sony pays $750 million to Michael Jackson's estate for the King of Pop's half of Sony/ATV Music, a publishing company that owns the rights to some 4,000 pop songs, including 250 Lennon-McCartney tunes from the Beatles catalog. Jackson bought ATV Music in 1985 for $47.5 million and merged with Sony a decade later. Jackson's estate retains the rights to songs written by Jackson.

2014 Gary Burger of The Monks dies of pancreatic cancer at age 71.

2011 Atlanta Rhythm Section lead singer Ronnie Hammond dies of heart failure at age 60.

2011 Electric blues musician Big Jack Johnson dies at age 70.

2009 French singer-songwriter Alain Bashung dies of lung cancer at age 61.

2008 Stone Temple Pilots announce they are reuniting for one final tour.

2008 In London, Ex-Foundations member Peter MacBeth is sentenced to six years on pedophilia and sexual assault charges.

2005 In New York City, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts Percy Sledge, The O'Jays, U2, Buddy Guy, and The Pretenders.

2004 Liz Phair plays '60s pop singer Jackie DeShannon on American Dreams in the episode "Can't Hold On."

1998 The Backstreet Boys appear on Saturday Night Live for the first time, performing "As Long As You Love Me" and "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)."

1995 Grunge supergroup Mad Season release their only album, Above. The group includes Layne Staley of Alice in Chains, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam and Barrett Martin of Screaming Trees.

1992 Garth Brooks makes his first appearance on Saturday Night Live, singing "Rodeo" and "The River" from his album Ropin' The Wind.

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Goo Goo Dolls Break Through With A Boy Named Goo

1995

The Goo Goo Dolls release their breakthrough fifth studio album, A Boy Named Goo, featuring their first major hit, "Name."

A Boy Named Goo brings the Buffalo-based punk rockers into the mainstream and, with their first big hit, marks their transition into alt-rock balladeers. According to lead singer Johnny Rzeznik, the song is about growing older and living with youthful mistakes. One of those mistakes came in the form of a near-affair with mononymous MTV VJ Kennedy, who claims her flirtatious relationship with the married singer inspired the song. During their time together, she divulged the secret of her real name - Lisa Kennedy Montgomery - which inspired the lyric, "And I won't tell no one your name." Rzeznik confirms Kennedy's story, saying he was "trying to capture a moment" when he was writing the song. But, contrary to his promise, he did reveal her name: The song credits include a dedication to Lisa Montgomery. "Name" peaks at #5 on the Hot 100 and helps boost album sales, which eventually reach 2 million in the US. Folks who show up to their gigs expecting more rough-around-the-edges ballads are shocked to hear the Goos' punk blasters like "Long Way Down," but "Name" doesn't remain an anomaly in the band's catalog for long. In 1998, they release their signature tune, an enormously popular ballad from the movie City Of Angels called "Iris."

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