2000 The New York Mets release Garth Brooks, who is participating in spring training with the team. The country star gets the boot after going 0-17 at the plate.
1988 Michael Jackson begins construction on his 2,800-acre ranch and private amusement park in Santa Barbara, California, which he names "Neverland" after a fantasy location in his favorite book, Peter Pan, a place where children never grow up.
1982 Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist Randy Rhoads dies when he takes a plane ride with a pilot who tries to buzz Ozzy's tour bus. When the wing hits the bus, the plane crashes into a nearby house, killing Rhoads, the pilot, and the tour costume designer/hairdresser.
1919 Jazz music plays throughout New Orleans after a serial killer threatens to murder anyone not listening to it.More
2016 I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It by The 1975 goes to #1 in the US, becoming the album with the longest title to hit the top spot.
2013 Floyd "Buddy" McRae, the last surviving original member of The Chords, dies at age 85.
2011 Archie "Aashid" Himons, formerly known as Little Archie, dies of complications from diabetes and vascular disease at age 68.
2007 Soul singer-songwriter Luther Ingram dies of heart failure at age 69.
2005 At the 46664 festival in George, South Africa honoring Nelson Mandella, Queen perform with Paul Rodgers on vocals. Billed as "Queen + Paul Rodgers," they begin a tour nine days later, marking a return to action for the band, which has played sporadically with various guest vocalists since the death of Freddie Mercury in 1991, but has not toured.
2002 Soul jazz organist Big John Patton dies of complications from diabetes at age 66.
1997 Gabrielle's ex-boyfriend (and the mother of her child), Tony Antoniou, is sentenced to life in prison for murdering his stepfather. Gabrielle was called as a witness at the trial.
1996 Barenaked Ladies release their third studio album, Born On A Pirate Ship.
1993 Jeff Ward (drummer for several bands, including Low Pop Suicide and Nine Inch Nails) commits suicide via carbon monoxide poisoning at age 30.
1988 At the Community World Theater in Tacoma, Washington, Nirvana uses the name Nirvana for the very first time. They'd previously gone by Skid Row, Ted Ed Fred, Pen Cap Chew, and Bliss.
1980 In proceedings against the doctor who supplied the prescription drugs that killed Elvis Presley, Elvis' autopsy is entered as evidence. Dr. George Nichopoulos, who was known as "Dr. Nick" is eventually found guilty of overprescribing the drugs.
1978 Billy Joel makes his UK concert debut at London's Theatre Royal.
1976 Paul Kossoff (guitarist for Free), age 25, dies of a pulmonary embolism during a flight from Los Angeles to New York.
Andrew Wood, lead singer of Mother Love Bone, dies of a heroin overdose at age 24. Members of the band go on to form Pearl Jam.
In the early 1980s, a musical revolution is just starting to grow roots in the Pacific Northwest. Drawing influence from across the musical spectrum, from glam rock to early punk to big arena bands and heavy metal, the sound will later be dubbed "grunge" for its lo-fi garage band undertones. At the forefront of this movement is a young man named Andrew Wood. Born in 1966, Wood's personality seems to fit the era into which he was born, and his powerful voice and flamboyant style make him an ideal frontman. He adopts the moniker "Landrew the Love Child" when he forms his first band, Malfunkshun, in 1980. The band performs around Seattle and records two tracks for the C/Z Records compilation album Deep Six, before disbanding in 1988. That year, Wood forms a band called Mother Love Bone, featuring former Green River members Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard. Unfortunately, by the time Mother Love Bone forms, Wood has been battling drug addiction for several years. In 1989, on the heels of an EP release (Shine) and with a new album in the works, Wood checks himself into rehab for the second time. On March 16, 1990, Andrew Wood is found unresponsive at his home. A heroin overdose robs him of all brain function, and three days later, Wood is removed from life support. He is 24 years old. Mother Love Bone's only full-length album, Apple, is released later that year. In the wake of Wood's death, friends and former bandmates come together to remember him. Soundgarden's Chris Cornell pens the song "Say Hello 2 Heaven" in memory of Wood, and joins forces with Mother Love Bone members Ament and Gossard to form Temple of the Dog, along with Eddie Vedder, Matt Cameron, and Mike McCready. Their self-titled album is released in April 1991, and features "Say Hello 2 Heaven" as its second single, following "Hunger Strike." After the album's release, Cornell continues to tour and record with Soundgarden, while Gossard, Ament, McCready and Vedder settle on the name Pearl Jam and release their debut album, Ten. Both bands reach the top of the charts and help fuel the grunge movement, thanks in part to the legacy of Andrew Wood.
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