22 March

Pick a Day

22 MARCH

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2019 Scott Walker dies at 76. In the UK, he became a pop star in the '60s, but turned to more experimental music in ensuing years.

2017 Original Boston drummer Sib Hashian, who played on their first two albums, dies at age 67 after collapsing during the Legends of Rock Cruise.

2016 After years of health problems and a battle with diabetes, Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest dies at age 45.

2013 Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy releases his debut EP, God Loves You When You're Dancing.

2013 My Chemical Romance announce their breakup after 12 years as a band. They return to action in 2019.

2009 Folk music historian Archie Green dies at age 91.

2006 Cuban singer Pío Leyva (of Buena Vista Social Club) dies of a heart attack at age 88.

2006 Aerosmith cancels the rest of their Rockin' The Joint tour so lead singer Steven Tyler can have throat surgery to treat strained vocal chords.

2005 Rod Price (guitarist for Foghat) dies after suffering a heart attack and falling down a flight of stairs at his home.

2002 Celine Dion releases the album A New Day Has Come, which goes to #1 in many territories, including the US, UK, and Canada.

2001 Earl Beal of The Silhouettes dies at age 71.

1996 Don Murray (drummer for The Turtles) dies of complications from ulcer surgery at age 50.

1994 Dan Hartman dies of an AIDS-related brain tumor at age 43.

1994 Ted Nugent, always a straight arrow, makes a PSA warning kids of the dangers of abusing inhalants.

1994 Pantera release Far Beyond Driven, one of the few heavy metal albums to reach #1 in America.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber Is Born

1948

Andrew Lloyd Webber is born in Kensington, London, England.


The composer and mastermind behind Broadway smashes like Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Evita, and The Phantom of the Opera grows up in a musical family, including cellist virtuoso brother Julian, that encourages his passion for music. His father, William Lloyd Webber, is a composer in his own right and his mother, Jean Hermione Johnstone, is a violinist and pianist. By the age of 9, Lloyd Webber is already composing his own music and putting on shows in his toy theater. Sounds cute, but he actually publishes six short pieces as "The Toy Theatre" in Music Teacher Magazine. Teaming up with lyricist Tim Rice, he first gains notoriety in the early '70s with the retelling of a Bible story with Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and a rock opera inspired by the life of Argentina's former First Lady, Eva Peron, in Evita (for which he wins his first Tony Award for Best Musical). In 1977, he creates the Really Useful Group, one of the biggest theater operators in London. But his masterpiece comes in the following decade when The Phantom of the Opera makes its debut in 1986 and surpasses another Lloyd Webber production, Cats, as the longest-running Broadway musical of all time. As composer and impresario for 13+ musicals, Lloyd Webber earns dozens of awards, including multiple Academy Awards, Tony Awards, Ivor Novello Awards (a prestigious songwriting and composing award named for the UK entertainer), Golden Globes, and Grammys. On top of all that, we really should be calling him The Lord Lloyd-Webber as he is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1992 and later bestowed the rank of baron. Photo: Lucy Sewill

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