25 March

Pick a Day

25 MARCH

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1991 Michael Jackson escorts Madonna to the Academy Awards. "Sooner Or Later (I Always Get My Man)," which she sang for the movie Dick Tracy, wins for Best Original Song.

1988 DJ/producer Ryan Lewis (of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) is born in Spokane, Washington.

1985 Stevie Wonder accepts the Oscar for Best Original Song "in the name of Nelson Mandela."More

1985 Prince wins an Oscar for Best Original Score for the film Purple Rain.

1983 The Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever special is recorded at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium; it is broadcast on NBC in May. Highlights of the show include Michael Jackson's Moonwalk and a The Supremes reunion. A lowlight is no mention of the label's house band, The Funk Brothers. Bass player James Jamerson, who played on many of the hits performed this evening, has to buy his own ticket. He dies a few months later.

1983 INXS play America for the first time, performing at The Spirit Club in San Diego to a crowd of 24 people. In May, they play to a more substantial crowd when they're on the bill at the US Festival.

1981 Rick Springfield makes his first appearance as Dr. Noah Drake on the soap opera General Hospital. As his music career takes off, he continues to appear on the show, playing the character until 1983.

1977 Bob Seger's Night Moves album goes Platinum.

1976 Jackson Browne's first wife, Phyllis, commits suicide less than a year after they were married.

1975 Rapper Juvenile (of The Hot Boys) is born Terius Gray in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1975 Melanie Blatt (of All Saints) is born in Camden, London, England.

1972 Deep Purple's album Machine Head is released in America. Most of it was recorded in their hotel after the Montreux Casino, where they planned to record it, burned down, a story told in the song "Smoke On The Water."More

1969 John & Yoko's week-long Bed-In for Peace begins in The Netherlands.

1969 Roy Orbison marries his second wife, Barbara, in Nashville.

1969 Singer-songwriter Cathy Dennis, composer of the Britney Spears hit "Toxic," is born in Norwich, Norfolk, England.

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Aretha Franklin Is Born

1942

Aretha Franklin is born in Memphis, Tennessee.

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