25 March

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1968 The last episode of The Monkees airs on NBC, concluding the show's two-season run. Titled "The Frodis Caper," it's a very sci-fi episode directed by Micky Dolenz. It opens with the band waking up to "Good Morning Good Morning" by The Beatles, one of the first uses of a Beatles song in a non-Beatles production.

1967 The Who play their first live gig in the US at RKO 58th Street Theater in New York City.

1966 Blues rocker Jeff Healey is born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

1966 The Beatles show up for a photo shoot with photographer Robert Whitaker, who has butcher smocks, doll parts and raw meat waiting for them. The shoot results in their "butcher cover" photo used on the Yesterday And Today album before it is recalled.

1963 Johnny Cash records "Ring Of Fire."

1961 Elvis Presley appears in concert for the last time in eight years (a benefit for the USA Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii).

1960 Steve Norman (of Spandau Ballet) is born in Stepney, London, England.

1960 Roy Orbison records "Only The Lonely."

1958 Ray Charles records "Georgia On My Mind."

1957 Elvis Presley buys the Graceland Mansion in Memphis for $102,500.

1948 Rocker Michael Stanley is born in Cleveland, Ohio.

1947 Brinsley Schwarz is born in Suffolk, England. His self-titled band would include Nick Lowe.

1938 Folk singer-songwriter Hoyt Axton is born in Duncan, Oklahoma.

1934 Johnny Burnette (of Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio) in Memphis, Tennessee.

1931 Nine young black males are arrested in Paint Rock, Alabama, and accused of raping two white women. The ensuing years' long legal case inspires a song by Leadbelly and a musical, The Scottsboro Boys.

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Aretha Franklin Is Born

1942

Aretha Franklin is born in Memphis, Tennessee.

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