25 March

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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.

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.

1955 The movie Blackboard Jungle is released, giving new exposure to the song "Rock Around The Clock," which is featured in the film. A few months later, the song becomes the first ever #1 rock song.

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.

1923 Bonnie Guitar, known for the 1957 country-pop hit "Dark Moon," is born Bonnie Buckingham in Seattle, Washington.

1918 French composer Claude Debussy dies from rectal cancer at his Paris home.

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