29 March

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29 MARCH

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2020 Alan Merrill of The Arrows, who co-wrote "I Love Rock And Roll," dies at 69, one of the first high-profile musicians to succumb to coronavirus.

2019 Seventeen-year-old Billie Eilish releases her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, which debuts at #1 in America.

2009 Nickelback rule the Juno Awards, winning Album of the Year, Group of the Year and the Fan Choice Award.

2006 Tom Jones is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

2005 Neil Young has brain surgery to remove an aneurysm. His vision became blurry at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremonies, and a subsequent checkup discovered the aneurysm.

2001 A tribute to Brian Wilson is held at Radio City Music Hall, with Paul Simon, Elton John and Billy Joel all performing Beach Boys songs.

2001 John Lewis of The Modern Jazz Quartet dies of prostate cancer at age 80.

1999 Jazz singer Joe Williams dies at age 80.

1996 Phil Spector's former bandmates in The Teddy Bears, Carol Connors and Marshall Lieb, sue the producer to collect royalties they claim are still owed from the group's 1958 smash "To Know Him Is To Love Him."

1994 K-pop singer and actress Sulli is born at Seongnam, South Korea.

1994 The Crow soundtrack is released. Featuring "Burn" by The Cure, it reaches number one on the charts.

1992 For his role as Johnny Van Owen in Cool As Ice, Vanilla Ice is dubbed Worst New Star at the 12th Golden Raspberry Awards. Other honorees include MC Hammer, who lands Worst Original Song for "Addams Groove," written for The Addams Family.

1987 Prince is named Worst Actor and Worst Director for Under the Cherry Moon at the 7th Golden Raspberry Awards. The film also earns Razzies for Worst Picture (tied with Howard the Duck), Worst Supporting Actor (Jerome Benton), and Worst Original Song ("Love or Money").

1986 Falco's "Rock Me Amadeus," with verses in Austrian, hits #1 in America.

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Elton John Hosts Living Room Benefit Concert During Coronavirus Pandemic

2020

With most of the world homebound as the coronavirus pandemic takes hold, Elton John hosts the "Living Room Concert For America" from his home, featuring virtual performances by Mariah Carey, H.E.R., Backstreet Boys, and Tim McGraw. The concert raises money to help local food banks and support first responders during the crisis.


Concerts, sporting events and other gatherings have been cancelled since early March, so many musicians have adapted by live streaming to fans. The previous day, the 12-hour "Twitch Aid" benefit featured over 70 performers, including Garth Brooks, Lady Antebellum, Barry Gibb and Diplo. Audiences have acclimated to raw performances from the homes of often disheveled performers looking to connect with fans and stay busy while under quarantine. Here's the setlist for the "Living Room Concert": Alicia Keys - "Underdog" Backstreet Boys - "I Want It That Way" Billie Eilish and Finneas - "Bad Guy" Billie Joe Armstrong - "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes - "My Oh My" Dave Grohl - "My Hero" H.E.R. - "Keep Holding On" Sam Smith - "How Do You Sleep" Tim McGraw - "Something Like That" (from the diving board of his pool) Mariah Carey - "Always Be My Baby" Throughout the broadcast, the performers and other celebrity guests - Lizzo, Ellen DeGeneres and Lady Gaga among them - offer words of encouragement and remind viewers to stay home if at all possible in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. Messages from essential personnel, including health care workers, grocery store employees and truck drivers, are interspersed throughout the show, reminding us that many don't have the option to stay home. The concert is broadcast on Fox and organized by iHeartRadio, which had their annual music awards scheduled for the date before having to postpone due to the virus.

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