1987 U2 break big in America with their first #1 hit in that country, "With Or Without You," from the album The Joshua Tree. Their next single, "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," follows to #1, cementing their superstar status.
1975 Kiss play the Cobo Arena, Detroit, recording it for some of their live album Alive!, their first Gold album. In September, Bob Seger records two concerts at Cobo for Live Bullet, his first Gold album.
1966 Janet Jackson is born Janet Damita Jo Jackson in Gary, Indiana.
2012 Chuck Brown, the "Godfather of Go-Go," dies at age 75.
2010 Black Sabbath singer Ronnie James Dio succumbs to stomach cancer at age 68.
2003 Hoboken, New Jersey, names its post office after its favorite son, Frank Sinatra.
2002 Cher appears on the TV show Will & Grace for the second time. This episode is titled "A.I.: Artificial Insemination."
2001 Brian Pendleton (rhythm guitarist for Pretty Things) dies of lung cancer at age 57.
2000 With his Warner Bros. contract terminated, Prince starts using that name again. He changed it to an unpronounceable symbol in 1993 after a dispute with the label.
1998 Keith Richards injures his ribs and chest when he falls from a chair at his Connecticut home; The Rolling Stones are forced to reschedule the first four dates of their upcoming tour while he recovers.
1993 R&B singer Marv Johnson, Motown's earliest performer, dies of a stroke at age 54.
1990 Sammy Davis Jr. dies of complications from throat cancer at age 64.
1990 Muppets creator Jim Henson dies of streptococcal toxic shock syndrome at 53. Henson made music a key component of The Muppet Show, which featured a gnarly house band (The Electric Mayhem) and welcomed many superstars eager to interact with his creatures. Elton John, Julie Andrews, John Denver and Loretta Lynn all appeared on the show.
1981 Kim Carnes' version of "Bette Davis Eyes," written and originally recorded by Jackie DeShannon in 1975, hits #1 in America.
Michael Jackson does the Moonwalk for the first time on TV when he breaks out the move on the Motown 25th anniversary TV special.
Thanks to his videos for "Billie Jean" and "Beat It," Jackson has become known as much for his dancing as for his music, with a signature style incorporating toe stands, crotch grabs and funky leg kicks. At the special, he performs "Billie Jean," doing the choreography from the video as the crowd goes bananas. In the bridge, he breaks out a new move where he glides backward but looks like he is walking forward. This becomes Jackson's signature move, which he calls the Moonwalk. Jackson didn't invent the move - Jeffrey Daniel performed it on Soul Train in 1979 and claims he was brought in to teach it to Jackson before the special. Known as the Backslide, it is known to viewers of the show and aficionados of street dance, but for everyone else, Jackson's walk on the moon is the first sighting. This is also the first time Jackson performs "Billie Jean" live, and the first time he wears his single, sequined glove on stage. Other highlights of the show include one of Marvin Gaye's last performances, a Supremes reunion, and Adam Ant's new wave version of "Where Did Our Love Go," where he is joined by Diana Ross. The show was recorded March 25, 1983 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California. Jackson's album Thriller was the #1 album at the time of filming, and is still on top when the show airs.
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