Today in Music

March, 31

  • 2000 At the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Riders in the Sky present their 21st annual benefit concert to aid Hospital Hospitality House, which offers a home away from home for family members of critically ill patients and outpatients receiving medical treatment in Nashville area hospitals.
  • 1999 It is announced that tickets for the Cranberries’ forthcoming U.S. tour are to be sold exclusively on the Internet. Tickets for the nine-date U.S. tour, which begins April 28 in Washington, D.C., are to be available only through the band’s Web site,
  • 1998 Available for the first time on video, “Good Times,” the only movie starring Sonny & Cher, hits stores. The video includes an unreleased version of “I Got You Babe.” The 1967 film was directed by William Friedkin (“The Exorcist”) and scored by the late Sonny Bono.
  • 1998 The first Celebration of Female Artists Awards take place at London’s Grosvenor House with performers Shola Ama, SWV, Gala, and Terry Ellis. Nominees for the awards include Bjork, All Saints, Kylie Minogue, Ultra Nate, Rosie Gaines, Texas, No Doubt, Missy Elliot, and Eternal.
  • 1995 Tejano singing idol Selena is shot to death by Yolanda Saldivar, president of Selena’s fan club and once a close friend of the Grammy-winning singer, outside a Corpus Christi, Texas, motel room.
  • 1995 A former Led Zeppelin fan who calls the band’s music “satanic” is arrested for allegedly trying to stab guitarist Jimmy Page backstage with a pocket knife at a Page and Robert Plant concert in the Detroit area.
  • 1992 “La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. One,” White Zombie’s major label debut album, is released on Geffen Records.
  • 1986 O’Kelly Isley of the Isley Brothers dies of a heart attack at the age of 48.
  • 1975 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Lovin’ You,” Minnie Riperton. The song is produced by Stevie Wonder.
  • 1967 Jimi Hendrix begins first his British tour as part of a package that includes Cat Stevens.
  • 1935 Herb Alpert is born in Los Angeles. He writes the hit song “Wonderful World” for Sam Cooke. His biggest hit is “This Guy’s in Love with You,” a No. 1 hit for four weeks in 1968. In 1965 he forms his own band, the Tijuana Brass.