Today in Music

March, 25

  • 2005 Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne had to flee their English mansion after a fire broke out as they slept. A smoke detector woke them and after grabbing their pets, they ran out of the house.
  • 1999 Robbie Williams loses his two-year court battle with Nigel Martin-Smith, the manager of his former band Take That.
  • 1999 Sony Corp. unveils hardware designed for use with its new satellite music distribution service. The SAS-MS9SET digital broadcast receiver/antenna system enables subscribers to Digital Media Entertainment’s MusicLink channel to download music onto the MDS-DL1 MiniDisc player/recorder.
  • 1997 Harold Melvin, leader of soul act Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, dies in his sleep. He is 57. Melvin forms the Blue Notes as a doo-wop group in 1954 with himself as lead singer. Almost two decades later, with new member Teddy Pendergrass taking over the drums and lead vocals, the group enjoys a string of No. 1 R&B hits such as “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” “The Love I Lost (Part 1),” “Hope That We Can Be Together Soon,” and “Wake Up Everybody (Part 1).”
  • 1990 Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee was arrested for mooning at the audience during a gig in Augusta. Lee was charged with indecent exposure.
  • 1985 Prince wins an Oscar for Best Original Score for the film “Purple Rain.”
  • 1980 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Another Brick in the Wall,” Pink Floyd. The song is the group’s biggest hit.
  • 1973 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Killing Me Softly with His Song,” Roberta Flack. The song wins Grammys for Flack as Best Female Pop Vocal and Record of the Year and earns Song of the Year Grammys for writers Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox.
  • 1972 Americahad the number one song with “A Horse with No Name.”
  • 1968 The 58th and final episode of “The Monkees” TV show is aired. The group disbands in 1969 and re-forms in 1986 without Michael Nesmith.
  • 1967 Cream and The Who played their first ever US gigs as part of a rock extravaganza in New York City.
  • 1947 Elton John (Reginald Kenneth Dwight) is born in Pinner, Middlesex, England. He has six No. 1 songs, including “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” and “Crocodile Rock.” He is also one of the four singers on the AIDS benefit record “That’s What Friends Are For.”
  • 1942 Aretha Franklin is born in Memphis, Tenn. In 1987 she becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her hits include “Respect,” “Chain of Fools” and “Think.&rdquo