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September, 25

  • 2000 A collection of 1965 writings by Janis Joplin to then-fiance Peter DeBlanc go up for auction on eBay. The collection, which includes 57 letters, five cards, a telegram, a college essay and drawings, is sold by DeBlanc’s ex-wife, Mary Sullivan.
  • 1998 It is announced that Johnny Cash has suffered a recurrence of pneumonia, less than a year after nearly dying from the ailment. Cash, 66, receives treatment at a Nashville hospital.
  • 1995 Mariah Carey’s “Fantasy” becomes the second single ever to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The only other artist to accomplish that feat is Michael Jackson with “You Are Not Alone.”
  • 1990 Dave Grohl, former drummer of the Washington DC band Scream, joins Nirvana.
  • 1980 Drummer John Bonham of Led Zeppelin is found dead in his bed after a drinking binge.
  • 1975 R&B performer Jackie Wilson collapses from a stroke onstage at the Latin Casino in Camden, N.J. He spends the rest of his life in hospitals and dies in 1984.
  • 1974 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Rock Me Gently,” Andy Kim. He wrote the 1969 No.1 song “Sugar, Sugar” with Jeff Barry for the Archies.
  • 1968 Rap/television/film star Will Smith (a.k.a. the Fresh Prince) is born.
  • 1964 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Oh, Pretty Woman,” Roy Orbison.
  • 1954 Elvis Presley performs live on “Grand Ole Opry,” singing “Blue Moon Of Kentucky.”
  • 1936 Bluesman Roosevelt “Booba” Barnes is born.
  • 1933 Erik Darling of the Rooftop Singers (“Walk Right In”) is born in Baltimore.