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On March 16th, 1970, singer Tammi Terrell died of a brain tumor in Philadelphia at age 24. The tumor was diagnosed three years earlier when she collapsed during a concert.
In 1971, Simon and Garfunkel were the first winners of the so-called "Triple Crown" of the Grammys. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" was named song and record of the year, and the album by the same name won album of the year. It was also the first year the Grammys were televised live.
In 1974, the Grand Ole Opry moved from the Ryman Auditorium to a new facility at the Opryland complex.
In 1969, "1776," a musical about the Declaration of Independence, opened on Broadway.
In 1991, seven members of Reba McEntire's band and her road manager were killed when their plane crashed after taking off from an airport in San Diego.
In 1993, the long-awaited collaboration between former Whitesnake singer David Coverdale and guitarist Jimmy Page was released by Geffen Records.
In 2005, actor Robert Blake was acquitted of murdering his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley (BAYK'-lee). He was later found liable in a civil court and ordered to pay her children $30 million.
In 2006, Michael Jackson paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to employees at his Neverland Ranch in California, then shut down the ranch. He paid them back wages to avoid a lawsuit threatened by California officials.
Today's Birthdays: Comedian Jerry Lewis is 87. Movie director Bernardo Bertolucci is 72. Game show host Chuck Woolery is 72. Singer-songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker is 71. Actor Victor Garber ("Alias") is 64. Actor Erik Estrada is 64. Actress Kate Nelligan is 62. Country singer Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel is 62. Guitarist-singer Nancy Wilson of Heart is 59. Actress Isabelle Huppert is 58. Actor Clifton Powell ("Ray," ''Norbit") is 57. Rapper Flavor Flav (FLAYV) of Public Enemy is 54. Folk singer Patty Griffin is 49. Singer Tracy Bonham is 46. Actress Lauren Graham ("Parenthood," ''Gilmore Girls") is 46. Actor Judah Friedlander (FREED'-lan-duhr) ("30 Rock") is 44. Singer Blu Cantrell is 37.
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