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Died On This Date (March 31, 1995) Selena / Popular Tejano Singer

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Selena Quintanilla-Perez
April 16, 1971 – March 31, 1995

Selena Quintanilla was a Texas-born Tejano star who was quickly becoming a worldwide superstar when her life was tragically cut short.  Known simply as Selena, she began building a following within the Spanish speaking community in and around the Houston area in the mid ’80s and by 1987, she was at the top of her field when she won Best Female Vocalist at the Tejano Music Awards which she would continue to rule over the next several years.  Signed to EMI Records in the States, Selena was soon being groomed to cross over much the same way Gloria Estefan had before her.  By the early ’90s, Selena was approaching superstar status, designing her own clothing line, opening boutiques in Texas and appearing in Spanish novellas and alongside Johnny Depp, Faye Dunaway and Marlon Brando in Don Juan DeMarco.  In 1994, her Amor Prohibido was nominated for a Grammy, and she began work on an English language album.  And by 1995, she was drawing upwards of 65,000 to her concerts in Texas.  Around this time, her family discovered that Yolanda Saldivar, the president of her fan club and manager of one of her clothing stores was embezzling from the company.  After being fired, Saldivar agreed to meet Selena at her hotel in Corpus Christi to return some financial paperwork.  Instead, Saldivar shot Selena in the back as she was exiting the room.  She died later that day.

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Died On This Date (March 31, 1996) Jeffrey Lee Pierce / The Gun Club

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Jeffrey Lee Pierce
June 27, 1958 – March 31, 1996

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Perhaps best known as the front man for L.A. blues-infused rock band, the Gun Club, Jeffrey Lee Pierce also worked for Bomp Records, wrote for a handful of punk ‘zines, and ran the Blondie fan club.  With the Gun Club, Pierce made an influential though not commercial impact on music with their swampy blues punk sound that drew strongly from such blues giants as Charley Patton and Howlin’ Wolf.  Gun Club were a direct influence on the White Stripes, Screaming Trees and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.  By the ’90s, Pierce was struggling with personal demons and drugs, leading to a marked decline in his creative output.   He died of a brain hemorrhage on the final day of March, 1996.  He was just 37.

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Died On This Date (March 31, 2008) Sean Levert / R&B Singer

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Sean Levert
September 28, 1968 – March 31, 2008

Sean Levert was the son of O’Jays singer, Eddie Levert.  Along with his older brother Gerald Levert and friend Marc Gordon, he formed the group LeVert and scored a handful of R&B hit in the late ’80s/early ’90s,  The group earned two gold albums and received a Grammy nomination.  In March of 2008, Levert entered prison to serve a year for unpaid child support in excess of $89,000.  Within days of entering the prison, Levert was taken to a hospital suffereing from high blood pressure and hallucinations.  He died in the hospital on March 31, 2008.  The cause was determined to be a combination of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, sarcoidosis and withdrawal from Xanax.  The sentencing judge claimed to have had no knowledge of his health problems prior to her ruling.

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Died On This Date (March 31, 2010) Caresse Henry / Managed Madonna, Ricky Martin, Paula Abdul & More

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Caresse Henry
DOB Unknown – March 31, 2010

Caresse Henry was an artist manager who helped guide Madonna’s career for several years.  After parting ways with her in 2004, Henry went on to serve as manager for the likes of Joss Stone, Ricky Martin, Jessica Simpson, Andrew Dice Clay and Paula Abdul.  Caresse Henry was 44 when she died suddenly on March 31, 2010.

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Died On This Date (March 31, 1986) O’Kelly Isley / Isley Brothers

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O’Kelly Isley
December 25, 1937 – March 31, 1986

Born on Christmas Day 1937, O’Kelly Isley would, along with his brothers, Ronald Isley, Vernon Isley and Rudolph Isley would group up to write and record some of the greatest songs of R&B. Such hits as Shout,” “It’s Your Thing,” and “The Lady (Part 1).” The Isley Brothers’ songs have been recorded by the, James Brown, Eric Clapton, Yardbirds, Alicia Keys, Aaliyah, the Beatles, and many many more! And who could forget the great scene in Animal House when Otis Day & The Knights’ version of “Shout!” made a great movie even better. O’Kelly Isley passed away from a sudden heart attack in 1986. He was 48.

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Died On This Date (March 29, 1985) Jeanine Deckers / The Singing Nun

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Jeanine Deckers (Born Jeanne-Paule Deckers)
October 17, 1933 – March 29, 1985

jeanne-deckersAs a Belgian nun, Jeanine Deckers earned a place in pop culture due to her international hit single, “Dominique,” released in 1963.  When John F. Kennedy was assasinated in November of that year, many US radio stations played the song in heavy rotation as part of their tributes to the late President.  This lead to Deckers becoming a popular concert draw around the United States and beyond as well as an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in January of 1964.  Hollywood took notice and cast Debbie Reynolds in a film entitled The Singing Nun which Deckers denounced as pure fiction.  The following year,  Sally Field was cast as the lead in a television comedy, The Flying Nun, a spoof of sorts on the film.  By 1968, Deckers’ music career was over and she had left the convent to open a school for autistic children.  The Belgian government came calling for their share of the profits from her first album (over $50,000), which she claimed went to the convent, making her exempt.  She eventually lost the court case that ensued.  Around this time she developed an addiction to drugs and alcohol and was suffering from depression and nervous breakdowns.  Blaming financial problems in a note left behind, Deckers took her own life  by an overdose of barbiturates and alcohol on March 29, 1985.  Ironically and without her knowledge, Deckers was awarded $300,000 in back royalties that very day.  The amount was significantly greater than the money she owed.

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Died On This Date (March 29, 1999) Joe Williams

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Joe Williams (Born Joseph Goreed)
December 12, 1918 – March 29, 1999

joe-williamsJoe Williams has been called the last great big-band singer.  His beautiful baritone has been heard alongside such greats as Lionel Hampton and Coleman Hawkins, and carried him to prominence with the Count Basie Orchestra during the ’50s.  He continued to perform and record alongside the greatest names in jazz over the next three decades, earning numerous awards including a Grammy and a star along Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.  Williams worked up until he passed away of natural causes at the age of 80.

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Died On This Date (March 29, 2009) Maurice Jarre / Oscar Winning Composer

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Maurice Jarre
September 13, 1924 – March 29, 2009

jarre3Maurice Jarre was an the three-time Oscar-winning French composer best known for his scores for such films as Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, A Passage To India and Dead Poets Society.  He composed music for more than 150 over his career.  He is the father of Jean-Michel Jarre, a revered composer and musician as well.  Maurice Jarre passed passed away at 84 as a result of cancer.

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Died On This Date (March 29, 1980) Mantovani

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Annunzio Paolo Mantovani
November 15, 1905 – March 29, 1980

mantovaniThe undisputed King of Easy Listening passed away on this date in 1980. If you’re under 40, you probably never heard of Mantovani unless you worked in a “real” record store in the ’70s or ’80s. He released over 40 albums in the US, 11 of which landing in the Top 10. Mantovani passed away in his home at the age of 74.

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Died On This Date (March 29, 2009) Monte Hale / Singing Cowboy

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Monte Hale (Born Buren Ely)
June 8, 1919 – March 29, 2009

monte-haleBorn in Ada, Oklahoma, Monte Hale was best known for his “singing cowboy” roles in many Republic Pictures westerns of the ’40s and ’50s.  Prior to that, Hale made his living playing country music at local rodeos and vaudeville shows.  He also co-founded the Autry Museum of Western Heritage with Gene Autry.  Hale passed away after a lenghty illness at the age of 89.

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