Music History for

March 31


1684 - Composer Francesco Durante was born.

1732 - Composer Franz Joseph Haydn was born. He is known for helping to develop the Classical style.

1901 - Anton Dvorak's opera "Rusalka" premiered in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

1943 - "Oklahoma!" by Rodgers and Hammerstein debuted on Broadway. The original title was "Away We Go."

1958 - Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" was released.

1967 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience began its first British tour. The show featured the first time that Hendrix set a guitar on fire. In 2008, the scorched instrument sold for more than $450,000 at auction.

1969 - Led Zeppelin's debut album was released in the U.K.

1976 - Led Zeppelin's album "Presence" was released.

1982 - The Doobie Brothers announced their break-up.

1987 - Prince's "Sign O' The Times" LP was released in the U.S.

1989 - Guns N' Roses released their single "Patience."

1995 - A former Led Zeppelin fan was arrested for trying to stab Jimmy Page at a Page and Robert Plant concert.

1995 - Selena was killed by the president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar. Saldivar had been fired for embezzlement.

1998 - The first Celebration of Female Artists Awards took place at The Grosvenor House in London.

1998 - The video for "Good Times," the only movie to star Sonny & Cher, hit stores. The video included an unreleased version of "I Got You Babe." The movie was made in 1967.

1999 - It was announced that tickets for the Cranberries' forthcoming U.S. tour would only be sold via the Internet at

2015 - Steven Tyler announced that he was working on his first solo country album. On April 6, it was announced that he had signed a record deal.