March 14 – On this day in music

2016 Sony pays $750 million to Michael Jackson’s estate for the King of Pop’s half of Sony/ATV Music, a publishing company that owns the rights to some 4,000 pop songs, including 250 Lennon-McCartney tunes from the Beatles catalog. Jackson bought ATV Music in 1985 for $47.5 million and merged with Sony a decade later. Jackson’s estate retains the rights to songs written by Jackson.

2011 Atlanta Rhythm Section lead singer Ronnie Hammond dies of heart failure at age 60.

1981 Eric Clapton has a brush with death as a severe ulcer sends him to the hospital. He’s forced to cancel the remaining 47 dates on his tour and is out for seven months.

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