On March 22, 1952, Grand Ole Opry star Uncle Dave Macon died in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, at the age of 81.
In 1956, Carl Perkins was injured in a car accident near Wilmington, Delaware. He was on his way to New York to perform on the “Ed Sullivan Show” and “The Perry Como Show.” He was forced to spend several months in the hospital. By the time he recovered, Elvis Presley had covered Perkins’ hit, “Blue Suede Shoes,” and Perkins’ career was never the same.
In 1958, actor Elizabeth Taylor’s husband, producer Mike Todd, died in a plane crash in New Mexico.
Also in 1958, an eight-year-old Hank Williams Junior made his stage debut in Swainsboro, Georgia.
In 2016, rapper Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest died of complications from diabetes. He was 45.
Today’s Birthdays: Composer Stephen Sondheim is 91. Actor William Shatner is 90. Actor M. Emmet Walsh is 86. Singer Jeremy Clyde of Chad and Jeremy is 80. Singer-guitarist George Benson is 78. News anchor Wolf Blitzer is 73. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is 73. Actor Fanny Ardant is 72. Sportscaster Bob Costas is 69. Country singer James House is 66. Actor Lena Olin is 66. Singer-actor Stephanie Mills is 64. Actor Matthew Modine is 62. Comedian Keegan-Michael Key of Key and Peele is 50. Actor Will Yun Lee (“Hawaii Five-0″) is 50. Actor Guillermo Diaz (“Scandal”) is 46. Actor Anne Dudek (“Mad Men”) is 46. Actor Cole Hauser (TV’s “Yellowstone”) is 46. Actor Kellie Williams (“Family Matters”) is 45. Actor Reese Witherspoon is 45. Drummer John Otto of Limp Bizkit is 44. Actor Tiffany Dupont (“Murder in the First”) is 40. Rapper Mims is 40. Actor Constance Wu (“Fresh Off The Boat”) is 39. Guitarist Lincoln Parish of Cage The Elephant is 31.