1997 – At the American Music Awards, starchy crooner Pat Boone reveals his new “metal” direction, wearing leathers and a studded collar. His weekly Gospel America TV show is cancelled. Says Boone, “I’m not going to apologize; I’ve been one of the biggest squares of all time. Now I’m being judged like I used to […]
1997 – Tin Pan Alley composer Gerald Marks, best known for the song “All of Me,” dies at the age of 96.
1997 – ZZ Top, James Brown and the Blues Brothers perform at the Super Bowl XXXI halftime show.
1997 – The Associates’ singer Billy MacKenzie commits suicide in Scotland aged 39.
1997 – Richard Berry, the rhythm and blues pioneer whose song “Louie Louie” launched a generation of garage bands and provoked a federal obscenity probe, dies at the age of 61. He was born in Extension, Louisiana, and moved with his family to Los Angeles as a baby. He began singing and playing in local […]
1997 – Music industry legend Col. Tom Parker, the master promoter who guided Elvis Presley to stardom, dies in Las Vegas from complications from a stroke. He is 87.
1997 – Irwin Jesse Levin, whose song “Tie a Yellow Ribbon `Round the Old Oak Tree” became an unofficial anthem of the nation during the Iran hostage crisis, dies of kidney failure at the age of 58.
1997 – songwriter Jesse Levine died of kidney failure. Co- wrote, ‘Knock Three Times’ and ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon’ both US & UK No.1’s for Dawn in the early 70’s.
1997 – Songwriter Jesse Levine died of kidney failure. Co- wrote, ‘Knock Three Times’ and ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon’ both US & UK No.1’s for Dawn in the early 70’s.
1997 – Ben and Jerry’s introduced ‘Phish food’, a new flavor of ice cream named after the rock group Phish. The ingredients are chocolate ice cream, marshmallows, caramel and fish-shaped fudge.
1997 – Russell Senior guitarist and violinist with Pulp quit the group after 13 years to pursue new projects.
1997 – Adriana Caselotti, who warbled “Some Day My Prince Will Come” as the sweet, innocent voice of Disney’s “Snow White” dies of cancer at the age of 80.