1997 – Country music pianist Floyd Cramer dies after a six-month battle with cancer. He is 64. His biggest hit was “Last Date,” which reached No. 2 on the Chart Toppers Hot 100 Singles chart in 1960.
1997 – U.K. artist Mark Morrison is arrested outside the Pink Coconut nightclub in central Derby. The singer is convicted of threatening an off-duty police officer with an electric stun gun.
1997 – Music industry veteran Ewart G. Abner dies at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles after a bout with respiratory illness. He is 74. Abner began his career in Chicago in 1948, pressing 78s. He founded Chance Records the following year. His diverse tour of the music industry at large brought him to Vee […]
1997 – A Munich court sentences concert promoter Marcel Avram to 3 1/2 years in jail on 12 counts of tax evasion from 1989 to 1992, involving a total of $3 million.
1997 – Johnny Coles, a trumpeter whose warm tone and spare style highlighted recordings by Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock and many other of the biggest names in jazz dies from cancer at the age of 71.
1997 – The founder of Sony Corp., Masaru Ibuka dies at the age of 89 from heart failure. Ibuka, one of the leading engineer-entrepreneurs of post-World War II Japan, helped transform modern culture with the world’s first pocket transistor radio.
1997 – Singer and founding member Marty Raybon makes his last appearance with country group Shenandoah at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, Tenn.
1997 – Jimmy Rogers, blues guitarist for the original Muddy Waters band, and soloist with such hits as “Walking By Myself,” dies from colon cancer at the age of 73.
1997 – Tori Amos offers 14 music videos, including a rare clip for “Cornflake Girl,” for viewing over the Internet as part of a holiday charity effort for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN). Users at www.real.com and www.atlanticrecords.com are allowed access to the clips for a four-week period in exchange for a […]
1997 – Leading activists that include Gloria Steinem, C. Delores Tucker and Eleanor Smeal gather in front of the Time Warner building in New York’s Rockefeller Plaza to protest the Prodigy song “Smack My Bitch Up.”
1997 – President Clinton signs into law the No Electronic Theft Act, closing a loophole that had protected individuals who claimed they took no direct financial gains from stealing copyrighted works and downloading them on the Internet.
1997 – David Bowie launched his BowieNet on the Internet. http://www.davidbowie.com/