1998 – Blues drummer S.P. Leary dies at the age of 67 of complications from cancer. During his half-century-long career, the Texas-born musician supported such performers as T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, John Lee Hooker, Magic Sam, Lowell Fulson, Otis Spann, and James Cotton.
1998 – Justin Tubb, son of late Country Music Hall of Fame member Ernest Tubb, dies early in the morning following surgery for an aortic aneurysm.
1998 – Oasis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘All Around The World’. The longest running-time for a number 1 with a total duration of 9 minutes 38 seconds.
1998 – Singer Toni Braxton files for Chapter 7 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles, listing liabilities of more than $1 million.
1998 – Rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg files suit for $10 million in Los Angeles Superior Court against Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman, its parent Coopers & Lybrand and former Gelfand accountant Steven Cantrock, charging they mismanaged his money.
1998 – Music industry veteran Dick Griffey files a $6 million lawsuit against producer/artist Dr. Dre for alleged breach of contract concerning a business deal in 1991 which would have seen Griffey earning a 25% cut of Dre’s income.
1998 – James Brown is released from a hospital where he had been treated for an addiction to painkillers. Brown, 64, had been admitted to a Columbia, S.C., hospital Jan 15.
1998 – Alice Nutter, a member of “Tubthumping” band Chumbawumba, says on Politically Incorrect that the Leeds anarchist collective support fans who steal a copy of their album. In response, Virgin Megastores pulls the disc from their shelves.
1998 – A multimedia exhibit featuring more than 250 covers from Rolling Stone magazine and artifacts from the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame kicks of a free tour of U.S. colleges at New York University in New York.
1998 – The National Assn. of Chiefs of Police present Pat Boone with its first annual Michael the Archangel Award. The award recognizes the artist’s efforts in support of families of officers killed in the line of duty.
1998 – Carl Perkins, the rockabilly pioneer whose song “Blue Suede Shoes” and lightning-quick guitar-playing influenced Elvis Presley, the Beatles and a slew of other performers, dies at the age of 65, from complications following a recent series of strokes.
1997 – Madonna won the Best Actress award for her role in Evita at the Golden Globe Awards.