1998 – Van Halen III (Van Halen) is released this day in rock. Release date: 1998-02-24 First CD with Gary Cherone.
1998 – Nine music fans are killed and more than 40 injured when a truck on which leading Haitian band Ram is performing veers out of control during the annual carnival in Port-au-Prince. None of the band members are hurt. The driver flees the scene but is later arrested.
1998 – Luciano Pavarotti is honored as the 1998 MusiCares Person of the Year at a special tribute dinner and concert held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel’s Grand Ballroom in New York.
1998 – Stevie Wonder is honored as the 1999 MusiCares Person of the Year. He receives the honor at a special tribute dinner and concert at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.
1998 – Celine Dion went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘My Heart Will Go On’. The song was the theme from the movie Titanic. The world’s best selling single of 1998.
1998 – Bob McBride, the lead singer of the Canadian group Lighthouse, died of complications from his long battle with substance abuse. He was 51. The band cracked the Hot 100 with “One Fine Morning” (#24), on which he sang lead and “Sunny Days” (#34), which came after McBride left the band.
1998 – Grandpa Jones, a country music favorite and regular on comedy show “Hee-Haw,” dies in Hermitage, Tenn., of complications from a series of strokes. He is 84. Born Louis Marshall Jones, he was known for his banjo playing, singing, and comedy.
1998 – Country singer Lorrie Morgan issues a strongly worded denial over an article in the tabloid Star magazine that claims she had “a wild ride in the back seat of a limousine with President Bill Clinton.” Morgan’s retort? “The only accurate information in the article with regard to my relationship with President Clinton was […]
1998 – Robert Smith of the Cure does battle with the forces of musical evil as embodied by a monstrous Barbra Streisand on the animated television show South Park.
1998 – Oasis’ Noel Gallagher’s Epiphone Supernova guitar raised £4,600 ($7,820) in aid of Children In Need at a Bonhams auction held in London, England.
1998 – Do-it-yourself singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco’s label Righteous Babe Records ships 250,000 units of her latest album, “Little Plastic Castle,” just to keep up with a greatly increased demand for the ever more popular anti-pop artist’s material.