1998 – Geri “Ginger Spice” Halliwell confirms her departure from the Virgin Girl Power group The Spice Girls, citing the split to differences between herself and her band mates. A statement read to the press by her lawyer ends with the phrase “P.S. I’ll be back.”
1998 – When he visits backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, the first thing pitching ace Nolan Ryan asks is, “Where’s Little Jimmy Dickens? I want to meet Little Jimmy Dickens. I listened to the Opry as a kid growing up in Texas, so I always wanted to come to Nashville and go to the […]
1998 – Elton John & Bernie Taupin’s global hit “Candle In the Wind ’97” is a double winner at the Ivor Novello Awards held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. The song commemorating the late Princess Diana wins best-selling U.K. single and international hit of the year. Accepting the award, John calls his victory “bittersweet,” noting, […]
1998 – Singer Dusty Springfield joins the growing ranks of artists doing off-balance sheet deals, completing a transaction with RZO Cos. and Prudential Insurance, the team that did the “Bowie Bond” deal. Like David Bowie, rights to her entire 275-song collection are conveyed to a trust which is used as collateral for the sale of […]
1998 – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy becomes the latest act to vouch for the power of Coke when its new jingle first airs. The neo-swing band, prominently featured in the hit film Swingers, records an original 60-second music spot, “It’s Always Coca-Cola Every Time (Always Big Bad Voodoo Daddy).”
1998 – The first Native American Music Awards take place at the Fox Theater at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. The show is hosted by Wayne Newton, and presenters include Joe Walsh, Bruce Cockburn, Richie Havens and John Trudell. Lifetime achievement awards go to Robbie Robertson and Frederick Whiteface.
1998 – In an official ceremony backstage prior to Van Halen’s show at the CoreStates Spectrum, Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell proclaims May 24th Van Halen Day in Philadelphia. Each member of the band is given a personalized replica of the Liberty Bell.
1998 – Teen heart-throb group Hanson notches a sellout in less than 20 minutes in the Detroit market for a June 29 show at the Pine Knob Amphitheatre.
1998 – Sam Moore of Sam & Dave, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, and original members of the Platters, Danny & the Juniors, and other heritage acts meet with members of the House Intellectual Property Subcommittee to voice their concerns about bogus “knockoff” groups, impostors who appropriate famous stage names.
1998 – Frank Sinatra’s wife of 22 years and his three children are left most of his assets when the chairman’s will is filed. Barbara Sinatra is bequeathed most of his real estate holdings, as well as rights to market his name and likeness. Sinatra’s first wife and mother of his children, Nancy Barbato Sinatra, […]
1998 – The funeral of Frank Sinatra was held at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills. Mourners in attendance included, Tony Bennett, Faye Dunaway, Tony Curtis, Liza Minnelli, Kirk Douglas, Angie Dickinson, Sophia Loren, Bob Newhart, Mia Farrow and Jack Nicholson.
1998 – Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is sentenced to six months in jail and three years’ probation for kicking his soon-to-be ex-wife, onetime “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson, as she holds their infant son. The verdict also specifies that Lee complete 200 hours of community service and donate $5,000 to a battered women’s shelter.