1998 – The Drifters’ tenor vocalist Johnny Moore dies in Los Angeles.
1998 – Johnny Moore, 64, a longtime member of the R&B vocal group the Drifters, dies in London of respiratory problems. Moore sang lead on the act’s mid-’50s hit “Ruby Baby” and memorably stepped in after the sudden Deaths of Rudy Lewis in 1964 to take the lead on the Drifter’s last major pop hit, […]
1998 – The Atlanta Rhythm Section’s singer Ronnie Hammond is shot by Macon police. He had allegedly tried to attack an officer with a hammer and a broken guitar handle after the police responded to a call that Hammond was trying to commit suicide. Hammond later recovers from the wound.
1998 – LaFace/Arista artist Usher sues trendy clothing company Tommy Hilfiger for alleged infringement of publicity rights and false endorsement.
1998 – Busta Rhymes – a.k.a. Trevor Smith – is arrested and charged with criminal possession after police find a loaded unregistered pistol in his car. Police originally pull Rhymes over for changing lanes three times without signaling.
1998 – Bryan MacLean, guitarist and singer of folk-rock group Love, dies in Los Angeles of an apparent heart attack. He is 52. Love was one of the seminal bands of the ’60s Sunset Strip club scene in L.A., along with the Doors, the Byrds, and Buffalo Springfield.
1998 – The Higher Regional Court in Mannheim, Germany, sentences promoter Mathias Hoffmann to a jail term of five years and eight months. Hoffmann, 47, organizer of the 3 Tenors’ concerts, had been found guilty of 59 counts of fraud and tax evasion involving some $13.5 million.
1998 – Celine Dion, whose Oscar-winning single “My Heart Will Go On” powered record-breaking sales of the “Titanic” soundtrack, is named the top-selling artist of 1998 by the Recording Industry Association of America.
1998 – Dave Matthews Band record the show that will become their third official live release, Live in Chicago 12-19-98 at the United Center.
1998 – Andrew Lloyd Webber is acquitted on charges that he plagiarized a liturgical composer’s 20-year-old song to write the theme from his 1988 global smash “The Phantom Of The Opera.”
1998 – Grammy-winning musician Billy Preston pleads guilty to insurance fraud and agrees to testify against other defendants in an insurance scam that netted about $1 million.
1998 – Larry Troxel, a composer of children’s educational songs, dies in his Newport Beach home. He is 44. Troxel was co-founder with his wife, Kathy, of Audio Memory, which devised educational tools that help children learn subjects such as grammar, history, geography, and math, through songs.