1999 – Two members and the road manager of hit Tejano band Intocable are killed in a car crash outside of Monterey, Mexico. The are Jose Angel “Pepe” Farias, 23 the band’s onstage MC; Silvestre Rodriguez Jr., 26, the bassist; and road manager Joe Angel Gonzalez, age unknown. Lead singer/founder Ricky Munoz and other bandmembers […]
1999 – Reba McEntire closes her first European tour with a sold-out performance in Munich, Germany.
1999 – after spending 11 weeks on the chart Britney Spears started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘…Baby One More Time.’ Britney’s debut album also went to No.1 on the US chart on the same day.
1999 – Hole are among the performers at the Big Day Out festival in Adelaide, Australia. However, their set is cut short when Courtney Love howls, “An Australian bug just bit me really hard. I’m not joking. I’m gonna die. What f*cking bug was that? Oh my God, it was a bug and it was […]
1999 – All American crooner Pat Boone forms the Gold Records label, which will only sign artists 45 years old and up. One of the first performers to be signed is two-time Grammy Award winner Jack Jones.
1999 – A benefit concert for convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal is held at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. The event, with attendance pegged at around 16,000, is organized by Rage Against The Machine. Featured performers include Rage, the Beastie Boys, Bad Religion, Chumbawamba, and Public Enemy frontman Chuck D.
1999 – The National Transportation Safety Board concludes that singer John Denver died in a 1997 airplane crash because he took off with too little fuel in one tank, had trouble switching to his backup tank and inadvertently put his plane into a roll while his attention was diverted.
1999 – Sinead O’Connor, the Irish singer and talker, advises the U.S. Senate to stop wasting money… in a starving world on the trial of Bill Clinton. In a letter in the Irish Times, she asks: “Does impeachment mean they’re gonna turn him into a peach? If so, can I eat him?”
1999 – Paul McCartney launches a crusade against British radio and TV stations over the banning of “The Light Comes From Within,” the final song by his late wife Linda, because it contains language deemed offensive.
1999 – Internationally esteemed choral conductor and educator Robert Shaw dies of a stroke in New Haven, Conn. He is 82. A winner of 14 Grammy Awards, Shaw received his latest nomination for a 1999 Telarc disc of Barber, Bartok, and Vaughan Williams with his longtime associates, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus.
1999 – The Offspring went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Pretty Fly, For A White Guy’.
1999 – Belgian producer Mike Dellanay is killed in a car accident while traveling to MIDEM. He is 40. Brussels-based Dellanay had a 15-year career as a bass player and producer, and ran his own company, Peanuts Productions. He was a former member of the group Kiwi.