1999 – Master P, real name Percy Miller, shows up in uniform for the Charlotte Hornets’ intrasquad scrimmage at the Charlotte Coliseum. Miller had recently been added to the Continental Basketball Association team’s training camp roster.
1999 – Bill Givens, founder of pioneering reissue label Origin Jazz Library, dies of a heart attack in Santa Monica, Calif. He is 68. In the late ’50s, Givens’ indie imprint was among the first to release rare country blues 78s on LP; these albums had a pronounced impact on ’60s blues revivalists.
1999 – Hal B. Cook, a former label executive and publisher of Chart Toppers Magazine, dies of a heart attack at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Palm Desert, Calif. He is 80. Cook developed the “Music in the Air” concept, which was purchased by American Airlines in
1999 – R&B singer/pianist Charles Brown, 76, dies of congestive heart failure in Oakland, Calif. Brown scored his first hit, “Drifting Blues,” in 1946 with Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers.
1999 – Gary Glitter appeared at Bristol crown court charged with eight sexual offences on girls dating back to 1976 and 50 charges relating to indecent photographs.
1999 – Bill Albaugh of the Lemon Pipers died. Had the 1967 US No.1 single ‘Green Tambourine’.
1999 – Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland, on probation for a 1997 heroin case, is arrested and faces a hearing for failing to provide a urine sample to his live-in drug treatment center.
1999 – The U.S. Supreme Court without comment refuses to hear a 1998 lawsuit brought by ticket buyers against Ticketmaster. The suit charges that the firm engaged in anticompetitive behavior and price-fixing with promoters.
1999 – Jean-Michel Jarre, the French rock composer and performer, delivers a petition to the European Parliament signed by hundreds of leading European recording artists calling for better legal protection against music piracy on the internet.
1999 – Buckwheat Zydeco leader Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural undergoes surgery in Nashville to remove vocal-cord lesions.
1999 – Bizzy Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, a Grammy Award-winning rapper goes on trial in Columbus, Ohio, on charges that he dragged a student barber down a flight of stairs.
1999 – Fatboy Slim started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘You’ve Come A Long Way Baby’.