1999 – Britney Spears started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Baby One More Time’. It went on to be the biggest UK selling single of the year. Also No.1 in the US.
1999 – Vince Gill pays tribute to an old friend. On stage on the Grand Ole Opry, Gill plays the Dobro while performing the old hymn “How Great Thou Art” in honor of 87- year-old Dobro player, Brother Oswald.
1999 – The Artist Formerly Known as Prince files a copyright and trademark infringement lawsuit against nine Web sites, with allegations that include selling bootlegged recordings and offering unauthorized song downloads.
1999 – Johnny Rotten emcees VH1’s live Grammy coverage – a two-hour pre-show and 30-minute post-show wrap at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
1999 – Stanley Dance, the Grammy-winning jazz critic and confidant to jazz greats Duke Ellington and Earl Hines, dies of pneumonia at a rehab center near San Diego. He is 88.
1999 – Legendary Czech band the Plastic People Of The Universe embark on their first North American tour at Boston’s Middle East.
1999 – Garth Brooks attends spring training camp with baseball team the San Diego Padres as a non-roster player. In lieu of salary, the Padres Foundation agrees to contribute to the Touch ‘Em All Foundation, a charity Brooks co-founded in collaboration with Major League Baseball players, entertainers, and corporate partners.
1999 – At the 1999 Orville H. Gibson Awards, held at the Hard Rock Cafe in Los Angeles, Courtney Love, lead singer of Hole, walks away with the best rock guitarist (female) honor, while bandmate Melissa auf der Maur picks up the plaudit for best bassist (female).
1999 – Rising R&B star Kelly Price files suit against T-Neck Records, Island Records, Ron Islay, and Islay Brothers Music Corp., alleging that T-Neck breached her contract and interfered with other recording opportunities.
1999 – Jimmy Chamberlin announces that he has rejoined the Smashing Pumpkins, 3 1/2 years after being ousted from the group for his involvement in the fatal drug overdose of keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin.
1999 – Trace Adkins plays his first concert since breaking his ankle and undergoing surgery for tendon damage. Adkins ignores doctors’ warnings to remain seated and walks around the stage so fans throughout the venue can get a good look at him.
1999 – Spice Girl Melanie B gave birth to a baby daughter and named her Phoenix Chi.