1999 – Michael Jackson announces that he will donate the proceeds from two upcoming concerts to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and the Red Cross. The singer makes the announcement with Mandela in Cape Town, South Africa.
1999 – Police claim to find three envelopes of rock cocaine in rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Range Rover when they stop him in Brooklyn for driving without license plates.
1999 – Radiohead’s behind the scenes film, “Meeting People Is Easy,” premieres at the South By Southwest Music and Film Festival in Austin, Texas.
1999 – A set of postage stamps commemorating what would have been the 30th wedding anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono is issued in Gibraltar.
1999 – Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band played the second night at the Asbury Park Convention Hall, New Jersey as warm up dates for their forthcoming Reunion Tracks tour.
1999 – Spanish rock act Dover plays its first U.S. concert.
1999 – Country singer George Jones walks out of the hospital 13 days after a near fatal traffic accident. Jones, 67, thanks Vanderbilt University Medical Center doctors and nurses before climbing aboard his tour bus for the ride home to a Nashville suburb.
1999 – France’s largest music merchant, Fnac, becomes the first major music retailer in Europe to sell song downloads on its Internet site (www.fnac.fr).
1999 – Lillian McMurry, co-founder and owner of Trumpet Records dies of a heart attack in Jackson, Miss. She is 78. Her label was the first to record slide guitarist Elmore James and harmonica ace Sonny Boy Williamson; Big Joe Williams, Little Milton, and B.B. King also appeared on the label. Lillian Shedd McMurry, the […]
1999 – Japanese television stations interrupt programming to report on the murder of the mother of the country’s most famous pop idol, Namie Amuro.
1999 – Honoring a roster of music artists that range from the Beatles to the Backstreet Boys, the Recording Industry Association of America presents the first Diamond Awards, given in recognition of albums and singles that have sold a million copies or more.
1999 – Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and the late Roosevelt Sykes are inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame.