1999 – Jazz guitarist Charlie Byrd dies of cancer. He is 74. Byrd was instrumental in introducing Latin sounds, particularly the samba and bossa nova, to American audiences in the ’60s.
1999 – An early collection of Shania Twain’s work – recorded when she was still billing herself Eilleen Shania Twain – is released by Jomato Records. The set, “Beginnings (1989-90),” predates the artist’s earliest Nashville Demos.
1999 – it was reported that Oasis singer Liam Gallagher had gone missing after leaving his house three days earlier. The band were due to fly out to the US at the end of the week to start a tour.
1999 – Influential independent rock icons Pavement announce that they have broken up. During their show at London’s Brixton Academy, bandmember Stephen Malkmus tells the crowd that the show will be the band’s last.
1999 – 98 Degrees melds music and commerce in a novel way when the teen act performs several of its songs and sells some exclusive band merchandise on the Home Shopping Network.
1999 – Clint Black is on hand to help the Salvation Army launch its annual holiday fundraising drive. Black entertains during the third annual “National Kettle Kick-off,” a half-time event at the Dallas Cowboys’ football game.
1999 – Dave Matthews Band release their second official live album, Listener Supported. Taken from a PBS special, the double disc set goes to No. 15 in the Billboard album chart.
1999 – R&B superstar Brandy appears in her first television special. The hour-long program, billed as “Brandy In Concert: A Special For The Holidays,” features songs taped at a recent concert at Chicago’s Rosemont Theatre.
1999 – Patty Loveless kicks off the holiday season by traveling aboard a CSX Transportation train bearing gifts to families along a route from Pikeville, Ky., Loveless’ hometown, to Kingsport, Tenn. The transportation system has distributed 15 tons of gifts annually to people living in Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Tennessee and Western Virginia.
1999 – It is announced that pop singer Jewel has pulled the plug on her anticipated New Year’s Eve concert in Anchorage, Alaska, citing, among other things, worries over possible Y2K problems. But many Alaskans say the real problem is jacked-up ticket prices. At the time of the cancellation, only 1,000 of 8,000 available tickets […]
1999 – Shane MacGowan, formerly of the Pogues, is arrested on charges of heroin possession. He is turned in by his friend Sinead O’Connor. MacGowan later says, “She would do anything for publicity, that’s fairly obvious.”
1999 – Doug Sahm, the rock guitarist known as “Sir Doug,” dies in Taos, N.M. He is 58. Although he only had one big hit, “She’s About A Mover” in 1965, he followed it with a long recording career, appearing on albums by the Grateful Dead and Willie Nelson and bringing such stars as Bob […]