2000 – Social Distortion guitarist Dennis Danell dies of a brain aneurysm. He was 38.
2000 – Charging that he has been shortchanged millions in publishing royalties, Stan Penrige, the songwriter who penned “Beth,” sues the members of Kiss, the band’s publishing company, and Universal Music Group.
2000 – The Spice Girls lose a lawsuit filed against them by Italian motorcycle manufacturing company Aprilla SpA. The battle, in London’s Hig Court, is over a sponsorship deal Aprilia claim is left in tatters after Geri Halliwell departed the group.
2000 – Sean “Puffy” Combs is indicted on charges of bribing a witness. According to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, Combs offered money and jewelry to his driver, asking him to claim ownership of a gun that police recovered from the rap mogul’s car following a Dec. 27, 1999, shooting at a New York nightclub.
2000 – Israeli singer Ofra Haza dies in Tel Aviv. She is 41. Haza had been hospitalized and on a respirator for a week, apparently due to pneumonia.
2000 – At the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Carlos Santana performs a record-tying sweep at the Grammy’s, winning eight of the ten awards for which he is nominated. Michael Jackson set the record back in 1984 when he won big for “Thriller.”
2000 – A cover of the Led Zeppelin classic “What Is And What Should Never Be” by Jimmy Page and the Black Crowes becomes available for free download exclusively from e-tailer Musicmaker.com.
2000 – Eric Clapton, Lauryn Hill, and Stevie Wonder gather at a Los Angeles church to honor Curtis Mayfield. The politically conscious composer of “Move On Up” and “Superfly” died in December. Curtis Mayfield (June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) was an American soul, R&B, and funk singer, songwriter, and record producer best known […]
2000 – an American court ordered the release of FBI files relating to John Lennon’s interests and activities including his support for the Irish Republican cause and the Workers Revolutionary Party. The British Government told the US that it wanted the files to remain secret. MI5 also had files on Lennon, which they had passed […]
2000 – John Lennon’s Steinway piano, on which he composed ‘Imagine’, went on display at the Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool, England. The piano was set to be auctioned on the Internet later in the year and was expected to fetch more than £1 million ($1.7 million).