2001 – Rockabilly singer Malcolm Yelvington dies of heart failure in Memphis at the age of 82. Yelvington recorded for Sam Phillips’ Sun Records in the early ’50s; his label debut, “Drinkin’ Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee,” was released at the same time as Elvis Presley’s bow for Sun.
2001 – English vocalist Ronnie Hilton, who scored 18 U.K. top-30 hits after 1954 dies.
2001 – Tom Morello denies rumors that Chris Cornell has become the lead singer of Rage Against the Machine. It’s later announced that the new lead singer of Rage Against the Machine is … Chris Cornell.
2001 – The Backstreet Boys are forced to take the stage at Denver’s Pepsi Center without group member Kevin Richardson, who never makes it to the gig thanks to weatherrelated airport delays. Although some fans seek out refunds, none are offered since the show is performed on schedule.
2001 – Singer/songwriter Charles Trenet, a legend in his native France whose best-known international hit was “La Mer” _ which Bobby Darin made famous as “Beyond the Sea” _ dies at Henri-Mondor hospital outside Paris. He is 87. Considered by many to be the father of French chanson, Trenet wrote more than 1,000 songs in […]
2001 – James Taylor ties the knot with longtime girlfriend Caroline “Kim” Smedvig. The two marry at a Boston church during a small ceremony attended by about 50 family and friends. Smedvig, an executive with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is given away by John Williams, the Hollywood film composer and Boston Pops conductor laureate. Andre […]
2001 – Brad Paisley joins the cast of the Grand Ole Opry.
2001 – Country singer Andy Griggs is arrested just before 3 a.m. after taking a joy ride in an ambulance. Griggs and band member Kevin Weaver came upon the vehicle, with keys inside, in the parking lot of a Tallahassee, Fla.-area Days Inn, where they were on a tour stopover. The men took the ambulance […]
2001 – Beatles principal George Harrison participates in his first-ever online chats via Yahoo! Chat and MSN Live.
2001 – Prince launches internet-based subscription service NPGMusicClub. A subscription service whereby fans are asked to pay as much as $100 per year. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Prince Rogers Nelson received his name from his father, jazz musician John Nelson, who was a performer in the Prince Rogers Trio. In constrast to the privileged […]
2001 – Rock guitarist Peter Frampton receives the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award, considered the Oscar for the guitar industry. Frampton gets the award during ceremonies at L.A.’s Petersen Automotive Museum.