2001 – Kenny Rogers is on hand a Philadelphia’s First Union Center to pay tribute to former Philadelphia 76ers star Charles Barkley, who retired the previous season. Rogers, a surprise guest sings “Through the Years” during halftime of the 76ers game with the Golden State Warriors.
2001 – Pianist John Lewis, leader of the elegant jazz institution the Modern Jazz Quartet, dies at the age of 80. Lewis, who also worked as a solo performer and recording artist, led the quartet from the 1950s through the 1990s.
2001 – New York’s Radio City Music Hall honors Brian Wilson on This Day in Rock Music History! Guest performances included Billy Joe, Paul Simon, The Go-Gos and the trio of Carly Simon, David Crosby and Jimmy Webb. Also singing Beach Boy songs were Ann and Nancy Wilson, Elton John and Aimee Mann. Brian Wilson […]
2001 – Canada’s leading jazz figure, Moe Koffman, dies of cancer in Orangeville, Ontario. He is 73. Koffman, who played flute, saxophone, and clarinet, released 30 albums in his 50-year career. He is best known for his 1958 hit “Swinging Shepherd Blues.”
2001 – Christina Aguilera signed an U.S. sponsorship deal with Cola-Cola, only a month after Britney Spears signed a deal to promote Pespi.
2001 – Sammy and Kari Hagar give birth to their second daughter in a Northern California hospital. Samantha Pastel Hagar weighs in at a healthy 6 lbs., 1 oz. and is the second child for the couple.
2001 – Hubert K. Covel, Jr., father of Toby Keith, dies from injuries sustained when his pickup truck crosses the center median and collides with a charter bus on Interstate 35 near Norman, Okla. Mr. Covel had attended a barbecue and spent the day with friends.
2001 – A Bon Jovi-headlined concert at the Colonial Stadium in Melbourne grosses Australian $1.7 million to benefit flood-stricken farmers.
2001 – A stretch of road on Highway 19 in Macon, Georgia, was named Duane Allman Boulevard, near where the Allman Brothers guitarist died aged 24 in a motorcycle crash on October 29, 1971.
2001 – Alejandro Sanz wins all three awards for which he is nominated at the fifth Premios de la Musica ceremony in Madrid, but the sentimental vote goes to Carlos Cano, who also wins three awards just months after dying of heart failure at the age of 54.
2001 – Three male members of pop band S Club 7 cautioned by police for possession of a small amount of cannabis apologize to fans for being “very stupid.” In a joint statement, Bradley McIntosh, Jon Lee, and Paul Cattermole say “we know we’ve made a mistake and we’re very sorry,” in response to the […]
2001 – Complaining of pain in her lungs, Country Music Hall of Famer Loretta Lynn is admitted to a Hurrican Mills, Tenn., hospital. She is treated for pneumonia and released March 31st.