2004 – Carl Wayne, the former lead vocalist for the hit-making ’60s U.K. band the Move and the latter-day singer for the Hollies, dies at his home in England after a battle with cancer. He is 61.
2004 – Joe Barry,a leading exponent of the “swamp pop” scene who scored a 1960 hit with “”I’m a Fool to Care,” dies in New Orleans. He was 65.
2004 – Bassist Carrie Smith announces she’s leaving Detroit rockers the Von Bondies following their show at London’s Astoria. The band say she will be replaced by Yasmeen Smith.
2004 – For the first time in its 60-year history, Cuban state-owned record company Egrem gets an international launch. Egrem enters the U.K. market with 10 CDs released through a deal with Beckenham, England-based Proper Music Distribution. The label’s catalog features major names in Cuban music, including the Grammy Award-winning members of the Buena Vista […]
2004 – The Prodigy’s Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned enters the UK album charts at No. 1. Natasha Bedingfield continues to have the No. 1 single with “These Words.”
2004 – ’80s hit-maker Laura Branigan (“Gloria”) dies of a brain aneurysm at her home in East Quogue, N.Y. She was 47.
2004 – Al Dvorin the announcer who popularised the phrase “Elvis has left the building” died in a car crash, on his way home from an Elvis convention in California. Dvorin aged 81, was in a car driven by Elvis photographer Ed Bonja. Dvorin was never paid for recordings of his words, and was bitter towards […]
2004 – Queen, became the first UK rock band to receive official approval in Iran, where Western music was strictly prohibited. Lead singer, Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS in 1991, was of Iranian ancestry and bootlegged albums had been available for years.
2004 – A man from Stoke-on-Trent, England, named Bryan Adams as the ‘other man’ in his divorce papers after years spent trying to cope with his wife’s obsession with the singer. Rob Tinsley said he had to live with a 6ft cut-out of Adams which stood at the foot of the bed and posters on […]
2004 – Academy Award-winning film composer Elmer Bernstein dies in his sleep at his Ojai, Calif. home after a long illness. He is 82. Bernstein wrote the music for more than
2004 – Elmer Bernstein, an Oscar winning composer who wrote the themes to The Magnificent Seven, The Man With the Golden Arm, and The Great Escape, dies aged 82.
2004 – Phish play their final show (they say) in Coventry, Vt. this day in rock history!