2005 – Erika Jo Heriges, an 18-year-old high school senior, is named the winner of the USA Network talent series “Nashville Star” during a live broadcast from Nashville. Her prizes include a recording contract with Universal South Records and an appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.
2005 – Bruce Springsteen kicks off his solo “Devils & Dust” tour in Michigan, at Motown’s Fox Theatre.
2005 – Onstage in Asbury Park, N.J., Bruce Springsteen takes a stand against hunger by donating all of the proceeds from a tour rehearsal show to World Hunger Year (WHY), which was co-founded in 1975 by late singer/songwriter Harry Chapin and Bill Ayres.
2005 – The launch of MTV Networks 100th worldwide channel, MTV base, is celebrated with a concert in Johannesburg headlined by Will Smith and Ludacris. The show also features a lineup of top-notch African talent, including South Africans Lebo Mathosa and Mandoza, as well as Nigeria’s Seun Anikyulapo Kuti and Fela’s Egypt 80 Band.
2005 – it was announced that two 30-second television commercials designed to attract vacationing families to Graceland to experience the “real” Elvis Presley would air nationally in the US starting in April 2006. It was the first time in the history of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. that the company has used television advertising to promote […]
2005 – American Head Charge guitarist Bryan Ottoson dies prior to the group’s performance in North Charleston, S.C. According to a spokesperson, the guitarist is found dead in his bunk on the group’s tour bus.
2005 – Juan Pablo Torres, one of Cuba’s premier trombonists and a member of the group Cuban Masters who played alongside legends like Israel “Cachao” Lopez and Carlos Patato Valdez, dies in Miami. Torres has an inoperable brain tumor and dies after several days in a coma He is 59.
2005 – OK Computer by Radiohead was voted the best album of all time in a poll by UK TV station Channel 4. U2 were in second place with The Joshua Tree and Nirvana in third with Nevermind.
2005 – Tejano music legend Laura Canales dies in Corpus Christi, Texas, of complications following surgery. She is 50 years old. Canales was the first massively popular female singer in the macho world of Tejano music, following the pioneering careers of Chelo Silva and Lydia Mendoza. Before Selena, Canales was recognized as the Reina de […]
2005 – Rock ‘n’ roll pianist Johnnie Johnson dies aged 80 in St. Louis. A member of Chuck Berry’s band, Johnson co-composed many of Berry’s seminal hits and was the inspiration for the anthem “Johnny B. Goode.”
2005 – Switchfoot, the Crabb Family and Casting Crowns are the big winners at the 36th annual Gospel Music Assn. Dove Awards, held at Nashville’s Grand Ole OpryHouse. Switchfoot is named artist of the year and wins honors for rock contemporary song and shortform video for “Dare You to Move.”
2005 – Mariah Carey released ‘The Emancipation of Mimi’, the album entered the US chart at number one, going six times platinum in less than a year, and subsequently became the most successful album of 2005.