2005 – Skitch Henderson, the Grammy-winning conductor who lent his musical expertise to Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby before founding the New York Pops and becoming the first “Tonight Show” bandleader, dies. He is 87. Biography Skitch was born on a farm near Halstad, Minnesota, to parents Joseph and Josephine Henderson, both of Norwegian descent. […]
2005 – John “Beatz” Holohan, drummer for Victory Records outfit Bayside, dies after an auto accident in Cheyenne, WY. He is 31. Several other members of the band and crew were also hospitalized after their tour van hits a patch of ice on the highway and flips over.
2005 – Willie Nelson holds a fundraiser on his Austin ranch and golf course to raise money for his old pal and Texas gubernatorial candidate, the writer-songwriter-gadfly Kinky Friedman. Also in attendance: Jesse “The Body” Ventura.
2005 – Zak Sally leaves the band Low, saying “There are more important things than music. Or bands.” The bassist had been in the indie group for 12 years – crikey!
2005 – British pop star Robbie Williams tops the U.K. album charts with Intensive Care. The No. 1 single is boy band Westlife’s “You Raise Me Up.”
2005 – The four original wax heads of The Beatles that were used for the cover of their Sgt. Pepper album were auctioned off after being discovered in a back room at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London. The winning bidder paid £81,500 for the set.
2005 – The Game is arrested while signing autographs at a North Carolina mall. The Compton rapper, who was wearing a Halloween mask, was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
2005 – Citing an indifferent reception, U.K. rockers Alfie split. “A single note of one of our songs holds more worth than ten thousand James Blunt albums,” they maintain, bravely.
2005 – New York rappers Jay-Z and Nas end their longtime feud and promote peace onstage during New York radio station Power 105.1’s Power House concert at New Jersey’s Continental Airlines Arena.
2005 – Cherryholmes is named entertainer of the year at the 16th Annual International Bluegrass Music Assn. Awards, held at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The family band makes history as the first act ever nominated for emerging artist and entertainer nods in the same year.
2005 – Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille is sentenced to 80 days behind bars after he pleaded no contest to DUI and causing injury. DeVille was arrested after running into a parked car in August.
2005 – The Arctic Monkeys top the U.K. chart with their debut single, “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor.” The No. 1 album is techno punks The Prodigy’s greatest hits Their Law.