2006 – Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett dies aged 60. He defined British psychedelic eccentricity with songs like “Arnold Layne” and “See Emily Play,” but LSD and a mental breakdown forced him out of the band in 1968.
2006 – Johnny Jenkins, a guitarist who worked with Otis Redding in the early 1960s and influenced Jimi Hendrix through his acrobatic playing style, dies at a hospital in Macon, Ga. He is 67.
2006 – Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose is arrested in after allegedly biting a security guard in the leg outside his hotel.
2006 – California punk trio Supernova sue the makers of the CBS reality show Rock Star: Supernova, alleging their name has been unfairly appropriated for the singer-less Tommy Lee/Jason Newsted/Gilby Clarke combo.
2006 – Guitar legend Johnny Jenkins, who worked with Otis Redding in the early days, dies today.
2006 – 50 Cent and Jermaine Dupri are named songwriters of the year at the 19th annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
2006 – Boston Metallica wannabes Godsmack top the U.S. album charts with their fourth album, cleverly titled IV.
2006 – Jay-Z celebrates the 10th anniversary of his first and most critically acclaimed album, “Reasonable Doubt,” by performing the set in its entirety at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
2006 – Arif Mardin, the legendary producer/arranger whose career spanned landmark recordings from Aretha Franklin to the Bee Gees to Norah Jones, dies in New York. Mardin is 74 and had been suffering from pancreatic cancer for about a year.
2006 – Robert Plant leads the bill for a June 23 benefit concert for Love principal Arthur Lee, who is battling leukemia.
2006 – Claydes Charles Smith, a co-founder and lead guitarist of the group Kool & the Gang, dies in Maplewood, New Jersey, after a long illness. He is 57
2006 – An album of jazz standards Diana Ross recorded more than 30 years earlier finally sees the light of day. “Blue” was intended as a companion to the hit 1972 soundtrack to “Lady Sings the Blues,” in which Ross portrayed jazz legend Billie Holiday. However, Ross instead followed up the project with the pop […]