2006 – Tom Noonan, the father of The Chart Toppers Hot 100, dies in Los Angeles at the age of 78. Noonan started at Chart Toppers in 1949, and in the November 12, 1955 issue of the magazine introduced the Top 100, a chart that merged sales and radio data.
2006 – Producer and songwriter, Rudy Taylor, who toured with Bobby Womack as musical arranger, dies in Baton Rouge, La. at the age of 52.
2006 – Sonic Youth principal Kim Gordon offers the U.S. premiere of her film, “Perfect Partner,” and participates in a live performance of the soundtrack at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J.
2006 – Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor quit the band during the US leg of their world tour. A statement on behalf of the group described the relationship with Andy Taylor as unworkable and one that could not be resolved.
2004 – Elvis Presley came top of a list of the highest-earning dead celebrities. Forbes.com listed the Top 5 dead music earners; 1. Elvis Presley $40m (£22m), 2. John Lennon $21m (£11m), 3. George Harrison $7m (£3.8m), 4. Bob Marley $7m and at 5. George and Ira Gershwin $6m.
2006 – Ronnie James Dio announce he’s reuniting with his old Black Sabbath chums–Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward–as Heaven and Hell.
2006 – Kurt Cobain tops Forbes’ list of the top-earning dead rock stars. No. 2 is Courtney Love. Sorry, that should read “Elvis Presley.” The Nirvana singer’s corpse earned $50 million over the past year.
2006 – Guitarist Andy Taylor leaves Duran Duran … again. On their MySpace page, the “Rio” band explain, “There is an unworkable gulf between us and we can no longer effectively function together.” Taylor first quit the band in 1985.
2006 – Diddy scores his first No. 1 album on The Chart Toppers 200 since 1997 with “Press Play.”
2006 – To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its best-selling album, Def Leppard reissues Hysteria as a two-CD package. Beyond a remastered edition of the original album, the new edition includes a bonus disc with a host of non-album tracks first issued during the period.
2006 – Pianist, composer, musical director and arranger Gerald Cook, who performed in night clubs and with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, dies is Chicago at the age of 85.
2006 – Rockin’ band from Little Rock, Evanescence were at No.1 on the US album chart with their second album ‘The Open Door.’ It became the 700th No.1 album in Billboard since the chart became a weekly feature in 1956.