2008 – Danny Federici, the longtime keyboard player for Bruce Springsteen and a member of The E Street Band, died of cancer at the age of 58. Federici had worked with Springsteen for over 40 years, starting with Steel Mill and Child with Springsteen.
2007 – Stu Sweatman begins prototyping the idea for “THIS DAY IN ROCK” website, where you can find many facts about musicians and what happend on a given day in history! He joined forces with John Myer’s to create the information base you see. Although the site contains facts from all genres, we tried to […]
2006 – Matthew Fisher, a founding member of Procol Harum, won a High Court battle over who wrote their song A Whiter Shade of Pale. He played organ on the 1967 hit and argued he wrote the distinctive organ melody. Mr Justice Blackburne ruled he was entitled to 40% of the copyright. Fisher had wanted […]
2006 – Elton John begs his record label to drop him, claiming they barely promoted new album The Captain & The Kid. “F*ck Universal,” he tells the audience at a New York show. “Please drop me. I’m 58 and I don’t care anymore.”
2006 – Billy Preston, the so-called “Fifth Beatle” dies aged 59. Preston played keyboards on “Get Back,” and during the 1970s scored solo No. 1s with “Nothing From Nothing” and “Will It Go Round in Circles.”
2006 – Anthony Burger, known primarily as the pianist on the Gaither Homecoming concerts, dies of a heart attack at the age of 44. Burger was playing piano on a Gaither Homecoming Cruise, finished a song, and then collapsed onstage. Backstage efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.
2006 – Sir Elton John accepted undisclosed libel damages from the Britain’s Sunday Times after the newspaper erroneously repeated an entirely false rumor that he acted in a rude, self-important and arrogant manner at a charity ball.
2005 – Billy Joel announces his return to the road as a solo headlining artist for the first time in nearly eight years.
2005 – Jazz vocalist and pianist Shirley Horn dies of diabetes complications in Washington, D.C., aged 71. In a career lasting five decades, she worked with Miles Davis, Quincy Jones and Wynton Marsalis. Shirley Horn collaborated with many jazz greats including Miles Davis (they influenced each other), Dizzy Gillespie, Toots Thielemans, Ron Carter, Carmen McRae, […]
2005 – Bob Moog, inventor of his namesake range of synthesizers and one of the most significant figures in the evolution of electronic music, dies at his home in Asheville, N.C. He is 71. A native of N.Y., Moog was diagnosed with brain cancer in late April and had since undergone radiation treatment and chemotherapy. […]
2005 – The Doors drummer John Densmore wins a ruling that keeps the other two surviving members – Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger – from using the band’s name as part of their oldies act, The Doors of the 21st Century.
2005 – Playing with its classic lineup for the first time in more than 20 years, Pink Floyd dazzles the crowd of approximately 200,000 people at the London edition of Live 8. The group performs “Breathe,” “Money,” “Wish You Were Here” and “Comfortably Numb.”