2003 –Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson sues a Swedish newspaper, claiming they falsely reported she had suffered a second brain tumor.
2002 – More than a quarter-century after its release as a double album of amplified noise and feedback, former Velvet Underground leader Lou Reed’s “Metal Machine Music” gets its first live performance from Berlin avant-garde classical ensemble Zeitkratzer.
1999 – Lillian McMurry, co-founder and owner of Trumpet Records dies of a heart attack in Jackson, Miss. She is 78. Her label was the first to record slide guitarist Elmore James and harmonica ace Sonny Boy Williamson; Big Joe Williams, Little Milton, and B.B. King also appeared on the label. Lillian Shedd McMurry, the […]
1999 – Japanese television stations interrupt programming to report on the murder of the mother of the country’s most famous pop idol, Namie Amuro.
1998 – Van Halen release their first album with new singer Gary Cherone, titled Van Halen III. The band promotes it with a midnight record-signing session at a New York record store.
1995 – To hype her new Bedtime Stories album, Madonna holds what she calls “the world’s biggest pajama party” at New York’s Webster Hall. Madonna doesn’t perform, but delights the 1,500-strong throng by reading a story from David Kirk’s Miss Spider’s Tea Party in that bizarre English accent of hers.
1995 – Neo-folksinger Suzanne Vega marries producer and keyboardist Mitchell Froom in New York. Froom produced Vega’s 1992 album “99.9 Degrees F.”
1990 – Stu Sweatman plays at Del Mar station. Ozzy Osbourne and entourage shows up at the gig and checks it out. Zakk Wylde comes on stage and jams Led Zep’s “Rock N Roll” and “Stormy Monday”. The House Rocks… Ozzy was sober and kewl.
1990 – Whitney Houston headlines an AIDS benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The concert, dubbed “That’s What Friends Are For,” also celebrates the 15th anniversary of Arista Records.