2005 – Clifford Antone, who ran Austin’s famous music club Antone’s, dies aged 56. Since opening in 1975, Antone’s played host to blues stars like B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Clifford Jamal Antone, known to his lifelong friends as C.J., passed away May 23, 2006 at his home in Austin, Texas. Antone […]
2004 – The House of Blues cancels a performance by dancehall star Capleton in Hollywood after a gay and lesbian community group complain about his homophobic lyrics.
2004 – Graeme Kelling, founding guitarist with Scottish hitmakers Deacon Blue, dies after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He is 47.
2004 – Blues singer Arnold “Gatemouth” Moore dies in Yazoo City, Miss., after a long illness. He is 90. Born in Topeka, Kan., Moore grew up in Memphis. He worked with various Kansas City jazz bands, and fronted Bennie Moten’s legendary group.
2004 – Blues saxophonist A.C. Reed dies in Chicago of complications from cancer. He is
2003 – Pioneering producer and indie-label operator Sam Phillips dies in Memphis of respiratory failure. He is 80. In the early ’50s, Phillips’ Memphis Recording Service (later known as Sun Studio) cut and leased major blues and R&B recordings by Elvis Presley, Howlin’ Wolf, B.B. King, Ike Turner and others.
2003 – Otha Turner, one of the last exponents of North Mississippi’s pre-blues fife-anddrum tradition, dies in Gravel Springs, Miss., of pneumonia. He is 94.
2003 – a long-lost recording featuring John Lennon and Mick Jagger was set to spark a biding war at a London auction. The acetate record was recorded in 1974 with Jagger singing the blues song ‘Too Many Cooks’ and Lennon playing guitar. The track had never been release because the two artists were both signed […]
2003 – a grand piano once owned by Elvis Presley was sold for $685,000 (£425,711). Music producer Robert Johnson and partner Larry Moss sold the piano to the chairman of the Blue Moon Group, Michael Muzio who was planning to take the piano on a casino-sponsored promotional tour. He was then planning for the piano […]
2002 – Lonnie Donegan, known as the “king of skiffle’ dies in his sleep in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England. He is 71. Lonnie Donegan MBE (29 April 1931 – 3 November 2002) was a skiffle musician, possibly the most famous of them all, with more than 20 UK Top 30 hits to his name. He is […]
2002 – Blues singer/guitarist “Little” Jimmy King dies at his Memphis home of undetermined causes. He is 36.
2002 – Rapper Fat Joe (Joseph Cartagena) is booked for assault after turning himself in to New York police. The rapper and members of his entourage were involved in a May 12 altercation at B.B. King’s Blues Club & Grill in New York’s Times Square in which the victim was suffered a fractured jaw, multiple […]