2001 – Jazz tenor saxophonist Harold Land dies in … Read more

2001 – Jazz tenor saxophonist Harold Land dies in …

2001 – Jazz tenor saxophonist Harold Land dies in Los Angeles after a stroke. He is 73. Land gained prominence in 1954 when he joined a quintet led by trumpeter Clifford Brown and drummer Max Roach. For many performers, working with a string section is a long-held dream. The lush backdrop warmly supports an instrumentalist […]

2001 – Blues singer/songwriter Bonnie Raitt and fo… Read more

2001 – Blues singer/songwriter Bonnie Raitt and fo…

2001 – Blues singer/songwriter Bonnie Raitt and former Doors drummer John Densmore are among activists arrested after a public protest in Itasca, Illinois, a northwest suburb of Chicago. Raitt and Densmore join with other members of the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) to demonstrate against the forest products company Boise Cascade Corporation, which RAN claims destroys […]

2001 – James Myers, whose 2-minute, 8-second tune … Read more

2001 – James Myers, whose 2-minute, 8-second tune …

2001 – James Myers, whose 2-minute, 8-second tune “Rock Around the Clock” is considered the granddaddy of all rock’n’roll songs, dies of leukemia. He is 81. Myers wrote the song with Max Freedman in 1953. 1919-2001 JAMES E. MYERS a.k.a. JIMMY DeKNIGHT Posted May 11th – From the Associated Press: Songwriter James Myers dies; co-wrote […]

2001 – John Fahey, guitarist and indie label owner… Read more

2001 – John Fahey, guitarist and indie label owner…

2001 – John Fahey, guitarist and indie label owner, dies in Salem, Ore., two days after undergoing coronary bypass surgery. He is 61. Fahey formulated an idiosyncratic bluesbased fingerpicking style that was showcased on a series of albums for his label, Takoma Records. He was considered a principal, albeit unwilling, influence on such new-age musicians […]