2000 – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band reunites at Nash… Read more

2000 – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band reunites at Nash…

2000 – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band reunites at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium for a performance of their signature song, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” Longtime member John McEuen joins Jimmie Fadden, Jeff Hanna, Jimmy Ibbotson and Bob Carpenter for the filming of an IMAX movie, that traces the roots and branches of country music.

1998 – Miramax Films co-chairmen Bob and Harvey We… Read more

1998 – Miramax Films co-chairmen Bob and Harvey We…

1998 – Miramax Films co-chairmen Bob and Harvey Weinstein announce that although money can’t buy you love, it can buy them all rights to the Beatles’ landmark film “A Hard Day’s Night.” Miramax announces plans to release the 1964 classic later that year for it’s 35th anniversary with new footage, a fully restored negative and […]

1998 – Rep. Sonny Bono (R-Calif.), the one-time si… Read more

1998 – Rep. Sonny Bono (R-Calif.), the one-time si…

On January 5, 1998, Bono died of injuries after striking a tree while skiing on the Nevada side of the Heavenly Ski Resort near South Lake Tahoe, California.

Bono’s death came just days after Michael Kennedy, a son of Robert F. Kennedy, died in a similar skiing accident in Aspen, Colorado. Bono’s widow, Mary, was elected to fill the remainder of the Congressional term. Over 10 years after his death, she continues to champion many of Sonny’s causes, including the ongoing fight to save the Salton Sea.

After Sonny’s death, Mary told an interviewer from TV Guide that Sonny was addicted to and seriously abusing prescription drugs, mainly Vicodin and Valium. Even though Mary claimed that Sonny’s drug use caused the accident, the autopsy showed no narcotics and only a very small amount of Valium, not enough to cause impairment according to the Washoe County Coroner’s report.

After being asked by Mary Bono, Sonny’s ex-wife, Cher, gave a eulogy at Bono’s funeral. His final resting place is Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California. The epitaph on Bono’s headstone reads: “And The Beat Goes On.”

1997 – Henry “The Sunflower” Vestine, original gui… Read more

1997 – Henry “The Sunflower” Vestine, original gui…

1997 – Henry “The Sunflower” Vestine, original guitarist for Canned Heat, is found dead in his hotel room in France. The cause of Deaths is undetermined. Henry Charles Vestine (December 25, 1944 – October 20, 1997) a.k.a. “The Sunflower”, was an American guitar player known mainly as a member of the band Canned Heat. He […]