2003 – Ja Rule becomes the first high-profile international artist to tour South Africa. Jeffrey Atkins (born February 29, 1976), better known by his stage name Ja Rule, is an American rapper and actor signed to The Inc. and Universal Records formerly of Def Jam Recordings. A Hollis, New York native best-known for hits such […]
2003 – Veteran pop artist Joe Jackson comes out against New York’s ban on smoking in public places. In an Op/Ed piece in the New York Times titled “Want to Smoke? Go to Hamburg,” the U.K. born, New York City resident says, “Smokers are being demonized and victimized all out of proportion,” and suggests that […]
2003 – Kevin MacMichael, guitarist with ’80s hit-makers Cutting Crew (“(I Just) Died in Your Arms”) dies aged 51. Kevin Scott Macmichael (7 November 1951 – 31 December 2002) was a Canadian guitarist, songwriter and record producer, best known for being a member of the 1980s English based pop-rock band, Cutting Crew, who had a […]
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 – The Who’s John Entwistle is found dead in his hotel room in Las Vegas. He has cocaine in his system, and the Deaths is ruled accidental. He is 57. John Alec Entwistle (October 9, 1944 – June 27, 2002) was an English bass guitarist, songwriter, singer, and horn player, who was best known […]
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 – Bluesman John Lee Hooker, believed to be 83, dies of natural causes at his home in Los Altos, Calif. The singer/guitarist began his career in 1949, when his Modern Records single “Boogie Chillen” became a No. 1 R&B hit. Lyrics: Boom boom boom boom I’m gonna shoot you right down, right offa your […]
2000 – Yusuf Islam, born Stephen Georgiou and formerly known by his stage name Cat Stevens denies that he has in the past supported militant Islamic group Hamas. Islam was denied entry into Israel because he allegedly gave money to Hamas during his last visit to the country in 1998.
2000 – Chris Cornell, former lead singer of Seattle’s Soundgarden, and his wife, artist manager Susan Silver, become parents of a baby daughter when Lillian Jean is born.
1999 – British rock star Gary Glitter, born Paul Francis Gadd, 55, pleads guilty at Bristol Crown Court in England, to 54 counts of taking and possessing indecent photographs of underage children. Glitter is sentenced to four months in jail after admitting to the offenses that took place between January 1997 and November 1997.
1999 – Boxcar Willie dies of leukemia in Branson, Mo. He is 67. The country singer, born Lecil Travis Martin, adopted the “Boxcar” persona due to his love of railroads.
1999 – Country singer Lee Ann Womack welcomes her second child into the world. Anna Lise is born in Nashville, weighs 6 lbs., 11 oz. and measures 19 inches long.