2005 – Irish vocalist Sinead O’Connor makes a rare live appearance at the fifth annual Jammy Awards in New York. O’Connor’s performance with reggae legend Burning Spear constitutes her first on-stage appearance in New York in more than five years.
2004 – Peter Garrett, the former lead singer of Midnight Oil (“Beds are Burning”), announces he will run for a seat on the Australian parliament as a Labour Party candidate.
2004 – Nick and Mary Yankovic, the parents of “Weird Al” Yankovic, die of carbon monoxide poisoning in their Fallbrook, Calif., home on. Their accidental Deathss are caused by a fire burning without an open flue. Alfred Matthew “Weird Al” Yankovic (pronounced /ˈjæŋkəvɪk/; born October 23, 1959) is an American singer, musician, actor, satirist, parodist, […]
2003- Pathologists confirm that the late R&B singer Aaliyah (“Are You That Somebody?”) died from severe burns and a blow to the head after her overloaded Cessna crashed in Marsh Harbour.
2003 – A mysterious fire burns down a motel on ’50s rocker Chuck Berry’s estate in Wentzville, Mo. No one is injured.
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 […]
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 […]
2000 – Survivor filed a lawsuit in 2000 against TVT Records because of plans for a soundtrack to the TV show, Survivor. Guitarist Frankie Sullivan spoke for the rock group when he said, “It’s unfortunate that after 23 years of building, promoting, and protecting the name of our band, someone can suddenly come along and […]
1999 – At Woodstock 99, all hell breaks loose. Fires fueled by paper plates, pizza boxes and garbage strewn around everywhere break out during a set by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The group’s encore is delayed because a remote sound tower begins to burn. A fire truck is brought in to put out the […]
1999 – Reggae star Dennis Brown dies at University Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, of a collapsed lung. He is 43. by Dotun Adebayo Saturday July 3, 1999 Were it not for a fundamental flaw in his character, Dennis Brown, who has died aged 42, should have been crowned the undisputed king of reggae in May […]