2004 – Jennifer Chiba, the girlfriend of the late songwriter Elliott Smith (“Miss Misery”) denies involvement in his death after a coroner’s report claims she refused to speak with detectives. Smith was found dead of two stab wounds in October 2003.
2003 – Bobby Hatfield of the Righteous Brothers is found dead in his hotel room in Kalamazoo, Mich., where the duo were on tour. The vocalist, who with Bill Medley sang “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” and “Unchained Melody,” was 63.
2003 – Phish bassist Mike Gordon is arrested in Wantagh, N.Y., and charged with endangering the welfare of a child and trespassing in a closed area. At a concert by the Dead at Jones Beach’s Tommy Hilfiger Theater, police were alerted that a nine-year-old girl was missing. The child was later found with Gordon in […]
2003 – Iron Maiden kick off their Give Me ‘Ed … ‘Til I’m Dead tour in Worcester, Mass., with Motorhead and Dio. Now that’s a smelly dressing room.
2003 – Dead Kennedys vocalist Brandon Cruz leaves the California punk legends to spend more time with his family. He joined the band after they reformed minus original singer Jello Biafra in 2001.
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 – Dave Rowberry, keyboardist with ’60s hitmakers the Animals (“House of the Rising Sun”), is found dead in his East London flat. He was 62.
2002 – Run-DMC DJ Jam Master Jay (Jason Mizell) is shot dead in the Jamaica section of Queens, N.Y. Two suspects are reportedly buzzed into Mizell’s area recording studio where the rap pioneer is in a waiting room.
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 […]
2002 – Jimmie Lee Robinson, a Chicago blues stalwart known for his pointed lyrics and storyteller’s sensibility is found dead in his car on Chicago’s southwest side. He is 71. He has a single gunshot wound to his head and his Deaths is ruled a suicide.
2001 – Phish and the Grateful Dead are the big winners at the second annual Jammy Awards, held at New York’s Roseland Ballroom. Phish takes home two of the most prestigious awards _ studio album of the year for “Farmhouse,” and live performance of the year for the band’s July 11, 2000, gig at the […]
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 […]