2008 – Motown producer and songwriter Norman Whitfield, who helped craft some of the Detroit label’s biggest hits, died Tuesday at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Hospital. He was 65. While an exact cause of death wasn’t revealed, Whitfield reportedly suffered ailments from diabetes. Whitfield started out at Motown as a tambourine player before writing some early […]
1942 – Paul McCartney is born in Liverpool, England. The Beatles have 20 No. 1 songs, more than any other recording act, and McCartney by himself or in duets has another nine. His biggest post-Beatles hits are “Ebony and Ivory,” a duet with Stevie Wonder that stays at No. 1 for seven weeks, and “Say […]
2008 – Alton Kelley, one of the founding members of the ’60s San Francisco rock scene, died Sunday June 1st, 2008 at his home in Petaluma after a long illness. He was 67. Mr. Kelley will be remembered as the creator (with his artistic partner, Stanley Mouse) of hundreds of classic psychedelic rock posters, such […]
2005 – It’s like Love Story but with chainsaws. Eminem tells Detroit radio station WKQI-FM that he has reunited with estranged ex-wife Kim Mathers and that they plans to remarry.
2004 – Slipknot: A 21-year-old Central Michigan University student suffers a fatal heart attack during a Detroit concert by Iowan gore rockers Slipknot. The student’s mother says concert conditions were not to blame for his death.
2003 – Ozzy Osbourne’s longtime tour manager Bobby Thomson dies in his sleep prior to Ozzfest’s Detroit stop. He had been battling throat cancer. Sharon Osbourne’s brainchild, the 2003 Ozzfest tour, continues to attract attention to her husband Ozzy Osbourne for all the wrong reasons. First, Ozzy, perhaps overjoyed that MTV renewed his family’s reality […]
2003 – The White Stripes guitarist/singer Jack White is in a car accident in his native Detroit, leaving him with a compound fracture to his left index finger.
2003 – The White Stripes perform their cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” on Late Night With Conan O’Brien. The feted Detroit rockers play four straight nights on the TV talkfest.
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 – Creed cancel a show in Detroit after temporary bassist Brett Hesla injures his hand.