2003 – Hot Brit group The Libertines cancel their European tour after singer Carl Barât is diagnosed with bronchial pneumonia. Says Carl, “By the time we arrived in Hamburg I couldn’t talk!”
2001 – Hip-hop rockers Limp Bizkit and cartoon indie-beat band Gorillaz are the big winners at the eighth annual MTV Europe Music Awards. Limp Bizkit lands a one-two punch, winning in the group and album categories for their “Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water.”
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 […]
1999 – Britney Spears is the big winner at the 1999 MTV Europe Music Awards, held at the Point in Dublin. The teen artist wins best female, best pop, best breakthrough artist and best song for “…Baby One More Time.”
1998 – Tori Amos releases “Tori Amos: The Complete Collection: 1992-1998,” a compilation of her videos. The collection contains 16 clips from the artist’s four solo albums. Included are classics such as “Silent All These Years,” “God,” and “Caught A Lite Sneeze” as well as videos hitherto aired only in Europe, like the stark black-andwhite […]
1998 – MTV Networks Europe announces in London the launch of freeform music channel M2 Europe. The first TV station to be launched on the Internet, M2 is initially available 24 hours a day at www.m2europe.com.
1994 – Kurt Cobain of the band Nirvana dies in Seattle of an apparently self-inflicted shotgun wound. He was 27. Cobain had nearly died from an overdose of painkillers and champagne in early March while Nirvana was touring Europe. Cobain is survived by his wife Courtney Love of the band Hole and their two-year-old daughter […]
1991 – MTV Europe presents “The 1991 Video Music Awards” live from Los Angeles. Best Video of the Year goes to REM for “Losing My Religion” and the European Viewer’s Choice Award goes to Roxette.
1988 – Dave Prater of Sam & Dave dies in a car accident. The group’s biggest hit is the Hold On, I’m Comin’. Discography Singles Release date Title Label & Cat no. Chart Positions US Hot 100 US R&B UK 1962 “Never, Never” (Henry Stone) Alston 777 1962 “I Need Love” (Sam Moore/Dave Prater) Marlin […]
1987 – Pink Floyd release A Momentary Lapse of Reason. The comeback album is the band’s first since the departure of Roger Waters and the subsequent lawsuit over the use of the band name. A Momentary Lapse of Reason is Pink Floyd’s 1987 album, the band’s first release after the departure of Roger Waters from […]
1987 – Classical guitarist Andres Segovia dies of a heart attack. Age 94. He receives a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1986. In the ceremony he is cited as the most brilliant and influential of all classical guitar players. Andrés Torres Segovia, 1st Marquess of Salobreña (21 February 1893–2 June 1987) was a Spanish classical […]