2003 – Ageless singer Tom Jones (“It’s Not Unusual”) is inducted into the Gaming Hall of Fame at Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa.
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 […]
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 – Trisha Yearwood donates a Starlight Fun Center to Vanderbilt University Children’s Hospital. The mobile entertainment center includes a TV monitor, VCR and Nintendo 64 game unit, and can be rolled up next to a child’s bed.
2000 – Badfinger’s Joey Molland fractures his leg after falling off stage during the Classic Rock Festival in Darrington, Wash. Molland gamely climbs back up and finishes the Finger’s set before seeking medical attention.
2000 – The recording industry asks Congress to repeal the “work for hire” amendment. Sheryl Crow and Don Henley had been among those artists complaining that the law prevented them from ever owning their masters. As they say in the music business, “It all begins with a song.”1 This is true from a commercial perspective, […]
1999 – Bryan White sings the National Anthem at the Adelphia Coliseum in Nashville prior to the match-up between the Tennessee Titans and the St. Louis Rams. Following the game, White gives his second annual Howl-O-Ween concert at the north end of the coliseum.
1999 – Sugar Ray kicks off the 1999 Special Olympics World Summer Games with a performance during the Opening Ceremonies.
1999 – Sean “Puffy” Combs and Dwight “Heavy D” Myers, along with the City University of New York (CUNY), are found negligent in a 1991 celebrity basketball game that killed nine people and injured dozens.
1998 – John Fogerty cancels the first date of his U.S. tour because it conflicts with Game 5 of the NBA Finals, in which the Chicago Bulls face the Utah Jazz. Fogerty claims When we realized just what this day might mean to the folks in Chicago, it only made sense to postpone the show. […]
1997 – Reba McEntire joins the Dallas Cowboys at the team’s Thanksgiving Day Game to benefit the Salvation Army. McEntire debuts her single “What If” for the annual fundraising drive. Proceeds from the song’s release go to the Salvation Army.
1997 – Hanson sings the national anthem at the opening game of the baseball World Series at Miami’s Pro Player Stadium.