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 – Waylon Jennings kicks off a three-day estate sale at his Dixon, Ill., home after the country star decides to move to Arizona. Among the goods on sale are a customized black Cadillac, knives and guns from his personal collection and a motorcycle that used to belong to Buddy Holly.
2000 – The Dixie Chicks sweep the 34th Annual Country Music Assn. Awards, held at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House. The genre-defying girl group takes home four awards, including entertainer of the year, album of the year for “Fly,” vocal group, and video of the year for “Good Bye Earl.”
2000 – Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins announces that the Seattle-based rock group will officially break up at year’s end. Corgan claims that he and his bandmates are tired of “fighting the good fight against the Britneys of the world.” Too bad Billy… I’d rather listen to you anyday of the week than Britney […]
1999 – The Best of Van Halen, Vol. 1 [Japan Bonus Tracks] Release date: 1999-10-05 By trying to give the David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar eras equal space, The Best of Van Halen, Vol. 1 winds up a little uneven. The first eight songs run through several of Diamond Dave’s biggest songs — “Ain’t […]
1997 – Bob Dylan releases Time Out of Mind. Critics call it a masterpiece this day in rock history! Time Out of Mind is Bob Dylan’s 30th studio album, released in 1997 by Columbia Records. For fans and critics, the album marked Dylan’s artistic comeback after he struggled with his musical identity throughout the 1980s, […]
1996 – Ms. Lourdes Maria Ciccone Leon, the daughter of Madonna and the pop/movie star’s personal trainer, Carlos Leon, is born at 4:01 p.m. at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles.
1994 – During “Woodstock Weekend,” MTV debuted “The Goods,” its electronic retailing test, offering Woodstock memorabilia otherwise only available to attendees of the events. “The Goods” continued through 1994 with “Beavis and Butt-Head Mega Model Jam” and the “Rolling Stone Voodoo Lounge Tour.
1994 – The historic Fillmore club reopens in San Francisco. The opening acts include Smashing Pumpkins, Ry Cooder & David Lindley and American Music Club. The Fillmore (also known as Fillmore Auditorium, or in error as Fillmore West) is a historic music venue in San Francisco, California made famous by Bill Graham. Named for its […]
1991 – Enigma went to No.1 for one week on the UK singles chart with ‘Sadness Part One’. As Enigma is primarily an electronic music production, I assume you had a long standing interest in this area, so what artists influenced you to explore this direction right from the start? Influences, I’d have to say […]
1989 – The Rolling Stones film the video for “Mixed Emotions,” probably the last good song they ever recorded.