2007 – Mika scored his debut UK number one hit single with ‘Grace Kelly’, which went on to be became the third biggest-selling single in the UK in 2007. Amy Winehouse kept her place at the top of the UK album chart with ‘Back to Black.’
2007 – James ‘Pookie’ Hudson the lead singer of the 50’s doo-wop groups the Spaniels died. Their 1954 hit ‘Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight’ was featured in such films as Three Men and a Baby, Diner and American Graffiti.
2006 – Grocery clerk Paul McPike sues Green Day, alleging he wrote their hit “American Idiot” way back in 1992. “It was just disbelief every time I heard it on the radio,” says McPike. A feeling very similar to what you’re experiencing reading this.
2006 – Baldemar Huerta, also known as Freddy Fender dies today this day in rock. Freddy Fender (June 4, 1937 – October 14, 2006), born Baldemar Huerta in San Benito, Texas, USA, was a Mexican-American, Tejano, country, and rock and roll musician, known for his work as a solo artist and in the groups Los […]
2006 – The Knack sue Run-D.M.C. for sampling their “My Sharona” on the hit “It’s Tricky.” Nothing unusual there, except that “It’s Tricky” was released two decades ago! Still… it is the principal of the thing.
2006 – The hits comp Now That’s What I Call Music 22 stays atop the U.S. album charts for a second week. The highest new entry is Los Lonely Boys’ Sacred, which bows at No. 2.
2006 – Thom Yorke has more reasons to be unhappy. The Radiohead frontman’s solo disc The Eraser debuts at No. 2 in the U.S. album charts, right below hits compilation Now That’s What I Call Music.
2006 – An album of jazz standards Diana Ross recorded more than 30 years earlier finally sees the light of day. “Blue” was intended as a companion to the hit 1972 soundtrack to “Lady Sings the Blues,” in which Ross portrayed jazz legend Billie Holiday. However, Ross instead followed up the project with the pop […]
2006 – Chamillionaire tops the U.S. singles chart for a second straight week with “Ridin’.” The highest new entry is American Idol contestant Chris Daughtry’s cover of Bon Jovi’s 1987 hit “Wanted Dead Or Alive,” in at No. 43.
2006 – Panic! at the Disco announce that bassist Brent Wilson is leaving the band. Later the rising emo group will claim Wilson never played a note on their hit album A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out. Children, Children… Play Nice!
2006 – American Idol contestant Derrell Brittenum surrenders to the Georgia police. Along with his twin brother Terrell, Brittenum performed on the hit show while being wanted on theft and forgery charges. Terrell and Derrell Brittenum caught in new ‘American Idol’ controversy By Christopher Rocchio, 01/17/2008 One American Idol mini-controversy apparently wasn’t enough for Terrell […]
2005 – The compilation Now 20 – stuffed with hits by Missy Elliott, Pussycat Dolls and others – tops the U.S. album charts. The highest new entry is 16-year-old R&B sensation Chris Brown with his self-titled debut landing at No. 2.