2003 – Elvis Costello fills in as host on The Late Show when David Letterman falls ill.
2002 – Lonnie Donegan, known as the “king of skiffle’ dies in his sleep in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England. He is 71. Lonnie Donegan MBE (29 April 1931 – 3 November 2002) was a skiffle musician, possibly the most famous of them all, with more than 20 UK Top 30 hits to his name. He is […]
2001 – American harmonica virtuoso Larry Adler, who was blacklisted during the McCarthy era and had long made Britain his home, dies at a London hospital following a long illness. He is 87.
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.
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 […]
1999 – Minutes before show time, singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter cancels a concert at Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts in Springfield, Mo. A hall official breaks the news that Carpenter had to fly home to tend to a very ill Golden Retriever.
1998 – Acclaimed cowboy singer and actor Roy Rogers, 86, dies in his sleep at his home in the desert community of Apple Valley, Calif. The “King of the Cowboys” had been ill with congestive heart failure for some time.
1997 – A relocated Farm Aid ’97 takes place before a sold out crowd of more than 30,000 at the World in Tinley Park, Ill. The event, originally planned for the 70,000-capacity Texas Stadium in Irving, raises more than $ 1 million for U.S. farmers.
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, […]
1997 – A judge in Los Angeles ruled that Michael Jackson and members of his family are not liable for losses incurred by the producers of the failed 1994 Jackson Family Honors TV special. The show was delayed for several weeks because Jackson was ill and could not perform solo as expected.