2008 – Unknown Mozart music found in French library The Associated Press , Paris | Thu, 09/18/2008 8:18 PM | Life A French library going through its archives has turned up a previously unknown piece of music by Mozart. Ulrich Leisinger, head of research at the International Mozarteum Foundation in Salzburg, Austria, said Thursday […]
2008 – Gilmour’s tribute to Floyd star Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Syd Barrett and Richard Wright Gilmour said Wright (right) was “gentle, unassuming and private”. Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour has praised late bandmate Richard Wright for his “vitality, spark and humour”. Writing on his website, Gilmour said he had “never played with anyone quite […]
1942 – Paul McCartney is born in Liverpool, England. The Beatles have 20 No. 1 songs, more than any other recording act, and McCartney by himself or in duets has another nine. His biggest post-Beatles hits are “Ebony and Ivory,” a duet with Stevie Wonder that stays at No. 1 for seven weeks, and “Say […]
FEATURED: Yaayo Gak! 1960 – Steve Vai: Widdlywiddlywiddlywiddlywiddlywiddlywiddly-SCREECH! Yes, it’s happy birthday to Steve Vai, born today in Long Island, N.Y. this day in rock Guitar God History! Steven “Steve” Siro Vai (born June 6, 1960 in Carle Place, New York) is an American instrumental rock guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and producer. After starting his professional […]
2005 – Bob Moog, inventor of his namesake range of synthesizers and one of the most significant figures in the evolution of electronic music, dies at his home in Asheville, N.C. He is 71. A native of N.Y., Moog was diagnosed with brain cancer in late April and had since undergone radiation treatment and chemotherapy. […]
2004 – John Peel, an English DJ whose eclectic taste and patronage was instrumental in launching the careers of T. Rex, Rod Stewart, The Smiths, The Undertones, The Fall, and countless others, dies of a heart attack in Peru. He was 65.
2004 – Soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, whose avant-garde approach to his instrument influenced John Coltrane and others, dies of cancer in Boston. He is 69.
2003 – Poison vow to carry on with their tour after a fire in a transport trucks destroys their instruments and stage equipment.
2002 – The Who’s John Entwistle is found dead in his hotel room in Las Vegas. He has cocaine in his system, and the Deaths is ruled accidental. He is 57. John Alec Entwistle (October 9, 1944 – June 27, 2002) was an English bass guitarist, songwriter, singer, and horn player, who was best known […]
2002 – Musician, composer and instrument maker Juno Lewis dies at the age of 70 of complications from a stroke. Lewis was best known for his “Kulu Se Mama” composition on one of jazz saxophonist John Coltrane’s final recordings.
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 – 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, […]