2000 – The song “Livin’ La Vida Loca” receives top honors at BMI’s Seventh annual Latin Awards gala at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The Ricky Martin smash, which was co-written by Martin’s ex-Menudo buddy Robi “Draco” Rosa takes home the song of the year award for the most-performed song in the BMI Latin catalogue.
1999 – George Martin, who produced most of the Beatles albums, lends his reputation and four decades of music business experience to a start-up Internet company catering to unsigned bands. Martin announces that he will serve as chairman of the advisory board for Garageband.com.
1999 – Eric Clapton parts with 100 of his guitars and generates over $5 million for his Crossroads Centre at Antigua, and alcohol and drug-dependency treatment center in the West Indies. Among the stringed beauties auctioned off is “Brownie,” a 1956 sunburst Fender upon which he recorded his hit “Layla”; the instrument goes for a […]
1999 – At the intermission of a concert of symphonic Beatles music in Jerusalem, someone pilfers Fab Four producer and guest conductor George Martin’s music. The theft is not discovered until later in the week when Martin – who didn’t have spare copies – threatens to call off a concert in Tel Aviv. Six out […]
1999 – Latin music sensation Ricky Martin is named international breakthrough artist of the year at the inaugural MTV-CCTV Music Honors, an awards show that pays tribute to international artists who have made significant contributions to China’s music industry.
1999 – Boxcar Willie dies of leukemia in Branson, Mo. He is 67. The country singer, born Lecil Travis Martin, adopted the “Boxcar” persona due to his love of railroads.
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, […]
1995 – Crooning titan Dean Martin dies aged 78. His last No. 1 was 1964’s “Everybody Loves Somebody.”
1994 – Celebrity accountant Martin Stainton vanishes. Some think he’s taken a lot of Rod Stewart’s, Tina Turner’s, and Simple Minds’ money with him.
George, John, Ringo and Paul. Brian Epstein and George Martin deserve Mention here too. 1994 – It’s reported that Paul, George, and Ringo are working on a new song for inclusion in the Anthology boxed set. They do it for John as much as for the fans. To accompany the Anthology series, three double music […]
1993 – George Harrison and David Crosby make guest appearances on the fifth season premiere of the Fox animated comedy series “The Simpsons.” “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet” is the first episode of The Simpsons’ fifth season. It features the Be-Sharps, a fictional barbershop quartet founded by Homer, whose story roughly parallels that of The Beatles. The […]