1999 – Eric Clapton performs a benefit concert at Madison Square Garden for his Crossroads rehab center in Antigua. His guests include Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige, and Bob Dylan.
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 […]
1998 – On the verge of launching Davidbowie.com, Bowie hosts several online concerts by performers including Ani DiFranco and the Jesus & Mary Chain.
On January 5, 1998, Bono died of injuries after striking a tree while skiing on the Nevada side of the Heavenly Ski Resort near South Lake Tahoe, California.
Bono’s death came just days after Michael Kennedy, a son of Robert F. Kennedy, died in a similar skiing accident in Aspen, Colorado. Bono’s widow, Mary, was elected to fill the remainder of the Congressional term. Over 10 years after his death, she continues to champion many of Sonny’s causes, including the ongoing fight to save the Salton Sea.
After Sonny’s death, Mary told an interviewer from TV Guide that Sonny was addicted to and seriously abusing prescription drugs, mainly Vicodin and Valium. Even though Mary claimed that Sonny’s drug use caused the accident, the autopsy showed no narcotics and only a very small amount of Valium, not enough to cause impairment according to the Washoe County Coroner’s report.
After being asked by Mary Bono, Sonny’s ex-wife, Cher, gave a eulogy at Bono’s funeral. His final resting place is Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California. The epitaph on Bono’s headstone reads: “And The Beat Goes On.”
1996 – Lisa Marie Presley divorced Michael Jackson after less then two years of being married. LOS ANGELES (CNN) — “Just think — nobody thought this would last,” Michael Jackson had said on his marriage to Lisa Marie Presley. Turns out that everybody was right after all. Barely 20 months after the self-proclaimed king of […]
1995 – Peter, Paul and Mary release their 17th album, “LifeLines.”
1984 – The Prince film “Purple Rain” premieres. Purple Rain is a 1984 feature film directed by Albert Magnoli and written by Magnoli and William Blinn. Prince stars in this movie, which was developed to showcase his particular talents. The film was very successful earning nearly US$100 million at the box office. A sequel titled […]
1974 – Al Green’s ex-girlfriend Mary Woodson pours a pot of boiling grits on the soul singer in the bathroom of his Memphis home. She then shoots herself. Green suffered second-degree burns on his back, neck, and arms, and later underwent a religious conversion.
1973 – The city of Detroit declares today “Mary Wilson & the Supremes Day.”
1972 – Paul McCartney releases his bizarre interpretation of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” as Wings. It barely makes No. 28. McCartney apparently was making a point about censorship after the BBC banned his political single “Give Ireland Back to the Irish.”
1971- Ike and Tina Turner receive their only gold record, for Proud Mary… Written by John Fogerty.
1970 – Jimi Hendrix is found dead from barbiturate overdose. The Jimi Hendrix Experience is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and Hendrix is posthumously voted a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992. Jimi Hendrix Jimi HendrixAKA Johnny Allen Hendrix Born: 27-Nov-1942 Birthplace: Seattle, WA Died: 18-Sep-1970 Location of death: […]