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 […]
2004 – Phil Spector is arrested on This Day in Rock! Arguing over their business relationship, Phil and his chauffeur got into a slight knock down which ended in both trying to make a citizen’s arrest to the other.
2003 – Producer Phil Spector pleads not guilty in the shooting Deaths of actress Lana Clarkson. Spector is formally charged with one count of murder by the Los Angeles County District Attorney.
2003 – Murder Inc., the record label that’s home to Ja Rule and Ashanti, announces it’s changing its name to The Inc. Label boss Irv ‘Gotti’ Lorenzo is also to drop the ‘Gotti’ part of his name.
2003 – Ja Rule becomes the first high-profile international artist to tour South Africa. Jeffrey Atkins (born February 29, 1976), better known by his stage name Ja Rule, is an American rapper and actor signed to The Inc. and Universal Records formerly of Def Jam Recordings. A Hollis, New York native best-known for hits such […]
2000 – Having been found guilty of the kidnapping and murder of Sandra Rosas, wife of Los Lobos’ Cesar Rosas, Gabriel Gomez, the victim’s half-brother, leads police to a shallow grave in a nearby canyon. Dental records are used to ID Rosas body.
2000 – Gabriel Gomez is found guilty of murdering his half-sister Sandra Rosas. Sandra, the wife of Los Lobos guitarist Cesar Rosas, vanished from their California home nearly a year ago.
2000 – Spencer Goodman was executed by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas. Goodman was convicted of kidnapping and murdering the wife of ZZ Top manager Bill Ham in 1991. Ham was present for the execution.
1999 – Two months after Los Lobos guitarist Cesar Rosas’ wife disappeared, her half-brother Gabriel Gomez pleads not guilty to her kidnapping and murder.
1999 – Sandra Rosas, the wife of Los Lobos guitarist Cesar Rosas, is discovered missing from their home in Rowland Heights, Calif. Her half-brother was later found guilty of murdering her.
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.”