2006 – Milking the publicity for all its worth, Madonna tells NBC’s Dateline that she thinks all the hoopla around her adoption of a Malawian infant is “racist.” “A lot of people have a problem with the fact that I’ve adopted an African child,” she says. Outside, it’s America.
2005 – During NBC’s A Concert for Hurricane Relief, rapper Kanye West attacks President George W. Bush for not responding quickly enough to New Orleans’ flooding. “George Bush doesn’t care about black people,” he declares. That’s just an 11 on the kewl meter!
2005 – Sheryl Crow, Christina Aquilera and Tim McGraw participate in a benefit for victims of the tsunami in Southern Asia. The hour-long music and celebrity-driven broadcast airs live at 8 p.m. on the East Coast and is tape-delayed on the West Coast across NBC’s broadcast and cable channels, which include USA Networks, Bravo, Trio, […]
2003 – Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, America’s hottest couple, are interviewed by NBC’s Dateline. When asked if they actually realize how famous they are, Lopez replied, “We don’t sit around here and think about that.”
2003 – Veteran rock band Fleetwood Mac previews a new song, “Peacekeeper,” on the NBC series “Third Watch.” The song, which premieres at the end of the episode, is off the group’s album “Say You Will.”
2002 – New Jersey-based act Seven & the Sun appear on the NBC daytime drama Passions to debut its single, “Walk With Me.”
2001 – Jazz tenor saxophonist Harold Land dies in Los Angeles after a stroke. He is 73. Land gained prominence in 1954 when he joined a quintet led by trumpeter Clifford Brown and drummer Max Roach. For many performers, working with a string section is a long-held dream. The lush backdrop warmly supports an instrumentalist […]
1999 – VH1 links its Save The Music campaign with NBC’s “Today” show for a weeklong instrument drive. Donated instruments are collected during the program at the Today studios in New York’s Rockefeller Center, for distribution to public schools. A different musician collects the instruments each day. Musicians include Natalie Merchant, Meatloaf, Tony Bennett, […]
1980 – NBC premieres the TV movie “Harper Valley P.T.A.,” based on Jeannie C. Riley’s hit single.
1978 – All You Need is Cash (Eric Idle’s Beatle satire) gets its first TV showing. By The Rutles – Rhino (1996) – Comedy Rock, Pop/Rock Short of a reunion and tour by the Rutles, this DVD is the deepest and widest-ranging experience of the group that any fan is likely to see. The Rutles: […]