2006 – Arif Mardin, the legendary producer/arranger whose career spanned landmark recordings from Aretha Franklin to the Bee Gees to Norah Jones, dies in New York. Mardin is 74 and had been suffering from pancreatic cancer for about a year.
2006 – Producer Dallas Austin is jailed in Dubai for alleged drugs offenses. The hit-maker – who has crafted songs for TLC, Gwen Stefani, Madonna, and Michael Jackson – faces the full Midnight Express treatment if found guilty. Dallas Austin (born December 29, 1970) is an American songwriter, record producer, and musician, based in Atlanta, […]
2006 – American Idol contestant Derrell Brittenum surrenders to the Georgia police. Along with his twin brother Terrell, Brittenum performed on the hit show while being wanted on theft and forgery charges. Terrell and Derrell Brittenum caught in new ‘American Idol’ controversy By Christopher Rocchio, 01/17/2008 One American Idol mini-controversy apparently wasn’t enough for Terrell […]
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. […]
2005 – A jury rules that Ashanti is guilty of breach of contract and owes producer Genard Parker $630,000. She had promised Parker he could produce two songs on her debut if he released her from an earlier contract, then reneged.
2005 – Martin Bashir, producer of the Living with Michael Jackson documentary, appears as a witness for the prosecution at the King of Pop’s child molestation trial in California, but refuses to answer questions.
2004 – Masters of Reality’s Chris Goss is rushed to the hospital after suffering an internal infection. The L.A. singer/guitarist/producer has also worked with Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Stone Temple Pilots and Screaming Trees.
2004 – Terry Melcher, the son of Doris Day who produced seminal records by The Byrds, Ry Cooder, Paul Revere and the Raiders and the Beach Boys, dies after battling melanoma. He was 62. He also enjoyed chart success with the Rip Chords, whose “Hey, Little Cobra” was a 1964 hit. Biography Early life Melcher […]
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.
2004 – James Lawrence, guitarist with Hope of the States, is found hanged at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studios near Bath, where the UK art rockers were finishing work on their debut album. He was 26. HOPE OF the States, for whom James Lawrence played guitar, was one of a new generation of British bands […]
2004 – Arista Records president and CEO Antonio “L.A.” Reid steps down from his post. The former drummer and Grammy-winning producer helped guide album successes by OutKast, Avril Lavigne, Pink and Dido.
2003 – The RIAA certifies AC/DC’s Back In Black as the world’s second-best-selling album of all time, behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Back in black I hit the sack It’s been too long I’m glad to be back Yes, I’m let loose From the noose That’s kept me hanging around I’ve been looking at the sky […]