2005 – Country superstar Garth Brooks, who retired from music in 2001, returns to the spotlight with the release of the “Limited Series” boxed set, which is to be available exclusively through Walmart and Sam’s Club stores, as well as Walmart.com. The set goes on to break numerous sales records.
2004 – ’80s Latina superstar Gloria Estefan (“Bad Boys”) announces she will permanently retire from the road at the end of her Live and Re-Wrapped Tour.
2003 – “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer Sinead O’Connor tells her Web site users that she’s retiring from the music business. She adds, “I would request that as of July, since I seek no longer to be a ‘famous’ person, and instead I wish to live a ‘normal’ life, could people please afford me my […]
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 […]
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.”
1990 – Leonard Bernstein dies in New York at age 72. The composer and conductor had announced his retirement less than a week earlier. He wins his first Grammy Awards for the 1961 albums “Humor in Music” and “Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf.” He goes on to win 11 more Grammys and in 1985 is […]
1987 – Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones emerges from retirement to begin producing the Mission’s Children.
1984 – Elton John announces he is retiring from touring. Oldest marketing trick in the book.
1982 – Schizophrenic novelty act Wild Man Fischer decides to rejoin the music business a day after announcing his retirement.