2004 – Usher’s Confessions returns to No. 1 in the American album charts, knocking D12’s D12 World down to No. 2. The highest new entry is rapper Petey Pablo with Still Writing in My Diary, in at No. 4.
2004 – “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” takes home the awards in both musical categories of the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Composer Howard Shore wins the best original score honor for his work on the film. He also shares the best original song award with collaborators Fran Walsh […]
2003 – Expect to find Alicia Keys in your stocking. The Harlem songstress’ The Diary of Alicia Keys returns to No. 1 in the album charts. The highest new entry is R&B crooner Joe’s And Then… in at No. 26.
2003 – The file-sharing application Napster returns to the Internet as Napster 2.0, offering a paid-for downloading service.
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 […]
2003 – Kevin MacMichael, guitarist with ’80s hit-makers Cutting Crew (“(I Just) Died in Your Arms”) dies aged 51. Kevin Scott Macmichael (7 November 1951 – 31 December 2002) was a Canadian guitarist, songwriter and record producer, best known for being a member of the 1980s English based pop-rock band, Cutting Crew, who had a […]
2002 – Lonnie Donegan, known as the “king of skiffle’ dies in his sleep in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England. He is 71. Lonnie Donegan MBE (29 April 1931 – 3 November 2002) was a skiffle musician, possibly the most famous of them all, with more than 20 UK Top 30 hits to his name. He is […]
2002 – The Who’s John Entwistle is found dead in his hotel room in Las Vegas. He has cocaine in his system, and the Deaths is ruled accidental. He is 57. John Alec Entwistle (October 9, 1944 – June 27, 2002) was an English bass guitarist, songwriter, singer, and horn player, who was best known […]
2002 – Otis Blackwell, who wrote dozens of hit songs _ including “Don’t Be Cruel,” Return To Sender and “All Shook Up” for Elvis Presley _ dies of a heart attack. He is
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 […]
2001 – U.K. singer/songwriter Badly Drawn Boy (Damon Gough) storms off stage at the Showbox club in Seattle after engaging in an argument with concert attendees who are talking during his performance. Gough returns five minutes later to exchange expletives with the hecklers and finish out the show. He plays for a total of three […]
2001 – James Myers, whose 2-minute, 8-second tune “Rock Around the Clock” is considered the granddaddy of all rock’n’roll songs, dies of leukemia. He is 81. Myers wrote the song with Max Freedman in 1953. 1919-2001 JAMES E. MYERS a.k.a. JIMMY DeKNIGHT Posted May 11th – From the Associated Press: Songwriter James Myers dies; co-wrote […]