2003 – Ja Rule becomes the first high-profile inte… Read more

2003 – Ja Rule becomes the first high-profile inte…

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 […]

2001 – Jazz tenor saxophonist Harold Land dies in … Read more

2001 – Jazz tenor saxophonist Harold Land dies in …

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 (Dam… Read more

2001 – U.K. singer/songwriter Badly Drawn Boy (Dam…

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 … Read more

2001 – James Myers, whose 2-minute, 8-second tune …

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 […]