2003 – Reggae artist Ziggy Marley releases his first solo album, “Dragonfly,” via Private Music. The oldest son of Bob Marley, the artist fronted the Melody Makers through nine studio albums on Capitol, Virgin, and Elektra.
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
2002 – James Al Hendrix, who introduced his son, guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, to music, dies after a long battle with congestive heart failure. He is 82.
2001 – Presley Scott Harwell, son of Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell and Michelle Laroque, dies from complications due to acute lymphatic leukemia.
2000 – Eminem is scheduled to give his deposition in a $10 million civil suit filed by his mother, Deborah Mathers-Briggs. She claims her rapping son has insulted her in songs and interviews.
2000 – Hoosier native son John Mellencamp delivers the commencement address to the Indiana University senior class. John Mellencamp addresses Indiana University’s Class of 2000. “Take the pressure off yourself,” he says. “I’m not talking about being lazy. I’m talking about taking time for yourself and finding out who the hell you are. If someone […]
1998 – The 7-year-old son of Grammy-winning producer Bill Bottrell falls to his Death from a cliff on the Mendocino County coast in Northern California. Bottrell’s son, William, wanders away late in the afternoon and is later found at the bottom of the cliff. Bottrell won a Grammy for producing Sheryl Crow’s 1994 “All I […]
1998 – Chess Records co-founders Phil Chess and his late brother Leonard, Leonard’s son Marshall, and the late harmonica player Junior Wells are inducted into the Association for Independent Music (AFIM) Independent Music Hall of Fame.
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.”
1997 – Henry “The Sunflower” Vestine, original guitarist for Canned Heat, is found dead in his hotel room in France. The cause of Deaths is undetermined. Henry Charles Vestine (December 25, 1944 – October 20, 1997) a.k.a. “The Sunflower”, was an American guitar player known mainly as a member of the band Canned Heat. He […]