2006 – French songwriter Anna Marly dies in her house in Alaska at the age of 88. During her career Marly wrote more than 300 songs, but she is best known for having penned the song “Chant des Partisans” in 1942, while she was living in London.
2005 – Songwriter David Gray’s Life is Slow Motion tops the U.K. album charts, while The Pussycat Dolls’ “Don’t Cha” is the No. 1 single.
2005 – Onstage in Asbury Park, N.J., Bruce Springsteen takes a stand against hunger by donating all of the proceeds from a tour rehearsal show to World Hunger Year (WHY), which was co-founded in 1975 by late singer/songwriter Harry Chapin and Bill Ayres.
2004 – John Whitehead, one half of Phillie soul hitmakers Mcfadden & Whitehead (“Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now”), is shot dead by an unknown assailant while fixing his car. He was 55. b. 10th July 1948, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. d, 11th May 2004, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. John Whitehead was shot dead, whilst working on a […]
2004 – Doris Troy, best known for the 1963 Atlantic R&B/pop crossover hit “Just One Look,” dies in Las Vegas. The 67-year-old singer/songwriter had suffered from emphysema. Born Doris Payne in Harlem, N.Y., Troy did not restrict herself to R&B. Her distinctive vocals graced the Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” Pink […]
2004 – Jennifer Chiba, the girlfriend of the late songwriter Elliott Smith (“Miss Misery”) denies involvement in his death after a coroner’s report claims she refused to speak with detectives. Smith was found dead of two stab wounds in October 2003.
2004 – Ray Davies of the Kinks is shot in the leg in New Orleans. The “Waterloo Sunset” songwriter was pursuing two men who stole his lady companion’s purse.
2003 – Beck, Beth Orton and Rilo Kiley play at a Los Angeles memorial concert for Elliott Smith, the singer/songwriter who committed suicide earlier in the year.
2003 – At a benefit show in Santa Barbara, Calif., Pearl Jam are joined onstage by ex-drummer Jack Irons, singer/songwriter Jack Johnson, Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, and Chris Cornell for an impromptu Temple of the Dog reunion.
2003 – At the BMI’s 2003 Urban Awards, Irv Gotti is honored as urban songwriter of the year, the Neptunes are named urban producers of the year and Isaac Hayes is given a BMI Icon award.
2003 – A Wall Street Journal article notes the similarity between several lyrics on Bob Dylan’s 2001 album Love and Theft and the Japanese book Confessions of a Yakuza. Author Dr. Junichi Saga claims never to have heard of the songwriter.
2003 – Following a dispute over songwriting credits with John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney agrees to let “Lennon-McCartney” be. McCartney outraged many Beatles fans by demanding “Yesterday” and other McCartney songs be credited to “McCartney-Lennon.”