2003 – David Lee Roth releases Diamond Dave during the course of which he butchers – I mean, covers – The Doors’ “Soul Kitchen,” Jimi Hendrix’s “If 6 was 9” and The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows.”
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 […]
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 […]
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 – Bluesman John Lee Hooker, believed to be 83, dies of natural causes at his home in Los Altos, Calif. The singer/guitarist began his career in 1949, when his Modern Records single “Boogie Chillen” became a No. 1 R&B hit. Lyrics: Boom boom boom boom I’m gonna shoot you right down, right offa your […]
2001 – Soul vocalist Charles Pettigrew of the duo Charles & Eddie dies in Philadelphia after a long battle with cancer. The group achieved international success with the 1992 single “Would I Lie To You?,” which reached No. 16 on The Chart Toppers Hot 100 and topped the charts in 16 countries.
2001 – Christians gather outside the Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara, California to pray for the soul of Marilyn Manson, who is performing inside. They also distributed pizza, soda and cookies to gig-goers.
2000 – Aretha Franklin, Snoop Dogg, and Brian McKnight are among the performers who take part in the third annual “Soul Train” Christmas Starfest at the Santa Monica (Calif.) Civic Auditorium. The show features top R&B artists performing holiday favorites.
2000 – Destiny’s Child, Mary J. Blige, and Angie Stone each take home two trophies at the 2000 Soul Train Lady Of Soul Awards, held at the Santa Monica, Calif., Civic Auditorium and hosted by Sisqo, Pink, and actor Shemar Moore.
2000 – U.K. fans got to hear more of The Beatles when the Liverpool Sound Collage CD was released in 2000. Super Furry Animals and Paul McCartney got together to create several tracks with sounds recorded around Liverpool and from the Rubber Soul recording sessions by The Beatles. Snippets like George Harrison saying, “It’s okay. […]
1999 – Curtis Mayfield, a pioneer of American soul music who penned some of the most lasting songs of the 1960s and ’70s, dies at a hospital in Roswell, Ga. He is 57 years old.
1999 – Reggae star Dennis Brown dies at University Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, of a collapsed lung. He is 43. by Dotun Adebayo Saturday July 3, 1999 Were it not for a fundamental flaw in his character, Dennis Brown, who has died aged 42, should have been crowned the undisputed king of reggae in May […]