2006 – Co-founder of Mercury Records Irving Green dies in Palm Springs, Calif. at the age of 90. RIP – Irving Green July 4, 2006 What do Sarah Vaughn, The Platters, Brook Benton, Patti Page, The Diamonds, Del Vikings, James Brown, Dinah Washington, Roger Miller, Jerry Lee Lewis, Frankie Laine, The Troggs, Wayne Fontana, the Mindbenders, […]
2005 – Veteran performer Olivia Newton-releases a studio album specifically for sale as part of a Hallmark program in support of breast cancer awareness month. “Stronger Than Before” is to be available Sept. 1-Oct. 31 exclusively through Hallmark Gold Crown stores. The CD retails for $9.95 with two dollars from each sale benefiting the Susan […]
2005 – The Magic Numbers walked out of an appearance on UK music show Top of the Pops after presenter Richard Bacon said the band had been put in a “fat melting pot of talent.” The band left the studio in protest at the “derogatory, unfunny remarks”.
2005 – Madonna visits ABC’s “The View” and reveals she hopes to release her then asyet- untitled 10th studio album in late October or early November via Warner Bros. She adds that the album (
2004 – After nearly 60 years of recordings, Ray Charles posthumously earns the first platinum award of his career with “Genius Loves Company” during September certifications by the RIAA. The R&B veteran’s final studio album debuted at No. 2 on The Chart Toppers 200 in September, 2004, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Charles scored five gold […]
2004 – Pop singer Britney Spears marries her fiance, dancer Kevin Federline, in a surprise ceremony held at a private home in the Studio City area with 20 to 30 people attending. The ceremony lasts about 5 minutes. It is Spears’ second marriage in nine months. Pop star Britney Spears did it again and got […]
2004 – Ray Charles dies at his Beverly Hills, Calif., home from complications relating to liver disease. He is 73. The R&B legend is surrounded by family and friends at the time of his Deaths, according to a spokesperson for the artist. Charles, who made his last public appearance April 30, when his recording studio […]
2004 – Electronica godfathers Orbital – brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll – announce they’re splitting. “Orbital has run its course,” says Paul. “We’re both pursuing different avenues with our music. And we’ve been sat, as brothers, in the same room for 15 years now – and studios are always confined spaces – I think it’s […]
2004 – John Mayer, Common, Roc-A-Fella CEOs Damon Dash and Kareem “Biggs” Burke attend a listening session at New York’s Sony Studios for aspiring rapper Kanye West’s debut album College Dropout.
2004 – James Lawrence, guitarist with Hope of the States, is found hanged at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studios near Bath, where the UK art rockers were finishing work on their debut album. He was 26. HOPE OF the States, for whom James Lawrence played guitar, was one of a new generation of British bands […]
2003 – The RIAA certifies AC/DC’s Back In Black as the world’s second-best-selling album of all time, behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Back in black I hit the sack It’s been too long I’m glad to be back Yes, I’m let loose From the noose That’s kept me hanging around I’ve been looking at the sky […]
2003 – Pioneering producer and indie-label operator Sam Phillips dies in Memphis of respiratory failure. He is 80. In the early ’50s, Phillips’ Memphis Recording Service (later known as Sun Studio) cut and leased major blues and R&B recordings by Elvis Presley, Howlin’ Wolf, B.B. King, Ike Turner and others.