2009 – Stevie Wonder recieves the Gershwin Prize for popular song from President Obama.
2008 – Mitch Mitchell, the innovative drummer who anchored the Jimi Hendrix Experience, has died at the age of 62. Mitchell passed away on November 12 in Portland, Oregon of natural causes. The London native had completed an 18 city American tour as a featured performer with Experience Hendrix, a series concert series celebrating the […]
1942 – Paul McCartney is born in Liverpool, England. The Beatles have 20 No. 1 songs, more than any other recording act, and McCartney by himself or in duets has another nine. His biggest post-Beatles hits are “Ebony and Ivory,” a duet with Stevie Wonder that stays at No. 1 for seven weeks, and “Say […]
2006 – American Idol contestant Derrell Brittenum surrenders to the Georgia police. Along with his twin brother Terrell, Brittenum performed on the hit show while being wanted on theft and forgery charges. Terrell and Derrell Brittenum caught in new ‘American Idol’ controversy By Christopher Rocchio, 01/17/2008 One American Idol mini-controversy apparently wasn’t enough for Terrell […]
2005 – Alicia Keys, Usher, Patti LaBelle, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin are among those attending Luther Vandross’ funeral at New York’s Riverside Church.
2005 – Live 8 concerts are held in locations from London to Philadelphia to Tokyo to raise awareness of African poverty. Among the performers are Madonna, Green Day, Paul McCartney, U2, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, a reunited Pink Floyd with Roger Waters, Stevie Wonder, Bjork, Jet, Simple Plan, Neil Young, Maroon 5, Pet Shop Boys, The […]
2004 – Eminem’s Encore reclaims the No. 1 albums spot from Tupac’s Loyal to the Game. The highest new entry is rapper Mannie Fresh, whose The Mind of Mannie bows at No. 59. In case you were wondering what was on Mannie’s mind, one of the tracks is called “Pu**y Power.”
2004 – For his enduring influence and contributions to music, Stevie Wonder is named the 2004 recipient of the Chart Toppers Century Award. Wonder follows George Harrison (who received the inaugural award in 1992), Buddy Guy, Billy Joel, Joni Mitchell, Carlos Santana, Chet Atkins, James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Randy Newman, John Mellencamp, Annie Lennox and […]
2004 – Usher, Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, Jamie Cullum and Reba McEntire perform at a Los Angeles tribute to the late Ray Charles hosted by actor/comedian Jamie Foxx.
2004 – Ray Charles’ funeral is held at the First AME Church in Los Angeles. Among the performers at the service are Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, and B.B. King. Also in attendance are Little Richard, Berry Gordy Jr. and Jesse Jackson.
2003 – Gladiator star Russell Crowe announces he’s going to become a dad. If you’re wondering what he’s doing in the Rock Clock, he’s also the lead singer of 30 Odd Foot of Grunts.
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 […]