returns to his Ninth Ward home for the first time since Hurricane Katrina to find it utterly destroyed, with his piano and several of his gold records among the ruined items.
lose their case against Phil Spector, claiming they are owed royalties for songs used in movies, TV shows and commercials.More
At a charity auction organized by Mick Fleetwood in London, singer George Michael
pays 1.5 million pounds for the upright piano on which John Lennon
wrote the 1971 hit "Imagine
" by Barenaked Ladies hits #1 in the US, where it stays for... one week.
Rhino releases all 58 episodes of the The Monkees
in a deluxe VHS box set. It's a big box: 21 tapes, making it the largest video release of all time.More
"You Win Again
" by the Bee Gees hits #1 in the UK, making them the first group with UK chart-toppers in three different decades (the '60, '70s and '80s).
release Street Survivors
, the last album with frontman Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines, as both are killed only three days later after the band's plane goes down en route to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.More
Gord Downie, leader of the Canadian band The Tragically Hip
, dies at 53 after a battle with cancer.
To commemorate the 28-year anniversary of Selena
's self-titled debut album, Google Doodle pays tribute to the late singer, who was murdered by her ex-fan club president in 1995, with an animated video about her rise to fame. The clip features her hit single "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom."More
2010Blues scholar Stephen Calt dies in Queens, New York, at age 62.
2007Teresa Brewer, known for the 1953 hit, "Till I Waltz Again with You," dies of progressive supranuclear palsy at age 76.
2007A section of Detroit's West Grand Boulevard (the original home of Motown Records) is renamed "Berry Gordy, Jr. Boulevard" after the Motown founder.
The state of California announces that Dionne Warwick
owes nearly $2.67 million in back taxes.
receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.
At the ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Music Awards, Jet
dominates the competition, winning awards for six of their seven nominations, including Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Best Group and Breakthrough Artist. During the ceremony Nic Chester performs as a member of the Australian super-group The Wrights.
The International Bluegrass Music Awards honors Down from the Mountain
as Album of the Year. The collection is comprised of artists featured on the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack
to the Coen Brothers movie O Brother Where Art Thou?
, including Alison Krauss
, Gillian Welch
, Emmylou Harris
, John Hartford, and Ralph Stanley (of The Stanley Brothers). Dan Tyminski, who sang lead on the Soggy Bottom Boys'"Man Of Constant Sorrow
" for the movie, also wins Male Vocalist of the Year.
2002Country musician Bashful Brother Oswald (real name Beecher Ray Kirby) dies in Madison, Tennessee, at age 90. Popularized the use of the resonator guitar.
Steel guitarist Tommy Durden, who co-wrote Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel
," dies at age 79.
The Wilkinsons make their first official appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. They had made an informal appearance on the Opry once before, when they joined Vince Gill
onstage before they had a record deal.
Rapper Warren G
has a beef with Garth Brooks
and files a lawsuit against the country star, claiming he infringed on his "G" logo.