Category: 2000’s

Jazz vocal legend Nancy Wilson (born Nancy S…

Jazz vocal legend Nancy Wilson (born Nancy Sue Wilson in Chillicothe, OH) – February 20, 1937 – December 13, 2018, RIP

Buzzcocks lead singer and co-founder Pete Sh…

Buzzcocks lead singer and co-founder Pete Shelley (born Peter Campbell McNeish in Leigh, Lancashire, UK) – April 17, 1955 – December 6, 2018, RIP

Spongebob Squarepants creator Stephen Hillen…

Spongebob Squarepants creator Stephen Hillenburg (born Stephen McDannell Hillenburg in Lawton, OK) – August 21, 1961 – November 26, 2018, RIP

Country music icon Roy Clark (born Roy Linwo…

Country music icon Roy Clark (born Roy Linwood Clark in Meherrin, VA) – April 15, 1933 – November 15, 2018, RIP

On this day in music history: November 15, 200…

On this day in music history: November 15, 2007 – The first episode of the music series “Live From Daryl’s House” is broadcast on the internet. Originally conceived as a web broadcast only, the show offers fans the opportunity to see musician Daryl Hall sing and play in a relaxed and intimate setting. The debut episode features Hall and his band performing in Hall’s upstate New York home, and shown on his website. Featuring his long time band mate and friend John Oates in the second episode, the show quickly grows in popularity and viewership online, to where the program picks up sponsorship to allow for improved production values. The series wins a Webby Award in 2010 for Best Variety Series, also earning an MTV O Music Award the same year. By 2011, Viacom cable network Palladia (later MTV-Live) takes over production of the show, and begins broadcasting “Live From Daryl’s House” in 2012. Featuring a who’s who of musical icons and upcoming musicians including Smokey Robinson, The O’Jays, Todd Rundgren, Chromeo, Billy Gibbons, Joe Walsh, Plain White T’s, Sharon Jones, and Cee-Lo Green among them, it becomes one of the most popular shows on cable television. In 2014, the show moves from Daryl Hall’s home to the club also named “Daryl’s House” just a short distance away in Pawling, NY, though some episodes are filmed in other locations depending on the guest performer. To date, more than eighty episodes of LFDH have been produced, airing regularly on MTV-Live, VH-1 and MTV-Classic.

On this day in music history: November 14, 200…

On this day in music history: November 14, 2003 – “The Black Album”, the eighth studio album by Jay-Z is released. Produced by Just Blaze, Kanye West, The Neptunes, Timbaland, 9th Wonder, Eminem, Rick Rubin, The Buchanans, DJ Quik, Luis Resto, Aqua  and Joseph Weinberger, it is recorded at Baseline Studios, Battery Studios, Right Track Recording Studios, Manhattan Center Studios, The Hit Factory in New York City, The Hit Factory/Criteria Studios in Miami, FL, 54 Sound in Detroit, MI, The Mansion, The Record Plant and Akademie Mathematique of Philosophical Sound Research in Los Angeles, CA from Early – Mid 2003. With seven Platinum or multi-Platinum selling albums under his belt by the early 2000’s, Jay-Z publicly announces that he is “retiring” from recording. The rap star cites a lack of competitive spirit among his other rap contemporaries as one of the reasons for wanting to retire. He collaborates with a number of top Hip Hop producers including The Neptunes, Kanye West, Just Blaze, Timbaland, DJ Quik, and Rick Rubin. The final result is lauded as one of Jay-Z’s strongest efforts. The album is launched with a concert at Madison Square Garden, and is filmed for “Fade To Black”, a 2004 film documenting that “final performance” as well as showing behind the scenes footage on the making of “The Black Album”. It spins off three singles including “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” (#5 Pop, #3 R&B, #2 Rap), “Change Clothes” (#10 Pop, #6 R&B, #4 Rap), and “99 Problems” (#30 Pop, #26 R&B, #10 Rap). To encourage DJ’s to do their own remixes and mash ups, Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam releases a double vinyl promo LP featuring Jay-Z’s acapella vocals. Producer Danger Mouse creates an alternate version titled “The Grey Album”, mixing Jay-Z’s vocals with samples from The Beatles “White Album”. The underground bootleg release is an instant sensation, also inspiring a lawsuit from EMI Records in spite of the surviving Beatles and their families and Jay-Z giving it their approval. Jay-Z’s “retirement” proves to be short lived, as he collaborates with the rock band Linkin Park and releasing a second album with R&B star R. Kelly in 2004. The album is nominated for three Grammy Awards in 2005, winning one for Best Rap Solo Performance for “99 Problems”. “The Black Album” spends two weeks (non-consecutive) at number one on the Billboard Top 200, three weeks at number one on the R&B album chart, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: November 13, 200…

On this day in music history: November 13, 2000 – “Lovers Rock”, the fifth album by Sade is released. Produced by Sade and Mike Pela, it is recorded at Deliverance Studios, Sarm Hook End Studios in London and El Cortijo Studios in San Pedro de Alcántara, Spain from September 1999 – August 2000. Despite scoring yet another multi-Platinum selling album with “Love Deluxe” in 1992, it is one of only two times that Sade are heard from during the 90’s. After releasing their first greatest hits package in 1994, the band begin their longest hiatus from the public eye yet. After a turbulent marriage to Spanish director Carlos Pliego which ends in divorce in 1995, Sade Adu begins another relationship with music producer Bob Morgan, giving birth to a daughter named Mickailia (aka “IIa”) in 1996. Taking time off to raise her child, the band do not begin work on a new album until the Fall of 1999. Refreshed from their extended time apart, band members Stuart Matthewman, Paul Spencer Denman and Andrew Hale have been active in the interim, recording an album under the moniker Sweetback, and Matthewman co-producing R&B singer Maxwell’s first two albums. Once back together in the studio, the band decide to try a different creative approach from their signature sound. Sade move away from the full band arrangements of their previous albums, toward more spare and acoustic guitar driven tracks. Having spent much of the 90’s living in Jamaica to escape the European tabloid press, Adu is inspired and influenced by the sounds of the Caribbean. The title “Lovers Rock” comes from the sub genre of reggae music that is notable for its romantic and sensual vibe, that Sade listened to growing up. Her ups and downs relationship wise also figure significantly in the overall mood and feeling of the album, most notably on the first single “By Your Side” (#75 Pop, #18 AC), the follow up “King Of Sorrow” (#101 R&B) and “Somebody Already Broke My Heart”.  Like their previous work, “Lovers Rock” receives a rapturous reception from fans when it is released in the Fall of the new millennium. In the US, the album is also issued with a bonus CD through big box chain store Target, featuring four previously unreleased live versions of “The Sweetest Taboo”, “Smooth Operator”, “Nothing Can Come Between Us” and “No Ordinary Love”, recorded during the Love Deluxe Tour. Sade also follow it with a world tour in 2001, which is then followed by a live concert video and album both titled “Lovers Live” released in 2002. “Lover’s Live” peaks at number three on the Billboard Top 200 and R&B album chart, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: November 13, 200…

On this day in music history: November 13, 2000 – “1” (aka “The Beatles 1”) by The Beatles is released. Compiled by George Harrison, George Martin, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, it is recorded at Abbey Road Studios, Trident Studios, Olympic Studios in London and EMI Pathé Marconi Studios in Paris, France from September 11, 1962 – April 1, 1970. The twenty seven track compilation features remastered versions of all of the bands’ number one singles released in the UK and the US between 1962 and 1970. The success of the album is both unexpected and unprecedented with it topping the charts in thirty five countries and selling over thirty million copies worldwide. By 2012, “1” has shipped over twelve million copies in the US alone, making it the fifth best selling album of the Soundscan Era (1991 – present) and is the biggest selling album of the 21st century (thus far). The set is remastered and reissued in 2011 (using the 2009 remasters of the songs) after complaints from fans over the use of noise reduction and heavy digital limiting used on the original 2000 release. In November of 2015, a video compilation also titled “Beatles 1” is released, featuring promotional clips for all twenty seven songs included on the original CD compilation. The set is released on DVD and Blu-Ray disc, also configured as double DVD/CD or double Blu-Ray/CD editions (titled “The Beatles 1 +”) featuring an annotated book on the production of all of the clips. The audio for the CD DVD/Blu-Ray sets also feature new stereo and 5.1 surround remixes (with the latter in both Dolby Digital and DTS-HD). “1” spends nine weeks at number one on the UK album chart, eight weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 11x Platinum in the US by the RIAA receiving a Diamond Certification.

Comic book writer, editor, publisher, produc…

Comic book writer, editor, publisher, producer and icon Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber in Manhattan, NY) – December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018, RIP

Jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove (born Roy Anthon…

Jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove (born Roy Anthony Hargrove in Waco, TX) October 16, 1969 – November 2, 2018, RIP