Category: 2000’s

Born on this day: September 14, 1983 – Singer …

Born on this day: September 14, 1983 – Singer and songwriter Amy Winehouse (born Amy Jade Winehouse in Southgate, London, UK). Happy Birthday to Amy on what would have been her 35th Birthday.

On this day in music history: September 11, 20…

On this day in music history: September 11, 2001 – “Glitter”, the eighth album by Mariah Carey is released. Produced by Mariah Carey, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, James “Big Jim” Wright, DJ Clue, Duro, Clark Kent, Damizza, Rick James and Walter Afanasieff, it is recorded at Various Studios from Late 2000 – Mid 2001. The eighth release by the superstar singer also serves as the soundtrack to her first starring film role. The album is also her first after leaving longtime label Columbia Records for a highly lucrative five album contract with Virgin Records reported to be worth over $100 million. The record features Carey collaborating with number of artists and producers which include Da Brat, DJ Clue, Rick James, Cameo, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and singer Eric Benet. While doing promotion for the soundtrack and film prior to their release, Carey is suffering from physical and mental exhaustion which results in a bizarre incident on MTV’s “TRL” with host Carson Daly where Carey appears wearing an oversized T-shirt, pushing an ice cream cart and handing out ice cream bars to the crowd. She tops the appearance off by doing a striptease right on live television. Other strange incidents occur in the following days at an autograph signing at a New York City Tower Records, and when she posts odd messages on her official website which are quickly taken down. Shortly after this, the release date for the album is changed from its original date of August 21, 2001 to September 11, 2001. During the interim period, Carey is checked into a hospital for a nervous breakdown. When they are finally released, both the film and soundtrack are met with mixed to highly negative reviews from critics and fans, compounded by ill timed release of the album on the day of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Spinning off two singles including “Loverboy” (featuring Cameo) (#2 Pop) and “Never Too Far” (non-charting), the soundtrack sells 116,000 copies in its first week (her last Columbia album “Rainbow” sold 323,000 copies in its first week), making it the poorest first week sales of her career to that date. The poor performance of the soundtrack, the film and all of the negative publicity generated by Carey breakdown causes the singer and Virgin Records to part ways. The label pays the singer $28 million to end her contract with the company. “Glitter” peaks in its debut chart position of number seven on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: September 9, 200…

On this day in music history: September 9, 2009 – “The Beatles Stereo Box Set” and “The Beatles In Mono” box sets are released. Produced by George Martin, they are recorded at EMI Abbey Road Studios, Trident Studios, Chappell Studios, Olympic Studios, Apple Studios, De Lane Lea Studios, Regent Sound Studios in London, EMI Pathé Marconi Studios in Paris, France, and EMI Studio in Bombay, India from September 4, 1962 – April 1, 1970. The two CD box set editions contain the long awaited remastering and repackaging of The Beatles recorded output from 1962 to 1970. The remastering is handled Abbey Road engineers Sean Magee, Guy Massey, Paul Hicks, Sam Okell and Steve Rooke. The sixteen disc stereo box set contains all thirteen of the bands original UK LP’s plus the singles compilation “Past Masters” packaged in digi-packs. The stereo set comes housed in a vertical black rectangular box emblazoned with the Beatles logo. The thirteen disc mono box set contains all eleven Beatles albums released between 1963 and 1968 plus the singles compilation “Past Masters” with all of the band’s singles released on CD in their original mono format for the first time. The mono set manufactured in Japan (housed in a short white box with the band’s logo and title) features the CD’s packaged in miniature replicas of the original UK LP’s (with the exception of “Magical Mystery Tour” which matches the original US Capitol LP) reproduced down to the most minute detail. The mono box is a limited edition with only 20,000 sets produced worldwide. When they sell out immediately, EMI manufactures additional sets to meet public demand. “The Beatles Stereo Box Set” wins a Grammy Award for “Best Historical Album” in 2010. The vinyl editions of both sets are released in 2012 and 2014. While the stereo vinyl LP’s and box set remain available, the vinyl mono box set, and individual mono LP titles are quietly discontinued by Parlophone/EMI’s distributor Universal Music Group in 2017. Unlike the stereo vinyl LP’s which are sourced from the same high resolution digital masters as the 2009 CD’s, the mono vinyl are cut from the original analog master tapes (except where noted). The deletion of the mono vinyl titles, quickly turn them into heavily sought after collectibles by devoted fans. No word as of this writing if the mono vinyl LP’s will be reissued in the future. “The Beatles Stereo Box Set” peaks at number fifteen on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA. “The Beatles In Mono” box set peaks at number forty on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Actor, director and producer Burt Reynolds (…

Actor, director and producer Burt Reynolds (born Burton Leon Reynolds, Jr. in Lansing, MI) – February 11, 1936 – September 6, 2018, RIP

Playwright, screenwriter and author Neil Sim…

Playwright, screenwriter and author Neil Simon (born Marvin Neil Simon in Bronx, NY) – July 4, 1927 – August 26, 2018, RIP

Remembering singer and actress Aaliyah (born A…

Remembering singer and actress Aaliyah (born Aaliyah Dana Haughton in Brooklyn, NY) – January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001

Strawberry Alarm Clock and Lynyrd Skynyrd gu…

Strawberry Alarm Clock and Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King (born Edward C. King in Glendale, CA) – September 14, 1949 – August 22, 2018, RIP

Funk Brothers guitarist Eddie “Chank&r…

Funk Brothers guitarist Eddie “Chank” Willis (born in Grenada, MS) – June 3, 1936 – August 20, 2018, RIP

“The Queen Of Soul” Aretha Frank…

“The Queen Of Soul” Aretha Franklin (born Aretha Louise Franklin in Memphis, TN) – March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018, RIP

Television and stage actress Charlotte Rae (…

Television and stage actress Charlotte Rae (born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky in Milwaukee, WI) – April 22, 1926 – August 5, 2018, RIP