Category: 2000’s

Blues guitarist Matt “Guitar” Mu…

Blues guitarist Matt “Guitar” Murphy (Howlin’ Wolf, Ike Turner, Etta James, The Blues Brothers) (born Matthew Tyler Murphy in Sunflower, MS) – December 29, 1929 – June 15, 2018, RIP

Chef, author and television host Anthony Bou…

Chef, author and television host Anthony Bourdain (born Anthony Michael Bourdain in New York, NY) – June 25, 1956 – June 8, 2018, RIP

Born on this day: June 6, 1959 – Producer, son…

Born on this day: June 6, 1959 – Producer, songwriter, and musician Jimmy Jam (born James Samuel Harris III in Minneapolis, MN). Happy 59th Birthday, Jimmy Jam!!!

Guitarist, songwriter, producer and Mtume fo…

Guitarist, songwriter, producer and Mtume founding member Reggie Lucas (born Reginald Grant Lucas in New York City) – February 25, 1953 – May 19, 2018, RIP

Actress Margot Kidder (born Margaret Ruth Ki…

Actress Margot Kidder (born Margaret Ruth Kidder in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, CDN) – October 17, 1948 – May 13, 2018, RIP

Drummer John “Jabo” Starks (Jame…

Drummer John “Jabo” Starks (James Brown) (born John Henry Starks in Jackson, AL) – October 26, 1938 – May 1, 2018, RIP

On this day in music history: April 25, 2000 -…

On this day in music history: April 25, 2000 – “The Heat”, the third album by Toni Braxton is released. Produced by Rodney Jerkins, Babyface, Daryl Simmons, Bryan-Michael Cox, David Foster, Keith Crouch, Teddy Bishop, Jazze Pha and Kevin Hicks, it is recorded at Various Studios from Mid 1999 – February 2000. Following a four year hiatus from making music that sees the R&B diva having to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, in spite of having sold over 20 million records since the release of her debut album in 1993. She is able to regroup from the setback and resume her career. Braxtons’ third release sees her moving away from the pop/R&B ballad based material in favor of a more hard edged urban sound. It spins off four singles including “He Wasn’t Man Enough” (#2 Pop, #1 R&B) winning her a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 2001. “The Heat” debuts in its chart peak position of #2 on the Billboard Top 200, spending one week at number one on the R&B album chart, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: April 24, 2001 -…

On this day in music history: April 24, 2001 – “This Is Where I Came In”, the twenty second studio album by the Bee Gees is released. Produced by the Bee Gees and Peter-John Vettese, it is recorded at Middle Ear Studio in Miami Beach, FL and Area 21 in London circa 1999 – 2000. The groups first album since “Still Waters” four years before, it features lead vocals by all three brothers, and is the final Bee Gees album before Maurice Gibb’s death in 2003. A critical and commercial success in both the US and UK, it is further bolstered by a memorable live performance on the A&E concert series “Live By Request”. “This Is Where I Came In” peaks at number six on the UK album chart, number sixteen on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: April 20, 2004 -…

On this day in music history: April 20, 2004 – “Musicology”, the thirtieth album by Prince is released. Produced by Prince, it is recorded at Paisley Park in Chanhassen, MN, Metal Works in Mississauga, Ontario, and The Hit Factory in New York City in Mid – Late 2003. After experimenting with distributing his music through his own NPG Music Club website, Prince decides to realign himself with the more traditional form of issuing his work. Released in cooperation with Sony Music’s Columbia Records, it is the artists’ first major label release in over five years. The album also features guest appearances from musicians such as Candy Dulfer, Maceo Parker, Sheila E. and Stokley Williams of Mint Condition. Part of its commercial success is due to the unique method of selling it by including a copy of the CD along with the price of a concert ticket, during the “Musicology Tour”. It spins off two singles (three in the UK) including “Call My Name” (#75 Pop) and the title track (#3 R&B). It wins two Grammy Awards including Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for the title track and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for the single “Call My Name” in 2005. “Musicology” peaks at number three on the Billboard Top 200 and R&B album charts, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Born on this day: April 20, 1951 – Legendary R…

Born on this day: April 20, 1951 – Legendary R&B singer, songwriter and producer Luther Vandross (born Luther Ronzoni Vandross in New York, NY). Happy Birthday to this R&B music icon on what would have been his 67th Birthday.