Ray Brown, the bassist that helped define the 1940’s bebop sound, died in his hotel room in Indianapolis yesterday. He was on a tour stop to play a gig at the Jazz Bakery. Brown had played with artists ranging from Dizzy Gillespie to Charlie Parker. He was, also at one time, married to Ella Fitzgerald.
CNN.com and multiple other news sources report that John Entwistle of the legendary UK rock band, The Who, died today in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel.
The Who were poised to start another North American tour tomorrow. The Who’s lineup is down to two original members with singer Roger Daltry and guitarist Pete Townsend.
Tuesday, 11 June 2002
Jerry Del Colliano
Bassist Dee Dee Ramone of Queens New York punk act, The Ramones, died of an apparent overdose at his home in Los Angeles.
Known best for the song "I Wanna Be Sedated" The Ramones are a successful, yet embroiled punk act who’s appeal has lasted for decades.
Dee Dee Ramone was reportedly found with a syringe in his body and was rumored to shoot heroin.
Ramone was 49 and was last publicly seen at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony where he was inducted this year.
CNN is reporting the R&B superstar R. Kelly, known best for his Space Jam soundtrack hit "I Believe I Can Fly" was indicted on 22 charges of child pornography by an Illinois Grand Jury today.
Kelly had been under investigation for over three years. The smoking gun is allegedly a video tape of Kelly involved sexually with a 14 year old girl. Kelly and the child's parents deny the allegations.
Monday, 27 May 2002
Jerry Del Colliano
Eonline.com is reporting that political activists have been trying to recruit Bruce Springsteen to run for Senator in New Jersey as a Republican. Springsteen’s publicists quoted General Tecumseh by saying "If nominated, I will not run. If elected - I will not serve."