2001 - John Fahey, guitarist and indie label owner, dies in Salem, Ore., two days after undergoing coronary bypass surgery. He is 61. Fahey formulated an idiosyncratic blues-based fingerpicking style that was showcased on a series of albums for his label, Takoma Records. He was considered a principal, albeit unwilling, influence on such new-age musicians as Will Ackerman and George Winston.
On this two-disc set, Jars of Clay serves up 21 songs, reprising such hits as "Flood," "Five Candles," and "I Need You" and delivering three previously unreleased tracks ("Redemption," "Dig," and the first single, "The Valley Song [Sing of Your Mercy]").
Miriam Stockley—the backing vocalist behind many a Stock, Aitken & Waterman dance/pop hit—is the serenely incandescent singer with Karl Jenkins' Adiemus project, and on her second solo outing, she retains many of Adiemus' stylistic tendencies.
Alexander O'Neal was a member of the Time before striking out on his own and hitting chart pay dirt in 1985 with the top 15 R&B single "Innocent." With a sexy, gritty, bedroom-ready voice, O'Neal more than held his own against such fellow '80s soul icons as Freddie Jackson.
A trio of stirring songs written by Jimmy Webb that Glen Campbell recorded in the late 1960s are legacy aplenty for both singer and songwriter: Campbell's incredible performances of the yearning "Galveston," wistful "Wichita Lineman," and stoic, soulful "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" are timeless classics.
The debut from Eminem protÉgÉ 50 Cent backs up the considerable hype that accompanies it, thanks to the beguilingly charismatic appeal of the rapper's clenched, drowsy delivery and—perhaps more importantly—the slick production contributions from Dr.
Bruce Springsteen's "The Rising" will win the album of the year trophy at Sunday's (Feb. 23) Grammy Awards ceremony, according to a Billboard.com poll. Of 14,054 votes cast by music fans, the Boss' Columbia album took in 36% of the tally. The album is also nominated for best rock album, while its title track is up for song, best rock song, and best male rock vocal performance of the year awards.