James Brown had plenty of reasons to feel good yesterday (May 20) as South Carolina officials pardoned the soul legend for his past crimes in that state. Brown, who served a two-and-a-half-year prison term after a 1988 arrest on drug and assault charges, and was convicted of a drug-related offense in 1998, was granted a pardon by the state Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services.
With six nominations, Our Lady Peace leads the list of nominees for Canada's 14th annual MuchMusic Video Awards (MMVA). Close behind is fellow rock act Treble Charger with five, while Chantal Kreviazuk, Matthew Good, Shawn Desman, and Swollen Members are tied with four nods each. The awards will be handed out June 22 at the MuchHeadquarters in Toronto.
The White Stripes have rolled out plans for a six-week North American summer tour, beginning June 13 in Mountain View, Calif. The Detroit duo has shows on tap through July 23 at New York's Central Park SummerStage, with support to come from hometown rock act Whirlwind Heat. The Stripes are currently in Europe and will play Hamburg tonight (May 20).
2001 - Renato Carosone, a key figure in Italian music in the post-war era, dies in Rome at the age of 81. Carosone, a Neapolitan, was most famous for his 1956 hit "Tu Vuo'Fa'L'Americano" ("You Want to Play the American"), which was considered the Italian anthem of that era.