Vestal Goodman, the beloved "Queen of Gospel Music," died Dec. 27 in Celebration, Fla., near Orlando. Goodman, who turned 74 on Dec. 17, had been vacationing with family for the Christmas holidays when she developed a case of the flu.
While the winter holidays often signal a break from live performance and touring for many music acts, the festivities surrounding New Year's Eve tend to drag others off of the couch and onto the stage. Tonight (Dec. 31) in major cities around the U.S., there will be plenty of artists performing for revelers. Among the highlights: Metallica in Las Vegas, Paul Oakenfold in Los Angeles, Aretha Franklin in Chicago and Gov't Mule in New York.
Considering that he has recorded with two of rock's biggest legends, it's sort of strange to hear renowned guitarist Earl Slick relay that for the better part of the 1990s he completely stopped playing music.
2002 - Cutting Crew guitarist Kevin Macmichael dies after a battle with lung cancer. He is 51. Macmichael formed Cutting Crew in 1985 with English vocalist Nick Van Eede, and the new group quickly scored a No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 entry with "(I Just) Died in Your Arms," from its 1986 album "Broadcast."
Tests to determine whether Elliott Smith was murdered or committed suicide were inconclusive, a Los Angeles coroner's spokesman said yesterday (Dec. 30). The 34 year-old singer/songwriter died Oct. 21 in a hospital after his live-in girlfriend found him in their apartment with a stab wound to the chest.
Alicia Keys, India.Arie, Kenny Rogers and Michael McDonald are among the artists confirmed to perform at the Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival. Set for Jan. 22-25 at the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course in Rose Hall, Montego Bay, the event will also feature a musical tribute to late country icon Johnny Cash, who kept a home in the area for many years.
Cris Kirkwood was arrested yesterday (Dec. 30) in Phoenix, accused of assaulting a guard at a local post office. The 43 year-old former Meat Puppets bassist has been charged with one count of assault with a dangerous weapon at a federal facility.
New Orleans police said they have arrested a man in the November fatal shooting of rapper Soulja Slim. The 26 year-old artist, whose real name was James Tapp, was killed Nov. 26 on the front lawn of a two-story duplex he purchased for his mother in the city's Gentilly neighborhood. He was shot at least three times in the face and once in the chest.
Continuing its "Be You" campaign, soft drink Dr. Pepper will again tap music stars for its 2004 television advertising plans. Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, Smokey Robinson, B2K, Ana Gabriel and Patricia Manterola will all appear in new spots premiering in the coming months.