1. Ask Billboard: Christmas in October? Never Say Never

    October 29, 2011 11:05 AM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. CHRISTMAS IN…

  2. Jazz Piano Legend Hank Jones Dies At 91

    May 17, 2010 5:50 PM EDT Jazz pianist and composer Hank Jones , whose 70-year career included a stint as Ella Fitzgerald 's pianist and Marilyn Monroe's accompanist when she sang "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy, has died, his manager said Monday. He was 91. Jones, who won a Grammy…

  3. Ask Billboard

    April 17, 2009 4:56 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. PRESENT OF THE PAST Hi Gary, I have a special request. My brother will be…

  4. This Day in Music

    February 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST - A 29-year-old man is shot to death near a video shoot for rapper Busta Rhymes in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, N.Y. The man worked as a bodyguard at Kiss the Cactus Productions, where the 2006 - A 29-year-old man is shot to death near a video shoot for rapper Busta Rhymes in the…

  5. This Day in Music

    February 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST - A 29-year-old man is shot to death near a video shoot for rapper Busta Rhymes in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, N.Y. The man worked as a bodyguard at Kiss the Cactus Productions, where the 2006 - A 29-year-old man is shot to death near a video shoot for rapper Busta Rhymes in the…

  6. This Day in Music

    February 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST <b>1998 - </b>Tim Kelly, guitarist for Slaughter, dies from injuries suffered in a collision on a remote highway in Arizona. Kelly, 34, is driving on State Route 96 when an 18-wheel tractor-trailer ja 2003 - Legendary Czech crooner Karel Gott announces that he would consider…

  7. Q&A: Mel Brooks

    December 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST He dreamed of being a big band drummer, but developed of the greatest comedy minds of our time. Much like Max Bialystock persuades Leo Bloom to help him create the greatest Broadway flop of all time in "The Producers," it was longtime producer David Geffen who convinced Mel Brooks…

  8. This Day in Music

    February 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST <b>2003 - </b>Legendary Czech crooner Karel Gott announces that he would consider running for president of the Czech Republic, to replace playwright and former dissident Vaclav Havel, whose term in of 2003 - Legendary Czech crooner Karel Gott announces that he would consider…

  9. Swing Era Bandleader Artie Shaw Dies

    December 31, 2004 12:00 AM EST Artie Shaw, the brilliant clarinetist and bandleader who epitomized the Big Band era with hits such as "Begin the Beguine" and "Stardust" before abandoning the music world for writing and other pursui At his peak in the 1930s and '40s, Artie Shaw, the brilliant…

  10. This Day in Music

    February 05, 2003 12:00 AM EST <b>2001 - </b>Luna Pop wins four prizes in the first-ever edition of the FIMI-organized Italian Music Awards, held at the Auditorium in Milan. The pop band _ whose members have an average age of 21 _ 2001 - Luna Pop wins four prizes in the first-ever edition of the FIMI-organized…

  11. Billie Holiday Celebrated With Brand New 'Lady Day'

    October 08, 2001 12:00 AM EDT For various cultural and commercial reasons, Billie Holiday's later years with Commodore, American Decca, and Verve have garnered more attention than the early years of her career, not only in recent American pop music abounds in tragic icons-artists such as Robert Johnson, Hank Williams…