1. Beryl Davis, Big Band Singer, Dies at 87

    November 01, 2011 11:20 AM EDT British-born big band singer Beryl Davis , who made her U.S. debut on Bob Hope's radio show and later performed with Frank Sinatra and Benny Goodman, has died in Los Angeles at 87. Family spokesman Greg Purdy tells the Los Angeles Times she died Friday of complications from Alzheimer&…

  2. 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…

  3. Pete Rugolo, Emmy-Winning Composer, Dies at 95

    October 18, 2011 12:50 PM EDT Pete Rugolo, an Emmy- and Grammy-winning composer and arranger who worked with greats such as Miles Davis and Benny Goodman, has died. He was 95. A family spokeswoman says Rugolo died Sunday in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles. Rugolo was chief arranger for Stan Kenton's orchestra…

  4. Music's Next Great Biopics

    June 09, 2011 1:06 PM EDT No one wants to talk about a Marvin Gaye movie. Or one about Janis Joplin , or a Jimi Hendrix biopic. As film subjects go, they're problematic. Heirs to the Joplin and Hendrix estates have blocked films by withholding music and image rights. The pieces to the Gaye story are in so many…

  5. Reese Witherspoon Moving From June Carter to Peggy Lee

    August 10, 2010 6:23 AM EDT Reese Witherspoon is working her way through the classic American songbook. The actress, who won an Oscar in 2005 for portraying June Carter in "Walk the Line," is pulling together an untitled biopic about Peggy Lee with writer-director Nora Ephron, reports Variety. Though…

  6. 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…

  7. May 30, 2009

    May 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Eminem’s second album, “The Marshall Mathers LP” becoming the fastest selling rap album ever, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, when it sells 1.76 million copies in its debut week. 2000 – Tex Beneke, who took over the Glenn Miller Orchestra after the bandleader’s death…

  8. This Day in Music

    October 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Pianist, composer, musical director and arranger Gerald Cook, who performed in night clubs and with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, dies is Chicago at the age of 85. 2006 - Pianist, composer, musical director and arranger Gerald Cook, who performed in night clubs and with the Illinois…

  9. This Day in Music

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Sonic Youth kicks off its summer tour by cramming onto the stage at New York's famed CBGB, hours after the release of its newest album, "Rather Ripped." 2006 - Sonic Youth kicks off its summer tour by cramming onto the stage at New York's famed CBGB, hours after the…

  10. This Day in Music

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Beyonce launches a nationwide search for an all-female band to accompany her on an upcoming tour in support of her sophomore solo effort, "B'Day." 2006 - Beyonce launches a nationwide search for an all-female band to accompany her on an upcoming tour in support of her…

  11. This Day in Music

    June 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Marty Stuart hosts his fifth annual Late Night Jam at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. 2006 - Marty Stuart hosts his fifth annual Late Night Jam at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. 2003 - Beck is prevented from performing at the Field Day Festival in East Rutherford, N.J., as he…

  12. This Day in Music

    April 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - International pop music stars Shakira, Alejandro Sanz and Juanes are the top winners at the Billboard Latin Music Awards. Shakira leads the night with five trophies, including wins for Latin po 2006 - International pop music stars Shakira, Alejandro Sanz and Juanes are the top winners…

  13. This Day in Music

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Pete Wells, slide guitarist and one of the founders of Australian power blues band Rose Tattoo, dies in a Sydney hospital. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2002 and had spent the previo 2006 - Pete Wells, slide guitarist and one of the founders of Australian power blues band…

  14. This Day in Music

    October 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Pianist, composer, musical director and arranger Gerald Cook, who performed in night clubs and with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, dies is Chicago at the age of 85. 2006 - Pianist, composer, musical director and arranger Gerald Cook, who performed in night clubs and with the Illinois…

  15. This Day in Music

    June 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Sonic Youth kicks off its summer tour by cramming onto the stage at New York's famed CBGB, hours after the release of its newest album, "Rather Ripped." 2006 - Sonic Youth kicks off its summer tour by cramming onto the stage at New York's famed CBGB, hours after the…

  16. This Day in Music

    June 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Beyonce launches a nationwide search for an all-female band to accompany her on an upcoming tour in support of her sophomore solo effort, "B'Day." 2006 - Beyonce launches a nationwide search for an all-female band to accompany her on an upcoming tour in support of her…

  17. This Day in Music

    June 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Marty Stuart hosts his fifth annual Late Night Jam at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. 2006 - Marty Stuart hosts his fifth annual Late Night Jam at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. 2003 - Beck is prevented from performing at the Field Day Festival in East Rutherford, N.J., as he…

  18. This Day in Music

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - International pop music stars Shakira, Alejandro Sanz and Juanes are the top winners at the Billboard Latin Music Awards. Shakira leads the night with five trophies, including wins for Latin po 2006 - International pop music stars Shakira, Alejandro Sanz and Juanes are the top winners…

  19. This Day in Music

    March 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Pete Wells, slide guitarist and one of the founders of Australian power blues band Rose Tattoo, dies in a Sydney hospital. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2002 and had spent the previo 2006 - Pete Wells, slide guitarist and one of the founders of Australian power blues band…

  20. STOMPIN' AT THE SAVOY

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST A young girl is magically transported to the legendary jazz ballroom. A young girl is magically transported to the legendary jazz ballroom. It's the day of Mindy's dance recital, and she's so nervous she can't eat her dinner. In the next room, her three lively aunts—Willa…

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