1. Composer Ray Conniff Dies

    October 14, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Ray Conniff, the Grammy Award-winning composer and bandleader whose arrangements epitomized the big band sound while spawning such albums as "S'Wonderful" and "Somewhere My Love," died Saturday. He wa Ray Conniff, the Grammy Award-winning composer and bandleader whose…

  2. Pinmonkey Makes Rock-Meets-Bluegrass 'Ear Candy'

    October 10, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Excerpted from the magazine for Billboard.com. In the midst of an early spring tour of country radio stations, a bus that the band Pinmonkey had leased suddenly caught on fire in Charleston, S.C., and was totaled, along with most of the band's clothes and personal items. Their…

  3. Billboard Bits: Harris, Tommy Boy Films, Heroes Awards

    October 09, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Emmylou Harris, Tommy Boy Films, Heroes Awards Country veteran Emmylou Harris will receive the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation's (VVAF) Patrick J. Leahy Humanitarian Award for her efforts to focus attention on the plight of landmine survivors. She'll be presented with…

  4. Pinmonkey Plans Road Push

    October 04, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Just a few days in advance of its self-titled debut BNA album, progressive country act Pinmonkey will head out on the highway beginning tomorrow (Oct. 5), with a star-studded stop in Philadelphia. The Just a few days in advance of its self-titled debut BNA album, progressive country act…

  5. This Day in Music

    September 26, 2002 12:00 AM EDT <b>2000 - </b>Songwriter Carl Sigman dies of natural causes. He is 91. A member of the Songwriters' Hall of Fame, Sigman authored chestnuts such as ""Love Story (Where Do I Begin),"" ""Ebb Tide,"" ""I 2000 - Songwriter Carl…

  6. 2002 Canadian Country Music Awards Winners

    September 10, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Canadian Country Music Awards Winners Here are the winners for the 2002 Canadian Country Music Awards, handed out Sept. 9 in Calgary, Alberta. Fans' Choice Award: Terri Clark Female Artist of the Year: Carolyn Dawn Johnson Male Artist of the Year: Paul Brandt Group or Duo of the…

  7. Billboard Bits: Peter Gabriel, RFTC, Billy Joe Shaver

    September 05, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Peter Gabriel, RFTC, Billy Joe Shaver The Sean Penn-directed video for "The Barry Williams Show," the first single from Peter Gabriel's forthcoming Geffen album "Up," will receive its world premiere tomorrow (Sept. 6) online via AOL Music First View (AOL…

  8. Crue's Vince Neil Returning To Club

    August 26, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil will return to a Steamboat Springs, Colo., nightclub to make up for walking off stage last week during a solo show, according to his manager, Burt Stein. Neil walked Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil will return to a Steamboat Springs, Colo., nightclub to…

  9. This Day in Music

    August 24, 2002 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Jazz musician John Nelson, the father of pop star Prince, dies at the age of 85. Nelson wrote several of his sons songs, including "Computer Blue," "The Ladder," "Christopher Tracy's Par 2001 - Jazz musician John Nelson, the father of…

  10. Vince Neil Ditches Solo Gig

    August 19, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil yelled obscenities and walked off a nightclub stage last Thursday in Steamboat Springs, Colo., when fans couldn't sing the lyrics to one of his songs, the club manag Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil yelled obscenities and walked off a nightclub stage…

  11. This Day in Music

    August 17, 2002 12:00 AM EDT <b>1998 - </b>Carlos Santana's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is unveiled near the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea. 1998 - Carlos Santana's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is unveiled near the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea. 1995 - Depeche…

  12. CHART BEAT CHAT

    August 16, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Readers letters answered by chart expert Fred Bronson regarding adult R&B, Ashanti, "American Idol," Ace Of Base, album tracks hitting No. 1, the Dixie Chicks, lengthy artist names, and commercial WHITHER R&B? Hi Fred, I am very concerned about the current state of R&B…

  13. 2002 International Bluegrass Music Awards Nominees

    August 15, 2002 12:00 AM EDT International Bluegrass Music Awards Nominees Here are the nominees for the 2002 International Bluegrass Music Awards, which will be handed out Oct. 17 in Louisville, Ky.: Entertainer of the year: Alison Krauss & Union Station Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver The Del McCoury Band Ricky…

  14. Billboard Bits: Country Hall of Fame, Elvis, Gun Club

    August 12, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on Country Hall of Fame, Elvis, Gun Club Porter Wagoner and Bill Carlisle are the newest inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame. The announcement was made over the weekend during the Dixie Chicks' performance at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry. The pair will be formally…

  15. Guide Me God

    August 10, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Ghostland's Guide Me God is one of those albums that doesn't immediately impress. Ghostland's Guide Me God is one of those albums that doesn't immediately impress. But after repeated listens, it becomes rather difficult to not get lost in the sheer beauty and emotion of it…

  16. This Day in Music

    August 10, 2002 12:00 AM EDT <b>2001 - </b>Martie Seidel of the Dixie Chicks is married to Ireland-based college professor Gareth Maguire while the two are on vacation in Kailua, Hawaii. 2001 - Martie Seidel of the Dixie Chicks is married to Ireland-based college professor Gareth Maguire while the two are on…

  17. By the Way

    July 27, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Do the words "Red Hot Chili Peppers" and "beautiful" belong in the same sentence? Yes, particularly when discussing the quartet's new album, the Rick Rubin-produced By the Way. Do the words "Red Hot Chili Peppers" and "beautiful" belong in the same…

  18. Sirena

    July 20, 2002 12:00 AM EDT This sophomore set by the maritime-obsessed band Cousteau contains several aquatic metaphors that border on corny; but, overall, Sirena plays as a lush pop album driven by sincere songwriting and catc This sophomore set by the maritime-obsessed band Cousteau contains several aquatic metaphors…

  19. Dave Matthews Band Planning Holiday Live Set

    June 25, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Dave Matthews Band will release a concert CD/DVD via RCA this holiday season. The album is still untitled but will be drawn from a July 11, 2001, show in Boulder, Colo. Dave Matthews Band will release a concert CD/DVD via RCA this holiday season. The album is still untitled but will be drawn…

  20. Hot Product

    June 17, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new albums from Papa Roach, Wyclef Jean, Paul Oakenfold, Guided By Voices, and more. 'Love' It Or Leave It Hard rock act Papa Roach returns this week with its sophomore DreamWorks album "lovehatetragedy." The set was produced by Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam,…

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