1. Andy Williams, 'Moon River' Crooner, Dies

    September 26, 2012 10:05 AM EDT With a string of gold albums, a hit TV series and the signature "Moon River," Andy Williams was a voice of the 1960s, although not the '60s we usually hear about. "The old cliche says that if you can remember the 1960s, you weren't there," the singer once…

  2. Hal David, Songwriting Legend, Dead at 91

    September 01, 2012 7:30 PM EDT With Burt Bacharach, Wrote Slew of Hits Including "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," "That's What Friends Are For," "What's New, Pussycat" Hal David, the stylish, heartfelt lyricist who teamed with Burt Bacharach on dozens of timeless songs for…

  3. Lee Pockriss, 'Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie' Writer, Dies at 87

    November 18, 2011 9:40 AM EST Lee Pockriss, who wrote novelty pop hits such as "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" for an eager, youthful post-World War II generation, has died in Connecticut after a long illness. He was 87. His wife, Sonja Pockriss, confirmed his death. She says he died at home…

  4. Remembering 15 Forgotten Hot 100 No. 1s

    March 09, 2011 1:05 PM EST As Billboard celebrates 1,000 No. 1s in the Billboard Hot 100's storied archives , it's inevitable that certain past toppers require an extra pause before triggering recognition. Despite all 1,000 titles having earned the honor of, at least for one week, reigning as the most popular…

  5. May 18, 2009

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Andy Capps of Built to Spill dies at his home in Boise, Idaho, at the age of 37. 2004 – Jazz drummer Elvin Jones of the John Coltrane Quartet dies of heart failure in Englewood, N.J., at the age of 76. 1999 – The Backstreet Boys release their third album, “Millennium.” 1999 –…

  6. May 12, 2009

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Singer Dionne Warwick is arrested when baggage screeners at Miami International Airport claim to find 11 suspected marijuana cigarettes inside her lipstick container. 2001 – Singer Perry Como dies in his sleep at his home in Jupiter Inlet Colony, Fla., at the age of 88. 1973 – No. 1…

  7. April 28, 2009

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots is sentenced to eight days in jail for drunk driving. 2005 – Jazz bassist Percy Heath dies of cancer in Southampton, N.Y. He is 81. 2005 – Eddie Montgomery of country duo Montgomery Gentry seriously injures his left wrist during a show in Asheville,…

  8. 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…

  9. April 9, 2009

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Faith Hill’s “This Kiss” tour, the country singer’s first solo outing, kicks off in Minneapolis. 1997 – Country singer-songwriter Mae Axton, 82, dies at home in Hendersonville, Tenn. 1988 – Singer-songwriter Brook Benton dies from complications of spinal meningitis in Queens, N.Y., at…

  10. March 28, 2009

    March 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Freaky Tah of Lost Boyz dies of a gunshot wound in Queens, N.Y. He is 27. 1996 – Phil Collins announces he is leaving Genesis. 1995 – Lyle Lovett and actress Julia Roberts announce they are separating after 21 months of marriage 1986 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Rock Me Amadeus,” Falco.…

  11. Take That, Leona Lewis Rule U.K. Charts

    December 08, 2008 11:21 AM EST Take That's "The Circus" (Polydor/Universal) gave the latter-day boy band another U.K. No. 1 album yesterday with a massive opening sales total of 432,000. Leona Lewis' cover of Snow Patrol's "Run" (Syco Music/Sony BMG) went straight to the top of the…

  12. This Day in Music

    July 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Acclaimed jump-blues and R&B pianist/vocalist/songwriter Floyd Dixon, best-known for the 1954 song "Hey Bartender," dies in Los Angeles at the age of 77. 2006 - Acclaimed jump-blues and R&B pianist/vocalist/songwriter Floyd Dixon, best-known for the 1954 song "…

  13. Chart Beat: Katy Perry, Leona Lewis, Coldplay

    July 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Katy Perry, the first rock song, Leona Lewis and more! TIME FOR A CHANGE? Dear Fred, It is a significant achievement that Katy Perry has achieved the rock era's 1000th Number One single on the Billboard pop charts with "I Kissed A Girl," which -…

  14. This Day in Music

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - 50 Cent and Jermaine Dupri are named songwriters of the year at the 19th annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. 2006 - 50 Cent and Jermaine Dupri are named songwriters of the year at the 19th annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul…

  15. This Day in Music

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - During its second annual benefit concert at the Music Box/Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood, the MusiCares MAP Fund, a non-profit organization aimed at helping music industry professionals with 2006 - During its second annual benefit concert at the Music Box/Henry Fonda Theater in…

  16. This Day in Music

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - E.Y. "Yip" Harburg _ writer of such well known songs as "Over the Rainbow" from "The Wizard of Oz" and (with Jay Gorney) "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" _ is immortalized on a U.S. postage sta 2005 - E.Y. "Yip" Harburg _ writer of such…

  17. This Day in Music

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Nick and Mary Yankovic, the parents of "Weird Al" Yankovic, die of carbon monoxide poisoning in their Fallbrook, Calif., home on. Their accidental deaths are caused by a fire burning without an 2004 - Nick and Mary Yankovic, the parents of "Weird Al" Yankovic, die…

  18. Chart Beat Chat

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Mariah Carey, Madonna, Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney and more! YOU ARE THERE Hey, Fred. It's exciting to witness chart history [being made by] Mariah Carey and Madonna this week; Mariah's 18th No. 1 single ("Touch My Body") surpasses Elvis…

  19. This Day in Music

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Galway singer Julie Feeney is the surprise winner of Ireland's inaugural Choice Music Prize, announced during a ceremony at Dublin's Vicar Street music. 2006 - Galway singer Julie Feeney is the surprise winner of Ireland's inaugural Choice Music Prize, announced during a…

  20. Chart Beat Chat

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss Karen Carpenter, Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven," Yael Naim and more! ONLY YESTERDAY Hello Fred: Feb. 4, 2008, marked the 25th anniversary of the death of my favorite singer of all time, Karen Carpenter. I also wrote to you on the 20th…

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