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The R.I.A.A. in the USA awards double-platinum status to the album Always And Forever by Randy Travis.-
American rock critic Chuck Eddy serves a $500,000 lawsuit on the Beastie Boys for 'commercial appropriation of his image'. They had thrown a bucket of water over him while he slept, then used the image in a video.
Crash by The Primitives enters the UK Pop Singles Chart where it will peak at No5 during a ten-week run on the chart.
Grace Slick reveals that she is leaving Starship.
The Tokyo Dome stadium is opened in Tokyo, Japan, Asia. It will be used for major sporting events and also concerts by superstars including Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, Michael Jackson, David Bowie and the Backstreet Boys.
George Michael plays at the Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
Prince is in Los Angeles, California, USA, to make the video for his next single, Alphabet St.
The Second Annual Soul Train Music Awards take place at the Civic Center, Santa Monica, California, USA. Whitney Houston wins Album Of The Year (female). Michael Jackson gets Best Single (male) and Album Of The Year (male). Janet Jackson has to content herself with Best New Video.
Bob Berdella, who had abducted and tortured at least six young men in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, is apprehended after a victim he had been torturing for a week jumped naked from the second story of his house and escaped, wearing only a dog collar. Berdella's grim exploits will inspire the song Diary Of Torture by the Chicago-based grindcore/death metal band Macabre.
Sonny Bono, formerly of 60's hippy duo Sonny And Cher, is elected mayor of Palm Springs, California, USA.
Singer Carolyn Franklin dies of breast cancer in the home of her sister, Aretha Franklin, in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA.
On the first leg of their Joshua Tree tour, U2 play the first of three nights at the Civic Center, Hartford, Connecticut.
Whitney Houston plays the first of seven nights at Wembley Arena, London, UK.
Jazz trumpeter Chet Baker is found dead on the Prins Hendrikkade, near the Zeedijk, the street below his room in Hotel Prins Hendrik in Amsterdam, Netherlands, with serious wounds to his head, apparently having fallen from the second floor window. Heroin and cocaine are found in the room and an autopsy also detected these drugs in his body.
Roulette Records owner Morris Levy is convicted of extortion in Camden, New Jersey, USA. Levy had been part of a conspiracy to extort $1.25m from John Lamonte, a Pennsylvania-based record distributor.
Duff McKagan of Guns N'Roses marries his first wife, Mandy Brixx.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers play at PC69, Bielefeld, Germany, Europe.
Leonard Cohen plays the first of three sold-out nights at The Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, UK.
As part of the month-long Capital Radio Music Festival, Wet Wet Wet play the first of two nights at Alexandra Palace, London, UK.
As part of the month-long Capital Radio Music Festival, Sade plays at Alexandra Palace, London, UK.
Bob Dylan plays at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga, New York State, USA, supported by The Alarm.
Bob Dylan plays at the Frederick Mann Music Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, supported by The Alarm.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays at the Olympic Stadium, Munich, Germany, to an audience of 72,000.
Stevie Wonder announces his intention to run for the position of Mayor Of Detroit, Michigan, USA in 1992.
Stevie Wonder announces his intention to run for mayor of Detroit, Michigan, USA, in 1992. he will eventually think better of it.
Michael Jackson makes his first UK appearance as a solo artist when he steps on stage at a sold-out Wembley Stadium, London. By the time he leaves on 11 September, he will have been seen by three-quarters of a million fans, generating £13m in box office receipts.
Jethro Tull begin their first tour of Brazil, South America, with a show at Mineirinho, Belo Horizonte, during which the band salutes Brazil's rich musical heritage with a rendition of the Astrud Gilberto classic Girl From Ipanema.
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An early three-member line-up of Smashing Pumpkins plays at The Avalon, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Their future drummer Jimmy Chamberlin is in the audience but is not impressed.
Fred Below, Chicago-blues drummer for Memphis Slim, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry and others, dies of cancer, in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Neil Young And The Bluenotes play at The Cayuga County Fairground, Weedsport, New York State, USA.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of two nights at Wembley Stadium, London, England, UK, Europe, to an audience of 72,000.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the second of two nights at Wembley Stadium, London, England, U.K., to an audience of 72,000.
In Los Angeles, California, USA, Madonna is starting work with Patrick Leonard on what will become the Like A Prayer album.
Lukas Graham Forchhammer is born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe. He will find success as leader of the band Lukas Graham.
Big Country play the second of four nights at The Palace Of Sports, Moscow, Russia, Europe.
Deacon Blue release a new single, Real Gone Kid, in the UK. On the same day, Eric Clapton plays at the Arena, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, with Mark Knopfler sharing lead guitar chores.
Rakim Mayers is born in Harlem, New York City, USA. He will find success as rapper ASAP Rocky.
Metallica play the first of two nights at Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the second of four nights at The Capitol Center, Landover, Maryland, to an audience of 17,470.
The LP Traveling Wilburys Vol 1, featuring a supergroup comprised of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison, is released worldwide on Wilbury Records/Warner Bros.
In a ceremony outside the former Motown Records recording studio in Detroit, Michigan, Michael Jackson presents Motown Records owner Berry Gordy with a $125,000 cheque to aid the Motown Records Museum Historical Foundation.
When Prince’s Lovesexy tour arrives at McNicolls Arena, Denver, Colorado, USA, the Denver Post reviewer is surprised when Prince comes over all holy and reveals to the audience that he is in love "not with a girl or boy, but with the heavens above" and goes on to explain that "God is alive inside us. He just wants to come out and play."
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the last of three nights at The Irvine Meadows, Laguna Hills, California, to an audience of 15,000.
Whitney Houston is awarded a multi-platinum certificate, recognising nine million sales of her debut album, equalling Boston's record for best-selling debut album ever.
The Pogues become the first musical victims of a British government ban on the broadcasting of statements by terrorists or their supporters when their song 'Birmingham Six' is put on an IBA blacklist.
A one-night supergroup is created at The Hard Rock Café in London, England, UK, Europe, when Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck play with the Jimi Hendrix Experience rhythm section of Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell.
On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the second of nine dates in this month at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan, to an audience of 45,000.
Lavon 'Billie Jean' Muhammed, who had claimed to be the mother of a child by Michael Jackson, pleads guilty to violating a restraining order designed to keep her away from Jackson's home.
Anita Baker plays the first of four nights with Luther Vandross at Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Anita Baker plays the last of four non-consecutive nights with Luther Vandross at Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois, USA.