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On his Bad World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the last of five nights in this month at The Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California.
Song Of The South by Alabama reaches No1 on the Billboard Country Singles Chart in the USA.
BRIT Awards winners this year, at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, include Michael Jackson, U2, Phil Collins, Annie Lennox, Fairground Attraction and Erasure. The event, however, becomes a farce when presenters Samantha Fox and Mick Fleetwood prove totally incapable of hosting the proceedings.
The Raw And The Cooked by Fine Young Cannibals reaches No1 in the NME Album Chart in the UK. It will hold this position for just one week.
Wiltshire band XTC play a live acoustic session at WXRT Radio, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
At the 31st Annual Grammy Awards, in the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, Faith by George Michael is chosen Best Album Of The Year. Other winners include Bobby McFerrin, Tracy Chapman and Jethro Tull. Grammy-nominee Sinead O'Connor performs Mandinka. Metallica perform One.
Blues drummer Odie Payne who played with Elmore James, Magic Sam, Otis Rush, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and others, dies aged 62 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bob Dylan begins three weeks of recording with producer Daniel Lanois at Studio-On-The-Move, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The sessions will result in the album Oh Mercy.
Bob Dylan is recording the album Oh Mercy with producer Daniel Lanois at Studio-On-The-Move, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Motorhead play at Gigantinho, Porto Alegre, Brazil, South America.
Alan Civil, one of the few classical players well-known to pop fans - because he played the horn in The Beatles' track For No One - dies aged 60 in London.
The Dead Kennedys play at The River Theater, Guerneville, California, USA.
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As the prize in a competition, Crowded House play live in the basement of film student Grant Harvey's home in Calgary, Canada.
After taking a brief break, Bob Dylan has resumed work on the album Oh Mercy at Soniat Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, with producer Daniel Lanois.
Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli and Sammy Davis Jr. begin a European tour taking in Sweden, Norway, Finland, France, Holland, Germany, Austria, Eire and a one week run at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK.
During a European tour, Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli and Sammy Davis Jr. play the fifth of six nights at The Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK.
Elton John opens the UK leg of a world tour at the NEC, Birmingham, with Nik Kershaw in support.
The new No1 single in Ireland is a re-recorded fund-raising version of Ferry Cross The Mersey, featuring Gerry Marsden, Paul McCartney, The Christians and Holly Johnson. The release is designed to raise money to assist victims of the Hillborough football disaster.
Nearly thirty years after the "payola" scandal of the 1950s, record industry promo man Ralph Tashjian is found guilty of distributing cocaine and money to radio stations to secure increased airplay for, among others, Bruce Springsteen.
Cliff Richard releases his 100th single, The Best Of Me, which goes on to become his 26th Top 3 entry in 30 years.
Bob Dylan plays at the Jaahalli Isshallen, Helsinki, Finland.
More than 1,000 unarmed protesters are killed by government troops during an anti-government demonstration in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China, Asia. Chinese rock music played its part in supporting the protest, most notably the song Nothing To My Name by Cui Jian, who was among the students in the square. Nothing To My Name was, in effect, the anthem of the student protesters. This horrific incident is documented in the song 4 June 1989 by Mary Chapin Carpenter.
San Francisco-born voice actor Mel Blanc [aka The Man Of 1000 Voices] dies at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA, of heart disease and emphysema, aged 81. Blanc was beloved by millions as the voice of Woody Woodpecker, Bugs Bunny, Foghorn Leghorn, Daffy Duck and countless other animated characters in movies, on tv and on records. The inscription on his gravestone is headed, "That's all Folks!"
Willie Nelson releases a new LP, A Horse Called Music, in the USA.
On their The Prayer tour, The Cure play the first of two nights at The RDS in Dublin, Eire.
Swing The Mood by Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers enters the UK singles chart at No31. It will peak at No1.
Bob Dylan plays at Lake Compounce, Bristol, Connecticut, USA.
Asked, in a Newsweek interview published today, if The Rolling Stones tour only for the money, their vocalist Mick Jagger quips, "No, that's The Who."
Paul McCartney holds the second of two rehearsals at The Playhouse, London, UK, for the upcoming The Paul McCartney World Tour.
Dylan plays at Woodstock II, West Saugerties, New York State.
Lovesong by The Cure enters the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart, where it will peak at No2. On the same day, Free Fallin? by Tom Petty tops the Billboard US Album Rock Tracks chart.
Toyah plays at the The City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
A new main-belt asteroid is discovered by E. W. Elst of the European Southern Observatory, Chile, South America. The asteroid is named 7934 Sinatra in honour of singer Frank Sinatra.
New Orleans-based R&B and jazz pianist Cousin Joe, who recorded for Aladdin, Savoy, DeLuxe, Decca and King Jazz Records, dies in his sleep, aged 82, at home in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Bob Dylan plays the third of four nights at the Beacon Theater, New York City, USA.
Bob Dylan's album Oh Mercy enters the UK albums chart where it will peak at No6 during a seven-week run.
On their In Step tour, Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble play at The UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, USA, with Jeff Beck.
Frank Chickens play the first of three nights at The Small Hall DK Gorbunova, Moscow, Russia, Europe.
The Beatles' legal battle with EMI Records over royalty payments, which has dragged on for 20 years, is finally settled with the record company agreeing to pay the group many millions of pounds, although the precise amount remains undisclosed.
Songwriter Diane Warren racks up another first for women when she becomes the first female to have written the No1 and No2 records in the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA this week. The songs in question are When I See You Smile by Bad English and Blame It On The Rain by Milli Vanilli.
Chris Rea reaches No1 in the UK albums chart with The Road To Hell, and will hold the top spot for three weeks.
On her Crossroads tour, Tracy Chapman plays the first of two nights at The Royal Albert Hall, London, UK.
Jethro Tull play at The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Michael Jackson drops in on the Arsenio Hall Show to present Eddie Murphy with MTV's Comedian Of The Decade award.
Richard Goodman of 50s hitmakers Buchanan And Goodman dies aged 55 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the home of his son, Jon, in Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA.
Pattie Santos, former vocalist of It's A Beautiful Day, dies in a car crash while driving her MG sports car on Highway 128 near Watson Lane, American Canyon, California, USA.
Outside the Papal Nuncio's residence in Panama City, Panama, Central America, US military forces begin Operation Nifty Package, a psychological warfare tactic aimed at demoralising besieged General Manuel Noriega until he surrenders to them. The tactic includes playing such tracks as I Fought The Law by The Clash and Panama by Van Halen at extremely high volumes through loudspeakers pointing at the residence.
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When Procol Harum keyboardist Gary Brooker plays with his side-project band No Stiletto Shoes at the Ex-Servicemen's Club, Chiddingford, UK, they are joined by Eric Clapton.
Lance David Railton, lead guitarist of popular early 60s band Earl Preston And The TTs, dies in Liverpool, UK.