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Buck Ram, American music biz manager and composer of hits for The Platters, dies in Las vegas, nevada, USA. On the same day, Nirvana play at the Cow Palace, San Francisco, California, USA, supported by The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam.
Do Me Again by Freddie Jackson is certified as a gold album by the R.I.A.A. in the USA
On their Magic Summer tour, New Kids On The Block play at Osaka-Jo Hall, Osaka, Japan, Asia.
Ed Sheeran is born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK.
Senseless Things play at The Psychic Pig, Trowbridge, supported by Nature Things.
On his first Mexican tour, Bob Dylan plays the second of two nights at the Instituto Cultural Cabanas, Guadalajara, Mexico, Central America.
Celine Dion releases her fifteenth LP, Unison, in the UK, France and Australia.
Prince is named Best Songwriter in the annual Rolling Stone Readers' Picks music awards in the USA.
Jazz saxophonist Bud Freeman dies blind and frail in Chicago, Illinois, USA, aged 84.
Mike And The Mechanics enter the UK singles chart with Word Of Mouth, which will peak at No13.
Bob Dylan releases a new single, Series Of Dreams/Seven Curses, in the USA on Columbia Records.
The Sisters of Mercy play at The Agora, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, supported by Danielle Dax.
Martin Hannett, producer of Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays, Stone Roses and U2, dies of a heart attack in Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
Bob Dylan's archival boxed set, The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3, enters the UK pop albums chart where it will peak at No32 during a five-week run.
John Fogerty, former leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival, marries Julie Lebiedzinski in Elkhardt, Indiana, USA.
Johnny Thunders, ex-New York Dolls and Heartbreakers, dies in room 37 of the St Peter's House Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, aged 38. The cause of death is reported as 'drug-related".
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Drummer and blues vocalist Kansas City Red dies of cancer on his 65th birthday in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He made his name working with Robert Nighthawk before moving to Chicago in the 1950s to run a club.
Manchester, UK's troubled Hacienda Club re-opens after being closed since early January because of violence. The bouncers are now wearing bullet-proof vests and there are walk through metal detectors on the way in.
Following a gig at Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, England, UK, Welsh rock band The Manic Street Preachers is interviewed by Steve Lamacq of NME. In an attempt to convince the doubting journalist of their sincerity, rhythm guitarist Richey James Edwards cuts the words ‘4 Real’ into his own forearm, using a razor.
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Manic Street Preachers sign a contract with Sony Music. 'Signing to a major record company,' declares bassist Nicky Wire, 'is the price of an education. We don't care what they do to us.'
The Clash Of The Titans tour, featuring Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer, plays at Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, California, USA.
Manic Street Preachers spark a riot when they play at a somewhat delayed 'black tie' May Ball at Downing College, Cambridge, UK.
Bob Dylan plays at the Freilichtbuhne, Stadtpark, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
The Sisters of Mercy, Public Enemy, Gang Of Four, Warrior Soul and Young Black Teen-Agers play at The Great Woods Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
The travelling Lollapalooza Festival plays at Southwestern College's Devore Stadium, San Diego, California, USA, with a line-up featuring Jane's Addiction, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Living Colour, Ice-T, Nine Inch Nails, BH Surfers and The Rollins Band.
The travelling Lollapalooza Festival plays the first of three nights at Irvine Meadows, Irvine, California, USA, with a line-up featuring Jane's Addiction, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Living Colour, Ice-T, Nine Inch Nails, BH Surfers and The Rollins Band.
It is announced that The Tune In, Turn On, Burn Out tour - featuring Sisters of Mercy, Public Enemy, Gang of Four, Warrior Soul and Young Black Teenagers - has been cancelled five days before it was to play in Southern California. Sisters of Mercy spokeswoman Ellen Bello states that the tour, which had six dates remaining, has been cancelled due to "lack of ticket sales."
The Real World Week Of Recording begins at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios complex in Box. Artists taking part include Sinead O'Connor, The Holmes Brothers, The Grid and Van Morrison.
Paula Pierce, leader of Los Angeles, California, USA, all-girl punk band The Pandoras, dies of cardiac arrest, aged 31.
Nirvana release a new single, Smells Like Teen Spirit, in the USA.
Hit-making singer, bandleader and instrumentalist Billy Vaughan dies aged 72 of mesothelioma at Palomar Hospital, Escondido, California, USA.
Primal Scream release the album Screamadelica in Japan.
Bob Dylan plays in the Guitar Greats Festival in Seville, Spain, Europe. Other artists appearing include Keith Richards and Richard Thompson.
Michael Jackson comes to the end of recording sessions in Ocean Way Studio, Los Angeles, California, USA, for his album Dangerous.
Roy Harper plays at the The Arts Centre, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK.
Elected to the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, on this day are Jimi Hendrix, Booker T And The MGs, The Isley Brothers, Johnny Cash, Sam And Dave, The Yardbirds and Bobby "Blue" Bland.
Kraftwerk play at The Transbordeur, Lyon, France.
Kraftwerk play at The Transbordeur, Lyon, France.
Primus and Fishbone play at The Riviera Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Michael Jackson's Black Or White video premieres on the Fox tv network in the USA.
Black or White by Michael Jackson enters the UK pop singles chart at No1, a position it will occupy for two weeks. On the same day it enters the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart at No35 - the week's highest new entry.
Sections of Michael Jackson's Black Or White video, which includes crotch-grabbing and car smashing scenes, are edited out after protests from tv viewers.
The Michael Jackson album Dangerous is launched in the UK with a lavish invitation-only party in the Lancaster Room of the Savoy Hotel, London.
Queen's manager Jim Beach goes over the terms of an official announcement which the band's dying singer, Freddie Mercury, has decided to issue, stating that his imminent death has been brought on by AIDS.
At the BMI Awards ceremony in the Dorchester Hotel, London, UK, the single Something About You by Level 42 is honoured as having received over one million radio plays in the USA.
Nirvana appear on UK tv show Tonight With Jonathan Ross. Their host announces that they will play Lithium, but they launch into the rather less viewer-friendly Territorial Pissings instead, then trash their gear.
The single Diamonds And Pearls by Prince enters the UK singles chart at No25 but will rise no higher.
BBC1-TV in the UK airs the documentary "Omnibus - The Prince of Paisley Park" about Prince.
Dangerous by Michael Jackson reaches No1 in the Billboard US album chart.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers, supported by Nirvana and Pearl Jam, play at the Cow Palace, San Francisco, California, USA.