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Black Or White by Michael Jackson is certified as a platinum single in the USA by the R.I.A.A..
Tori Amos releases her debut album, Little Earthquakes, in the UK.
No Fences and Ropin' The Wind by Garth Brooks become the first country albums certified for shipments of 6m units in the USA. Sim ultaneously his self-titled LP is awarded triple-platinum status by the R.I.A.A.
Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones attends the premiere of his new movie, Freejack, at Mann's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
UK indie band Kingmaker enjoy the first of eight minor hits when their Idiots At The Wheel EP enters the singles chart, on its way to No30.
Simply Red play the second of two nights at G-Mex, Manchester, England, UK.
American Music Club play at the Psychic Pig, Trowbridge.
The 19th Annual American Music Awards ceremony is held at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA. Mariah Carey wins Favourite Female Artist in the Soul/R'n'B category.
Simply Red play at The SECC, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
I'm Too Sexy by Right Said Fred reaches No1 in the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart and, on the sane day, Lithium by Nirvana peaks at No25 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.
The band Weezer is formed by songwriter Rivers Cuomo. They will be signed eighteen months later to DGC [Geffen Records].
Bass player Bob Birch becomes a permanent member of Elton John's band.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers play the second of two nights at Theaterfabrik, Unterfoehring, Germany, Europe.
Jimmy Wilkinson, a former member of Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys, dies.
MSG [The Michael Schenker Group] plays at Omni, Oakland, California, USA.
The Jesus And Mary Chain release a new album, Honey's Dead, on Blanco Y Negro records in the UK.
The NBC tv series Friday Night Videos devotes an entire edition, entitled Live & Dangerous, to the videos of Michael Jackson.
The album Wish by The Cure enters the UK chart, where it will peak at No1.
When Bob Dylan plays at the Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA, Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead joins him for two songs, Cat's In The Well and Idiot Wind.
Bob Dylan plays the first of seven nights at The Pantages Theater, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Ozric Tentacles come to the end of a tour of Britain with a gig at The Town And Country, London, England, UK, Europe.
The first Summer Festival takes place in Olofstrom, Sweden, Europe, with nine bands, headlined by Nazareth. [The event will grow into the four-day-long Swedenrock Festival.]
Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones becomes (arguably) rock's sexiest grandad when his daughter Jade gives birth to her first daughter, Assissi.
Bryan Adams, Crowded House, Extreme, Lou Reed, Luka Bloom, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Scabs, The Smashing Pumpkins and Urban Dance Squad play at Rock Werchter Festival, Werchter, Belgium, Europe.
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Frank Zappa, Luther Campbell of 2 Live Crew and Joey Ramone of The Ramones are among musicians who condemn today's appointment of Al Gore as Bill Clinton's Presidential running mate in the USA. Their objections primarily focus on his wife, Tipper Gore, founder of the Parents Music Resource Centre, a pro-censorship body which forced record labels to put warning stickers on albums with content unsuitable for minors.
Axl Rose of Guns N'Roses enters a plea of not guilty in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, to charges of assault and property damage stemming from a riot at a St. Louis concert a year earlier. He is released on $100,000 bail in order to resume touring. The St. Louis riot had started after Rose leaped from the stage, allegedly to take a camera from a fan, and then abruptly ended the show.
Charlotte Emma Aitchison is born in Cambridge, England, UK, Europe. She will find success as Charli XCX.
Avant-garde composer John Cage, whose works influenced many pop and rock artists, dies aged 79.
A diverse group of musicians and composers, including Simon Jeffes of Penguin Caf
Bob Dylan plays at The Municipal Auditorium, Jackson, Mississippi, USA.
Guns N' Roses and Metallica play the eightteenth show in a co-headlining 25-date US tour at The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, with Faith No More as the opening act.
We Can't Dance by Genesis is certified as a triple platinum album in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Rapper Tupac Shakur (aka 2Pac Shakur) is denounced by US Vice President Dan Quayle, who declares that Shakur's album 2Pacalypse Now "has no place in our society".
Billy Joel files a $90m lawsuit in the Supreme Court, New York City, USA, against his former attorney, Allen Grubman, alleging breach of fiduciary duty, malpractice, fraud and conflict of interest.
Madonna exposes her breasts in front of 6,000 people during an AIDS benefit show with Jean Paul Gaultier at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA. Also appearing as catwalk models in the show are singer Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Jeremy by Pearl Jam enters the UK singles chart at No15, its highest position.
On tv show Saturday Night Live in the USA, Sinead O'Connor rips up a photograph of The Pope, declaring him to be 'the real enemy'.
The album Us by Peter Gabriel, recorded at his Real World Studios complex in Box, enters the UK albums chart at No2.
Nashville singer/songwriter Roger Miller, best-remembered for his international hit single King Of The Road, dies of cancer at Century City Hospital, Los Angeles, California.
During an eight-date tour, jazz saxophonist Tommy Smith plays at Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Whitney Houston releases a new single, her cover version of the 1974 Dolly Parton composition, I Will Always Love You, on Arista Records in the USA. With a run of fourteen weeks atop the chart, it will break the record for most weeks at No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA.
Mark Murphy plays the first of two nights at The Jazz Cafe, Camden Town, London, UK.
Highly-touted Liverpool, UK, band The Stairs release their final single, Last Time Around, on Imaginary Records.
The John Ethridge Quartet plays at South Hill Park AC, Bracknell, UK.
The WOMAD Winter Festival, a three day event, begins at The Brighton Centre, Brighton, UK. Artists appearing on this, the first day, include The Holmes Brothers, Francisco Ulloa and The Zimbabwe Cha Cha Kings.
Jazz guitar duo Antonio Forcione and Eduardo Niebla play at The Red Note, St. Albans, UK.
On his Dangerous World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of eight non-consecutive nights at the Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan.
While in Japan, Asia, during his Dangerous World Tour, Michael Jackson travels on the Superexpress train to Tokyo from Nagasaki where he has been visiting the Huis Ten Bosch amusement park with his brother Tito Jackson's three children.