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Jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis comes to the end of a Christmas/New Year season of shows at The Hyatt Regency Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Patty Loveless performs on the Grand Ole Opry for the first time since having undergone corrective throat surgery.
When Lulu appears on UK tv show Top Of The Pops with her new single Independence, she becomes the first female singer to perform on the show in all four decades of its existence.
Radiohead release their third single, Anyone Can Play Guitar, on Parlophone Records in the UK.
Bob Dylan plays at The Point Depot, Dublin, Eire, during a 12-date UK tour, which will climax with eight nights at Hammersmith Odeon.
Radiohead release their debut album, Pablo Honey, in the UK.
Sting's album, Ten Summoner's Tales, recorded at Lake House, Great Durnford, enters the UK album chart, where it will peak at No2.
The Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) detonates two bombs in the town centre of Warrington, Cheshire, UK. The blasts kills two children: three-year-old Johnathan Ball dies instantly, and twelve-year-old Tim Parry will die five days later in hospital. Around 56 other people are injured, four seriously. The song Zombie by The Cranberries is a reaction to this horrific atrocity.
Appetite For Destruction by Guns N' Roses is certified as a US ten-times platinum album by the R.I.A.A.
Mick Ronson, guitarist for Mott The Hoople, David Bowie, and Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Review band, dies of cancer.
Midge Ure plays at The Link Centre, Swindon.
Blur release their second album, Modern Life Is Rubbish, on Food Records in the UK. It will peak at No15 in the UK albums chart.
Visionary jazz pianist, composer and bandleader Sun Ra dies of pneumonia in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, aged 79.
Having achieved sales of over 500,000 units, I Have Nothing by Whitney Houston is certified as a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Toby Keith scores his first No1 on the Billboard country singles chart in the USA with Should've Been A Cowboy.
Fields Of Gold by Sting, recorded at Lake House, Great Durnford, enters the UK singles chart where it will peak at No16.
The hit single [I Can't Help] Falling In Love With You by UB40 is awarded a platinum disc in the UK by the BPI.
For the first time ever Bob Dylan has to cancel a show for medical reasons. The gig, at Lyon, France, is abandoned because of back pains which he has suffered since 1986. On the same day, down Argentina way, the tranquillity of Guns N'Roses dressing room is rudely shattered when drug squad officers burst in, despite lack of backstage passes. Naturally, no drugs are found.
When Neil Young plays in Bad Mergentheim, Germany, Europe, Bob Dylan turns up unexpectedly. Despite prompting from Young and organist Booker T. Jones, Dylan does not join Young on stage.
Johnny Cash plays at Atlanta Symphony, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Don Myrick, saxophonist with in Earth, Wind And Fire, is shot dead at the age of 52 by a policeman in Santa Monica, California, USA, who mistakes a butane lighter in Myrick's hand for a weapon.
Johnny Cash plays at The Fair, Victorville, California, USA.
Sheryl Crow releases the album Tuesday Night Music Club on A&M Records in the USA, where it will go on to sell over 5m copies.
Johnny Cash plays at Stanislaus County Fair, Turlock, California, USA.
Randy Jo Hobbs, bass guitarist of 60s pop-rock band The McCoys, is found dead of heart failure, aged 45, in a hotel room in Dayton, Ohio, USA.
Radiohead enter the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart for the first time with Creep. On the same day, their debut album, Pablo Honey, peaks at No32 in the Billboard Albums Chart.
Jaz Coleman and Youth of Killing Joke are recording vocal tracks for the album Pandemonium, in The King's Chamber, The Great Pyramid, Giza, Egypt, Africa.
The Allman Brothers Band plays at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, Darien Center, New York State, USA.
Phil Seymour, vocalist with The Dwight Twilley Band, dies from lymphoma at Tarzana Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Vanguard Records release the Joan Baez compilation, Rare, Live And Classic, in the USA. Several tracks are drawn from Baez performances as part of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue in 1975 and 1976.
Shape Of My Heart by Sting, recorded at Lake House, Great Durnford, Wiltshire, enters the UK singles chart where it will peak at No57.
Lenny Kravitz plays at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Nirvana release the album In Utero in the UK. On the same day, Counting Crows release their debut album, August And Everything After.
On re-issue, Relax by Liverpool band Frankie Goes To Hollywood enters the UK pop singles chart, where it will peak at No5 during a seven-week run.
Liverpool singer Cilla Black enters the UK albums chart with Through The Years, which will peak at No42 during a two-week run.
Bob Dylan and Carlos Santana play at the Sports Arena, San Diego, California, USA, during a co-headlining tour.
Iron Maiden release a new single, Hallowed Be Thy Name, a live version of a track which originally appeared on their 1982 album, The Number Of The Beast.
Radiohead is awarded a US gold disc by the R.I.A.A. for their debut album, Pablo Honey.
Johnny Cash plays at The Farmers' Fair, Perris, California, USA.
Johnny Cash plays at The University Of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA.
Songwriter, lyricist, and writer for musical theater, Harold Rome dies, aged 85. of complications from a stroke in New York City, USA.
While preparing for the next gigs in his Dangerous World Tour, Michael Jackson is staying in his suite of rooms on the 42nd floor of the Hotel President Stouffer, Mexico City, Mexico. On this day he pays for 5,000 underprivileged children to visit the city's El Nuevo Reino Aventura Amusement Park.
On his Dangerous World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the last of five nights at the Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico, Central America.
Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights of acoustic shows at The Supper Club, New York City, USA.
Billy Joel plays at Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Sony Music release a statement in support of Michael Jackson who is currently mired in child sex allegations. The statement says, "Michael Jackson's unique position as a world-class artist and humanitarian is as important to Sony Music as to the tens of millions around the globe who have been touched by his art and faith."
INXS play the first of two nights at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Michael Clarke, original drummer with The Byrds, dies of liver failure in Treasure Island, Florida, USA.