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Oasis have their first wide public exposure when a live session by the band is broadcast by BBC Radio 1 deejay Steve Lamacq.
Lorena Bobbitt who chopped off her husband's penis, claiming it was in retaliation for him sexually assaulting her, is acquitted by a jury in Manassas, Virgina, USA, by reason of temporary insanity. Bobbitt's revenge will inspire several songs, including Bobbit Song by stand-up comedian Richard Morton and Lorena Bobbitt [2012] by Aaradhna. The Bee Gees also parodied their own song To Love Somebody as To Lose Your Penis on the Howard Stern Show in 1994.
Popular 1950s cabaret vocalist Alma Warren dies. She was cared for until her death by her more famous sister Lita Roza.
San Francisco-born jazz vocalist Madeline Eastman releases the album Art Attack in the USA.
Composer, bandleader, pianist and electronic music inventor Raymond Scott dies aged 85 in North Hills, California, USA.. His melodies, adapted by Carl Stalling, were heard in over 120 Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons.
The movie Free Willy featuring You Are Not Alone by Michael Jackson as its main theme song, is released to cinemas in France.
Blues and jazz fiddler Papa John Creach, best known for his work with Hot Tuna, dies from pneumonia, contracted as a consequence of a heart attack, aged 76 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
The United States Supreme Court decides in favour of 2 Live Crew in the case of Campbell vs Acuff-Rose Music. The lawsuit was based on 2 Live Crew's use of parts of the Roy Orbison song Oh Pretty Woman in their track Pretty Woman. The decision establishes that a commercial parody can qualify as fair use, and is not an infringement of copyright.
Killing Joke release Exorcism, the first single off their ninth studio album, Pandemonium, in the UK. The track was recorded at The Great Pyramid, Giza, Egypt, Africa.
The movie Free Willy featuring You Are Not Alone by Michael Jackson as its main theme song, is released to cinemas in Japan.
English-born soul / neo-soul and R&B singer and songwriter Ephraim Lewis dies dies after having apparently jumped from a fourth floor balcony in Los Angeles, California, USA. His death will be ruled as suicide, but some reports say that LAPD officers stunned him with a Taser after a hyperactive exchange, perhaps connected to his use of methamphetamine.
Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin are found guilty on three counts of murder relating to the deaths of three eight-year-old boys the previous year in The Robin Hood Hills, West Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The court sentences Echols to death and Baldwin to life in prison. They, along with an associate, Jessie Misskelley, Jr, [convicted at an earlier date] will become known as The West Memphis Three. Several rock musicians, convinced that the trio are innocent, will work to have them released and will write songs inspired by the case. Black Flag will release the 2002 album Rise Above: 24 Black Flag Songs to Benefit the West Memphis Three. Also in 2002, metalcore band Zao will record Free The Three, and in 2011 Disturbed will release a song entitled "3" as a download on their website, with 100% of the proceeds going to their benefit foundation for their release. Eddie Vedder, Natalie Maines [of The Dixie Chicks], Tom Waits and Metallica will also work for the release of the trio, which will finally take place on August 19, 2011 - after 18 years in jail.
Ginny Simms dies aged 78, of a heart attack in Palm Springs, California, USA. She had found success as an actress and big band singer working with Kay Kyser and others.
During a 23-date US tour, Bob Dylan plays at the Fox Theater, St. Louis, Missouri.
Denise Pfeiffer, a British-born Michael Jackson fan, is charged with making obscene calls to the father of the teenage boy who accused Jackson of molesting him.
Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny releases his controversial album Zero Tolerance For Silence, on Geffen Records in the USA.
At the sixth annual World Music Awards in the Sporting Club, Monte Carlo, Monaco, Europe, Prince is given the Outstanding Contribution to the Music Industry Award and sings The Most Beautiful Girl In The World.
Country stars Kathy Mattea, Hal Ketchum, Waylon Jennings, Vince Gill, Janis Gill, Carlene Carter, Reba McEntire and Clint Black are all featured in cameo roles in the movie Maverick, which opens today at cinemas across the USA.
Noted be-bop jazz trumpeter Red Rodney dies aged 66 of lung cancer in Boynton Beach, Florida, USA.
5/31/1994 Freddy Beach , a former member of Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboys, dies in Mobile, Alabama, USA.
The acclaimed jazz-rock bassist Marcus Miller is filmed in a live performance at Ohne Filter TV Studio, Baden Baden, Germany. The show will subsequently be released on video.
Michael Jackson is reported to be visiting sports star Shaquille O'Neal in Florida.
Depeche Mode and Primal Scream play at Great Woods Performing Arts Centre, Mansfield, Massachusetts, USA.
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The movie Free Willy featuring You Are Not Alone by Michael Jackson as its main theme song, is released to cinemas in Portugal.
Isaac Louis Benjamin dies in London, UK. As chairman of Pye Records in the UK, Benjamin signed acts including The Searchers, The Kinks and Sandie Shaw.
Stevie Wonder joins Prince onstage to perform Maybe Your Baby at The Glam Slam, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
Phish play at The Bomb Factory, Dallas, Texas, USA.
The two-day long Larmer Tree Festival near Salisbury begins. Acts appearing over the weekend include Toyah Willcox, Edward II, 200 Fingers, Flatville Aces and The Europa String Choir.
Pandemonium by Killing Joke peaks at No28 in the UK Singles Chart.
The Bob Gibson Class Reunion is held in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, with the participation of Bob Gibson, Tom Paxton, Peter Yarrow, John Hartford, Emmylou Harris, John Brown, Dennis Locorriere, Oscar Brand, Ed McCurdy, Glenn Yarbrough, Shel Silverstein, Spanky McFarlane, Josh White, Jr and others.
Popular big band era singer Anne Shelton dies, aged 70, of a heart attack in Herstmonceux, Sussex, England, UK.
Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley make public their secret marriage, which was conducted eleven weeks earlier in the Dominican Republic.
One louder, indeed. When Manowar play at the Music Halle, Hanover, Germany, they use ten tonnes of amplifiers to pump up a city-shaking 129.5 decibels of rock'n'roll, thus breaking their own record in the Guinness Book of World Records as the loudest band on the planet.
Rollins Band play at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by Sausage and Helmet.
After playing Hultsfred Festival in Sweden, Europe, The Verve and Oasis are nicked by the law after wrecking a hotel bar, to the tune of UK pounds 1,000, then breaking into a church to steal communion wine. "Everyone was really drunk," admits a Verve spokesperson. "When they got back to the hotel, the bar was open. Unfortunately, the management tried to close it and an argument ensued. Some bottles were purloined..."
The first Philips Monsters of Rock festival takes place at Pacaembu Stadium, Sao Paulo, Brazil, South America. Artists appearing include Dr. Sin, Creek, Raimundos, Viper, Suicidal Tendencies, Black Sabbath, Slayer and Kiss.
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The Los Angeles and Santa Barbara Prosecutors Offices announce that despite highly publicised allegations of child sexual abuse, no charges will be laid against Michael Jackson, but the case will remain open until 1999.
Ashley Nicolette Frangipane is born in Washington, New Jersey, USA. She will find success as rock singer-songwriter Halsey.
On his Never-Ending tour schedule, Dylan plays concert No611, the second of two nights at the State Theatre, Portland, Maine.
On his Never-Ending tour schedule, Bob Dylan plays concert No611, the second of two nights at the State Theatre, Portland, Maine, USA.
Level 42 play their last show together at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Actress and singer Martha Raye dies of pneumonia in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Wilbert Harrison, whose biggest hits were Kansas City and Let's Stick Together, dies of a stroke in a Spencer, North Carolina, nursing home.
A tribute concert for jazz pianist/composer Don Pullen is held at Sounds of Brazil, New York City, USA, featuring Kip Hanrahan's band, including Pullen himself, plus Jack Bruce, Fernando Saunders, Eric Schenkman of The Spin Doctors and others.
Green Day play at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
When The Rolling Stones play at Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, Flordia, USA, they are joined onstage by Sheryl Crow.
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Pulp are photographed at Frank's Sandwich Bar, Addison Bridge Place, London W4, for the cover of their single Common People.
The Black Album by Prince enters the Billboard 200 Albums Chart in the USA at No47, which will prove to be its peak.
Songwriter and recording artist Jimmy Silva dies aged 42, of complications from chicken pox, in the USA. His songs were recorded by The Smithereens and The Young Fresh Fellows, as well as by his own group Jimmy Silva And The Goats.
In a survey carried out by BBC Radio 1 and The Times Magazine, Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen is declared the greatest song of all time.