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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.
Michael Jackson presents Debbie Allan with the Outstanding Choreography award at the 26th Annual NCAAP Image Awards.
Professor Haakan Borglund of Uppsala University in Lund, Sweden, claims the woman Michael Jackson has married is not really Lisa Marie Presley but a double.
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.
Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac marries Kim Anderson in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Warner Brothers Records and Paisley Park Enterprises (representing Prince release a statement announcing the end of their joint venture.
Jazz vocalist Madeline Eastman releases the album Art Attack in the USA.
Prince's new single, The Most Beautiful Girl In The World, receives its premiere on CBS-TV's Miss USA Pageant in the USA.
A 600-strong crowd gathers at Paisley Park Studios, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, to hear Prince play a seventy-minute set, described as "The Beautiful Experience", to celebrate the release of the single, The Most Beautiful Girl In The World.
The fourteenth BRIT Awards event is held at Alexandra Palace, London, UK, hosted by Elton John and RuPaul. Winners include Sting for Best British Male Solo Artist, Brian Eno as Best British Producer, Crowded House as International Group and Van Morrison as Outstanding Contribution. Pray by Take That wins for Best British Single and Best British Video, and the band perfoms live doing a medley of the Beatles' hits. Prince wins the Best International Male Artist award.
Blues and jazz fiddler Papa John Creach, best known for his work with San Francisco band Hot Tuna, dies from pneumonia, contracted as a consequence of a heart attack, aged 76 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Police are called to deal with a dispute between Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes of TLC and her football-player boyfriend Andre Rison at his house. Having caught him with another woman, she set fire to the teddy bears he had given her, which was followed by him striking her.
Internationally acclaimed French singer Jean Sablon dies in Cannes-La-Bocca, France.
In response to music trade adverts, the original five Spice Girls (with Michelle Stephenson rather than Baby Spice Emma Bunton) meet for the first time.
Superunknown, the fourth album by Soundgarden, reaches No1 in the Billboard album chart in the USA
An aeroplane carrying Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira is shot down as it prepares to land in Kigali, Rwanda, Africa. This action will set in motion 100 days of mass murder which have come to be known as the Rwandan Genocide, in which an estimated 800,000 Tutsi people will die at the hands of Hutu tribesmen. According to co-writer Isaac Slade, The Rwandan Genocide inspired the storyline of the song Heartbeat by his band The Fray.
When Sheryl Crow plays at the 328 Club, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, the gig is recorded and will be released as a limited edition CD entitled Live From Nashville.
Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny releases his controversial album Zero Tolerance For Silence, on Geffen Records in the USA.
A Celebration Of 21 Years Of Virgin Records is held at The Virgin Manor, Shipton-On-Cherwell, Gloucestershire, England, UK, Europe. Richard Branson is there in person, and artists performing include Bruce, Baker And Moore, Soul II Soul and Cracker. Jonathan King is also in attendance. Journalist Johnny Black's diary entry about the event is attached here.
Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band dies at his home in Savannah, Georgia, USA, due to complications from liver cancer.
Earle Warren, best-known as a saxophonist in Count Basie's band, dies in Springfield, Ohio, USA.
Michael Jackson is reported to be visiting sports star Shaquille O'Neal in Florida.
Sixteen months after it was first released, The Cranberries finally reach No1 in the UK album chart with Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
The famed Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury festival site in Somerset, UK, burns down in the night, with just days to go before the festival is due to start.
Latin pop singer Jon Secada fell through the rostrum as he was approaching the stage to perform to an estimated one-billion television viewers during the opening ceremonies of the World Cup soccer tournament in Chicago. Secada was unable to extricate himself from the hole, and since the band had already started playing, he began singing with only his head above the stage level. He was eventually pulled from the hole, and moved to centre stage to finish his performance. Secada was later diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder
Depeche Mode and Primal Scream play at Lakewood Amphitheatre, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
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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.
Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley make public their secret marriage, which was conducted eleven weeks earlier in the Dominican Republic.
Tristan Evans, drummer of The Vamps is born in Exeter, Devon, England, UK.
Oasis release their debut album, Definitely Maybe, on Creation Records in the UK.
R. Kelly marries 15 year old R'n'B vocalist Aaliyah at the Sheraton Gateway Suites in Rosemont. Believing the ceremony to be joke, Aailiyah plays along until, just a few hours later, she realizes she has been duped into a real, but illegal, marriage, complete with a faked certificate listing her age as 18. With the help of her family, the couple are soon separated and the marriage is annulled a few weeks later in Detroit, Illinois, USA.
R. Kelly marries fifteen year old r'n'b vocalist Aaliyah at the Sheraton Gateway Suites in Rosemont, USA. Believing the ceremony to be joke, Aaliyah plays along until, just a few hours later, she realizes she has been duped into a real, but illegal, marriage, complete with a faked certificate listing her age as 18. With the help of her family, the couple are soon separated and the marriage is annulled a few weeks later in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Come by Prince, an album collecting archive material under his old name, enters the Billboard Albums Chart in the USA at No15 but will rise no higher.
On his 63rd birthday, George Jones undergoes triple bypass surgery at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Radiohead release a new EP, My Iron Lung, on Parlophone Records in the UK.
Singer and actress Harriet Nelson, best-remembered for her role in the long-running sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, dies of congestive heart failure in laguna Beach, California, USA, aged 85. She was also the mother of teen idol Ricky Nelson.
Country guitar virtuoso Danny Gatton, nicknamed The Humbler, locks himself in his garage and commits suicide by shooting himself, aged 49, at his home in Newburg, Maryland, USA. No specific reason for his suicide ever emerges, although friends and relatives were of the opinion that he had suffered from depression for many years.
Amelia Lily Oliver is born in Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough, UK. She will find success as singer Amelia Lily after several appearances on reality tv series The X-Factor.
Actress and singer Martha Raye dies of pneumonia in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Diary Of A Madman by Ozzy Osbourne is certified triple platinum, and The Ultimate Sin double platinum, by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Pink Floyd complete their Division Bell tour with a show at Earl's Court, London, England, UK. It has been the highest-grossing tour ever to that date.
The Moody Blues 1970 album A Question Of Balance is finally certified as a platinum disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Jimmy Page and Robert Plant appear on The Andrew Denton Show on the Seven Network in Australia, Oceania, during the 'round the world' promo for Unledded. They perform Sun Arise, as a tribute to Rolf Harris, with accompaniment by several didgeridoo players.
When The Rolling Stones play at Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, Flordia, USA, they are joined onstage by Sheryl Crow.
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Jazz drummer Connie Kay dies in New York City, USA. Kay is best remembered a drummer of the Modern Jazz Quartet, in which he played for almost forty years.
1950s rockabilly legend Glen Glenn plays at The Palomino, North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Bob Dylan's MTV special, Bob Dylan : Unplugged, is broadcast throughout Europe.
Songwriter and performer Howard Crockett dies in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Crockett is best-remembered for his song Honky Tonk Man which became a hit in 1956 for Johnny Horton, and again in 1986 for Dwight Yoakam.
Eric Clapton is made an O.B.E. in the Queen's New Year's Honours List.