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Jazz guitarist Ike Isaacs dies in Sydney, Australia. Considered to be among the foremost plectrum guitarists of his era, he is best remembered for his collaborations with Stephane Grappelli.
Bob Dylan and Crosby, Stills & Nash play in a private event, sponsored by Japan's largest brokerage house, Nomura Securities, at the Biltmore Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona.
Shania Twain reaches No1 in the Billboard Country Singles Chart in the USA with (If You're Not In It For Love) I'm Outta Here!
Blues guitarist R.L. Burnside, accompanied by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, records the album A Ass Pocket Of Whiskey at Lunati Farms, Holly Springs, Mississippi, USA.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers begin a US tour at The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Bandleader, composer and arranger Mercer Ellington (son of Duke Ellington) dies in Copenhagen, Denmark.
On their X-Factour tour, Iron Maiden play at The Academy, New York City, USA.
William Orbit releases the compilation LP, The Best of Strange Cargos, on I.R.S. records in the UK.
On their X-Factour tour, Iron Maiden play at The Vic Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Relish, the debut album by Joan Osborne is awarded a double-platinum disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
The Magnetic Fields release the album Get Lost in the UK on Setanta Records.
The soundtrack album to Spike Lee's latest film, Girl 6, comprising material by Prince And the New Power Generation, is released in the USA.
Sleeper enter the UK singles chart with Sale Of The Century, which will peak at No10 during a five-week run.
Sleeper release their second album, The It Girl, on Indolent Records in the UK.
The Allman Brothers Band plays the third of five [non-consecutive] nights at The Riviera Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Allman Brothers Band plays the fourth of five [non-consecutive] nights at The Riviera Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Jasmine van den Bogaerde is born in Lymington, Hampshire, UK. She will find success as folksy singer-songwriter Birdy .
Singer-songwriter Kevin Gilbert, who shared a Grammy nomination for the Sheryl Crow hit, All I Wanna Do, is found dead in bed at home, in Pasadena, California, USA, aged 29. The cause of his death is not disclosed.
Bob Dylan's spring tour ends with a show at the Star Lake Amphitheater, Burgettstown, Pennsylvania. Aimee Mann joins Dylan, playing guitar on the final song Rainy Day Women Nos 12 & 35.
Average White Band play the first of six nights at the Jazz Caf
The Wedding Present play at Level 3, Swindon, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
Ray Charles and Van Morrison play at Wembley Arena, London, UK.
Robbie Williams of Take That heads for Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, UK, to see Oasis.
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Now referring to himself simply as The Artist, Prince performs an outdoor concert at the window of NBC's Manhattan, New York City, USA, studio as part of the Today concert summer series.
Susannah and Wendy Melvoin, younger sisters of Smashing Pumpkins? member Jonathan Melvoin, issue a statement describing his recent death from heroin overdose as "a tragedy and a travesty, a freak accident - A recreational digression took a deadly turn, and we pray that our loss will not be' in vain... We are consoled in our grief only by the hope that the circumstances surrounding Jonathan's death will inspire at least one person to reconsider before challenging the vagaries of fate."
Wannabe, the first single by The Spice Girls, hits No1 in the UK singles charts.
Clarinet and saxophone player Kenny Haries, who was popular for many years on WIBW radio in Topeka, Kansas, USA, dies. He also played with The Jack Cole Orchestra and Ted Fio Rito.
Al Green, Stevie Wonder and The Pointer Sisters perform at the closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Bowing to public pressure in the wake of child sex allegations against Michael Jackson, Hyundai pulls its sponsorship from his upcoming concerts in Seoul, South Korea.
The Sex Pistols play at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Sigrid Solbakk Raabe is born in Alesund, Norway, Europe. She will find international success as electro-pop singer and songwriter Sigrid.
Iron Maiden release a new single, Virus, on EMI Records in the UK.
In a legal letter to US Republican Senator Bob Dole, publishers Rondor Music threaten to sue him for up to $100,000 each time the song Dole Man [inspired by their copyright Soul Man] is played at an event. Dole has been using Dole Man in his election campaign even though the original songwriters, Isaac Hayes and David Porter, have stated that they do not support Dole and that the song is being used without their permission. The song was originally a hit in 1967 for soul duo Sam And Dave.
Guys Do It All The Time by Mindy McCready reaches No1 in The Billboard Hot Country Singles And Tracks chart in the USA.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays at the Kaohsiung Air Field, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, to an audience of 40,000.
Rush play at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On his HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson is in Mumbai, India, preparing for his imminent concert at the city's Andheri Sports Complex.
Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor is born in Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand, Oceania. She will find international success as electro-pop/dreampop singer and songwriter Lorde.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of two nights at the Ericsson Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand, Oceania, to an audience of 43,000.
The third annual MTV Europe Music Awards ceremony is held in Alexandra Palace, London, UK. Oasis is named Best Group, and their single Wonderwall is named Best Song.
The Refreshments play at Metro, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On the HIStory World Tour, Michael Jackson plays the first of four nights at the Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan, to an audience of 45,000.
Prince's cover version of The Stylistics' 1972 UK hit Betcha By Golly Wow! peaks at No11 on the UK Singles Chart in its week of entry.
Ronnie Scott, jazz saxophonist, band leader and founder of prestigious London venue, Ronnie Scott's Club, dies in London, UK, aged 69 from an accidental overdose of barbiturates perscribed by his dentist.
Golden Smog play at The Lounge Ax, Chicago, Illinois, USA.